Beet & Carrot Coleslaw {No Mayo - Dairy Free Option}

 

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Black Bean Quinoa Fiesta & {Homemade} Guacamole Salsa


Here's something a little different to put in place of taco night. Fiesta in a bowl! It's light, yet super filling and since this recipe makes a bunch, it's perfect to take to work the next day for a healthy lunch.

Black Bean Quinoa Fiesta
1 cup quinoa, toasted
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups chicken broth
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 - 15 oz.can tomato sauce
1-2 tsp. cumin
1-2 tsp. chili powder
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 lime, zest and juice
salt to taste
1 green onion, chopped

Heat a large non-stick pot and add dry quinoa. Keep the quinoa moving with a wooden spoon until it becomes fragrant.  Remove from pot and set aside.  Add bell pepper and garlic. Give it a splash of chicken broth if they start to stick.  Once peppers are slightly tender and you can really smell the garlic add remaining broth and return quinoa to the pot.  Bring to a boil then turn the heat down to medium low and add tomato  sauce, cumin and chili powder.  Stir to combine and let that simmer for another 8 minutes or so, until a good amount of the liquid is absorbed.  Add drained and rinsed beans, thawed corn, lime and salt.  Turn to low and put a lid on it until all the liquid is absorbed.  Stir in the chopped green onion.

Guacamole Salsa
 1 avocado
1 tomato, seeded
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 green onion, chopped
juice and zest of 1 lime

Cut onion, avocado and tomato (remove seeds) into chunks.  Combine dry ingredients in a small dish before sprinkling over onion, avocado and tomato mixture.  Squeeze fresh lime and zest over top and gently toss to coat.  Top Black Bean Quinoa Fiesta with a healthy scoop of Guacamole Salsa!


Enjoy!

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Sprouted Indian Bean Soup

 
 

Once a week I try to do a meat free meal, and with kids it can be difficult to come up with something they'll eat.  So I was pleasantly surprised when I made this protein, fiber and vitamin packed simple bean soup...and they liked it! They scarfed it down and weren't asking for snacks before bed because it filled them up and kept them full.  Yay!

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Chickpea Chowder

 

So I have this philosophy on eating.  Call it eating healthy, moderation, saving money, call it what you like, but I like to have two to three days a week where I don't serve any meat.  Nothing against carnivores, but too much of anything can just be...well too much.  Before the invention of the refrigerator and preservatives people mostly ate a seasonal, vegetarian-based diet supplemented with meat.  And as a bonus, this chickpea chowder, unlike most chowders, has no dairy.  This one's for all the herbivorous, omnivores, and carnivores on a break :) 

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{Homemade} White Bean Chili


"Is it spring yet?"  My kids and I are going a little stir crazy with all this wintry weather that just won't end! So to stay warm, full and healthy, why not heat things up with a little chili. Using whatever yummy leftover chicken you have hanging out in your fridge means you save money on your grocery bill and add even more yummy flavor. It's so fast and  easy to throw together, this chili may turn into one of your go-to dishes when you don't have much time, but a big appetite.

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GF Chicken Tacos with Garlic Lime Black Beans & Guacamole


  

Do you know what I've discovered over the last few years? It's that happily ever after is a pretty relative term. Happiness in its simplest form is being at peace despite the circumstances of your present situation. It's being okay with the imperfections, the mess, the not-so-happy predicaments we find ourselves in, but finding joy in the midst of it all anyway. Not in spite of it, but in it. Not a roll your eyes, grit your teeth, and pretend you're fine superficial happiness, but a sincere inner peace.

That's why I make dinner from scratch and use a slow cooker. So I don't have to waist my time standing in the kitchen preparing food all day when I have my happily ever after to enjoy.

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Homemade Green Hummus


After school snack attack is a real problem around my house. The kids get home from school and in a whirlwind my sort of quiet, somewhat tidy home is strewn with backpacks, shoes, homework, jackets, and noise. The only thing that can calm the after school crazies is to wind down with a snack and maybe some outside time before we tackle homework.

Hummus is a such a great snack because it's full of protein, fiber, and very filling. I usually put out a little cup of peanut butter too. The carrot sticks go in the hummus and the celery in the peanut butter.

What makes the hummus green, you ask?
.....Promise not to tell my kids?

It's spinach (and a little cilantro too)! Yep, and you'd never taste it. My kids love green smoothies so I just tell them it's green hummus and for some reason they don't ask any other questions. This hummus is simple enough to make right in a blender or food processor and the color of the fresh spinach makes it look like a mischievous Leprechaun fixed it for them ;) It's perfect for St. Patrick's Day or any day you want to sneak a little more green in your family's diet. 

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