Recipes

Spicy Sriracha creamy cashew zoodles

Ready to spice it up a bit with this zesty and clean sriracha lime cashew pasta sauce?  Paired with zucchini noodles (aka zoodles), this light and healthy dish has a kick to it that your tastebuds will be begging for more!  Enjoy this with a green salad and you have a hearty clean meal.  Using the agave nectar in lieu of the honey keeps this vegan and oh so yummy!  Enjoy!

Sriracha,lime and creamy cashew pasta
Sriracha, lime and creamy cashew pasta

 

What you’ll need:

  • 6 medium organic zucchini, washed and “zoodled” to make spaghetti-like noodles
  • 1.5 cups cashews, soaked for at least 3 hours and drained/washed, plus extras for topping
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and diced
  • 1″ piece of ginger, peeled and diced
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp honey or agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos (or gluten free soy sauce)
  • 2-3 tbsp sriracha depending on how spicy you’re feeling!
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1/3 cup canned coconut milk
  • pepper to taste
  • red or orange bell pepper and 2 medium carrots (peeled), sliced into 1″ sticks
  • diced green onions and cilantro for garnish
  • sesame seeds or pepitas (pumpkin seeds) for garnish

What you’ll need to do:

Cook zucchini noodles over medium heat with a tbsp of coconut oil for 3-5 minutes, depending on how “al dente” you like the zoodles.    IMG_0104Set aside.

In blender or food processor add the cashews, garlic and ginger and blend until a thick paste forms.  Add the sesame oil, vinegar, honey/nectar, coco aminos, sriracha, lime juice, coco milk and pepper and blend until creamy and smooth.  IMG_0103

Add the bell peppers and pour the sauce over the zoodles.  Garnish with chopped green onion, cilantro and sesame seeds/pepitas and season with pepper.

 

I modified this recipe found on Pintrest.  Mix it up with adding different veggies to the sauce, use carrots or quinoa pasta as the base, and add some more sriracha to spice it up more!

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Bon appetit!  Keep it clean and simple with fresh local ingredients and you’ll belly and soul with thank you! 🙂

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A fathers love

First of all Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there!

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The most accurate Dad list I’ve found (especially the swearing and burping part!)
It’s been almost 10 years since my sister and I lost our Dad, and I still miss him each and every day.  Some of the memories fade, but the love and respect I had and will always have for him will be present in everything I do in life.  IMG_0037Our Dad was a quiet and highly intelligent giant who showed his love through his support for all the decisions (some not so great!) we made growing up, financially supporting us until we were independent women, and being there when we needed him the most.

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1988 with the parents and Grandparents in England
You can’t get back the time you could have spent with loved ones, so the lesson I’ve learned is to enjoy and embrace those moments now before they are gone.  At the Sacramento TedX conference they showed a clip on StoryCorps, which provides people with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of their lives. This is to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. I wish I could go back in time and record a conversation with my Dad; who knows what we’d talk about but it would be interesting to have that moment in time captured.  I recall those conversations in my head and smile when I think of him, and hope he’s smiling back! dad quote

He had the cutest grin ever! 🙂 So for those who get to spend time with your Dad today, give him a hug, have a conversation with him and tell him you love him.  I believe all a Dad wants out of his children is to know he did the best he could to help shape us into the amazing adults we are today! 🙂   dad quote1

 

 

Love to all the great Pops out there!

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H4H Home dedication on Indian Lane

20150613_112907 Another successful and emotional dedication for The Ross Family of Sacramento who got the keys to their home today!

The Ross Family receiving the keys to their home!
The Ross Family receiving the keys to their home!

This is the best part of being associated with Habitat for Humanity, to see a family hold keys to a home they own, something they never thought they could do before joining our program.  This was the 124th home in Sacramento for H4H!

Director of Construction Monte Morris
Director of Construction Monte Morris

The Ross family are high-school sweethearts who got married 3 years ago, and have beautiful twin boys.  They never dreamed of owning their own home, but today they are proud homeowners in the best community in Sac!

Master of ceremonies CEO Ken Cross
Master of ceremonies CEO Ken Cross

 

There are only 2 homes left to build and occupy in this very special Indian Lane community Habitat has built in south Sacramento.  Next dedication (a double for the last 2 homes!) will be in September.  Come out and celebrate the completion of this very special community development!

Want to learn more about how you can help?  Check out our website and see how you can Help us Help Sacramento.

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20150613_112156Donate and/or shop at our Restore!

Hope to see you at our next dedication or on a home build! 🙂

Recipes

Vegas detox smoothie

As much as I love Vegas and all the sights and activities, I need a good detox when I get home! Too many smokey casinos, dry air, over-chlorinated pools and perhaps a few too many libations!!
Besides some good rest, extra dose of exercise (yoga and running my go-to) and giving the liver a rest by laying off any alcohol, good hydration and clean eating is the best defense to get the body and belly happy again.

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Giving your system a rest from the heavy foods and drinks for a few days and drinking mainly juices and smoothies, and a lot of water sets me straight! I found this great thick and nutrient dense smoothie I’m calling the Vegas detox smoothie.  I modified the original recipe to add some ginger and tumeric for additional digestive & anti-amflamatory yumminess.

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What you’ll need:
2 beets, peeled & chopped
2 carrots, peeled & chopped
1 cup of favorite leafy greens (I used spinach)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Juice of 1/2 grapefruit
1 apple, cored & sliced
1 cup mixed berries
1 inch tumeric, peeled & chopped
1 inch ginger, peeled & chopped
1 tbsp coconut oil
Water

What you’ll need to do:
Put the beets, carrots & apple in the blender with about a 1/2 cup of water and blend on high (add more water if needed) until well blended, then add in the remaining ingredients, as well as additional water until it’s blended to the consistency you like.  It will be thick, and very red, unless you use golden beets!  Depending on.how much water you add it should give you 3-4 servings of deliciousness!! 🙂

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Pair this with some delicious greens and you have yourself a clean and nutritious meal!

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Bon appetit!!

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Marathon Dog…nailed it!

Okay for most of us a 2k isn’t far, but for a short-legged 8yr old pooch I think it felt like he was running his 1st  marathon!

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P & Auntie Marg cruising

Pickles, Margerie, Mathew & I had a great time at our 1st SPCA doggy dash of Sacramento.  Over 2 thousand pooches hit the trail in William Land Park to walk and raise funds for the SPCA. 

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Resting up before the race

There was a whole lot of butt sniffing and drooling going on (mostly the dogs!), but all humans and fur babies seemed to be having a ball!! 

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