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Sometimes our schedules are so busy, we think we don’t have time to plan healthy meals. In many cases, we succumb to the temptation of fast food because it is so readily available. However, delicious, healthy food can be surprisingly easy to make, with little prep time. Many of these ingredients are probably already in your pantry.  If you have children, why not invest some time preparing these easy meals together? Not only will they enjoy it, but you will too! Try preparing meals for...

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Quick & Easy Crockpot Meal

Quick & Easy Crockpot Meal         Crockpot Taco Chili Chicken Ingredients 6-8 pieces of skinless chicken parts 3-4 chicken sausage links (optional) 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1-15oz can fire roasted tomatoes 1 cup low salt organic black beans 1.5 tablespoons of Trader Joe’s taco seasoning packet 2-3 tablespoons of Trader Joe’s corn chili salsa   Directions Choose 6-8 skinless chicken parts and season to your liking. Braise chicken pieces in a hot pan of a little olive...

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Cilantro Lime Garbanzo Bean Salad

Cilantro Lime Garbanzo Bean Salad      Cilantro Lime Garbanzo Bean Salad Yield: 1-2 servings. Ingredients: One 15-oz can garbanzo beans (2 cups cooked), drained and rinsed 2 cups spinach 1/4 cup sweet onion, chopped finely Juice from 1.5 limes 3/4 cup fresh Cilantro 1/2 tsp sugar (or to taste) 2 tsp Dijon mustard 1 garlic clove 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp kosher salt + ground pepper   Directions: 1. In a food processor, add the spinach and pulse a few times until...

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Baked Zucchini Sticks

Baked Zucchini Sticks From Dawn Tucci     SIMPLE EASY SIDE DISH… Slice the zucchini in half. Slice off the bottom to keep in stable. Brush with olive oil and top with garlic or garlic powder. Top with sliced tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste…. Use mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese or mixed blend.. Bake 375 for 20 to 30 minutes until...

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Crisp Cucumber Salsa

Crisp Cucumber Salsa From Dawn Tucci       Crisp Cucumber Salsa: Note: 1/4 cup is only 16 calories! YES!!!2 cups finely chopped seeded peeled cucumber 1/2 cup finely chopped seeded tomato … 1/4 cup chopped red onion 2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley 1 jalepeno pepper, seeded and chopped 4-1/2 tsp minced fresh cilantro 1 garlic clove, minced or pressed 1/4 c reduced-fat sour cream 1-1/2 tsp lemon juice 1-1/2 tsp lime juice 1/4 tsp ground cumin 1/4 tsp seasoned salt Tortilla chipsIn a small bowl, combine the...

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MY 2013 GARDEN

MY 2013 GARDEN ...

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Garlic Mashed Cauliflower…a potato alternative

Ingredients (makes 4 servings) 1 headcauliflower, cut into florets 1 tablespoonolive oil 1 clovegarlic, smashed 1/4 cupgrated Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoonreduced-fat cream cheese 1/2 teaspoonkosher salt 1/8 teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper Directions  Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower, cover, and steam until tender, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a small skillet over...

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Chunky Avocado Dip

Chunky Avocado Dip Avocado Nutrition information: Avocados are a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C,K, folate, and B6. Half an avocado has 160 calories, 15 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, and only 2 grams saturated fat. One globe contains more than one-third daily value of vitamin C, and more than half the day’s requirements of vitamin K. Their abundance of nutrients and savory flavor make avocados a perfect way to satisfy cravings and lose weight. For informational purposes, the...

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Quinoa Taco Salad

Quinoa Taco Salad This meal is low in calories and good source of protein. A great lunch option that will keep you full! I was able to get about 6 servings from the ingredients below.    Cooked quinoa (1 cup uncooked)  1/2 pint cherry tomatoes (halved)  1 Green Pepper (chopped)  1 can black beans (drained/rinsed)  1 can corn (drained/optional)  1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)  Cheddar cheese (optional)  Mix all together in a large bowl. You can add 3 Tbsp of salsa and 1 Tbsp of...

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Feta & Asparagus Frittata

Feta & Asparagus Frittata This makes for a great mid-week meal, nourishing, cheap and quick. You can also play the thrifty housewife and keep some over for lunches the next day. Eaten hot or cold, a thick wedge of this will get you through the afternoon without the need to resort to caffeine, sugar, etc.   Note: If you would like to add meat and vegetables this is how I altered the recipe. I used 1 pound of a combination of all natural ground turkey & mild Italian turkey sausage, cooked separately. Lightly...

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