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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Best Ever Healthier Banana Bread

This is a recipes that I altered so much to make it healthier and to my taste that I will claim it for my own. It is the best I have ever had!

  • 1/4 c. melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 c apple sauce
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 c Stevia
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 c wheat flour
  • 3/4 c. white flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c light sour cream
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 c chia seeds
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened coconut
Preheat oven to 350
Mix melted butter, applesauce and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Next add flours, baking soda, and salt. Mix well then add sour cream, bananas, nuts, and coconut.
Prepare pan/pans (I used mini loaf pans) with pam. Pour into prepared pans, sprinkle with sugar in the raw if desired (gives a nice crunch) and bake for 40- 60 minutes (depending on size of pan), or until toothpick comes out with only a slight amount of the bread on the toothpick. Pin It

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus and Tomatoes

Number of Servings: 8


    12 oz. orzo 1 bunch fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved 1 lemon, zested and juiced 4 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced 2 Tbs. fresh parsley, minced Kosher salt Fresh ground pepper Grated Parmigiano Reggiano


Bring 2 large pots of water to boil. Add a big pinch of salt in each.

To one pot, add asparagus and blanch, about 2 to 3 minutes, depending on the thickness of your asparagus.

Place blanched asparagus in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking and keep them green.

To the second pot, add the orzo. Cook per package instructions. When tender, drain and place in a large bowl.

Add blanched asparagus and tomato halves.

Mix olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Stir into orzo and vegetables. Stir in parsley and grated Parmigiano Reggiano.

This can be served warm, room temperature or cold.


Serving Size: 8

Number of Servings: 8

Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 222.1
  • Total Fat: 7.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 3.1 mg
  • Total Carbs: 34.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.8 g
  • Protein: 6.1 g
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Baked Chicken Nuggets

  • 16 oz (2 large) skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into even bit sized pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 6 tbsp whole wheat Italian seasoned breadcrumbs (I could only find white not wheat)
  • 2 tbsp panko
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • olive oil spray or Pam 

Preheat oven to 425°. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil spray or Pam.

Put the olive oil, salt and pepper in a ziploc bag and the breadcrumbs, panko and parmesan cheese in another
Put chicken in olive oil then lift into bread crumb mixture and shake. Lift these out and place on baking sheet, spray top with olive oil or Pam and bake for about 8 minutes or until no longer pink in the middle.
Sooo good and you wont miss all the fat and oil from frying! Pin It

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Healthy Shepherds Pie

My family loved this! The cauliflower does not diminish the taste and makes it so healthy.

This is another recipe from but I changed a couple of things. The picture is her version because I forgot to take a picture.

For the mashed potatoes:

2 large potatoes
1 head cauliflower
2 Tablespoons butter
salt & pepper to taste

Peel and cut potatoes in 2 inch cubes. Cut up cauliflower. Boil potatoes for 5 minutes then add the cauliflower and cook for about 10 more minutes, or until very tender. Drain and "mash" the mixture. I used my Kitchen aid mixer. Warm the milk and butter and add to the potato mixture. Season with salt and pepper.

For the filling:

1 lb. ground turkey
1/3 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt & pepper
3 Tablespoons flour
2 Tablespoons  tomato paste
1 Tbs. each soy sauce & worchestershire sauce
1 can chicken broth
2 cups frozen vegetable medley

Brown the meat with onions and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Add the flour when the turkey is cooked. Next add the soy sauce, worchestershire sauce, tomato paste, and chicken broth.
Cook for 5 minutes then add the frozen vegetables.

Put this in a casserole dish and top with potatoes and sprinkle with some cheddar cheese ( I used reduced fat, about 1/2 cup), season with more salt and pepper and bake at 400 degrees until bubbly ( about 20-30 minutes). Pin It