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Coffee Cake

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Sugar
1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Ground Cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Butter, at room temp
2 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Olive Oil
2 Clearly Organic Eggs
1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Vanilla
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup chopped Granny Smith apples (fresh blueberries also work great)

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8-inch square pan with Cleary Organic cooking spray. Mix together dry ingredients: all-purpose flour, wheat flour and baking soda. In a small bowl stir together granulated sugar, cinnamon and walnuts. With an electric hand mixer in a large bowl beat together brown sugar, butter and oil until fluffy and smooth. Then beat in eggs, vanilla and yogurt. Add flour mixture to the large bowl in two batches, stirring with a spoon until just combined. Spread half the batter into the 8 inch greased pan. Sprinkle half the nut mixture over the batter and top with fruit. Pressing fruit into batter. Spoon the rest of the batter over the mix, smoothing the top. Then sprinkle the remaining nut mixture on top of the cake. Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool completely, about 15-20 minutes. If desired, serve with a dollop of yogurt.

 

Coffee Cake Ingredients

 

Coffee Cake

 

Coffee Cake

 

Coffee Cake

 

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Overnight Egg Bake

If you’re hosting a brunch or feeding multiple people for breakfast this egg bake is a delicious option. Preparing the ingredients ahead of time makes this main entree an easy solution for a morning meal. The vegetables and breakfast sausage can be mixed and matched to ensure the egg bake is something everyone will enjoy.

 

4 cups cubed Italian or ciabatta bread
10 Clearly Organic Eggs
1 1/2 cups Clearly Organic Milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 cup cooked breakfast sausage
1/2 cup asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 cup broccoli florets, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup red pepper, chopped
1/2 cup grated cheese (Monterey Jack or cheddar)

 

Grease a 13×9 baking dish with Clearly Organic cooking spray. Set aside. In a medium size sautéed pan add 1 tablespoon Clearly Organic Olive Oil. On medium-high heat sauté vegetables for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Cut Italian bread loaf into cubes, then place in greased 13×9 baking dish. Vigorously whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper. After egg mixture is sufficiently whisked pour over bread chunks. Gently toss bread chunks in baking dish to ensure liquid is evenly distributed. Top the bread chunks with the sautéed vegetables and cooked breakfast sausage. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and store in refrigerator overnight.

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove egg dish from the refrigerator and place in the preheated oven, covered. Bake for 35 minutes. Uncover dish and add 1/2 cup grated cheese then continue baking for another 15 minutes or until eggs are fully cooked.

 

Overnight Egg Bake

 

Overnight Egg Bake

 

Overnight Egg Bake

 

Overnight Egg Bake

 

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Signs Of Spring

As the tulips start to sprout from the ground they cause us to take note of the delightful transition into Spring. It’s refreshing to see all the sights and sounds of Spring budding around us. It’s also refreshing to see a new lineup of fresh fruits and vegetables at your local grocery store. The extra sunshine and warm weather brings in a whole host of new foods to pick from to liven up your meal plan.

My favorite spring veggies are sugar snap peas. They add a nice crisp crunch to a salad and they are sweet and delicious eaten by themselves. Asparagus is also another family favorite, it goes great scrambled with eggs in the morning. Other seasonal foods include arugula, rhubarb, strawberries, radishes and all varieties of sweet peas. Next time you’re at the store take advantage of the quality and freshness of Springs seasonal produce.

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Versatile Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic vinegar is a flavorful reduction made from grapes. It’s often used as a tangy addition to salad dressing, but it can also be valuable in many other ways during the cooking process. Here are a few unique ways balsamic vinegar can be that secret ingredient to liven up your next recipe.

  1. Reduce the vinegar to a syrup. Reduced balsamic goes great over fruit salad or a bowl of vanilla ice cream! Reducing balsamic only takes a few minutes. Simply add about a cup of balsamic vinegar to a sauce pan, bring to a boil then simmer on low for 2-4 minutes until the consistency of the liquid is thicker and syrupy. Adding a little sugar and cinnamon can provide one more layer of flavor when using the syrup on fruits or desserts. One cup of balsamic makes about 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar syrup.
  2. Marinate meats and vegetables. Balsamic vinegar and garlic are a great marinade to tenderize and add flavor to steak, veal, tofu or chicken. My favorite vegetable to marinade in balsamic vinegar are portobello mushrooms, onions and tomatoes.
  3. Finish a soup, salad or entree. An aged balsamic can be an excellent finishing ingredient. When the cooking process is complete, just before you serve your favorite soup or main entree drizzle a little aged balsamic on the top. It can help bring favors together and add a colorful zip to any recipe.
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Roasted Carrots

The first time I served these to my family they couldn’t believe they were eating carrots. The roasting process takes these root vegetables to a new and different level of flavor. This recipe is a great side item for hamburgers from the grill or as a substitute for a starchy carbohydrate.

1 lb carrots, peeled
3 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Olive Oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Clearly Organic Ground Black Pepper
2 teaspoons dried dill weed

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with Clearly Organic cooking spray.
If your carrots are thick cut them in half lengthwise, if not, leave them whole. Slice the carrots diagonally into 1 1/2 inch thick slices. Place carrots in a bowl with olive oil, salt, pepper and dill. Toss ingredients until carrots are well coated. Place carrots on the baking sheet in one layer and roast in oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Carrots will get smaller while cooking.

Roasted Carrots Roasted Carrots
Roasted Carrots
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Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

This easy to make vinaigrette goes great over leafy greens or it can be used as a flavorful
marinade for your next chicken dish.

1/2 teaspoon Clearly Organic Parsley Flakes
1/2 teaspoon Clearly Organic Dried Basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon Clearly Organic Granulated Sugar
1/2 cup Clearly Organic Balsamic Vinegar
3 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Olive Oil

Place spices and sugar in a glass jar. Add balsamic vinegar and oil. Place lid on the jar and
shake vigorously. Dressing can be stored at room temperature for up to a week.
Variations: Organic honey can be substituted for granulated sugar. Spices can be mixed and
matched depending on desired taste.

Balsamic Dressing Balsamic Dressing
Balsamic Dressing
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Benefits of Green Tea

Have you ever stopped to take a closer look at the health benefits of green tea? This tea has
been around for centuries and it has been used medicinally to help counteract many adverse
health issues. Green tea is well known for its antioxidant content. Antioxidants help reduce the
risk of disease by helping to flush out the free radicals in your system. Free radicals can come
from our daily exposure to things like car exhaust, UV rays and industrial fumes. Our bodies
need antioxidants, from our diet, to help fight off oxidative stress.

By drinking 1 to 2 cups of green tea, without sugar, per day you can start reaping its health
benefits. As you think green for the week of St. Patrick’s Day try starting a new routine of
enjoying green tea. This may not be your traditional St. Paddy’s day drink but it has a lot to offer.

Tea
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Whole Wheat Waffles

These crisp golden waffles go great with a drizzle of pure maple syrup and a dollop of plain
yogurt. Add some seasonal fresh fruit and you have the perfect whole grain balanced breakfast!

2 Clearly Organic Eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups Clearly Organic Almond Milk
2 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Olive Oil
1/2 cup Clearly Organic Unsweetened Applesauce
1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Vanilla
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup Clearly Organic Old Fashioned Oats
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon sugar

In a medium size mixing bowl whisk together eggs, milk, oil, apple sauce and vanilla. In a
separate larger mixing bowl add whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, oats, baking powder,
cinnamon and sugar. Stir together dry ingredients. Then add egg mixture to dry ingredients and
stir until ingredients are evenly distributed.
Coat a waffle iron with cooking spray and preheat. Pour batter into waffle iron in batches. Cook
until crisp and golden brown. Waffles can be topped with fruit, plain Greek yogurt and pure
organic maple syrup.

Whole Wheat Waffles Whole Wheat Waffles
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Homemade Chicken Tenders

These crispy parmesan crusted chicken tenders are an easy dinner option your whole family will love. Serve them over a bed of leafy greens for a delicious salad, or they also go great with roasted sweet potatoes and green beans.

Clearly Organic Cooking Spray
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Clearly Organic Eggs
1/2 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese
1 cup dry whole wheat breadcrumbs
1 lb chicken tenders or chicken thighs
1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Dried Basil

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet and coat with cooking spray. Place flour in shallow bowl. Lightly beat eggs in another shallow bowl. Combine parmesan and breadcrumbs in a third shallow bowl. On a plate or plater evenly sprinkle chicken with garlic powder and basil. Taking one piece of chicken at a time coat each in flour, then dip in egg mixture. Let excess drip off then roll in breadcrumb mix. Place chicken on prepared rack. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Turn each piece over after the 10 minutes and continue cooking an additional 10 minutes or until crisp and cooked through.

 

Homemade Chicken Tenders Homemade Chicken Tenders
Homemade Chicken Tenders Homemade Chicken Tenders
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All Natural

A debate is currently being waged on what it means to be considered a “natural” food. We see this claim posted proudly on the front of many packaged foods. So what are the requirements for a food company to say that they have an “all natural” product? According to the main agencies that regulate food, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the natural claim can be posted on anything that is deemed ‘minimally processed’. This vague phrase leaves the door wide open for interpretation, allowing a multitude of packaged products to claim they are “natural”.

When Consumer Report conducted a survey of over 1,000 Americans they found that most people attributed the word ‘natural’ to mean no artificial ingredients, artificial colors or genetically modified foods (GMO’s). However, that is not necessarily true especially in regards to meat products. One fool proof way to ensure you are limiting GMO’s, artificial flavoring, colors and processing is to consume organic products. Certified Organic foods contain 95%-99% organically grown ingredients. When you see the 100% Organic label you can be confident the food is organically grown or contains all organic ingredients. Take a minute next time you’re at the store to watch for some of these labels.

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