Are you looking for a healthy, tasty, gluten-free, vegetarian dinner idea? I have just the thing.
I know for many people the words healthy, vegetarian and gluten-free don’t equate delicious, but truthfully, healthy eating can indeed be delicious!!! Trust me!!!!
I found the inspiration for this recipe in a blog post I came across. It’s made with polenta, roasted vegetables, marinara sauce and cheese. I will add the link at the bottom so you can see the actual recipe. But remember, it’s just a guideline…use whatever vegetables and herbs you like.
I started by roasting carrots, onions, fennel, bell pepper, and a fresno pepper. While they are nice and warm from the oven, you can add in some herbal goodness by adding basil, oregano, and/or rosemary.
Cook up some polenta adding a little parmesan. You can definitely use less than the recipe calls for to keep the fat down (or omit it all together). Pour the polenta into a baking dish, layer on your vegetables and herbs, cover in marinara/spaghetti sauce and top with shredded mozzarella. Again, you can use less, use low-fat or use a cheese substitute if you want it vegan . Bake for 30 minutes, cool for 10 and just see if you can manage to eat only one piece!!!
I am already planning to make this again, but I’m going to include poblano peppers, black beans, cilantro and cumin to the veg mixture and substitute enchilada sauce or picante sauce for the marinara and have a nice Mexican polenta lasagna….sounds great doesn’t it???? I can hardly wait…. The original recipe can be found here - http://www.treehugger.com/easy-vegetarian-recipes/baked-polenta-roasted-vegetables.html
Today, make nourishing yourself a priority.
The following is a guest blog that I wrote for The Rochester Brainery...
What is all this “Holistic Living” Mumbo-Jumbo?
By Tracy Martorana, Owner of Tracy’s Teas
Do you hear the word “holistic” a lot these days? How about terms like “sustainable” or “whole foods”? I notice these words everywhere, and I wonder why they have become the new buzz words? People all over the globe have been falling into unhealthy habits and I believe people are tired of feeling sick and tired. People want to feel healthy and vibrant; they want to be part of a supportive and uplifting community. Are you tired of feeling sick and run-down? Let me teach you how to get your mojo back – how to live a better, healthier, more fulfilling life.
If this is the first time you are meeting me, let me give you a quick rundown of who I am. My name is Tracy. I am an herbalist, a nutrition & wellness counselor, a quality assurance analyst, a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a homeowner, a neighbor and a friend. I work full time as a QA analyst and run my own business (Holistic Wellness/Tracy’s Teas). I admit I have a lot on my plate, but all of these roles are important to me. I also feel a strong need to be an active member on this planet. I give time and money to several charities and try to live a conscientious life. However, I have found that in order to do this, it takes a mind-set that is slightly different from the fast-food, more is more, sedentary, and careless lifestyle that is marketed to us everywhere.
I recently decided to expand my business from just selling herbal remedies and teas, to teaching and coaching people on living a more holistic lifestyle. Why? Because if I want these things for myself, I have to believe others want it too.
So what exactly does Holistic Living mean to me? I have searched for the perfect definition, but I can’t find just one because it really does mean a variety of things. Here are my favorite definitions:
- Living a balanced life; physically, mentally and spiritually.
- Living in harmony with the earth.
- Making healthy & ethical choices.
- Taking care of yourself and your environment.
- Focus on health and disease prevention through healthy, balanced living.
It is my intention to live my life this way, and to inspire and coach you to do the same. I am devoting my blog to this topic, in hopes that we can build a community of like-minded people, supporting each other in living a wonderful and holistic life. You can find out more about me and my blog at www.tracysteas.com. Thank you for spending your valuable time with me, I hope to meet you again at a class or on my blog!
*Tracy will be teaching a variety of Holistic Wellness Classes at Rochester Brainery.
Blueberry-Peach Baked Oatmeal
Over the weekend I was wanting to make something good and healthy for breakfast. I wasn’t in the mood for eggs, and plain oatmeal is getting a little boring…so I put on my chef-y hat and hit the kitchen to see what I could do with plain oatmeal that would feel like an inspiring, delicious breakfast worthy of a weekend morning.
So here is my delicious concoction….I will put the recipe below with some suggestions to make it your very own!
I made them in individual (but large) ramekins. You could easily make this for a crowd by using a larger baking dish and increasing the ingredients as appropriate.
1 cup Oatmeal (serves 2)
1-2 Peaches peeled and cut into chunks
½ c Blueberries
Crumble topping :
1 TBSP raw oats
1 TBSP brown sugar
1 TBSP cold butter/margarine
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Use a fork to combine into crumble, add 1 TBSP chopped nuts of your choice.
Cook the 1 c oatmeal per package directions (1 c = 2 servings). While oatmeal is cooking, peel and chop peaches and rinse blueberries. Place fruit in baking dish. In a small bowl, mix crumble ingredients. When oatmeal is finished, pour over fruit and mix fruit into oatmeal. Top with Crumble.
Bake about 10-15 minutes at 350F, just enough to cook the crumble.
Let cool slightly and serve with fresh sliced peaches.
I used Old-Fashion oats. You could use quick cook, but why? Old Fashion cook in 5 minutes, I think that is fast enough.
You could also substitute whatever fruit you have handy. Need some inspiration?
-Apples and walnuts
-Strawberries and blueberries
-Blackberries (or even frozen mixed berries if it’s winter and fresh berries aren’t an option)
-Bananas, walnuts and a dollop of peanut butter
This tasty breakfast is a full serving of whole grains and up to 2 servings of fruit. Because of all the fruit you really don’t need to add any other sugar or flavoring to the oatmeal. The brown sugar in the topping adds even another little layer of sweetness.
A healthy meal that tastes like dessert….does life get any better? It just goes to show that food can be healthy and delicious!
Today, make nourishing yourself a priority.
Tracy Martorana is a Nutrition & Wellness Consultant, Meditation Instructor and Herbalist...hoping to inspire you to live your life from a place of Holistic Wellness.