Time to re-post -- so many sites have been added! If you like to cook healthy meals you'll love these recipe blogs and healthy food sites. Great inspiration for healthy eating!
I continue to add to the list as I find new sites!
Vitacost Health Blog
Sondi Brunner's Nutritious Recipes
The Chic Life
The Clean Eating Chick
Real Food Liz
Life's a Plate
Oatmeal With a Fork
The Healthy Apple
The Earth Diet
The Greatist - Cheap Healthy Recipes
My Man's Belly
Green Kitchen Stories
Girl Cooks World
Healthy Blender recipes
Clean Program Recipes
the Nourishing Gourmet
the Healthy Foodie
For the Love of Food
Simply Sugar and Gluten Free
365 Vegetarian Days
A Harmony Healing
Real Food Outlaws
Whole Green Love
We Like it Raw
I don't usually write about a specific product, but as I was making soup in my Vitamix Blender last night I thought it was time to share the truth about the blender. The simple truth is the companies claim that the Vitamix is amazing is absolutely true. Check out the recipes on their site. For example, if you blend your soup recipe long enough it even heats the soup up for you!
I bought my Vitamix Blender over 20 years ago. It was the first major kitchen appliance I ever purchased. It was a big decision for me, let's face it, they are definitely on the pricey side. I can't even tell you how many times over the years I've been thankful I decided to invest in one.
I have not been easy on my blender. I often pile in more vegetables than I should or not enough liquid. I've been known to pile in too much of ice with some organic half and half for my homemade ice cream milkshakes (recipe below). The blender has handled it all with aplumb.
One day I overdid it, the motor was clearly struggling with a very thick nut butter, and then it stopped altogether. A quick call to the helpline relieved my fears that I'd finally broken the poor thing. At their advice I turned it off for a while and sure enough, the motor was revived and started working again just like new.
The Vitamix Blender is definitely an investment and if you want to make an investment on a kitchen appliance that you'll always use, this is the one. (They have slightly lower priced reconditioned blenders available too.)
Here's a current favorite dessert recipe of mine. If you have another heavy duty blender give it a try, it may work just as well. It never fails with the Vitamix.
Yummy & Organic Sugar Free Milkshake (1 Personal Servin5)
Place in blender:
5 ice cubes
1 cup Organic Half and Half (Organic whipping cream can be used for a richer shake)
3/4 dropper full Liquid Vanilla Stevia (or to taste)
Optional: 1/3 cup blueberries or other berry of choice, so yummy!
Blend until the ice is completely ground and pour into a tall glass for an amazing and healthy milkshake.
~ If you're low fat dieting you can use fat free half and half for a really low fat dessert treat! Use organic with the lowest sugar content you can find as low-fat usually means some added sweetener.
~ If you freeze some half and half or cream as ice cubes ahead of time and use them with some liquid cream you will get a lovely ice cream consistency.
Click on this link to see the variety of choices of Vitamix Blenders and what they can do.
How delightful that scrumptious Kale is also one of the very best foods for us. It’s highly nutritious and reasonably priced. It does happen to be one of the top 10 vegetables containing pesticide residue however, so be certain to wash it especially well or buy organic.
What, you don’t find kale scrumptious? Well, you need the right recipes then, and I’m here to give you some!
Kale Salad with Pumpkin Seeds
¼ cup toasted pumpkin seeds
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves grated/minced garlic cloves
¼ cup lemon or orange juice
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 large bunch kale, ribs cut out and cut or torn into small pieces
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1. To toast the pumpkin seeds, wipe a skillet with your preferred high temperature cooking
oil, I like grapeseed oil, coconut oil is another good alternative. Toast the seeds, stirring
frequently, until slightly browned. Some will pop & puff up which is desirable.
2. Whisk or blend together the oil, lemon or orange, garlic and pepper flakes.
3. Add the kale and toss, coating the kale with the oil mixture. Add the grated cheese and pumpkin seeds and mix well.
4. Let the salad sit for at least 15 minutes.
5. Eat and enjoy this healthy treat.
Moroccan Kale & Chickpea Stew
1 cup chickpeas (soaked overnight if dry or use canned &undrained)
2 cups water
1 onion chopped into medium chunks
1 large green bell pepper chopped into medium chunks
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 large grated/minced garlic cloves
1 can diced or skinned tomatoes (undrained)
1 ½ Tablespoon Chile powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Pinch red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1. In a large skillet cook the onions and garlic, stirring regularly until the onions are
2. Add the peppers to the skillet and stir until soft, about 10 minutes.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, to meld
all the flavors.
4. Serve by itself or over cous cous or brown rice with hearty whole grain bread.