Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie (dairy-free)

Hey, everybody!!!

(It’s me…Christy! The additive-free recipes gal!)

Long time, no see!!!!

Wow! It’s been soooooooo long since I’ve posted here that you’ve probably forgotten who I am! LOL!

Well, it’s been a long and crazy past couple of years…for everyone! Am I right?!?! So I’ve been distracted with a bazillion other things.

Just to catch you up to speed…

Chad and I are still living full-time in our RV, buuuuuuuuuuut…..we are no longer in California! I know…hard to believe, huh?!

We are working at a campground in Arizona right now for the winter, and we are soaking in this amazing warm winter weather here! Yay!

Next, we plan to work at a campground in Colorado for the summer. And, then???? Who knows!

Anywhoooooooooo….It’s 80 degrees here today, so we decided to make this yummy, additive-free smoothie. And I thought I’d share it with all of you here, too! Enjoy! 🙂

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie (dairy-free)

The peanut butter and frozen bananas make this smoothie so smooth that you won’t even miss the dairy!

Makes 16 ounces

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup cold water
1 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
3 TBSP peanut butter
1 TBSP honey
2 frozen bananas, broken into chunks

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DIRECTIONS:
Add all ingredients, except bananas, to a blender. Blend.
Add bananas, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

roasted brussels sprouts

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The first time I prepared my own Brussels sprouts, I purchased them on the stalk at a local farmers market. It was pretty fun walking around with that big ol’ thing…feeling all authentic-like! LOL!

Then, before I cooked them I plucked them each from the stalk…washed them, removed the outer leaves. Followed instructions online for trimming the stems and painstakingly cutting each sprout in half and trimming each stem! OMG! What. A. PAIN!

Then….I melted some butter in a skillet and sauteed them up. But….only so many would fit in the pan…so I had to make several separate batches!!! Ahhhhh!!!! 

Don’t get me wrong, they were super yummy….buuuuuuuuuuuuuut…it was a super long time before I ever prepared them again. Because…well….pain in the A$$!

Years later, I decided to try an experiment…forget all the hard work. Just enjoy the dish!

So, here’s how I do it now. No muss, no fuss…enjoy!!!

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Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Serves 4

(Well, the package says it serves ELEVEN! Lol! And Chad and I ate nearly the whole batch in one sitting…so….let’s just say it’s 4 servings, shall we?!?! Ha!)

INGREDIENTS:

2 lbs of prepared/washed Brussels sprouts (pre-packaged in the produce section)

1/3 cup melted coconut oil (or oil of your choice)

Sea salt, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Toss Brussels sprouts and oil together in a casserole pan.

Cover with foil, and bake for about 40 minutes until desired tenderness is reached, stirring occasionally.

Uncover, and bake about 10 more minutes until browned to your preference.

Sprinkle with sea salt, and enjoy!

(WARNING: Careful, these babies will burn the crap outta your mouth if you’re not careful. You will be greatly rewarded if  you have enough patience to allow for a few minutes of cooling time. Or just dish up your serving…and then cut each of your sprouts in half before you bite into any of them. These taste way better if your taste buds aren’t burned off! Just sayin.’)

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Indian-Spiced Cauliflower & Yams

Indian-Spiced Cauliflower & Yams

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Makes about 4 servings

INGREDIENTS:
2 large yams, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets
6 TBSP extra virgin olive oil (or melted coconut oil)
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp fennel seeds
2 pinches clove powder
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

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DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 2 casserole pans. Add all chopped veggies to a large mixing bowl. Add oil and spices and toss to coat evenly. Spread 1/2 of veggie mixture in each pan. Roast, uncovered, until tender (about 40 minutes). Be sure to stir the veggies every 10 minutes or so. Salt, to taste, and enjoy!

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Romaine Salad with Hard-Boiled Eggs & Homemade French Dressing

Romaine Salad with Hard-Boiled Eggs & French Dressing

This is a great meal that you can prep ahead of time and have all of the components ready to roll as soon as hunger strikes! It’s incredibly delicious, especially for the tiny amount of work involved (which is how every great meal should be judged, eh?).

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INGREDIENTS:

Romaine lettuce
Homemade French/Catalina Dressing , to taste
Hard-boiled eggs, 2-3 per person
Freshly ground black pepper (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Prepare dressing in advance, if possible. We prefer the flavor after it sits for a day or so.

2. Boil and peel eggs. We use 2-3 eggs per person. We prefer to boil the eggs in advance so they can cool in the fridge completely.

3. Peel and slice eggs. We use an egg slicer in both directions (as shown in photo above).

4. Wash and chop Romaine lettuce.

5. Build salad by placing lettuce on each plate/bowl. Top with dressing and sliced eggs.

6. Sprinkle with (optional) freshly ground black pepper. Enjoy!

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