A Bright Balance

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Sweet & Savory Carrot Puree

Sweet & Savory Carrot Puree

The perfect side dish!

(This recipe serves 6-8 people)

Ingredients:

  • 1 large bag baby carrots
  • 1 large onion (roughly chopped)
  • 1-2 whole garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp chives (chopped)
  • Salt & pepper

Directions:

  • In a large stock pot, boil the baby carrots, chopped onions, and garlic cloves in water with a teaspoon of salt for about 30-40 minutes or until the carrots are very soft.
  • Once the carrots are soft, strain over the sink in a large colander.
  • Add the strained carrots and onions into the blender or food processer with the can of full fat coconut milk.
  • Blend until very smooth and transfer back into pot.
  • Add the chopped chives and salt and pepper to taste. Stir thoroughly on low heat.  (The can of coconut milk can make the puree cool)
  • Once warmed through, serve as the perfect side dish topped with chopped chives and enjoy!

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Sweet & Savory Carrot Puree

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Oven Roasted Garlic Button Mushrooms

Oven Roasted Garlic Button Mushrooms

(This recipe serves 6-8 people)

 

Ingredients

  • 1 large package button mushrooms (Washed and cut in quarters)
  • Salt & pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Olive oil

 

Directions

  • Wash the button mushroom with cool water and cut in halves or quarters depending on size.
  • Place in a large mixing bowl with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tsp salt, 2 tsp pepper, and 2 tsp garlic powder.
  • Toss mushrooms so that spices are evenly distributed.
  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Spread mushrooms onto a cookie sheet in one even layer
  • Bake for about 20-30 minutes or until tender
  • Serve as a healthy side dish!

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Oven Roasted Garlic Button Mushrooms


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Mini Breakfast Quiches

Quiches going in!

Before
Mini Breakfast Quiches

After

(This recipe serves 4-6 people)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup diced mushrooms
  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • 1 cup diced bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 2 ½ cups shredded cheese
  • 8-10 eggs
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

Directions

  • In a medium skillet, sauté on medium-high heat the mushrooms, onions, and peppers with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.  Stir occasionally and allow to cook for about 10 minutes.  Once soft, add the chopped spinach and diced ham and mix all the ingredients together.
  • In a large mixing bowl, crack 8-10 eggs and whisk together.  Add in the vegetable and ham mixture and 2 cups of the shredded cheese.  (Save the ½ cup to top the mini quiches with).  Make sure to stir thoroughly while combining all of the ingredients together.
  • Preheat oven to 350°.  Using a paper towel, rub olive oil on the bottom and side of muffin tins to ensure the egg mixture won’t stick.
  • Pour the mixture into each muffin cup leaving about ½” from the top (the eggs will rise!).
  • Bake in the oven for 20-22 minutes or until the egg mixture is cooked.  Add the remaining ½ cup of shredded cheese to the top of each quiche and place back into the oven for about 3 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  • Allow to cool before removing from the muffin tin.  Serve warm and enjoy!

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Mini Breakfast Quiches


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Homemade Chunky Bleu Cheese

Bleu Cheese

You will never go back to processed bleu cheese dressing!

(This recipe makes about 3-4 cups)

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 cups organic Greek yogurt (plain)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper
  • 1- 4oz tub of bleu cheese crumbles

 

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir thoroughly
  • Add salt & pepper to taste
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving
  • Enjoy!

 

Use this recipe for dipping veggies, on top of a salad, or with our buffalo chicken tender recipe!

 

Download a PDF of this recipe here!

Bleu Cheese


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Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Buffalo Chicken Tenders

(This recipe serves 4-6 people)

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 boneless chicken breasts
  • Grass fed butter
  • Organic hot sauce
  • Salt & pepper
  • Olive oil

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Pound out the raw chicken breasts with a meat mallet until they are about ¾”-1” thick.
  • Next, cut the chicken breasts into strips about 1-2 inches wide.
  • Coat all of the chicken lightly in olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Bake in oven for about 30-40 minutes or until cooked through. (I used an elevated baking rack to ensure an even cooking process.)
  • In a small sauce pan, combine about 1 cup organic hot sauce with 2 tablespoons grass fed butter over medium-low heat.  Stir occasionally until well combined.
  • When chicken is fully cooked, toss a few pieces at a time using tongs in the hot sauce mixture and place on a serving plate to rest.  The butter will help the sauce stick to the chicken.
  • Once all of the chicken is coated it is ready to serve!

 

Use our homemade chunky bleu cheese recipe as a healthy alternative to store-bought bleu cheese!

 

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Buffalo Chicken Tenders


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Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

(This recipe serves 6-8 people)

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of raw Brussels sprouts (about 15-20 sprouts)
  • Salt & pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Olive oil

 

Directions

  • Rinse the Brussels sprouts with cool water and then cut in half.
  • Place in a large mixing bowl with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tsp salt, 2 tsp pepper, and 2 tsp garlic powder.
  • Toss spouts so that spices are evenly distributed.
  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Spread spouts onto a cookie sheet in one even layer
  • Bake for about 20-30 minutes or until tender
  • Serve as a healthy side dish!

 

Download a PDF of this recipe here!

Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts


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Meat-A-Balls!

Meatballs

(This recipe serves 6-8 people)

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack ground hot Italian sausage (use sweet Italian sausage if you don’t like spicy!)
  • 1 pack ground pork
  • 1 pack ground beef

(You can use any type of ground meat you prefer.  I find that mixing the different meats gives the meatballs great flavor!)

  • 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp Chopped parsley
  • 1 cup ground flax meal
  • 1 egg

 

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the above ingredients and mix well with your hands.  Form the meat mixture into 1 ½ inch balls.  Place about an inch apart on a baking sheet.  I prefer to use an elevated baking rack (pictured above) to ensure that the meatballs cook evenly and have a nice golden crust.
  • Bake meatballs in the oven for about 40-45 minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite sauce and enjoy!

Download a PDF of this recipe here!

Meat-A-Balls!

 

Add our Hearty Vegetable Red Sauce to this recipe for a delicious meal! Find the recipe here:

Hearty Vegetable Red Sauce