Red Bean and Lentil Casserole

Red Bean and Lentil CasseroleIs there anything better this time of year than a homemade casserole, hot from the oven? The comforting aroma and the heart-warming enjoyment of that first, delicious bite stay with you for days to come.

This fiber-filled casserole is simple to make, contains many vital nutrients and delivers a wonderful flavor that only gets better when enjoyed the next day for lunch. It’s a fantastic way to learn how to make and enjoy sprouted lentils – which are highly nutritious. Enjoy!

 

Servings: 8

Here’s what you need

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • ½ cup dry sprouted lentils, such as Puy or green
  • 2 ½ cups low-sodium, organic vegetable broth
  • 1 large cooking apple such as Granny Smith or Macintosh, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 1 (14oz) can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 (15oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease a 9×13 casserole pan with olive oil.
  2. Heat the olive oil gently in a large saucepan, add onion and garlic, and cook for five minutes until the onions are translucent.
  3. Add lentils and stir, then add vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes.
  4. Add the peppers, basil, apple, white-wine, shaved Parmesan cheese, and canned tomatoes and mix well.
  5. Transfer the mixture to and sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top. Cook in oven for 30 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately, or freeze remaining portions in individual servings.

Nutritional Analysis

260 calories, 3g fat, 335mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate, 10g fiber, and 18g protein.

I hope that you get a chance to give this recipe a try this week. Remember that I’m only a call or email away to assist you in all things fitness. And if you are not yet one of my prized clients then call or email me now to set up your first workout – I’d love to help you achieve your best body ever!

 

Buttery Brined Salmon Filets

Brining is a wonderful method for fast, flavorful salmon fillets. The cool thing about this quick brine is that it only takes 15 minutes. Let the fillets

Buttery Brined Salmon Filets

brine while you heat up the grill, set the table, and prepare a salad.

 

Why’d I call these fillets “buttery” when there is no butter involved? This you’ll understand once you take that first bite – the buttery quality of the brined salmon is impossible to miss. And it’s oh so enjoyable! I recommend making enough to enjoy leftovers the next day.

 

Servings: 4

Here’s what you need

  • 8 cups water
  • ½ cup kosher (coarse) salt
  • 1 Tablespoon cracked black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 4 (6oz) salmon fillets, skins on
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine the water, kosher salt, black pepper and lemon zest. Whisk until the salt has dissolved. Add the salmon fillets and let soak for 15 minutes. Remove from the water and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. In a small bowl combine the teaspoon of sea salt with the teaspoon of black pepper.
  3. Place a large, nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Sprinkle half of the salt and pepper mixture over the skillet and add the salmon fillets, skin side down. Cook until the salmon skins are browned and crispy, about 8 minutes, and sprinkle the remaining salt and pepper mixture over the tops of the fillets. Flip the fillets and cook for an additional 8 minutes, until flaky and done. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Nutrition

al Analysis

274 calories, 12g fat, 2g carbohydrate, 0g sugar, 564mg sodium, 1g fiber, and 40g protein.

I hope that you get a chance to give this recipe a try this week. Remember that I’m only a call or email away to assist you in all things fitness. And if you are not yet one of my prized clients then call or email me now to set up your first workout – I’d love to help you achieve your best body ever!

 

Cinnamon Baked Mini Pumpkins

Here’s a recipe to use those little decorative pumpkins that fill the market this time of year. It’s possible to turn these pumpkins into a quick and yummy dessert.

Cinnamon Baked PumpkinHere’s the sweet and creamy dessert recipe for baking small pumpkins with coconut oil, cinnamon and a touch of coconut sugar. Eat this wholesome dessert instead of all that seasonal candy to stay on track with your fitness goals!

 

Servings: 1

Here’s what you need

  • 1 mini baking pumpkin
  • ½ teaspoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
  • sprinkle of ground cinnamon
  • sprinkle of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Fill a small casserole pan with ¼ inch of water.
  2. Carefully cut the top off the pumpkin, so that you can set the top back on for baking. Scrape out the seeds and pulp.
  3. Pour the melted coconut oil into the pumpkin. Sprinkle with the coconut sugar, cinnamon and sea salt. Place the top back on the pumpkin and put into the casserole pan of water.
  4. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until really tender. Enjoy!

Nutritional Analysis

119 calories, 3g fat, 24g carbohydrate, 12g sugar, 246mg sodium, 7g fiber, and 3g protein.

I hope that you get a chance to give this recipe a try this week. Remember that I’m only a call or email away to assist you in all things fitness. And if you are not yet one of my prized clients then call or email me now to set up your first workout – I’d love to help you achieve your best body ever!

Bone Broth, Doctors orders for Cancer Patients

Bone Broth Nutrition: The Perfect Food for Cancer Patients?

Bone broth is very high in both protein and nutrients, and while good for everyone, may be exceptionally beneficial for people with cancer.

Cancer patients who undergo conventional cancer treatments (surgery, chemo, and radiation) often experience a range of issues that impact eating. These can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, tiredness, sore mouth and/or throat, dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, loss of appetite, and changes in taste and smell of food.

After surgery, for example, the body requires extra calories and protein for wound healing and recovery. However, this is also when most cancer patients have pain and feel tired and often don’t feel up to eating. Bone broth is the perfect solution because it provides maximum nutrition in an easy to swallow form that is easily digested and soothing to the digestive system. This is in contrast to many other foods (especially solids) which can be difficult to fully break down.

The broth can be sipped alone, or turned into a base for soup to which you can add other cancer-fighting ingredients (i.e. organic vegetables, turmeric root, ginger, etc). For cancer patients who are experiencing a change in taste (or have lost their sense of taste) due to chemotherapy or radiation, herbs and spices can be easily added to enhance the flavor of the bone broth and make it more palatable.

Bone Broth Supports a Healthy Immune System

One of the most remarkable benefits of bone broth is its gut supportive benefits. This provides a holistic effect on the body which even supports healthy immune system function.

Leaky gut occurs when undigested particles from foods seep through tiny openings in the weakened intestinal lining and enter the bloodstream. The immune system detects these particles and becomes hyperactive which in turn increases inflammation. As the immune system releases high levels of antibodies, it causes an autoimmune-like response and attacks healthy tissue.

The collagen/gelatin and the amino acids proline, glutamine, and arginine in traditionally-made bone broths help seal these openings in the gut lining and promote gut integrity.

By restoring gut health, bone broth aids in supporting immune system function and healthy inflammation response. As an added bonus, bone broth can even promote healthy sleep, boost energy during the day, and support a healthy mood… all critical elements when healing from cancer.

Don’t want to spend all that time making Bone Broth yourself…

6 Beneficial Nutrients Found in Bone Broth

  1. Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) – support collagen and elastin production which is good for the structure of the body, skin, hair, and nails. GAGs also aid in digestive health by helping to restore the intestinal lining. Important GAGs found in bone broth include glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, and chondroitin sulfate.
  2. Glucosamine (hydrochloride and sulfate) – Supports joint strength and mobility by helping to maintain the integrity of cartilage (the rubbery substance within joints that acts as a natural cushion to keep bones from rubbing together). Bone broth can be a delicious and easy alternative to expensive glucosamine supplements for supporting joint health.
  3. Hyaluronic Acid – supports healthy tissues, including cell rejuvenation and skin firmness. Hyaluronic acid is a common ingredient in anti-aging skin care products. Bone broth provides the benefits from the inside out!
  4. Chondroitin Sulfate – Often used along with glucosamine to support joint health. Studies have shown that supplementing with chondroitin supports healthy inflammation response as well as cardiovascular health, bone health, skin health, and healthy cholesterol levels
  5. Minerals and Electrolytes – Essential minerals, including electrolytes, found in bone broth include calcium, magnesium, and potassium, as well as many other minerals such as phosphorus. These minerals are important for supporting healthy circulation, bone density, nerve signaling functions, heart health, and digestive health.
  6. Collagen – Quality bone broth is a good source of collagen which has a number of important functions in the body. These include helping to form connective tissue (allowing for easier movement) and protecting and sealing the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. Collagen is a complex protein that is a rich source of 19 amino acids, many of which must be obtained from diet.

Cauliflower Rice with Eggs and Goat Cheese

Herbed Cauliflower Rice with Eggs and Goat Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ small red onion, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 bag of Riced Cauliflower from Trader Joes – OR 1 small head of raw cauliflower chopped into a “rice like” consistency in your food processor
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Eggs cooked how you like
  • Herbed goat cheese, crumbled
  • Fresh parsley, chopped for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium high heat, add the onion and saute until the onions start to caramelize.
  2. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant.
  3. Add the zucchini and bell pepper and saute for one to two minutes.
  4. Add the cauliflower rice and saute until tender, approximately another 5-7 minutes.
  5. Add the Italian seasoning, balsamic vinegar, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Set aside.
  7. In another pan, make your eggs however you like. We love ours sunnyside up or over easy.
  8. Scoop a large serving of the cauliflower rice into a bowl, top with an egg or two, crumble on some goat cheese or for us, we had an herb crusted goat cheese, and garnish with some chopped fresh parsley. Enjoy!

Dark Chocolate Coconut Cups

Dark Chocolate Coconut Cups
Dark Chocolate Coconut CupsOh yah! These dark chocolate coconut cups are about to become your new sweet tooth obsession!

These sweet treats are filled with only wholesome, low-sugar ingredients to keep you on track with your fitness goals. Store these tasty treats in your freezer. Enjoy!

Servings: 15

Here’s what you need

For the Dark Chocolate:

  • 1 bag lily’s chocolate chips (stevia sweetened)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

For the Coconut Filling:

  • ½ cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • Liquid Stevia to taste

Instructions

  1. On a rimmed baking sheet that will fit in your freezer, arrange 15 mini cupcake liners.
  2. Place the chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat. Melt, stirring often, until smooth. Remove from heat. Carefully spoon a teaspoon of melted chocolate into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Place the pan in the freezer for 10 minutes to harden.
  3. Combine the filling ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until creamy and fully combined. Remove the pan from the freezer and place a heaping teaspoon of filling in each liner. Press down to level off the tops.
  4. Drizzle the remaining chocolate over the filling, covering all of the white with chocolate. Place the pan back into the freezer for 10 minutes to harden. Serve and enjoy! Keep leftovers stored in the freezer.

Nutritional Analysis

102 calories, 8g fat, 9g carbohydrate, 0g sugar, 16mg sodium, 3g fiber, and 2g protein.

I hope that you get a chance to give this recipe a try this week. Remember that I’m only a call or email away to assist you in all things fitness. And if you are not yet one of my prized clients then call or email me now to set up your first workout – I’d love to help you achieve your best body ever!

Paleo Stuffing for Thanksgiving

Ingredients

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  • 1lb ground pork sausage
  • 5 pieces of bacon, diced
  • 5 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1 yellow sweet potato (is that a yam? or a sweet potato? whatever.)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 container of mushrooms, diced
  • 2 apples, diced
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with foil, throw diced sweet potatoes/yams on it, sprinkle with olive oil and salt and pepper. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender, then set aside.
  2. While those cook, pull out a large skillet, place it under medium-high heat and place chopped bacon in it to begin to cook down. When some of the fat has seeped out and bacon has begun to cook, add your chopped apples, celery, and onions.
  3. When onions begin to become translucent, add ground pork and mushrooms and your white wine vinegar. Let that cook down until pork is almost completely cooked through. You will be placing it in the oven so you want it pretty close to done. (If you’re not sure how long that will be, use your eyes. Pink meat is not what we want here people.) Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Once the sausage is all done, add mixture to a bowl to cool. Now beat your eggs, add to your sausage mixture, and add your chicken broth, along with your sweet potatoes, pecans, and dried cranberries. Mix well.
  5. You can now either use a 9×13 baking dish to place your stuffing in OR place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Either way will work.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until everything is a bit browned.