Jan 22

Coconut-Cranberry Granola

I’m on a homemade granola kick! Get the kids in the kitchen to help.   Coconut-Cranberry Granola Makes about 4 ½ cups  2 ½ cups rolled oats ¼ cup sliced almonds ¼ cup pumpkin seeds ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 1/3 cup agave nectar 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 cup dried cranberries   Nonstick cooking spray  Preheat oven to 300-degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet…

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Jan 19

Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding

Sweet treat meets recovery snack in this simple recipe! Chocolate-Cherry Chia PuddingServes: 43 cups low fat chocolate milk 3⁄4 cup white chia seeds 3⁄4 teaspoon almond extract 1⁄2 cup chopped cherries1⁄4 cup sliced almondsEquipment: 4, 4-ounce ramekins (optional)In a large bowl, combine chocolate milk, chia seeds and almond extract; whisk well. Transfer mixture to 4 ramekins (if using) or a large bowl. Transfer to the refrigerator. After 2 hours gently…

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Jan 18

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

       Slow Cooker Pulled PorkServes: 81 bulb fennel, thinly sliced1/2 white onion, thinly sliced2 tablespoons canola oil, divided3 medium sized pork tenderloins (about 3 pounds), cut in half1/2 cup apple cider or apple juice1/2 cup BBQ sauceKosher salt and pepperPlace fennel and onion in the bottom of a 5 to 6 quart slow cooker, season with salt and pepper.Season pork with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil…

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Jan 14

Coco-Berry Shake

Coco-Berry Shake A simple and delicious breakfast or snack. Make with soy milk to boost the protein. Serves: 1 1 cup frozen blueberries 1 cup boxed unsweetened coconut milk 1 tablespoon honey (optional)Combine ingredients in a blender – blend until smooth. 
Nutrition Information Per Serving Calories: 206; Total Fat: 5 grams; Saturated Fat: 4 grams; Carbohydrate: 43 grams; Fiber:  5 gramsProtein:  1 gram; Sodium:  16 milligrams; Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

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Jan 07

Basic Tomato Sauce

This recipe is a life saver! There’s always a batch in the fridge and another in the freezer. Perfect for pizza, pasta, calzone and dipping sauces. It also easily morphs into chili and Sloppy Joes. Basic Tomato SauceForget about jarred marinara – this recipe is simple and better for you!Makes: 1 quart2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil1 clove garlic, chopped½ medium onion, chopped½ teaspoon ground fennel1, 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes1…

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Dec 24

Gluten Free for Grandma: XMAS Eve Menu

Making cookies for Santa on xmas eve has become a family tradition. My mother-in-law was recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease so this year’s festivities call for a gluten free menu. No problem!AppetizersGF Chicken Fingers with Chili Mayo and Honey Mustard Dipping SaucesShrimp-Pineapple Skewers* Main CourseMustard Roasted SalmonBrown Rice Pasta with Arugula PestoSauteed Green BeansDessertGluten Free Sugar Cookies (King Arthur has a great recipe on box of GF Baking Mix)Hot White…

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Dec 13

Dinner in a Flash: Pita Bread Pizza

No need for take-out on a busy weeknight. This healthy, kid-friendly dinner comes together in minutes. Pita Bread PizzaServes: 4 4 (6-in) piece whole-wheat pita breads 1 cup marinara sauce, pesto sauce or 2 sliced plum tomatoes 1 cup part skim mozzarella, shredded Topping suggestions: fresh veggies, basil leaves, part skim ricotta, turkey bacon, chicken sausage, roasted shrimp, grilled chicken breast  Preheat oven to 400°F. Place pita bread on a…

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Nov 24

Pumpkin-Cranberry Bread

Pumpkin-Cranberry BreadMakes 1 loaf (12 slices)Ingredients:2 cups all purpose flour1 ½ teaspoons baking powder½ teaspoon baking soda½ teaspoon ground cinnamon1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup light brown sugar1 large egg, beaten½ cup canola oil¼ cup applesauce½ cup milk1 teaspoon vanilla extract½ can pumpkin puree3 cups fresh cranberries1 tablespoon turbinado or sparkling sugar (optional)Nonstick cooking sprayDirections:Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.…

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Nov 13

Microwave Breakfast

My house is under (major) construction and every day something different is being turned off. Last night it was the gas – and just like that I am stove-less. I managed dinner – homemade baked fish sticks and roasted potatoes and cauliflower. Oatmeal in the microwave was simple enough for the kids this morning but I was really in the mood for eggs…… Place leftover roasted potatoes in a microwave…

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Oct 10

Asiago-Bruschetta Burgers

  With some delicious inspiration from my garden and Sartori Cheese, I whipped up the best tasting burger I’ve had in a long time! Asiago-Bruschetta BurgersServes 4Ingredients:1 pound ground beef (90% lean)3 large tomatoes, quartered½ glove garlic2 tablespoons chopped red onion½ cup fresh basil leaves1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil4, 1-ounce slices Asiago cheese (Sartori Rosemary & Olive Oil Asiago recommended)4 whole-wheat rollsKosher salt and Freshly grated black…

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