Organic PB & J Smoothie (Vegan)

Hello everyone and welcome,

Today, I want to share a really popular smoothie recipe that we love in my household. This smoothie is a great way for me to get lot’s of nutrients in without any complaint from anyone! You can totally customize this smoothie recipe to meet your nutritional needs, taste, and preferences.

Let’s dive on in and get started.

Ingredients:

1 C organic fresh spinach (or frozen organic kale)

1/2 C organic blueberries (I prefer frozen)

1/2 of an organic avocado (or 1 organic frozen banana)

1 Tbsp organic peanut butter ( or nut butter of choice)

1 Tbsp organic vanilla or Chai vanilla (soy-free) veggie protein powder (optional

1/2 C water

1/2 C pure coconut water (or simply use 1 c of water )

1/2 tsp organic hemp powder (optional)

1/2 tsp organic Spirulina  (optional)

1/4 tsp organic elderberry (optional)

Method:

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

Let’s talk about some of the nutritional benefits that make this smoothie so great.

Spinach 

high in protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K, B1, B3, B6, B9, and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese.

Avocado 

My main reason for using avocado is because it contains more potassium than a banana. Half of an avocado is about 488 mg vs 1 whole banana about 422 mg. 4,700 mg of potassium is the daily recommended amount. It also contains pantothenic acid, dietary fiber, vitamin K, copper, folate, vitamin B6, Omega-3, vitamin E, and vitamin C.

Blueberries: 

I opt for blueberries as my jelly in this smoothie. Here are some of the benefits fiber, potassium, vitamin c, B6, folate and more. You can certainly use whatever fruit you like to have the jelly flavor you desire.

Peanut Butter:

Now, what is a peanut butter and jelly smoothie without peanut butter and here are some of its benefits vitamin E, niacinfolatemagnesium, copper, and potassium.

Coconut Water:

Contains various bioactive enzymes that aid digestion and boost fat metabolism. Plus, coconut water is rich in potassium, which helps balance out sodium.

Hemp Powder:

Contains all the essential amino acids your body needs. It’s also a great source of magnesium, zinc, iron and more.

Organic Spirulina:

This blue-green algae is a great source of vitamin A, chlorophyll and so much more. Feel free to check out my Instagram post for more info on Spirulina the link is below. 

Adding this to your smoothie is great for nutrients but it won’t be the most eye appealing smoothie you ever make. *This is one ingredient that must be organic so as to not take in any toxins. 

Elderberry:

Used for its antioxidant activity to lower cholesterol, improve vision, boost the immune system, improve heart health as well as coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and more.

All these healthy elements and it taste delicious! 

I hope you will give this smoothie a try and enjoy it as much as my family and I do.

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Organic Chocolate Peanut Butter & Banana Bread (Vegan)

Hello everyone and welcome,

Since today is National Banana Bread Day…..I thought I would do some baking. I must tell you this bread is soooooo good. I could barely restrain myself from eating it all….lol. One good thing about this bread is that it does have some nutritional benefits….which made me feel better about having 2 slices!

Now onto the recipe…….

Ingredients:

2 C organic Spelt Flour or AP

2 ripe organic bananas

3 Tbsp organic cacao powder

1/2 C organic unsweetened applesauce

1  1/4 C organic cane sugar

1/2 C grapeseed oil ( or oil of choice)

2 Tbsp organic peanut butter

1  1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp organic vanilla extract

1/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt


Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and lightly grease a loaf pan.
  2. Mix together the (dry ingredients) flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cacao powder.
  3. In a separate bowl or food processor mix together (wet ingredients) bananas, applesauce, sugar, peanut butter and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until combined.
  5. Pour mixture into loaf pan and bake for 1hr-1hr 15 minutes. Let it rest for about 10-15 minutes before removing from the pan. Allow it to completely cool on a wire cooling rack.

Now let’s talk about a few of the nutritional benefits.

Cacao Powder

  • 40 Times the Antioxidants of Blueberries.
  • Highest Plant-Based Source of Iron.
  • Full of Magnesium for a Healthy Heart & Brain.
  • More Calcium Than Cow’s Milk.
  • A Natural Mood Elevator and Anti-Depressant. (c/o Be Good Organics)

Bananas 

  • Potassium
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C
  • Magnesium
  • Copper
  • Manganese

Peanut Butter

  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
  • Vitamin B6
  • Folate
  • Magnesium
  • Copper
  • Manganese

 

 

I hope you will give this recipe a try and enjoy the benefits of all the nutrients it contains as well as it’s deliciousness!

 

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Blackstrap Molasses Natural Cures

Hello everyone and welcome,

Are you looking for simple and easy ways to get more nutrients in your daily regimen?  Organic Unsulphured Blackstrap Molasses may just be a simple solution to help. I stumbled upon a great article that gives you all the in’s and out’s on Blackstrap Molasses. It even offers helpful suggestions that may benefit those with diabetes.

I hope you find this information just as beneficial as I have.

Adding 1 Tbsp of Organic Unsulphured Blackstrap Molasses has been a great way for me to naturally increase my potassium intake. I really struggle trying to get 4,700 Mg of potassium, which is the daily recommended value.

Depending on the brand you buy molasses can have anywhere from 110-730 Mg in just 1 tablespoon. Not to mention all of its many other nutrients and benefits which you can find out more about below.

https://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/molasses.html

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Vegan Carrot Cake

Hello everyone and welcome,

I decided to try my hand at making my favorite dessert Carrot Cake. I tried my hand at Carrot Cake a few years ago……it did not go well. In fact, after it baked, cooled and was taste tested it went right into the garbage.  So, today I set out to redeem myself. I can’t have my daughter’s teasing me about my 1st Carrot Cake fail forever….LOL.

Since I am trying to cut back on traditional wheat and use more ancient grains like Spelt I thought I would try using it in Carrot cake. I love how light this flour is. It’s still wheat….just a different type.

Spelt has not been manipulated to meet manufacturing needs. Spelt is one of the oldest cultivated grains tracing is roots more than 6,000 years back to ancient Mesopotamia. Spelt has kept many of its original characteristics which provide an impressive nutritional profile, along with ease of digestibility leading to anti-inflammatory qualities. For more information check out the source I referenced here.

This recipe is very versatile. You can make a cake, loaf or muffins. Top with icing, powdered sugar, streusel topping, or no topping at all. Having options is a great thing!

Alright…..let’s dive right into the recipe.
Ingredients:

2 C organic Spelt Flour or AP

2  1/2 C organic shredded carrots

1 C organic unsweetened applesauce

1  1/4 C organic cane sugar

1/2 C avocado oil ( or oil of choice)

1/2 C organic raisin

1  1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp organic cinnamon powder

1 tsp organic nutmeg

1/2 tsp organic ground clove

1/2 tsp organic ground ginger

1/4 tsp Pink Himalayan salt

2 tsp organic vanilla extract

Streusel Topping (optional)

1/ 4 C organic spelt flour ( or AP)

1/3 C organic brown sugar (DIY HERE)

1/4 tsp organic nutmeg

1/2 tsp organic cinnamon

3 tsp organic vegetable shortening

Combine everything together to get at nice crumbled streusel topping.

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease a 9-inch cake, loaf or muffin pan.
  2. Mix together the (dry ingredients) flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and ginger.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together (wet ingredients) applesauce, sugar and vanilla extract.
  4. Add in the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined. Fold in the carrots and raisins.
  5. Sprinkle your streusel topping across the top Bake 9-inch cake 35-45 minutes, loaf pan 1hr-1hr 15 minutes, and muffins 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let it rest for about 10 minutes before removing the from the pan.

 

Oh and yes…..I did redeem myself. Now my daughters can leave their jokes in the past, this recipe was truly a winner.

I hope you will give this recipe a try and enjoy it as much as my family and I do.

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Black Tea Leaf Oven Smoked Chicken

Hello everyone and welcome,

I’d been promising my daughter’s that we would visit a local organic farm. They have been learning the importance of eating organic and supporting local organic farmers.  Saturday morning I got the family up nice and earlier and we headed out. The family run farm we visited was so beautiful.

The animals were so clean and well cared for, truly stunning. We got a tour and learned all about their organic farming process. I was truly impressed. Next, it was off to shop. This farm specializes in organic meat and eggs. So I picked up a few whole chickens and a couple dozen pasteurized eggs. All I can say is I am sold. The eggs are the freshest I’ve had since I was a child and the chicken is absolutely amazing. It brought back memories of visiting my grandmother in the country as a little girl.

My next mission is to find a local organic farm that sells fruit and vegetables. All in all visiting the farm was a success and the entire family enjoyed the experience and I can’t wait to try other things.
So now let’s dive right into making this Tea Leaf Oven Smoked Roasted Chicken.

Ingredients:

1 Organic Whole Chicken
1/2 tsp of organic black pepper, cumin, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder & sea salt
1/4 tsp  organic dried rosemary, sage & thyme
2 organic tea bags of choice
1 Tbsp organic brown sugar
1 Tbsp of organic AP flour
1 Tbsp of Grapeseed Oil
2 Cloves of fresh organic garlic peeled and cut into pieces
1/2 of a medium organic yellow onion cut into pieces
Parchment paper
Aluminum Foil
Cooking rack

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375°

Thoroughly clean and dry chicken.

Line a baking sheet tray with parchment paper.

Cut your tea bag’s open and pour in the center of the parchment lined baking tray along with the brown sugar and flour. Mix to get everything evenly mixed and spread out across the sheet.

Place your cooking rack on top of the mixture.
In a bowl combine all of your seasonings.

Place your cut onion and garlic into the cavity.

Pour your Grapeseed oil onto the skin of the chicken add seasoning inside the cavity and all over the skin.

Place chicken on the cooking rack, cover with foil.
Cook for 1 hour with foil, remove the foil and let it continue to cook for an hour.

Your house is going to smell amazing. Your chicken will be juicy on the inside and have a crispy skin.

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I served this with kale that I made in the crockpot, which was simply amazing, very reminiscent of Whole Foods delicious kale from the hot bar……recipe for this can be found here.

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I hope you will give this recipe a try and enjoy it as much as my family and I do.

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Easy Individual Chicken Pot Pie

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I have decided to try and share more recipes that are easy for our busy lives. There is nothing like a quick, easy and tasty home cooked meal.  My craving for comfort food is what prompted me to experiment with this dish. Since this dish got the family seal of  approval. I had to share. So let’s dive into this recipe.

This recipe serves 4

Ingredients:

2 Boneless organic Chicken Breast

1 Pie Crust

1 (12 oz.) Bag of Organic Mix Vegetables

1/2 C Organic Frozen Onions & Peppers

2 tsp of grape seed oil ( or oil of choice)

4 TBS of Butter

1/2 C  organic Flour

1 1/2 C organic Chicken Stock ( try my DIY Version here)

Seasonings ( Pink Himalayan Salt, Black Pepper, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Basil, Thyme)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425°

Season your chicken on both sides with (salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder)

Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through. Once done dice into bite size chunks and set aside.

In a pot on medium heat add oil, mixed veggies, peppers and onions and (pinch of salt, 1/4 tsp of black pepper, onion, and garlic powder.) Cook/Stir until just tender.  Now add butter, flour, and chicken broth. Stir to evenly incorporate.  Next add ( pinch of salt, 1/2 tsp of black pepper, basil, thyme, basil & garlic powder.) Stir to evenly distribute. Remove from the heat and add your chicken.  Mix to evenly distribute.

Once your mixture has cooled a bit……about 5 minutes.  It’s time to add it into your ramekins.  Once you have your ramekins filled it’s time to top with your pie crust.

Take a bowl a little larger than your ramekins and use it to cut out four pot pie crust.

* This is optional use a small cookie cutter in the center of your pot pie crust and make a cut-out.

Or simply score the pie crust after you place them on top of your ramekins.

Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 375° turning half way through the cooking cycle.

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We really love this dish in my household and I hope you and your family will too!

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Sweet Potato & Cinnamon Biscuits

Hello everyone and welcome,

Today, I am sharing my latest kitchen experiment.

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I was craving biscuits but wanted to do something a little different from my traditional biscuit recipe. So I decided to give sweet potato biscuits with a hint of cinnamon a try. This recipe was taste tested by my family and a few friends and everyone was surprised by how much they liked it…….especially my daughter’s since they are not huge sweet potato fan’s. Since the recipe was such a success I had to share it.

So let’s just dive on in.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 C of organic sweet potato purée
(I used Japanese Sweet Potatoes, it’s what I had on hand).
3 1/2 C organic AP flour
3 tsp organic brown sugar (DIY recipe here)
5 TBS Organic Vegetable Shortening
1/4 tsp Pink Himalayan salt
2 TBS baking soda
1 tsp organic cinnamon (optional)

Directions:

* I used a food processor but you can totally do this by hand.

For the Sweet Potato Purée:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease the skin of the sweet potatoes. Cut sweet potatoes in half and place cut side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, until centers are cooked through. Allow to cool and scoop the sweet potatoes out of the skin. Place cooked sweet potatoes into a food processor or blender and blend until you have a smooth pureed consistency. Transfer to a medium bowl and set aside.

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Biscuits

Preheat oven to 425°

In your food processor add flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and brown sugar (pulse for 30 seconds).

Now add your sweet potato, vegetable shortening, and milk (pulse for 30 seconds). It will look crumbly. This is the texture we need. We don’t want to over mix.

Knead on a lightly floured surface about 6 times. Use your rolling pin and rolled the dough until it’s about 1/2″ thick. Cut using a cup or biscuit cutter. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake for 15-20 minutes. Allow them to cool and enjoy!

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I hope you will give this recipe a try and enjoy it as much as my family, friends and I do.

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Crock Pot Potato Soup

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Tasty Tuesday

With Fall here I’m beginning to have cravings for soups and all things warm and comforting. So today I wanted to share a very easy Crock Pot Potato Soup. So let’s get right into it.

Ingredients:

6 large organic potatoes cubed
5 oz. of organic shredded carrots
8  organic stalks celery, chopped
2  organic onions chopped
1 tsp of garlic powder and black pepper                                                                                                     2 tsp pink Himalayan salt
1/2 tsp of organic fennel seasoning                                                                                                             2 Tbsp of my DIY seasoning mix here
3.5 Cups of organic low sodium chicken stock
2 Cups of water
1 Cup of Original organic Unsweetened Almond Milk

Directions:

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Combine all ingredients except carrots in large crock pot stir to combine. Cook on low for 8 – 10 hours, or high 6-7 hours. When you have 1 hour remaining add carrots. Stir to evenly distribute. You can serve topped with shredded cheese, green onion, and turkey bacon. Or enjoy as is. As you can see I had to have the toppings!

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Now that Fall has arrived……what foods are you craving?

I hope you will give this recipe a try and enjoy it as much and my family and I do.

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Effortless Crock Pot Turkey Chili

 

Hello everyone and welcome,

On today’s menu, we have…………..

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Since I’ve been craving warm comfort food due to the cooler weather I decided to make some Chili which really hit the spot.

Although I will miss the warm summer months I am enjoying the cooler weather. I love being able to cut off the AC and open up the window’s and let the fresh air in and feel that nice fall breeze. Now that I’ve got that nice cool breeze blowing through the house and my music playing it’s time to get cooking!

Ingredients

2 lb Organic Ground Turkey

4 C organic vegetable broth ( or my DIY version which I used here )

1 (12 oz.) bag of organic frozen yellow corn

1 cup of organic peppers ( I use a frozen blend of yellow, red and green -diced)

5 stalks organic celery sliced

2 organic garlic cloves finely chopped

1 (13 oz.) package of pre-cooked organic beans of choice, rinsed and drained (cannellini beans )

1 (26 oz.) jar organic crushed tomatoes

1 medium yellow organic onion ( diced)

Grape seed oil (or oil of choice)

Seasoning Mix #1

In a small bowl mix together the following.

1 Tbsp organic paprika

1 tsp onion, garlic, cumin, and chili powder

1/2 tsp organic smoked paprika, cumin, pink Himalayan salt, black pepper & Mrs. Dash

Seasoning Mix #2 

In a small bowl mix together the following.

1 Tbsp Organic Cane Sugar

1 tsp organic onion, garlic, chili powder & Mrs. Dash

1/2 tsp organic black pepper, smoked paprika & pink Himalayan salt

Method:

In a skillet over medium heat add grapeseed oil and ground turkey. Once your turkey is nearly done add all of seasoning mix #1 and stir it to get the seasoning evenly mixed throughout the ground turkey.

In the crock pot add crushed tomatoes, vegetable broth, beans, celery, onion, peppers, corn, ground turkey and all of seasoning mix #2. Mix well and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 to 6 hours. Stir Occasionally.

If you’re looking for a meatless chili option check out my vegetarian chili option here.

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I hope you will give this recipe a try and enjoy it as much as my family and I do.

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Easy Crock Pot Ginger Chicken and Brown Rice Congee (aka chicken & rice porridge)

Hello everyone and welcome!

Today I am sharing my 1st official “Fall” dish of the year. This dish is easy, healthy, savory, comforting and delicious!

My goal with everything I make is to use the best quality ingredients I can and have it be full of flavor…….all the while having it be simple to make.

Let’s get cooking………..

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless organic chicken thigh

1¼ cup organic brown rice, rinsed and drained

8 cups low-sodium organic broth of choice ( I used my DIY version here)

1 tsp organic ground ginger root powder

1/2 tsp organic black pepper

2 tsp Pink Himalayan salt

1 tbsp organic toasted sesame oil

Garnish options:

Add whatever you like here are some suggestions below…….just have fun with it.

organic spinach, bok choy or greens of choice

organic green onion, mushrooms, carrots, crushed red pepper flakes or sriracha

Method:

  1. In your crock pot combine rice, ginger, chicken, broth, salt, black pepper, and sesame oil. Cook on high for 5-6 hours or on low for 7-8 hours. Remove chicken about halfway through the cooking time and set aside to cool. The porridge is done when the consistency is almost smooth. Season to taste with additional salt if needed.
  2. Shred or cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and add back it back into your porridge, stir to evenly distribute the chicken throughout.
  3. Now it’s time to enjoy. Ladle a nice portion into the bowl and garnish as desired.

 

I hope that you will enjoy this savory recipe as much as my family and I do.

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