Healthy Slow Cooker Lamb Stew

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I have to admit that this stew is DELICIOUS!  I am not usually a big fan of red meat.  Mainly because I don’t usually like the taste.  However, I also am aware of the health benefits of eating red meat (in moderation), so I try to make a habit of it every so often.

In terms of health and health benefits, Dr. Lawrence Wilson says that Lamb is by far the superior red meat.  You can read more about what he says about lamb here.  In the article, he explains some of the health benefits of lamb and why he recommends eating it about two times per week, but no more.

For a quick rundown of lamb’s health benefits and nutrition content, you can click on the following pin.

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This links to an article that explains that lamb is an excellent source of protein, iron, zinc, B vitamins, copper, manganese, and selenium.

As I was saying, usually when it comes to red meat, I have to choke it down, but I am thrilled to share this SUPER easy slow cooker lamb stew recipe with you all, because it’s really quite good and I didn’t find myself dreading having to eat red meat!

The stew is full of vegetables, and uses arrowroot powder to make it nice and thick.  Because of this, it is filled with gobs of vitamins and minerals!  Seriously, this is a REALLY healthy and yummy way to get a bit of red meat into your diet!

HEALTHY SLOW COOKER LAMB STEW

Ingredients

  • 3 cuts of lamb shoulder (about 1.5 lbs)
  • 1 lb. carrots, peeled and chopped into large bite size pieces
  • 1 leek, chopped
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 2 medium turnips, peeled and chopped into large bite size pieces
  • 2 cups frozen french style green beans
  • 1 teaspoon garlic granules, or 4-5 cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp. arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 cup water, divided

Directions

1.) Cut lamb into cubes, and place in the bed of a slow cooker.  Add the bones as well.  Don’t worry if you can’t get the meat off the bones, it will come right off after it has cooked.

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2.) Prepare your veggies and place them on top of the lamb in the slow cooker.

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3.) Add the garlic, thyme, rosemary, sea salt, and 1/4 cup water.  Stir to mix.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or cook on high for 3-4 hours.

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4.) When there is about 1/2 hour left of cooking time, remove any meat left on the bones and discard the bones.  Mix 1/4 cup water with the 2 Tbsp. arrowroot powder, and add to the slow cooker.  Stir to coat.  Let cook for another 1/2 hour.

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5.) Once done, ladle into bowls.  Season with sea salt and pepper, if desired, and serve.

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So easy! So nutritious! So tasty!  Enjoy! 🙂

Carrot Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

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Good Morning!  I know mine certainly was thanks to these awesomely tasty and healthy carrot oatmeal breakfast muffins!  I could eat these things all day long, and ya know what?  That wouldn’t be a terrible thing since these are so good for you!  Two of the main ingredients are carrots and oatmeal, and both of these are nutrition powerhouses!

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And these are only two of the ingredients!  There’s also banana, honey, cinnamon, etc. – all SUPER good for you!  It’s easy to see why these make a great start to your day!  Plus, with them being so tasty, it’s a joy to wake up to them!

CARROT OATMEAL MUFFINS

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups gluten free oat flour
  • 1 cup gluten free oats, plus about 2-3 Tbsp for topping
  • 2 1/2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup shredded carrots, plus a little extra for topping
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder (aluminum free)
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray, or grease, a muffin tin with olive oil or coconut oil.  Mash the bananas in a medium sized bowl until there are no more lumps and shred one cup worth of carrots.

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2.) In the bowl you mashed the banana in, add the eggs, vanilla, honey, and almond milk.  Stir to combine completely.

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3.) In a large mixing bowl, mix together the oat flour, oats, baking powder, sea salt, and cinnamon.  Add the banana mixture to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.  Fold in the shredded carrots.  Let sit for 5-10 minutes so the milk can soak up the oats a bit.

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4.) Fill the muffin tin evenly with the batter.  Top the muffins with some oats and shredded carrots.  Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 20-23 minutes, until a toothpick in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

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5.) Allow to cool in the tin for 10-15 minutes.

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6.) Remove the muffins from the tin.  You should be able to do this by simply turning the tin upside down and giving it a gentle shake/tap on the bottom.

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Perfect start to the day!  Don’t you just want to dig in?

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DELICIOUS!  Enjoy! 🙂

Garden Vegetable Egg Breakfast

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Guess what?!  I have a new favorite, and it’s this breakfast!  I’ve fallen in love again, and I may have to marry this stuff to make an honest woman out of me!  I don’t know if I could find a more nutritious breakfast that tastes this good!

If you have followed my blog at all, you know that I am always trying to make sure that I get plenty of veggies in at breakfast time.  Well, there is a reason for that!  As a matter of fact, the following pin links to a site that explains 5 benefits of of eating veggies for breakfast!

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Not only are those 5 reasons for eating vegetables for breakfast fantastic, but there is also the advantage of making sure that you get your daily dose of veggies out of the way right at the start of your day!

In general, the recommended daily amount of veggies is 2 1/2 cups.  Personally, I always aim for 5-8 cups of veggies per day.  Not always easy, but I find that there are little things you can do to get more in, such as cooking your veggies, adding them to smoothies, etc.

At any rate, if 2 1/2 cups is the bare minimum, this breakfast takes care of that in one meal!  Pretty awesome, right?  Plus, there is an egg and some greek plain yogurt involved providing a nice punch of protein to keep you satisfied and strong right up to lunchtime!

If you’re still not convinced that this is probably one of the best breakfasts ever, then I challenge you to try it once!  The taste alone will have you hooked!

GARDEN VEGETABLE EGG BREAKFAST

Ingredients: Makes 2 servings

  • 2 eggs
  • 4-5 cups mixed greens (spinach, kale, swiss chard)
  • 1 Tbsp. Coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup sliced carrots (julienned)
  • 1 cup yellow squash, finely chopped
  • 1 cup zucchini, finely chopped
  • 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic granules
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1.) Place the mixed greens into a steamer, and steam until slightly wilted, but not all the way wilted.  Set aside.

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2.) While the greens are steaming, prepare your other veggies.

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3.) Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet.  Add the green onion and cook for 1 minute.  Add the zucchini and yellow squash, cook for 2 minutes.  Add the carrots, garlic powder, and lemon juice.  Sprinkle with sea salt and cover.  Cook for 3-4 minutes.

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4.) Remove from heat, add the wilted greens and the tomatoes, then put on a plate.  Set aside.

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5.) In the same pan that you cooked the veggies, fry your eggs.  Break into the pan over medium heat.  Cook on one side for 1 minute or 2, then use a spatula to flip the egg over and cook on the other side for 1 minute or 2.  Place the eggs on top of the veggies.

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6.) Do this with both eggs, then top with a dollop of plain greek yogurt, and season with sea salt and pepper.

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Just look at that!  You can practically taste it just from the picture!  SO YUMMY!  Enjoy! 🙂

Gluten Free Carrot Zucchini Muffins

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Okay, I get excited for just about any gluten free muffin recipe, but the fact that this recipe has some veggies in it as well has me beside myself!  These are SO good for you, and they are DELICIOUS!  They’ve got a perfect light and fluffy texture, and they have the perfect taste!  YUM!

Like I said, these guys have the added benefit that there are veggies in there – namely, carrots and zucchini!  The following pins show some of the health benefits of these two powerhouse veggies.

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You will think these muffins are too good to be true considering the fact that they have all these health benefits and they taste like a treat!

I am also including a little recipe for an almond lemon frosting.  This is optional, but it does go perfectly with this muffin!  I used goat cheese in it, but that’s because I really LOVE goat cheese!  You can use cream cheese, or you can leave the cheese out all together.

Alright, without further ado, here is the recipe, folks!

GLUTEN FREE CARROT ZUCCHINI MUFFINS

Ingredients:

For the muffins:

  • 1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp. coconut flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder (aluminum free)
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/3 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar

For the frosting

  • 2 Tbsp. goat cheese (or  3 Tbsp. cream cheese)
  • 4 Tbsp. smooth almond butter
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp. honey

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a muffin tin with coconut oil.

2.) In a large mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.

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3.) In a small bowl, combine the wet ingredients (eggs, honey, almond milk, coconut oil, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar)  and the shredded carrots and zucchini.

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4.) Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients.

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5.) Fill your muffin tin with the batter (2/3 of the way full for each cup in the tin).  Place the muffins in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.

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6.) While the muffins are baking, put your frosting together.  Place all of the frosting ingredients in a bowl and mix until completely combined and smooth.

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7.) When the muffins are done, remove from the muffin tin, and allow to cool.  Place a dollop of frosting on each muffin, if you are using the frosting.

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Yum, Yum, Yum!  You are going to love these!  Enjoy! 🙂

Magic Chicken Soup

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Winter is definitely in full swing!!!  For winter lovers like myself, this is fantastic news!  The only downfall is that the winter season also marks the beginning of cold and flu season.  YUCK!  Anyone that has suffered through a cold or the flu knows how miserable it can be.  I’ve got good news though!  One of the most natural and effective remedies for these ailments is good old chicken soup!  The following pin links to a site that explains the benefits of chicken soup in helping colds and flus.

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Studies have shown that an amino acid released from chicken during cooking chemically resembles the drug acetylcysteine.  This drug is used in the treatment of colds and bronchitis!  Also, common ingredients such as garlic and vegetables have bacteria and virus fighting properties that can aid in fighting a cold or flu.  On top of these things, the steam that we inhale while eating a nice hot bowl of chicken soup can help to clear up sinuses and just make us feel more comfortable in-between all our sniffling and sneezing!

I’m going to share my magic chicken soup recipe with you all.  Anytime I feel under the weather, I make a big batch of the chicken soup, and it always helps!  It’s an incredibly simple soup, but that’s one of the reasons that I like to make it when I’m not feeling well. It’s easy!  Nobody wants to be slaving away over the stove when they feel sick.  The taste is amazing, and it feels like a hot bowl of hug.  It’s that comforting!

MAGIC CHICKEN SOUP

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs. of boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cups of celery, chopped
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 1.5 cups of carrots, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil

Directions

1.) Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add the chicken breasts and cook for 45 minutes.  When done, take the chicken breasts out of the water and set the water you used to cook the chicken in aside.  Once the chicken has cooled some, cut into small bite size pieces.

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2.) In another large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion, celery, and carrots.  Cook for about 10 minutes, until the vegetables begin to soften.

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3.) Add the chicken pieces, garlic powder, and sea salt.  Stir to combine.

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4.) Pour the water that you cooked the chicken in into the pot until it just covers the chicken and veggies.

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5.) Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, and let simmer for 10 minutes.  Transfer to a bowl, and enjoy it’s healing powers!

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Ahhh, a big bowl of hug!  Enjoy! 🙂

Slow Cooker Chicken and Veggie Casserole

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Yay!  A slow cooker recipe!  I know I’ve mentioned it (or gabbed on and on about it), but I love my slow cooker!  It makes things so easy…and yummy!  I made this chicken and veggie casserole in my slow cooker, and I couldn’t be happier with the result!  As usual, this is a healthy dish.  The ingredients in this casserole provide great health benefits, some of which are the following.

  • Great for eye health
  • Cancer prevention
  • Immune boosting
  • Heart Healthy
  • Good source of folate
  • Good for digestion

These are just to name a few!  I love when I can make something that is so good for me, and it’s easy and yummy!  So, let’s get to the recipe!

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN AND VEGGIE CASSEROLE

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 cups frozen french style green beans
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped leeks
  • 1.5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp. brown rice flour
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 10 oz. plain greek yogurt
  • crackers of your choice: I used organic brown rice snaps shown in the following picture

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Directions:

1.) Place your chicken breasts in the slow cooker pot.  Top with the peas and green beans.

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2.) In a frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the carrots, leeks, garlic, basil, and sea salt. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

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3.) Add the flour and stir to coat.

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4.) Add the chicken broth to the pan, and stir until it thickens.

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5.) Add this mixture to the slow cooker.

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6.) Cook on low for 5 hours.  Then open the lid, and use two forks to shred the chicken.  Add the yogurt, and stir to combine.

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7.) Ladle into bowls, then crumble the crackers over the top, then serve.

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Enjoy! 🙂

Turkey Meatball Soup

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Anybody that follows my blog knows that I can never get enough soup!!!  And guess what!?!  I’ve got another recipe for you guys!  This soup is really delicious, and I was surprised at how filling it is!  Probably because of the punch of protein that the ground turkey provides, but regardless, it makes for a perfectly tasty and filling dinner!  I put the recipe together from overhauling the recipe that the following pin links to.

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I changed the recipe A LOT to make it gluten free, and I also made mine in a pot, not a slow cooker.  You are going to love this soup – SO tasty, loaded with protein and nutrition, and filling – AWESOME!

TURKEY MEATBALL SOUP

Ingredients

For the meatballs

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 2oz. soft goat cheese
  • 1/3 cup gluten free oat bran
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • Olive oil for cooking

For the soup

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • shredded hard goat cheese and fresh parsley for garnish and serving

Directions

1.)  First, prepare the meatballs.  Stir together all the meatball ingredients. besides the oil. Mix until well combined, then form 1 inch meatballs with the mixture.

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2.) In a large pot, heat about 1 Tbsp. of olive oil over medium heat.  Add the meatballs in batches and cook till the sides of the meatballs are browned.  Transfer to a plate and set aside.

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3.) In the same pot that you cooked the meatballs in, heat another tablespoon of olive oil.  Add the onion, carrots, and celery, and cook for about 5 minutes.  Stir in the garlic powder and thyme and cook for an additional minute.  Add the chicken stock, water and bay leaves and bring to a boil.

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4.) Add the meatballs and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through.  Add the spinach and cook until completely wilted (about 2-3 minutes).

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5.) Transfer to bowls.

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6.) Season with sea salt and pepper.  Shred some hard goat cheese over the soup and garnish with fresh parsley.

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Doesn’t that look ridiculously good!  Well, it tastes just as good as it looks!  Enjoy! 🙂