Healthy Home Cooking- Some recipes to get you on your way

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Now that you have emptied your cabinets of the food that is making you sick, and picked up food that will nourish your body we can get to the FUN part!  Cooking delicious healthy food!  I happen to love going through recipes and adapting them to my way of eating.  So you are in luck if you need help in that department.

In this post I am mostly going to share the basic and simple recipes that I use.  I hope that they will fit into other people’s busy life-style.  These are the foods we eat, and eating this way has my husband’s RA in remission, and my son’s behavior under control, and has me wearing size 6 pants.  So it does make a difference!  I eat normal sized servings of all this food.  There is no “starving on a diet” here.

Disclaimer: these are mostly not my pictures or recipes, links are provided.

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Breakfasts:

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Oatmeal:  this is our staple breakfast food.  Feeds 5 good eaters.

  • 3 1/2 c. old fashioned oats
  • 5 c. water
  • 1 c. apple juice
  • 2-3 granny smith apples, diced
  • 1/3 c. raisins
  • 1 tbs. cinnamon
  • nutmeg and cloves to taste
  • pecans, almond milk and raw sugar for toppings

Put water in a large pot.  Dice apples and add them, the spices and the raisins to the water.  When the water boils, add the oats and reduce the heat to medium.  Cook, stirring occasionally, till thick, about 5 minutes.  Serve with almond milk, chopped pecans and  a 1/2 tsp. of raw sugar sprinkled on top.

That is our basic recipe.  Obviously this is very adaptable.  Switch it up by using pears, coconut, dried cherries, blueberries, mixed berries, bananas, mangoes, seeds, maple syrup…

Other breakfasts include:

Baked Oatmeal

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Hard Boiled Eggs with fruit

Granola

granolaingredients:

  • 8 c. old fashioned (not quick) rolled oats
  • 1 c. steel cut oats (optional)
  • 1/2 c. millet or ground flax seed (optional, but healthy)
  • 1 c. sunflower seeds
  • 1 c. slivered almonds
  • 1 c. chopped or pecan halves
  • 1 c. chopped or walnut halves
  • 1 c. coconut
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. raw sugar, or sweetener of choice
  • 1/4 c. maple syrup
  • 3/4 c. honey
  • 1 c. coconut oil
  • 1 tbs. cinnamon + and other spices you like (ginger, nutmeg, etc.)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. raisins and/or chopped dates

preheat oven to 325. line 2 baking sheets with foil or parchment paper.

combine oats, seeds, nuts, and coconut in a ginormous bowl. stir together salt, sugar, honey, syrup, oil and spices in small saucepan over medium heat until boiling. pour this over the dry ingredients. then add vanilla. stir to coat. spread this out on the baking sheets. don’t press.

bake 10 minutes, then stir. bake 10 minutes, then stir. bake another 5-10 minutes, until evenly toasted looking. remove from oven. stir in raisins. press slightly before it cools if you want it chunkier. store in airtight container.

Banana Oatmeal Cups

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Lunch

Pancakes and Scrambled Eggs with Strawberry Smoothie

Gluten Free Mini Chocolate Chip Pancakes

  • 1 1/4 c. oat flour
  • 1/2 c. tapioca starch
  • 1/2 c. brown rice flour
  • 1/4 c. ground flax
  • 2 Tbs. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. pink salt
  • 2 Tbs. raw sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 c. plain almond milk
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
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  • 1/2 c. mini dark chocolate chips
  • coconut oil

Mix dry ingredients, then add wet ingredients, mix till combined.  Let sit for a few minutes (the batter will “set up” a bit) while you preheat your griddle to med. (325°).  Grease griddle with coconut oil.  Pour batter on griddle for pancakes and sprinkle with chocolate chips, flip when browned.  Grease, pour and sprinkle and flip till batter is gone.  Serve with syrup, if you want.  Makes 2 dozen pancakes.

Strawberry Smoothie

Place 5-7 frozen strawberries, 1/2 c. kale or spinach, and 1 1/2 c. vanilla almond milk in blender, mix till smooth.

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Sausage Spinach Omelettes

Turkey and Kale Salad: baby kale with left over turkey, dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, berries, etc.), diced granny smith apples, nuts, seeds, tomato, carrots, thawed frozen peas, fresh berries, avocado, (and anything else yummy you have laying around) balsamic vinaigrette dressing (make your own!)  Are you on the run at lunch time?  Make these to take along:

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Peanut butter (peanuts and salt) and jelly (all fruit) on oat bread.

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But mostly we have leftovers from earlier dinners for lunches.

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Dinner:

Turkey Burgers with steamed baby carrots, and brown rice: Just like regular burgers, only with ground turkey or you can use these:

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Either way, turkey is rather a bland meat, so be sure to add plenty of seasoning.  Then serve the patties on top of the rice.  You can add a fun sauce to the top too with pureed avocado with lime juice, or salsa, or whatever floats your boat.

Once every couple of weeks make a big turkey.  (That does not mean make a Thanksgiving dinner.)  I love to cook mine in the oven bag, it even makes it cook faster.  Just rinse your bird and pat it dry, then put some onion and celery in the hole.  Rub the skin with EVOO and sprinkle with seasoning.  That’s all there is to it and you have a lot of good meat for the next few days.  I don’t like the way turkey meat changes texture after its been frozen, so we don’t freeze any leftovers, just use it all up on salads, soups, stew, or just with veggies.

turkey stock

I also make lots of turkey stock with the carcass and the innards from the bag and the neck.  This isn’t hard, I let mine simmer over night, and is SO much better for you than bullion or store bought stuff.  I would add to this recipe 2 tsp. of turmeric and a 1/4 c. good cider vinegar.  Really, you can throw any veggies that you want to use up into this pot.  Stock doesn’t care.

Mediterranean Chicken Stew - seriously amazing meal.  I switched out the escarole to kale  and the couscous to brown rice.

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Jambalaya - this recipe is perfect the way it is.

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Lentil Taco –  use a healthy oil, use some of your home made turkey stock, and make your own taco seasoning.

lentil taco

Lentil Sloppy Joes – this takes some subbing, but it’s a real favorite at our house.  Use healthy oil, use the “healthy” ketchup (haha) and use ground turkey instead of beef.  We just serve this on the plate with a fork.

i'm not really "healthy" but we all have to make exceptions.

i’m not really “healthy” but we all have to make exceptions.

Salmon Burgers – the only way I actually like salmon- use healthy oil in this recipe.

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Braised Balsamic Chicken

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Black Bean and Tomato Soup

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Vegan Black Bean Burgers- sub egg for corn starch and oat flour for AP, and use GF crumbs

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Sides:

You can always do frozen veggies, sweet potatoes, fresh veggies, fresh or canned fruit in juice, salad, brown rice, quinoa, etc.  But here are some other options:

Quinoa with Veggies

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Grilled Squash

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Roasted Cabbage

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Baked Bananas- use coconut oil and honey in place of butter and sugar

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Roasted Carrots and Zucchini

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Baked Apples with Streusel Topping – what?!  This is totally a side dish.

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Snacks:

Of course, there is always fruit and veggies.  Dried fruit (no sugar added).  Granola/bars. Pop corn (popped in coconut oil.)

 Peanut Butter and Honey Cookies – made these this week and they are delish.

PB cookies

GF Chocolate CHocolate Chip Biscotti – i used a non-hydrogenated shortening instead of butter

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GF Brownies- my absolute, hands-down favorite

brownie

Banana Split Bites- an actually not bad for you snack

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No Bakes – clean eating version

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Maple Roasted Banana Ice Cream

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More recipes I have used, or would like to use are on my pinterest boards : AI Diet Food and Healthy-ish Desserts.

3 thoughts on “Healthy Home Cooking- Some recipes to get you on your way

  1. Thanks for the ideas, Nikki! One question for you- So far I haven’t been able to find coconut oil here. What do you suggest instead? The granola looked really yummy, so I hope you have an idea. :) thanks!

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