This is the creamiest quickest 3 ingredient healthy chocolate fudge recipe ever! Makes a great gift for the holidays or better yet just eat it all yourself!

christmas-gift-wrapping-ideas-using-soda-bottles-41The only thing better than a good chocolate fudge recipe is a quick 3 ingredient healthy chocolate fudge recipe!  Well we gotcha covered!  Honey, coconut oil and cocoa or cacao if you prefer.  A few minutes in your fridge and it’s ready to eat.  Good any time of year, it’s especially perfect at Christmas time as a last minute neighbor gift. Put it in one of our Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas Using Soda Bottles and they will “oooh” and “ahhh” over how clever you are while they drool over the the fudge. It’s a win win situation all around.  Want to give them another type of treat?  Check out our Healthy No Bake Cookies! Decorate your container another way! And if it’s not Christmas time and you just want to be a nice neighbor slap a ribbon on your container. They’ll still be amazed.

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Chocolate Fudge Recipe

  • 1 c. coconut oil
  • ¾ c. honey
  • 1 c. cacao OR cocoa powder

Mix the liquefied coconut oil and honey and add in the cocoa powder. Blend with a whisk until very smooth. You can also blend it in a blender.
Heavily grease a small pan and pour in your mixture or you can line it with wax paper or foil if desired for easier removal.
Chill in your fridge or freezer. It gets firm very fast due to how quickly the coconut oil firms up.
Must be stored in the fridge to maintain its shape.

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Quick 3 Ingredient Healthy Chocolate Fudge Recipe!
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Ingredients
  • 1 c. coconut oil
  • ¾ c. honey
  • 1 c. cacao OR cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. Mix the liquefied coconut oil and honey and add in the cocoa powder. Blend with a whisk until very smooth. You can also blend it in a blender.
  2. Heavily grease a small pan and pour in your mixture or you can line it with wax paper or foil if desired for easier removal.
  3. Chill in your fridge or freezer. It gets firm very fast due to how quickly the coconut oil firms up.
  4. Must be stored in the fridge to maintain its shape.

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This is the creamiest quickest 3 ingredient healthy chocolate fudge recipe ever! Makes a great gift for the holidays or better yet just eat it all yourself!

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This is the creamiest quickest 3 ingredient healthy chocolate fudge recipe ever! Makes a great gift for the holidays or better yet just eat it all yourself!

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This is the creamiest quickest 3 ingredient healthy chocolate fudge recipe ever! Makes a great gift for the holidays or better yet just eat it all yourself!

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This is the creamiest quickest 3 ingredient healthy chocolate fudge recipe ever! Makes a great gift for the holidays or better yet just eat it all yourself!

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This is the creamiest quickest 3 ingredient healthy chocolate fudge recipe ever! Makes a great gift for the holidays or better yet just eat it all yourself!

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This is the creamiest quickest 3 ingredient healthy chocolate fudge recipe ever! Makes a great gift for the holidays or better yet just eat it all yourself!

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This is the creamiest quickest 3 ingredient healthy chocolate fudge recipe ever! Makes a great gift for the holidays or better yet just eat it all yourself!

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This is the creamiest quickest 3 ingredient healthy chocolate fudge recipe ever! Makes a great gift for the holidays or better yet just eat it all yourself!

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This is the creamiest quickest 3 ingredient healthy chocolate fudge recipe ever! Makes a great gift for the holidays or better yet just eat it all yourself!

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This is the creamiest quickest 3 ingredient healthy chocolate fudge recipe ever! Makes a great gift for the holidays or better yet just eat it all yourself!

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The best thing about this quick, yummy & healthy stir fry recipe is there’s no measuring! Grab your favorite veggies, some “special sauce” a few peanuts as garnish & your chopsticks!  It only takes about 15 minutes to make.  Served with a side of brown rice and you can eat as much as you like. You won’t find a much healthier version.  The sauce used is made by Panda Express (yep, the fantastic restaurant!) You can buy it in many stores. It comes in a variety of flavors. Kung Pao was used with this one and it’s zero fat which doesn’t hurt!

Another healthy recipe that would complement this wonderful dish is our Baked Egg Rolls and for dessert some Healthy No Bake Cookies!

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These amounts make a huge one person serving or 2 or 3 smaller servings. The amounts you add can vary as can the veggies.

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Zojirushi Rice Cooker aWe use brown rice with our stir fry as it’s one of  the healthier types. It does, however, take a long time to cook. If you cook rice regularly as we do it pays to invest in a Zojirushi rice cooker. This little machine is one of my best and most time saving purchases and it cooks rice PERFECT every time!

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PROS

  • Cooks rice perfect every time.
  • Very easy cleanup with non-stick removable container.
  • Hands off cooking.
  • Alerts when completed.
  • Keeps Rice Warm.
  • Retractable Cord
  • Carry Handle

CONS

  • Pricey. However, you definitely get what you pay for in this case. We’ve had ours for 6 years and its going strong.

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  1. Brown rice goes great with this and so healthy. It does take a while to cook so start it early!
  2. Place your cut up veggies in a hot pan with about 3 TB water. Saute until slightly softened but still firm which takes about 10 to 15 minutes depending on your stove.
  3. After they are cooked, add about 1/4th to 1/3rd cup of kung pao sauce sauce or to taste.
  4. Serve and sprinkle with peanuts as garnish.

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If you’re having brown rice with your meal you need to start it early! Using a Zojirusi cooker its super easy. Just add rice, water and push the button!

The best thing about this quick, yummy & healthy stir fry recipe is there's no measuring! Grab the veggies you like, some "special sauce" & your chopsticks!The best thing about this quick, yummy & healthy stir fry recipe is there's no measuring! Grab the veggies you like, some "special sauce" & your chopsticks!

Using my special rice cooker, its perfect every time!The best thing about this quick, yummy & healthy stir fry recipe is there's no measuring! Grab the veggies you like, some "special sauce" & your chopsticks!

Gather your veggies. If you like others, feel free to add those in!The best thing about this quick, yummy & healthy stir fry recipe is there's no measuring! Grab the veggies you like, some "special sauce" & your chopsticks!

We used this sauce. It’s delicious! (A bit hot.)The best thing about this quick, yummy & healthy stir fry recipe is there's no measuring! Grab the veggies you like, some "special sauce" & your chopsticks!

Cut up your veggies and pineapple into large chunks. The best thing about this quick, yummy & healthy stir fry recipe is there's no measuring! Grab the veggies you like, some "special sauce" & your chopsticks!

These are ready to stir fry!The best thing about this quick, yummy & healthy stir fry recipe is there's no measuring! Grab the veggies you like, some "special sauce" & your chopsticks!

We stir fry in water as its simple to do and you don’t get the fat.  Add 2 TB water to a hot pan. The best thing about this quick, yummy & healthy stir fry recipe is there's no measuring! Grab the veggies you like, some "special sauce" & your chopsticks!

Toss in your vegetables and fruit. The best thing about this quick, yummy & healthy stir fry recipe is there's no measuring! Grab the veggies you like, some "special sauce" & your chopsticks!

Cook, stirring constantly. As the water disappears add a little more. The best thing about this quick, yummy & healthy stir fry recipe is there's no measuring! Grab the veggies you like, some "special sauce" & your chopsticks!

Keep cooking and stirring. You want your vegetables to start softening but still have a little crunch and firmness to them. The best thing about this quick, yummy & healthy stir fry recipe is there's no measuring! Grab the veggies you like, some "special sauce" & your chopsticks!

After they are cooked, about 10 -14 minutes, add the sauce. We never measure but for this full pan of veggies we probably added about 1/4th to 1/3rd a cup. The best thing about this quick, yummy & healthy stir fry recipe is there's no measuring! Grab the veggies you like, some "special sauce" & your chopsticks!

Peanuts are a wonderful garnish on top. Sprinkle 1/4 cup over your stir fry or as much as you like. The best thing about this quick, yummy & healthy stir fry recipe is there's no measuring! Grab the veggies you like, some "special sauce" & your chopsticks!

The completed stir fry recipe!The best thing about this quick, yummy & healthy stir fry recipe is there's no measuring! Grab the veggies you like, some "special sauce" & your chopsticks!blank630x20

The best thing about this quick, yummy & healthy stir fry recipe is there's no measuring! Grab the veggies you like, some "special sauce" & your chopsticks!blank630x20

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Quick, Delicious & Healthy Stir Fry
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Serves: 3
 
Ingredients
  • ½ large green bell pepper
  • ½ large red bell pepper
  • ¼ fresh pineapple
  • 1 heaping cup mushrooms
  • ½ large onion
  • 1 small zucchini or yellow squash.
  • Kung Pao Sauce by Panda Express (or sauce of choice)
  • Unsalted peanuts as garnish. About ¼th cup.
  • Water, for sauteing.
Instructions
  1. Place the cut up veggies in a hot pan with about 3 TB water. Saute until slightly softened but still firm which takes about 10 to 15 minutes depending on your stove.
  2. After they are cooked add in about ¼th to ⅓rd cup of kung pao sauce or to taste.
  3. Serve and sprinkle with peanuts as garnish.

 

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With our green smoothie recipe you'll learn how to easily take in large amounts of dark greens with one quick and delicious drink. Your body will love you!

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If you’re looking for a quick way to get large amounts of live nutrient rich dark greens into your diet, our green smoothie recipe can’t be beat!  It’s sweet and delicious and takes 5 minutes or less to make.  It’s also very easily adaptable. I’ve drank a quart for breakfast for years and Roy does too.  We’ll give you all our hints and tips for the yummiest green drink ever. Try it for a month and see if you don’t notice a difference in how you look and feel!  If you’d like more info on drinking nutritiously, check out our “All About Juicing” post which has a free printable pesticide chart. blank630x20

With our green smoothie recipe you'll learn how to easily take in large amounts of dark greens with one quick and delicious drink. Your body will love you!Green Smoothie Recipe : Short Version

In a blender add:

  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 4 to 6 ice cubes
  • 1 full head romaine (bottom trimmed off)
  • 1 huge handful baby spinach
  • 1 large frozen ripe banana
  • Blend till smooth and creamy. Makes 1 quart for 1 person. Drink immediately.   If it’s not sweet enough add a little honey.

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This recipe is very forgiving and you can add or take away all kinds of things. Try to keep this goal in mind: getting a large amount of nutrient rich  dark greens into your body.  You should drink a FULL QUART of this at once. Super easy to do because it’s so yummy.blank630x20

screenshot382-sep-27-07-13After you’ve gone through our ideas below you might want to hop on over to Positive Health Wellness site and check out their “All In One Guide To Making A Green Smoothie“. It’s  filled with even more great ideas and info on this topic!

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Good Blender. After burning out 2 or 3 normal blenders we finally invested in a Vita-Mix many years back.  They last forever and will blend anything. Plus they do a lot more than just small.grinderblend stuff, including grinding flour! However, those are not in everyone’s budget so just make sure your blender can blend frozen fruit.

Mini Coffee Grinder (optional) I use this exact one for grinding my flax seed. It’s also very handy for grinding nuts, herbs etc.

THE GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPE BASE

Try to use organic greens if affordable and available.

1 1/2 Cup water with 4-6 ice cubes

Frozen Bananas. Using frozen bananas is what makes your drink sweet, rich and creamy.  Freeze them extra ripe The riper they are the sweeter they are. We buy bananas in bulk, peel them and then cut them into 1″ to 2 ” pieces and freeze in 1 gallon freezer bags, one layer thick.  Each day we grab what we need for our smoothies.  I typically use enough pieces to make 1 full banana. The more you use the thicker and sweeter it gets!

Romaine Lettuce, a full head with the bottom cut off.

Baby Spinach. As spinach is very tame in flavor use a HUGE handful!

OPTIONAL ADDITIONS

A lot of what you use in your green smoothie recipe is done to taste. So go easy on things until you decide what amounts you like best.

Kale  is a super food, meaning it’s one of the most nutrient rich foods on the planet. If you can use it, do so. Keep in mind it does have a  very strong flavor so I only use a small handful. That way you don’t taste it.

small.flax.seedFlax seed.  This is another super food and  I always add 1 TB of ground flax seed to each smoothie.  Never buy this pre-ground because as soon as you grind it, it  starts losing its nutrients. I have a tiny electric coffee grinder that sits on my counter, as mentioned above. It gets used daily for this purpose. You could also use flax oil in place of the ground seeds. Flax gives you those Omega 3’s our bodies so desperately need which is why I add it to all our smoothies. FYI: The outer shell of the tiny flax seed is so tough it cannot be digested which is why you have to grind it.

Cacao Powder We use this when we want a chocolate smoothie. Or just toss in a little cocoa powder.

Psyllium Husk You can add 1 tsp of this into your smoothie. I mainly use it because it’s an item I keep on hand all the time. It’s pure fiber. If you choose to use less bananas this will help make your drink thick.

Other Frozen Fruits: Blue berries (another super food and it makes your drink a pretty purple).  Frozen strawberries are great also. Remember, frozen fruits make your drink thicker.

We’ve also used 1/2 a fresh mango on occasion. Gives it a wonderful flavor and adds to the sweetness.

SWEETENERS (IF NEEDED)

If you use plenty of ripe bananas your drink will be very sweet but if you use less you may want to use some added sweetness.  You can add in a small amount of honey, Stevia, agave nectar or Xylitol We’ve used every one of these at various times, my favorite being Xylitol due to it’s benefits to teeth. (See our post Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye!)   The protein powder below also sweetens your smoothie and you only need 1/2 scoop for 1 quart of smoothie.

 

With our green smoothie recipe you'll learn how to easily take in large amounts of dark greens with one quick and delicious drink. Your body will love you!SUN WARRIOR PROTEIN POWDER

This is completely optional and I only mention it because Roy and I have got spoiled using it the past year.  It’s a plant based ultra-nutritious powder.  Keep in mind you get high level of protein from dark greens so it’s not needed for that reason but it has other nutrients plus it’s sweetened with Stevia and comes in vanilla and chocolate. If you prefer to not add a lot of fruit into your green drink this does a wonderful job of sweetening and flavoring it.  We prefer the chocolate and we only use 1/2 a scoop per quart which is perfect.

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How We Make Our Green SmoothieWith our green smoothie recipe you'll learn how to easily take in large amounts of dark greens with one quick and delicious drink. Your body will love you!blank630x20 With our green smoothie recipe you'll learn how to easily take in large amounts of dark greens with one quick and delicious drink. Your body will love you!blank630x20 With our green smoothie recipe you'll learn how to easily take in large amounts of dark greens with one quick and delicious drink. Your body will love you!blank630x20 With our green smoothie recipe you'll learn how to easily take in large amounts of dark greens with one quick and delicious drink. Your body will love you!blank630x20 With our green smoothie recipe you'll learn how to easily take in large amounts of dark greens with one quick and delicious drink. Your body will love you!blank630x20 With our green smoothie recipe you'll learn how to easily take in large amounts of dark greens with one quick and delicious drink. Your body will love you!blank630x20

If you  would like it thicker just add more frozen fruit and/or ice cubes.With our green smoothie recipe you'll learn how to easily take in large amounts of dark greens with one quick and delicious drink. Your body will love you!

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As I mentioned, I drink a quart of this every morning and love it. It’s delicious, filling and off the charts good for you! Try replacing your normal breakfast with one of these for a month and see what happens. With our green smoothie recipe you'll learn how to easily take in large amounts of dark greens with one quick and delicious drink. Your body will love you!

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With our green smoothie recipe you'll learn how to easily take in large amounts of dark greens with one quick and delicious drink. Your body will love you!

blank630x20With our green smoothie recipe you'll learn how to easily take in large amounts of dark greens with one quick and delicious drink. Your body will love you!

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With our green smoothie recipe you'll learn how to easily take in large amounts of dark greens with one quick and delicious drink. Your body will love you!

blank630x20With our green smoothie recipe you'll learn how to easily take in large amounts of dark greens with one quick and delicious drink. Your body will love you!

 

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Even if your not a salad eater you will like this arugula, spinach, sun dried tomatoes and capers healthy pasta salad. It's quick to make a very filling!blank630x20As a plant eater you might be surprised to know I don’t care for salads that much. If I have them I tend to want lots of rich, creamy and very healthy, dressing on it.  This is why I generally get my dark live greens by juicing. But this salad is different. It’s an arugula, spinach, sun dried tomatoes and capers healthy pasta salad and I can eat it by the bowl full. The flavors are delicious and it’s quick to make and very filling.  It’s the only salad I make and eat regularly as a full meal.  Give it a try and see what you think!

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Healthy Pasta Salad Printable Recipe

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Arugula Spinach & Capers Healthy Pasta Salad
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Ingredients
  • 3 TB Capers
  • 3 TB Balsamic Vinegar
  • ⅓ cup sundried tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 1 TB extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 oz. dried rotini or pasta of choice boiled per directions (add more if desired)
  • 2 cups each packed fresh arugula and baby spinach
Instructions
  1. Boil the pasta according to directions
  2. In a large bowl mix the capers, balsamic vinegar, sliced sun dried tomatoes, olive oil and pasta. Add in the arugula and baby spinach and toss well.

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Even if your not a salad eater you will like this arugula, spinach, sun dried tomatoes and capers healthy pasta salad. It's quick to make a very filling!blank630x20Even if your not a salad eater you will like this arugula, spinach, sun dried tomatoes and capers healthy pasta salad. It's quick to make a very filling!

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Measure the greens by eye or lightly press them into a measuring cup.
Even if your not a salad eater you will like this arugula, spinach, sun dried tomatoes and capers healthy pasta salad. It's quick to make a very filling!

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If you're looking for vegan crock pot recipes this one is as good leftover as it is right out of the pot. Fresh veggies, lost of mushrooms and kidney beans!blank630x20

I’m always on the lookout for a good vegan crock pot recipe and this one is as good leftover as it is right out of the pot! Crock pots are one of the coolest kitchen inventions ever!  Fill it up, let it cook, eat.

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I used a 3 quart crock pot for this dish. Larger crock pots are very reasonably prices.

Veggie Beanie Crock Pot Recipe
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If you're looking for vegan crock pot recipes this one is as good leftover as it is right out of the pot. Fresh veggies, lost of mushrooms and kidney beans!
Ingredients
  • 1 Green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 Medium to large zucchini, chopped or diced
  • 8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 2 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Cup frozen corn
  • 3 Cups diced tomatoes
  • 2 15 oz. cans kidney beans
  • ½ Cup water
  • 2 TB Chile Powder
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • ½ tsp Oregano
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Place them all into the crock pot.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours.

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It will cook down a bit.If you're looking for vegan crock pot recipes this one is as good leftover as it is right out of the pot. Fresh veggies, lost of mushrooms and kidney beans!blank630x20If you're looking for vegan crock pot recipes this one is as good leftover as it is right out of the pot. Fresh veggies, lost of mushrooms and kidney beans!blank630x20If you're looking for vegan crock pot recipes this one is as good leftover as it is right out of the pot. Fresh veggies, lost of mushrooms and kidney beans!blank630x20

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Our Simple Healthy Candy Apple Recipe is quick fall treat that you can feel good about eating and giving the kids. All it takes is apples, dates and nuts!blank630x20

Our Simple Healthy Candy Apple Recipe is a quick fall treat that you can feel good about eating and giving to the kids. All it takes is apples, dates and nuts! The date paste you make for the apples is super easy and can be used for a variety of other things such as our Fruit Dip Recipe. blank630x20
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Supplies for Candy Apple Recipe

  • Popsicle sticks (or small dowels cut into pieces)
  • Medjool Dates
  • Food Processor
  • Nuts
  • Small Apples

Apples, nuts, dates (soaking) and sticks.

Simple Healthy Candy Apple Recipe 3b

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Instructions for Date Paste Coating

For the coating you need to make date paste which is super simple. All you need is dates and water and a food processor.

  1. Remove seeds from Medjool dates. (Medjool dates are extra soft and super sweet!).
  2. Soak in water enough to cover them for 30 minutes up to 2 hours until extra soft.
  3. Drain but save the water.
  4. Place in food processor and blend until smooth, scraping sides of container as needed.
  5. You want this paste to be very thick but spreadable. You can add a tiny bit of the drained off date water but be careful to not add too much. I didn’t need to add any to mine.

Or view our Fruit Dip Recipe here with photos.

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Making Your Candy Apples

Insert your sticks.

Our Simple Healthy Candy Apple Recipe is quick fall treat that you can feel good about eating and giving the kids. All it takes is apples, dates and nuts!

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Spread on your date paste.

Our Simple Healthy Candy Apple Recipe is quick fall treat that you can feel good about eating and giving the kids. All it takes is apples, dates and nuts!

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This will be sticky as the paste does not “set” up.

Our Simple Healthy Candy Apple Recipe is quick fall treat that you can feel good about eating and giving the kids. All it takes is apples, dates and nuts!

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Sprinkle with chopped nuts. You could also use coconut, cacao nibs etc.

Our Simple Healthy Candy Apple Recipe is quick fall treat that you can feel good about eating and giving the kids. All it takes is apples, dates and nuts!

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Our Simple Healthy Candy Apple Recipe is quick fall treat that you can feel good about eating and giving the kids. All it takes is apples, dates and nuts!

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Our Simple Healthy Candy Apple Recipe is quick fall treat that you can feel good about eating and giving the kids. All it takes is apples, dates and nuts!

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Check out the main Fruit Dip Recipe here.

Here's a healthy fruit dip recipe that takes 5 minutes to make (after you soak the dates). Use it as is for dipping, make candy apples and much more!

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Here's a healthy fruit dip recipe that takes 5 minutes to make (after you soak the dates). Use it as is for dipping, make candy apples and much more! blank630x20

Here’s a healthy fruit dip recipe that takes  5 minutes to make after you soak the dates. And guess what? That’s the only ingredient!  It’s rich, candy sweet and good for you. Use it as is for dipping, for making Simple Healthy Candy Apples and much more!

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A Bit About Dates

There are many varieties of dates and they all have wonderful health benefits but Medjool dates have some specific characteristics that make them perfect for things such as this. They are extra soft and they are exquisitely rich and have a caramel taste to them. Eaten plain they are almost like candy.

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Instructions

Remove the seeds by squeezing the dates. Don’t miss any!

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Soak the dates in enough water to cover them anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. They just need to get extra soft for easy blending. Here's a healthy fruit dip recipe that takes 5 minutes to make (after you soak the dates). Use it as is for dipping, make candy apples and much more!blank630x20

Drain off the water but save a little in case you need it. Place dates in a food processor. You want a paste like smooth consistency. You can  add a tablespoon or so of the date water if they are too dry. (If your using the paste for something such as our Candy Apple Recipe you want it to be very thick.)Here's a healthy fruit dip recipe that takes 5 minutes to make (after you soak the dates). Use it as is for dipping, make candy apples and much more!blank630x20

You will need to stop blending and scrape the sides occasionally then start blending again. Blend till smooth. Here's a healthy fruit dip recipe that takes 5 minutes to make (after you soak the dates). Use it as is for dipping, make candy apples and much more!blank630x20

I like mine a bit chunky so I didn’t blend it quite as much. If you add a tiny bit of water it makes a smoother dip. Your date paste will keep up to three months in your freezer.

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Dip your favorite fruit.

Here's a healthy fruit dip recipe that takes 5 minutes to make (after you soak the dates). Use it as is for dipping, make candy apples and much more!blank630x20 Here's a healthy fruit dip recipe that takes 5 minutes to make (after you soak the dates). Use it as is for dipping, make candy apples and much more!blank630x20

It works great using our Candy Apple Recipe too!

Our Simple Healthy Candy Apple Recipe is quick fall treat that you can feel good about eating and giving the kids. All it takes is apples, dates and nuts!

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A simple and healthy Lembas bread recipe from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Comes with a free Mallorn leaf pattern to wrap your bread it. A tasty Elven food!blank630x20

 

The cakes will keep sweet for many many days if they are unbroken and left in their leaf-wrappings, as we have brought them. One will keep a traveler on his feet for a day of long labor, even if he be one of the tall men of Minas Tirith.”  ~Fellowship of the Ring

Taste a little of that elven magic with our Healthy Lembas Bread Recipe.  This is an adaptation of the bread seen in the Lord of the Rings and though one small bite might not last you all day it’s still pretty yummy! We also have a free Mallorn Leaf template that you can wrap your bread in.

Celebrate Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week with Us!

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Supplies

(See amounts in printable recipe below. Links are to the exact products I order and use.)

MALLORN LEAF SUPPLIES

  • Green construction paper
  • Green marker
  • Brown twine or raffia

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Lembas Bread Recipe & Instructions

NOTE: This bread is a little on the tough side rather than soft and flakey. It is none the less delicious when eaten warm right out of the oven!  Though best eaten right away you can keep it for up to three days (unlike the actual Elven bread which keeps for weeks Ü). We suggest heating it a little before eating.

Healthy Lembas Bread
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To make it even more realistic you can wrap your bread in real Mallorn leaves or printed paper leaves and then tie with raffia or string.
Ingredients
  • 2 to 2.5 cups flour of choice
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • Scant 2 TB chia seeds soaked in ¼ c water (wonderful & healthy egg replacer)
  • Pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place your chia seeds in ¼ c water. Let sit for 5 minutes. It will form a gel.
  2. In a large bowl mash your banana and mix with honey, coconut oil, salt and the chia mixture.
  3. Carefully fold in the flour. Add a little more if needed. If will be slightly sticky but can still form into a ball. Don't over mix this as it makes the bread tough.
  4. Make a ball out of the dough and place in the fridge for an hour.
  5. Take small pieces of the dough and hand form into rectangles approximately 2"x2¼". This fits the larger size Mallorn leaf. You can make them smaller for the medium size leaf. Measure ahead of time to make sure they will fit.
  6. Place your bread on a greased baking sheet. Using a butter knife make an X about half way down into the dough.
  7. Bake at 350F for 25 minutes.
  8. Wrap your Lembas bread in your Mallorn leaves if desired.
Notes
This bread is a little on the tough side rather than soft and flakey. It is none the less delicious when eaten warm right out of the oven! Though best eaten right away you can keep it for up to three days. We suggest heating it a little before eating.

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Mallorn Leaf Download and Instructions

There are two sizes. We used the larger size. There is a green version for printing on regular paper and a white version that you can use as a template for construction paper, which is what we did.

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If you thought no-bake cookies were simple to make before, wait till you try these! Our healthy no bake cookies take only 5 minutes to make and best of all… NO HEATING WHATSOEVER! That’s because they use coconut oil which gets hard at low temps. These are treats you don’t have to feel bad about giving the kids as they are made only from healthy ingredients. And of course coconut oil is incredibly good for you!

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Ingredients

  • Peanut Butter (Use natural for added health)
  • Coconut oil
  • Honey
  • Vanilla
  • Rolled oats
  • Cocoa, carob or cacao powder

You mix them all together. That’s it! I prefer to eat mine as is with no cooling. I put some in a small bowl and eat the gooey concoction with a spoon. You can also drop them onto foil or wax paper by the spoonful and put in the fridge for about an hour. Or spread them in a square pan and cool in the fridge then slice. No matter how you eat them they are pure heaven and pure health.

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Healthy No Bake No Heat Cookies
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Makes approximately 24 small cookies.
Ingredients
  • 1 c Natural Peanut Butter
  • ½ c Coconut oil
  • ½ c Honey
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 c Rolled oats (whole)
  • 3-6 TB Cocoa, carob or cacao powder. (Cocoa takes less as it’s much more bitter)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients. I mix everything but the oats then add them in.
THREE WAYS TO EAT THESE
  1. As is.
  2. Place spoonful’s onto wax paper or foil and place in the refrigerator for an hour or so.
  3. Or spread into a square container. Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour and slice into sections.
NOTE: Adjust the oats depending on how gooey you like it.

 

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Coconut Oil

If you’re unfamiliar with coconut oil, its a super food, meaning it has incredible health benefits. It also has a low melting temp which make it perfect for things like this or for our Healthy Frozen Chocolate Bananas or a Chocolate Sauce that Hardens.

Here’s what it looks like. As my house is about 75 degrees you can see that it’s partially hardened with small areas where it’s beginning to melt.

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Takes six ingredients. I’ve left the vanilla out on accident and it was still delicious!

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This HEALTHY FRENCH TOAST is gonna have your drooling! It's gooey and sweet and healthy!  Top it with fresh bananas, blueberries or any other fruit you like and some agave nectar or pure maple syrup. Then do your best to not to feel guilty when you eat it because there’s no need!blank630x20

It’s hard to believe something that tastes this good is actually healthy. It can be made fat free also depending on how you cook it and what bread you use. But this healthy french toast will have you drooling. The coating is made with ripe bananas. It’s hot and gooey when done. If you choose to use a healthy oil in your pan the bread will lay flatter. Otherwise it tends to bunch up and stick together as you try to flip it, but still tastes great! I have 3 or 4 slices topped with blueberries, bananas then I top it with Agave Nectar or Maple Syrup, both which are very healthy.

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Healthy French Toast Printable Recipe

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Healthy French Toast with Banana Coating
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Gooey, totally healthy and delicious!
Ingredients
  • 3-4 slices whole grain wheat bread
  • 1 to 1½ large ripe banana.
  • Scant ¼ c soy milk or water
  • Small amount vanilla to taste.
  • Cinnamon to taste. (optional)
  • 1 TB flour (a whole grain based is best but I've used white in a pinch)
OPTIONAL EGG REPLACER (Not necessary but it gives the mixture more body.)
  • 1 TB Ground flax seed OR 1 TB regular chia seeds soaked in 2 TB warm water for 10 min
OPTIONAL TOPPINGS
  • Banana slices
  • Berries of choices (I thaw frozen blueberries for mine)
  • Agave Nectar OR Real Maple syrup
TOOLS
  • Good non-stick skillet
  • Blender
Instructions
  1. FYI: Even with a good non-stick skillet the bread will still stick and bunch up due to the banana coating. (Unless you use oil.) That's fine. Just keep it as flat as you can, though it doesn't really matter. It will also NOT get brown due to the banana coating. It is meant to be gooey and hot.
  2. Put the banana in a blender with the soy milk or water, the flour, soaked seeds if you used them, vanilla and cinnamon, if you're using it. Blend till smooth. Place in a flat dish or bowl.
  3. Dip the bread into the batter. Lay in a hot no-stick pan. The heat can be fairly high and it won't burn.
  4. Let it heat for 2 to 3 min. and turn. Remember.. its gonna stick! Its ok.
  5. After bread is well heated use your spatula to help scrape the bread up from the pan including the coating that stuck.
  6. Place on a plate and add sliced bananas or berries if desired.
  7. Top lightly with agave syrup or Maple syrup both of which are healthy.

 

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Want a healthy meatloaf substitute? Try this Scrumptious Veggie Lentil Loaf! It’s DELICIOUS and firm and can be served as is or made into sandwiches. If you’re trying to eat healthier this is a perfect addition to your meal plans.   blank630x20

A meatless meatloaf? Say what??? Yet here it is in all it’s glorious yumminess! I never consider things like this as a “replacement” for something else but just a delicious dish in and of themselves. But this does looks exactly like a meatloaf so hence the quirky title of this article. It’s really a Vegetable Lentil Loaf and it’s become my favorite meal for the past few weeks. (We’ve made about 8 of them so far!) You can of course eat it plain with a side of mashed potatoes and veggies. But Roy and my favorite way to eat this by far is to place it in the fridge and cut slices off for sandwiches. We put Vegenaise on both slices of soft whole wheat bread and then a 1/3 inch slice of our lentil loaf.  (Vegenaise is a healthy mayo substitute that is even better tasting than regular mayonnaise.) Roy likes to add a little more BBQ sauce along with some sliced onions on his.  Sometimes we’ll have some Baked Onion Rings with it. Either way it’s a delicious meal!blank630x20

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NOTE: This dish does take a bit of time to make because of all the ingredients and steps. But it’s more than worth it especially if you use it for sandwiches over 3 or 4 days.

It requires some ground flax seed and oats. I keep a mini coffee grinder on hand as they are perfect for that! Takes only seconds to grind what you need.

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Scrumptious Meatless Meatloaf
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup dry lentils
  • 2½ cups water or vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons flaxseed ground in mini coffee grinder
  • ⅓ cup water (6 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil for sauteing, or steam saute using ¼ cup water
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 carrot, finely diced or grated
  • 1 celery stalk, finely diced
  • ¾ cup oats
  • ½ cup oats ground up in mini coffee grinder
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 small bell pepper diced
  • ½ cup mushrooms diced
  • 1 heaping teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ heaping teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Liquid Smoke
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • GLAZE: BBQ Sauce of Choice
Instructions
  1. Oven 350
  2. Place lentils in a large pot with 2½ cups water and bring to a boil, reduce the heat then cover and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  3. In a pan heat water or oil over medium heat and saute the onions, bell pepper, celery, carrots and garlic for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Place ¾ of the cooled cooked lentils into a blender to puree them.
  5. In a large bowl add in your sauteed vegetables, regular lentils and pureed lentils, regular oats and ground oats.
  6. In a cup mix your seasons with a tiny bit of water. Add the liquid smoke and stir into mixture well.(The water helps everything mix well.)
  7. In another cup mix your flax seed with 2 or 3 TB water and mix. Add to mixture right away and stir well. (This is a wonderful egg replacer!)
  8. You can taste it and add salt and pepper as desired.
  9. Place the mixture in to a bread pan sprayed or lined to ease in removal. Use a wood spoon to make chopping motions up and down in the mixture across the whole pan.This helps it to settle down more and make a firmer loaf. Smooth over the top evenly.
  10. Top with your choice of BBQ sauce.
  11. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes. Cool slightly before slicing or cool and place in fridge for sandwiches.

 

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Baked Onion Rings

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Baked Onion Rings
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Ingredients
  • 2 medium onions, sliced into ½" rings
  • 1 cup almond, rice or soy milk
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs, preferably whole wheat
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Oven 425
  2. Place cornmeal, breadcrumbs, paprika, pepper, salt and garlic powder into a bowl.
  3. Pour soy milk into a bowl.
  4. Dip each onion ring into milk and then into dry ingredients coating lightly.
  5. Place on greased baking sheet. Bake at 425 for 6 to 8 minutes. Turn and bake another 6 to 8 minutes. You want them crisp.
NOTE
  1. These are a bit spicy and hot. Use less spices if desired.

 

 

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You can keep the ingredients for this meal on hand for those times when you want something healthy but don’t want to spend a lot of time making it. Buy frozen veggie burgers and fries and keep them in the freezer.  Get a bag of shredded cabbage and carrots (slaw mix).  For the meal toss the fries in the oven, heat the burger per directions and take some of your slaw mix and add a little mayo or better yet Vegenaise. Put a HUGE gob of slaw on your burger.  It is SOOOO good!

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Sometimes you want something to eat that’s easy to make. If you’re into eating healthier this can be tricky.  I keep a few things on hand for when I don’t feel like making something healthy from scratch. These veggie burgers are one of them. There are a variety of brands out there you can buy but I love the taste of the Boca brand the best! They fry up in a pan in about 10 minutes. My favorite way to eat my veggie burger is with a large amount of coleslaw on top. Makes my mouth water just talking about it. Use any buns or bread of choice.

I also bake up some healthy type frozen fries and I make my coleslaw from the bags of mix but I toss the seasoning packet and just add in Vegenaise, a non dairy delicious mayo, and a little honey, Xylitol or agave nectar for sweetness. When finished you’ve got a very filling healthy meal with minimal work!blank300x231

Supplies for Veggie Burgers with Slaw

  • Frozen Vegan Burgers
  • Package shredded slaw mix (cabbage and carrots)
  • Vegenaise (non dairy delicious mayo replacer!)
  • Sweetener i.e. honey, xylitol or agave nectar
  • Buns or bread of choice
  • Frozen healthy fries

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Quick Veggie Slaw Burgers
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Ingredients
  • Frozen Veggie Burgers (Boca is a great brand)
  • Package slaw mix (cabbage and carrots)
  • Vegenaise
  • Sweetener (honey, agave nectar or Xylitol)
  • Frozen healthy fries
  • Bread or buns of choice
Instructions
  1. Bake your fries as directed.
  2. To make coleslaw place the shredded carrot/cabbage mix in a bowl. Add in Vegenaise and sweetener to taste. Mix.
  3. Pan fry your burger as instructed. You can microwave them but they are MUCH better when browned in a pan.
  4. Assemble burger with a HUGE amount of slaw on top. Sprinkle fries with any seasonings you wish or just sea salt.
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MY ORIGINAL COPY

We’ve been making Tortilla Boogies since the late 80’s, believe it or not.  It’s truly the most delicious wrap recipe I’ve ever eaten. I learned about them from the best selling book at the time Fit For Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond.   This recipe was in that book and I still have my original copy shown here.   The pièce de résistance of this dish are the BBQ onions.  Oh…. my…. gosh…. they are SO good!  We make the “fixings” in large batches and keep them in the fridge for quick lunches.

And a HUGE  THANK YOU and shout out to the Diamond’s and their cutting edge book. It was considered  ahead of it’s time back then but many of their concepts of food and diet has come to be proven valid. I credit them as being the catalyst that started me on a more healthy way of eating.blank300x231(1)

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Because of how the flavors mix I’d suggest using every ingredient from my basic list.   The seasoning  Spike  can be found in almost every grocery store and is a very healthy and wonderful alternative to just plain salt. I actually buy it in bulk because I use so much of it. Vegenaise is a non-dairy mayonnaise replacement. It’s a soy product and absolutely yummy! It is purchased  at most stores that offer healthy selections and is found in the cold section.  Also, if you steam veggies a lot one of these food steamers is invaluable. Mine gets used at least once a day. Toss your veggies in, set the time and come back when it dings.

Vegenaise Spike and Steamer

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The BBQ Onions are a must with this meal. They are delicious! Just saute your onions till cooked. We just do it in water. Then add some sweet BBQ sauce and stir it in.

Tortilla Boogies Steaming and BBQ Onions

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The amounts on everything is not that important. Tortilla Boogies : Healthy Vegan and DELICIOUS!

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This is the most delicious wrap recipe ever! The flavors are amazing with the BBQ onions being the key ingredient. It’s healthy, simple and tasty. Can’t beat that!

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This is the most delicious wrap recipe ever! The flavors are amazing with the BBQ onions being the key ingredient. It’s healthy, simple and tasty. Can’t beat that!

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Anything with a cool name like this HAS to be good! And boy is it. The ingredients mesh together to make a delectable flavor that is mouthwatering. A key ingredient is the BBQ onions. They are a MUST! Try to use all the fillings suggested if you can. Then keep a batch of them ready made in the fridge for quick assembly and reheating. They make a great fast healthy meal.

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Tortilla Boogies
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Ingredients
  • 1-2 tablespoon BBQ Sauce
  • 1 large Onion - sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Canola Oil
  • 1 24 oz Broccoli and Cauliflower (frozen or fresh)
  • ½ cup Dill pickle slivers
  • 2 cups Lettuce shredded
  • ½ cup Avocado slices
  • 1 package Tortillas - Corn (Large if you can find them)
  • Vegenaise or another mayo replacement
  • Spike (Seasoning)
Instructions
Make the BBQ onions:
  1. In a frying pan with a small amount of oil or water saute sliced onions with the BBQ sauce of your choosing. Cook till soft, stirring frequently. Set aside.
  2. Steam broccoli and cauliflower till tender.
Assemble other Ingredients in small bowls
  1. Avocado Slices, Dill Pickle Slivers, Shredded Lettuce and BBQ Onions once cooked.
  2. Heat corn tortillas so they are softer. They tend to break apart easily. If desired you can brush a small amount of oil on one side of each and heat quickly in a pan or microwave. The oil helps them not to break apart easily when filled.
  3. Spread a small amount of Vegenaise on each tortilla. Add in other ingredients and top with the BBQ onions. Fold and eat!

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Hard core meat eaters LOVE this sandwich. (I've tested it on them!)  It’s inexpensive and uses very few ingredients but the flavor is amazing.  And healthy? You bet!  Make up a quick batch of these and hand them out to family and friends and see the response.blank300x231(1)

To be honest, this is one of those things when I first saw it I cynically said… “A broccoli rabe sandwich? Yeah right.”  Holy crap… was I wrong. This is in our families top 5 favorite meals and they are delicious! It’s a fact: I’ve never fed it to meat eaters who LOVED it.

We’re really picky about what we eat around here… meaning it has to taste great along with being healthy. This embodies both of those requirements! You can print out the recipe at the bottom of the post.

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NOTES: We only use soy cheese. Shown below is the brand that’s our favorite. It tastes great, but keep in mind soy cheese does not melt like normal cheese. It does get very soft though and most brands tastes great.  You’ll never know its not real cheese on the sandwich.  You can buy it in a variety of flavors and we typically use mozzarella or even better for this recipe is the Pepper Jack kind shown.   We have a vegetable steamer we use which is one of my favorite kitchen appliances. It helps maintain the nutrient content as opposed to cooking vegetables directly in water.  Just pop them in and come back when they’re done!

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Delicious Broccoli Rabes (Dairy Free!)
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Ingredients
  • 2 Healthy Buns of Choice
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 TB Canola Oil
  • Hot Pepper Flakes
  • 2 Slices Soy Mozzarella, Provolone or Pepper Jack Cheese
  • 12 oz Frozen or Fresh Broccoli
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Steam your broccoli till tender but not too soft. Heat your oil, garlic and hot pepper flakes for about 30 seconds in a pan over medium high heat. Toss in the steamed broccoli and saute for 1 minute.
  2. Toast the insides of your buns using a broiler until just lightly brown.
  3. Pile broccoli on each bun. Top with a slice of soy cheese. Place open sandwich under a broiler for a minute or two until the cheese softens.
  4. Top with other half of bun and serve!

 

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Juicing is an incredibly quick way to get a burst of live nutrients into your body! There is no end to the types you can make and we’ve got some of our favorite recipes to share plus some great tips all contained in our FREE JUICING PACKET! So get Juicing For Health!blank300x231(1)

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WHAT TO DO WITH PULP

Raw Carrot Cake

My Raw Carrot Cake Made From Pulp

Composting Pulp

Composting

The pulp can be placed in a garbage disposal or in the trash. But if you feel bad tossing it out, remember your body also disposes of it once the nutrients are extracted.  You’re just skipping the step where the body has to do all that work itself. There are other ways you can utilize the pulp however.  If you have a garden it’s great for the compost heap! There are recipes that use pulp but I’ve only used one.  It’s a RAW carrot cake that uses carrot pulp as the main ingredient and it’s one of the most decadent and delicious desserts I’ve ever eaten. I’ll be posting that recipe at some point in the future. A list of ideas for using pulp is included in the free packet you can download below. blank300x231(1)

FOAM : THE WHIPPED TOPPING OF RAW JUICE

Yummy Foam On My JuiceWhen you juice fruits and vegetables with the Centrifugal juicer the spinning motion makes a head of foam on the top. Depending on the item juiced it will be different amounts.  This is one thing I’ve NEVER understood. Some folks don’t like that and remove it before drinking. HUH?!? It’s pure juice just whipped up a little. I’m guessing they equate it to something nasty in their heads somehow though I can’t imagine what it might be. It’s purely psychological though.

Raw Juice Foam With Crushed Ice YUMMMIn fact the foam is my FAVORITE PART and feels like I’m eating whipped topping! If I could turn a whole batch of juice into that foam I would. (In fact I’ve tried with one of those milk frothing devices. Didn’t work.)  Of course I like the foam the best on the sweeter juices but  it’s great on the vegetable juices too. I’ll even toss a little crushed ice in my juice sometimes and mix it into the foam. Pure ambrosia!

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JUICE STORAGE & SEPARATING

Juice Separation Is Natural and Fine!Your juice will start to separate a little if you let it sit. All that means is its pulling the lighter parts of the juice to the top and the heavier to the bottom. This is another one of those psychological things for some people. It tastes perfectly fine drinking it separated as its all still pure juice. If it bugs you just stir it often while drinking.

You can juice a batch to drink throughout the day if desired and even up to 48 hours. Just know that as soon as you juice your fruits and veggies they will start losing nutrients. The longer they are exposed to air the more they will lose. Does that mean you can’t store them? Of course not. Just be aware of that. You’ll also notice a lot of settling if you do that. Stir it up and drink!blank300x231(1)

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Tips

Here are a few things I’ve learned and some previously mentioned things to remember.

  • Carrots are generally the cheapest and give the greatest yield of juice for your money. You can use these as a base for almost any type of juice.
  • Fruits and veggies can be combined with no problem. Some don’t go well together of course, but apples go with anything and are great for sweetening a variety of vegetable juices.
  • Place leafy vegetables between hard fruits or veggies when juicing to help the juice extract better.
  • Lemons or limes added to a green vegetable juice will remove the bitterness that some of them have.
  • Organic fruits and vegetables don’t need to be peeled before juicing.
  • If you’re doing a juice fast make sure you drink a lot of vegetables. Don’t just juice fruit only as it’s high in sugar content.
  • Dark, leafy greens are super foods and have incredible health benefits. Use a lot of them! Kale, Romaine, Baby Spinach, Etc.
  • Baby spinach can be added to any juice. You won’t taste it unless you use a very large amount in a very small amount of juice.
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 Favorite Recipes

I’m only listing a few because recipes are not really needed. If you buy a juicing book of recipes you’ll start to notice all the authors are doing is tossing in different fruits and veggies and naming the juice something cool. Sometimes they use specific one’s for their health benefit of course and that info could be useful to you. But as far as just basic juicing goes… juice what you like!   These two are a couple of standards I make. I change them up depending on what I have in the fridge. With some testing you’ll find juice mixtures you like better than others.

V5 JUICE (Similar to V8 only healthier.)

This is the only pure veggie juice I made that has no fruit in it at all. It’s hot which I love though you can leave out the Tabasco if you don’t care for hot things. Juice all the vegetables. When finished add in sea salt and Tabasco hot sauce to tastes.

  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/4th red bell pepper
  • 1/6th chunk red onion
  • 1/2 large cucumber
  • 2 large carrots
  • Salt
  • Tabasco

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Morning Fruit Juice

Use any fruits you like. As I’ve also mentioned I almost always put in organic baby spinach into my fruit juices. It does not change the flavor and adds the extra nutritional bonus you get from dark greens.

  • 2 Apples of choice
  • Chunks of melon
  • 1 large orange
  • 1 chunk pineapple (not shown)
  • Big handful of baby spinach

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Energy Juice

When you don’t want something super sweet that has a bite to it this one is great!

  • 1 large cucumter
  • 1 peeled lemon
  • 1 large handful of romain
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Creamy Dreamy Juice

This one might surprise you. It did me. I had no idea you could juice sweet potatoes… and that they would taste good. In reality you don’t taste it much at all and it adds a creaminess to the juice. Sweet and smooth!

  • 1/4th pineapple
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 sweet potato

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All About Juicing and Free Chart

assorted fresh juices from fruits and vegetables This post has information all about juicing that will be helpful should you decide to incorporate juice into your diet! Doing a raw juice fast is incredible for the body.  It removes toxins and heals disease by giving the body pure live nutrients it needs to be healthy and disease free. Juice fasting has been around for decades but most recently a guy named Joe Cross brought it more into the public attention with a documentary that followed him as he went on a 30 day juice fast. During those 30 days he got off all his meds, cured himself from a non-curable illness and lost a bunch of weight.  I’ve juiced for many years though only as an addition to my diet.  You can do a juice fast for 30 days or more and come out on the other side healthier and more vibrant than you ever imagined.  At the bottom is a quick update on Roy’s and my progress.

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Types of Juicers

Champion Masticating Juicer The two main types are Centrifugal and Masticating, (also known as cold press).  I have both, but my favorite by far is the centrifugal which is also less expensive, faster and much easier to clean.  A masticating juicer allows you to juice leafy things easily including wheatgrass. You can also make nut butters with them.

Breville Centrifugal JuicerYou can still juice leafy things (though not wheatgrass) in the centrifugal juicer as long as you sandwich them between harder fruits and veggies. Centrifugal’s also have a larger opening which allows for easier feeding.  The key is that you want a juicer that extracts the most liquid out of your fruits and vegetables.

After a lot of research I bought a Breville on Amazon a few years back and it’s been wonderful! You can drop a whole apple in the top of it!

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Fotolia_569029_XSDepending on where you live you may or may not have access to a lot of organic fruits and veggies. The cost will also vary and they do tend to be more expensive. I use a mixture of organic and non organic as I have limited choices. I always buy organic baby spinach, romaine, and carrots and apples.

One great thing about organic is that when you’re juicing  you don’t have to peel things. If you can’t buy organic make sure you wash all your items well and peel them. The peels have a concentration of pesticides and some foods are worse than others.  Carrots probably give you the most bang for your buck, meaning you get the most juice for the least cost.

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The Environmental Working Group releases a report every year that states what fruits and vegetables have the most pesticides and which ones have the least.

To the right you can see the top dozen in each category.  Organic is always preferable but the bottom line is to get what is available and what you can afford.

12 Most Contaminated

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Grapes (Imported)
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes
12 Least Contaminated

  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn (Frozen)
  • Pineapples
  • Mango
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Peas (Frozen)
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Bananas
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Papaya

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Use & Cleaning a Juicer

layerGather your fruits and veggies. Wash. Peel if they are not organic. Place them in the juicer sandwiching leafy things between hard things to help them extract better. i.e. an apple, a handful of baby spinach, some carrots… etc.

Cleaning the juicer is fairly easy. You can of course toss the parts in a dishwasher. As I’m using mine 5 times a day I rinse by hand and keep them handy.

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What To Expect When Juicing

There are certain things you can expect when you do a juice fast. Seven days is a great short term detox period with up to 30 day or more depending on how you feel and what your goal is.  Everyone is different and will experience different things depending on what their diet and health was before the fast.

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DETOXING – WHEN FEELING BAD IS GOOD

Exhausted emoticonThe point of doing a juice fast should be to get healthier. Weight loss will be a side effect of that. Detoxing is a large part of getting healthy. If you’ve eaten the standard American diet, i.e. processed foods, meat and dairy, it’s possible you will be full of chemicals that a juice fast will flush out. This can make you sick with flu like symptoms as they pour out of your body.  Some use it as an excuse to stop but that is a GOOD THING!  That feeling passes after about three days. I didn’t have any detox myself because I was already eating well but Roy did. He had a headache for a couple days and pretty strong flu like symptoms for about four. He felt like crap.  But he hung in there. Try to do the same and you’ll be so glad you did! It’s always a good idea to get a checkup before starting. Try to find a doctor who is supportive.

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CRAVINGS & HUNGER

chocolate lurveYour gonna have ’em. Why? Because processed foods are created to be addictive. We don’t naturally crave things. They are a chemically induced effect.  There’s plenty of evidence about that available. This is the main reason you find sugar or some form of it like fructose in just about everything that is not sweet. Sugar is highly addictive (and incredibly harmful.).  Cravings are not hunger but they can sure be strong.  Keeping busy is a big part of dealing with them. We’ll be giving some great ideas on handling them in a future post.  REMEMBER: Cravings are NOT hunger. They will pass if you distract yourself.

You will also probably have some hunger pangs to start as your body acclimates to a no bulk way of eating. However, those go away quickly because your body is getting the pure nutrients it has needed all along.  Ever wonder why you’re hungry all the time on a standard American diet? It’s because your body is not getting the nutrients it needs to thrive.  It’s literally starved for them  so it keeps signaling hunger hoping you’ll give it what it needs to live. (How sad is that?)  A juice fast will give your body what it needs and it will love you for it!

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One of the things you will notice is your tastes or pallet will begin to change dramatically and things that you may not have cared for before will start to sound mouth watering… like an apple. I never ate much raw fruit before I started eating healthier. The thought of eating an apple as a snack was not remotely appealing. I never ate broccoli and if I ate vegetables they were canned. Once I cleaned out my pallet from all the chemicals of processed foods, I not only love apples, my mouth waters at the thought of them. Same thing with steamed broccoli.  One of my favorite meals is a big bowl of brown rice topped with a bunch of steamed broccoli with sea salt sprinkled on top. Then I have a big apple with a handful of walnuts for dessert or a snack later. Pure heaven.

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OTHER CHANGES

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThere are a variety of things you can start to notice the longer you juice or even eat a truly healthy diet. Your skin will clear up, you will be able to think more clearly. You’ll have more energy and sleep better. Sex will be better. Your eyesight will improve. Roy has noticed that already.

When our son Charles changed his diet and cured himself of a dangerous medical condition he was wearing glasses at the time. He ended up having to stop wearing them because his eyesight got so much better he couldn’t see with the glasses. It was years later before he had to wear them again.

Remember your body is always striving for health. Give it what it needs and it will not let you down. You’ll feel better than you ever imagined!

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BOWEL MOVEMENTS & OPTIONAL ENEMAS & COLONICS

When you stop eating solid foods it’s natural for your bowel movements to also stop. It will take a few days to empty your bowels from what was in there, then because you still have “stuff” in your colon you will have a movement every so often as some of that clears out.

Dirty ColonIf you’ve eaten a standard American diet for years there will literally be pounds of stuff packed into your colon that won’t come out on its own. This is a wonderful time to get a colonic! Or several. (I’m not kidding on the pounds thing. Want to see an instant drop in weight? Get a few colonics.) Many suggest doing an enema a day while on your fast. Back when I started eating well I did a series of professional colonics as I had a bad diet up to that point. They really are Colonic Boardnot bad at all and you feel PHENOMENAL after each one! You would be surprised at how much horrible caked in junk is stuck in your colon from eating dairy, meat and processed foods for years. That stuff in there is toxic and causes colon cancer among other diseases. Many times only a colonic will remove it.

We own a Colonic Board which lets you do home colonics. Colema is a name brand though you can get others. They are not quite as thorough as a professional colonic but are  far better than just an enema. Roy has done three of these since he started his green smoothie fast. (I asked if I could take photos but he said no. Party pooper… literally.)

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Yes it’s true. You can make a creamy potato soup with absolutely no dairy whatsoever. Its a hearty, thick, chunky, soup that is totally healthy and delicious. All it takes is potatoes and some seasonings.

A big steaming bowl of this with a chunk of crusty bread on the side is perfect for a chilly winter day. (Though we eat it year round at our house.) Visual steps are below plus a printable recipe at the very bottom of this post. Give it a try and see what you think!

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Creamy DAIRY FREE Potato Soup
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Ingredients
  • 2 TB Olive Oil
  • 2 Onions Diced
  • 3 Small Bay Leaves
  • 2 Pounds Potatoes, Peeled, Sliced Thin or Small ½" to ¾" Cubes
  • Salt
  • Pepper
OPTIONAL
  • Broccoli florets, fresh or frozen
Instructions
  1. Add olive oil into a large, deep pan or soup pot. Add potatoes, onions and bay leaves.
  2. Saute over medium heat about 10 minutes stirring frequently until the onions just start to turn light brown and a glaze builds up on the bottom of the pan. (Be careful to keep the heat low enough that the potatoes don't burn on the bottom.)
  3. Add in ½ tsp salt and 1 cup of water.
  4. Scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen the solids that have built up. Again, these solids should be light brown and not burnt.
  5. Add 4 cups additional water. Bring to boil, lower and simmer partially covered until the potatoes are soft, 20 to 30 minutes.
OPTIONAL: If using broccoli add it into the pot when there is 10 minutes left to cook.
  1. Remove the bay leaves and season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
TO MAKE IT CREAMY
  1. **IMPORTANT** Let your soup cool a good bit before placing it in the blender. Otherwise steam will build up and it can shoot out the top and scald you.
  2. Take ½ the soup out. In SMALL batches place in blender and blend till creamy. Add blended soup back into the pot and stir.
  3. Serve with crusty bread.

 

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This is the best chili ever and you won’t miss the meat at all!  It’s thick and bursting with flavor. We’ve made this recipe in our home for over a decade now and it’s been a favorite of family and visitors. Great reheated too!

The list of ingredients looks ominous but its mainly several cans of beans and some veggies chopped. Then seasonings. It takes about 10 minutes to prepare and then another 15 or so to heat so it’s a very quick meal that tastes like you spend a lot longer cooking it! The secret to it’s thickness? A can of refried beans.


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Add in everything else except the refried beans and heat thoroughly.

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Add refried beans which make it nice and thick.

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Serve plain or with some onions, tomatoes or soy cheese as topping.

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Three Bean Chili : Thick, Delicious & Healthy!
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A quick healthy thick chili bursting with flavor.
Ingredients
  • 1 medium Onion - Yellow chopped
  • 1 large Bell pepper - red chopped
  • 1 large Bell pepper chopped
  • 1 large Jalapeno pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 cloves Garlic crushed or chopped
  • 1 cup Vegetable stock
  • 1 32 oz Crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cans (14 oz) Black beans
  • 2 cans (14 oz) Kidney beans
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Cayenne Hot Pepper Sauce (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Coarse Salt
  • 1 cup Re-fried beans - vegetarian
TOPPINGS IF DESIRED
  • 8 ounces Soy cheese shredded
  • 1 bunch Scallions chopped
  • 3 Plum tomatoes diced
Instructions
  1. Heat 2 TB oil in deep pot over medium heat.
  2. Combine the following:
  3. Onion
  4. Red bell pepper
  5. Green bell pepper
  6. Jalapeno pepper (optional)
  7. Garlic
  8. Sauté 3-5 minutes.
ADD TO MIXTURE
  1. Vegetable stock (or beef)
  2. Crushed tomatoes
  3. Black beans
  4. Kidney beans
  5. Cumin
  6. Cayenne Hot Pepper Sauce (optional)
  7. Salt
  8. Heat through.
  9. Add in refried beans to thicken.
  10. Simmer 5-10 minutes.
  11. Serve in bowls adding toppings if desired.

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If you like QUICK HEALTHY ONE POT MEALS we got you covered on all counts! You toss everything into the pot except the cabbage and rice vinegar and cook it for 9 minutes. Then add those last two ingredients and you’re good to go! Toss a few peanuts on top for added flavor and crunch.blank630x20

I love quick meals with few dishes that are also good for you.  This one belongs in the category of Healthy One Pot Meals. Takes 15 minutes. You toss everything into the pot but the cabbage and rice vinegar and cook it for 9 minutes. Add your cabbage and vinegar and your set!

The cabbage is a bit crunchy, as it’s supposed to be, but if you’d like it softer you can just toss it in with the other stuff before cooking.  There is very little liquid left in this once it’s cooked down.  I toss a few peanuts on top of mine before eating.

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Toss all the ingredients into a pot except for the cabbage and rice vinegar. (Though you can add the cabbage if you prefer it not crunchy.)

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Bring to a boil and cook for 9 minutes uncovered, stirring frequently to keep noodles from sticking.

If you like QUICK HEALTHY ONE POT MEALS we got you covered on all counts! You toss everything into the pot except the cabbage and rice vinegar and cook it for 9 minutes. Then add those last two ingredients and you’re good to go! Toss a few peanuts on top for added flavor and crunch.

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Remove from heat. If you did not add the cabbage at the start add it now along with the rice vinegar. Let sit 30 seconds.

If you like QUICK HEALTHY ONE POT MEALS we got you covered on all counts! You toss everything into the pot except the cabbage and rice vinegar and cook it for 9 minutes. Then add those last two ingredients and you’re good to go! Toss a few peanuts on top for added flavor and crunch.

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Serve with peanuts or sliced green onions on top!If you like QUICK HEALTHY ONE POT MEALS we got you covered on all counts! You toss everything into the pot except the cabbage and rice vinegar and cook it for 9 minutes. Then add those last two ingredients and you’re good to go! Toss a few peanuts on top for added flavor and crunch.

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There you have it! A Healthy One Pot Meal! If you like QUICK HEALTHY ONE POT MEALS we got you covered on all counts! You toss everything into the pot except the cabbage and rice vinegar and cook it for 9 minutes. Then add those last two ingredients and you’re good to go! Toss a few peanuts on top for added flavor and crunch.

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One Pot Asian Noodles & Veggies
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Ingredients
  • 8 oz Linguine (spaghetti would do in a pinch)
  • 3½ Cups Water
  • Medium Bok Choy thinly sliced (about 3 cups worth)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Cup Carrots sliced into coins. (I use frozen)
  • Small Onion thinly sliced
  • 3 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • ¼ Cup Soy Sauce or Bragg's Amino Acids
  • 3 TB Sesame Oil OR 2 TB Sesame Oil and 1 TB Hot Sesame Oil
  • ⅛th tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 2 TB sweetener (Brown Sugar or Xylitol)
  • Cabbage 4 cups thinly sliced
  • 1 TB Rice Vinegar
Instructions
  1. Add water into heavy pot. Add in everything else except the cabbage and rice vinegar. (If you prefer your cabbage very soft then add it now also.)
  2. Bring to boil and cook for 9 minutes stirring frequently.
  3. Remove and add cabbage if you didn't already and the rice vinegar. Let sit for 30 seconds.
  4. Top with peanuts if desired or sliced green onions.
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These mini pita pizza is quick to make, delicious and good for you! We also show you how to create kit full of simple ingredients to keep in your fridge. Then you can whip them up quick and bake or if desired you can freeze them for popping into the oven later. blank630x20homer.drool<— Does pizza make you do this?   Well here’s a mouthwatering version that’s fast and good for you. I’ve eaten these pizza’s every day for  weeks at a time. It’s the only meal that I never get tired of. Because of this I keep a “kit” in my fridge that allows me to whip one up in 5 minutes and cook in 20 in my toaster oven. My favorite side dish to have with it is steamed frozen asparagus with some Spike sprinkled on it.  You can use whatever veggies you like. The soy cheese shreds shown are my favorite brand. I can eat them plain and I’m pretty picky about taste.  There are also some free printable  labels for your pizza container that you can download!

NOTES: This type of cheese does not melt and get gooey. It is however cheesy and very delicious and soft. I keep bags of pita’s in my freezer. I thaw them in the microwave at 50% for about 30 seconds every time I want to make one.

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A quick & delicious healthy pizza.
Ingredients
  • Whole Wheat Pita Bread (sometimes comes cut in half) I keep mine frozen.
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Soy Mozzarella Cheese Shreds (Go Veggie brand is great)
  • Mushrooms, sliced, fresh or canned.
  • Green Bell Pepper sliced
  • Onion, sliced
  • Olives, sliced
  • Pineapple Tidbits
  • Hot Pepper Flakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven 400 degrees
  2. Spread sauce on pita
Add Main Toppings In Any Order
  1. Thin layer of cheese (Helps hold the ingredients on)
  2. Mushrooms, onions, olives, pineapple, pepper flakes, bell pepper.
  3. I add a final thin layer of cheese to seal it.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes until hot through and crust is toasty.

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Do you love ice cream but don’t like all the fat, dairy and chemicals? Here is a brilliant healthy alternative you never have to feel guilty about eating! In fact your body will love you for it. Ü All you need is a good blender and some simple ingredients and you can whip up a cold thick dessert in minutes!blank630x20Healthy ice cream made in less than 5 minutes.  That’s what we have here folks. This has been a staple in our diet for years and years.  It’s a treat you should eat and so should your kids as it’s made from food that nourishes you and help prevent disease. And it’s so yummy!  The key to making this is a good strong blender because you will be blending frozen fruit. Having burnt out a few cheaper ones I know what I’m talking about.

71ekW3x5Q4L._SL1500_The ultimate blender is of course the Vita-mix. We purchased one long ago and it’s been the greatest purchase I’ve ever made for my food preparation. Word has it they can blend bricks. (Though I wouldn’t suggest it.) They last years and years. They are, however, a bit pricy so if its not in your budget try to find a really strong one that can handle frozen fruit. I owned an Oster for a while and it was fairly strong.

The base for your ice cream is typically frozen bananas to which you can then add other frozen fruit depending on the flavor desired. Or you can add carob or cacao powder for chocolate ice cream. I’ve tossed in nuts, raw coconut and even dark chocolate chips for a rocky road ice cream which is my favorite. But the flavors are limitless. Below are the basics along with some hints.  I have also made a strawberry ice cream with just frozen strawberries and it was very good. Sort of a sorbet flavor and feel.

Basic Ingredients for Healthy Ice Cream

    • Ripe bananas.  (The riper they are the sweeter they are.)  Peel and cut or break into several pieces. Place in freezer bags and freeze.
    • Various frozen fruit. I typically buy strawberries, raspberries, & blueberries already frozen. Buy whatever you like!
    • Cacao or Carob Powder
    • Water. I use spring water.
    • Xylitol or Stevia if added sweetener is needed. Xylitol is very good for the body.
    • Unsweetened coconut.
    • Raw nuts of choice.
    • High quality dark chocolate chips.
    • Ice
    • Psyllium Husk. For added thickness. This is a wonderful source of fiber! Optional
    • Ground flax seed or flax seed oil for a mega shot of nutrients and good fats. Optional.

You can use a non-dairy milk if you like such as soy milk or my favorite almond milk. The water works just as well however.  It only takes a small amount.

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I keep bags of frozen bananas in my freezer at all times for ice cream and smoothies.

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Exact amounts are not needed on the fruit. I generally use about 1/4 cup water and a couple bananas with some extra fruit tossed in. Add less water to start as it’s easy to add too much making it runnier than desired. If I’m making chocolate ice cream and only using bananas I add in about 5 or 6 ice cubes to help make it thicker and colder.  You want very little liquid to make a thick soft serve type ice cream. More liquid makes it more shake-like as in smoothies.  If your bananas were not really ripe you can add in sweetener as needed. If you add cacao or carob powder you need to add some sweetener in because those are bitter. Do not over blend as the heat from the blender will start making it thinner.

These are very general amounts for a large single serving. Adjust as needed.

Banana Ice Cream (This is the base for all other flavors other than the strawberry sorbet in which case just add frozen strawberries.)
2 frozen bananas. (Have these cut and frozen ahead of time.)
1/8th to 1/4 cup water. Start with less.
Place in blender and blend till thick and creamy.
For added nutrition you can always add 1 tb psyllium husk (makes it extra thick and adds fiber) and/or fresh ground flax seed or flax seed oil which is a mega nutrient dense food.

Chocolate Ice Cream
Base ingredients.
1 heaping tsp cacao or carob powder. Adjust as needed.
Sweetener as needed.
Blend all.

Strawberry  Ice Cream
Base ingredients.
1/2 cup frozen strawberries.

Blueberry Ice Cream
Base Ingredients
1/2 cup frozen blueberries.

Raspberry Ice Cream
Base Ingredients.
1/2 Cup Frozen raspberries.

Rocky Road Ice Cream
Base Ingredients
1 heaping tsp cacao or carob powder. Adjust as needed.
Sweeten as needed.
Blend.
After blending, fold in any or all of the following:
1/2 unfrozen banana cut into pieces>
2 to 3 TB dark chocolate chips.
1 heaping TB nuts of choice.
Raw unsweetened coconut.

Strawberry Sorbet
2 cups frozen strawberries.
1/8th to 1/4 cup water. Start with less.
Sweeten to taste.
Blend

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Healthy Ice Cream In a Blender : Healthy & Dairy Free!
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Ingredients
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • ¼ cup water
For Flavoring
  • Frozen fruit of choice OR
  • Cacao or Carbo powder for chocolate ice cream.
Optional Addins
  • Fresh fruit cut up
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Flax seed oil or ground flax seed
  • Nuts of choice
  • Psyllium Husk
  • Xylitol or Stevia
  • Raw Coconut
STRAWBERRY SORBET
  • Frozen Strawberries
Instructions
  1. Add water and bananas into a strong blender.
  2. For fruity ice cream add frozen fruit of choice.
  3. For chocolate ice cream add chocolate powder of choice.
  4. Add sweetener if needed.
  5. If using these you also add in Psyllium husk and ground flax seed or flax seed oil.
  6. Blend till smooth. Do not over blend as it will start thinning.
  7. Place in bowl and fold in any "extras" you might want added such as chocolate chips, nuts, coconut etc.
  8. Serve!
STRAWBERRY SORBET
  1. Place frozen strawberries in blender with sweetener of choice. Blend till thick and creamy!

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Grab some frozen bananas.

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A few extras you can add in. Raw coconut, frozen blueberries, dark chocolate chips, nuts.

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Psyllium Husk is super nutritious and a great source of fiber. It also can thicken smoothies etc. Its optional to add in however. The ice cream is quite thick on its own.

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Toss all ingredients in the blender. This is my Vita-Mix. It has a tamper to help push down harder items while blending.

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Scoop out your ice cream. This batch was a little softer than usual. You can make it as thick or soft as you like.

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This one is Rocky Road so my I used cacao before blending, then  folded in a few pieces of fresh banana, chocolate chips and nuts.

Do you love ice cream but don’t like all the fat, dairy and chemicals? Here is a brilliant healthy alternative you never have to feel guilty about eating! In fact your body will love you for it. Ü All you need is a good blender and some simple ingredients and you can whip up a cold thick dessert in minutes!

This one is frozen blueberries and bananas!

Do you love ice cream but don’t like all the fat, dairy and chemicals? Here is a brilliant healthy alternative you never have to feel guilty about eating! In fact your body will love you for it. Ü All you need is a good blender and some simple ingredients and you can whip up a cold thick dessert in minutes!

 

 

 

 

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This is indeed the BEST HUMMUS EVER! If you’ve never liked hummus you need to try this one. It’s quick and easy and oh so healthy for you! Eat it on a sandwich, with veggies or on toasted pita wedges. blank630x20

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This is indeed the BEST HUMMUS EVER! If you’ve never cared for it you gotta try this recipe. It’s quick and healthy too.  Takes 5 minutes to make and you can dip veggies in it, put it on a sandwich or my favorite which is to lightly toast whole wheat pita bread cut into wedges and dip those into it.  Delish!

NOTE:  Tahini is a staple food at our house. It’s made from sesame seeds which are one of the highest sources of calcium on the planet.  I buy mine online in two packs.  This is what I use and is the cheapest and best I’ve found so far but you can find different brands in most stores.

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The Recipe

Best Hummus Ever! Quick & Healthy
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Ingredients
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced/mashed
  • 2 cans (16 oz) Garbanzo Beans (Chick Peas) drained, reserve ½ liquid
  • ⅔ cup Tahini roasted not raw
  • ⅓ cup Lemon juice fresh
  • ½ cup Reserved garbanzo beans liquid or water if you forgot
  • ¼ cup Olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
THESE SPICE IT UP. I NEVER MAKE IT WITHOUT THEM. HOWEVER FOR A MELLOW VERSION YOU CAN LEAVE THEM OUT. JUST DO SOME TESTING!
  • ¼ scant tsp Cayenne powder
  • 1 cup pepperoncini chopped
Instructions
  1. Blend all the ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Makes 3 cups
PITAS
  1. To toast pitas for dipping, cut into wedges and bake at 350 to 400 for 6 to 10 minutes.
VEGGIES
  1. Cut up a LOT of veggies. Veg out!

 

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Healthy Strawberry Lemonade

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Here is a quick healthy and light Strawberry Lemonade recipe using fresh fruit and no sugar.  It uses agave nectar to lightly sweeten it though honey could also be used if you’d like it a bit more sweet.   I used our local spring water to make it which our city of Hot Springs Arkansas is known for.

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  Here's a quick light and healthy strawberry lemonade recipe.  All it takes is water, lemons a few strawberries and some agave nectar or any other healthy sweeter you like.   Great on a hot day… or any day for that matter!

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  Here's a quick light and healthy strawberry lemonade recipe.  All it takes is water, lemons a few strawberries and some agave nectar or any other healthy sweeter you like.   Great on a hot day… or any day for that matter!

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I love it when I can  make desserts that are easy and fun and healthy. This sauce is one of my greatest finds ever. Takes 2 minutes to make, lasts for months in the fridge and tastes delicious. You can use it in dozens of ways, one of my favorites being my Chocolate Covered Bananas. Because its made with coconut oil which has a low melt temperature it makes the most fantastic solid coating when cooled.  It can be used as a regular chocolate sauce, a dipping sauce and as coating for things like the strawberries shown.  Coconut oil has a multitude of health benefits. For the chocolate I use cacao powder but carob would work great or even regular cocoa. You can also use honey in place of the agave nectar. I’ve used both with wonderful results.

Coconut oil has a very low melt temp. If your home is over 76 degrees it will be melted in the jar. If not it will appear solid. This means it can change form sitting on your shelf depending on the temperature in your home.  If the oil is solid I simply place the amount needed in a bowl and sit it in another bowl of hot water as it will melt in minutes or you can melt it in seconds on the stove.  And I do mean seconds. If you’d like some facts from the professionals here are a couple articles:  Dr. Mercola    Dr. OZ

Once your finished making your sauce hop on over to the awesome website Health Ambition. They have a wonderful article entitled 151 Awesome Uses for Your Coconut Oil. You’ll be amazed at all the wonderful things it can be used for besides cooking!

Healthy Chocolate Sauce

I’ve also used carob powder and honey in place of theses items.

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Fast Healthy Delicious Chocolate Sauce
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Ingredients
  • 1 C. Coconut Oil
  • ¼ C. Carob, Cacao or Cocoa Powder
  • ⅛ to ¼ C Honey or Agave Nectar (I like mine really sweet)
Instructions
  1. Mix it all together.
NOTE
  1. If the Coconut oil is above 76 degrees it will be solid. Melt in a bowl of warm water or on the stove in a matter of seconds.

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Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
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Ingredients
  • Small batch of chocolate sauce. (1/2 c coconut oil, 2 TB Cacao or Carob, 3 TB Agave or Honey mixed together)
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Coconut shreds and/or nuts (optional)
Instructions
  1. Chill the strawberries.
  2. If the sauce is too runny place it int he fridge for a few minutes. It thickens quickly though you don't want it too thick. This just helps it stick on the strawberries more.
  3. Dip strawberries. Quickly sprinkle on nuts or coconut if desired.
  4. Set on foil or wax paper. Chill.

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If you’re not familiar with polenta its basically boiled cornmeal. Now in and of itself that probably doesn’t sound too appetizing, but in reality it’s quite tasty. Cornmeal is a gluten free grain and can be used in a huge variety of ways, this delicious Mexican recipe is just one of them. (I love fried polenta slices with my favorite healthy sweetener, Xylitol, sprinkled on it.) Cornmeal is dirt cheap. Polenta tubes are a little more pricey for some odd reason. I paid $4.00 each. You can make the rolls yourself for a fraction of the cost. I found a recipe here  and a brand new one here. (I’ve not tried them myself though.)
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Polenta is basically boiled cornmeal and it can be used in a variety of ways. This delicious and spicy Mexican recipe is just one of them. You can purchase polenta in tubes ready to use!

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Polenta Mexi Meal
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Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
POLETNA
  • 1 tube polenta (24 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon healthy high heat oil of choice (canola, grapeseed, sunflower, regular olive oil (NOT virgin)
VEGETABLE MIXTURE
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped or diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped or diced
  • 1 red pepper, chopped or diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
BEAN MIXTURE
  • 1 (15-oz.) can kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup salsa
TOPPINGS (Optional)
  • Chopped cilantro, extra salsa. lime wedges.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450ºF.
BAKE POLENTA
  1. Cut polenta tube into about 14 to 16 slices. Brush a foil covered cookie sheet lightly with oil.
  2. Lay polenta side by side on sheet. Lightly brush the tops with oil.
  3. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes turning half way. You want them to start browning a little if possible. You can also fry them to make them brown quicker but baking uses less oil.
SAUTE VEGGIES
  1. Sauté onions until they soften and start to brown. Approximately 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add chili powder, cayenne, garlic, cumin, and oregano and cook for 30 seconds to release flavor.
  3. Add zucchini, red pepper. Stir for 3 minutes till the new veggies start to soften.
  4. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper as desired.
MAKE BEAN MIXTURE
  1. Mix the beans and the salsa in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook till hot, about 5 minutes.
ASSEMBLE
  1. Place 4 slices of polenta on a plate. Top each with the salsa beans and then the veggies.
  2. If desired top with chopped cilantro and additional salsa. A wedge of lime can be served on the side for squeezing on top.

 

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Here’s a summer treat you can give the kids and not feel guilty about! (Though I eat them all year round and I’m not a kid.)  They’re also fun to prepare. To make it a simple process please read my notes. This stuff can be messy but if you follow my instructions it’s much easier.  Coconut oil can be found  in most stores and is one of the healthiest oils for the body with more benefits than I can possibly list. It is a great oil for cooking with, as heating does not change or damage it.  Because of its flavor and low melt point it makes the most perfect hard chocolate coating!

I got this recipe from the wonderful Ani’s Raw Food Desserts.  I love this little fully color illustrated book. One of the easiest ways to get live nutrients is through raw desserts. Fruit and nuts make the most decadent treats ever and they are off the charts healthy.

Important Notes

Follow these tips for ease in making your bananas.

Coconut oil has a very low melt temp. If your home is over 76 degrees it will be melted in the jar. If not it will appear solid. This means it can change form sitting on your shelf depending on the temperature.  If the oil is solid I simply place the amount needed in a bowl and sit it in another bowl of hot water as it will melt in minutes or you can melt it in seconds on the stove.  And I do mean seconds.

Use a tall and preferably glass cup to hold the syrup and dip.  This is the key to making things easy.  You can tilt and spin the cup when dipping to make sure you waste no syrup. And its mess free!

Get everything set up BEFORE dipping so you can move quickly.  Dipping the frozen bananas into the melted syrup will make the syrup start to thicken. So move fast! Should the syrup get too thick just plop the cup into a bowl of hot water till it melts again.  Lay out your foil or wax paper on a flat surface ready to place your finished dipped banana.

Toppings need put in FAST. Again, because the syrup will harden on the frozen banana almost immediately,  if you want toppings on them roll them or sprinkle them fast so they stick!

Double dip if desired. Double dipping is OK.   If you want a thicker coating  just dip it… let it get hard which takes a few seconds, then dip again.

Freeze your plain bananas on the sticks ahead of time. These only take 10 minutes to make but the bananas must be frozen first. I usually do mine the night before.

Shelf-life of sauce: This chocolate sauce will keep for weeks at room temperature and months in the fridge. Really.

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The Recipe

Frozen Chocolate Bananas
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 12 Popsicle sticks
  • Foil
  • Tall glass cup
  • 6 medium bananas (makes 12 pops)
  • ½ C Coconut oil
  • 2 heaping TB Cacao Powder (or carob or coco)
  • 2 to 3 TB honey or agave nectar
Instructions
FREEZE BANANAS AHEAD OF TIME
  1. Peel bananas and cut in half.
  2. Insert popsicle sticks in ends.
  3. Lay side by side if possible in a zip lock bag and freeze a few hours or overnight.
  4. Lay out a piece of foil or wax paper to put bananas on after dipping. They should not stick but you can coat the foil with a little spray oil if desired.
DIPPING FROZEN BANANAS
  1. Place coconut oil in small bowl. Melt it if its solid. You can do this on the stove at very low heat or by placing the bowl with solid oil in another bowl of hot water. It melts fast!
  2. Add the chocolate power of choice and honey or agave. Whisk together.
  3. Pour the syrup in a tall glass.
  4. Dip your bananas into the glass tilting and turning it to coat quickly.
  5. It will harden FAST so if your dipping it in nuts or other toppings so so now quickly.
  6. Lay the banana on the foil and continue dipping the other bananas.
  7. If the syrup gets too thick you can place the cup into a bowl of hot water to melt it again.
  8. Store bananas in the freezer. Will keep for several weeks!
  9. Extra sauce will keep for weeks at room temperature and months in the fridge.

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Virtual reality, tragic comedy, jumbo shrimp, living dead. All of these are apparent opposites that somehow go together,  as does the flavors on this dish!  It uses yummy Tempeh and the tangy flavor is just like you get in a Chinese restaurant. It’s quick to whip up. The only time consumer is if you use brown rice, which is my rice of choice. That takes a while to cook. However, I have a super duper rice cooker that makes that a breeze. Pop the rice and water in, hit the button and it its cooked to perfection every time. Totally hands off.  Brown rice takes about an hour and 40 minutes so I just stick it in a couple hours before I start the meal.

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Quick Sweet & Sour Tempeh:: Opposites Attract
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Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp. sweetener (I used Xylitol)
  • ½ c. water
  • 1 tbsp. healthy oil
  • 2 tbsp. Braggs Amino Acids (or Tamari or soy sauce)
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • ⅓ c. rice vinegar
  • ¼ c. ketchup
  • 2 8 oz packages of tempeh cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1 large green pepper cut into bit sized chunks or smaller
  • 2 cup canned pineapple chunks drained. (Fresh pineapple is always preferable)
  • 5 cloves sliced garlic
  • cooked rice (I always use brown)
Instructions
  1. Mix together the soy sauce, vinegar, ketchup, sweetener, cornstarch and water. Set it aside.
  2. Heat your oil in a large pan using medium high heat.
  3. Add in the tempeh, pineapple, garlic and the green pepper. Cook 5 or 10 minutes until it starts to brown.
  4. Stir up the sauce you set aside and pour over ingredients in the pan. Heat until it gets thick which happens quickly.
  5. Serve over rice.

 

 

 

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Oatmeal In a Jar (No cook)

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This is a fun easy way to grab some oatmeal in the morning when you’re out the door. Kids would love it and you can adapt it with many add-ins. I put unsweetened coconut, chia seeds, ground flax seed, Cacao Powder and Xylitol in mine.  If you don’t heat it it’s considered mostly raw, meaning all the vitamins are intact. But even if you choose to heat it after it’s soaked you’ve still got a really healthy breakfast. Just pop the jar in the microwave and stir frequently. It makes a pretty thick batch so you may want to adjust the amount of milk you put in. You can also add more soy, rice or almond milk in the morning. I used Red Mill Extra Thick Red Mill Gluten Free oats. I love the added thickness.


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Overnight Oatmeal
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Breakfast or snack!
Ingredients
  • ½ C. Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • ¾ C. Almond or Soy Milk (Adjust as needed)
  • 2 TB Agave, Honey or Xylitol (adjust as needed)

  • OPTIONAL ADDITIONS
  • 1 TB Ground Flax Seed
  • Coconut
  • Cacao, carob or cocoa powder.
  • Cacao Nibs
  • Chia Seeds
  • Raisins or Dried Fruit of Choice
Instructions
  1. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl or pint jar. Add milk of choice and stir. Place in fridge overnight.
  2. Add more milk if needed.
  3. This makes a thick cold oatmeal. Very dessert like. You can quickly heat it if you prefer right before eating.
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You won’t BELIEVE what this pudding is made from! You also won’t believe how rich and decadent it is!  And last but not least… you won’t believe how healthy it is!   This is a wonderful healthy dessert or snack. It’s also filled with vitamins, minerals and other good stuff for your body.blank630x20I’ve  said it before and I’ll say it again: You can make the most delicious and decadent desserts ever using only live, healthy ingredients. This is one of them and  the main ingredient as the name implies is avocados. Note: You will not taste avocados. It’s thicker and creamier than any chocolate pudding you’ve ever had and it takes 5 minutes to make.

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GOT 5 MINUTES? MAKE SOME PUDDING!

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Chocolate Avocado Pudding - Dairy Free!
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Ingredients
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 to 2 TB cocoa, carob or cacao powder
  • 2 TB honey or Agave Nectar
  • ⅓rd tsp vanilla
  • Dash sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a small food processor. You need to make a larger batch for a normal size processor.)
  2. Blend until smooth, scrapping sides as needed

 

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