Vegan recipes are not boring or flavorless, they just require a bit of creativity – and spice! Cumin, which originates in the Eastern Mediterranean and India, is a flavorful, healthy and easy-to-use spice that adds complexity to any vegan dish. You can find it in spice mixes, like curry, sofrito, garam masala, baharat, and many more, but plain ground cumin is tasty too.
Do you know how to cook a whole chicken? It’s a lot easier than you think AND cheaper than buying a cut up chicken. Here is a no-fail recipe that’s great for first timers on cooking a whole chicken. The instructions are below and each picture takes you through the steps. It’s so EASY…
High protein snacks or high protein breakfasts are an important element of dieting for anyone from bodybuilders, diabetics or expectant moms. Protein doesn’t have to be boring – or come from meat! Try this tasty, simple and high protein snack – if you use 1 cup of cottage cheese, you’ll get 28 grams of protein!
Healthy recipes for banana bread? I didn’t find any I liked, so I made my own! This one is 100% gluten free and it’s sweetened with bananas – yep, no added sugar except for what’s in the chocolate chips.
This roasted spicy peppers recipe is so simple! Pre-heat your oven (400 F, 205 C), grease your pan & peppers with a little bit of olive oil and roast until lightly browned – that’s it. Ideas for what to do with your peppers are below the picture.
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!
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.
- 1 lb broccoli
- 1.5 cups quinoa
- 1 cup mushrooms
- ½ medium onion
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup cream
- 3 tbsp butter
- In two large pots, boil water. Once the water is boiling, put the quinoa in one and a steamer with broccoli in the other.
- While your quinoa is cooking (set a timer for 12 minutes), heat the butter in a saucepan.
- 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.
- Add 1 cup cream to the onions and mushrooms, stir and remove from heat.
- When your time goes off (12 minutes), drain the quinoa, turn the heat off on the broccoli.
- Grease a medium glass baking pan with butter.
- Put the broccoli into the glass pan and chop up a bit until the pieces are no larger than 1".
- Pour the creamy onion & mushroom mix into the pan and stir.
- Add the drained quinoa and mix well with ½ cup of shredded cheddar.
- Cover the mixture with the remaining ½ cup of cheddar and bake at 250F for 10 minutes or until the top is browned.
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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?
Instructions are in each photo.
Ingredients for 20 chicken burgers/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)
Oil – 4 tbsp olive oil (or other cooking oil), 1 tbsp sesame oil
4 tbsp honey
1 cup orange juice
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.
- 1 Ripe banana
- 1 oz Dried (or fresh) blueberries
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- Cut up the banana.
- Glob on the peanut butter.
- Sprinkle on the blueberries.