Chapati Recipe – Quickest, Easiest Flatbread Ever

Chapati is an unleavened Indian flatbread. It’s easy to make and delicious. This simple 4 ingredient recipe will work with wheat flour or a gluten free blend. You can use the bread as a sandwich wrap or serve it with any kind of meal. And it’s so easy! This recipe requires no prep, uses ingredients you probably already have and provides a hot, fresh and home cooked bread in a matter of minutes. It’s a healthy, homemade version, so serve only while fresh:)

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Sweet & Salty Snack: Apples & Cashews

Apples are healthy, cashews are healthy, but sexy . . . not so much. Simply arranging your apples in a colorful circle around cashews can make them much more appealing! Choose different varieties of apples for the best colors and go organic so you can leave the skin on. Go with lightly salted cashews and satisfy the sweet & salty without turning to nutrient-void snacks!

It's so simple!
It’s so simple!

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Broccoli & Cheddar Quinoa Casserole

Broccoli, cheese, mushrooms and quinoa casserole – yummy, 100% gluten free and so easy to make. Gluten free, full of protein, pumped up with vitamins, try my healthy version of broccoli & cheddar casserole!

Gluten Free Broccoli Cheddar Casserole

Some fun tricks and tips that make this casserole come out so good:

  • Boil the quinoa in water just like pasta (for 12 minutes) and then drain. This keeps the quinoa moist and prevents it from drying, especially when used in a casserole.
  • Use real cheddar cheese or full fat cheese. Lowfat cheeses don’t melt as nicely and can burn. Avoid very hard cheeses, like Parmesan  they also tend to burn easily when baked.

Broccoli & Cheddar Quinoa Casserole
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb broccoli
  • 1.5 cups quinoa
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • ½ medium onion
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup cream
  • 3 tbsp butter
Instructions
  1. In two large pots, boil water. Once the water is boiling, put the quinoa in one and a steamer with broccoli in the other.
  2. While your quinoa is cooking (set a timer for 12 minutes), heat the butter in a saucepan.
  3. Dice ½ an onion, slice your mushrooms and add them to the butter and cook until the onions are browned. Add more butter if the pan starts browning.
  4. Add 1 cup cream to the onions and mushrooms, stir and remove from heat.
  5. When your time goes off (12 minutes), drain the quinoa, turn the heat off on the broccoli.
  6. Grease a medium glass baking pan with butter.
  7. Put the broccoli into the glass pan and chop up a bit until the pieces are no larger than 1".
  8. Pour the creamy onion & mushroom mix into the pan and stir.
  9. Add the drained quinoa and mix well with ½ cup of shredded cheddar.
  10. Cover the mixture with the remaining ½ cup of cheddar and bake at 250F for 10 minutes or until the top is browned.
Notes
Serves 8 as a side dish or 4 as a main dish.

 

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Strawberries and Creamy Dip

Desserts and snacks can be simple, healthy and beautiful. This easy to make strawberries and dip has only TWO ingredients! Call it strawberries and creamy dip, nobody will know the truth: it’s possibly the laziest dessert you can ever make.

Strawberries & Cream Recipe

It’s simple – wash you strawberries and arrange them in a circle. In the middle, 1 cup of lowfat or full fat plain yogurt – THAT’S IT! No cutting, no mixing, nothing but washing and arranging, which would be a task any toddler can do…

Strawberries and Creamy Dip

Strawberries and Creamy Dip
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
 
So simple it hurts, just arrange it pretty and give it a nice name!
Ingredients
  • Strawberries
  • Lowfat Yogurt
Instructions
  1. Wash your strawberries.
  2. Arrange them on a plate.
  3. Put about 1 cup of lowfat or full fat plain yogurt in the middle.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Be sure to provide a bowl or two for strawberry stems if guests won’t have anywhere to put the strawberry stems.

Quick and Healthy Side Dish: Roasted Veggies

Time, time, time . . . cooking takes time and you have none, right? This recipe, I’m here to show you, is one example of how you can have a healthy side dish in less time that it takes to decide what kind of toppings you want on a pizza. It’s great for those leftover nights where the leftovers are a bit too skimpy to make a main meal. If you don’t know how to roast veggies, you’re going to learn now!

Ingredients: Whatever veggies you have.

Instructions: Cut up veggies, douse them in olive oil, and sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Bake for 375 or more depending on how quick you want them done and if you’re going to keep an eye on them. When they start to brown, they’re roasted! You can roast them at up to 500 degrees and still get good results, just keep in mind they can burn quicker.

Baked Veggies

 

10 minutes (about) in a hot oven and your healthy side dish is done!
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Strawberry Soup

For breakfast or for a snack, strawberry soup is a delicious treat. It’s high in vitamin C, has calcium, protein, potassium, Omega-3 and is pretty filling!

Ingredients:

1.5 cups frozen strawberries

1/2 cup milk

2 tbsp ground flax seeds

1 banana

1 oz walnuts, sprinkle of chia & decoration

Strawberry Soup

For a more ice-cream like experience, add more frozen strawberries to the mix. To reduce calories, use fat free milk, skip the banana and reduce the amount of walnuts.

Strawberry Soup
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Recipe type: Breakfast
 
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1 banana
  • 1 oz walnuts
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Blend the frozen strawberries, milk, flax and banana well.
  2. Top with walnuts & chia seeds and serve!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 500 grams Calories: 537 Fat: 33 Saturated fat: 3 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 60 Sugar: 34 Sodium: 58 Fiber: 21 Protein: 18 Cholesterol: 10

Strawberry Soup

Asian Chicken Meatballs Recipe

Ground chicken recipes aren’t easy to find and when I did find one, I didn’t like the fact that they were fried (probably dried out) and then dipped in uber-sweet peanut sauce. So, I made my own recipe for ground chicken and it was AMAZING. What else can a girl with ground up chicken thigh meat do other than get creative?

Chicken Meatball Burger Dinner

Instructions are in each photo.

Ingredients for 20 chicken burgers/meatballs:

BURGER MEATBALLS:

4 lbs (2.2 kg) ground chicken thighs

1 cup fresh parsley, 1 medium onion, 4 cloves garlic

Salt & pepper

1/2 cup chickpea flour (or breadcrumbs)

SIMMER SAUCE:

Oil – 4 tbsp olive oil (or other cooking oil), 1 tbsp sesame oil

4 tbsp honey

1 cup orange juice

Onion and Parsley and Garlic
Prep the parsley by cutting the bottoms off and then cutting it in half. Put it in the blender with the garlic and onion.
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Using the automatic pulse feature on medium strength, cut the onion, garlic & parsley until they are fine (as pictured).
Chicken Burger Mix
In a large bowl, combine the herb mix, one egg, the chicken, salt & pepper and the chickpea flour (or breadcrumbs if you like gluten!) Mix with your hands until well blended! Make burger meatballs and set on the side.
Chicken Burgers
Combine the simmer sauce and heat on medium until it boils and then reduce the heat.
Chicken Meatballs
Cook 12-15 minutes until the outside of the burger ball starts to brown and then gently flip over.
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There is is!

Blueberry Banana Peanut Butter Snack

It’s not often that we need more calories, but lots of people do for lots of reasons. Whether you’re preparing a snack for a kid who needs to gain weight, trying to keep up with calorie requirements for pregnant or breast feeding women or trying to recover from an intense work out, healthy high calorie snacks help! You can re-make this snack with fewer calories by replacing the dried blueberries with fresh and reducing the amount of peanut butter.

Blueberry Banana Snack

Blueberry Banana Peanut Butter Snack
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Recipe type: Snack
 
Need some protein? Skip the expensive bars and processed smoothies. Blueberry banana flavored snack, no thanks. Here's an all-year favorite for when you need some extra calories. It's now low in calories, but it's tasty, minimally processed and can restore your energy quickly.
Ingredients
  • 1 Ripe banana
  • 1 oz Dried (or fresh) blueberries
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
Instructions
  1. Cut up the banana.
  2. Glob on the peanut butter.
  3. Sprinkle on the blueberries.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 snack Calories: 400 Fat: 16 Saturated fat: 3 Carbohydrates: 54 Sugar: 43 Fiber: 11 Protein: 10 Cholesterol: 0