Feb 28

Smoothie Freezer Packs Gone Wild

I’ve become obsessed with make-ahead smoothie packs.  This recipe features antioxidant-filled wild blueberries, chia seeds, and touch of lemon zest! Waste-Not Wild Blueberry Smoothie I hate to waste food and I love to save time! Make-ahead smoothie packs are my answer to quick breakfasts and snacks, plus they’re a terrific way to reduce waste in the kitchen. When a bunch of bananas are getting too ripe or that tub of…

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Feb 17

Family Favorite: French Toast

SERVES 4Ingredients:3 large eggs¾ cup lowfat (1%) milk1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more to taste8 slices whole grain bread4 teaspoons unsalted butterCanola oil cooking spray100% maple syrup2 cups fresh seasonal fruitDirections:In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon; set aside. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, spray with nonstick spray. Melt 1 tsp butter in skillet. Dip 2 slices of bread…

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Feb 03

Lifting Up Leftovers: Pork Fried Rice

My go-to dinner when I’ve got leftover pork or rice on hand! Pork Fried Rice Serves: 4 2 teaspoons sesame oil1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce or gluten free tamari2 tablespoons rice vinegar1 tablespoon granulated sugar2 teaspoons cornstarch2 tablespoons canola oil, divided1 large egg, beaten6 oz cooked pork tenderloin2 cups chopped green beans1 cup grated carrot4 cups cooked brown riceIn a small bowl whisk sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar,…

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Jan 27

Banana-Date Smoothie

Just 3 ingredients and no added sugar! Serves: 1 1 ripe banana2 dates, pitted and roughly chopped1 cup low fat milkIcePlace ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.Nutrition Info Per Serving 
Calories: 255; Total Fat: 3 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Total Carbohydrate: 51 grams; Protein: 10 grams; Fiber: 4 grams

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Dec 22

Weeeknight Dinners: Pineapple-Serrano Salmon Burgers

Holiday prep is in high gear and you need a few quick dinners to get you through the week. Here’s one of my favorite ways to enjoy salmon. Get the recipe: Pineapple-Serrano Salmon Burgers  

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Nov 30

Very Cherry Protein Shake

Cherries are loaded with cell-protecting and inflammation-fighting anti-oxidants. Research indicates that tart cherry juice aids with muscle recovery after exercise.1 cup frozen pitted cherries1 cup tart cherry juice1 cup water1 scoop vanilla protein powderCombine ingredients in a blender – blend until smooth. Nutrition Information Per Serving Calories: 307Total Fat:  0 gramsSaturated Fat:  0 gramsCarbohydrate:  57 gramsFiber:  3 gramsProtein:  23 gramsSodium:  199 milligramsCholesterol:  0 milligrams

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Nov 23

Sausage & Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

This gluten-free, high-protein, and veggie-filled recipe is perfect for everyone at your holiday table. Sausage & Quinoa Stuffed Peppers Makes 6 peppers 6 red bell peppers1 tablespoon olive oil, divided1 package Applegate Organic Fire Roasted Red Pepper Sausage, diced2 cups diced, peeled eggplant1 cup sliced mushrooms¼ cup finely chopped red onion½ teaspoon kosher salt¼ teaspoon black pepper1 cup cannellini beans (rinsed and drained)1 clove garlic, minced2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme½ cup…

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Nov 15

Kale Bowls

Re-purpose leftovers into a healthy and fast lunch! Add some chopped raw kale in the bottom of a microwave safe bowl, top with additional veggies, protein, and a sprinkle of cheese  – pop in the microwave for 1 minute to steam the kale and melt the cheese. Some favorite combinations are spaghetti squash, chicken, marinara + mozzarella (pictured above); sweet potato, white beans, broccoli + pepper jack; or shrimp, squash…

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Nov 10

Slow Cooker: Cha Cha Chicken

Can’t get enough of this healthy and effortless chicken dish! Serve in rolls, wraps, over greens, with rice, or in quesadillas Slow Cooker “Cha Cha” Chicken Makes about 1 quart – Serves: 4 1/2 cup barbecue sauce (Trader Joe’s Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce recommended)Juice of one orange1/4 cup 100% apple juice or apple cider1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled (optional)1/2 red onion, sliced1/2 red bell pepper, sliced1/4 teaspoon black…

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Nov 05

Nut-Free Granola

This no-fail granola recipe is better than anything out of a box. Once potential allergies have been ruled out, add pumpkin seeds or sesame seeds for some extra crunch. Dried cranberries are a tasty pairing with the coconut, but dried apricots, raisins, and cherries work well too. Some children have trouble with chewy dried fruits, so consider chopping finely before adding to the mix.2 ½ cups rolled oats ½ cup…

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