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Superfood Brownie Bars

I’m not much of a sweets eater, but I would definitely have to take a bite or two of these
No bake superfood brownie energy bars, packed with pistachios, pecans, walnuts, chia seeds, coconut and dried fruit! Topped with dark chocolate and sea salt. The perfect nutritious healthy dessert!
INGREDIENTS
  • For the bars:
  • 1 cup packed pitted Medjool dates
  • ¼ cup raw walnuts
  • ¼ cup raw pecans halves
  • ½ cup shelled pistachios, divided
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (or cacao powder)
  • 1 tablespoon melted virgin coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup goji berries (or dried cherries)
  • 1 tablespoon warm water, if necessary
  • For the topping
  • 1.5 ounces 85% dark chocolate (vegan, if desired)
  • To garnish:
  • 1 tablespoon shelled pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon goji berries
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pecans
  • Maldon sea salt, for sprinkling on top
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Add dates, walnuts, pecans, only ¼ cup of pistachios to the bowl of a food processor. Process until chunky. Next add in unsweetened shredded coconut, chia seeds, cocoa powder, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Process again until mixture is chunky and slightly clumping. If mixture is dry, add 1-2 tablespoons of warm water.
  2. Next add in remaining ¼ cup pistachios and goji berries and pulse again a few times until pistachios are slightly chunky. Add mixture into a 8×4 inch loaf pan lined with parchment paper, pressing evenly towards the sides of the pan.
  3. Add dark chocolate to a small saucepan and place over low heat until melted. You can also microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until chocolate is fully melted and smooth. Pour over the bars, tilting pan so that the chocolate covers the bars evenly. Garnish the bars with 1 tablespoon of the following: pistachios, goji berries and crushed pecans.
  4. Place bars in the freezer for 30 minutes-1 hour to harden. Once ready to serve, sprinkle with Maldon sea salt then cut into 8 squares. Store safely covered in the freezer for up to 1 month. Enjoy!
NOTES
If you want you can keep the melted dark chocolate of the top. They are still incredibly delicious!
Thank you Monique with Ambitious Kitchen for this yummy recipe!
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2 Minute Miracle Gel

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Chicken-Tortilla Soup

I’m on a crock pot roll!  Love my crock pot.

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lb. skinless, bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 oz. chicken stock
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (4-oz.) can chopped green chiles
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 yellow squash, halved and sliced
  • 3 oz. green beans, halved
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for serving
  • Sliced jalapeños, sour cream, and tortilla chips, for serving

Directions

  1. Combine chicken, onion, bell pepper, garlic, stock, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chiles, chili powder, oregano, and cumin in a 4-quart slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook, covered, until chicken is cooked through on low 7 to 8 hours or on high 3 to 4 hours. Add squash and green beans and cook, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove chicken, discard bones and shred meat; return to slow cooker. Stir in lime juice and cilantro.
  3. Serve topped with cilantro, jalapeños, and sour cream, with tortilla chips alongside.

Thank you Country Living for this delicious soup!

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Autumn Chicken & Apple Cider Chili

Wow, this sounds like a really unique recipe that I will have to try!  Crock pot recipes are the best!!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • Meat from 1 roasted/rotisserie chicken
  • 2 cans (15.5 ounces each) Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • Chopped apples, for garnish (optional)
  1. In crock pot, stir together chicken, beans, celery, garlic, bay leaf, onion, stock, cider, sage, thyme, chili powder, salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne. Cook on high 4 hours or on low 8 hours.
  2. If desired, serve chili topped with chopped apples.

Thank you Foxes Loves Lemons for this yummy and unique recipe!

 

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Crock Pot Red Wine Beef Stew

I don’t know about you, but I love my crock pot, however….sometimes I get stuck making the same thing.  With the weather cooling, warm yourself up with this yummy looking stew!

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  • 2 c. beef stock
  • 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 lb. carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cremini mushrooms, halved if large
  • 1 large red onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 large celery ribs, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 3 lb. pot roast, trimmed and cut into 4 pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 c. tomato paste
  • 1 c. dry red wine
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, for serving

Directions

  1. Whisk together stock, flour, and mustard in a 6-quart slow cooker. Add carrots, mushrooms, onion, celery, garlic, and thyme; stir to combine.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season beef with salt and pepper. Cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove to slow cooker. Add tomato paste to skillet and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add wine and cook, scraping up browned bits, 30 seconds; add to slow cooker.
  3. Discard thyme. Remove beef and shred with 2 forks; return to cooker. Stir in butter.
  4. Cover and cook until beef is tender, on low heat 7 to 8 hours or high for 5 to 6 hours.
  5. Serve topped with parsley.

Thank you Country Living for this recipe!

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Healthy Hair, Scalp, and Nails Using Essential Oils

This is some amazing info from Dr. Scott Johnson in regards to healthy hair, scalp and nails… Click here!

Dr. Johnson also has the best books I’ve read in regards to essential oils.  I just bought his 2 new books, which you can find on Amazon…..  Medicinal Essential Oils and Supercritical Essential Oils!  Whether you are a novice or an expert, these are Absolutely invaluable.  

Let me know what you think of them, and if this info was helpful.  I also have links to a couple more of my fav’s by him on my website, www.food4thoughtwellness.com.

Have a great day!!

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Baby’s Sweet Pea Puree (First Bites)

Homemade pea puree should be bright green, unlike the drab-colored jarred versions available at the supermarket.  To help the peas retain their vibrant color, do not overcook them.  Frozen peas are the next best thing to fresh spring peas:  they’re available year-round, and they will save you the time and effort of shelling them.

Ingredients

2 cups (10 oz) peas, fresh or frozen

  •  Bring 1 inch water to a boil in a pot.  Put peas in a steamer basket, set in pot, cover tightly, and steam until bright green and tender enough to mash easily with a for, 5-7 minutes for fresh or hard frozen peas and 3 minutes for thawed frozen.  Remove basket from pot, reserving cooking liquid.  Rinse peas under running cold water to stop the cooking.
  • Puree peas in a food processor or blender until smooth.  Add cooking liquid, breast milk, or formula to thin pea puree to a consistency that you baby can handle.

To store….refrigerate cooled pea puree in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or fill ice-cube trays or other containers to freeze for up to 3 months.

**If your baby suffers from gassiness or colic, these foods might worsen the problem:

  •  beans
  •   peas
  •   lentils
  •   broccoli
  •   cabbage
  •   cauliflower
  •   cow’s milk
  •   cucumber
  •   onion

Thank you Lisa Barnes and your book Cooking for Baby, for this recipe!

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Rice Cereal for Babies! (First Bites)

Since I am a new grandma with a beautiful baby boy approaching 6 months of age, I would love for him to get the best nutrition he can get.  I have some amazing books, and will share recipes and info so that you can learn along with us!  So fun to see their expressions when they experience new things….especially food!  This first recipe is rice cereal!  Whole-grain brown rice retains the hull, which is removed to make white rice.  The hull not only gives the rice its warm brown color, but also makes it more nutritious and flavorful than its white counterpart.

Ingredients

1/4 cup brown rice

(this makes 1 cup)

  •  Put rice in a blender and pulverize into a powder, 3-5 minutes on medium to high speed.
  •   Bring 1 cup water to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Add brown rice powder and reduce heat to low.  Cook, whisking constantly, until water is absorbed, 4-5 minutes.
  •   Add water, breast milk, or formula to thin the cereal to a consistency your baby can handle.  As baby gets older and tries more foods, combine rice cereal with fruit or vegetable purees.

Notes… Commercially prepared baby rice cereal is usually fortified with added iron.  If you prepare rice cereal at home, discuss your baby’s iron needs with you pediatrician.  Young babies can get iron from a range of foods, including breast milk, formula, meat, poultry, prunes, and dried apricots.  To store, refrigerate cooled cereal in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or fill ice-cube trays or other containers to freeze for up to 3 months.

Thank you Lisa Barnes for this recipe.  Great book Cooking for Baby.

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Sweet and spicy quinoa stuffed pumpkin

Don’t you just love pumpkin anything this time of year!  Check out this delicious looking recipe from Tales of a Kitchen!

Ingredients
  • 1 pumpkin (I used a 1kg one, about 2 lbs.)
  • For the filling:
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 small shallot onion, finely minced
  • a handful of currants
  • pumpkin flesh, grated (what you scoop out to make room for the filling)
  • 2 tsps fresh thyme
  • sea salt flakes, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste (I was quite generous)
  • 1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • chili flakes, to taste (I was generous with this too)
  • 2 TBSP olive oil for cooking
  • To serve: more fresh thyme, pumpkin seeds and pine nuts, good olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to about 190-200C (about 375* F) and line a baking dish with baking paper.
  2. Cut your pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds. If needed, also scoop out some of the flesh to make room for the filling.
  3. Finely grate the pumpkin flesh if you scoop out any and combine it with the rest of the ingredients and seasonings for the filling.
  4. Fill your pumpkin halves, gently pressing the filling in.
  5. Place the pumpkins in the baking dish making sure they won’t roll over. You can put them next to each other.
  6. Sprinkle another 2 TBSP of olive oil on top, add a bit more black pepper and cover them with aluminium foil. This does not need to be sealed all the way around the pumpkins, just needs to roughly cover the top and sides, so that the quinoa filling remains moist.
  7. Bake until the pumpkin is tender. About 35-40 minutes.
  8. Serve with fresh thyme, pine nuts and pumpkin seeds and sprinkle them with some good olive oil.

Thank you Chris for this yummy recipe!

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