Almond Crusted Chicken Strips & Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Spicy Mayo Dipping Sauce

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Chicken Fingers and French Fries healthy enough to eat for dinner or feed your kids with zero guilt. Enough said. 

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Chana Masala & Yogurt Chutney

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Ever since my sister returned from a trip to India, she has been raving about the amazing impact that using Indian spices in your everyday cuisine can have. She has cooked my brother and me a few memorable Indian meals and both of us have been eager to master the skills as our own. This past weekend us three siblings finally got together for the cooking lesson we had been waiting for. Combining the flavors of saltiness, sourness, sweetness, and heat, my sister taught us how to make a killer chana masala and a re-imagined cilantro chutney using yogurt as a base. It was the perfect way to invigorate an otherwise boring vegetarian meal, using creative flavors to enliven the healthy ingredients of chickpeas, ginger, yogurt, and other veggies. The great thing is, many of the spices used for the chickpea dish can be incorporated into other vegetable combos for a delicious, healthy meal or side dish. At the end of the day though I think anything made on a fun afternoon with my family would taste perfect. 

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Homemade Almond Butter

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One of my favorite memories from childhood is sitting in the school cafeteria and unfolding the shiny foil of my lunch to find a crustless peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a handprint embedded in the Wonder Bread. Knowing how deeply I loved my sandwich extra thin, my grandma, who made my lunch, would press down as hard as she could on the bread to flatten it, leaving a surprise engraving for me every day. It was the perfect symbol of her love. Although the peanut butter and jelly from the jar on white bread has morphed into healthful homemade natural almond butter spread on something a bit more nutritious- the feeling of enjoying a nut butter sandwich has reminded me to appreciate the simple things in life and remember the special love my grandma had for me.

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza 2 Ways

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This is a healthy gluten free pizza that is absolutely mouthwatering delicious. And guess what the crust is made from? CAULIFLOWER! Finally, a healthy gluten free pizza option without all that corn and tapioca garbage. This pizza is unbelievably satisfying, with a crunchy crust and a doughy center that you can actually pick up, fold and devour. You are probably very skeptical right not but please trust me, it’s even deep-dish pizza, white bread loving boyfriend approved. I experimented with two separate pie toppings- one topped with caramelized onions and prosciutto and the other Caprese style with fresh mozzarella, basil and heirloom tomatoes. Each equally delicious!

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Quinoa Pasta with Superfood Pesto

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I call this “Superfood” pesto because I have replaced the usual ingredients of pesto with some unbelievably nutrient rich ingredients. Not only do kale and spinach have zero fat and are high in fiber they are both filled with powerful antioxidants and high in vitamins K, A, C, high in calcium and high in iron. As a matter of fact kale has more iron per calorie than beef! Walnuts are high in fiber, antioxidants, magnesium and vitamins. They are high in protein and contain healthy fats that your body craves including Omega 3.

This recipe is perfect for a side dish or for a quick and easy meal!

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Avocado Toast

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Yes, avocados are high in fat but it’s the incredibly good for you kind of fat. The nutrients in an avocado have the power to protect you from heart disease, have anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits. Plus, they are packed with Vitamins A, B, C & E, have more potassium than a banana and a lot of fiber which means it will keep you fuller for longer. AKA they are a SUPER FOOD.

 This recipe for avocado toast is one of the simplest, quickest most delicious and healthiest recipes ever and is perfect for lunch or even a snack. So, no excuses!

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