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Celebrate Summer with these Berry Recipes

The sun it out, the temperature is hot, and berries are in full bloom! This is the time of year where in many places around the country you go pick fresh berries to eat. Some of these include strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, marionberries and many more. If you are lucky enough to get some of these fresh berries, here are some delicious recipes you can try!

Berry Greek Parfait

Protein Rich Greek Yogurt with delicious warm berries and a sprinkle of granola for crunch. Add nuts instead for extra protein or change the fruit for a completely different flavor.

Blueberry Acai Smoothie

Blueberry Acai Smoothie has a blend of so many delicious fruits, you won’t even know the spinach is there. It’s easy to make, and you can add any fruit you have on hand, or replace the almond milk with a milk of your choice.

Coconut Raspberry Pops

Coconut Raspberry Pops are a delicious treat to enjoy as a snack, or nice creamy frozen dessert on hand. Coconut Raspberry Pops are easy to make and very creamy.

Mixed Berry Acai Scones

Make this fun breakfast treat with a little kick of Acai Berries. Mixed Berry Acai Scones are great treat with your morning coffee or just enjoy it as a dessert.

New Ways to Enjoy Apples this Fall

apples in a bowl on the table, fruitsSeptember and October are usually the best times to enjoy fresh apples. If you live near any apple orchards, it’s really fun spending a few hours picking some of your favorites to take home and enjoy. Some orchards even provide fresh pie, cider and donuts that are simply amazing. If you pick some to take home, or buy a bunch at your local farmer’s market, it’s fun to try new recipes that will tantalize your taste buds. Here are five unique and healthy apple recipes.

Apple Spice Tart

Apple Spice Tart is a delicious dessert that you can enjoy anytime. The tartness and sweetness of the apples are a perfect combination with the spices and vanilla flavor. The apple butter also adds an amazing boost of flavor.

Tuna Apple Tacos

If you like tacos, but are tired of the same old flavor, give these Tuna Apple Tacos a try. A yummy combination of sweet apples, salty tuna, fresh spinach, creamy cheese, all warmed up and wrapped in a corn tortilla.

Orange-Apple Cider

Apple cider is delicious on it’s own, but it’s even more delicious if you combine it with the flavor of orange. A fun and delicious winter drink combining cider, orange juice, cinnamon bears and honey. The unique blend brings out such rich flavors, it will quickly become a family favorite.

 

Apple Pie Milk Shake

Apple Pie Milk Shake is a real treat especially in the Fall. You can use pears or apples for this recipe, or a combination of both. The flavor is like having apple pie and ice cream at the same time.

Apple Pear Butter

Apple Pear Butter is full of flavor. You can put it on toast, top cakes or ice cream. It is a perfect low calorie treat and it makes a great holiday gift. This recipe can be enjoyed on any diet and especially Weight Watchers for only 3 Points per serving.

 

 

 

 

Meal Planning Made Simple

B_MealPlanningMadeSimple_Meal Planning can be a daunting task if you’ve never done it before, or if you want to try a new method. Old habits are hard to break, especially when it comes to food. Is it really possible to plan for healthy meals week after week and stick to your plan? I have found a way to do this, and now I’m going to share my wisdom with you. If you follow these 5 simple rules, you’ll be a master meal planner in no time!

 

1. Start Small

Plan for 3 meals, then 5, then 7 and eventually 10. Keep the recipes you like and get rid of the ones you don’t like. Over time, you’ll build up a list of 20 or so meals you like to make and eat.

 

2. Family Involvement

Include your family in meal planning. They are more likely to enjoy the meals you make if they get to choose some of them. It’s also great to include them in the food making process whenever possible.

 

3. Boycott Junk Food

Avoid buying unhealthy foods because you eat what is around your house. If junk food is available, you will eat it. If fruits and vegetables are available, you’ll eat them.

 

4. Utilize your freezer

Make food ahead of time, freeze it, and bring it out for a quick and easy meal. You can make extra meals on the weekend and freeze them for mid-week dinners.

 

5. Whole Foods

Cook whole foods whenever possible. Some examples of this include using regular oats instead of pre-made oatmeal packets, or cooking regular rice on the stove top instead of the pre-packaged microwavable kind. This will save you money and help you avoid extra sugar and preservatives.

 

Whatever you do, don’t give up. If you start off really well and then slide back into old habits, don’t give up. Just start again and do your best.

 

 

 

Our Favorite Vegetable Side Dishes

Healthy Sauteed Green Beans

This is our last week of the No Exercise November Challenge. We have been sharing our favorite healthy recipes all month long that will work great for your Thanksgiving meal. This week we are focusing on our favorite vegetable side recipes. What are your favorite healthy Thanksgiving vegetable recipes?

Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole

Low Carb Twice Baked Yams

Mashed Cauliflower with Garlic

Roasted Green Beans

Vegan Green Bean Crunchy Casserole

Green Bean Bundles

Sautéed Green Beans, Peppers and Almonds 

Oven Baked Beets and Carrots

Pumpkin Bean Soup

Pumpkin Bean Soup

I love easy, fast and healthy meals. I have a butternut squash soup that I make that is divine! It is one of my family’s favorite dinners, but the prep work for that recipe is pretty involved. There are a lot of vegetables that need to be cut up and the butternut squash is a pain to peel and cook. Needless to say, it is a meal saved for an evening when I have a lot of time.

This recipe for Pumpkin Bean Soup  is really similar to the butternut squash soup, but you use canned pumpkin which makes it faster and friendlier for a busy night. You start off chopping up and sautéing an onion which is probably the most time consuming task of the entire recipe. After that you add the rest of the ingredients and let it simmer for a few minutes. The recipe calls for pureeing the soup, but I wanted to leave the beans whole to make it feel heartier so I opted not to blend it up. I also added some salt to taste.

We love to serve this with toast or a grilled cheese sandwich. Enjoy!

Crescent-Topped Ratatouille Casserole

At our home we try to eat meatless 2 to 3 times a week. It saves us on our grocery bill and gives us a chance to get our protein from plant-based foods. This casserole is one of our family’s favorites meatless meals. The kidney beans provide protein and make the vegetable mixture heartier so that the meal does not leave you hungry an hour later.

Crescent Topped Ratatouille Casserole

If you have never tried eggplant before, this is a great recipe to try it in. The eggplant is mixed with the other vegetables and flavorings which makes it friendlier. I personally like eggplant, but my children who are harder to convince are willing to eat it in this dish. The crescent rolls on top make this recipe even more kid friendly. Since the recipe is mainly vegetables, I know my children would be hesitant to eat it without the bread bites. My son does not care for green peppers, but when he takes a bite of veggies with the bread he can eat them.

If you are looking for a meatless meal, try this Crescent-Topped Ratatouille Casserole.

Not Your Mom’s Creamy Casserole

Baked Broccoli and Vegetable MedleyRemember the creamy, cheesy chicken and broccoli casseroles that it seemed every mother made in the 90s? While they may have been tasty, they were far from being healthy and good for the waistline. Moms were giving themselves points for serving vegetables for dinner. However, I think the creamy sauce negates the nutrients in the vegetables. This recipe for Baked Chicken and Vegetable Medley is a modern day, healthy version of that 90s casserole. It has the delicious chicken to provide your protein and a mixture of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and onion. There is a light sprinkling of cheese to give it some flavor and variety without compromising your diet.

This is a great healthy meal that is quick to throw together!

 

Vanilla Shortbread

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Yesterday I wanted to bake up a treat for my children, but did not have a lot of time. This vanilla shortbread was the perfect compromise. It can be made up quickly. The baking time is the longest part of the process, but the dough comes together in about five minutes.

One thing I love about this recipe is that it does not make a huge amount. Because it only makes an 8×8 inch pan of shortbread, once I share it with my family there isn’t much left over. I love that because while this isn’t the healthiest treat in the world, there won’t be more tempting me to eat it later.

Corn & Beef Chili

The weather where I live has been having a difficult time making up it’s mind lately. The temperatures range anywhere from 30 degrees to 80 degrees within a 48 hour time period. Spring can be a moody season!

corn and beef chili

The other day I had planned on having a yummy salad for dinner, but then 30 degree temperatures rolled in. Suddenly salad did not sound appetizing. I decided instead to make up this Corn and Beef Chili with a side of cornbread for dinner. It was warm and comforting and so easy to make. It’s actually a crock pot meal, but I cooked mine up on the stove top because by the time I decided to make this I didn’t have three hours to let it slow cook. This recipe turns out great no matter how you make it though.

I love this recipe because most likely, you will have most of the ingredients in your pantry and fridge. The only ingredient you may not have is the jalapeno, but that can be left out if needed. It’s an easy and satisfying last minute meal.

Sharing Healthy Recipes with the Ones You Love

Autumn backgroundHoliday season is now in full swing, which means more parties, more time spent with family, and more food to be consumed. It’s no secret that sharing food with people you love is something common throughout all time, and among all social and ethnic groups. Food brings us together and makes us feel good. With all the love and sharing that’s being passed around, why not share some healthy recipes with the ones you love?

A few years ago my husband and I decided to abide by a plant based diet, which meant the majority of our meals didn’t include animal products. This was a far cry from the meat and potatoes type of lifestyle we had both been raised with. When it came time to meet up with our families for the holidays, it was a hard adjustment on both sides. I wanted to share our new found view to show how delicious healthy food could taste.

There was some resistance at first for our family members to try things that contained tofu or cheese alternatives, but over time, they learned that what we made was actually delicious. One of our favorites is a Vegan Cornbread Recipe that always gets rave reviews. This year, be brave and try to share healthy recipes you love with the people you love.