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Roasted Chickpeas

Otherwise known as garbanzo beans.  On my 2012 quest to eat more healthy, I decided to try some beans.  I am told they are chock full of nutrients so I did the adult thing and tried them…roasted.  Remember my crunchy crave?  It was worth a try to see if this will meet my goal AND desire at the same time, right?

I picked up two cans at the store.

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When buying food, I look at the ingredients to make sure I can read the ingredients.  Long fancy words do not mean organic. 

1.   Preheat oven to 450 degrees

2.  Drain and rinse beans

3.  Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil

4.  Spray lightly with olive oil cooking spray

5.  Bake for 30 min

6.  Lightly coat with cooking spray again

7.  Sprinkle with sea salt (or any spice/seasoning you wish!)

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What about you?  Do you eat beans?  How do you fix them?  Have you made these before?  ?

Happy Healthy Eating,

Claire

 

Baked Radish Chips

Yes.  I said radish.  After my experience with the zucchini chips, I decided to try it with another veggie.  Radishes sounded absurd enough, that I thought I need to test this out for myself. 

The recipe and directions are the same as the zucchini chips.  You can find all that HERE.

So…..confession here.  I have never bought radishes.  It really never made my list as a food to add for my eating pleasure.  In fact, I really don’t know much about them so I researched the new way….I googled them.

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Did you know….

Radishes are rich in ascorbic acid, folic acid, and potassium. They are a good source of vitamin B6, riboflavin, magnesium, copper, and calcium. One cup of sliced red radish bulbs provides approximately 20 calories, largely from carbohydrates.

Slice and arrange on baking sheet

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Enjoy! They actually taste good!  I put sea salt on mine, but I am sure you could get more creative.

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Do you eat radishes?  Have you ever bought them?

Happy eating!

Claire

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Baked Zucchini Chips

One of my healthy home goals this year is to eat more veggies. 

Then I found out potato chips do not count.  Booo…..

So to satisfy my need desire for a salty crunch, I tried something new.  Baking veggies in my own oven.  I know right?!  Who knew..apparently I do not have to buy the processed junk at the store.  I can make my own and eat fresh and healthy.   Double Bonus!

Today, I baked zucchini into little delightful chips seasoned with sea salt.  YUM!

Here is the super easy recipe….

Baked Zucchini Chips

1 (or 5) zucchini

olive oil cooking spray

sea salt (or other desired seasoning)

Yep.  That’s it!

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1.   Preheat your oven to 225 degrees.

2.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.

3.  Spray lightly with cooking spray

4.  Slice your zucchini into thin slices (about the size of a quarter)

5.  Arrange on baking sheet

6.  Spray lightly with cooking spray

7.  Sprinkle with sea salt.

8.  Bake 45 minutes, then rotate sheet and bake another 40 – 50 min. until desired crispness.

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Keep in mind they are going to shrivel and shrink after baking in the oven so you may want to cut up several zucchinis.

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These are fabulous!  Totally satisfies my salty crunch crave.  Try them and let me know how you like them.

Happy eating,

Claire

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Baked Oatmeal with Personal Toppings

I found this recipe on Pinterest and decided to try it today.

You can find the recipe and directions over at sugarfreemom.com

I really like her site!  One of my boys gets tummy aches from too much gluten so I have been looking for more ideas.  Her site is full of great, healthy ideas.

Here are my baked oatmeal cups….

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t they look yummy? I am always looking for healthy snack ideas for my growing boys. Plus these could be frozen for quick on-the-go breakfasts.

You can choose the add-ins that your family likes.  I used craisons and blueberries this time. 

They turned out good for my first batch!  The boys liked them so it’s a keeper for us.  I learned a few things for the next time I make them.

1.  Mix in craisons.  I put mine on the top to bake and they did not stick.  It would work better if I had mixed it in like I did the blueberries.

2.  My boys would like them a bit sweeter so I will double the amount of stevia.

3.  The ideas for toppings and mix-ins are endless.  Chocolate chips, coconut, brown sugar, nuts, raisons,etc.

Are you on Pinterest?

(If you’d like an invitation leave me a comment  with your email address & I’ll send you one.)

You can find me on Pinterest here.

Have you ever made a recipe you found on pinterest?

Happy Baking!

Claire

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Mini Pizzas

Welcome back!  Thanks so much for the visit.

I have another fabulous dinner idea to share with you.

Mini Pizzas!  Healthy, Fun, Delicious ….. and everyone gets to make theirs exactly the way they want.

Step 1……Gather ingredients

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Pick your ‘crust’…we used pita and flatbread.

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Add in your sauce and cheese.

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The options for this step are limitless!  Pick your veggies, fruits and meats to offer.

 

Step 2…..Assemble Pizzas

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Step 3…..Cook and Enjoy!

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Place on baking sheet and put in 350 degree oven for 5 – 10 mins (until warm and cheese is melted)

We enjoyed these with family friends.  Perfect for all the kids.

YUM!  There is no real recipe to post for this…just gather and wing it.

Looking forward to your next visit,

Claire

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Crock Pot Turkey Chili

Yum!  Make this in your crockpot and you have an easy, healthy winter meal.

 

 

 

 

 

1 ½ lb lean ground turkey

1 T EVOO oil

2 large onions, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

16 oz no salt added tomato sauce

1 ¾ C water

3 T chili powder

1/8 t cayenne pepper, or to taste

1 t ground cumin

1 T fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano

fresh ground pepper to taste

½ t salt (optional)

15 oz canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained

15 oz canned black beans, rinsed and drained

DIRECTIONS:

1. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add ground turkey and saute’, stirring occasionally, 4-5 min or until no longer pink.

2. Pour contents of pan into a strainer or colander lined with paper towels. Allow fat and liquid to drain out.

3.  Saute’ onions in oil 2-3 mins or until translucent.

3. Add ALL ingredients in a crockpot. Cook on low 8 hours.

That’s it!  Easy and Healthy.

Enjoy!

Claire

Fresh Fruit Ambrosia Salad

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and enjoyed family time together.

We are still enjoying it through New Years’.

Here is the recipe for a yummy, healthy fruit salad we enjoyed Christmas Eve.

Fresh Fruit Ambrosia

Offering a nice change of pace from traditionally heavy holiday eats, Ambrosia is a fresh, clean dish perfect for cleansing the palette or finishing a meal. Plus, this easy treat can be made a day in advance to cut down on your holiday prep time.

You´ll need

5 oranges, peeled and sectioned

1 pineapple, cored and diced

1 ½ cups orange juice

1/3 cup shaved coconut

1 tbsp lemon juice

Combine orange and pineapple in a large bowl and cover. Refrigerate for one hour or more. Remove, add remaining ingredients and toss until evenly mixed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serves 8-10

Delicious!

This would be yummy for any New Year’s gatherings coming up.

Enjoy,

Claire

 

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Homemade Applesauce

Fall brings homegrown and farm fresh apples.

One of our favorite and EASY ways to use the apples is to make applesauce.

Step 1:

Put on a cute apron.  I got this one from my sister, Rachelle at Livin the Fit Life.  Handmade by my cousin Sarah.  Isn’t it too cute?

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Step 2: 

Gather the apples

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Step 3: 

Peel and Chop.  Place in a big pot and put in enough water to just cover.

  Boil on medium until desired softness.

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Step 4: 

Enjoy!  I don’t add sugar…it has enough natural sugars.

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A healthy snack super EASY. 

What about you?  Do you make applesauce?  How do you make it?

Leave a comment to let us know!

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To your health,

Claire