Now that spring is here, it is nice to enjoy lighter food. This salad is substantial enough to be a meal, yet light and won’t weigh you down. If you haven’t cooked with wheat berries before, they are really nutritious, containing protein and fiber. Here, I combine them with sweet mangoes, vegan feta, and crunchy pecans in a light vinaigrette dressing for a delicious combination. This would be great for a vegetarian main dish or side for Easter!
I used to get really excited about Easter candy when I was little, and I still do as an adult. Mainly because I have fun making my own! I loved those berry cream eggs as a kid, so I now make my own home made version with better ingredients! These are so delicious, and they are the perfect addition to your Easter basket!
This salad is not only colorful and pretty, but good for you too! It is packed with fiber and vitamins from the veggies, and it is so good! Beets and carrots are about to come into season here now that it is spring, so it is the perfect time to make it!
Chicken is one of the most important products to purchase organic according to a 2006 Consumer Reports study. Organic chicken does not contain the antibiotics, toxic hormones and pesticides that commercially raised birds do.
Organically fed chickens that are pasture-raised are free to peck at grass and bugs are the best birds to buy as their meat will be leaner and more flavorful. In addition, pasture-raised chicken meat is higher in minerals, vitamins, and omega 3 fatty acids than its conventional counterpart. Pasture-raised chickens also naturally produce rich, healthy eggs that are unmatched by anything sold at the grocery store.
While buying organic products may increase your grocery bill, the health benefits are worth it. Here at Fresh & Natural, two of your customer favorites are Gerber’s Amish Farm Chicken and Larry Schultz’s Organic chicken.
Now that you have great chicken, what are some new ways to season it to add pizzaz to your meals?
Here is a brief summary of the many ways to prepare and season your chicken:
(for specific details go to: wikihow.com/Season-Chicken)
Seasoning for Grilling
Moroccan rug (sweet and sour)
Herb marinated chicken
Basic Brine mixture
Seasoning for Frying
Minced garlic for sauteing
Olive oil and spices
Basic salt and pepper
Seasoning for Baking, Broiling, and Roasting
Fresh herb rub
Brined chicken with honey, lemon and sage
Salt and sugar brine
Enjoy trying some of these seasoning ideas and enjoying your delicious chicken this week!
Pancakes are the perfect weekend morning treat! These lemon pancakes are really easy to make, and they contain no animal products, but you would never know by tasting them. They are made with whole wheat flour, so a bit healthier than traditional pancakes, and they are so good topped off with fresh berries and coconut whipped cream!
Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish made with mashed potatoes, cabbage, milk, and butter, sometimes with leeks and bacon added. I like to make a veganized version that is just as delicious, it makes great comfort food, especially with St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner. I use tempeh bacon instead of bacon, and coconut butter to make it nice and creamy instead of the milk and butter. If you are looking for a great plant based dish for the upcoming holiday, give this a try!
Since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, it is the perfect time to try making home made saurkraut. Not only is it fun and easy to make, it is filled with probiotics, which are important to keep our bodies healthy. Much of our immune system is in our gut, and healthy bacteria in the form of probiotics help to keep the good flora of bacteria in our gut at a good count. Although you can take probiotics in the form of pills, it is also beneficial to add them to your diet in the form of fermented foods. Home made sauerkraut is an easy way to get these good probiotics, plus it is satisfying knowing you made it yourself! It is fairly easy to make, and it keeps well in the fridge for a few months. I like to add it to my salads as a tangy topper, but you can also use it in sandwiches, or just as a side dish.
If you are looking for a hearty healthy comfort food option for dinner, a stuffed baked potato is perfect! For this recipe I stuff it with beans for protein and greens for nutrients, then top it off with a flavorful sauce. It is delicious and easy to make, so perfect for a weeknight meal!
Try this new trend of substituting cauliflower for mashed potatoes for those of you that want to watch your carb and calorie intake. Or those of you that just want to try something different and absolutely delicious! While cauliflower has fewer calories and carbs than potatoes, it is also a good source of potassium (like potatoes) and is packed with vitamin C as well.
Swapping in Parmesan, olive oil, and reduced-fat cream cheese for fat-laden sour cream, butter, and cream cheese helps keep saturated fats down, while still keeping the dish creamy. Some shredded and grated cheese may have gluten-containing fillers. Always check the ingredients list on products. When in doubt, grate your own.
Per 1/2c serving: 99 calories; 6g Fat (2g Sat); 5g Protein; 9g Carbohydrates; 285 mg Sodium
A hearty soup is just the thing to warm you up on a chilly winter day! I especially love thick stews. I grew up eating them, and my Mom usually used beef in hers, but I now make mine without meat. For this one, I used mushrooms and tempeh in place of the meat and it is just as delicious and hearty! The next time you are craving some healthy comfort food for dinner, give this a try!