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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Just because a meal is gluten-free, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy

Just because a meal is gluten-free, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy. Many of us have learned this lesson the hard way! The key to a strong and healthy body is maintaining a well balanced diet!
How often have you uttered “I just don’t have the time to make a healthy dinner every night!”? We definitely understand the feeling. Life, kids, work, hobbies; they all pull us in twenty different directions. However, your health, and the health of your family, is an important priority so we are here to help!
This week, set aside time to prepare these three simple suppers for those you love. We hope they inspire you to stop avoiding your neglected kitchen and realize that a healthy meal is only a few effortless steps away!
Have a bea-UDI-ful week! with thanks to http://udisglutenfree.com
Lentil Bolognese

  • 1 cup dried Green Lentils
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 dried Bay Leaf
  • 3 cups Gluten-Free Marinara Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried Oregano
  • teaspoon dried Basil
  • 4 large handfuls Baby Spinach
  • Nutritional Yeast Flakes or Vegan Parmesan Cheese substitute for topping (optional)

  1. Place the lentils, water, and bay leaf in a saucepan over high heat. Bring the water to a boil, partially cover, and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 30-40 minutes, until the lentils are tender and the liquid has been absorbed. Remove the bay leaf.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to the lentils and stir to combine.
  3. Increase the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook about 5 minutes until heated through.
  4. Serve over gluten-free brown rice pasta, quinoa, steamed vegetables, or zucchini “noodles.”

Creamy Turkey & Kale Skillet

  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 1 pound Lean Ground Turkey Breast
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 bunch Green Kale, chopped
  • 1 Tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Sage
  • 1 teaspoon No-Salt Added Poultry Seasoning
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons Low-Sodium Chicken Stock
  • 1/4 cup Low-Fat, or Fat-Free, Sour Cream
Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the turkey, onion, and garlic to the pan and cook until turkey is barely pink.
Add the dried spices, poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper and stir until well combined.
Add the chopped bell pepper, kale, chopped tomato, and chicken stock. Cook down slightly, about 4 minutes.
Remove the skillet from the heat.
Stir in the sour cream until evenly combined.
Let the skillet rest 5 minutes before serving.

  1. Stuffed Acorn Squash with Quinoa and Persimmons
     This is a wonderful dish for any fall occasion.  Full of healthy quinoa and vitamin packed chard, this is not only extremely delicious but full of essential nutrients.  Feel free to substitute your favorite squash for the acorn in this recipe! Either way you’ll end up with a beautiful dish that will impress your dinner table.

    Apple Cinnamon Smoothie
    Smoothies are not the first thing I think of in fall, when the weather starts to cool off.  But, this cinnamon infused smoothie full of fresh, ripe apples is something too good not to try!  For an extra morning punch, try adding a scoop of rice protein to make this a powerhouse of a breakfast.
    See full recipe from The Best of Life here.

    Roasted Cauliflower Pumpkin Swirl Dip
    This recipe is over the top drool worthy.  While it looks intricate and involved, it only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.  Time saving tip: roast the vegetables ahead of time and all you’ll have to do is puree and serve for a healthy veggie based dish.
    See full recipe from Healthy. Happy. Life. here.
    What are some of your favorite fall dishes?

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