So these little grahams (Gramz) came along totally unintended. But I’m so grateful they decided to debut themselves!
You see, I was actually making a batch of Wholey Cheezitz, but I had extra seeds and buckwheat on the side because my food processor was already packed. I didn’t really feel like soaking more herbs (Not like that takes much effort…), & my taste buds had already met their savory taste testing threshold.
I fell in love with granola and scones growing up on the peninsula in Long Beach with my dad over the water.
He lives on a boat in the marina, which is one of the greatest gifts in my life I could ever ask for, and is most certainly the reason why I love the ocean so much!
On the weekend mornings I spent with him, he’d always bring my favorite breakfast from the local coffee shop at the end of 62nd st. They carried freshly baked berry filled scones from the Sconage Bakery, called the “Tri-berry scone.” These delicious scones were about the size of your hand with your fingers stretched out, their insides filled with fresh warm berries, and they blasted your senses with sweet heaven. TO LIVE FOR!
Eating those scones over the water on a beautiful peninsula morning was instant bliss! They were also great fuel for a day of jumping off the boat docks and swimming through the marina all day from morning sun, until sun down 🙂
I’d like to direct this post to my clients, as their dedication to their nutritional programs and lifestyle changes with food continue to inspire these oil free food creation recipes.
For newbie oil free lifestylers, it’s easy to reach the false conclusion that you aren’t able to eat anything on a diet that’s oil free. This is often the conflict my clients run into within their logical breakdown. I don’t blame them either! We’ve learned to prepare foods with mass amounts of oil, which I have learned is often unnecessary. However, what is required is the will and motivation to be open to a new way of preparing foods 🙂
Oil free life-styling can often be intimidating for the person who loves to eat pasta, or anything with grains, really.
In college, I loved pasta in the simplest form : garlic, olive oil, with salt & pepper. Now that I live oil free, I still love to enjoy pasta the same way, just without the oil. However, I also love to enjoy bland foods 🙂
For the sake of your pallet, lets make this a bit more enjoyable for you!
When it comes to choosing a grain for pasta, I love to use Farro by Rustichella d’Abruzzo. I trust their product because of their incredibly authentic farming practices and the quality of pasta they produce 🙂 Loaded with protein, fiber, and minerals!
For tomato sauce pasta lovers, there’s an available product that’s oil free! Love to advocate Engine 2 as a pasta sauce alternative if you don’t have time to make your own 🙂
All organic ingredients
Serves 3-4 people
1 Box of Farro
1/2 head of broccoli
1 cup Engine 2 pasta sauce
1/2 cup Wallaby Plain Greek Yogurt
1 Tsp ground oregano
2 Tsp Nutritional Yeast Flakes
1/2 Tsp Turmeric
1/2 Tsp black pepper
1/2 Tsp air dried sea salt
1 small handful of baby heirloom tomatoes
Boil purified water in a stainless steal pot. When water is done boiling, add dried pasta and cook for about 15 minutes, or until soft.
Chop broccoli into florets and soak in purified water for at least 20 minutes to enhance their vitality 🙂
Drain pasta, leaving about a 1/4 inch of water in the pot. At this point, add your broccoli to the pot with hot pasta. Cover the pot with a lid to allow the steam from the pasta to lightly blanch broccoli. Let sit for 5- 10 minutes.
I prefer to blanch my veggies this way so they’re not exposed to high amounts of heat for long periods of time. It leaves them with plenty of texture 🙂
Once broccoli is lightly blanched with pasta, you may add the remaining ingredients.
Mix softly and gently with a wooden spoon so pasta doesn’t fall apart.
Serve with a side of greens and mix it all together for full flava 😉
Enjoy this fully loaded oil free pasta protein bowl!
For more information regarding filtered water and the system I’ve been using for the past year for drinking, food prepping, and cooking, find out more here!
When you first begin to recreate your lifestyle by making healthier choices, it can often seem as though you’re going to be missing out on the beautiful pleasures of life! All that encompass food, really.
I’ll definitely be one to tell you that in my childhood years of constant dieting, I often felt deprived. However, at the same time, dieting became my way of life that in reality I learned to love.
Today, my food creations seem to be greatly inspired by my childhood favorites 🙂
One of my all time unhealthy favorite foods was the McDonalds Fruit and Yogurt Parfait. The thought of it now is a bit disgusting just by knowing what’s in their food products.
SO, with reminiscing on this childhood fav…I’m excited to share this super simple remake with you!
Just in case you need to jaunt your memory…
If you stay away from dairy products, then you can substitute with a clean source of dairy free yogurt.
Keep an eye out for those chemicals in dairy free products, please!
I love to advocate Wallaby Yogurt because of their wide variety of cultures use in their products 🙂