Five Favorite Recipes To Add To Your Recipe Box




Letting you in on a little secret, the wife in me couldn't wait to post this! I'm a professional recipe lover and the proof of this can easily be found through the two hundred foodie pins all over my Pinterest feed. It's a full-time job discovering recipe box worthy meals to share with friends and family, am I right? With an easy to please palette like mine, I have to carefully consider each contestant with lots of TLC (tender, love, & care). These little cards don't make it into my recipe box overnight. There's actually a real life casting that goes on over the course of a few weeks of testing before carefully being chosen. You could say it's like the bachelorette meets recipes. The Recipette?! There is also those times when Brandon REALLY, REALLY, REALLY likes the concoction of a breakfast, lunch, or dinner meal...so of course, that makes it in there too. #wifeymaterial. 

None of the recipes listed below were created by me personally, just well adored by my taste buds. Don't worry though I have provided all the links to where you can find and pin these recipes as well as a detailed outline of each, which will give you a print-friendly option to have at the click of a button. How cool is that?! All the work is already done for you. Now all you have to do is read on about my five all-time favorite recipe box recipes! 



Starting off with a drink I couldn't go without sharing, the great iced matcha latte! Here are a few absolutely awesome considerable reasons to incorporate matcha into your healthy lifestyle.
  • It's loaded with antioxidants which are accountable for battling against viruses. One bowl of matcha green tea contains more than five times as many antioxidants compared to other food sources.
  • Matcha increases energy level. What better way to start off your day, I'll take two!
  • Helps boost memory and concentration. Who doesn't need a little extra brain power?
  • Detoxifies the body in aiding to naturally remove heavy metals and chemical toxins in our bodies.
  • Believe it or not, but drinking matcha green tea has been shown to increase metabolism and helps the body burn fat. Do I need to say anymore?
As a replacement for morning coffee or great as an afternoon pick me up, this is a healthful staple when my body is craving something other than water...let's be honest. Plus it'll help with that sweet tooth too by just adding honey or flavored creamer!



ICED MATCHA LATTE

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Energy boosting green tea latte.
Ingredients             
  • 12 ounces choice of milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp matcha
  • 2 tsp honey
  • Splash of vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Add and whisk all ingredients together and drink cold over ice.
Notes
  • This can also be enjoyed hot by simply heating up the milk before adding the ingredients.
  • If you want to take up the sweetness to a new level, add a few drops of flavored creamer! 


Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Latte Calories: 89 Fat: 4g Carbohydrates: 10g Sugar: 9g Protein: 1g


Recipe shout out to - http://celebratingsweets.com/iced-matcha-green-tea-latte/

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Okay, let's talk breakfast, aka; the way to my heart! I love a good well-prepared breakfast and I'll be the first to say I actually enjoy the behind the scenes pre-breakfast work that goes into each thought out meal. One of my golden star recipes and, very loved food is banana bread! I am not even kidding when I say I could eat an entire loaf of a homemade batch in just a few days by myself. Although, I can utter it's not on the list of my greatest achievement. We can just keep that between you and I.

With tons of delicious recipes for banana bread found far and wide, this one is perfectly satisfying to me! I'm constantly trying new ingredients and testing out different measurements to help stir up the healthy benefits. This one was created wonderfully for all my lovely vegan friends out there! The texture is perfectly hearty and gives off just enough sweetness. Top a slice off with some home-made strawberry jam and you'll never look back! I swear this banana bread hack will change your life. It's too good!



BANANA BREAD

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Vegan banana bread.
Ingredients             
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp walnuts
  • pinch of pink salt
  • pinch of nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a loaf pan.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. Mash banana in a separate bowl making sure to leave no big chunks.
  4. Add sugar, coconut oil, and mix until combined.
  5. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  6. Add in walnuts.
  7. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 30 minutes.
Notes
  • For anyone with a nut allergy, you can skip this ingredient altogether or replace it with another favorite topping, such as raisins or chocolate chips!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice    Calories: 166       Fat: 9g Carbohydrates: 21g Sugar: 6g Protein: 4g


Recipe shout out to - http://www.whereyougetyourprotein.com/vegan-banana-bread/


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When I think of a meal that will never get old in my book, roasted chickpea gyros is my answer without a doubt. A unique vegetarian spin on the modern classic gyro will leave your mouth watering. When I first discovered these at my favorite downtown restaurant here in New York, my stomach was practically jumping for you! Not only is this a quick and easy meal to make at home, but it's also customizable in flavor too. I adore a full packed pita with loads of fresh veggies and avocado tzatziki sauce (OH MY GOSH, YUM). Packed with healthy fats, nutrient dense carbs, and plenty of protein, your body will be thanking you later for supplying it with everything it needs.

For non-vegetarians, this meal also works great with chicken and red meat. My husband absolutely adores this greek inspired wrap with a good old fashioned burger seasoned with fresh garlic. Now stay tuned for more. Just belo is the avocado tzatziki sauce to go along with it as I mentioned above. You won't want to miss out on this one! 


Roasted chickpea gyros

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Simple vegetarian Mediterranean inspired chickpea wrap.
Ingredients             
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt & pepper
  • 4 pitas
  • 1 tomato (roma are my favorite!)
  • 1 cup spinach
  • slices of onion
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Pat chickpeas dry after opening the can and washing beans.
  3. Toss chickpeas with oil and spices.
  4. Spread onto a greased baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes.
  5. Slice up vegetable ingredients to prep for the gyro.
  6. Warm pitas and add all ingredients to wrap.
Notes
  • Using paprika will give this dish a bit of a kick, so feel free to add different spices like garlic powder, cumin, or fresh herbs to keep it on the mild side.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 gyro    Calories: 323       Fat: 69g Carbohydrates: 82g Sugar: 1g Protein: 11g


Recipe shout out to - http://www.liveeatlearn.com/roasted-chickpea-gyros/


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As promised, we're moving onto the avocado tzatziki sauce recipe. Get your pen and paper out because this dressing is easily one of the very best tzatziki sauces I've come across yet. Who doesn't love a good avocado either?! I'm almost positive I could eat this fruit every single day. Did you catch that? Avocado is a fruit! This is brand new to me as I always considered my green-hued egg a vegetable. What's so awesome about this is that most fruits consist primarily of carbohydrates, but the avocado is high in healthy fats.

These little "alligator pears" contain twenty different vitamins and minerals! They are loaded with fiber which is a contributor to weight loss and reduced blood sugar spikes. It doesn't stop there though because avocados are not only highly nutritious, but they can also dramatically increase the nutritional value of other plant foods you're eating at the same time. This is a prime reason to add healthy fats into all your vegetable consumption in order to receive all the beneficial plant-based nutrients. Did I mention this sauce could be used as a salad dressing too? Out with the old and in with the new flavors!



Avocado tzatziki sauce 

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The perfect mixture of flavor to spin off on your classic tzatziki.
Ingredients             
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup vegan mayo
  • Pinch of salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth.
Notes
  • The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup of greek yogurt, but for my vegan and dairy free pals out there, you're going to love using a vegan based mayo instead! This is how I made the recipe originally and I wouldn't want to change any of it.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 tbsp    Calories:12       Fat: 1g Sugar: 0g


Recipe shout out to - http://www.closetcooking.com/2015/09/avocado-tzatziki-sauce.html



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Finishing off strong with a recipe I've made almost a dozen times, vegan chili. I think I can confidently say this one is delicious, based on how many times it has been served for dinner in my home. Not only is the best combination of flavors for a cold winter night, but it's also a budget-friendly one too! Almost everything on the ingredient list is going to cost you under $10! And if that doesn't convince you yet, don't worry because you'll definitely have leftovers for the next couple of days as well...well if you can stop the temptation of returning for seconds and maybe thirds of course.

If you're not a vegan and this style of chili isn't your favorite, I want to encourage you with two options! Give it a try anyway and or add some meat and cheese to go along with this recipe. I want to address the fact that my husband is a huge fan of chicken, steak, and fish. So, when I kindly placed this chili in front of him one night at the dinner table, he was puzzled to see it was meatless. Although it wasn't his take on a "normal" traditional chili, he still had the heart to try it anyway. How great is my guy? *inserts heart eye emoji here* Oh, and guess what?! He LOVES it and often returns back for more! You might be surprised to know that this dinner is actually packed with tons of protein because of the multiple amounts of beans. Hearty and healthy? Yes, please.



vegan chili 

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Protein packed hearty, vegan chili.
Ingredients             
  • 2 white onions
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups kidney beans
  • 1 1/2 cups black beans
  • 1 1/2 cups garbanzo beans
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 28 oz crushed tomato
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 cup frozen or canned corn
Instructions
  1. Saute onions until tender (usually about 5 minutes).
  2. Add the spices and cook for 2 more minutes.
  3. Add tomato paste and stir for 1 minute until incorporated.
  4. Stir in the remaining ingredients and heat covered over a medium heat for 30 minutes.
  5. Add additional spices or toppings to finish it off.
Notes
  • 2 garlic cloves would also be optional with this recipe. I love the flavor, so I usually add in these while cooking the onions on step one.
  • A few great toppings to finish off the dish are things like chopped lettuce, cilantro, dairy free or regular cheese, sliced avocado, or guacamole.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bowl     Calories: 318       Fat: 3g Carbohydrates: 65g Sugar: 7g Protein: 16g


Recipe shout out to - http://www.fullofbeans.us/the-best-vegan-chili-ever/





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