Broccoli Cheese Sticks

Broccoli Cheese Sticks

Broccoli and cheese–who doesn’t love them?  Okay, well there might be a few people (like my hubs).  At any rate, a veggie that looks like bread in the form of a stick can’t be all bad, right? 

The “cheese” is actually nutritional yeast, so these “cheese sticks” are dairy-free!  Nutritional yeast is not an active yeast.  It is flaky and has a nutty, cheesy-like taste and is often substituted for grated cheese. It also tastes amazing on roasted vegetables.  It is also filled with B vitamins and keeps you compliant with ALL Diet Levels!

You can find nutritional yeast at HEB and Whole Foods, as well as online. A little goes a long way, so buying a jar or bag of it will last you a year!

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Broccoli Cheese Sticks
Diet Level:5
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  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the broccoli florets. Boil for 8-10 minutes, until broccoli is soft, then drain the water. (Or follow directions on package if using frozen. i.e., can microwave, etc.)
  2. Add the broccoli to a food processor and pulse until broccoli is broken down and scrape the broccoli "paste" out of the food processor and into a medium bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and nutritional yeast together.
  4. Add the dried ingredients to the broccoli, then add the egg and apple cider vinegar and mix until well combined.
  5. Pour the mixture on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place another piece of parchment paper over the top. Using a rolling pin (or your hands), spread by pressing it out on the top piece of parchment paper (to avoid it sticking) until it's roughly ⅓ - ½ inch thick.
  6. Remove the top piece of parchment paper. Using a pizza cutter, score the dough into 1" wide pieces to make sticks. Also score the dough in the middle
  7. Place into the oven at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes, until the edges are slightly golden and the middle is cooked through. Let cool, then break the pieces into sticks.
  8. Store at room temperature for a few days, or to keep longer, place in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Freeze any leftover sticks and thaw when needed.
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Oven Baked Pork Chops with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Oven Baked Pork Chops with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

This is a great meal to pop in the oven when you get home from work! It’s fast, delish, and budget friendly. A one-pan meal, with all food groups right there for the serving–an “EDGE MEAL” at its very best!!

NOTE: While it may seem like this meal is high on the side of fat and calories at first glance, keep in mind that this is your whole meal–Main Course, Side Dish, and Veggie!

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Oven Baked Pork Chops with Roasted Sweet Potatoes
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  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the chicken broth, garlic, apple cider vinegar, and coconut aminos.
  3. Pour the mixture over the pork chops, making sure they are well covered. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Drizzle olive oil over the sweet potatoes and broccoli, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Place the pork chops on a baking dish and surround with the sweet potatoes and broccoli.
  6. Bake in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the pork is cooked through and sweet potatoes are soft.
Recipe Notes

Coconut aminos, a replacement for soy sauce, are gluten-free, non-GMO, certified organic, soy-free, MSG-free, kosher and vegan.

Brands to look for when shopping:
Bragg (can be found at WalMart), Coconut Secret (can be found at Boerne HEB, Target)

 

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

This recipe is one of my “Fueled & Fit EDGE MEALS.”  So named because they give you an EDGE when you begin your 40-Day F&F Challenge.

EDGE MEALS:

Are quick and easy to prepare
Are family-friendly
Contain easy to locate and inexpensive ingredients
Can be plugged in for either lunch or dinner (or for leftovers)
Are low-carb, low-fat, and high-protein
Contain lots of vitamins and minerals for an extra-punch of energy


Speaking of vitamins and minerals, below are a few of the benefits of tart cherries:

  • Tart Cherries are super-rich in antioxidants. They have about the same antioxidant capacity of blueberries.  And when they’re dried, their antioxidants are super-concentrated.  We’re talking over double the amount of benefits than when the fruit is fresh.
  • They’re high in fiber, and an excellent source of vitamin C.
  • They are considered one of the top anti-inflammatory foods. They can ease muscle pain, gout, and even arthritis.  One study showed that tart cherries had better anti-inflammatory properties than aspirin.
  • They’re high in potassium, which reduces the risk of stroke, hypertension and high blood pressure, and reduces muscle cramping.
  • Cherries are a great sleep aid. They are one of the few good food sources of melatonin, the hormone that helps regulate sleep cycles.
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Chicken Broccoli Casserole
Diet Level:6
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  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Drizzle broccoli florets with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake in a 9 X 13 baking dish for 10 minutes at 425 degrees.
  4. While the broccoli is roasting, shred the chicken and set it aside.
  5. Heat up a medium-sized skillet on the stove, add olive oil and minced garlic. Cook for 1 minute then add the chicken stock, and bring to a simmer. Add the chicken and stir. Fold in the yogurt, 3 ounces of the feta cheese, green onions, half the cherries and half the almonds.
  6. When the broccoli is finished roasting, turn the oven temp down to 375 degrees, and fold the chicken mixture into the baking dish with the broccoli. Then sprinkle with the remaining feta, almonds, and cherries.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes covered, and serve.
Recipe Notes

You can swap out the dried tart cherries for dried cranberries if desired.

 

Sweet Potato Broccoli Chicken Bake

Sweet Potato Broccoli Chicken Bake

I love one-pan meals! They are simple to make and easy to clean up!!! This one tastes delicious, is perfect for leftovers, and even freezes well.

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Sweet Potato Broccoli Chicken Bake
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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  3. On the pan, combine the broccoli, sweet potato, onion, garlic, cranberries, and walnuts. Drizzle with oil, add seasonings, salt and pepper and toss to coat. Spread evenly amongst the pan, cover with foil and bake for 12 minutes.
  4. After the 12 minute,s remove from oven, add chicken, toss and place back in oven to bake for another 8 minutes.
  5. Then again, remove from oven, toss once more and place back in oven without foil this time and bake for another 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and sweet potatoes are soft.
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