Better For You ~ Gingerbread Granola

Good morning!  Hope you all have enjoyed a good weekend.  I am on my way out the door for the Ugly Sweater 5K run with a group of gals.  It’s going to be COLD!!

I wanted to share with you first a Gingerbread Granola recipe I put together last week.  I have always steered clear of granola due its usual high sugar, butter and oil content.   This recipe I created contains NO butter or oil and incorporates nutrient dense ingredients. 

Winning!

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Enjoy!

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I was pleasantly surprised that my first batch turned out really good.  I packaged it up into mason jars and handed them out to some of my coworkers for a fun holiday gift. 

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Merry Christmas!  Have a great Sunday!

 

Better For You Greek Dip

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I am completely in love with this healthy dip.  The Greek yogurt packs in protein, the calamata olives provide Vitamin E and healthy fats and the veggies and hummus offer a healthy punch of vitamins, minerals and fiber. 

Can’t go wrong, folks. 

This recipe was inspired by Iowa Girl Eats.

Ingredients

  • Greek Yogurt
  • Sun Dried Tomato Hummus
  • Calamata Olives
  • Reduced Fat Tomato Basil Feta Cheese
  • Tomato
  • Red Onion
  • Fresh Basil

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Spread a hearty portion of yogurt on a serving plate.  Top with a layer of hummus and then finish it off with chopped olives, tomatoes, onions, feta cheese and basil.

Serve with cucumbers, crackers or chips. 

 

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Good luck not eating the entire plate by yourself!

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Better For You Stuffed Peppers

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Ingredients

  • 4 Bell Peppers
  • 1 lb. 93% Lean Hamburger
  • Button Mushrooms
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can Black Beans
  • 1 can corn
  • Reduced Fat Sun-dried Tomato Feta Crumbles
  • 24 oz. Roasted Garlic and Herb Spaghetti Sauce
  • Reduced Fat Provolone Slices

Slice peppers in half, clean out seeds and boil until peppers have softened.

 

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Meanwhile, saute onions and garlic for a few minutes, add hamburger and cook until nearly browned.  Add mushrooms and continue cooking until hamburger is no longer pink and mushrooms have softened.

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In a large pot combine black beans, corn and spaghetti sauce.  Place pot over medium-low heat.

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Combine hamburger mixture and feta cheese into bean, corn and red sauce.

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Fill each pepper (heartily) and finish by adding a provolone slice on top of each pepper.  Place in 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and cheese is golden.

Let sit for a few minutes, and then dig in!

 

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Sometimes I add in cooked quinoa or rice into the mixture to add another layer of texture. 

 

Stuffed Peppers are versatile.  You can add in so many different ingredients to make it your own.

 

Do you have a favorite way to make stuffed peppers?

 

Healthy Apple Crisp

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Don’t mind the awful color to the pictures.  I am signed up for a Photoshop class this coming Saturday.  Also on the list is a ‘Sony DSLR for Dummies’ Class in the very near future.  I wonder where I can find one of those….

Better For You Apple Crisp

Ingredients

  • 4 Apples- sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Orange Juice
  • 4 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 3 packets Stevia

Cut apples to bite size pieces.

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Mix all ingredients (minus apples) into a gallon size zip-lock bag.  Once liquids, sugar and spices are all mixed together, add apples and massage until fully coated.  Pour ingredients into a square baking dish, sprayed with a light coating of oil.

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Now for the crumbly topping.

Oatmeal Topping Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Oatmeal
  • 1/2 Cup Oatmeal for food processor
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar Stevia (or 1/2 cup light brown sugar)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon

In a glass measuring cup, melt butter, set aside.  In a food processor, grind 1/2 cup oatmeal to consistency of flour.

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Mix ground oatmeal, 1/2 cup whole oatmeal, cinnamon and brown sugar into butter.  Drop by tablespoons on top of apple mixture.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.  Enjoy!!

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