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Amy’s Organics Saves the Day!

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I always have a few of Amy’s Organics prepared meals in my pantry and freezer. I’ve tried many of the frozen and boxed brands and haven’t found them to be that tasty, but Amy’s Organics have been a hit every time I’ve served them. And it’s fabulous to know that all of the ingredients are organic, and most meals use whole grains. Many of the frozen items come in individual and family size. On a busy day all I have to do is pull one out, heat and eat. They’re great as is, but a few semi-homemade meal hacks such as adding frozen veggies or leftovers from the fridge I can up the veggie intake and stretch one meal into two.

And when they’re on sale I stock up on as many as my freezer and cupboard can hold.

Beans, refried

Amy’s refried beans are perfect for making a healthy burrito, nachos or a layered dip. I like to stir refried beans into broth with some of Amy’s salsa for a quick bean soup.

burritos and tamales

These burritos are all around 250 calories and delicious. I love to serve them with loads of salsa and call it a meal. For the little ones, I put them in a bowl and cut them up. They look like a mess but that doesn’t matter since they disappear real fast.

cereal

Amy’s has lots of great cereal choices. Perfect in the morning with nondairy milk and sliced fruit.

enchiladas

Another great quick and easy dinner. If you need a little somethin’ somethin’ to feed a hungry teen you can heat up a can of Amy’s refried beans to serve with the enchilidas.

kids meals

Your little darlings will love these healthy lunches and dinners. Serve them with sliced fruit or veggies on the side for a little extra nutrition.

Pasta & Ravioli

Much better for you than a can of orange spaghettios.

lasagna
There are several varieties to choose from.

macaroni & cheese
These meals have so much sauce that you can stir in up to a cup of cooked veggies.

pizza

So MANY varieties. May favorite is the Roasted Vegetable. Eat as is, or pile a salad on top and eat it like a sandwich.

Pizza Snacks

Kids, adults, everybody loves these. I heat up a cup of pasta sauce and serve it as a dip.

Sodium light

These are not my favorites but it’s nice to see that they offer this option

Soup

Love, love, love their soups. My fave? Any of the chilis. I eat the chili straight out of the can as soup, on hot dogs and hamburgers, and over eggs. If I want a light meal I’ll add some broth to the chili.

 

What are your fave Amy’s Organics hacks? Share in the comments.

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The Power of Water

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We all know that water is good for us, but often the reasons are a little fuzzy. And even if we know why we should, it’s not a habit that many people form.

But there are some very powerful reasons to drink lots of water every day, and forming the habit isn’t hard, with a little focus. The above is the beginning of an excellent, short & very informative article published by Dumb Little Man. Read the rest of the article here.

 

How to Keep Your Family Safe From Toxins

Make Drinking Water More a Part of Your Life

Replace your plastic water bottles with stainless steel.

Fill a stainless steel bottle 1/2 full of water and place in the freezer. When you’re getting ready to leave the house fill the bottle to the top with fresh water and you’ll have ice cold water for quite a long time.

Fill ice cube trays with orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit or watermelon juice. Pop them into your water glass for a little extra flavor.

Puree mint with enough citrus juice to make a smooth puree. Freeze in ice cube trays and add them to your water glass whenever you need a flavor boost.

Use herbal tea bags to add flavor to your water.

 

Kid Friendly Recipes Starches Vegetarian

Ranch-Style Baked Beans

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This is one of Global Health & Fitness’ Healthy Recipes with some UnDiet variations.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Heat 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil over medium high heat. Saute 1 cup stewed tomatoes, with their liquid and 1/4 cup chopped onion, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Stir in 1/2 cup unrefined sugar, 1 tablespoon mustard, 1 & 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, 3 cups and 3/4 cup canned red kidney beans; cover and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.

Remove lid and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutritional Information: Calories: 243 ~ Carbohydrate: 54 grams ~ Cholesterol: 0 milligrams ~ Dietary Fiber: 7 grams ~ Fat: 0 gram ~ Protein: 9 grams ~ Sodium: 600 milligrams

More healthy, delicious recipes from GHF and a suggested shopping list.

 

 

UnDiet suggestions for leftover Ranch-Style Beans:

Ranch-Style Pasta: spoon hot Ranch-Style Beans over buttered whole grain pasta.

Ranch-Style Tacos: spoon hot Ranch-Style Beans onto warm corn tortilla. Top with shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes or salsa.

Ranch-Style Sloppy Joes: add browned ground meat to beans. Heat through and spoon over whole grain buns.

High Protein Kid Friendly Neutral Recipes Starches Vegetarian

Zucchini Stuffing

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This summer squash dressing is a nice way to enjoy a winter comfort food with your summer garden bounty.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Saute ingredients below in extra-virgin olive oil until crisp tender, about 7-10 minutes:

  • 2 pounds summer squash into medium-thick slices
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, grated or celery, chopped


Mix 1 can cream of celery soup* and 2 cups creme fraiche, sour cream or low-fat yogurt or a mix of these.

Stir veggies into soup mixture.

Mix 2 cups whole grain bread crumbs and 1 teaspoon seasoning mix such as Mrs. Dash or Spike. Pour 1/2 cup melted butter over crumbs, stir to combine well.

Place half of crumbs into buttered square pan. Place soup mixture on top. Top with remaining bread crumbs. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

*You can use pretty much any “cream of” soup such as asparagus, cream of chicken, cream of broccoli …

Mushroom Dressing

Replace the zucchini with mushrooms and the carrots with celery and use cream of mushroom soup.

 

Dessert Fruit Kid Friendly Living Food Neutral Recipes Vegetarian

Cocoa Banana Pudding

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This recipe makes either a creamy pudding or a delicious ice-cream.

Puree in blender:

  • 4 bananas
  • 1 & 1/2 heaping tablespoons cocoa or carob powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup.

 

Cocoa Banana Ice Cream

Freeze mixture, stirring every 30 minutes with a fork until it’s the desired consistency or just toss it into an ice-cream machine.

 

 

Fruit Kid Friendly Living Food Neutral Recipes

Cinnamon Banana Pudding

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Puree in blender:

  • 2 bananas
  • 10.5 ounces or 2 cups soft tofu
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.

Double this smoothie and use the extra to make Cinnamon Banana Sorbet for later in the day.

Cinnamon Banana Ice Cream

Freeze smoothie mixture, stirring every 30 minutes with a fork until it’s the desired consistency or throw it into an ice-cream maker.


Tip: an ice-cream maker transforms any smoothie into a healthy treat!

High Protein Kid Friendly Recipes

Spicy Italian Stuffed Meatloaf

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This is a basic meatloaf recipe with a twist. If you have a favorite meatloaf recipe, go ahead and use it, as long as you substitute whole grains for any bread or crackers.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix, working just enough to blend, or meatloaf will turn out heavy:

1 cup ground pork rinds (you can use whole wheat or high-protein bread crumbs if needed)
1 medium onion, chopped
3/4 cup chopped roasted unsalted nuts. If all you have are the salted variety reduce the salt to 1 teaspoon.
1/2 cup cold tomato juice, broth or ice water
2 eggs
1 & 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 & 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 pounds ground meat (lamb, turkey, beef or mix of meats)

Sprinkle a large sheet of wax paper, saran wrap or aluminum foil with water. With wet hands, pat out meatloaf mixture into a 9×13-inch rectangle.

Savory Stuffing

You may double this recipe and use it later to prepare Savory Stuffed Bread.

Saute until translucent:

1-1/4 cups onions, diced
2 tablespoons butter

Add:

3/4 cup spinach, chopped (you may substitute bell pepper) and cook for 3-4 minutes (if using frozen spinach squeeze well to get rid of most of the water)
1 1/2 cups cauliflower or zucchini, finely chopped

1 tablespoon Italian seasoningsalt to taste

Cook on low heat until the vegetables are al dente. Optional: add 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

Pat 1 cup of the stuffing mixture evenly over the surface of the meatloaf, leaving a 1-inch border around the edges. Using wax paper, foil or saran wrap to help lift, roll the meatloaf up into a cylinder and gently press seam closed. Pick up roulade in wax paper, foil or saran wrap and roll off  into prepared loaf pan.

Using a knife cut 5-7 1/4-inch slashes in the bottom of an aluminum loaf pan. Place the meatloaf mixture in the pan. Place the pan inside a larger loaf pan or casserole dish so that there is some space between the bottom of the two pans. This procedure allows the juice and fat to drain off, which would otherwise form a jelly-like substance around the meatloaf.

Bake 50 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted in center of loaf reads 160 degrees, or juices run clear when you cut a deep slit in center of loaf. Let stand 10-15 minutes. Pour off juices and fat, if you didn’t use the 2 pan method described above.

Pour the tomato pasta sauce onto a plate and top with a slice of the stuffed meatloaf.

Fruit Kid Friendly Neutral Recipes

Apple Pie Pudding

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This is more like a rich and creamy apple sauce than a pudding. Puree the following ingredients:

2 apples, peeled and cored (use a sweet apple not a green apple) or 1 cup sugar-free applesauce
1/2 teaspoon apple or pumpkin pie seasoning
1/2-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 banana
1 small pinch sea salt

If you want the pudding thicker stir in cooked oatmeal, uncooked instant or 1 minute oatmeal, crushed cookies or graham crackers, crushed cereal, or chia seeds. For variety, stir in: raisins, or  toasted walnuts. One of our favorite ways to have this pudding is with crushed boxed cookies. Homemade cookies won’t work. They have to be crispy like a ginger snap or a Famous Amos style chocolate chip cookies.

Quick & Easy Apple Pie Pudding

Mash 1 banana in a small bowl.  Stir in 1 cup applesauce and 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon apple pie seasoning.

Apple Pie Pudding A La Mode

Stir either of the apple pie pudding recipes above into sugar-free vanilla pudding.

Fruit Kid Friendly Neutral Recipes

Banana Apple Pudding

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This “pudding” is perfect for a raw or living food meal because it doesn’t use cooked fruit, but you’d never know it. Serve it straight from the blender or very gently warm it (so that the Fruit doesn’t heat above 115 degrees).

To adjust for diabetic or hypoglycemic diets simply use sugar substitutes in place of the honey or maple syrups and other unrefined sugars.

Mix in medium bowl

2 bananas, chopped
2 small apples, shredded
juice from 1/2 lemon
1 cup filtered water

Let fruit sit while grinding nuts or measuring nut butter, then drain.

In same bowl, mix fruit with

1/4 to 1/2 cup ground nuts or nut butter

Mound on a plate and sprinkle with

grated coconut
finely grated lemon or orange peel

Let stand for at least 15 minutes before serving.

If you want to save time on a hectic morning you can make it up the day before.