My Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • Handful fresh kale or spinach leaves (about ½ cup packed)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 Tbs coconut oil
  • 1 scoop dietary fiber or protein powder (optional)
  • ¼ cup vanilla yogurt (optional but delicious)
  • ½ cup + 2 Tbs vanilla almond milk (It’s a odd amount because that’s what fits in my small Nutri-Bullet cup, but you can use as much has you’d like)
  • 2 ice cubes (to chill the smoothie a bit)

Place the ingredients in a blender (I use a Nutri-Bullet) and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

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Mexican Casserole

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Mexican Casserole

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (16 oz) container salsa (I use Newman Own’s medium salsa)
½ green bell pepper, chopped (about ½ cup)
1 (15 oz.) can organic sweet corn, drained
1 (16 oz.) can chili beans, not drained
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
2 cups crushed organic corn chips
1 cup firmly packed fresh kale (or spinach)
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained well (or about 1 cups fresh chopped tomatoes)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions:

1. Place the beef and onion in a skillet with a few tablespoons of olive oil. Cook until browned;
strain and rinse.
2. Return the cooked beef to the skillet and add the remaining ingredients. Bring the mixture to
a simmer.
3. Place the crushed corn chips on the bottom of a greased 9″ by 13″ baking dish.
4. Spoon half the bean mixture over the chips. Spread the kale (or spinach) on top. Add the
remaining bean mixture. Sprinkle on the diced tomatoes.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Sprinkle on the cheddar cheese and cook another 5
minutes. The casserole should be warm and bubbling.
6. Serve with sour cream and chopped fresh cilantro if desired.

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Frozen Strawberry Crumb Bars

Frozen Strawberry Crumb Bars

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour
½ cup finely chopped walnuts
2 Tbs sucnanat (or brown sugar)
6 Tbs softened butter
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups frozen strawberries, partly thawed and sliced in half
1 cup honey granules (or sugar)
1 Tbs lemon juice

Instructions:

1. Stir together the flour, finely chopped walnuts, and sucanat. Mix in the butter 2 Tbs at a time.
(I do this with my hands.) Spread loosely on a jelly roll pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 8
minutes (be careful not to burn). Stir and let cool.
2. Whip the heavy cream and vanilla until fluffy. Set aside.
3. Beat the strawberries, honey granules, and lemon juice until mostly smooth (about 5
minutes). Fold in the whipped cream.
4. Spread half the crumb mixture on the base of a 9″ by 13″ dish. Pour on the strawberry filling,
and top with the remaining crumb mixture. Freeze and serve.

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Light Lemon Cheesecake

Light Lemon Cheesecake

Ingredients:

½ cup whole almonds
½ cup flaked coconut
½ cup graham cracker crumbs (about 4 graham crackers)
2 Tbs honey granules (or sugar)
2 Tbs maple syrup
pinch of salt
1 cup heavy whipping cream
12 oz cream cheese, softened and cut into pieces
⅔ cup honey granules (or sugar)
Juice of 2 lemons (about ½ cup)
1 tsp vanilla

Instructions:

1. Place the almonds and coconut in a food processor and chop until fine.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and process until combined.
3. Press into the base of a 8″ by 8″ dish.
4. Whip the heavy cream with an electric mixer until fluffy.
5. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
6. Pour over the crust and chill for several hours before serving.

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Apple Tortilla Pie

Apple Tortilla Pie

Ingredients:

4 Tbs butter
1 cup applesauce
½ cup sucanat (or brown sugar)
¼ cup honey
1½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
pinch of salt
4 cups peeled and chopped apples
3 whole wheat flour tortillas (I use this recipe)

Instructions:
1. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the remaining ingredients (except
apples and tortillas) and stir until combined.
2. Reserve a few tablespoons of the sauce for later. Stir in the chopped apples.
3. Grease a 9″ pie pan. Place a tortilla in the base of the pan. Layer on ½ of the apple filling.
Place the second tortilla on top. Layer on the remaining apple filling and top with the third
tortilla. Spread the reserved sauce on top of the tortilla.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until bubbly and the apples are tender.
5. Serve warm or cooled.

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Orange-Spiced Muffins

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Moist, orange flavored muffins–dairy-free and delicious!

Muffins:

  • 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 heaping Tbs ground flax seed
  • 1 Tbs baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup sucanat (or brown sugar)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 Tbs orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (increase to 1/2 tsp if using regular milk)

Whisk together the flour, flax seed, baking powder, and salt. In a saucepan, heat the coconut oil until melted. Stir in the almond milk, sucanat, and honey. Stir until combined. The mixture should be warm to touch (not hot). In a large bowl, combine the heated coconut mixture with the applesauce, orange zest, and vanilla. Mix until combined. Mix in the dry ingredients. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with muffin liners. Divide the batter evenly in the muffin cups. Now make the topping:

Topping:

  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 Tbs flaked coconut
  • 2 Tbs sucanat (or brown sugar)
  • 1 Tbs melted coconut oil
  • 1 Tbs orange zest

Combine the topping ingredients and sprinkle on top of the muffins. Lightly press the topping into the batter. Bake at 375 degrees for 18 minutes, or until golden. Serve warm or cooled.

Makes 1 dozen muffins

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Mountain Fudge Sandwhich Cookies

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Yield: about 24 small sandwich cookies

Cookies:

1 cup spelt flour (or whole wheat flour)
3/4 cup walnut meal (raw walnuts, processed until fine to chunky)
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup honey granules
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/4  almond milk
1/3 cup melted coconut oil

Combine all the cookie ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Fold until a wet ball forms. Place bowl in the fridge to chill for 15-20 minutes. Shape the dough into small balls and place them an inch or so apart on baking trays. Flatten the cookies with your palm or a spatula. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the tray.

Fudge Filling:

3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 Tbsp almond milk
1/4 cup coconut oil
pinch of salt

Melt the ingredients in a saucepan over medium low heat. Stir until smooth. Chill the fudge in the refrigerator until thickened. Slather the fudge filling on a cooled cookie (you can chill the cookies for easier assembly). Place another cookie on top. Continue until all the cookies are prepared. Store the cookies in the freezer.

Adapted from Healthy. Happy. Life.

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Homemade Pizza

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Yield: 3 medium pizzas

Pizza Dough:

  • 2 cups warm water (I use the warmest water from the tap; about 105 degrees)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 7-8 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbs yeast
  • cornmeal for sprinkling

Combine water, oil, salt, 3 cups of flour, and yeast; mix until combined. Add another 2 cups of flour and knead, gradually add additional flour as needed until the dough stops sticking to the bowl. Knead an additional 5 minutes. Divide the dough into three balls. Roll each ball of dough on pizza stones sprinkled with cornmeal. Roll up the edges to form a crust. Top with desired toppings.

You can be creative with this, but here’s what I do:

Pizza Toppings:

  • 1 (24 oz) can tomato sauce (I use Classico Tomato & Basil)
  • 1 lb. cooked ground beef
  • 16 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • dried basil and oregano, to taste
  • pineapple tidbits

Spread the tomato sauce on the dough (I use about 3/4 cup per pizza).Top with ground beef, pineapple tidbits, or other desired toppings. Sprinkle with dried basil and oregano. Let rest for about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake each pizza for 9 minutes, sprinkle on the cheese (I use about 2 cups per pizza), and then bake for another 9 minutes. Slice and serve.

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Easy Salsa Salad

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Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup canned sweetcorn, drained (about half a 15 oz. can)
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup salsa (I used Newman’s Own pineapple salsa)
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Additional Toppings:

  • fresh parsley or cilantro
  • tortilla chips

Directions:

Stir together all the ingredients. Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro and serve with tortilla chips.

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Chocolate Cheesecake Pie

Ingredients:

1 cup heavy whipping cream
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sucanat (or brown sugar)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
9″ whole wheat pie crust, cooked and cooled

Directions:

With a mixer, whip the cream until soft peaks form.  Mix in cream cheese, sucanat, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract until well combined and smooth. Pour into a prepared pie crust. Chill at least 2 hours before serving.

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