Delicious, Healthy, and Easy Meals

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Delicious, Healthy, and Easy Meals

Diet change healthy lifestyle concept and having the courage to accept the challenge of losing weight and fighting obesity and diabetes as an overweight person walking on a highwire asparagus from fatty food towards vegetables and fruit.

Diet change healthy lifestyle concept and having the courage to accept the challenge of losing weight and fighting obesity and diabetes as an overweight person walking on a highwire asparagus from fatty food towards vegetables and fruit.

Diet change healthy lifestyle concept and having the courage to accept the challenge of losing weight and fighting obesity and diabetes as an overweight person walking on a highwire asparagus from fatty food towards vegetables and fruit.

Diet change healthy lifestyle concept and having the courage to accept the challenge of losing weight and fighting obesity and diabetes as an overweight person walking on a highwire asparagus from fatty food towards vegetables and fruit.

Jenna Johnson, Staff Writer

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When you get home from school, it can be tempting to grab those Hot Cheetos and Instant Ramen, as a quick way to fill up after a tiring day. Although junk food can provide instant satisfaction, in the long run, these processed and chemical laced foods will not give your body the energy it needs to perform its regular functions. In turn, this lack of fuel for your body can hinder your studying and school performance. As a much better alternative to junk food, try my original simple and nutritious recipes.

Grilled Chicken & Sriracha Hummus Wrap

Ingredients:

  • 1 Plain Tortilla (Can be swapped for whole grain, spinach tortilla, or Romaine Lettuce)
  • 1-2 Tbsp Hummus
  • 1 Tsp Sriracha Sauce
  • ¼ – ½ an Avocado (sliced or mashed)
  • 3-4 Ounces Lean Chicken Breast
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • ½ Tbsp Nutritional Yeast (Optional): Nutritional Yeast is deactivated yeast, which is used as a nutritional supplement for its many vitamins, nutrients and protein (It also tastes like cheese!)
  • 1 Clove Garlic or ½ Tsp Garlic Powder
  • ¼ Cup Sweet Onions
  • Dried or Fresh Parsley and Cilantro to taste

Preparation:

  • Whisk together your hummus and sriracha sauce. Set aside.
  • Mash your avocado and season with cilantro.
  • Cut your chicken breast into small bite size pieces. Saute chicken with olive oil on medium heat, and season the chicken with salt, pepper, and parsley.
  • When the chicken is almost done, add in your garlic and onions, and saute until you have sweat out your onions and they have  become tender and translucent. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Grease your pan once again, and warm your tortilla on both sides. (Make sure the tortilla does not get crispy, otherwise it will be difficult to fold your wrap).
  • Layer your sriracha hummus evenly over your tortilla.
  • Place your sauteed chicken and onions over the hummus.
  • Sprinkle nutritional yeast over the chicken, and top everything off with your avocado.
  • Roll your wrap by tucking in all sides of the tortilla, and eat immediately, or refrigerate for later.

 

Maple Syrup Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 Medium Sweet Potatoes
  • 4 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tsp Cinnamon (To go along with the season, you can even season it with pumpkin pie spice mix!)

Preparation:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°
  • Cut your sweet potatoes into relatively even chunks.
  • Coat the pieces in maple syrup, coconut oil, and lastly your spices.
  • Cover a baking sheet in parchment paper, and place your sweet potatoes.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until potatoes are tender and browned on the top.
  • For extra deliciousness, glaze them with another layer of maple syrup and serve warm

 

Tropical Smoothie Sorbet:

Ingredients:

  • ½ Cup Unsweetened Plain or Vanilla Almond Milk
  • ¼ Cup Frozen Pineapple
  • ¼ Cup Frozen Mango
  • ¾-1 Cup Frozen Banana
  • ¼ Cup Strawberries, Blueberries, or whatever berries you have on hand!

Preparation:

  • Place all ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor, and pulse until you have a creamy, smooth consistency.
  • Serve immediately, and enjoy:)

 

Fall Inspired Overnight Oatmeal 3 Ways:

Apple Pie Overnight Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • ½ Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 Cup Milk/Milk Alternative
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼  Tsp Nutmeg
  • ¼ Tsp Ginger Powder
  • 3 Tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
  • ½ Cup Freshly Sliced Honeycrisp or Granny Smith Apples
  • 3 Tbsp Raisins
  • Coarsely Chopped Walnuts

Preparation:

  • In a jar or Pyrex container, first pour in your oats, and add your milk until it covers all your oats.
  • Mix in all your spices.
  • Add your raisins and nuts.
  • Pour in your maple syrup, and mix everything until fully combined.
  • Place your oats in the fridge, and leave overnight.
  • After removing oats from the fridge, top with fresh apples, a little extra syrup and cinnamon, and enjoy as an easy, nutritious, and filling breakfast.

 

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • ½ Cup Rolled Oats
  • ¾  Cup Milk/Milk Alternative
  • ½ Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix( If you don’t have this spice mix on hand, just mix in some cloves, nutmeg, ginger powder, and allspice)
  • 2.5 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • Coarsely Chopped Walnuts, Pecans, or Sliced Almonds

Preparation:

  • In a jar or Pyrex container, first pour in your oats, and add your milk until it covers all your oats.
  • Add in your pumpkin puree, and stir thoroughly
  • Mix in all your spices.
  • Pour in your maple syrup, and mix everything until fully combined.
  • Place your oats in the fridge, and leave overnight.
  • After removing oats from the fridge, top with sliced nuts, a little extra syrup and spice mix.

Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Overnight Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • ½ Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1  Cup Milk/Chocolate Almond Milk
  • 2 Tbsps 100% Pure Cocoa Powder or Raw Cacao Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 1-2 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
  • Coarsely Chopped Peanuts
  • Small Handful Dark Chocolate Chips

Preparation:

  • In a jar or Pyrex container, first pour in your oats, and add your chocolate almond milk until it covers all your oats.
  • Mix in all your cocoa powder, and peanut butter.
  • Stir in your maple syrup.
  • Add in your chopped peanuts + sprinkle more for garnish.
  • Mix in your chocolate chips, and sprinkle some extra on top.
  • Place your oats in the fridge, and leave overnight.
  • Remove oats from the fridge and enjoy this chocolaty breakfast. (Lets not argue about this, but Reeses is one of the best Halloween candies, so why not eat something that tastes like Reeses first thing in the morning 😉

 

5 Minute Tortilla Pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 Plain Flour Tortilla
  • 2 Tbsp Pizza Sauce, or whatever tomato sauce you have on hand.
  • ¼ Cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese
  • Oregano
  • Whatever Toppings you Desire… Ex: Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Red Chili Flakes, Sauteed Onions, Bell Peppers Olives, etc and etc.

Preparation:

  • Preheat Oven to 425°
  • Spread your sauce in a thin layer all over your tortilla, leaving about a ½ inch around, for your crust.
  • Sprinkle some oregano over the pizza sauce.
  • Layer on your mozzarella cheese.
  • Place any of your desired topping over your cheese.
  • Lastly, top everything off with just a little bit of parmesan.
  • Bake for 5-6 minutes, or until cheese has melted and browned a little on the top.
  • Eat immediately and enjoy!

 

Raw Vegan Fudge Brownie Energy Balls

Ingredients:

  • 2 Large Pitted Medjool Dates Soaked in Hot Water for 5-10 Minutes.
  • 2 Tbsp Pure Cocoa Powder/Raw Cacao
  • ¼  Cup Almond Meal or Blanched Almond Flour

Preparation:

  • Place all your ingredients in a bowl and either mix together by hand until it forms a slightly tacky dough, or just place everything in a food processor and pulse for several seconds.
  • Form the dough into balls, and eat immediately or refrigerate for later.

 

The Best Creamy Mac and Cheese of All Time (This is not as simple as some of the other recipes, but it is just too delicious to leave off this list)

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 4 Tbsp Flour
  • ¾ Cup Whole Milk
  • ½ Cup Whole Fat Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream
  • ½ Cup Shredded Cheddar
  • ½ Cup Shredded Parmesan
  • ¼ Cup Pepper Jack Shredded
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 8 Oz Macaroni Pasta

Preparation:

  • Fill a saucepan with 1.5 quarts of water and make sure you salt your water.
  • Add in your macaroni, and cook until al dente.
  • In another saucepan on medium heat,  melt your butter.
  • When butter is melted, turn down the heat to your lowest setting, and add your flour.
  • Mix out any flour clumps, to form a nice golden roux.
  • Pour in your milk, and continue stirring for 3-5 minutes until thickened.
  • Stir in your greek yogurt or sour cream.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Gradually add in all your cheeses, until they melt to form a rich velvety sauce.
  • Fold in your macaroni.
  • Serve immediately, or pour into a greased baking pan, and top with extra parmesan and breadcrumbs, and bake until golden brown on top and cheese is melted.