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November 2017

In Blog, Food, Healthier sweets, Recipes on
November 17, 2017

Apple Pie Granola

Do y’all remember “it’s Friday, Friday, gonna get down on Friday” that horrrrrrible song that came out a few years ago and was stuck in your head constantly (and now it is probably stuck in your head again, so sorry). WELL not as many know but my husband informed me that the same producer who produced the Friday song produced another one and the lyrics include “oh oh oh it’s thanksgiving! We we we we gonna have a good time.” If you haven’t heard that little gem you should check out “It’s Thanksgiving” by Nicole Westbrook- or don’t because it will be stuck in your head FOR DAYS, not trying to be mean, it’s just “too catchy” if ya know what I mean… Anyway, this song was brought to my attention again a few days ago and it has been really getting me in the thanksgiving spirit (jokes) and annoying me all in one.

One of the first things I think about when I think of Thanksgiving is apple pie. There are probably thousands upon thousands of apple pie recipes out there but how many apple pie granola recipes are out there?? Hmm? I don’t know, I actually did not check but I’m gonna guess not many. Well, today I have for you, Apple Pie Granola- healthful, modestly sweet, a great snack or a great way to start your day in a bowl with almond milk or on top of yogurt. I hope you enjoy! It isn’t your grandma’s apple pie recipe, that’s for sure- but it also doesn’t include 8 lbs of butter and sugar and instead has nutrient dense superfoods like chia seeds and flax meal.


Time: 10 mins prep

20 mins in the oven

Ingredients:

3 C rolled oats

1 TBS flax meal (ground flax seeds)

3 TBS coconut sugar

1 TBS chia seeds

1 TBS cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp salt

½ C walnut pieces

½ C finely chopped granny smith apple

¼ C melted coconut oil

½ C unsweetened applesauce

¼ C maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl  (oats, flax meal, coconut sugar, chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, walnut pieces, and apple pieces) and mix well.
  • Combine wet ingredients (melted coconut oil, unsweetened apple sauce, maple syrup, and vanilla) in a small bowl and mix well.
  • Add liquids to dry ingredient bowl and stir well.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and dump the mixture on, spread evenly
  • Bake 20 minutes total but take out after  10 minutes to stir (this helps prevent burning) and then add back into the oven for 10 minutes. You want your granola to look golden brown but not burnt brown. I’ve learned many ovens are different so you get to be the judge!
  • Let cool for 15 minutes
  • Enjoy plain, put on top of yogurt, or throw in a bowl with some almond milk!

 

In Weekly meal plans on
November 13, 2017

Well Fed Weekly Meal Plan #2

WHAT?! Another weekly meal plan to make your life easier?! Yes! You are welcome. But for real, I think meal planning is fun… so maybe this is actually selfish and I should be thanking you that I now have a reason to post my meal plans to the interwebs for all to see…hmm. As always our weekly meals are recipes that I spent lots of time hunting down and are tried and true favs. If you want to know how I meal plan check out this post so you can better understand this meal plan.

Dinner 1: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos

Fun fact- this was the first meatless meal I served to my family when I was in college. They are big meat people and I remember being anxious that my dad especially would not like it, but sure enough, he did! Right, dad? I have loved and used this recipe for 6 years now! Sweet potato and black bean goodness accompanied by flavorful Spanish rice all wrapped up? Who wouldn’t love it! Vegetarian, could be vegan if you use an oil or vegan butter for the rice and veggies, and skip the cheese. *images from The Gouda Life.

Dinner 2: Garlic White Wine (brown rice) Pasta with Brussel Sprouts

Image from MinimalistBaker

Minimalist Baker is my go to girl. We are basically bffs. Not really, actually. She has no idea I even exist but it’s all good cause she comes up with amazing, creative, and delicious plant based recipes! I add broccoli to this dish as well. This is a yummy comfort dish. You feel guilty eating it BUT the fact that it is made with brown rice pasta, nut milk, nutritional yeast, and vegan cheese makes it much less fatty and calorie dense. Vegan unless you can’t find vegan parm and are ok using regular parm.

Dinner 3: Slow Cooker 3 Bean Chili

Image from AberdeensKitchen

Who doesn’t love a recipe where 90% of the instructions involve dumping things into a pot..? AND you get to back away and let the crockpot take care of it all once everything is inside.! This is a great meatless chili and I love this on a busy day. Cut up a few things and then dump it all in the crockpot, let some time go by, and you’ve got a delicious dinner waiting for you. Vegan, or Vegetarian if you want to doctor this up with cheese etc. 

Dinner 4: Mediterranean Tostadas

My newest recipe on the blog. You should definitely check it out and make these if you have not already. This is such an uncomplicated yet delicious and healthy dish. Vegetarian but can be vegan if you skip the tzatziki sauce and feta.

Lunch for the week:

Adrie and baby-

Mexican Street Corn Quinoa Salad

Image from JeanettesHealthyLiving

Have you ever had Mexican street corn? SO DANG GOOD. This is that, but in a quinoa salad form. Take away the cojita cheese to keep this vegan. Also, throw in some spinach for a health boost. We are gonna eat this half of the week and the next recipe the second half of the week.

Lemony Kale and White Bean Soup

Image from ForkKnifeSwoon

This one is simple, light, and easy to make. While I love cooking dinners- I want my lunch recipes to be almost mindless so that I don’t have to literally live in the kitchen all day. This is one of those “mindless” recipes that does not take long at all to make and requires very little effort to get you a healthy and tasty meal.

 

Husband

One Pan Roasted Veggies and Chicken Sausage

Image from ChelseasMessyApron

Sometimes I throw a little meat in with hubster’s lunches because if we are being honest, it makes things a little quicker-like literally purchase some chicken sausages and cut them up, chop a heck ton of potatoes, carrots, and green beans, roast those suckers up and boom- hearty, filling lunch for hub for the whole week!


I am leaving out breakfast and snacks this week because it is the same from the first well fed weekly meal plan!

Happy reading, planning, list making, grocery shopping, cooking, and eating!

In Dinner, Food, Lunch, Recipes, Vegetarian on
November 6, 2017

Mediterranean Tostadas

It’s daylight savings time, that funky day of the year that messes up schedules and throws everyone off. Days like this call for easy dinners and I’ve got just the thing for you. Think flavorful out the wazoo, healthy, crunchy, satisfying and QUICK- and you’ve got Mediterranean Tostadas!

A tostada is basically a toasted or cooked (whether baked or fried) tortilla. I buy mine premade and I am sure you can find them in your local grocery store in the tortilla section. I like to load these tostadas up with hummus and veggies and to really up the flavor game I add tzatziki sauce and feta- two Mediterranean all stars.

This recipe involves some chopping, a little bit of roasting, mixing, and piling a mountain of tastiness onto a crunchy tostada. It shouldn’t take you long and if you are really in a hurry buy some premade hummus and tzatziki sauce at the store (typically you can find this in the deli area) and a jar of roasted red bell peppers and this will be on your plate and in your belly in no time.

This recipe is vegetarian and could easily be vegan if you omit the tzatziki and feta.

Makes 12 tostadas

Ingredients:

Tostadas

2 red bell peppers (to be roasted)

2 tomatoes

1 cucumber

1 small red onion

1 handful of chopped parsley

1 can of olives

1 avocado

5 minute hummus or store bought hummus

Tzatziki sauce

Feta

Instructions:

1. If you are roasting your red bell peppers at home do this first! I use good ole Ina garten’s tips and tricks.

2. If you are making your hummus and tzatziki, go ahead and do that now.

3. While the red bell peppers are roasting chop up all of your veggies into small pieces.

4. Once the bell peppers are done roasting, chop then drizzle with a little olive oil, and add a dash of salt and pepper.

5. Time to assemble your tostadas! Take a tostada and smear a hearty scoop of hummus on it, add any and all chopped veggies, drizzle on the tzatziki sauce, add feta cheese, and a sprinkle of chopped parsley.

6. Get down to flavor town and enjoy!

 

 

 

In Blog, Mi Familia on
November 5, 2017

Ode to TJ

What a week. It has been such a week. Monday was incredibly hard. I was sitting down just now to post a recipe and I just felt like I couldn’t do that without first posting about TJ. He was a part of our little familia and life is weird without him.

Monday. I got baby girl up from a nap, I called the dogs over, I got leashes on them, got baby in the stroller, and off we went. Down the street. A gorgeous day. Perfect weather. We walked all the time. Our neighborhood who most everyone in our town refers to as “the hood” and my husband and I roll our eyes because it is just a neighborhood full of people. People as real as anyone else.

Baby girl has gotten into this new wonderful phase where she is obsessed with dogs and cats. She gets so excited when she sees them. As we were walking, I knew we were about to pass a house where a Rottweiler is always tied up in the front yard. We have walked by many times and there has never been an issue.  I was not nervous. I was not nervous until that dog came running out at us. It broke the wire it was tied up with and ran straight at us. My first instinct was to push the stroller as far away from it as possible. As I did this I looked back and saw it had my TJ.

I will spare the details because it is not pretty. In fact it is one of the most traumatic, horrible things I have had to witness. Life was a blur the next few hours. It involved screaming and yelling for help, language barriers with the owner as I cried and hovered over my dog’s very still body, a ride with a stranger to the pet hospital, lots of crying, a stressful baby who didn’t understand what was happening, waiting for over an hour to know the fate of my dog, husband rushing home from work on his bike to grab our car and meet us at the hospital with our other dog, Sadie, getting the news, seeing the x-ray images, hearing the severity of what that dog did to ours, saying goodbye, anger, riding home with his tiny body in a cardboard box, watching my husband dig a hole in the backyard, coming together and putting the tiny box in the hole, some words were said, and then it was over. How did this all happen in a span of hours? It’s crazy how different life can be literally from one minute to the next.

TJ. I had him for almost 13 years. He was quirky as they come but definitely one of the cutest little creatures I have ever laid my eyes on. Just seeing his little face brought me so much joy. He is the dog I begged my parents for for years. Things I will never forget about him are the way he would “sneak” ever so gently under low surfaces such as chairs or dressers, rubbing back and forth slowly because he liked how it tickled his fur. The way he loved hiking trails and could keep up with the best of them even though he was a 9 pound yorkie. His name was the first word our daughter said. No joke. We went to get her up from a nap one day, he came trailing in behind, and she said “TJ!” as clear and happy as ever. The way he would know if I was sad and would sit next to me until I felt better. He was just there. He was there for almost 13 years of my life. Life just isn’t the same without his presence but I know we will find our new normal. I am so thankful for all the time we got with him. Cheers to you, TJ Bear Wookie Pants Bulldozer Stelly.