Cooked Greens and Chicken Salad

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Okay, I’ll start by saying this salad is DELICIOUS.  However, even if this didn’t taste as great as it does, I would still force myself to eat it, because it is SO incredibly good for me!  This is jam-packed with folate, which is great for anyone with the MTHFR gene mutation (which is surprisingly common!  I have it, and it is estimated that about 50+% of the population has it!).  Yeah, yeah, yeah, so it’s good for that, but it doesn’t end there!

I’ve been looking for ways to incorporate dandelion greens into my meals, because they are SO good for you!  They have a bitter taste, so it can be hard to find meals that they go well with, but they lend themselves perfectly to this dish!  The following pin links to a site that lists some great health benefits of these greens, and you will see why it is a good idea to incorporate these guys when possible!

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Some of their health benefits are as follows.

  • high in calcium and iron
  • antioxidant packed
  • reduce risk of cancer, MS, cataracts, and strokes
  • high in minerals
  • extremely detoxifying and cleansing for the liver

And that just touches the surface!  Between the cleansing properties of dandelion greens and the chelating properties of the cilantro, this is a great salad for cleansing your system!

So, I really don’t need to tout this salad anymore, because once you try it, the taste will be enough for you to want to keep trying it!  the fact that it is SO good for you is just the icing on the cake!

COOKED GREENS AND CHICKEN SALAD

Ingredients: makes 3 servings

  • 1 lb. chicken breast
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, divided
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 3/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 cups chopped dandelion greens
  • 3 cups chopped kale (rough stems removed)
  • 6 cups baby spinach
  • plain greek yogurt for serving, optional

Directions

1.) Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add the chicken, and cook for 40 minutes.

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2.) Remove the chicken from the pot and cut into bite size pieces.  Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes.  Add the chicken, cilantro, and 1/6 of a teaspoon of garlic powder.  Sprinkle with sea salt and cook until the chicken is slightly browned (about 5-7 minutes).  Place the chicken on a plate and set aside.

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3.) In the frying pan you just used, place the kale and dandelion greens over medium heat.  Add 1/6 tsp. of garlic powder and sprinkle with sea salt.  Cook until completely wilted. Add to the plate with the chicken.

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4.) Once again, using the same pan, add the spinach to the pan and heat over medium heat.  Add 1/6 tsp. of garlic powder and sprinkle with sea salt.  Cook until the spinach is slightly wilted.

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5.) Split the spinach up among three plates.  Top with the chicken mixture, kale and dandelion greens that you set aside.

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If desired, you can top this with some plain greek yogurt or sprinkle with a bit of lemon juice, but it’s great on it’s own too.  This makes for a super easy meal, and as I explained, it is SOOOOO good for you!  Enjoy! 🙂

Simple Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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Aren’t carrots the best!  I love how they can lend themselves to both sweet and savory dishes.  Any vegetable that can serve as a fruit in this way is awesome in my book!  Not only that, but check out all of the health benefits, vitamins, and minerals carrots provide!

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The news just keeps getting better, because I’m going to share a super yummy, and SUPER simple, healthy recipe for preparing oatmeal in such a way that it tastes a lot like a delicious carrot cake, but with only healthy ingredients!

I used a full cup of shredded carrots in this recipe (for one serving), giving it an extremely carroty taste.  If you want that to be brought down a bit, feel free to use just 1/4 – 1/2 cup of shredded carrots.

Another nice thing about this recipe is that it’s really simple to make!  It’s basically the same process as just making regular oatmeal, so you can get a nice healthy and tasty twist on regular oatmeal without any extra effort!

SIMPLE AND HEALTHY CARROT CAKE OATMEAL

Ingredients (makes one serving):

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned gluten free oats
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1-2 tsp. raw honey or a pinch of stevia
  • chopped pecans for topping (optional)

Directions:

1.) Add the carrots, almond milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and honey (or stevia) to a small sauce pan.  Bring to a boil.  Add the oats and cook for 5-10 minutes depending on soft you like your oats.

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2.) Transfer to a bowl, top with pecans (if desired), and serve.

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Delicious!  Enjoy! 🙂

Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Hashbrowns

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Oh boy!  The other day, I was snooping around on Pinterest, looking for ideas for breakfast the next day, and I came across the following pin:

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Well, that looked delicious!  As anyone that follows my blog knows, I don’t do gluten or regular potatoes, so I went to work to make the recipe gluten-free and to use the ingredients I had on hand (which weren’t many) to make a similar patty that satisfied my criteria.  The result is a gluten-free, delicious, and healthy baked sweet potato and cauliflower baked hash brown  that made for a perfect breakfast the next morning.

Now, as I said, I was lacking in ingredients that I had on hand, so this is a very basic recipe, but you could easily add various things to it to jazz it up a bit, like onion, fresh herbs, different cheeses, ground turkey, etc.  However, it’s delicious as is, so if you’re looking for something really basic that tastes amazing, you can certainly leave it as is!

CAULIFLOWER AND SWEET POTATO BAKED HASHBROWNS

Ingredients (makes about 14-18 patties, depending on how large you make them):

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 small head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 Tbsp. almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic granules
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 oz. soft goat cheese (optional)

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Place the sweet potato and cauliflower in a large pot of water.  Bring to a boil, and simmer until very soft and tender (about 10 minutes).

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2.) Drain the sweet potato and cauliflower completely, and place in a large mixing bowl.  Use a potato masher to mash up as you would mashed potatoes.

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3.) Add the garlic granules, almond flour, eggs, sea salt, and goat cheese.  Stir to combine completely.

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4.) Use a large spoon to spoon the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets in the shape of patties.  Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes at 400 degrees.

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5.) Allow to cool for a minute or two on the pan, then transfer to a plate and serve!

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YUM!  Enjoy! 🙂

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower Soup

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This soup…

  • healthy…check
  • filling…check
  • gluten free…check
  • filled with nutrition…check
  • delicious…check, check, check

The other day, I was craving both roasted vegetables and soup, so I decided to combine the two.  This stuff is GREAT!  The taste of roasted veggies in a yummy creamy soup!  I settled on using brussels sprouts and cauliflower (because it is what I had in the fridge), and these two veggies are packed with nutrition.  Check out these pins listing the health benefits of these two cruciferous vegetables:

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I just love looking up the health benefits of various ingredients in the recipes I make.  It makes me feel so good about putting it in my body!  Let’s get to the recipe!

ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS AND CAULIFLOWER SOUP

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1 lb. brussels sprouts, washed and halved
  • 1.5 tsp. organic butter
  • 3/4 cup chopped shallots
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 3/4 tsp. sea salt

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.  Place the prepared brussels sprouts and cauliflower on the baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Roast on the bottom shelf of the oven for 25 minutes.

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2.) In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low/medium heat.  Add the shallots and cook for 5 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.  Add the broth and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.  Set aside 1 cup of the roasted veggies, and add the rest to the pot.  Simmer for about 2-3 minutes.

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3.) Transfer the soup to a food processor (you may have to do this in batches).  Add the salt, then process on high until the soup is smooth.

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4.) Transfer the soup to bowls and top with the veggies you set aside before serving.

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Easy peasy, and super yummy!  Enjoy! 🙂

Apple Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Bites

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My new love interests are these yummy no bake apple cinnamon raisin oatmeal bites!  Holy cow, these things are YUMMY!  They remind me of an oatmeal cookie, but SUPER good for you!  All of the ingredients have various health benefits, but let’s focus on the fresh apple in these guys!

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Look at all those health benefits, and that’s just one of the great ingredients in these yummies!  It’s a really good thing that these are good for you, because believe me, you will not be able to eat just one…or two…or a whole batch. 🙂

APPLE CINNAMON RAISIN OATMEAL BITES

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups gluten free old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp. almond butter
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 large apple, shredded and squeezed in a dish towel to get out as much moisture as possible
  • 1/3 cup raisins

Directions

1.) In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oats and cinnamon.

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2.) In a small sauce pan, combine the almond butter, honey, vanilla, and sea salt over low heat.  Stir until smoothly combined (no globs of almond butter)

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3.) Add the almond butter mixture to the oat mixture, and stir to combine completely (don’t be afraid to use your hands on this to make sure it is mixed together completely).

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4.) Add the apple and raisins.  Stir to combine completely.  Use your hands to create bite size balls.  Let sit in the fridge for at least 1/2 an hour to set.

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SO YUMMY!

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7Enjoy! 🙂

Superfood Breakfast Oatmeal

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Okay, get ready for one of the yummiest and healthiest breakfast options EVER!  Every single ingredient in this oatmeal is classified as a superfood, and on top of that this specific combination that I came up with goes together perfectly!

Because of all of the super foods in this bowl, it has all of the following health and nutrition benefits:

  • Loaded with antioxidants
  • High in fiber
  • Heart-healthy
  • Plenty of protien
  • Good for healthy cholesterol levels
  • Aids in healthy brain function
  • Good for digestion
  • Healthy dose of zinc
  • Great for vision
  • Aids in detoxification
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Immune boosting
  • Good for the skin

This is just to name a few!  The list can go on and on from here because of the plethora of amazing goodies in this food!

As with most oatmeal recipes, this is extremely easy to throw together, so it’s perfect for someone, like myself, that doesn’t want to have to do too much thinking early in the morning before they’ve had their breakfast! Let’s get to it!

SUPERFOOD BREAKFAST OATMEAL

Ingredients (makes 2 servings):

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk plus more for topping
  • 2-3 large carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 3 Tbsp. almond butter
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • stevia or raw honey to taste
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (I used roasted and salted (with sea salt) pumpkin seeds)
  • 1-2 cups fresh blueberries

Directions:

1.) Heat 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup almond milk in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat until it begins to boil. Add in the oats and the carrots. Allow to continue to boil until a lot of the liquid has cooked off (about 5 minutes or so).

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2.) Remove from the heat and add the almond butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, stevia (or honey), vanilla, chia seeds, and coconut. Stir to combine completely. Fold in the blueberries and pumpkin seeds.

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3.) Transfer to a bowl and top with almond milk to serve.

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Wa-la! A nutritious and delicious breakfast treat!  Enjoy! 🙂

Sautéed Chicken and Cabbage

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Okay, so this is a SUPER simple dinner to make, but guys, oh my gosh, is it ever delicious!  It is a HUGE hit every time I make for dinner (for me included, because not only does it taste delicious, it’s SO easy to make!).

This dish makes for an awesome meal.  The cabbage, along with the other veggies tucked in there, provide a ton of healthy nutrients and benefits.

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On top of that, the chicken in there provides a perfect pack of protein that makes this a super complete meal that leaves you feeling satisfied and your belly happy.

Let’s take a look at the recipe!

SAUTEED CABBAGE AND CHICKEN

Ingredients: (makes 2-4 servings)

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. boneless and skinless chicken breast cut into very small pieces
  • 1 small cabbage, chopped into very short thin strips (as if you were making coleslaw)
  • 2 carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped or pureed
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock (or you can use water)
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • optional toppings (fresh parsley or a dollop of plain greek yogurt)

Directions

1.) In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the chicken and sauté for 7-10 minutes until cooked through.

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2.) Add the cabbage and paprika to the frying pan.  Stir to combine and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes.

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3.) Add the tomato, carrots, bay leaves, and chicken stock to the frying pan.  Cover and cook for 25-30 minutes until the stock is completely absorbed, and no liquid is remaining.

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4.) Transfer to a plate and season with salt and pepper to serve.  If desired, top with a dollop of plain greek yogurt and fresh parsley.

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Wait until you sink your teeth into this stuff!  SO tasty and good for you!  Enjoy! 🙂