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Eat Your Greens-Simple Kale Chip Recipe

1 May

I have been on a green food kick lately. I don’t know what it is, but I have just been craving everything GREEN! Last, night we had asparagus, the night before that we had salad, and kale the previous night. I had some left over kale, so I decided to attempt making some kale chips (again). The first time I tried it, I kinda burnt them. They weren’t so good. This time, I kept a very close eye on them.

Here’s what I did:

  • I preheated the oven to 325 degrees.
  • I used the flat leaf variety of kale (any kind will work though). After rinsing and drying it, I tore the leaves into bite size pieces.
  • I laid the pieces flat on a baking sheet.
  • I drizzled just a bit of olive oil on the leaves.
  • I sprinkled some sea salt on them, and…
  • I put them on the middle rack of the oven for 6 minutes.

Simple kale chips recipe

Then, wah-la! Delicious kale chips were made.

Simple Kale Chips Recipe

They were so delicious that my son even enjoyed them! It surprised me big time seeing as how he doesn’t like any vegetables.

Kale chips-Yum!

I think they’re his new favorite! Well, probably not, but at least he liked them (as you can see by the mess)!

Let me know how you like these! I love hearing from you!

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5 Tips for How to Eat a Clean Diet

27 Mar

This is the second post where I talk about clean eating and how to make it a lifestyle. Read my first post, “What is Clean Eating: 5 Guidelines to Follow”, here. I want to go into how to start changing your diet to incorporate more “clean” foods. Here are a few ways to get started…

  1. Read labels! This is very important to eating clean. Many foods contain unnecessary additives that can be harmful to your body. My rule of thumb is, if it contains something that I can’t pronounce, I shouldn’t be eating it. ¬†I also try to stick to foods with 5 ingredients or less. Less is MORE when it comes to treating your body right.
  2. Eat at home. By doing this, you are able to have control of what you are putting into your body. Many restaurants use processed, frozen foods full of sodium and other unknown ingredients that your body does not need.
  3. Do all of your shopping on the outside perimeter of the grocery store. Rarely will you find anything clean in the middle aisles.
  4. Try to buy organic fruits and vegetables and grass-fed lean meats when possible. This is one that I struggle with. Sometimes it can be difficult to fork over the extra money (no pun intended) for these items, especially the meats. They can be expensive! But, your body will appreciate it in the long run. Our bodies were not designed to ingest the harmful additives, hormones, and pesticides that are found in most of the foods we eat today. It’s no wonder cancer and other diseases are on the rise.
  5. Prepare, prepare, prepare! If you have a plan of what you are going to eat each day, and you ensure to bring enough food with you wherever you go, you will not fail. I use to fall into the trap of not bringing enough snacks with me to work which led me to indulging in the crap (bagels, cookies, donuts, etc.) that my co-workers always bring in. Now, I always make sure to have healthy snacks on hand so I am not tempted by these things when I get hungry.

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Clean eating has been a work in progress for me, but I have never felt better about my health than I do now. I am never bloated, I rarely get headaches, and I have more energy. I have also enjoyed trying new foods and recipes since eating clean. Some include: cornish game hen and kale (pictured above), grass-fed bison, spaghetti squash, cauliflower mash (tastes just like mashed potatoes, yum!), and different types of homemade hummus. I hope you will nourish your body and give clean eating a try.

Let me know if you have any clean eating recipes or tips to share. ūüôā

heartsig

What is Clean Eating? 5 Guidelines to Follow

25 Mar

Eating clean is one of my biggest passions. It certainly hasn’t always been, that’s for sure. I used to eat like crap! Back in college, my meals consisted of pop tarts, Wendy’s dollar menu items, and boxes of Velveeta shells and cheese. The thought of this makes me cringe now, but I have learned a lot since then. Growing up, I never really learned healthy eating habits. The food in my house was cheap, processed, and convenient. Unfortunately, this has become the norm for many American families. It wasn’t until the last couple of years that I started to make a change toward healthier options. It was definitely no overnight achievement, but more of a work in progress. I eat clean to feel good. I eat clean to maintain a decent energy level. I eat clean because I want to nourish my body with the nutrients it needs and deserves.

You may be asking, what is “clean eating” anyway?

Well, here are a few guidelines to eating a clean diet.

  1. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Buy organic when possible to ensure you are getting all the possible nutrients and no harmful chemicals.
  2. Eat lean meats, such as chicken, turkey, or fish.
  3. Eat whole grains, such as brown rice or whole wheat. Personally, I don’t do gluten, so no wheat for me (read here for more info on that), but others may be able to tolerate it. Make sure it says whole on the ingredients label. Avoid all refined grains such as white flour or white rice. All refined grains are stripped of most of their fiber, vitamins and minerals.
  4. Avoid alcohol.
  5. Avoid added refined sugar.

Clean Eating

I have some helpful tips here if you’d like to give it a try.

Do you want to feel better and become healthier? Starting a clean diet may be for you. Feel free to comment below if you have any questions about eating clean.

Read my story about how and why I started to eat a clean diet.

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Stuffed Peppers

21 Mar

I want to share one of my favorite recipes with you. We just had these for dinner, and it was yumm-o!! Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

1 lb lean turkey meat

3 large sweet red bell peppers (green and yellow are yummy too!), washed

1 1/2 cups brown rice

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 onion, minced

1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

1 tsp cumin powder

Freshly ground pepper and salt, to taste

1 cup fat free chicken broth

1/2 cup tomato sauce

Olive oil cooking spray

1/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheese

Directions:

1. Cook brown rice according to package directions.

2. Heat¬†oven to 400¬įF.

3. Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise, and remove all seeds. Set aside in a baking dish.

4. Spray a large pan with olive oil cooking spray and heat over a medium flame.

5. Add garlic, onion, and cilantro to the pan. Sauté for about 2 minutes, then add ground turkey. Season with salt, pepper, and cumin.

6. Brown meat until completely cooked throughout. Add 1/2 cup of tomato sauce and 1/2 cup of chicken broth. Mix well and simmer on low for about 5 minutes. Add cooked rice.

7. Spoon the meat mixture into each pepper half.

8. Pour remaining chicken broth on bottom of baking dish. Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake for 35 minutes.

9.  Top with shredded cheese and enjoy.

I have made several different versions of this recipe, some modifications include:

I have used yellow and green peppers in addition to the red peppers. They are all very tasty!

I have used salsa instead of garlic, tomato sauce, and onion.

I have made it without chicken broth or tomato sauce because I didn’t have any on hand. You may want to spray the baking dish with some non-stick cooking spray if you do this.

This is a versatile recipe that can be made any way you like it. You can experiment and make it your own. Hope you enjoy!

Recipe inspired by skinnytaste

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Spaghetti Squash Recipe

17 Feb

After becoming gluten-free, I’ve had to add new foods to my arsenal for some variety. One of the most recent foods I have added is spaghetti squash. Tonight was my first time cooking and eating one. It won’t be my last. I have been missing out! I wonder how many other foods I’ve been missing out on all these years. Here is the recipe I used:

Ingredients:

2 medium spaghetti squash

olive oil

salt

pepper

1 small red bell pepper

1 small zucchini

turkey kielbasa (optional)

8 tbs butter*

2 tbs capers

4 tbs lemon juice

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Cut both squash in half length wise. Remove seeds and rub the inside and outside with olive oil. Add salt and pepper to inside.

3. Place on a baking sheet with skin side up. Cover with foil and bake about 30 minutes or until soft.

4. Dice bell pepper and zucchini.

5. Add butter to sauce pan and cook until dark brown. Add bell pepper, zucchini, and capers to butter and cook until soft. Add lemon juice and stir.

6. Meanwhile, heat turkey kielbasa until evenly browned.

7. Remove squash from oven when done and with a fork, scrape out the insides into a bowl. Toss with lemon butter mixture and add kielbasa (if desired).

*Butter can be substituted for margarine, coconut oil, olive oil or a blend. I am going to try it with coconut oil next time to make it healthier.

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Spaghetti Squash with Lemon Butter Sauce and Turkey Kielbasa

I feel like the capers really tied in all the flavors of this dish. It was my first time cooking with these as well. I would definitely recommend to leave them in. However, this is a dish that can be made many different ways. You can add any desired meat or keep it vegetarian. You could also add or substitute other vegetables such as tomatoes. The choices are endless. I’m excited that my eyes have recently been opened to new options and delicious new foods. I will definitely be making this again soon. Let me know if you try it and how you like it.

Recipe inspired by: foodnetwork.com

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