Vegan Lentil Salad with Cumin

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.

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Lemon Chicken – Whole Chicken Recipe

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…

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High Protein Healthy Snack: Melon & Cottage Cheese

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!

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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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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