Archive for the 'Seasonal Goodies' Category

Jan 06

Instant Pot (Frozen) Maple Dijon Salmon with Sweet Potatoes

Trying to eat more salmon? It helps if it can be ready in minutes! This one pot meal is as delicious as it is healthy and I am downright obsessed!

Jan 01

4 Weeks of Weeknight Dinners

4 weeks of easy, healthy and kid-friendly weeknight dinners.

Dec 17

Turtle Bark

Need a last minute dessert that’s easy, gluten free and drenched in chocolate? You’re welcome.

Dec 12

Festive + Healthy Holiday Goodies

A round up of healthy and festive holiday treats.

Dec 02

Gluten Free: Flourless Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

A must try recipe for a gluten free treat. Any peanut butter lover will fall for these flourless cookie.

Nov 17

Sweet Potato & Bacon Soup

An awesome recipe for Thanksgiving leftovers or to serve as an appetizer with a holiday meal.

Oct 30

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

My cranberry dreams come true.

Aug 11

Mango Coleslaw

Kick off summertime with this light and fresh spin on a classic picnic salad

Jun 27

Strawberry Lemonade Slushies

Beat the heat with this seasonal and naturally beautiful sipper.

Jun 13

Father’s Day Favorites!

Hook dad up with these easy and healthy recipes!


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Instant Pot (Frozen) Maple Dijon Salmon with Sweet Potatoes
Sunday, January 6th, 2019

Trying to eat more salmon? It helps if it can be ready in minutes! This one pot meal is as delicious as it is healthy and I am downright obsessed! The salmon can go from freezer to pot with no defrosting necessary and the total cook time is LESS THAN 15 minutes, including pressure build time. If you do have fresh salmon on hand, cut down the cook time by 2 minutes and cut the sweet potatoes a little bit smaller to assure even and complete cooking.

Serves: 2

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

1/2 cup water

1/2 tsp kosher salt or Naughty Spice

1 tsp olive oil

2 (5 ounce) pieces of frozen salmon

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp maple syrup

2 slices lemon

Serving suggestions: fresh arugula, olive oil, fresh lemon juice + sea salt

Place sweet potato in the bottom on the inner pot; add water, salt (or seasoning) and olive oil and mix gently. Spray a wire rack with cooking spray and place inside the pot on top of the sweet potatoes. Lay pieces of salmon on the rack. In a small bowl mix mustard and maple syrup and then brush it on the salmon and top with lemon slices. Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. When the cook time is up, quick release the pressure and remove the lid. Remove the salmon and the rack and mash the sweet potatoes with a fork. Arrange a bed of arugula on a plate, drizzle with olive oil, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a sprinkle of sea salt – top with mashed sweet potato and salmon.

Calories: 349; Total Fat: 11g; Total Carbohydrate: 29g
Protein: 33g; Sodium: 447mg; Cholesterol: 64 mg
Fiber: 4g

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4 Weeks of Weeknight Dinners
Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

Dinner Road Map

Dinner doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming. Here are my best tips and recipes to master meal planning for weeknight dinners.

I use my basic meal plan guidelines as a starting point each week. One night is roasted or grilled protein with rice or pasta – I make extra and those leftovers become another meal later in the week. One night is seafood, another vegetarian, another is pizza. My busiest day of the week always changes but on that night it’s a low prep slow cooker or Instant Pot meal or something from the freezer.

The last rule to dinner meal prep is always have some sort of vegetable (raw or cooked) or salad with dinner. It doesnt have to be fancy or composed, even a bowl of carrot sticks or cucumber slices will work.

Here are 4 weeks of weeknight meals to help take the guess work out of dinner prep.

Week 1
1.    Chicken Breast + Brown Rice — make extra rice and reserve some chicken for night #3 – Season 4 bone-in/skin-on split chicken breasts with olive oil, salt and pepper – roast at 400F until internal reaches 160F (about 35-40mins)
2.  Tacos
3.  Chicken Fried Rice
4.  Pesto Roasted Salmon + baked sweet potatoes
5.  Pizza Night


Week 2
1. Slow Cooker Cha Cha Chicken
2. Grilled Chicken or Steak Quesadillas + Beet Salads
3. Turkey Burger Sliders (using meatballs) and Oven fries
4. Pita Bread Pizza
5. Sheet Pan Shrimp

 


Week 3
1. EZ Pasta + Meat Sauce
Sauté a pound of ground turkey or lean beef in this sauce and serve with pasta – sauce will also be needed for night #5
2. Dijon & Thyme Roasted Salmon + Quinoa – make extra quinoa for night #4  (back up – Trader Joes Fish Sticks for the Kids) or Grilled Catfish Tacos
3. Sheet Pan Chicken Legs + Sweet Potato
4. Quinoa Stuffed Peppers (with or without sausage)
5. Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore


Week 4
1. Chicken Breast + Brown Rice — make extra rice and reserve some chicken for night #3
Season 4 bone-in/skin-on split chicken breasts with olive oil, salt and pepper – roast at 400F until internal reaches 160F (about 35-40mins)
2. Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken
3. Burritos – chicken, cheese, brown rice, vegetables, avocado in whole grain tortillas
4. Cod Foil Packets with Summer Squash “Pasta”
5. Pizza Pockets

BONUS! Week 5
1. Choose a favorite from Week 1
2. Choose a favorite from Week 2
3. Choose a favorite from Week 3
4. Choose a favorite from Week 4
5. BONUS from below

 

BONUS RECIPES
Immunity Soup
Roasted Cauliflower Soup
Quesadilla Lasagna

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Turtle Bark
Monday, December 17th, 2018

Need a last minute dessert that’s easy, gluten free and drenched in chocolate? You’re welcome. You can find prepared caramel sauce at most grocery stores – Trader Joe’s and Stonewall Kitchen are my favorite brands but it’s so worth it to make your own – only takes about 10 minutes. For a quick hack you can also melt caramel candies in the microwave!

Turtle Bark

Makes 36 pieces

24 ounces semisweet chocolate

6 ounces pecan halves

1 cup gluten free shortbread cookies, crushed

1/2 cup salted caramel sauce (DIY with this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction)

Coarse sea salt

Melt chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler. While chocolate is melting, toast pecans in a dry pan over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes, just until fragrant (keep a close eye on them so they don’t burn). Once chocolate is melted, evenly spread on to a parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with toasted pecans and shortbread cookies. Drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle with 1 to 2 teaspoon of sea salt. Allow to set until the chocolate is hardened. Pop in the fridge or freezer for faster setting. Once completely hardened, break into pieces.

Nutrition per serving: calories: 156; total fat: 10g; saturated fat: 4g; carbohydrates: 17g; protein: 2g; sodium: 134mg; fiber: 1g

Posted by Dana White  /  Filed under Just Yummy, Kid-Friendly, recovery foods, Seasonal Goodies  /  Comments: 1



Festive + Healthy Holiday Goodies
Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Whether you are looking for the perfect side dish, hostess gift or healthy-ish sweet treat, I’ve got a combo of unbeatable recipes for your holiday. Thanks to partners POM Wonderful and Carapelli Olive Oil for sharing their recipes.

1.) Marinated Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms with Olive Oil Agrodolce

2.) Naughty and Nice DIY Spice Blends

3.) Chocolate Dipped Clementines

4.) For the POM Wonderful Party Punch – combine 2 cups of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice with 2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice (or use mandarin oranges) and 2 tsp freshly grated ginger. Before serving, gently stir in 2 cups of chilled club soda or sparkling water. Pour into glasses and serve garnished with rosemary sprigs and frozen mandarin orange slices.

Happy Holidays!

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Gluten Free: Flourless Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

A must try recipe for a gluten free treat. Any peanut butter lover will fall for these flourless cookies.

Makes 24 cookies

1 cup smooth peanut butter

3/4 cup light brown sugar

1 large egg, beaten

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Coarse sea salt

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside. In a bowl, combine peanut butter and brown sugar – stir well. Add egg, baking soda, and vanilla; stir until all ingredients are well mixed, then gently mix in the mini chocolate chips.

Using a small ice cream scoop, place 8 cookies onto the sheet pan (give them some room as they will spread out). Gently press to flatten each cookie slightly. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes until puffed and spread out. Remove from oven and then sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Once completely cooled, store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Info Per Cookie: Calories: 111; Total Fat: 7g; Carbohydrates: 11g; Protein: 3g

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Sweet Potato & Bacon Soup
Saturday, November 17th, 2018

An awesome recipe for Thanksgiving leftovers or to serve as an appetizer with a holiday meal.

Makes 2 quarts

4 slices bacon, roughly chopped

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

1/2 teaspoon each kosher salt and black pepper

3 medium baked sweet potatoes, skin removed (about 3 cups)

1 quart chicken or turkey stock

1/4 cup heavy cream

Chopped chives for garnish

Cook bacon in a large soup pot until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Add onions to pot, season with salt and pepper, and sauté over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add sweet potato and stock and stir to combine; bring to a simmer. Once bubbling, stir in cream and puree soup using an immersion blender. Serve topped with reserved bacon and chopped chives.

Nutrition Info (per 1 cup serving); Calories: 119; Total Fat: 4 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Total Carbohydrate: 17 grams; 
Sugars: 6 grams; Protein: 4 grams; Sodium: 305 milligrams; Cholesterol: 28 milligrams; 
Fiber: 3  grams

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Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce
Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

I have a cranberry sauce addiction. I love it, have always loved it, and find it necessary to eat it throughout the year.  I have pined over the perfect recipe for countless Thanksgivings and the search is over. The most delicious batch of sweet-tart cranberry flawlessness is less than 20 minutes away – start to finish – using the Instant Pot.

Makes 1 quart

24 ounces fresh cranberries

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup orange juice

1 tbsp orange zest

pinch koser salt

1 tbsp honey (optional)

Combine cranberries, sugar, orange juice, orange zest and salt in the inner pot. Gently stir to coat the cranberries in the sugar.

Cover and lock the lid, set the vent to the sealing position. Select PRESSURE COOK (HIGH) and set timer to 2 minutes. When cook time is complete, allow for 5 minutes of natural release, then quick release the remaining pressure. Remove the lid, stir in the honey and transfer to containers to cool. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Info Per Serving (2 tbsp): Calories: 38; Total fat: 0g; Total Carbs: 9g; Sodium: 4mg; Fiber: 1g; Protein: 0g

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Mango Coleslaw
Saturday, August 11th, 2018

Celebrate summer with this light and fresh spin on a classic picnic salad. The vinegar-based dressing slashes fat and calories and highlights the flavors and textures of the nutrient-filled fruits and vegetables.

Serves: 6

¼ cup seasoned rice vinegar (such as Nakano Mango)
1 tablespoon canola or avocado oil
2 teaspoons sugar
¼ teaspoon celery seed
½ teaspoon kosher salt
4 cups shredded green cabbage
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup diced fresh mango

In a large bowl whisk vinegar, oil, sugar, celery seed and salt.
Add cabbage, carrots and mango. Toss well to coat all the ingredients in the dressing. Allow to sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes before serving or cover and place in the refrigerator for up to 6 hours.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 cup): Calories: 44; Total Fat: 2.5 grams; Carbohydrates: 10 grams; Protein: 1 gram; Sodium: 215 milligrams; Fiber: 2 grams

Posted by Dana White  /  Filed under Just Yummy, Recipes, Seasonal Goodies  /  Comments: 1



Strawberry Lemonade Slushies
Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Pass on those convenience store ice drinks laden with sugar and artificial colors. Beat the heat with this seasonal and naturally beautiful sipper.

Makes 2 servings

  • 1 1/2 cups lemonade
  • 1/2 cup 100% apple juice
  • 1 cup strawberries

Place lemonade, apple juice and strawberries in a blender. Blend well and pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds. Pour mixture into a ice cream machine and run for about 15 minutes or until mixture is as frosty as desired. Pour into glasses and serve.

Calories: 136; Total Fat: 0 grams; Saturated Fat: 0 grams; Carbohydrates: 35 grams
Protein: 0 grams; Sodium: 2 milligrams; Cholesterol: 0 milligrams; Fiber: 1 gram

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Father’s Day Favorites!
Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Hook dad up with these easy and healthy recipes! Ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.

Breakfast

Lunch/Dinner

Desserts

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