Simple Batch Cooking Meal Plan — The Wellness Mama

If you’ve wanted to try meal planning this post from The Wellness Mama is for you. In this article, she explains batch cooking and includes a 7-day meal plan. She also breaks down the cooking procedure into a step-by-step process. It couldn’t be easier!

For the main article and full meal plan, follow the link below.

wellnessmama.com/1106/batch-cooking-meal-plan/

Featured photo source: The Wellness Mama

Okinawan Cream of Mushroom Soup – Blue Zones

This cream of mushroom soup was inspired by a traditional Okinawan dish. Mushrooms are a prized ingredient on the island since they add a deep, umami flavor to dishes, and dried varieties are even beautifully wrapped and given as gifts.
— Read on www.bluezones.com/recipe/okinawan-cream-of-mushroom-soup/

Insomnia Fix ~ Recipes: 5 Tryptophan Rich Snack Recipes to Help you Sleep

Experts always tell you not to eat at night. However, when you have insomnia, you are willing to try anything. In my last Insomnia Fix article, posted yesterday, I recommended adding tryptophan rich foods into your diet. Why? Tryptophan is a precursor to melatonin. Everyone knows the sleepy effect a big Thanksgiving dinner has on our body. That’s due to the tryptophan rich foods in the dinner, such as sweet potato and turkey. Below is a chart from Dr. Axe, which details some of the top tryptophan rich foods.

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In today’s post, I’ve looked for recipes that use at least one of these foods. In some cases, more than one is used in the recipe. In most cases, you can add nuts or seeds to boost levels of melatonin. As a reminder here are some seeds/nuts rich melatonin.

  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • pumpkin seeds
  • sunflower seeds
  • flax seeds

Banana-Yogurt Smoothie

Know Your Produce

This couldn’t be easier! Some fresh or frozen banana and some yogurt, with a hint of vanilla extract. Add some almonds or almond butter for a dose of melatonin.

Sweet Potato Smoothie

Build Your Bite

With bananas, sweet potatoes and almond butter, this one is the perfect bedtime snack!

Banana-Nut Overnight Oats

Life Made Sweeter

Oatmeal at night? YES! It’s high in both melatonin and tryptophan! Using greek yogurt instead of milk and adding banana and nuts makes it a nighttime powerhouse! Make it your own, and an even better nighttime snack by adding melatonin rich seeds.
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Smoked Salmon and Dill Deviled Eggs

Taste of home

This recipe uses two tryptophan rich foods eggs and salmon. These make ahead treats are perfect for a quick snack. Sprinkle the tops with some finely chopped seeds for a boost of melatonin.

Chicken Muffins With Hidden Veggies 

Find Your Mom Tribe

With chicken and almond flour, these are wonderful
for a quick, make-ahead nighttime snack!

Until next time…namaste my friends!

Tamara

Middle Age Pathway Recipes: 8 Healthy Holiday Recipes

Ahh, the holidays season is here! During this time of year, full of sugary treats and fattening snacks, it’s good to have a few healthy recipes in your box. Have no fear! I’ve got you covered. Today, I’m have 8 healthy holiday recipes, with videos and printable recipes! I hope you enjoy!

 BRIE STUFFED MUSHROOMS

From: What’s Gaby Cooking

Brie Stuffed Mushrooms

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Have a dinner or cocktail party coming up for the holiday season? These delicious, creamy bites will do the trick

Credit: whatsgabycooking.com/brie-stuffed-mushrooms/

Ingredients

  • 12 Baby Bella Mushrooms
  • 1 small wedge of Brie cheese
  • 1/3 cup Panko bread crumbs (you can buy these gluten free)
  • 1/4 cup Pecorino Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tbs olive oil

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Clean and remove stems from mushrooms, then place in a baking dish and drizzle with 2 tbs olive oil.
  3. Place 1 tbs Brie into each mushroom
  4. Combine remaining ingredients and place a small scoop of the mixture into each mushroom.
  5. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, or until cheese is melted and mushroom is tender.
  6. PHOTO CREDIT: https://whatsgabycooking.com/brie-stuffed-mushrooms/

CHRISTMAS SALAD WREATH

from: mealthy.com.

Christmas Wreath Salad

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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If you're looking for a quick and healthy side dish to your holiday dinner, this delightful recipe fits the bill.

Credit: mealthy.com/recipes/1642/christmas-wreath-salad

Ingredients

    CHRISTMAS WREATH SALAD

  • 2 heads Romaine lettuce, thinly sliced (about 6 cups)
  • 1 ruby red grapefruit, cut into supremes
  • 1 green pear, thinly sliced
  • 1 Haas avocado, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup feta cheese crumbles
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • POMEGRANATE-POPPY DRESSING

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ⅓ cup pomegranate juice
  • ¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise or yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Directions

  1. Arrange lettuce onto a large, circular platter into a wreath shape.
  2. Arrange grapefruit supremes, pear slices, and avocado slices in groupings onto the lettuce in a decorative pattern.
  3. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds, feta, and almonds over the wreath.
  4. Blend dressing ingredients, and serve in a small bowl at the center of the wreath.

RAW CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

FROM POPSUGAR FITNESS:

Raw Chocolate Truffles

  • Servings: 10-15
  • Difficulty: easy
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These tasty little morsels are bursting with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Plus, they're sweetened with dates and maple syrup, so, you'll find no processed sugar here.


Credit: PopSugar Fitness

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup soaked cashews (soak a minimum of 3 hours or overnight)
  • 1 cup raw cacao powder plus more for rolling
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • shredded coconut for rolling

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients, except shredded coconut, in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth, scraping sides as needed.
  2. Roll into tablespoon size balls.
  3. Coat balls in either cacao or shredded coconut.
  4. Freeze for a few hours, preferably overnight.
  5. Remove from freezer and set at room temperature for 30 minutes prior to serving.

PERFECT PRIME RIB RECIPE

from Food Wishes.

Perfect Prime Rib

  • Servings: depends on size of roast
  • Difficulty: easy
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The prefect main dish for your holiday table. It's so elegant and delicious! You'll never believe how easy this is to prepare!

Ingredients

  • 4 to 8 pound Prime Rib of Beef, BONE-IN, fat cap removed (ask the butcher to explain)
  • kosher salt as needed
  • 1/4 cup soft butter
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence (this is just a dried herb blend – you can use any thing you like, or just salt and pepper)

Directions

  1. Leave prime rib on counter for at least 6 hours – preferably longer. (It must be at room temp, or the recipe won’t work.)
  2. Preheat oven to 500 degrees
  3. Mix butter, Herbes de Provence and black pepper together and spread all over prime rib.
  4. Sprinkle salt liberally over the buttered prime rib
  5. Cook the beef at 500 degrees for 5 minutes per pound. Multiply size of roast (from packaging) by 5. This is the length of time you’ll cook the beef at 500 degrees. For example, if your roast is 4 pounds multiply 4 X 5 = 20, so you’d cook the beef at 500 degrees for 20 minutes.
  6. After the allotted time, turn oven off and leave for 2 hours. DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR.
  7. Remove from the oven and serve. Bones can be removed if desired prior to serving.

PALEO CARROT CAKE COOKIES

From: Meghan Livingstone

Paleo Carrot Cake Cookies

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Now this is whole food goodness! Sweetened with dates, filled with fresh grated carrot...you don't get any better than this.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 nut butter (almond butter was used in the original recipe)
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 7-8 Medjool dates, pitted, diced into tiny pieces + soaked in warm water 10 mins, drained
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs coconut flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  3. Mix all ingredients together.
  4. Drop spoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Shape into circles if desired.
  5. Bake 10 – 12 minutes, or until firm to touch.
  6. For additional sweetness, add 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup to batter. For additional flavor/crunch, add 1/4 cup chopped pecans to batter.

    Photo credit: https://www.meghanlivingstone.com/paleo-carrot-cake-cookies/


Egg nog

that’s dairy free, paleo, gluten free

From: Kayla Chandler

Homemade Eggnog (Dairy Free, Paleo, Gluten Free)

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: easy
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An old fashioned holiday classic, with a healthy modern twist.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups full fat coconut milk in the can
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • a dash of all spice
  • 4 pasture raised egg yolks – (THE USE OF PASTURE RAISED IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – due to the nature of the recipe)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Directions

  1. Add first 5 ingredients to a pan, bring to boil, then remove from stovetop.
  2. Mix egg yolks and syrup together.
  3. Slowly pour egg mixture into coconut milk, whisking continuously.
  4. Pour into glass container and chill for several hours.
  5. If desired, serve with whipped coconut cream.

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix

From: Cotter Crunch

Slow Cooker Paleo Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix

  • Servings: 10 to 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Whether you need a quick, healthy snack for the kids or a tasty appetizer for holiday party guests, this quick and easy recipe fits the bill.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups raw walnuts, chopped (or use halves)
  • 1/2 – 2/3 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 – 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (maple syrup is fine but it will be more like clusters when cooked)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin spice
  • dash of sea salt
  • extra cinnamon if desired
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup or more of [url] dark chocolate ∞http://amzn.to/2f8VgqL[/url] and/or cacao nibs combined.
  • parchment paper

Directions

  1. Place nuts in a slow cooker, then add sugar, spices, coconut oil and salt. Combine thoroughly, until everything is well coated.
  2. Cook on high for 60 to 90 minutes (until the nuts are well cooked/roasted) – stir a few times while they are cooking
  3. Once the nuts have browned as desired, remove from cooker and spread on parchment paper.
  4. Allow to dry, then add to mixing bowl and stir together with cranberries and chocolate. – store in an airtight container.
  5. PHOTO CREDIT: https://www.cottercrunch.com/slow-cooker-paleo-pumpkin-spice-trail-mix/

Green Bean Salad with Mustard Dressing

From: Gordon Ramsey

Green Bean Salad with Mustard Dressing

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Tired of Green Bean Casserole? Try this refreshing and tasty recipe from Gordon Ramsey


Credit: Gordon Ramsey

Ingredients

  • 1 head of garlic
  • 2 pounds fresh Green beans (cleaned)
  • salt
  • 2-3 tbs White wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 150 ml olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Wrap the garlic for the dressing in foil and roast in the oven for 20–25 minutes until soft. Remove and leave to cool.
  2. While garlic is roasting, blanch the green beans by plunging them in plenty of boiling salted water for 1½ cooked, but still crunchy. Run immediately under cold running water, then drain and leave to one side.
  3. Toast almonds in a medium-hot dry frying pan for 2–3 minutes until golden.
  4. Squeeze the flesh from the garlic heads and mash with 1 tablespoon of the white wine vinegar until a smooth paste is formed. Add the mustard and honey and mix well. Pour in the olive oil in a slow drizzle, stirring constantly to thicken. Taste and season as necessary, adding a little more vinegar if needed.
  5. Dress the green beans, toss to coat well, top with toasted almonds and serve.
  6. SOURCE: https://www.lifestylefood.com.au/recipes/18242/green-bean-salad-with-mustard-dressing


Sticky and Smokey Chipotle and Maple-Baked Chicken on the bone

This chicken recipe looks so amazing! I can’t wait to try it!

Sticky and Smokey Chipotle and Maple-Baked Chicken on the bone

https://poachmequick.com/sticky-and-smokey-chipotle-and-maple-baked-chicken-on-the-bone/
— Read on poachmequick.com/sticky-and-smokey-chipotle-and-maple-baked-chicken-on-the-bone/

10 Snacks and 10 Recipes to Fight Insomnia

As part of my new series The Insomnia Fix, I have compiled a list of 10 snack foods and links to 10 recipes that can help fight insomnia. The snacks and recipes contain foods high in vitamins, minerals and hormones that help promote relaxation or help the body produce the vital sleep hormone melatonin.

10 snack foods to fight insomnia

  • almonds – high in magnesium-a muscle relaxer
  • tart cherries – high in melatonin- a sleep hormone
  • bananas – high in tryptophan – a precursor and necessary component to the production of melatonin
  • pineapple – known to boost melatonin
  • pumpkin seeds – high in tryptophan
  • walnuts – high in melatonin
  • goji berries – one of the best known sources of melatonin
  • Sweet potatoes – high in potassium – a muscle relaxer
  • dairy products – high in tryptophan
  • poultry – high in tryptophan

Below are links to 10 recipes designed to help you relax and produce more melatonin. Some of the links contain more than the recipe being highlighted.

Banana-Almond Smoothie

By: Great Green Heron

Cherry and Plum Smoothie

By: Nourished by Nutrition

Melatonin Boosting Sleep Cocktail

By: Medicinal Plants and their uses

Turmeric Golden Milk

By: The Awesome Green

6 sleep juice recipes

By: Febico

6 sleep juice recipes

Closing thoughts

In the near future, I’ll be giving you some of my personal favorite recipes for nighttime snacks, drinks and smoothies to help me sleep. What are your favorites? I’d love to see your comments below!

Until next time…namaste my friends!

Tamara