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
Diet Level:5
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Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 25 Minutes
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Cook Time 25 Minutes
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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.
Banana Bread

Banana Bread

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Banana Bread
Diet Level:4
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 50 Minutes or 2-4 Hours (depending on method used)
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 50 Minutes or 2-4 Hours (depending on method used)
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Diet Level:4
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Oven Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  3. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl (or if you are starting with whole oats instead of oat flour, you could throw everything in a blender to mix, blending until mixture is smooth).
  4. Pour mixture into prepared bread pan and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let cool and slice into 8 slices.
  6. Enjoy, or store leftovers in fridge for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to one month.
Slow Cooker Method
  1. Start by finding a loaf pan that fits inside your slow cooker. It may not sit perfectly in the bottom, but you may prop it up on some balls of foil, and it will fit just snuggly at the top. If you don't have a loaf pan you may pour the batter directly into the bottom of your slow cooker. Spray either the loaf pan, or the bottom of your slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl (or if you are starting with whole oats instead of oat flour, you could throw everything in a blender to mix, blending until mixture is smooth).
  3. Pour mixture into prepared bread pan and place bread pan in slow cooker. (If you are not using a pan, pour batter directly into slow cooker.) Place a dish cloth or 2 thick paper towels over the top of the slow cooker. Place lid snugly on top of towel, (the towel helps prevent moisture from forming on the lid, and making the bread wet).
  4. Cook for 3-4 hours on HIGH heat (depending on your slow cooker, and if you are cooking it in a loaf pan versus the bottom of the slow cooker, which would take less time). Cook just until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let cool and slice into 8 slices.
  6. Enjoy, or store leftovers in fridge for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to one month.
Recipe Notes

NOTE ON BAKING BLENDS:

JoJo Erythritol Stevia Baking Blend (click on name to go to Amazon purchase link) is a good one to use in recipes. The reviews on Amazon are great as well.  It only has the two ingredients listed in the name: Erythritol and Stevia. It is non-GMO and organic. While erythritol IS a sugar alcohol, it does not cause the digestive issues of other sugar alcohols and has been approved by the FDA. Also, when purchasing, be sure to watch labels for non-GMO and organic erythritol.

SweetLeaf SugarLeaf Sugar Mix (click on name to go to Amazon purchase link) is great for recipes as well. It has stevia and raw organic cane sugar as its ingredients. This brand is non-GMO and contains no sugar alcohols. Organic cane sugar is unrefined sugar, minus the cancer-causing and environmentally damaging pesticides present in conventionally grown sugarcane. Compared to white sugar, organic cane sugar has the full-bodied taste of sugarcane and is much less processed, retaining a lot of the nutrients present in cane juice. 

Both erythritol and stevia (by itself) are sugar-free and neither raises blood sugar at all. However, the biggest difference comes in the form of taste. Stevia is super sweet. It’s 250 to 300 times as sweet as sugar. That’s why it has a bit of that artificial sweetener aftertaste, even though it comes from a natural source. Erythritol is much less sweet, coming in at 60 to 80 percent as sweet as sugar.

Sooooo, if you process ALL the information out there regarding sugar substitutes...and, believe me, there is A LOT of information out there...here is the bottom line---QUANTITY MATTERS!  It always does, right?

If you are going to have a treat once a week, then either one of the above baking blends is a great choice for you. Neither one of them is going to send you into a diabetic coma! They both taste great substituted in recipes. They are BOTH a much better choice than table sugar!

NOTE ON DIET LEVELS:
This recipe is marked as a "Diet Level 4" recipe and is also marked as "sugar-free." However, if you are going to use the SweetLeaf SugarLeaf Sugar Mix, then you would, technically, NOT be within a "sugar-free" diet level. Only utilizing the JoJo Erythritol Stevia Baking Blend would keep you within the sugar-free boundaries.

Sweet Potato Pie Cookies

Sweet Potato Pie Cookies

Gluten-free! Grain-free! Refined sugar-free! What do these yummy cookies have? Healthy fat from coconut oil, antioxidants from cinnamon, and protein from hemp seeds.

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Sweet Potato Pie Cookies
Diet Level:5
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Prep Time 25 Minutes
Cook Time 12 Minutes
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Prep Time 25 Minutes
Cook Time 12 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Soak all 12 pitted dates in very warm water for at least 10 minutes to soften.
  2. In food processor or large bowl (if using immersion blender), combine the mashed sweet potato, coconut oil, 8 of the softened dates, and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth. Add egg, flours, salt, baking soda and spices and combine until a soft dough forms (it may be sticky). If using a food processor, scoop dough into a mixing bowl. Fold in chopped walnuts, additional 4 chopped dates and hemp seeds (optional).
  3. Place bowl with dough in refrigerator, covered, and chill for at least 20 minutes.
  4. Once dough has chilled, preheat oven to 350° and begin to scoop tablespoon-size balls of dough, evenly spaced, on parchment-lined baking sheet. Flatten each ball so that it is roughly 1⁄4 inch thick.
  5. Bake for 11-12 minutes.
  6. Serve warm or store in the refrigerator. May also freeze to enjoy later.
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Strawberry Coconut Breakfast Bake

Strawberry Coconut Breakfast Bake

I love when I find a great breakfast recipe that doesn’t include eggs or grains as the main ingredient. This dish is hot, easy, and so appetizing! This breakfast comes together by combining some eggs with nut milk, to give it a baked oatmeal type texture.  Then, the shredded coconut, walnuts, and fruit are the bonus! What I love about this recipe is that it is packed with healthy fats and only sweetened with the fruit.

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Strawberry Coconut Breakfast Bake
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 40 Minutes
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 40 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 inch square pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together your dry ingredients: coconut flakes, walnuts, chia seeds, cinnamon, baking powder, and sea salt.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Now add in mashed banana and coconut oil.
  4. Add wet ingredients into dry and mix well. Then fold in strawberries (or fruit of choice).
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until top is firm and golden.
  6. Serve hot!
Recipe Notes

*Feel free to substitute other fruits for the strawberries.

Breakfast Cereal

Breakfast Cereal

So, you get up and you wander into your kitchen…your first thought is “Ugh…I can’t handle one more egg for breakfast!”  Guess what?  You don’t have to!!!  You can make this great breakfast cereal and have it instead.  Pair it with some almond or coconut milk (unsweetened, of course) and YAY! No eggs for breakfast!!!

You can also make it ahead of time for a grab-and-go breakfast.  Hey, even have it as a night-time snack!

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Breakfast Cereal
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 5 Minutes
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  1. Place the raisins or dried fruit in a food processor and process briefly until slightly chopped. Do not overprocess, or the raisins will become paste.
  2. Add nuts, seeds, and coconut flakes and stir to combine. Process until the texture of a cereal like Grape Nuts, or as desired. Keep in a Ziploc bag. Serve with coconut milk or almond milk and fresh fruit, if desired.
Recipe Notes

If using dates, chop manually with a knife to prevent stickiness and clumping.

Apple Crisp, No Bake

Apple Crisp, No Bake

This No Bake Apple Crisp recipe is gluten-free, healthy and easy to make! Eat it cold or warm it up.

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Apple Crisp, No Bake
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  1. Place 2 apples, raisins, 1 tsp. cinnamon and nutmeg in a food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Toss remaining chopped apples with lemon juice in a large bowl. Pour apple raisin puree over apples and mix well.
  3. Spoon mixture into a medium sized baking dish and set aside.
  4. Pulse walnuts, dates, 1 tsp. cinnamon and sea salt in a food processor until coarsely ground. Be careful not to over mix.
  5. Sprinkle mixture over apples and press down lightly with your hands.
  6. Serve immediately or let sit for a few hours for the flavor to marinate.
Blueberry Smoothie

Blueberry Smoothie

This deliciously healthy smoothie is made with blueberries, walnuts, almond milk, and chia seeds, guaranteeing a nutritional boost to your day.  Guaranteed to increase your intake of antioxidants, this smoothie will help out the immune system, due to the blueberries, which have some of the highest amounts of antioxidants found in any food!  YAY! Besides their high antioxidant count, the berries are anti-inflammatory, and high in potassium and vitamin C. They are beneficial to both your brain and heart health.

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Blueberry Smoothie
Diet Level:1
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
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Diet Level:1
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Instructions
  1. In a large cup (if using an immersion blender) or a blender, combine ingredients and blend until smooth.
  2. Add more almond milk if necessary to reach desired consistency.
  3. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

You can adjust the thickness of the smoothie by adding more or less milk, depending on your personal taste.

Walnut Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Walnut Crusted Pork Tenderloin

I absolutely LOVE this recipe. It makes enough for you to freeze and have about four meals from it!! It tastes even better after it comes out of the freezer!! It pairs so well with any vegetable, too!!

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Walnut Crusted Pork Tenderloin
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Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 40 Minutes
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Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 40 Minutes
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Diet Level:5
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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Pat tenderloin dry.
  3. Mix mustard powder, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  4. Rub the tenderloin evenly with spice mixture.
  5. Coat the pork evenly with the walnuts.
  6. Place in baking pan and roast for 30-40 minutes until 165 degrees internal temperature OR longer if you like your meat a little more done.
  7. Let pork rest for 10 minutes. Slice into 1/2” thick medallions.
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