Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe By Guest Chef Julie Hauser

This hearty stew from guest chef and author Julie Hauser is packed with fiber, protein, and antioxidants. Cooking in the slow cooker makes this recipe a go-to for busy weekday dinners.  The carrots and sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene, the red-orange pigment that is converted into Vitamin A in the body. Consuming antioxidants such as beta-carotene is important in protecting against harmful free radicals. According to Medical News Today, consuming a diet rich in beta-carotene can lower your risk of developing cancer and heart disease. This beef stew recipe is adapted from author Julie Hauser and uses Savorfull approved product Jessica’s Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour to create the perfect beef stew to keep you warm and healthy this winter.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

1 onion, chopped

2 large potatoes, peeled and chunked

2 carrots, peeled and chunked

1 sweet potato, peeled and chunked

1 package lean beef stew (about 1.25 lbs)

2 TB extra virgin olive oil

2 TB ketchup (Stacy likes Trader Joe’s or Sir Kensington’s) 

1-2 TB honey

2 cubes frozen garlic

1 tsp salt

black pepper to taste

Onion powder to taste

1/2 cup low sodium, low sugar marinara sauce 

2-3 cups water

¼ cup Jessica’s Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour

 

Use a slow cooker liner to line the pot. Cook on high for 4 hours without any water or sauce (only ketchup and olive oil). Then add remaining ingredients and leave on low for 3 hours.

 

Julie Hauser is the author of Mothers to Mothers: women across the globe share the joys and challenges of Jewish motherhood, When I Check on You at Night, The Gratitude Game, and Pesach While You Sleep: the easy way to cook ahead for Yom Tov. Find Julie Hauser books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Julie-Hauser/e/B005128KF4. Julie lives with her husband and children in Oak Park, Michigan, and happens to be an occupational therapist by profession.

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe By Guest Chef Julie Hauser

Here at Savorfull, we value healthy eating but know that it can be difficult to maintain during the busy week. Thanks to Guest Chef Julie Hauser, this Split Pea Soup checks off both requirements by being simple to make and full of nutrients. Throwing all the ingredients into your slow-cooker will make you question cooking any other way!

If you are looking for a way to cut down on your meat consumption, adding peas to your diet might be the answer. The USDA recommends varying your protein sources to include meat, poultry, seafood and plant protein. Trying beans and peas are lower in saturated fat and higher in fiber. One cup of cooked split peas contains 16 grams of protein, and packed with minerals and vitamins. Whether you are looking to cut down on meat or just add variety to your diet, this soup will surely hit the spot!

For added crunch, we garnished our soup with Savorfull product Simple Supple Foods Roasted Lentils. Eating Well Magazine lists Lentils as one of the top sources of vegetarian protein. With 7 grams of protein per serving, these lentils are the perfect pair for this soup.

 

Split Pea Soup

Serves 6-8

1 lb green split peas

1 onion, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

3 tsp salt

1 tsp oregano

6 cups water

1 tsp onion powder

6 shakes black pepper

1 bay leaf

 

Add ingredients to the crock pot and cook on low 6-8 hours. Remove bay leaf before serving. Simple, healthy and delicious!

 

Julie Hauser is the author of Mothers to Mothers: women across the globe share the joys and challenges of Jewish motherhood, When I Check on You at Night, The Gratitude Game, and Pesach While You Sleep: the easy way to cook ahead for Yom Tov. Find Julie Hauser books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Julie-Hauser/e/B005128KF4. Julie lives with her husband and children in Oak Park, Michigan, and happens to be an occupational therapist by profession.

Stress-Free Herb Chicken Recipe By Guest Chef Julie Hauser

Guest author Julie Hauser’s  recipe for Herb Chicken is an easy solution for a healthy, stress-free weeknight meal. Not only is chicken a great source of complete protein, it also pairs well with almost anything. Based on a 2,400 calorie diet, MyPlate and the USDA recommend consuming 6 ½ ounces of protein from various sources including lean meats. Complete proteins, such as chicken, containessential amino acids needed for normal body function and growth, as well as muscle recovery post workout. The marinade in this recipe provides the protein and flavor while staying low on fat, carbs and salt to keep your tastebuds and your waistline happy. We suggest enjoying this chicken with mashed sweet potatoes, mashed cauliflower, or over spaghetti squash.

Herb Chicken

8-10 chicken drumsticks, or 6-8 full chicken legs

½ onion, diced

3 shakes of paprika

Pinch of salt

1-2 TB extra virgin olive oil

Generous sprinkle of oregano

¼ cup red fruity wine

Sprinkle of brown sugar or drizzle of honey

Place chicken in slow cooker and add onions, spices, wine and honey. Cook on low for 10 hours in slow cooker, or covered in the oven for 1.5 hours on 350 degrees, then uncovered for another 30 minutes. Julie also suggests trying this recipe with turkey legs!  

 

Bio info:

Julie Hauser is the author of Mothers to Mothers: women across the globe share the joys and challenges of Jewish motherhood, When I Check on You at Night, The Gratitude Game, and Pesach While You Sleep: the easy way to cook ahead for Yom Tov. Find Julie Hauser books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Julie-Hauser/e/B005128KF4. Julie lives with her husband and children in Oak Park, Michigan, and happens to be an occupational therapist by profession.

Savorfull Approved B5 Chicken Strips By Guest Chef Julie Hauser

Chicken strips are a staple in our busy household. They are easy, quick, healthy and delicious. This recipe adapted from author Julie Hauser uses Savorfull products Jessica’s Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour and Beanfields BBQ Bean and Rice Chips to get the perfect crispy chicken strip texture.The 5 B’s in this recipe stand for BBQ, Beanfields, Battered, Baked and Boneless.

Typical chicken strips are full of sodium and fat and low in nutrients. A single serving of Chicken Tenders from Applebees contains 600 calories, 28 grams of fat and 1590 mg of sodium. That’s almost half of your recommended sodium intake in one sitting! Using Beanfields BBQ Bean and Rice Chips to coat the chicken in this recipe not only adds flavor but also increases protein and fiber while keeping sodium and fat levels low. If you want to read more about the negative effects of sodium, read Stacy’s blog post Preventing Hypertension: Hold the Salt, Please.

The high protein and high fiber content of this recipe will fill you up and keep you full. Not only does fiber help with satiety but it also helps prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain and digestive problems. Julie suggests her chicken strips “can be served as an appetizer, a salad topper, sandwich slider, wrap insert, or just by itself!” Julie’s also loves to eat them with a side of guacamole!

B5 Chicken Strips

3lbs boneless chicken breast

Juice of ¾ of a lemon

1/2 cup honey mustard

½ tsp salt (optional)

2 squirts of honey

2-3  frozen garlic cubes

1-2 TB Jessica’s Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour

2 cups Beanfields BBQ Bean and Rice Chips

Olive oil spray or olive oil

Cookie sheet and parchment paper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Rinse and tenderize the chicken and cut into strips with kitchen scissors. Combine lemon juice, salt, mustard, honey, and garlic cubes into a Ziploc bag, then add chicken and marinate in the bag for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, crush 1 – 1 1/4  bags of Beanfields chips. Add 1-2 Tablespoons of Jessica’s Gluten Free Flour to the crushed chips. Next, add chips and flour crumbs into a new large Ziploc bag. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray with olive oil cooking spray, or drizzle with olive oil.

Shake chicken in the bag of crumbs one at a time to coat generously. Using tongs, place the chicken strips onto the pan. Spray tops of chicken generously with cooking spray. Bake 25-30 min, until visibly crisp. Enjoy!


Julie Hauser is the author of Mothers to Mothers: women across the globe share the joys and challenges of Jewish motherhood, When I Check on You at Night,  The Gratitude Game, and Pesach While You Sleep: the easy way to cook ahead for Yom Tov. Find Julie Hauser books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Julie-Hauser/e/B005128KF4. Julie lives with her husband and children in Oak Park, Michigan, and is an occupational therapist by profession. Photo Credit of B5 Strips: Julie Hauser 

Savorfull Approved Gluten Free Cake Pops

Holiday time is the perfect opportunity to get creative with gluten free baking. We turned to the amazing team at Jessica’s All Natural Baking Mixes to give us their recipe for Cake Pops using Jessica’s All Natural Gluten Free Baking Mixes.  Made from Jessica’s Chocolate Cake mix, these cake pops are sure to please your guests at your next classroom holiday party or make for a great free-from option at the PTA bake sale at your school!  Why settle for starchy flavorless flour blends? Jessica’s flour blend and baking mixes have a delightful mild flavor with incredible texture that your friends, gluten free or not, will rave about.

More About Jessica’s Chocolate Cake Mix: 

Ingredients

 

Cane sugar, gluten-free flour blend (whole grain teff flour, certified gluten-free oat flour, tapioca flour, ground flax seed, xanthan gum), cocoa (processed with alkali), leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, corn starch, monocalcium phosphate), sea salt.

Certifications

 

Certified Gluten Free, Non-GMO Project Verified

Product Features

 

All Natural, Certified Gluten-Free, Gluten Free, High Fiber, High Protein, Made in Michigan

What Are You Free-From ?

 

Casein Free, Coconut Free, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Wheat Free, Sesame Free

Savorfull Approved Cake Pops

Makes 16 balls

  1.     Makes Jessica’s Natural Foods Chocolate Cake mix according to instructions.
  2.     Crumble the cake into tiny pieces into a bowl, and mix in cream cheese.
  3.     Roll into small balls.  Place the balls in refrigerator for about one hour to firm up.
  4.     Melt white chocolate carefully in microwave or double broiler.  Dip balls into white chocolate and roll in sprinkles or other toppings. Stick cake pop sticks into the top of the ball.
  5.     Place back in refrigerator for another hour to harden. Enjoy!

 

**recipe can be modified with dairy free, nut free chocolates or cream cheese alternatives

 

Savorfull Partners with Small Batch Detroit and Mitten Bites

Savorfull loved to hear that Small Batch Detroit offers real-world employment and career opportunities for Detroit Food Academy high school graduates. These students have an overwhelming passion for local food, the city of Detroit, and entrepreneurship… just like our CEO Stacy and her team!  Small Batch Detroit craftily designed six different uniquely flavored Mitten Bites including Dark Chocolate + Peanut Butter, Blueberry + Lavender, Rhubarb + Ginger, Apple + Cinnamon, Dark Chocolate + Raspberry, and Cranberry + Date. These nutrient dense bars are packed with organic and local ingredients that will keep you feeling fueled for your day. Mitten Bites are proudly made without using preservatives or additives. These scrumptious bars make a valuable addition to your workday with protein amounts ranging from 3-5 g, 3 g of fiber, and a healthy source of fats. The best part? The Savorfull team was overjoyed to find out that Mitten Bites are free-from wheat, soy, and dairy!

Here are our Nutritionist Stacy Goldberg’s top 5 favorite ways to use Mitten Bites:

  1. Mitten Bites Yogurt bars: Use your favorite Greek or Icelandic yogurt to create a thick layer on top of any flavored mitten bite. Place in freezer for 20 minutes. We suggest: Blueberry and Lavender Mitten Bites covered with plain greek yogurt and blueberries.
  2. Drizzle your Mitten Bites with dark chocolate for an easy and delicious dessert.  Use the Mitten Bites Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter and add dip it in a coating of melted dark chocolate. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes to set.
  3. Yogurt Parfait: Crumble any Mitten Bites granola snack over your favorite yogurt. Add fresh fruit: we love using the Rhubarb and Ginger Mitten Bites and adding fresh strawberries!
  4. Baked Apples with Apple and Cinnamon Mitten Bites: Sprinkle ¼ tsp cinnamon and 1 crumbled mitten bite over a sliced red apple. Place in a microwave safe dish, cover with 1 tsp of water and heat for 2 minutes for an easy delicious fall treat.
  5. Mitten Bite PB+J: Spread your favorite nut butter and jam on top of any Mitten Bite to make an instant, hearty PB and J! 

 

Check out Mitten Bites now featured at Savorfull! 

 

Stacy’s Brownies: Paleo, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free, Whole 30

Whether you’re living a low carb, paleo, gluten free or Whole 30 free-from lifestyle, most likely you still crave and love chocolate. I know I do! Here is one of my favorite brownie recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth and provide nutrition at the same time.

Stacy’s Brownies

3 overripe organic bananas, mashed

1/2 cup Germack Almond Butter  

2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tbsp cinnamon

2 tsp Himalayan pink salt 

Olive oil to coat brownie pan

 

Coat brownie pan with olive oil.  Mix all ingredient together thoroughly in a bowl. Pour into 9 x 13 lightly greased pan and bake on 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes.

 

Enjoy! 

 

XOXO

 

Stacy Goldberg 

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