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My family eliminated processed foods from our diet gradually.  Once we ran out of an item I would replace it with a healthier homemade version of the item.  This transition was not immediately welcomed with open arms from our children.  We allow for some indulgences but overall we have been diligent in eating real unprocessed foods.  I speak with experience when I say “stick with it!” your tastes, and your children’s tastes, will change.  You will begin to appreciate real foods and when you do processed foods will become much less appealing (I used to love ranch flavored chips they are now totally unappetizing to me).

I have recently eliminated beef, pork, and poultry from my diet.  My children and husband still eat these items on occasion.  Our weekly family meals are 75% meat free.  I know that this change is not for everyone but I wanted to share with you our families eating habits since I am sharing many of our favorite recipes!

I will continue to add to this list and may even begin posting weekly meal plans (please let me know if that interests you!) so please visit again!

Breakfast Dishes

Summer Porridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

FluffyWhole Wheat Pancakes

Mini Breakfast Casseroles

 

Quinoa DishesVeggie Quinoa Pilaf

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spicy Quinoa & Corn Salad

Spicy Black Bean & Quinoa Salad

Toasted Almond Quinoa Salad

Asian Toasted Quinoa Salad With Snow Peas

Cilantro Lime Quinoa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quinoa Patties

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quinoa & Sweet Potato Meatless Meatballs

Cashew & Chick Pea Quinoa Salad w/ Ginger Peanut Dressing

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

Quinoa Pizza Bites

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veggie Dishes

Crispy Crunchy Kale Chips

Garbanzo Bean (Chick Pea) Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Spinach Lasagna

Slow Cooker Refried Beans

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Soy Sauce

Summer Couscous

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roasted Broccoli

Crispy Crunchy Kale Chips

Yummy Stuffed Zucchini

Veggie Greek Pasta

Quick, Easy, & Delicious Creamy Parmesan Pasta

Twice Baked Cauliflower

Feta Stuffed Green Peppers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Bean & Rice Enchiladas

Black Bean Burritos

Veggie Black Bean Burgers w/ Spicy Chipotle Sauce

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seafood Dishes

Super Easy Shrimp Scampi Bake

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 Meatballs

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**

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

Soups

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ham & Potato Soup

Vegetable Black Bean Soup

Sweets & Snacks

Apple Cinnamon Bars

Carrot Zucchini Bars

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade Healthier Fudgesicles

Chocolate Chia Pudding

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 Dressings

Cilantro Lime Vinagrette

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bleu Cheese Dressing

Low-Fat Bleu Cheese Dressing

Ranch Dressing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staples:

Taco Seasoning

Blackened Seasoning

Jerk Seasoning

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade Ketchup

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade Velvetta Cheese

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:

Honey Wheat Dinner Rolls / Buns

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whole Wheat Banana Bread

Banana Bread Using Greek Yogurt 

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