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Sunday Food Prep

FoodPrep

Sunday food prep is key for a successful clean eating week.  It takes the thinking out of your meals and assures you are fueling your body with WHOLE FOODS!  Today I prepped: chopped veggies, a cucumber tomato salad (tomatoes & lemon cucumbers from our garden!), a big green salad (napa cabbage, kale, carrots, apple, onion & cucumber), black bean hummus (I am LOVING this on my salads at lunch), homemade granola bars (my go-to breakfast), extra marinated  organic chicken breasts (will go on BBQ at dinner) and not pictured homemade sourdough bread for my hubs & kiddo.

Did this take me all day?  Absolutely NOT!  Probably just over one hour and I make it fun with Charly as she tastes everything I chop, bake etc!  You can add hard boiled eggs, homemade salsa, homemade dressing (I have been using salsa as my dressing) ETC ETC….

Fueling me and my family with WHOLE FOODS is essential.  I make it a priority and when you do this your world will change.  What are you prepping??!!

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Black Bean Hummus

blkbeanhummusMy little sister created this hummus recipe because garbanzo beans or tahini do not work for her gut.  Since they do not work for mine either I thought I would give her recipe a try.  I made a basic version but you can add garlic, spice or whatever you desire.  It’s great as a veggie dip, protein dip (like chicken), a spread like mayo or top your salad with a big dollop.

Ingredients:
1 can organic black beans
Cilantro – I didn’t have fresh so I used organic dried
Juice of 1 lemon
Dash of avocado oil
Salt

Put in your Vitamix or blender, mix & store in a glass container with a lid in the fridge.  It should last about 5-7 days.

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Cucumber Salad = a perfect side dish

vinegarThis cucumber salad was SO refreshing and made for awesome lunch leftovers.  Sometimes I feel burnt out of the same salad so this one mixed things up!!!

Ingredients:
5-6 small organic cucumbers (if you use large 2 is enough)
10-12 organic cherry tomatoes
1/4 onion
1/2 cup ish English peas (trader joe’s in the veggie section)
Balsamic vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt

Chop everything into bowl, pour a bit of balsamic vinegar in, juice of 1 lemon & salt.  Stir and let everything merry for at least a good hour in the fridge before serving.  Store in a glass container for lunch leftovers!!!

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High Protein Banana Muffins!!

muffins3I have snack duty tomorrow at Charly’s preschool so I whipped these up.  They taste so amazing, have no added sweeteners and the 8 eggs make them very high protein!!!  We sprinkled them with sprouted salted sunflower seeds and DF chocolate chips but you can skip the chocolate if you don’t want any added sugar.

Ingredients:
8 ripe bananas
1 cup coconut oil (honestly I forgot this and they are still very moist!)
8 organic eggs
2 tsp vanilla
3 tsp cinnamon
1 cup coconut flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
Pinch of sprouted sunflower seeds for each muffin
Pinch of DF chocolate chips for each muffin (if desired)

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Preheat your oven to 350F.  Add your ingredients (minus the  nuts & chocolate) into your Kitchen Aid or mixing bowl and mix until well combined.  Line your muffin tins, fill them with dough, add a pinch of nuts & chocolate & bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.  Check at 25 min with a toothpick to assure the middle is done.

Thank you Healthy Holistic Living for this recipe!

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Amy Approved No-Bake Easter Cookies!!!

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Someone is SOOOO excited for the Easter bunny to come!!!  Eggs are painted and she is READY!!  Today we decided to whip up some Easter treats that won’t put you or your family into sugar overload.  WARNING – they taste like the Girl Scout samoa cookies – YUMMMMMMY!!!!!!!

Easter1Ingredients:

1/3 cup honey
1 1/2 tbsp organic raw cocoa powder
1/3 cup organic unrefined coconut oil
1/3 cup almond butter (I used crunchy and it’s AMAZING)
1 tsp organic vanilla
2 cups dried, unsweetened coconut

1.  Put honey, cocoa and coconut oil into a medium saucepan over med-high heat.
2.  Bring mixture to a boil.  Boil for 1 minute then remove immediately from the heat.
3.  Stir in the almond butter and vanilla.
4.  Stir in coconut
5.  Scoop by spoonful’s onto parchment paper or bunny molds 🙂  Put into the fridge until they harden.

*Store in fridge (I prefer fridge) or at room temp

Enjoy the Easter holiday with your families!!!!

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Bison over Zucchini Noodles!!

bisonzucchiniThis pasta sauce over zucchini noodles is the perfect LOW CARB comfort food!!!  My husband LOVES it and it makes for great leftovers.

Ingredients:
1 lb bison (Costco)
1 onion
Garlic (as much as you want)
5 ish small zucchini’s
2-3 large mushrooms
10 ish black organic olives
1-2 tsp basil (fresh or organic dried)
1 can organic tomato paste (Costco has one that has ZERO preservatives)
1 zucchini spiralizer (you can buy a simple hand held one at any kitchen store or on amazon)
Salt / pepper

Spiralize the zucchini’s into a colander, sprinkle with salt and let them sit for about 20 minutes.  Use the ends of the zucchini in your sauce.  Brown the chopped onion, garlic and then add the bison and cook until browned.  Add the chopped mushrooms, olives, zucchini pieces, basil, salt & pepper (spices as you desire).  Add in the tomato paste and enough water to make it “saucy”.  Put a lid on and simmer for about 10 min.  If you want your zucchini noodles warm just toss them into a sauce pan with about 1 tsp avocado oil.  Toss them for a few minutes until they are at a desired temperature.

ENJOY!!!
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Amy Approved Breakfast Burrito 🎉👍🏼🎉

My favorite Paleon wraps have been revamped and I am loving these new ones!!!  I do not love eggs for breakfast but lately my body is needing something different so I came up with an egg veggie burrito that I really like.  

Ingredients:

2 organic eggs

2 mushrooms

1/4 cup ish frozen spinach (fresh is great too)

1 mini organic bell pepper 

5-6 organic mini tomatoes (not pictured because I forgot them)

Salt / pepper

Red pepper flakes

Sauté the chopped bell pepper, mushrooms & spinach.  No oil necessary!!!  Whisk your eggs in a bowl & pour them over the sautéed veggies.  Let them cook a minute or so before you scramble them in and then toss in your halved tomatoes.  Season generously and cook until eggs are to your liking.  Pour the contents into your wrap & put the rest into a bowl.  You can top with an organic whole food salsa if you desire.

Let me know what you think!!!  I found the paleo wraps on amazon in a 2 pack.  Sometimes they are available at California Fresh & JJ’s market.


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Sourdough Bread!

breadI make homemade sourdough bread a few times a week for my family. I soak the wheat & do a second rise so it is gluten degraded & tolerated by my toddler who is GF 👍🏼. NO preservatives & it contains live enzymes which are great for your gut!!! Thank you @piratecreech for the amazing starter from Italy!!!!! .  If you would like a starter please let me know!!!

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Quick Dinner Prep 

On Tuesday’s I have to have my dinner prepped so when I walk in the door it’s either ready or I can throw it into the oven.  This quick prep took me 5 minutes.  This morning I took out two packages of organic chicken thighs.  For the prep I took a cake pan & poured organic rice in the bottom (about 1/2 cup) & laid the chicken thighs on top.  I seasoned it with organic garlic salt, pepper & coconut aminos.  Then I topped it with a big head of chopped broccoli (you can use frozen) and a package of chopped mushrooms.  I seasoned the top with salt, put tin foil over the top and put it into the fridge.  1 hour before we eat I will add about 2″ of water and bake with the tin foil on for 50-60 min.  I take off the foil about 10 minutes before it’s done to brown the top.  The meal makes for a clean dinner & amazing lunch leftovers.  I try & skip the rice at dinner (ok I have a tiny bit…) but have a hearty half cup with my lunch.

Clean eating is NOT hard.  Keep it simple & stick to WHOLE FOODS!

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EASY Salad!!

img_7986.jpgCall me lazy but this bagged salad has become a staple in my house.  It’s fresh, chopped, GREEN & is NOT boring!!!  I typically always have a big salad chopped up & ready to go in my fridge but lately this has taken it’s place.  I buy two bags at a time from either Costco or Smart & Final.  It comes with a poppy seed dressing that is NOT Amy Approved so I always have my honey mustard made up or olive oil & vinegar ready.

Dressing:
Avocado or olive oil
Local raw organic honey
Organic mustard
Salt
Juice of a lemon

Put everything into a glass container, mason jar or glass dressing jar, shake & serve.  It will last for weeks in your fridge.

There are NO excuses to skip your greens.  If you make your family grass fed burgers on a bun, skip your bun & fill your plate with the burger patty, salad, honey mustard dressing, Bubbies Sauerkraut, mustard & the burgers toppings.

Happy MOTIVATIONAL Monday!!!

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