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HEALTHY

30-Minute Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Chowder

A snow storm in NYC yesterday and I missed it. I’m SO bummed.

Being in the city when it’s snowing is magical. It gets super quiet – there’s practically no one walking around and the streets are almost empty. It’s like the city goes to sleep.

Luckily, having Trevi makes us get out and experience the peacefulness. And even though neither of us feel like bundling up and bracing the cold, her excitement when her paws hit the snow is worth it. She LOVES the snow. Like I’m not even kidding you, as soon as we let her off leash in the park, she’s like the Tasmanian Devil bombing around trying to dig for sticks and chasing every dog she sees. She’s definitely a winter creature.

Her parents on the other hand? Not so much.

We’d much rather be snuggled on the couch watching a movie and eating a bowl of soup. Or if it’s a Sunday, watching football (and yes, still eating soup).

30-Minute Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Chowder
30-Minute Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Chowder

Ingredients

  • ½ cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 small potato
  • 1 garlic bulb
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ½ cup Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water (+ more as needed)
  • 2 teaspoons miso paste
  • 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast (optional)
  • Salt + pepper to taste
  • Additional garlic if desired

Instructions

  1. Add cashews to a bowl, cover with hot water and let soak for at least 2 hours.
  2. While cashews are soaking, preheat the oven to 425ºF. Chop cauliflower into florets, and peel and chop the potatoes. Arrange on a baking sheet and drizzle with about 1½ tablespoons of oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cut the top off the garlic bulb so that some of the cloves are slightly exposed. Drizzle with remaining oil and season with salt and pepper. Wrap bulb in tin foil and place on sheet with vegetables.

You can find complete recipes of this 30-Minute Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Chowder in simplyquinoa.com

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HEALTHY

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

Roasted vegetables (like these Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes) are superior in almost every way; it’s a fact. But they take up valuable oven space on holidays. Make them ahead of time and reheat!  Save on time and stress.

Do you like Brussels sprouts? I have to admit, they are a recently found love of mine. Probably because my family NEVER ate them growing up. I saw this on my cousin’s Facebook page:

“We’ve never cooked Brussels Sprouts before. Do we need a special pan?”

And then there were tons of comments from my extended family with things like, “worst vegetable on earth,” and “let the kids use it as a sword and then throw it in the trash!” It’s no wonder I never had them growing up. The real question is, Mom, why didn’t you buy me a Brussels sprout sword?? Wth.

My brother Nate was the one who convinced me to try them a few years ago, and he said the only way you should be eating them is roasted. (And that is still the only way I have tried them.) Why mess with a good thing? They are delicious.

My cousin Lani made some when they had us over for dinner several weeks ago, and she sprinkled cumin all over them before roasting. Best idea ever! I love the earthy, nutty dimension it gives the sprouts. I threw some sweet potatoes on the pan as well, and loved the combination.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts
Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed
  • 1 large sweet potato (1 pound)
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • fresh thyme, to garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Trim your Brussels by cutting off the little brown end. If there are any yellow leaves, pull them off. Cut any large ones in half. Add to a large bowl.
  3. Peel your sweet potato and chop into 1-2 inch pieces. Add to the large bowl.
  4. Smash 2 cloves of garlic and add it to the bowl.
  5. Pour 1/3 cup olive oil over the vegetables.
  6. Add cumin, garlic salt, salt, and pepper to taste. Stir to coat.

You can find complete recipes of this Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts in thefoodcharlatan.com

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HEALTHY

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Red Potatoes

These Garlic Parmesan Roasted Red Potatoes are off the chart delicious! The best part about these potatoes is that they are super easy to make. Just chop the potatoes, toss in oil, seasonings, and Parmesan cheese. The potatoes were ready for the oven before it preheated. I love these quick and easy side dishes!!

These Garlic Parmesan Roasted Red Potatoes are a great weeknight side dish. They go great with burgers, hot dogs, chicken, pork or even steak! I throw a batch in the oven when Chicken Legs stars the grill and dinner is ready without a lot of effort. Love it!

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Red Potatoes
Garlic Parmesan Roasted Red Potatoes

INGREDIENTS

  • 14 small red potatoes
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, toss potatoes with olive oil, seasonings and parmesan. Toss until potatoes are evenly coated.

You can find complete recipes of this Garlic Parmesan Roasted Red Potatoes in plainchicken.com

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HEALTHY

Potato Salad with 7-Minute Eggs and Mustard Vinaigrette

Egg salad and potato salad: Unite! We like how the still-soft yolks dress the salad, but you can cook the eggs a minute or two longer if you like them more set.

Potato Salad with 7-Minute Eggs and Mustard Vinaigrette
Potato Salad with 7-Minute Eggs and Mustard Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 8 SERVINGS
  • 2½ pounds new or baby Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup parsley leaves with tender stems
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped dill pickles
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Preparation

  1. Steam potatoes, covered, in a metal steamer basket set in a large pot over boiling water until tender, 20–30 minutes, depending on size. Transfer to a plate and let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, cook eggs in a large saucepan of boiling water until whites are set and yolks are still slightly soft, 7 minutes. Drain; transfer eggs to a bowl of ice water and chill until cold. Drain and peel; set eggs aside.
  3. Toast mustard seeds in a dry small skillet over medium-low heat, tossing constantly, until seeds start to pop, about 1 minute. Transfer to a small bowl (be ready with bowl; once seeds get going, it’s chaos).
  4. Whisk vinegar, mustard, and honey in a large bowl. Whisking constantly, gradually add oil; whisk until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper. Set 3 Tbsp. vinaigrette aside for drizzling.

You can find complete recipes of this Potato Salad With 7-Minute Eggs And Mustard Vinaigrette in bonappetit.com

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GLUTEN FREE

Gluten Free Cinnabon Copycat Cinnamon Roll Recipe

This is the perfect Cinnabon copycat recipe, even if you’re not gluten free. Yeah. That’s how good they are.
You can now serve these to your friends who are not gluten free and they will never know they are GF. The texture and flavor is spot-on for “normal” cinnamon buns.
And if you’re on a cinnamon roll kick, also check out my Cinnamon Roll Popcorn recipe!

Rolling out gluten free dough is tricky and cinnamon rolls, even gluten ones, can be tricky as well. Which leads us to a double whammy for GF cinnamon rolls. I’ve put together a video tutorial showing how to roll out the dough. I encourage everyone to watch it before making the rolls!

Gluten Free Cinnabon Copycat Cinnamon Roll Recipe
Gluten Free Cinnabon Copycat Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Ingredients
DOUGH:

  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 packet (7 g) yeast
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (83 g) potato starch
  • ½ cup (80 g) brown rice flour
  • ¼ cup (29 g) finely ground almond flour
  • ¼ cup (34 g) tapioca starch plus more for flouring your surface
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 2½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • good quality plastic wrap for rolling out (and up!) the dough

FILLING:

  • ⅓ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon

FROSTING:

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • dash of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour a pie plate.

DOUGH:

  1. Combine yeast and sugar in large mixing bowl.
  2. Microwave milk and 1 tablespoon butter to approximately 110-115 degrees. Whisk into yeast mixture and set aside to proof.
  3. Meanwhile in small bowl whisk together potato starch, brown rice flour, tapioca starch, almond flour, baking soda, xanthan gum, baking powder, and ½ teaspoon salt.
  4. Once yeast is proofed add in egg, oil, and ½ teaspoon vanilla. Mix for a moment and then slowly add in the flour mixture. Turn the mixer up to medium-high and beat for 1½ minutes – beating long enough is essential, GF flours are “thirsty,” the dough will thicken & lose it’s stickiness as you beat it.
  5. Roll out the dough: (please watch the video!) this is a sticky dough that you’ll want to roll out to approximately a 13″ x 10″ rectangle. What I have found works best is covering my work surface with a good quality plastic wrap and then a light layer of tapioca starch. I place my dough in the center and cover with a bit more tapioca starch and another sheet (or two) of plastic wrap. Roll out to the needed size and then carefully peel off the top layer of plastic wrap.
  6. Using a knife or spatula gently spread the ⅓ cup softened butter over the dough evenly leaving ½” space around the edges.

You can find complete recipes of this Gluten Free Cinnabon Copycat Cinnamon Roll Recipe in recreatinghappiness.com

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HEALTHY

Asparagus Sweet Potato Chicken Skillet

This Asparagus Sweet Potato Chicken Skillet recipe is a delicious healthy and easy to make meal that will be on your dinner table in less than 30 minutes. This is a gluten-free, paleo and perfect for your busy weeknight dinner.

I had to start this post saying thank you for all the emails I got from my last post when I was talking about my sleepless night. You guys were so sweet. I really appreciate all the suggestions and advices. You mamas are AWESOME!! Like many of you said he will sleep better soon. Well he is already better because it’s been about two nights that he sleeps for two hours straight on his crib. I can’t believe it. I consider it a great start. Let’s try to be positive, correct?

Now let’s talk about today’s recipe, which is so delicious, easy to make, gluten-free and also paleo friendly. This asparagus and sweet potato with chicken is a great combination of flavors and perfect for a quick and healthy weeknight dinner.

The good side of this recipe is that it only has three ingredients, which are chicken, sweet potato and asparagus because technically salt, pepper and red chili flakes we don’t count as ingredients, right? Another good point about this recipe is that it will be ready and on your dinner table in less than 30 minutes.

So, grab your skillet, wood board and your chef knife and chop all the ingredients because it will be the only hard work you will have. Awesome!! It is easy as pie! Believe me!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup chicken broth or water
  • ½ lb (225 g) fresh asparagus (the spears should be cut at a diagonal in 1 and 2 inch pieces)
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon red chili flakes

Instructions

  1. On a plastic board, cut the chicken into small pieces and season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, add olive oil, garlic and chicken. Sauté the chicken for about 7-10 minutes or until it is cooked though. Don’t forget to stir well. Set chicken aside.
  3. In the same skillet, add sweet potato and chicken broth.
  4. Cook for about 7-10minutes or until the sweet potato is cooked.

You can find complete recipes of this Asparagus Sweet Potato Chicken Skillet in primaverakitchen.com

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HEALTHY

CROCK POT CHEESEBURGER SOUP

This Cheeseburger Soup is one luxurious soup. I mean seriously, it’s award-winning! I’ve had this recipe PINNED on one of my food boards for a looong time and I finally made it the other day. After I scarfed down two bowls (in about 2 minutes) I was kicking myself for not making it sooner!

This awesome soup is cheesy and creamy and filled with flavorful ground beef, potatoes and carrots. It will keep bellies full and happy a long time after it’s eaten. My husband gave me rave reviews after he ate some too, and that is coming from someone who is not the world’s biggest soup fan. No joke. 🙂

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 small potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 small white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk ( I use 2%)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (16 oz.) package Velveeta processed cheese, cubed OR 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place potatoes, onions, carrots, celery, dried basil and parsley in a large crock pot. Pour chicken broth over vegetables. Cover with lid. Cook on low heat 6 to 8 hours OR on high heat 4 to 5 hours or until potatoes are tender.
  2. About 45 minutes before serving, cook and crumble ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drain any grease. Pour cooked ground beef into crock pot. Carefully wipe out hot skillet with a paper towel then add butter. When butter is melted whisk in flour and cook until golden brown and bubbly (about 1 minute.) Whisk in the milk, salt and pepper. Pour mixture into the crock pot and stir to combine everything.

You can find complete recipes of this CROCK POT CHEESEBURGER SOUP in life-in-the-lofthouse.com

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HEALTHY

creamy spinach sweet potato noodles with cashew sauce

Stop right there. Sweet potato noodles? CASHEW SAUCE? First of all, y-u-m.
Secondly, it’s true. I’m going fake-vegan-rogue on you today.
In terms of actual real life serious commitments, I’m not a vegan or a vegetarian. But I am a person who likes to try new things and sometimes I get lazy about cooking meat, so a few months ago I bought three different spiralizers – those crazy machines that make vegetables into noodles. I wanted to try them and see which ones were best, and why they were awesome, and become a super healthy person with a few swirls of a spiralizer handle, and eventually talk about it in a post. In these last few weeks,
I’ve just been a leeeetle too “busy” to get my act together and actually write about the spiralizers, but ironically, the thing that is keeping me busy is feeding my face bowls and bowls and bowls of spiralized sweet potato noodles covered in cashew sauce. It’s just so weird how that works.
So let’s break this down into a less weird and scary // more awesome and healthy and delicious sort of situation.
I made my sweet potato noodles with the Paderno spiralizer. Annnnnd I just basically gave away my whole spiralizer post to you right there in one sentence. Just… buy the Paderno. It’s $30 and it has a 4.5 ⭐️ rating from more than 6,000 reviews on Amazon.
(But seriously, more to come on the topic of spiralizers in a week or two if you’re the kind of person who needs major convincing. I see you, and I get you, and I’ll be back for you.) You COULD make your sweet potato noodles by hand or with a peeler or something, but, I mean, why, really? If that’s your story right now, I’d say just skip the vegetables-as-noodles thing (too much work, friend) and go for either regular noodles or sweet potatoes chopped into easy, quick little pieces and roasted to perfection. File under advice from your Lazy Girl Friend.
That being said, if you do have a spiralizer, those big, sturdy, fat sweet potatoes make the perfect little swoodles <– oh my gosh, TREND ALERT 🚨 look mom I just started a trend —> and they are pretty much the cutest thing ever, not to mention tasty and nutritious.
Did I mention the cutest thing ever? I played with them like little vegetable slinkies for at least ten minutes. But let’s not get too far on the sweet potato noodles because I need to tell you that there is such a thing in this world called CASHEW CREAM. And it is divine.Just try not to turn into a vegan when you look at this picture.
Right? That velvety beauty is CASHEWS and water and salt and a little garlic. And that’s all.
So essentially we have sweet potato noodles that are hopefully almost caramelizingly browned with some gently sautéed spinach and a good dose of creamy cashew sauce, tossed all together for a really comforting weeknight vegetarian/vegan type meal. It’s thick and creamy, it’s super satisfying, it’s totally adaptable to anything and everything.

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 cup cashews
  • ¾ cup water (more for soaking)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 large sweet potatoes, spiralized
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • a handful of fresh basil leaves, chives, or other herbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil for drizzling

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Cover the cashews with water in a bowl and soak for 2 hours or so.
  2. Drain and rinse thoroughly. Place in a food processor or blender (I got better texture with the blender)
  3. and add the ¾ cup water, salt, and garlic. Puree until very smooth.
  4. Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat.
  5. Add the sweet potatoes; toss in the pan for 6-7 minutes with tongs until tender-crisp.
  6. Remove from heat and toss in the spinach – it should wilt pretty quickly.
  7. Add half of the herbs and half of the sauce to the pan and toss to combine.
  8. Add water if the mixture is too sticky.
  9. Season generously with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil, and top with the remaining fresh herbs.

You can find complete recipes of this creamy spinach sweet potato noodles with cashew sauce in pinchofyum.com

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HEALTHY

Sage and Maple-Roasted Chickpeas with Crispy Kale and Sweet Potato Mash

Make sure your chickpeas and onions are tossed well with the olive oil/maple syrup/sage mixture before they go into the oven. This will help the chickpeas crisp and caramelize.
Before you add the kale, the chickpeas should be a little crispy, and the onions should be soft.
When you mix the kale in, the baking sheet will be really crowded. That’s OK, because the chickpeas and onions are already roasted, and the kale will wilt quickly.
The kale should only take about 5 minutes to cook. It’s done when it’s soft and a little bit crispy at the edges.
Make sure you poke lots of holes in both sweet potatoes. To prevent explosions.
Put them in a microwave-safe bowl and cover them with a damp paper towel.
For a medium sweet potato, seven minutes in the microwave is perfect.

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and thoroughly dried
  • ½ large yellow onion, cut in 4 wedges
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped sage leaves
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed, chopped into rough 2-inch pieces

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of maple syrup and stir them together with a fork.
  3. Add the sage, and stir to combine.
  4. Add the chickpeas and onion wedges to the baking sheet, drizzle with the syrup-olive oil mixture, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat and combine.
  5. Roast until the chickpeas are browned and crispy and the onions are soft, about 30 minutes.
  6. While the chickpeas roast, prepare the sweet potatoes.
  7. Poke both sweet potatoes all over with a fork, then put them in a microwave-safe bowl or plate and cover them with a damp paper towel. Microwave them on high for 7 minutes, until soft.
  8. When the sweet potatoes have cooled slightly, peel the skin off with your hands.
  9. Put the peeled sweet potatoes back in the bowl, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and the remaining tablespoon of maple syrup, season with salt and pepper, and mash everything together with a potato masher or a fork.
  10. Toss the chopped kale with the chickpeas on the baking sheet, season with a little more salt and pepper, then put everything back in the oven just until the kale starts to wilt, about 5 minutes.
  11. When the chickpeas are done and the kale is wilted, divide the sweet potato mash between two plates and top with the chickpea-kale mixture. Serve immediately.

You can find complete recipes of this Sage and Maple-Roasted Chickpeas with Crispy Kale and Sweet Potato Mash in buzzfeed.com

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HEALTHY

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Potato Soup

We’re sharing Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Potato Soup today… Thick, creamy, and seemingly sinful!
Don’t you love meals that feel and taste super naughty, but aren’t?
Potato soup has always been one of my favorite soups for fall and winter. It’s a hearty, low cost, family-friendly dish my mother turned into an art form over the years. Making it always reminds me of her.
We ate potato soup often during my childhood. It always made the house smell deliciously welcoming.
I’ve remade my mom’s potato many times over the years. It never ceases to amaze me how simple it is. It’s also easy to adjust for personal taste and for health.
Yes, potato soup is a carb-based dish. Yet it can still be made as a low fat dinner, loaded with vitamins and minerals!

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices bacon, chopped (could be low fat turkey bacon)
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 2 cup sliced celery
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/3 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Place a skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until brown, then add in the onions and garlic. Saute for 3-4 minutes to soften. (If using turkey bacon, cook in a nonstick skillet.) Pour the onions mixture into the crock of a large 6 quart slow cooker.
  2. Place the chicken breast on top of the onions. Add the sliced potatoes, carrots, celery, chicken broth, thyme, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Place the lid on the slow cooker. Turn on high and cook for 8-12 hours, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are extremely soft. (Check the chicken at 7 hours. If it’s cooked through, cover and refrigerate until the potatoes are tender and breaking apart. If you happen to have a faster slow cooker, you do not want to overcook the chicken.)

You can find complete recipes of this Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Potato Soup in aspicyperspective.com