Welcome back, sweet friends! I need to make sure I say this right up front - I AM NOT A CHEF OR COOK - in fact, I'm not even very good or confident in the kitchen. However, I have learned that the secret to enjoying CLEAN and WHOLE foods is to learn how to spice with other CLEAN and WHOLE ingredients. Vegetables don't have to be bland. Clean snacks don't have to be boring. But it is ESSENTIAL that we are feeding our bodies clean and whole ingredients!
I haven't always had this perspective, and I certainly haven't always eaten as clean as I do. In fact, I look back on even just a few years ago and I cringe at what I consumed. But isn't that part of this life we live? Learning and growing and being shaped and molded into better versions of ourselves constantly. That's what it's all about, and that's certainly what intentional living is all about, isn't it?
So here I am this not-so-much-of-a-cook- AT- ALL sharing my favorite veggie recipes and healthy snacks in hope that it will inspire some other non-cooks to try something new, seek out healthier options, and deep dive into learning as I have been!
Roasted Veggie Recipes:
Roasted Green Beans:
Clean and cut/snap the ends off of the green beans.
Place on a cookie sheet.
Squeeze a half of a lemon on the green beans.
Sprinkle Dill all over the green beans.
Toss and spread out on the cookie sheet.
Roast for 12 minutes at 450 degrees.
Roasted Brussel Sprouts:
Clean and cut off the stem of the brussel sprouts.
Cut in half and spread onto a cookie sheet.
Sprinkle avocado or olive oil, rosemary, and garlic powder over the brussel sprouts. Toss together.
Roast for 15 minutes at 450 degrees.
Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli:
Clean and cut cauliflower and broccoli into sprigs.
Sprinkle with avocado or olive oil, garlic powder, and thyme.
Roast for 12-15 minutes at 450.
(I like them slightly blackened, so I usually let them roast for at least 15 minutes)
Roasted Garbanzo Beans:
Drain and clean a can of organic garbanzo beans.
Sprinkle with avocado or olive oil and garlic salt.
Roast for 15 minutes at 400.
Mandy's Favorite Snacks:
Sliced Tomato with Trader Joe's "Everything but the Bagel" spice sprinkled on top.
Banana with almond butter.
Apple with cinnamon.
Nuts: Pistachios, almonds, pecans, and/or walnuts.
Dried fruit WITHOUT added sugar. My favorite is dried mango.
Veggies with hummus.
Air popped popcorn with a tiny bit of honey sprinkled on top.