Archives for Svetlana Burak

Butternut Squash and Lemongrass Bisque

When I think of summer I think of succulent watermelons and ripe peaches. Soups aren’t something that immediately come to mind. However, once I tried making this Butternut Squash Bisque, I changes all of my perceptions about summer foods. This bisque can be served chilled during the warm months of the year. Butternut squash is high in fiber; it is great for bone health and good functioning of immune and nervous system.  And due to it’s high antioxidant content butternut squash is has a reputation for its’ anti-inflammatory effects, which make it a great food for our 11-Day Slim & Vibrant {Detox}. Another interesting fact about butternut squash: it is considered to be a fruit because it contains seeds.   PrintButternut Squash and Lemongrass Bisque 45 minutes See Detailed Nutrition Info on 1 small butternut squash 2 tbsp coconut oil 1 small yellow onion 2 tsp grated ginger 1 lemongrass stalk,
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Chocolate Energy (Sugar Free) Protein Balls

I wanted to make something delicious but free of all the sugar, simple carbs, processed flour junk that is 11 Day Detox friendly. And voila! These Chocolate Power Balls are so delicious. Try and tell me what you think. PrintSugar Free Chocolate Energy 15 minutes See Detailed Nutrition Info on 1/4 cup unsweetened sunflower seed butter or tahini 1/3 cup hemp protein powder (Nutiva or Living Harvest recommended) 2 tablespoons coconut oil 1/4 cup chia seeds 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 25 drops plain liquid stevia 3 tablespoons dark cocoa powder or cacao powder InstructionsPour all ingredients into a bowl. Mix until well combined. Let cool in the fridge for 5 minutes, then roll into 1-inch thick balls. Serve as is or rolled in shredded coconut.
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Green bean, tomato and quinoa salad

PrintGreen been, tomato and quinoa salad See Detailed Nutrition Info on 1 cup quinoa 1 3/4 cups water 1 lb. green beans, washed and trimmed 1 cup canned chickpeas 1 cup toasted almond slivers 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onions, cut vertically 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes halves 1/2 tsp cumin 1/4 tsp ginger 1/4 tsp turmeric 2 tbsp coconut oil 1-1.5 tsp salt or more to taste InstructionsCook quinoa per directions on your package. When finished, fluff with a fork to let out some steam and set aside. Put green beans in a pan with enough cold water to cover them. Bring the water to a boil and simmer until the beans are tender, about 4 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water before, then put them into an ice bath. Prepare the chickpeas. Slice the red onions. These steps can all be done in advance and the next
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Mother’s Intuition

My baby’s tummy was not happy. It hasn’t been happy for weeks. This mama already tried many remedies and now was getting all kinds of advice, from pediatrician, from her own mom, from homeopathic doctor, from Facebook friends, from real life friends, even from Google. Of course, this mama was clueless about what to do next. Whom to listen to? This was not a unique situation. Throughout the first year of my son’s life I have come across these types of situations multiple times: about how often to feed the baby, how to get him to sleep, what is normal as far as his bowel movement goes… and the list goes on. These are situations that do not have a clear cut answer. If you are a mom, you will probably be able to relate. At first, all of the advice made my head spin. I felt stuck in my tracks, paralyzed and not
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Homemade dairy-free yogurt

Here is my newest creation – strawberry yogurt! A dairy-free one. I call it yogurt because it really does taste like yogurt and has a very similar texture. I really do miss eating dairy yogurt, as I don’t eat any dairy because it can aggravate my thyroid/Hashimoto’s issues. It’s so very simple to make, as it requires only six ingredients, and it takes 5 minutes from start to finish. It’s so very filling and delicious! PrintDairy-free strawberry yogurt recipe 5 minutes5 minutes See Detailed Nutrition Info on 3 oz can full fat coconut milk (about 1/4 of 13.5 oz can) 1/4 avocado 1/4 cup almond milk 1 tbsp coconut syrup 1/4 cup strawberries 1 tsp hemp seeds InstructionsBlend all of the ingredients in a blender or Bullet. Enjoy!
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Healthy Cobbler with Mousse “smash cake”

Last weekend we celebrated my sweet little son’s First Birthday. It was a beautiful occasion,  and as you can imagine, very special to my heart. I like traditions, but I also like to break the rules. So I created a healthy version of a smash-cake. The cake wasn’t really a cake as we know it, but instead it was a apple-sweet-potato cobbler topped covered with a mousse. It was a sugar-free, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free dessert, and made from real food.  But then, after blowing out his First Birthday candle, we put our little Pumpkin in his Birthday chair to do the smashing, my little one wasn’t too interested in digging in. (Although later on, my mom was able to spoon feed him some of that cake, and he seemed to enjoy it a ton!) My mother-in-law baked the cobbler, and I prepared the mousse. Both turned out to be so good, they
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Salmon with black garlic glaze recipe

During my recent shopping trip to Eataly I bought black garlic. “Black garlic? What is THAT?”, you ask. I will tell you in just a moment, but want to preface it with why I even bought it in the first place. I tasked a few ladies in my moms group to try new food. It can be any food, as long as it’s REAL food. So I decided to join them and I was on the prowl for something I never tried. And then I saw the black garlic. I had no clue what I would do with it, but I bought it anyway, figuring that I would find a way to cook it by searching the web. What is black garlic… It is same old garlic we know, but a fermented version of it. I brought it home, stripped a clove from it’s shell,  gave it a whiff, and
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Gluten Free Granola Recipe

Yesterday I decided to make a delicious snack for when I’m on the go. It was seriously simple, took me about 15 minutes. Coconut granola mix. I’m munching on it as we speak, its so addictive. PrintCoconut Cinnamon Granola 5 minutes5 minutes See Detailed Nutrition Info on 1 cup certified gluten-free oats 2/3 cup walnut pieces, 2/3 cup sunflower seeds 1 tbsp coconut oil 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp of ginger powder real maple syrup to taste 2 tbsp coconut shreds InstructionsHeat a pan, add coconut oil, let the oil melt Add the rest of the ingredients and sautee at medium heat Keep moving them around while cooking for 5 minutes Let it cool and enjoy!  
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Chickpea Miso Soup

PrintMiso Soup 10 minutes25 minutes See Detailed Nutrition Info on I love this cold weather miso soup, its very nourishing and warming. It is great for those that are trying to keep soy out of their diet, like we are in my family.This soup makes 6 servings. 6 cups of water 1 cup sliced carrots 1 cup sliced kale 2 green onions, sliced finely 1/4 medium cabbage, chopped 2 to 4-inch strip wakame seaweed 3 tablespoons chickpea miso salt to taste InstructionsCut wakame into small pieces. Bring water to a boil, add carrots and wakame, and simmer for 15 minutes. Add kale and cabbage to cook 5 minutes, Then add green onion and simmer briefly. Turn off the heat, and dissolve miso into soup, by stirring it through a strainer. Enjoy!
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Healthy snacks for toddlers, or What in the world is in those Cheerios?

A few moms in my birth month group had recently asked me a question: “What do you think about feeding my 1 year old baby (about to become a toddler) some Cheerios?” and “What are some other healthy snack options for the times you are on-the-go”? This got me thinking. I have not bought cereal for my family in years because I do not consider it to be real food. Especially Cheerios. But I decided to investigate to see what’s in there. Maybe the ingredients are super awesome? I thought “Hmmm, this may be an easy answer to a snack dilemma”. So, I pulled up the ingredients for Cheerios, Organic 365 Morning O’s, and Happy Baby Organic Puffs. Here are my findings: The GOOD: 1. All of them have WHOLE grain (oats or brown rice) as the first ingredient, which is awesome. First ingredients are very important, because its the
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