vegan chickpea curry

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This vegan thing is getting way out of hand. I’m hooked on the chickpeas and curry recipes. Both have extremely helpful benefits for you as well. See here and here.

At first this was just a seven day kind of thing but now it’s been 16 days and I’m kinda liking it. Don’t get me wrong I caved in for some hot wings a several days ago. My ultimate goal is to reduce the meat intake. I’m transitioning… barely vegan!

So I made this Chickpea Curry and it was delicious nevertheless.

Okay so let’s get to the recipe.

It’s fairly simple the entire time was about 10 minutes prepping and 10-15 minutes cooking time.

I uploaded the video for this recipe as well!

But if you need to see it like me as well, keep scrolling!

First you’ll need:

  • 2 cans of chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 medium onions
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 lime juice
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • Veggies (I used spinach, Ive used carrots and potatoes before)
  • Spring H2O to dilute to thickness desired
  • Basil leaves
  • Bay leaves for rice
  • Basmati/Jasmine rice

I first began to cook my rice, it will be finished by the time the curry is done.

Sautée onions until clear for about 5 minutes. Add garlic next and cook for five minutes more.

Next add your can of coconut milk and stir. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Add chickpeas, green onions, tomatoes, soy sauce and simmer. After about 5 minutes add your spinach or depending on what veggies you have. For example carrots and potatoes should be added early on. Soup will cook longer as well so turn your heat down.

Squeeze lime juice in now or wait until you’ve fixed your bowl. I like the sour taste afterwards!

I hope you try it and tell

Me what you think? I’m ready to venture out to more vegan delights, what do you suggest?

*****the opinions expressed in LCC are just that, MY two cents!! ****

xo,

Jada

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my go to winter quickies for meals

It’s winter and I’m actually excited about it because the holidays and my birthday is approaching.

I love cooking but I love one pot meals.

I have two toddlers that have bottomless pits so I have to be careful and creative with their selections.

Soup is the best way to get the boys to eat their veggies without kind of realizing it. I don’t generally have a problem with them eating veggies they chose to eat it last of course.

I finally got my egg drop soup down!!

Super simple recipe!

Chicken broth, green onion, mushroom soup base (my preference) and three eggs slightly beaten.

Bring to a boil all your ingredients but the eggs. Once water comes to a boil simmer did wh and then add eggs. Stir while pouring eggs in. If you want larger eggs in your soup then don’t stir often the opposite for smaller eggs.

I always have fresh veggies left over after cooking meals and it usually goes bad or tossed. I blend some items but I have started to make veggie soup out of all the veggies left over.

This week we had lima beans, red lentils, green beans, corn, tomatoes, okra and potatoes.

I’ve started keeping a pot of beans or soup on the stove lately. For me, it’s cheap, easy and quick to make. I usually prepare it while I’m making breakfast and simmer for an hour to an and a half.

Beans and cornbread were a staple in my house growing up. I vowed to never eat them again…… that is until you had kids so now he boys get beans and cornbread in the regular. I tried a Mexican cornbread…Y’ALL!!! I’ll have to post that later.

I add a ton of veggies and I use a vegetarian soup base that I purchased from an Asian market.

Another way I clean my fridge of left over food is assortment trays. These are really fun to use and the kids love it. Sometimes you just have half is bunch of grapes, half a pack of crackers , two slices of meat, I could go on. This allows you to taste some of everything. Sometimes, I just get tired of seeing some food and just ready to get rid of it so this is easy way to do it.

So soups, beans, assortment trays are all regulars over here.

What type of quick meals do you keep on the stove or regulars at home?

veggie omelette toast

Breakfast is served.  

I really enjoy cooking for my family even if at times Apple and I are the only ones who eat.  Mistor is pretty simple, not too fancy even with his food.  Me….my palette is all over the place.  

I cooked Veggie Omelette Toast yesterday and it was really delicious.  I saw a similar recipe on YouTube a while back but I honestly can’t remember the site I got this from but there are tons of other videos with recipes like this one.  I decided to put my own twist to it.  

So at 6:30 am Dos and I headed to the store PJs and all.    

I only came for bread and these beauties… 

Take time to stop….

Really simple recipe, all you need is: 
**all of the ingredients I used were organic except for the avocados** 

2 small tomatoes (I prefer on the vine)…

1/2 white medium sized onion…. 

1 Medium sized Hass Avocado 

Eggs…. I cooked for three people so adjust amounts to your serving size.  

EVOO… 

Sautée your onions and (I forgot to snap a pic), 2 cloves of garlic in a pan.  Cook for 3-4 minutes until onions are soft.  Add the tomatoes and avocado toward the end I like these firm.  

Cut holes out of your bread….
Place the veggies inside the holes and top with eggs…

Place the cut out piece of bread on top of the mixture.  

I cooked this on a med-low heat to make sure the eggs were fully cooked and also so the bread wouldn’t burn before it had cooked.  

So I loved it but it doesn’t unless the tot likes it….

Count Dracula has him occupied right now…. 

AH..

AH..

AH..

Winner! 

I gave him half of a piece to try first and he loved it and wanted his other half.  

Y’all, this is a winner because it’s a full plate of breakfast inside of toast. It can’t get more convenient than this for my household.  Perfect for Mommy who does most of the cooking.  

Hollaaaaaaaaa! 

What one piece meals do you run to?! 

****the opinions expressed on LCC are just that, MY two cents****

diy || alkaline water is life 

It’s the truth! 

Water is life.  Can’t live without it.  I normally drink a fair amount between 3-4 8oz bottles a day but I know I need to drink more.  It’s not very easy for me to drink a gallon a day, the bathroom breaks, ridiculous.  I prefer to buy bottles, more of a mind thing I believe.  

Now that I am breastfeeding I am trying to increase my water intake.  I recently started buying alkaline water but these pockets can’t afford to buy the amount necessary for daily intake for the entire house. 

So, I found a way around the cost, KEY LIMES! 

Who knew that those tiny little limes packed such a powerful punch.  Superfood! 

Some acidic foods (lemons, limes and vinegar) will balance the pH levels in your body.  Sounds crazy right?!  I use lemons quite frequently but I love the taste of limes.

Key limes, the smaller limes, are an effective and cheaper way to alkalize your water.  The benefits are outstanding: 

  1. Better gastrointestinal health 
  2. Energy and immune booster
  3. Anti-aging effects 
  4. Mental clarity
  5. Weight loss 
  6. Keeps hair, skin and nails healthy 
  7. Relieves symptoms of arthritis



I am not a doctor but I grew up in a healthier lifestyle as a child than I maintain now and I am working hard to get back home.  

I truly want an Arnold Palmer right now but…

So turn up that water jug! 

Cheers….or as my son would say chaaaaaaaasss!!! 

Do you alkalize your water? What methods do you use? 

*****the opinions expressed on LCC are just that,  MY two cents*****

what’s cookin? …cauliflower rice

Dinner is becoming very cumbersome trying to find new recipes to cook for my family.  I could ask my fiancée a million times what does he have a taste for and it always ends with, “whatever you cook?”  I mean seriously, I need suggestions! 

Having a baby was THE best thing that happened food wise for us, well me, my fiancé could eat fried chicken everyday, if I let him.  I make better choices because I want the kids to eat as healthy as possible and make good choices with their diet.  80/20 is my rule, eighty percent healthy, twenty percent pleasures.  You see…. we slip up and do take out every now and then, I truly take pleaseure in cooking for my men! 

Tonight, I cooked oven fried chicken, broccoli and carrots and curried cauliflower rice instead of regular rice and it came out deliciously terrific.  I oversteamed my broccoli a little bit but it was still tasty.  

It’s super easy to make too! 


First, wash and pat dry your cauliflower.  Once dry, grate or blend in a food processor fine.  

Heat EVOO and butter, we used GHEE grass-fed butter, in a pan and sauté garlic and onions soft.  I used three cloves of garlic and one half of a small white onion.

Once you smell the garlic and onions mixture, add the cauliflower, one TBSP of mild curry seasoning and add salt/pepper to taste.  

Cover and let the cauliflower cook until its soft.  

Done! 

See.  

Super easy, super healthy and super tasty! 

My goal is to post meals frequently to share that are quick and healthy for you and something the kiddos will enjoy as well.  

I’m cooking cauliflower grilled cheese next time and I can’t wait to try it. Sounds yummy right?! 

What are your go to meals and how do you mix it up? 

*****opinions expressed on LCC are just that, MY two cents*****