Tasty Tuesday: SC Butternut Squash Soup

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It’s cold outside! And nothing warms you up better than a savory soup that cooks all day and makes your house smell amazing! Two secret ingredients ( a granny smith apple and coconut milk) give this recipe a one of a kind flavor,and it’s an easy recipe too!  Just toss your ingredients into your slow cooker and you’re good to go!

Recipe from Gimmesomeoven

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and diced
  • 1 medium (uncooked) butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 sprig fresh sage
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper, or more to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne, or more to taste
  • pinch of ground cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup canned (unsweetened) coconut milk
  • optional garnishes: extra coconut milk and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper (or smoked paprika)

Directions:

Add vegetable stock, garlic, carrot, apple, butternut squash, sage, onion, salt, pepper, cayenne, cinnamon and nutmeg to a large slow cooker.  Toss to combine.

Cook for 6-8 hours on low, or 3-4 hours on high, or until the squash is completely tender and mashes easily with a fork.  Remove and discard the sage.  Stir in the coconut milk.

Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth.  (Or you can transfer the soup in two batches into a traditional blender, and puree until smooth, being very careful when working with the hot liquid.)  Taste, and season with additional salt, pepper, coconut milk, and cayenne if needed.

Serve warm, with optional garnishes if desired.

*A medium-sized butternut squash should weigh around 2 lbs or so, or about 2 1/2 cups, (so you would need about 32 ounces if buying pre-cut butternut squash).

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Tasty Tuesday: Thanksgiving Sides & Desserts

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With Thanksgiving just next week, many of us are sitting down to plan the menu or trying to decide what kind of dish we’ll bring to share at the family get together. Holidays can be tricky when it comes to clean eating because a lot of dishes are loaded with butter, oil, and sugar. It’s also easy to fill our plates and not even realize how many calories we just ate! Thankfully, with just a few simple ingredient swaps, we’ll can find many delicious side dishes and desserts to offer our family and guests next week.

Thanksgiving Sides

Maple and Turkey Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Total Time: 50 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: 35 min.
Yield: 6 servings, 4 Brussels sprouts each

Ingredients:
Aluminum foil
1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
24 medium brussels sprouts
12 slices nitrite-free turkey bacon, cut in half
24 wooden toothpicks, soaked in water
½ tsp. ground black pepper

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
2. Line large baking sheet with foil. Set aside.
3. Combine maple syrup and vinegar in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.
4. Wrap each brussels sprout tightly with half slice of bacon. Secure with a toothpick.
5. Arrange brussels sprouts on prepared baking sheet so that they are not touching.
6. Brush bacon with maple syrup mixture. Sprinkle with pepper.
7. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until brussels sprouts are tender crisp and bacon is crisp.
8. Remove toothpicks before serving.

10 more healthy sides found here

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Go HERE for 10 healthier Thanksgiving dessert ideas like

  • Pumpkin Pie w/ a whole wheat crust
  • Pecan and Sweet Potato Pie
  • Pumpkin Coconut Custard
  • Pumpkin Cookies
  • Pumpkin Bread
  • Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Cups
  • Apple Crisp
  • Slow Cooker Baked Apples
  • Apple Raisin Cake

And finally, take a peak at this ULTIMATE HEALTHY THANKSGIVING GUIDE which will give you even more ideas for veggies, desserts, sauces, potato options, soups, whole grains, how to cook and carve your turkey, what to do with leftovers and more!

Tasty Tuesday: Coconut Chicken Tenders

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Chicken tenders (or fingers) are one of those foods that you love as a kid and never really grow out of. They are on every kids menu, fast food menu, and restaurant menu around, but they usually come deep fried and full of grease and oil. This recipe uses healthy ingredients and bakes the chicken instead of frying it. You’ll love the sweet and tangy flavor combination and this recipe is one that’s great to get the kids involved with too! They’ll love helping you dip the chicken!

Recipe adapted from here

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12 chicken tenders (more or less…you can also cut chicken breasts into strips)
1-2 eggs (start with one and crack another if it runs out)
1/2 C whole wheat flour or flour of your choice like almond flour
1 C unsweetened coconut flakes
1 C  whole wheat panko bread crumbs
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
3/4 tsp table salt
3/4 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (you can leave this out if you want to skip the spice for the kiddos)

preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Give coconut a rough chop so it’s about the same size as the panko pieces. Combine it with Panko and spices in a shallow dish (I like to use a pie plate). Mix well to distribute all of the spices.

Place the flour in another shallow dish, and the egg in another. Whisk the egg.Get your stations ready so they’re in order and you can quickly put them on a foil lined baking sheet that’s been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

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Working with one chicken tender at a time, dredge in flour, then egg, then spice mixture.

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Place chicken tenders on a foil-lined baking sheet (for easy clean up!)  that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. You can drizzle a tiny amount of olive oil on top to help them crisp nicely, but it’s optional.

Bake tenders for 20 minutes at 450 degrees, or until juices run clear. Serve with a side salad (you can even chop these up and use in a salad), or a side veggie. These chicken tenders are great dipped in your favorite dipping sauce too! Ranch, ketchup, Dijon mustard, honey mustard, sweet chili sauce…they all taste great!

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Tasty Tuesday: Skinny Burrito Bowl

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Spice up your next family taco night with these skinny burrito bowls. The recipe is high in protein and is loaded with fresh veggies and Mexican flavor! Ditching the traditional tortilla means you’re not adding unnecessary carbs into your diet either.

Recipe adapted from here

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 pound lean ground turkey (or you can use diced or shredded chicken)
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice (Uncle Ben’s Instant Brown Rice was used)
  • 11/4 cup chicken broth, low-sodium and fat-free
  • 2 cups salsa, no sugar added
  • 2 teaspoons taco seasoning (recipe for taco seasoning) or you can use Mrs. Dash’s Southwest Chipotle Seasoning (season to taste)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained
  • 3/4 cup frozen or fresh corn kernels
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese, reduced-fat
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives or green onions
  • Avocado slices

Directions

Over medium heat, in a skillet, cook the onion and ground turkey. The turkey should be cooked until it’s no longer pink. Drain off any fat.

**If using chicken, cook the chicken (grill, bake, or boil) until done. Chop or shred chicken and set aside. In a skillet over medium heat, saute chopped onions in a small amount of Olive Oil. Stir onions to keep from sticking and burning. Cook until onions are transparent. Then, add in chicken and mix well.

Add the broth, rice, 1 cup salsa, 1 cup diced tomatoes, taco seasoning, corn, and the beans. Bring to a boil then lower the heat and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Season with salt and pepper. If it starts to dry up, just add a little more broth. Turn off the burner.

Mix in the cheese. It will melt with the heat.

Serve in individual bowls and garnish with the remaining tomatoes, salsa, chives, and avocado slices. Add lettuce if desired.

NOTE: If using long grain brown rice, it will need to be cooked in advance. Uncle Ben’s 10 minute brown rice was used in this recipe.

Have a Healthy Halloween!

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Halloween is coming! So many sugary treats are spotlighted this time of year and Halloween seems to be the gateway into a sugar and treat filled holiday season. Don’t get sucked into “well, it’s the holidays” trap of indulging too much and regretting it later. You can still have lots of fun with your family and friends by using some of these fun Halloween-themed food ideas instead!

Original Post: 13 Healthy Halloween Treats

Jack-o’-Lantern Fruit Cups
Add color and fun to your Halloween with these smiling jack-o’-lantern faces carved into navel oranges. Slice off the tops of the oranges, scoop out the pulp, use a paring knife to cut out jack-o’-lantern faces, and fill with grapes and/or mixed berries.Jack O' Lantern Fruit Cups Halloween Snack
Photo by Frugal Coupon Living

Orange You Lovin’ Fall Fruit Salad
Save the pulp from your jack-o’-lantern fruit cups to make this fruit salad. Fill small mason jars with pineapple slices, orange wedges, and top with Greek yogurt.
Fruit salad candy corn Halloween Snack
Photo by Amanda Meixner

Slithering Snake Dip
Eek! What is lurking in your hummus? A slithering snake made from black olives! Cute Food for Kids carved beady eyes from string cheese and added a carrot tongue. Even those who hate serpents will love this little guy.
Snake in Hummus Halloween Snack
Photo by Cute Food for Kids

Candy Corn Popsicles
Here’s a healthier spin on candy corn! These colorful homemade popsicles are made from pineapple juice, orange juice, and yogurt. We want the popsicles! Click here to get the recipe.
Candy Corn Popsicles Halloween Snack
Photo by Chew Chew Mama

Mummified Apples
Googly eyes and gauze tape turn green apples into mummies that are almost too cute to bite into.
Mummy Apples Halloween Snack
Photo by Marci Coombs

Monster Pie
Kids will love this Monsters, Inc. tart because it’s so darn cute, and well, because it’s dessert! Visit Creative and Healthy Fun Food to get this recipe that’s got a filling made from avocado, banana, and almond milk!
Monster Pie Halloween Snack
Photo by Creative and Healthy Fun Food

Spooky Spider Eggs
Deviled eggs (like these) get extra creepy-crawly when they’re topped with spiders. To make eight scary spider eggs, cut 12 black olives in half vertically. Place one half in the center of each egg to form the body, then slice each remaining olive half into four sections to create legs. Shiver.

Photo by Chew Chew Mama

Ghoulish Hard-Boiled Eggs
Let your kids in on the decorating fun! Use black foodsafe ink pens to draw ghostly faces on white hard-boiled eggs. This example from Wit & Whistle shows how simple – and cute! – each drawing can be.
Ghoulish Hard Boiled Eggs Halloween Snack
Photo by Wit & Whistle

Frankenstein’s Monster
Is this a trick or a treat? This veggie tray made to look like Frankenstein’s monster is a little bit of both. Let your kids play with their food to help create this healthy platter and they might just be tricked into eating their veggies.
Frankenstein Veggies Halloween Snack
Photo by Blue Skies Ahead

Eyeball Pasta
Start off a night of trick-or-treating with this clever eyeball pasta! Visit Spend with Pennies to see how she used string cheese, black olives, and a straw to create eyeballs of different sizes that stare out of ghoulishly green spinach pasta.
Eyeball Pasta Halloween Snack
Photo by Spend with Pennies

Jack-o’-Lantern Clementines
Pick up a foodsafe pen and the whole family can have fun decorating the skin of clementines, tangerines, or oranges with spooky or smiling faces. Pop these into lunch boxes the week leading up to Halloween.
Jack O' Lanterns drawn on clementines Halloween Snack
Photo by Princess and the Frog Blog

Pumpkin Veggie Tray
This veggie platter is a Halloween party essential! Mom Endeavors shares some tips for constructing this spooky pumpkin from baby carrots and black olives. The stem can be made from broccoli, the end of cucumber, or a celery stick. Serve with Slithering Snake Dip!
Carrot Jack O' Lantern Veggie Tray Halloween Snack
Photo by Mom Endeavors

Banana Ghosts and Orange Pumpkins
Boo! Turn bananas into spooky ghosts with chocolate chip eyes and mouths made from chocolate covered raisins. Make a pumpkin patch out of peeled clementines or tangerines. Just use a sprig of celery in the center for the stem!
Banana ghosts and clementine pumpkins Halloween Snack

Here are 8 more fun ideas for healthy Halloween treats to make for home or for you child’s school party!

And here are 13 alternatives to handing out candy on Halloween night

 

Tasty Tuesday: Spicy Honey Chicken

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This recipe for Spicy Honey Chicken is one of those that is easy to prep and I usually already have all of the ingredients on hand. And don’t let the word “Spicy” in the title fool you…it’s still kid friendly with the perfect blend of sweet and tangy.

Adapted from the original recipe from OBB

You’ll need 4-6 chicken breasts, thawed

For the Rub:

  • 2 t olive oil
  • 2 t granulated garlic (if you have a jar of minced garlic, that works too)
  • 2 t chili powder
    1/2 t onion powder
    1/2 t coriander
    1 t cumin
    1/2 t chipotle chili powder (I usually use Mrs. Dash’s Southwest Seasoning Blend for this)

Glaze
1/2 C Honey
1T Cider Vinegar

Combine the rub spices in bowl and mix well.

img_7507Use kitchen shears (or a pair of clean scissors) to trim off any excess fat from the chicken  pieces.Pat dry. Drizzle oil over chicken and rub in with your hands to lightly coat all the pieces. Then toss chicken with the spice rub to coat all sides well. Use your hands and get in there!

 

 

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While chicken is cooking, warm honey in the microwave so it’s not so thick. Add the vinegar and combine well. Reserve 2T honey glaze for later. Take the rest and brush on chicken (both sides) in the final moments of grilling.

Serve with a side of veggies or create a spicy honey chicken salad! Cut cooked chicken into strips or diced pieces. Serve over Romain or red leaf lettuce. Add in any extras like tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, avocados, and even mangoes!

Try it topped with with creamy avocado salad dressing!

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Tasty Tuesday: SC Mango Chicken

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I know it’s Wednesday, but I didn’t get around to posting a favorite healthy recipe yesterday, and I just couldn’t wait another week to share this one with you!

Not only are mangoes delicious, they have tons of health benefits too!

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This recipe only has a handful of ingredients and you can even make it into a freezer meal. Recipe from six sisters stuff

Slow Cooker Mango Chicken

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Ingredients

  • 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (mine were frozen)
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups mango salsa
    • TIP: You can buy premade mango salsa at the store either in the refrigerated section or canned in the aisle with other salsa varieties. Make sure to read labels for added ingredients  that aren’t clean. If you can’t find premade salsa, you can always make your own  using this recipe, just leave out the sugar and add a few more tomatoes to offset the taste)
  • Cumin to taste (1/2 to 1 tsp.)
  • Lemon Pepper to taste (1/2 to 1 tsp.)

Instructions

  1. Put chicken breasts in slow cooker.
  2. Mix all other ingredients in a separate bowl.
  3. Pour over chicken breasts and cook on high for 4-6 hours.
  4. Shred chicken with two forks in the crock pot and serve over rice.
  5. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.