Grown-Up Chicken Nuggets

January 23rd, 2019 | no comments

Who says chicken nuggets are just for kids?

Confession: I used to eat the highly processed veggie “chicken” nuggets years ago, thinking I was doing a good thing. Then I realized just how processed they were. I would’ve seriously been better off eating traditional frozen chicken nuggets.

I love contributing to the recipe section of my weekly posts. It really helps me stretch and find upgraded ways to fulfill the desire for “comfort foods”. Thank goodness for brilliant minds skilled at crafting nutritious and delicious recipes. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be able to share these ideas with you. The original recipe for Grown-Up Chicken Nuggets comes from www.wholesomeyum.com. 

For even more fun, dip your nuggets in Homemade Ketchup instead of the store-bought variety. It’s easy to make and so much better for you! 

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Grown-Up Chicken Nuggets
Thank goodness for brilliant minds skilled at crafting nutritious and delicious recipes. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't be able to share these ideas with you. The original recipe for Grown-Up Chicken Nuggets comes from www.wholesomeyum.com. This recipe uses only six ingredients, plus some spices! If you don't prefer heat, simply omit the cayenne. 0 Earthfoods per serving.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings (4 nuggets)
Ingredients
  • 2 medium skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp. Sea salt
  • 1/4 cup Chosen Foods Avocado Mayo
  • 1 tsp. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2-4 tbsp. avocado oil I like Chosen Foods
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings (4 nuggets)
Ingredients
  • 2 medium skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp. Sea salt
  • 1/4 cup Chosen Foods Avocado Mayo
  • 1 tsp. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2-4 tbsp. avocado oil I like Chosen Foods
Instructions
  1. Fill a large bowl with water and two tablespoons of sea salt. Place chicken in the water and let it sit for at least 10 minutes. Drain and pat chicken dry. Cut the chicken into nugget-size pieces.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and vinegar. In another bowl, mix the almond flour with 1/2 tsp. sea salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper and garlic powder. Using a basting brush, coat each piece of chicken in a thin layer of the mayonnaise mixture, then press into the flour mixture.
  3. Heat avocado oil in a skillet over medium-high heat (2 tbsp. per batch) and cook the nuggets in a single layer about 2-3 minutes per side until golden. You will have to cook about two batches or more depending on the size of your nuggets.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (4 nuggets)Calories: 220Total Fat: 18 g; Saturated Fat: 2 g; Sodium: 345 mg; Potassium: 80 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 3 g; Dietary fiber: 2 g; Net Carbohydrates: 1 gram; Sugar: 0 g; Protein: 13 g

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Homemade Ketchup

January 16th, 2019 | no comments

I dare you to find a ketchup without added sugar. Most on the market are made with some form of refined sugar- the worst being high fructose corn syrup. And those labeled “sugar-free” or “no sugar added” are made with…yes, you guessed it- artificial sweeteners like sucralose.

This is why it’s so important to read the ingredient list!

This homemade ketchup recipe is pretty simple. It uses only a handful of ingredients and is sweetened with raw honey instead of white table sugar (like most recipes out there). 

Compared to other sweeteners, raw honey has a lower glycemic index, so it is gentler on your blood sugar. It also contains valuable vitamins, mineral, and enzymes. 

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Homemade Ketchup
This homemade ketchup recipe is pretty simple. It uses only a handful of ingredients and is sweetened with raw honey instead of white table sugar (like most recipes out there). 0 Earthfoods per serving
Course Spreads
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
tablespoons
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 small onion
Course Spreads
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
tablespoons
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 small onion
Instructions
  1. Puree garlic and onion in food processor until smooth. You will have to stop and scrape the sides several times. Keep processing until completely pureed and no bits remain (l left mine with a tiny bit of texture and actually like it better!)
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine tomato paste, honey, water, apple cider vinegar, salt, and garlic and onion mixture. Whisk until smooth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat, cover with a lid and let cool. Transfer to an airtight container and store in refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (1 tablespoon)Calories: 20Total Fat: 0 g; Saturated Fat: 0 g; Sodium: 120 mg; Potassium: 50 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 5 g; Dietary fiber: 0 g; Net Carbohydrates: 5 grams; Sugar: 4 g (all from added sugar); Protein: 0 g

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Roasted Eggplant Salad with Toasted Almonds

August 9th, 2018 | no comments

Have you ever purchased a vegetable that you don’t typically buy, only to bring it home and wonder what the heck to do with it? Ha, ha…so I’m not alone here, that’s refreshing!

I was recently captivated by the beautiful, locally-grown eggplant on display at my local grocery store. They were seriously straight out of a magazine. Gorgeous, deep purple skin that simply glistening under the bright lights. In my cart it went. And in my refrigerator it sat… for five days. 

Thank God for creative people who love to cook. I went on a search for a roasted eggplant recipe that wasn’t eggplant parmesan. Faith Durand from The Kitchn saved the day with this recipe.

I altered the recipe just a bit and topped each portion with a couple ounces of pulled rotisserie chicken. It was phenomenal AND tasted even better the second day. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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Roasted eggplant salad with toasted almonds
Have you ever purchased a vegetable that you don't typically buy, only to bring it home and wonder what the heck to do with it? I went on a search for a roasted eggplant recipe that wasn't eggplant parmesan. Faith Durand from The Kitchn saved the day with this recipe. I altered a few of the ingredients and the result was AMAZING! 4 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥♥
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 large eggplants, diced into 1-inch pieces
  • Sea salt
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos
  • 1 cup flat parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled and divided
  • 1/4 cup scallions, finely chopped
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 large eggplants, diced into 1-inch pieces
  • Sea salt
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos
  • 1 cup flat parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled and divided
  • 1/4 cup scallions, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 400°F. Place cut eggplant in large bowl and sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Set aside while making the marinade.
  2. Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, honey, smoked paprika, and cumin. Dab away any extra water that has beaded up on the eggplant and toss with the marinade. Stir in the garlic. Spread the eggplant on a large baking sheet, lined with parchment paper and slide onto a rack placed in the center of the oven. Roast at 400°F for 40 minutes, or until very tender and slightly browned. (Stir every 15 minutes and check after 30 minutes to make sure it isn't burning.) Remove from the oven and cool slightly.
  3. While eggplant is roasting, toast almonds in either a toaster oven or stove-top in a skillet. If using the skillet method, heat nuts in skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes or until golden brown and give off a rich, toasty fragrance. Stir frequently for even toasting. Allow to cool slightly and chop nuts into small pieces.
  4. Whisk together lemon juice and liquid aminos. Return the eggplant to the bowl and toss with the lemon juice mixture. Stir in the parsley leaves, toasted almonds, and most of the goat cheese, reserving a little.
  5. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle remaining goat cheese and scallions on top.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 425Total Fat: 33 g; Saturated Fat: 7 g; Sodium: 475 mg; Potassium: 910 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 29 g; Dietary fiber: 10 g; Net Carbohydrates: 19 grams; Sugar: 15 g (4 grams added sugar from the raw honey); Protein: 11 g

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Sleep Tight Tonic

June 21st, 2018 | no comments

There’s something about the combination of apple cider vinegar and honey that creates a sedative effect in the body. Here’s how it works:

Apple cider vinegar (I like Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar)  releases tryptophan in the body, which is an essential amino acid that can be converted into serotonin. Serotonin— known as the “happy chemical”— is an important neurotransmitter that regulates mood and sleep. 

Honey releases serotonin, which the body converts into melatonin, a chemical compound that regulates the length and quality of sleep. Use raw honey when possible, as it contains more vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients than processed honey. 

The combination of the two, mixed in a hot cup of water, makes for a perfect relaxing evening tonic. Drink it as part of your nightly bedtime ritual and soon you will be sound asleep.

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Sleep Tight Tonic
The combination of raw honey and raw apple cider vinegar mixed in a hot cup of water, makes for a perfect relaxing evening tonic. Drink it as part of your nightly bedtime ritual and soon you will be sound asleep.
Course Tonics
Prep Time 3 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. raw honey
  • 6-8 ounces hot water
Course Tonics
Prep Time 3 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. raw honey
  • 6-8 ounces hot water
Instructions
  1. Stir vinegar and honey into hot water and sip until sleepy!
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Better-for-YOU Potato Salad

June 13th, 2018 | no comments

When I have a taste for one of my traditional favorites (i.e. potato salad) I like to go on the hunt for a nutritionally-upgraded recipe. At the end of the day, I want something that tastes good AND is good for me. After all, my body is my residence…and who wants to live in a messy house?

Traditional potato salad is made with soybean, canola, corn, or safflower oil- based mayonnaise. These oils are highly processed and create an inflammatory state in the body. Even those boasting of claims such as “made with avocado oil/olive oil” are still merely blends of those oils along with soybean and/or canola oils. They also contain hidden sugar and preservatives! Check out the nutrition label of Hellmann’s Avocado Oil Mayonnaise and Hellmann’s Mayonnaise with Olive OIl. Pretty sad if you ask me. The same goes for the Kraft brand of “mayo”. 

My favorite healthy oils are: extra virgin olive oil, unrefined coconut oil, and avocado oil.

I found this recipe for potato salad using homemade mayonnaise made with avocado oil (you could also use extra virgin olive oil). I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make this mayo….it literally took me less than five minutes!

This recipe suggests using a stick blender (also known as an immersion blender) and blending the ingredients in a mason jar. I totally concur, as I attempted the first round using my regular blender and it didn’t emulsify. Immersion blenders are relatively inexpensive– I paid $35 for my Cuisinart Smart Stick Blender at Bed Bath & Beyond. 

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Better-for-YOU Potato Salad
A simple red skin potato salad (with skin intact) made with homemade avocado oil-based mayonnaise. You can fancy this recipe up a bit by adding chopped hard boiled egg, carrots, and red peppers, along with a scoop or two of cooked lentils or black beans. 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound red skin potatoes
  • 1/3 cup homemade avocado oil mayo You could also use Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Mayo
  • 1 tsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 tsp. fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. fresh chives, finely chopped
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound red skin potatoes
  • 1/3 cup homemade avocado oil mayo You could also use Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Mayo
  • 1 tsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 tsp. fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. fresh chives, finely chopped
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place the potatoes in a pot and cover with cold water. Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil, remove the lid, season liberally with salt and let the potatoes cook for about 15-20 minutes or until fork tender. Drain the potatoes and let them cool completely.
  2. While the potatoes are boiling, prepare mayonnaise (see NOTES section below for recipe). Whisk together the prepared mayo, yellow mustard, apple cider vinegar, celery, onion, dill, and chives.
  3. Once the potatoes are cooled completely cut them into cubes and add them to the dressing. Gently toss to coat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes before serving.
Recipe Notes

Click HERE for homemade mayonnaise recipe!

Nutrition Facts: Calories: 220Total Fat: 14 g; Saturated Fat: 2 g; Sodium: 140 mg; Potassium: 580 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 22 g; Dietary fiber: 4 g; Net Carbohydrates: 18 grams; Sugar: 2 g (no added sugar); Protein: 2 g

 

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Lentil, Quinoa & Kimchi Salad

April 25th, 2018 | no comments

Earlier this week I was doing some serious scrambling for dinner. The refrigerator was full of food but I was empty of motivation. So what did I come up with? Olives, roasted broccoli, and slices of Gouda cheese. Yeah, I know…pitiful, right?

Then I remembered the containers of cooked lentils and quinoa in the refrigerator– these are weekly staples in the Jatsek household, as I like to have them on hand to add as quick nutrition-boosters to salads and even omelets.

I grabbed the jar of Wake Robin Kickin’ Kimchi and what I came up with was a surprisingly tasty and nutritious side salad brimming with protein, fiber, and probiotics! 

Lentil, Quinoa & Kimchi Salad makes for a great side dish or a standalone lunch. I’m sure you will love it! 

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Lentil, Quinoa & Kimchi Salad
Thanks to the addition of just a couple spoonfuls of kimchi, this little salad packs a flavorful punch! Kimchi is a staple in Korean cuisine. A blend of fermented daikon radish, carrot, onion, bok choi, apple, red pepper, ginger and garlic, kimchi is a wonderful source of friendly bacteria, called probiotics. This recipe is vegan, dairy free, and gluten free. 2 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup lentils, cooked
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1/4 cup raw unsalted pepitas (pumpkin seeds), toasted
  • 1/4 cup kimchi Wake Robin Kickin' Kimchi
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup lentils, cooked
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1/4 cup raw unsalted pepitas (pumpkin seeds), toasted
  • 1/4 cup kimchi Wake Robin Kickin' Kimchi
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook lentils and quinoa according to package directions. Boil an entire bag of lentils and extra quinoa and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use throughout the week in soups, sauces, salads, casseroles, and omelets!
  2. Toast pumpkin seeds in toaster oven or in a skillet over medium heat until golden brown. Be careful because they can burn quickly!
  3. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix thoroughly until combined. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 285Total Fat: 10 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Sodium: 125 mg; Potassium: 195 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 38 g; Dietary fiber: 10 g; Net Carbohydrates: 28 grams; Sugar:  3 g; Protein: 13 g

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Anti-Inflammatory Breakfast Bread

November 15th, 2017 | no comments

Bread can be a real issue when you are trying to watch your blood sugar. That’s why I was so excited to stumble upon this recipe from Jenny Carr’s cookbook, Peace of Cake. I added a little ground cinnamon to the batter to give it more of a breakfast flare. You could also add chopped walnuts for a little bit of crunch!

This bread is one of my favorite go-to breakfasts because it really keeps me full…especially if I top it with fresh ground almond butter, mashed avocado, or Kerrygold grass fed butter! Seriously yummy.

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Anti-Inflammatory Breakfast Bread
This recipe was slightly adapted from Jenny Carr's cookbook, Peace of Cake. It is free from grains, gluten, and dairy, and rich in healthy fats like coconut oil, fresh ground almond butter, and milled flaxseeds. A perfect bread to keep your blood sugar in check! Enjoy! 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35-40 minutes
Servings
slices
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup fresh ground almond butter
  • 6 organic free-range eggs I like Pete & Gerry's
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh ground flaxseeds
  • 3 tbsp. coconut flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey (optional)
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35-40 minutes
Servings
slices
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup fresh ground almond butter
  • 6 organic free-range eggs I like Pete & Gerry's
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh ground flaxseeds
  • 3 tbsp. coconut flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch by 4-inch loaf pan with parchment paper and grease the parchment paper with coconut oil.
  2. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until eggs get frothy (about 20-30 seconds).
  3. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes. Then remove bread from pan by pulling up on the parchment paper. Set on wire rack to cool until room temperature.
  5. Slice into 10-12 slices and store in sealed container in your refrigerator. Top with fresh ground almond butter or mashed avocado. You could also use as a sandwich bread!
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