Chicken Salad

This is a great recipe if you are looking for a light, health meal! Also, it is great for picnics and summer parties!

Here are some ingredients you can use:
Canned chicken or Grilled Chicken
Grapes
Raddishes
Green onions
Cucumber
Red pepper
Green pepper
Carrots
Poppy seed salad dressing
Rice or Quinoa (optional)
I love to eat this salad with GF tortilla chips! I typically do not include rice or quinoa with this salad but I did in this picture. I usually just eyeball the proportions of the ingredients depending on how many people I am making this salad for.
I always start with the vegetables and grapes (if you decide to include grapes) and then I add the chicken. After the chicken is in, then you add as much or as little salad dressing as you like! If you are planning on taking your chicken salad somewhere, then I would wait until you are at the event to add your salad dressing… it can get soggy if you drench it in dressing and leave it in the car or the fridge for a while. You could avoid the sogginess all together and just eat it without the salad dressing. (The salad dressing is very yummy though so I would recommend using it).
And then you’re all done!

We found this recipe from “itsrainingveggies” account on Instagram. This is the direct link to Bethany’s blog if you are looking for more fun recipes! https://bethanykerr96.wixsite.com/blog

Honey Garlic Lime Shrimp

This shrimp was so yummy I wanted to marry it!

Here’s what you need to make it:
Shrimp
1 tablespoon of olive oil
3 tablespoons of honey
1/4 teaspoon of salt
4 dashes of cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon of garlic powder (you could also use freshly minced garlic)
3 drops of lime essential oil (you could also use 1 1/2 tablespoons of lime juice)
I cut off the tails of the shrimp and put them in the frying pan. I mixed all the other ingredients together in a small bowl. Then, I put the sauce on top of the shrimp and cooked it on medium heat!

We found this recipe from “itsrainingveggies” account on Instagram. This is the direct link to Bethany’s blog if you are looking for more fun recipes! https://bethanykerr96.wixsite.com/blog

Peanut Butter Protein Balls

These protein balls are probably one of the easiest things I have ever made!

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Here’s what you need to make them:

3 ripe bananas
3 cups of GF oats
1 cup of powdered (with liquid) or running peanut butter (try it with almond butter too)

I used Betty Lou’s gluten free, vegan, organic, non-GMO powdered peanut butter when I made these. I will say that this product is not celiac friendly. It says the product is gluten free but it is processed in a factory that also processed wheat, dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, and soy products. If you have celiac’s or have very serious food sensitivities then I would not recommend using this product. I have been putting it in my smoothies as a protein powder and I love it! Powdered peanut butter is a new health trend and since I have been using this product I can see why! It is very low calorie and low fat but you still get the protein benefits from using this product.

First things first, I mashed the bananas in the bowl until they were smooth. I mixed the powdered peanut butter in a separate bowl with some water until I got a runny consistency. (The runnier the peanut butter is, the better the protein balls will stick together). Then, I mixed in the three cups of oats one cup at a time.

All that’s left is to do is to roll up the mixture into balls (make sure to wash your hands first for food safety purposes) and bake them for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

We found this recipe from “itsrainingveggies” account on Instagram. This is the direct link to Bethany’s blog if you are looking for more fun recipes! https://bethanykerr96.wixsite.com/blog

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Balls

If you love peanut butter, chocolate, and fast snacks this recipe is for you!
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Here are the ingredients:
3 overly-ripe bananas
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1/3 peanut  or almond butter
2 cups of GF oats
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Mash your overly-ripe bananas in a bowl. Add the melted coconut oil. Add the peanut butter.
Mix in the oats, and the dark chocolate chips.
Roll the mixture into small balls and place on a cookie sheet.
Cook for 6-8 minutes and enjoy!

Homemade Guacamole

This homemade guacamole is a crowd pleaser! If you have a picnic or a party coming up then I would highly recommend bringing this to share with your friends!

Here’s what you need to make one serving:
1 ripe avocado
Garlic powder (sprinkled to taste)
1/2 tablespoon per avocado of lemon or lime juice (I usually use lemon juice because that’s what I normally have in my fridge)
Red onion
Red bell pepper
Salt (optional)
I always start with mushing the ripe avocado in a bowl until it is smooth. Then I cut up the red onion and the red bell pepper into tiny pieces–the smaller the better in my opinion, but if you like chunky guacamole then cut them into large sizes! I mixed the onion and peppers with the avocado. Then, add the lemon or lime juice in and stir the mixture.
Lastly, I suggest sprinkling the garlic powder to taste because some people love lots of garlic in their guacamole, and some people are planning on kissing someone after they eat the guacamole so it is very subjective.
Regarding the salt, if you are eating your guacamole with salty tortilla chips then you often don’t need to add salt to your guacamole. However, you can add salt if your taste buds tell you too!
That’s all! You can share it with other people or eat it all by yourself. I have done both 🙂
We found this recipe from “itsrainingveggies” account on Instagram. This is the direct link to Bethany’s blog if you are looking for more fun recipes! https://bethanykerr96.wixsite.com/blog

Apple Dessert Salad

If you are looking for a healthy dessert I have one for you!

Here’s what you need to make it:
Fuji apples
Granny Smith apples
Gala apples
Ground cinnamon
Raisins
Walnuts
This recipe is so simple! I cut up the apples, the walnuts, and threw some raisins in the mix. Then, I sprinkled ground cinnamon over the top. Enjoy!
We found this recipe from “itsrainingveggies” account on Instagram. This is the direct link to Bethany’s blog if you are looking for more fun recipes! https://bethanykerr96.wixsite.com/blog

 

Banana Walnut Muffins

These muffins were a breeze to make and super yummy!

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Here’s what you need to make them:
2 1/2 cups of GF all-purpose flour or Almond flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
4 teaspoons of baking powder
1 cup of walnuts
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup of honey
2 overly-ripe bananas
4 tablespoons of ground flax seeds soaked in 1/2 cup of water OR 4 eggs
1/4 cup of almond milk
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of cloves
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
First off, start soaking the ground flax seeds (for about 5 minutes). They can soak while you are assembling all the other ingredients together. Add all the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder, walnuts, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg) in a bowl. Mash the overly ripe bananas until they are smooth.
Add the bananas, applesauce, honey, almond milk, and vanilla to the dry mix. Stir until smooth. The muffin batter should be a little runny, but that’s good for gluten free/dairy free/egg free cooking because it means the muffins will be moist.
Bake for 11 minutes and enjoy!

We found this recipe from “itsrainingveggies” account on Instagram. This is the direct link to Bethany’s blog if you are looking for more fun recipes! https://bethanykerr96.wixsite.com/blog

Homemade Vegan Hot Chocolate

I love drinking hot chocolate when it’s snowing outside! Especially with I’m drinking it with fresh popcorn.
This recipe makes 1-2 mugs of hot chocolate. Feel free to double it if you need more!
Here’s what you need to make it:
3 cups of water
1 cup of non-dairy milk
3 tablespoons of pure cocoa
3-5 tablespoons of coconut sugar*
1 dash of vanilla
To start off, put a pot on the stove with three cups of water and the three tablespoons of cocoa on medium heat. Whisk the water and the cocoa until all the cocoa chunks are dissolved in the water.
Gradually add the sugar and continue to whisk the ingredients. Add a dash of vanilla.
After all the sugar is dissolved, then add the non-dairy milk to the pan. Continue to stir the ingredients while the milk gets warm.
Pour in a mug and enjoy!
*NOTE: You can add less sugar if you are trying to cut back on calories. I would recommend adding at least three tablespoons of sugar because the cocoa is bitter. 
We found this recipe from “itsrainingveggies” account on Instagram. This is the direct link to Bethany’s blog if you are looking for more fun recipes! https://bethanykerr96.wixsite.com/blog