some of my favorite cookbooks

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One Part Plant  

Naturally Nourished 

Wanderlust Find Your True Fork: Journeys in Healthy, Delicious, and Ethical Eating

The Intuitive Eating Workbook: Ten Principles for Nourishing a Healthy Relationship with Food (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)

Thug Kitchen 

The Pescetarian Plan: The Vegetarian + Seafood Way to Lose Weight and Love Your Food

Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year

Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes

Nourish Bowls: Simple and Nutritious Balanced Meals in a Bowl

The Healthy Ketogenic Vegetarian Cookbook: 100 Easy & Delicious Ketogenic Vegetarian Diet Recipes For Weight Loss and Radiant Health

Plant-Strong: Discover the World’s Healthiest Diet–with 150 Engine 2 Recipes

 

 

*Notes:

While I myself am not doing a vegan nutrition plan, something vegans and even vegetarians who are finicky need to remember: By eliminating food groups from your diet, you are potentially at risk of missing out on certain micronutrients. By avoiding animal and animal products, a vegan diet is at risk of being low in calcium, vitamin D, iron, vitamin B12, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. Therefore, if you follow a vegan diet it is essential that you get enough of these nutrients through specific vegan food sources – and may even need to take additional supplements.

When selecting dairy-free alternatives, make sure you are choosing the fortified options. Humus is a good nutrition choice; tahini (sesame seed paste)  is a good source of calcium, zinc and iron, which are all micronutrients hard to get a hold of on a vegan diet.

While within my own lifestyle I am focusing on a a more pescatarian/vegetarian/ovo-vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free,  centered nutrition plan, I am also trying to keep my nutrition clean and whole food oriented and items like these below that are consumed by many vegetarians and vegans I just keep out of my diet.

Soy, in large or often amounts: “because the soybean contains large quantities of natural toxins or “antinutrients.” First among them are potent enzyme inhibitors that block the action of trypsin and other enzymes needed for protein digestion.”

Nutritional Yeast: Simply because I don’t think it makes ANYTHING really taste like cheese. I would rather just eliminate the cheese and stop trying to emulate it with something that tatses nothing like the cheese I so love and is so bad for me and my health. It just toys with my senses.

 

Happy National Watermelon Day

🍉National Watermelon Day🍉
Thursday, Aug. 3

 

 

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🍉watermelon and heirloom tomato salad

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped basil (or mint, chives, or parsley)
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1/2 medium seedless watermelon rind removed, cut into 2-inch triangles
  • 3 medium heirloom tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup yellow cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1/4 medium red onion sliced thin
  • 2 Tbsp. crumbled feta cheese about ½ oz.

Instructions

  1. Combine oil, vinegar, basil, salt, and pepper in small bowl; whisk to blend. Set aside.

  2. Arrange arugula, watermelon, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and onion on a large serving platter.  

  3. Drizzle evenly with dressing.

  4. Top evenly with cheese. 

Calories: 154

 

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🍉grilled watermelon wedges

Ingredients

  • ¼ medium watermelon rind washed, cut into 1¼-inch thick wedges
  • 1 tsp sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • 2 tsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Place cookie (or baking) rack over baking pan. Season watermelon with salt. Place on prepared rack. Let watermelon drain for 30 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

  2. Preheat grill or broiler on high.

  3. Lightly brush watermelon with oil.

  4. Grill (or broil) for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until grill marks appear and watermelon softens slightly.

Calories: 105

 

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🍉watermelon and tomato gazpatcho

Ingredients

  • 1 medium tomato chopped
  • 4 cups cubed watermelon
  • ½ medium cucumber chopped
  • 1 medium shallot chopped
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp chopped Italian parsley (reserve a small amount for garnish)
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • Thinly sliced carrots (for garnish; optional)
  • Thinly sliced radishes (for garnish; optional)

Instructions

  1. Place tomato, watermelon, cucumber, and shallot in blender; cover. Pulse until chunky.

  2. Add vinegar, oil, basil, parsley, and salt; pulse until chunky.

  3. Remove ⅓ of tomato mixture; place in medium serving bowl.

  4. Blend remaining tomato mixture until smooth. Add to serving bowl; mix well.

  5. Divide into 4 serving bowls. Garnish with carrots, radishes, and parlsey if desired.

Calories: 90

 

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🍉watermelon strawberry surprise shakeology

Ingredients

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup diced watermelon
  • 1 scoop Strawberry Shakeology
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Place water, watermelon, Shakeology, mint, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

Calories: 155

 

More recipes continued….here

 

 

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🍉10 fun facts about watermelon

1. Watermelon is 92% water.

2. Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.

3. The word “watermelon” first appeared in the English dictionary in 1615.

4. A watermelon takes about 90 days to grow, from planting to harvesting.

5. You can eat watermelon rind. Here are three ways to enjoy the green part!

6. The first cookbook published in the U.S. in 1796 was titled American Cookery and contained a recipe for watermelon rind pickles.

7. The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt and is depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphics on walls of their ancient buildings. Watermelons were often placed in the burial tombs of kings to nourish them in the afterlife.

8. According to Guinness World Records, the world’s heaviest watermelon was grown by Chris Kent of Sevierville, Tennessee in 2013, weighing in at 350.5 lbs.

9. More than 300 varieties of watermelon are cultivated in the United States and South America. The most common watermelon options are seeded, seedless, mini and yellow & orange.

10. The United States currently ranks 6th in worldwide production of watermelon, with Florida, Texas, California, Georgia and Indiana consistently in the lead.

Source: Parade

 

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🍉national watermelon day on pinterest

 

 

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Rainbow Lentil Bowls

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Rainbow Lentil Bowls

Ingredients

  • 4 cups mixed salad greens
  • 1 cup pico de gallo (or fresh tomato salsa)
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
  • 1 cup chopped red cabbage
  • 2 cups cooked brown lentils (or green lentils)
  • 1 cup chopped orange bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes (or grape tomatoes)

Instructions

  1. Evenly divide salad greens and red cabbage between four serving bowls.
  2. Evenly layer half of pico de gallo, cheese, cabbage, lentils, orange bell pepper, green bell pepper, tomatoes, and remaining half of pico de gallo on top of salad greens in “stripes.”

 

Photos by Amanda Meixner and Dani Paris

Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad

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Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad

I tweaked this recipe to make it more keto and vegan friendly. Great summer dish!

GRILLED VEGETABLES

  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Pinch Sea Salt and Pepper

BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper

SALAD

  • 1 lb chickpea pasta
  • 1/4 bunch Italian parsley

 

  1. Wash the zucchini, yellow squash, and red bell pepper. Remove the stems, then cut them into large slices or pieces (remove the seeds from the bell pepper. Slice the red onion into thick slices.
  2. Place the zucchini, yellow squash, red bell pepper, red onion, and grape tomatoes on a large baking sheet and drizzle olive oil over top. Gently toss the vegetables until they are well coated in oil. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper over top. (Grape tomatoes are generally too small to place directly on a grill, so if using a grill just add the tomatoes to the salad fresh.)
  3. Grill the vegetables over an open flame until they are charred and tender. OR, adjust your oven’s top rack to be about 6 inches below the broiler unit and turn the broiler on to high. Place the baking sheet under the broiler and watch it closely until the vegetable become charred and tender (about 10-15 minutes, depending on your oven and distance from the broiler).
  4. Allow the vegetables to cool slightly after grilling or broiling. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil to cook the pasta. Once boiling, add the pasta and boil for 7-10 minutes, or just until the pasta is tender. Drain the pasta in a colander and allow it to cool slightly (until it’s no longer steaming).
  5. While the pasta is cooking and the vegetables are cooling, prepare the creamy balsamic vinaigrette. To a jar or bowl add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon, garlic, basil, salt, and pepper. Whisk the ingredients together or close the jar and shake until combined.**
  6. Once the vegetables are cool enough to handle, chop them into smaller, 1-inch pieces. Roughly chop the parsley leaves.
  7. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, chopped vegetables, and parsley. Pour the vinaigrette over top, starting with half and adding more to your liking. Gently stir the pasta and vegetables until everything is coated in dressing. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.

 

Adapted Recipe From: Budget Bytes

Summertime Grilled Veggie Marinades

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Summer 🌞
Beaches, picnics, vacations, swimming, baseball, sunshiny days, warm balmy nights and, grilling out doors!
Hubby and I are planning one of our firsts. Our first grill! As apartment dwellers we’ve seen a lot of restrictions on grills and just no grills allowed at most places. But where we are now we can have a grill, finally!
Veggies straight off an outdoor
grill is my favorite way to eat them other than raw. Can’t wait to use these on the grill outside instead of toaster oven, inside!!
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  • Eggplant with coconut oil, balsamic vinegar, rosemary, and garlic
  • Zucchini with grapeseed oil, lemon juice, and basil
  • Summer squash with avocado oil, lime juice, and mint
  • Green beans with equal parts sesame oil and grapeseed oil, Chinese black vinegar, ginger, and orange zest
  • Corn on the cob with avocado oil, lime juice, and chile pepper
  • Sweet bell peppers/zucchini with avocado oil, balsamic vinegar, minced onion, fresh basil, minced garlic, sea salt, pepper
  • Eggplant/pattypan squash with avocado oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, garlic clove/grated, sea salt, red chili flakes, fresh mint minced, fresh oregano minced
  • Sweet bell
  • ll peppers with grapeseed oil, vinegar, Italian seasoning, sea salt, pepper
  • Summer squash/carrots/asparagus with pomegranate balsamic vinegar, honey, sea salt, pepper, coconut oil, chopped fresh sage, chopped parsley

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