Roasted Vegetables For An Easy Meal

If you’ve read many of my food posts, you’ve probably noticed I like to eat what is called “real, whole food” as much as possible.  Fruits and vegetables prepared in simple ways to maximize the nutrition and flavor and without a lot of chemicals found in processed food. Yes, I eat meat but in much less quantity than in the past.  My meals contain a lot of vegetables, legumes, grains, and fruits. I’m always on the lookout for new ways to prepare my food and my favorites are usually very simple.
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Savoy Cabbage Soup

If you’ve read my food posts before, you probably noticed I like real food. I believe in eating clean, whole food that is prepared with real ingredients and fresh produce. Today we’ll talk about real food in a fresh bowl of soup full of vegetables.  Rich in vitamins A, C and K, but also in minerals such as iron, phosphorus, potassium and calcium, savoy cabbage is definitely a wonderful ingredient for many typical winter recipes. What is one of the best recipes? Savoy cabbage soup! It’s very easy to prepare and with so many different variations, you can make it your way. If you find any recipe is too spicy or bland, make your own adjustments. This is what cooking is all about. It might not be the “classic” result, but it’s yours. The soup is made with bright green Savoy cabbage with carrots, potatoes, and tomatoes.  I like to make it with chicken stock and even have put left over baked chicken in it.  It is equally good made with a good vegetable stock for a meatless meal. Then I would add mushrooms and white beans for protein and fiber.  With a hearty bread, you have a meal in a pot. If you can’t find Savoy cabbage, green cabbage will work, but don’t use red cabbage. It has a sharper flavor. If you want to add leftover meat like baked chicken, pork roast, or beef, add at the end and heat for 5 mintues. 

 

 

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Delicious Smoothie With Pineapple & Blueberries

Breakfast is a time we need to give our bodies fuel for the day after the night’s fast.  It’s also a busy time in most households.  Today’s recipe is a quick smoothie filled with delicious goodness. Frozen pineapple and blueberries with milk, chia seeds, and a little ginger blend together to create a heavenly taste to wake you up. If you need more protein, add a scoop of protein powder. Make it your own!

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Sauteed Greens & Eggs

I’ve posted many recipes calling for sautéed greens – a little olive oil and garlic with spinach, kale, chard, collards. All the greens you can name taste good with olive oil and garlic.  If you want to really raise it a notch, add a couple of shallots, some onions, or leeks. A fine combination of flavors that can start your day with a warm dish, provide a tasty lunch, or even an easy dinner when paired with eggs. Wash the greens, remove the ribs, and chop or tear the leaves.

 

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Easy Baked Lemon Chicken

I’m all about easy, delicious food. I discovered pan roasting a few years ago and haven’t looked back. This tasty lemon chicken with vegetables is all cooked together in a baking sheet with sides.  One pan to clean but lots of good food to eat. Use a whole chicken cut into pieces or just your favorite parts.  If you want an economical meal, use thighs with as much fat removed as possible. Tasty!

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Homemade Citrus Cherry Cranberry Sauce

Holiday season means great food, and what is better than easy homemade cranberry sauce. Today’s recipe is simple and based on cranberries, oranges, and dried cherries.  Don’t have an orange but you have a tangerine? That would work as well.  My recipe is sugar-free with a wonderful sweetness based on applesauce and orange juice,  My sister can’t eat cinnamon and my family often comes up ways to add taste without cinnamon. Love cinnamon like me? Drop in a cinnamon stick; be sure to remove it after cooking.  This is one of those dishes you can make 3 or 4 days before your dinner and stick in the back of the refrigerator until it’s needed. Personally I like eating fresh cranberries as much as possible when they’re in season.

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