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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, Crossover, Dessert, Dinner, Drinks, E, FP, Holiday, Recipe, S, Sauces, Dressings, Sides, Snack, Veggies

My Thanksgiving Picks

Do you know that Thanksgiving is 3 weeks from today! I feel ready and I hope you do too. I have spent the last several weeks gathering and posting recipes here to get ready for the holiday season. Here is what I have gathered.

The first thing on my menu is the turkey of course. I started using a “spatchcock” method for cooking my turkey lately and I highly recommend it! It cooks so much more quickly and evenly. Check out how to Spatchcock a Turkey and get a bonus gravy recipe HERE.

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Here are my picks for the best things to have alongside the bird:

Sweet Potato Casserole (Crossover or E)

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Bean Casserole(XO)

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Green Bean Casserole (E)

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The Best Green Beans (S)

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Loaded Veggie Casserole (S)

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Roasted Veggies (S, E or XO)

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Stuffing (S)

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Cranberry Sauce (FP)

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Mashed Cauliflower (S or FP)

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Rolls

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Broccoli Salad (S)

And for dessert I suggest the following:

Pumpkin Roll (S)

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Coconut Cream Pie (S)

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Pecan Pie (S)

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Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake (S)

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Pumpkin Pie (S)

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Tagalong Pie (S)

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (S)

Berry Crisp (S)

Need some beverage suggestions? Here are my favorites:

Cranberry Wassail (FP)

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Pumpkin Spice Latte or Creamer (S or FP)

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How is your holiday planning going?

FP, Recipe, Sauces, Dressings

Easy Sugar Free Spaghetti Sauce

This recipe came out of necessity the other day when I already had the pasta boiling and I realized that I didn’t have any spaghetti sauce to use! It is super simple and could easily be made in big batches and frozen for future use. Enjoy!

  • 1 28 Ounce Can Tomatoes (Crushed, Diced, Sauce, Whole, anything will work) blended into sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Onion Powder or Dried Minced Onions
  • 1 teaspoon Mineral Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Basil
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 1 “doonk” Pure Stevia Extract (1/32 of a teaspoon)
  • 2 tablespoons gelatin or collagen, optional

Place all ingredients in the blender ~OR~ place all ingredients in a saucepan and use an immersion blender and blend ingredients until smooth.

FODMAP-Free-Spaghetti-Sauce

Put sauce in saucepan and cook over medium low heat until heated through. This can be ready in 5-10 minutes, but if you have a chance to let it simmer for a while I suggest it! Sauces are usually tastier when the flavors have had a chance to “marry” for a while. Add meat if you’d like and serve!

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Cranberry Sauce

If you did what I suggested and stocked up on cranberries to make the Cranberry Wassail then you are going to have plenty of cranberries on hand to make your own cranberry sauce this year instead of buying it out of a can. When you make your own you get all the health benefits of the cranberries and none of the downsides of added sugar and fillers. and it is so easy to do!

Cranberry Sauce ~ THM FP

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bag of whole fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 – 1 cup of xes sweetener or gentle sweet(more or less to taste)
  • 3 doonks stevia
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon or cinnamon stick (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add everything to a saucepan except orange extract and heat ingredients on medium high heat.20181001_174202.jpg
  2. Bring to a boil and stir the cranberries frequently.
  3. Once things are boiling turn the heat down to medium-low. The cranberries will start to pop. See those split skins below?20181001_174948.jpg
  4. Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring and mashing often. The sauce will continue to boil and reduce so keep an eye on it. When your sauce is reduced to your liking, be sure to remove cinnamon stick if you used it. Stir in orange extract.
  5. You now have cranberry sauce that you serve along side your holiday meal. This is a sauce however, not a gel (think more like a chunky applesauce) so if you want it closer to the gel like consistency you are used to you will want to follow one of the options. This recipe makes just over 3 cups of sauce.

Options

  • If you want a chunky sauce with nothing removed from the fruit but you don’t want to have any whole skins left in the sauce you can start by putting the whole cranberries and water in the blender or food processor. Process just until the berries are broken down into chunky pieces but not mush. Put this into the saucepan with all other ingredients except orange extract and follow the rest of the recipe.
  • If you want a less chunky sauce (and to remove the skins) you could push the sauce through a mesh strainer into a bowl. This will leave the skins in the strainer and leave you with a slightly textured sauce.
  • If you want a completely smooth sauce you can use an immersion blender. This is what I chose to do. I just stuck the blender into the pot and blended everything together.20181001_181830.jpg
  • If you want your sauce to gel up even further you can add in 1/4 tsp of glucomannan (whisk in quickly so it does not clump.) Alternatively you could add in 2 tsp of gelatin that you have bloomed in 2 TBSP of water. Below is the texture of mine after I added 1/4 tsp of glucommanan and let it cool in the refrigerator.20181001_185558.jpg

Be sure to keep checking back. I will be posting all of the recipes that I like to have on hand to keep me on track during the upcoming holiday season. I will eventually compile them all into a Holiday Menu post to be published on November 1st.

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Recipe Share – Super Duper Salad Dressing

Looking for a new salad dressing option? How about this Super Duper Dressing from fellow THM blogger Susan Prolio. Her blog is called Nourish and Flourish. This S style dressing is packed with super-food goodness! Check it out!

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