Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

We are looking for Healthy Side dishes throughout the holidays! This dish is packed with Fiber, Low in Fat, and Low in Carbs

Healthy Cooking: Chickpeas
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Ingredients:

  • 2 15 ounce cans of organic chickpeas- Rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. In a medium bowl toss the chickpeas with the olive oil, cumin, coriander, chile powder, salt, and pepper
  3. Spread the chick peas on a cookie sheet
  4. Roast for 30 min or until slightly golden

Cindy’s Homemade Guacamole

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My Guacamole is awesome and I pair it with gluten free chips and carrots
Why is it better to make your own instead of the pre-packaged kind? You know what’s going into it and you can control the amount. When you taste it, you know you are getting the health benefits of the Avocados, instead of tons of sodium. Also you can add in different spices to change up the taste.
Benefits of eating Avocados- One of the added benefits of eating avocados, they help reduce levels of cortisol & inflammation, which helps cut down on fat storage in the mid region.
Benefits of Feta Cheese-When you choose feta cheese over standard cheddar cheese, you get the cheesy taste with a third less calories. Feta cheese is also a third lower in fat.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 Lime or Lemon- squeezed
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of freshly grated black pepper
  • 2 tsp of minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp of red pepper flakes
  • Optional- ¼ cup of Feta Cheese 

Directions:

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  • Cut avocados in half and remove seed. Scoop out avocado from the peel, put in a mixing bowl.
  •  Using a fork, roughly mash the avocado. (Don't overdo it! The guacamole should be a little chunky.) Add the lime or lemon, garlic, salt and pepper and mash some more. Add in the red pepper flakes and feta cheese.

 

Gluten Free Lemon Pasta with Oven Roasted Shrimp

Gluten

 Free Lemon Pasta with Oven Roasted Shrimp

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Ingredients

2 pounds (17 to 21 count) shrimp, peeled and deveined

Good Extra Virgin olive oil

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 pound Gluten Free Angel Hair Pasta

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) smart balance butter spread

2 lemons, zested and juiced

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place the shrimp on a sheet pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Toss well, spread them in 1 layer, and roast for 6 to 8 minutes, just until they're pink and cooked through.

Meanwhile, drizzle some olive oil in a large pot of boiling salted water, add the angel hair, and cook about 3 minutes. Drain the pasta, reserving some of the cooking liquid. Quickly toss the angel hair with the melted butter spread, 1/4 cup olive oil, the lemon zest, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons sea salt, 1 teaspoon pepper and about 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking liquid. Add the shrimp and serve hot.

Quinoa with Chard & Pine Nuts

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Ingredients:

1 ½ cups low-sodium vegetable broth

¾ cup quinoa, rinsed and drained

2 tsp. olive oil

1 lb. Swiss chard, leaves cut into ribbons, stems finely chopped

1 medium yellow onion, chopped (1 ½ cups)

16 pitted black olives

1/4 cup of raisins

½ tsp. red pepper flakes

3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbs.)

2 Tbs. toasted pine nuts

Directions:

1. Bring broth to a boil in medium saucepan. Add quinoa, and bring mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, covered, 12 minutes. Remove from heat, uncover, let stand 5 minutes, then fluff with fork.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add chard stems, onion, olives, and raisins. Sauté 10 minutes, or until onion and chard stems are soft. Stir in chard leaves and red pepper flakes; sauté 6 minutes, or until greens are tender. Stir in garlic, and season with salt and pepper, if desired.

3. Divide quinoa among 4 shallow bowls. Spoon chard mixture over top, and sprinkle with pine nuts.