Wholesome Wednesday Links!

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Apple Oat Bran Bread

I felt like something sweet today so I decided to experiment with oat bran. Oat bran is the outermost layer of the oat kernel. Like oatmeal, it contains B vitamins and heart healthy soluble fiber. This bread is hearty and filling, due to the 9 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber per slice. The secret to this recipe? Plain greek yogurt. Substituted for butter and oil, it adds calcium and protein and you can’t even tell the difference. You can throw this together quickly and have breakfast for days. Drizzled with a bit of honey its tasty and filling. Full recipe and photos after the jump.Prep Time: 10 [...]

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Chicken Fingers

These chicken fingers and a delicious and healthy version of the traditional junk food. Crusted with whole wheat bread-crumbs and crushed pecans, these are low in fat and calories and packed with protein. Unlike greasy fried chicken fingers, this recipe is light and crunchy and adds additional protein and fiber. I also season the crumb mix with some garlic and cayenne to give it a bit of kick. Ready in less than 30 minutes, this is a fast and easy dinner option. This recipe makes 4 servings, so it also provides ample leftovers. Full recipe and photos after the jump.Prep Time: 10-15 minutesCook Time: 10-12 minutes Ingredients: 1 lb boneless, [...]

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Roasted Parsnips and Sweet Potatoes

I saw some parsnips at the store, and since I’ve never tried them before, decided to give them a try. Parsnips are a relative of the carrot, but have a different nutritional profile. High in potassium, B vitamins, folic acid, niacin, and fiber, parsnips have a rich, sweet and slightly spicy taste. They work well in soups and stews, but I decided to roast them with sweet potatoes for a simple, nutritious dish. I was blown away by the tasty complexity of parsnips, much more exciting than carrots. I urge you to give this winter veggie a try. Recipe and photos after the jump.Prep Time: 5-10 minutesCook Time: 30 minutes [...]

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Roasted Curried Cauliflower

Yum! This dish is a spicy exotic take on traditional cauliflower. Roasting brings out natural sweetness and the curry adds some serious heat. Curry powder is complex, delicious and has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Try this quick and easy side dish tonight. Full recipe and photos after the jump.Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 30 minutes Ingredients:1 medium head of cauliflower1 medium onion1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil1 tsp curry powder1/2 tsp ground cumin1/2 tsp ground coriander1/2 tsp cayenne pepper Step by Step Instructions:1. Preheat over to 450 2. Chop and wash cauliflower 3. Chop onion into small chunks 4. Whisk olive oil and spices in a small bowl 5. [...]

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Superfood Facts: Cauliflower

I have never been a huge fan of cauliflower, but I promised my Grandma that I would make some recipes and give it a try. So, I decided to do some research and it is one powerful food! It is a member of the cruciferous veggie family, which makes it a cousin to my favorites, brussels sprouts and kale and is packed with cancer fighting nutrients! Grown in Italy and Turkey since 600 BC, it is now grown and enjoyed all over the world. Keep an eye out for some cauliflower recipes in the next few days. Cauliflower health facts after the jump.Some Cauliflower Facts: Cauliflower aids the body is [...]

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