Quick Whole Food Recipes

I am always looking for quick whole food recipes. This one is quick, simple and tasty!

Friday was a day of running around trying to get things done for the weekend. There were groceries to get, and a trip to Salt Lake City which is 45 minutes away for a guitar lesson. We also had our weekly family party night. We usually eat homemade pizza, but I was running so late that pizza wasn’t going to happen quick enough for my hungry belly. Continue reading “Quick Whole Food Recipes”

Veggie Salad Sandwich using green onions from the garden

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Out in the garden we have some onions that came up from last year  in a place where we want to grow lettuce instead. We are putting them to good use in our salads and sandwiches! Yum.

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Today we made a Veggie Salad Sandwich from the Whole Foods Binder System. We used hummus and instead of the relish we added dried dill. It was pretty good but my favorite is when we use the Vegenaise:)

Here it is, taken straight from the binder, even with the Food Combination Color Coding! (Red for a protein meal which means the tuna in this recipe, green if you choose the pita instead. You are not properly food combining if you choose to eat both the pita and the tuna – there is more explanation in the BINDER.)

veggie salad sandwich

We used 3 stalks of celery, 3 green onions, 1 bell pepper, 1 cup of frozen peas, 1 cup of hummus, and 1 Tablespoon of dill and 2 cans of tuna. It fed 7 of us.  Again, it was a lower fat version using the hummus but I like the taste of the vegenaise or almondaise best:)

What do you think about making this for lunch?

Do you want to eat garden foods or do you already?

Enjoy your Garden Eatin’ and leave a comment, like or share please 🙂

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Italian Soup

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This soup is very easy and full of flavor. All of the ingredients can be grown in your garden for the very beat flavor and nutrients. 
First I sautee bell peppers,onions, and mushrooms in a little bit of tomato juice from the can of tomatoes I will add later.
When they are soft I add a large can of diced tomatoes or cut up fresh ones and I add some Italian seasoning. To make the flavor even better I add some homemade vegetable broth powder.
I let it all simmer together for a few minutes then let it cool and gobble it up:)

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If you want to you could add browned hamburger and have it over pasta. That is not a good food combination if you have any sort of digestion problems or want to lose weight. You would be better off having the pasta OR the meat. Me, I like it without either of them.

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Modified Classic Salad

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Mmmm. Yummm. These were the veggies I had in my salad today: halved grape tomatoes, zuchinni and yellow bell peppers. It is a modified version of the Classic Salad in my Whole Foods Binder System (I didn’t add the corn or chives). Also in the salad was romaine and a homemade version of ranch dressing. I won’t post the recipe for the ranch because it truly did NOT turn out very well… It might have been better if I had not accidentally added vanilla flavored almond milk instead of plain…! I’ll keep working on that recipe. 🙂

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The Tomatoes are Sprouting!

I planted the tomato and sweet pepper seeds 3 days ago and they have already sprouted!!! I was skeptical about not putting any sand or anything on top of the seeds, but with these plugs that stay completely moist, they are sprouting beautifully and I get to watch the whole process. Fun.
These sprouts are onions 🙂

 

Brian is giving whole foods a try

My husband Brian loves tater tots and eggs in the morning. It has been years of him having his breakfast, and the rest of us having ours.

He eats lots of salads and for the most part eats healthy, but he wouldn’t give up his tots.

Brian told me yesterday that he is ready to give my style of eating a try to see if it will help him have more energy.

I decided to fill him with as many greens and body cleansing foods as possible this week to give him a good ‘taste’ of how he could feel.
First thing, I juiced a bunch of greens from the garden and added cucumbers, apples and ginger. His comment:

  • This isn’t very good. (That was totally just his opinion. I thought it was delicious!)
  • I didn’t feel hungry like I thought I would. It lasted until lunch.
  • I didn’t get the mucus feeling in my throat like I usually do after breakfast.
  • My belly didn’t give me my usual morning trouble.

On to Lunch,

 I made a smoothie with frozen strawberries, bananas, lots of greens from the garden, and water.
Comments:

  • This tastes good.
  • I’m not even hungry yet from breakfast.
  • Is it healthy to be so full?

This count of 1525 is how many times I have used this blender in the 2 years that I have owned it.
I used my other one for about 10 years before needing to buy this new one.

Dinner

 The other day when we were traveling, we stopped at Subway for lunch. They had a new sandwich there that I was very excited about. It begins with lots of avocado, gets topped with tons of veggies, and ends with mustard on top. It was so delicious that I had been thinking of it ever since. When we needed to get groceries for the week, I made sure to get ingredients for the same sandwich every day. 

  • Pita bread
  • tomatoes
  • cucumbers
  • bell peppers
  • avocado
  • pickled banana peppers
  • Vegenaise
  • mustard
  • greens (not shown)

This was my sandwich. I had several more too. 🙂

This was my husbands. He added beef to his. I told him that the meat and bread together would make him tired. I was right. He was asleep in no time. Of course, being up until 4 in the morning building long bows couldn’t have contributed……. 🙂

That is what we ate for the day. Later in the evening, Brian made himself another pita sandwich, but I was fine. This may not seem like much food, but we had was nutrient rich. It has been hot, so our appetites have been low and we have been eating whole foods for a long time so we are not having to get rid of many processed food addictions. My husband didn’t have his eggs and tots in the morning, but otherwise he has been eating healthy for a long time. I say this just so if you are coming from the Standard American Diet, you won’t see this food and get scared. It is one step at a time.

Daily Eatin'

My juice today was cucumber, kale and carrots.
Today I have also had an orange and 2 bananas. My body has gotten to a point that it is full of vitamins and minerals and does not cry out for food constantly. I am full on very little as long as it is living food.
Tonight I will be making 4 ingredient tortilla pizzas and I will choose one of the salads I have ingredients for.

My kids and husband have had fruit followed by oatmeal with stevia for breakfast, homemade tortillas with sauteed onions and peppers for lunch, and they will eat what I make for dinner.

On the counter is a pile of carrots and a bowl of almonds that the kids have been snacking on.

Happy Healthy,
Elisa

Kids 'Eat Any Time' LIst

I like to have my ingredients handy when I make dinner. Sometimes a kid will eat something, not tell me, then when I make dinner I am missing a key ingredient! Argh! 

I am a big fan of lists, so of course I have a list that solves this problem. At the top of this list is a header that reads, “Eat Any Time”. That is just what it is. If a kid, or whoever, is hungry between meals then they can have something from the list. I do not snack, but I let the kids choose that for themselves. I love giving the kids choices that aren’t huge but make them feel like they have some control over themselves.

First I make sure that breakfast, lunch, and dinner are packed full of fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. Then I don’t have to feel bad about what they might have between meals. Everything on my list is not high end nutrition but moderation in all things is one of my motto’s.

So, here it is.

Eat Any Time 
Lettuce
Potatoes (I keep baked ones in the fridge, individually wrapped in tin foil)
Carrots
Celery
Frozen Burritos
Canned Chili
Oatmeal 
Leftovers
1/4 cup nuts a day
Bread (My 14 year old son bakes this)
Bananas
1/4 cup raisins a day 
1 smoothie a day
Garden veggies
Apples
Canned Beans
Frozen Peas

Smoothie Ingredients available any time:
Strawberries
Frozen Mixed Fruit
Tablespoon flax
Almond milk (kid has to make it)
Tablespoon a day of honey
Apples
Protein Powder
Greens
Vanilla
Cinnamon

Sometimes I will have a tray of veggies on the counter with hummus to dip them in. Usually that is the first thing they go for when they get hungry. I like to have mushrooms, celery, green beans, snow peas, carrots, sliced peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, green onions, radishes, avocados, olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc. 
Happy Healthy,
Elisa

7 layer dip

This is a family favorite. I have healthified it over the years and I am proud to chalk this one down as a healthy hit!  It is fast, easy, and yummy.

7 Layer Dip

2 large cans non-fat re-fried beans
16 oz. jar low sodium salsa
10 oz. bag spinach
quinoa cooked in broth or other low sodium, low fat flavoring
10 chopped roma tomatoes
3 chopped bell peppers
6 chopped green onions
3-4 cubed avocados

Chop the spinach very fine and stir into the re-fried beans.
Layer everything into 2 9×13 pans.
Eat on tortillas, with chips, or dip sliced green peppers.
I eat mine with a fork and no chips or tortillas but whatever floats your boat!