1.9.2017

Day NINE!

Today was an important day in my book. After a wonderful two weeks off, it was my first day back at work. On top of that, it was also my first day back at school. Being back at work meant I needed to make sure I had enough energy to last me through the day.

Now I have never been a fan of energy drinks or any type of energy supplements. I felt as though they tasted like pure sugar and I was not a fan of the super energized sensation. Arbonne’s Energy Fizz Sticks are a different story! I love them! The fact that they fizz up always reminds me of a science project and is entertaining to watch, however the taste reminds me of a pomegranate tea. The best part about it is that there is less than 2 grams of sugar per serving! I find myself more alert and awake without the jitters! This saved my life during the day. At lunchtime I had my wonderful protein shake. No headaches. No fatigue. Not bad for a first day back.

One of my favorite types of food is Indian food. I love the spices and the flavors, and most importantly, I am more likely to find vegan options. One of my favorite dishes is Aloo Gobi, which is cauliflower and potatoes. I always order this dish, so I decided to try and recreate it at home.

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As a base, I followed Nags’ Aloo Gobi recipe, found here. I loved her blog because she provides photos for the step-by-step process. I love when bloggers do this because it can help me get an idea of whether or not I’m on the right track. I highly recommend checking out her blog for some recipes!img_9094

As I’ve stated many times, I love spicy! On top of the recommended spices (I ended up upping the measurements by like 4!), I added some cayenne to give an extra bite! I also added about ½ cup of coconut milk to give it a creamier texture. To top it off, I also squeezed ¼ of a lime on each serving.img_9097 I don’t know where I came up with this, but I loved the spiciness from the seasonings and the sweetness from the milk so I thought the lime would provide a bit of tang that would make the dish come together. It worked! I paired this meal with brown rice. Normally, I would pair it with Basmati rice, but I am staying away for the purpose of this 30 day cleanse. img_9092

 

 

Cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables (who knew?) because it has such a blank pallet. You can do anything to it! Not only that, it provides heartiness and sustenance to any meal.img_9104

 

ALOO GOBI RECIPE

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(via cookingandme.com)

Aloo gobi is a popular Punjabi recipe that’s made even more globally known by Indian restaurants. It’s a dry side dish prepared with gobi (cauliflower) and aloo (potato) with some spices.

Author: nags

Recipe type: Vegetarian Sides

Cuisine: Indian

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 medium-sized potato, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 onion chopped
  • ½ tsp minced ginger
  • ½ tsp crushed garlic
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ¾ tsp red chilli powder (adjust to taste)
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • A pinch of garam masala
  • 1 tbsp canned tomato paste (or 1 cup chopped ripe tomatoes)
  • A fistful of chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat oil in a pan and add the chopped onions. When the onions turn soft, add the ginger and garlic and saute until fragrant (about 2 mins).
  2. Add the potatoes and cauliflower to this and cook on lowest heat, covered, mixing now and then so the vegetable pieces don’t burn.
  3. When the vegetables are half cooked, add the tomato paste and mix again. Cook again for 3-4 mins or until the vegetables are soft (not mushy).
  4. Add the spice powders – coriander powder, turmeric powder, jeera powder, and chilli powder. Mix again until well combined. Cook until the spice powders don’t smell raw anymore – another 2 mins or so. The potatoes and cauliflower should be roasted and dry by now. Add salt.
  5. Finish off with a generous amount of chopped coriander leaves and mix again.

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