Oct 01

31 Days Of Grain Free/ Sugar Free Recipes

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October 1st!  Thousands of bloggers will be linking up together tonight to share their 31 day writing topics!  This will be my third year joining the  31 DAY challenge and honestly, every October after it’s over, I say I’ll NEVER do it again.  Well, apparently I’m addicted because here I am again. ;-)   I love to see what everyone’s topics are and to cruise around visiting all of the talented bloggers who join in each year.  So inspiring!!  (See my last two 31 day topics HERE and HERE)

This year’s topic… Thirty One Days of Grain Free/Sugar Free Recipes. { that actually taste good ;-) }

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I have recently been doing a lot of research on sugar/grains and how they affect our health.  Especially heart and brain health. Sugar is super addicting and it’s in EVERYTHING so it has been a struggle for me to know what to eat.  Sugar substitutes can be even worse than the real thing! Grains have been hi-jacked and all the good stuff that may have once been there is no longer. I pretty much have the “don’t eats” figured out, but I am at a loss of what the “do eats” are.  So I end up eating the same things all the time, which really isn’t healthy either…variety truly is the spice of life!  

A 31 day series is just what I need to explore more options, lay down some foundations for health and add some variety!  It’s a journey for sure, so if you are further down this the road on this journey, PLEASE share your insights with me!  

I will be including some recipes with sugar replacements (only honey/maple syrup) and a maybe a few with eggs, just as a heads up for some of you who might avoid those.  Otherwise, I have lots of veggies, fruits, salads and beyond planned.  I will keep it short and simple.  As of now, I do not plan to post on the weekends, but I will make up for it in 31 full days stretched into November.  I will add the link of the day to this post daily until we make it to 31 DAYS!

Alright, let’s get to it!!  Day #1 Garlic Roasted Chickpeas!

Garlic Roasted Chickpeas

 

Garlic Roasted Chickpeas
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 C Cooked Chickpeas (bagged better than canned for crispy results)
  2. 1 Tbsp Fresh Minced Garlic or Garlic Powder
  3. 1 Tbsp dried Parsley
  4. 1/4 C Olive or Coconut Oil
  5. Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Pat dry the cooked Chickpeas
  2. Toss Chickpeas with Olive/Coconut Oil.
  3. Add Garlic, Parsley, Salt and Pepper
  4. Mix well and spread evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  6. Bake until golden brown and crispy.
  7. Cool completely and store in glass jar or airtight container.
Notes
  1. So many seasoning possibilities! Chipotle, cinnamon, red pepper, Oregano/Parmesan, etc...
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Sep 15

Crockpot Stuffed Peppers

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Is it feeling Fall-ish at all for any of you yet?  Maybe with the kids going back to school and possibly cooler temperatures.  But here in Florida it is still a hot, humid 95 degrees most days.  So either way, a warm and cozy meal that doesn’t heat up the house works for us all!  :-)

Crockpot Stuffed Peppers

How to make Crockpot Stuffed Peppers:

Head over to Day2DayJoys where I am contributing today for the full recipe!

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Sep 11

Breakfast Power Smoothie

Ok, all…so Ashley once again proves her awesome gardening skills and beyond!  :-)  Have you ever made your own green powder for smoothies?  I think we’re going to need to hear more about this!!  Agree??  Be sure to stop by her blog and see what else she shares!

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Hello again! Do you eat breakfast every morning? No really, honestly? If you’re like me, sometimes a morning meal is the last thing on my mind when starting our day. I’ll forget to munch and end up cranky in a few hours. Who wants that?? If you have five minutes, that’s all it takes to make one of these delicious smoothies that will pack a punch to up your nutrients for the day. Great start means great day :-)

One of the most important (and nutrient rich) ingredients I use in this smoothie is this green powder. Eww, what is that? And why does it smell like rabbit food? That’s easy.

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This wonderful green stuff is organic lettuce from our garden. Plus some kale and spinach from the market. I threw all these into the dehydrator after some thorough washing, and ta-da! They turn into crumply leaves you toss into a blender and store in a jar. This idea came about when we were really getting way too much lettuce coming in the house and couldn’t eat it all. I definitely didn’t want to waste it, so I tried dehydrating it. Four tablespoons of the powder equals a whole colander full of greens. Totally worth it. Especially since I’m not usually found on the couch burying my face in a bowl of lettuce. It totally helps get in a ton of necessary nutrients, and doesn’t mess with the sweet taste of the fruit.

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Ready to make the smoothie? Here’s what you’ll do:

Ingredients

1 cup frozen blueberries

5-6 frozen large strawberries (hulled)

1 large banana

2 Tbsp dehydrated greens

2 cups vanilla almond milk

Directions

1. Put everything into the blender on high for about a minute. That’s it! Enjoy your nutritious breakfast :-) If you’d like something that would hold you out a little while longer, you could add 1/4 cup of uncooked oatmeal, and you will feel fuller. Also, I added some Qia cereal to the top as a garnish. I picked this up at Costco, and it has various seeds (chia, hemp, etc.) and such in it. Very healthy and very tasty! This recipe makes about 4 glasses, so bring some friends!

Hope y’all have a wonderful week!

Sep 04

Banana Walnut Protein Energy Bites

My six-year-old son is always asking for no-bake recipes. :-)  He loves to help out in the kitchen and no-bake recipes are a perfect way for him to do it all by himself.  We often sit together looking at the pictures in cookbooks or scroll through the thousands of amazing ideas on Pinterest.  We like to experiment and come up new recipes…sometimes that works…sometimes, not so much!

Here is our latest creation we came up with last night.  What he didn’t munch on and pass out to family members last night, he finished off for breakfast this morning.  YUM!

Banana Walnut Energy bites

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Ingredients

1 Ripe Smashed Banana

1 Cup Rolled Oats

1/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts

1/2 Cup Natural Peanut/Almond Butter

3 Scoops Vanilla Protein Powder (about 6 Tbsp)

Mix all ingredients together.  If you prefer a more fine/smooth texture, blend all or part of the oats into a flour with a blender or food processor. Use a small scoop to create bite size portions.  Dip scoop in coconut oil if bites don’t come out smoothly.  Scoop onto a platter, cover and then place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before enjoying.  Should keep in the fridge for at least a week or so.

Super simple, perfectly portioned energy bites :-)

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Blessings!  ~Kelly

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Jun 12

Spicy Zucchini Boats

Hi Friends!  I am super excited today to introduce you to a blogger friend of mine who will be a monthly featured contributing writer!  She is on an amazing and challenging adventure and has so much to share with you all!  You will be blessed by her homesteading ideas, recipes and other awesome ideas on her blog, be sure to stop by to say HI at Pioneer Momma!!

Also, I am looking for a few more contributing writers!  Anything that fits into Remedies, Recipes and Real Life…kids, homeschooling, christian faith, etc.  

If you are interested, please e-mail me at kellyburtelson@eyesonthesource.com

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Hey everyone! I’m Ashley from Pioneer Momma. I’m a part-time nurse, and full-time momma. My fun little family consists of Hubby and my 9-year-old son Bubba (an affectionate nickname, of course), and we are on a mission! We have decided that the congestion of the city life is not for us. My son was diagnosed with autism and other special needs within the last couple years, which led to a long road of researching and experimentation. What we have noticed is that he thrives on routine and simplicity. The noise, pollution, and bustling of the city is quite the opposite of what works for him. We’re making the switch from processed to homemade, pavement to grass, chemicals to natural, and noisy to peace and quiet. I love to meet other people, and am so honored to be a contributor to Eyes on the Source! Kelly is an awesome person, with a wonderful blog, and I look forward to sharing and meeting all of you as well :-)

This year we have planted our first garden. We were lucky enough to get a double plot in a community garden near our house, and it has been so cool! Forgive me while I do a happy dance, but I am one of those who usually has what you might call the opposite of a green thumb. Nothing tends to last very long! However, the year since we have decided to make the life change to simplicity, I have been studying like a mad woman. And guess what?? Hard work pays off! Our garden is totally thriving, and I couldn’t be prouder. Not only does it give me a sense of accomplishment, but Bubba is super focused and calm when we visit and he can weed and plant in peace. He says it’s his “therapy” :-).

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The biggest grower we have now is our zucchini. About every two days we come home with 4 or 5 more big honkin’ things, and it has forced me to get creative with recipes. The first one on my list is a simple one, but really filling and nutritious. Whether you call them boats or stuffed, these babies are chock full of goodness. I like to call them Spicy Zucchini Boats.

Here’s what I did:

Ingredients

4 large zucchini

1/2 large yellow onion

2 tbsp minced garlic

1/2 green bell pepper

1 Serrano chile

1/2 tsp basil

3 Roma tomatoes

5 white mushrooms

about 1 lb ground Italian sausage

salt and pepper

olive oil (evoo)

Parmesan cheese to garnish

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.

2. Rinse and pat dry the zucchini. Slice them in half hot dog style. With a regular spoon, scoop out the center of the zucchini and set aside. You should have some pretty great looking canoes now.

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3. Brown the ground Italian sausage in a pan with a small amount of olive oil and set aside. Meanwhile, dice the clean onion, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, and zucchini centers (that you had scooped out and set aside).

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4. Sautee these in a large pan in about a tbsp of olive oil. Mix meat and veggies together, cooking on low. Add basil and salt and pepper to taste.

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You can see here that I sliced my green peppers. Hubby prefers the taste of them, not the actual peppers, and asks that his get taken out. I’ll get him to eat those things one day!

5. Place the zucchini halves in a lightly greased casserole dish. Fill generously with sausage mixture and bake uncovered, for about 35 minutes, or until zucchini is tender.

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6. About 5 minutes before cooking time ends, sprinkle boats with Parmesan cheese (and optional bread crumbs), and place back in oven.

7. When finished, let cool some, and enjoy!

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My son loved this recipe, and so did Hubby and his mom. Even I ate the entire thing, and I used to be known for an aversion to veggies. It is super healthy, and really delicious. You could even try these on the grill this summer!

Hope y’all enjoy, and thanks again for letting me share with your readers, Kelly!

So yummy, Ashley!  Thank you so much for sharing with us!  I am rather jealous of your garden!  Be sure to stop by and get to know Ashley more at PioneerMomma.com

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