Peanut Butter Apple Dip

We bought two cases of organic apples so finding ways to consume them all. What a great snack for the whole family (if you can tolerate dairy, or use coconut yogurt if not). I highly suggest taking 1-2 TBSPS on your plate with a few apple slices or the bowl will disappear quickly. Someone wanted to know the powdered peanut butter I used (love this one) so once looking at it, this came to me and it was Delish!10290669_505528219553526_8745577779551750629_n

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Massaged Kale Salad with Seeds and Fruit

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I had truly never even had Kale until about two years ago. Now I cannot seem to get enough of this powerhouse phytonutrient. I love it soups, smoothies, salads, stir-fry, as chips,and with eggs. This is truly my favorite recipe for salad and have to seriously portion it out or I could eat the whole thing in one sitting. Not that this is the worst thing to over eat but not necessary. Kale is tough so it needs to be massaged to break it down.
Massaged Kale Salad with Seeds and Fruit
1 bunch Kale Leaves
1 TSP himalayan pink salt
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup red onion,. chopped
1/3 cup fruit sweetened dried cranberries(no sugar added)
1 green apple, cored and chopped
2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
2 TBSP Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar

Wash and dry kale. Remove from stems. Stack leaves and cut into ribbons. Massage kale with pink salt until it is broken down and looks wet (1-2 minutes)
Transfer to salad bowl top with onion, seeds, cranberries, apples and dress with oil and vinegar.

Feel free to add grilled chicken or shrimp for added protein or serve as a side salad to your meal. I love it just as is 

Do you like kale?

….and that is what is for lunch today here, what is for lunch at your house? Inquiring minds want to know.

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Lemon Chia Energy Bites

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LEMON CHIA ENERGY BITES

It is a dreary, rainy, and cold Minnesota Spring day. Yellow and lemons always brighten my day when the sun is not shining.  Most of my energy bites have more winter flavors so it is time to experiment with some fresh flavors.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw nuts or seeds ( I used 3/4 cup raw almonds and 1/4 raw pumpkin seeds)
  • zest and juice from three organic lemons
  • 1 TBSP Chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 cup pitted dates ( I prefer medjool)
  • pinch of himilayn pink salt
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened finely shredded coconut for rolling the bites in

Instructions

Place the nuts and seeds into your Vitamix or high powered blender until finely chopped. Add chia seeds, dates, himilayn pink salt, lemon zest, lemon juice, and blend until the mixtures forms together. Transfer to a plate and form a square. Score 12 even pieces to make even size bites. Form into balls and roll into shredded coconut. Store in freezer or refrigerator.

***I am going to experiment with these by adding protein powder or hemp seeds for added protein.

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Pulse

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Score

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Roll into balls and in coconut

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Eat in moderation and enjoy!

Honey Roasted Walnuts

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It is so quick and easy to roast nuts on the stove top. Not only are they a delicious addition to any salad, but they are also an amazing snack. They also fill the house with the most divine smell!  I made these today for my Spring Spinach Salad strawberry vinaigrette. I used my cast iron skillet to roast these, used coconut oil instead of the typical butter, and used raw honey instead of sugar.  They turned out perfect!

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Honey Roasted Walnuts 

  • 1 cup raw walnuts (or raw nuts of choice)
  • 2 TBSP unrefined organic cold pressed coconut oil
  • 2 TBSP Raw honey
  • dash of Cinnamon, Cayenne, and Ginger

Melt the coconut oil and honey over medium low heat. Add in walnuts and stir until coated. Stir often until they are nicely roasted and caramelized. Let cool on parchment paper. Serve on a salad or as a snack. Get creative with the seasonings and different variety of nuts to change it up.

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(I love these reusable parchment paper pan liners. I bought mine at Home Goods)

I served these delicious honey roasted walnuts on my Spring Spinach Salad

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SIMPLY CLEAN & DELISH~ Drea

Spring Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

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I had my family over today for impromptu Sunday dinner. I was missing my older sister and one neice but everyone else was able to come last minute, even my grandma. Sometimes last minute works best! Since it was very last minute, I just used everything I had and did not make a trip to the store. It is amazing what you can come up with if you get creative. We grilled steaks, roasted root veggies, roasted potaotes, salad, and fruit. The salad I made was a huge hit. I made a homemade strawberry vinaigrette and roasted walnuts which added so much flavor and texture to the spinach salad. I actually had to make a second batch because we all loved it. One of my sons had 3 plates of it which sure makes his mama smile.

For the salad:

  • Fresh Organic Baby Spinach
  • Organic Strawberries, Sliced
  • Green Onions, sliced
  • Honey Roasted Walnuts
  • Strawberry Vinaigrette

Strawberry Vinaigrette

  • 2/3 cups strawberries (I used thawed sliced frozen ones in their juices)
  • 2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1-2 TBSP raw honey depending on the sweetness of your strawberries
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Blend all ingredients in the Vitamix or food processor and toss with spinach. Add the fresh strawberries, honey  walnuts, and  green onions. Serve with additional dressing on the side. IMG_5327

I love my family and this was a perfect afternoon for a get together.  We even got to sneak in a game of cards with grandma.

SIMPLY CLEAN & DELISH with Drea