We also had a nice “creamy” lentil soup packed with vitamins and antioxidants! How’s that for clean eating?

I had some of the best food I’ve had in a while last night, but today I need to to easy on my poor stomach. I had lots of fruits and smoothies for breakfast and this soup and a salad for lunch.

How do you like to restore balance in your stomach?

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Our meal today for Meatless Monday is a vegan and super-food version of a Palestinian favorite: bamyah! You’ve got a super saucy bowl of thick okra stew with loads of thyme, parsley, and ginger and a fluffy pile of organic quinoa topped with some balsamic vinegar! Oh yes!

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This is what a typical lazy Saturday afternoon looks like in the Abul Hasan’s household! On the right you’ve got smoked eggplant, blue cheese, caramelized onions and parmesan cheese pizza and the left figs, gorgonzola, and a balsamic reduction. Absolutely friggin delicious!

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I would like to declare this post a ‘No Judgement Zone’. I decided to shamelessly make myself a pizza for brunch!

This pizza has caramelized onions, blue cheese, figs, and a balsamic reduction with scattered fresh basil.
It was a thing of beauty, I must say!

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Today’s breakfast was a Mexican festival of colors! Scrambled eggs with bell peppers, jalapeños, spinach, and cumin on toasted wholegrain tortillas! So damn good if I say so myself!

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Used some left over avocado dipping sauce from last night’s dinner to make some super easy quesadillas minus the queso. With silky smooth avocado and yogurt sauce, char grilled peppers, jalapeños, and beans you won’t even miss the cheese!

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I’ve got to tell you, slurping seems to be my favorite eating method..like..ever. And because pasta isn’t something I should be slurping every single waking minute, soba noodles seems to be an adequate alternative. My husband and I were lounging around on a quiet Friday night when I had an epiphany! What if I made us a soba noodle salad RIGHT NOW! (yes, food could be an epiphany). So I rummaged through the fridge looking for whatever ingredients felt Asian enough for me and used the following:

  • Soba noodles
  • Garlic
  • Orange juice
  • carrots
  • frozen green beans
  • frozen broccoli
  • poached chicken breast
  • green onions (scallions)
  • bell pepper
  • ginger
  • store bought  ready-made Thai lemongrass and sweet basil dressing (I know, I cheated…leave me alone)
  • sesame oil
  • soy sauce

First, I cheat-made the dressing for the salad as I put the noodles to boil. I added a good glug of the ready made lemongrass dressing and added sesame seed oil, soy sauce, garlic, orange juice, and grated ginger. Then, I shaved the carrots into ribbons and added them to the dressing to pickle them.

After that, I shock boiled the chopped veg. by blanching them in hot water for a minute and running them through ice-cold water, I also washed the noodles through with ice-cold water once they cooked.

Now for the assembly.

I add the cubed poached chicken breast and the remaining ingredients, toss, and serve. 

This recipe was absolutely scrumptious if I may say so myself–I was pleasantly surprised with myself, and you will be too. Give it a shot!

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