Quick Refrigerator Pickled Onions & Radishes

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Yield: 2 , 16 oz ball jars of pickled goodness

-1 medium/large red onion, sliced thinly

-5 radishes, sliced thinly

-1 and 3/4 cups warm water

-3/4 cup apple cider vinegar

-3 tablespoons sugar

-2 and a half tsps salt

-a few sprinkles of garlic powder

Slice your onion and radishes and evenly distribute between the two ball jars. In a microwave-safe mixing bowl, add the water. Microwave until warm. Add the vinegar, sugar, salt, and garlic powder. Stir until the sugar and salt have dissolved, and pour the mixture on top of the vegetables until submerged. Let the glasses cool completely, then cover them and place them in the fridge. I let mine sit for a day or so before use, and you can use them for the next few weeks. They’re great on salads, burritos, tacos, and burgers. Enjoy!

Hearty Tortellini and Vegetable Soup

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Today was a rainy, cool fall day. A hearty soup seemed like the perfect meal to make for dinner. I love soup, but sometimes find that they lack texture and flavor. This soup is packed full of different textures and salty, sweet, acidic, and creamy flavors. Perfect for a cool fall or winter night!

Ingredients:

-2 cups uncooked tortellini (I used spinach and cheese)

-2 large carrots, finely chopped (about 1.5 cups)

-1 red onion, finely chopped

-2 cups baby bella mushrooms, finely chopped, or 1, 8 oz can sliced mushrooms

-2, 28 oz can crushed tomatoes

-3 cups vegetable stock

-handful of basil, roughly chopped

-4 cups fresh spinach

-4 cloves garlic, minced

-1 tablespoon italian seasoning

-1 teaspoon garlic powder

-1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)

-1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

-2 tablespoons olive oil

-Fresh parmesan for garnish

In a large soup pot, heat olive oil on medium-low heat. Add carrots, onion, and mushrooms. Saute until the vegetables are fork tender. Add garlic and fresh basil and saute for one more minute. Add cans of crushed tomatoes, vegetable stock, and seasonings. Simmer for 30 minutes until flavors meld. Turn heat up to medium-high heat and when it comes to a boil, add the tortellini and fresh spinach. Cook until tortellini is cooked and taste for seasoning; adjusting if needed. Top with a spoonful of fresh parmesan if desired. Enjoy!

Curried Cauliflower & Peppers

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I love the meatiness of the cauliflower and the freshness from the cilantro. The curry makes this dish full of flavor without added calories, and the peppers give a nice crunch. As always, super simple to make with a fairly short ingredient list. Give it a try!

Serves: 4

-3 cups cauliflower; chopped into small pieces

-1 red pepper, sliced

-handful of cilantro, chopped

-1 tablespoon chopped garlic

-2 tablespoons vegetable oil

-1 tablespoon curry powder

-2 teaspoons salt

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. On a large sheet pan, place your chopped cauliflower and toss it with 2 tablespoons olive oil, curry powder, and salt. Bake for 25 minutes until it begins to tenderize, and then add the sliced red pepper and toss the vegetables together. Place back into the oven for another 15 minutes. Once removed from the oven, toss in the chopped garlic and cilantro. Stir, taste for salt, and serve warm. Enjoy!

Juice for Weight Loss: Beet ‘n Spinach

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I have a juice at least once a day–sometimes twice or three times, but this recipe is one of my favorites. It doesn’t have a lot of protein in it, so if you are looking for more protein, you can easily add a protein powder or add some yogurt. The ginger and lemon gives this juice very bright flavors. The beet and apple add some delicious sweetness, and the spinach and cucumber give it more nutritional benefits and rich flavor. This juice is wonderful any time of day, and also beautiful! Enjoy, guys!

Yield: 1 and 1/2 cups of juice

-1/2 medium sized beet, skin removed

-1/3 cup mixed berries (frozen)

-1 cup leaf spinach

-1/4 of a medium sized cucumber

-1 apple. chopped -1 tsp fresh ginger

-Juice of 1/2 a lemon

-1/3-1/2 cups of water

Place all of the ingredients into a NutriBullet, Ninja, or which ever blender/mixer/juicer you own. I leave the skins on my fruits and vegetables for the fiber content, except for the cucumber. You can look up which fruits you should skin due to their likelihood of containing chemicals. You can adjust how much water you put in the cup based on how thick you like it. I like my juice pretty thick, so I typically only use a little, but I’d say most people would prefer 1/2 cup of water in this recipe.