Spinach Banana Sweet Potato Smoothie (GF/DF)

There are times when I crave something that isn’t fruity or sweet and this one is the perfect solution. Since there is no frozen fruit in this smoothie, you’ll want to serve it over ice.

Spinach Banana Sweet Potato Smoothie

Spinach Banana Sweet Potato Smoothie
Serves 1

1 cup spinach
1/2 banana
1/2 baked sweet potato
1 scoop Enrichables Super Veggie
1 Scoop Enrichables Pea Protein
1/4 cup almond milk
2 cups water

Place all ingredients in a blender container and blend for one minute until smooth.

Enjoy!

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PB&J Sweet Potato Smoothie (GF/DF)

This was a huge hit! It’s the absolute perfect mixture of everything.

PB&J Sweet Potato Smoothie

PB&J Sweet Potato Smoothie
Makes 2

1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1/2 baked sweet potato
1 scoop Enrichables Super Veggie
1 Scoop Enrichables Pea Protein
1/4 cup almond milk
2 cups water

Place all ingredients in a blender container and blend for one minute until smooth.

Enjoy!

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Tuscan Chicken Bean Soup (GF/DF)

You will love all of the flavors in this soup! We finished our bowls, licked them clean and then tried to lick them again because we didn’t want the deliciousness to end!

Three whole heads of garlic might seem like a lot, but roasting them before adding to the soup gives a mild, mellow taste. If you don’t have the seasoning mix, check the notes at the bottom for substitutions!

Tuscan Chicken Bean Soup

Tuscan Chicken Bean Soup
Makes 4 servings

3 whole heads garlic (about 48 cloves), unpeeled
3/4 tsp salt, divided
3 tbsp olive oil, divided
2 green bell peppers
1 medium onion
1 lb ground chicken
1 packet Tuscan Herb Chicken Mix
1 can (15.5 oz) Great Northern beans, drained
2 1/4 cups chicken stock

  1. Heat the oven to 400˚F.
  2. Slice about 1/4-inch off the pointed top of garlic heads to expose cloves. Place garlic cut side up in an oven-safe bowl. Sprinkle head of garlic with 1/4 tsp of the salt and drizzle with 2 tbsp of the oil. Cover and bake 30-40 minutes or until garlic is soft. Set aside to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, combine peppers and onion in a Dutch Oven. Sauté, stirring occasionally, 4 minutes. Add chicken and seasoning mix and continue to cook, breaking the chicken into crumbles, until chicken is cooked through, about 8 minutes longer.
  4. Meanwhile, gently squeeze cooled garlic from heads into a bowl, discarding the skins and mash. Add garlic, beans, and stock to the Dutch Oven and mix gently. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer 10 minutes.
  5. Ladle into bowls and serve.

Cook’s notes: If you don’t have the seasoning mix, use:
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves (or 2 teaspoons dried)
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoons fennel seeds
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes

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Macaroon Brownie Tart

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Today it’s a chilly spring rainy day in PA and we are under quarantine like everyone else. I have pulled pork in the slow cooker and I wanted to test this recipe for a while. This is such a favorite and so easy! As a shortcut you can always use a pre-made crust and brownie mix, but this one is from scratch for you!

I often overlook my tart pan. I don’t bake as much as I used to but love having it and the nonstick inside makes it easy to use. And this recipe is a show stopper!

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Macaroon Brownie Tart
Serves 12

Pie Crust:
1 cup gluten-free flour (I use this one)
1/4 cup ghee
1 egg white

Brownie Layer:
2 cups coconut sugar
1-1/2 cups ghee, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 egg yolks (reserve whites)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup cocoa powder
1 cup gluten-free flour

Topping:
1/2 cup mini chocolate morsels (I use these)
3/4 cup coconut
1/2 cup almond or coconut milk
3 egg whites
1/2 cup sliced almonds

  1. Heat the oven to 350F.
  2. Place the flour, ghee, and egg white in a food processor.  Process until the dough comes together into a ball.
  3. Remove the dough to a rolling mat and roll to an 11-1/2 inch circle. Place in a 10-1/2″ tart pan and press into the edges.  Prick the bottom with a fork and set aside.
  4. In a bowl, combine the sugar and ghee until well combined. Add the vanilla and egg yolks, one at a time, combining after each addition. Add the cocoa powder and flour and mix well.
  5. Pour the brownie layer into the tart pan and smooth the top.  Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the brownie layer.
  6. In another bowl, mix the coconut, almond milk and egg whites, whisking until well combined.  Spoon over the brownie layer and chocolate chips.
  7. Sprinkle the almonds around the edge.
  8. Place in the oven and bake 40-50 minutes until the center is set and the top is golden brown.
  9. Remove from the oven and cool 1 hour. Serve slightly warm.

Enjoy!

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Shortcut Egg Salad

IMG_2851What would you say if I told you that you can make Egg Salad in less than 5 minutes start to finish? I’m sure you’d say, “Of course you can. Egg Salad is one of the easiest things to make!” But what if I told you this Egg Salad comes together in less than 5 minutes when your eggs are raw? Now I have your attention!

The magic comes from Pampered Chef’s Microwave Egg Cooker. And here’s why I use this instead of making hard boiled eggs the traditional way. First, I am horrible at making hard boiled eggs. Well, I can make them but I cannot peel them. I’ve tried every trick in the book when it comes to easily peeling eggs… vinegar in the water, steaming them, shaking them in a jar with a bit of water, using a pressure cooker… you name it. Now if you know my mom, she’s a whiz at making hard boiled eggs and they are perfect EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. This quality is not one I inherited. (Hence, I leave making deviled eggs up to her!)

The Microwave Egg Cooker is an overlooked gem. Not only can you easily make the perfect size eggs for an egg sandwich, you can make scrambled eggs, the EASIEST poached eggs, steam vegetables, individual cakes, single serving frittatas, pancakes, whoopie pies. (I’ll stop there since this is about egg salad!)

To me, Egg Salad falls into the comfort food category. It’s perfect on warm toasted bread when it’s chilly out or served in endive leaves in summer. It can be made and served dozens of different ways! Simply change up the bread you’re serving it on (or even try serving it in cucumber boats) and you can be as simple or complex with your add-ins as you want.

Here are some ideas for easy add ins:

  • chopped pepperoncini
  • pickle relish
  • curry powder
  • bacon pieces
  • za’atar seasoning
  • chimichurri
  • avocado
  • capers
  • julienne carrot
  • dill
  • ham
  • olives
  • pesto
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • smoked salmon

I’m keeping it classic here with only one add-in… BACON! Because, well, why not?

Shortcut Egg Salad
Serves 2

4 whole eggs
2 tablespoons chopped celery
1 tablespoon chopped red onion*
2 slices crisply cooked bacon crumbled
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/4 cup mayonnaise
salt and pepper to taste

  1. Place the celery and red onion in the Manual Food Processor and pump the handle until coarsely chopped. Set aside.
  2. Crack two eggs (one in each well) into the wells of the Microwave Egg Cooker. Using the tip of a knife, poke a hole in each yolk. Cover with a paper towel and microwave 60 seconds. Remove to the Manual Food Processor. Repeat with the remaining two eggs.
  3. Pump the handle to chop the eggs and finely chop the celery and onion.
  4. Carefully remove the blades.
  5. Using the Skinny Scraper, gently mix in the crumbled bacon, mustard and mayonnaise. Add salt and pepper to taste.

*If your red onion is very fresh and fragrant, rinse quickly under cold running water. It will make it less strong in your salad. (By the way, this trick works with any onion in any recipe!)

Enjoy!

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Bone Broth Latte

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I came home from Thanksgiving with my sister with the turkey bones in hand. Then I made another turkey over the weekend so I have plenty of bone broth in my freezer.

I love warm drinks and since I’m not a coffee or tea drinker, I’m always looking for ways to have warm drinks. I loved the Pumpkin Spice Latte I was making in the fall but feel it’s time to transition into something else.

There are so many benefits to drinking bone broth, that you can read about here. Then by adding turmeric to the recipe, it increases the health benefits. More on that here. With so many health benefits, why not? I wrote about the benefits of hemp hearts before and I’m a huge fan of them. And this latte is only 77 calories!

Plus, it’s super easy to make in the Deluxe Cooking Blender!

Bone Broth Latte
Serves 1

1 cup turkey bone broth
2 tablespoons hemp hearts
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
freshly milled black pepper and salt

  1. Pour the bone broth into the Deluxe Cooking Blender.
  2. Add the hemp hearts, turmeric, ginger, salt and pepper.
  3. Secure the lid and turn the wheel to select CUSTOM HEAT. Adjust the temperature to 150F and press the wheel to confirm. Adjust the wheel to select 3:00 cook time and press the wheel to confirm and start.
  4. When the blending cycle is complete, remove the lid and pour into a mug.

Enjoy!

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