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I enjoy cooking and love eating real foods.  I honestly find pleasure in creating new recipes and am thrilled when my family enjoys the new dishes.  I have always enjoyed cooking, I didn’t always prepare healthy meals,  but now that I cook real food I find it much more satisfying because I know that I am feeding my family delicious, healthy, real foods.

Real Food Recipes

We began to switch the way that we looked at and prepared foods several years ago.  We eliminated processed foods from our diet gradually.  Once we ran out of an item I would replace it with a healthier homemade version.  Of course, we allow for some indulgences but overall we have been diligent in eating real unprocessed foods.

Here are a few of our favorite dishes, check back often because I am always adding to the list!

Breakfast Dishes Summer Porridge

Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes

Mini Breakfast Casseroles

Summer Porridge  

Quinoa Dishes

Asian Toasted Quinoa Salad With Snow Peas

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

Cashew & Chick Pea Quinoa Salad w/ Ginger Peanut DressingVeggie Quinoa Pilaf

Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Quinoa Patties

Quinoa & Sweet Potato Meatless Meatballs

Quinoa Pizza Bites

Spicy Quinoa & Corn Salad

Spicy Black Bean & Quinoa Salad

Toasted Almond Quinoa Salad

Veggie Quinoa Pilaf

Veggie DishesGarbanzo Bean Salad

Black Bean Burritos

Black Bean & Rice Enchiladas

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

Crispy Crunchy Kale Chips

Garbanzo Bean (Chick Pea) Salad

Quick, Easy, & Delicious Creamy Parmesan Pasta

Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Soy Sauce

Roasted BroccoliBlack Bean Burger

Simple Spinach Lasagna

Slow Cooker Refried Beans

Summer Couscous

Veggie Greek Pasta

Yummy Stuffed Zucchini

Twice Baked Cauliflower

Feta Stuffed Green Peppers

Veggie Black Bean Burgers w/ Spicy Chipotle Sauce

Seafood Dishes

Super Easy Shrimp Scampi BakeBlackened Mahi W/ Cilanto LIme Quinoa

Spicy Shrimp Pasta

Shrimp Pad Thai

Ginger Shrimp Quinoa

Blackened Mahi Mahi Topped With Avocado Cream Sauce

Jerk Mahi Mahi

Poultry Dishes

Turkey & Quinoa Meatloaf

Turkey MeatballsTurkey & Quinoa Meatloaf

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Cottage Cheese Chicken Enchiladas

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos / Fajitas

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches w/ Homemade BBQ Sauce

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Breadcrumb Crusted Chicken

Cheesy Baked Ziti

Side Dishes

**please look at veggie recipes as well, they make wonderful sides**

Asian Ginger NoodlesCaribbean Cole Slaw

Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes

Red Skinned Potato Salad With Bacon

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes (with cauliflower mixed in!)

Caribbean Cole Slaw

Garbanzo Bean (Chick Pea) Salad

SoupsBroccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Ham & Potato Soup

Vegetable Black Bean Soup

Sweets & Snacks

Apple Cinnamon Bars

Carrot Zucchini Bars

Homemade Healthier FudgesiclesCarrot Zucchini Bars

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Almond Joy Chocolate Bark (dairy-free)

Almond Flour Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Squares

Gluten-Free Zucchini Banana Muffins

Organic Applesauce

Homemade Graham Crackers

Granola Bars topped with chocolate & coconut

Delicious (& EASY) granola bars

Salad DressingsCilantro Lime Vinagrette

Cilantro Lime Vinagrette

Bleu Cheese Dressing

Low-Fat Bleu Cheese Dressing

Ranch Dressing

Staples:

Taco Seasoning

Blackened Seasoning

Jerk Seasoning

Homemade Ketchup

Homemade Velvetta CheeseHomemade Ketchup

Homemade Substitute for Condensed Cream of Broccoli Soup

Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs

Enchilada Sauce

Chicken Stock

Chicken or Turkey Gravy from Stock

Breads:Honeywheat Dinner Rolls

Honey Wheat Dinner Rolls / Buns

Whole Wheat Banana Bread

Banana Bread Using Greek Yogurt 

 

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