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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Carrot Chicken Salad

Carrot Chicken Salad
Yummy filling low-cal lunch today; all thrown together based on stuff in fridge.  Sometimes just a few ingredients is all you need to create a totally satisfying meal.  Mixing different textures and flavors is key!  Check it out:
Carrot Chicken Salad  (*Calorie Total: 297 Calories!!!!! )
1 cup grated Carrots  (45 Calories)
½ cup Chicken, white meat, diced  (116 Calories)
3 Artichoke Hearts, quartered (canned, rinsed, drained; 50 Calories)
3 Tbsp Avocado (68 Calories)
1 Tbsp Trader Joe’s Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette (18 Calories!)
*Fat Secret is a great website with loads of Calorie info!!
We know Carrots are great for about this:  Eat Your Way to a Natural Tan!
Boasting rights:
Low Cal
3 servings of Veggies = loads of Fiber & Vitamins
Dairy Free Salad (the Avocado gives it just enough creaminess!)
Possible Alterations:
Pescatarians:  Sub Tuna or Salmon or Shrimp for Chicken
Vegetarians/ Vegans:  Sub White Beans or Tofu for Chicken, and use a traditional Vinaigrette

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Gluten Free Blueberry Oatmeal Bread

Gluten Free Blueberry Oatmeal Bread ingredients

Gluten Free Blueberry Oatmeal Bread

Me and my boys love Blueberries so I have been loading up the last few weeks as the in season blues arrived.   The obvious answer to what to do with so many blueberries - bake a bread!  I couldn't find a recipe I liked, so I have been trying out different versions on the kids and hubby....they have liked each variation, though I thought one was too wet, one too dry and another too dense.  This was my fourth go round and guess what - we all loved it!

Here is my recipe, but PLEASE remember to double check all ingredients for Gluten Free Certification if this is of medical importance to you and your family!

Amy's Gluten Free Blueberry Oatmeal Bread Recipe

Preheat oven to 350

In large mixing bowl add 2 eggs, beat them, then add:

1 cup applesauce (all natural, unsweetened)
1 cup Gluten Free Flour - I used Trader Joe's Gluten Free Flour
1 cup Old Fashioned Oatmeal (again, double check this is GF, lots of Oatmeal is processed in factories with Wheat!)
1 pint Blueberries
1 Banana, sliced
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Soda

Blend all ingredients together and pour into greased loaf pan.  Cook 40 minutes, then turn and cook another 20-30 minutes ensuring it is cooked through before removing.  Set on rack to cool.  Wait if you can....then EAT!

Yes this is a bread you can feel good about sharing with your family, and enjoying yourself!  Enjoy :)