Amy’s Orange Chicken :)

This chicken dish made such AMAZING salads for dinner that I’m already excited about the leftovers!! I used 2 packs of organic chicken breasts from Costco.

Ingredients:
4 ish large organic large chicken breasts
1 large onion
1 tablespoon garlic
Juice of 1 large orange
3 tablespoons organic Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon organic non-gmo corn starch
Salt / pepper
Avocado or algae oil

Saute the diced onion, garlic and chicken in a pan and season with salt & pepper. Turn the heat down to medium, put the lid on and “steam” the chicken just a bit. In the meantime, whisk the juice of 1 orange, mustard and corn starch in a separate bowl. Add the mixture to the pan and stir well to combine. Turn the heat to high and let the juice boil into the chicken. Once the dish starts to thicken use your spoon to scrape the bottom and keep the chicken rotating. Turn off the heat and serve warm! Be careful not to dry out your chicken.

This dish would be AMAZING on top of my cabbage salad!! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!!

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Conant Cabbage Salad – light, simple & delicious!!

I call it “Conant Cabbage Salad” because that is my maiden name and I’m not sure if my mom or one of my sisters introduced me to this recipe so I’m giving everyone credit!!!

In this photo I used 2 heads of green cabbage. Tonight we are having taco bowls and this is the perfect addition to that meal!

Ingredients
:
1-2 head green cabbage
Juice 1-2 lemons
2 tablespoons avocado, olive or algae oil
Sea salt as desired

Cut the cabbage into thin strips, add the lemon, oil, salt and mix well. Let the salad sit in the fridge for 30 min before serving.

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AMAZING Homemade Granola!!

My sister Teri made this granola for us when we were in Alaska this summer – we fell in LOVE with it and have made several batches since being home so I thought I’d share the famous recipe!

Ingredients:
3 cup gf oats
1/2 cup unsweetened unsulphured coconut
1/4 cup sprouted nuts or seeds of your choice (above is sprouted watermelon seeds)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 cup organic unrefined coconut oil
1/4 cup organic raw honey
Dash sea salt

Preheat oven to 400 deg. In a mixing bowl add the oats, coconut, seeds, cinnamon and salt. In a small bowl put the coconut oil & honey. Microwave until soft, mix and add to the dry ingredients and stir well. Line your baking pan with parchment paper then pour on the mixture. Bake for 10 min, use a spatula to stir and then bake for another 10 minutes. Check at the 7-8 minute mark to assure you do not burn the granola. Cool completely and store in an air tight glass container.

Enjoy!

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Homemade Almond / Nut Milk!!!

Almonds & filtered water – that’s it!

Stop buying and feeding your family nut milks that are full of fillers! Almond Cow (I am not being paid – just a huge fan) has created such a great product to make our lives much easier!! In the above picture the only ingredients are organic raw almonds (Costco has the best price) and filtered water BUT the best part is it only takes 1 minute in the machine to make! I made up the chocolate milk recipe and it’s a winner (see below for the recipe)!! I suggest soaking your nuts for at least 4 hours prior to whipping up your favorite nut milk. It will last in your fridge for 4-5 days. The pulp we haven’t mastered but you can do SO many things with it which you will see on their website. I can’t wait to hear what you favorite combo’s are!!!

Charly & Amy’s chocolate milk:
1/4 cup raw almonds / 1/4 cup raw cashews (soaked)
1-2 tablespoons raw cocoa powder
5 pitted dates
1-2 tablespoons organic maple syrup
1 tablespoon raw coconut sugar
1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
Filtered water to the minimum line

Follow the instructions for your machine!

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Flourless Blueberry Banana Muffins!

Moist & YUMMY!!!!

This recipe makes the perfect amount, makes your kitchen smell amazing and will help when you need something to curve your sweet tooth without breaking the calorie bank! To make them less sweet use only 1/4 cup or less of the syrup. This will also lessen the glycemic index load of the muffin.

Ingredients:

2 ripe medium size bananas
3/4-1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2 eggs
1/4 cup unsweetened almond or nut milk
2 1/4 cup gf oats
1/2 cup raw almond butter
1/2 cup OR LESS of organic maple syrup
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients, spoon into your muffin liners and bake at 350 until golden brown. Check them at 15 min and assess!

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Banana Cookies!!!

You will most often find these cookies baked in my home. My husband enjoys them with his morning coffee (or hot out of the oven anytime of the day) and Charly loves them to snack on during the day. BRAIN FUEL!!! 🙂 Low blood sugar while homeschooling is NO good so I often just leave a couple of cookies on a plate at her reach.

This is my latest version that we are loving!!

Ingredients:
2-3 bananas (use what you have and adjust other ingredients accordingly)
Big scoop organic nut butter (I most often use peanut butter)
Small scoop organic unrefined coconut oil
Sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
Organic raw honey (I probably use 2-3 tablespoons but you can skip this all together or add a bit more for your family)
1 tsp organic vanilla (optional)
1 cup ish gluten free rolled oats
2 tablespoons ish Enjoy Life (dairy free) chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Mix the bananas, nut butter, oil, honey, sea salt, cinnamon and vanilla in your kitchen-aid or with a hand mixer until creamy. Add the oats until your desired consistency (think cookie dough). Continue to mix as you add in the chocolate chips. Scoop and flatten out each cookie onto your stone baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

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How to make homemade fruit leather bigger than your head :)

This “mandatory stay at home” Covid craziness has taken me a bit to get used to but I am truly starting to enjoy the slower pace of life. I am loving this unique time with my sweet family and am finding myself enjoying the little things again. I am making my kid homemade fruit leather (bigger than her head!!), dehydrating fruit, baking my homemade sourdough bread, playing more and I feel so much more relaxed.

I want you encourage you also make the best of this unique time so I am posting this to encourage you to get back to the “little things”! Please do not go out and buy an expensive food dehydrator but a lot of you have a dusty one in a cabinet and could easily bust it out! You can use any fruit / veggie combo you desire but here is one that I made this past weekend and was a huge hit! You can use fresh or frozen fruit or a combo of both.

I bought my 5 tray Excalibur dehydrator YEARS ago online (I believe from the company directly) and highly recommend this brand. The only upgrade I would choose is a timer that turns off the machine – mine does not have this. Also buy the dehydrator “sheets” that fit your machine so you can make the fruit leather as shown below.

Into Vitamix: (fresh, frozen or a combo is fine!)
1-2 bananas
Chopped pineapple
5-6 strawberries
4 cutie oranges
1 head romaine lettuce
2-3 tablespoons organic whole flax-seeds
1-2 tablespoons of water if needed

BLEND until smooth – pour onto your dehydrator sheets and smooth with a spatula. Dehydrate at 140 deg F for at least 13-15 hours or until your desired crispiness. Break into pieces and store in a sealed Ziploc.

KEEP MOVING during this crazy time. I am here for you!!!

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A quick body weight circuit!

Hello everyone! This body weight circuit is perfect after a 30-45 min run, power walk, elliptical, bike ride etc. A reminder on your cardio to add in a little intensity. Try this:

10 min easy
1 min “hard” – out of breath
1 min “easy” – feel recovered and ready to rally on your “hard” minutes
(repeat the 1 / 1 combo for 10-15 minutes)
10 min easy

Body weight circuit:
Single Glut Bridges x 10 ea leg
Reverse Lunges x 20 (alternating legs)
Push-ups x 10
Reverse Crunches w/ Pelvic Tilt at the top x 20
Lateral Lunges x 10 ea leg
Tricep Push-ups x 10 (or chair dips)

perform 3-4 rounds of this circuit

Quick yoga:
Down dog (walk the dog)
Lunge a foot through and stretch back hip flexor (do each side)
Wide straddle – reach an arm for the ceiling & one on the ground
Wide straddle – reach around behind back
Quad stretch – both sides

KEEP MOVING during this crazy time. I am here for you!!!

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Proper Foot Wear

With the social distancing rule in affect our normal exercise routines have changed and I see a lot of families adding in hiking on dirt trails. This is AWESOME; however, PLEASE do not hike without proper hiking shoes!! The last thing you need to do is have you or your children slip and end up in the hospital full of people with the virus. In short do not take your kid hiking with athletic shoes that do not have traction. I made this mistake one time when my daughter was super young and it literally made her fearful of a downhill slope that should be fun to run down. From about 2 years old and on I have always invested in quality hiking shoes for her, myself and my husband. Pictured are our current shoes that we take onto the trails. For my husband and I we typically find an older version of our favorite trail shoes on clearance online at Running Warehouse (they ship for free or you can walk into their SLO location) and for Charly’s shoes I have had success online at REI, 6pm, Amazon and Zappos.

I am so proud to see families out hiking. Keep it fun and full of adventure!!

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Homemade Honey Suckers!!

Charly Approved!!

These 2 ingredient suckers are a home run!!! I bought the reusable molds and sticks on Amazon.

Ingredients:
1 cup organic sugar
1/3 cup raw local honey
2 tablespoons water
Optional – a pinch of dye free sprinkles

*Makes approx 15-20 lollipops

Directions:
1. Place the sugar, honey and water into a large pan.
2. On medium heat, stir the ingredients together with a wooden spoon until the sugar has completely dissolved.
3. Once the sugar is dissolved, place the candy thermometer (I didn’t have one so I just continued to stir until the hard cracked stage) in your pan and allow the mixture to come to a boil. Let it boil until it reaches 295 degrees Fahrenheit (or the hard cracked stage).
4. While the candy is boiling, prepare your candy molds by spraying them with non-stick spray and adding the lollipop sticks. Add sprinkles to the bottom of the mold if desired.
5. Immediately after the candy reaches the hard cracked stage, carefully pour the mixture into your lollipop molds. (The mixture is extremely hot. Be careful not to burn yourself)
6. Twist the lollipop sticks to make sure they are fully coated on the back of the mixture.
7. Let the lollipops rest for at least 30 minutes before removing from the mold. Store in plastic wrap.


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