Mini Greek Salad Skewers

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Greek salad is definitely one of my weaknesses. Love, love, love it! Here is a low fat appetizer recipe to serve at your next event.

Ingredients:
Mini skewers
Red onion
Green pepper
Cherry or grape tomatoes
Cucumbers
Pitted kalamata olives
Low fat mozzarella cheese (I tried feta but it fell off the skewer)

Directions:
Cube the cucumbers and cheese, and cut the peppers and onions into small squares. Keep tomatoes and olives whole. Skewer veggies onto skewer in whatever pattern you love best!

Marinade:
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
3 tbsp crumbled feta
1tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tsp pink Salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 cup light olive oil

Whisk ingredients until well blended

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Pour over skewers and put in fridge for sever hours stirring a few times.

Serve!

Balsamic Salad Dressing

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So my husbands sister visited us from France and made us a tomato salad that was Delish! If you are like me, my garden is full of tomatoes and fresh herbs and I am always looking for ways to serve them. This dressing is low in fat and tastes great!

Ingredients
100ml extra virgin olive oil
100ml balsamic vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 sprigs fresh basil chopped fine
1 Clove garlic chopped fine
Salt/pepper to taste

Directions
Put all ingredients into a container with lid and shake well then serve on salad of choice (we loved it with a variety of chopped tomatoes or cucumbers).

Enjoy

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Strawberry Jam Gone Clean

So strawberry season is upon us and I love, love, love them! I decided to whip up a batch of clean strawberry jam. Best part is it only takes a minute to make!

(Makes 2 cups)

Ingredients
2 cups of fresh,washed strawberries (stems removed)
3 tbsp pure maple syrup
3tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Directions
Add all ingredients into a blender and blend. (Mix as long as you like to get the consistency you desire).
Pour into a jar and put in fridge for 24 hours before using.

You can double/triple this recipe. After the 24 hours in the fridge you can even freeze this jam and enjoy it all year round!

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Chips and Salsa

Looking for a clean snack that is super easy, low in calories and tastes great? Chips and salsa will do the trick.

Nachos

Preheat oven to 350

Ingredients:
Large whole wheat pocket pita (more than 1 if you’d like)
Pink salt

Directions:
Cut pita into 8 triangles and seperate the pocket. Place pitas in single layer on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with pink salt or spice of choice.
Cook for 4 minutes and turn over and cook another 2 minutes until crispy.
Serve right away or allow to cool and place in airtight container.

Salsa
(Was so excited to use my cilantro from my garden)

2 cloves garlic
1/2 red onion
4 medium tomatoes
Large handful of cilantro (or to taste)
1/2 tsp of chili powder (or to taste)
1/4 tsp chili flakes (optional)
Salt/pepper to taste

Finely chop onions, garlic, tomatoes and cilantro. Add spice, stir. Put in fridge for at least an hour and serve with chips 🙂

Hope you enjoy it as
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Kim’s Guilt Free Cookies

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Yup that’s right! Guilt free. (As long as you don’t eat the whole plate).

I purchased coconut sugar last night (I had no idea it existed). And because baking has been an obsession since I was a little girl I had to get to baking right away. I made this recipe up as I went and luckily I got it first try. I’d love to hear about any of your variations of this recipe :).

These cookies are soft and cake like. Hope you love them as much as I do.

Ingredients
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup coconut sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk of choice
2 cups oats
1/3 cup ground flax seed
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp pink salt
1 cup dried fruit (I used raisins)
1 cup nuts (I used walnuts and pecans)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350.
Put milk and oats in a bowl, stir and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
Beat butter and sugar together until smooth.
Add two eggs and beat well.
Add oat mixture and mix well.
Add ground flax, flour, cinnamon, soda, baking powder, and salt and mix well.
Add nuts and dried fruit and stir until mixed.
Drop by heaping tablespoon on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until lightly browned.
Allow to cool and enjoy.
Makes 36 cookies

D’s No Bake Energy Balls

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Okay so another friend of mine is an amazing cook and is always sending awesome treats our way! Supporting my clean eating, he shared this sweet treat and I think these are mouth watering! Of course any of you who have ventured to the baking section on my blog will see I love to bake and I love making cake pops for my kiddos and their friends. So I took D’s recipe and added a little twist. Both recipes are attached 🙂

Ingredients
1 cup oats
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Roll into 26 1 inch balls and refrigerate.

To make cake pops
Use 1/4 cup dark chocolate chopped finely (instead of 1/2 cup). Melt 1 cup of dark chocolate. Dip top of stick in chocolate and insert into the balls about 1/2 way. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes. Then dip the ball quickly into melted chocolAte and let the chocolate drop off. (I usually tap the bottom of the stick with the back of a spoon to get as much chocolate off as possible. Place in fridge to harden. Add a drop of melted chocolate to the top if you wish and add a nut or dried fruit. This would make a fun and impressive clean dessert for friends and family. Enjoy. Id love to see your creative ideas.
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Keeping It Clean Caesar Salad Dressing

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Love Caesar salad and have been having major cravings but don’t want to eat bottled dressing. So knowing how I roll I made up my own clean version! Hope you like it as much as I do 🙂

Ingredients
1 cup non fat Greek yogurt
2 lemons
1-2 cloves of garlic chopped (remember I am garlic obsessed so I use 2)
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt/pepper

Directions
In a food processor add the juice from two lemons and two cloves of garlic. Add the Parmesan and yogurt and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Put in a container for several hours or overnight. Drizzle 2 tbsp on salad.

I chose iceberg to switch things up and love that I have to cut it to eat it so it takes longer to eat and I am more satisfied. Also makes a great presentation for guests. 🙂

Laura’s Chickpea and Lentil Salad

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True besties always come through. My girlfriend keeps feeding me and I am so very thankful cuz she can cook! And she shared her recipe for the salad I ate for supper last night. Thanks Laura 🙂

Ingredients
1 can of chickpeas (rinsed)
1 can of lentils (rinsed)
1 large carrot chopped
1 celery stalk chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped cilantro (or more if you are a big fan like Laura)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.

Dressing
1/2 cup light olive oil
Juice from 1 to 2 limes (to taste)
1 garlic clove finely minced
Pinch of salt and pepper
1/2 tsp maple syrup

Mix dressing ingredients in a bowl. Pour over salad and stir. Let sit for several hours and serve. 🙂

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

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Who doesn’t love pizza?! I made this for the kiddos today and they gobbled it up. And gonna add some to their bento lunch boxes tomorrow. Like make this every week and know the recipe by heart. After you try it I am sure you will too!

Ingredients
1 cup warm water
2 heaping tsp of fast active yeast
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1tsp basil(optional)
1/2 tsp garlic powder(optional)
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup ground flax seed (today I used 1/4 cup whole wheat flour instead due to allergies at school)
Pizza sauce
Toppings
Mozzarella cheese

Directions
Put the water in your mixer
Add the yeast and stir. Allow to sit for 1 minute. Add salt, honey, oil, basil and garlic. Stir. Add the flour and ground flax.

Mix with dough hook attachment for 5 minutes on low. Place in floured bowl and put a towel on top. Allow to rest for 30 minutes in a warm area.

Flour a pizza pan and press dough onto pan. Add your fav sauce toppings and mozzarella cheese. Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes. Makes 8 slices.

Stuffed Peppers

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Super easy but more importantly tastes amazing! Impress you friends/family with a clean dish they won’t believe is good for you

Ingredients
6 large green peppers
1 lb lean ground turkey
2 cups cooked brown rice
Large tomato (or 1 cup tomato sauce)
Large onion
2 cloves of garlic
2 tsp basil
Salt and pepper to taste
Shredded cheddar cheese

Directions
Chop tomato and bring to boil on medium/high heat. Summer until soft. Blend in food processor/blender until smooth.

Chop onion and garlic (I am garlic obsessed so feel free to start with 1). Spray your Fav oil in pan and sauté until golden
Add ground turkey and cook thoroughly. Remove from hear and Add basil and salt/pepper.

Add the 2 cups of rice and tomato sauce and mix well. Cut the tops off the peppers and remove the seeds. Stuff each pepper with turkey/rice mixture and sprinkle the cheese on top.

Heat in oven @350 for 30 minutes and serve hot. (Can be made ahead of time).

Soooo good!

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