HEALTHY HOLIDAY DOG TREATS!

I’VE HAD A FEW PEOPLE REQUESTING THIS RECIPE!

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TIRED OF GIVING YOUR SPECIAL FRIEND THOSE STORE BOUGHT TREATS  WITH ALL THE SALT AND PRESERVATIVES?  I DECIDED TO CREATE SOME HEALTHY TREATS USING ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS.  THEY ARE PACKED WITH B COMPLEX VITAMINS AND VITAMINS A AND C.

THESE “FUR MONSTERS” GOBBLED THEM UP PER MS. BROOKE!

BROOKE'S PUPPIES

HERE IS HOW TO MAKE THEM:

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup real bacon bits
1 (15oz) can Bruce’s Yams in syrup (not candied) Drained, rinsed well and mashed**
1 egg
A sprinkle of beef bouillon (optional)

PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 DEGREES F. MIX IT ALL TOGETHER – MAY NEED EXTRA FLOUR ON SURFACE FOR ROLLING AND CUTTING AND ON YOUR HANDS AND DOUGH AS YOU ROLL IT.* I USED MY HANDS TO FLATTEN SCOOPS OF DOUGH TO ABOUT 1/4 IN THICKNESS. USE COOKIE CUTTERS TO CUT SHAPES. BAKE FOR 30 MINUTES UNTIL GOLDEN BROWN.

*MY DOUGH WAS PRETTY STICKY SO I THINK REFRIGERATING IT FOR A TIME BEFORE ROLLING WOULD HAVE HELPED BUT THE EXTRA FLOUR DID WORK!

**YOU CAN USE A LARGE FRESH YAM, PEELED CUBED AND COOKED IN THE MICROWAVE UNTIL MASHABLE TOO.

DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF YOUR COOKIE CUTTERS THIS RECIPE YIELDS ABOUT 2 DOZEN TREATS.  I REFRIGERATED PART AND FROZE THE REST FOR LATER USE.  THEY SHOULD LAST UP TO 3 MONTHS IN THE FREEZER – JUST MAKE SURE TO THAW ABOUT 20 MINUTES BEFORE SERVING!

SLOW COOKED BLACK BEAN AND MUSHROOM CHILI

Slow-Cooker Black Bean-Mushroom Chili

Ingredients

  • 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1 can sliced mushrooms, not drained
  • 8 ounces tomatillos, husked, rinsed and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds, or ground cumin
  • 2 cups mushroom broth, or vegetable broth
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1-2 tablespoons minced canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, (I used Chili Pepper paste by Gourmet Gardens)
  • 1 1/4 cups grated Monterey Jack, or pepper Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges

Preparation

  1. Place beans, onions, mushrooms and tomatillos in slow cooker.  add spices and broth.  Stir in tomato paste and pepper sauce.
  2. Turn heat to LOW. Put the lid on and cook until the beans are creamy, 5 to 8 hours.
  3. Garnish each serving with cheese, a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

 

Nutrition

Per serving: 306 calories; 10 g fat (4 g sat, 2 g mono); 20 mg cholesterol; 40 g carbohydrates; 18 g protein; 13 g fiber

Nutrition Bonus: Fiber (52% daily value), Folate (47% dv), Iron (22% dv), Potassium (21% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 1/2 vegetable, 1 medium-fat protein, 1 fat

Adapted from http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/slow_cooker_black_bean_mushroom_chili.html

SAUTED CHICKEN BREASTS IN WINE SAUCE

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4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, (about 1 lb total)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt*
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper*
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth or chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives
  • Sautéed Seasonal Vegetables**

Directions

Sprinkle the chicken breasts with the salt and pepper*. Place flour in a shallow dish; dip chicken in flour, turning and pressing to coat all sides of the chicken.

Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil to the skillet; swirl to lightly coat the skillet. Add chicken breasts, smooth sides down and cook about 5 minutes or until the chicken is golden brown.

Turn chicken over; cook for 4 to 5 minutes more or until chicken is no longer pink (165 degrees F). Transfer chicken to a warm serving platter; set aside.

For the sauce:

Add the shallots to the hot skillet; cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Carefully add wine; cook about 1 minute stirring to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of skillet.

Add chicken broth to the skillet; bring to a boil and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Stir in chives. Return chicken to the skillet; heat through.

Serve the chicken and wine sauce with the veggies on the side.

For the veggies:

In a second skillet heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 minced garlic clove. Add about 2 cups of sliced seasonal vegetables** (zucchini, peppers, asparagus, etc.). Saute just until barely tender and sprinkle with your favorite herb, salt and pepper to taste*.

*THOSE OF YOU WHO KNOW ME ALSO KNOW TO NEVER ADD SALT AND PEPPER IN COOKING.  ADD IT IF NEEDED AT THE TABLE OR USE OTHER SPICES – MOST OF THE TIME YOU DON’T NEED IT!

**THERE ARE ALSO MANY STEAM IN THE BAG OR FROZEN MIXED. VEGETABLES THAT COULD BE A QUICK ALTERNATIVE TO CHOPPING FRESH.  I ALSO SAUTE WITH VEGETABLE BROTH INSTEAD OF OIL.

VEGETARIAN PINTO BEAN SLOPPY JOES

Vegetarian Pinto Bean Sloppy Joes

Ingredients

  • 2 medium carrots, sliced  (I used shredded carrots)
  • 1 large white onion, sliced thinly and cut into quarters
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 cups very thinly sliced green cabbage (I used shredded coleslaw mix)
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into matchbook strips
  • 1 cup corn, fresh or frozen (thawed)
  • 1 cans Manwich Original Sloppy Joe Sauce*
  • 10 whole-wheat hamburger buns

*My mother used to make Sloppy Joe Sauce using 1 cans Campbells Chicken Gumbo soup with 1 T yellow mustard so you could also try that – no longer vegetarian though.

You can also make your own in a small mixing bowl:

1 8-ounce can no-salt-added tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari
2 tablespoons tomato paste
3 tablespoons honey mustard
1 tablespoon brown sugar

THERE IS ALSO A SUBSTITUTE RECIPE ON LINE: http://www.food.com/recipe/manwich-original-sloppy-joe-sauce-copycat-457966

Preparation

  1. Coat a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Add all ingredients and cook on LOW 6-8 hours.
  3. Serve the mixture on buns.

CHICKPEA TACOS

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INGREDIENTS:

2-3 Cups Cooked Chickpeas

2 TBS Olive Oil

Juice of 1/2 Lemon

2 TSP Honey

2 TSP Soy Sauce

2 TSP Paprika

2 TSP Cumin

1 TSP Garlic Powder

1/4 TSP Cayenne Pepper

KALE:

3 CUPS Chopped Dinosaur Kale (Ribs removed)

1 TBS Olive Oil & 1 TBS Butter (YOU CAN ALSO STEAM IT IN A LITTLE VEGETABLE BROTH TO CUT FAT)

2 Garlic Cloves (Minced)

Salt and Pepper to taste (I WOULD NOT ADD EITHER)

Seasame Seeds

RED PEPPER SLAW:

1 Medium Red Bell Pepper (seeded and finely sliced)

Juice of 1 Lime

2 Tsp Honey

1 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Tsp chopped cilantro

6-10 ground corn tacos  OR OTHER WHOLE GRAIN TORTILLA SHELL

Lime and cilantro for garnish

Queso fresco (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Make the chickpeas first.  Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat and then add the chickpeas and cook for about 4 minutes until they start to turn brown.  Mix together the lemon juice, honey, and soy sauce in a small dish, and then add this to the chickpeas.  Stir it around and let it reduce for a couple minutes, and then add all of the spices.  Cook for a few minutes more and then remove from heat into a bowl covered with foil.

2. Rinse out this pan (I like to actively reduce the amount of clean-up time later. 😉 ) Heat the olive oil and butter over medium-high heat and add the garlic.  Cook for about 1 minute and then add the kale.  Cook for about 3 minutes stirring occasionally until the kale wilts down.  If you like crispier kale, like I do sometimes, turn up the heat. Throw in the sesame seeds and remove from heat.

3. In a bowl mix together the lime juice, honey, and apple cider vinegar and then toss in the red pepper and cilantro.  Toast the taco shells and assemble to your liking.  Top with some lime juice and queso fresco.

ORIGINALLY POSTED AT http://seedandsea.net/2015/07/29/spiced-chickpea-tacos/

APPLE SEASON RECIPE

PORK CHOPS AND APPLE STUFFING!  PERFECT FOR A COOL FALL DAY!

I MADE THIS IN THE CROCK POT AND IT WORKED REALLY WELL

PORK CHOPS AND APPLE STUFFING (1)

2# PORK LOIN CHOPS
1 SMALL ONION, CHOPPED
3 RIBS CELERY, CHOPPED
2 GRANNY SMITH APPLES, CHOPPED
1 3/4 CUPS CHICKEN BROTH
1 CAN CREAM OF CELERY SOUP
1/4 C DRY WHITE WINE (I DIDN’T HAVE ANY SO I SUBSTITUTED WITH CHICKEN BROTH)
6 C HERB-SEASONED STUFFING CUBES

PLACE THE CHOPPED ONION, CELERY AND APPLES IN THE BOTTOM OF THE CROCK POT. ADD CHOPS ON TOP. POUR IN BROTH AND SOUP AND COOK ON LOW 6-8 HOURS. IN THE LAST 30 MINUTES OF COOKING I TOOK OUT THE CHOPS AND SOME LIQUID AND ADDED THE STUFFING CUBES UNTIL MOISTENED. ADD THE CHOPS BACK INTO THE CROCK AND SAVE THE RESERVED LIQUID FOR SAUCE.

I SERVED WITH SOME FROZEN BROCCOLI FLORETTES.

CAULIFLOWER PILAF?!

LOOK WHO THOUGHT OF USING CAULIFLOWER INSTEAD OF RICE FOR A WONDERFUL PILAF? http://somethingcleansomethinggreen.com/

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Create a rice-based dish, but using cauliflower instead of grains. If you’ve never tried grating cauliflower and using it like this, I urge you to try it! It’s surprising how the cauliflower takes on a rice-like appearance once it’s cooked, and if you’re following a carb-free/Paleo diet, it’s ideal! I’ve used quite a wide-ranging combination of spices, but if you wanted to add your own favorites, and dial the chili up or down, feel free! The sweetness of the raisins and the crunch of the almonds and seeds add really great dimensions to the dish, and I think you’ll all love it!

I’VE ADAPTED THE RECIPE A BIT USING LESS SPICES (I’M NOT FOND OF CURRY AND I’M NOT SURE WHAT MIXED SPICE MIXTURE SOMETHING CLEAN SOMETHING GREEN USED)!

Serves 2 (as a side dish)

  • Cauliflower. ½ head
  • Coconut oil. 1 T*
  • Red onion. ½
  • Ground cumin. ½ t
  • Chili powder. ½ t
  • Gold Raisins. Small handful of
  • Raw almonds. 2 T
  • Sunflower seeds. 1 T
  • Pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas). 1 T
  • Salt & pepper**

Grate the cauliflower using the coarse side of a box grater, and set aside in a bowl. Put a frying pan on a medium heat, and add the coconut oil.

Finely chop the red onion and add to the pan. Cook for around 5 min, stirring regularly until the onions are starting to color. Add the spices and stir well. Cook for another 2 min.

Add the grated cauliflower and raisins, and stir well to mix everything together. Cook for 10-15 min, occasionally adding a splash of water to the pan if it’s looking a bit dry.

Meanwhile, heat a small frying pan on a medium heat and add the almonds and seeds. Cook for 5 min, shaking the pan regularly, until they’re starting to brown.  I OFTEN USE THE TOASTER OVEN TO BROWN THE NUTS AND SEEDS BUT EITHER WORKS WELL!

Once the cauliflower is cooked, take off the heat and season with salt & pepper**. Pile onto a plate and sprinkle the toasted almonds and seeds. Enjoy!

*I DON’T TYPICALLY USE COCONUT OIL IN COOKING.  IT IS A SATURATED FAT AND IN THIS RECIPE YOU HAVE PLENTY OF UNSATURATED AND POLY-UNSATURATED FATS FROM ALL THE NUTS AND SEEDS.  I WOULD USE SOME LOW SODIUM VEGETABLE BROTH INSTEAD TO BROWN THE ONION.

**I NEVER ADD SALT AND PEPPER TO MY RECIPES.  WHEN I SIT DOWN TO EAT THE MEAL, IF SOMETHING NEEDS SEASONING I CAN USE OTHER OPTIONS LIKE MRS. DASH.  THE SEEDS I HAVE ARE ALREADY SALTED AND THE BROTH I WOULD USE, WHILE LOW SODIUM, WILL STILL ADD SALT SO SKIP IT!!

SPINACH, BLACK BEAN AND LENTIL SALAD

Black Bean and Chutney Rice Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (15 oz.) Can drained and rinsed Black beans
  • 1 Large seeded and chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 (9 oz.) Jar your favorite chutney
  • 1 c. Whole kernel corn (I used frozen)
  • 6 Sliced green onions
  • 3 tbsp. Fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground cumin
  • 2 3/4 c. Water
  • 3/4 c. Uncooked long grain and wild rice
  • 1/2 c. Red lentils, dried
  • 1 1/2 c. Packed and shredded fresh spinach leaves

METHOD

Step 1

Combine bell pepper, beans, green onions, cumin, chutney, cilantro and corn in a bowl and stir gently.

Step 2

In a saucepan bring water to boil and stir in lentils and rice. Reduce to low temperature and cook uncovered until liquid is absorbed and the lentils are tender (20-25 minutes).

Step 3

Remove from heat and stir in the bean mixture. Cover and refrigerate, until chilled.

Step 4

Gently stir in spinach before serving.

GLUTEN FREE TURKEY MEATBALLS AND ARRABIATA SAUCE

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON  http://glutenfreejess.com/2015/08/03/cheesy-turkey-meatballs-with-arrabiata-sauce-gluten-free/

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Prep time
20 mins
Cook time
30 mins
Total time
50 mins
Author: Jessica Schlangen {Gluten Free Jess}
Serves: 24-30 meatballs
Ingredients
  • 1 jar of Uncle Steve’s Italian Specialties Sauce – Arrabiata (if you don’t like spice try tomato basil or marinara) The tomato basil is available at WalMart; the Arrabiata is sold at Feel Right Health food stores in the Buffalo area*
  • 1.25 pound ground turkey (this is the size I usually find it in)
  • ½ small yellow onion, grated or very finely minced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, grated or very finely minced
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley (of course you can use fresh if you have it on hand)
  • ½ tsp salt**
  • black pepper** to taste
  • ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • grated parmesan cheese and parsely for garnish (optional)
Directions
  1. In a large mixing bowl add ground turkey, cornmeal, parsley, salt, pepper, and mozzarella cheese.
  2. Lightly beat 2 eggs and add to the mixing bowl.
  3. Grate or finely mince onion and garlic. Add to the mixing bowl.
  4. Mix well to combine. Just use your hands…it works the best!
  5. Form meatballs. You can use a spoon or cookie scoop to measure out even meatballs. You will get about 24-30 based on the size you make.
  6. Heat a couple of tablespoons of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)** on medium in a large skillet.
  7. Brown the meatballs on all sides. You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your skillet.
  8. Turn the meatballs every couple of minutes until they are browned on all sides. Be careful when you turn them so that you don’t break up the meatballs.
  9. When all of the meatballs have been browned, add the arrabiata sauce to the pan.
  10. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
  11. Serve meatballs on their own, with pasta, or on a meatball sandwich.
  12. Garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese and parsley. (optional)

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*Other sauces may be used but Uncle Steve’s are good if you are looking for gluten free.  The sauce I like does not say it is gluten free but I’m sure if you’re Gluten Free you are used to reading labels and looking for the handy Gluten Free Symbol***:

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PLEASE COMMENT IF YOU HAVE SOME OTHER GLUTEN FREE SAUCES THAT ARE EASILY FOUND IN THE GROCERY STORE!

**There is no reason to add salt and pepper!  Especially using arriabata sauce which is spicy!

***I do not brown my meatballs in oil of any kind to cut down on fat.  I bake them in a 400 degree F oven (I use a toaster oven especially in summer) for 20 minutes and then add them to the sauce that is simmering on the stove!

****OTHER GLUTEN FREE SYMBOLS TO LOOK FOR ON FOOD LABELS:

BEWARE OF PACKAGED GLUTEN FREE PRODUCTS!

ORIGINALLY POSTED BY http://inspectorgorgeous.com/2015/08/03/flat-bread-or-buns-why-not-both/

Not all gluten free breads are created equal.

Sure, they may taste amazing, but are they much “healthier” than buying whole grain breads?

Not if you have celiac disease…BUT if you are just gluten sensitive or attempting to lose weight by cutting the dough, you may be shocked to find what ingredients are lurking in your gluten free goodies.

1. TONS of fillers. Don’t get me wrong, I occasionally use a food grade additive in my baked goods to give them texture. The levels that they are added to *some* of these pre-packaged foods can sometimes be alarming.

2. Boatloads of Sugar. The only difference between homemade pancake batter and gluten free is the gluten. Oh, and did I mention the amounts of sugar, preservatives, and fast digesting rice starch? Because that’s in there, too.

3. Less fiber. Everybody poops, until you stop eating fiber and start living on rice starch and tapioca starch with a few veggies thrown in the mix.

TRY LIZ’S PROTEIN BREADS AS AN EASY ALTERNATIVE TO PREPACKAGED!

Parmesan Protein Buns

Make it a flat bread or a bun. Either choice is delightful.

5 Eggs, separated (we are using 1/4 cup of the yolks)

1/3 cup Unsweetened Protein Powder (There are several available at WalMart)

Add ins: 2 TBSP Shredded Parmesan OR 2 TBSP Garlic Hummus

1/4 tsp Xanthan Gum- OPTIONAL- this gives it more of a “bread like” consistency

1 Cookie sheet covered with foil and cooking spray

Preaheat oven to 350° and have the xanthan gum and protein powder ready and portioned out before beginning. Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks and reserve 1 /4 cup yolk (beaten) for later in the process. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites with a hand mixer, starting at a low speed and gradually increasing until foamy. Continue to beat until STIFF. Slowly fold in protein powder

Next, the egg yolks you reserved can now be mixed well and slowly added to the egg white foam. Fold in gently (not with your mixer) as to keep the foam intact. You can fold in any of your “add ins” too.

Scoop mixture onto cookie sheet in small mounds for buns. For flat bread, pour evenly onto cookie sheet to make a 1/2 in layer of “batter”. Place in the bottom third of the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes. Turn off the oven but leave the bread in. The bread will still be fragile for a little bit so NO TOUCHING. It’s best if it stays in the oven for about 20 minutes.

This isn’t bread. Don’t rush to the kitchen and make this expecting it to taste like the french bread you get at Jimmy John’s. It’s not. BUT it is great for those of us who are trying to steer clear of those things and still want some hot, fresh buns to sink our teeth into…

THIS IS AN EASY RECIPE THAT AVOIDS ALL THE ADDITIVES OF PRE-PAKAGED MIXES!  THANK YOU INSPECTOR GORGEOUS!