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Healthy Cookie Dough

Friends, I wish I could take credit for coming up with this. I cannot. I CAN, however, take credit for passing it along to you via my pal, Sarah. She found a version of it online which was already pretty awesome. I've made it just a tad healthier.

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There really isn't much more to say that these pictures don't express. Am I right?

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Healthy for you Cookie Dough

1 1/2 cup chickpeas or white beans (1 can, rinsed and drained very well)

1/8 tsp plus 1/16 tsp salt

1/8 tsp baking soda

2 tsp pure vanilla extract or more to taste

1/4 cup nut butter (peanut, almond or cashew)

2 Tbsp organic maple syrup or Sucanat**

2 Tbsp organic dark chocolate chips

2 to 3 tbsp rolled oats or ground flaxeeds

*optional* 1/4 milk of choice for desired texture

Combine all ingredient except the chocolate chips in a food processor and blend until smooth.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Serve with carrot sticks or celery for a fun appetizer or graham crackers for dessert!

original recipe can be found at: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/

Turkey Chili Verde with Butternut Squash, Chickpeas--and KALE!

The title of this recipe/post could have also been called: "Don't Have Tomatillo Salsa? Ok. Make Something Up Instead."

Because I worked a long day and I was tired, I forgot to pick up one crucial ingredient for this recipe created by Whole Foods Market. Good thing I'm a health coach. Here's what I know:

1) I know my way around a kitchen and can create an alternative on the spot.

2) I know that you don't always have to follow the rules to the letter. You can depart from convention.

So here's the recipe.

And here's my lesson from cooking it: if you don't have what you need, shake it off. Just use something else and consider that resiliency your success.

Turkey Chili Verde with butternut squash and chickpeas

prep time: 15 minutes total time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 pound ground turkey, dark meat

1 yellow onion, chopped

1 large poblano pepper, stemmed, seeded and chopped

1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano

4 cloves garlic, minced (a natural cold and flu fighter!)

1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup tomatillo salsa (or plain diced tomatoes with 1 Tablespoon of cumin, which was what I used instead)

2 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

4 Tablespoons sour cream**

2 cups fresh red or green kale, chopped

Instructions

1)  Oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add turkey; saute until turkey is cooked, about 6 minutes. Add onion, chile pepper and oregano; continue to cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

2) Add garlic, chickpeas, salsa and squash. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until squash is tender, stirring occasionally, for 12 to 15 minutes.

3) Uncover and continue to simmer for 4-5 minutes. Stir in cilantro. Serve in bowls topped with a dollop of sour cream. Add sea salt and pepper to taste.**kale isn't an ingredient in the original recipe but check out this post I wrote about adding greens to anything: The Missing Ingredient: GREENS!