RECIPE: Healthy Breakfast Muffin Bars

Tired of spending heaps on “bars” that are packed with sugar?

Need a quick treat that keeps you sated all morning long?

Have a taste of these breakfast cups!

Depending on the kind of oats you use, they can be gluten Free and oh so nutritious. Pump up the protein by adding nuts or seeds. You can also make them more dessert-ish by adding dark chocolate chips to the mix.

granola bars

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375

In a mixing bowl combine:

1 1/2 cup Rolled oats (I use Trader Joe’s gluten free)

3/4 cup coconut sugar (I use TJ’s organic)  or maple syrup to minimize the glycemic load

(though you could use brown sugar if you’re going all desserty)

2 eggs (farm fresh hormone free, of course)

1/2-3/4 cup peanut butter

1/8 cup softened butter

3/4 tsp baking soda

6 oz chocolate chips*

1/4 chopped walnuts or sunflower seeds*

 

* optional

Pour concoction in to greased (I use butter or coconut oil) muffin pan and bake for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, you can pour in to greased glass dish and cut in to bars. Either way, viola!, breakfast is made for the week!

 

RECIPE: Simple Mushroom Risotto

Looking for a simple, savory, filling winter dish? This number makes a great side item to pair with steak, pork or chicken, but it’s hardy enough to be served as the main course!
Easy to make and serves ~ 6 people. Keeps in the fridge all week long.
Mushroom Risotto
 INGREDIENTS:
1 cup cooked farro (can also use bulgur, brown rice, quinoa or orzo)
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 Tbsp sesame
1 Tbsp of coconut oil
1 cup chopped spinach
1/2 sleeve of goat cheese sleeve (~3 0z)
1 Tbsp olive oil
Lemon juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 dashes paprika
INSTRUCTIONS:
In a medium sized pot add farro to 2 cups boiling water, cook until water is gone (~ 10-15 minutes or until grain is tender and strain remaining water).
While cooking bulgar, in small skillet on medium heat add sesame and coconut oil and mushrooms. Cook until tender.
In a large glass container combine all ingredient and stir until well mixed.
Serve warm.

RECIPE: Delicata Squash Salad

I’ve been wondering what to do with those gorgeous yellow and green-striped squash I’ve been seeing hanging around the supermarket.

Per my usual, I’m either gonna grind it up (smoothie) or green it up (salad).  In this case, I chose to green it up! Not the most simple recipe ever, but if you cook and boil while you chop, it only takes a few more than 20 minutes. And there’s plenty to go around or last all week in the fridge.
delicata squash

INSRTUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400

Slice Delicata Squash longways and spoon out seeds

Slice squash in to 1/4 inch slices

In a baking dish toss with olive oil and sea salt and ground pepper

Option to add chopped tomato to dish

Cook for 15-20 minutes, tossing 1/2 way through.

Boil 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups water, turn to med heat and cook until water is gone

Slice 3 organic celery sticks

Chop one organic orange or red pepper

In a large salad bowl Combine:

Cooked Quinoa, chopped veggies, 3 cups organic spinach.

Once squash is cooked and soft, add to salad.

Use olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste, or add ~ 1/2 bottle Annie’s Goddess Salad dressing

 

 

RECIPE: Chard Wraps

Looking for the convenience of a wrap with 10 x the nutrition!? This is the recipe for you!

Plenty of menus offer a “healthy wrap” in their Lite Bites or Healthy Options section.

News flash! Most tortillas are loaded with lard, additives and preservatives (to keep them from molding and help them get crispy and brown perfectly!)

Turn any tortilla package over at the grocery store. Look at the ingredients. Now ask yourself, what the heck is THAT doing in my diet?

We scratch our heads wondering why so many people are stricken with cancer, dementia and obesity. Yet we continue to pump ourselves and our kids FULL of hazardous ingredients.

An EASY way to make a wrap super healthy is to use a swiss chard leaf in lieu of a tortilla.  Sure it may take a few go rounds for your family to get on board.  But every transition seems odd at first. (Think station wagons without car seats, choosing wheat instead of white bread or wearing a helmet while biking and skiing).  Soon it becomes your norm!
chard wrap4

INGREDIENTS:

Rainbow Chard or collard greens

Humus

Veggies

1. De-vein several rainbow chard leaves or collard greens (cut stalk out for entire length of leaf) creating a leaf half

2. Smear humus, mustard or salsa on a leaf half. option to add brown rice or quinoa to add bulk

3. slice your favorite veggies (cucumbers, carrots, peppers) and place in wrap

4. option to drizzle with Siracha vinegar or sprinkle with spices

5. roll wrap up. place a toothpick to hold together or use humus to adhere

I make several of these (~10) each sunday and place in glass container in the fridge to draw from all week!

chard wrap5

RECIPE: Wild Rice and Arugula Salad

Need to give your salad some girth without bulking up?

Wild Rice is the perfect grain to making your salad more filling without packing on pounds in the process.  Wild rice has twice the protein of brown rice, is high in fiber and essential minerals and vitamins.

The arugula bring the benefits of leafy greens.  It’s alkalinic and detoxifying, high in chlorophyll and antioxidants, and is anti-inflammatory.  Sun dried tomatoes deliver calcium and magnesium, which are great for cardiovascular health.  So this salad is a super hearty, super healthy serving of goodness!

arugula salad
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, Add 1 cup wild rice

let cook until water gone (~ 45 min)

While rice is cooking, in a large dish combine:

1/2 5 oz sleeve goat cheese

1/2 cup chopped Sun Dried Tomatoes

4-5 cups of arugula

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp dried basil

1 /2 tsp sea salt

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Serve on bed of arugula.

Serve Warm or cold.

Keeps in Fridge all week.

Tastes great in a toasted tortilla.

 

RECIPE: Gluten-Free Oat Smoothie

Want a quick, simple,  healthful smoothie recipe that won’t leave you hungry? This scrumptious, gluten-free smoothie is filling and delicious!  Oats are high in fiber, help lower cholesterol and reduce cardiovascular disease. So instead of cooking up sugar laden, pre-packaged oatmeal in the am, try this healthier alternative!

 

In a blender combine:

1 cup organic spinach

1/2 cup organic gluten-free oats (I like Trader Joe’s)

1/2 cup almond milk, unsweetened

1/2-1 cup water

1/2 frozen banana

1 tsp cinnamon

Oat Smoothie