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An Apple A Day

Grab & Go Muffins

I am a big believer of sitting down and eating meals/snacks mindfully, but when you have a family that isn’t always possible.  Having to eat “on-the-go” is sometimes needed in order to keep a tight schedule.  While traditional store bought muffins are pretty much just cupcakes without the frosting, these muffins are oatmeal based and packed with some good stuff! Makes about 12 muffins INGREDIENTS: 5 cups rolled oats 2-3 ripe bananas – mashed 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 2/3 cup water 2 tsp agave or pure raw honey 2 ½ tsp unrefined coconut oil 1 tsp sea salt INSTRUCTIONS: Read More

Cilantro Lime Chickpea Salad

I was visiting a friend recently with my daughter, and she served us the tastiest meal upon our arrival that I had to share!  I’ve made this dish twice already and tastes just as good the next day ;-)  Perfect for vegan and vegetarians or anyone who wants to get in some good vegetable protein! Serves 2-4 depending on portion INGREDIENTS: 1 (15-oz) can chickpeas 2 packed cups raw/fresh spinach ¼ cup sweet onion, finely chopped Juice from 2 limes or 4-5 Tbsp of lime juice ¾ cup fresh cilantro 2 tsp Dijon mustard 1 garlic clove 1 tsp extra Read More

Almond & Apricot Chicken

This chicken recipe goes fantastic with the cilantro lime chickpea dish.  Served it for guests and they WILL be asking for this recipe! The apricot flavor becomes very subtle, so if this isn’t your favorite fruit, still give it a try! You’re welcome :-) Serves 2-4 INGREDIENTS: 2 skinless chicken breasts ½ cup slivered almonds ¾ cup apricot jam/jelly 2 Tbsp soy sauce 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard Salt & pepper for rub INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut chicken breast into small pieces about 1½ inches wide and 2-3 inches long. Lightly salt and pepper chicken and place on Read More

Pineapple Beet Salad

Ever open your frig and wonder what you are going to make lunch because you haven’t made it to the grocery store yet?    On this day I had a pineapple and some beets!  Check this out – YUM! Serves 4  INGREDIENTS: 1 whole fresh pineapple 8 fresh beets 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard 2 Tbsp honey 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar ¼ cup oil  – I used avocado oil Dash of salt and pepper INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash beets but keep the skin on.  This is the secret!  Roast for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or Read More

Swiss Chard Lettuce Wraps

I received a beautiful bunch of Swiss chard in my vegetable box from Mad Organics, my first thought was a crunchy salad.  But then I thought, what about as a wrap?!  I love lettuce wraps but honestly have never made them using Swiss chard and I will tell you, YUM!  Experiment with a combo of ingredients!  As you can see from this “recipe”, I gathered what I had in the frig, but the flavors really worked! Makes 1 wrap INGREDIENTS: 1 large Swiss chard leaf ¼ cup plain hummus 2-3 slices of tomato (depending on size) 1 slice sandwich pickle Read More

Apple Salad

I was first introduced to this salad when I came on board as a sports dietitian for The Core Diet many years ago.  I was like, “why didn’t I think of that?”  Its all ingredients you have probably had in the past, but these flavors and how its prepared (dicing etc…) really gels everything together.  I would recommend making a bigger batch using multiple kinds of apples, but here is a recipe for smaller portions.  Original recipe HERE.  Serves 1-2 INGREDIENTS: 1 apples (Granny smith or Fuji are great) –  cored, and chopped into bite sized pieces ¼ cup seedless Read More

Healthy Freezer-To-Crock-Pot Meal

With the new school year right around the corner, I bet many of you are already getting a little anxious about the fact that your schedules about to get PACKED! Early mornings, packing lunches, athletic practices and games and adding the word “chauffeur” to your resume.  One of my recommended to-do items is preparing some meals to freeze that you can defrost and throw in the crock-pot on nights when preparing and cooking a family meal might seem impossible.  Although there seems to be thousands of websites with recipes for this, most of them are not the “healthiest”.  I scoured Read More

Honey Mustard Chicken Strips

Want a recipe where you don’t need to measure anything?  Try this!  You can’t really screw it up if you put too much or too little… I made a batch of Homemade Honey Mustard dressing last week for a Waldorf Chicken Salad, and wanted to use it for a marinade.  I had 6 skinless chicken breasts in the frig, so I decided to marinade them in the morning and have for dinner that night and leftovers the next day.  They were tasty cold as well! INGREDIENTS: Skinless chicken breasts (as many as desired) Any kind of breadcrumbs* Homemade honey mustard dressing* Read More

Quick & Healthy Honey Mustard Waldorf Salad

Traditionally a Waldorf salad is made from apples, walnuts, celery, and mayonnaise.  But we are going to step it up a notch and make this salad more nutrient dense by replacing the mayo with a homemade honey mustard dressing, and adding more goodies to it. Serves 2-4 INGREDIENTS: 1 can (12.5 oz) canned chicken (or 1.5 cup diced cooked chicken) ½ cup apples, diced ½ cup seedless red grapes, halved ¼ chopped walnuts ½ stalk (about ¼ cup) celery chopped/diced 3 Tbsp homemade honey mustard dressing Whole wheat wrap or lettuce leafs INSTRUCTIONS: Drain chicken and place in large mixing Read More

Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing

I love making homemade dressing and it really is that easy!  Its so much healthier for you as well because it doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup, additives and preservatives.  It will last in the frig for about a week and its very versatile!  Use it for dipping, marinating or on a salad!  Here is one of my top favs: Honey Mustard.  And your kids will love it! You can also purchase one of these. I have one and its so easy to make a variety of dressings.  And no measuring! INGREDIENTS: ½ cup Dijon mustard 3 Tbsp honey ¼ cup Read More