Healthy Cooking With Sun Basket

At the start of the new year, I set the goal of eating less meat, more organic produce and more locally sourced foods. I feel such a responsibility to not only eat better for myself and my family, but for the planet!

A little while back, I was just getting really bored of making the same ol' meals; I'm also a full-time working mom, so dinners tend to be whatever I can whip up within 15-20 minutes. I wanted to find something that fit within my normal meal regime (gluten-free, lighter fare), but I also wanted to explore foods that I don't normally cook with.

Say hello to Sun Basket!

Tempeh & Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl

Happy Monday! 

I hope you had a great weekend. Today I'm featuring one of my go-to lunches that I typically like to put together at lunchtime on Sunday, so I have leftovers for lunch on Monday. Not only do I really love the combination of flavors in this burrito bowl, but it is loaded with nutrients. It really makes me wish I could find more burrito bowls like this. And yep- this bad boy is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and paleo(ish). If you do eat meat or fish, feel free to replace the tempeh with ground chicken or shrimp. There is really no way to go wrong here... 

Tempeh & Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl

1 package of plain tempeh
2 cups cauliflower rice (you can rice your own, or buy pre-packaged) 
2 cups shredded cabbage 
1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
2 tsp, olive oil
1⁄2 cup red onion, diced
1/2 cup sugar plum tomatoes, chopped
¼ cup cilantro
Sea Salt
Garlic powder
Salsa of Choice OR Annie's Cilantro Salad Dressing
*optional to add sliced avocado 


In a large pan, add 1 tbs of olive oil and bring the heat to medium. Add in tempeh with a few pinches of sea salt and a few shakes of garlic powder and begin to cook. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until tempeh begins to get light brown. 

Add in cauliflower rice, black beans and another tablespoon of olive oil and cook for another 5 minutes or so. 

Once cooked, portion out into bowls for serving, placing it side by side with the shredded cabbage.

Top each bowl with red onion, tomato and cilantro and drizzle with salsa of choice OR Annie's Cilantro Salad Dressing. 

Winter Skincare

Some of you might remember a while back when I posted about my experience going "more natural" with my beauty products. Well, I am still doing my best to keep this up, and I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite winter products. I don't know about where you are, but Portland has been frigid this year! I'm sure sound like a total wimp because I know it isn't as bad as other parts of the country, but I'm just not used to it! And my skin just flat out hates it. The winter months leave my skin feeling extra dry and really dull. So, I've had to step up my moisturizing products a bit, which I am sharing with you below. Honestly, I don't know what I would do without these products! They've been a total skin saver.

1. St. Tropez Self Tanning Mousse- I know this isn't completely natural, but it is one of the "better" self-tanners out there. I would literally be a ghost in the winter if I didn't have this stuff!

2. Epicuren Hydro Plus Moisturizer- This face moisturizer is extra thick and hydrating, without that buildup/heavy feel. I feel like it is a big glass of water for my face every time I slather it on. I don't know what I would do without this!

3. Now Eucalyptus Oil- Ok, this isn't a skincare product, but this is winter must due to it's anti-bacterial properties! I like to put this in a diffusor and have it going throughout the house during the months when everyone is getting sick.

4. Fresh Sugar Face Polish- This is a gentle exfoliator that is also extra moisturizing. I like to use this 2-3x a week during the winter to give my skin some extra love. : )

5. Cosmedix Cell ID- Okay, I'm not going to lie. This stuff is PRICEY. But after working at a spa for over six years, I learned that your biggest splurge should be your treatment/serum, since it is the most targeted product you buy. And this stuff helps keep your skin youthful, which is my goal. My favorite Esthetician and Spa Owner, Ginny at Blooming Moon Spa also admits that while facials are great to do more often than not, what really matters is your daily routine, so make it a good one! I highly suggest asking a professional about a good routine and then stick to it!

Happy skin-caring everyone!