Oil Free Chipotle Chickpea Snackers

Oil Free Chipotle Chickpea Snackers

Going almost ‘Oil-Free’ is one of the best dietary changes I’ve made in my life, next to becoming Vegan of course.   In the past year, I’ve sworn off all buttery favorites and switched them out for a healthier, more flavorful version to satisfy my taste buds without packing on the pounds.  It’s not an easy switch to make.  I’ve ruined many attempts at re-vamping old favorites.  Like this Chickpea snack that used to bake up pretty quickly.  The Chickpeas were ultra good for me.  The greasy calorie filled coating I used to stir in to make them quick and easy to make?  Not so good. Imagine spending 20 to 30 minutes cleaning, chopping, mixing up healthy salad veggies for a kinder, super nutrient based meal.  Then image pouring 3 – 400 calories of artery clogging, hip enlarging olive oil all over your nice clean bowl of greens.     One innocent, miserable tablespoon of oil packs a whopping 120 calories of nothing but waste to your bloodstream.   Do we need a little fat in our lives?  Of course.  That’s why many greens and beans come with a modest natural fat % to get us what’s needed for our bodies.…

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Downhome Sweet Chili Cornbread

Downhome Sweet Chili Cornbread

Seems like a century ago now, but I spent four long years of my life studying and taking in the quirks and traditions of South Eastern, North Carolina.   My college years were filled with turmoil, stress, unforgettable fun, and most memorably, a constant lack of finances. My Dad, who graciously paid my tuition despite my having had no real direction or ambition to make my schooling matter, was raised off the coast of Eastern North Carolina.  I was well aware of how different and secluded things were in the Eastern part of the state having visited scores of relatives each summer, trying to understand their unique dialect and always leaving to go back to D. C. a few pounds heavier than when I’d arrived it seemed.  My Grandparents would always serve us all my Dad’s favorites each visit and then there was the finally each trip;  I’d gorge on Dr. Pepper, hushpuppies and cornbread at “The Sanitary Fish Market” in Morehead City till I’d pop!  Back to school days, I lived off campus in a rather small, 4 room house, sans refrigerator, sans stove…. I got a hot plate at some point.  And cooked up a mean iron skillet full…

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Healthy Holiday – Oil-Free “Kick Ass” Cheezy Cabbage Rolls

Healthy Holiday – Oil-Free “Kick Ass” Cheezy Cabbage Rolls

Once I discovered that I could drizzle fresh, even raw veggies with a luscious, gooey non-dairy cheeze sauce without wondering which thigh it would show up on first?  I was happy with life. This sauce is that good.  Okay, maybe not life shattering but it is just that healthy and  versatile.  You’ll never go back to Velveeta once you’ve whipped up a quick batch of cheeze sauce like this one.  My version is adapted from Jill McKeever’s version which is based on a friend’s version who got it from a friend.  Yeah, it’s been around some and now I’m sharing my tweaked version with you all so you can share it with a friend and amaze your family in a few weeks at your holiday meal. You’ll be pouring copious amounts of gooey cheeze on your families veggies with a smile on your face this year. Regular Velveeta cheese contains milk, water, milk fat, whey, whey protein concentrate and milk protein concentrate. These ingredients make up the bulk of the product. Enzymes and cheese culture are included to aid in the manufacture of the cheese — these ingredients are bacterial agents that determine the taste, texture and appearance of cheese products.…

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