Sweet Purple Sweet Potatoes

I love sweet potatoes and I like that there are so many things you can do with them. Roasted sweet potato fries are a staple in my weekly kitchen. Also, have you ever tried a sweet potato chunk raw? Because you should. They’re delicious.

Purple sweet potatoes are gorg! Have you had them? I made these “sweet,” with cinnamon and a sprinkle of coconut sugar, and they turned out so yummy! Plus, they’re super easy.

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  • 1 large purple sweet potato
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon and coconut sugar (or vegan preference)

Wash and dice the purple sweet potato.  Place in one layer on a baking sheet and drizzle on the oil. Sprinkle the cinnamon and coconut sugar and mix it all together. Bake at 400 degrees about 20 minutes or until you can easily poke a fork through them. Enjoy!

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Broccoli with Sesame Dressing

I love broccoli, but I know not everyone does (my husband included.) So, broccoli gets a makeover every time I make it.

Sometimes it’s oven-roasted with lemon and spices, and other times, topped with cheese and pepper.

This time, it got a little Chinese spin with take out flavor and toasted sesame seeds to finish. Try this broccoli for a new take on a healthy, yummy side.

Sesame with Dressing Broccoli

  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets

For the sauce:

  • 1/4 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • shake or two of toasted sesame seeds

Steam the broccoli. (If you don’t have a steamer, I “steam” by adding about 1 inch of water to the bottom of a sauce pan with the broccoli, and turning the heat on high. Once the water is boiling, I stir the broccoli a couple times and cook until you can pretty easily insert a fork.)

For the sauce, mix the remaining ingredients together. Pour over the steamed broccoli, and add toasted sesame seeds to top.

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Cinnamon Raisin Chia Pudding

Another raisin recipe to love!

Chia seeds have the funnest consistency, and I use them in almost anything, from plain water to protein shakes. And, to make pudding, too.

And guess what? Start to finish, this recipe takes only

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Prepped and ready for the fridge.

3 minutes to prep. That’s it! Plus, it’s vegan, and paleo, making it a great choice all around.

I love so many things about this healthy, delicious dessert, especially the quick prep, and the layers of flavor. You can taste all the ingredients, and it’s just so yummy.

Cinnamon Raisin Chia Pudding

  • 2 cups vanilla almond milk
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or vegan preference)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup raisins

Combine all the ingredients and let chill in the fridge for 5 hours or overnight. (Whisk a couple of times in the first couple of hours.)

Serves 3-4

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Almond Butter Ants on a Log

I know just the title brings you back. If you didn’t like this snack when you were little, you know someone who did!

While I detest raw celery, and would only scoop the nut butter and raisins off, this was, and is, still a favorite of my hubby’s.

He prefers almond butter, so that’s what he gets! Choose a nut butter, plain raisins or a mixture, and build your treat.

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  • 2 celery stalks, washed and the ends chopped off
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 15-20 raisins

Spread the almond butter onto your celery, place the raisins on top of the almond butter, and dig in.

These are great as a snack or with a meal, Nick sometimes even eats them as breakfast. Do you love them with other toppings? What other snacks do you have that include both fruits, and vegetables?

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From Salad Wraps to Spinach Bites: Sunday Dinner

I love Sundays. Usually my husband golfs, and I go to the gym, and church. We’re both home about 2pm or so, and ravenous.  Today, I wanted orange chicken in lettuce wraps but I didn’t have any romaine. So spinach bites were born!

The recipe is easy and quick, and tastes so good. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top to finish off the Chinese look.

Orange Chicken

  • 1 tablespoon olive oilIMG_20170723_133338
  • 4 chicken thighs, diced
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3 heaping tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ⅛ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground garlic powder

Place diced chicken and olive oil  in a medium-sized skillet pan and heat on medium until white and fully cooked, or about 10 minutes.

Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl until well incorporated and add to the pan. Cook about 20 minutes on medium until the sauce has thickened. Use romaine to make lettuce wraps or spinach leaves like I did, for Spinach Bites, and enjoy!

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Happy Sunday!

How To In the Kitchen: Roasted Garlic

Roasted garlic is such a staple in my household, and I always need it on hand. I love to make big batches of it, and then freeze in small batches. Here’s how.

Remember, my batch is huge, so I will give you a nightly recipe, too.

Roasted Garlic (Bulk):

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Ends and discarded cloves in the bowl (left,) and ready for the oven in the pan (right.)
  • 3 lbs garlic, deskinned and, ends cut off
  • 1/2 cup oil ( I used avocado)
  • large pinch of salt and pepper

Add garlic, oil, and salt and pepper to a glass baking pan, cover, and bake about an hour at 350°. It’s done when you can easily insert a fork into it, and it’s beginning to turn golden brown.

Roasted Garlic:

  • 5-10 cloves garlic, deskinned, and ends cut off
  • drizzle of oil ( I used avocado)
  • dash of salt and pepper

Add garlic, oil, salt and pepper to a small oven safe dish, and cover. Cook at 350° for about 45 or until you can easily insert a fork into it, and it’s beginning to turn golden brown.

Storage:

There’s a few ways you can do this. Choose whichever works best, depending on your usage.

-store in freezer containers, preferred size

-store in freezer bags, preferred size

-freeze into ice cube trays, individually, and then pop them out (of the trays) and into freezer bags, for a portioned amount whenever you need it

The prep, roasting, and storage for this is so worth it. I use inordinate amounts of garlic while cooking, and it still lasts me months! Leave any questions in the comments. Happy Cooking!

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Sweet Potato and Sausage Hash

It’s late on a Saturday and I haven’t even thought of dinner yet. Yup, it’s one of those days. I knew I wanted something with lots of vegetables and I knew I wanted something easy but delicious.

Sweet Potato Hash was it. My hubby chopped everything, I cooked it all off, and dinner was done. Yum.

The best thing about this dish? You can eat it for any meal. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato and Sausage Hash

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 sweet potatoes, washed and cubed
  • 2 turkey sausages, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper (anything but green), chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

In a skillet pan on medium heat, add 2 tablespoons coconut oil and the sweet potatoes. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the additional tablespoon coconut oil, the onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Stir and cover. Continue cooking for 10 minutes. Add the seasonings and sausages and cook one minute.

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Roasted Pepper Brussels Sprouts

This is a Brussels Sprouts stalk! Pretty cool huh? Believe it or not, I saw it at a wholesale, “big box” store for the first time. It’s pretty awesome.

I love Brussels sprouts, especially baked in the oven. They brown up, crisp up, and take on a while new flavor. Here’s an easy delicious recipe:

Roasted Pepper Brussels Sprouts

  • 2 cups brussels sprouts, cored and sliced in half
  • 2 tablespoons olive oilIMG_20170702_175059
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Toss everything together and place in one layer on a sheet pan. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 350. You’ll know it’s done when many look brown and some are crispy.

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Oven-Roasted Garlic Lemon Pepper Broccoli

It’s early Saturday morning but I can’t stop dreaming about the broccoli from dinner last night. Broccoli you say? Yes!

So I love broccoli, steamed, raw, and otherwise. My hubby, not so much. This recipe though? He told me how great he thought it was and I was floored to say the least.

This broccoli side is the easiest and tastiest. Just toss together a few ingredients and bake in the oven creating a crispy, crunchy, nutty flavor. This is going to be a new weekly staple for sure.

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  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Mix all ingredients together and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes and enjoy!

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Roasted Rosemary Carrots

Cooked carrots are easy and delicious, but I never really liked them. That is, until I started experimenting. These baked carrots are savory and yummy not to mention easy and quick.

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced

Toss ingredients together and spread out on a small baking sheet pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until tender.

For sweet cooked carrots, check out these sweet and spicy carrots.

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