Roasted Cauliflower “Rice”

An easy way to sneak in extra vegetables into your day! Try this as a side dish with your next meal. Alternatively, you can also experiment and make this the star of your dish in different ways such as cauliflower “fried rice”, red beans and “rice”, or a “rice” casserole. 

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Ingredients:
16 oz fresh cauliflower
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley
1 tsp fresh lemon juice Continue reading

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Black Bean Hummus

Are you heading to a Super Bowl party this Sunday and looking for a healthy appetizer to bring to share? Try this homemade black bean hummus! Serve with fresh raw veggies and some whole grain tortilla chips or pita bread. Unique and delicious! 

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Ingredients:
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
2 Tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste)
2 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp olive oil
3/4 tsp ground cumin
1 (15 oz) can reduced sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
1 garlic clove, peeled
1/2 fresh jalapeño pepper, seeds and ribs removed Continue reading

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DIY Instant Oatmeal Cups

If you are in a hurry in the morning, or often run late and have to skip breakfast, make these easy instant oatmeal cups and stash them in your desk at work for a quick, hearty, and warm breakfast! You can either make these in paper cups with lids, or for a more sustainable option, make them in glass mason jars! Experiment with your own flavor combinations, but remember to use dry, shelf stable ingredients. 

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Pumpkin Spice & Flaxseed
½ cup rolled instant oats
2 tsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp flaxseed
1/8 tsp pumpkin spice
Nutrition information: 248 calories, 6 g total fat, 40 g carbs, 9 g sugar, 5.5 g fiber, 8.5 g protein Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Pork Loin with Apples

A delicious dinner that cooks away in the slow cooker while you are at work! Use your own favorite all purpose seasoning for the pork loin, or experiment with your own. Serve with a brown rice pilaf and steamed vegetables for a hearty, filling, and healthy meal.

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Ingredients:
1 pork loin (about 2 pounds)
3 Tbsp all purpose meat rub, as desired (see sample recipe below)
1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 apples, sliced
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
cracked black pepper, to taste Continue reading

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Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

An easy to prepare, healthier snack option perfect for fall! Use as an afternoon pick me up when you find yourself slowing down on a cool fall day. Also great as a healthier dessert alternative!

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Ingredients:
2 cups rolled oats
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp almond butter (or peanut)
1 tsp vanilla extract (or almond)
1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Mushrooms and Carrots

A simple to prepare slow cooked meal! Perfect for a fall evening meal. Great on its own, or serve with a fresh salad for a light vegetable side. 

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CL Sept 2016: Slow Cooker photographer: Jennifer Causey; food stylist: Torie Cox; prop stylist: Claire Spollen

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 tsp sherry vinegar
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
cooking spray
3/4 pound carrots, peeled & cut into 2-inch pieces
1/2 pound baby bella or shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and caps quartered
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 fresh thyme sprigs
2 fresh oregano sprigs
1 Tbsp olive oil
4 (6-oz) bone-in pork chops
salt & black pepper, as desired
1/4 cup dry white wine
6 oz whole wheat egg noodles
2 Tbsp heavy cream
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves Continue reading

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Layered Greek Dip

My new go-to dip recipe! Quick to throw together and a great hit at parties! You can make this up to 24 hours ahead of time to let the flavors meld together. Serve with pita chips and cucumber slices for a light and refreshing appetizer. 

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Ingredients: 
1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups prepared roasted red pepper hummus (or plain)
Garnish: diced cucumber, diced tomato, crumbled feta cheese, sliced kalamata olives, sliced green onions  Continue reading

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