Chickpea Salad Wraps

Chickpea Salad Wraps

Chickpea Salad Wraps!

Made with crunchy veggies and loaded with flavor, this easy lunch recipe, snack or dinner recipe can be ready in minutes. A perfect meatless substitute that is low-calorie, low-carb and packed with fiber and healthy plant-based protein.

Say hello to my new favorite recipe. Joe and I first tried Chickpea Salad (aka faux tuna or chicken salad) while at a vegan restaurant in Brooklyn. We were blown away by the mix of flavors, and the perfect combination of smooth with a refreshing crunchy.

You can enjoy this healthy salad on its own, on toasted gluten-free bread or wrapped in beautiful Swiss chard leaves. Really, anything goes. Bonus: chickpeas are packed with fiber and plant-based protein which help us stay full longer and energized throughout the day.

We encourage you to make a double batch of this yummy salad on meal prep days and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.

 Don’t forget to tag your food pictures using the hashtag #ourflipsidelife on INSTAGRAM. We’d love to see it!

Ingredients.

1 (15 oz) can organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed 

¼ cup celery, chopped 

¼ cup carrots, chopped 

1/8 cup red onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

Juice from ½ a lemon

2 tbsp, vegan mayo (I like this brand)

1/8 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste

For the wraps

2-3 large chard leaves, washed (fresh or blanched*)

Instructions

1. In a large mixing bowl, add the celery, carrots, red onion, garlic, lemon juice, mayo and cilantro and combine. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Scoop 2-3 tbsp of chickpea salad onto the chard leaves and tightly roll up, tucking the ends as you go. Secure with a toothpick if necessary.

3. Cut in half, plate and serve.

4. Leftover chickpea salad will stay good for 2-3 days in the fridge.

 

*Bring a large pot of water to a boil and blanch the chard leaves and stems for 20 to 30 seconds. Transfer to a bowl of cold water, then drain and cut away the stems at the base. Note: chard leaves are easier to work with when blanched but I also enjoy the crunchy-ness of fresh chard leaves.

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Chickpea Salad Wraps
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Ingredients
  • 1 (15oz) can organic chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup celery chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrots chopped
  • 1/8 cup red onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 tbsp vegan mayo
  • 1/8 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 large chard leaves washed
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 (15oz) can organic chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup celery chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrots chopped
  • 1/8 cup red onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 tbsp vegan mayo
  • 1/8 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 large chard leaves washed
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the celery, carrots, red onion, garlic, lemon juice, mayo and cilantro and combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Scoop 2-3 tbsp of chickpea salad onto the chard leaves and tightly roll up, tucking the ends as you go. Secure with a toothpick if necessary.
  3. Cut in half, plate and serve.
  4. Left over chickpea salad will stay good for 2-3 days in the fridge.
Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding

Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding

Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding (made with Aquafaba). A delicious low calorie, dairy-free dessert recipe made with melted dark chocolate and oat milk. Aquafaba is the water or brine found in canned chickpeas or white beans. It’s popular amongst vegan desserts due to its ability to mimic the function of egg whites in cooking. Aquafaba can also be used to make dairy-free meringue recipes, low-calorie macarons, delicious nougat, fluffy icing, dairy-free ice cream, low-fat fudge, and marshmallows.  

What is Aquafaba?

Aquafaba is composed of carbohydrates, proteins, and other soluble plant solids which have migrated from the seeds to the water during the cooking process. The combination of ingredients gives it a variety of blendingfrothingbinding, gelatinizing and thickening properties.

It is recommended to use 2 tablespoons of aquafaba to replace one medium egg white in a recipe, or 3 tablespoons for one medium whole egg.

Where to use it

Aquafaba works well in recipes where a direct substitution for egg whites is required for example; desserts as mentioned above or savory recipes like mayonnaisecheese substitutesbatters and cocktails cocktails.

In my opinion, the best aquafaba comes from chickpeas and white beans. You are able to use other legumes (peas, soy beans, lentils, kidney, and black beans) but they have slightly different compositions than chickpea and white bean aquafaba and may require you to play with the concentration to work well. 

I’ve been fascinated with the concept since learning about it. It’s interesting to learn ways to substitute traditional recipes for a healthier alternatives – it’s like a fun science experiment you get to eat afterwards. I truly love “geeking out” on these things and will continue to share more with you as I learn.

Here’s an easy, fun and delicious way to try cooking with aquafaba. But before I leave you with the recipe I have some fun announcements to share with you:

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Ingredients

 

1 cup chickpea water

¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips, melted (I like this brand)

1/3 cup oat milk

Instructions

1. Add the chickpea water, cream of tartar and salt to a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer, 5-7min or until desired thickness is reached (take your time and don’t be discouraged if it takes a little longer to reach stiff peaks).

2. Once ready set aside.

3. Using a double boiler melt the chocolate and milk.

4. Once melted remove from heat and set aside to cool, 2-3min.

5. Fold the whipped aquafaba into the cooled chocolate mixture and distribute evenly into small ramekins.

6. Cover and place in the fridge to set for 2hrs or overnight. Serve and enjoy!

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding
Vegan Aquafaba Chocolate Pudding
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup chickpea water
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips melted
  • 1/3 cup oat milk
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup chickpea water
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips melted
  • 1/3 cup oat milk
Vegan Aquafaba Chocolate Pudding
Instructions
  1. Add the chickpea water, cream of tartar and salt to a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer, 5-7min or until desired thickness is reached (take your time and don’t be discouraged if it takes a little longer to reach stiff peaks).
  2. Once ready set aside.
  3. Using a double boiler melt the chocolate and milk.
  4. Once melted remove from heat and set aside to cool, 2-3min.
  5. Fold the whipped aquafaba into the cooled chocolate mixture and distribute evenly into small ramekins.
  6. Cover and place in the fridge to set for 2hrs or overnight. Serve and enjoy!

Healthier Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche)

Healthier Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche)

Healthier Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche).  A dairy-free spin on a popular Latin dessert recipe. Made with simple and natural ingredients, this easy dessert recipe is guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth. 

I grew up enjoying Rice Pudding as a kid. I remember scraping the sides of the pan after my mom was done making it and not waiting for it to cool before I enjoyed it.

Traditionally, Arroz con Leche is a mixture of white rice, sugar, cinnamon, evaporated milk, condensed milk and whole milk that as you can imagine, it’s very healthy. While I still love the traditional recipe and allow myself to enjoy it from time to time, I prefer making it with healthier ingredients for my family to enjoy – especially Carolina. For example, I use brown rice instead of white rice, unsweetened almond milk instead of cow milk and coconut sugar instead of refined sugar. This version has the same great taste and better ingredients.

It’s also a fun recipe to make with the kids. Caro loves to pour the ingredients into the pan and as she says “mix it, Mama”. I love including her in the process and let her scarp the sides for a taste like I did as a kid.

FlipTip: Adding lime peel to the hot mixture as it cooks it gives this recipe a zing and enhances the flavors. I encourage you to try it.

I shared this recipe with our friends at The Mpire.co – a wonderful community of women based in Miami, FL that I love to support and partnered with as food and nutrition blog contributor! Make sure to check them out and show them some love! 

Don’t forget to tag your food pictures and tag us using the hashtag #ourflipsidelife on INSTAGRAM. We’d love to see it!

 

Ingredients

 

3 cups long grain brown rice, cooked

1/8 tsp sea salt

4 cups unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage

½ cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Lime peel, about 2 inches long

¼ cup raisins (optional)

 

Instructions

 

1. In a saucepan over medium heat stir in the cooked rice, unsweetened dairy-free milk, maple syrup, lime peel, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.

2. Cook uncovered, stirring often until the rice mixture starts to resemble oatmeal, approximately 20 to 35 minutes.

3. Remove from the heat and add in the raisins (optional) let cool before serving and enjoy!

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Ingredients
  • 3 cups long grain brown rice cooked
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 4 cups unsweetened dairy-free milk
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • lime peel approx 2 inches long
  • 1/4 cup raisins optional
Servings
Ingredients
  • 3 cups long grain brown rice cooked
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 4 cups unsweetened dairy-free milk
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • lime peel approx 2 inches long
  • 1/4 cup raisins optional
Instructions
  1. In a sauce pan over medium-heat stir in the cooked rice, unsweetened dairy-free milk, maple syrup, lime peel, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.
  2. Cook uncovered, stirring often, until the rice mixture starts to resemble oatmeal, approximately 20 to 35 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and add in the raisins (optional) let cool before serving and enjoy!

Celery Juice Challenge

Celery Juice Challenge

The Celery Juice Challenge is the new trend. Use a blender or juicer and enjoy the amazing health benefits of this easy-to-make elixir in the mornings. It can easily be made in a big batch and stored up to 2 days. in the fridge. Give it a try and enjoy the naturally detoxifying benefits of this amazing superfood. 

I started the Celery Juice Challenge after my visit to Miami for Thanksgiving.

Every time I travel, mostly to Florida, where my family is, I indulge in comfort food that I don’t eat every day and unfortunately, this is not the type of food that I’m used to eating now. So that causes a lot of bloating, causes a lot of problems with my digestive system and overall, it’s not a good feel. So, because of that and after a lot of research I decided to try the Celery Juice challenge which a lot of people have been talking about.

Some people can call it a fad diet some people can call it a trend, but generally there is nothing wrong with drinking 16oz of Celery juice in the morning on an empty stomach hoping that you will feel better and get your digestion back on track.

So that is exactly what I did. For the next three weeks, I was very diligent about drinking 16oz of celery juice that I made using my Vitamix blender and an almond milk mesh bad, and I started drinking it.

What Changed..

To my surprise, I started to feel more energized, had less bloating, regular bowel movements, a lot of elimination. I started to break out on my skin which (I didn’t know this at the time) is part of the detoxification process. The salt crystals in the celery juice help detoxify the liver and the toxins have to come out somewhere. So, I started to feel less bloating, my skin cleared up after a few days, I was sleeping better. I felt like I was having coffee in the mornings because I wanted to have coffee in the mornings and not necessarily because I needed to fight or get rid of that sluggish feeling. Overall, it has been an amazing addition to my diet, that along with healthy food during the day, exercise and a good amount of sleep has helped me drastically.

Fast forward to now, and I am not as strict with the celery juice as I was in the beginning. I don’t drive myself crazy with these schedules, I do it if I have time because I know it makes me feel better, but I don’t beat myself up if I miss a day or a weekend. I think it’s an amazing way to help your body feel better, for your digestive system to work better which in turn helps absorbs the nutrients in your body from the foods that you eat. I think it’s great and there is a lot of information on the celery juice challenge in the book, “The Medical Medium” which is linked below.

Now it’s your turn..

I’ve included a quick way to make your celery juice when you don’t have a juicer at home. It’s always important to buy your celery organic as with other fruits such as bananas. Buying celery organic is better for you, the pesticides are not there which makes for a better experience and for a lot more health benefits.

So, I encourage everyone to try. As I always say on all of my posts and on Instagram, I am not a doctor. I am a health coach in training, I am a mom, I am a wife and I am a woman that wants to be healthy and do the best for herself and for her family and have the best health that I am able to have. I encourage you to read more about it, make an educated decision as to if the celery juice challenge is right for you.

I also encourage you if you’re going to start drinking celery juice in the mornings to consult your doctor before you start making any drastic changes to your diet.

Overall, I am a huge advocate for celery juice in the morning and I hope everyone either tries it or at least learns more about the health benefits of celery juice.

12 REASONS TO DRINK CELERY JUICE by Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium

 

1. Lowers Inflammation

Celery juice starves the unproductive bacteria and viruses that are behind inflammation.

2. Supports Weight Loss

Celery juice helps to clean up & detoxify the liver and a sluggish, toxic liver is behind mystery weight gain.

3. Aids Digestion

Celery juice restores hydrochloric acid levels in the stomach for better long-term digestion.

4. Reduces Bloating

Celery juice prompts the liver to increase bile production and strengthens the stomach’s hydrochloric acid production. Old undigested, rotting protein and rancid fats trapped at the bottom of the stomach and in the small intestinal tract can then be broken down, helping bloating.

5. Helps Eczema & Psoriasis

The undiscovered cluster salts in celery juice break down the cell membranes of the pathogens responsible for eczema, eventually killing and destroying them.

6. Fights Infections

Celery juice enhances your entire body’s immune system. White blood cells absorb the sodium cluster salts in celery juice through their cell structure & then use them as an offense mechanism, not just a defense mechanism.

7. Helps Prevent UTI’s

Celery juice is an antiseptic to streptococcus bacteria, which is the true unknown cause of Urinary Tract Infections.

8. Healing For Acne

Celery juice’s undiscovered sodium cluster salts are toxic to bacteria, including streptococcus in the liver and lymphatic system, which is the real cause of acne.

9. Prevents High Blood Pressure

Celery juice helps stabilize blood pressure by cleansing the liver of Liver Troublemakers (see Liver Rescue for info), which leads to healthier blood that can be easily pumped by the heart.

10. Helps Lower High Cholesterol

Celery juice helps cleanse and strengthen the liver and breaks up undigested rotting proteins & fats that contribute to a sluggish liver, which is behind high cholesterol.

11. Helps Prevent Ulcers

Celery juice helps destroy the bacteria responsible for ulcers.

12. Protects Liver Health

Your liver’s individual immune system relies on the undiscovered sodium cluster salts inside of celery.

Click here for more information on the Celery Juice Challenge.

Here’s how you can make celery juice at home using a Vitamix and a nut milk bag*.

(A juicer might be easier/quicker but I don’t have one.)

Ingredients

1 bunch of organic celery, washed

1/4 cup filtered water

Instructions

1. Chop the celery and add to your blender. Begin to blend. If it’s not blending pour water in small amounts until the celery starts to blend

2. Strain the celery pulp out using nut milk bag or strainer.

3. Drink immediately on an empty stomach

*I love this NUT MILK BAG – it’s cheap, sturdy and easy to wash

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Ingredients
  • 1 bunch organic celery washed
  • 1/4 cup filtered water
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch organic celery washed
  • 1/4 cup filtered water
Instructions
  1. Chop the celery and add to your blender. Begin to blend. If it's not blending pour water in small amounts until the celery starts to blend
  2. Chop the celery and add to your blender. Begin to blend. If it's not blending pour water in small amounts until the celery starts to blend
  3. Strain the celery pulp out using nut milk bag or strainer.
  4. Drink immediately on an empty stomach

Zoodle Egg Nests

Zoodle Egg Nests

Zoodle Egg Nests!

A breakfast or brunch recipe that is healthy, easy to prepare and ready in minutes. Healthy zucchini noodles (or zoodles) are naturally gluten-free and offer a low carb and low-calorie alternative to bread or pasta. Zoodle Egg Nests are perfect on busy mornings or as part of your Sunday meal prep plan.

Zoodles are long strips of zucchini that resemble pasta. They are fresh, healthy and delicious and a fun way to get picky eaters to eat more veggies. Joe and I are zoodle fans – we order them precut from Fresh Direct to save on cooking time. Zoodles are great with a simple marinara sauce, topped with sautéed veggies or as egg nests. Fun fact: I had no idea what Egg-In-A-Nest was before I met Joe. He introduced me to this clever way of eating eggs and toast. Now that we avoid bread as much as we can Zoodle Egg Nests are the next best thing. Plus it’s so simple to make!

We hope you enjoy the recipe! As always, don’t forget to tag us in your food pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #ourflipsidelife

Happy, healthy eating! Until next week. 😀

Ingredients

2 medium zucchini, spiralized

3 eggs

1 large garlic clove, minced

1 tbsp olive oil

Cooking spray 

Fresh cilantro, chopped

Red pepper flakes

Salt

Instructions

1. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F.

2. Place a skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the garlic and sauté 30-45 seconds.

3. Add the zoodles and toss to combine. Let cook, 2-3min or until they begin to soften a bit. Remove from heat and set aside.

4. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray

5. Transfer the cooked zoodles to the baking sheet and make 3 nests creating 2-3 inch wells in the center of each one for the egg.

6. Crack 3 eggs and add one to each noodle nest.

7. Place the nests in the oven to bake, 8-10min.

8. Once ready, remove the nests from the oven and garnish with chopped cilantro, salt and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.

Serve hot and enjoy!

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Zoodle Egg Nests
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Ingredients
  • 2 medium zucchini spiralized
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • cooking spray
  • fresh cilantro chopped
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 medium zucchini spiralized
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • cooking spray
  • fresh cilantro chopped
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Place a skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the garlic and sauté, 30-45 seconds.
  3. Add the zoodles and toss to combine. Let cook, 2-3min or until they begin to soften a bit. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray
  5. Transfer the cooked zoodles to the baking sheet and make 3 nests creating 2-3 inch wells in the center of each one for the egg.
  6. Crack 3 eggs and add one to each noodle nest.
  7. Place the nests in the oven to bake, 8-10min.
  8. Once ready, remove the nests from the oven and garnish with chopped cilantro, salt and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.
  9. Serve hot and enjoy!
Easy Gluten Free Oatmeal Pancakes

Easy Gluten Free Oatmeal Pancakes

Easy Gluten Free Oatmeal Pancakes. A dairy-free and refined sugar free recipe made with simple ingredients. Perfect for picky eaters and busy mornings. 

Stuck on breakfast ideas? Yup, us too. Carolina asked for mac-n-cheese every morning this week (insert eye-roll) I try to get creative/think of new recipes but let’s be honest, who really has time for creativity at 7am? I definitely don’t.

I remembered the recipe for these pancakes and made a double batch to have for the week. The recipe calls for simple ingredients; gluten-free oat flour, eggs, cinnamon and nutmeg. There is no refined sugar or processed flour, just simple and good-for-you ingredients that are filling, satisfying and help keep us energized throughout the morning.

I switch it up by adding a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. Sometimes I spread Apple Butter (this is our new favorite, btw) and top with fresh fruit. Anything goes!

Here are 3 fun facts about gluten-free oat flour

1. It is loaded with soluble and dietary fiber which are great for the digestive system

2. Consuming oats can help prevent sugar spikes in the blood

3. Oats are a great source of complex carbs and can help improve energy levels

We hope you love this recipe as much as we do. Don’t forget to tag us on INSTRAGRAM when you make them and add the hashtag #ourflipsidelife

Ingredients

2 ½ cups gluten free oat flour

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tbsp baking powder

2 eggs

2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or dairy-free milk of choice)

Pinch of salt

Ghee for frying

Instructions

1. Add all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.

2. Place a griddle or frying pan over medium-high heat and melt the ghee. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle and cook until pancakes are golden brown on each side.

3. Serve and top with honey, maple syrup or fresh fruit (optional).

Enjoy!

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Easy Gluten Free Oatmeal Pancakes
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Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups gluten free oat flower
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk or dairy-free milk of choice
  • Pinch of salt
  • Ghee for frying
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups gluten free oat flower
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk or dairy-free milk of choice
  • Pinch of salt
  • Ghee for frying
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Place a griddle or frying pan over medium-high heat and melt the ghee. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle and cook until pancakes are golden brown on each side.
  3. Serve and top with honey, maple syrup or fresh fruit (optional).
  4. Enjoy!

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