Menu Planning Made Easy!

Menu Planning Made Easy!

Menu Planning Made Easy!

If you had a choice between grabbing processed fast food, or serving your family a balanced, home-cooked meal – which would you pick?  

What if I told you that you can prepare that home-cooked meal and save time and money over the so-called “fast food” option?

I have purchased recipes from Trish at Menu Planning Central in the past year and all of the recipes I have prepared have been delicious. One of my favorite quick and easy snack recipes from her is the white bean dip with seasoned pita chips.

You have probably noticed by now that I love the recipes from Trish. Before I discovered her, many of the recipes I found from other sources were often hit or miss and disappointing.

Skepticism got the best of me after downloading and trying so many different ones that just didn’t live up to my expectations… usually a missing “crucial” ingredient causing miserable failure.

Well, my failures were not a total fiasco as they led me to Trish. Now, as my grandmother would say, she’s cute as a button and smart as a whip! …AND I’ve been absolutely amazed with her culinary talents.

I’m happy I learned about her and the much needed service she is providing. I trust her recipes which save me time and money, and you can too!

Now Trish is offering the signature Family Favorites plan for SEVEN DAYS – FREE.  These are organized into a complete weekly plan with customized shopping list. No more spending hours trying to figure out “What’s for dinner?”

Just print and go! –  Her Quick Chicken Shawarma is included in the Family Favorites, and it’s been calling my name! I will definitely be trying it out very soon!

The Family Favorites includes 6 dinner recipes, 1 breakfast/brunch idea, 1 delicious dessert, and customized shopping list plus…

You’ll also receive regular updates with their best meal planning tips along with brand new recipes and menu plans.

If you love the idea of eating healthier, saving time planning your meals and experiencing some new ideas, now is a good time to see if this could help you.

You’ve got nothing to lose and lots to gain by checking it out here:  Menu Planning Central Has Been “Making Life Easier” Since 2007!

Cheers to you and thank you for reading this post!

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White Bean Dip & Seasoned Pita Chips

White Bean Dip & Seasoned Pita Chips

White Bean Dip & Seasoned Pita Chips

This delicious white bean dip is a great addition to any party menu. It is quick and easy to make – and your guests are sure to love the subtle balance of flavors packed into each bite. It is perfect with mildly seasoned pita chips or vegetable crudités.

Tip: A little bit of fresh sage goes a long way. If you aren’t sure how much to use, start with a small amount. Then taste and add more, if desired.

Although you can use the same extra virgin olive oil for the entire recipe, adding a drizzle of a higher quality variety right before serving will add an extra “pop” of flavor.

Yield: 6 servings

Total Prep Time: 15 minutes

 

Seasoned Pita Chips Ingredients:
6 pitas
3 T. extra virgin olive oil
Salt and black pepper, to taste

 

White Bean Dip Ingredients:
1 15-oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

3 cloves fresh garlic, peeled
2 T. fresh lemon juice
2 – 3 large fresh sage leaves
1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil

Salt and black pepper, to taste
1 T. high-quality extra virgin olive oil

Dash cayenne pepper

Directions – Preheat oven to 375°F.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut each pita into 8 equal-sized wedges. Lightly brush pita wedges with olive oil on both sides and place on lined baking sheet.

Season pita with salt and pepper before placing in oven. Bake for 5-6 minutes before turning each wedge. Return to oven and continue baking for another 5 or 6 minutes, or until pita wedges are golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside.

Add cannellini beans, fresh garlic, lemon juice, sage leaves, and olive oil to the bowl of a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

Pour bean mixture into a serving bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Right before serving, add a dash of cayenne pepper and a drizzle of some high-quality extra virgin olive oil. Serve with seasoned pita chips or vegetable crudités. ENJOY!

You might also want to try this Lemon Garlic Jumbo Shrimp recipe.

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Lemon Garlic Jumbo Shrimp

Lemon Garlic Jumbo Shrimp

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Avocado Spinach Artichoke Dip

Avocado Spinach Artichoke Dip

This avocado, spinach and artichoke recipe is super easy, delicious and loaded with healthy fat!

My husband and I love this Avocado Spinach Artichoke Dip

any time of day but mostly we enjoy it for breakfast! 

Try it with your healthy bread of choice and get creative. You can add a fried egg (with healthy oil), chicken, turkey or sardines for a quick and easy snack or meal. Since there is no mayonnaise and it’s made with all healthy ingredients, it’s definitely a heart healthy choice!

Add the following ingredients to your food processor:

 

  • 1 large avocado (peel/remove seed)
  • 2 – 3 cups of fresh spinach**
  • Juice from one lemon

Process to a consistency you like… chunky or creamy.

 

  • Spread mixture onto toasted bread of your choice. I prefer Ezekiel bread.
  • Add extra protein if you prefer such as  eggs, chicken, sardines, turkey, etc.
  • Add tomatoes and cilantro on top.
  • Add a sprinkle of hot pepper flakes if you like it a little on the spicy side!

**I have prepared this recipe with raw spinach, kale and collards and all were delicious!

A dear friend got me started on these two spices and I discovered a sprinkle of both is very tasty on this recipe. Just  remember to dress this recipe up the way you like it and ENJOY!

Purchase these spices at Trader Joe’s or click the image to order through Amazon.

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Veggie, Herb & Apple Drink – Tummy Love

Veggie, Herb & Apple Drink – Tummy Love

Veggie, Herb & Apple Drink – Tummy Love!

This veggie, herb and apple drink is a “TUMMY LOVE” and gut healing drink that is quick and easy to prepare!

This blended veggie drink is excellent for your digestive system.

Just blend the ingredients below.

In the 1990’s, I purchased an inexpensive small blender, and then another and another. They did not last long but I was strapped for cash back then. I was delighted when I was finally able to invest in a Vitamix.  It’s been doing a great job for 16 years now and still going strong!

When my daughter’s children were growing up, I had a mother-in-law suite in their home. I made smoothies for their family almost every morning.  When I remarried and moved, the grandchildren wanted to start making  their own “healthy smoothies”. 

I could not resist letting them borrow my Vitamins. Actually, I was just so impressed as I watched them!   🙂  It makes my heart happy to see them taking responsibility for their health!

INGREDIENTS: One Green Apple Quartered 1/4 to 1/2  of a Green Cabbage A Hand Full of Parsley 3  Celery Sticks 2  Cups of Purified Water (more if needed)

START SLOW:  If you are new to blending, remember this healthy drink is loaded with fiber as well as many nutrients.

SIPPING no more than a cup at a time is recommended in the beginning.

REFRIGERATE the remainder and drink throughout the morning or afternoon. The sooner the better!

REMEMBER your body needs to adjust to having lots of healthy fiber.

  I like to spice things up a little by adding some of my favorite anti-inflammatory herbs: Tumeric, ginger and cayenne pepper and a sprinkle of black pepper to help the absorption of the tumeric.

 

Chew Your Liquids and… Drink Your Solids! 

If you want better digestion and a healthier gut, focus on swishing and chewing your liquids AND chewing your solids until they are a liquid.  This will enable enzymes to mix with your liquids and solids to provide better digestion and better absorption of nutrients!  Read More …

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Healthy Cauliflower Pizza Bites

Healthy Cauliflower Pizza Bites

Healthy Cauliflower Pizza Bites

These healthy cauliflower pizza bites area delicious and easy to make. The recipe below yields approximate 4 to 6 when using a regular size muffin pan.  If you are using the “mini” cupcake pan, you will need to reduce the cooking time.

INGREDIENTS

2 Cups Grated Cauliflower

1 Large Egg

1 Tbsp. Olive Oil

1/8 tsp. Black Pepper

1 tsp. Italian Seasoning

1/8 tsp. Chili Powder

1/4 tsp. Himalayan Pink Sea Salt

1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder

2 Tbsp. Red Bell Pepper

8 Chopped Olives

1/2 Medium Sized Onion

Mix all ingredients together.

Place in prepared muffin pan with cupcake liners or use silicone baking cups.

Bake at 400 F (205 C) for 30 – 35 minutes.

TIPS: 

  • Many grocery stores now carry riced cauliflower that is ready to use in your favorite recipe.
  • If you are using the “mini” cupcake pan, you will need to reduce the cooking time.
  • As always, I always recommend organic whenever possible.
  • Sherpa Himalayan Pink Sea Salt is 100% pure with no caking agents and is rich in trace minerals… including calcium, magnesium, postassium, copper and iron.

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Cauliflower Nachos – Healthy & Delicious

 

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Cauliflower Nachos – Healthy & Delicious

Cauliflower Nachos – Healthy & Delicious

Cauliflower Nachos – Healthy and Delicious

These cauliflower nachos are absolutely delicious. When I made them, I had leftovers since my hubby hasn’t been able to bring himself to eat cauliflower yet!  They were just as good the next day and now I crave them. Also, I didn’t list this in the ingredients, but I also added some red pepper flakes. Hope you enjoy them as much as I have!

INGREDIENTS:

1 Cauliflower – Slice as shown in the video.

  COATING FOR CAULIFLOWER:

2 T. Olive Oil

1/2 t. Chili Pepper

1/2 t. Onion Powder

1/2 t. Ground Cumin

Pinch of Salt

1st TOPPING:  1 cup grated cheese (more or less to your liking)

2nd TOPPING: 1/2 cup diced tomatoes 1/4 cup bell pepper 1/4 cup red onion 1/4 cup cilantro Pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS:

MIX the above coating ingredients in a medium sized bowl.

Coat the cauliflower slices with the olive oil and spices.

Place on baking sheet (I prefer parchment paper on my baking sheet).

BAKE AT 400 DEGREES: 15 TO 20 MINUTES 

While the nachos are baking, prepare the 2nd Topping – MIX ALL INGREDIENTS AND SET ASIDE

TOP OFF with 1ST Topping: 1 Cup Grated Cheese divided equally

BAKE about 3 to 5 more minutes.

SCOOP 2ND TOPPING on top the cauliflower when ready to serve.

Hope you enjoy this healthy recipe!  

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