Dehydrator Snacks: Healthy Sprouted Almonds & Fruit Roll-Ups & Dried Fruit

Click here to watch our Studio 5 segment demonstrating the following recipes! Dehydrators are so fun to use in the

Click here to watch our Studio 5 segment demonstrating the following recipes!
Dehydrators are so fun to use in the kitchen because you can dehydrate all your fruit that is going bad and use them for healthy snacks at home or on the road.  Just slice your fruit evenly and lay on the sheets to dehydrate for 5-10 hours.  You can also make some healthy sprouted almonds or homemade fruit rolls!  If you weren’t the lucky winner of our dehydrator giveaway and still want to get a dehydrator, click here to see our favorite! (affil.)

Sprouted Seasoned Almonds

(Sprouting increases the digestibility & nutrition of the almond.  It also makes them really light, crispy & airy)

  • Raw Almonds
  • Seasoning salt or Sea Salt
  • Onion powder
  • Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb (or any other seasoning desired)
  1.  Rinse raw almonds (with filtered water if available).  Cover with water until almonds are covered with an inch of extra water over top.  Let them soak overnight.  In the morning, rinse them well and drain them in a colander.
  2.  Transfer them to a bowl.  Lightly sprinkle seasoning salt & onion powder over them until lightly covered with seasonings.  Place in dehydrator with mesh trays and dehydrate on low (around 105 degrees) all day until dry.  (6-10 hrs.)
  3.  If you don’t have a dehydrator, spread on stainless steel baking sheet and bake at no more than 150 degrees for 12-24 hours until completely dry.   Store in an airtight container or mason jar.

 

Healthy Homemade Fruit Rolls

  • 1 lb. strawberries (1 lb. per dehydrator sheet)
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
  • 5-10 drops of Stevia as a sweetener
  • (You can also use a Tbsp. of sugar or honey if you would like)
  • Coconut oil spray
  1.  Lightly coat your dehydrator tray with oil to keep the fruit from sticking to the sheet.
  2.  Blend strawberries with lime juice and sweetener.
  3.  Once fruit is pureed pour it evenly onto your fruit tray.
  4.  Spread the fruit evenly with your favorite spatula.
  5. Set your dehydrator to 135 degrees and dehydrate for 4-8 hours or until it is leathery and pliable.  If you want it really crispy like a chip, keep drying.
  6.  Remove from the sheets and roll in parchment paper or plastic wrap. If it doesn’t come off easily, then you need to let it keep drying.  I sometimes lift it off and turn it over to dry the bottom if I got too much oil on it.   You can also cut them into strips & store them in an air tight container.

Sliced Fruit Tips

  • If slicing fruit such as strawberries, kiwis or bananas, I recommend using a mushroom slicer to cut them evenly so they will dry at the same rate.  Egg slicers or strawberry slicers are ok, but they tend to break easier than the mushroom ones.  The mushroom slicer is pretty heavy duty and you can use them for all your fruits.  Click here to see the one we used on our Studio 5 segment.  (affl.)
  • When slicing fruit to dehydrate, you also want to either brush them with some lemon juice or spray them with a mixture of 1/4 part lemon juice to 3/4 part water. That will prevent them from browning as well as giving them a fresh taste.  You can also soak them in a solution of the 1:4 lemon juice to water concentrate in a bowl for a couple minutes if you don’t have a spray bottle to spray them.
  • Each fruit takes a different amount of time to dry so just check times online or start with about 5 hours and go from there checking them about every hour or so until they’re the texture you want.  Dry them a little longer if you want them to be really crispy!
  • Store them in an air-tight container.  If they are still moist and soft (because that’s the way you like them), I might store them in the refrigerator so they don’t grow bacteria.  The really dried fruits are fine just stored in a baggie on your pantry though.  If your family is like mine, we really don’t keep dried fruit around too long because they gobble it right up!!

Organic Quinoa

Quinoa is one of my favorite grains (acutally, it’s really a seed, but most people call it a grain).  The

Quinoa is one of my favorite grains (acutally, it’s really a seed, but most people call it a grain).  The reason is because it is a complete protein, meaning that it contains all the amino acids necessary for complete protein building blocks.  A lot of vegans and vegetarians use this grain because it’s similar to getting in the same good protein that we would from animal products, except a lot cleaner, less fat and it’s more alkaline.  It’s a complete meat replacer!   It cooks up just like rice.  2 parts water to 1 part grain.  It’s even easier than rice because once it comes to a boil it only takes 15 minutes to cook versus 20 minutes for white rice or 50 minutes for brown rice.  The texture is smaller than rice, but it’s delicious.  My best tip for cooking quinoa to reduce the bitter flavor that some people experience, is to rinse it, and then cook it in low sodium chicken broth or to add a tsp. or two of Orrington Farms chicken powder to each batch of 1 c. dry quinoa & 2 cups water.  The reason I love the Orrington Farms powder is because it is made with sea salt and there is no MSG found in it.  It has a great flavor too!

Use quinoa as a meat replacer or in place of any grain or rice in your recipes.  I like putting it in soups, salads & as a side dish!  As you will see, I have many recipes using quinoa on my website.  Just search on the right corner of my website for quinoa and you’ll find some fun recipes!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  I also like to cook it in larger batches and freeze it in 1 or 2 cup portions in my freezer so it’s ready to go with any meal.  Enjoy!

Click here to see prices for ordering quinoa.

The Shift

This is going to be an amazing event that I will be speaking at about how to help create new

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This is going to be an amazing event that I will be speaking at about how to help create new healthy habits, one step at a time.  If you are ready to shift your life into a new place, a better, happier place emotionally, spiritually, physically, financially & mentally, as well as help to improve your relationships with others, then this is the conference for you!  For more information, visit www.focusedfaithevents.com.  Hope to see you there!! (There is a “Buy One Get One Free” deal through December 31st.  Just enter “Suzy241” at checkout to receive the discount!)

Our Top 15 Kitchen Gadgets for your Wish List!!

We tried to narrow it down to our favorite “Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets and Tools”, but we couldn’t do it,

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We tried to narrow it down to our favorite “Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets and Tools”, but we couldn’t do it, so here are our favorite top 15!  You asked for it and we are giving it to you!!  We know some of these small appliances can be expensive, so now is the perfect time to get them on Black Friday or Cyber Monday.  We have provided all of the links for these products if you are interested. You can choose whatever product and size is best for your family!  We are taking the month of December off of cooking classes, but stay tuned in the new year.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

#1- Vitamix 5300 (Refurbished) – You all know that the Vitamix is probably one of the most used appliances in our kitchens.  Once you feel the power of the Vitamix, you will never go back!! The refurbished ones are the way to go because you can save hundreds of dollars!! Click here for a refurbished one.  If you prefer newer & more powerful, click here
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#2- Cuisinart Food Processor – I use this appliance for shredding cheese, making salsa’s, dips, hummus, cauliflower rice, slicing vegetables, etc.. The possibilities are endless with this appliance.  Click here to purchase the largest one available with a 14 c. capacity.  If you have a smaller family and prefer the 8 c., click here. 

#3- Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer– This is the 6 qt. professional mixer that will give you the space to do several loaves of bread at one time or make a double batch of cookies. I make all of my cookies, muffins, & cakes in this baby! It’s the largest bowl size.  Click here if you want the 6 qt. size.  If you prefer the 5 qt., click here.

#4- Bosch Mixer– If you are into bread making, or want to start, this is the thing for you!  You can make up to 6 loaves of bread in one batch.  It perfectly kneads your bread and makes bread making so much easier!  You can also make your cookies and cakes in here as well.  I also do twice baked potatoes in mine because it can hold so much!  These appliances are built so well, they could last you a lifetime! Click here to purchase.  If you want one with the bowl scraper and cookie paddles too, click here.

#5- Pressure Cooker – This Cuisinart Pressure Cooker is my favorite way to cook all my grains.  It cooks them in less than half the time spent on a stovetop.  The best part about it is that it keeps your grains warm, so you can set it and forget it!  You can cook a roast in 50 min & frozen chicken in 7 minutes.  Such a fun tool!  The possibilities are endless with this one! Click here to purchase

#6- Shun Knife– This is my absolute favorite knife in my kitchen.  It is a 7″ Santoku Hollow Ground Knife.  Everyone asks in my classes what knife this is because it effortlessly cuts through anything!  It’s actually a Japanese vegetable knife, but it can do it all!  I also recommend getting the Honing Steel Knife Sharpener.  You should keep your good knives sharp by using it every couple times you use your knife.  Then you don’t have to get them professionally sharpened as often.  I promise you won’t regret this purchase!! Click here to buy.
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#7- Flexible Cutting Boards (extra thick)- I LOVE flexible cutting boards because they make chopping & dumping into our pots & pans so easy!  These ones are extra thick which is nice because some of the cheaper, thinner ones end up cracking & being cut through.  They are even dishwasher safe. Click here to purchase.

#8- Garlic Press– This is the best rated garlic press through America’s Test Kitchen.  I personally have the Pampered Chef one and it’s been great but the coating is peeling off.  This one is stainless steel and you will never have to buy another one. Click here to purchase.

#9- Meat Chopper– I love this tool because it helps break up your ground turkey, sausage, or meat when making taco’s or any ground meat dish.  After using this tool you will be so glad you have it!  I have the Pampered Chef one and it’s a keeper!  Click here to purchase.
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#10- Apple Peeler, Corer & Slicer – My kids absolutely love this gadget.  As we peel, core & slice the apples, they call them apple snakes and everyone in the neighborhood wants to eat them.  They even eat the skin that comes off into a fun string. It makes eating apples so fun!  If they are eating the skin I like to buy organic apples. (Just FYI) Click here to purcahse

#11- Microplane Zester– This zester is so sharp and perfectly spaced that it gets just the zest off your citrus fruits so you can add that delicious taste to your recipes.  It can even do a fine grate for parmesan cheese.  Love this tool! Click here to buy. 

#12- Rubber Spatulas– There is nothing like a good rubber scraper/spatula in the kitchen.  Oxo is a great brand as well as the Pampered Chef.  Check out this fun assortment of spatulas that are heat proof up to 600 degrees and won’t warp or discolor.  I think you’ll love them. Click here to purchase.  

#13- Lemon Squeezer– If you don’t have one of these, you should!  They help you get the most out of your lemons or limes!  You simply cut, turn over & squeeze! This one won’t rust because it’s stainless steel and it’s dishwasher safe.   Click here to purchase.

#14- Enameled Cast Iron Skillet- Cast Iron skillets can be purchased from $50-$500.  There is a wide range to choose from so if you haven’t had one before, maybe you could start with a cheaper one and if you love how they cook, then move up to a more expensive one.The versatility of being able to cook on the stovetop and finish something off in the oven is fabulous! There are all sorts of sizes too so when you are looking, make sure to get the right size for your family. Click here for an inexpensive starter skillet

Click here for a top of the line skillet.  Then look around for the right size and color for you!

#15- Fine Mesh Strainer– I love a good fine mesh strainer to rinse all of my grains, especially quinoa.  Quinoa is such a small grain that you need an extra fine mesh. This is a Cuisinart set that has three different sizes. It’s a steal!  These strainers can be used for anything.  Click here to purchase. 

We hope you have enjoyed our Top 15 Kitchen Gadgets!  Having the right tools in the kitchen really does help with increasing productivity and having a joyful experience!  For us it makes all the difference!  Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!!

Love,

Suzy & Brittany

TJ’s Pumpkin Cranberry Crackers

These crackers are the perfect compliment to any holiday cheese tray.  They are delicious with most cheeses, but especially with

These crackers are the perfect compliment to any holiday cheese tray.  They are delicious with most cheeses, but especially with the honey goat cheese log from Trader Joe’s.  If you don’t live close to one, then I apologize, and I would urge you to find one and stock up on some of their holiday specialties!

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Cooking Classes @ DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen

I am so happy to announce that I will be teaching my cooking classes at a new location.  I have

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I am so happy to announce that I will be teaching my cooking classes at a new location.  I have teamed up with DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen Remodel Studio and they have graciously offered for me to use their gourmet kitchen for our classes.  I think this will be a great new adventure as I expand my classes & audience.  It is located in South Ogden, UT at 1523 Skyline Drive.  To sign up for classes, click here.     I really look forward to seeing all of you!    Happy cooking 🙂

True Lemon

If you know me at all, you know I am always preaching to drink more water!!  If you find it

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If you know me at all, you know I am always preaching to drink more water!!  If you find it hard to drink plain water, there are some fun new options out there that are NOT flavored with aspartame.  I was so excited to find these packets for all of you lovers of Splenda sweetened drinks.  Splenda and other artificial sweeteners are not good for your body.  Check out the ingredient list:

Ingredients: Crystallized Lemon [Citric Acid, Lemon Oil, Lemon Juice, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)], Sugar, Natural Raspberry Flavor, Stevia Leaf Extract*, Beet Juice and Turmeric (For Color).
*100% Natural Sweetener from the Stevia plant

No Preservatives   Gluten Free
You will love these!  I promise!  Give them a try.  They have tons of flavors and you can find them in grocery stores or online! Click here for a link

Chicken Bouillon Powder (no MSG)

(see recipe below for “Cream of Chicken Soup” substitute mix!   I love this powder because it doesn’t have MSG

(see recipe below for “Cream of Chicken Soup” substitute mix!

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I love this powder because it doesn’t have MSG and it tastes great!  It is even made with sea salt instead of regular iodized salt, which is very acidic.  It tastes great for everything from chicken soup to any dish made with cream of chicken soup.  Since I don’t use cream of chicken or mushroom soups in my recipes (because they are loaded with MSG), I have a substitute recipe for you that you can use in replacement of those poisons! ha ha

“Cream of Chicken Soup” Substitute Mix

  • 2 c. dry milk
  • 2 ½ c. wheat flour
  • ¼ c. bouillon powder (I like Orrington Farms– always check for no MSG)
  • 2 Tbls. dried onion
  • 1 t. pepper
  • 2 t. parsley, dried

 

Mix all dry ingredients together and store in an airtight container. This is enough to make several cans of cream of chicken soup.

For a one can recipe, bring 1 1/4 c. water to a boil on stovetop. Slowly whisk in ½ c. dry mix and stir until thickened, just a minute or so. Take off heat and use in your recipe as a replacement for one can of cream of chicken soup.

My Vitamix Giveaway Winner!!

The grand prize winner is Nick Coombs of South Ogden, UT! Congratulations Nick!  He was so happy because this will

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The grand prize winner is Nick Coombs of South Ogden, UT! Congratulations Nick!  He was so happy because this will be his first high-powered blender!  The awesome thing about Nick is that he lost about 90 lbs. just over 3 years ago and he is paying it forward by helping coach other people into healthier lifestyles too!  I love people who give back and who see a need to help others be healthy.  I wish him the best of luck with his Vitamix adventures and all he does to help those around him!!  Congrats 🙂

Vitamix Giveaway!!

It’s time to kick off your new year the right way by blending those green smoothies with a brand new

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It’s time to kick off your new year the right way by blending those green smoothies with a brand new Vitamix!!

3 Ways to Enter: (you can be entered up to 3 times if you do all 3)

1)  Like “Foodie Gone Healthy” Facebook page

2)  Share the “Vitamix Giveaway” Facebook link on your wall

3)  Purchase the online cooking classes “Steps to a Healthier Family” right here on my website!  It’s only $30 for the whole series (all 8 classes & 39 recipe videos) People always tell me they want to feed their family healthier, but they don’t know where to start.  This series of cooking classes is the perfect place!  You will learn how to pick out the right foods at the grocery store, how to whip up some healthy, delicious food in the kitchen, and most of all feel empowered and happy that you are feeding your family the best you can!  Get started today on this journey to better health and a whole foods lifestyle! Click here for more info…

Enter today!!  Drawing ends February 1st.  Winner will be announced February 2nd on my Facebook page & website!

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