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Just in time for St. Patrick's Day!

No-Dye Healthy, Festive, Delicious and GREEN Recipes Just in time for St. Patty's Day!! 

Whether you have kids or not, St. Patrick's Day is such a fun excuse to get creative with your food by making it green.  Sure, you can go the easy route and buy green food coloring, but why put all those chemicals in your body when it can be SO easy to use fresh, nutritious ingredients and have the same effect? I have compiled a list of my favorite No-dye green recipes to celebrate this fun day!

MONDAY MOTIVATION: 5 Easy Steps to Eating Cleaner This Week

MONDAY MOTIVATION: 5 Steps to Eating Cleaner This Week

Another Monday has come and we are fast approaching summer! Get your body feeling it's best by trying these 5 simple steps to eat clean this week:

1 - Drink a glass of lukewarm lemon water first thing in the morning before you do anything else.  This will help to make your body more alkaline versus acidic to get you off on the right track for the day.  Helps with your metabolism, and digestion.

2 - Prep! Prep! Prep! Get your veggies chopped, roasted and packaged, wash and cut up fruit, marinade lean meats, and put together smoothie freezer bags so that you have everything at the ready when a craving hits!

MONDAY MOTIVATION: Nutrition in its simplest Form

MONDAY MOTIVATION: Nutrition in its Simplest Form

I've been doing a lot of talks lately about nutrition to a younger audience and have been trying to keep it basic and simple enough for them to recognize and understand how food fuels your body and why we need certain foods. And it got me thinking that adults probably could use this basic advice as a reminder as to why we should eat healthy and what purpose food serves.  

It occurred to me that in every day life, most people go about their day making choices about what they eat based on what sounds good to them at the time and they probably don't think about what that food is going to do for them and why they are eating it.

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Slow Cooker Eggplant Parm

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Slow Cooker Eggplant Parm

This recipe couldn't get much easier and it is a great for a weeknight dinner .. perhaps a #meatlessmonday!  Instead of the traditional spaghetti to go along with most "parm's", try some spaghetti squash and you'll save yourself some extra calories and carbs!  

  • 2 large eggplant, sliced into 1/2" in diameter circles
  • 2 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp mixed dry Italian seasonings such as oregano, basil, and parsley

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Paprika and Sundried Tomato Chicken and Asparagus

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Paprika and Sundried Tomato Chicken with Asparagus

This is a delicious one skillet, easy meal to make when you're short on time.  The richness of the sundried tomatoes makes this dish hard to believe it's healthy but it is!  

1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained of most of oil and chopped up
2 tablespoons olive oil from the sun-dried tomato jar
1 lb chicken breasts boneless, skinless, sliced into thinner strips
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon paprika

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Green Strawberry Pancakes

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Green Strawberry Pancakes

Looking for a healthy breakfast recipe for Christmas morning?  Or really any morning?  Or breakfast for dinner? This awesome green pancake recipe is a tried and true favorite at my house, with no dyes, extra veggies, packed with protein and a sweet taste to satisfy even the pickiest eaters! We love strawberry pancakes, but you can really use any kind of fruit (raspberry, blueberry, peach, apple, etc.) that you desire.  Did I mention it's super easy to make?

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Easy Tomato Mozzarella Chicken

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Easy Tomato Mozzarella Chicken

With all the craziness of the holidays, who has time for a complicated dinner? Here is a quick and easy recipe for Tomato Mozzarella chicken that is healthy and most importantly so simple and easy to make.  Serve it along side some whole wheat pasta or quinoa for a complete dish.

2 large chicken breasts
4 Tbsp olive oil
6 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced into 4 slices
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
fresh basil leaves

Pound out the chicken breasts until they are thinned out.

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Pumpkin Apple Soup

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Pumpkin Apple Soup

It's going to be COLD out this weekend here in MA.  What better way to warm up than with a delicious cup of hot soup with fun fall flavors! This soup has a tangy flavor from the apples and richness from the pumpkin and it's packed with fiber, Vitamin A and C and other key nutrients to nourish your body!  Warm up and enjoy!

2 Tbs. olive oil
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
4 cups low-sodium vegetable stock

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers

These burgers won't leave you craving meat in any way! Packed with protein and essential nutrients, they are sweet, savory and will fill you up leaving you feeling satisfied.  

  • 2 cups mashed sweet potato
  • 1 cup cooked unsalted black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup finely diced green onion
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder (if you want to add some spice)

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Cauliflower Hot Pockets

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Cauliflower Hot Pockets
Who remembers hot pockets? Those things were so easy and delicious when I wasn’t aware of what was in them! Being a bit more health conscious now, I decided to give these a try to recreate a childhood favorite and deliver a bit more nutrition while doing so!

1 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 egg, lightly beaten
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon minced roasted garlic