Healthy Spaghetti Garden Salad

Healthy Spaghetti Garden Salad- Did you know pasta can be healthy? Add it to these gorgeous veggies and chicken and you have a very healthy salad!

We LOVE salads around here! They are such an easy and highly appetizing way to get a whole bunch of nutrition in just one dish. Salads are quick to throw together and there are so many ways you can mix them up so that they are never boring. Everything from a Forbidden Rice and Veggie Salad and a Buckwheat Berry Salad to an Eat Your Greens Salad, the options are seriously endless!

Our newest addition to our salad addiction is this mouthwatering Spaghetti Garden Salad. Now, pasta may not sounds like the healthiest option but on closer examination it is actually a very healthy addition to veggies! If you use some organic whole wheat or quinoa pasta instead of highly processed conventional pasta there are some great benefits. Quinoa or whole wheat pasta adds good fiber which aids the digestive tract and helps keep blood sugar levels stable. Protein is also added as well as various vitamins and minerals. All in all using the right kind of pasta is a great way to add tons of nutrition to your day!

Another thing we really love about this salad is how filling it is. Because of all the fiber in the pasta and the protein in the chicken and the pasta you are ready to go for hours! Add some Butter Bread on the side for extra deliciousness and you have a light yet filling summer meal that the whole family will love!

Remember it is always best to keep your ingredients organic for the most nutritious benefits for your family. Now, let’s eat!

Ingredients

8 oz. spaghetti noodles, cooked
1 bell pepper, chopped (any color)
6-8 radishes, sliced
6 scallions, sliced
1 cucumber, sliced
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 cup black olives, sliced
½ cup artichoke hearts, chopped
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
¼ cup fresh basil
2 chicken breasts, chopped
butter
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook in butter in a fry pan. Combine chicken and all other ingredients in a large bowl. Pour dressing over and mix until well combined.

Dressing

Ingredients

1 ½ tsp. Italian Seasoning
⅓ cup olive oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar
2 Tbs. lemon juice
1 tsp. salt

Directions

Whisk all ingredients together and pour over salad.

For more mouthwatering healthy salads check out our Chickpea Summer Salad, Broccoli Cauliflower Summer Salad, Cabbage Salad with Popped Sorghum and Super Food Wilted Salad.

Have you ever tried whole wheat or quinoa pasta? What’s your favorite kind?

Quick and Classy Chicken Salad Sandwich

Get ready for a delicious summer recipe! Nothing is easier or quicker than a traditional Chicken Salad Sandwich. We originally shared it in our free E-Book Clean Eating for Beginners. We were looking through pictures and it looked so tasty we just had to share it here too! Add some Easy Peasy French Onion Dip and a veggie tray or some Forbidden Rice and Veggie Salad on the side and you have yourself the perfect healthy picnic.

If you have cooked chicken (or turkey) on hand it is a cinch to put together. We call it quick and classy because it is just that. The high end addition of the cranberries, pecans, celery and green onions give that “special occasion” feel. However it only takes about 10 minutes to make.

Remember to use organic ingredients especially for your chicken. Organic free range chicken is raised healthily and when you eat it that health is naturally transferred to you. Free range means they are raised in a field with plenty of air and vitamin D from the sun. Organic meat is raised without chemicals. That is exactly what you want!

Quick and Classy Chicken Salad Sandwich

2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
2-3 celery stalks, sliced
4 green onions,sliced (optional)
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup pecans, chopped
¾ cups mayonnaise
½ tsp. onion powder
¼ tsp. garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste

Stir all together and place on whole wheat to make a sandwich. Quick Rolls, Do Everything Dough and Un-Sour Sourdough all make amazing rolls!

If you are looking for healthy and delicious summer sandwiches you will simply love our Meatless Burgers, Baked Chicken Sandwich with Poppy Seed Honey Mustard Sauce, Easy Peasy Chicken Pesto Panini and Egg Salad Sandwich. Yum!

Are you getting excited about summer too?

Orange Wheat Berry Fruit Salad

Orange Wheat Berry Fruit Salad – A light and healthy salad packed with good grains for extra protein and energy!

Fruit salads are simply perfect for spring and summer! They are light, refreshing, tasty, quick and easy. No wonder we are in a fruit salad kind of mood!

As we mentioned in our Minty Kaniwa Fruit Salad, adding grains is a wonderful way to add protein and fiber to fruit. This will help you stay full longer and give more energy. In our post What Happened When We Went Gluten Free we mentioned some of the amazing benefits of whole wheat. Naturally we want to get those good benefits whenever we can! Adding wheat berries to a salad is a great way to do just that.

Another fun aspect of this salad is the flax seed oil. Flax seed is one of the best plant based ways to get good Omega-3’s. We know that we aren’t getting enough of those right now so we decided to add it into this delicious salad. If you don’t like the taste of flax seed oil you may want to add less at first or leave it off all together. Even using just orange juice concentrate is delicious!

Add a quick Egg in the Hole, an Applesauce Muffin or some Clean Eating German Pancakes and you are ready for a happy and healthy day!

Ingredients

2 Tbs. Orange juice concentrate
1-2 Tbs. Flax seed oil (optional)
1 cup cooked wheat berries
8-10 cups fresh fruit.

We like:

raspberries
blueberries
bananas
apples
strawberries
mangoes
pineapple
blackberries

Directions

Whisk orange juice and flax seed oil together. Chop fruit and gently fold in the dressing and wheat berries.

If you are craving light and easy fruit salads you will love our Fruit and Kamut Salad, Gingered Fruit Salad and our Party Fruit Bar. Yum!

What are your favorite kinds of fruit?

Easy Peasy Indian Potatoes

We’ve spoken often about our absolute love for Mexican food. However, we haven’t talked quite as much about another of our food passions. Indian Food! If you’ve never tasted Indian Food it’s hard to describe. So many wonderful flavors and spices that your taste buds will do a dance right in your mouth!

Because of all the delicious spices added to Indian Food it is actually very good for you. Turmeric alone can have benefits such as being anti-inflammatory, being a natural antibiotic, improving digestion, purifying blood and lowering cholesterol!

This recipe is a favorite because it is incredibly easy to make and is filled with all the flavor that Indian Food is known for. You can boil the potatoes on the stove or you can pressure cook them.

Tools for this Recipe:

¼ cup butter or ghee
1onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, diced
1-2 inch piece of ginger, grated
2 cups spinach, chopped
1 tsp. cumin
1 Tbs. curry
1 ½ tsp. turmeric
½ tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. sugar
2 cups frozen corn
1 cup frozen peas or green beans
4 cups cooked potatoes, diced
1 cup cream
1 cup plain yogurt

Melt butter in a saucepan. Add onions, garlic and ginger. Cook until they sweat. Add spinach and spices and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Add all remaining ingredients and heat through.

For more delicious international food make sure you check out our Indian Butter Chickpeas, Chickpea Shawarma, Meatless Gyros and Whole Grain Spanakopita Balls. They are all so delicious you’ll never regret it!

Have you ever tried Indian Food? What dishes are your favorite?

Healthy Breakfast Bruschetta

Just perfect for a healthy breakfast, quick snack or some tasty party food!

Happy Memorial Day! Before we get started with today’s post we want to take a moment and thank all those who serve and their families. Having family and friends who have served in the armed forces this is something that hits close to our hearts. THANK YOU! <3 Light meals are so nice during warmer weather! It’s even better when they are delicious and super easy. This Healthy Breakfast Bruschetta is just that. The berries add such wonderful flavor and nutrients. It also helps that they look completely adorable! 😉 Whether you are looking for a healthy breakfast, a quick snack or something delicious to take to a party you can’t go wrong with some gorgeous and healthy Bruschetta! ingredients

8 oz. cream cheese
¼ cup maple syrup
a splash of vanilla
sourdough bread
blueberries
raspberries or strawberries
butter
fresh basil,chopped (optional)

Mix cream cheese, maple syrup and vanilla together. Spread over a slice of sourdough bread and top with desired amount of berries. Place bread on a hot skillet with butter until golden brown. Garnish with fresh basil and more maple syrup if desired.

For more mouthwatering breakfast/healthy dessert ideas make sure you check out our Strawberry Shortcake, Easy Peasy Prune Muffins, Clean Eating German Pancakes and Orange Chia Seed Pudding!

Easy Peasy Prune Muffins

The last several years we have had an amazing crop of plums! We only have a couple trees but they have been very plentiful. We’ve eaten them fresh, frozen them and dehydrated them. As we have experimented on how to use them up we discovered that they taste fantastic in muffins! They bring extra fiber and a different flavor that is really fun. You are going to love them!

Muffins make great grab and go snacks or quick and healthy breakfasts. We always feel better when we have them on hand! Have a couple with an Easy Peasy Green Smoothie or some Easy Peasy Green Juice and you have a nutrient filled breakfast.

Prune Muffins

½ cup prunes
water, enough to cover
¼ cup coconut oil
½ cup buttermilk
1 egg
½ cup honey
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. real salt (make sure it’s real salt not table salt or it will be too salty)
½ cup chopped nuts

Place prunes in a small saucepan and cover with water. Cook on medium-low heat until the prunes soften. Let cool. By this point most of the water should be boiled out. If it isn’t pour it off. In a food processor combine cooled prunes, coconut oil, buttermilk, egg and honey. Process until the prunes are finely chopped. Add dry ingredients and nuts and pulse just until combined. Don’t over mix. Scoop into paper lined muffin tins (with an ice cream scoop for easier cleanup). Bake at 375º for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Makes 12 muffins.

For more delicious, healthy and easy breakfast ideas check out our Quick and Easy All in One Breakfast, Homemade Granola, Overnight Oatmeal, Mexican Quinoa Omelets and Maple Sausage. All taste amazing and are super easy peasy!

How do you like to eat plums?

Valentine Ebelskivers

An elegant and tasty breakfast for Valentines Day. With a pretty pink syrup made without artificial ingredients!

Want to surprise your Valentine with breakfast in bed? These Ebelskivers are simple yet elegant and incredibly adorable!

As we mentioned in Great Aunt Boline’s Poppy Seed Bread we have Danish ancestry. We think it is incredibly fun to experiment with Danish recipes! It feels like a link to the past for us. We came across Ebelskivers a while ago and thought they were the cutest things ever! You can use your favorite pancake batter (or the batter for World’s Best Waffles) and have an elegant meal in no time.

What really makes these perfect for Valentines Day is our Valentines Day Syrup that we are sharing below. It tastes divine and is made without any artificial ingredients or colors! Can’t beat that for a healthy holiday!

Ebelskivers are very easy to make. We have posted a link to a video with directions to make them. We hope this makes your Valentines Day even more enjoyable!

½ cup maple syrup

½ cup cream cheese

1 cup fresh or frozen red fruit or berries (cherries, raspberries, strawberries, etc.)

On medium heat whisk maple syrup and cream cheese until cream cheese is melted. Add the fruit and stir until the fruit is warmed. Blend well with an immersion blender and serve over warm Ebelskivers.

The Food Nanny is our favorite version to show how to make Ebelskivers. Here’s a link to the episode! She shares a lot of other great Danish recipes on this episode too!

What are your favorite recipes from other countries?

Clean Eating Christmas Chip Dip

Clean Eating Christmas Chip Dip – A very healthy and filling party dish!

It’s Christmas time which means lots of parties, reunions and get togethers. While there’s nothing wrong with healthy treats (such as Poppy Seed Bread, Secret Ingredient Hot Cacao and Last Minute Christmas Bark) it is also nice to bring something a little more filling from time to time. That’s one reason we love this Christmas Chip Dip! It’s very healthy, very filling and has pretty green and red colors. How can you beat that?!

Among many other benefits pomegranates help prevent heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and cell damage. They also bring the gorgeous red to this dish! Avocados are well known as a healthy fat and are the green in this glorious dish. We also found some green olives that are NOT marinated. They taste just like the black olives! If you can’t find any though you can of course use all black. The beans and rice are really what make it filling and bring good fiber. Put this with some organic corn chips or organic crackers and you have the perfect healthy snack.

Dip

2 cups cooked black beans
2 cups corn, fresh or frozen
1 avocado, sliced
½ cup black olives, sliced
½ cup green olives, sliced
1 cup cooked rice
arils from 1 pomegranate

Gently stir together all ingredients in a large bowl. Pour in dressing and gently stir to coat. Serve immediately with organic corn chips.

Dressing

½ cup olive oil
¼ red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
¼ tsp. garlic powder
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
2 tsp. honey (or more to taste)

Place all ingredients in a Mason jar and shake well.

For more yummy and filling party food take a look at our Best Boston Baked Beans, Spinach Bacon and Artichoke Dip and Perfect Protein Veggie Salad.

Chocolate Kale Smoothie

Chocolate Kale Smoothie – This smoothie happens to be a beautiful green color (perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day free of artificial colors) AND it has a well-loved ingredient. Chocolate!

Smoothies are the monarchs of the health world! They are incredibly quick to make, very tasty and so simple to pack with nutrition. We have a very special smoothie to share with you today. It happens to be a beautiful green (perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day free of artificial colors) AND it has a well-loved ingredient. Chocolate!

Did you know chocolate can be good for you? Just like almost every other food, as long as it is pure, minimally processed and organic, chocolate (in the form of raw cacao) can actually be health promoting.

Cacao can improve metabolism, boost energy, prevent signs of premature aging, protect against heart disease, help with mood swings, fight tooth decay and improve brain function.

Kale comes in as our cruciferous vegetable and can aid weight loss, protect eyes, lower the risk of cancer and lower cholesterol. Kale also happens to be a great source of vitamin C and vitamin K. There are plenty of reasons to eat kale and it tastes amazing in this smoothie!

See? Plenty of nutrition in just a single glass. And we haven’t even chatted about yogurt, bananas, coconut milk, etc. We could easily spend much more time on each ingredient, but for now, let’s drink up!

Remember to keep your ingredients organic for optimum nutrition!

Ingredients

1 cup plain yogurt
6-8 kale leaves, with stem
¼ cup cacao
1-2 bananas
1 avocado
1 14 oz. can coconut milk
stevia to taste

Directions

Blend all ingredients together in a Vitamix of high- powered blender.

This recipe also works great in a NutriBullet, simply cut the ingredients in half.

Chocolate Kale Smoothie – This smoothie happens to be a beautiful green color (perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day free of artificial colors) AND it has a well-loved ingredient. Chocolate!

Creamy Italian Panzanella

Creamy Italian Panzanella – A delicious and easy peasy recipe! The perfect way to use up garden produce.

It seems like we can’t go too long without adding another gorgeous salad! Salads are such a great way to pack nutrition into your diet and they are so quick to make. With garden produce coming on we wanted to use some cucumbers, basil and tomatoes up. It tastes like perfection! We have a local bakery that makes delicious artisan bread with organic flour. It makes the bread nice and crunchy. If you prefer you can use our Butter Bread recipe and simply dice some and broil it to give an extra crunch.

Did you know cucumbers are good for your brain? They can improve memory and protect nerve cells! Cucumbers are also anti-inflammatory, help with stress management, aid digestion and help maintain a healthy weight. (source)

Tomatoes can reduce cholesterol, help protect the heart, aid digestion, improve vision and prevent gallstones. (source)

Basil is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, heart healthy and is a great source for vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A and manganese. (source)

The dressing for this Panzanella is actually the same we use for our Creamy Italian Corn Salad. Boy is it amazing!! You will simply adore it. If you get a chance you may even want to try it on a green salad! You won’t regret it. Now, let’s eat!

Ingredients

1 small cucumber, sliced
2 medium sized tomatoes, diced
¼ red onion, diced
5-7 fresh basil leaves, chopped
2-3 crusty pieces of artisan bread, diced
½ cup Creamy Italian Dressing (recipe below)

Directions

Gently mix all ingredients together. You will only want to make enough for one meal because it doesn’t keep very well.

Creamy Italian Dressing
Ingredients
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup sour cream
½ tsp. lemon juice
1 ½ tsp. Italian seasoning
2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
2 Tbs. honey
½ tsp. salt
pinch of black pepper
cayenne to taste

Directions

Mix all ingredient together and pour over salad.

For more recipes to use up that lovely garden produce make sure you check out our Healthy Spaghetti Garden Salad, Quick and Easy Bulgur Chickpea Salad, Summer Garden Salad and Chickpea Summer Salad.

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