Honey-Garlic Glazed Carrots {side dish}

Not only are these honey-garlic glazed carrots amaze-balls, but they are also healthy {**as long as you are using butter from grass-fed cows and raw honey**}! Oh, and on top of those two awesome things, they’re quick and easy to make! So there is no reason in this world for you not to try these carrots.

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After I put last night’s Butternut Squash & Chicken Pan-Roast into the oven, I realized that I needed just one more thing to complete the meal. I would normally add something green, but I happened to have a whole bunch of carrots on-hand. The color of the carrots ended up being the perfect complement to this particular entree.

Honey-Garlic Glazed Carrots

{serves 4}

8 – 10 good-sized carrots 

3 tablespoons butter

2 minced garlic cloves

3 tablespoons raw honey

Salt and pepper

Peel carrots, then cut into 2 inch increments. Quarter the big fat parts and leave the skinny parts whole. Just aim to get each piece the same size.  Place carrots into a medium sized pot, cover with water, and place over high heat. When water begins to boil, cover and reduce heat to medium-low for 10 – 15 minutes, depending on how tender you want them {I did 15 and the carrots melted in my mouth}.  Drain the water from the carrots and set aside while you prepare your honey mixture.

For the honey mixture simply heat the butter in a small pan over medium heat then add garlic. Sauté garlic for 2 – 3 minutes then add the honey and stir to combine.  Add the mixture to the carrots and carefully coat the carrots using a spoon.  Season with salt and pepper to your liking.

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Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Pudding {with Chia Seeds!}

Let’s talk about chia seeds! These little things are amazing.  I know some people refer to them as “super foods”, but I don’t believe in super foods. They are pretty awesome, though. Not only are they loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, but they are also packing fiber, protein, manganese, and phosphorous.  Now, I’m not a nutritionalist, but it doesn’t take a professional to know that we all need more of these things! I encourage you to read up on these little guys if you want to know more about them. I have heard that they have helped combat mood disorders, diabetes, and heart disease, but I haven’t looked for real research yet. I’m too busy enjoying this HEALTHY PUDDING!

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Chia seeds do this funny thing when they get wet. They swell up and have this weird, gelatinous coating around them and that is what makes this pudding work! You can add chia seeds to your breakfast shakes, oatmeal, yogurt, and pretty much anything. It is also supposed to curb your appetite, so you don’t put yourself into a food-coma.  Just be careful because you can get too much of a good thing in this case. They are packed with fiber, and last time I checked, too much fiber did hurt everyone..in the tummy area.

This recipe makes about 2 small servings or 1 big one because it doesn’t keep well for more than a day. If you want to make it the night before for breakfast, then I think that will be okay, but it didn’t taste so well after 24 hours.

Peanut Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding

1 very ripe banana

1/2 cup (your choice) milk. I used whole organic cows milk because that is what I had.

1 (generous) tablespoon natural peanut butter

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons chia seeds

(taste after mixing and see if you need it to be sweeter, then add 1 tablespoon honey)

In a food processor or whatever kind of mixer you have (I have a ninja), pulse the banana, milk, peanut butter, and vanilla until everything is mixed and the banana is completely broken down. Pour the mixture into a bowl then stir in the chia seeds. I only advise against adding them in the food processor because there will be a lot of chia seeds that will stick to the wall, so you lose so many! Chill in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes to let the chia seeds soak up the moisture and swell. Then enjoy!

I wanted to share these outtakes from my attempts at photographing this stuff yesterday. Milo decided it was time for a snack mid-shoot. Haha.

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Healthy Pasta Salad with Cucumber-Lime Vinaigrette

This pregnancy has me craving cold dishes. I have probably made 5 different pasta salad variations in the past 3 weeks.  I just can’t get enough of them! Plus it’s a good way for me to get more raw vegetables in my diet, which I need even more since I’m, you know, growing another human being.

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A healthy pasta salad?

Take a look at those beautiful colors! Any dish with that many colors has got to be packed with tons of good stuff, right? And as long as you use whole grain pasta, there will be nothing bad about this salad.

Pasta Salad with Cucumber-Lime Vinaigrette

half a box of your choice of pasta salad noodles (I chose penne)

1 cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and chopped about 1/4 inches thick

1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped into 1 inch pieces 

1/2 to 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes (your preference)

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1/2 cup fresh lime juice (took me 3 juicy limes)

1/4 cup grapeseed oil (or another flavorless oil, like canola)

2 tablespoons honey

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more if you like things spicy)

generous amounts of salt and pepper for seasoning

Boil pasta until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water. In a large bowl toss cucumber, bell pepper, tomatoes, and cilantro to mix well. In a small bowl mix lime juice, oil, honey, red pepper flakes, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Pour vinaigrette over pasta and vegetables.

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It keeps pretty well overnight in the refrigerator, so you can make this dish ahead of time. It’s great for Saturday BBQ’s or potluck dinners at church. You can make it gluten-free, too, by replacing the noodles with gluten-free noodles, of course.