Chopped Veggie Dill & Sardine Salad

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Alright, guys!  Once again, I am giving a shout out to sardines!  I know that every time I write a post with a sardine recipe, I go on and on about how fantastic these tiny guys are, but I only do this because it’s true!!!  The following pin links to a site that explains 20 health benefits of Sardines.

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Some of these benefits include the following.

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Helps relieve depression and anxiety
  • Helps control blood sugar
  • Prevents blood clots
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Promotes healthy brain function

And that’s only 6 in this list of 20, and the list of 20 is only 20 in the loads and loads of health benefits that this fish provides!  If you haven’t been convinced to try them with my past posts, then hopefully this salad will get you on the sardine bandwagon!

This salad is SO yummy!  Loaded with veggies, sardines, and a healthy dill dressing, the nutrition in this thing is out of this world!  Best part?  It’s a salad, so it’s beyond simple to make!

CHOPPED VEGGIE DILL & SARDINE SALAD

Ingredients – makes one salad…feel free to use more or less of a certain ingredient – it’s up to you!

  • 2 cups baby spinach, finely chopped.
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, cored and finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped red onion
  • 1 tin of boneless and skinless sardines (in water), drained
  • 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 Tbsp. fresh dill, chopped
  • sea salt, to taste

Directions

1.) Layer your spinach, cucumber, tomato, and onion on a plate.  Toss to combine.

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2.) In a bowl, combine the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and dill.  Stir to combine.  Add the sardines to the bowl, and mash up with a fork.  Stir to combine.  Add the sardine and dill mixture to the salad.

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3.) Season with sea salt and mix well.

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You’ve gotta try this!!!  It’s SO yummy and SO good for you!  Enjoy! 🙂

Zucchini and Veggie Fritters

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You guys are gonna love me for sharing this recipe!!!  I made these for breakfast the other morning, and they are to die for!  Plus, they are easy to make, and I don’t know about you, but I always like a nice easy breakfast since I’m not much of a morning person!

So, these fritters…not only are they so tasty, but they are also really good for you!  They are packed full of zucchini, peppers and green onion.  The following pins explain some awesome health benefits that each of these veggies provide!

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Yeah, so you’re getting all these health benefits in something that tastes amazing…ummmm, I’m sold!

ZUCCHINI AND VEGGIE FRITTERS

Ingredients

  • 2 cups grated zucchini (about 3 small zucchinis shredded)
  • 3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 3/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/8 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Plain greek yogurt

Directions

1.) Prepare your zucchini by shredding it, then place it in a fine mesh sieve over a bowl.  Sprinkle it with some sea salt and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.  After it has sat for that time, press down on the zucchini squeezing out as much moisture as possible.

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2.) In a medium mixing bowl, add the eggs and whisk until smooth.  Add the zucchini, bell pepper, onion, flour, thyme, paprika, and sea salt.  Stir to combine completely.

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3.) In a large frying pan, heat 1 Tbsp. of the olive oil over medium heat.  Add three large spoonfuls of the mixture to the pan (the mixture should make about 8 fritters total), and flatten with a spatula.  Allow the fritter to cook for 2-3 minutes on one side, then use the spatula to flip the fritter to the other side and allow it to cook for another 2-3 minutes on that side.  Transfer to a plate.  Repeat this process, for the rest of the mixture, until you’ve made all your fritters.

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4.) Transfer your fritters to a plate and top with a dollop of plain greek yogurt, if desired.

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Ah!  My new favorite!  YUM!  Enjoy! 🙂

Cauliflower Irish Colocannon

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It’s St. Patrick’s Day week!  To celebrate I wanted to make some good old Irish Colcannon, and I was perusing Pinterest, and I came across the following pin.

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Wow!  This recipe looked so incredibly tasty.  However, small problem, I don’t eat potatoes…or a couple of the other ingredients.  So, I made some substitutions here and there, and came up with cauliflower Irish colcannon.  The result?  Amazingness and super healthiness! This dish is REALLY yummy, and makes for a perfect side with some grilled chicken, or something like that.  I actually whipped it up and ate it for lunch.

No matter how or when you decide to serve it, you will love it!

CAULIFLOWER IRISH COLCANNON

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1/2 head green cabbage, cut into thin slices
  • 6 green onions, chopped – whites and greens included
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic granules
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

1.) In separate pans, boil the cauliflower and cabbage.  Boil the cauliflower until very tender and boil the cabbage until tender.

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2.) Drain both.  Add the cauliflower back to the pan you boiled it in.  Add the almond milk, olive oil, garlic granules, sea salt, and pepper.  Use a masher to mash until smooth.

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3.) Add the cooked cabbage and the green onions, leaving a few green onions out for garnish.

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4.) Transfer to a bowl and garnish with green onion.

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Simple, yet so yummy!  Enjoy! 🙂

Cabbage Roll Casserole

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Get ready for a knock-your-socks-off dinner recipe!  I made this casserole that was inspired by cabbage rolls, and it turned out mag-ni-fique!  Of course, since it is inspired by cabbage rolls, it’s got plenty of cabbage in it providing TONS of health benefits!

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So, yeah, there’s that!  Now for the kicker!  I replaced the brown rice with cauliflower rice, so this dish also has all the health benefits of cauliflower as well!

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Some of the benefits listed and explained in the linked pin above are

  • Promotes heart health
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Improves immune system
  • Loaded with minerals
  • Reduces cancer risk

And that’s just to name a few!  Both cabbage and cauliflower are cruciferous veggies, and cruciferous veggies are SO good for you!

So, obviously, this dish is filled with nutrition.  Plus, the rest of the ingredients are just as packed with healthy benefits (tomatoes, onion, ground turkey…)  Now, if you’re worried about the taste, don’t be!  I added a couple tablespoons of brown rice flour during the cooking process, so you still get that “ricey” flavor that lends itself so well to cabbage rolls!  However, if you’re looking for grain free, you can leave the flour out.  I’ve actually tried it both ways, and both are equally delicious!

Okay, let’s get to it!

CABBAGE ROLL CASSEROLE

Ingredients

  • 1 small head of green cabbage, washed and chopped
  • 1 small head of cauliflower
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 3-4 tomatoes, washed and chopped
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. garlic granules
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. brown rice flour (optional)
  • 2 cups shredded goat’s milk cheese (or cheese of your choice)

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Wash your cauliflower and chop into florets.  Place the florets in a food processor and process on high until it has a rice like consistency.  Transfer to a 9 x 11 baking dish and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees.  Set aside.

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2.) While the cauliflower is baking, place the cabbage in a large sauce pan and cover with water.  Bring the pot to a boil, and simmer until the cabbage is tender.  Drain the cabbage.

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3.) In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook for 4-5 minutes until just starting to get tender.  Add the ground turkey and cook until browned.  Add the tomatoes and cabbage, brown rice flour, garlic granules, onion powder, sea salt, pepper, and thyme.  Cook for 4-5 additional minutes.

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4.) Add the contents of the frying pan to the cauliflower in the baking dish and stir to combine completely.  Top with the cheese.  Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted completely, at 350 degrees.

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Once out of the oven, it’s ready to go!  Season with sea salt and pepper and enjoy! 🙂

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YUMMY!  Enjoy! 🙂

Blueberry Banana Ginger Smoothie

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Of all the berries in all the world, I think blueberry might be my favorite!  Why, you ask?  Well, blueberries are a power fruit packed with antioxidants!  There are a number of different ways that blueberries are beneficial to our health!  The following pin explains some of the health benefits of blueberries, and if you follow the link, you can see even more health benefits of these little morsels!

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So we have all these awesome health benefits, and on top of all that, they taste amazing!  I love freezing a big batch of blueberries and just having them as a snack to munch on!  This smoothie recipe has blueberries as it’s main ingredient, but there are also some other powerhouses in there such as chia seeds, ginger, and banana!  At any rate, the smoothie is delicious and with it packed with nutrients like it is, it is the perfect way to start out the day!

BLUEBERRY BANANA GINGER SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 – 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 small chunk of ginger (about 1/2 inch cube)
  • pinch of stevia (optional)

Directions

1.) Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth.

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2.) Transfer to a glass

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YUM!  Enjoy! 🙂

 

Honey Garlic Cauliflower – Gluten Free!

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Holy cow, guys!  This cauliflower is AMAZING!!!  It’s no secret that I am constantly trying to make vegetables taste good…well, I’ve outdone myself with this stuff!  It is SO delicious!  Oh, and as usual it’s gluten free!  I could seriously live on this stuff!

Of course, cauliflower is super good for you, and with that being the star of the show here, this dish is a fantastic way to get all the nutrition of cauliflower in a yummy way!

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Also, wether you eat this as a meal or as a side dish, it’s a great way to get in a few servings of veggies!  I’m not kidding when I say I could eat this day and night!  It’s also quite easy to put together, even though it tastes like you really had to put some work into it!

HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 1/3 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 cup gluten free oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic granules
  • 2 tsp. arrowroot powder
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. water, divided
  • sea salt and pepper
  • Chopped green onions for garnish

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Chop your cauliflower into bite size florets.  Place in a bag with the brown rice flour and shake to coat.  Set aside.

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2.) Place the oats in a food processor and process until the oats have the consistency of bread crumbs.

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3.) Whisk the eggs in a small bowl with 2 Tbsp. of water.  Place the processed oats into a bowl.  Dip the cauliflower into the egg, then roll in the oats to coat and place the cauliflower florets on the parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Season with sea salt and pepper, and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

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4.) While the cauliflower is baking, Place the arrowroot powder and 1/4 cup water in a small bowl and stir until completely combined.  Set aside.  Heat the honey, garlic granules, coconut aminos, and apple cider vinegar in a small sauce pan until it starts to simmer.  Add the arrowroot and water mixture and stir continually until the sauce reaches your desired thickness (it will have the consistency of melted caramel).

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5.) Take the cauliflower out of the oven and change the temperature to broil.  Place the cauliflower in a container that has a cover.  Pour the sauce over the cauliflower, put the lid on the container, and shake to coat completely.  Put the cauliflower back on the baking sheet and place back in the oven to broil for 2-3 minutes.

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6.) Take the cauliflower out of the oven, and transfer to bowls or plates.  Garnish with chopped green onions, if desired, and add sea salt and pepper, to taste.

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You HAVE to try this stuff!  You will be hooked and that’s a great thing with this healthy dish!

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YUM!  Enjoy! 🙂

Healthy Blueberry Scones

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Get ready to have your mind blown!  These blueberry scones are SO incredibly delicious.  They taste just like you are at a cute cafe for breakfast, but these guys are REALLY good for you!  Not only that, these babies are gluten free, so gluten-sensitive individuals still get to enjoy!!!

The two main ingredients in this are cashews and blueberries. Both of which have excellent health benefits!  Check out these pins that detail a few of those benefits for each of these great foods!

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AWESOME!  All these health benefits in something that tastes like you should feel guilty for eating it!  Plus, it’s really easy to make, which is always a bonus when you are cooking/baking in the morning!

HEALTHY BLUEBERRY SCONES

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups cashews
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (aluminum free)
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (in liquid form)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp. maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Place the cashews in a food processor and pulse until you have a flour like consistency.  Add the baking powder and arrowroot powder.  Pulse a few times to combine thoroughly.

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2.) In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. Use a fork to stir until smooth.

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3.) Add the contents of the food processor and the blueberries to the wet ingredients.  Stir until well combined.

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4.) Line a pie pan, or a circular pan with parchment paper.  Place the batter in the pan, and use your hands to press it down evenly.  Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until the top is lightly browned.

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5.) Use the parchment paper to pull the baked scones out of the pan.  Allow to cool for 10 minutes.

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6.) Use a knife to cut into triangular pieces, and serve.

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Oh my gosh…so good!

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Mind. Blown.  Enjoy! 🙂