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Veggie And Cheese Egg Bake

4 slices bacon
1 small yellow onion, chopped
2 medium size red potatoes, chopped (in1/2 inch cubes)
8 Clearly Organic Eggs
1/2 cup Clearly Organic Milk
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Clearly Organic Ground Pepper
1/2 cup grated cheese

Spray an 8×8 inch baking dish with Clearly Organic cooking spray. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium skillet cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon from pan and lay on paper towel lined plate to absorb grease. Pour the extra bacon grease from the pan then return pan to the stove and add chopped onion and potatoes. Heat over medium heat with pan covered, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper and cook onion and potatoes until they become tender, about 15 minutes. Once potatoes and onions have reached desired doneness remove from heat and add chopped spinach. Let spinach slightly wilt by stirring into mixture. While the veggies are cooking crack eggs into a mixing bowl and add milk. Beat with whisk to combine. Place cooked veggies in prepared baking dish. Crumble cooked bacon on top. Pour in egg mixture and add cheese. Bake for 40-50 minutes until the center of the dish is set. Let dish cool for 5 minutes then serve warm with a bed of greens.

 

Veggie And Cheese Egg Bake

 

Veggie And Cheese Egg Bake

 

Veggie And Cheese Egg Bake

 

Veggie And Cheese Egg Bake

 

Veggie And Cheese Egg Bake

 

Veggie And Cheese Egg Bake

 

 

 

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Flax Eggs

A flax egg was made popular by a desire for a vegan egg substitute in recipes. What is a flax egg you might be asking? It’s a natural completely vegan, gluten free, dairy free egg substitute made from 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal and 3 tablespoons water. When these two ingredients are mixed together, then allowed to sit in the frig for 15 minutes, they gel to form an egg like consistency that is loaded with nutrients from the flax seeds.

However, much like eating a raw egg it’s not recommended to consume the flax egg mixture by itself. It’s not going to offer much flavor or enjoyment. The 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal and 3 tablespoons water is equivalent to one egg. Double for a recipes that calls for 2 eggs. In general this ratio works best as an egg substitute in most baked goods particularly muffins, quick breads and pancakes. It also works well in veggie burger recipes.

You don’t have to be vegan to give flax eggs a try. Flax seeds are high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and they offer a plant based protein. It’s always beneficial to offer your body a wide range of natural seeds, nuts, produce and wholesome grains. That is why I find implementing flax eggs, or flaxseed meal into my nutrition plan as a healthy way to achieve balance, variety and moderation in my daily routine.

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Health Benefits Of Asparagus

This bright Spring vegetable is well known for its vast health benefits. It’s a great source of fiber, vitamin K, folate and iron. Asparagus is also very versatile in the ways it can be prepared. Not only is this super food good raw it can also be roasted, steamed, sautéed, pickled or baked. Since we are entering into asparagus season it’s the perfect time to add this unique vegetable to your next recipe.

One of the most beneficial aspects of asparagus is its natural folate content. Folate is one of the vital nutrients that helps ward off heart disease, cancer, depression and is a key component to healthy pregnancies. Consuming just one cup of asparagus provides half your recommended daily allowance of vitamin K. This vitamin helps calcium absorb and can promote bone health. The iron in asparagus also promotes bone and joint health. Therefore, next time you’re walking through the produce department consider adding a bundle or two of fresh asparagus to your cart!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup Clearly Organic Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Clearly Organic Honey
1/4 cup Clearly Organic Sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons Clearly Organic Vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a standing mixer or mixing bowl combine peanut butter, honey and sugar. Beat in mixer or with a hand held mixer until evenly distributed. Beat in egg and vanilla. Then add salt, baking soda and flour. Mix until dough forms a ball. Shape dough into small balls, about 1 Tablespoon of dough. Place on baking sheet. Slightly press dough balls using your hand or a cup. Then press in a few dark chocolate chunks. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

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Mexican Lasagna

This recipe is gluten free plus full of protein and nutrients. It can easily be made in advance and it’s a freezer friendly food.

1 lb lean ground beef
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Olive Oil
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon Clearly Organic Ground Pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (16oz) can Clearly Organic Refried Beans
1 (8oz) can Clearly Organic Tomato sauce
1/2 cup Clearly Organic Salsa
1 (15oz) can Clearly Organic Black Beans, drained and rinsed
10 corn tortillas, cut into strips
1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend

Sauté onions and ground beef in 2 Tablespoons oil. Add spices to the meat and onion mix and stir occasionally while meat browns and onions sauté. Combine refried beans, sauce and salsa in a mixing bowl. Stir contents. Drain and rinse black beans. Set aside. Spray an 8×8 casserole dish with Clearly Organic cooking spray. Add a thin layer of the sauce mix to the bottom. Then place tortilla strips over the top to cover the space. Add half the beef mix and half the cheese.
Sprinkle half the black beans over the top. Repeat layers of tortillas, meat and beans. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.

 

Mexican Lasagna

 

Mexican Lasagna

 

Mexican Lasagna

 

Mexican Lasagna

 

Mexican Lasagna

 

Mexican Lasagna

 

Mexican Lasagna

 

 

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Festive St. Patrick’s Day Foods

Whether or not you have Irish roots St. Patrick’s Day seems to draw most people into a state of celebration around green beer and corned beef. Although these are St. Paddy’s Day originals here are a few other festive and healthy ways to enjoy this Irish holiday.

Try our Shamrock Smoothie. This green minty drink is where healthy meets indulgence. The vibrant green color comes from Mother Nature – Spinach! However, the added sweetness from bananas and dark chocolate make the smoothie seem like dessert.
https://clearlyorganicbrand.com/news/shamrock-smoothie/

Potatoes are an Irish staple. Try this simple sweet potato recipe for a fun and delicious way to roast any kind of spud. Organic sweet potatoes are a filling and nutritious way to balance out any meal, any time of year.
https://clearlyorganicbrand.com/news/spiralized-sweet-potato-fries/

Stay hydrated with mint or lime infused water. Sticking with the green theme is the essence of St. Patrick’s Day so keep yourself hydrated after your green beer with fresh mint water. Limes and oranges are also great citrus add ins that make water refreshing and easy to drink.
https://clearlyorganicbrand.com/news/nutritionist-corner-hydrate-with-a-twist/

 

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Shamrock Smoothie

This St. Patrick’s Day enjoy a festive and nutritious green smoothie. This Shamrock Smoothie is easy to make as a healthy snack or dessert.

1 medium size banana, sliced and frozen
3/4 cup Clearly Organic Almond Milk
1/2 cup fresh spinach
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
10 dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs

Add contents to a small blender and blend until completely smooth. About 2 minutes. Add a few extra chocolate chips and whipped topping if desired.

 

Shamrock Smoothie

 

Shamrock Smoothie

 

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Baked Blueberry Oatmeal

1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
2 cups Clearly Organic Old Fashioned Oats
2 teaspoons Clearly Organic Cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 3/4 cup Clearly Organic Almond Milk (or cow’s milk)
1/3 cup Clearly Organic Maple Syrup
2 eggs
3 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Coconut Oil, melted
2 teaspoons Clearly Organic Vanilla
1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
2 teaspoons Clearly Organic Sugar

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8×8 baking dish with Clearly Organic cooking spray. In a sauté pan slightly toast chopped walnuts over medium high heat for 5-7 minutes. In a medium size mixing bowl combine oats, toasted walnuts, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Stir to combine. In a separate mixing bowl combine milk, maple syrup, eggs and vanilla, whisk together ingredients then add melted coconut oil and continue whisking. Combine wet and dry ingredients and gently stir. Add 1 cup frozen blueberries to the mixture, gently toss then pour contents into the 8×8 baking dish. Scatter remaining 1/2 cup blueberries over the top and sprinkle 2 teaspoons sugar on top, this will add a little extra sweetness and crunch. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the top is golden. Let cool for 5 minutes.

I prefer baked oatmeal warm with a little plain Greek yogurt and honey. The dish of oatmeal can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. It can be easily reheated in the microwave for individual portions.

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal

 

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal
Baked Blueberry Oatmeal

 

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal

 

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal

 

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Dealing With Food Allergies And Intolerances

When someone is diagnosed with a food allergy or intolerance it’s common to receive a list of foods and products that they should avoid or eliminate from their daily meal plan. While it’s very important to steer clear of foods that cause your body discomfort and illness, it’s also helpful to focus on all the foods you can still enjoy. The list of foods people can continue to enjoy is always much longer than the list of foods you should eliminate.

It’s important to open up your possibilities and take away the negativity and limitations that food allergies and intolerances can often bring. Food allergies often make people more dependent on natural ingredients, fruits, vegetables and organic products. By looking at the positive side of any lifestyle change we can all benefit from embracing new stages in our lifelong journey for health and wellbeing.

 

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Hearty Breakfast Starts The Day Off Right

If I’m honest I spent many of my younger years joyfully scarfing down a bowl of cereal for my breakfast. I’m still guilty of an occasional carbohydrate based first meal, but after experiencing a hearty protein and vegetable based breakfast (or any meal for that matter) it’s hard to want anything else. Studies show that people who consume high protein, moderate calorie, breakfasts are less hungry throughout the day and showed favorable changes in hormone and brain signals that controlled appetite and cravings.

Some great hearty breakfast options are eggs sautéed with veggies and a little cheese. Plain yogurt or cottage cheese mixed with berries are an excellent option. Even whole grain bread with egg and avocado is a delicious and nutritious way to start your morning. The main hinderance for most people when it comes to breakfast is the simple reality of time. Cooking real food does take longer than pouring a bowl of cereal. However, if you want to be serious about breakfast it can be done in advance. Prioritizing cooking breakfast one day a week or prepping food the night before is all it takes. Watch the Clearly Organic blog for some hearty breakfast recipes that can provide multiple days worth of delicious meals.

 

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