recipes, soup, Uncategorized, vegan

Curried Cauliflower Soup

Christmas is on Friday, and the weather forecast here at the beach says it is going to be 70 degrees. Forget milk and cookies for Santa – I’m leaving him iced tea and bean chips!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am so not complaining about the warm weather. I have been thoroughly enjoying this mild winter. I do however look forward to a cold and blustery day when I can stay home and make a big pot of soup.

I could live off soup and salad (with a side of crusty bread, of course). Soup is so hearty and versatile. I like cooking up a big batch to share with friends, or, making a big batch, eating it for days on end, and then freezing the rest to enjoy at a later time.

This recipe is a favorite of mine. Not only are the flavors rich and hearty, but it contains one of my all-time favorite anti-inflammatory ingredients – turmeric.

This is a fabulous, healthy, vegan recipe that hits just the right spot on a cold, blustery day.

Enjoy!

Curried Cauliflower Soup

1 head of cauliflower, chopped
1 large yellow onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic
5 cups of vegetable broth
1 can of coconut milk
2 tablespoons of Thai curry paste
1 teaspoon of cumin
½ teaspoon of turmeric
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread cauliflower, onion, and garlic in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes.

2. While the vegetables are in the oven, bring the vegetable broth, curry paste, cumin, and turmeric to a boil in a large pot.

3. Remove the vegetables from the oven and add them to the pot. Reduce the heat, add salt and pepper to taste, and let simmer for 15 minutes.

4. You can leave the soup chunky, or, use a handheld blender to blend it smooth. Me? I like it part chunky and part blended.

Serve with a side salad and some crusty bread for a perfect cold-weather day!

If you make this recipe, drop me a comment and let me know what you thought of it.

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out.

Karen

Haven’t gotten your FREE health consultation yet? C’mon, you know you want to! Hop on over to http://www.thecaringcoachingcenter.com for all the information or to schedule your free consultation. Phone, FaceTime, and Skype sessions are available!

Karen Ann Kennedy’s commitment to wellness and service is at the heart of her life and career. As a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a decorated United States Army veteran, and a longtime Human Resources Director, it is only natural that Karen would launch The Caring Coaching Center, to support others in reaching their health, fitness, and lifestyle goals. As the company’s President, CEO, and “Coach in Chief,” Karen provides individual, group, and corporate health and wellness coaching that is flexible, fun, and free of denial. As Karen likes to say: “Little changes. BIG results!”

Thanks to her studies at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school, Karen is well versed in the importance of nutrition and healthy living. Karen also has extensive experience in compassionately coaching and counseling others through her work in human resources and volunteer management, having worked in this industry for over 20 years.

Karen shares her knowledge and passion for healthy living as a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Known for her bright smile, boundless energy, and approachability, Karen is an in-demand speaker who has presented training programs for many prestigious organizations and schools in the Philadelphia area, including The National Constitution Center, The Urban League of Philadelphia, Constitution High School, Planned Parenthood of New Jersey, The Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, City Year of Greater Philadelphia, and the Upper Darby School District.

Karen is also a decorated veteran of the United States Army, serving her country for eight years including a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, and now residing in Ocean City, New Jersey, Karen offers Caring Coaching to clients nationwide. In addition to coaching, she loves cooking, marathon running, and writing her blog, Carrots Don’t Scream When You Boil Them.

Karen is also the author of Your Best Year Yet! 365 Days of Little Changes that Add Up to Big Results! Available on http://www.amazon.com.

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aromatherapy, Health and wellness, recipes, Skin Care, Uncategorized

Holiday Home Spa Night

Tis the season for being stressed; for many people I know, that is. Just recently, I was coaching one of my clients and she just sounded stressed over the phone. I could tell that she really needed a day off to herself, but trying to find a whole day was, in itself, stressful.

If you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed, take a deep breath, roll your shoulders back, and relax…I’ve got you covered.

Maybe you don’t need a whole day to relax. Maybe you just need an hour for a relaxing spa bath? Can’t get an hour? Even just a half hour will help you feel more relaxed.

Are you ready?

First things first, clean your bathroom! You can’t relax in a cluttered, dirty space. Tidy up and give the bathtub a good scrub.

Next, whip up a homemade bath soak. Since it’s the season of everything peppermint, here is my favorite recipe for peppermint bath soak:

1 cup of powdered milk
½ cup of cornstarch
½ teaspoon of peppermint oil

Blend all ingredients above and mix with 2 cups of warm water before dumping into the tub.

Not a peppermint fan? That’s okay; how about almond and honey?

1 cup of powdered milk
¼ cup of honey
1 tablespoon of almond oil

Blend all ingredients and mix with 2 cups of warm water before dumping into the tub.

Okay, it’s the holidays, so I’m feeling generous. Here’s one more. How about lavender to help you sleep?

1 cup of powdered milk
¼ cup of dried lavender

This recipe is best mixed and put into a cheesecloth (you can get them at most cooking stores). Tie a string around the cheesecloth and let it hang under the running water while you fill up the tub. Think of it as a giant tea bag! Don’t have dried lavender? Use the peppermint recipe above and substitute the peppermint oil for ½ teaspoon of lavender oil.

Once the bathroom is all spic and span and you have a bath soak that you like, grab some fluffy towels, light some candles, put on some relaxing music, and head into the tub for a soak.

While you are soaking, indulge in a cup of warm herbal tea. Skip the alcohol. It won’t really relax you and if your bath is particularly warm, the alcohol might not be a good idea.

Once you get out of the tub, before you dry off, slather your body in a rich, thick body butter before drying off and jumping into some comfy PJs or sweats.

After you’re dressed, head to the kitchen and grab yourself a glass of cool water with some orange, lemon and mint in it. Rehydrate your body and relax with a good book or magazine.

As the holiday season gets closer, be sure to take time to get rest, eat well, and sneak in some exercise. It’s when you’re busiest and don’t have time for these things that you need them the most!

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time, veg in – don’t veg out!

Karen

Are you ready for a fantastic 2016? Of course you are! Kick off the New Year with a FREE, personalized health consultation to help you reach your health, fitness, and lifestyle goals. Consultations can be done in person, over the phone, by SKYPE, or by FaceTime, and while they are FREE, they do book up fast, so don’t delay, schedule yours NOW. Really…RIGHT NOW before you get busy…I’ll wait.

Just email me at karen@thecaringcoachingcenter.com or call me at 267-258-7338, to get going.

Karen Ann Kennedy’s commitment to wellness and service is at the heart of her life and career. As a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a decorated United States Army veteran, and a longtime Human Resources Director, it is only natural that Karen would launch The Caring Coaching Center, to support others in reaching their health, fitness, and lifestyle goals. As the company’s President, CEO, and “Coach in Chief,” Karen provides individual, group, and corporate health and wellness coaching that is flexible, fun, and free of denial. As Karen likes to say: “Little changes. BIG results!”

Thanks to her studies at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school, Karen is well versed in the importance of nutrition and healthy living. Karen also has extensive experience in compassionately coaching and counseling others through her work in human resources and volunteer management, having worked in this industry for over 20 years.

Karen shares her knowledge and passion for healthy living as a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Known for her bright smile, boundless energy, and approachability, Karen is an in-demand speaker who has presented training programs for many prestigious organizations and schools in the Philadelphia area, including The National Constitution Center, The Urban League of Philadelphia, Constitution High School, Planned Parenthood of New Jersey, The Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, City Year of Greater Philadelphia, and the Upper Darby School District.

Karen is also a decorated veteran of the United States Army, serving her country for eight years including a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, and now residing in Ocean City, New Jersey, Karen offers Caring Coaching to clients nationwide. In addition to coaching, she loves cooking, marathon running, and writing her blog, Carrots Don’t Scream When You Boil Them.

Karen is also the author of Your Best Year Yet! 365 Days of Little Changes that Add Up to Big Results! Available on http://www.amazon.com.

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recipes, Skin Care

Breakfast in the Bath?

Fall has fallen and geez, it’s been cold here at the beach! When the weather starts to turn, I start craving good, hot, stick-to-your ribs types of breakfasts – oatmeal anyone?

We’ve all heard of breakfast in bed, but what about breakfast in the bath?

Besides serving as the base for a hearty breakfast meal, oatmeal can serve double duty as a soothing bath soak. Oatmeal has been known to help ease the itch of dry skin, especially during cold winter months.

This simple bath soak is easy (and inexpensive) to make. I mix up a batch and store it in a glass jar in a cool, dry place. When I’m ready for my bath, I add a cup of the oatmeal mixture to my bath water and soak.

I usually soak in the evening and slather on a good thick body lotion or body butter while my skin is still damp, and then, I slip into my jammies for the night. The combination of the oatmeal and the body lotion really helps to keep me from getting itchy due to dry skin. I find that dry skin plagues me in the colder months when I’m cooped up inside with forced air heat blowing on me.

You can double, or even tripe the recipe below and make a big jar to keep handy. The soak will last for at least a month or two (I think); mine never seems to last that long!

In addition to whipping up a batch for yourself, don’t forget that the holidays are coming up, and this would make a lovely gift for your friends and family. Buy a pretty glass jar, fill with the oatmeal mixture and attach a small wooden scoop to the lid of the jar with a festive ribbon.

Enjoy!

Cinnamon Oatmeal Bath Soak

1 cup of powdered milk
1 cup of baking soda
3 tablespoons of cornstarch
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
1 tablespoons of cream of tartar

1. Be sure to grind the oatmeal VERY FINELY in the food processor.
2. Mix the finely ground oatmeal with the rest of the ingredients.

That’s it! Add a cup of the mixture to your bath and soak away with the sweet smell of cinnamon wafting through your bathroom.

If you decide to try this at home, leave me a comment and let me know how you liked it. Want more recipes like this? Check out my website, http://www.thecaringcoachingcenter.com and sign up for my monthly newsletter to get even more recipes and tips.

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out!

Karen

Karen Ann Kennedy’s commitment to wellness and service is at the heart of her life and career. As a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a decorated United States Army veteran, and a longtime Human Resources Director, it is only natural that Karen would launch The Caring Coaching Center, to support others in reaching their health, fitness, and lifestyle goals. As the company’s President, CEO, and “Coach in Chief,” Karen provides individual, group, and corporate health and wellness coaching that is flexible, fun, and free of denial. As Karen likes to say: “Little changes. BIG results!”

Thanks to her studies at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school, Karen is well versed in the importance of nutrition and healthy living. Karen also has extensive experience in compassionately coaching and counseling others through her work in human resources and volunteer management, having worked in this industry for over 20 years.

Karen shares her knowledge and passion for healthy living as a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Known for her bright smile, boundless energy, and approachability, Karen is an in-demand speaker who has presented training programs for many prestigious organizations and schools in the Philadelphia area, including The National Constitution Center, The Urban League of Philadelphia, Constitution High School, Planned Parenthood of New Jersey, The Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, City Year of Greater Philadelphia, and the Upper Darby School District.

Karen is also a decorated veteran of the United States Army, serving her country for eight years including a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, and now residing in Ocean City, New Jersey, Karen offers Caring Coaching to clients nationwide. In addition to coaching, she loves cooking, marathon running, and writing her blog, Carrots Don’t Scream When You Boil Them.

Karen is also the author of Your Best Year Yet! 365 Days of Little Changes that Add Up to Big Results! Available on http://www.amazon.com.

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breakfast, gluten free, recipes, vegan

Creamy Quinoa

If you’re looking for a gluten free, vegan, hearty, healthy, and delicious hot breakfast, look no further!

This fabulous recipe that will warm your belly on those chilly fall mornings.

I love that the recipe is so versatile. Add in peaches, blueberries, strawberries, or blackberries. Bananas and cinnamon one day, pumpkin puree the next! This recipe can be customized to meet your tastes.

Creamy Quinoa
1 cup of quinoa – make sure you rinse it really well
2 cups of water
1 cup coconut milk, or milk of your choice
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ground cardamom
Dash of salt
1 ½ cups blueberries, peaches, strawberries, or other fruit of your choice

1. Combine quinoa and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
2. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10 – 15 minutes.
3. Stir in milk, spices, and fruit; warm through.
4. Top with brown sugar, chopped pecans or walnuts, or hemp seeds, if desired.

That’s it! Quick, easy, and delicious!

If you make this recipe at home, leave a comment and let me know what you put in to make it your own.

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out!

Karen

Did you get your copy of Your Best Year Yet! October is all about cooking, so get your copy TODAY at http://www.amazon.com.

Karen Ann Kennedy’s commitment to wellness and service is at the heart of her life and career. As a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a decorated United States Army veteran, and a longtime Human Resources Director, it is only natural that Karen would launch The Caring Coaching Center, to support others in reaching their health, fitness, and lifestyle goals. As the company’s President, CEO, and “Coach in Chief,” Karen provides individual, group, and corporate health and wellness coaching that is flexible, fun, and free of denial. As Karen likes to say: “Little changes. BIG results!”

Thanks to her studies at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school, Karen is well versed in the importance of nutrition and healthy living. Karen also has extensive experience in compassionately coaching and counseling others through her work in human resources and volunteer management, having worked in this industry for over 20 years.

Karen shares her knowledge and passion for healthy living as a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Known for her bright smile, boundless energy, and approachability, Karen is an in-demand speaker who has presented training programs for many prestigious organizations and schools in the Philadelphia area, including The National Constitution Center, The Urban League of Philadelphia, Constitution High School, Planned Parenthood of New Jersey, The Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, City Year of Greater Philadelphia, and the Upper Darby School District.

Karen is also a decorated veteran of the United States Army, serving her country for eight years including a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, and now residing in Ocean City, New Jersey, Karen offers Caring Coaching to clients nationwide. In addition to coaching, she loves cooking, marathon running, and writing her blog, Carrots Don’t Scream When You Boil Them.

Karen is also the author of Your Best Year Yet! 365 Days of Little Changes that Add Up to Big Results! Available on http://www.amazon.com.

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recipes, stir fry, vegan

Easy Tempeh and Broccoli Stir Fry

I love me some tempeh; a fermented soy product that serves as a great meat substitute for all us vegans and vegetarians out there. I like that tempeh tends to be less processed than some of the other soy products, and, because it’s a fermented food, it’s good for your gut health.

I love this recipe because it meets my three criteria:

1. It’s cheap to make
2. It’s easy to make
3. It tastes great

You can whip this up in a matter of minutes so it’s great to make on a busy weeknight. Since I live alone when I make a batch, I can eat off it for at least half the week and that means less cooking for me – hooray!

It occurs to me as I sit here typing this recipe while the cat is “helping” (and by helping I mean trying to lay on the keyboard while I work) that he’s probably lamenting the fact that of all the people he could have gotten hooked up with, he got hooked up with the vegan chick. I wonder if he dreams of dancing chicken legs, sizzling pork chops, or salmon swimming into his mouth.

But I digress…

Here’s the recipe – Enjoy!

Tempeh and Broccoli Stir Fry

1 pound of broccoli crowns cut into small pieces
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 small red bell pepper
1 small green bell pepper
1 small yellow bell pepper
1 small red onion, sliced thin
1 eight-ounce package of tempeh, cut into cubes
1 teaspoon of hot sauce
3 cloves of garlic
1 cup of scallions, chopped
Soy sauce to taste

1. Steam broccoli until bright green and still a little crisp, about 5 minutes
2. While broccoli is cooking, heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat, add peppers, onion, garlic, and tempeh, and sauté about 5 minutes
3. Add broccoli to skillet and mix with other ingredients. Cook an additional 1 – 2 minutes
4. Remove from heat and stir in hot sauce and soy sauce
5. Top with scallions
6. Serve over brown rice, if desired

There you have it. If you try this recipe at home, drop me a comment and let me know how it turned out.
Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out!

Karen

Haven’t gotten your free health consultation yet? What are you waiting for? Jump over to www.thecaringcoachingcenter.com to get on the path to your best you!
Karen Ann Kennedy’s commitment to wellness and service is at the heart of her life and career. As a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a decorated United States Army veteran, and a longtime Human Resources Director, it is only natural that Karen would launch The Caring Coaching Center, to support others in reaching their health, fitness, and lifestyle goals. As the company’s President, CEO, and “Coach in Chief,” Karen provides individual, group, and corporate health and wellness coaching that is flexible, fun, and free of denial. As Karen likes to say: “Little changes. BIG results!”

Thanks to her studies at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school, Karen is well versed in the importance of nutrition and healthy living. Karen also has extensive experience in compassionately coaching and counseling others through her work in human resources and volunteer management, having worked in this industry for over 20 years.

Karen shares her knowledge and passion for healthy living as a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Known for her bright smile, boundless energy, and approachability, Karen is an in-demand speaker who has presented training programs for many prestigious organizations and schools in the Philadelphia area, including The National Constitution Center, The Urban League of Philadelphia, Constitution High School, Planned Parenthood of New Jersey, The Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, City Year of Greater Philadelphia, and the Upper Darby School District.

Karen is also a decorated veteran of the United States Army, serving her country for eight years including a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, and now residing in Ocean City, New Jersey, Karen offers Caring Coaching to clients nationwide. In addition to coaching, she loves cooking, marathon running, and writing her blog, Carrots Don’t Scream When You Boil Them.

Karen is also the author of Your Best Year Yet! 365 Days of Little Changes that Add Up to Big Results! Available on www.amazon.com.

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recipes, Tofu, vegan

“Cheesy” Scrambled Tofu

As a vegan, I’ve found that one of the harder meals to navigate is breakfast.

Sure, there’s always a bagel, a smoothie, or some fruit, but sometimes, I want a savory dish for breakfast and I’ll get some vegan sausage, make some potatoes, etc.

But scrambled tofu has quickly become one of my favorite breakfast treats.

When you make your scrambled tofu, it comes out looking like scrambled eggs. I put turmeric in mine (I put turmeric in just about everything) and that also helps give the tofu that “eggy” look.

Recently, I kicked my tofu up a notch and added some vegan cheese. It was wonderful, so I thought I’d share the recipe with you. Enjoy!

“Cheesy” Scrambled Tofu

1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 package of mushrooms, any kind
2 – 3 cloves of garlic
1 pound of extra-firm tofu, drained
1 package of vegan cheese, diced (I recently used Daiya cheddar cheese style)
½ cup of water

Mix up the following blend of spices:
2 teaspoons of ground cumin
1 teaspoon of paprika
½ teaspoon of turmeric
½ teaspoon of parsley
1 teaspoon of salt
1/8 teaspoon of pepper

1. First, you have to drain your tofu. I take the tofu out of the pack and put it on a clean plate, then, I put another plate on top of the tofu. Then, to create pressure, I fill up my Brita pitcher and sit it on top of the top plate. About 15 minutes is all you need to squeeze out all the extra juice.
2. Mix your spice blend and set aside.
3. Heat the oil in a skillet and add the onions and garlic; cook for 3 minutes.
4. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 5 minutes.
5. Add the spice blend and mix well.
6. Add ½ cup of water and scrape the bottom of the pan to get up all the spices
7. Crumble the tofu into the pan. You don’t want to mush it all up; just crumble it into pieces.
8. Cook for 10 minutes.
9. Add the vegan cheese and cook another 5 minutes. If the tofu starts to stick to the pan, just add more water

Enjoy!

If you make this recipe, comment below and let me know how you liked it. And if you want more recipes like this, hop on over to http://www.thecaringcoachingcenter.com While you’re there, sign up for your free health consultation too!

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out.

Karen

Karen Ann Kennedy’s commitment to wellness and service is at the heart of her life and career. As a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a decorated United States Army veteran, and a longtime Human Resources Director, it is only natural that Karen would launch The Caring Coaching Center, to support others in reaching their health, fitness, and lifestyle goals. As the company’s President, CEO, and “Coach in Chief,” Karen provides individual, group, and corporate health and wellness coaching that is flexible, fun, and free of denial. As Karen likes to say: “Little changes. BIG results!”

Thanks to her studies at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school, Karen is well versed in the importance of nutrition and healthy living. Karen also has extensive experience in compassionately coaching and counseling others through her work in human resources and volunteer management, having worked in this industry for over 20 years.

Karen shares her knowledge and passion for healthy living as a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Known for her bright smile, boundless energy, and approachability, Karen is an in-demand speaker who has presented training programs for many prestigious organizations and schools in the Philadelphia area, including The National Constitution Center, The Urban League of Philadelphia, Constitution High School, Planned Parenthood of New Jersey, The Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, City Year of Greater Philadelphia, and the Upper Darby School District.

Karen is also a decorated veteran of the United States Army, serving her country for eight years including a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, and now residing in Ocean City, New Jersey, Karen offers Caring Coaching to clients nationwide. In addition to coaching, she loves cooking, marathon running, and writing her blog, Carrots Don’t Scream When You Boil Them.

Karen is also the author of Your Best Year Yet! 365 Days of Little Changes that Add Up to Big Results! Available on http://www.amazon.com.

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Three Ingredient Rice Noodles

What if I told you that you could make a healthy and delicious dinner in 15 minutes or less, using only 3 ingredients…and it’s not a salad?

I’m talking about a hot dinner that’s full of flavor, and feeds a crowd.

Think I’m crazy?

Well, I am…but that’s beside the point.

I’m embarrassed to even call this a “recipe,” as it’s really just three packaged ingredients that I combined one night to make dinner.

It was one of those weeks where I hadn’t grocery shopped and I didn’t have a lot on hand. I wanted a hot meal but I didn’t want to spend a lot of time cooking. It was also the middle of summer, and I didn’t want the oven turned on for a long time, so I scanned the pantry and found a package of rice noodles.

I looked around to see what else I had on hand and BAM – I ended up with this concoction.

Three-Ingredient Rice Noodles

I package of rice noodles
2 jars Tikka Masala sauce (I like the Seeds of Change brand)
1 bag of frozen steam-in-bag snow peas or sugar snap peas

Cook the rice noodles according to the package directions.
Cook the peas according to the package directions.
When the noodles have cooked, throw them into a pan and mix them with the sauce and peas. Cook just long enough to heat up the sauce.
Eat and enjoy!

Seriously, that’s it.

I know, I can’t even call this a recipe! I cooked up a big batch of this and loved it, so I’ve made it a staple now. Since I live alone, a batch will last me most of the week, and I honestly don’t even get tired of eating it for 3 – 4 days in a row.

If you prefer your noodles a little less “wet,” you can use just one jar of sauce, but I find that’s a little too dry for me.

Also, Tikka Masala is not vegan, so if you want a vegan dish, check out some of the other sauces in that section.
While Tikka Masala sauce is normally used on meat, it’s also very good and quite satisfying on noodles.

There you have it. Keep these three ingredients on hand for a quick dinner in a pinch.

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out.

Karen

Karen Ann Kennedy’s commitment to wellness and service is at the heart of her life and career. As a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a decorated United States Army veteran, and a longtime Human Resources Director, it is only natural that Karen would launch The Caring Coaching Center, to support others in reaching their health, fitness, and lifestyle goals. As the company’s President, CEO, and “Coach in Chief,” Karen provides individual, group, and corporate health and wellness coaching that is flexible, fun, and free of denial. As Karen likes to say: “Little changes. BIG results!”

Thanks to her studies at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school, Karen is well versed in the importance of nutrition and healthy living. Karen also has extensive experience in compassionately coaching and counseling others through her work in human resources and volunteer management, having worked in this industry for over 20 years.

Karen shares her knowledge and passion for healthy living as a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Known for her bright smile, boundless energy, and approachability, Karen is an in-demand speaker who has presented training programs for many prestigious organizations and schools in the Philadelphia area, including The National Constitution Center, The Urban League of Philadelphia, Constitution High School, Planned Parenthood of New Jersey, The Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, City Year of Greater Philadelphia, and the Upper Darby School District.

Karen is also a decorated veteran of the United States Army, serving her country for eight years including a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, and now residing in Ocean City, New Jersey, Karen offers Caring Coaching to clients nationwide. In addition to coaching, she loves cooking, marathon running, and writing her blog, Carrots Don’t Scream When You Boil Them.

Karen is also the author of Your Best Year Yet! 365 Days of Little Changes that Add Up to Big Results! Available on http://www.amazon.com.

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