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Quick Fixes for Easy Stove-Top Mac & Cheese

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Macaroni & Cheese is the ultimate comfort food, and my whole family can't get enough of it, especially during the chilly winter months. Luckily, there's a quick and easy way to make this decadent dish a bit more nutritious. I like this Easy Stove-Top Mac & Cheese recipe from when we've had a busy day and I don't have much time to make dinner. 

But here's my trick-- after the recipe is complete, I add 2-4 tablespoons of Orange Puree, made with carrots and sweet potatoes, or  2-4 tablespoons of White Puree for a boost of nutrition from zucchini & cauliflower. That's extra veggies you would have missed out on otherwise! Mix well, serve, and enjoy. 

Parmesan Chicken Fries


The crunchy goodness your kids love, without the deep fryer. And even better, we’ve snuck in wheat germ and flaxseed! Include our dipping sauce and you’ve got a healthy well balanced meal with several different vegetables. Who says “Fries” can’t be good for you? 


Parmesan Chicken Fries

Makes 4 Servings


2 tablespoons ground flaxseed 

2 tablespoons wheat germ 

1 cup breadcrumbs, ideally whole grain

12 ounces uncooked boneless, skinless, thinly sliced chicken breasts

Cooking spray oil


1⁄2 cup Sneaky Chef Pasta Sauce

1⁄4 cup Orange Puree or carrot baby food or sweet potato puree


Preheat oven to 425 degrees and generously coat baking sheet with cooking spray oil.

Cut tenders into French fry–shaped strips, easily done using kitchen scissors. Combine flax, wheat germ, and breadcrumbs in zip-top plastic bag, seal, and shake to mix. Add chicken strips, seal, and shake to coat chicken evenly. Remove chicken pieces and place on prepared baking sheet. Generously coat top of chicken with more cooking spray and bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until browned and cooked through.

Combine marinara sauce with puree and serve as dip alongside the chicken fries.



ribs on grill sm.jpgA simple marinade adds flavor and tenderizes meat, plus adds an unexpected health benefit. Before grilling beef, marinate it in a thin liquid to infuse flavor and reduce the health risks that can accompany high-heat grilling. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), marinating meat can reduce formation of potentially carcinogenic HCAs as much as 92 to 99 percent.

pomegranate.jpgPomegranate Marinade for Beef or Chicken
Makes 1 cup marinade, enough for about 2 pounds of meat or chicken2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1⁄2 cup pomegranate juice
Freshly ground pepper, to taste

In a medium-size bowl, whisk together all the ingredients. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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slurpee.jpgIn light of the new "Slurpee Lite" at 7-Eleven aka chemical cocktail - even if it has only 20 calories (please save yourself and avoid this sacrificial artificial load on your body)....I'm coming up with a healthier Slurpee knock-off recipe.
I recently asked my Facebook fans what flavor they wanted for a healthier “Slurpee” copycat recipe – strawberry lime won (fizzy berry came in second), so here they are -  equally as refreshing, delicious and fun, without all the artificial color, sweeteners and chemicals!

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Strawberry Lime Slushy
Makes 4 servings –
1/4 cup pomegranate or cranberry juice
juice of two limes (about 1/3 cup fresh lime juice)
2 tablespoons sugar, ideally raw
4 ½ cups ice cubes
5 cups fresh strawberries, washed and caps removed

Fill blender or food processor with pomegranate and lime juices, first, then sugar, ice, and strawberries. Blend or puree until thick and smooth, stopping to mix contents and push ice to bottom, if needed.
Serve in a tall glass with a straw.

slurpee straw lime.jpgFizzy Berry Slushy
Makes 2 servings – 
2 ½ cups frozen mixed berries
2 tablespoons sugar, ideally raw
1 cup seltzer water or club soda, unsweetened
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Fill blender or food processor with frozen berries, sugar and seltzer.
Serve in a tall glass with a straw.
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