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Sun-dried Tomato Basil Pasta

As with most pasta dishes, they are a little higher in carbohydrates than some other dishes.  The key is to really watch your portions of the pasta!  This recipe is a great one to make and then portion into containers to freeze to eat for later.  You can also try some of the higher protein pasta options. Serves: 8 Total cooking time: About 30 minutes 1 Tbsp Olive Oil 2 Chicken Breasts, diced ½ tsp Salt ¼ tsp Ground Black Pepper Note: You can substitute chicken sausage for chicken breast…

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Chicken and Veggie Fried Rice

I love a good fried rice, but they can be so loaded with fats and sugars!  This recipe that tastes great, but is also pretty healthy.  It is a new twist on an old ethnic favorite which has more veggie than usual! Cooking and Prep time, about 40 minutes Makes 6 (pretty large) servings Ingredients: 3 whole carrots, peeled and chopped ½ onion finely diced 1 cup chopped green beans 1 yellow squash, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup corn kernels 2 cups chicken breast, cooked and diced 3…

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Sweet Potato Fry Bowl

Have you heard of SUPERFOODS?  This recipe is loaded with 8 SUPERFOODS!  But more importantly, I think, is that it tastes amazing! What are they?  They are foods that are packed with tons of nutrients including vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.  Antioxidants are these wonderful compounds that protect your body against all kinds of toxins and can prevent or slow down aging, chronic diseases, and cancers!  Who knew food this good for you could taste so amazing??? The superfoods in this recipe are in bold. 6 Servings Ingredients: 3 Medium…

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Healthy Snack Ideas

It is so easy to grab a granola bar or some crackers for a snack when you feel like you need a boost, but is that really the healthiest option?  Many of our go-to snacks tend to be heavily processed and are less than ideal for good nutrition.  So how can we change our habits and our snacks to help us succeed in our health goals.  Here are some easy tips and some ideas to get you started. Tips: #1 Make sure to include a good source of protein. #2…

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Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancakes

The whole family will love these made from scratch pancakes.  They are easy and taste delicious! Makes 10 pancakes (about 4” diameter) 1 cup Dry Whole Oats 1.5 cups Boiling Water 1 cup All Purpose Flour 2 Tbsp Sugar 2 tsp Baking Powder 1 tsp Cinnamon 2 Eggs 1 tsp Vanilla Extract ¼ cup + 1 Tbsp Milk 2 Tbsp Canola Oil In a large mixing bowl mix the oats with boiling water and let stand for 3-4 minutes.  In a separate small bowl, blend flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon. …

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Black Bean and Green Chile Salsa

This salsa is without a doubt, my favorite!  It’s sweet corn and earthy cilantro cut the spiciness of the chiles.  It looks absolutely wonderful on any table.  And as summer approaches, all of these ingredients are fresh and in season at your local supermarket. Make sure to use fresh lime juice and fresh cilantro in this dish, the bottled or dried just doesn’t do!  Also, for a slightly milder flavor, omit the red onions.  You can also try adding some freshly minced garlic for a variation.  Lastly, be sure to use fresh or…

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Easy Home Made Fajitas

Currently I would call myself a purist when talking about food.  I am trying to eat less processed and more natural foods, and cooking from scratch a little more.  I love my food to have a lot of flavor, but most pre-made seasonings have a lot of fillers and preservatives in them to give them a longer shelf life.  So I thought I should try to make my own, and it is pretty delicious!  This recipe makes about 3 recipes at a time so I don’t have to make it…

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Spinach Salad with Garlic Bacon Vinaigrette

This salad is so delicious, you will actually crave it!  The spinach gives an excellent dose of all of the B vitamins including folic acid, and is a good source of iron.  It is a great addition to any meal plan to help fight off the cold and flu this season! Ingredients: 3 slices of bacon, nitrate free is preferable 4 cloves of garlic, minced ½ cup rice vinegar ½ cup olive oil Salt and pepper to taste (start with about ¼ tsp each) 1 Bulb of garlic 1 Tbsp…

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Cinnamon Honey Roasted Almonds

  Update: I first posted this recipe about 4 years ago when we had just moved to Ireland!  We are back in the United States now and I still make this recipe quite often as my whole family just loves them.  I hope you enjoy them also! I have been trying to find a suitable snack for our family when we go out for our Irish outings.  Since Adam is deathly allergic to peanuts, and Joshua is allergic to most of the other nuts, almonds are the only nut our…

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Rainbow Roasted Vegetables

These vegetables are quite possibly the most eye appealing way to eat your veggies!   Serves 6 Ingredients: 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped into bite sized pieces 1/2 Butternut Squash, pealed and chopped into bite sized peices 1 Yellow Bell Pepper, chopped into bite sized pieces 1/2 pound Brussel Sprouts, trimmed and chopped in 1/2 1 Red Onion, chopped into bite sized pieces 2 Tbsp Olive Oil 1/2 tsp Salt Directions: Place veggies on a lightly greased cookie sheet in a rainbow pattern (like the photo).  Drizzle with Olive Oil. …

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