basil coconut brown rice ~vegan, gluten free~

Comforting and healing, brown rice cooked with coconut and basil….

Basil Coconut Rice ~vegan, gluten free ~A comforting and healing side dish!

A few nights ago I spent the evening catching up with one of my closest friends over this meal, one I knew I wanted to recreate.  She cooked, it was such a simple gesture, yet such a treat to have a meal cooked for me.  We spent hours chatting and eating!  It reminded me of those summers when we were teenagers and could talk the night away!  However, we are much better cooks now and our parents didn’t have to call the cops to go looking for us :)

Thank you,  Emily xoxo

She just threw this meal together with food she cooked ahead of time.  You can roast whatever veggies you have on hand or growing in your garden!  For a little flavor boost I added a pinch of black sea salt and chopped macadamia nuts!

basil coconut brown rice ~vegan, gluten free~
 
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Ingredients
  • For the Rice:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ yellow onion, minced
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 2½ cups water
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • For the Roasted Vegetables:
  • ½ red onion, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 summer squash, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • pinch of thyme
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup macadamia nuts, chopped (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and onion. Saute until fragrant. Add brown rice and stir until rice is coated with oil. Add water and coconut milk, bring to a boil. Turn down heat, stir in salt and basil. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until rice is tender.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, add onion, squash and zucchini. Drizzle with olive oil, add thyme, sea salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Transfer to a baking sheet and cook for 30 minutes. Finish under the broiler for a few minutes or until crispy.
  3. Serve veggies over rice, top with macadamia nuts.

Basil Coconut Rice ~vegan, gluten free ~A comforting and healing side dish!

The coconut milk adds a sweet and mild flavor to the nutty brown rice.  You could also pair this rice with a spicy curry!  To me, coconut rice is a comfort food, but it can be used to heal inflammatory digestive disorders.  Coconut milk contains lauric acid, which contains antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal properties.  It also helps aid in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins.

Basil Coconut Rice ~vegan, gluten free ~A comforting and healing side dish!

Hope you enjoy :)

puppy love dog treats

Here is a super simple dog treat recipe for all you dog lovers out there!

Little treats made with peanut butter, banana, wheat germ and a whole lotta love!

Puppy Love Dog Treats ~made with peanut butter, bananas and a whole lotta love!

If you’re like us, dogs are not just pets, they are the heart of the family!  Belly (our pug) is the best worst dog anyone could ever ask for!  Super fresh and stubborn as most pugs are, but at the same time so loving and sweet…it’s hard to stay mad at them!  Just look at that face!

To show my pup some extra love, I baked him a batch of these cookies!  

Puppy Love Dog Treats ~made with peanut butter, bananas and a whole lotta love!

puppy love dog treats
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¾ cup wheat germ
  • ¼ cup chopped peanuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, add mashed banana, peanut butter, wheat germ and chopped peanuts. Mix until well combined and a dough is formed. (If dough is too thick, add a tablespoon of warm water at a time until a desired consistency is reached.)
  3. Divide dough into two balls. On a floured surface, roll out dough and use a cookie cutter to make treats. Place evenly on the cookie sheet and bake for 15-25 minutes (depending on size of cookie cutter used) or until crisp on the edges and firm to the touch.
  4. Let cool and feed to your favorite pup!

Puppy Love Dog Treats ~made with peanut butter, bananas and a whole lotta love!

Belly will testify, they are pug approved!

Puppy Love Dog Treats ~made with peanut butter, bananas and a whole lotta love!

Check out this puppy love video!  Seriously, it will make your day!

http://elitedaily.com/news/world/dog-gets-excited-passes-video/684461/

(Sorry, I’m not tech savvy enough to insert the clip…you just have to click on the link!)

 

grilled pineapple with brown sugar lime sauce

Firing up the grill this weekend?  

Impress your tastebuds with this summertime dessert!

Grilled Pineapples with Brown Sugar Lime Sauce and a scoop of your favorite frozen treat…

Grilled Pineapples with Brown Sugar Lime Sauce ~vegan, gluten free~

Grilling isn’t just for hot dogs and hamburgers anymore!

Keep that bbq warm for serving up a quick and easy, sure to please dessert!

Grilling pineapple brings out the natural sugars and the sauce…oh the sauce, I have died and gone to heaven!  Vanilla brown sugar syrup balanced with fresh lime juice and coconut oil!

grilled pineapple with brown sugar lime sauce
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 pineapple, peeled and sliced
  • Vanilla frozen dessert (non-dairy ice cream, frozen yogurt or ice cream)
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pan, whisk together brown sugar, coconut oil, fresh lime juice, vanilla and sea salt over medium-low heat until bubbly. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce thickens slightly (~5 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Place pineapple slices on a medium-high grill. Cook for 3-5 minutes (or when grill marks start to appear), flip and cook again for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Remove from grill, drizzle with sauce, top with frozen dessert and enjoy!

Grilled Pineapple with Brown Sugar Lime Sauce ~vegan, gluten free~

Happy Grilling :)