Colorful Gluten-Free Birthday Tray with Wheat Grass

Super Simple with Terri OOur Sonoran Living producer Margo is a gluten & sugar free vegan. So when her birthday rolled around we did not know what we could do to celebrate it with the staff and honor her wishes at the same time. I came up with this idea and just loved it so much I wanted to share it with you.

First purchase a tray of wheat grass from the store. I found mine at Whole Foods for about $10. I kept it cool and fresh by placing it on top of a wet towel that I laid on cookie sheet. I spritzed the grass often with a water bottle to keep it fresh. Make sure you ask them for the newest tray. You want the grass to be short as possible. Most people want the grass to be longer so they can cut it and juice it so be sure to specify.

wheat grass veggie tray Terri ONext pick fruits and vegetables you like as well as based on color. I used things like purple kale and radicchio for the outside of the flowers and yellow and red bell peppers for the inside. I also used carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries, grapefruit and oranges. You can use anything you like.

You want to make your tray as close to the event as possible because it’s important to keep it cool. I made mine the day before, covered it with wet paper towels and kept it outside where the temperature was cool, around 50 degrees. You will have to be creative if it’s hot outside and it won’t fit into your refrigerator.

Wrap the outside with saran wrap. It keeps everything in place while transporting.

Enjoy!

Monkey Cookies

monkey-cookiesHere’s a healthy treat you can feed your little monkeys after school.

Quick and simple to make and your little ones can help, mix and drop the dough onto a cookie sheet.

Recipe:

3 ripe bananas (I’d previously frozen my ripe bananas so they were super sweet.)

2 cups oats (I used quick)

¼ cup peanut butter

¼ cup cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla

pinch salt

Cinnamon and nutmeg (for sprinkling on top)

Mix together and bake in preheated 350F oven for 10 to 15 minutes.

Tip:  I like to bake cookies on parchment paper—simple clean-up!

Tip: If these cookies are too healthy and chewy for your taste, try adding equal part chocolate chip cookie dough.

Breakfast Burritos for your Busy Week

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Don’t miss out because you don’t have the time to make it.

I usually put these together quickly on Sunday evening. Viola! The next few mornings are just a little bit simpler.

You can make these yummy burritos using leftovers and fresh ingredients.

Makes: approximately six burritos.

6 flour tortillas

1 dozen eggs

6 oz shredded cheese

1 cup cooked chopped bacon

2 cups shredded potatoes

Salsa

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I figure per burrito you will include 2 eggs, 1 ounce of cheese, a sprinkle of chopped bacon, and a ¼ cup or so of potatoes. Spoon on salsa.

Set up a work station and roll your burritos and wrap in wax paper. Store in refrigerator for up to five days. Make sure you eat the ones with leftovers first. Mark each burrito so you know which is which.

Microwave for 40 seconds and enjoy!

 Click here to see how!

Super Simple Garden in a Bag

I don’t know about you, but I love the way gardening makes me feel. There is something about digging in the dirt that can’t be beat for simple happiness. And seeing those first green shoots push through the earth, or flowers following the sun. Love it!

Super Simple with Terri ODave “The Garden Guy” Owens and I are making a garden in a bag in this video.

Living in the Southwest, where planting can start as early as March, I already have blossoms in my yard from pansies to bougainvillea. And the weather is gorgeous this time of year, especially in the evenings.

I love to light luminaries while my husband and I sit and talk about the day, or we gather with friends.

Want to learn how to make flower luminaries? I will be teaching a couple of workshops at the Mohave Home and Garden Show, Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21 at the fairgrounds in Kingman, Arizona. In addition to the class on Night Blooming Luminaries I will also be teaching a Wow Factor Walls workshop–DIY faux finishes you can use for a variety of home décor projects.

Directions to the show and more can be found here.

See you there!

 

Lemony Quinoa Salad

“Quinoa is a high-protein, good for you grain; it can be substituted for couscous and makes a lovely side dish. This recipe is a crunchy, lemony, healthy dish that can be used as a side or as a light meal.”

Ingredients

1/4 cup pinenuts
1 cup quinoa (cook using package directions)
sea salt to taste
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/4 red onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped

Directions

  1. Toast the pine nuts briefly in a dry skillet over medium heat. This will take about 5 minutes, and stir constantly as they will burn easily. Set aside to cool.
  2. Transfer the cooked quinoa to a serving bowl and stir in the pine nuts, lemon juice, celery, onion, cayenne pepper, cumin and parsley. Adjust salt and pepper if needed before serving.

How simple is that???

(Recipe from allrecipes.com)

2 Super Simple Dinners

Frozen is not all bad! Combined with fresh and you have a supper simple supper.

When you are in a hurry frozen foods seem to be the answer.Follow these tips to help keep quick meals healthy: 

Pick a frozen dinner that offers up less than 400 calories, low sodium along with high fiber & protein.

Add fresh vegetables to increase your fiber.

Split a frozen dinner for one with someone and add more fresh veggies or a salad.

Here is a quick meal for the kids, Bake a thin bagel topped with sauce and mozzarella cheese in the over for 8-10 minutes at 400. Top with  fresh vegetables or protein for a even healthier treat.