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Banana Split Chia Bowl

Sriracha Deviled Eggs with Bacon

When was the last time you had a deviled egg?

Maybe, like me, it never crosses your mind to make them. I’ve had some that I really enjoyed, but there have been to many times that they’ve been an unwelcome guest at some outdoor summer gatherings. I can see them now in my mind’s eye, looking sun scorched and forlorn or soupy and slimy, among much more appetizing dishes.

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But then came the happy hour menu at a local restaurant.

Listed on the menu with the typical appetizer selections were spicy deviled eggs. It struck me as odd,” hmmmmm…. I wonder what those would taste like?”…..so I ordered them. Wow. No longer will I think of deviled eggs as the black sheep of hors d’oeuvres. YUMMO!!

Ingredients:

  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 3 strips of bacon ~ crispy
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise or veganaise
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey or sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha
  • salt and pepper
  • chopped green onions  or broccoli sprouts for garnish

Directions:

  1. Peel eggs and cut in-half lengthwise.
  2.  Scoop all yolks into a bowl and mash with a fork. Add mayonnaise, mustard, and honey (or sugar). Stir to combine or use a mixer. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Use a spoon or piping bag to fill each half of an egg with mixture. Squirt a dab of sriracha sauce on top of each egg, break bacon up into smaller pieces and put on top of eggs, sprinkle with green onion or sprouts and serve.

Baby Bella Watercress toast

Here are some quick facts and benefits of Watercress. If you aren’t eating it, you should be!

A nutrient-rich perennial plant growing naturally around slow moving water sources, watercress has been known for centuries as an exceptionally nutritious herb for both eating and healing. Used in sandwiches, salads, and steamed as a side dish, it adds a tangy, peppery flavor as well as a plethora of minerals and vitamins – more than that of spinach, milk or oranges.

Vitamins A, C, and K, and phytonutrients like isothiocyanates and gluconasturtiin in watercress strengthen bones, limit neuronal damage, fight infection, help maintain healthy connective tissue, and prevent iron deficiency. Studies have found the compound PEITC in watercress may suppress breast cancer cell development and prevent DNA damage in cells.

You can find this oft-overlooked leafy green in most supermarkets, so give it a try when you make your next green salad or sandwich. Remember, watercress from stagnant water may host harmful parasites or pathogens, so rinse and soak well before eating.

 

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Ingredients:

1 slice Ezekiel Bread

3 baby bella mushrooms sauteed

1/3 avocado ~ sliced or mashed

4 sprigs chives

2 cherry tomatoes cut into halves

1 slice colby jack cheese, if desired

as much watercress as desired

sprinkle of chia seeds

 

Directions:

  1. sautee mushrooms, watercress, and chives in a small skillet with grass fed butter
  2. toast bread in toaster oven or toaster
  3. add cheese to warm bread and top with sauteed mushrooms, watercress, and chives
  4. add avocado and tomatoes on top and sprinkle with chia seeds
  5. salt and pepper to taste

 

 

Raspberry Chia Pudding

Make this tonight for tomorrow morning!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lemon, juice of
  • 1 cup Raspberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract, pure
  • 3 tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1 cup coconut milk

Directions:

  1. In the bowl of your food processor or blender, combine all the ingredients except chia seeds and process until smooth.
  2. Pour mixture into two glasses. Add 1.5 tablespoons chia seeds to each glass. Stir
  3. Let it rest for about 1 hour, stir again and let it rest in the refrigerator overnight. Eat by the spoonful when you wake up in the morning.

Avocado Broccoli Sprout Toast

Who can resist this super easy and delicious breakfast?!

Broccoli Sprouts harvested at just four to five days old, broccoli sprouts are the baby versions of adult vegetables. A 3-ounce serving of broccoli sprouts provides 35 calories, 5 grams of carbohydrate, 2 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber. The sprouts also pack sulforaphane, a powerful plant chemical with health benefits.

Avocado ~ One-third of a medium avocado has 80 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, making it a great nutrient dense food choice. The avocado is virtually the only fruit that contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fat – good fat! Avocados are naturally sodium, sugar, and cholesterol free.

Food for Life, Ezekiel 4:9 Bread, Original Sprouted, Organic, 24oz (1 Loaf)

Ezekiel Bread~

Ezekiel bread is different for several reasons. Almost all breads contain added sugar, Ezekiel bread doesn’t have ANY! It is also made from organic, sprouted whole grains. The sprouting process changes the nutrient composition of the grains significantly.

In contrast to most commercial breads, which consist primarily of refined wheat or pulverized whole wheat, Ezekiel bread contains several different types of grains and legumes:

  • 4 types of cereal grains: Wheat, Millet, Barley and Spelt.
  • 2 types of legumes: Soybeans and Lentils.

All the grains and all the legumes are organically grown and allowed to sprout before they are processed, mixed together and baked to produce the final product.

*I’d like to point out that wheat, barley and spelt all contain gluten, so Ezekiel bread is out of the question for people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

Ingredients:

1 slice of Ezekiel Bread

4 cherry tomatoes

1/3 avocado

1 tsp broccoli sprouts

a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Chia seeds (optional)

Directions:

  1. Toast bread in toaster oven or regular toaster
  2. Mash 1/3 avocado on warm bread, drizzle olive oil on top. salt and pepper.
  3. cut cherry tomatoes in half and put on one side of the bread. Add broccoli sprouts to the other side.
  4. I like to sprinkle chia seeds on top of mine for extra fiber and protein. Enjoy!!

 

 

Sweet Potato Chicken Nachos

This recipe has all the nutrition and all the FLAVOR! It’s one of my favorites to make and is so delicious with the sweet, salty and spicy elements.
Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A, vitamin B5, B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and, due to their orange color, are high in carotenoids, Plus, they’re fat-free, and relatively low in sodium.
The black bean’s fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin B6, and phytonutrient content, coupled with its lack of cholesterol, all support heart health. The fiber in black beans helps lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood and decrease the risk of heart disease.
Avocados are a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium. They also provide lutein, beta-carotene and  Omega 3 fatty acids.
Cilantro is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and the caloric value is nearly nonexistent. It is a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K, calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium. Just a ¼ cup of fresh cilantro provides 270 IU of Vitamin A, and 16% of the daily value recommended of Vitamin k.

Ingredients:

  1. 2 medium tomatoes, diced and seeded
  2. 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  3. 1-2 tbsp lime juice
  4. 2 avocados
  5. 1 tsp cumin powder
  6. 2 tbsp green onions, chopped
  7. 1 can organic spicy black beans
  8. 1 whole organic rotisserie chicken ( or cook your own)
  9. 1-2 jalapenos sliced (optional)
For the sweet potato chips
  1. 3 large sweet potatoes
  2. 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
  3. 1 tsp Himalayan salt

Directions:

  1. To make the sweet potato chips, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Peel the sweet potatoes and slice thinly, using either a mandolin or sharp knife. In a large bowl, toss them with coconut oil and salt. Place the chips in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, then flip the chips over and bake for another 10 minutes. For the last ten minutes, watch the chips closely and pull off any chips that start to brown, until all of the chips are cooked.
  2. While the potato chips are baking, start taking the chicken off the bone and shred it.
  3. warm beans in a saucepan. I like to put my beans in a food processor and then into a saucepan with Cumin to make refried beans. but you can also just as easily warm up the beans and serve them whole.
  4. Add tomato, cilantro, lime juice and green onion (Jalapenos if desired) into a small bowl and mix together.
  5. To assemble the nachos, form a large circle with the sweet potato chips on a platter. Add the shredded chicken into the middle of the circle, and then top with Black beans, avocado, pico and cheese if desired.

Healthy Cucumber Sushi Rolls

Ingredients

  • 1 Avocado
  • 1/2 tsp of toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 2 teaspoons fresh squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon raw honey
  • 3 dashes of low sodium soy sauce or amino acids( or to taste)
  • 1/2 inch of freshly grated ginger
  • sriracha sauce to taste
  • Several Grinds of Pepper
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 small package crab meat

Instructions

  1. Toss all the ingredients (except the cucumber, crab and sesame seeds) into a food processor or blender. Or if you would like to do it by hand, finely mince the garlic aand mash all the ingredients together with a fork until smooth and creamy.
  2. Use a mandoline or potato peeler to cut long thin strips from the cucumber.
  3. Take a cucumber strip and spread a thin coat of the avocado mixture along the length of the cucumber. A little goes a long way! Make sure to get some avocado all the way to the end, so it will stick the roll together. Add crab.
  4. Roll it up! No toothpicks needed. Do the same with the rest of your cucumber strips. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and serve right away.
  5. Cucumber is watery and softens quickly, so if you plan on bringing these to a party, prepare the avocado spread that morning, and store in an air tight container. Bring a whole cucumber and potato peeler and assemble at the party.
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