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Banana Kiwi Salad

Banana Kiwi Salad ~ A symphony of summer flavors ~

Did you know kiwi is a berry? Kiwi is also known as Chinese Gooseberry. This Banana Kiwi Salad provides optimum levels of Vitamin C.

A symphony of summer flavors will delight your tastebuds from the very first bite of this refreshing salad! Whip it together in minutes and it will be the star at your next picnic!

Ingredients

  • 2T lime juice
  • 1T olive oil
  • 1T shallots, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 4 kiwis, peeled and diced
  • 2 ripe bananas, cut diagonally into 1/2″ thick slices
  • 1/2C diced red bell pepper
  • 2T thinly sliced fresh mint
  • 2T chopped cashews, toasted

Preparation Steps

  1. Toast the cashews in a dry pan over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes. Watch closely and stir frequently to avoid burning.
  2. Prepare kiwi, red bell pepper, mint, garlic, and shallots according to specifications listed above.
  3. Combine lime juice, olive oil, shallots, garlic, honey, salt, and cayenne powder in a small bowl.
  4. Combine all the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and then pour lime juice dressing over all. Gently mix to thoroughly cover all the fruit, vegetables, and herbs with the dressing.
  5. Pour into serving dish and sprinkle cashews on top.

*If you are not serving immediately after preparation, keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

(Adapted recipe from eatingwell.com.)

 

Chicken Apple Spinach Salad

Serve this versatile Chicken Apple Spinach Salad warm or cold~

Serves 2-4

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts (2-4)
  • Spinach (2-4 large handfuls)
  • Granny Smith apples, sliced (1-2)
  • Dried cranberries (as desired)
  • Walnuts (as desired)
  • Rasberry Vinaigrette dressing
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Place chicken breasts in baking dish and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Bake 25-35 minutes (up to 45 minutes for larger pieces) until internal temp. reaches 165 degrees and no pink is present.
  3. Remove from oven and let sit a few minutes before slicing.
  4. Assemble plates for serving and place one handful of spinach on each plate.
  5. Divide sliced chicken between plates.
  6. Sprinkle sliced apple, cranberries, and walnuts on each plate.
  7. Drizzle with dressing.

*Grilled chicken breasts are an ideal option for this salad.

*To keep optimum moisture in the meat, do not open the oven during baking.

*Quick meal option: Store pre-baked or grilled chicken breast, sliced, in the fridge. This salad is delicious cold.  Just add spinach, apple, nuts, and dressing for a tasty nutritious salad in less than 5 minutes.

Quick & Easy Quinoa w/ Green Beans

Quinoa Brown Rice and Green Beans

Prep time is diminished with this pack of cooked quinoa & brown rice.

Save prep time with Seeds of Change Quinoa & Brown Rice

Ingredients:

2 cups frozen green beans – snapped about 1/2 inch

1/4 cup chopped red onion

1 package Seeds of Change Garlic Quinoa & Brown Rice

1/2 Tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 cup small cherry tomatoes

1/2 small avocado (optional; however really adds flavor and texture)

pinch of sea salt

fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Let the frozen green beans thaw out, if not using fresh. Add the olive oil and red onion to a medium sized pan and sauté for about 2 minutes.

2. Add the green beans and sprinkle a pinch of sea salt. Sauté for another couple minutes.

3. Heat the Quinoa & Brown Rice as directed by the package.  Remove the hot mixture carefully and add to the sauté pan. Stir the mixture to mix the flavors. 

4. Add the cherry tomatoes and avocado with the quinoa mixture. Sprinkle on fresh ground pepper.  



VARIATIONS:

~Eat as a side dish or main meatless meal.

~Use a different green vegetable of your choice.

~Add a splash of balsamic vinegar.

Enjoy as a side dish, or eat as a main meal!

Quick and Easy Homemade Guacamole

 
Eat your avocadoINGREDIENTS:
  • 3 medium ripe avocados
  • 1 small red pepper, finely diced (or tomato)
  • 1/2 sweet onion, finely chopped
  • Seasoned Salt Borsari Citrus Blend to taste (you can find it on Amazon or Whole Foods)
Seasoned Salt
 
DIRECTIONS:

1. Cut the avocados length-wise around the pit using a chefs knife. Remove the pit and scoop out the flesh; mash with a fork.

2. Mash in the remaining ingredients.

3. Enjoy!  Refrigerate leftovers immediately with plastic wrap so the guacamole doesn’t brown with exposure to air.

Veggies and Guac

Simple and Delicious Almond Oatmeal Cookies

Cookies with simple ingredients like this are simply delicious!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup organic Almond Butter

1/2 cup organic brown sugar

1 egg

1 1/4 cups rolled oats

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Beat in a small bowl the almond butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg.
  3. Add oats and baking soda to mixture, mix well.
  4. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, or use a baking stone.
  5. Roll dough into two-inch balls, and press to flatten on the cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 15 – 18 minutes or until cookies brown to your crispness liking.
  7. Cool cookies on a rack and store leftovers in an airtight container.


Five Spice Latte

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Warm up this holiday season with a Five Spice Latte!

Share a warm cup of this spicy-sweet milk with someone you love this holiday season! Five Spice Powder combines cinnamon, fennel, cloves, star anise, and white pepper
Did you know that spices are beneficial to your health? Spices contain strong antioxidant properties, they are rich in vitamins and minerals.  Some spices are known to contain strong antibacterial properties and others boost the immune system. Some spices are also anti-inflammatory.
Hemp seeds contain all eight essential amino acids and all essential fatty acids.  Give your body a health “boost” this season with this powerful combination of healthy seeds and spices!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 T Five Spice Powder
  • 4-5 C filtered water
  • 1 C hemp seeds
  • 20 pitted dates

Preparation Steps

  1. Combine hemp seeds, filtered water, and dates in high-powered blender.
  2. Pour hemp milk into saucepan and add Five Spice Powder.
  3. Warm on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
  4. Enjoy~

(OPTION:  Use any type of milk you prefer.  Just add 1 T of the Five Spice Powder to 4-5 cups of your choice of milk and warm on the stovetop.)

Mac and Cheese

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This dairy-free macaroni and cheese dish makes great leftovers on-the-go.

(Recipe from veganyumminess.com.)

Serves 4-5

This macaroni and cheese satisfies those hungry tummies AND you can feel good about incorporating those healthy veggies too!

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces macaroni noodles
  • 1 C peeled and diced yellow potatoes
  • 1/4 C peeled and diced carrots
  • 1/3 C chopped onion
  • 3/4 C water from the boiled vegetables
  • 1/2 C raw cashews
  • 1/4 C coconut milk
  • 2 T nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt (or more, to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch paprika

Preparation Steps

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain, and set aside.
  2. Bring 2 cups of water to boil in a small saucepan and add the chopped potatoes, carrots, and onions. Cook for approximately 10 minutes, until soft.
  3. Remove the vegetables from the saucepan with a slotted spoon and place them directly into the food processor.
  4. Add 3/4 C of the cooking water and the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
  5. Pour the sauce over the cooked macaroni and serve.

Rosemary Sweet Potato Stackers

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These Rosemary Sweet Potato Stackers will melt in your mouth!

(Recipe from kimshealthyeats.com)

Serves 10

Wow your holiday guests this year with these unique and delicious potatoes! These stackers are EASY to prepare and require just a few ingredients.

I double the recipe because it’s impossible to eat just one or two of these!

 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 T butter (I use Earth Balance.)
  • 2 T coconut oil, melted
  • 2 T parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish (I use parma! vegan parmesan.)
  • 1 tsp fresh Rosemary, chopped, plus extra for garnish
  • 5-6 large sweet potatoes
  • salt and pepper, to taste

NOTE: We use a Mandolin Slicer, purchased at Amazon, to quickly and efficiently slice our sweet potatoes. This affordable kitchen tool saves time and gives you close to perfect uniformly thin slices.

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Mandolin Slicer to cut potatoes evenly and quickly.

Preparation Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 12 muffin cups with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together butter, coconut oil, parmesan, chopped Rosemary, salt, and pepper.
  3. Slice your sweet potatoes in thin slices and toss in the bowl until evenly coated.
  4. Layer the potato slices in the muffin pan and fill each cup to the top.
  5. Bake at approximately 45-50 minutes, until the edges and tops are golden brown and the centers are tender.
  6. Let cool 5 minutes and carefully remove with a large spoon.
  7. Top with extra parmesan cheese and Rosemary and serve.

 

 

Spicy Black-Eyed Peas

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Ingredients

  • 2 C black-eyed peas (canned or frozen)
  • 1 C water
  • 2T olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1-14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes ( I use fire-roasted diced tomatoes by Muir Glen.)
  • 3 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 5-8 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 stems fresh thyme
  • 3 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)

Preparation Steps

  1. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil for approximately 2 minutes.
  2. Add the celery and spices and saute 2 more minutes until spices become fragrant.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low for 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally and add water, as needed. (Remove thyme stems and bay leaves before serving.)

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Greens! Luscious Greens!

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A perfect complement to your holiday dinner.

These beautiful greens are easy to prepare with only 8 simple ingredients.

Spicy red pepper flakes bring out the glamour in these greens!

Collard greens are packed with healthy antioxidants and are a smart choice when incorporating a variety of leafy greens into your diet.

An added benefit ~ they smell delicious while cooking!

Ingredients

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 lb. collard greens, rinsed and chopped (discard stem)
  • 3 c vegetable (or chicken) stock
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Preparation Steps

  1. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil, until softened.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
  3. Lower heat to simmer and cook until greens are just tender (approximately 40 minutes).

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