Healthy Food Recipies The month of february

Yes I know the first picture you see is a cup full of frozen yogurt, candy, brownies and a bunch of unhealthy things, BUT would you believe it was because the food was pretty?

I have always had an eye for pretty things whether it be clothes or makeup products, the sun setting, I just love those simple pretty moments. When I started making my own meals and cooking I realized that I can recreate those pretty moments through my food! Who would have thought. I would make my food like the recipe called for and I would arrange it in ways that are appealing to the eye, playing on the colors of the food. A bonus that popped up within my pretty food era is I started to eat healthier. I realized that the prettiest foods were always the bright reds and greens of the vegetables and the vibrants yellows and blues from the fruit. You can't replicate those colors with fast food and something you found in the frozen dinner section.

Now to get to the point of this blog article thing. I want to share my pretty food recipes with all that are willing to listen and see the fun in it. I have taken a bunch of "foodie" pictures that I'm excited to release within this article. So if you are still interested by now then we can get straight into the pretty foods

Vegan Quinoa Salad

This salad is the perfect balance between actual substance foods and leafy greens. I tend to like salads that have a little but more to add then just vegetables and leaves. The quinoa that is mixed in gives its a hearty taste and fills you up a little faster in a lesser portion. I personally tried to keep my salad more leaner so instead of feta cheese I used crushed cauliflower that was already in a bag (super convenient). I unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of this when I was making this but trust me it looks and taste good.

What you'll need...

  1. Quinoa
  2. Kale
  3. Bell Peppers ( any kind of color)
  4. Feta Cheese
  5. Tomatoes
  6. Olive Oil (for dressing)
  7. Salt and Pepper (for taste)

Extra add ons or options:

  1. Hummus
  2. Pita Chips
  3. Toasted Dough Bread
  4. Olives
  5. Parsley
  6. Crushed Cauliflower (In place of Feta Cheese)
  7. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

How to...

  • Make the quinoa either the night before or they make microwaveable quinoa, either one is fine to use. Once you have made the quinoa go ahead and put it in the container or bowl you will be mixing the rest of the ingredients with.
  • Chop up some of the kale and toss it in with the quinoa until evenly mixed through.
  • Slice the bell peppers up, i put about two bell peppers in my salad so it is not too over powering. Toss them in the bowl and again mix until evenly mixed.
  • Repeat the slicing with the tomatoes and toss with other ingredients
  • Drizzle over a little bit of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss that with the sale so it cast a nice even coat and this acts as the dressing.
  • Sprinkle feta cheese (or substitute cauliflower) over the top of the finished salad and you're done! Enjoy.

Green Fruit Smoothie

Green smoothies might sound scary and not that tasty but this smoothie is anything but that. This smoothie taste just like a banana smoothie but it has the good nutrients and proteins from the spinach and yogurt. This recipe is an easy way to get breakfast or lunch on-the-go and it will fill your stomach for hours.

What you'll need...

  1. 1/2 large banana
  2. 1 cup of spinach
  3. 1/2 cup almond milk*
  4. 3/4 cup greek yogurt
  5. 1/2 a tablespoon honey*

How to...

  • Just blend all ingredients in a blender until creamy!

*you can always substitute almond milk with whatever milk you prefer. I use lactose free milk sometimes and it works just the same. Make sure to count the calorie difference.

* For honey you can substitute any sweetener that you prefer, like agave or organic maple syrup.

Hummus Pita Pocket

Hummus Pita Sandwich

This is a perfect recipe for lunch time and it is made in a perfect portion. The pita pocket bread also makes it a really easy and mess free lunch. I did include my homemade hummus that I use with the sandwich but you can always use whatever hummus your taste buds prefer.

What you need....

  1. Whole Wheat pita pocket bread (I used the Kangaroo brand which is only 90 calories)
  2. 3 colored bell peppers
  3. Handful of spinach
  4. Tomatoes ( 4 for each person )
  5. Hummus ( recipie for homemade below)

How to..

  • Open pita pocket and spread the hummus within both sides of the bread and down in the corner.
  • Pack spinach, bell peppers, and tomatoes in the pocket and then enjoy your sandwich
hummus in the making

How to Make Lemon Parsley Hummus:

  1. 1 (15.5oz) can of chickpeas
  2. 1/4 cup lemon juice*
  3. 2 cloves of garlic
  4. 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  5. Palm full of fresh parsley
  6. Salt to taste
  7. 1/2 cup cumin
  8. 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  9. 1/3 cup of water depending on consistency

How to...

  • Add all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until the chickpeas are no longer chunky and the parsley leaves have been chopped up finely.
One Pot Sausage Pasta

One Pot Organic Sausage Pasta with Garlic Bread

This is a simple healthy dinner that can be made within twenty minutes. It has a warm comfort food taste to it that you just want to keep eating it. I got this idea from dinners, dishes, and desserts blog which does a recipe super similar to this. I changed a couple things to make it a little bit healthier and I also added the garlic bread side. I left the link to her original recipe below this.

What you'll need for pasta:

  1. Organic sausage links (about 4)
  2. 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  3. handful of pre-chopped onions
  4. 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
  5. Baby tomatoes (add how many you like)
  6. Organic or whole wheat pasta
  7. 2 cups chicken stock
  8. 1/2 cup reduced low-fat milk
  9. 1 cup shredded cheese

How to...

  • Cut up about 3-4 sausage links and set aside
  • In a large pan over the stove add oil, onions, and garlic on medium-high heat
  • Add in sausage pieces
  • While the sausage is heating up roast the baby tomatoes in a separate hot plate. When the tomatoes start popping add them to the big pan
  • Pour in chicken stock and milk into the pan and bring it to a boil.
  • When the mixture starts to boil bring the heat to low and add in pasta. Cover the pan until the pasta is thoroughly cooked.
  • Test the pasta and if it is soft then turn off the heat and get ready to serve.

What you'll need for garlic bread:

  1. Bread of choice (texas toast, white bread, wheat bread)
  2. 1/3 cup of organic butter (melted)
  3. Garlic powder*
  4. Italian seasoning*

How to...

  • Mix softened butter, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning till combined evenly. Spread over bread using a brush and toast until golden brown.

*For the garlic powder and Italian seasoning there are no actual measurements, It just depends on personal preference.

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