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Vegetarian Tacos (Two Ways)

With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, these vegetarian tacos are the perfect recipe to help keep you fueled as you dance the night away! As farmers, markets and CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) are kicking back into full swing it is the perfect time to start incorporating all of the gorgeous vegetables coming from the farm to our table.

If you want it even healthier, try serving the filling in wrapped collard greens; it is still delicious and just perfect for a healthy dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (184 g) tri-color, white, or red quinoa
  • Pico de Gallo mix
    • 2 avocados
    • 2 on the vine tomatoes
    • ½ white onion
    • 1 jalapeno
    • ½ cup fresh cut cilantro
    • 1 juice of a lime
    • Pinch of salt and pepper for taste
  • Cilantro Lime Crema:
    • 1 cup of Siggis plain yogurt
    • 1 juice of a lime
    • ½ cup of fresh cut cilantro
    • Pinch of salt and pepper for taste
  • Wrap
    • Corn tortilla
    • Collard greens

Directions:

Quinoa:

  1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add rinsed quinoa and toast for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Remove quinoa from the stove, place in a bowl and set to the side 

Pico de Gallo Mix:

  1. Dice avocado, onion, tomato and jalapeno (I used a dicer to create even size throughout) and add to bowl once each item has been diced
  2. Squeeze lime juice over the mixture
  3. Add cilantro and a pinch of salt and pepper for taste
  4. Toss mixture
  5. Place in fridge for a half hour

Cilantro Lime Crema:

  1. In a blender add yogurt, lime juice and cilantro – blend until a smooth consistency is smooth
  2. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, blend for 30 seconds
  3. Pour into a jar or sealable container that easy to pour or drizzle

Wrap: (if opting for corn tortilla)

  1. Set your stove top to medium heat and drizzle olive oil in your pan
  2. Place tortilla’s one at a time based on pan size for 30 seconds on each side to create a warm and crispy tortilla

Assembly:

  1. Using a spoon scoop one spoonful of quinoa onto each shell
  2. Add one two scoops of Pico de Gallo mix
  3. Drizzle or pour the desired cilantro lime crema mix inside or over your tacos
  4. If desired squeeze fresh lime and top with extra cilantro

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 20 – 25 mins

Corn Tortilla
Serving Size: 4 people (3 tacos per person)
Calories: 350 per serving

Collard Greens
Serving Size: 4 people (3 tacos per person)
Calories: 200

 

Vegan Zucchini Chocolate Cake

What you’ll need:

Cake:

  • 280g shredded zucchini
    150g coconut oil
    260g spelt whole wheat flour
  • 100g coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp baking powdrer
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp unsweetended cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt

Chocolate topping:

  • 150 g dark vegan chocolate
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 200 g coconut milk

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius
  2. Wash, peel and shred zucchini
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the cake
  4. Line the baking form with parchement paper
  5. Evenly spread the cake mixture in the baking form
  6. Let it bake for 20-30 minutes (Tip: Use a toothpick & insert it into the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready to be taken out oft he oven)
  7. Let the chocolate melt over low heat, then add the coconut milk and oil and stir together until well combined
  8. When the cake is ready, take it out of the oven and let it cool down completely – then evenly spread the chocolate topping, leave it to set and cut the cake into squares.
  9. Enjoy! ?

Almond Joy Date Bites

I consider medjool dates my best friend. Not only do they taste like candy, they satisfy my craving for chocolate. They are packed with bone strengthening-minerals, filled with triglyceride-lowering antioxidants. This recipe is key to helping curve my candy cravings.

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup Dates
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened Coconut
  • 1 cup Almonds
  • 2 tablespoons Cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt

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Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Serving: 5 (3 bites per serving)
Average Calories per Serving: 250 calories

Directions:

  1. Add the dates to the food processor and process until they have broken up and formed a ball if the consistency seems dry add ½ tbsp. at a time until desired consistency.
  2. Add the almonds, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, unsweetened coconut, and sea salt.
  3. Process until all parts are evenly blended and the mixture forms into a ball again.
  4. Remove mixture from the food processor and roll into roughly 15 bites
  5. If desired, roll each ball in the shredded coconut.
  6. Keep refrigerated

14 Health Benefits of Avocado, Proven by Science (+ 5 Delicious Avocado Recipes)

The average avocado is nutrient dense, delicious, and will clock in at about 140 calories. With this comes 14 grams of fat – roughly 70 percent of the calorie content. In these calories are an incredible balance of nearly twenty vitamins and minerals. Infused alongside these nutrients are many antioxidants – and the fat content of avocado is monounsaturated, meaning that it helps your body balance its intake of other fats.

Avocados can help your body with a wide range of ailments. Aside from being able to clear up vitamin and mineral deficiencies, which can cause a host of problems on their own, avocados can help prevent aging from oxidation (helping you live longer and be more active), improve immune function, manage your blood fat content, eliminate cholesterol, improve digestion, and more.

Avocados have been the subject of intense study and research. Their speculated benefits have helped people for centuries. Science has recently been able to find truth to the legacy behind the avocado’s medical usage in history. Mexico, Chile, and other Central and South American cultures have used the fruit in medicinal preparations and health remedies for many years.

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 Here are 14 health benefits of avocado, as backed by science.

1. Avocado is a very good source of lots of vitamins
2. Avocados beat bananas in terms of potassium content
3. Avocado helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels
4. Avocados are full of monounsaturated fatty acids
5. Avocados help your eyesight
6. Avocados can prevent osteoporosis
7. Avocados have a great fiber content
8. Avocados can fight against cancer
9. Avocados can reduce depression
10. Avocados improve digestion and detoxification
11. Avocados have a synergistic mixture of antioxidants
12. Avocados can help your skin stay young and healthy
13. Avocados are helpful for people trying to lose weight
14. Avocado helps bolster the gut’s intestinal flora

To read more in-depth about each of the listed benefits below, and to learn some delicious avocado recipes, click here.


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Seared Scottish Salmon + NYC Restaurant Week!

We are halfway into NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2017! We hope all of the New York locals have been enjoying the participating restaurants and #EatingWell. If you didn’t already know, one of our Lyfebulb Favorites is Brasserie Ruhlmann located in Rockefeller Center. Chef Laurent Tourondel is incredible, the food is exquisite, and the atmosphere is cozy and chic.

Until February 10th, Brasserie Ruhlmann will be offering a delicious, three-course prix-fixe menu in honor of Restaurant Week. At $42, this deal cannot be beat, and you won’t want to miss it!

They have kindly shared the recipe for their delicious seared Scottish salmon with wheat berry salad so that we could share it with you! Enjoy!

 Seared Scottish Salmon With Wheat Berry Salad

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Salad Ingredients:

1cup Wheat berry
1cup Quinoa
1pc Avocado (diced)
1cup Butternut squash diced-.4 ounces small diced and blanched
½ cup Dried cranberries
¼ cup Candied orange
1 cup Kale
Champagne vinaigrette-4 tablespoons
1Tbs Chives
1Tbs Parsley

Wheat Berry Instructions:

Wheat berry’s- soaks them overnight to soften up. Place them in a small saucepot submerged in water with 3 springs of thyme. Cook on a medium-low heat until tender without making them burst. Let cool in water for 10 minutes after cook time. Strain and use.

Champagne vinaigrette- yields ¾ cups

Dijon mustard- 2 tablespoons
Champagne vinegar= ¼ cup
Lemon juice-2 tablespoons
Honey- 1 tablespoon
EVO- ½ cup
Thyme-1 tablespoon
Salt
Pepper

Vinaigrette Instructions:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl place mustard, vinegar, salt, pepper, thyme, honey and whisk together.
  2. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until the dressing is emulsified.

Candy Orange

Small dice 2 whole oranges and blanch 5 times in cold to hot water. On the final blanch with cold water add one cup of sugar and reduce until orange is sweet.

Add a piece of seared Scottish salmon and enjoy!


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Bittersweet Chocolate Cake

Still thinking about what to contribute to tomorrow’s Thanksgiving feast? We’ve got you covered with Le Colonial‘s Bittersweet Chocolate Cake. This is the perfect amount of sweet at the end of a filling, savory meal. Just make sure you leave some space! ‘Tis the season to indulge (a little) after all.
We’ve got a week left of National Diabetes Awareness Month- which means you still have time to drop by both Le Colonial and Brasserie Ruhlmann to check out our curated and healthy prix-fixe menu, perfect for when you’re tired of cooking and over of all of the Thanksgiving leftovers.
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Bittersweet Chocolate Cake
INGREDIENTS:
  • 6 tablespoons stick butter or margarine
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate (61%)
  • 1/3 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar-free apricot preserves or apricot spreadable fruit
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee crystals
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups Equal Spoonful or Granulated*
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 oz of Frangelico liqueur * May substitute 36 packets Equal sweetener
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. For Torte, heat 6 tablespoons butter, 4 ounces dark chocolate, milk, preserves and coffee crystals in small saucepan, whisking frequently until chocolate is almost melted.
  2. Remove pan from heat; continue whisking until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
  3. Whisk in egg yolk and vanilla.
  4. Add Equal and Frangelico, whisking until smooth.
  5. Lightly grease bottom of an 8-inch round cake pan and line with parchment or waxed paper.
  6. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar to stiff peaks in large bowl.
  7. Fold chocolate mixture into egg whites; fold in combined flour and salt.
  8. Pour cake batter into pan.
  9. Bake in preheated 350 F oven 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Do not over bake.
  10. Carefully loosen side of cake from pan with small sharp knife, which will keep cake from cracking as it cools.
  11. Cool cake completely in pan on wire rack. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours or until chilled.
  12. Remove cake from pan and place on serving plate.
  13. Garnish top of cake with dollop of crème fraiche, fresh raspberries and fresh mint, if desired.
  14. Cut cake into wedges.

ENJOY!

Panna Cotta

This delicious Panna Cotta recipe comes from our collaboration with Brasserie Ruhlmann for National Diabetes Awareness Month. Try making it for your friends and family this holiday season!

Don’t forget you still have time to enjoy our curated prix-fixe menus at both Brasserie Ruhlmann and Le Colonial until November 30th! Part of the proceeds will go towards raising awareness of how it is to live with diabetes and how to prevent the disease.

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Panna Cotta (Serves 6)

INGREDIENTS:
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons
  • Vermont Butter & Cheese
  • Crème fraiche
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 3 gelatin sheets
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. In a small saucepan set over medium-high heat brings the milk, scraped vanilla bean and sugar to a boil.
  2. Remove from heat and add the gelatin sheets, buttermilk and the heavy cream.
  3. Using a fine sieve strain mixture into a clean mixing bowl.
  4. Carefully fold in the crème fraiche into the milk and sugar mixture.
  5. Pour into six 4-ounce ramekins and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours before serving.
TO SERVE:
Served cold, top the Panna Cotta with fresh seasonal fruit
ENJOY!

Halloween Treat: Healthful Hearty Snickers Bars

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Trick or treat! Hall-o-ween is right around the corner! I, like many, have an undying love for all things chocolate, but I am always searching for that “healthy alternative” that fits my lifestyle but also doesn’t compromise taste. Let’s get started, here’s what you will need:

• Cashews
• Coconut milk (substitutes; almond or rice milk)
• Medjool dates, pitted
• Shredded Coconut
• Local Honey
• Peanut Butter (substitutes; any nut butter or PB2)
• Nut of Choice (hazelnuts, peanuts or almonds)

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Prep time: 20 – 30 mins
Total Time: 4.5 – 5 hours
Serves: 6 – 20 people based on cut sizes
Average calories per bar: 80
 

For the base
• 1 1/2 cups cashews
• 1/2 cup shredded coconut
• 8 Medjool dates, pitted
• 3 tbsp local honey
1. In a food processor, process cashews into small pieces.
2. Add in coconut, dates, and local honey and process until a sticky dough forms.
3. Add parchment paper to your dish to prevent sticking.
4. Rolled the sticky dough into a ball to make for a more even layer.
5. Use your palm to flatten the ball and use a silicon spatula to evenly distribute the dough
6. Place in the freezer.

For the caramel
• 8 Medjool dates, pitted
• 1/4 cup peanut butter
• 2 tbsp coconut milk
• 1 tbsp local honey
1. In a food processor, process dated and honey.
2. Add in peanut butter and gradually add in coconut milk until a smooth caramel forms.
3. Remove dough from the freezer.
4. Spread the caramel over the base.
5. Place back in the freezer for easy layer of chocolate

Toppings
• 1/4 cup nut topping of choice ( I LOVE using hazelnuts for their added flavor but used shaved almonds for this recipe – I used whatever I have in my kitchen)
• 1 cup melted chocolate (I use dairy free, soy free chocolate chips, but feel free to use what is in your kitchen)
1. Remove tray from the freezer.
2. Melt chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 15 seconds until completely melted.
3. Pour chocolate over the caramel layer and spread evenly with a silicon spatula
4. Place back in the freezer until hardened (I normally wait 3-4 hours).
5. Remove from the freezer, cut to desired size and enjoy!

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