What I Ate Wednesday.

For those of you not familiar with the food-blogging world, What I Ate Wednesday is a blog post that mainly just breaks down my eats for y’all, in case anyone is curious!

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday.

While I’ve never done a WIAW post myself, I’ve been reading other people’s for about 8 years and have always wanted to! I find them helpful for getting inspiration for my own meals and snacks, and I think they’re a good way to get a glimpse into someone’s daily life, too! Let me know if you feel otherwise in the comments though, and I’ll never post another again 🙂

But for now, here we go…

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday.

~8am coffee with cashew milk on the road since I didn’t have time to finish it at home. I also think it’s kind of nice to have it during my morning commute, though, so I’m never in a rush to finish it before I leave!

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~9am breakfast at my desk, as per usual! This morning it was overnight oats with plain 0% fage greek yogurt, chia seeds, and sliced banana. I know I’ve said before that oatmeal doesn’t fill me up, but I’m trying it with yogurt now for some added oomph!

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~11am mid-morning snack because I feel like snacking on something, even though my stomach isn’t growling yet. I reach for some (a ton) of cut up watermelon. Aside from bananas, watermelon is hands down my favorite fruit. One summer I actually OD-ed on it a bit and would eat an entire individual sized one almost every day until I realized my stomach aches were most likely from all the sugar…oops!

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~12:30pm lunch ’cause I can’t hold out any longer. Most days I usually bring some sort of quinoa and veggie mix, and today was no different! I made an easy dressing of hummus, brown mustard and warm water to thin it out with quinoa, green bell pepper, lacinto kale and cherry tomatoes.

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~1:30pm post-lunch munch on my almonds + raisins + dried apple rings since that lunch had minimal protein. I know dried fruit isn’t the healthiest thing in the world, but I have a raging sweet tooth after every meal without fail (it’s super annoying) and I figure having some raisins with a healthy fat won’t kill me! I also walked to Starbucks during my lunch break so I sip on a non-fat green tea latte, too. I try to avoid doing the Starbucks thing more than once a week (partially for money, partially for health), but I wanted to treat myself today!

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~4pm afternoon snack number 2 ’cause I’m hungry again (surprise, surprise!). If you haven’t noticed, I eat a loooooot. I don’t know why, but I get hungry about every 2 hours. For this reason, I try to keep my snacks as clean and healthy as possible. Since I know I’m going to a workout class after I leave the office, I want to make sure I have enough fuel to be full out. That also means I have to hold out until 8 for dinner which is like, 4 hours away, aka forever. I go with a plant-based protein Garden of Life bar (one of my all-time favorite energy bars) that I got from Vitamin World.

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~8pm dinner! Finally! I pop my leftover chickpea pasta and sauteed broccoli and mushrooms from the night before in the microwave with some herbed goat cheese. Carbs are all I want right now, but this is a much healthier version of a frozen burrito or boxed mac in cheese I would dig into had I not prepped in advance. Thank goodness for thinking ahead!

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~9pm sweet-tooth time. I have a general rule for myself that “the kitchen closes at 9,” which is mostly just to prevent me from mindlessly eating in front of the tv or too close to bedtime because it keeps me up. I’m making an exception for today because I had dinner much later, and also because I really, really want some of the clementines I bought yesterday (and a few more pieces of watermelon).

So, that’s it! If you got through all that, you’re a champ because let’s be real, I eat a lot in a day. Sometimes I think it’s a bad thing and I honestly do try to eat less, but if my stomach is growling or I have a craving, I listen to it. On days I work out, I let myself eat some more because I know how important it is to give my body energy. I just try to make sure those extra calories are from good foods!

Hope everyone is having a great week, I’ll be back soon 🙂

xo Jordan


Babes on a Budget: Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl.

Ok I’m going to say something that I feel like is going to make people like, gasp and then hate me a little…

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but oatmeal totally does not fill me up and I literally will be hungry 2 hours later. What is wrong with me, guys?! I’ve tried adding nut butter, protein powder, chia seeds, flax, you name it I’ve done it. And for some reason, without fail, my stomach will be growling by 11am. So, I’ve recently turned to other (inexpensive) means of filling up before busy days at the office and it includes some of my absolute favorite foods: sweet potatoes, peanut butter, bananas and dates. I topped it with granola too, for a little extra crunch & sweetness! I definitely recommend coconut granola, or just coconut flakes/shavings – the flavor combo is INSANE.

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The best part about this recipe is that is super low effort, kind of like overnight oats but just slightly more prep. You just boil a pot of water, peel and cut a sweet potato into 1/2 inch (-ish) chunks, boil for about 15 minutes and then you’re good to go. You can mash the potato in the pot, or another bowl, or a tupperware if you want to save it for the next day in the fridge. Then you simple toss in the other ingredients and poof. Done. Easy peasy.

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Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls

1 medium sweet potato

1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 banana, sliced

1 -2 dates, chopped

1 tbsp peanut butter (drippy is better, so I’d go for all-natural!)

1/4 cup granola (I used KIND Oats & Honey Clusters w/Toasted Coconut)

*if gluten-free, just leave off the granola or choose a gluten-free variety!

1. Fill a medium-sized pot 2/3 of the way with water and bring to a boil. While the water is heating up, peel and cut a sweet potato into 1/2 inch or so chunks. Drop into water once boiling and cook for about 15 minutes or until soft when poked with a fork.

2. Drain the sweet potatoes and mash with a fork either in the pot or another bowl. Add in the almond milk to make it creamier and stir until combined.

3. Top with banana, dates, granola and peanut butter if eating right away, or keep in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container. Enjoy!

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Hope everyone is having a great week so far!

xo Jordan

Babes on a Budget: 5 Cheap Veggies and What to Do With Them.

Happy Humpday! I hope everyone’s having a great week so far 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Babes on a Budget: 5 Cheap Veggies and What to Do With Them.

I’m not sure if anyone noticed, but I’ve officially changed the description of my blog to “Healthy Living for Babes on a Budget.” The motivation for that was a combination of things, but essentially I enjoy being a resource for others on living a healthy life without breaking the bank. After learning from my own experiences as a professional dancer and hustler (as I like to call it), trying to fuel our bodies with nutritious food and exercising can get expensive real fast, especially in this day & age with all of the fancy options we have (LA, i’m looking at you). Personally however, I don’t think we need to spend a fortune to feel or look good, which is why I’m shifting my focus to more budget-conscious content.

I’m starting off this new-found purpose by sharing 5 of my favorite veggies! I’m on a serious veggie kick now that spring has sprung, which is good considering all the sweets I ate in March while traveling and celebrating birthdays…oops. The good news is that none of these gorgeous little pieces of produce cost more than about $2 a pound (and are usually much less save for the organic variety). Consider adding these to your grocery cart next time you hit the store because they all pack mega health benefits, set you up for a healthy week (with a touch of easy peasy meal-prep) and keep you in line with your food budget!

Dancing for Donuts | Babes on a Budget: 5 Cheap Veggies and What to Do With Them.

Carrots: I feel like these get easily forgotten, but carrots are so versatile and so dang cheap. I’ve always been a fan of baby carrots dipped in hummus of course, but buying the whole carrots from the farmer’s market, or even just at the grocery store can give your meals a boost of Vitamins A, C, and K, beta-carotene, fiber, iron and copper. They’re slightly sweet too, so adding them to baked goods or smoothies makes them feel slightly decadent!

What to make with them…

My all-time favorite Carrot Cake Smoothie

Garlic Roasted Carrots

2-Ingredient Carrot Cake Rawnola

Carrot Oatmeal Greek Yogurt Muffins

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Zucchini: As we head into warmer weather, zucchini is going to be coming at us like crazy. I know zoodles have gotten super popular as people are more familiar with spiralizing veggies, but what I love about it most is that it has a fairly neutral flavor, which means you can do a ton with it. My go-to? Adding it into oatmeal or baked goods to add moisture and a kick of Vitamins A and C, magnesium (so important!), fiber and potassium. Swear you can’t taste it, but your body will thank you!

What to make with it…

Lasagna Zucchini Boats

Healthy Zucchini Oat Breakfast Cookies

Greek Yogurt Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto

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Cauliflower: This is definitely one of the more trendy veggies on the health & wellness radar these days what with all of the cauliflower in smoothies (see my blueberry power smoothie recipe below) and using it as a substitute for many low-carb dishes as rice or mashed potatoes. Aside from being a jack of all trades, cauliflower is packed with protein, vitamins C and K, fiber, magnesium and more.

What to make with it…

Blueberry Power Smoothie

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce

Mashed Cauliflower with Parmesan & Chives

Honey Garlic Baked Cauliflower

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Brussels Sprouts: Ahhh, good ol’ brussels sprouts. I know these babies get a bad rap sometimes, but they’re honestly really delicious if you cook ’em the right way! *cough* in bacon fat…no but seriously, my favorite way to eat sprouts is by throwing them in my ninja and shredding them into a slaw for the base of a salad. Roasting them with parmesan, garlic and EVOO is damn good, too. They’re yet another veggie that contains a boat load of vitamins C & K, potassium and even omega-3’s!

What to make with them…

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

Garlic Lemon Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Harvest Chicken Skillet with Sweet Potato, Brussels Sprouts and Apples

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Kale: An old favorite of mine, Kale has always been the perfect thing to throw in with a quinoa salad or smoothie for some added nutrients. Did you know Kale is packed with protein?! Plus about a billion other wonderful things like folate and fiber, too. I’ve become quite sick of the regular ol’ green kind, so I usually go for the Lacinto variety. It makes for the perfect base for a salad mixed with any of the veggies above, or a grain bowl with farro, beets and goat cheese (my all-time fave!).

What to make with it…

Pasta with Kale and Turkey Sausage

Spicy Shrimp with Cauliflower Mash and Garlic Kale

Quinoa & Kale Protein Salad

Kick Booty Kale Smoothie

Have a great rest of your week, friends!

xo Jordan

Blueberry Power Smoothie.

Have you all been seeing this thing about putting cauliflower in smoothies yet!? Wait wait, don’t leave just yet, I promise this’ll be good!

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So here’s what’s up. My favorite health and wellness experts(the Tone It Up girls, Jeannette from Shut the Kale Up, etc.) have all been posting about this new trend and it’s been popping up all over my Instagram too – people are literally putting frozen cauliflower in their smoothies. Like what. The. F. So, obviously, I had to jump on board and see what all the fuss was about, not to mention that I had to try it for you all first so I could relay my honest opinion…

Do you want it?

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Okay, I’m not going to lie, before I perfected this smoothie recipe there was a very, very slight hint of cauliflower detected. BUT! That was before I added the necessary ingredients (aka those listed below) to make this taste super delicious! And truthfully, like scouts honor, this cauliflower business makes for a smoothie that is unbelievably creamy. We’re talking milkshake levels of creaminess over here. It’s legit. Not to mention that cauliflower has about a bazillion health benefits from boosting heart and digestive health to anti-inflammatory properties, plus vitamins, minerals and antioxidants galore.

So. if there’s one piece of advice I can offer you today, it would be to try adding cauliflower to your smoothies. And hey, if you hate it (which trust, you will not), you don’t ever have to do it again. But like, you totally will. You’re welcome 😉

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Blueberry Power Smoothie

1 small handful frozen cauliflower florets (or 1/4 cup frozen riced caulflower)

1 small handful kale or spinach

1/4 cup milk (any kind, pick your favorite!)

1/4 cup cold water

1/2 frozen banana

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 tbsp peanut butter powder or nut butter of your choice

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. My trick is to start with less liquid and then add if I need more, but I like my smoothies super thick. You do you!

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Thanks for stopping by, friends. Hope everyone is having a fabulous week!

xo Jordan

3-Ingredient Strawberry Protein Pops.

I know I know, I can’t remember the last time I posted a recipe either.

This summer has been both crazy and amazing in all the ways you can imagine. I went on two incredible vacations to Hawaii and Portugal, am about to hop on a plane to another, worked my butt off but also went to the beach a fair amount, tried new things and met new people. I’m back from my blogging break now, though, and let me tell you it is hot out there today!

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Strawberry Protein Pops.

I highly suggest you do yourself a favor and throw some greek yogurt, frozen berries and milk in a blender because that’s literally all that’s in these popsicles. Not a fan of strawberries? Try mango, pineapple, banana, blueberries or a combo of all of ’em! I added honey and vanilla extract for good measure, but you totally don’t have to. Also if you don’t have a popsicle mold, or Amazon Prime where you can impulse purchase one for less than $10, use a muffin tin or dixie cups and popsicle sticks!

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Strawberry Protein Pops.

3-Ingredient Strawberry Protein Pops

1 cup frozen strawberries

1 container of non-fat plain greek yogurt

1 cup almond milk (+ more if you need to get the mix going)

1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

1 tbsp honey (optional)

  1. In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and pulse until smooth. Add water or extra milk if necessary.

2. Pour or gently spoon the mix into a popsicle mold and freeze for at least 2 hours.

3. When ready to eat, remove and enjoy. Sometimes it helps to run the popsicle mold until hot water for a few seconds or even let the mold sit out for 5 minutes before removing!

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Strawberry Protein Pops.

I’ll be back soon, I promise!

xo Jordan

Sesame Peanut Noodles.

Helloooooooo and Happy Humpday!

It’s been a little gloomy here in LA (at least in the mornings) and I’m kind of loving it…is that bad? It almost makes me want to spend more time outside exercising just because I won’t sweat my face off in 2 minutes, know what I mean? Anyway, a quick life update – in exactly one month at this time I will have graduated business school and will be on a plane to hawaii. HAWAII. What. Yep. So since we all know I’ve been working my butt off to get that #hawaiibody I’m gonna be real and tell you that I’ve also been letting myself sneak in some cheat food (and drinks) because they’re damn good. And truth be told, I don’t really feel all that badly about it. This recipe is actually not one of those cheat foods, though…it just feels a little naughty.

Dancing for Donuts | Peanut Sesame Noodles.

Inspired by this recipe, I made mine with whole wheat spaghetti this time around, but soba noodles are even better if you can find them. This dish is packed with protein and flavor and literally comes together in about 15 minutes once you’ve got all of your ingredients. The noodles also can be eaten hot or cold depending on what you’re feeling (and the weather, let’s be real), but truth be told I ate mine cold out of sheer laziness and hunger. This dish tastes bomb with some seared ahi tuna, chicken, or tofu if you’re a vegetarian, and then you’ve got yourself a complete, better-than-takeout meal. Swear.

Dancing for Donuts | Peanut Sesame Noodles.

Sesame Peanut Noodles

10 oz. of whole wheat spaghetti or soba noodles

1 1/2 tbsp sesame oil

2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce

1 1/2 tbsp honey

1 1/2 tbsp of your favorite peanut butter

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1-2 tbsp sesame seeds

1/4 cup chopped scallions (optional)

1/4 cup cilantro (optional)

dash of sriracha (optional)

  1. Cook and drain your noodles according to the package. *Soba noodles take way less time than spaghetti!

2. While the noodles are cooking, whisk the sesame oil, soy sauce, honey, peanut butter and spices in a small bowl until smooth.

3. Add the peanut sauce to the drained noodles in the pot and stir to fully coat. Add in the sesame seeds, scallion, cilantro and sriracha if using them, and stir again to combine. Dig in!

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Have a great rest of your week, y’all!

xo Jordan

Sweet Potato Nachos.

Umm ok it’s almost April. How is that possible?

The past 2 weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind, and to be honest I’m not even sure what day it is. After a fantastic trip to San Francisco and eating my bodyweight in pastries, seafood, chinese, bbq and chocolate, I’m definitely still working to get back on track. I’m still steering clear of bread/grains other than quinoa and trying to shovel in as many greens as possible. But, let’s be honest, stress and healthy eating aren’t exactly the most likely combo. Enter healthy comfort food.

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These sweet potato nachos are only 5 ingredients and the hardest part is probably just waiting for the sweet potatoes to roast. Hint: slice them as thinly as possible! These could also be vegan if you omit the cheese (or use Daiya) and are easily customizable. They’re also packed with nutrients (like protein!) and flavor (what is it about cheddar?). If you’re in need of some warm, hearty food but don’t want to sacrifice your hard work tonight, I highly suggest whipping these bad boys up.

Dancing for Donuts | Sweet Potato Nachos.

Sweet Potato Nachos

1 medium sweet potato

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup black beans (canned or cooked)

2 tbsp your favorite salsa

1/2 avocado, diced

 3-4 tbsp part-skim cheddar cheese

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Peel and slice your sweet potato as thinly as possible (without chopping off a finger). Move the sweet potatoes to a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with the olive oil and toss to evenly coat. Place the discs in an even layer and bake for 20 minutes or until soft.

2. Layer the sweet potatoes on a plate or in a bowl with the beans. Top with the cheddar cheese and pop in the microwave for ~30 seconds or until the cheese melts. *If you don’t have a microwave, just put the cheese on the potatoes for a few minutes before you take them out of the oven.

3. Top with the salsa and avocado. Dig in!

Dancing for Donuts | Sweet Potato Nachos.

xo Jordan

2-Ingredient Rawnola.

I’m not even going to be humble about this guys.

Rawnola is a GAME. CHANGER. Can we please just take a moment to admire the versatility of oats and the magic that are dates? Yep, you heard me. Dates and oats. That’s it. Sweet, but not too much, chewy but also slightly crunchy, vegan, gluten-free, paleo (actually I have no idea, I’m just getting carried away), low-sugar, fat free, blah blah blah whatever this sh*t is amazing.

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Eat it plain, with a splash of almond milk, or on top of smoothie. I even made a batch that had some carrots & coconut in it because y’all know how much I love carrot cake…but feel free to mix it up and add spices, other dried fruit or even nuts if you’re feeling frisky. Also, I’d advise making 2 batches at once and storing them in mason jars because trust me, they won’t be in there for long.

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Rawnola

1 cup rolled oats

8-10 dates (medjool is preferred but not necessary)

splash of almond milk (optional)

  1. In a food processor, pulse the oats and dates until you reach a consistency you like. *Mine took about 10.

Optional: add a splash or two of almond milk and pulse 1-2 more times until small clumps form.

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Hope you like it 😉

xo Jordan

Spring Quinoa Salad with Asparagus & Peas.

I know I’m 5 days late, but Spring is here! Spring is here!!!

As much as I dislike having to wake up while it’s still dark outside, the extra hour of daylight at the end of the day makes me pretty dang happy. Not to mention it’s way easier to take pictures of food later in the evening now 🙂 I also came across this article today in Cosmo and it’s so valid – I definitely feel like it’s easier to eat healthfully and stay more active in the springtime! Fresh produce is in abundance and I’m looking forward to trying some recipes this season.

Dancing for Donuts | Spring Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Peas.

Last night I roasted up some asparagus to switch up my usual quinoa salad. I paired it with crunchy roasted chickpeas (buy in bulk, soak overnight & boil! so cheap and easy), frozen peas, shaved parmesan cheese and avocado slices. The dressing came together in approximately 30 seconds with only 4 ingredients. With a pinch of salt and a quick toss, you’re good to go. To make it more of a meal, just add a ton of kale! Protein packed, fast and easy. Not to mention vegetarian & gluten-free!

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Spring Quinoa Salad with Roasted Asparagus and Peas

1 cup dried quinoa

1 bundle of asparagus

1 can of chickpeas (or 1.5 cups dried & cooked)

1 cup frozen peas

1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese

1 avocado sliced

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp dijon mustard

juice from 1 lemon

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

salt + pepper to taste

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit. In a large saucepan, bring 1 cup of quinoa and 2 cups of water to a boil. Then cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until water is absorbed.

2. While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the asparagus by breaking off the ends, placing on a baking sheet, and drizzling with olive oil (in addition to the 2 tbsp listed for the dressing). If using the same baking sheet for the chickpeas, toss them in the olive oil now and make sure everything is in one even layer. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

3. Once the quinoa is finished cooking, add in the frozen peas. They will defrost from the heat. Add in the dressing ingredients: mustard, olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic, salt and pepper. Toss to combine.

4. Add in the asparagus and chickpeas once fully cooked. Top with parmesan and stir to coat with dressing and seasonings. Enjoy immediately, or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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Have a wonderful Thursday!

xo Jordan

Roasted Cauliflower & Cashew Bowls.

It’s Friday, it’s Friday!!!

And also February 5th? Where is time going. 2016 is already passing by way too quickly and I think it’s because I’ve been busy running around like a madwoman. I can’t remember if I made a resolution to sit down and enjoy my meals more, but if I didn’t on January 1st, I’m making it now. I’m sick of eating in the car, in the dark, running from one place to another and barely tasting my food. Am I alone in this? I doubt it.

Dancing for Donuts | Roasted Cauliflower & Cashew Bowls.

So today I’m bringing you a super easy recipe that mainly consists of throwing things onto a baking sheet and into a bowl. I swear, the hardest part of this thing is cutting the cauliflower. It’s a little messy (I do it by the sink to make for an easy clean-up), but it’s so worth it. Roasted cauliflower is my new obsession – it’s amazing on it’s own + some EVOO + sea salt + parmesan, or mixed in with other veggies like in this recipe. You could probably amp this up a bit more if you wanted with some cilantro and a peanut sauce instead of the tahini if you want it more tropical, but since it’s still technically winter, I’m sticking to my guns.

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Roasted Cauliflower & Cashew Bowls

1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets

1 tbsp olive oil (+ 2 more for the sauce)

1 cup cashews

1 cup quinoa (measured dry, then cooked)

3 cups of mixed greens

1/2 red onion, chopped

1 avocado, sliced

2 tbsp tahini

2 tbsp warm water

2 tsp sea salt (or to taste)

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit. Toss the cauliflower florets in olive oil and spread on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, or until starting to brown.

2. While the cauliflower is baking, you can make your quinoa if you haven’t already. When both are cooked, add all ingredients into a salad bowl.

3. To make the dressing, mix the tahini, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, and warm water in a bowl with a fork and whisk until smooth. If you want your sauce thinner, just keep adding more water, tablespoon by tablespoon.

4. Toss the salad with the dressing and eat immediately or store in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Have a great weekend!

xo Jordan