Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Basil Tomato Chicken Burgers (Gluten Free Option)







My daughter Juleen made these burgers us a couple weeks ago when we got home from our trip. It was wonderful to have someone make dinner for us and even better that it tasted soo good. I felt a lot of love from her. I love my family.

I believe love really does affect the food that we eat. Whoever it is that is preparing the food, if it is prepared with love for those who are to eat it, it will taste better. It is part of the whole eating experience. Think of a meal that you ate prepared by someone you love and think about the love that was put into the meal and how that affected the whole eating experience. Love makes a difference every time. Add some love into your food and you will see a difference too. That is why home-cooked meals always taste the best.

These burgers are a great way to enjoy this time of year as the weather starts to warm up. They would be yummy cooked on the barbecue.


Ingredients   (Serves 4)

2 slices whole grain bread (gluten free if desired)
3 tablespoons water
1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes chopped into small pieces
3 tablespoon fresh basil chopped up
1/4 cup minced onion
1 1/4 lb ground chicken
1/2 cup feta cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
2 tablespoon tomato oil
4 Hamburger buns whole grain (gluten free if desired)

Directions

In a bowl break the 2 bread slices into small pieces. Stir in the water and stir until all combined.

Stir tomatoes, basil, and onion into bread mixture until all combined.

(I like to use disposable gloves for this part) Knead into bread mixture with hands until combined: chicken, cheese, salt and pepper. (You could use a spoon to combine but will not be as evenly distributed.)

Form the meat into patties. Heat up skillet or barbecue to medium high heat. For the skillet add 2 T of oil (that came from sun dried tomatoes.) When the oil or barbecue is hot, cook the meat on both sides about 3 to 4 min on each side. Then put a lid over the meat or barbecue lid on the barbecue. Turn down the heat to medium low and cook another 8 minutes or until fully cooked inside.

Take off the heat and serve with buns and other condiments. You can freeze the extra in an airtight container.







Friday, February 10, 2017

The Mix and Match Lunchbox!!


We are excited to announce our newest cook book! This one is a winner. Do you have trouble figuring out what to feed your  kids (or yourself) for lunch?
The Mix-and-Match Lunchbox breaks down the process so you only need a whole grain + a protein + a fruit + a vegetable to make a complete lunch! When you think about it in those easy steps, making lunch becomes a simple process.
But it gets even cooler than that! The recipe pages are spiral-bound and divided into 3 pieces so you or your kids can literally mix and match the recipes to lunchbox success. It's so interactive that even your littlest lunch-eaters can have help in the planning of their lunches.
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We think you'll love it! Order it from Amazon here!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Cranberry Quinoa Salad with Toasted Pecan


Cranberry Quinoa Salad with Toasted Pecans
I have been pondering on happiness lately and realizing I know outside influences can have a big effect on our happiness, yet I feel like we can create happiness inside ourselves no matter what is going on around us.

 I am fascinated by Denmark they are the 2nd happiest country in the world and yet they have winter days with 14 hours of darkness. That really intrigued me.  They have "Hygge"  Danish word, pronounced "hoo-ga", is usually translated into English as "cosiness". Here is more about it. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34345791. I love that word "cosiness" I love how this country creates that in their homes regardless of what is going on around them. 

It has been fun working on creating more of that in my home. I have also thought about how I can create more of that inside of me. I know often I may be guilty of thinking someone else is responsible for my happiness, and yet when I stop and think about it I realize that I am the one that is responsible for it. I know other things can add to our happiness but we can create it within us.  What are your thoughts? 
I really enjoy eating for dinner is a yummy salad. In fact often my husband and I will enjoy a salad as our main entree for our dinner. Yum! I LOVE how I can eat so many great vegetables in one serving. This salad is loaded with healthy goodness. I love the pecans in it. I used to think I didn't like pecans and now I really do our tastes can change. 

Recipe

1/2 C pecans chopped up
2 T honey
4 C kale or other favorite greens washed
1 C snow peas broken in thirds
1/2 Cucumber thinly sliced
4 radishes thinly sliced
1 C dried
crasins
1 C cooked quinoa
3/4 C feta cheese

Dressings

1/4 C apple cider vinegar
1 T mustard
1 T honey
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 C olive oil

Directions

1. In a small saucepan heat to medium low and pour in honey. Stir in the nuts and cook for a couple minutes until all thickened and nice golden color. Pour out to cool on parchment paper or a non stick surface to cool. Make sure the nuts are spread out so they don't stick together in one clump.

2. Pour all the ingredients in the blender for the dressing and blend 1 to 2 min until all combined set aside.

3. Toss all the ingredients for the salad together. Pour on the dressing right before serving or leave dressing off and pour on after serving on to plates. Enjoy!



Monday, August 10, 2015

Onion Roasted Red Poatotes




I hope you had a nice weekend. I had a really nice one. It was nice to spend time outside. I love this time of year. I wish it could last forever.

I love roasted red potatoes. I remember going over to a friends house years ago and she made them and I have been making them ever since. They are delicious.

Ingredients

8 red potatoes scrubbed and cubed
4 T dried onions
3 T dried parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
3 T olive oil

Directions

1. In a greased square pan. place washed and cubed potatoes.
2. Sprinkle the onions, parsley, garlic, salt pepper on to the potatoes.
3. Drizzle the oil over the potatoes and toss them until they are all covered with oil.
4. Bake in oven for about 45 minutes or until potatoes are soft and light golden brown. Stir once or twice during baking for even cooking.
5. Serve warm add more salt and pepper if desired.


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Chewy Almond Oatmeal Cookies (Gluten Free)



These cookies got gobbled up by my family they are chewy and delicious. It was fun to use almond flour in them and have them turn out so well. They had great flavor .

Ingredients

1/2 C honey
2 T coconut oil
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 T warm water
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/2 C Oatmeal gluten free
1 3/4  C Almond flour Bobs Red Mill
1/2 C dark chocolate chips

Directions    Heat oven to 350  makes about 20 cookies

1. In a small bowl pour in the honey, oil, extract and beat together until smooth.
2. Then beat in egg.
3. Pour baking powder into a small bowl and stir in water until all combined. Stir into egg mixture.
4. Then stir in salt, oatmeal and flour. Until all combined.
5. Fold in the chips.
6. Scoop on to cookie sheets. I flattened them a little with a spatula.
7. Bake until light golden about 8-10 min. Take out of the oven and place the cookies on cooling rack. Enjoy!!!!

* If the dough is too sticky add another 1 to 2 T flour.