Easy & Healthy recipes

I love to be in the kitchen but I don’t love hard-to-follow recipes. By the time you get to forty you have survived more than a few food trends and hopefully retained only the ones that qualify as both healthy and tasty! Here are a few recipes that I prepared regularly and really trying to focus on putting the best quality foods, chocked full of nutrients, into my growing body. They continue to be favorites today to keep my energy levels high while chasing a toddler about.

Green Been Salad
(Courtesy of Sheryl Crow, one of my favorite musicians and  to my niece two beautiful young boys)

Salt
2 cups of green beans
2 tablespoons of sliced almonds, toasted
10-12 grape tomatoes
1/4 purple onion, thinly sliced
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper

  1. Put a bowl filled with ice cubes next to the sink
  2. Cook the beans in salted, boiling water for 2-3 minutes or just until slightly soft, drain and submerge in the iced water for 3-4 minutes before draining
  3. Pat beans dry with paper towel
  4. In a medium bowl toss the beans with the almonds, tomatoes, onion, lemon juice, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss gently. Serve immediately

*taken from the book “if it makes you healthy” by Sheryl Crow & Chuck White

Fruit and Nut Balls

These little bites are full of vitamins, store lots of energy and are so tasty. The best part is you can customize the recipe to your family’s tastes or to suit what you have in your pantry. My daughter has loved them from she was about 13 months and I can feel good feeding them to her. You will need a good food processor, though, to mix the ingredients up.

2 cups of nuts and seeds (at least 1 cup of almonds and then anything you like; walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hazel nuts etc)
3 cups of dried fruit (at least 1 1/2 cups of raisins and then maybe try cranberries, cherries, apricots)
2 tablespoons of cocoa
yup…that’s it!

  1. Put the nuts/seeds in the food processor and pulse until well blended
  2. Add the dried fruits and pulse again until well blended
  3. Add the cocoa and do a final mix
  4. Make small balls with the mixture, squeezing together, and place on a cookie sheet. I pop the cookie sheet in the freezer for 10 minutes to harden balls before storing them in a plastic container in the freezer.
  5. Makes about 3 dozen. They thaw in a few minutes so you can grab a couple whenever you need a boost

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