Eating Bird Food https://www.eatingbirdfood.com A Healthy Food Blog Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:43:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Roasted Strawberry Cottage Cheese Bowl https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/strawberry-cottage-cheese-bowl/ https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/strawberry-cottage-cheese-bowl/#comments Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:15:36 +0000 http://www.eatingbirdfood.com/?p=13460 This strawberry cottage cheese bowl pairs maple roasted strawberries, oats and coconut with cottage cheese for a delicious, protein-packed breakfast. Roasting the berries enhances their sweetness and creates a delicious, fruity sauce to mix into the cottage cheese.  It’s funny because I go through phases with cottage cheese. Some weeks I buy it and it disappears in a couple days,... CONTINUE READING

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This strawberry cottage cheese bowl pairs maple roasted strawberries, oats and coconut with cottage cheese for a delicious, protein-packed breakfast. Roasting the berries enhances their sweetness and creates a delicious, fruity sauce to mix into the cottage cheese. 

This strawberry cottage cheese bowl pairs maple roasted strawberries, oats and coconut with cottage cheese for a delicious, protein-packed breakfast. Roasting the berries enhances their sweetness and creates a delicious, fruity sauce to mix into the cottage cheese.

It’s funny because I go through phases with cottage cheese. Some weeks I buy it and it disappears in a couple days, but other times it just sits in the fridge. It’s one of those foods I have to be in the mood for.

This strawberry cottage cheese bowl pairs maple roasted strawberries, oats and coconut with cottage cheese for a delicious, protein-packed breakfast. Roasting the berries enhances their sweetness and creates a delicious, fruity sauce to mix into the cottage cheese.

Here recently though I’ve been l-o-v-i-n-g it, especially paired with local, seasonal berries and a little maple syrup.

I’ve been making cottage cheese bowls with fruit for many moons, but it wasn’t until recently that I switched things up by roasting the fruit beforehand. This trick is a total game-changer and was inspired by a breakfast recipe I tried from SELFstarter that pairs roasted strawberries and oats with Greek yogurt.

Until trying SELF’s recipe I’d never roasted berries for a breakfast recipe before. Well, besides the few times I’ve paired leftover blueberry crumble or crumble bars with Greek yogurt for breakfast or that time I made leftover berry crumble overnight oats. I don’t think those count, but I highly recommend trying either when you have leftover crumble around the house.

This strawberry cottage cheese bowl pairs maple roasted strawberries, oats and coconut with cottage cheese for a delicious, protein-packed breakfast. Roasting the berries enhances their sweetness and creates a delicious, fruity sauce to mix into the cottage cheese.

Roasting the strawberries not only enhances their flavor and sweetness, but it helps the berries release a little juice which makes for the perfect sauce to mix into a bowl of cottage cheese.

Alone the roasted berries and cottage cheese have kind of a mushy texture so for this recipe the strawberries are roasted with oats and coconut flakes. The oats and coconut add a nice crunch to the mixture, as well as, some whole grains and healthy fats. The combo is filling, delicious and perfect for days you need a hearty, protein-packed breakfast.

Quick little note: the berries do take 30 minutes to roast, which is fine for a relaxed weekend breakfast, however if you’re making this for the weekday it might be best for make your roasted mixture ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to make the bowl. The roasted berry mixture should last about 4-5 days in the fridge.

Roasted Strawberry Cottage Cheese Bowl

Preparation 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Serves 1     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 8 strawberries, quartered
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup + extra for topping
  • pinch of cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°. Toss strawberries, oats, coconut, maple and cinnamon in a small bowl. Line a baking sheet with parchment and spread berry mixture over it. Bake berry mixture for a total of 30 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Let berries cool for 5 minutes. 
  2. Place cottage cheese in a bowl. Add roasted berry mixture on top and enjoy! If the cottage cheese doesn't taste sweet enough you can add an extra drizzle of maple.

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Recipe inspired and adapted from SELF's Roasted Oat and Strawberry Yogurt Parfait.

This strawberry cottage cheese bowl pairs maple roasted strawberries, oats and coconut with cottage cheese for a delicious, protein-packed breakfast. Roasting the berries enhances their sweetness and creates a delicious, fruity sauce to mix into the cottage cheese.

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German Chocolate Energy Bites with Pecans https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/german-chocolate-energy-bites/ https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/german-chocolate-energy-bites/#comments Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:00:57 +0000 https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/?p=27589 These German chocolate energy bites pack all the flavors you love from German chocolate cake into a wholesome, naturally sweetened snack! You’ll love the coconut, chocolate and pecan combo. Sponsored by the American Pecan Council.  I have a TON of nutritious energy bite/ball recipes here on EBF, but I realized recently that my collection was seriously... CONTINUE READING

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These German chocolate energy bites pack all the flavors you love from German chocolate cake into a wholesome, naturally sweetened snack! You’ll love the coconut, chocolate and pecan combo. Sponsored by the American Pecan Council

These German chocolate energy bites pack all the flavors you love from German chocolate cake into a wholesome, naturally sweetened snack! You’ll love the coconut, chocolate and pecan combo.

I have a TON of nutritious energy bite/ball recipes here on EBF, but I realized recently that my collection was seriously lacking in the chocolate department. There are a few with chocolate chips, but none will full-on chocolate flavor. Why? I have no clue! But it’s changing today so all my chocolate lovers can rejoice.

These German chocolate energy bites pack all the flavors you love from German chocolate cake into a wholesome, naturally sweetened snack! You’ll love the coconut, chocolate and pecan combo.

These German chocolate energy bites are loaded with all the flavor you’d expected from German chocolate cake — rich chocolate, buttery pecans and coconut — but in the form of a nutrient-dense snack.

I know most of you are familiar with pecans and probably use them often in your kitchen, perhaps as a salad topper, in oatmeal or for special treats like pecan pie, but they’re quite a nutritional powerhouse and an awesome nut to have on hand for everyday cooking! Here’s why:

  • A handful of pecans – about 19 halves – is a good source of fiber, thiamin, and zinc, and an excellent source of copper and manganese – a mineral that’s essential for metabolism and bone health.
  • In each 1-ounce serving you’ll get 12 grams of “good” monounsaturated fat, with zero cholesterol or sodium. Compared to other nuts, pecans are among the lowest in carbs (4 grams) and highest in dietary fiber (3 grams) per serving.
  • The unique mix of unsaturated fats, plant sterols, fiber and flavonoids all add up to make pecans a superfood.

One more fun fact about pecans — they’re the only tree nut that’s indigenous to North America, and most are grown in 15 southern states. I honestly never really thought about where pecans were grown before, but now it makes so much sense as to why pecans are such a big part of Southern cuisine.

These German chocolate energy bites pack all the flavors you love from German chocolate cake into a wholesome, naturally sweetened snack! You’ll love the coconut, chocolate and pecan combo.

I’ve been eating these German chocolate energy bites almost daily as a pre-workout snack and I’m hooked on the flavor. I hope you love them as much as we do!

This recipe is really easy and super versatile. I’ve tested it a couple times and have a few helpful tips:

  • the original recipe calls for 1/4 cup of protein powder, but you can sub 1/4 cup more cacao powder if you don’t have chocolate protein powder on hand or prefer not to use it.
  • toasting the shredded coconut is optional but totally worth it if you want that roasted coconut flavor.
  • the bites are absolutely delicious with mini chocolate chips tossed in. Once you have the dough processed, add about 3 Tablespoons and pulse a few more times to combine, then roll into balls. I like using the enjoy life mini chocolate chips.

German Chocolate Energy Bites with Pecans

Preparation 10 mins
Cook Time
Total Time 10 mins
Serves 8     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 10 pitted medjool dates (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup chocolate protein powder
  • 2 Tablespoon cacao or cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Toast coconut if you’d like: Preheat oven to 350°, spread shredded coconut onto a baking sheet and bake for 5-8 minutes or until coconut is golden in color. Be sure to watch the coconut closely because it has the tendency to burn easily.
  2. Place all ingredients (dates, pecans, coconut, protein powder, cacao powder and oats) into the food processor and pulse until everything is combined and pecans are the size of crumb. Add vanilla and sea salt and pulse once more. If the dough seems a little dry, add a little water, one 1 teaspoon at a time. Scoop dough from food processor and form into small balls using your hands. Place balls into a sealed storage container and store in the fridge (for about a week) or the freezer (for 1-2 months). Makes 16 balls.

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These German chocolate energy bites pack all the flavors you love from German chocolate cake into a wholesome, naturally sweetened snack! You’ll love the coconut, chocolate and pecan combo.

Thank you to the American Pecan Council for sponsoring this post. If you want to learn more about pecans or find additional recipes, check out the American Pecan Council website

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Cauliflower Fried Rice + Terra’s Kitchen Giveaway https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/cauliflower-fried-rice/ https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/cauliflower-fried-rice/#comments Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:22:57 +0000 https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/?p=27818 Cauliflower fried rice has the texture and flavor you crave from traditional fried rice, but it’s loaded with veggies, high in fiber and low in carbs. Serve with your favorite protein for a nourishing, paleo-friendly meal.  If you’ve been following EBF for a while you’ll know that I’m a huge advocate of planning out your meals for... CONTINUE READING

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Cauliflower fried rice has the texture and flavor you crave from traditional fried rice, but it’s loaded with veggies, high in fiber and low in carbs. Serve with your favorite protein for a nourishing, paleo-friendly meal. 

Cauliflower fried rice has the texture and flavor you crave from traditional fried rice, but it’s loaded with veggies, high in fiber and low in carbs. Serve with your favorite protein for a nourishing, paleo-friendly meal.

If you’ve been following EBF for a while you’ll know that I’m a huge advocate of planning out your meals for the week as a way to stay on track with your healthy eating goals. (Get my meal planning tips and grab my free meal plan printable here!)

You’ll likely also remember that over the past year or so Isaac and I have tried out several meal delivery services and have been using Terra’s Kitchen regularly.

Vegetable Cauliflower Fried Rice

We love using Terra’s kitchen for a variety of reasons. Not only is it super convenient, but it gives us a basic meal plan for the week (without having to do anything except choose the meals) and saves me time both with grocery shopping and meal planning. It also ensures we cook at home more often than not. We usually order three full meals for the week and sometimes I’ll add on an extra protein option (usually shrimp or chicken) so that we can use it for a simple dinner recipe or as a protein option for lunches.

If you’re interested in reading my initial review of Terra’s Kitchen, you can find that here. Just be aware that the meals change and some of those meals I highlighted aren’t part of the TK menu anymore.

Vegetable Cauliflower Fried Rice

Another reason I love Terra’s Kitchen is that it allows me to try different recipes, which is really fun for someone who’s always looking for inspiration in the kitchen. One example of this —  a couple weeks ago I ordered the Mexican Skillet Shrimp Chilaquiles — a dish I have never had before, let alone cooked.  The meal turned out to be delicious and introduced me to a new type of Mexican dish I know I’ll be making again.

Since we’ve been using Terra’s Kitchen regularly for over a year now I have tried a ton of the recipes and found a few that are household favorites. These are meals that I’ve ordered at least 2-3 times. One of these is the cauliflower fried rice, which is loaded with veggies and so quick and easy to whip up. Cauliflower rice wasn’t something new to me as I’ve made it on my own before and have actually been meaning to share the recipe, but I love the TK’s version so much that I’ve decided to share it with you today.

This dish is low in calories and carbs so I recommend pairing it with some sort of protein or serving it as a side dish. I really like adding shrimp, similar to my quinoa fried rice recipe. I simply cook the shrimp in a separate pan with al little oil, salt and pepper and serve it over the cauliflower fried rice for a full meal.

This cauliflower fried rice has the texture and flavor you crave from traditional fried rice, but it’s loaded with veggies, high in fiber and low in carbs. Serve with your favorite protein for a nourishing, paleo-friendly meal.

I hope you’ll give this cauliflower fried rice recipe a try!

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Preparation 15 mins
Cook Time 15 hrs
Total Time 15 mins
Serves 2     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flake
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/3 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/3 cup fire roasted corn
  • 2 teaspoons low-sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • sesame seeds and sriracha, for serving

Instructions

  1. Make Cauliflower Rice: Add cauliflower to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until broken into rice-size pieces.
  2. Heat a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in 1 tablespoon avocado oil, garlic, onion and ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper. Stir for 30 seconds.
  3. Stir-fry Cauliflower “Rice”: Add cauliflower and salt to the wok and cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Remove to a bowl.
  4. Stir-fry Vegetables: Place the wok back over high heat and add 1 tablespoon avocado oil, sesame oil, broccoli, carrots and corn. Cook, stirring until broccoli is cooked through but still has a crunch (3-4 minutes).
  5. Finish Stir-fry: Add cauliflower rice and soy sauce back into the wok with the veggies and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. To Serve: Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve straight from the wok!

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Recipe Notes

You can buy pre-chopped cauliflower rice if you don’t own a food processor. This also helps reduce clean up time!

Recipe from Terra's Kitchen. 

In addition to sharing this awesome Terra’s Kitchen recipe, I’m teaming up with them to host a $100 Terra’s Kitchen giveaway! To enter, simply leave a comment with why you’re interested in trying Terra’s Kitchen. Even if you don’t end up winning the giveaway, you can still try Terra’s Kitchen at a discount. Just use code BIRDFOOD for $35 off your first order.

This cauliflower fried rice has the texture and flavor you crave from traditional fried rice, but it’s loaded with veggies, high in fiber and low in carbs. Serve with your favorite protein for a nourishing, paleo-friendly meal.

This post isn’t sponsored by Terra’s Kitchen, but I am a brand ambassador for them and the giveaway is sponsored. Thank you for supporting brands that make EBF possible. 

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Skin Care Essentials I’m Loving RN https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/skin-care-essentials-im-loving-rn/ https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/skin-care-essentials-im-loving-rn/#comments Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:19:19 +0000 https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/?p=27790 The top six skin care essentials I can’t live without right now. Everything from castor oil for growing out my eyebrows to jade rolling and a magical nylon beauty towel. Last year around this same time I posted a roundup with some of my favorite natural beauty products for summer. Many of the products I still have... CONTINUE READING

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The top six skin care essentials I can’t live without right now. Everything from castor oil for growing out my eyebrows to jade rolling and a magical nylon beauty towel.

Last year around this same time I posted a roundup with some of my favorite natural beauty products for summer. Many of the products I still have and use or have purchased again — specifically the TJ’s shave cream and the Coola sunscreen as I’m still hooked on both of those. I actually ended up buying the Coola Makeup Setting Spray just before Isaac’s sister’s wedding last week. It worked great for keeping my makeup looking fresh and my skin protected throughout the ceremony.

Skin Care Essentials I'm Loving RN // Eating Bird Food

This year I have a few new products to share that I know you are going to L-O-V-E. Not all of these are summer specific so I’m just calling this post skin care essentials. I know many of you come to EBF for food and fitness related content, but healthy living goes beyond the food we put in our mouths and the movement we do. Plus, as much as I love food, I really enjoy sharing this lifestyle content as it comes up. Hopefully you get some value from it as well. Let me know in the comment section!

Okay, let’s get down to the nitty gritty details… here are my latest skin care obsessions.

Salux Nylon Beauty Towel + Pumice Stone

Salux Nylon Beauty Towel — OMG! I can’t stop raving about this magical exfoliating towel. I first learned about it from a friend a couple months ago (thanks Megan!) and it’s been the most amazing thing I’ve done for my skin in a long time. You see, I’ve struggled with sensitive skin since I was young and I’ve pretty much always had small (red or flesh colored) bumps on the back of my legs. They usually get better during the summer months, but never fully go away. I have a mild case of keratosis pilaris (KP) on my arms so I figured it was some form of KP on my legs too. At some points I thought it was workout/sweat related, but I’m pretty good about removing sweaty clothes and I shower often. I also thought it might be triggered by my diet (perhaps a reaction to gluten or diary?). I’m still not 100% sure the cause of these bumps BUT the whole point is that I’ve been using this magic towel for about 3 weeks and the bumps are almost completely gone. Like legit the back of my legs and butt are the smoothest and softest they’ve ever been in my whole life. For the first couple weeks I was only using the towel on my legs because I wasn’t sure about it, but now that I know it works I’ve started using it all over my body and on my arms. I can’t wait to see if it helps with the KP on my arms too! I will say, it’s a bit abrasive and it can kind of sting if you rub hard, but my skin is feeling so amazing after using it and moisturizing. Over the past few weeks I keep asking Isaac to feel my legs because I’m in shock that they’re this smooth.

Pumice Stone — Apparently I’m behind the times when it comes to exfoliating. I know that most of you probably already own a pumice stone, but this little guy has been a game changer for me this summer. My heels are constantly dry. Not usually peeling, just super dry and kind of cracking. I get a pedicure and they’re soft for like two days and immediately get dry and start cracking again. I tried Baby Foot once (and that was quite an experience) but it still didn’t solve my issue. My feet were soft for two days (after a week of crazy peeling) and then they were dry again. Not worth it! I’ve tried creams, sleeping in socks… all the normal things you hear to do, but using a pumice stone 2-3 times a week is the only thing that’s really helped.

I ordered the stone off Amazon the same day I ordered the nylon beauty towel and it’s like my whole world changed. Hooray for exfoliating!

Castor Oil For Growing Eyebrows

Castor Oil — This stuff is hot right now because it’s been shown to help with hair growth, specifically for eyebrows. I’m working with my eyebrow lady to grow mine out. She recommended I try castor oil so I’ve been adding a small dab to my eyebrows as part of my bedtime skin care routine. It’s been about six or seven weeks now and my eyebrows are growing, but not really at the same pace. One is looking pretty good while the other is basically just chilling with a few stray hairs. I’m going to continue the growing out process throughout the summer and see where I’m at with it. In the meantime, I’ve been using some Benefit products to help keep my brows looking decent. I use Gimme Brow to give them structure and volume while holding them in place and then the Precisely, My Brow Pencil to fill in the gaps where hair isn’t growing just yet.

Added bonus, castor oil apparently helps with growing thicker eyelashes too. I haven’t tried it on my lashes (only brows), but apparently you can use a mascara wand to apply the castor oil to your lashes as night and it helps prevent breakage and helps them grow faster. I’m going to get a mascara wand and try it.

Jade Roller

Jade Roller — I recently bought this little guy from a local shop here in Richmond called Boketto Wellness after hearing so much about it. Basically it’s a skincare tool made of jade stone that you roll over your face. The jade stone itself has healing energy that helps to balance your qi, or energy. And using the jade roller on your face is said to promote lymphatic drainage, stimulate collagen, improve circulation, skin tone and elasticity as well as reduce puffiness, wrinkles and under-eye circles. Jade stones are cool on their own, but I’ve been keeping my roller in the fridge or freezer so it’s extra cold when I roll it over my face, which helps increase it’s effectiveness. I use it right after putting on my moisturizer and eye cream to help it absorb, but you can use the roller on clean, dry skin too. From everything I’ve read about jade rolling, you want to roll in an upward or outward motion, never down your face and never back and fourth. I found this video helpful.

Primally Pure Deodorant + Complexion Mist

Primally Pure — I’ve been on the hunt for a natural deodorant that I love and recently stumbled upon Primally Pure’s Sensitive Skin Lemongrass deodorant. I’ve been testing it out for about a month now and have been super impressed. The lemongrass scent smells lovely and I feel like it really works at combating sweat and stink. The white paste is thick so a little goes a long way and it lasts through my toughest workouts. Primally Pure sent me a little care package so I’ve been testing out some of their other products as well. Two of my favorites so far are the Rose + Mint Complexion Mist (super hydrating and cooling for summer) and the Almond Vanilla Body Butter (makes my hands baby soft and vanilla is my favorite scent so I love the way it smells).

The Make-up Eraser

The Make-up Eraser — This towel is awesome for the first round of removing make-up with water alone and totally saves my normal wash cloths and towels from mascara stains. I usually have a little bit of eye make-up left so I still use eye make-up remover, but overall I’m impressed with it’s ability to remove almost all my make-up with water alone. It’s really soft and doesn’t dry out my skin! This makes a great gift too.

None of these products are sponsored, although I was sent complimentary Primally Pure products to test out. There are some affiliate links included in the post.

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Green Goodness Bowl with Pesto Steelhead Trout https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/green-goodness-bowl-pesto-steelhead-trout/ https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/green-goodness-bowl-pesto-steelhead-trout/#comments Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:00:37 +0000 https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/?p=27638 Loaded with hydrating greens, fresh herbs, healthy fats and high quality protein on a bed of wholesome grains, this green goodness bowl is your instant gateway back to balance and ease. This post is sponsored by Kroger. Have you ever come back from a weekend of indulging (oh hi summer wedding season) and just craved all the... CONTINUE READING

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Loaded with hydrating greens, fresh herbs, healthy fats and high quality protein on a bed of wholesome grains, this green goodness bowl is your instant gateway back to balance and ease. This post is sponsored by Kroger.

Have you ever come back from a weekend of indulging (oh hi summer wedding season) and just craved all the vegetables? Perhaps a really simple source of protein to accompany the purity of the aforementioned veggie situation, and a healthy fat to soothe the inflammation in your gut? However, before you even make it to the grocery store you’ve excused yourself from the mere idea of having to prepare such a seemingly complex creation, because, after all, the weekend was exhausting enough.

Well folks, rest assured that you’re not alone in this experience of reset and recovery. It’s our bodies natural way of re-balancing and finding homeostasis, and points to an efficient internal monitoring system. So though it may be beneficial to avoid sugar, alcohol, and refined carbohydrates for a few days that doesn’t mean our food has to be boring, bland, or labor intensive. Allow me to tempt you with this green goodness bowl.

Green Goodness Grain Bowl with Baked Pesto Steelhead Trout

To combat digestive stagnation I used fresh fish (but any leaner cuts of protein would work), high fiber grains and greens, and added a number of ingredients to promote cooling + hydration within my core. I was also mindful to incorporate ingredients rich in antioxidants to support my body in it’s defense work against inflammation + bloat. This bowl is not only nourishing, but filling due to the combo of heart healthy fats and whole grains.

Though fish can be intimidating to cook at first glance, knowing how to prepare and serve it is not only important for a balanced lifestyle but easier than you may think. This method is so simple, and takes no more than 15 minutes from start to finish.

Green Goodness Grain Bowl with Baked Pesto Steelhead Trout

I thought I’d add some variety to my diet (and it looked better at the market) by opting for wild-caught Steelhead trout, which both resembles and tastes a lot like salmon. Trout is known to be rich in lean protein, vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids, while containing a low level of toxins like mercury and pesticides. However, you could use any lean piece of fresh fish to accompany your bowl.

As I’ve discussed in previous posts, fats are an integral part of creating a satisfying meal that will keep you full for longer periods of time. Unsaturated fats, like those found in fish, nuts, seeds, olive oil, and avocado, shouldn’t be feared or avoided, as they’re a necessity for our bodies to carry out their normal functions. This doesn’t mean we can consume copious amounts of these foods, but it does mean we should incorporate them in our meals as healthier alternatives to saturated fats from animal products (dairy, bacon, pork, etc).

Green Goodness Bowl with Baked Steelhead Trout

That being said, I wanted my detox bowl to be loaded with unsaturated fats to help me reset + balance, as well as soothe any acute inflammation. Adding pesto to the fish and grains not only gives the dish a powerful extra boost of flavor, but also introduces olive oil and pine nuts to the line up of hearty healthy fats. Topping the bowl off with avocado was like the cherry on my green goodness sundae. You know you’re an adult when you get so excited about your dinner that you equate it to a dessert!

Next came all the greens I could find in arms reach: arugula, peas, green onions, and all the fresh herbs. Bitter flavors, like those found in arugula, are known to drain internal heat and soothe us during hot summer months. Did you know that green onions contain 100 times more phytonutrients than a regular onion? These are the compounds that give green onions both their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities. Gimme, gimme!

Green Goodness Bowl with Baked Steelhead Trout

The time saving grace to this dish was the organic grain blend I had on hand from Seeds of Change, which allowed this bowl to come together in under 20 minutes. While the fish was baking, I chopped the herbs, and didn’t have to worry about fussing over two more pots on the stove. I heated the pre-cooked quinoa + brown rice a few minutes before the trout was done, and voila – dinner was ready and looked gorgeous! The blend would’ve been delicious by itself, but while it was sautéing on the burner I added peas, pesto, and arugula for an added punch… because let’s be honest, I can’t help but add my own flare.

I purchased the Seeds of Change quinoa + brown rice blend from my local Kroger, which offers a wide variety of organic items at a great value. Kroger is the closest grocery store to our house and I love that they have such a large selection of organics. This month (from July 9 – July 26) Kroger is hosting a special sale on organic items with over $100 in digital coupon savings. Check out this link to see all the deals and get a coupon for the Seeds of Change product I used in this recipe.

Green Goodness Bowl with Pesto Steelhead Trout

Preparation 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Serves 4     adjust servings

Ingredients

Basil Pesto

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup parmesan
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil

Bowls

  • 1 lb (4 fillets) wild-caught steelhead trout or salmon
  • sea salt and ground pepper
  • 2 packages Seeds of Change Organic Quinoa and Brown Rice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3-4 big handfuls arugula
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped dill + more for garnish
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro + more for garnish
  • 2 cups baby peas (thawed if frozen)
  • 1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 cup spring onions, chopped
  • extra pine nuts (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Make pesto: add basil, garlic and pine nuts in a food processor. Process until finely minced. With the machine running slowly drizzle in the olive oil and process until the mixture is smooth. Add the cheese and process very briefly, just long enough to combine. Remove 3 teaspoons from food processor and set aside for later.
  3. Prep fish: add filets to a baking sheet and sprinkle with a little sea salt and fresh cracked pepper. Spread pesto sauce on top of each fillet. Bake prepared fillets in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.
  4. While fish is baking, prep grains and greens. Add 2 packages of Seeds of Change brown rice + quinoa blend to a large skillet with 3 teaspoons pesto and 1/4 cup water. Cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes and then add fresh arugula, baby peas, dill and cilantro. Toss and heat until grain and peas are warm and arugula has wilted a bit.
  5. Prep 4 bowls: add a base of the grains and greens mixture to each bowl, top with cucumber, avocado and one fillet of baked fish. Add chopped pine nuts on top of each filet for garnish and sprinkle each bowl with spring onion, fresh dill, cilantro and cracked pepper. Serve immediately.

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