Power Spinach Bowl with Sweet sesame Almond Dressing


Worried about the lack of protein serving in a salad packed with veggies alone? No need to fret; you're getting enough protein from the spinach, nuts and seeds alone.

While I enjoy a piece of organic humanely raised piece of meat from time to time, I try, for the most part to stay balanced with a plant based way of eating. 

Women tend to have imbalanced hormones because of estrogen dominance (too much estrogen in relation to progesterone). 

Too much estrogen may be caused by foods that have hormones added to them, such as commercially produced meat, milk, eggs and dairy. 

So in an effort to keep your hormones balanced try purchasing antibiotic free and/or organic meats. eggs and dairy products. Or, add in a few veggie/vegan dishes like this one, a few times a week.

Here's what's in my salad followed by the delicious salad dressing.

What you need: 

  • 1-2 cups fresh spinach
  • Handful of arugula sprouts (my fave!)
  • 1 -2 radishes sliced thin
  • 1/2 avocado sliced
  • 1 tbs kimchi or sauerkraut 
  • Few wedges of "brie" cashew cheese (Nuts for Cheese is my go-to brand)
  • Few olives
  • Handful of Cilantro
  • 2 tbs hemp hearts 

Salad dressing ingredients:

  • 1 tbs sesame tahini
  • 1 -2 tbs coconut aminos
  • 1 tbs raw smooth almond butter
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • Pinch of pink salt
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs water
  • 1/4 tsp of paprika
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 1 tsp turmeric 

What you do:

  1. Add salad dressing ingredients to a large bowl (except the water).
  2. Whisk until nice and creamy.
  3. Add water in small amounts until desired consistency and taste as you go. The more water you add, the less sweet it becomes.
  4. Instead of water, you could just add more oil to create a smooth thin pourable dressing

This dressing is SO GOOD! Seriously! Packed with hearty sesame tahini and almond butter this is sure to keep you satiated for hours. 

If you still don't believe me, here is the low down on the protein serving in this bowl:

2 tbs of hemp = 3 grams of protein

1 tbs tahini = about 2.5 grams of protein

1 tbs almond butter = about 3.5 grams of protein 

This adds up to almost 10grams of protein (not including the spinach and other veggies). 

Are you convinced that you don't need meat at every single meal?

*Disclaimer: I am by no means recommending a vegan diet. My belief is that we are all unique and thrive on different diets. What I am saying is that there are benefits to consuming more plants in every diet and reducing consumption of commercially raised/produced meat, milk, eggs and dairy.

Creamy Cashew Pesto

Toronto weather these past few days has been in the high 30's and I AM NOT COMPLAINING! I absolutely love this heat wave but when it comes to meal prepping I try to whip up meals that don't require much cook time. This Creamy Cashew Pesto is a quick, raw, delicious weekday meal and you only need your food processor. 

What you need: 

  • 1 cup (packed in) fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp himalayan salt 
  • roughly 1 cup soaked raw cashews
  • 3 garlic cloves 
  • 1 tbs nutritional yeast 
  • pinch of black pepper 
  • 1 tsp honey 
  • pinch of nutmeg 
  • 1/4 lemon juice 

What you do:

  • Soak cashews in hot water for at least 20min (best for digestion if soaked overnight)
  • Place basil leaves in food processor with olive oil and blend on low.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth
  • You may need to pause the food processor and scrape the sides down to incorporate everything 
  • Taste as you go along, you may just want to have more garlic

Serve with pasta, "zoodles", layered on pizza or a piece of grilled chicken and there you have it; a quick and healthy weekday meal! I've tried this all those ways and the pizza is my fave! Topped with zucchini and red onion. 

Enjoy xo