Butternut Squash Porridge

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Okay, this is my new favorite breakfast (until I come across my next new favorite breakfast ūüėČ ) ¬†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! ūüôā

Strawberry Banana Shake (With Two Full Servings of Veggies!)

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There is no way you would ever guess that this shake has anything healthy in it, let alone two full servings of veggies! ¬†But, I can assure you, it does! ¬†This is a simple shake, but the nutrition this thing contains is anything but simple! ¬†With the three main ingredients being cauliflower, strawberries, and bananas, this should come as no surprise! ¬†Let’s take a look at some of the health benefits of these three amigos!

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So there you have it, this thing is basically a cup full of health and wellness! ¬†Now, you may be thinking that cauliflower is delicious, but in a shake? ¬†Seriously though, you don’t taste it, and because it’s frozen, it actually gives the shake a nice creamy texture! ¬†Just try it! ¬†You won’t be disappointed!

STRAWBERRY BANANA CAULIFLOWER SHAKE

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 2 cups frozen cauliflower (bagged frozen or steamed then frozen)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla
  • stevia, to taste

Directions

Place the banana, cauliflower, vanilla, stevia, and 1 cup of almond milk in a blender.  Blend till smooth.  Add the strawberries and the remaining 1/2 cup almond milk.  Blend till smooth.

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Pour into cups to serve.

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YUM! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā

Delicious Breakfast Cookies

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A few weeks back, I made some breakfast cookies with 3 ingredients.

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They were so yummy, so I decided to make some more, but used different and more ingredients this time around.  These cookies are totally healthy, and they are FILLING!  Two to three of these guys, and you will easily be satisfied until lunchtime rolls around!

DELICIOUS BREAKFAST COOKIES

Ingredients:

  • 1 c unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 tbsp¬†honey
  • 1/2 cups roughly chopped almonds
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2¬†C gluten free old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free is optional)

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a mixing bowl, mash your banana, then add your applesauce and honey.  Stir to combine.

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2.) Add all of the other ingredients and stir to combine.

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3.) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, measure 12 cupfuls and space them evenly on your baking sheet.  Use a spoon to pack them down to be about 1/2 inch thick.

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4.) Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

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5.) Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes.  Remove from the baking sheet and serve warm, or place in the refrigerator for an hour or so and serve cold.  Warm or cold, these guys are DELISH!

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Perfect way to start your morning!!! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā

SIMPLE STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE

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As I mentioned in my recipe for Oven Dried Strawberries, I really loaded up on organic strawberries the last time I went grocery shopping, so I have yet another strawberry recipe to shaper with you!  Even after drying quite a few strawberries, I still had a lot left to play with, so on to Pinterest I went, and I came across this intriguing pin:

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Strawberry soup? ¬†Um, yes, please! ¬†With how many health benefits that strawberries have, this sounded like it was right up my alley. ¬†You can click on the picture to go to the original “soup” recipe. ¬†Once I actually looked at the recipe, I realized it was EXTREMELY similar to a strawberry smoothie that I make quite often. ¬†The only difference is that I use less strawberries, less lemon juice, alcohol free vanilla, and I use a pinch of stevia in place of the honey. ¬†Thus, my verdict is that¬†this is a smoothie, BUT if I did add more strawberries, it may have a soupier consistency, so I suppose it could pass as a soup. ¬†Whatever you call it, it’s delicious, healthy, delicious, easy, and did I mention that it’s delicious?

SIMPLE STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE

Ingredients:
-About 7 very large strawberries
-1 cup plain greek yogurt
-alcohol free vanilla (small amount – about 1/2 tsp.)
-stevia – just a pinch
-1 tsp. lemon juice
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Directions:
1.) Put all ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth. If you want it to have more of a shake consistency, you could add some ice and a small amount of coconut milk.
2.) Pour into a glass and enjoy!

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Enjoy! ūüôā

 

OVEN DRIED STRAWBERRIES

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Summer means STRAWBERRIES, and with the season coming much too quickly to a close, I am finding myself trying to get in as many of them as I can. ¬†I don’t think that I’ve ever met someone that doesn’t like strawberries — they’re SO good, and ya know what? ¬†They are SO good for you as well!

Strawberries are full of vitamin C, and we all know what that means Рa nice healthy boost to our immune system!  That nice boost to the immune system along with the antioxidants lutein and zeathancins and the phytochemical ellagic acid which strawberries contain make this yummy fruit excellent for fighting and preventing cancer.  Some other health benefits of strawberries include

  • fights bad cholesterol
  • promotes eye health
  • helps fight wrinkles providing younger looking skin
  • ease inflammation
  • good for weight loss
  • regulates blood pressure
  • boosts short term memory
  • promotes bone health

Who would have thought that these little morsels of delight could provide all these excellent health benefits while tasting like a little piece of heaven.

With strawberry season coming to an end (boooooo!), there was a great sale on organic strawberries the last time I went grocery shopping, so I got A LOT! ¬†When I got home, I realized I may have went a bit overboard since I didn’t think we would be able to eat them all before they went bad. ¬†I went on Pinterest for some ideas, and came across this GREAT one.61c327f198ea16a0903f8da8e39dc795

Dried strawberries – genius! ¬†The link this brought me to is an eHow on how to dry strawberries (you can click on the picture to go to the site). ¬†I have dried apples in the oven, but never thought of doing it with strawberries. ¬†On the site, it says to use REALLY low temps of about 120 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. ¬†When I did the apples, I used higher temps than this, and I knew that strawberries contain even more moisture than apples, so I decided on 200 degrees Fahrenheit. ¬†Thank goodness I did, because even this took a good 5 hours to get the strawberries to dry — I can’t imagine how long it would have taken at 120-150 degrees!

The great thing about these is they stay fresh for quite a while, so I was able to make these and not have to worry about the gobs of strawberries I bought going to waste. ¬†I eat them plain (they taste somewhat like twizzlers, but in my opinion, BETTER), and I’ve also used them to make a homemade trail mix with dried strawberries, cashews, almonds, and walnuts – YUM! ¬†The recipe is extremely easy though it takes quite a while for the strawberries to dry, so it’s a good one to do if you know you are going to be home for most the day. ¬†As an added bonus, these will make your home smell amazing while they are in the oven.

OVEN DRIED STRAWBERRIES

Ingredients

  • Strawberries

Directions

  1. Cut off tops of strawberries and any bad spots.  Cut in half. Place wax paper on a baking sheet and put the strawberries on the wax paper.

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2.  Place in oven. Bake at 200 degrees for 3-5 hours. (I did two batches, the first, I cut the strawberries into thirds, and those took a little over 3 hours. The second, I halved the strawberries, and those ones took 4-5 hours)strawberries2

3. Remove from oven and peel the strawberries off the wax paper.strawberries3

Enjoy! ūüôā

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