Chicken Sausage and Sweet Potato Stew

Chicken Sausage and Sweet Potato Stew

I’m a busy wife and mom AND  I know I’m not alone (thanks for being crazy busy with me).  Just because we have many hats to wear doesn’t mean we need to compromise on having healthy dinners!  I’ve already shared some quick and easy healthy dinners like my Turkey and Black Bean Baked Burritos and my Avocado Tuna Grilled Cheese Sandwich.  Oh, how could I forget about my Shepard’s Pie?  Well, sit back and relax, my friends.  I’ve got another quick and easy one that you’ll fall head-over-heels for!     I’m sharing this recipe over at 4Men1Lady today!  Here’s the LINK to the full recipe and post....
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

 Don’t judge these chocolate chip cookies by their ingredients!  They are soft, sweet, chewy and gooey despite having no sugar, no eggs, and being gluten-free.  I’m seriously addicted to them!  The last 2 dozen made it straight from the oven and into my belly.  Poor guys.  They never stood a chance!         Since I make these almost on a weekly basis, there are a few tricks I’ve learned.  First, you must have a quality blender like my beloved Vitamix!   The garbanzo beans will chunky if you do not use a great blender.  Also, put the honey and vanilla at the bottom of the blender before the garbanzo beans.  This will make it easier to blend.     Also, you need natural peanut butter like Adam’s All Natural PB where the only ingredient is peanuts.  Other peanut butters will make your cookies really oily.  Don’t even try with regular peanut butter!  You can also freshly grind peanuts at most grocery stores and make your own peanut butter.         I also have fallen in love with Lagrima pure vanilla.  I use to purchase pure vanilla at Costco until I was introduced to what ‘true and pure’ vanilla really tastes like.  I was skeptical this vanilla made that big of an impact, but after adding it to these gluten-free chocolate chip cookies and several other recipes, I’m a believer!  It’s worth the investment.  Well, my friends, I’m off to finish the last couple remaining cookies.  I’m proud that I refrained myself enough to finish this post.   PrintPeanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites Yield: 2 dozen...
Not Yo Momma’s Shepard’s Pie

Not Yo Momma’s Shepard’s Pie

Mom, what’s for dinner?  Honey, what’s for dinner?  Self, what ARE we going to have for dinner?!?!  Until I became and wife and a mother, I didn’t realize these questions could feel like a 50 lb bag of stress some days….  Since I’m now the busy mom, I decided to create a healthy, modern, this-is-2013 Shepard’s Pie casserole. PrintSweet Potato Shepards Pie Ingredients4 large organic yams or sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces 1 lb ground beef or ground turkey, browned 1 Tbs minced garlic 1 small sweet onion, diced 3 large organic carrots, peeled and diced 1 cup organic frozen baby peas 1 cup organic frozen sweet corn 1 can (15 oz) organic diced tomatoes, drained 2 Tbs dried parsley (divided) 1 tsp salt (divided) 1 tsp black pepper (divided) 1/2 Tbs dried oregano 1/2 Tbs dried basil 2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese InstructionsPreheat oven to 400. In a large pot, bring 8 cups of water to a boil. Add yams/sweet potato pieces. Boil for 15 to 20 minutes until soft. Drain well. Return to pot. Add 1 Tbs parsley, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper. Mash yams/sweet potatoes well while mixing in spices. Meanwhile in a large frying pan over medium heat, brown ground beef/turkey with garlic and onion. Once browned, add carrots to meat mixture. Continue cooking for 3 to 4 minutes until carrots are slightly tender. Add peas, sweet corn, tomatoes, 1 Tbs parsley, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, oregano, and basil in the meat mixture and stir well. Cook for additional 2 to 3 minutes until heated through. Removed from...
Healthy Orange Julius

Healthy Orange Julius

PrintHealthy Orange Julius Ingredients3 oranges, peeled keeping one small slice of zest (about 1/4 inch strip) 1 small lemon, peeled 1 banana, peeled 1/2 yellow summer squash, raw with seeds 1 cup cabbage, chopped 4 Tbs honey or organic agave (optional...if you want it sweeter) 1 cup ice (add more according to thickness preference) InstructionsIn a Vitamix blender, add oranges, zest, lemon, banana, squash, cabbage, and honey. Blend on highest option for about 20 to 30 seconds until smooth. Add ice and blend until smooth. I usually add about another cup of ice to make it...
Welcome to The Game-On Health Challenge!

Welcome to The Game-On Health Challenge!

Welcome to The Game-On Health Challenge! Thank you for registering for The Game-On!  I will be emailing you with instructions, teams, and complete set of rules on the Sunday immediately prior to the game starting.  Thank you and please email kami@nodietsallowed.com for any questions or concerns.  Game on, my...

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