Mar 21

Confetti Rice Zucchini Boats

I’ve been trying hard to get more veggies in my diet.  It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut with plain old steamed or raw veggies.  Here is a new favorite of mine! :-)  Confetti Rice Zucchini Boats!

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Confetti Rice Zucchini Boats

2 Cups Cooked Brown Rice/Quinoa (Cook in Vegetable/Chicken Broth for more flavor)

4-5 Multi Colored Mini-Sweet Peppers

1/2 Cup Fresh Chopped Cilantro

2 Medium Zucchinis

Olive or Coconut Oil

Wash and slice the Zucchinis in half lengthwise.  Scoop out the seedy center.  Dice the Sweet Peppers and mix them into the cooked Rice/Quinoa. (I used a mixture of both.)  Add chopped Cilantro.  Scoop mixture into the halved Zucchinis. Drizzle with Olive or Coconut Oil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or just until Zucchini is tender, but not mushy.  Be careful not to over cook or rice becomes crunchy.  Serve immediately.  Reheats well in a shallow pan with enough water just to steam the Zucchini.

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Confetti Rice Zucchini Boats

I hope you are experiencing a hint of spring wherever you are!  I know it’s been a crazy long winter for so many of you!  Blessings to you!  ~Kelly

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Mar 14

Coconut Milk Brown Rice Pudding

Spring is going to be arriving soon, probably not as soon as some of us might like. :-) For many of you, it has been a  very cold, long winter!  So, I am here with some warm and cozy comfort food for you today.  Coconut Milk Brown Rice Pudding, a simple and not too sweet treat!

 

Coconut milk contains essential fatty acids for a healthy heart and immune system and even healthy hair and skin.  It is so versatile as well, as it can be used in pasta, rice, meat and even dessert dishes.  Rice pudding has long been a favorite of mine, but traditional store-bought versions are full of sugar and overly processed.  Try this for a different healthier twist on an old favorite!

Coconut Milk Brown Rice Pudding

For the rest of this post, head over to Day2DayJoys where I am contributing today!  Blessings!  ~Kelly

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Feb 13

Clean Eating, Paleo, Vegetarian, Vegan…What’s the Difference?

A few months ago I watched the video/documentary “Forks Over Knives.”  Have you seen this yet?  WOW!  It was a huge eye opener to me.  The statistics were incredible.  Especially, considering the cancer and heart disease rates in America as compared to other countries.  I was floored by how our food issues and health issues are so closely related.  I mean I kind of knew and I thought I was eating  healthy, but this was like a slap in the face!  Seriously, I have hardly touched any meat since I watched this video and it launched a huge food and diet research event in my life.

What's The Difference??

I kept coming across all these words that I wasn’t entirely sure I knew what they meant.  So, I am here to clear it all up today to the best of my understanding.  If you have more knowledge on these subjects, PLEASE share!  I am eager to learn more about all of this!

For starters, all of these diets/lifestyles eliminate processed foods.  If the ingredient list is a mile long or contains words you cannot pronounce, then it is clearly a very processed food.  Boxed and frozen foods are the convenience foods of today and are hard to avoid, but just eliminating these from your menu will provide a wealth of health benefits.  Also, go with organic products as often as you can.

1. Clean Eating~  Clean eating probably has the least limitations (aside from processed foods).  Basically, it is eating only whole, unrefined foods.   So, no processed foods as I just mentioned.  No saturated or trans fats.   Any packaged foods eaten should have an ingredient list of less than six and you should be able to pronounce those ingredients!  

2. Paleo~ Again, no processed foods.  Also, no refined sugar, no grains, legumes and probably not dairy.  It has been called the “cave-man” diet or the “hunter-gatherer” diet.  Eating a Paleo diet includes grass-fed beef and chicken, fish, fruits and vegetables and nuts.  Also, only good carbohydrates that come from fruits and vegetables.

3. Vegetarian~ No processed foods and no meat.  Some vegetarians eat dairy and eggs and some do not.  A vegetarian diet includes vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains, seeds and legumes and may include eggs and/or dairy.

4. Vegan~  Vegan is basically a more strict form of vegetarianism.  No red meat, fish or dairy.  No refined carbs. Also, no animal by products, such as eggs, honey or dairy.  A vegan diet includes vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, seeds and legumes.

Clean Eating....What's the diference

I would love, LOVE to hear your story or experience if you have knowledge on any of these lifestyles/diets.  Please share so we can make changes and take healthy steps together!    Blessings~ Kelly

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Feb 10

Strawberry Apple Fruit Leather

My boys REALLY like gummy fruit snacks.  I REALLY do not like all the additives and food dyes in them.  There are more natural versions out there, but they are super pricey.  So, I was very pleased to discover how simple it is to make our own fruit leather.  I know exactly what is in it and it costs only the price of the fruit. It takes a while to bake, but otherwise it is super simple.

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Strawberry Apple Fruit Leather

3 Cups sliced Strawberries

2 Cups peeled and chopped apples

2 Tbsp Honey or Agave (more or less to taste)

Parchment Paper

Pre-heat oven to 170 degrees.  Toss all ingredients into a blender.  Blend until very smooth and thoroughly mixed.  Spread mixture evenly onto parchment paper on a 11×17 baking sheet.  Place into the heated oven for 6-8 hours.  You will know the fruit leather is done when it looks dry and matte.  It is easiest to cut into strips while it is still on the parchment paper.  I just use my kitchen shears and cut into equal sized strips.  It cools very quickly, so you can cut it within a few minutes of removing from the oven.  Store on the parchment paper and peel when ready to eat.

Strawberry Apple Fruit Leather

Strawberry Apple Fruit Leather

My kids usually eat them up in a couple of days, but I am sure they would store in an airtight container for a week or two.  Pretty much any fresh or frozen fruit combination will work.  It you use frozen, let it thaw a bit so it will blend smooth.  Blessings! ~Kelly

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Jan 28

Take It On Tuesday! Organizing, Decorating and Valentines!

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