Edamame Hummus

Edamame Hummus

I forget it’s not normal for 3 year olds to love things like edamame and hummus.  My daughter was pretending to eat with my brother-in-law and when he asked what she was eating, she shouted ‘hummus!’   Nothing puts a bigger smile on my face than creating healthy recipes craved by my family.   Healthy eating can be fulfilling, satisfying, and indulging.  Trust me… I love food and eating way too much to torture myself with flavorless eats.  Also, go ahead and snack!  If you’re hungry (legitimately hungry not bored), eat away!  I eat frequently throughout the day and never waste time counting calories because I choose to eat nutrition packed options like this Edamame Hummus.   Deliciously flavored ground up garbanzo beans, otherwise known as hummus, is becoming more and more popular.  It’s great with veggies and chips or even spread on sandwiches instead of mayo.  A main ingredient for traditional hummus is tahini.  It’s ground sesame seeds with consistency of peanut butter and has a similar nutty taste. I’m not a huge fan of the flavor so I make my hummus without it.  I make my Basic Hummus without tahini also.   Since we’re talking about ingredients, let’s talk about my obsession with garbanzo beans!  They are mild in flavor, but add rockin’ nutrients and great texture.  Word of caution… garbanzo beans are addicting in my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies or my Flourless Chocolate Cookies.  You’ll actually be encouraging your kids to sneak one of these cookies before dinner.  Anyway, stock up on garbanzo beans.  You’ll want extra on hand after you try these recipes.     Crunchy and creamy...
Apple Fruit Sandwiches

Apple Fruit Sandwiches

I’ve seen lots of different variations of an apple sandwich. I love keeping it simple with juicy apples, sweet bananas, and flavorful strawberries.  I’ve also seen where you can top your apple slices with peanut butter and granola, almond butter and raisins, or you can just try my way. Remember how I’m a fruit-aholic?     You begin by washing your apples and fresh strawberries. Seriously… scrub those babies.  I know I keep talking about it, but I seriously am in love with Fit: Fruit and Vegetable Wash.  Anyways, then thinly slice your apples (I did both organic Fuji and Granny Smith). To prevent them from browning, lightly coat slices with lemon or lime juice (makes it a little tart) or pineapple juice (a sweeter option). You can use the same method for your banana slices. Top your apple slices with banana and strawberry slices. Viola! Definitely full of complimentary flavors and super easy.       PrintApple Fruit Sandwiches Ingredients1 large Fuji or Granny Smith apples, washed and sliced thinly 1 banana, peeled and sliced thinly 10 large strawberries, washed and sliced thinly InstructionsOnce fruit is washed and sliced, layer beginning with apple slice, banana slices, and topped with strawberry slices. To prevent them from browning, lightly coat slices with lemon or lime juice (makes them a little tart) or pineapple juice (a sweeter option). Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve...
Ants on a Log

Ants on a Log

Whether you have kids or not, these Ants on a Log are an easy, tasty, quick, and nutritious little snack.  Crunchy celery topped with creamy peanut butter and juicy grapes and/or raisins?  Oh, I’m in love with these little critters.   I love fruit and vegetables!  Okay, I may be a little addicted to fruit and vegetables.  They have such bright and vibrant colors and a variety of flavors and textures.  Ants on a Log are a perfect option when either hosting a party, getting a snack for the kids, or just needing something sweet and juicy.   When purchasing celery or grapes, organic is best.  They have such thin skin that they absorb pesticides and chemicals.  Definitely purchase organic if possible.  Regardless, you need to wash those bad boys.   Don’t know the value of washing your fruits and vegetables? Check out my post where I SHOW you the importance.  It doesn’t take much time, but it’s worth every second! I can’t wait to hear how you enjoy this simple yet finger-licking-good recipe!  I think I love them most with the grapes on top. PrintAnts on a Log Ingredients5 or 6 stalks of celery, washed, dried, and cut into 2 to 3 inch sticks 1 Tbs natural peanut butter or almond butter per celery stick 1/2 cup raisins 1 cup red grapes, washed and quarteredInstructionsSpread peanut or almond butter down the center of each celery stick. Sprinkle raisins and/or red grapes down the center on top of the peanut/almond butter. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve...
Creamy Guacamole

Creamy Guacamole

My mother-in-law is Hispanic, and my husband grew up on some AMAZING homemade Mexican food (you still have so much to teach me, Julia!).  Mexican food is, of course, my husband’s favorite type of food… can you blame him?  So, I experiment and create several different healthy and savory Mexican dishes just because I love my man.    Guacamole is definitely a favorite here at the No Diets Allowed household ESPECIALLY during football season.  Roll Tide!  I love my quick, 3 ingredient Simple Guacamole.  However, this past Saturday I wanted some creamier with crispy and juicy vegetables.  AND this Creamy Guacamole was born.  This will definitely become a regular dish!     PrintCreamy Guacamole Ingredients2 large ripe avocados, mashed 1/2 cup Greek plain yogurt 1 green bell pepper, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup sweet onion, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup cilantro, coarsely chopped 1 Tbs lime juice 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 2 large Roma tomatoes, dicedInstructionsIn a medium-sized bowl, combine all ingredients EXCEPT for tomatoes. Stir well until creamy. Fold in diced tomatoes. Chill for at least 2 hours. Serve with your favorite chips! I LOVE Food Should Taste Good Multigrain chips.3.1http://www.nodietsallowed.com/creamy-guacamole/   If you love dips and chips, try out my Healthy 7 Layer Dip and my Fresh Sweet Corn...
Canning: Authentic Mexican Salsa

Canning: Authentic Mexican Salsa

PrintCanning: Authentic Mexican Salsa Ingredients15 cups pureed tomatoes, about 15 large tomatoes 10 jalapenos, seeded and cut in half lengthwise 3 large bell peppers (I used 2 green and 1 red.) 1 large sweet onion 10 to 15 assorted peppers of your choice (I used 3 Anaheim, 2 poblano, and 5 red chili peppers. For mild, remove all seeds. For medium, keep seeds of 2 jalapenos. For hot, keep seeds of 2 jalapenos and 1 Anaheim pepper.) 1 and 1/2 cup lime juice 2 bunches of cilantro, stems removed 3 tsp salt 1 Tbs garlic powder 1 Tbs chili powder 1 tsp cumin 1 (6 oz can) organic tomato pasteInstructionsIn a Vitamix blender, puree the tomatoes and then pour into large pot over medium heat. Meanwhile, set oven to broil and move rack to highest option. Place jalapenos on baking sheet with skin-side facing up. Broil for 4 to 5 minutes until skins are bubbly and brown. Remove from oven and immediately place jalapenos in zip-lock bag. Allow to sit for 10 minutes. In the blender, add bell peppers, onion, assorted peppers, lime juice, cilantro, salt, garlic powder, chili powder, and cumin. Once jalapenos have sat for 10 minutes, remove from zip-lock bag and pinch the skins off. Discard skins and place jalapenos in blender. Blend on medium speed until contents are blended but slightly chunky. Pour contents in pot with tomatoes. Bring to a boil and add tomato paste, stirring constantly until mixed well. Boil for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Pack the salsa into the hot,...
Classic Bruschetta

Classic Bruschetta

PrintClassic Bruschetta Ingredients1 whole wheat baguette loaf or French Bread, cut into 12 to 15 thin slices 2 Tbs coconut oil 1 tsp garlic salt 6 Roma tomatoes, washed and diced 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves chopped or 1 Tbs dried basil 1 Tbs balsamic vinegar 1 Tbs olive oil InstructionsSet oven to 'broil' setting. Move oven rack to the SECOND highest level. Thinly spread coconut oil over one side of each baguette slice and place with oiled side up on baking sheet. Lightly sprinkle with garlic salt. Place sheet in oven and broil for only 3 MINUTES or until slightly brown. Meanwhile, in a medium-sized bowl, combine the tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. Once baguettes are golden brown, remove from oven. Place about 1 Tbs of balsamic tomato mixture on top of each baguette. Serve and...

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