We all have a go-to guilty pleasure food item, and the holiday season is a time we tend to indulge in all of our favorite naughty foods. Therefore, Lifestyle Coaches Aimee Chandler and Jillian Miner will be providing a community education class, Tasty Table for Health, to show you how you can easily transform some of your favorite, guilty pleasure foods into healthier, nutrient-rich versions without sacrificing flavor – items like homemade comfort foods, snacks and sweets all made with ingredients that are good for your body!

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Featured Seasonal Recipes

Down To Earth Granola

Prep: 15 minutes
Bake:  40 minutes

4 cups old-fashioned oats
1.5 cups sliced almonds or any nut
.5 cup packed light brown sugar
.5 tsp. salt
.5 tsp. ground cinnamon
.25 cup cooking oil
.25 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla or any extract
1.5 cup raisins or cranberries or any dried fruit

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. In a bowl mix the oats, nuts, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon. In a saucepan, warm the oil and honey. Whisk or stir in extract. Carefully pour liquid over oat mixture and gently stir with a wooden spoon. Finish mixing by hand.

Spread granola in a 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking pan and bake 40 minutes, stirring carefully every 10 minutes. Transfer granola-filled pan to a rack to cool completely. Stir in dried fruit. Seal granola in an airtight container or self-sealing plastic bags and store at room temperature for 1 week or in freezer for 3 months. Makes 9 cups (24 servings).

Chia Seed Jam

1 cup smashed fresh fruit
1 tbsp chia seeds

Mix ingredients. Cover mixture & refrigerate for approximately 1 hour. When ready, use as a spread on toast, waffles or even in a PJ&J!

Heart Healthy Turkey Burger

1 package ground turkey
1-2 grated zucchini
1 garlic clover
Cumin to taste
Salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients into a medium-size bowl. Mix well and shape into patties. To pan fry, brown patties on both sides in a hot pan for 8 to 10 minutes. To grill, first freeze burgers for 10 minutes prior, and heat grill to 285 degrees F. Once grill has reached temperature, grill burgers for about 8 minutes for well done. Assemble your burger with tasty toppings such as Bibb lettuce, sliced tomato, fresh red onion, pickles and your favorite sauce. Source: https://ifoodreal.com/zucchini-turkey-burger/

Heart Healthy Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl

1 Tbsp. canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce minced
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/3 cup quinoa
2/3 cup water
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
2
 cups fresh romaine lettuce shredded
1 cup canned pinto beans drained and rinsed
1 each fresh avocado diced
1/4 cup thick and chunky salsa, medium heat
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 each fresh lime wedge

Preheat grill to medium-high or preheat broiler. Combine chipotles, oil, garlic powder and cumin in a small bowl. Combine water and quinoa in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

Oil the grill rack or a rimmed baking sheet, if broiling. Season chicken with salt. Grill the chicken for 5 minutes or broil on the prepared baking sheet for 9 minutes. Turn, brush with the chipotle glaze and continue cooking until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 165F, 3 to 5 minutes more on the grill or 9 minutes more under the broiler. Transfer to a clean cutting board. Chop into bite-size pieces.

Assemble each burrito bowl with 1/2 cup quinoa, 1/2 cup chicken, 1/2 cup lettuce, 1/4 cup beans, 1/4 avocado, 1 Tbsp salsa and 1 Tbsp cheese. Serve with 1 lime wedge.

Source: https://www.weeatlivedowell.com/chipotle-chicken-burrito-bowl/

Ranch Dip
1 container (6 oz.) plain Greek Yogurt (low fat or fat free if you prefer)
3 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and let sit in refrigerator for a few hours or overnight to allow flavors to come together. Stir before serving. Tastes great with a variety of raw veggies or whole wheat pita chips!

Avocado Cauliflower Pizza
Pesto Sauce:​ 1 avocado (diced), 1 cup basil leaves, .5 cup chopped toasted walnuts, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, 2 cloves garlic, .5 tsp. kosher salt
Crust:​ 4 cups riced cauliflower, 2 eggs, .5 cup parmesan cheese, .25 tsp. pepper, .5 tsp. kosher salt.
Toppings​: 2 Tbsp. sliced red onion, 1 cup heirloom grape tomatoes (cut in half), 6 oz. fresh or shredded mozzarella, 1 avocado peeled/diced

Preheat oven to 450 F.
Crust​: Heat cauliflower rice in the microwave for 4-5 minutes. If moist, squeeze moisture out with a paper towel. In a bowl, mix rice, 2 eggs, .5 cup parmesan cheese, .25 tsp. pepper, .25 tsp. salt and mix. Take a lined baking sheet with cooking spray on it and scoop dough onto parchment paper. Flatten with spatula & put in the oven 10-12 minutes.
Pesto​: In a blender or food processor, put avocado, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, basil leaves and walnuts in and blend.
Spread pesto on the crust and put toppings on. Bake for 12-15 minutes and enjoy!

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Please consult a doctor before altering your diet in any way, including going gluten free, or taking supplements.

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