Easy Feta Dip

Ingredients
- about 1/3 cup olive oil (I have made this without the olive oil and its still yummy)
- 3 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
- 4-5 green onions, sliced thinly
- 8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (see note)
- 2-3 teaspoons Cavender's Greek Seasoning
- fresh baguette, sliced thinly

- option - add fresh creamy flavor with Avocados

Instructions
1. on a large platter drizzle olive oil until you have thin layer on the entire platter. Use more or less depending on your preference
2. add the tomatoes, green onions and feta on top of the olive oil. Sprinkle with the Greek seasoning to taste
3. with a spoon carefully combine the ingredients
4. serve with warm sliced baguettes for scooping up the dip

Notes
Fresh feta that comes in a block is what is preferred here. Its a lot more moist. The precrumbled cheese is fine but a bit more dry.

SUBMITTED BY TERESE T.

Mexican chicken and vegetable soup

Ingredients
6 cups of chicken broth
2 chicken breasts
5 carrots
3 zucchini squash
1 large chayote squash
1 big potato
a handful of rice* (Optional)

Chipotle pepper
Cilantro
Avocado
lime

- Cut all the vegetables into small pieces
- Add chicken, carrots and potato in the chicken broth and let boil for around 15 minutes in medium heat.
- Add zucchini squash and chayote squash for another 5 minutes. At this time also add a handful of rice if you wish and wait for it to be cooked (it will come out very fluffy).
- Make sure chicken is toughly cooked.

When you serve the soup you can add a few cilantro leaves, a few drops of chipotle sauce or pepper, some drops of lime for flavor and avocado.

 

RECIPE SUBMITTED BY VERONICA O.

Roasted Acorn Squash

I love the fall and winter squashes out there. Butternut is a pretty popular one, but I think Acorn is my favorite. Some time soon, I will have to post a recipe I use for a sausage filled acorn squash, but this one is just a simple roasted acorn squash recipe.

When you look for an acorn squash, try to find one that seems heavy for it's size, dense. You want them to be firm, so if it's not, don't buy it. So firm and dense is ideal for ripeness. Now that you have your squash, let's get to roasting!

Preheat Oven to 400

Ingredients:

1 Acorn Squash
Coconut oil (Olive oil or canola work ok too, but I prefer coconut)
Seasonings to taste

Directions:

1. Cut the squash in half using a large, sharp knife.
2. Remove seeds from squash
3. Slice the squash in thin slices
4. Place the slices on a roasting pan and brush with oil
5. Season to taste (I like salt, pepper, garlic, and smoked paprika or some salt and cinnamon)
6. Roast for 7 minutes
7. Flip and roast for another 7 minutes
They will be soft when they are ready. And you will just eat them off the rind. SUPER YUMMY!!

As always tell us what you think!

Quinoa Penut Butter Breakfast

I don't know about you, but I LOVE peanut butter! I don't mean like, I mean LOVE. I make sure I don't waste any time using jelly on a PB&J because that distracts from the PB taste! My favorite snacks are PB and Banana or PB and Apples or even just a spoonful a PB! I am obsessed with the Trader Joe's natural peanut butter- sometimes creamy & sometimes crunchy. Anyhow, I'm off topic.

I came across a recipe for Quinoa Almond Butter recipe from Alter Eco Quinoa that I loved and made a few modifications for my own taste preference (mainly using PB instead of AB). It's an amazing power breakfast. If you make a full batch on Sunday afternoon, you'll have enough for just about every day that week!

Ingredients:

1C Quinoa rinsed (I always skip rinsing because I'm lazy)
1 1/2C Water
1/2C Peanut Butter (or a little more if you prefer)
Cinnamon to taste
Dried fruit to taste (optional)

Directions:

1. Bring water and quinoa to a boil in a medium saucepan
2. Simmer for 20 minutes until tender and the germ releases
3. Remove from the heat
4. Mix in the Peanut Butter until throughout the quinoa
5. Add cinnamon to taste & dried fruit if desired

This is great out of the pot and great reheated! It's chocked full of protein and goodness for the brain first thing in the morning! Give it a shot and tell us what you think.

Side Note: I love to add shredded coconut, coco nibs, raisins, dried cherries or cranberries, bananas, apples, etc. Get creative for your own taste preferences and share your successes!