Feb 27, 2014

Black Bean Chili

There's NOTHING like a hot cup of soup on a cold, winter day!  My favorite thing is to have it simmering in the crock pot, releasing the delicious aroma as it cooks.  This Black Bean Chili is so wonderful, and you can add in some diced or stewed tomatoes if you like it a little more "soupy".

Total Time: 29 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 19 min.
Yield: 6 servings
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
3 cups low-sodium organic chicken ( or vegetable) broth
4 oz. all-natural tomato paste
1 (4-oz.) can diced green chiles (with liquid)
½ tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. chile powder
1 (16-oz.) can black beans, drained, rinsed
1 (16-oz.) can cannellini (white) beans, drained, rinsed
1. Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
2. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until tender.
3. Add broth, tomato paste, chiles, cumin, chili powder, black beans, and cannellini beans. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook at a gentle boil, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
4. Ladle evenly into six serving bowls.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 175
Fat: 3 g
Saturated Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 507 mg
Carbohydrate: 30 g
Fiber: 9 g
Sugar: 5 g
Protein: 9 g

Feb 26, 2014

Paleo Muffins

Are you looking for a good, all-around basic gf muffin recipe to use? Feel GREAT about making these for your family's snack, breakfast, or next brunch get-together. Naturally sweetened with honey, and grain-free! 

Paleo (almond flour) Muffins

Nutrition Info:
Calories: 170.7
Fat: 16.2g
Carbohydrates: 5.5g
Protein: 3.9g

2 C almond flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 C coconut oil, melted
3 T honey
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
(optional ingredients--> nuts, fresh or dried fruit)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine dry ingredients. In another bowl, mix together melted coconut oil, honey, eggs and vanilla. Mix well and add apples. Combine dry and liquid ingredients until dry mixture is incorporated. Spoon into paper-lined muffin cups (recommended over greased pan). Bake 12-15 minutes until lightly golden.

Serving Size: Makes 28 mini muffins or 14 standard size muffins

Number of Servings: 14

Feb 24, 2014

Clean-eating Overnight Soaked Oats

I'm not going to try to hide it.  I LOVE my breakfast, and look forward to this each and every day, in one form or another.  On meal-prep days, I make up 7 containers of this so I have one for each day that I can grab-and-go.  Whether it be with pomegranate as in the photo, or chocolate with nut butter and sliced bananas, or yogurt with blueberries and raspberries.  You're sure to find just the right combination that you'll love!  Many are reluctant to try this, as it does seem a bit strange to eat uncooked oats...but they soften as they rest in the refrigerator overnight, and have a really great texture when combined with the cottage cheese and fruit.  So trust me, and take my word for it!  This recipe is the BOMB; at about 300 calories per serving, it's sure to keep you feeling full all morning long!