Eggplant Pizza

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Eggplant Pizza

Nope, not pizza with eggplant as the base, but rather pizza with sauteed eggplant as a topping. It’s tasty and perfect. 

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Ingredients:

~ organic pizza crust
~ diced organic eggplant
~ sliced organic onions
~ organic sliced garlic
~ organic olive oil
~ water
~ fresh organic basil, parsley, and cilantro

Directions:
~ saute onions and garlic in olive oil in cast iron skillet
~ add eggplants, herbs, and keep adding water as the eggplant dries out
~ keep cooking until eggplant is dark and soft to the touch
~ brush pizza crust with olive oil
~ add sauce, eggplant mix, then cheese on top of pizza crust
~ bake until cheese is melted. 

I made this once before when I had extra eggplant after making eggplant parm, AJ LOVED IT!!!!

AJ approved

Yesterday afternoon I made big batch of eggplant pizza. I asked hubby to heat up a few pieces at a specific time so when I got home from karate with AJ, they would be ready. Sadly he heated up all ten of them, so there would be no leftovers. We can’t reheat them again, that is not safe. In addition, most of the slices were badly burnt or dried out. 

burn collageHas this ever happened to you? You make a great meal, then someone messes it up and you just want to cry. 

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

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Fresh Baked Cupcakes

 

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Fresh Baked Cupcakes…out of the freezer????

I’ve made fresh baked goods before, but then when you freeze and reheat it just doesn’t taste the same. So now, freezing the mixture raw, you can get that fresh baked taste every time…and only bake what you need.

freezing collageCupcakes:

~ organic cupcake mix
~ organic coconut or almond milk
~ organic butter
~ organic egg

Directions:
~ mix ingredients as directed
~ poor into cupcake wrappers placed in cupcake pans
~ flash freeze  – freeze in cupcake tin for a few hours so it will be solid
~ store in baggies
~ When ready to bake, place the desired amount in cupcake pan then bake for correct amount of time

I chose to make mini cupcakes, but you can do this with average sized cupcakes and muffins. I just tried it with brownies. Yes, I make brownie cupcakes and it was perfection. 

Add bananas, blueberries, strawberries, chocolate chips, or raisins. What do you like to add to your brownies or cupcakes? 

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AJ loved picking out the cupcakes he wanted and put them in the pan.

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

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Tasty Chicken with Rice and Veggies

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Tasty Chicken with Rice and Veggies

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Tasty Chicken Ingredients:

~ organic chicken breasts with the skin
~ organic seasoning of your choice (mix all the seasoning in a bowl)
~ organic olive oil (for the cast iron skillet only)

Directions:
~ rub the seasoning all over the chicken, including under the skin – this makes the chicken less greasy and keeps the seasoning stuck to the chicken
~ oil the cast iron skillet, place the chicken in it, then cover
~ bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or longer

~ remove the chicken and slice into strips and serve 

PAIR WITH brown rice and veggies… I chose green beans, leeks, peppers, and onions…so it was super tasty. 

AJ loved it, despite the “whatever” face. He said “This is the best chicken he ever had. It’s really tasty.” Which is where I got the phrase-tasty chicken.

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

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Mommy’s Pasta Salad

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Mommy’s Pasta Salad

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Ingredients:

~ organic pasta (I only had this version of pasta…though smaller pasta works better)
~ organic corn
~ organic colby cheese cut into small cubes
~ organic mozzarella cheese cut into small cubes
~ organic cucumbers diced
~ organic tomatoes diced
~ red onions diced
~
organic Vivaldi onion dressing 

Directions

~ follow directions for making pasta and put on the side
~ cut all the ingredients and mix with dressing
~ then mix with the pasta
~ cover and place in fridge to cool then shake and serve 

AJ loved it but I had to cut the pasta smaller, so it would be easier to grab and eat. Other than that it was an AWESOME meal. 
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What do you like to add to your pasta salad? 

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/       http://foodbabe.com/

<br /><br /><br /><br /> I'm Leah Segedie. After losing 100 lbs, I discovered the meaning of real health. Come join with me and I’ll share it with you.

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10 Organic Items for a Healthy Week

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Modernize contacted me about posting one of their articles on my site. Of course it’s geared toward my blog. Hanna West wrote about 10 Organic Items to Stock up on for a Healthy Week

By Hannah West

Via Modernize

If you and your family are making a pointed effort to eat only organic foods, it’s great to have some foundational items to always keep on hand. With some organic diet staples, you can make it through snack times and rushed meals without sacrificing the healthy factor. Here are ten organic must-haves and why they should always be on your grocery list.

Peanut Butter

Organic peanut butter is a snack-time lifesaver. It’s sandwich-friendly for quick kids’ lunches, great for smearing on celery or banana for a healthy snack, and even a perfect pick-me-up on its own. It’s packed with protein, heart-healthy fats, fiber, and potassium. However, even though peanut butter contains good fat, it never hurts to limit your servings so as not to surpass your daily recommended intake on peanut butter alone.

Kale

Kale is a no-brainer. This green of the decade is a nutrient-dense superfood packed with practically all the vitamins in the alphabet, plus manganese, calcium, copper, magnesium, and pretty much the full range of the vitamin Bs. With all that good stuff, the health benefits are too many to count. Besides all of the great stuff it contains, greens a great diet staple because they’re so versatile. You can eat kale in fruity salad, such as with grapes or apples, or in a savory salad–or, best of all, in a yummy green fruit smoothie you can take on the go.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a little something extra that you can add to smoothies, oatmeal, homemade bread, salad, and even desserts. They’re so small that you may barely notice them even though the health benefits are through the roof. Chia seeds are similar to flaxseed in that they are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, and a host of essential vitamins and minerals. They may be tiny, but they sure are powerful.

Fresh Lemons

Lemon juice is an extremely useful commodity, especially if your family has cut down on sugar and most fruit juices. Compared to other fruits, the juice contains much less sugar and therefore much less harmful fructose. When you want to add a tart and fruity spin to your morning juice, lemon is a wise and exciting choice. It’s also a flavor that works with both savory and sweet dishes, from cake to salad dressing. Don’t forget about the detoxifying and hydrating benefits of drinking warm water with lemon first thing in the morning.

Dried Veggie Chips

Sometimes that crunchy snacktime craving can’t be defeated–so it has to be outwitted. Crispy dried veggies are the perfect substitute for goldfish and potato chips because they satisfy the need for a salty, crunchy snack, but supply plenty of nutrients in the meantime. Make sure to hunt for a kind without added sugar, even if the addition is natural cane sugar. Vegetables are tasty on their own without fructose contribution, thank you very much.

Frozen Fruit

From your morning oatmeal to your afternoon smoothie to your evening dessert, frozen fruit canmbe that little burst of something sweet in your diet. Grab a mix of blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries for an ultimate antioxidant flavor punch.

Quinoa

Like chia seeds, quinoa is a versatile and protein and fiber-packed grain. It also gives you a healthy dose of iron without the red meat overload. Throw in calcium, phosphorus, B vitamins, Vitamin E, and magnesium and you have a true superfood. Eat it for breakfast with peanut butter and apples, mix it with veggies for a salad, and even use it as the base of your entree.

Chickpeas

Chickpeas are rich in fiber, protein, manganese, and iron. Homemade hummus is a delicious snack time treat, but don’t forget about the other delicious ways to incorporate chickpeas into your diet. You can roast spicy chickpeas for an appetizer or make a salad with edamame and lemon. Throw them in pasta, chicken wraps, stir fry, curry, and well, pretty much anything you want!

Plain Greek Yogurt

Plain Greek yogurt contains probiotics that are great for your digestive system. It also contains protein, B12, potassium, amino acids, and more. But the biggest plus of incorporating Greek yogurt in your diet is that it can seamlessly take the place of many dessert foods. If you’re throwing out the sugar-packed puddings, ice cream, flavored yogurt, and whipped cream, have no fear–with a little bit of fruit or a few dashes of cinnamon, Greek yogurt can satisfy that tenacious dessert craving in a healthy way.

Veggie Burgers

Since you probably have most of the snacky foods covered by now, it never hurts to add in a quick, easy, and healthy entree to satisfy hungry bellies. This low fat, low calorie, fibrous, and usually preservative-free meal will satisfy the craving for something a little heartier.

For more tips and tricks, head to Modernize.com.

What ten basic organic items to do you keep on hand for a healthy week?

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

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Bacon Wrapped Chicken with
Quinoa with Onion and Peppers

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Got the recipe from a Buzzfeed video…of course I used all organic ingredients. You can watch it here.

bacon wrapped chicken

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Ingredients:

~ organic chicken breasts
~ organic pesto
~ organic bacon
~ organic olive oil
~ organic Italian and bbq seasoning
~ organic apples – cut into cubes

Directions:
~ lay bacon strips on pan
~ make a large slit in  marinated chicken breasts
~ scoop a good amount of pesto into the chicken
~ lay chicken on bacon and wrap bacon all around chicken
~ bake at 350 until chicken is completely cooked. 
 

Quinoa with Onion and Peppers Ingredients:

~ organic quinoa
~ organic onion and peppers
~ organic butter, olive oil, and sesame seed oil
~ organic seasoning of choice

Directions: 

~ follow directions for making quinoa 
~ add butter, olive oil, sesame oil, and seasoning to the water 
~ after adding quinoa to the boiling water, throw in fresh onion and frozen sliced peppers
~ after initial boil, reduce heat to simmer and keep stirring
~ add more butter or sesame seed oil if you prefer 

quinoa with onions and peppersSorry no picture of Anthony eating the dinner, but he LOVED the chicken and quinoa. 

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/       http://foodbabe.com/

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Pesto Chicken Salad

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Pesto Chicken Salad

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Ingredients:

~ organic leftover chicken
~ organic pesto
~ organic shredded cheese
~ organic and NON-GMO mayo
~ organic cooked broccoli
~ organic apples – cut into cubes

chicken salad

Directions:

1. cut up apples and leftover chicken into small cubes
2. scoop in generous amount of pesto and some mayo
3. cut up cooked broccoli
4. mix together
5. sprinkle with cheese if desired.

For variety you can add: feta cheese, blue cheese, walnuts, blueberries, grapes, sliced almonds, or cherry tomatoes, What do you like in your chicken salad? 

AJ LOVED it…he couldn’t eat it fast enough. I had to remind him to slow down. What a great way to use leftovers and eat real food. 

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/       http://foodbabe.com/

<br /><br /><br /><br /> I'm Leah Segedie. After losing 100 lbs, I discovered the meaning of real health. Come join with me and I’ll share it with you.

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Honey Mustard Chicken Quesadilla

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Honey Mustard Chicken Quesadilla

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Ingredients:

~ organic tortilla wraps
~ organic shredded cheese (blend of your choice)
~ organic leftover chicken (cut into small pieces)
~ organic honey mustard dressing
~ organic green beans (pureed)
~ organic BBQ and Italian blend seasoning
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Directions:

1. puree green beans and cut up leftover chicken
2. place chicken, green beans, seasoning, and honey mustard dressing into small cast iron skillet
3. heat up slowly, as to mix all together
4. In a large cast iron skillet, put one wrap down, sprinkle cheese on top, then add layer of chicken mix, sprinkle on more cheese, then place another wrap on top.
4. After a few minutes, turn wrap over, then remove after a few minutes
5. Repeat with as many wraps as you like
broccoli and chicken quesadilla3AJ LOVED it…not only are quesadillas a big hit, but the added flavor of the honey mustard was perfection. 

broccoli and chicken quesadilla

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/       http://foodbabe.com/

<br /><br /><br /><br /> I'm Leah Segedie. After losing 100 lbs, I discovered the meaning of real health. Come join with me and I’ll share it with you.

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Turkey Meatloaf with Roasted Veggies



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meatloaf with potatoe and cauliflowerTurkey Meatloaf with Roasted Potatoes and Cauliflower

meatloaf with potatoe and cauliflower COLLAGE

Ingredients:

~ organic ground turkey
~ organic ground beef
~ organic olive oil
~ organic Italian, BBQ, and turmeric seasoning
~ organic potatoes
~ organic cauliflower
~ organic egg
~ organic cut garlic, leeks, and chives
~ organic honey mustard dressing

Meatloaf Directions:

1. mix ground turkey and meatloaf with egg, seasoning of choice, and breadcrumbs
2. form meat into two or three loafs and place on oiled cast iron skillet, bake at
3. in a blender mix dressing with garlic, leeks, and chives with water, then set aside
3. bake at 350 degrees for about thirty minutes or until cooked, remove when halfway cooked and pour over dressing mix  and continue cooking. 

Veggies Directions:

1. cut potatoes and mix with cauliflower
2. marinate with olive oil, butter, seasoning of choice
3. broil for ten minutes, then try to turn over as much of the veggies as you can
4. broil for another ten minutes

AJ LOVED it so much he wanted it two nights in a row!!!!meatloaf with potatoe and cauliflower4

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/       http://foodbabe.com/

<br /><br /><br /><br /> I'm Leah Segedie. After losing 100 lbs, I discovered the meaning of real health. Come join with me and I’ll share it with you.

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Broiled BBQ Chicken and Sesame Asparagus



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Broiled BBQ Chicken and Sesame Asparagus

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Ingredients:

~ organic chicken breasts
~ organic asparagus
~ organic butter and olive oil
~ organic Italian and BBQ seasoning
~ organic coconut oil and sesame seed oil
~ organic 

Directions:

1. marinate chicken breasts with BBQ and Italian seasoning rub
2. place chicken in cast iron skillet, cover, and bake at 350 degrees for about 30-40 minutes
3. then broil chicken to make skin crispy
4. marinate asparagus in sesame seed and coconut oil, sesame seeds, and Italian seasoning.
5. broil asparagus for about fifteen minutes, turning over halfway through. 

AJ does NOT like asparagus at all. He was not buying they were similar to broccoli. Nope, he wanted nothing to do with it…but ate some chicken. 

I LOVED the asparagus and chicken and was all too happy to eat whatever asparagus AJ did not want. 

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/       http://foodbabe.com/

<br /><br /><br /><br /> I'm Leah Segedie. After losing 100 lbs, I discovered the meaning of real health. Come join with me and I’ll share it with you.

Want to see who I’m linking up with…check out my link party page HERE