All Posts by Lauren Collins

Quick Cinnamon Raisin Breakfast Cookies

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With only 46 calories per cookie and only a few ingredients, these are a perfectly quick breakfast with tons of nutritional benefits. It all began with one lone banana just sitting on the counter, forgotten.  Throw in some old fashioned oats, a little vanilla, some ground flax seed, a dash of cinnamon and a handful of raisins and out comes a delicious little cookie.

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Cheddar Cauliflower Soup

Similar to the Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup, this lightened up version has cauliflower for added creaminess, sharp cheddar cheese and paprika for a kick of flavor and leeks for a slight crunch without the fat, calories and sodium you would find in a restaurants version.

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Clean Eating Chicken Stew

Grain free and gluten free, this is perfect for just about anyone.  Are you a vegetarian?  Just take out the chicken and try it with tofu!  Do you like noodles in your soup?  Add some egg noodles in for the last 20 minutes!  This is a great recipe to add to your clean eating diet, with enough protein and vegetable servings to satisfy anyone using nothing processed or artifical.  What is so wonderful about this recipe is that you just throw everything in a dish, cover it with tin foil and let it be.  After an hour, shred the chicken, add it back in and cook for another 30 minutes for the most flavorful dinner with minimal effort.  I use whatever veggies I have lying around so it's one of those "everything but the kitchen sink" kind of dishes.

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Italian Chicken & Arugula Sandwiches

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Italian Chicken & Arugula Sandwiches are full of flavor, with parmesan shavings, proscuitto and a balsamic glaze.  The arugula has a peppery, herby taste to it while the parmesan gives it a sharp and nutty twist of flavor, and with the saltiness of the prosciutto and the sweetness of the balsamic glaze, you've got yourself one heck of a sandwich.  These ingredients are so versatile too.  Read on to discover two more ways to turn this sandwich into something new.

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Cinnamon-Apple Banana Pancakes

Apple Cinnamon Pancake

I could have made the title of these so much longer, because these pancakes aren't your typical pancake.  These are made with only mashed bananas, eggs, oats, vanilla and cinnamon - no flour!  The warm chopped apples paired with real VT maple syrup pair perfectly with these wholesome pancakes.

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Southern Black Eyed Pea Salad

A fresh take on a summer salad and a classic southern staple, this will quickly become a regular at your BBQ's.  Black eyed peas, chopped red onion, celery and a light lemon vinaigrette pair perfectly with the brown rice with the summery taste of freshly chopped mint.  Easy & Delicious!

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Baked Shrimp & Feta

Tomatoes simmered with white wine, onions, garlic and oregano, then baked with shrimp and feta with a crispy top layer of bread crumbs, parsley and lemon zest.

Tomatoes simmered with white wine, onions, garlic and oregano, then baked with shrimp and feta with a crispy top layer of bread crumbs, parsley and lemon zest.  The surprise of lemon zest paired with the feta gives it a fresh flavor and tones down that saltiness from the cheese.  Try it over spaghetti squash as a pasta alternative or just plain with a big hunk of french bread for sopping up all of that good tomato sauce.

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Southern Fried Okra

The real way of making these is with cornmeal, so for anyone that's a true southerner, I know, I know!  I just prefer them this way with seasoned breadcrumbs, and trust me, they're still darn good, especially dipped in some BBQ sauce or baked beans.  This lightened up version uses less oil and you can either bake or fry them for a deliciously perfect side dish.

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