Skinny love your guts bowl

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Holy Moly… This is probably one of the healthiest meals I’ve ever created.

This bowl of goodness is full of prebiotics to feed the good guys in your gut, low in calories to support your weight loss efforts and is packed full of antioxidants and anti-cancer compounds. Not to mention, it’s tasty as hell and takes only 10 minutes to prepare!

It’s also

  • Low carb

  • Gluten free

  • Dairy free

  • High in protein

  • Suitable for plant-based eaters

By simply consuming this one meal, you would also exceed your RDI for Vitamin K by 785% (your cancer fighting vitamin) and meet your RDI for iron!

See below for the recipe and macronutrient breakdown!

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Serves: 1

Time: 10 mins

Ingredients

For the bowl

  • 4 handfuls fresh spinach or approx 200g frozen spinach

  • 5 cherry tomatoes, cut in half

  • 0.5 cup sliced cucumber

  • 1/4 yellow capsicum, diced

  • 1 cup broccoli sprouts

  • 1 tbsp saukerout


For the tofu

  • 100 g organic, firm tofu

  • 1 tsp coconut oil or coconut oil spray

  • 2 tbsp tamari

  • 1/2 tsp round ginger or fresh ginger

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder or 1/2 crushed garlic clove

  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil

  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar


For the dressing

  • 1.5 tbsp white miso paste

  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar

  • 1/2 tsp round ginger or fresh ginger

  • 1 tbsp water

  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil

  • 1 tbsp tamari (optional)

Method

 1. Make the tofu marinade by simply whisking everything together in a small bowl with a fork.

2. Cut the tofu into small, 1/4 cm thick squares. Then, add to the marinade and coat well.

3. Heat a frypan over medium heat, spray generously with coconut oil or coat with 1 tsp coconut oil.

4. Place tofu on pan and cook until browned on both sides (approx 3 mins each side).

5. If the spinach is frozen, place in the microwave for 4 minutes. If it's fresh, steam until slightly wilterred .

6. Assemble the bowl by placing everything as arranged in the photo featured.

7. In a small bowl, with a fork, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients. Then, taste and add slightly more of whatever you think it needs!

Macronutrient Breakdown:

Calories: 354 kcal

Protein: 26 g

Fat: 17 g

Net carbs: 10 g


Tip:

If you have this for lunch and you’re not planning on having a low carb snack before dinner time (see my Snack Ideas Guide if you haven’t already), I suggest that you add another source of healthy fats to this meal

Ie: approx 14 chopped almonds, 10 chopped cashews, 5 chopped macadamias, 1/2 small avocado or 1 tbsp olive oil.

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I hope you like this! Please make it and let me know your thoughts, your body will love you so much for it.

It’s the perfect lunch if you’re focussed on watching your calorie intake, upping your veggie intake and focussed on improving the health of your gut! 

Bec xx

PS - Want more quick, low calorie, gut loving meals sorted into a clear, set out meal plan for 3 weeks? Be sure to check out my latest slim down eBook if you haven’t already - My 3 Week Body Reset Plan

Garlic and Ginger Marinated Tofu

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Gluten free, sugar free, low carb, dairy free, vegan.

Stuck for healthy protein ideas to put in your salads? Or serve with your veggies? This marinated tofu will do the trick!

Tofu is super low in calories and carbohydrates, so if you're looking to slim down, it is a great protein source to keep your meal low calorie and support your efforts.

Tofu is also great for those of you that follow a vegan lifestyle, where sometimes it can be hard to meet your protein requirements.

Be sure to choose an organic, non GMO, firm tofu. 

Serves: 2

Total cooking time: 10 minutes

Calories/Energy: 169 kcal    
Protein: 14.3 g    
Fat:  10.7 g    
Net carbs:  7 g
Sugar: 1 g

Ingredients:

  • 250 g firm, organic, non GMO tofu

  • 6 tablespoons tamari (gluten free soy sauce)

  • 2 teaspoon white vinegar

  • 2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger (or 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger)

  • 2 clove crushed garlic

  • 1 teaspoon stevia

  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Method:

  1. In a bowl, stir together the tamari, ginger, stevia, garlic, vinegar and sesame oil

  2. Slice the tofu into thin slices (about 1/2 cm).

  3. Coat the tofu in the marinade, making sure both sides are nicely covered.

  4. Heat a small frypan on medium heat. Then when it is hot, melt 1 tsp coconut oil and make sure the pan is covered. Place the tofu on the pan and cook for a few minutes or until slightly brown, then flip and cook for a further minute. Reserve the marinate and use it to pour over the tofu when you serve it! Remove and set aside.

  Notes:

You can use tempeh instead of tofu if desired. This marinade also works very well for chicken, pork and lamb.

Serve on a bed of fresh salad with mint and other fresh herbs, some crunchy nuts and the leftover marinade to dress it or some stirfried or grilled vegetables. Or, simply enjoy as a snack alone.

Enjoy!

Let me know if you make it.

Bec xx

4 Creamy Salad Dressings You Have To Try!

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Salad? Boring? Never.

It’s alllll about the dressing! The problem is, pre-bottled dressings are often ladled with added sugar, preservatives, gluten and other pro-inflammatory ingredients that our bodies just don't need. When you make them yourself, you can avoid these nasties and be sure that your body will thank you.

Here are my 4 favourite dressings! They are all super simple, tasty and quick (of course), whilst also being gluten free, sugar free, low carb and vegan.

1. Creamy Miso Dressing

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Serves: 3

Ingredients:

  • 6 tbsp white miso paste

  • 1/4 cup filtered water

  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar

  • 1 tsp stevia

  • 1 tbsp gluten free soy sauce (tamari)

  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil

  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

  • Optional: 2 tbsp coconut or greek yogurt, or 1 tbsp mayonnaise

Method:

Whisk all ingredients together well. Alternatively, use a nutribullet or mini food processor!

Then, taste and add extra of any component you think is missing. To bulk it up and make it extra creamy, the yogurt or mayonaise is great! Choose depending on your dietary requirements.

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2. Zesty Lemon Tahini Dressing

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Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup hulled tahini

  • Juice of one lemon

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 3 tbsp filtered water (more if you like it thinner, add this gradually)

  • 1 large garlic clove, minced

  • Pinch of sea salt

Method:

Whisk all ingredients together well. Alternatively, use a nutribullet or mini food processor!

Then, taste and add extra of any component you think is missing. Add more water until you reach your desired consistency.

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3. Thai Chilli Peanut Dressing

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Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter

  • 3 tbsp tamari (gluten free soy sauce)

  • 1/2 to 1 tsp stevia

  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar

  • 1 tsp sesame oil

  • 1 tsp grated ginger

  • Juice of half a lime

Method:

Whisk all ingredients together well. Alternatively, use a nutribullet or mini food processor!

Then, taste and add extra of any component you think is missing. Add water if you desire until you reach your desired consistency... this ones quite thick!

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4. Creamy Garlic and Mustard Avocado Dressing

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Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 large avocado or 1 whole small

  • 1 large garlic clove

  • 1 tbp olive oil

  • 1/2 cup filtered water

  • Zest of one lemon

  • Juice of one lemon

  • 1 heaped tsp dijon mustard

  • 1 tsp stevia (optional)

  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

  • Dash of salt and pepper

Method:

Blitz all ingredients together in a nutribullet or mini food processor!

Then, taste and add extra of any component you think is missing. Also add more water if you would like a thinner consistency.

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So there you have it! If you don't want to make a batch for 3/4 servings, just divide the recipes to make 1 serve and use a fork to combine everything. Every time I make these dressings, the quantities slightly differ.. but as long as you have a rough idea, you can use your taste buds to guide you. I tried my best to perfect them for this blog though!

They're also great poured over steamed veggies along side a protein source like meat, fish or tofu. Using them for dips with veggie sticks makes an ideal low carb, high fat snack too. 

Give them a try and let me know what you think.

Bec xx