BreakfastGluten-FreeRecipes

Hearty Vegetable Ranch Eggs

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Most ranch eggs have a little bit of vegetables and a lot of eggs. My hearty recipe has a little bit of eggs and a LOT of vegetables, providing plenty of fiber to keep you fuller, longer. It is recommended that we consume less than 300 mg of cholesterol per day. Because one egg contains about 190 mg of cholesterol, I recommend sticking to just one in a day so there is room for other cholesterol-containing foods in the rest of your day. So, when I make this dish for my family, I use one egg per family member and

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Nutrition Education

What I learned about Nutrition on the Wyoming Plains

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I just returned from the coolest experience with the youth of my church. I am a Latter-day Saint—sometimes more commonly referred to as a Mormon. The Church was established in 1830. Shortly after, members of the Church became victims of persecution.  To escape the persecution and settle a new area,  they began a great exodus from the eastern United States to Utah. They hoped for a better life where they could worship freely as they pleased. http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/mormonism-pictures-pioneers-trek-west Many Mormon Pioneers made the long journey west by pulling handcarts. One particular handcart company had a fateful journey to Utah in 1856.

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Baked GoodsBreakfastRecipes

Hearty Zucchini Muffins

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Are you swimming in zucchini this time of year? What’s a poor gardener to do with so much zucchini?! The answer for me is to shred and freeze as much as possible so I can bake my favorite zucchini muffins all winter long. As with most of my recipes, this is a "healthified" version of a classic favorite. They are whole wheat, full of fiber, oil-free, refined sugar-free and have the option to be cholesterol-free (see notes for details). Best of all, they are soft, moist, and delicious. Enjoy! Hearty Zucchini Muffins Delicious whole wheat, and whole ingredient zucchini muffins

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Gluten-FreeRecipesSalads

Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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I am always surprised at how many people love this Salad—my husband, his brothers, their wives, my meat-eating-Wyoming family—they all devour it at family gatherings. I hope your next dinner guests will enjoy it too! This recipe is an alteration of a recipe I found on the blog, Sweet Peas and Saffron.  I re-worked it to make it fit our family's palate and preferences better. Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Sweet, savory, fresh, zesty, delicios salad. 8 Cups Kale ((one bunch), washed and chopped into 1 inch leaves)1 1/2 Cup one 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, rinsed1 1/2 Cups barley

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Baked GoodsBreakfastRecipes

Hearty Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

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You will be shocked at how moist and delicious these are! The bananas make these so sweet that no added sweetener is needed in this recipe. I substituted ground flaxseed for the eggs to make them oil AND cholesterol-free.   Hearty Whole Wheat Banana Muffins You will be shocked at how moist and delicious these are! Wet Ingredients2 1/2 Cups Ripe Bananas ((about 5 bananas), mashed)1 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce2 Tablespoons Ground Flaxseed whisked into 6 Tablespoons water (see notes)1 teaspoon VanillaDry Ingredients3 Cups Whole Wheat Flour2 teaspoons Cinnamon1/2 teaspoon Salt1 teaspoon Baking soda2 teaspoons Baking powder1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts1/2 Cup

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Appetizers/ DipsGluten-FreeRecipes

Hearty Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

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It’s difficult to find a hummus in the store that isn’t saturated with oil, so I opt to make my own. This recipe is delicious as a sandwich spread or as a dip for veggies, crackers, and pita chips. Hearty Red Pepper Hummus 15 oz. can Garbanzo beans (rinsed and drained)1 Red bell pepper (roasted and peeled)2 Tablespoons lemon juice2 Tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped )1 teaspoon Garlic Salt Vegetables for Dipping2 Cups Baby Carrots1 large cucumber (sliced)2 Cups Cherry Tomatoes2 Cups Snow Peas Puree all ingredients until well blended. I like to use an immersion blender, but a countertop blender

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Gluten-FreeRecipesSalads

Grilled Balsamic Vegetable Salad

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This is the heartiest of all hearty salads, and a hit at barbecues and potluck dinners! It is a modification of California Pizza Kitchen’s Roasted Vegetable Salad. Grilled Balsamic Vegetable Salad Grilled Vegetables1-2 Cups asparagus or green beans (whichever is in season)1 Red bell pepper (chopped)2 small zucchini squash (chopped)1 Cup frozen corn1 15 oz. can artichokes in brineSaladRomaine lettuce (chopped)1/4 cup green onions (chopped fine)1/3 Cup sundried tomatoes1 avocado (chopped)Vegetable Marinade:1/4 Cup olive oil1 Tablespoon soy sauce (I use BRAGG Liquid Aminos for my Gluten-Free friends)1/2 teaspoon cumindash of cayenne pepperBalsamic Dijon Dressing:1/2 Cup olive oil1/3 Cup Balsamic vinegar2

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Cooking Tips & TricksRecipes

Chopping Vegetables Faster (My BEST Kitchen Hack)

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Sometimes, eating plant-based food means spending LOTS of time chopping. Most of my recipes start with “chop, chop, chop…” Meal prep gets too long when there’s so much chopping involved. Who has time for all that? Two years ago, my sister-in-law brought this beauty up to a family reunion at the cabin. I watched her chop onions, tomatoes, and broccoli so fast that I got a bit jealous. So did all the other family members, and soon every one was using her chopper. As soon as I returned home, I ran to Bed Bath and Beyond and picked up a

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BreakfastGluten-FreeRecipesSmoothies

Hearty Berry Smoothie

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Almost no breakfast is ever complete without a smoothie in the Andersen household. This recipe is the most-often requested smoothie. In fact, my 3-year-old son informed me yesterday that he only drinks "Purple" smoothies now and will no longer consume them if they are green. He's a boy who knows what he wants. Hearty Berry Smoothie 3/4 Cup water1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk1 banana1 handful spinach3/4 cup strawberries (fresh)1 cup frozen blueberries Combine all ingredients in blender in order listed and mix until smooth. Enjoy! Featured Product Ninja Smart Screen Blender

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Gluten-FreeRecipesTreats

Smoothie Pops

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  Wondering what to do with your left-over smoothie? Freeze it into a smoothie pop! This is a refreshing, healthy treat for kids and adults alike. Tropical Mango Pops: 3/4 Cup water 1 Cup unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk 1 Cup fresh or 3/4 Cup canned pineapple 1 Banana 1 Cup frozen mango chunks Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour fruit smoothie into popsicle molds and freeze for 4-8 hours.   Blueberry Mango  Pops: 3/4 Cup water 1 Cup unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk 1 Cup frozen blueberries 1 Banana 1 Cup frozen mango chunks Combine all ingredients and blend

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