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Strawberry-Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

So I have been seeing a lot of neat recipes floating around on facebook lately and you know me, I HAVE to try it at least once if it looks good and isn’t too dependent on processed foods.  So here is my:

     Strawberry-Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

  • 1/4 c uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 t dried chia seeds
  • 3/4 c almond milk
  • 1/4 c orange juice (I used pineapple juice in this picture b/c SOMEBODY drank the oj)
  • 1/4 c yogurt (I use organic, hormone, anti-biotic free)
  • 1/2 c fresh sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 c fresh sliced bananas
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 2 t honey (I use local/raw)

In blender add your oats and chia seeds. Blend on high until texture of flour.  Add milk and juice to blender and blend well making sure to get the oats and chia up into the mixture with a spoon or spatula.  Add yogurt and blend.  Add strawberries and bananas, then blend.  Add vanilla and honey and blend on high until desired smoothness is obtained.  Transfer into jar and refrigerate overnight.  Will keep in fridge for 2-3 days. Shake before drinking.

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Blackberry-Sage Antioxidant Water

I have seen all these really cool drink ideas and I was like…. I … want….to …..go…. to…. there….!!!!  Sorry, television program reference.  Anyway, this is my take on making these drinks; since they are super healthy and I want them to be available to my kids whenever they are thirsty for ‘more than water’ I bought a 3 gallon drink dispenser to sit on the counter.  This way they can have one of these super healthy ‘waters’ whenever they want and it’s super convenient for them.   I put the jug in the fridge at night and out on the counter during the day.  There is a nifty little core in the middle that you keep filled with ice to keep your drink cold.  Our first one:

     Blackberry-Sage Antioxidant Water

  • 10 cups water
  • 1 cup blackberries, lightly crushed
  • 3-4 sage leaves

Combine ingredients.  Sit in fridge over night, can keep adding water as it gets low and drink out of it for the next 48 hours.  Then discard fruit and leaves and start over.  I made this recipe x3 for my family.

PS-That handsome fellow in the background is my youngest cutting up our zucchini for dinner.


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Parmesan Crusted Zucchini

Parmesan Crusted Zucchini

  • 2 med sized zucchini
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 c panko (I know, I know, but I had it and waste not.. right?)
  • 1/4 c parmesan (I used grated)
  • pepper to taste

 

 

Cut zucchini into 1/4 inch slices.  Toss with oil.  In separate bowl combine pepper, salt, panko and parmesan.  Pat each side of zucchini into panko mixture.  Lay zucchini slices out flat on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 400º for 25 min.

 


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Salmon Patties

I am not a huge fish fan, BUT I will eat tuna and sometimes salmon.  This salmon patty recipe is one of my favorite ones so far.

      Salmon Patties

  • 14 oz salmon (wild caught)
  • 1 egg (free range)
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (I save from my fresh milled bread)
  • 1 t worcestershire sauce (use a good quality one with natural ingredients)
  • olive oil for frying

In a bowl mix together all ingredients.  Heat small amount of oil in a skillet on med-low.  Grab golf ball sized amount  of salmon and pat it into a flat patty and place into skillet cook 5-7 min turning once, you just want a nice brown crusting to form on each side.