Jeanette's Healthy Living http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com Where delicious and healthy come together Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:00:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/cropped-cropped-logo-32x32.jpg Jeanette's Healthy Living http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com 32 32 Macadamia Nut Milk Recipe http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/macadamia-nut-milk/ http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/macadamia-nut-milk/#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:00:40 +0000 http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/?p=30740 Macadamia Nut Milk is a creamy and delicious dairy-free milk alternative. It’s wonderful blended into smoothies and creamy soups when you don’t want to use milk or other dairy products. This nut milk is so easy to make, and requires no straining. Recently, I tried making macadamia nut milk because I was looking for a...

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Macadamia Nut Milk is a creamy and delicious dairy-free milk alternative. It’s wonderful blended into smoothies and creamy soups when you don’t want to use milk or other dairy products. This nut milk is so easy to make, and requires no straining.

Macadamia Nut Milk - a rich and creamy dairy-free milk that doesn't require any straining. Wonderful in smoothies and creamy pureed soups

Recently, I tried making macadamia nut milk because I was looking for a dairy-free milk alternative that was higher in calories. Macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, brazil nuts and walnuts are the highest in calories, in descending order. Nut milks are becoming more readily available in supermarkets, but I’ve yet to see macadamia nut milk in local stores.

There are situations where people need to gain weight, but want to do it in a healthy way. I mentioned nut milks in my post on Healthy Calorie Boosting Ingredients for Cancer Patients. Eating nuts or drinking nut milks is one way to increase calories in smoothies and soups when you want to avoid dairy.

How To Make Macadamia Nut Milk

Making macadamia nut milk is simple. There is no need to soak macadamia nuts before making it into nut milk. Also, no straining is needed as macadamia nuts blend smoothly with water to make nut milk. This is a big plus since there’s no waste.

Macadamia Nut Milk - a rich and creamy dairy-free milk that doesn't require any straining. Wonderful in smoothies and creamy pureed soups

The ratio of macadamia nuts to water will determine the number of calories per cup. Blending macadamia nuts with water in a 3:1 ratio will achieve 241 calories per cup. To reach 481 calories per cup, use a ratio of 1:1 macadamia nuts to water. As a point of reference, I found an online macadamia nut milk product that has 50 calories per cup. That would equate to 2-3 macadamia nuts per cup of water.

Nut milks can be flavored with vanilla extract or sweetened by blending in dates, maple syrup or honey. However, I like to leave it plain so it can blended into both sweet and savory recipes such as smoothies and creamy pureed soups.

Macadamia Nut Milk - a rich and creamy dairy-free milk that doesn't require any straining. Wonderful in smoothies and creamy pureed soups

The nice thing about making your own nut milk is that you can control the calorie count to suit your needs. Macadamia nuts are expensive, but macadamia nut pieces are less expensive and a more economical way to make macadamia nut milk at home.

Macadamia Nut Milk

Macadamia nut milk is rich and creamy, and a wonderful substitute for milk or other dairy products in smoothies and creamy soups.

  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
  • 3 cups water
  1. Place macadamia nuts and water in a high speed blender. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.

If you like this recipe, you might also like this Cashew Cream recipe.

Vegan Cashew Cream - this is so rich and creamy - it makes a great dairy-free substitute for heavy cream

 

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Healthy Calorie Boosting Ingredients For Cancer Patients http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/healthy-calorie-boosting-ingredients-for-cancer-patients/ http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/healthy-calorie-boosting-ingredients-for-cancer-patients/#respond Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:00:31 +0000 http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/?p=30710 This post includes some suggestions of Healthy Calorie Boosting Ingredients For Cancer Patients that need to gain weight during cancer treatment. It’s important to maintain a healthy weight during cancer treatment. For some, keeping weight on can be a real challenge, especially when faced with side effects from treatment that impact appetite or the ability...

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This post includes some suggestions of Healthy Calorie Boosting Ingredients For Cancer Patients that need to gain weight during cancer treatment. It’s important to maintain a healthy weight during cancer treatment. For some, keeping weight on can be a real challenge, especially when faced with side effects from treatment that impact appetite or the ability to eat.

Although eating a high fat, high calorie diet might sound counterintuitive to a healthy diet, it can helpful and necessary for someone who needs to gain weight.

Healthy Calorie Boosting Ingredients For Cancer Patients

Healthy Calorie Boosting Ingredients

I’ve been cooking for cancer patients since 2002, but it wasn’t until recently, that I started calculating the number of calories I was preparing for each meal. In cases where the cancer patient needs to gain weight, it makes sense to have a meal plan that counts calories to make sure they’re getting enough calories/day.

Cancer patients that can tolerate dairy might use heavy cream, cheese or full fat dairy products to help boost calories in soups and smoothies. However, if the cancer patient is dairy-intolerant or if dairy causes uncomfortable issues (e.g., phlegm), nut and seed milks are nice alternatives. The key is to use high fat nuts/seeds such as macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, pine nuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews.

Additional ingredients that can be used to add healthy calories to meals include:

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Ghee

Cancer Cooking Ingredients - organic ghee

  • Coconut Milk (full fat)

Cancer patients also often need more protein than usual to heal tissues and help fight infection. Some good sources of calories and protein include:

  • Beans/Lentils
  • Nuts/Seeds, Nut/Seed Milks Nut/Seed Butters (in order from most number of calories to least: macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, pine nuts, hazelnuts, sesame seeds (tahini), sunflower, cashews, pistachios, pecans, almonds, walnuts)

Cancer Cooking Ingredients - Sunflower Seed Butter

  • Eggs
  • Chicken Breast
  • Salmon
  • Protein Powder (grass-fed whey or organic plant-based)

Cancer Cooking Ingredients - plant based protein powder

 

These ingredients can all be blended into smoothies and pureed soups to increase calories, which are often easier to eat for cancer patients who have mouth sores or difficulty chewing or swallowing.

How To Modify Recipes To Increase Calories Healthily

When choosing recipes, I find it helpful to first calculate the calories for the recipe as is. If the calories/serving isn’t enough, then I start adding calorie boosting ingredients to the recipe until I reach the targeted calorie count/serving.  The cancer patient’s nutritionist should be able to tell them how many calories they should be consuming each day.

For example, if a soup recipe needs to have at least 500 calories/serving, but has only 300 calories/serving, I might add an extra tablespoon of olive oil, coconut milk or cream, and blend in a few hard boiled eggs or some chicken breast. If a smoothie needs to have at least 700 calories/serving but has only 400 calories/serving, I might add a combination of two or more of these ingredients ~ coconut oil, coconut cream, flaxseeds, a plant-based protein powder, macadamia nuts.

If you know someone going through cancer treatment that needs to gain weight, I encourage you to try some of these tips and come up with a delicious meal for your friend.

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Skinny Stuffed Baked Potato Soup http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/skinny-stuffed-baked-potato-soup/ http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/skinny-stuffed-baked-potato-soup/#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:00:28 +0000 http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/?p=30663 This Skinny Stuffed Baked Potato Soup is so rich and creamy that no one will know it’s low carb and healthy. When I think of comfort food, I think of soups, creamy rich foods, and carbs. Especially during the winter months, my body craves richer foods. So, I’ve been working on creating lighter versions of traditionally...

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This Skinny Stuffed Baked Potato Soup is so rich and creamy that no one will know it’s low carb and healthy. When I think of comfort food, I think of soups, creamy rich foods, and carbs. Especially during the winter months, my body craves richer foods. So, I’ve been working on creating lighter versions of traditionally high-carb comfort food like this rich and creamy soup with lots of toppings. Sponsored by Peapod.
Skinny Stuffed Baked Potato Soup - this soup is so creamy and rich tasting that no one will know it's low carb and healthy
My son loves stuffed baked potatoes, so this Skinny Stuffed Baked Potato Soup is something I came up with one recent snowy day so we could both satisfy our carb cravings, just in a healthier way. I created this loaded baked potato recipe for Peapod as part of their healthier comfort food theme.

Inevitably when you ask someone what their favorite comfort food is, they will say something high in carbs, creamy and often cheesy – pasta, pizza, mac and cheese, grilled cheese, mashed potatoes or French fries.

This skinny stuffed baked potato soup checks all the boxes on comfort food – it tastes like it’s high in carbs, it’s creamy and cheesy. The two secret ingredients in this recipe are cauliflower and cashew nuts. Roasted cauliflower stands in for most of the potatoes that would normally be in a loaded baked potato soup, and cashew nuts blended into this soup create a creaminess that mimics dairy.

Skinny Stuffed Baked Potato Soup - this soup is so creamy and rich tasting that no one will know it's low carb and healthy

I made a creamy roasted cauliflower chestnut soup a few years ago for a healthy cooking demonstration at the Culinary Institute of America, and one of the “judges” noted the dairy notes in the soup although no dairy was used. During that two-day event, one of the chefs suggested I try adding pine nuts to the soup for creaminess.

Instead of pine nuts, I used raw cashews in this skinny stuffed baked potato soup recipe. Cashews are naturally creamy and I’ve made cashew milk and cashew cream before by simply blending raw cashews with water. It has a nice creamy, sweet taste.

Bacon bits are key to a loaded stuffed baked potato, so I made some homemade turkey bacon bits as a topping for this soup. Minced turkey bacon is sautéed in a cold skillet until crispy and browned.

Turkey Bacon Bits

This loaded stuffed baked potato soup is so rich and creamy, no one will ever guess that cauliflower or cashews are in this soup.

Skinny Stuffed Baked Potato Soup - this soup is so creamy and rich tasting that no one will know it's low carb and healthy

Skinny Stuffed Baked Potato Soup - this soup is so creamy and rich tasting that no one will know it's low carb and healthy

Skinny Loaded Stuffed Baked Potato Soup

This low carb version of a favorite comfort food is so rich and creamy that no one will know it’s actually healthy.

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 head cauliflower (cut into florets, 1 pound or 4 cups)
  • 1 small onion (chopped, 1/2 cup)
  • 1 stalk celery (chopped, 1/2 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 4-5 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 medium russet potato (peeled, cut into 1/2" pieces)
  • salt and black pepper (to taste)

Toppings

  • 5 strips turkey bacon
  • 5 tablespoons reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 scallion (chopped)
  • 5 tablespoons low-fat Greek yogurt
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss cauliflower florets with 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place in single layer on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast for 20-25 minutes until tender and lightly browned.

    Heat remaining oil in large saucepan. Add onion, celery and garlic. Sauté 2-3 minutes until fragrant. Add 4 cups chicken broth, cashews, thyme, roasted cauliflower and potatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook 20-25 minutes until potatoes are tender. Add more chicken broth to cover vegetables as needed.

    Place vegetables and soup in blender and blend until smooth. You may need to do this in two batches.

Turkey Bacon Bits

  1. Finely mince turkey bacon. Place in cold skillet and turn heat to medium. Cook, stirring often, until bacon bits are browned and crisp. Transfer to paper towel lined plate.

To Serve

  1. Ladle pureed soup into serving bowls. Top with turkey bacon bits, shredded cheese, chopped scallion and Greek yogurt.

You can substitute a leftover baked potato for the potato in this recipe. Just scoop out the inside of the baked potato and add to the soup to reheat.

If you like this Skinny Loaded Stuffed Baked Potato Soup, you might also like these healthy comfort food recipes on From The Pod:

Comforting & Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken Parmesan
Healthy Cream of Mushroom Soup

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What is Agape Love? http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/agape-love/ http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/agape-love/#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:00:14 +0000 http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/?p=30687 Agape love has been called the “highest level of love known to humanity.” It is one of four different kinds of love, and it can take a lifetime to learn how to agape someone. This morning the topic of my In Touch daily devotion was about God’s agape love for us. Interestingly, the Ancient Greeks describe...

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Agape love has been called the “highest level of love known to humanity.” It is one of four different kinds of love, and it can take a lifetime to learn how to agape someone.
Agape Love - unconditional, selfless, sacrificial Christian love

This morning the topic of my In Touch daily devotion was about God’s agape love for usInterestingly, the Ancient Greeks describe four different kinds of love:

  • Eros – emotional and sexual love
  • Storge – family, e.g., the love that parents naturally feel for their children
  • Agape – unconditional love
  • Philia – brotherly love, e.g., friendship

Although most of us can relate to eros, storge and philia love, I believe few of us agape love others or even know what agape love is.

What is Agape Love?

Agape love is the love that God has for us and the love that he asks us to show Him and other people. Christian Agape love is about loving others because they are children of God like ourselves even if we don’t like them. This means we love a person despite his or her flaws or shortcomings. Agape love is about giving to others, sacrificing our time, energy and resources for someone else without expecting anything in return.

Agape love is about responding calmly when faced with difficulties, sacrificing without complaining, and waiting patiently. This type of love is selfless and is for the preservation of relationships and the development of another person.

In his book The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis used agape to describe what he believed was the “highest level of love known to humanity – a selfless love, a love that was passionately committed to the well-being of the other.”

Agape love is not easy and does not come naturally to most of us. It is a choice we make to serve others with humility, without expecting anything in return. This type of love enables us to love the unlovable and serve people at their deepest need, whether they deserve it or not. It is the second of Jesus’ greatest commandments.

Agape Love - unconditional, selfless, sacrificial Christian love

How Can We Practice Agape Love in Real Life?

  • One of my best friends is a hospice volunteer. Not many people would choose to carve time out of their busy schedule to sit with a dying person that they do not know. She sacrifices her time and energy to love upon a person she knows is going to die soon, expecting nothing in return. Not many people would be willing to do that.
  • Another example I witnessed occurred this past weekend at our church’s Night To Shine event, where more than 80 special needs children were treated to a prom night experience. Each special need child had a buddy who volunteered to accompany them the entire evening. Each of these buddies showed unconditional love for a special need’s child, making their night extra special.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” I used to think of this verse in context with love for my  husband, children and friends. But I was wrong. This verse defines agape love not just for people I already know and care about, but for others I do not know or might not even like. 

I love my husband (eros) and children (storge) dearly, and I love my friends (philia). But, I have a lot of work to do to show agape love to them and others.

Agape Love Never Ends

I am working on practicing agape love in my daily life. It’s not easy and I have a long way to go. It requires me to set aside my desires, and treat the needs of others as more important than my own. It requires a lot of patience, and it requires me to treat people respectfully, even when they are difficult and unlovable. It requires me to serve others willingly and joyfully, without complaining or resentment. It requires me to uplift a person even when I don’t think they deserve it.

The good news is that “Love never ends” (1 Corinthians 13:8) so I have the rest of my life to work on agape love with God’s help.

Agape Love - unconditional, selfless, sacrificial Christian love

 Have you witnessed or experienced agape love? I’d love to hear if you have. Please tell me in the comments section below.

Sources:

In Touch Daily Readings for Devoted Living, February 2017

Precept Austin: 1 Corinthians 13:4 Commentary

The Challenge of “Agape” Love, Christian Courier

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Homemade Turkey Bacon Bits Recipe http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/turkey-bacon-bits-recipe/ http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/turkey-bacon-bits-recipe/#comments Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:00:19 +0000 http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/?p=30672 Homemade Turkey Bacon Bits are so easy to make and are a delicious topping for soups and salads. Did you know that store bought imitation bacon bits are often made from textured vegetable protein? Although you can now buy “real” bacon bits in the supermarket, you can easily make healthier turkey bacon bits at home. My...

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Homemade Turkey Bacon Bits are so easy to make and are a delicious topping for soups and salads. Did you know that store bought imitation bacon bits are often made from textured vegetable protein? Although you can now buy “real” bacon bits in the supermarket, you can easily make healthier turkey bacon bits at home.

Homemade Turkey Bacon Bits - so easy to make and healthier than regular bacon bits

My youngest son loves condiments and toppings. He is always looking to add some contrast to this meals, whether it’s something creamy or crunchy. For breakfast recently, I made him toast with peanut butter, sliced bananas and honey drizzled on top. My son asked if there was anything crunchy I could sprinkle on top. Since I was out of chia seeds, I sprinkled some crunchy granola on top. These turkey bacon bits would have worked too.

When I make turkey taco nachos, one of my son’s favorite after-school snacks, he loves lots of toppings – refried beans, turkey taco meat, avocados, fresh salsa, sour cream, pickled jalapenos, chopped onions. Turkey bacon bits would a fun topping to nachos too.

So, recently, I made these turkey bacon bits as a topping for a soup recipe. I was going to just pan fry the turkey bacon and rough chop it afterwards, but decided to make bacon bits instead.

Turkey bacon is actually much easier to mince than regular bacon because it’s made with pressed turkey meat.

Homemade Turkey Bacon Bits - so easy to make and healthier than regular bacon bits

Simply put the minced turkey bacon in a cold skillet and cook until crispy and browned.

Homemade Turkey Bacon Bits - so easy to make and healthier than regular bacon bits

Drain on a paper towel lined plate to get rid of as much fat as possible.

Homemade Turkey Bacon Bits - so easy to make and healthier than regular bacon bits

Voila – real, homemade turkey bacon bits, with less fat than regular bacon bits, and with no chemicals.

Homemade Turkey Bacon Bits - so easy to make and healthier than regular bacon bits

Homemade Turkey Bacon Bits

  • 6 slices uncured turkey bacon
  1. Cut turkey bacon into four pieces crosswise. Slice thinly lengthwise, then cut crosswise into small pieces.

    Place minced turkey bacon in cold skillet and cook, stirring often, until crisp and brown. 

    Drain on a paper towel lined plate to remove as much grease as possible.

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Healthy Valentines Day Recipes http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/healthy-valentines-day-recipes/ http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/healthy-valentines-day-recipes/#comments Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:00:45 +0000 http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/?p=17251 There’s no better way to show your loved ones how much you care than cooking some of these Healthy Valentines Day Recipes for them. Food memories last forever.    Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show your loved ones how much you care for them by cooking something special that’s also on the healthier...

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There’s no better way to show your loved ones how much you care than cooking some of these Healthy Valentines Day Recipes for them. Food memories last forever. 

Healthy Valentines Day Recipes - treat your sweetheart to these delicious romantic dishes, from breakfast through dinner

 

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show your loved ones how much you care for them by cooking something special that’s also on the healthier side. No money can buy a home-cooked meal made with whole ingredients. Remember, it’s the thought that counts, so don’t worry about making anything fancy.

Here are some tried and true healthy Valentines Day recipes that will brighten up anyone’s Valentine’s Day:

Healthy Valentines Day Breakfast Recipes

Start Valentines Day off by making a special breakfast for your sweetie. Pancakes and French toast are always a popular choice, but anything with strawberries or chocolate are Valentines Day appropriate in my book.

Swedish Pancakes

Healthy Valentines Day Recipes - a collection of romantic and healthy breakfast, appetizer, dinner and sweet treat recipes

Healthy Valentines Day Recipes - a collection of romantic and healthy breakfast, appetizer, dinner and sweet treat recipes
Healthy Valentines Day Recipes - a collection of romantic and healthy breakfast, appetizer, dinner and sweet treat recipes
Healthy Valentines Day Recipes - a collection of romantic and healthy breakfast, appetizer, dinner and sweet treat recipes

Healthy Valentines Day Sweet Treats

Everyone deserves a sweet treat for Valentines Day, whether it’s dessert or a chocolatey snack. Once again, chocolate and strawberries are my choice.

Easy Chocolate MousseHealthy Valentines Day Recipes - a collection of romantic and healthy breakfast, appetizer, dinner and sweet treat recipes
Skinny Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits
Healthy Valentines Day Recipes - a collection of romantic and healthy breakfast, appetizer, dinner and sweet treat recipes

Healthy Valentines Day Recipes - a collection of romantic and healthy breakfast, appetizer, dinner and sweet treat recipes
 
 Healthy Valentines Day Recipes - a collection of romantic and healthy breakfast, appetizer, dinner and sweet treat recipes
Healthy Valentines Day Recipes - a collection of romantic and healthy breakfast, appetizer, dinner and sweet treat recipes

Healthy Valentines Day Appetizer Recipes

I think appetizers are a romantic way to eat. One of my favorite food memories with my husband when we were first got married was sitting down in front of our favorite tv show and sharing appetizers.

To this day, I love small bites more than main courses, so my husband and I often order an assortment of appetizers instead of ordering dinner when we eat out. You get more variety, and it’s fun. Here are a few of my favorite finger foods and shared plates.

Crab Avocado Tomato Basil Appetizer with Wasabi Soy Dressing

Healthy Valentines Day Recipes - a collection of romantic and healthy breakfast, appetizer, dinner and sweet treat recipes

the best Spanish Garlic Shrimp

Healthy Valentines Day Recipes - a collection of romantic and healthy breakfast, appetizer, dinner and sweet treat recipes

Spicy Ahi Tuna Avocado Tartare Bites

Healthy Valentines Day Recipes - a collection of romantic and healthy breakfast, appetizer, dinner and sweet treat recipes

Prosciutto Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

Healthy Valentines Day Recipes - a collection of romantic and healthy breakfast, appetizer, dinner and sweet treat recipes

Healthy Valentines Day Dinner Recipes

You might ask what constitutes a Valentines Day Dinner. It’s all a matter of opinion, but I think the key is to make something that lets your Valentine know that you took the extra time to make them something special, something a little bit out of the ordinary. We are visual creatures, so dishes that are colorful and catch the eye are great choices.

 Creamy Tomato Crab Pasta,
Healthy Valentines Day Recipes - a collection of romantic and healthy breakfast, appetizer, dinner and sweet treat recipes

 Roasted Chile Orange Salmon with Fresh Fruit Salsa
Healthy Valentines Day Recipes - a collection of romantic and healthy breakfast, appetizer, dinner and sweet treat recipes
Oven Braised Chicken Cacciatore
Healthy Valentines Day Recipes - a collection of romantic and healthy breakfast, appetizer, dinner and sweet treat recipes
I hope you enjoy this collection of healthy Valentines Day recipes. Let me know what you make for your Valentine.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

xo Jeanette

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Easy Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Bark Recipe http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/salted-dark-chocolate-peanut-bark/ http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/salted-dark-chocolate-peanut-bark/#comments Mon, 06 Feb 2017 10:00:10 +0000 http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/?p=30596 Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Bark has just three ingredients and is a quick sweet treat to make. Have you ever tried Goobers? I remember Goobers from the movie theater concession stand – peanuts individually coated with chocolate. Somehow what used to taste good when I was a kid doesn’t anymore. I no longer enjoy the chalky...

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Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Bark has just three ingredients and is a quick sweet treat to make. Have you ever tried Goobers? I remember Goobers from the movie theater concession stand – peanuts individually coated with chocolate. Somehow what used to taste good when I was a kid doesn’t anymore. I no longer enjoy the chalky chocolate covered peanuts with a plastic-y coating. But I do love good dark chocolate and peanuts.

Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Bark - just 3 ingredients to make this easy treat. Perfect for Valentines Day

Recently, I bought some chocolate covered peanuts from Home Goods – one of those impulse purchases as you’re standing in line waiting to pay. I actually bought them for my aunt, who loves nuts and dark chocolate. As it turns out, my son likes chocolate covered peanuts too – he polished off the bag and asked if I could buy some more.

When I tried finding chocolate covered peanuts in the natural products section of the supermarket, I couldn’t find any. So, I decided to make a quick salted dark chocolate peanut bark. Granted it’s not the same as individually chocolate coated peanuts, but it satisfies that chocolate peanut-ty crunchy craving.

How To Make Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Bark

The key is to use high quality dark chocolate. I used Callebaut dark chocolate. Simply melt the chocolate in a double boiler or use a heatproof bowl that fits on top of a saucepan of simmering water.

Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Bark - just 3 ingredients to make this easy treat. Perfect for Valentines Day

Buy unsalted roasted peanuts. Salted peanuts will be way too salty.

Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Bark - just 3 ingredients to make this easy treat. Perfect for Valentines Day

Stir the roasted peanuts into the melted chocolate and toss to coat evenly.

Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Bark - just 3 ingredients to make this easy treat. Perfect for Valentines Day

Spread on a plastic wrap-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with some flaky sea salt. I used Australian pink flaky sea salt that a friend gave me.

Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Bark - just 3 ingredients to make this easy treat. Perfect for Valentines DayPlace in refrigerator until chocolate hardens.

Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Bark - just 3 ingredients to make this easy treat. Perfect for Valentines Day

Break into bite size pieces.

Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Bark - just 3 ingredients to make this easy treat. Perfect for Valentines Day

Store this Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Bark in a mason jar or covered container so you can satisfy your sweet tooth whenever you’re feeling a craving for something sweet, salty and crunchy.

Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Bark - just 3 ingredients to make this easy treat. Perfect for Valentines Day

Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Bark - just 3 ingredients to make this easy treat. Perfect for Valentines Day

Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Bark

  • 4 ounces dark/bittersweet chocolate (chopped)
  • 1 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
  • flaky sea salt
  1. Melt chocolate in a double boiler. Alternatively place chocolate in a bowl that fits inside a saucepan. Place just enough water in saucepan to barely touch bottom of bowl. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and place bowl of chocolate on top of saucepan and stir until melted. 

    Remove chocolate from heat and stir in peanuts. Spread chocolate peanut mixture on plastic lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with a little flaky sea salt. Place in refrigerator until chocolate is hardened.

    Break into pieces and store in mason jars or airtight container.


For more recipes combining the flavors of Chocolate and Peanuts, you might like these:

Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Quick Bread

Gluten-Free Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread - a healthy and delicious breakfast bread or snack

Chocolate Peanut Butter Steel Cut Oatmeal Breakfast Bake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Steel Cut Oatmeal Breakfast Bake - this healthy breakfast is filling and hearty, perfect for a cold winter morning.

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Perfect for breakfast! Protein Packed Banana Oat Chocolate Smoothie © Jeanette's Healthy Living

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Gluten-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies © Jeanette's Healthy Living

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Healthy Super Bowl Menu http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/healthy-super-bowl-menu/ http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/healthy-super-bowl-menu/#comments Wed, 01 Feb 2017 10:00:13 +0000 http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/?p=24747 This Healthy Super Bowl Menu is a crowd pleaser – treat your friends and family to lighter versions of their favorite Game Day foods! Are you hosting a Super Bowl party? Super Bowl Sunday is notorious for being a day of feasting and overeating, so treat your friends and family to lighter versions of their favorite party foods....

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This Healthy Super Bowl Menu is a crowd pleaser – treat your friends and family to lighter versions of their favorite Game Day foods!

15+Super Bowl Recipes plus entertaining tips to help plan your menu for a party

Are you hosting a Super Bowl party? Super Bowl Sunday is notorious for being a day of feasting and overeating, so treat your friends and family to lighter versions of their favorite party foods.

I’ve put together this Healthy Super Bowl Menu, which includes dips, chili, burrito bowls, sliders, brownies and cookies that will make a beautiful spread for your Super Bowl party.

Here are a few tips from Super Bowl parties I’ve thrown:

  • I like to put out lots of dips before the game starts so people have something to munch on for the first part of the game. Include a variety of colorful vegetable dippers in addition to tortilla chips.
  • I make the dinner recipe at least one day before the party and reheat it in a slow cooker several hours before the party starts. This keeps everything warm until we serve dinner at halftime, and frees me up to make the appetizers on the day of the party.
  • Serving chili or burrito bowls is a fun, interactive meal during halftime because guests can customize their own bowls with their favorite toppings.
  • A colorful, festive salad is always welcome, and a few sweet treats is all you need to end the party.

Light Jalapeno Popper Dip

15+Super Bowl Recipes plus entertaining tips to help plan your menu for a party

Skinny Hot Spinach Dip

15+Super Bowl Recipes plus entertaining tips to help plan your menu for a party

Italian Sub “Hoagie” Dip

15+Super Bowl Recipes plus entertaining tips to help plan your menu for a party

Philly Cheesesteak Dip

15+Super Bowl Recipes plus entertaining tips to help plan your menu for a party

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip

15+Super Bowl Recipes plus entertaining tips to help plan your menu for a party

Skinny Queso Cheese Guacamole Dip

15+Super Bowl Recipes plus entertaining tips to help plan your menu for a party

Kale Guacamole

15+Super Bowl Recipes plus entertaining tips to help plan your menu for a party

9 Layer Mexican Dip

15+Super Bowl Recipes plus entertaining tips to help plan your menu for a party

Buffalo Chicken Sliders

15+Super Bowl Recipes plus entertaining tips to help plan your menu for a party

Spicy Korean Barbecue Chicken Sliders

15+Super Bowl Recipes plus entertaining tips to help plan your menu for a party

Slow Cooker Cincinnati Chili

15+Super Bowl Recipes plus entertaining tips to help plan your menu for a party

Chipotle Style Chicken Burrito Bowl

15+Super Bowl Recipes plus entertaining tips to help plan your menu for a party

Slow Cooker Turkey Black Bean Chili

15+Super Bowl Recipes plus entertaining tips to help plan your menu for a party

Mexican Chopped Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Greek Yogurt Avocado Dressing

15+Super Bowl Recipes plus entertaining tips to help plan your menu for a party

Insanely Good Chocolate Brownies

15+Super Bowl Recipes plus entertaining tips to help plan your menu for a party

Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chip Oat Sorghum Cookies

15+Super Bowl Recipes plus entertaining tips to help plan your menu for a party

Are you making any healthier versions of your favorite Game Day foods for Super Bowl? I’d love to hear!

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Buffalo Chicken Burgers With Celery Carrot Slaw Recipe http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/buffalo-chicken-burgers-celery-carrot-slaw/ http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/buffalo-chicken-burgers-celery-carrot-slaw/#comments Mon, 30 Jan 2017 10:00:52 +0000 http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/?p=30434 These Buffalo Chicken Burgers with Celery Carrot Slaw have all the flavors of the ever popular Buffalo chicken wing in slider form. They’re perfect for Game Day, Super Bowl parties, or pretty much any party. Sponsored by Peapod. Football has always been a huge part of our family. My husband is a football fanatic and my...

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These Buffalo Chicken Burgers with Celery Carrot Slaw have all the flavors of the ever popular Buffalo chicken wing in slider form. They’re perfect for Game Day, Super Bowl parties, or pretty much any party. Sponsored by Peapod.

Buffalo Chicken Burgers With Celery Carrot Slaw have all the flavors of the ever popular Buffalo chicken wing in slider form. They're perfect for Game Day, Super Bowl parties, or pretty much any party.

Football has always been a huge part of our family. My husband is a football fanatic and my boys grew up tossing a football in the backyard during halftime. Football snacks are also a big tradition at our house. When all my boys were living at home,  I’d make Game Day snacks every Sunday afternoon for them to nosh on while the football games played in the family room.

Now that we only have one son at home, I don’t make big spreads of Game Day snacks, but I do still make some football snacks for my husband and son to enjoy while they’re watching the games.

Buffalo chicken wings have been a favorite ever since college. My husband and I met in college and I fondly remember ordering super hot Buffalo chicken wings, including “nuclear” wings, as our midnight snacks after studying. Although I still love Buffalo chicken wings, they’re a little messy to serve at parties. So, I came up with these Buffalo Chicken Sliders for Peapod.

These Buffalo chicken burgers or sliders are topped with a crunchy celery carrot ranch slaw so they have all the flavors of Buffalo chicken wings, celery, carrots and ranch dressing, in each bite. They are easy to make, delicious and not nearly as messy as chicken wings. Plus, everyone gets some veggies in each bite.

Making Buffalo Chicken Burgers

First, combine the Buffalo chicken burger mixture ~ ground chicken (or turkey), onions, garlic, egg, hot sauce, cornstarch, salt and pepper. The mixture might seem a bit soft if you use ground chicken. You can either refrigerate the mixture to let it firm up a bit, or just use a big spoon and scoop it into a hot oiled skillet and spread it out with the spoon into patties. You can also substitute ground turkey, which I find to be a big firmer in texture.

Buffalo Chicken Burgers With Celery Carrot Slaw have all the flavors of the ever popular Buffalo chicken wing in slider form. They're perfect for Game Day, Super Bowl parties, or pretty much any party.

Then, mix up the celery carrot slaw, which is simply thinly sliced carrots, shredded carrots and ranch yogurt dressing.

Buffalo Chicken Burgers With Celery Carrot Slaw have all the flavors of the ever popular Buffalo chicken wing in slider form. They're perfect for Game Day, Super Bowl parties, or pretty much any party.

I brushed some extra hot sauce on the cooked burgers and then served these Buffalo chicken sliders on whole grain slider rolls.

Buffalo Chicken Burgers With Celery Carrot Slaw have all the flavors of the ever popular Buffalo chicken wing in slider form. They're perfect for Game Day, Super Bowl parties, or pretty much any party.

Buffalo Chicken Burgers With Celery Carrot Slaw have all the flavors of the ever popular Buffalo chicken wing in slider form. They're perfect for Game Day, Super Bowl parties, or pretty much any party.

These Buffalo chicken burgers are great for parties because they satisfy both Buffalo chicken lowers and slider lovers.

Buffalo Chicken Burgers With Celery Carrot Slaw have all the flavors of the ever popular Buffalo chicken wing in slider form. They're perfect for Game Day, Super Bowl parties, or pretty much any party.

Buffalo Chicken Burgers with Celery Carrot Ranch Slaw

These mini burgers are perfect for Game Day or Super Bowl parties.

Buffalo Chicken Burgers

  • 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
  • 1/4 cup onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tablespoons Frank's Original RedHot Cayenne Pepper Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons oil

Celery Carrot Ranch Slaw

  • 2 cups celery (thinly sliced)
  • 2 cups carrots (grated, loosely packed)
  • 6 tablespoons ranch yogurt dressing

To Serve

  • 8 whole grain slider buns

Buffalo Chicken Burgers

  1. Place chicken, onion, garlic, egg, 3 tablespoons Frank’s Original Hot Sauce, cornstarch, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix together well. Heat oil in large skillet. Use a spoon to scoop up meat mixture and place in hot skillet, forming a round patty. Flip patties once bottoms are browned. Cook patties until done. Brush patties with remaining tablespoon of hot sauce.

Celery Carrot Ranch Slaw

  1. In a medium bowl, toss together celery, carrot and ranch dressing.

To Serve

  1. Toast slider buns. Place cooked patties on slider bun bottoms. Spoon some celery carrot ranch slaw on top. Cover with bun tops. Use toothpick to hold sliders together and serve.

Ground chicken tends to be softer than ground turkey or beef, so the mixture may seem a bit wet. You can refrigerate to firm up the meat, or just use a large spoon to scoop the meat into the hot skillet and flatten into a round patty.

If you like this recipe, you might like these Game Day recipes FromThePod too:

Skinny Queso Cheese Gucacamole Dip
Light Jalapeno Dip
Spicy Baked Chicken Tenders with Secret Sauce
Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken Tacos
Spicy Bean and Cheese Taquitos
Lightened-Up Loaded Nachos

Disclosure: This blog post was sponsored by Peapod as part of my participation in their Ambassador program. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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20+ Lunar and Chinese New Year Recipes http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/lunar-and-chinese-new-year-recipes/ http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/lunar-and-chinese-new-year-recipes/#comments Wed, 25 Jan 2017 10:00:01 +0000 http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/?p=16931 Today, I’ve got a collection of Lunar and Chinese New Year Recipes in celebration of the The Lunar New Year. These Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese recipes all contain auspicious ingredients to start the new year off right. Although I was born in the U.S., my parents are immigrants of China, so I try to...

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Today, I’ve got a collection of Lunar and Chinese New Year Recipes in celebration of the The Lunar New Year. These Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese recipes all contain auspicious ingredients to start the new year off right.

A Collection of Lunar New Year Recipes - all these foods have special meanings for the New Year

Although I was born in the U.S., my parents are immigrants of China, so I try to instill a little bit of Chinese tradition in my kids, including Chinese New Year. When my mother and father-in-law were alive, my boys would perform the traditional triple bow before receiving their  “hung bao” (red packets of money that children receive from adults). Kids will do just about anything for money, but I was happy they humored me and honored tradition which meant a lot to their grandparents.

The Lunar New Year is celebrated by the Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolians, Tibetans, and Vietnamese. Interestingly, as I recently discovered, Thai, Burmese, Cambodian, and Laotian folks celebrate their New Year in April.

In the Chinese culture, Chinese New Year is the biggest holiday of the year. In fact, it is celebrated for fifteen days, starting with the new moon on the first day of the first lunar month (of the year according to the lunar calendar) and ending fifteen days later when there is a full moon,  culminating with the Lantern Festival.

There are lots of traditions leading up to Chinese New Year include cleaning the house thoroughly to sweep away any bad luck, getting haircuts, and paying off debts to start the New Year fresh,  and decorating the house with red paper cutouts of Chinese auspicious phrases and couplets with themes of good fortune, happiness, wealth and longevity.

Some foods are selected because they sound like another word that means prosperity, luck, wealth or good fortune. Other foods are served because they resemble money or gold. A traditional Chinese New Year dinner might include a whole chicken (family unity), a whole fish (surplus), duck (happiness), lobster (life and energy), Buddha’s Delight (a vegetarian dish made with symbolic ingredients), shrimp (wealth and abundance), oysters (good fortune), scallops (shaped like ancient coins), tea eggs (fertility), noodles (longevity), jiao-tze or dumplings (shaped like old coins), and spring rolls (resemble gold bricks). Tangerines, oranges and pomelos are given out for good luck and abundance.

Here are some of the symbolic foods you might find during the Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year:

Chicken  – prosperity, togetherness as a family (traditionally, a whole chicken is cooked)

Chinese Braised Chicken with Chestnuts or Vietnamese Stir-Fry Lemongrass Chicken

Chinese Chestnut Chicken

Walnuts – happiness of the entire family

Stir-Fry Spicy Kung Pao Chicken with Walnuts

Kung Pao Chicken with Walnuts

Lettuce – wealth and riches

Korean Lettuce Wraps

Korean Lettuce Wraps

Fish – surplus, prosperity (traditionally served whole for New Year’s)

Try this Chinese Steamed Fish, Miso Glazed Salmon, or

Chinese Steamed Fish with Soy Sesame Sauce

 Chinese Szechuan Spicy Fish Soup

Chinese Szechwan Spicy Fish Soup - hot bean sauce, dried chilies, Szechwan peppercorns and ginger are the key ingredients in this flavorful soup

Bamboo shoots – wealth

Shitake mushrooms – longevity

Stir-Fry Noodles with Chicken, Shitake Mushrooms and Chinese Vegetables (use rice noodles for gluten-free option)

Stir-Fry Noodles with Chicken and Vegetables

Green vegetables – close family ties

Stir-Fry Baby Bok Choy with Shitake Mushrooms and Peppers

Stir-Fry Bok Choy and Shitake Mushrooms

Rice – fertility, luck, wealth

Chinese Shrimp Fried Rice

Shrimp Fried Brown Rice © Jeanette's Healthy Living

Shrimp – happiness and good fortune

Stir-Fry Shrimp with Thai Roasted Chili Paste

Shrimp with Thai Chili Paste © Jeanette's Healthy Living

Noodles – long life

Dan Dan Mien  (Steamy Kitchen)
Dan Dan Mein

Dan Dan Mien (Chinese Takeout Cookbook)

Szechuan Dan Dan Mein

Chinese dumplings – wealth

Gluten-Free Chinese Dumplings

Gluten-Free Chinese Dumplings

Korean Ramen Noodle Bowl with Dumplings

Korean Spicy Soba Noodle Dumpling Soup

Egg rolls – wealth

UnFried Spring Rolls

Radish/Turnip – good fortune

Chinese Turnip Cake 

Panfried Chinese Turnip Cake with Oyster Sauce

Dried Bean Curd – Fulfillment of Wealth and Happiness
Day Lily Buds – Wealth
Mung Bean Noodles (cellophane noodles ) – Silver Chain

Pancit Bihon (Stir-Fry Rice and Mung Bean Noodles with Chicken Shrimp and Vegetables)

stir-fry-rice-noodles
Wood Ear Fungus – Longevity

Vegetarian Buddha’s Delight

Vegetarian Bhuddas Delight © Jeanette's Healthy Living

Chinese Cabbage – wealth

Quick Napa Cabbage Kimchi

Napa Cabbage Kimchi

Sweets – safety, good fortune and “sweeten” the New Year

Florence Lin’s Baked Sticky Rice Cake or My Mom’s Baked Coconut Walnut Sweet Rice Cake

Chinese Coconut Almond Sticky RiceCake

Mom’s Baked Coconut Sticy Rice Red Bean Cake

My Mom's Chinese Baked Sticky Rice Red Bean Paste Cake - celebrate Chinese New Year with this sticky rice cake that includes a sweet red bean paste filling

Mom’s Coconut Sticky Rice Cake

Mom's Coconut Sticky Rice Cake - this is a recipe handed down to me by my mom - it's like rice pudding and is perfect for celebrating Chinese New Year

Grapes – wealth, abundance, fertility

Oranges – wealth

Oranges for Chinese New Year

Read this post for more information on Chinese New Year.

Happy New Year Everyone! 

Xin Nian Kuai Le, Gun Hay Fat Choy!!

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