Beverages, Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Drinks, E, FP, Lunch, Recipe, S, Sauces, Dressings, Sides, Snack, Veggies

Recipe Roundup ~~ Quick and Easy to the Rescue!

So, this is me from now until June 7th… Vacation Bible School is coming up fast and I’m the director. Running on fumes for sure! This is the time when having your auto-pilot be on – plan, healthy choices is what saves you. Chaos means it’s even more important to fuel your body with good food!

It is easy to go off the rails in times of business and stress. So much going on makes the desire to not have to think about what you are going to eat very enticing. It’s just a short period of time, right? How bad can it be? But the truth is, times of stress are the MOST important times to foucs hard on making wise choices. When your body and mind are under extra stress they need extra nourishment. But how do you do that when you just don’t have any time?

One thing that makes busy times easier to get through is being consitent in the “easy” times. Practicing the habit of eating well normally makes it your “auto-pilot”. When you are used to eating healthy foods on a normal basis they will be your go to when you aren’t really thinking about it. It really is about developing habits. When everything seems to be whirling around you, you will reach for what you are in the habit of reaching for.

Another thing that makes good choices easier is having an arsenal of quick and easy ideas. I asked my blogger friends to hit me up with their favorite, quick and easy meals for times like these. They came through with over 50 recipes for everything from snacks to full meals! I hope that you will enjoy this list and make use of it in your busy seasons.

Diane at Early to Bed Early to Rise suggested these two E Breakfast Recipes: Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal and Overnight Stuffed French Toast.

Josi at Yellow Glass Dish invites you to give her Asian Chicken Salad or Sausage and Brussel Sprouts Sheet Pan Dinner a try!

Dawn at Oh Sweet Mercy has a round of of 40+ quick THM snacks for you to choose from including her own Perfect Pinwheels.

Glenda at Around The Family Table suggests Nicaraguan Rice and Beans with Cabbage Salad, Baked Mac and Cheese and a Mint Chocolate Chip Okra Shake.

Taryn at Joy Filled Eats encourages you to try Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs with Lemon & Garlic, Pesto Salmon, Keto Mug Cake, Healthy Granola and Bacon Ranch Easy Keto Chicken Salad.

Rena at An Ordinary Housewife offers up THM Friendly Jambalaya and Gluten Free Beef Stroganoff for you to try!

And finally, I’d like to share a simple salad dressing recipe I put together last week. Salads are always a quick and easy go to for me in busy seasons. I am a creamy dressing fan with bleu cheese dressing being my favorite and ranch playing second runner up. I don’t always want to go super heavy on my dressing however. In fact, I often thin my store bought dressings with quite a bit of water so that the flavor of the dressing coats every bit without having to load up with tons of dressing. This dressing I kind of stumbled into and the nice thing about it is you can easily keep it FP or make it a nice S dressing just by changing the amounts in the recipe! I decided to add some goat’s cheese to a ranch style base to bring me closer to the bleu cheese feel.

Goat’s Cheese Ranch Dressing ~~ THM S or FP

Author: myhealthyjourneyforlife

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Goat's Cheese Crumbled
  • 1/4 c Mayonaisse
  • 1 c double fermented kefir
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp mineral salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried minced onion
  • 1/4 tsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients together and whisk well to incorporate. Taste is best after flavors have had a chance to meld for several hours.

Notes

As written this dressing has 1.5g of fat per TBSP so you can have up to 3 TBSP in any meal type as long as it is your ONLY fat souce in E or FP.
You can lighten this recipe even further by leaving out the mayo and substituting more double fermented kefir or 0% Greek Yogurt. 
If you do not have kefir, 0% Greek yogurt can be used instead, but water or almond milk may need to be used to thin the mixture.
If you desire to make a richer S dressing you can increase the mayo and/or Goat’s cheese amount in the recipe.
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Beverages, Recipe

How to Make Kombucha

Kombucha is one of my favorite drinks! It is something I never would have imagined myself liking, much less making, but now it is something that is constantly being made at my house. There are different ways to make kombucha. You can make it an individual batches or you can make it in a continuous brew method. Today I am going to show you the individual batch method. I make kombucha a gallon at a time every couple of weeks because I am the only one who drinks it. If you have more people in your house who drink it then you may want to increase this amount. If you find that you do not go through a gallon in a couple weeks you may want to make less.

What You Will Need

  • Kombucha Scoby
  • Starter Tea
  • Filtered water
  • Tea bags
  • Sugar
  • 2 glass mason jars
  • Coffee filters
  • Rubber band
  • Kombucha bottles

The Process

For your first ferment

  • Brew tea and add 3/4 – 1 cup of sugar.
  • Fill your clean jar about 3/4 of the way full with tea and filtered water.
  • Add your scoby and at least a cup of starter tea. If there is still room in the jar, top with more filtered water to reach the neck of the jar, leaving some head space.
  • Cover jar with coffee filter and place in a cabinet or pantry for 10-14 days.

For your second ferment

  • Remove scoby and 1-2 cups of kombucha tea from your jar and place in a bowl (this will be used to start another first ferment process).
  • Place fruit of your choice into your kombucha bottles (I use 2 tbs of blueberries).
  • Fill bottles with kombucha tea all the way to the neck of the bottles.
  • Tightly cap each bottle.
  • Place bottles in a pantry or cabinet for 3 days.
  • Now your kombucha is ready to drink. Store in the refrigerator until ready to consume.

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Beverages, E, FP, Recipe, S

How to Make Milk Kefir

I wanted to make a video showing you the process I use to make milk kefir each day. It is so easy to make this healthy drink! Don’t be intimidated just because it is something you’ve never done. Get some kefir grains and enjoy all that kefir has to offer!

Because the zooms on the video are somewhat blurry I wanted to show you some pictures of what kefir looks like. The first photo is of the kefir. The second photo is of the grains themselves. Also, please note that while I show the process in quart jars you can do this with more or less milk depending on your needs.

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Beverages, Drinks, Holiday, Recipe, S

Egg Nog ~ THM S

Holiday parties demand holiday beverages, and no beverage screams holiday more than egg nog! This rich, sweet drink is sure to please everyone at your gathering. It is super simple to make and I challenge you to find someone who doesn’t like it just as well as it’s sugary store bought counterpart.

You Will Need:

Egg Nog ~ THM S

Classic holiday special drink. Make it extra rich and creamy by subbing half of the nut milk for half and half.
Author: myhealthyjourneyforlife

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup xes sweetener or THM Gentle Sweet
  • 1/4 teaspoon mineral salt
  • 4 cups almond or cashew milk divided
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Additional nutmeg optional

Instructions

  • In a heavy saucepan, whisk together eggs, sweetener and salt. Gradually add 2 cups of the nut milk; cook and stir often over low heat until a thermometer reads 160°-170°, about 15 minutes. Do not allow to boil. Immediately transfer to a large bowl.
  • Stir in vanilla, nutmeg and remaining nut milk. Place bowl in an ice-water bath, stirring until milk mixture is cool. (If mixture separates, process in a blender until smooth.) Refrigerate, covered, until cold, at least 3 hours.
  • To serve, beat cream until soft peaks form. Whisk gently into cooled milk mixture. If desired, sprinkle with additional nutmeg before serving. This produces a thick creamy layer that rises to the top somewhat. If you don’t want that you can skip beating the cream and just add it, unbeaten, into the drink mix. This will produce a thick drink with a more storebought type consistency.

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Beverages, Motivation, Words of Encouragement Wednesday

Words of Encouragement Wednesday ~ Water

We know we need it. We know it is good for us. But for some reason it is such a discipline to get it done!

We need to drink more water! (I’m preaching to myself here!) I know I feel better when I drink water all day long, I know it’s good for me and yet still I struggle!

Today the Butterfly Institute posted this little gem and I wanted to share it with you:

Tip of the day: Drink 16oz of water right after you wake up. Water fires up your metabolism, hydrates you, helps your body flush out toxins, gives your brain fuel, and may even make you eat less.

That’s some great info! And it gives me an action plan! I always get up and have a cup of coffee straight off. Well now I’m going to make my cup of coffee my reward for my 16oz of water! And hopefully that first glass of water will set up my “thirst” for water the rest of the day.

What are your water drinking tips? Also, if you haven’t heard of the Butterfly Institute you should go and check them out!

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