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Japanese Umami Beef Soup

We recently developed this soup in an effort to bring more flavors of the east to our menu. As a base, it uses chickpea miso, which delivers some sweetness but is balanced by the sesame, tamari, and sake. We’ve included shiitake mushrooms, arame seaweed and edamame beans for a great nutritional profile.

Servings: 6

Time: 20 min

INGREDIENTS (Serves 6)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp Braggs amino acids or tamari
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 4 tsp cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup onions, cut lengthwise
  • 1 cup carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped on diagonal
  • 2 cups napa cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 5 tbsp chickpea miso paste
  • 4 cup beef stock or bone broth (for heartier soup)
  • 1-2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 1 1/2 cup edamame soybeans, without pods
  • 1/2 cup smoked tofu, diced
  • 1/2 cup arame seaweed
  • 20 oz. striploin beef, cleaned, fat removed, cut into ¼” thick small strips.

PREPARATION (20 min)

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the shitake mushrooms, onions, carrots, celery, cabbage, ginger, and garlic.
  3. Also while the water is coming to a boil, prepare the striploin beef and set aside.
  4. Once boiling, pour the water into a large bowl and add the arame seaweed. Set aside and let soak for 20 min to rehydrate.
  5. Heat the olive and sesame oil in a large pot on medium-high.
  6. Add all ingredients from step 2 (vegetables + ginger + garlic)  and the Braggs to the pot. Saute until soft.
  7. While the vegetables are cooking, blend the miso with beef stock/bone broth, vinegar, and sake in a large pot and heat. This is your soup broth.
  8. Add vegetables (once cooked), tofu, and edamame to the soup broth and simmer at a low temperature for 10 minutes. Add water as desired for preferred thickness.
  9. Meanwhile, using your vegetable pot, stir fry your beef in olive oil with a splash of sesame oil and Braggs until slightly browned. Add to soup once cooked.
  10. Drain the seaweed. Add atop the soup before serving.
  11. Enjoy.

 


What is Mountain Trek?

Mountain Trek is an award-winning health retreat immersed in the lush nature of British Columbia. Our one or two-week program—featuring daily hiking, yoga, exercise classes, time in our state-of-the-art spa, and of course, delicious, healthy cuisine—will help you detox, unplug, recharge, and roll back years of stress and unhealthy habits. To learn more about the retreat, and how we can help you reset your health, please email us at info@mountaintrek.com or reach out below:

Greek Chicken and Feta Soup

bowl of soup with garnish and napkin

Our Greek Chicken and Feta Soup is an incredibly healthy soup and a wonderful mix of protein, fiber, and vitamins. It makes a great lunch or dinner and the recipe can be multiplied for batch cooking. Top your soup with fresh feta to add a layer of depth to this soup’s flavor profile.

At Mountain Trek, we bow down to soups as the ultimate trail lunch. Warming your soup up and putting it in a thermos (double-walled & vacuum-sealed is ideal) before heading out to the trail will keep it nice and hot, and since it’s a cooked item (vs. something like a raw salad or sandwich), digestion is expedited, allowing you to take in ample calories without the risk of cramping. Also, if you are hiking in the spring or fall, a warm soup half-way through your hike is just the ticket.

 

INGREDIENTS (Serves 4)

  • 4—4/5 oz Chicken Breast – cube lightly cook & set aside.
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • ¾ c. onion diced
  • 1 c. celery diced finely
  • 4 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 ½ c. zucchini diced
  • 1 c. grated carrots
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh parsley
  • 1 ½ c. diced Roma tomatoes
  • 3 c. fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. oregano
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ c. white wine
  • 4 c. veggie or chicken stock
  • ¼ c. feta cheese crumbled – 1 Tbs. per serving

PREPARATION

  1. In large soup pot sauté oil, onions, garlic, celery, oregano, salt, & pepper until onions are translucent.
  2. Add white wine, cook for 5 minutes more.
  3. Add zucchini, carrots, tomatoes, spinach, stock, and bay leaf; simmer 45 minutes. Add cooked chicken and fresh parsley.
  4. Remove bay leaf before serving.
  5. Serve topped with feta.

Portions

  • Women – 1 ½ c.
  • Men – 2 c.

 

 


What is Mountain Trek?

Mountain Trek is the health reset you’ve been looking for. Our award-winning health retreat, immersed in the lush nature of British Columbia, will help you detox, unplug, recharge, and roll back years of stress and unhealthy habits. To learn more about the retreat, and how we can help you reset your health, please email us at info@mountaintrek.com or reach out below:

Meet Chef Simon Vine & His New Recipes

Chef Simon Vine makes rutabaga spaghetti with tempeh-almond ‘meatballs’ and a tomato-cashew rosee sauce at Mountain Trek

Chef Simon Vine makes rutabaga spaghetti with tempeh-almond ‘meatballs’ and a tomato-cashew rosee sauce at Mountain Trek

Let’s be real, a large reason you’re coming and/or have come to Mountain Trek is for the food, more appropriately referenced as ridiculously-delicious, organic spa cuisine, that just so happens to be calorie-controlled to reset your metabolism. But who’s the mastermind behind our nourishing meals and snacks? Who is this menu-Einstein we all want to take home with us?

This year, we’re excited to introduce Simon Vine, Mountain Trek’s very much invaluable Head Chef. Through a rigorous vetting process, we hired Simon to take the reins of Mountain Trek’s meal-creation not just because he’s a wizard in the kitchen, but because he has journeyed through life in a way that closely aligns with our program’s ethos.     

 

Simon Vine Mountain Trek Head Chef

Mountain Trek Head Chef Simon Vine

In 2016, Simon Vine had worked his way up from being Executive Chef at a renowned fishing resort to catering for up to 300 people in the film industry. He was on top of the world. Behind the scenes, however, the 80-hour weeks were causing him to physically and mentally deteriorate. Depleted, Simon moved from Vancouver, Canada, to a remote island. There, he spent six weeks letting go of a stressful, hustle-bustle routine devoid of sleep and healthful food. He recommitted to himself, promising to return to his roots. He yearned for the plant-based, outdoor-oriented lifestyle of his childhood.

Simon and his wife never returned to the rat race; instead, they moved to the Kootenay Mountains. At Mountain Trek, Chef Simon is able to balance work with camping, biking, hiking and skiing, and he has rekindled his appreciation of a wide range of ethnic cuisines and ingredients.

Simon’s meticulously-crafted spa cuisine is both balanced and bold, light and intensely flavorful, and it’s created with the intention of helping others positively change their lives. While he’ll be bringing back many guest favorites this season, he’s also excited to be rolling out a few new dishes; he is, after all, dedicated to elevating our meals, while ensuring they stay within the program’s framework.

He says, “I’ve been busy counting calories and ensuring that we are able to deliver the results people want, without compromising on flavor and quality. We’ve also brought in some new cooking techniques with the addition of a “sous-vide” circulator to our kitchen.”      

Regarding what’s new on the menu, Simon says, “One new dish I’m really excited about is the seared steelhead salmon with parsnip puree, grilled fennel and radicchio salad, and tomato-caper relish. The steelhead we feature is an amazing local British Columbia fish, which is produced sustainably. The beautiful mild flavor of the fish is complemented by the rich sweetness of parsnips, as well as the fresh and bright flavors of the fennel and radicchio salad.” Rounded out with the sweet and tangy bite of the tomato caper-relish, Simon says, “This dish is a winner in my books!”

To whet your whistle just a little more, Simon says, “I’m also really excited about the rutabaga spaghetti with tempeh-almond ‘meatballs’ and a tomato-cashew rosee sauce, which will be accompanied with a kale caesar salad.” He says, “It’s a really healthy and interesting twist on the ultimate comfort food: spaghetti and meatballs.”

Eating isn’t just about curbing hunger pangs–it’s about nourishing a healthy and active body. The Mountain Trek program doesn’t offer a “diet”; instead, we eat seasonal, local, wild and organic foods six times over the course of the day to properly absorb all nutrients and avoid energy crashes. Each meal and snack is individually prepared for your body and your goals for the week, and are free of processed foods, stimulants or toxins, allowing your body to heal and strengthen.  If you feel in need of a health reset, join us for a week of exercising in nature, de-stressing in the spa, and clean eating.

Spiral Chicken with Mashed Cauliflower and Cranberry Recipe

Spiral Chicken with Mashed Cauliflower and Cranberry

This dish is great any day but makes an especially fantastic holiday meal in lieu of a whole chicken and fixings. The savory mushroom stuffing coils through the rolled chicken to produce spiral discs when sliced. Guests will think you have made an exceptional effort, but the preparation is actually simple. We think of it as elevated comfort food. Serves 4.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup carrots, grated
  • 1 1/4 cup cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken bouillon or broth
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cranberries, cooked
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp flax oil
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp lime zest
  • 2 cups mushrooms, grated
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • pepper pinch
  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 4 small chicken breasts (organic, free range)
  • 3/4 cup sweet potato, cubed
  • 2 tsp tamari or Braggs
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup zucchini, grated

PREPARATION

  1. Heat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Prepare the chicken by slicing the thickness of the breast laterally almost all the way through and opening it up. Pound it with a tenderizer until it makes a thin but still firm “crepe”.
  3. Combine the mushrooms and vegetables with the oil, spices, and condiments and sauté until cooked down and the flavors are combined. Drain off any liquid and save. Cool to room temperature.
  4. Spread ¼ of the mushroom filling over each breast and roll from one end to make a log.
  5. Place the log on a sheet of tinfoil, secure the ends by tucking them in, and bake for 40 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, boil the cauliflower, potato, garlic, and salt in the water until soft, then drain and return to pot.
  7. Mash until smooth and keep warm.
  8. (If you’d like a little gravy sauce with this dish take the reserved liquid from the mushroom stuffing and heat with a little chicken bouillon. Thicken with a bit of organic flour or arrowroot powder, being sure not to let lumps form).
  9. Prepare the cranberry sauce by simmering the ingredients together for about 15 minutes then cool and mash.
  10. Unwrap the chicken when it’s baked and slice the roll to create spiral rounds. Stack the rounds or lean them, domino-style.
  11. Drizzle the mushroom “gravy” over the chicken, and serve with cauliflower and cranberry.

Golden Almond Butter Dip Recipe

Golden Almond Butter Dip

This dip is incredibly easy to make and wonderful with raw vegetables for a healthy mid-morning or afternoon snack. You can also turn it into a salad dressing or sauce for cooked vegetables—just dilute with a little rice vinegar or lemon juice and water. If you are serving as a dip, sprinkle with a bit of chopped roasted almonds or seeds. Serves 4.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tbsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos or soy sauce
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp crushed, minced garlic
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
  • 3/4 cup organic smooth almond butter
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt (add salt to taste if needed)
  • 1/4 tsp vegetable broth powder
  • 3/4 cup water

PREPARATION

  1. Combine all dip ingredients in a blender, purée until smooth, and chill until needed.

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Heavenly Orbs Recipe

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The name says it all. Nut butter anchors the lightness of coconut, orange and apricot in this delicious snack. This Heavenly Orbs recipe is definitely one that belongs in our Hall of Fame. Makes 8 or 9 orbs.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/8 cup hemp seed butter
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom
  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/3 cup coconut
  • orange juice to moisten
  • 1/8 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 tsp powdered ginger
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • zest of a small orange

Method

  1. Chop nuts and apricots together finely in a food processor
  2. Add butters and remaining ingredients
  3. Form into balls and refigerate or freeze

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Black Bean Soup Recipe

A deep, dark standard, this black bean soup recipe provides plenty of flavor while offering a complete bean and rice protein source. Try it blended for a smoother texture. This recipe for Black Bean Soup serves 4.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup onions, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup celery, diced
  • ½ cup carrots, diced
  • ½ cup yams, diced
  • ½ cup red peppers, diced
  • 1 ½ teaspoon jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • 1 tablespoon Braggs amino liquids or soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice zest of 1 lime
  • ¾ cup tomato sauce, canned
  • 1 cup diced tomato, canned or fresh
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cups black beans, cooked 1/2 cup cooked rice salt to taste
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cilantro, minced
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons sour cream

Method

  1. Saute diced vegetables until tender in oil.
  2. Add seasonings.
  3. Add tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, stock, and lime juice.
  4. Add cooked beans and rice.
  5. Simmer until flavors develop.
  6. Finish with cilantro garnish and optional dollop of sour cream.

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Huevos Rancheros – A Fast & Delicious Recipe

Huevos Rancheros

These delicious Mexican ranch eggs can be accompanied by slices of avocado or a spoonful of guacamole and a dollop of rice for lasting energy. Serves 4.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 cup cheese
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 chipotle Tabasco sauce dash
  • 2 tbsp cilantro leaves – chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup cooked pinto beans
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 dash of salt
  • 4 oz diced canned tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp green chilies
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup onions
  • 2 oz tinned tomato sauce

PREPARATION

  1. Sauté half of the onions with the cooked beans, adding cumin, a dash of salt, and a dash of the chipotle sauce. When cooked through, mash and set aside, keeping warm.
  2. Sauté the remaining half of the onion in a small amount of water with the garlic, tomatoes and tomato sauce, chili powder, green chilies, and chipotle.
  3. Scramble or fry the eggs.
  4. Heat tortillas slightly (steaming or frying in a spritz of water).
  5. Place the tortilla on the plate and layer the bean mixture over the top. Next, layer the egg, and then place the sauce over the top.
  6. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
  7. Garnish with avocado slices and minced cilantro.

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Seedy Trail Crackers Recipe

Seedy Trail Crackers Recipe

These crunchy, munchy crackers are simple, easy to make, healthy, and contain a lot of protein. We love to serve our Seedy Trail Crackers with any of our dips, or they would be great paired with a soup. Keep them fresh in an airtight container and then toast a little before serving to bring up the crunch and toasty, nutty flavor. Makes about 10 crackers

Ingredients (makes 10 crackers)

  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 small garlic clove, finely grated
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine the seeds in a bowl and add the water, garlic, and salt.
  • Stir and then let sit for a few minutes while the water is absorbed.
  • Apply the mixture to the parchment with a spatula to a depth of just under ¼ inch forming a square or rectangle.
  • Lightly score the mixture with a knife into cracker-sized pieces and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt.
  • Bake for 35 minutes then remove from oven and deepen the score to separate the crackers.
  • Carefully flip over and bake for another 20 – 25 minutes until they are just looking golden on the edges.
  • Let cool for 15 minutes before eating.

 


What is Mountain Trek?

Mountain Trek is an award-winning health retreat immersed in the lush nature of British Columbia. Our one or two-week program—featuring daily hiking, yoga, exercise classes, time in our state-of-the-art spa, and of course, delicious, healthy cuisine—will help you detox, unplug, recharge, and roll back years of stress and unhealthy habits. To learn more about the retreat, and how we can help you reset your health, please email us at info@mountaintrek.com or reach out below: