Go-To Granola

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups raw, organic old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw nuts, whole or chopped based on preference
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • ¾ cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup unsweetened dried fruit, chopped (optional)
  • 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil or ghee (or a combo of both)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or almond extract
  • 1 large pinch coarse sea salt
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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Use your clean hands to mix well and toss to coat; don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty
  3. Spread the mixture in a thin layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 10 until toasted. Watch the granola carefully towards the end as it can burn quite easily.
  4. Cool before serving or storing.
  5. This granola can be kept in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 2 weeks.

Enjoy!

Extra Mile Smoothie

This smoothie is inspired by the Extra Mile Smoothie at Kure in Portland, OR.  It is my favorite in town and I had to learn to make it myself, adapting it for the Healthy Balance smoothie formula. It's loaded with healthy fats, fiber and creamy goodness.  If you like coconut, you will be a fan of this one....

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces coconut water 
  • 1 tbsp coconut manna (coconut butter) or coconut meat
  • 1 tbsp plain coconut yogurt (I love the Coyo brand)
  • 1 serving protein powder (I prefer collagen peptides)
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 cup of kale, baby kale or baby spinach

Directions:

Blend all ingredients with one cup of ice. Garnish with coconut flakes, cinnamon or cacao nibs if you are feeling fancy!

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Round up: BEST Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

When I first heard about the Instant Pot, I wondered if I really needed yet another kitchen gadget that I would have to find some room for in my cupboard to store and would be forgotten after using it just a couple of times.  When Amazon had a crazy sale for Black Friday a few years back, I decided to go for it. What I didn’t realize is how much it would change the way that I prepare many of my staples, and how much easier and more efficient it would be for me to get healthy food prepped and on the table for my family to enjoy.

Now, it isn’t the perfect product.  It is big and clunky and you do need some space to store it.  It can be dangerous if you don’t follow the directions properly and if you are the kind of person that likes to constantly “check” on what you are making, it may not be the gadget for you.  That being said, it can save you a lot of time and energy in the kitchen.

Below I have curated some of my favorite recipes and some of the favorites of members of my online community. There is a recipe for everyone on this list.  There are gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, vegan, and paleo options and of course you can modify these to suit the needs of you and your family. Let’s keep this post up-to-date and relevant! Let me know in the comments other recipes that you love. I’ll continue to add to this post as we go.

Instant Pot

Staples

Hard boiled eggs

Bone broth

Spaghetti squash I like to cook mine for 10 minutes instead of seven

Beets

Beans You can sub black beans for the pinto and change up the fresh spices.  I like to add bay leaves to mine. I also will often replace the water with broth if I have that on hand.

Hummus

Yogurt

Coconut Yogurt

Whole chicken

Mains

Barbacoa

Beef Bourguignon

Butter Chicken

Carnitas

Kalua Pork

Korean Short Ribs

Lemon Garlic Chicken

Orange Sesame Chicken

Quinoa Burrito Bowls

Salsa Chicken

Soups + Stews

Beef Pho

Chicken Pho

Vegetarian Pho

Beef Stew I never liked beef stew until I made this recipe!

Chicken Enchilada

Chicken Noodle Omit the noodles if you are grain free or sub for gluten-free, zucchini noodles would work well too!  Omit the soy sauce if you are gluten free (or sub tamari if you are not avoiding soy)

Spinach + Lentil

Tomato 

Tom Kha Gai

Turkey Chili

Loaded Mexican Chicken

Sides

Crispy Potatoes

Apple Pie Apple Sauce

Superfood Trail Mix

Serves 4-8

Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup raw pecans, pistachios, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts or a blend
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds/pepitas
  • 1/2 cup dried coconut, large flakes
  • 1/2 cup dried mulberries (I use Nativa Organics brand), goji berries or cherries work too
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips, more if you like chocolate!

Directions:

  1. Mix together and store in a cool dark place.  Enjoy by the handful, or two or three!
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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Prep time: 1 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 eggs
  • 1 cup water
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Directions:

  1.  Place the stainless steel insert pot into the Instant Pot base, along with the included steamer insert. Pour in one cup of water.
  2. Arrange the desired number of large eggs on top of the steamer insert.  I usually do six to eight eggs at a time.
  3. Lock the lid on top of the Instant Pot and make sure the steam release knob is turned to "sealing".
  4. Press the "manual" button on the front. High pressure should automatically be selected, but if it's not, make sure you change it.
  5. Use the plus/minus buttons to bring the time to five minutes.
  6. When the timer goes off, let the steam release naturally.  Feel free to release though if you are in a hurry.
  7. Once the pressure is released, press the cancel button to turn the warming function off.  Remove the lid and transfer the eggs to a bowl and allow eggs to cool on counter for 5-10 minutes before eating or placing them in the refrigerator for later use (up to one week).

Persimmon and Pomegranate Fruit Salad

Prep time: 15 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 fuyu persimmons, chopped (1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces)
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  •  3 apples, peeled, cored, chopped (1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces)
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons honey (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (more if you like cinnamon!)
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Directions:

1. Gently toss all of the ingredients together.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Spinach Salad with Persimmons

Prep time: 15 minutes
Yield: 6-8 servings


Ingredients:
•    3 fuyu persimmons, chopped (1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces)
•    1 cup pomegranate seeds
•    3 apples, peeled, cored, chopped (1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces)
•    Juice from one lemon
•    2 teaspoons honey
•    1 teaspoon cinnamon (more if you like cinnamon!)

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Directions: 

1. Gently toss all of the ingredients together.  Enjoy!

It will keep for at least a couple of days in the refrigerator, but is best on the same day it is made.

Fall Kale Salad

Author: Stephanie Selinger

Prep time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked*
  • 2 bunches (medium-sized) lacinato (dino) kale, washed, dried and chopped into small (one inch or so) pieces
  • 1 large ripe pear, washed, stemmed and cored, sliced thin
  • 1 cup cooked chick peas, rinsed and drained (if canned)*
  • 4 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
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Directions:

  1. Cook quinoa as directed. This step can be done ahead of time, but I like to prepare this salad when the quinoa is warm.
  2. Place cooked quinoa in a large salad bowl. Add the kale, pear, chick peas, nuts and parsley and toss to combine.  
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, and maple syrup, adding salt and pepper to taste; pour it over the salad and toss gently to coat.

Can be served immediately or saved for later.  This salad will hold well in the refrigerator for a few days.

*Omit the quinoa and/or chick peas if you are grain free or do not tolerate these items, feel free to add another protein of choice!