Rants Rules and Recipes Resolutions:

As there New Year rolls in, and we all make promises to ourselves about how much healthier, kinder, thinner and more fabulous we will become, it helps to look back and see what has kept us from already being better friends, spouses, parents and people.

For me, when I am stressed, over-booked, under-slept or stretched too thin, I cannot be the best version of myself.

So I am making a promise to me, my Well & Balanced Health clients and to all of the folks that visit RantsRulesandRecipes.com. Because when I am happier and healthier and can be better to/for others.

I am determined to become the kindest, most fit, most creative, most mindful Madeleine I can be.

Rome wasn’t built in a day…..so, this could take a while … cut yourself some slack as you employ changes in your own life.

But do hold yourself accountable.

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MY 2014 RESOLUTIONS–I think I did these things and hope to continue to do them

Assume the best in people, Cleaner eating, Restorative and aggressive Exercise, Be More Mindful, Create the Life I Want

I will show gratitude for all the people and blessings in my life.  I will continue to make my family my priority.

I will travel and try new things

2014 recap: I took a Jewelry class and Ballet lessons and Archery. My husband and I took a Wellness Retreat to Varenna, Italy on lake Como and spent devoted time with family; we also have added a family member! We have slowed down and started really appreciating our relationships with friends and our wonderfully loving family and are so grateful for our many blessings.

 

MY 2015 RESOLUTIONS

Avoid being in a Rush,

Nourish myself with new experiences

Take a class in something new/continued learning

Recognize my patterns that are not serving me well

Be as loving and positive as I can be

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RECIPE: Simple Farro Salad

I can get a little “salad fatigue”, especially in the winter months.  A bowl of leafy greens, which I know I need, just doesn’t tempt me they was it does in the Spring.

So I’ve created this warm, savory salad to deliver greens to my my bod, while tempting my (taste)buds!

Farro (rhymes with “tomorrow”) is a super healthy, ancient, Italian whole grain with lots of protein.

farro saladINGREDIENTS & INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Boil 1 cup Farro with 2 cups water (or vegetable broth) for ~ 10 minutes and strain

2. In a large glass sealable container combine farro, 3 cups organic arugula (or spinach), 1/4-1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes chopped , and 1/2 of 5 oz sleeve of goat cheese (I use the kind with herbs)

3. Add sea salt and pepper to taste

Enjoy warm or serve cold (I prefer it warm)

Serves 6-8 and keeps in fridge all week!

RECIPE: Sweet Potato Mashies

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It doesn’t get much better than a healthy, savory, comfort food like these Blue Cheese Mashed Sweet Potatoes!

These are sure to be a hit and make a great side dish for any holiday gathering!  I like to keep a batch in my fridge and warm a little portion when I need a sweet, savory or hardy treat!

If you’re not in to blue, choose another cheese like parmesan. Make ’em how YOU like ’em!

 

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Makes 6-8 servings, keeps in fridge all week.

Ingredients and Instructions:

1. Peel and then slice/cube 5-6 small to medium-sized sweet potatoes

2. Boil cubed potatoes in a large pot for ~ 10 minutes (until taters are soft, but don’t burn your finger checkin’) and then drain

3. In a food processor combine boiled sweet potatoes, 1 clove garlic chopped, 1/4 cup milk of choice (I used rice milk, but any hormone free milk’ll do; plus I’ve made them without milk and they are still delish!), 1/2-1 cup blue cheese crumbles (depends on how cheesy you wanna be), 1/4 cup 2-3 Tbsp olive oil, 1/4 tsp sea salt, 1/4 tsp pepper

4. Serve with blue cheese crumbles atop!

5. Now take a bow, because these will Wow!
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RECIPE: Asian Slaw Salad

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Headed to a Yuletide gathering? The best way to insure there’ll be healthy options on the table, is to offer to bring a side dish! This helps the host and helps your pant size. Win, win!

In The South, people like slaw.  Not necessarily over the holidays; usually with BBQ, seafood, and picnics.  But trust me, this dish will fit in and any feeding affair!

While I fancy myself a Southerner, I actually never liked slaw (or Sweat Tea or Potato Salad, but don’t tell my Southern comrades!)

However, my best friend’s mom used to make an Asian slaw that was ‘Rah-dic-u-lous-ly’ good, at least as far as slaw goes.  It did include the both the noodles and the seasoning packet from an Oodles o’ Noodles bag–which at the time was a staple of mine.

Y’all remember those right? 99 cent packages of dried noodles in a variety of flavors, like “chicken” “beef” and “Oriental” .  They were pretty much all I ate in college, besides late night “Bull Whips” (which were just over-priced bread sticks from a nearby pizza joint, but that’s another blog for another day).

This recipe is a healthier version of Asian slaw with REAL ingredients inspired by the dear “Cindle Sue”.  Merry Christmas, Y’all!

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INGREDIENTS:

In a sealable container (preferably glass) combine all of the following

1 bag of organic broccoli and carrot slaw (I used Trader Joe’s organic slaw ~8 oz bag)

1/2 cup almond slivers or Sesame Seeds

1/3 cup rice vinegar

1/3 cup olive oil

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 Tbsp honey or maple syrup

It’s better if served several hours after prep or the following day, to let the veggies absorb the flavors and marinate.

Makes 6-8 servings.

Keeps in the fridge all week!

RECIPE: Healthy, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies/Bars

Who doesn’t love a Chocolate Chip cookie?  and who doesn’t like options?
These “Cookies” can be baked or raw, cookies or bars, and can have dried fruit or chocolate chips, both or neither!
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INGREDIENTS:
1/2 c rolled oats
1/2 c sunflower seeds (raw or salted)
7-8 medjool dates (pitted)
2 Tbsp organic coconut oil
4 dashes of cinnamon
1/4-1/2 c dark chocolate chips (optional)
1/4 c chopped dried cranberries (optional)
pinch of salt if seeds aren’t salted (optional)
Optional Glaze: of maple syrup and olive oil

In a food processor combine oats, seeds, dates, cinnamon and coconut oil until well-mixed.  If desired, add chocolate chips, cranberries.  You can stop there, make bite-sized balls or bars of yummy healthy treats!
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OR if you choose to bake these little ladies, consider glazing with equal parts maple syrup and olive oil, place on to a greased cookie sheet (I grease mine with coconut oil) and pop them in to a pre-heated oven, 375, middle rack, for 15-20 minutes.
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 Your house will smell amazing after cooking these healthy treats.  If you are going for the chocolate chip dessert option, I like to melt dark chocolate chips and drizzle over the cookies. Let cool in the freezer and enjoy!
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