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Red Cabbage Salad with Vegetables and Basil

It is much easier to eat a Gluten Free and maintain a YogaLean lifestyle if you plan ahead. Salads can be a great meal or side dish but can be a detriment as well if you do not make good choices. They need not be laden with heavy dressings to be appreciated. Opt for seasonal vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins or nuts to be the star of the dish rather than a dressing.

 

Salads do not have to be constructed with a base of lettuce. Many other “greens” can be used as a base. According to studies, cabbage is a great vehicle to use as it provides the body with Calcium, Iron, and Potassium. It is a very good source of Dietary Fiber and Vitamin C.

 

I like to include a variety of colors, textures, flavors, and food groups to my salad to provide a satisfying meal or, if a smaller portion is served, accompaniment to a meal.

 

My inspiration for cabbage salads began with the idea of modifying coleslaw. I appreciated the intricate dice and the firm texture of the cabbage but did not particularly enjoy the dressing. At home I began experimenting with the diced cabbage with an oil and vinegar dressing and was hooked.

 

Cabbage comes in both green and red varieties. I look for a firm head of cabbage when I go shopping. Experiment with either red, green, or a multicolor cabbage salad next time you wish a salad as a meal or a side dish. Enjoy this Gluten Free YogaLean recipe as you look to make healthy food choices while keeping up an active lifestyle.  More Gluten Free recipes can be found on my blog at http://healthyrecipevariations.blogspot.com/.

Red Cabbage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Base Recipe for a Side Salad (double and add protein if being used as a meal):

1-1.5 Cups of Diced Cabbage

1 Cup of Diced Seasonal Vegetables

2-4 TBSP Oil and Vinegar Dressing

 

Optional Ingredients:

2 TBSP Fresh Basil (used here) or Rosemary

Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (1 TBSP or to taste)

2 TBSP each of any of the following: Sesame, Pumpkin, or Sunflower Seeds

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If converting to a meal …. PROTEIN additions:

1 Cup of Nuts

1 Cup of Lean Meat (thinly sliced)

1 Cup of Tofu (I prefer pan fried)

1 Cup of Cheese

1 Hard Boiled Egg


Dressing Options (use 2-4 TBSP):

Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

Oil and Balsamic Vinegar + Pesto

Oil and Balsamic Vinegar + Sriracha

Oil and Balsamic Vinegar + Honey Mustard

Red Cabbage 2

Spinach Salad with Figs, Walnuts, and Brie

A salad can be an accompaniment to a meal or can be a meal itself. The portion size determines everything – salads are a great way to incorporate seasonal fruits and vegetables into your meal. If you are making your salad and entrée, make good choices to ensure you have a balanced meal and include protein and carbohydrates.

 

I find the keys to success with a salad include bold flavors, multiple textures, and a variety of food groups.

 

This salad can be a meal or a side dish. If using as a meal, you may wish to serve gluten-free crackers on the side or gluten free cornbread. If the figs are very ripe and juicy, you may not need salad dressing. If you do need dressing, I suggest a simple oil and vinegar so that the flavor of the fruit and brie stands out, not the dressing.

 

Figs are a great find when they are in season. They are low in calories while high in dietary fiber and antioxidants. Research shows the chlorogenic acid helps lower blood sugar levels and control glucose; an important factor for those with adult onset diabetes.

 

Base Ingredients:

Spinach

Fresh Figs

Brie

Walnuts (another soft nut like pecans can be used instead)

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Optional:

Oil and Vinegar Dressing

Add diced dates for flavor and texture


Enjoy this YogaLean recipe and other gluten-free recipes at Healthy Recipe Variations

Protein Packed Belgian Waffles and Seasonal Fruit

Some days we have more time for breakfast than others. On those rare occasions when I can sleep in and have a leisurely breakfast before starting my day, I enjoy making Belgian Waffles. This is a treat as each waffle takes a few minutes to cook, each flavor is a delight and wants to be savored, slowly, and it is a filling meal.

 

Belgian waffles are weekend and holiday treats. I usually follow them by a workout. I cannot think of a better way to spend the day…unless it was to share the meal and workout with all my family and friends!

 

Enjoy this Gluten Free YogaLean Meal and find other Gluten Free recipes at http://healthyrecipevariations.blogspot.com/.

 

Base Ingredients:

NOTE: This recipe reflects a modification of “Easy Waffles” from the Pamela’s Products Website.

 

1 cup Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix

1 cup Flaxseed Meal (I use Bob’s Red Mill)

2 Eggs

3 /4 Cup water or milk of your choice…I tend to use Almond Milk here

1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (Gluten Free) or 1 TBSP Vanilla flavoring, Almond Flavoring, or Maple Flavoring.

Waffles 1

Optional Batter Stir-Ins:

Berries, Dried Fruit, Chopped Nuts, or Chocolate Chips

 

Optional Toppings:

Fresh Fruits

Fresh Fruits and Nuts

Honey (instead of syrup)

Peanut Butter + Jelly or Fruit or Dark Chocolate Chips

Coconut Butter + Fruit (Fresh or Dried)

 

Waffles 2

Instructions:

-Combine ingredients in a mixer and stir until all lumps are removed.

-Pre-Heat waffle maker

-Add batter to waffle maker…start in the center so it does not ooze out the edges!

-Cook until the indicator on your waffle maker says it is done

-Add toppings and serve

 

NOTE: Leftover waffles can be stored in an airtight container. They reheat best in a toaster oven or oven. Leftover batter can be stored in an airtight container for about 5 days.

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Amaranth Fruit and Nut Cereal

Amaranth is a complete protein. It is a YogaLean way to start your day. You can customize the flavor profile so that you can make this dish day after day and it does not have to be the same. The nutritious grain comes from a fast growing plant related to beets, chard, spinach, and quinoa.

Texture is important to many people. This cereal can be made dry or have a liquid/runny content depending on the amount of liquid used. The consistency this recipe produces can be related to tapioca or cream of wheat.

Enjoy this Gluten Free Breakfast and find other Gluten Free recipes at Healthy Recipe Variations.  

 

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Base Ingredients (Serves 2)
1 Cup Amaranth (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
2 Cups Water (or milk of your choice)

1/ 2 Cup Almond Milk
1 TBSP Flavoring (I suggest Vanilla, Almond, Maple, or Cinnamon)

 

 

NOTE: I started with some pre-cooked Amaranth. The recipe calls for 3 cups of water to 1 cup of Amaranth. I used 3 cups of water to partially cook 2 cups of Amaranth. This technique allows me to use the amaranth in a variety of recipes throughout the week, and cuts down on preparation time when I wish to make the additional meals.  I used 2 cups of partially hydrated amaranth and added 1 cup of almond milk to a pot. I added 1 TBSP ALMOND flavoring and cooked until the almond milk was almost absorbed.  Then I added 1 cup of fresh dates stirring until all liquid is absorbed.

 

It was suggested I try Almond Flavoring when cooking with figs…I fell in love when I took that suggestion!

 

Fruit and Nut Options: (Seasonal Fruits are More Flavorful)

Figs, Bananas, Almond Flavoring, and Walnuts

Berries and Vanilla

Dates and Cinnamon

Dried fruits and nuts w/ flavoring of your choice

Stone fruit, vanilla, and pecans

Mango, coconut, and coconut flavoring

Pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and walnuts or pecans

 

Instructions:

Combine the ingredients (minus the fruit and nuts) in a pot.

Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Stir from time to time.

When liquid is almost absorbed, add the fruit and nut combination of your choice and stir until the liquid is absorbed.

 

Cooking time: 30 minutes if amaranth is dry, 15 minutes if partially cooked.

 

 

Gluten Free Breakfast Crepes

Once I find something I like, I have a tendency to eat the same thing day after day. Therefore, I make a concerted effort to discover new recipes and modify them to diversify my meals! The Gluten Free Breakfast Crepe is a modification of a recipe I found on the website for Pamela’s Baking and Pancake Mix. This YogaLean meal is a great way to start your day! The beauty of the crepe is that you can fill it with a variety of ingredients. Each crepe you make for yourself can be different and each crepe made for a family can be filled with ingredients that fit personal tastes. If you are using this before a workout, add additional protein. Enjoy this Gluten Free Breakfast and find other gluten free recipes at Healthy Recipe Variations.

 

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Ingredients:

1 Cup Pamela’s Baking & Pancake mix

3/4 Cup of milk of your choice (I used almond milk)

1/4 Cup of water

1 Large egg

1 TBSP oil (I used coconut oil)

1 TBSP vanilla flavoring (I used vanilla flavored gluten free protein powder. You can use vanilla extract or substitute almond extract)

1/2 cup of ground flaxseed meal (I used Bob’s Red Mill)

Additional oil for the pan (I used walnut)

 

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Instructions: (Makes 4-6 crepes)

Combine ingredients and remove as many “lumps” as possible

Heat the pan with a small amount of oil

Scoop 1/4 Cup of the batter and add to the hot pan. Turn the pan in a circle trying to get batter to form a thin layer on the bottom of the pan.

Use a spatula to start to lift the edges and make your way, carefully to the center. (Add additional oil of batter sticks…start conservative…add more as needed)

Carefully flip crepe. Cook 1-2 minutes on the second side.

Serve or cover with a cloth or parchment and make additional crepes.


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Filling Suggestions:

Peanut Butter (ANY Nut or Seed Butter) and Chia Jam

Scrambled Eggs…garnish with fruit

Brie and Figs…garnish with walnuts and honey

Butter the crepe and sprinkle with powdered sugar (child’s favorite)

Fresh Fruit…garnish with Chia Jam

Cream Cheese…garnish with fresh fruit

Applesauce…sprinkle with cinnamon to garnish

Banana and Nutella…garnish with banana

Banana and Nut or Seed Butter…garnish with banana

Teff Morning Hot Cereal

A high protein and high fiber breakfast is a great way to start the day as the meal fuels you for early morning exercise or diminished cravings to snack before lunch.

 

Oatmeal has been a staple in my diet for a long time. Once I needed to eat a Gluten Free diet I started to explore other grains to add variety to my diet (MANY Gluten Free recipes call for oats or oat flour). Teff is a great grain to use in place of morning oatmeal! Like oatmeal for breakfast, Teff Morning Hot Cereal lends itself to many options; it can be customized to fit your preferences and your cravings! Enjoy this YogaLean Gluten Free Breakfast and read more recipes at Healthy Recipe Variations.

 

This recipe needs monitoring for the first few minutes as the teff is being toasted. After that, it just needs an occasional stir. You can multitask or relax while it is cooking! The picture you see is the addition of seasonal fruit (blueberries), bananas, walnuts, and a teaspoon of Nutella.

 

If you do not use all of your teff hot cereal, store in an airtight container. Reheat by placing in a bowl with a wet paper towel on top and microwave for 1 minute. Stir and check heat. Heat an additional minute if needed. Serve with toppings of your choice so each meal is different! Have fun playing with your food … your healthy food!

 

Base Recipe (Serves 2)

1/ 2 Cup Teff (I use Bob’s Red Mill)

2 Cups Water (or milk of your choice)

A Pinch of Salt

1 TBSP Flavoring (I suggest Vanilla, Almond, Maple, or Cinnamon)

OPTIONS: Add seasonal fruit or dried fruit or nuts when serving)

 

Instructions:

1. Add the Teff to a pot and bring to medium heat. Toast teff, stirring from time to time, for 2 or 3 minutes. This will bring out the nutty flavor of the teff.

2. Add the pinch of salt and liquid to the pot and cook until liquid is absorbed. Stir occasionally.

3. Serve as is or add stir-ins.

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Stir-in Options:

Milk of your choice

A spoonful of Greek Yogurt on top

Seasonal berries

Dried fruit (Dates, Figs, Apples work well)

1 TBSP Honey, Agave, Nutella, or Nut Butter

A handful of nuts (Walnuts, Pecans, or Cashews, or Slivered Almonds work well)

Gluten Free Mini Quiche

August 6, 2015 | Rene MacVay, Healthy Recipe Variations

 

I love starting my day with a nutritious breakfast. Some days, I have more time than others to sit down and have a meal. Varying what I eat is important so that I get a variety of nutrients through my diet. If you are like me, you could eat the same thing day after day because you like it… and a routine is an easy rut one can fall into if you are not careful.

 

Try experimenting with different breakfast ideas. Breakfast is an important meal as it starts your day. Start the day out right with this YogaLean Gluten Free Mini Quiche. You can customize it to add the vegetables that you have on hand, the ones that YOU LIKE. Have fun playing with your food and getting a healthy start to your day.


I have experimented with a gluten free quiche before and have loved the results! This recipe is a modification of my original using muffin “skirts” to make individual quiches and reduce the cooking time. The quiches in this way can be eaten as a grab-an-go breakfast or enjoyed in the home before heading out to start the day. Pair the quiche with seasonal fruit and enjoy!  Read more recipes at Healthy Recipe Variations.

 

Mini Quiche (makes 12)

6 Eggs

1 1/2 Cups Milk (I used original Almond Milk)

2 Cups of Diced Vegetables (I used Red Bell Pepper, Red Onion, and Spinach)

1/2 – 3/4 Cup of Shredded Cheese (Cheddar, Parmesan, Mozzarella work well)

3/4 Cup diced Canadian Bacon

Salt and Pepper to taste

12 Muffin “skirts”

 

Options:

Use spray olive oil to line muffin skirts so quiche does not stick…it happens in places when this step is not taken

Vegetable pairings suggestions are listed below but eating seasonally is ALWAYS suggested:

Broccoli, Asparagus, Red Onion, and Cheddar

Mixed Colors of Bell Peppers

Spinach and Red Onion or Scallion or Leek

Sweet Potato and Scallion

Omit Canadian Bacon…or substitute in Diced (Cooked) Bacon

Add a teaspoon of gluten free Ian’s Panko Bread Crumbs to the bottom of the muffin “skirt”

 

Instructions:

Preheat Oven to 375

Cook about 30 minutes until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Check to see if done after 20 minutes and then each 5 minutes thereafter. Cooking time varies by oven as well as based upon how full the muffin is and how dense the ingredients are packed. Try to make each muffin uniform.

Start by dicing the vegetables you wish to use into SMALL pieces.

Combine eggs, milk, and salt and pepper (to taste) in a bowl. Whisk.

Add vegetables, cheese, and meat if you are using. Stir together with a fork.

Add muffin skirts to a muffin tin and spray skirts with oil.

Add quiche ingredients to skirts (evenly) and back!

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You can serve after the Mini Quiches have rested for about 10 minutes or store in an airtight container.

Pair with seasonal fruit … or with a salad if you with to eat this for lunch or dinner.

Tofu Simple Sandwich

June 10, 2015 – Rene MacVay, Food Blogger | Healthy Recipe Variations

I was looking for a quick and healthy meal to have post workout. I had about an hour to eat and get ready for an appointment so I worked with what I had. I looked in my refrigerator and found the following items already cooked:

  • Roasted bell peppers
  • Roasted red onion
  • Roasted garlic

 

I also knew I had available:

  • parmesan cheese and gluten free hamburger buns
  • extra firm tofu as well as gluten free deli turkey … so decided to go with the tofu
  • a head of cauliflower and some low sodium vegetable broth

 

Therefore, in less than 30 minutes I had dinner on the table. If nothing was prepared, this would have taken an hour.

Directions:

  • Chop the cauliflower stem and leaves into small pieces. Add the stalks and flowers to a pan with 1/2 cup low salt vegetable broth. Cover and let it simmer. (Check your pan from time to time…add some more broth if broth is almost gone and cauliflower is not at your desired texture. I prefer it to have a bit of a crunch. OPTION: dice a clove of garlic and add to the pan for flavor.
  • Drain the tofu by wrapping it in a kitchen towel and putting it between two dinner plates with a BOOK on top. How long to you drain the tofu? That is a personal choice. You can omit this step or drain it for up to an hour. After the tofu drains, if you decide to drain it (I prefer my tofu dry so I drain it as long as I can), cut the tofu block in half length and width wise…creating 4 evenly sized pieces.
  • Sautee the tofu in a pan with toasted sesame oil and some black pepper.

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NOTE: If you wish to add another step and a few minutes to your meal…marinate the tofu in Gluten Free Teriyaki Sauce or Sriracha Sauce. Adding the sauce TO the tofu means you will not need to add the sauce to the sandwich.

 

  • Defrost (if necessary) and toast the buns (adding a small amount of parmesan cheese) while the tofu and cauliflower cook. I started the buns with about 5 minutes to go. I warmed up the left over roasted items at the same time.
  • The sandwich was great open faced…with stacked vegetables on the bottom and thick tofu wedge on top. (I added gluten free teriyaki sauce on my toasted buns to add flavor. You could add a gluten free sauce of your choice.) A smaller sandwich would have thinner slices of tofu. The crunchy outer shell of the tofu, the softer interior, the vegetables melting in your mouth, and the bread to absorb the flavors was a delight after a long day.
  • I served with a side of roasted vegetables with rosemary (already cooked).

SandwichVariations:

  • OMIT vegetables and add lettuce, spinach, or arugula (or include them as well)
  • Substitute a chicken breast or gluten free deli turkey meat for the tofu
  • Omit cheese if you are trying to avoid dairy
  • Omit bun and use butter lettuce or another green as your mock bun

 

Enjoy this fast and simple YogaLean meal. Be active and eat healthy to be the best you that you can be. Enjoy this recipe and other gluten free recipes at Healthy Recipe Variations Blog.

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Salsa Style Blackbean Pasta

June 1, 2015 – Rene MacVay, Food Blogger | Healthy Recipe Variations

 

Since I had to become gluten free I have reduced my pasta intake quite a bit. Pasta used to be a great go to for me, as it was a quick meal to fix and great leftovers to take to work the following day. A few Gluten Free pastas have come along that are organic, non-GMO, high in fiber, and cook without getting soggy. I can enjoy pasta again!

 

Tolerant Black Bean Pasta is a great addition to my pantry as it has great texture and flavor. I was looking for something to make for a quick evening dinner and decided to us up a few ingredients I had from my recent trip to the farmer’s market. I had a little of each ingredient, so pasta was the perfect way to marry the flavors and use the fresh ingredients.

 

This recipe takes less than a half hour from opening the refrigerator to finishing clean up. Enjoy a healthy meal…or put it in an airtight container and take it with you for a great lunch. Enjoy as a meal on its own or a side dish with a sandwich or salad.

Base Ingredients:

1 ear of corn … corn cut off the cob (yields about 2 cups)

½ Red Onion

½ Red Bell Pepper

1 Tomato (I used vine ripe)

Basil (for garnish)

Pasta – 1 Cup Tolerant Black Bean Rotini

Olive Oil

2 TBSP Butter (unsalted)

¼ Cup Vegetable Broth

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 Add a few cloves of crushed Garlic

 Substitute Shallots for Red Onion

 Add a Hot pepper like a Jalapeño, Serrano, or Habanero depending on your personal interest in HEAT

 Add a cup of diced Mango if you wish a bit of sweet flavor

Instructions:

1. Cut the corn off the cob

2. Use a mandolin to cut the pepper and onion into small slices (or dice small with a knife)

3. Sautee all three ingredients in a pan with 2 tbsp butter and ¼ cup vegetable broth

4. Once onions are translucent turn off heat.

5. Add 3 cups of water to a pot and bring to a boil. Add 1 cup of Tolerant Black

Bean Rotini. Stir from time-to-time. Drain after 5 minutes…reserving ¼ cup of the pasta water.

6. While pasta is cooking dice the tomato.

7. Add pasta water, diced tomato, and pasta to pan with the sautéed vegetables.

8. Cook until water evaporates.

9. Transfer to a plate, bowl, or airtight container. Sprinkle with Olive Oil and/or Basil to garnish.

 

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Grown Up Macaroni and Cheese

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Many of us had macaroni and cheese in some form, homemade or prepared, when we were children. As adults, we look to recreate that comfort food with a bit of sophistication. There are many variations to this tried-and-true comfort food!

 

The star of the show in this dish is Tolerant Organic Black Been Rotini; a Gluten Free pasta that adds flavor and fiber to every meal.

 

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Base Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Tolerant Black Bean Rotini
  • 2 Cups Cheese (I used 1 1/2 cups Cheddar blend and ½ cup Italian blend)
  • ½ Cup Milk (I used Almond Milk)
  • 1 TBSP Butter (I always use unsalted)
  • 1 TBSP Gluten Free Quinoa Flour (Any Gluten Free flour will work)
  • 2 TBSP Chipotle Seasoning (this is mild…use a real Chipotle Pepper in addition to the dry seasoning or double seasoning if you wish more spice)
  • 1 ½ cups thinly sliced vegetables (I used Red Bell Peppers and Red Onions sliced on a mandolin)
  • 4 TBSP Gluten Free Panko Bread Crumbs

 

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Other Variations:

  • For a thinner sauce, add more milk
  • Add 1 diced tomato
  • Substitute Shallot for Onion
  • Add Diced Garlic (2-4 cloves depending on your spice preference and size of cloves)
  • Substitute Broccoli and/or Cauliflower for the vegetables and substitute Paprika for Chipotle seasoning
  • Add meat such as Gluten Free Sausage or Canadian Bacon

 

Instructions:

  1. Use a mandolin to cut the vegetables into small strips…or use a knife and cut the vegetables into small pieces. Place in a pan with a TBSP of olive oil and sautee until onions are translucent. (Reserve some vegetable for garnish if you prefer.)
  2. Add 1 TBSP butter and 1 TBSP Gluten Free Quinoa Flour into the pan and melt it. Stir to combine the flour with the melted butter and vegetables. Remove from the heat.
  3. On another burner, bring water to a boil in a pot and, once boiled, add 2 cups Tolerant Organic Black Bean Rotini. Cook the pasta 5 minutes then strain.
  4. Add the vegetable and cheese pan back to the stove on low heat, add the pasta and seasoning, and stir to combine.
  5. Serve…garnish with extra vegetables and panko breadcrumbs if you wish a little crunch.

 

 

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This can be a main dish or side dish. Make a salad or vegetable to accompany the main dish or sandwich to accompany the side dish.

 

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