Buttery Garlic Brussels Sprouts

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I’ve been cooking more with butter lately than I have in the past.  Through some research, I’ve found that organic grass fed butter actually has quite a few health benefits.  I still use my olive oil and coconut oil, but I “think” there are some benefits to using butter in moderation in some cases. Plus, um, it’s butter and it’s delicious…

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This recipe uses both butter and olive oil, and it comes together beautifully to creating some brussels sprouts with a perfect garlicky and buttery taste to them.  These make a perfect side dish to a nice roasted chicken breast to create a healthy and complete meal!

BUTTERY GARLIC BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Ingredients:

  • 20-25 brussels sprouts, washed and cut in halves
  • 2 Tbsp. organic grass fed butter
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed in a garlic press
  • sea salt, to taste

Directions:

1.) Melt the butter and olive oil over medium heat in a large frying pan.  Add the garlic, and cook for 1-2 minutes until garlic begins to brown.  Remove 1/2 of the garlic and throw it away.  Add in the brussels sprouts flat side down.

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2.) Cover the pan, and cook for 7-10 minutes (do not stir) until the brussels sprouts are tender.

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3.) Transfer to a bowl or plate, and season with a bit of sea salt.

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Yummers!  Enjoy! 🙂

Sweet Potato Dessert Casserole

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I’m filing this under sweets/desserts, but it’s so healthy that really this could totally serve as a super yummy breakfast as well.  Okay, so besides that, holy crap – I can’t believe how yummy this stuff is!  I threw this together not sure how it would turn out, but wow wow wow!  I could eat this stuff all day long!

If you like pumpkin pie (like me), you’re sure to love this.  If you don’t like pumpkin pie (like hubby), you’re sure to love this!  Seriously, it has a pumpkin pie/mashed potato type of a texture that is SO satisfying, and the taste, the taste, the taste!  It’s honestly one of the most delicious things I’ve ever put in my mouth!

The main ingredient in this casserole is sweet potatoes, and sweet potatoes have numerous health benefits, some of which are listed in the following pin!

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A dessert that is made with a large majority of ingredients from a vegetable is an enormous winner in my book!  All those health benefits in a dessert!!!  You have GOT to try this stuff!

SWEET POTATO DESSERT CASSEROLE

Ingredients:

  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla + a bit more
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon + a pinch more
  • 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg + a pinch more
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. Stevia + a pinch more
  • 2 Tbsp. almond milk
  • 3-4 Tbsp. Almond butter
  • 1/4 cup almond milk

Directions

1.) Begin by preheating the oven to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.

2.) Next, place the sweet potato on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and bake them in the oven for thirty-five minutes.

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3.) Take the sweet potatoes out of the oven, and transfer to a food processor. Add the sea salt, butter, egg, 1/2 tsp. Vanilla, 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg, and 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. Stevia. Process on high until the mixture is completely combined and smooth with no lumps.

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4.) Place this evenly in a baking dish.  Bake the casserole for 25 minutes.

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5.) During the last 5 minutes that the casserole is baking, heat 1/4 cup milk in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add the almond butter, a bit of vanilla, a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, and stevia, and stir to combine creating a nice drizzle or icing.

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6.) Remove the casserole from the oven and top with the almond butter drizzle.

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7.) Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes or so, then use a knife/spatula to transfer to plates to serve.

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Look at that! DELISH!  Enjoy! 🙂

Mexican Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice

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Any Mexican food lovers out there??? Wait, doesn’t everyone love Mexican food? Well, I’ve got good news, or rather good food, for anyone that loves Mexican food! This Mexican chicken cauliflower fried rice is so so good, and it totally satisfies any hankering for Mexican food in a super healthy way!

Everything in this dish is great for you, so it is jam packed with nutrition and health benefits! There’s tons and tons of veggies in there, so of course there’s all kinds of benefits from those. On top of that, topping/garnishing it with avocado provides even more awesome health benefits!

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All those health benefits in the garnish alone!

Guys, it’s not just the health benefits of this dish that are so great! The flavor – oh my gosh – this is SO yummy, and it is absolutely perfect when you are craving Mexican food, but you want to keep your diet on point!

MEXICAN CHICKEN CAULIFLOWER FRIED RICE

Ingredients (makes 2 servings):

  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 bag frozen cauliflower rice
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/3 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/3 green pepper, chopped
  • 1/3 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, chopped into tiny pieces, or shredded
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 avocado
  • sea salt and pepper for seasoning

Directions:

1.) In a large frying pan, heat the oil. Add the red onion, peppers, tomato, and garlic. Cook for about 3-5 minutes until the onions begin to sweat and become translucent. Add the cauliflower rice, and cook for 5 – 7 minutes until cooked through. Add the chicken, cumin, and paprika, and cook until heated through, and any juices that are left from the tomatoes has cooked off (about another 3-5 minutes).

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2.) Transfer to a plate, and season with sea salt and pepper. Mix in the cilantro and green onions, and top with the sliced avocado for garnish.

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YUMMMMM! Healthy Mexican food!

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Enjoy! 🙂

Mashed Celeriac (Celery Root)

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ACK!!!  I am so excited to share this recipe with you guys!  I have found a new love, and it’s celeriac (celery root).  As you can see, this delicious root vegetable may look a little rough around the edges (literally), but oh my gosh, it is DELICIOUS, and SO SO good for you!!!

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Are you ready for some of the health benefits of this AH-mazing veggie?!?  Well, here are ten of them depicted in this pin!

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Look at all that healthiness!  Now, you can see why I am so excited to share this SUPER easy recipe with you!  I cook this root up and mash it like mashed potatoes, and it turns into an awesome side dish that has a sweet and salty taste to it, and makes me want to eat it all day long.  Let’s get to it!

MASHED CELERIAC

Ingredients: Makes 1 serving

  • 1 small to medium sized celery root
  • olive oil
  • garlic powder
  • sea salt
  • pepper

Directions

1.) First, you want to use a knife to chop off the top and bottom of the root, then use your knife to peel off the rough edges of the root (basically like peeling a potato, but you have to use a knife because these are so rough around the edges).  Next, chop the celeriac into small chunks.  Place in a medium sized sauce pan and cover with water.  bring to a boil over high heat and cook until the celeriac is quite tender.  About 15-20 minutes.  Remove from heat and drain.

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2.) Place the cooked celeriac back in the pan.  Drizzle with olive oil.  Sprinkle with garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper.  Use a masher to mash the celeriac to desired consistency.

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3.) Transfer to a bowl, and garnish with some of the leaves from the root, if desired.

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You are going to LOVE this stuff!  SO yummy!  Enjoy! 🙂

Apple Cinnamon Raisin Breakfast Quinoa

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Guys!  I recently realized that I haven’t made anything containing quinoa in it in quite a while!  How could I have neglected this power packed superfood???  I mean, seriously, this stuff is so good for you…it’s gluten free…it’s packed with nutrition…and it lends itself in so many ways to both savory and sweet dishes!

 

 

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Don’t worry (I know you were, don’t deny it!), I remedied the situation quickly with breakfast this morning by making this super easy and super nutritious, tasty apple cinnamon raisin breakfast quinoa!  Er-mer-gerd, this stuff is amazing.  It felt like it was just pure apple cinnamony goodness melting in my mouth!  Seriously, so yummy!

Because of the add-ins, this makes for a great complete breakfast with plenty of protein, healthy fats, carbs, and of course, NUTRITION!!!  I also love this breakfast, because it kept me feeling satisfied right up until lunchtime, which is sometimes a feat in my case just because I love food so much!  Plus, the cinnamon gave me a little pep in my step to start my day!  I love this stuff!  It also makes a great substitute for oatmeal, so if you have sensitivities to oats, then this stuff is perfect for you.  However, even if you don’t have a sensitivity to oats, you will LOVE this stuff!

APPLE CINNAMON RAISIN BREAKFAST QUINOA

Ingredients (1 serving)

  • 1 apple, cored and peeled (I used honey crisp, but you can use any kind)
  • 1/4 dry quinoa
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp. raisins
  • 1-2 tsp. raw honey

Directions

1.) Place the prepared apple, quinoa, and water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low and let simmer for about 20 minutes, until the quinoa has absorbed the water, and the apples are tender.

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2.) Remove from heat, and add the cinnamon, raisins, and walnuts to the pan.

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3.) Stir to combine, and transfer to a bowl.  Drizzle with the honey and serve.

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Dig in!  You know you want to!  Enjoy! 🙂

Butternut Squash Porridge

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Okay, this is my new favorite breakfast (until I come across my next new favorite breakfast 😉 )  But for now, this is it!  I LOVE that butternut squash is a vegetable!  It’s SO versatile, and has so many uses.  And now, I’ve got a new one for you – porridge, or hot cereal, you could really call it either or, but once you try it, you will definitely call it delicious!

Yes, I have professed my love for butternut squash many times before on here, but I can’t help it!  Check out this pin with some great health benefits of butternut squash!

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Look at all those nutrients!  No wonder why I love this stuff!  Oh, and as a HUGE added bonus, when you are baking the butternut squash for this recipe, it will fill your house with some amazing smells!  Your house will smell like a bakery or doughnut shop, and your mouth will be watering!

BUTTERNUT SQUASH PORRIDGE

Ingredients – makes one serving

  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • pinch of stevia
  • 1/2 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • 2-3 fresh strawberries chopped
  • handful of fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 – 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1-2 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a small bowl, add your butternut squash, cinnamon, nutmeg, and stevia.  Toss to coat.

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2.) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread out the butternut squash on the sheet.  Bake for 50-60 minutes till the squash is tender at 350 degrees.

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3.) Place in a bowl, add the vanilla, and mash with a fork.

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4.) Add the almond milk, strawberries, blueberries, coconut, and chia seeds.

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Now get ready to have a new favorite, because you will be so addicted once you try this!  YU-UUU-UUUUM!!!  Enjoy! 🙂

Rainbow Roasted Veggies

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I LOVE roasted veggies, and this dish has the added benefit that it’s so pretty!  Look at all those colors!!!  Did you know that you can determine certain health benefits of a food based on its color?  This is shown in the following pin!

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As you can see it is great to get a plethora of color in your diet!  This dish provides a whole bunch of variety in terms of colors, and we can see that makes for some really great health benefits!  This meal makes for a wonderful lunch, or you can have it as a side with dinner.  At any rate, it is delicious, so I’m pretty sure you will enjoy it regardless of what time of the day you eat it!  Let’s get to the recipe!

RAINBOW ROASTED VEGGIES

Ingredients:

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 bunch of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1/2 a large red onion, cut into bite size pieces
  • 2-3 carrots, sliced
  • 1-2 zucchinis, chopped into bite size pieces
  • olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • sea salt, to taste
  • crumbled goat cheese (optional)

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Drizzle olive oil on a baking pan.  Prepare all your veggies, and place them in rows on the baking pan.

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2.) Sprinkle the apple cider vinegar over the veggies, followed by the garlic powder, thyme, and basil.  Place in the oven and bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.

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3.) Take out of the oven and stir in the pan.

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4.) Place in a bowl, and sprinkle with sea salt and crumbled goat cheese.

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YUUUUUM!  Enjoy! 🙂