Monday, September 14, 2015

California Quinoa Salad

This is an interesting combination I was curious to try because it has received great reviews.  It is a copycat recipe from Whole Foods.  I am glad I tried it, it is really good.  This makes a large portion, consider making 1/2 a batch the first time to make sure you like it :) -Kristin

2 cups quinoa, cooked according to directions
1 package frozen mango, thawed (or 2-4 diced fresh mangos)
1/2 large red onion, diced
1 medium red pepper, diced
1 small bunch cilantro, chopped
1-2 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut
3/4 - 1 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1 - 1 1/2 cup raisins
2-3 cups frozen edamame, thawed
Juice of 4-5 limes
3-4 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • When quinoa finishes cooking, fluff with fork and cool completely.
  • Then add all ingredients together.
  • Enjoy cold.

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

These are a perfect, little, pumpkin pie tasting treat!  Quick to make and oh so good.  I got this recipe from Paleo Grubs. -Kristin

1 cup pitted Medjool dates, soak in water for 10 minutes
1/2 cup pecans
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons vanilla (optional)
pinch of salt

  • Begin by placing pecans in a food processor and pulse till they are a finely ground.
  • Add remaining ingredients and pulse till smooth.
  • Roll into balls and place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Chocolate Chili

Chocolate in chili?  I have no idea why...but I tried it because the reviews of this recipe were all positive and a lot of them claimed it was the best chili they ever had.  I adapted this recipe from The Clothes Make the Girl.  This is amazingly, delicious and bean free chili...a must try recipe!  You can make this in a slow cooker or stove top.  -Kristin

2 Tablespoons coconut or olive oil
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 pounds ground beef or turkey or a combination of both
1 teaspoon oregano
1 1/2 -  2 Tablespoons chili powder
2 Tablespoons cumin
1 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
28 oz. can crushed or petite diced tomatoes
16 oz. beef or chicken broth
1 cup water
3-5 potatoes, peeled and diced small (optional)
  • Heat oil and sauté onion until it is translucent.
  • Add garlic and sauté a minute.
  • Add meat and cook completely.  Drain grease.
  • Add remaining ingredients and either simmer covered on the stove top for 2 hours or put in the slow cooker and cook on low until potatoes are done. (6-8 hours)

Chocolate Date & Pistachio Bites

This is a recipe from a friend that I had to post.  They are quick to make and are such a yummy treat.  If you have ever had a Larabar they are similar to one of those.  -Kristin

1 cup pistachios
1 cup almonds or other nuts
1 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

  • In a food processor pulse together the nuts, dates, coconut flakes and raisins.  
  • Then add the cocoa powder and oil.
  • If it is too dry add more coconut oil.
  • Press into 9x9 pan and refrigerate 2-3 hours.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Slow Cooker Chicken and Vegetable Soup

This is a recipe I adapted from a blog called Multiply Delicious.  I love when I find good slow cooker recipes! -Kristin

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 to 1.5 pounds)
1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups chopped vegetables, combo of carrots, zucchini and or bell peppers
1 1/2 cups butternut squash, cut into small cubes (or sweet potato)
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 – 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 – 15 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
6 tablespoons tomato paste
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon rosemary
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon basil

  • Put all in slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours until veggies are tender and chicken is cooked.

Salmon Patties

These are delicious.  I got my salmon at Cosco and for the almond meal I put almonds in my coffee grinder and ground them up...easy, peasy!  I served them with sliced tomatoes, chopped dill pickles, avocados and mayo for the toppings.  The salmon patties are fragile just so you know!  -Kristin

18 oz. canned salmon
1 sweet potato, cooked and mashed
1/3 cup almond meal 
1 Tablespoons dried parsley
1/2 Tablespoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 egg

  • Mix all the ingredients together and measure out about a 1/2 cup of mixture and press into a patty.
  • Heat olive or coconut oil in a pan and fry.

Monday, July 28, 2014

BLT Tortellini Salad

This is a delicious and quick pasta salad we all really enjoy! -Kristin

1 19 ounce bag frozen cheese tortellini
1 cup torn, fresh spinach
1 cup yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup red cherry tomatoes, halved
3 or more strips of bacon cooked and chopped
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 Tablespoon Ranch seasoning
2 cloves garlic

  • Cook pasta according to package and let cool.
  • Mix in the tomatoes and bacon with the pasta.
  • Make dressing by whisking together the yogurt, buttermilk, ranch seasoning and garlic.
  • Mix dressing into pasta mixture.