Farro Stuffed Peppers

Farro Stuffed Peppers

This recipe for stuffed peppers without rice features farro, mushrooms and spinach. Farro is a beautiful grain and if you haven’t tried it yet, you should make it happen! Soon! Grab some next time you are at the store. There are three kinds of farro: whole, semi-pearled and pearled. In most grocery stores in the United States, you will find the pearled kind, which requires less cooking time and no need for soaking. If the brand you find doesn’t specify what kind of farro they are offering, it’s probably the pearled kind. Farro is very hearty, it hits nutty tones and has a chewy texture. It’s quite addictive. First time I cooked it was a recipe by Michele Scicolone, Farro with Brussel Sprouts, Sage, and Garlic. I was sold! After that, I’ve made dozens of other dishes with this grain. There are many ways you can cook farro. You will find dozens of farro recipes online, since it has becoming more popular between homecooks.You can eat it as risotto, in a salad (warm or cold), in soups, and even desserts. Laura B. Weiss from the Kitchen Window, recommends to layer cooked farro with roasted fruit and yogurt! Swoon! Such a classy dessert! No matter how you enjoy your farro, it will soon become a staple ingredient in your pantry, if it already isn’t! And if you want to know, Farro is a high-fiber grain, rich in iron, protein and B vitamins, among other nutrients. Here we provide just one of the ways you can cook farro, by making stuffed peppers! First, we toast the farro and then cook it...
Kale-ribbean Breeze Recipe

Kale-ribbean Breeze Recipe

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m a fan of creating my own Jamba Juice recipes.  With a blend of mango, banana, and kale, this Jamba Juice Kale-ribbean breeze recipe will provide both your mouth and body with a creamy, citrusy nutritious boost. I recently moved to Austin, Texas and have loved spending my warm summer days by the pool with my family.  I wasn’t sure what to expect since friends and family warned me about the brutality of the Texas sun. However, it’s been quite enjoyable!  Maybe it’s been the pool OR maybe it’s been because we have daily smoothies to combat the heat. I have two small kiddos and any mom with young kids understands the constant worry over getting enough veggies and the proper nutrients into their cute little bellies. Finding, creating, and feeding our kids healthy options can feel like a full-time job! This is one of the many many reasons I’m in love with my Vitamix.  That powerful blender can blend anything into pure creaminess!  My kids get most of their vegetables in smoothies such as this Kale-ribbean Breeze copycat recipe. Want to find an affordable Vitamix?  Purchase a refurbished Vitamix on Amazon (affiliate link).    Since kale is a pretty tough little green vegetable, make sure to remove the stem and only use the leaves in the smoothie.  Also, I’m a BIG advocate for properly washing your fruits and vegetables.  I’ve tried numerous of vegetable washes, but I always keep coming back to my most favorite…. FIT vegetable wash.  You will tangibly feel the waxes and dirt wash off your produce.  It’s SO worth the...
Recipe For Mango Salsa

Recipe For Mango Salsa

This is a very easy mango salsa recipe! The easiest! But don’t be fooled by its simplicity, because this fresh mango salsa is absolutely delicious! I love me some salsa. Tomato, mango, peach, collard greens, pineapple, jalapeno, avocado, corn, you name it, I’ve turned it into salsa! I love eating salsa with my tacos, pita pocket sandwiches, enchiladas, or simply with tortilla chips. Anytime I have some leftover tortillas from a taco feast, I like to turn them into chips. I cut the tortillas into triangles, toss them with a bit of olive oil and whatever spices I’m in the mood for that day, salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne, italian seasoning and then I bake them at 375ºF for 5-8 minutes until crispy. And to me, there’s no better way to eat delicious homemade tortilla chips than with salsa!   I really like to pair this mango salsa with pork tacos or fish tacos. They compliment each other so well. The mango makes the pork or fish shine and vice-versa. I like to use habanero for this salsa, but if you don’t like a lot of heat, sub in any other pepper, even sweet ones.   This recipe takes about 10 minutes to put together, so I recommend assembling it close to the time you are planning on eating it. Leftovers will be fine in the refrigerator for a day or two, but fresh is best. And that’s what this recipe for mango salsa is all about: freshness. You don’t even need the ripest of all mangoes to make this, slightly under ripe mangoes will do just fine.  ...
Aloha Pineapple

Aloha Pineapple

I cannot believe summer is over?!?! Well, it feels like the end since I’m preparing to send my first child to Kindergarten on Wednesday.  How can my sweet little 7 lbs 9 oz baby girl born the-quickest-five-years-of-my-life ago be going to Kindergarten? Please tell me I’m not the only mama out there struggling with the mixed emotions related to sending their first to Kindergarten. Yes, she is SO ready and SO excited BUT all-day Kindergarten?  She’ll be at school and away from her family most of the day AND who knows what she’ll be exposed to.  Oh, my mommy-heart is going to break a little when I drop her off on the first day. I’m walking into a whole new world.  School schedules, teacher conferences, packed school lunches, homework (do they give homework in Kindergarten?), and I’m sure lots of grumpy days ahead of adjusting to an earlier wake-up time (probably more from me than my daughter).  This is where I need to up my organization game. I’m already excited about adding some of my fun, healthy lunch options like my Apple Fruit Sandwiches to her lunchbox. Oh, quick sidebar… I found this awesome insulated lunchbox along with these slim lunch ice packs if you’re searching for some great lunch boxes for your kids. Outside of packing her delicious lunches, I want to make sure my breakfasts for her are on point.  I need my daughter confidently walking into her Kindergarten day with a belly full of nutrients.  I strongly believe none of us can BE our best selves or DO our best work if we’re not treating our bodies...
Applesauce Chia Muffins

Applesauce Chia Muffins

I cannot believe we’re on the last half of July!  Does anyone else feel like this year is flying by?  I want to slam the breaks on my summer days and prolong the summer as long as possibly especially since my baby boy is rapidly approaching his first birthday!!  I tear up thinking about it.  Am I the only mom who gets emotional on birthdays?  If so… just lie and say you get me. Well, at this point, all I can do is hang on, enjoy every second, and comfort myself with these light, fluffy applesauce muffins.  Not only are these approved by my husband and 3 year old, my cute baby smeared the muffin all over his face while he hastily ate his. Before I started blogging, I was clueless on how this all worked.  Extremely clueless.  It is hard work juggling everything!  I started meeting other bloggers and quickly realized this blogging business is packed with talented, educated, and family-focused individuals.  We have a passion and want to share it with others.  We spend long, late hours working while our kiddos sleep in order to build our businesses. Although I love creating healthy recipes and hosting my health challenge, I wanted to do more to support and encourage others in my same spot!  I united with my brilliant friend, Sabrina, and formed a plan on how to host a food blogger conference unlike any out there!  I now have 4 babies… my two beautiful children, No Diets Allowed, and Everything Food Conference.   All four require insane amount of work and diligence, but I have to say my two delightful, joyful kids are by...
Fresh Fruit Salad

Fresh Fruit Salad

If you want something that will be consistently devoured by your family, you’ve come to the right place.  I make a large batch of this fresh fruit salad for every family gathering and it’s a hit each time.  Who would love juicy pineapple, crisp apples, and crunchy sweet grapes? Although a 3 ingredient fresh fruit salad is quick and easy, you don’t want to skip out on my tips. First, wash your grapes and apples!  And by washing, I don’t mean rinsing with water. Scrub those babies! Here’s a post on washing vegetables where you can see the difference between washed and rinsed grapes. I’ve used a few vegetable washes in my day.  I keep coming back to Fit Fruit & Vegetable Wash.  Big BIG fan! For grapes, I pluck them and place them in a large bowl.  I pour a cap full of Fit Fruit & Vegetable Wash over the grapes and fill the bowl with cool water until all the grapes are covered.  Let them sit for about 3 to 5 minutes and use your hands to gently scrub the grapes while still in the water in a circular motion.  Drain and rinse with water. For apples, spray each apple 2 to 3 times with wash.  Scrub the apples with your hands for about 15 to 20 seconds.  While rinsing under cool water, scrub the apple with your hands until you feel the residue wash off.  You’ll oooh and aaah over how great they feel!   After you finish cutting your fresh pineapple into chunks, don’t throw away the rind just yet!  Those crisp delicious apples need the juice from the rind in order to prevent them from...

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