Sesame Crusted Salmon with a Zesty Ginger-garlic Drizzle {Gluten Free}

A refreshing ginger dressing compliments this Asian Style Salmon! Perfect as we transition into spring! Easy to make, full of omegas, and of course, gluten free! 

Sesame crusted salmon with ginger garlic dressing. A refreshing ginger dressing compliments this Asian Style Salmon! Perfect as we transition into spring! Easy to make, full of omegas, and of course, gluten free!

Happy Foodie Friday! Today we have an amazing recipe from a top chef (and food blogger), who just happens to be a good blog friend of mine. I drool over her creations and adore her cooking style, but more importantly, I just LOVE her! Thank you Cara for sharing your skills with me! Now let’s get cookin!

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Hi there! I’m Cara from Cara’s Healthy Cravings and I am beyond excited and honoured to be guest posting here for Lindsay to share a delicious recipe with you today.

I’m a foodie at heart and by trade and love love love to make and eat all sorts of things. In my past professional life I was an English teacher in South Korea, and through that amazing experience, I learned that teaching was not the career for me. I followed my passion and stomach into the kitchen and went to culinary school for some formal training. Since graduating chef’s school I have worked as a food stylist assistant, recipe developer and now have a full time job as a private chef. I adore my job and most days I can’t believe I actually get paid for what I do (that’s when you know you are doing the right thing!) I feel so blessed to be able to share my love of healthy food with people everyday.

When I am not cooking at work, I love to cook for my husband, who graciously eats whatever I prepare. We are high school sweet hearts, so he has been enjoying my culinary escapades for quite some time now, as true testament of love ;)

5 more things to know me a little better:

  1. My favourite food is sweet potato
  2. I am a lover of wine, dark chocolate and ice cream
  3. I am super passionate about living a healthy lifestyle, nourishing myself with whole foods, exercise and prayer.
  4. I’m a huge fan of Body Pump
  5. The Philippines is one of my favourite places I have traveled

Now that we have been introduced, let’s get on to the good stuff, food!

A refreshing ginger dressing compliments this Asian Style Salmon! Perfect as we transition into spring! Easy to make, full of omegas, and of course, gluten free!

When it comes to cooking I am always drawn to any dish with an Asian flair, whether it’s influenced by Thai, Indian, Japanese, Korean ingredients, I love it all. My passion for Asian cuisine developed strongly when I was living in Korea and traveling across South East Asia, and I still can’t get enough of it. On a frigid winter day, much like what I am currently experiencing in here in Toronto, not much beats a fiery bowl of Korean tofu stew, Mmmmm!

Though I’m not sharing a stew recipe with you today, I believe this salmon is equally delicious. I have cooked this dish several times for work and family and it always gets a thumbs up approval.

A refreshing ginger dressing compliments this Asian Style Salmon! Perfect as we transition into spring! Easy to make, full of omegas, and of course, gluten free!

And the bonus? It’s super easy to prepare, so go ahead and impress your family and friends with this one and take all the credit, cause everyone deserves to let their inner chef shine!

Sesame Crusted Salmon with a Zesty Ginger-garlic Drizzle
 
Ingredients
  • Salmon:
  • 3 tbsp. white sesame seeds
  • 3 tbsp. black sesame seeds
  • 4 small sustainably sourced fillets of salmon, each 3.5 ounces
  • 2 tsp. wasabi paste
  • 1 tsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • Ginger-garlic Drizzle:
  • Zest and Juice of one lime
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • pinch of salt
  • Optional garnish:
  • green onions, thinly sliced
  • cilantro
  • toasted nori
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together lime zest, juice, ginger, garlic, sesame oil and red pepper, and salt. Taste and adjust for seasoning, set aside.
  2. Combine white and black sesame seeds and spread evenly on a plate. Set aside.
  3. Mix wasabi paste and tamari together, brush each piece of salmon with thin layer of wasabi mixture. Roll in the sesame seeds to coat evenly.
  4. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil, and when hot, gently place the pieces of salmon into the pan. Cook salmon for 1 minute. Turn and repeat cooking each of the 3 remaining sides for 1 minute. Lower the heat if the sesame seeds are browning too quickly.
  5. Plate salmon and drizzle with Ginger Lime Vinaigrette. Serve with brown rice and sautéed vegetables.

Dig in and Enjoy!

For more delicious seafood inspiration, take a look at Lindsay’s always enticing recipes.

Do you have a favourite salmon recipe? Is there one cuisine that inspires the majority of your cooking?

Cheers,

Cara from Cara’s Healthy Cravings is a personal chef, recipe developer and lover of delicious food. She loves to share healthy, simple and satisfying recipes that nourish the body.  Believing that life’s too short not to enjoy fabulous food, Cara inspires people to have fun in the kitchen and to love food.
You can connect with her on social media here —> Instagram// Pinterest// Twitter

 

Christchurch, New Zealand. Behind the Lens

There is so much to see and do in Christchurch, New Zealand. But this city has so much meaning to us since it’s my husbands’ hometown. I invite you behind the lens to see all the city, beaches, trails, and rebuild of the city post earthquake. 

Christchurch, New Zealand. Behind the Lens Come take a tour of this great city!

Our time in Christchurch, New Zealand has come and gone. My husband (aka the kiwi) is from Christchurch. He’s been training for Ironman New Zealand up in the north and down here for the past 5 weeks. I flew over 10 days ago. It was perfect timing too, just in time for his taper and for me the “sherpa wife” to take care of the meals, relax, and basically just be at home.

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Our days have been simple. Cook, bake, eat, go for tea or coffee, work a little, sleep, read, walk/train. And when we have access to a car, we venture out for a little afternoon drive to the small towns just in the outskirts of Christchurch.

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I’d say this trip has been quite soothing. Soothing in the fact that we have no plans but just to take care of each other and catch up. Soothing for our marriage, which feels refreshed. So we embraced the simple and the slow, because next week will be rushed. We head up to Taupo via Auckland for what might be his last ironman. Then home to Texas after that to face reality and taxes, haha!

So while I have a wee bit of time and free internet connection, I thought I’d give you tour! Behind the lens that is, both DSLR lens and iPhone.

New Brighton Beach

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New Brighton Beach

Just a small glimpse of the Botanical Gardens in Hagley park. The park IS HUGE and full of beauty.

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Port Hills trails and Scenic View of Lyttleton harbor

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View of Christchurch from the top of Port Hills

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Watching the surf at Sumner (another suburb of Christchurch). One of our favorite spots! Cute shops, markets, the beach, and ice cream!

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Well guys, thanks for sticking around for my picture overload. I hope you all get to New Zealand some time, it’s worth every penny!

What place is on your MUST SEE list?

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Protein Packed Berry Cheesecake Smoothie

A healthy gluten free berry Cheesecake, does that exist? Well, I found a leap hole. It’s a blended version. A delicious and nutritious smoothie that’s protein packed and full of antioxidants.  I’ll take this cake with a whole lotta goodness!

berry cheesecake smoothie- taste like cake and is super healthy and nutritious! great treat for any time of day!

10 days ago I was about to leave for New Zealand. Bags were packed, I finished teaching my last class at the gym, and the house was clean. Until I looked in the fridge.

Berries, cottage cheese, coconut milk, banana….

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Uh oh. These cannot be thrown away or go to waste. Should i throw it all in my freezer (amongst the rest of my food I’m saving?) Oh no, not my precious cultured organic dairy, my antioxidant rich berries, my creamy coconut milk. They might get freezer burn and too icy. You get my dilemma, right?

berry cheesecake smoothie- taste like cake and is super healthy and nutritious! great treat for any time of day!. cottercrunch.com

I needed to do something with them ASAP! Luckily my obsession with all things berry took over and I blended up a protein rich smoothie sans protein powder. Oh my heavens, this was delicious! And yes, it did taste like cheesecake, but I will get to that in a minute.

First, let’s talk about the cottage cheese. We love the organic cultured Nancy’s brand. It’s the only cottage cheese brand that settles well due to the natural fermentation. Consider it the kefir of cottage cheese! It’s tangy. It’s rich. It’s my favorite.

In my opinion, I would consider this smoothie “primal” for sure. The benefits of the cultured organic cottage cheese are amazing i tolerated well. It provides beneficial bacteria for the gut, complete amino acids, and calcium.

And you know what? It adds a nice protein kick to a smoothie. Hence this recipe.

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Healthy Berry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • ½ cup organic cottage cheese (or coconut kefir/yogurt for vegans)
  • 1 cup coconut or almond milk
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour or almond flour
  • ¼ tsp butter extract
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ banana
  • (optional add ins -> hemp protein, vanilla whey, honey, etc).
Instructions
  1. first blend up all your fruit and milk. Scoop in cottage cheese or yogurt and blend again. Add in cinnamon and extracts, blend one last time.
  2. Serve up!
Notes
don't have frozen berries? try using a strawberry yogurt or dried fruit instead.

 

Looking to make it vegan or dairy free. no prob! The extracts and extra ingredients help with the real “cake” taste. Plus I gotcha covered with the protein, just add in a scope or two of your favorite pea or hemp protein. Trust me when I say you’ll be hooked. As in, you’re gonna be making this recipe all Spring! Plus it’s just pretty to look at, right?

berry cheesecake smoothie- taste like cake and is super healthy and nutritious! great treat for any time of day!. cottercrunch.com

Okay okay, enough dairy talk, go make this! And while you are it, go buy yourself some butter extract, it does wonders!

Cheers!

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5 days and counting until Ironman New Zealand, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, I’m enjoying all the downtime, the picture taking, and the delicious local food and wine. It truly is our home away from home.

What’s your favorite smoothie combo sans protein powder?

Happy Meatless Monday!

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14 Tips to Stay Sane, Organized + Inspired as a Blogger

What keeps you healthy, organized and inspired when it comes to blogging? 14 Tips for Bloggers! Stay Sane, Organized + Inspired 

14 Tips to Stay Sane, Organized + Inspired as a Blogger

That title caught your eye, didn’t you? Well it’s definitely one that is needing discussion in our fast paced, dream big, passion pursuing world. I asked Danielle to guest post for me so i could stay sane while traveling. The funny thing is, she spoke right to my heart. I feel like I am in a good balance now, but we all have our moments of dullness and burnout, right? So let’s talk about how to avoid that, keep organized, and inspired!

Welcome Danielle!

14 tips that will keep you organized and less stressed when it comes to managing your blog.  www.cottercrunch.com

When it comes to blogging, it can feel like you’re being pulled in a million directions. Write more posts, create beautiful imagery, comment on blogs, respond to readers, answer affiliate emails, don’t forget to promote on social media! Learn about SEO, stay on top of current trends. You get the idea. Remember when you thought starting a blog would be easy and fun?

Despite being overwhelming at times, it can definitely still be fun. I’ve put together 14 tips that will keep you organized and less stressed when it comes to managing your blog.

4 Health Tips to Keep Your Sanity 

  1. Schedule in down time. Disconnecting is the most important (but often hardest) part.
  2. Get your blood flowing every day. Set an alarm to break at least every hour. Stretch. Take a walk outside. Go to the gym. Whatever works best for you.
  3. Stay hydrated and limit sugar and foods that make you drowsy.
  4. Take your lunch break. Get a change of scenery. Turn your phone off. This is important whether you have a day job and blog part time or are focused 100% on your blog or online business.

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Remember, when you feel your best, you’ll do your best.

10 Business Tips to Stay Organized + Inspired

  1. Keep a notepad (or use an app) with all your ideas so you never run out of things to write about. Inspiration tends to strike at the most inopportune times, like while you’re driving or in the shower. For those times, I rely on Evernote and voice-to-text.
  2. Listen to your readers and directly ask them what they want.
  3. Remove social media alerts from your phone, or remove the apps completely. Set a reminder to check social media twice a day.
  4. Limit multi-tasking. Make a to-do list and focus on doing a few items a day really well, instead of marking off as many as possible without 100% attention.
  5. Set hours for your workday. If you have clients, set boundaries for contacting you.
  6. Set up a content schedule so you can quickly mark off what you need to do for each post, such as:
  7. Outline post
  8. write post
  9. add photos
  10. add alt text to photos
  11. optimize post for search engines
  12. add internal links to related posts
  13. add a click to tweet
  14. schedule post
  15. create and schedule post for Facebook, three tweets,
  16. add to Pinterest
  17. set up and schedule email newsletter
  18. submit to stumbleupon
  19. respond to comments
  20. Overwhelmed just looking at that list? Get help when you can. Offer an internship, ask for guest posts, hire a VA or have a family member help.
  21. Keep a list of guest posts you’ve done and guest posts you’d like to do.
  22. Keep a list of affiliates/brands you work with and how much you’re making. Every few months reconsider which ones are worth your time and effort.
  23. Evaluate your blog every few months in general. What’s working? What’s not working? What’s cluttering up your design and distracting from your content?

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What keeps you healthy, organized and inspired when it comes to blogging? Share your tips in the comments!

xoxo

Danielle.

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Danielle Zeigler is a content marketer with a special interest in holistic health (IIN Certified). By blending these she helps bloggers, coaches, entrepreneurs and small business owners grow their businesses and in turn, change more lives. She uses SEO, blogging, social media management and general web strategy to grow your traffic and make sure you’re sending a clear message.
Danielle Zeigler

Holistic Health + Business Coach

www.daniellezeigler.com

Thanks so much Danielle! I am honored to have you INSPIRE us today! We always learn from you and your passions.

Cheers,

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Bacon Gouda Chive Dip with Secret SUPERFOOD Ingredient!

Bacon and cheese. Who doesn’t love that combo? This bacon and smoked Gouda dip with chives comes together in no time and is the perfect for an appetizer or snack! But there’s a secret superfood ingredient you might want to add. So keep reading!

Bacon and cheese. Who doesn't love that combo? This bacon and smoked Gouda dip with chives comes together in no time and is the perfect for an appetizer or snack! But there's a secret superfood ingredient you might want to add

This recipe is totally opposite of Monday’s vegan post, but hey, we are lovers all food (gluten free), including Bacon and cheese. So my fellow bacon lovers, wipe that drool. But first, write down this recipe. Okay, really though, I need to explain a few things before you do.

Bacon and cheese. Who doesn't love that combo? This bacon and smoked Gouda dip with chives comes together in no time and is the perfect for an appetizer or snack! But there's a secret superfood ingredient you might want to add. www.cottercrunch.com

Heavenly Bacon and Gouda dip! Plus a secret superfood ingredient you'll want to check out. the perfect for an appetizer or gluten free snack! www.cottercrunch. com.

You see, this recipe is tasty and all, but it has purpose, just like all my recipes. The (optional) superfood secret in this recipe is not popular in our current American diet, but boy it should be! It’s the most potent superfood out there and EXTREMELY good for endurance athletes or those fighting adrenal fatigue. Which is why I brought some with me to New Zealand for the kiwi. He has Ironman New Zealand in 10 days; therefore we are making sure his nutrients and adrenals are IN CHECK!

Hence this….

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Thanks to Epic Bar for supplying the goods!

Okay don’t run off yet, hear me out.

So what makes liver so AMAZING (nutrition wise)? Well, it contains more nutrients, gram for gram, than any other food source out there.

List below -> Source

  • An excellent source of high-quality protein. 
  • Nature’s most concentrated source of vitamin A
  • All the B vitamins in abundance, particularly vitamin B12
  • One of our best sources of folic acid
  • A highly usable form of iron
  • Trace elements such as copper, zinc and chromium; liver is our best source of copper
  • An unidentified anti-fatigue factor
  • CoQ10, a nutrient that is especially important for cardio-vascular function
  •  A good source of purines, nitrogen-containing compounds that serve as precursors for DNA and RNA.

Bacon and cheese. Who doesn't love that combo? This bacon and smoked Gouda dip with chives comes together in no time and is the perfect for an appetizer or snack! But there's a secret superfood ingredient you might want to add

Have i convinced you yet? Well, even if you don’t add dried beef liver to this recipe, you can still eat in and enjoy as is. The nitrate free bacon is from whole foods and the smoked gouda is actually raw cheese from our local farmers market. We love our local dairy farmer and the benefits of raw cheese. Raw milk/cheese is definitely easier to digest for those who are lactose intolerant. But I highly recommend getting to know your local dairy farmer and visiting their farm to see how clean it is, etc. Most of the time the farms are IMMACULATE and super safe for raw dairy.

Now that you have cheese on the brain, here’s the recipe!

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Bacon Cheese and Chive Dip (gluten free)
 
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Bacon and cheese. Who doesn't love that combo? This bacon and smoked Gouda dip with chives comes together in no time and is the perfect for an appetizer or snack! But there's a secret superfood ingredient you might want to add.
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Recipe type: dip
Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup avocado or cold pressed olive oil
  • 3oz smoked gouda
  • ⅔ cup crumbled feta or parmesan
  • 2 tbsp shredded carrot (optional) I used a carrot relish
  • ½ tsp chili pepper
  • dash of paprika
  • ¼ tsp garlic (minced)
  • dash of sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 tsp honey mustard
  • 1-2 tbsp chopped chives
  • 1 tbsp spicy beef jerky, or dried liver bars (chopped) --> OPTIONAL. we love EPIC bars for this.
  • 1 oz (about 45 grams) nitrate free bacon
Instructions
  1. First chop all your ingredients. Set aside. Soften your cheese or make sure it is at room temp for easy blending. Cook your bacon (or use bacon bits) and save a little of the bacon grease. Once cooked, chop both bacon and cheese into smaller pieces.
  2. Place cheese and chopped meats in a food processor and then slowly add in your oil while mixing. Once blended, add in your chive, seasonings, mustard, and vegetables (if using). Blend again.
  3. If you want your dip more smooth, add in a tbsp or so of cheese. If you like it more chunky (like above), omit extra cheese.
  4. Garnish with extra chive.
Notes
Tip --> save your bacon grease! it's great for cooking or sautéing vegetables for another dish. keep it covered in fridge for when you are ready to cook.

Alright ya’ll, time to get back in the kitchen, the Kiwi Kitchen that is.

Have you ever tried raw cheese? what about liver?

Come on fess up! it’s good for you!

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Curried Red Lentil and Potato Lettuce Wraps {Vegan/GF}

How about a delicious and nutritious Meatless Monday dish to start off the week? Well, today you are in luck! Emily form Zen and Spice is here to share an amazing Lentil Wrap dish that’s not only gluten free, but vegan too. Oh and looks amazing!

Red Lentil Potato Curry Wraps - a tasty, healthy dish that's not only gluten free, but vegan too. Packed full of fiber and spice!

Hi readers of Cotter Crunch! My name is Emily, and I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and healthy living blogger over at Zen & Spice. I’m a food lover and nutrition enthusiast who has a fascination for cooking, gardening, practicing yoga and embracing the mind body connection. On my blog you’ll find healthy recipes, motivation strategies, meditation tips, and things that make me happy. I live in Dallas, Texas with my boyfriend, Nick, and our five-month-old schnoodle puppy.

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I have been a huge fan of Lindsay’s blog for a long time now! I love her fitness tips– always inspires me to get back in the gym or to try new workouts. Her gluten free recipes are fantastic and I do recommend my celiac patients to visit her site! I am happy to be here today sharing a recipe and getting to know Lindsay’s readers!

One of my major goals for 2015 is to eat more holistically & mindfully. To me, this means making more meals meatless (to save money and help out the environment), and more meals gluten free (having IBS makes digesting gluten difficult). Beans & lentils are cheap, fiber rich, and easy to make! I’ve been on a mission to learn how to cook beans and lentils and make them taste amazing. Today’s recipe is definitely tasty.

Red Lentil Potato Curry Wraps - a tasty, healthy dish that's not only gluten free, but vegan too. Packed full of fiber and spice!

While developing this recipe for Cotter Crunch, I had a couple different ideas for the lettuce wrap filling. I knew I wanted to use red lentils but wasn’t sure what else to combine with. Well, funny story. We recently adopted a little schnoodle puppy (he’s five months old now) and I wanted to take him to the dog park for the first time (what does this have to do with lettuce wraps? hang tight!).

I knew there was a dog park down the street by our apartment, but wasn’t sure how far down the street it was. So, I had the bright idea of walking there to “get some steps in”. Long story short, it ended up being a 3 1/2 mile walk and it wasn’t until we were half way there I realized this. It was too late to turn around so I just kept going. Don’t worry, I held the little guy the whole time or else he probably wouldn’t have made it to the dog park.

Anyway, after a SEVEN mile round trip (I contemplated calling a taxi for a ride back but thought I’d look like an idiot dropping me off right down the street), we finally made it back to the apartment and I was FAMISHED. That was the night I was taste testing this lentil recipe and I thought, lentils and lettuce are not going to hold me over right now. So I added a bunch of diced potatoes and carrots to bulk it up. For some reason walking seven miles prompted me to season with curry and the apartment smelled so heavenly. I’ll just say I ate my fill of these lettuce wraps and was quite satisfied! Then I took a bath and went straight to bed.

Red Lentil Potato Curry Wraps - a tasty, healthy dish that's not only gluten free, but vegan too. Packed full of fiber and spice!

This was one of the first recipes where I’ve used my curry seasoning. I’m looking forward to exploring other ways to use it! If you have a good curry recipe, leave a link to it in a comment!

Here’s the recipe:

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Curried Red Lentil & Potato Lettuce Wraps {Vegan/GF}
 
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  • Serves 2
  • ½ cup red lentils, rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • ½ Tbsp curry seasoning
  • 2-3 Yukon gold potatoes, diced
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • butter lettuce pieces, washed and patted dry
  • lime wedges
Instructions
  1. Wash the lentils. Place them in a sieve and rinse thoroughly.
  2. Heat the olive oil oil in a large saucepan. Place it over medium heat and let the oil completely heat up.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for about a minute.
  4. Add the curry powder, potatoes, and carrots. Cook for about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the lentils, broth, salt and pepper.
  6. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. When finished, serve on butter lettuce pieces with a squirt of fresh lime juice.

Thanks for letting me guest post, Lindsay! I’m looking forward to meeting your readers!

What’s your favorite vegan gluten free dish? 

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Sweet Scallops and “Fried” Veggie Quinoa {gluten free}

A sweet and savory twist on your regular old stir fry! Yep, coconut butter “fried” quinoa with veggies and scallops. Trust me, it’s delicious, gluten free, and nutritious!

A sweet and savory twist on your regular old stir fry! Yep, coconut butter "fried" quinoa with veggies and scallops. Trust me, it's delicious, gluten free, and nutritious! www.cottercrunch.com

Ahh Friday, you are here! Actually, I’m on a plane right now celebrating! On my way to meet up with the Kiwi in New Zealand. I can’t wait to see him and show you all this amazing beautiful country!

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But first, let’s wrap the week up with another quinoa recipe and another confession

Confession, the Kiwi has actually been training for Ironman in New Zealand for almost a month now. And confession, I hogged all the sizzlefish scallops while he was gone. Oops!

Seriously, scallops are the easiest thing to make for one person. And so is a stir fry! Which is why i made this meal about 3x already. But this recipe has a little twist to it, stay with me here.

A sweet and savory twist on your regular old stir fry! Yep, coconut butter "fried" quinoa with veggies and scallops. Trust me, it's delicious, gluten free, and nutritious! www.cottercrunch.com

Sweet scallops and “fried” quinoa, kinda like fried rice style. Yes, instead of sesame or soy sauce I use coconut butter and tamari.

And I bet you are wondering.. Um, why the change in oils? Well, for one, coconut butter has less oxidation that sesame oil when used at high heat. That’s good news for your body! Same goes with avocado oil versus olive oil.

And two, I didn’t have any more sesame oil and soy sauce has wheat. Let’s not forget that this is pretty dang tasty…. that would be my third point.

Okay okay, enough jibber jabber, let me get you this recipe. It’s a must make for ANY week night or weekend.

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Sweet Scallops and "Fried" Veggie Quinoa {gluten free}
 
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Recipe type: main
Ingredients
  • • 1 cup un cooked quinoa (or about 2½ cups cooked quinoa)
  • • 1 ½ cups vegetable stock
  • • 1 ½ cup frozen peas and carrot mix (or about ⅔ cup each)
  • • 1 garlic cloves, minced
  • • 1 tablespoon avocado (for quinoa)
  • • 1 large egg or 2 small eggs
  • • 1 tbsp tamari sauce
  • • ½ tbsp coconut oil or coconut butter (I used sweet spreads maple coconut butter for sweetness in place of a sesame oil)
  • • 2 tbsp chopped nuts or seeds
  • • Optional ½ cup onion, chopped
  • • 6-8 large scallops (we use Sizzlefish)
  • • 3 tbsp chives or scallions
  • • Butter or avocado oil for cooking scallops
  • • Sea salt
Instructions
  1. First, make sure to soak or rinse off the starch from your quinoa. Then cook in broth according to instructions. I usually add in a dash of salt and 1 tbsp avocado or olive oil, bring to a boil, them simmer until fluffy (about 20 minutes or less).
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, sauté your scallops in 1 tbsp butter (good for higher heat) or other oil of choice, and your chives. Add in a tsp of tamari or balsamic vinegar to give it a nice brown glaze. Sautee on medium high for about 6 minutes or until scallops are almost opaque.
  3. Once the quinoa is cooked, fluff it then move it into a larger pan or wok. Add in your eggs, garlic, tamari sauce, onion, coconut butter, and veggies, and stir-fry it until eggs and veggies are cooked and scrambled. Add in your scallops and the sauce from the scallops the last few minutes. Or feel free to keep them separate and serve on top of each other.
  4. Dish up and top with seeds and more sauce if desired. Feel free to garnish with fresh ginger as well. It goes nicely!
  5. Serves around 3

Well, folks, put in a fork in me, I’m done! I’ll be back next week with more good eatin’ plus a few guest posts.

A sweet and savory twist on your regular old stir fry! Yep, coconut butter "fried" quinoa with veggies and scallops. Trust me, it's delicious, gluten free, and nutritious! www.cottercrunch.com

I hope you all stay with me these next few weeks! I’ll try to post pictures of New Zealand and all the good food and scenery on instagram and facebook. This could also be the Kiwi’s last Ironman as a Professional, so we are going to try to soak it all up!

What’s your favorite type of stir fry? Any new ones I should try?

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Gluten Free Breakfast Power Bowls to POWER Your Day

Real energy from real food! These gluten free breakfast power bowls are made with soaked quinoa and chia seed. The proper preparation for these antioxidant rich bowls can help POWER you through the day! Oh and they are SUPER delicious. 

Real energy from real food! These gluten free breakfast power bowls are made with soaked quinoa and chia seed. The proper preparation for these antioxidant rich bowls can help POWER you through the day! Oh and they are SUPER delicious.  www.cottercrunch.com #powerbowls

So let’s talk about breakfast here for a minute. I must confess, my breakfasts have been grab and go, unless it’s the weekend. And when I say grab and go, I mean a banana and nut butter. The kiwi will do the same before an early morning swim. But here’s the thing, I fully BELIEVE in a second REAL breakfast. The first one doesn’t really count, does it? It’s just breakSNACK? haha.

This is where my POWER bowl obsession comes in. It’s great for post workout, late breakfast, or for when you actually have time to eat a real breakfast first thing.

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The trick is to make this bowl the night before, here’s why.

  • You want to soak the quinoa and the chia seed –> helps break down the phytic acid (in seeds and grains) so you can digest it better and absorb nutrients.
  • Adding a bit of vanilla extra, honey, and coconut milk to the chia and quinoa will give it more sweet flavor without the extra sugar.
  • Adding some acidic medium water/juice like dash of lemon juice or juice from the fruit will continue to help break down the phytates (think of phytates as anti-nutrients)
  • Texture! Soaking it will give you more of a porridge/pudding like bowl. Which is of course fun to eat!
  • Fiber, another reason why i eat this post workout (not before) or on a regular non workout day when I can eat a hearty bowl for breakfast first thing. It keeps you full along with the healthy fats.
  • Overnight oats are popular, but why not switch out the oats for quinoa ever so often. They are a “pseudo” grain and have more complete amino acid break down.

Is that enough reason for you? So yes, let’s POWER through the rest of this post and jump to the recipe, shall we?

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Gluten Free Breakfast Power Bowls
 
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Recipe type: breakfast
Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 -3 tbsp chia
  • 6-8oz coconut or almond milk
  • 3 tbsp slivered almonds
  • 1 tbsp cocoa nibs or dark chocolate chips
  • blueberries
  • bananas
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • dash or lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • Optional add in – 1 tbsp melted nut butter or coconut butter of choice.
Instructions
  1. Combine your chia seed and quinoa side by side in a serving bowl. Drizzle your honey and nut butter on top and then cover with milk and extract. Might be less than cup at first, but at least 6 oz. Mix or keep them separate. Either way it will come out great, just different textures. Add a dash of the lemon juice then top your bowl with your nuts, cocoa, and blue berries. Save the sliced banana until the morning. Store in fridge for at least 4-5 hrs. Once ready to eat, drizzle more milk or honey on top, if desired.

Real energy from real food! These gluten free breakfast power bowls are made with soaked quinoa and chia seed. The proper preparation for these antioxidant rich bowls can help POWER you through the day! Oh and they are SUPER delicious.  www.cottercrunch.com

Well folks, that’s all I have for now. I’ve got to run and pack for New Zealand! Did I tell you that I was leaving this week? Hence the need to power through this week. Gah, can’t wait!

Do you have a favorite breakfast bowl? Do share! I love more ideas!

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Building Your Blogging Brand Part II: Taking Action

Last time we spoke about blogging, it was all about building your brand. But what’s next step, the part two?  Let’s dig in a little deeper, shall we?

building your blogging brand - part II. blogging has changed over the past few years, or rather many years for me. Creating a brand for yourself can definitely help kick start a career with your current passion(s). But these days, it’s more than just posting. Here are ways to take ACTION! www.cottercrunch.com #blogging

Okay yes, blogging has changed over the past few years, or rather many years for me. Creating a brand for yourself can definitely help kick start a career with your current passion(s). But these days, it’s more than just posting.

Side note –> I hate the word blog. So if anyone comes up with a better word, please tell me, ok?

So the question remains, what’s needed to move forward with your “brand?”

A great inspirational quote. Keep focusing on what you love, build passion, share it, and dream BIG!  www.cottercrunch.com

I will tell you I struggled with this for many many years. I was scattered, I was stressed, I was lacking confidence, and I really didn’t believe in my personal brand or blogging. I had visions of wanting my site to be more purposeful and to grow into a full-time job, but I was always hesitant. I was stagnant.

I think the next step into building your brand is really about action.

A great inspirational quote. Keep focusing on what you love, build passion, share it, and dream BIG!  www.cottercrunch.com @propelwomen

ACTION:

  • You have to take action EMOTIONALLY – put your heart and soul into it!  Have the confidence to be unique, original, and fully authentic. I love what Amy Porterfield says here.

“CONFIDENCE = CLARITY + COMMITMENT.

Once you achieve CLARITY in knowing what needs to be done, you add in COMMITMENT to stick it out until it gets done.”

– Amy Porterfield

  • You have to take action PHYSICALLY and take Put yourself out there. People will not always like or relate to what you post, but if it makes you, YOU, then keep at it.
  • You have to take action MENTALLY –> don’t just think, BELIEVE in  your niche and try not to compare yourself to others while you’re at it. Think about it this way.

We don’t eat at the same restaurant every night (unless you’re 80 and frequent Lubys). No, we like to try a variety of foods, restaurants, fun atmosphere’s, etc. Needless to say, there is ROOM for everyone and their “niche.” Don’t let that stop you. I’m preaching to the choir here folks.

  • You have to take action TOGETHER, with OTHERS. Start Networking. Start supporting others. Find your “tribe,” as some might say. A tribe who will build you up, become mentors, friends, be honest with you, and vice versa. I will tell you this. Without the people around me, my tribe, my support system, I would’ve never taken the next step.

I’m still building my brand, but the investment is all there. I will keep PRACTICING all these principles, focusing on small daily GROWTH . I’m nowhere where I’d like be (goal wise), but I am RIGHT where I am supposed to be; focusing on small growth and purpose!

A great inspirational quote. Keep focusing on what you love, build passion, share it, and dream BIG!  www.cottercrunch.com #foodphotography

That being said, is your blog/personal brand on Facebook. Since I just created a Cotter Crunch Page, I’d love to connect with more of YOU and your personal brand. Leave me a comment on my page so I can follow back! Am I corny or what? ;-)

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I also highly recommended reading these posts on creating a vision and purpose! Such inspiring ladies!

 okay, What’s your next step?! This doesn’t even have to be about blogging, it can be about ANYTHING you are passionate about. Think about that.

Cheers to a Marvelous Monday!

Corny Cotter

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For the LOVE of Carbs! Tomato, Onion, and Egg Buckwheat Penne

Super easy and delicious Tomato Egg Onion Penne with buckwheat pasta. Buckwheat is not really wheat, but a seed. It’s a great gluten free substitute for your regular pasta and doesn’t turn to mush like the other corn or rice pasta. Okay, I’ll explain more below. Keep reading!

Delicious Tomato and Egg Buckwheat Penne. A super easy gluten free and dairy free pasta dish that's perfect for those who are new to gluten free or are looking for a healthier pasta/carb alternative! www.cottercrunch.com

Oh carbs, it’s such a confusing topic, no? But I will say this. We enjoy carbs! Gluten free of course. And depending on the amount of training or what the body needs, we shift the amount of carbs eat, the type we eat (grain free and pseudograins that are gluten free), and when we eat them. I don’t believe in a diet plan, but more “feedback” from the adrenals and the body. This is especially true when my husband is doing high volume or high intensity training. Um, which is now.

So here we are. Needing to feed the adrenals. Trying to not eat too much grain but also needing more than normal. Hence the buckwheat. Gosh i love buckwheat. It’s the best kind of pseudograins if you ask me. Probably because it’s not really a grain, but a seed, from the rhubarb plant. For those with healthy hormones and guts, buckwheat is well tolerated, especially if it’s soaked or fermented. Buckwheat also contain significant amounts of protein and a significant levels of other nutrients (especially B vitamins and iron).

Delicious Tomato and Egg Buckwheat Penne. A super easy gluten free and dairy free pasta dish that's perfect for those who are new to gluten free or are looking for a healthier pasta/carb alternative! www.cottercrunch.comOne last tip and trick for this super easy and healthy dish —>   USE EGG YOLK vs cheese if you can’t handle dairy! Yes, that’s how we add in more good fats and Choline without the dairy. Hard boiled or soft boiled egg crumbled on top melts into the tomato pasta and makes it creamy. Shhh… don’t share my trick. It’s a Sherpa Wife move, for sure! Note: I found the Penne Pasta at Safeway but you can also buy spirals here.

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Gluten Free Tomato, Onion, and Egg Penne
 
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Recipe type: pasta (GF)
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 10oz bag of buckwheat penne pasta
  • 6oz tomato paste
  • ⅓ cup diced white onion
  • ¼ cup finely diced red onion
  • ¼ cup diced pepper or celery works too
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 hard boiled egg yolks
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp each of sea salt and black pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika or chili pepper
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • optional add ins- sausage, chicken, shrimp, tofu. All work great.
Instructions
  1. First sauté your onions and peppers (or celery) in 1 tbsp olive oil with garlic. Once they are almost cooked, set aside. Then boil you penne pasta, drain, and add in the rest of your olive oil. Mix well. Crack an egg into the pasta and mix. Then add in your tomato paste, seasonings, and the rest of your onion/pepper/garlic mix. Stir until egg yolk in cooked through. Feel free to add in sausage or a protein here too! It's great with venison meat.
  2. Serve our pasta and crumble hard boiled egg on top with any extra chili pepper or red onion.

Delicious Tomato and Egg Buckwheat Penne. A super easy gluten free and dairy free pasta dish that's perfect for those who are new to gluten free or are looking for a healthier pasta/carb alternative! www.cottercrunch.com

Alright, bottom line, buckwheat is great to experiment with for active kids, athletes, etc. So are carbs! Oh for the love of carbs!

Interested in learning more about gluten free grains? I’ve posted a lot on my Gut Health and Nutrition Pinterest board. Take a look!

Follow Lindsay – Cotter Crunch’s board Gut Health & Nutrition on Pinterest.

That being said, go make this for your Valentine, but maybe go easy on the onions, right? LOL!

Favorite Gluten free pasta? Happy LOVE weekend!