Mexicano Power Bowl

This Mexicano Power Bowl is a total fiesta of flavors, textures and even temperatures… it’s warm, it’s cold, It’s creamy, crunchy, crisp, tangy, sour, spicy and smoky, and all at once! It’ll flat out have you Olé, Olé!

This Mexicano Power Bowl is a total fiesta of flavors, textures and even temperatures... it's warm, it's cold, It's creamy, crunchy, crisp, tangy, sour, spicy and smoky, and all at once! It'll flat out have you Olé, Olé!

Power Bowls are all the rage these days and with very good reason: not only are these things crazy yummy, but they also happen to be a nutrition powerhouse. They’re a one-bowl, uncomplicated, versatile and highly customizable way to eat healthy, nutritious, wholesome food. 

A typical Power Bowl starts with a base of nutrient-rich whole grains, or similar substitute, which then gets topped with a colorful variety of fresh or roasted veggies, some type of protein — good vegan options include beans, tempeh, marinated tofu or even seitan — and a little something for crunch, such as croutons, nuts, seeds or… tortilla chips! A generous drizzle of dressing then pulls all these ingredients together and sort of sets the tone for your Power Bowl.  

Indeed, you can very easily make your Power Bowl match any cuisine or taste profile that you are in the mood for, be it Mediterranean, Mexican, Asian, Thai, Indian, by simply changing up the garnishes and dressing. Of course, I would be sharing a recipe for a Mexican inspired Power Bowl with you today… you’re not surprised, are you? 

Granted, Power Bowls do demand a little bit of time and effort to put together, but really, it’s not as bad as it looks… most of the prep work you can do while your base grain is cooking. And more often than not, you’ll be waiting for you grain to be done cooking to assemble your bowls. 

Also too, you can prep all kinds of veggies on the week-end and have them last you all week, so you can then build a different Power Bowl each night to fit the mood you’re in. 

Or, well, you can just make this Mexicano Power Bowl exactly as it stands… it’s a really good place to start, I swear. You won’t be sorry you did! 

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Smoky Tempeh Artichoke Wrap

Tired of the same old wrap combinations? I’ve got something totally different and wholeheartedly delicious for you. Try this Smoky Tempeh Artichoke Wrap once, you’ll probably be getting cravings for it for the rest of your life…

Tired of the same old wrap combinations? I've got something totally different and wholeheartedly delicious for you. Try this Smoky Tempeh Artichoke Wrap once, you'll get cravings for it for the rest of your life...

The more I learn to cook with tempeh, the more I am falling in love with the stuff! It’s quick and easy to use, super versatile, and pretty yummy, too! 

Well, ok, let’s be honest here: tempeh on its own is rather bland. But luckily, it does a crazy good job at absorbing flavors, so it can just as easily be flavored, pretty much any which way you like, by simply marinating it. Or by adding spices to it as you cook it; it will absorb the flavors of the dish you use it in. In fact, it’s so flavor-absorbent that it doesn’t even need to marinate long at all… 

The technique I used to make the smoky tempeh I put in this [freakishly delicious] wrap is probably the quickest, most effective of all. The marinating and cooking are done simultaneously and it all happens so fast, you won’t believe how crazy tasty that tempeh gets in so very little time. 

But don’t take my word for it; try it for yourself. Trust me, you’ll love it! 

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Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding

Here’s chocolate pudding that’s so good for you, you can totally have it even if you don’t eat your meat! Indeed, this Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding is made with nothing but wholesome, nutritious ingredients. A dessert you can eat without feeling even one once of guilt!

Here's chocolate pudding that's so good for you, you can totally have it even if you don't eat your meat! Indeed, this Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding is made with nothing but wholesome, nutritious ingredients. A dessert you can eat without feeling even one once of guilt!

You know the song, right? “If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding – How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?”

Well, forget all about that! This pudding right here, you can totally have regardless of what you have — or haven’t — eaten prior! In fact, it’s a nutrition powerhouse disguised as dessert: we’re talking avocado, coconut, cacao powder, chia seeds, dates… all things that are super good for you!

But don’t go thinking that it tastes like bird or rabbit food, though. In fact, this stuff tastes even better than the “just-add-milk-instant-powdered-stuff” and has a far superior texture, too! It’s silky, velvety, soft but somewhat firm, almost like a mousse, but without being too airy, either. It’s perfect in every possible way! 

And the best part is, it’s just as quick to prepare as the aforementioned “just-add-milk” stuff…

Try it once, you’ll be hooked for life!

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White Bean Pomegranate Salad with Tangy Mustard Dressing – What The Health Book Giveaway

Loaded with nothing but good for you, wholesome ingredients, this White Bean Pomegranate Salad with Tangy Mustard Dressing is so delectable, you won’t want to stop eating it!

Loaded with nothing but good for you, wholesome ingredients, this White Bean Pomegranate Salad with Tangy Mustard Dressing is so delectable, you won't want to stop eating it!

Well, that’s it: I’m taking the plunge! At the beginning of this year, I’ve made a commitment to myself, which I am now making official by telling you all: I’ve finally decided to drastically reduce my consumption of meat and other animal products and transition to a plant-based diet.

This may sound kinda weird, coming from the mouth of someone who just only a few years ago, was signing high and loud the praises of the paleo diet!

Oh well. Only fools never change their mind, they say. Right? Right. And if that’s true, then I must be a crazy wise woman, cuz my mind, I must’ve changed like a million times since I started this quest to a healthier me.

My reasons for making the switch are extremely selfless… Of course, I care about my own health, but mostly, I care about that of our mother Earth. And I care about the animals, too. Switching to a plant-based lifestyle is the fastest, most efficient way to reduce my environmental footprint, which is something I’m really wanting to do. And also, I’m having a real hard time dealing with the thought of an animal having to suffer and ultimately give up its life in order for me to feed my body. This much has always bothered me.

And recently, it started haunting me more and more. I can’t keep my hand in the sand anymore.

Funny enough, not long after I’d made the decision to transition to a plant-based diet, I was offered a review copy of What the Health, a book based on the ground breaking documentary which you’ve most probably heard about, if not watched already (and if you haven’t, you totally should!).

Of course, I accepted it with an immense pleasure! And reading it has helped me greatly in reinforcing my decision.

What The Health Book Cover

What the Health takes you on a science-based tour to help you better understand and see more clearly the dangers brought to our health by consuming animal products on a regular basis – and what happens when you stop and adopt a plant-based diet.

This book is an urgent call to change the way we feed our bodies, while exposing the lies and deceptions used by the food industries and big corporations to confuse the public and keep the people chronically — and profitably — ill.

If you’ve been hoping to change the way you eat, or even considering it, then What the Health is totally for you, and will definitely help you claim back your health and longevity.

It’s even got a recipe section which offers 50 delicious plant-based recipes to help you get started and feel your best!

As you probably guessed, the following salad recipe was taken straight from the book. I rarely follow a recipe to the T but this time I did, and let me tell you, it won’t be the last! This salad is so crazy delicious, I just wanted to keep on eating it. Good thing I had to share cuz I would’ve eaten the whole batch!

I know for sure that I’ll be trying more recipes from that book…

If you want in on that, don’t miss your chance to win on your own copy of the book! Be sure to put your name in the draw at the very end of the post.

Loaded with nothing but good for you, wholesome ingredients, this White Bean Pomegranate Salad with Tangy Mustard Dressing is so delectable, you won't want to stop eating it!

Like the majority of salad recipes, this one is pretty straight forward and easy to put together: simply combine all the ingredients for the salad in a large mixing bowl.

In this case, we’re talking: 

  • 8 cups of romaine lettuce (I used half romaine lettuce, half baby kale leaves)
  • 6 to 8 tangerines (I used 6)
  • 2 small avocados
  • 1 cup of pomegranate arils
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups of cooked lentils, or a 16oz can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (as you can see, I chose to go with the white beans option) 
  • 1/2 cup of chopped pecans

Interestingly, this salad is called Winter Lentil Pomegranate Salad in the book. Since I opted to go with their suggestion of using white beans instead of lentils, I thought it would make sense to also rename the dish… 

Tangy Mustard Dressing

Now to make the dressing: combine the handful of ingredients that are needed in a high-speed blender and process on high until the desired consistency is reached.

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • 1/2 cup of cashews (the recipe doesn’t specify what kind; I used dry roasted, unsalted organic cashews)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp spicy brown mustard (I couldn’t find that, so I used extra hot organic Dijon mustard) 
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • pinch of salt and pepper

I was a bit skeptical at first that such a small handful of ingredients would turn into a truly interesting dressing, but honestly, this works! That totally makes for a super creamy and surprisingly tasty salad dressing! Man is this thing good… In fact, I strongly suggest that you make a double batch and keep some in the fridge, where it’ll stay good for up to several days.

The only thing is I don’t believe you would get such good results if using a regular blender; the final product would not be nearly as smooth and creamy. If all you had was a regular blender, consider soaking your cashews in the 1/2 cup of water for about a half hour before making the dressing.

Loaded with nothing but good for you, wholesome ingredients, this White Bean Pomegranate Salad with Tangy Mustard Dressing is so delectable, you won't want to stop eating it!

That’s it! You are now ready to serve your salad; all that’s left to do is give all those ingredients a gentle toss, to combine and distribute everything evenly.

Loaded with nothing but good for you, wholesome ingredients, this White Bean Pomegranate Salad with Tangy Mustard Dressing is so delectable, you won't want to stop eating it!

Drizzle as much or as little of that delicious creamy Tangy Mustard Dressing all over your salad… and ENJOY!

And don’t forget: if you’re interested in getting your hands on your very own copy of What The Health – A book based on the groundbreaking documentary, enter your name below for your chance to win! 

Loaded with nothing but good for you, wholesome ingredients, this White Bean Pomegranate Salad with Tangy Mustard Dressing is so delectable, you won't want to stop eating it!

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White Bean Pomegranate Salad with Tangy Mustard Dressing

Loaded with nothing but good for you, wholesome ingredients, this White Bean Pomegranate Salad with Tangy Mustard Dressing is so delectable, you won’t want to stop eating it!

For the salad

  • 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 6 to 8 tangerines (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 small avocados (peeled, pitted and chopped)
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups cooked lentils ((or one 16-oz can cannellini beans drained and rinsed))
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

For the tangy mustard dressing

  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp spicy brown mustard
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  1. Combine all the ingredients for the dressing in a high speed blender and process until the desired consistency is reached. 

  2. In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, tangerines, avocados, pomegranate arils, lentils, and pecans. Drizzle with the dressing to taste.
  3. Serve, and enjoy!

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