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Healthy Vegetarian Chili

October 1st, 2014 by | No Comments

We know it can seem like a hearty vegetarian recipe is hard to find, but this pumpkin chili is so fulfilling, it’ll make you forget there isn’t any meat.  The pumpkin adds a rich fall flavor and the combo of kidney and northern beans add a protein packed punch.  And a nice bonus?  Adding lean, ground turkey or chicken is easy and delicious if you feel inclined so you get a healthy win either way!

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Ingredients

 2 15 oz cans of great northern beans

1 15 oz can of kidney beans

1 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree

1 onion, chopped

4 cloves of garlic, minced

½ tbsp chili powder

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp black pepper

1 tsp oregano

3 cups vegetable broth

1 tsp. olive oil

Salt to taste

Optional

2 lbs lean, ground meat (cook with the onion and garlic)

3 cups chicken broth instead of vegetable broth

Directions

1. Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil for about 4-5  minutes or until mostly white.

2. Pour the beans, pumpkin, spices and broth into a large pot or crock pot.

3. Mix in the onion and garlic into the pot and let simmer or if in crockpot set on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours.

4. Garnish with your favorite chili toppings, we love avocado, a little bit of cheese, and a slice of homemade bread!

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Pack a Healthy Lunch

September 26th, 2014 by | No Comments

To make sure your child’s lunch ends up in their stomach and not the trash, we’ve put together this quick and easy chart! All you have to do is pick one item from each category and you’ve go the perfect meal. When you offer a variety of foods in each lunch, these school kids will never get sick of your meals. Another great way to make sure your kids are eating their meals is to get them in the kitchen with you, having them help out will make them even more excited to eat their creations!

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Healthy Pumpkin Pie Spice Granola

September 22nd, 2014 by | 1 Comment

Kids are back in school and leaves are starting to change which means one thing…we’re headed into the holiday blitz season. That also means we’re headed into oh so many delicious but not so nutritious treats season.  Luckily we’re here to help you get through the next few months with recipes that will be heavy on the delicious, but light on the ingredients.

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Healthy Pumpkin Pie Spice Granola Ingredients 

3 cups oats

3/4 cup roasted pumpkin seeds

1/3 cup flax seeds

1/2 cup sliced almonds (or any nut of your choice)

1/4 cup coconut oil in liquid state

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 tbs pumpkin pie spice

2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup golden raisins

Directions

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl mix together your oats, almonds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and spices.

In a smaller bowl, combine your maple syrup, coconut oil & pumpkin puree. Whisk together until well combined.

Add your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and stir until your oats mixture is completely coated. Spread out evenly on your baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake for about 25-35 minutes until golden brown, tossing occasionally so the granola browns evenly.

Remove from oven, toss in dried fruit and allow to cool completely. If you want to make it a little more of a treat, add 1 cup dark chocolate chips.

Store in an airtight container and enjoy (note that granola wont be crisp until cooled).

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