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Showing posts with label healthy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label healthy. Show all posts

Aug 5, 2017

Veggie-Go's Fruit + Veggie Snacks

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Like most kids (I assume), my kiddos love fruit snacks. But I don't always feel good about giving them the sugar-filled treats very often. I worry that the more artificially sweetened, flavored, "junk" food they eat, the less I will be able to convince them to opt for food choices that are healthier for them. 

Jun 1, 2017

Dirty Chai Protein Shake (dairy + gluten free)

At the start of 2017, I set a goal to be healthier. This included exercising more, drinking more water each day, and eating healthier. Of course, I set a weight loss goal too because I really hadn't made my diet a priority in awhile. If I'm being totally honest, since my pregnancy with my littlest bug.


Jan 26, 2017

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Chia Pudding (gluten free + vegan)

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I was just recently talking about our healthier eating plan around here (which I followed up with a dessert post - ha!), and here is one example of our healthier breakfast choices! I've been seeing Chia Pudding recipes everywhere. They're super versatile and you can really add any flavors you like, plus mix-ins, toppings, etc. 

Aug 13, 2016

Baked Turkey Quinoa Meatballs {dairy + gluten free}

I started making these meatballs over three years ago when I ended up cooking entirely too much quinoa and needed to find a use for it all. What I love most about these is how easy they are to make ahead and freeze. You can either freeze them before baking and then just take out what you need and let it thaw, or you can bake them all up, freeze them, and remove them to reheat a few whenever you need a quick and healthy meal.

Aug 8, 2014

Kale Pesto and Crispy Chicken Thighs {dairy + gluten free}


I've never been a big fan of pesto. Don't get me wrong...I want to like it. I just haven't found one that I actually enjoyed eating. I decided to try making my own dairy-free version using Go Veggie Foods Dairy-free Parmesan Style Topping since it tastes exactly like regular parmesan. (Make sure it is the purple tub that says "dairy-free" not the green one that is only lactose free and still contains milk proteins.) I also love kale and I think it was perfect for my new version of pesto, which I really enjoyed by the way!

Aug 6, 2014

Cashew Cookie Bites {dairy, egg + gluten free}

#glutenfree #dairyfree #eggfree #snacks

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to try the Whole 30 Challenge. Basically it is a 30-day challenge to eat whole foods, eliminating all grains, dairy, soy, legumes, sugar, alcohol (I'm probably missing something) from your diet to help your body essentially "reset" itself. The book It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig from Whole9Life  outlines the science behind the "diet." 

Jun 1, 2013

Lemon Herb Grilled Chicken {Dairy & Gluten Free}

About 10 years ago, I was scared to death to try and grill something on my own, especially chicken! The couple of attempts I'd made were not at all good and the chicken always ended up dry and flavor-less. I stumbled upon a recipe that looked so easy, it had to be too good to be true. But it wasn't! Between that recipe and a few gazillion Food Network cooking shows, I finally gave it a shot. It was, hands down, the best grilled chicken I had ever had (not just from my own cooking experiences).

I couldn't tell you now where I found the recipe, but I still use it 99% of the time. I love it because the marinade uses ingredients I always have on hand, and is very versatile.  It's also super easy to mix the marinade in advance, pop the chicken into it for about an hour, then toss them on the grill. I've even whipped up the marinade and taken it on camping trips in our cooler. Just keep the chicken in a gallon-zipper bag in the cooler, pour the pre-made marinade in, let it meld together in the cooler for awhile and then pop it on the grill. Such an easy and delicious main dish!

#glutenfree #dairyfree #grilled_chicken


Lemon Herb Grilled Chicken 

Makes 4-6 servings                                                    Printable Recipe

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken pieces (I've used both breasts and thighs with great results)
1 cup vegetable or olive oil
1-2 Tbsp minced garlic
1/4 fresh herbs, finely chopped (I like to use thyme, oregano, parsley & sometimes chives)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Juice of 1 whole lemon

In a lidded container, whisk together all ingredients except for the chicken. Once combined, add the raw chicken and seal. Place the container in the refrigerator for 1-4 hours to marinade. (The outside of the chicken will turn slightly white. This is just because of the acidity of the lemon juice. It is actually a good thing as the acid helps to tenderize the meat!)

When you're ready to cook, preheat the grill to medium heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place it on the hot grill. Discard the remaining marinade. Grill for about 5-7 minutes on each side and until the chicken is cooked through. (Try not to overcook the chicken or it may become dry.)

Remove the chicken from the grill and cover with foil. Allow it to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Serve the hot chicken alongside some steamed or roasted vegetables, a baked sweet potato, or with gluten-free pasta or rice. Any of your favorite side dishes will go perfectly with this delectable dish!

#glutenfree #dairyfree #grilled_chicken

Tip: I buy fresh herbs, finely chop them and lay them on paper towels to absorb any liquid. Then I place them (with the paper towel) in snack-size zipper bags and freeze them. These work great for cooking and you don't have to worry about using all of your herbs before they go bad.

I do the same thing with veggies like spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, bell peppers and onions. This also makes it really handy for cooking quick dinners since these items are already prepped and only need a short time to thaw!

I'm linking up with Skinny GF Chef for Savoring Saturdays!


May 19, 2013

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies {gluten free + vegan}

More recipes to use up excess cooked quinoa! The original recipe can be found here at 366 Days of Pinterest. Only I adapted it for our needs:

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