We started eating “all-natural” or “whole foods” a little over a year ago. I dropped 10 pounds in two months even though most of my meals contained butter. I didn’t really notice a difference in energy or anything, but I felt better knowing I wasn’t putting so much high-fructose corn syrup into my body, because that crap makes everything taste like heaven.
All of these are on my Pinterest page, so you can click on the pic and get to the recipe. And I’d love to know if you try one and like it. If you don’t like it, I don’t want to hear about it. I’m too fragile.
Overnight Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal – My kids love this recipe. I make it the night before, then throw it in the oven in the morning for 30 minutes. Done!
Giant Breakfast Cookies – I’m not sure why these are called “breakfast” cookies other than to give you an excuse to eat these at breakfast. I have no problem with that.
Scrambled Egg Muffins – These are cute and fun. My family really enjoys these and they’re easy.
Lemon Kale Chips – This recipe shocked me. Kale sounds disgusting, but I LOVE these chips. If you want to get kale in your diet, try these.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie – I have this on most days at lunch or right after lunch. This took the place of Cherry Pepsi for me. I struggled to get through an afternoon without a CP. Now, I just drink this. Tastes like a chocolate shake, but it’s healthy.
Salmon Patties – I was trying to get more fish into our diets, but fish can be expensive, especially salmon. So, I found this recipe using canned salmon. I had never used canned salmon before, so I was hesitant, but these are great. I add garlic and 1 t. of Old Bay seasoning to the recipe. Then I make some Dill Sauce to go with it (I have no idea where I got this recipe, I hand-wrote it on a sticky note):
1/4 c. mayonnaise
1/4 c. greek yogurt 2 scallions (I use minced onion because I’m lazy like that)
1 T. lemon juice
1 T. fresh dill Pepper to taste
Mexican Taco Stew – I just had left-overs of this for lunch. This is a meal in a pot. I stir in 2 c. of cooked brown rice at the end. I use this taco seasoning recipe when it calls for taco seasoning. It’s a little spicy for my kids, but they still love it and eat it and just pant after water.
Black-Bottom Maple Pumpkin Pie – This is a pumpkin pie sweetened with maple syrup instead of sugar. “Black Bottom” = chocolate. My sister, who doesn’t like pumpkin pie, liked this one. I use canned pumpkin for this. I’m not crazy.
Salted Coconut Bark
1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup Shredded unsweetened coconut
1T. Coarse sea salt (divided 1 t. and 2 t.)
Melt the chocolate in the microwave. Stir in 1 t. of the salt and most of the coconut, leaving some for sprinkling on top. Spread chocolate mixture on a jelly roll pan lined with wax paper. Sprinkle with remaining coconut and salt. Put in the freezer until hard. Lick the bowl.
The salted coconut bark caused me to gain that 10 pounds back that I lost last year. Probably because I eat two GIANT pieces every night. I don’t have a muffin top, I have a salted-coconut-bark top.
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If you want a fun way to eat these foods, check out our Goofy Dinner Nite.
And don’t be giving me a hard time if some of these aren’t strictly “all-natural”. I’m not a chef or a dietitian…wait, I did get my degree in nutrition. Never mind. Just don’t give me any crap.
These recipes can be found on my Pinterest board at http://www.pinterest.com/KateWhineHall/pinterest-recipes-i-ve-tried-and-liked/.