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Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Squash

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Author: The Quintessential Quinoa Cookbook by Wendy Polisi
Ingredients
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • ¼ cup green onions
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • ½ cup (uncooked) quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon sage, chopped
  • cheese of your choice for sprinkling; Gruyere is recommended
Instructions
  1. Cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and membranes.
  2. Place the squash cut-side down on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.
  3. While the squash bakes, heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat and saute the red pepper and green onions until softened, about five minutes.
  4. Add the vegetable broth, quinoa, and sage and bring to a boil.
  5. Cover, reduce heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and allow to sit, covered, for five additional minutes.
  7. When the baked squash is cool enough to handle, scoop out most of the pulp and place in a bowl. Leave about ¼ inch of squash along the shell to keep it intact enough to hold the filling.
  8. Mash the removed pulp with a fork, then stir in the cooked quinoa and red pepper mixture.
  9. Stuff all of this back into the two butternut squash shells and sprinkle with as much cheese as you would like.
  10. Return the now stuffed and cheese covered shells to the oven and broil for just a few minutes until the cheese is melted and slightly browned.

About the Author: LeAndra is the author, cook, photographer, and chief dishwasher behind the blog Love & Flour. She is learning to like quinoa almost as much as she likes chocolate chip cookies.

P.F. Chang’s-inspired Chicken Endive Wraps

chickenendive wrap recipe

INGREDIENTS

ENDIVE:

  • About 1 pound Belgian endive

COOKING SAUCE:

CHICKEN:

  • 2 tablespoons (28 grams) untoasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon (14 grams) minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (7 grams) minced ginger
  • 1 pound ground chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup (57 grams) reserved hard, white endive ends, finely chop (optional)
  • 2 – 3 scallions/green onions, finely chop white and light green parts for chicken, thinly slice green tops and reserve for garnish

For cooking directions, click here.

About the Author: Heather Sage is a gluten-free recipe developer, writer and Brit + Co freelance food editor living in Orlando by way of the Silicon Valley.  Her website, A Sage Amalgam, is dedicated to sharing gluten-free recipes inspired by all the places she’s been and those she hopes to travel to in the future!

Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas for People “On The Go”

You know that breakfast is important but you’re short on time and just want to grab something quick. We get it – mornings are hectic but breakfast doesn’t have to be a sugary pop tart or calorie-laden deli muffin. Back away from that doughnut! We have 12 healthy breakfasts that will leave you feeling satisfied and energized instead of full and sluggish.Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Yogurt Parfait

Pair plain Greek yogurt with fruit of your choice. Frozen fruit works too! Sweeten it up with a little honey and sprinkle your favorite granola on top.

Overnight Oats

Mix ½ cup of rolled oats, ½ cup of berries or ½ a banana – sliced, 2 tablespoons of nuts, a dash of cinnamon and 3/4 cup of milk in a container with a lid. Refrigerate overnight and you’ll have breakfast ready to “grab and go” in the morning. blueberries-531209_1920

Peanut Butter and Banana Roll Ups

Take a small whole wheat or corn soft tortilla, spread with 1 – 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and place a small banana in it.

Quick Microwaved Eggs

Beat 2 eggs, throw in a microwave-safe container, add 1 handful of your favorite veggies (cherry tomatoes and spinach leaves work well), and a sprinkle of cheese. Zap the mixture for 30 seconds, stir, and cook another 30 seconds, or until eggs are solid.

Sweet Cheese Waffles

Mix ¼ c ricotta cheese and ¼ c blueberries with 1 tsp sugar. Top two whole grain toaster waffles (preferably organic) with the cheese and berry mixture for a sweet filling breakfast.

Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Heat ½ c of leftover cooked quinoa and ½ c unsweetened almond milk, top with fruit of choice.

Apple Bowls

Cut an apple in half, remove the core and fill each side with 2 tsp almond butter. Top with a tablespoon of granola.

Coffee Smoothie

Blend ½ cup of cold coffee, ½ cup of milk, 1 small banana, 1 tablespoon of nut butter and a few ice cubes for a quick breakfast with a kick.

“Instant” Oatmeal

Make your own oatmeal packets. Portion out ½ c rolled oats with 2 tablespoons of nuts or seeds, 2 tablespoons of raisins and cinnamon into baggies. Grab a baggie and heat oatmeal with 1 cup of almond milk in a large microwave safe bowl on medium power for 5 minutes.

Avocado Toast

Top 2 slices of toast with ½ a mashed avocado, sprinkle with salt and top with a sliced hard-boiled egg.

Sweet Potato with Peanut Butter

Microwave a small sweet potato for 2.5 minutes, top with 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter and sprinkle with granola for a little crunch. Drizzle with honey if desired.

No time to put anything together? Here are a few more to literally “grab and go”: a string cheese, an apple and whole grain crackers; a banana, an individual packet of almond butter (we like Justin’s Natural) and a plain yogurt; a hard-boiled egg and an avocado.

Share your favorite quick and easy breakfast recipe with us, @eatsmartscales.

Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread with Oatmeal and Flax

blueberry banana bread
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Heart Healthy Bisquick
  • 3/4 cup quick cooking oats
  • 2 tbsp finely ground flax meal
  • 2 large bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup sugar + 3 tbsp
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup fat free half and half, almond milk, soy milk or skim milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries (if using frozen, make sure you drain them well)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

For baking directions, click here.

About the Author: We at Skinnysweetsdaily.com feel you can have your sweet treat and still stay on a healthy eating plan. By cutting down on fat and calories but bringing up the flavors and textures of our recipes. You can have a great tasting dessert and enjoy every single bite without the guilt. Enjoy!

St. Patrick’s Day Recipe Roundup

StPaddysDay Recipe Roundup2Everyone is Irish on St. Paddy’s Day, right? However, traditional Irish cuisine and beverages (yes, all that beer), can be tough on our waistlines. We want to provide some inspiration on how to have a healthier celebration this year. Whether you are cooking for your family or attending a party, we’ve compiled a roundup of some festive treats. Why not start your day off with a healthy Minty Green Smoothie?

Mango Avocado Smoothie

mango-avocado-smoothieGet the recipe from Upstate Ramblings


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Get the recipe from Skinny Mom


St. Patrick’s Day Chia Seed Pudding

Chia Seed Pudding 1.2Get the recipe from Susi’s Kochen und Backen Adventures


Shamrock Chips

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Lightened Up Chocolate Chip Mint Cookies

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Mint Chocolate Chip Glazed Popcorn

Mint-Chocolate-Chip-Glazed-Popcorn-1Get the recipe from Cupcakes and Kale Chips


Mint Shake

MintShakeGet the recipe from The Empowered Plate


Do you have a healthy twist on a traditional St. Patrick’s Day treat? Tweet us at @EatSmartScales!

Mason Jar Carrot Noodle Salad w/Sweet Chili Vinaigrette

mason-jar-salad-all-mixed-up-noshThe key to a great mason jar salad is the layering and packing it in tight, so things don’t move around.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon Thai sweet red chili sauce
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dark Amber Maple Syrup
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 Carrot (spiralized, or julienned)
  • 1 roasted bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Bob’s Red Mill hulled hemp seeds
  • 1⁄3 cup cashews (plain or flavored, like Asian Sesame)
  • 2 cups Spinach (or sub your favorite greens)

For instructions, click here.

About the Author: Kelly is the author, recipe creator, and food photographer behind the blog Nosh and Nourish. She incorporates nourishing superfoods into every meal for her husband, adorable toddler, and herself (think quinoa, Greek yogurt, chickpeas, kale, eggs, etc..) and manages to keep everything tasting absolutely delicious! Learn more by visiting her blog, at http://noshandnourish.com/, or check out her new cookbook “Superfoods at Every Meal” here.

Toasted Almond + Quinoa Salad

Toasted Almond + Quinoa Salad - Luci's Morsels-3Ingredients:

  • 4 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 Cup almonds, chopped see note
  • 1/2 Cup dried cranberries
  • 1-11oz can mandarin oranges, mostly drained
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon1
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil, melted

Instructions:
Combine quinoa (hot or cold) with melted coconut oil. Add in cinnamon and ginger. Add is almonds, cranberries, and mandarins. Mix well. Refrigerate to keep or serve warm. Serves 8-10.

Note: When chopping almonds, use a serrated knife. Can also use slivered almonds.

About the Author: I’m a California girl with her PhD. I love jeans, iced coffee, homemade food, and smart humor. Luci’s Morsels is about fashion, food, and frivolity – all from an approachable and fun perspective…

Link: http://www.lucismorsels.com/2013/12/toasted-almond-quinoa-salad.html

Brown Rice Crispy Treats (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

Brown Rice Crispy Treats (Vegan and Gluten-Free)
Ingredients
⅔ cup brown rice syrup
¼ cup almond butter
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
4 cups brown rice crisp cereal
2 Tablespoons Enjoy Life dairy-free mini chocolate chips

Instructions
Measure brown rice crisp cereal and place in a large bowl.
Place brown rice syrup, almond butter and coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat while stirring until mixture is combined and creamy. Remove from heat and add the vanilla and sea salt.
Pour brown rice syrup mixture over the brown rice cereal and stir until well combined.
Press cereal into a square baking dish lined with parchment paper using your hands. Press chocolate chips into the top.
Let cool in the fridge for 1 hour before cutting into squares.

About the Author: Brittany Mullins is a health coach, certified NASM personal trainer and the blogger behind Eating Bird Food, a blog dedicated to healthy food, fitness and a bit of everyday life. Learn more by visiting her her blog, www.eatingbirdfood.com and her health coaching site, www.brittanymullins.com.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Rice Cake Protein Balls

SAMSUNG CSCThe recipe only makes 4 protein balls and each one has approximately 75 calories, 3.5g fat, and 3g protein. And they’re actually pretty big despite my photos not making them look that way.

Ingredients:

Directions: Crush rice cake with hands and place in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients listed above and combine well. (I used the back of a spoon to really mush everything together.)

Divide batter into four sections and roll each of them with your hands into a ball. Refrigerate or eat immediately. Enjoy!

About the Author:  For more than four years, Tina has shared her life through journaling her daily meals and workouts on her blog, Carrots ‘N’ Cake. Each day, she strives to find the right balance without losing out on fun or good taste. Tina also writes a weekly feature for Health.com. Her first book, Carrots ‘N’ Cake: Healthy Living One Cupcake at a Time, was published in May 2011.

Healthy Valentine’s Day Recipes

valentinesday-healthy-treats-recipesValentine’s Day brings to mind chocolates, flowers, candy and romantic dinners. There is something wonderful about sharing sweet treats and delicious meals with someone you love. It is possible to celebrate with some yummy and healthy treats and meals. We have rounded up some healthier recipes for you to share with those special people in your life. Whether you’re celebrating with friends, your kids or a romantic date, we have a recipe for that!

Dark Chocolate Crunchy Clusters

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Salted Caramel Vegan Cheesecake

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Whole Wheat Banana Pecan Pancakes

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Vegan Chocolate-Covered Cherries

cherries1Get the recipe from Fork and Beans


Almond Joy Chia Pudding

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Get the recipe from Carrots ‘N’ Cake


Mini Lemon Curd Tarts

mini-lemon-curd-tarts-2Get the recipe from Texanerin Baking


Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

cookie-recipeGet the recipe from Pass the Sushi


Petite Vegan Chocolate Mousse Cups

mouuse cupsGet the recipe from SkinnySweetsDaily

Wishing you a happy and healthy Valentine’s Day!

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