Greek Salmon, Vegetables & Tzatziki Sauce (S)

Greek Salmon, Vegetables & Tzatziki Sauce (S)greeksalmon

If every healthy meal tasted like this one, I would never been tempted to eat unhealthily again! This recipe was inspired by the veggies I had in my refrigerator and a friend who recommended a greek chicken recipe. This was easy, and out of this world tasty!

Greek Salmon, Vegetables & Tzatziki Sauce (S)
(Makes one serving.)
Ingredients:
– 4oz Alaskan Sockeye salmon
– Garlic powder, dill, oregano, salt & crushed red pepper to taste
– 1 tsp Lemon juice
– Vegetables for roasting: cabbage, artichoke (I used canned), black olives (canned again), chopped tomato
– Shredded Parmesan (optional)
– Pepperocini peppers
– Taziki sauce ingredients:
— 1 small/medium cucumber
— 1/4-1/3 cup 0% greek yogurt
— garlic powder, dill, salt, 1 tsp lemon juice

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place salmon in a glass baking dish, add lemon juice, enough water to cover the bottom of the dish, and sprinkle spices on top of the salmon. Allow salmon to marinate for 30 minutes.
2. In a second baking dish, add cabbage, artichoke, olives, and tomato. Spray lightly with coconut or olive oil spray (or just massage oil into veggies), then sprinkle on garlic powder, dill, oregano, salt & pepper.
3. Place baking dishes with salmon & veggies in oven and bake for 20 minutes or until salmon is cooked and veggies are roasted.
4. While the other dishes cook, make the Tzatziki sauce. Chop up cucumber. Mix greek yogurt with spices and lemon juice. Add cucumber to yogurt & stir well. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
5. After plating all food, garnish veggies with pepperocini peppers and shredded Parmesan.

Serve and enjoy!

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Cheesy Ranch, Ham & Mushroom Bake

Cheesy Ranch, Ham & Mushroom Bake (S)
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Yesterday my bulk spice order arrived, so I spent part of the afternoon putting together the Gwen’s Nest recipes for Ranch Dressing Mix & Taco Seasoning. I am waiting on the white chalk pen that I ordered so that I can add my chalkboard labels to make my mason jars all cutsie!

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Today I experimented with the Ranch Seasoning Mix. I am so glad that I did!

Lunch was an “E”asy way for a busy mama to R”E”fuel and R”E”charge. I mixed the ranch seasoning with some greek yogurt and used it as a quick dip for all sorts of veggies alongside a few egg whites and an apple (not pictured are the green beans and kale I also ate).

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Then for dinner, I made what I am calling “Cheesy Ranch, Ham & Mushroom Bake.” I had some leftover spaghetti squash, so I whipped that up with the leftover ranch dip from lunch, and a few other ingredients I had on hand to make this delicious lighter “S” comfort meal! It is great with water and also a glass of watermelon lime GGMS!


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Cheesy Ranch, Ham & Mushroom Bake (S)
1/2-1 cup cooked spaghetti squash
1/8 cup greek yogurt
1 tsp ranch seasoning
1/4 cup low fat cottage cheese
4 oz can sliced mushrooms
1-2 slices of chopped deli ham
2 slices of mozzarella cheese
Salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place cooked squash in a small glass baking dish. Mix ranch seasoning with greek yogurt & add mixture to squash. Add cottage cheese, mushrooms, and ham to the squash & stir ingredients well. Add salt & pepper to taste and then spread mixture evenly in baking dish. Cover mixture with 2 slices of mozzarella & bake until cheese starts to bubble (about 10 minutes in my oven). Broil until cheese is slightly brown (about 3-5 minutes in my oven).

EAT!!!!! 🙂

Nutritional Info
Calories: 345
Fat: 11.5g
Carbs: 7.5g
Protein: 37g
This recipe would be considered a THM style “S”

Baking day… THM style! (and my version of Cheesecake in Jars)

It’s been a busy day around here as I have been doing lots of baking… THM style! Here’s what has been cooking in my kitchen:

Fudgy No Bake Cookies (S) – dairy free, nut free, grain/gluten free
From Sheri Graham
See my “tweaks” in my Pinterest comments.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies (S) – dairy free, grain/gluten free
From Sheri Graham
See my “tweaks” in my Pinterest comments.

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These cookies are EXCELLENT once cooled. Crunchy!

Cheesecake in Jars (S) – grain/gluten free
Combination of GNOWFGLINS & Mrs. Criddle’s Kitchen

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I got a little more creative with this idea and didn’t follow just one recipe.
I preheated my oven to 350 degrees.
Crust
– 1 cup of almond flour
– 1/8 cup of coconut oil, melted
– 1 TBSP Pyure
– Sprinkle of sea salt
– dash of homemade vanilla extract
Mix dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and mix well. Place in the bottom of 4 small mason jars. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, then let jars cool before adding filling.
Filling
– 4 ounces full fat cream cheese
– 4 ounces 1/3 fat cream cheese
– 1 TBSP Pyure
– 1 TBSP lemon juice
– 1/2 TSP homemade vanilla extract
– 1 pastured egg
Place cream cheese in blender and blend well. Add Pyure, lemon juice & vanilla extract and blend until mixed well. Add egg and blend just until mixed in well. Pour filling mixture into cooled mason jars & bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until filling is set and top is just slightly golden brown. Cool jars on counter for a few minutes & then place in the refrigerator (on a towel) for an hour or until cold.

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…then top with a little all fruit raspberry jam, a few blueberries & a dollop of FF Reddi Whip! YUMMY!!!!

Cookies for breakfast & cheesecake for lunch? Yes, please! I LOVE baking days! 😉

Apple Cinnamon Chai Oatmeal

Apple Cinnamon Chai Oatmeal

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On a stormy summer afternoon while my toddler took his nap, I sat quietly eating my bowl of apple and chai deliciousness. This was not just any regular ol’ bowl of oats though! These were steel cut oats (which don’t get all soggy like rolled old fashioned oats) and they were not cooked in water. They were cooked in tea — chai tea. Have you ever cooked your oats in tea? Well, you should! Not only because the flavor is delectable, but also because cooking your oats in water is sooooo last week! For reals. So, without further ado, let me tell you how to make your own bowl of yumminess in just a few ridiculously simple steps.

Apple Cinnamon Chai Oatmeal
1 chai tea bag, steeped in a cup of boiling water
1/4 cup gluten free steel cut oats (or rolled oats, but steel cut have a better texture IMO)
Dash of salt
Sweetener to taste (I use a few tsp of a stevia/erythritol blend)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp collagen hydrolysate gelatin (optional, but adds 5+ grams of protein)
1/4 chopped apple
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Place all ingredients in a bowl, stir, cover & refrigerate 6+ hours (or overnight). When ready to eat, pour bowl contents into a small pot and cook over stove top for 5-10 minutes until cooked to desired consistency.

Nutritional Facts
Calories: 196
Fats: 2.5
Carbs: 33
Net Carbs: 24
Protein: 10.5

This would be considered an “E” on the THM plan & would make a good snack/dessert or as part of a meal.

Homemade Mouthwash (3 ingredients)

A clean mouth is a priority in my home. I have a very sensitive sniffer & can smell foul smells from fairly far off, so when I learned that my sweet hubby is prone to bad breath I knew that we had to take action!

We don’t use store bought mouthwash due to all of the chemicals that I am not comfortable with us swishing in our highly permeable oral mucousa (that’s just a fancy way of saying mouth). Just take a look at all of these unfamiliar ingredients hiding in your average breath freshener!

Photo courtesy of andreamariemanalo.tumblr.com. Thank you!

 

Um… no thank you. Some of those ingredients have been linked to cancer and other diseases.

So, what’s to be done when you don’t want to use questionable chemicals and your breath is bad?

Pull out those essential oils and make your own, of course!

Homemade Mouthwash
1 cup of filtered water
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 drops of Young Living peppermint OR spearmint essential oil
2 drops of Young Living Thieves essential oil

Directions
1. In a small glass jar, combine all ingredients & shake well.
2. Shake well before each use. Use the same as you would store bought mouthwash, swishing well for a couple of minutes and then discarding the used liquid into the sink or trash.

We have been using this mouthwash recipe for months now and it has worked really well for both of us. It leaves our mouths feeling clean and free of icky breath. As you swish, you can feel it working and “tingling” the same way as store bought mouth wash. It’s fast, easy, and just 3 ingredients (because filtered water really doesn’t count as an ingredient)!

Enjoy your clean & healthy mouth!

If you would like to purchase the essential oils listed above or other Young Living products, please contact me.

 

DISCLAIMER: I absolutely DO NOT advise the oral/internal use of any brand of essential oil other than Young Living. I cannot guarantee that any other brand of essential oil is 100% essential oil without chemicals, fillers & additives that could potentially cause disease. I am also in no way claiming to diagnose, treat, or cure disease through the use of this recipe or the products within.