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Lowfat Creamy Tomato Sauce

Author: Kelly Donlea

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 8 tomatoes
  • 3 basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon red wine or balsamic vinegar
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 cup lite coconut milk

Heat oil in pot on stove over medium heat. Add vegetables and sautee until warm. Add remaining ingredients. Use an immersion blender to puree. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve over pasta or chicken, and top with Parmesan cheese if desired.

Sweet Potato Tomato Sauce

Author: Kelly Donlea

You can think of this recipe as hiding superfoods in your family’s favorite meals if you like. But I like to think of it as one of the healthiest ways to get a rich, creamy tomato sauce without loads of heavy cream or butter.  Can be frozen for future use.

Ingredients

  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 fresh basil leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cream, milk, or coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Peel and dice sweet potato. Heat oil in pan on stove. Sautee sweet potato and garlic for several minutes over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until softened slightly. Remove skins form tomato (easiest done by blanching in hot water for 4 minutes until skins pull back). Then remove seeds. Add tomatoes, basil and water to pan and let simmer for 25 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and blend with blender or immersion blender.

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Granola

Author: Kelly Donlea

In the blog post that kicked off  this series, I told you that the health benefits of oats and flax are so long, they are a post in themselves. Granola is an easy way to get these superfoods into your system every day as they are versatile for either lunch or breakfast, topped with greek yogurt and fruit, as-is, or with milk.

All you have to do is dress up the oats with some nuts, honey and a toasted finish, and you add a protein and crunch that turn them into a snack your kids will love. This few-ingredient granola is so easy to make, you can whip it up anytime in the kitchen while you’re making dinner or even before the kids wake up.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups oats
  • 1/3 cup raw honey*
  • 1/3 cup olive or coconut oil**
  • 1/3 cup flax seeds
  • Nuts (optional) I use 1/3 cup slivered almonds and 1/3 cup pecans in a typical batch

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Spread on a jelly roll pan or in a baking dish with sides. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, stirring once about halfway through. Oven times may vary, and you want to remove from oven as soon as it starts to brown, so either keep a close eye on, or adjust the time based on your oven sensitivity. photo 2

Sweet Potato Pork Chop Bake

Author: Kelly Donlea

 

Tangy sweet and savory flavors combine for a light but satisfying comfort dish. This dish can also be made with chicken, which is on the stock up list. 

Ingredients

 

  • 4-6 pork chops
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pears or apples, peeled and cubed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ginger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Toss sweet potatoes in olive oil and place in baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes. Season pork with salt and pepper. Add remaining ingredients to pan, and stir to combine. Top with pork. Cover with foil and bake 20 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking 10 minutes.

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Patron xo Cafe Frappuccino

Author: Kelly Donlea

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. patron XO Cafe
  • 1 oz. Creme de Cacao
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 2 oz. half and half
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
  • extra syrup for garnish

Line glasses with chocolate syrup garnish. Put ingredients in blender with ice and blend until combined.

Cilantro Lime Rice

Author: Kelly Donlea

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups rice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • Salt & pepper

In pan on stove over medium-high heat, drizzle 1 T of the olive oil. Add rice and stir to coat until slightly browned. Add water and garlic salt. Bring to boil and then reduce heat to simmer, and cover, stirring occasionally until cooked. Add lime juice and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper as desired.

 

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Author: Kelly Donlea

Using a cauliflower crust is a great way to enjoy a gluten-free or carb-free pizza crust without sacrificing flavor. The flaover belnds right in with the cheese and sauce to make for an absolutely perfect dish.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups diced cauliflower (about 1/2 head)
  • 1 cup mozzarella or other Italian cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian herbs (basil, oregano)
  • dash salt

Toppings of your choice (i.e. 1/2 cup tomato sauce, 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, etc.)

Microwave the cauliflower for 8 minutes until dehydrated (or use dehydrator). Allow to cool.

In a small processor or blender, add all ingredients and pulse until smooth. Grease baking sheet, prepare crust and bake at 450 for 10-15 minutes (until well done). Remove from oven, top as desired and return for just 5 minutes more.

Gluten-Free Cherry Almond Muffins

Author: Kelly Donlea

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1-1/2 cups gluten-free baking mix
  • 3/4 cup diced dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup plu2 3 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

Stir butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs and almond extract. Add baking mix, cherries and 1/2 cup almonds. Fill 12 muffin cups 3/4 full. Sprinkle brown sugar and remaining sliced almonds on top and press in. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes.

Grapefruit Mint Compote

Author: Kelly Donlea

Ingredients

  • meat of 2 grapefruits, cubed
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 tablespoons grapefruit vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Combine ingredients and serve on fish, vegetables, salad or bread.

Tomato Basil Compote

Author: Kelly Donlea

Ingredients

  • 2 tomatoes, cubed
  • 1 cup basil, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Combine ingredients and serve on bread, pasta, cooked vegetables and or meat.