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This recipe cooks organic noodles in a rich broth loaded with leeks, scallions, garlic cauliflower and cream. Leeks, cauliflower and garlic make a great comfort food that is wholesome, healthy and delicious. The best part about this dish is that it can be made completely organic, in one pot in under 30 minutes!
2 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Olive Oil 4 cloves garlic, minced
3 green onions, chopped
2 leeks, chopped
1 shallot, thinly sliced
2 cups cauliflower florets, chopped
1/2 pound Clearly Organic Angel Hair Pasta (half the box)
2 cups Clearly Organic Chicken Broth
1/2 cup Clearly Organic Whole Milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Clearly Organic Ground Pepper
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan
Pinch of red pepper flakes
In a large pot heat oil, garlic, green onion, leeks and shallots over medium heat for 8 minutes. Stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Add broth, milk, cream and noodles. Bring contents to a boil while you gently stir. Add salt and pepper and 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese. Reduce heat to medium low and cook until pasta is tender and sauce thickens. About 15 minutes. Stir contents to evenly distribute. Serve in individual bowls with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, the remaining Parmesan cheese and a few avocado slices if desired.
When you think of what’s in season the month of February your mind might wonder to dark chocolate, gummy shaped hearts and red velvet cake. Although these foods are mighty tasty they are not going to provide us the nourishment our bodies need all month long. Surprisingly February offers a wide variety of vegetables that often get forgotten and overlooked in the produce department.
Leeks are at their peek in January and February. Don’t be intimidated by this large green onion looking vegetable. It has a nice mellow flavor that goes great in soups, casseroles and vegetarian dishes. Winter greens such as kale, endive, collards and chard are perfect options for a unique texture and flavor in salads and wraps. The Clearly Organic blog has a colorful and delicious recipe for a collard green wrap.
Once you try a beet prepared well I promise you’ll go back for more. Beets are also an intimidating vegetable that most people don’t think to purchase on a regular basis. However, February is a great time to try our roasted beet recipe. They are simple and delicious.
Keep watch for more recipes with some of Februarys finest seasonal vegetables.
2 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Chia Seeds
1 1/2 cups Clearly Organic Almond Milk
2 bananas, frozen
2 cups frozen strawberries
In a small bowl add Clearly Organic Chia Seeds and 1/2 cup almond milk. Stir seeds into the milk and let soak in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes. Place frozen banana slices and remaining almond milk in a small blender. Blend until smooth. Add frozen strawberries and blend until smooth again. Pour soaked chia mixture into blender contents and purée until smooth and creamy. Pour contents into cups and top with additional frozen fruit and a sprinkle of chia seeds if desired.
4 ounces Clearly Organic Cream Cheese, softened 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup hot sauce
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
3 cups cooked chicken, shredded or cubed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl stir all ingredients together until evenly distributed. Grease a small oven safe baking dish with Clearly Organic pan spray. Transfer mixture to the baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is fully melted and edges begin to brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Serve with Clearly Organic Corn Chips, celery and carrot sticks.
One commonly overlooked health tip is the importance of getting a good nights sleep. Recent studies show that more Americans are struggling with chronic sleep loss than ever before. A consistent battle with lack of sleep can lead to health issues such as high blood pressure, a weakened immune system and weight gain. Sleep deprivation can cause irritability, moodiness and impatience. Appetite fluctuations are also common when you lose sleep. Studies show people are more likely to reach for high carbohydrate and sugary foods when they’re over tired.
A few benefits of seven or more hours of sleep can be improved memory retention, elevated mood and motivation, disease prevention and increased cardiovascular health. The importance of sleep for our overall well-being can often be overlooked. It’s never too late to start prioritizing more consistent rest and a good nights sleep.
After the holiday season of eating, drinking and merriment many fitness centers see a rise in gym membership and attendance. However, regardless of this enthusiasm statistics show that gym attendance is typically back to its regular numbers by mid-February. No matter what your New Years health and wellness goals involve here are a few simple tips to stick with your good intentions.
A bonus tip that’s always well received is Reward Yourself. No one has to be told twice to cut themselves a little slack. Treat yourself to a little relaxation on your day off from working out or plan a fun event to look forward to celebrating your accomplishments.
10 slices cinnamon raisin bread
4 large Clearly Organic Eggs
2 cup Clearly Organic Whole Milk
1/4 cup Clearly Organic Sugar
1/4 cup Clearly Organic Honey
1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Vanilla
1/2 cup raisins
Greek Yogurt Sauce
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon Clearly Organic Vanilla
3 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Powdered Sugar
Coat an 8×8 inch baking dish with Clearly Organic cooking spray. Rehydrate 1/2 cup raisins in warm water, let sit while you prepare bread and egg mixture. In a large bowl whisk together eggs and milk. Then add sugar, honey, cinnamon and vanilla. Cut bread into 1 inch pieces then add bread to greased 8×8 baking dish. Pour egg mixture over the top and gently toss to distribute mix. Let mixture stand for 15 minutes to soak in, stirring occasionally. While mixture soaks preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain raisins of excess water and sprinkle over the top of the mixture. Bake for 40 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean. Serve warm with Greek yogurt sauce.
For the Greek yogurt sauce: Add all ingredients to a small blender or food processor. Purée until smooth and creamy. Add sauce to the top of warm bread pudding.
1/4 cup Clearly Organic Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons minced garlic (4-5 cloves)
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 Tablespoon lemon zest
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Clearly Organic Ground Pepper
4 chicken thighs (skin on, about 6 ounces each)
1 lemon, thinly sliced
Additional salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small saucepan over medium heat add olive oil and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes then remove from heat and add wine, lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano, thyme and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir contents then pour oil mixture into a 9 x 12 inch baking dish. Place chicken breasts skin side up over the sauce. Then brush chicken with the oil mixture and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Cut lemon into thin slices. Place lemon slices among the chicken and under the skin. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Depending on thickness of chicken. Check for doneness using a meat thermometer. If you desire the chicken to be slightly brown place under the broiler for 5 minutes. Once you remove the chicken from the oven allow it to cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm with pan juices poured over the top.
3 cups fresh broccoli florets
1 yellow onion, sliced
1 Tablespoon Clearly Organic Olive Oil
1 (8oz) package white button mushrooms, sliced
2 Tablespoons teriyaki sauce
1/4 cup peanut sauce (see Clearly Organic blog for recipe)
1 cup Clearly Organic Basmati Rice
Cook 1 cup rice according to package directions. While rice is cooking sauté broccoli and onions in 1 Tablespoon olive oil and 2 Tablespoons teriyaki sauce over medium high heat. Cook for 5 minutes then add sliced mushroom and continue cooking until vegetables have reached desired doneness. Serve sautéed vegetables over a bed of rice then drizzle warm peanut sauce on top.
Peanut sauce can be a go-to condiment that adds a unique flavor to a variety of dishes. Whether you’re having a stir fry, a salad, chicken or noodles this recipe can be the perfect addition.
1/2 cup Clearly Organic Peanut Butter
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon Clearly Organic Honey
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Ground Ginger
1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Garlic Powder
1/4 to 1/2 cup water
Add peanut butter, soy sauce, lemon juice, honey, Worcestershire, ground ginger and ground garlic powder to a small blender or food processor. Blend until contents are smooth. Add 1/4 cup water and continue blending. Add more water if you desire a smooth and lighter sauce.