Thursday, July 31, 2014

Honey-Lime Chicken Skewers

What You Need:

  • 1 lb Boneless, Skinless, Chicken Breasts; cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha Sauce
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Cilantro, chopped
  • Red Pepper Flakes, to taste
  • Skewers, metal or wooden (soak wooden skewers according to package)

What You Need To Do:

  1. In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, honey, oil, lime juice, Sriracha Sauce, garlic, cilantro and red pepper flakes.
  2. Pour marinade over Chicken pieces, cover and let marinate in refrigerator for at least 1 hour, up to 3 hours.
  3. Thread chicken onto skewers evenly.
  4. Grill over medium heat, 7 to 8 minutes on each side, or until fully cooked in the center.

Recipe adapted from life-in-the-lofthouse.com

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Vegan & Gluten Free Banana Peanut Butter Oat Cookies with Walnuts & Chocolate Chips

So my Dad is here visiting for a couple of weeks, it is pretty exciting, considering he lives all the way out in California!  He has been a vegan since he moved there a few years ago, and every time he comes back home for a visit, I have this awesome challenge of making delicious, healthy food that is also vegan!  Last night I was craving something sweet, and figured I may as well make a treat that everyone in the house could enjoy!

Four Ingredient Cookies are an easy way to get something healthy and sweet in -- but I was craving that -- plus a little more!  So I decided to use that as the base of this cookie, and to obviously add in some more deliciousness!

What You Need:


  • 2 ripe Bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup Quick Oats
  • Heaping Tablespoon Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • Tablespoon (or more) Ground Flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup Walnuts, smashed
  • 1/2 cup Mini Chocolate Chips, dark


What You Need To Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray cookie sheet with Non-Stick Baking Spray, set aside.
  2. Mash bananas, then fold in Oats, Peanut Butter, Vanilla and Ground Flaxseed.  Once fully incorporated, stir in walnuts & chocolate chips.
  3. Transfer heaping tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheet, about 13, and make sure the top is pushed down with your fingers or a spoon so the center gets fully cooked!
  4. Bake in preheated oven for about 12 minutes, until golden brown and gooey!
  5. Enjoy - and share this recipe!


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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Toasted Almond Pesto

This is the third summer I have been in this house, but the first that I have had a garden!  There are tons of beautiful, bright flowers mixed in with herbs, lettuces, and vegetables!  It is so nice to have a little herb box and just pick some fresh, not only is it convenient, but I swear it just tastes better!

What do you do when you have a lot of fresh basil, and not enough time to eat it fresh?!  PESTO!!  I decided to make it vegan-friendly since my Dad (who is vegan) flies in tomorrow to stay for a while, and I really just didn't feel like buying a block of parmesan reggiano because I don't eat a lot of dairy myself!


What You Need:

  • 2 1/2 cups fresh Basil
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup roasted whole almonds (roasted pine nuts, or roasted sunflower seeds could also be used!)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Optional:
    • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan reggiano

What You Need To Do:

  1. In a food processor, pulse roasted almonds and whole garlic cloves until well ground.
  2. Add basil, olive oil, and optional parmesan reggiano.  Pulse until incorporated, but do not over mix!!
  3. Taste for seasoning, if necessary add a small amount of olive oil.


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Homemade Applesauce




A few months ago, I decided that I really wanted to try some "overnight oatmeal" or "refrigerator oats" ... but the one problem??  I had everything I needed, EXCEPT for the applesauce!  I have a weird way of thinking, that anything in a package, by any big brand company, is going to have it pumped full of chemicals - whether its for the appearance or taste - and who needs extra crap when you really only need mashed up bananas?!  Well .. not me!!  And luckily not you any more ;)

Here is a nice and easy recipe - and if you only have a a handful of apples, not a problem, just cut this recipe in half, or quarters!  It is definitely worth the time!



What You Need:

  • 6 pounds apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 8 slices
  • 1 cup apple juice or apple cider
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon (more of less depending on your taste buds)
  • Optional additions such as nutmeg, maple syrup, all spice, butter, etc.

What You Need To Do:

  1. Combine all ingredients in large pot, cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes.
  2. Carefully puree in food processor until smooth.
  3. Store in fridge (I like to use mason jars!). 
  4. Serve by itself, overnight oatmeal, over pork chops, ice cream or even pancakes!


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"Clean Eating" Banana Bread



I always try to talk myself into the idea that banana bread is always healthy!  I mean, it is made with bananas, right?!  Sadly, with a cup of sugar, and a stick of butter, it doesn't exactly count as JUST a serving of fruit!


Here is the recipe I like to use, so I don't feel as bad when I can't stop eating it because there is just something about ooey, gooey chocolate chips fresh out of the oven!  Yum!!


I am sometimes too impatient to wait an entire hour for this to bake in the oven, so I will make muffins!  Same ingredients and directions, just bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean from center!



What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup sugar free applesauce ... or make your own!
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 bananas, over ripe, mashed
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (50/50 with white flour if you prefer that texture)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

What You Need To Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease 9x5  loaf pan.
  2. In a Medium Bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.
  3. In a Large Bowl, combine applesauce and honey.  Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended.
  4. Combine flour mixture into the banana mixture, until well blended; just until moist.
  5. Pour into greased loaf pan, bake in preheated oven for 60-65 minutes, or until a toothpick come out clean from the center.  
  6. Let cool for 10-15 minutes, completely cool on wire rack.


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Old Fashioned Banana Bread

Bananas are the only fruit that I am okay with letting "go bad" because banana bread is one of my favorite recipes to make!! So delicious, and with gooey chocolate chips and nuts added .. MMmm!!

There are so many different ways to make it - so here is one!

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup Crisco or Butter (1 stick)
  • 1  cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup or 3 large bananas, very ripe, mashed
  • 1 Tbsp. Milk or Half & Half
  • 1 1/2 cups flour (whole wheat or white - or 50/50)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup additions (chocolate chips, walnuts, etc.)

What You Need To Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree.  Grease & flour 8x4 or 9x5 load pan.  (If using 8x4, add 10 minutes to baking time.)
  2. In a Large Bowl, cream softened butter, and sugar together, until light & fluffy.  Add the egg, beating well, then stir in milk and mashed bananas.  Set aside.
  3. In a Medium Bowl, stir together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.  
  4. Blend the flour mixture into the banana mixture and stir just enough to evenly combine.
  5. Fold in any additions.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 65-70 minutes in 8x4 pan, or 55-60 minutes in 9x5, or until toothpick is comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for 15-20 minutes, transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Easy Lemon Rosemary Crockpot Chicken

What You Need:
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup low sodium, fat free chicken broth
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 4 sprigs of Rosemary
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • dash of sea salt and a few twists of ground black pepper
What You Need To Do:

  1. Place chicken breasts at the bottom of your crockpot.  Top with chicken broth, rosemary, garlic, salt, pepper & sliced lemon.
  2. Cook on high for 4-5 hours.




Recipe Adapted from Fitsgirlmartini.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Dark Chocolate Covered Banana Bites


OK ... so this is a VERY simple recipe!  You just need Dark Chocolate Chips & Bananas!

  1. Peel bananas and slice into medallions.  I kept each whole banana together so I could put each one into a ziploc to freeze for later!
  2. Use a double boiler to melt the chocolate, over low heat.  Do NOT let it get too hot, it will burn easily!
  3. Lay Wax Paper or Parchment paper on countertop.  Dip (it can get REALLY messy!) or Drizzle (I'm doing this next time!) Chocolate over medallions until covered.
  4. Cut Paper to fit on plate to transfer to freezer until hardened, then bag!
These are so easy & delicious, and you can enjoy them without feeling guilty about getting yourself off track!



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Friday, July 11, 2014

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Dark Chocolate Ice Cream


What You Need:

  • 2 Bananas (ripe or not)
  • 3-1/2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional:
    • 2 Tablespoons Milk, Almond Milk, Soy Milk, or any substitutions  

What You Need To Do:

  1. Peel bananas and slice into 1/2-1 inch "coins" 
  2. Put bananas in airtight bags and freeze for a few hours or until ready to use.
  3. Blend bananas in food processor until it is the consistency of soft-serve ice cream.
  4. Add cocoa powder, vanilla (and optional milk) -- Mix thoroughly.
  5. Enjoy right away, or put in airtight container in freezer.
**The ice cream with get VERY hard, so make sure you let it defrost a little bit before enjoying -- but don't wait too long!!
***Adding milk makes this a non-vegan treat!


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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal - 21 Day Fix Approved!!




Recipe for Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Ingredients:

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  • 1 Cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Cup Chopped Apples (small to medium sized apple)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • Honey to Taste

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil.  
  2. Reduce heat and simmer until fully cooked.


 

 

 

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

2 Ingredient Strawberry "Ice Cream"

Vegan, Vegetarian, Natural & you won't be able to stop eating it!

What You Need:

  • 2 Bananas (ripe or not)
  • 1 to 1 1/2 lbs strawberries (I used frozen strawberries in the winter when they weren't in season and it just equally delicious!)
  • Optional:
    • 1/4-1/2 Cup Milk, Almond Milk, Soy Milk or any substitutes

What You Need To Do:


  1. Peel bananas and slice into 1/2-1 inch "coins" 
  2. De-stem and slice strawberries
  3. Put bananas in airtight bags (together or separate) and freeze for a few hours or until ready to use.
  4. Add frozen strawberries & bananas to food processor and blend until it is the consistency of soft-serve ice cream.
  5. Enjoy right away, or put in airtight container in freezer.  
**The ice cream with get VERY hard, so make sure you let it defrost a little bit before enjoying -- but don't wait too long!!
***Adding milk makes this a non-vegan treat!

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Black Bean Brownies


What You Need:

  • 1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 T vegetable oil
  • 1/4 c cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3/4 c granulated sugar
  • 1 t baking powder (optional) 
  • 1 t instant coffee (optional but recommended)
  • 1/2 c chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/4 c walnuts, chopped (optional)


What You Need To Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease 8x8 baking dish.
  2. Combine black beans through instant coffee in a blender and puree.  Pour batter into prepared baking dish.  Sprinkle on chocolate chips and or walnuts if using.  Bake for 30 minutes or until top is dry and starting to pull away from the sides.

Simple, Healthy & Delicious!! No one (not even kids) will be able to tell these are FLOURLESS!!


Adapted from allrecipes.com

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Healthy Chicken Salad With Greek Yogurt





So growing up and living in East Lansing, Michigan for most of my life, there has always 

been a special place in my heart for the Chicken Salad Croissant from Frandor Deli!!  I used to leave campus in high school with my friends and pick one up, and all the years since I would make sure I would stop in when I needed a Chicken Salad fix!  

BUT .... that has now all ended!  Because I have found a few different healthy recipes online in the past year or so and I have come up with a pretty good combination.  If I do say so myself!  But please, try it for yourself and leave me a comment to let me know how you like it!  

The first time I made a batch, I made it with plain greek yogurt and served it on Homemade Whole Wheat bread!  And it was AH-MAZING!!  This most recent batch I ONLY had vanilla greek yogurt, (which of course I didn't realize until after my chicken was done!), but it turned out FANTASTIC!!






What You Need:

  • 4 Chicken Breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise 
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt 
  • 1-1/2 cups celery, diced
  • 1-1/2 cups grapes, cut in half
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • Fresh Greens, such as baby spinach, arugula, mesclun, etc.
  • Homemade Whole Wheat Bread 


What You Need To Do:


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.  Add chicken breasts and boil for 20 minutes or until fully cooked.
  1. Remove chicken from boiling water and cool completely in refrigerator.
  1. After the chicken has completely cooled, cut them into large chunks.  Mix with the yogurt, mayonnaise, celery, grapes, salt, and pepper.
  1. Serve on bread or croissants with leafy greens.  Or just on a bed of lettuce if you aren't in the mood for a sandwich!



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