Roasted Cauliflower and Spinach Salad

Roasting vegetables is so satisfying. It’s super easy to do and it changes the taste, texture, and look of the veggie to create a completely new version.

Sometimes I roast veggies without knowing what I’m going to do with them. In this case, I had a craving for cauliflower and bought a good looking bunch at the local market. After roasting them for 25 to 30 minutes, I scoured the refrigerator and pantry to see what else I had on hand. I ended up with this delightful spinach salad with carrots, dates, and pine nuts and a simple, homemade dressing.

So satisfying and so healthy.

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Roasted Cauliflower and Spinach Salad
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Roasted Cauliflower and Spinach Salad
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Roasted Cauliflower
  1. For the roasted cauliflower: Preheat the oven to 425°F. In a medium bowl, combine cauliflower, olive oil, and sea salt. Mix until cauliflower is coated. Line the baking pan with parchment paper and spread cauliflower pieces evenly across the pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned and tender.
Salad
  1. In two bowls, divide the spinach, carrots, dates and pine nuts evenly. Top with roasted cauliflower.
Dressing
  1. In a jar with a lid, mix together the olive oil and vinegar. Add the salt and pepper, cover with the lid and shake well before serving.
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Homemade Granola

Homemade granola with coconut, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds? What more could you need or want? Pair it with your favorite yogurts or smoothie bowls for a picture perfect breakfast.

 

 

Homemade Granola
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Homemade Granola
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  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 15” x 10” baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, coconut flakes, almonds, pumpkins seeds, and flax seeds. Mix well.
  3. In a small bowl, combine coconut oil, honey, and vanilla and mix well. Pour over the oat mixture, stirring well to coat.
  4. Spread the granola in the pan as evenly as possible. Bake, stirring once, for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  5. Remove the pan from the oven. Let the granola cool completely on the pan. Store in an airtight container.
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Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry

This ginger chicken stir-fry recipe with brown rice is a perfect combination of fresh vegetables and protein and provides everything you need for a truly healthy and satisfying meal—not to mention it’s delicious!

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Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry
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Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry
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  1. In a medium pot with steamer tray, steam broccoli just until tender and set aside.
  2. To make brown rice: In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the brown rice, water and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for 45 minutes, or until the water is absorbed. Set aside, covered, to steam for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Set aside.
  3. To make the stir-fry: In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil and swirl the pan to coat. Add onions and garlic and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes or until onions start to become translucent. Add chicken and tamari and cook for 4 to 6 minutes. Add carrots, peppers, snow peas and chicken broth. Cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Add broccoli, spinach and ginger and cook until spinach is wilted approximately 2 to 3 minutes or until chicken is done.
  4. Fluff the reserved rice with a fork and divide among 4 bowls. Spoon the stir-fry mixture over the rice and serve.
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Apple Peach Crumble in Just 25 Minutes

I adore making desserts with my kids….it’s one of my favorite things to do. They of course have their favorites, and this one happens to be one for my 6-year-old son.

This Apple Peach Crumble is dairy-free and gluten-free, making it a guilt-free dessert that’s easy on the tummy. It’s also fun to make and done in less than 30 minutes (a must for keeping the kids involved and interested).

Watch the video below to see the easy how-to steps for making the Apple Peach Crumble.

Apple Peach Crumble
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Apple Peach Crumble
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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. For the filling: In a medium bowl, combine sliced apples, cubed peaches, flour, sugar, cinnamon and water and mix until combined and fruit is thoroughly coated.
  3. For the crumble topping: Place oats, sugar, almonds, coconut oil, water and vanilla in a food processor and pulse until mixed well.
  4. Divide the filling evenly into two oven-safe ramekins. Bake the filling for 10 minutes. Remove the ramekins after 10 minutes, top with the crumble mixture and put back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
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Homemade Cranberry Almond Granola

There’s something very satisfying about making homemade granola. For starters, you know exactly what ingredients are going into the mixture, and you can make a big batch that can feed you and your family for days.

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I often make the granola during the weekend in preparation for the coming week’s breakfasts. My favorite morning meal at the moment in a Dark Cherry Smoothie Bowl (recipe coming later this week) sprinkled with this Cherry Almond Granola. But the possibilities of breakfast combinations are endless.

In addition to breakfast, this granola makes for a great afternoon snack. My kids love enjoying it right after school… the flavor and crunch is always a hit.

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I hope you enjoy this homemade granola…perhaps it’ll inspire you to create your very own favorite breakfast bowl combinations.

Homemade Cranberry Almond Granola
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Homemade Cranberry Almond Granola
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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together the coconut oil, honey (or syrup), almond butter and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  3. Add oats and almonds and mix until completely coated. Spread on a parchment paper lined baking tray and back at 350°F for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
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Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl

I get excited about breakfast. I get even more excited when I have a delicious and nutritious breakfast that is really fast simple to make like this Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl.

I usually add almond milk when I drink smoothies, but for a smoothie bowl, I leave out the almond milk and use yogurt so it’s thicker and easier to eat with a spoon. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl
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Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl
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  1. In a blender, blend together yogurt and blueberries. Place smoothie in desired bowl and top with banana, coconut, and almonds.
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Super Superbowl Snacks

Sports fan or not, the Superbowl is a classic time for friends and family to get together. Perhaps you’re cheering for a specific team or player…. Or if watching the game isn’t your thing, perhaps you’ll be watching for the hundreds of commercials debuting during the prime time spot. Either way, who doesn’t love an excuse for a gathering?

I love hosting and the prep before the party is a great way to spend some time in the kitchen with my family and create some fun meals and snacks for everyone to enjoy. For an occasion like this, I typically tap into my vault of favorite appetizers that always get rave reviews.  If you’re hosting at your house, or taking a dish to a friends’, here are some simple, yet delicious, recipes that you can show off.

Enjoy the game!

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These recipes can be found (along with 94 others) in “The Healthy You Diet: The 14-day Plan for Weight Loss with 100 Delicious Recipes for Clean Eating

 

Quinoa & Chickpea Salad

Sometimes the hardest part of preparing a lunch or dinner meal is figuring out what you’re in the mood for. When in doubt, my go-to is a quinoa bowl full of my favorite foods. In this case, I put together chickpeas, kidney beans, carrots, and celery. A simple combination that satisfies my craving for a healthy, filling lunch that keeps me happy all afternoon.

To top it off, I put together an easy dressing with ingredients I had on hand. I love balsamic vinegar and with a dash of salt, pepper and oregano, I was able to add just the right amount of flavor.

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Quinoa & Chickpea Salad
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Quinoa & Chickpea Salad
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  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Add the chickpeas, beans, carrots, celery, and sea salt to the quinoa and toss to mix.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt, black pepper, and oregano. Pour the dressing over the quinoa mixture and toss well to combine. The salad can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.
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White Chicken Stew with Homemade Tortilla Chips

To me, a warm, hearty stew screams “winter.” As soon as the weather turns chilly, I am pulling out my soup, stew and chili recipes and creating new ones with the season’s best produce. For stews, I love going to the farmer’s market for fresh, local vegetables to combine in one healthy dish.

This White Chicken Stew is a favorite. It is hearty, yet healthy, and full of lean protein. The vegetables along with the beans and chicken create an amazing balance of taste and texture. The meal will leave you and the family feeling warm, happy and satisfied. It’s also easy to make extra servings for delicious (and easy) leftovers.

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White Chicken Stew with Homemade Tortilla Chips
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White Chicken Stew with Homemade Tortilla Chips
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  1. In a Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, onion, celery, and carrots. Sauté for approximately 5 minutes or until the onion is translucent. Add salt and pepper.
  2. Add the yellow pepper, jalapeño, Anaheim pepper, and green chilies and cook an additional 3-5 minutes. Add the broth, beans and kale. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 25 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Add chicken and simmer an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until chicken is warmed through.
  3. While the stew is simmering, preheat the oven to 400°F. Arrange the tortillas on a baking sheet. Bake for 2-4 minutes, or until crisp
  4. Ladle the stew into bowls and top with crumbled tortilla chips.
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Cinnamon Apple Pecan Oatmeal

I love oatmeal for breakfast. It offers a healthy, yet filling, option to kick-off the day. Oats are packed with protein, calcium, and iron, and can provide the perfect jump-start. You can create infinite combinations by simply adding your favorite fruits, nuts, and natural sweeteners. This Cinnamon Apple Pecan Oatmeal is a favorite of mine. It’s easy, delicious, and oh-so-good for you.

If you struggle to enjoy oatmeal, this recipe will surely change your mind.

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Cinnamon Apple Pecan Oatmeal
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Cinnamon Apple Pecan Oatmeal
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  1. In a medium saucepan combine water, oats, apples and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in pecans and cinnamon.
  2. Divide oatmeal into two bowls, sprinkle with remaining pecans and drizzle with honey.
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