Chocolate Coconut Almond Granola

Making your own granola isn't as difficult as it sounds.  This recipe is a healthier, more cost-effective alternative to store bought granola.

Chocolate Almond Granola

If you're like most people, you think of granola as a healthy snack (I know I'm guilty!).  However, granolas found on store shelves often contain unnecessary added sugars and fats.  By making your own at home, you control the ingredients!

That's why we love this Chocolate Coconut Almond Granola recipe from Sonali, who blogs at The Foodie Physician.  Inspired by a favorite candy bar, her recipe is a cleaner interpretation of a favorite treat.  It's filled with nutritious ingredients like our organic oats, almonds, coconut flakes, and pumpkin seeds, then lightly sweetened with maple syrup.

Chocolate Almond Granola

Chocolate Almond Granola

  • 2 C rolled oats
  • ½ C shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • ½ C sliced almonds
  • ¼ C pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 ½ T coconut oil, melted
  • 3 T cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 2 T almond butter
  • ¼ C maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ C cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips

Get the full instructions on Sonali's blog, and be sure to check out her other delicious creations!

Easy Tomato-Basil Cottage Cheese Crepe Recipe

This Tomato-Basil Cottage Cheese Crepe is made with just three healthy ingredients - cottage cheese, egg whites, and oatmeal!

Easy Tomato-Basil Cottage Cheese Crepes are a perfect, healthier breakfast.

Laura from Sprint 2 the Table was inspired to make these after a trip to Paris.  She made these healthier crepes with ingredients you can feel good about eating every day!

The savory crepes are packed with fiber and protein, which will help you feel satisfied longer.  Who wants to have a growling tummy before lunch?  These easy Tomato-Basil Cottage Cheese Crepes are a satisfying, healthy breakfast!

Tomato-Basil Cottage Cheese Crepes

Here's the ingredient list, but check out Laura's full post for the full recipe!

For the Crepes:

  • ½ Cup (110g) low-fat cottage cheese
  • ¼ Cup (20g) oats
  • 90g egg whites (~2 egg whites)

For the Tomatoes:

  • 10-15 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 T onion, diced
  • 2 large basil leaves

Click here to read the full recipe, and to check out Laura's other healthy recipes!

No-Bake Nutella Banana Granola Bars

These vegan-friendly No-Bake Nutella Banana Granola are made with just a few simple ingredients!

Made with our oats and sweetened with maple syrup, dates, and banana, these easy bars are the perfect on the go-snack for a busy day!  

I'm sure we don't need to tell you that the chocolate and banana flavor combo is crave-worthy.  We also love that this tasty recipe from Athletic Avocado comes together in less than 10 minutes!

No-Bake Nutella Banana Granola Bars

  • 2 C Farmers Direct Oats
  • 1 C pitted dates (soaked for 10 minutes or until soft)
  • 1/3 C chocolate-hazelnut spread
  • 1/4 C maple syrup
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • Banana chips
  • Chocolate chunks

Check out the Athletic Avocado website for the full instructions!

Berry Cobbler Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats are a healthy, make-ahead breakfast, packed with nutrients to keep you and your family satisfied and alert all morning.  This berry-filled recipe will make you think you're eating cobbler for breakfast!

Mornings aren't always the easiest.  We're running around trying to gather breakfasts, lunch boxes, clothing, papers... it's a tornado!  Having breakfast prepared in advance can be a lifesaver.

The ingredients in this recipe from Heather @ The Soulful Spoon provide nutrients like protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, magnesium, and calcium, to name a few.  Best of all, it tastes like dessert!  This description from Heather sold us: 

"The small bits of walnuts end up really soft and tender and remind me of a cake-like crumb that’s unique to cobbler dishes. Married with the silky smooth, creamy quick oats these oats are made with, the end result is a little like eating cake and breakfast all in one."

Berry Cobbler Overnight Oats

  • ½ C organic quick oats
  • 1 T ground chia seeds
  • 1 T coconut flour
  • Dash (1/8 tsp.) Stevia extract
  • ¼ tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract
  • 2 T plain walnut pieces
  • 1 C unsweetened non-dairy vanilla milk
  • ½ C frozen mixed berries

Visit Heather's blog for the full instructions AND a giveaway opportunity!  Plus, check out her other healthy, delicious recipes.

Lentil Soup with Sausage and Greens

A big pot of soup is great to make at the beginning of the week.  It's easy and comforting, plus this recipe for Lentil Soup with Sausage and Greens makes enough to enjoy throughout a busy week! 

Having a hearty, nutritious meal on hand is key to surviving busy weeks!  That's why we love this recipe from Sonali, who blogs at The Foodie Physician.  

Her Lentil Soup with Sausage and Greens is packed with nutrients from our lentils, chicken sausage, and vegetables.  Better yet, it’s easy to make and inexpensive.  It goes a long way in reducing food waste, as you can use whatever veggies you have on hand!

Lentil Soup with Sausage and Greens

  • 1 ½ T olive oil, divided
  • 1 package (12 ounces) cooked chicken sausage, sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 T chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • 8 ounces (1 C + 2 T) Farmer Direct Co-op French green lentils, rinsed
  • 4 C reduced-sodium vegetable or chicken stock
  • 4 C roughly chopped Swiss chard, kale, spinach or other leafy green
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • Optional: grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for topping

Get the full instructions on Sonali's blog, and be sure to check out her other delicious creations!

Carnitas & Street Corn Stuffed Zucchini with Ole Frijoles Pinto Bean Sauce

Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching, but you don't have to wait to enjoy a festive meal.  Turn any dinner into a fiesta with this quick carnita recipe, featuring a spicy pinto bean sauce!

Carnitas & Street Corn Stuffed Zucchini with Ole Frijoles Pinto Bean Sauce

Doesn't this dish from Jennifer @ The Fit Fork look amazing?  It seems fancy, but this recipe can be ready in just 30 minutes with a little prep .  That's exactly what we look for in a weeknight meal!

To make the Ole Frijoles Sauce, Jennifer used our pinto beans, pureed with tomatoes and spices for a zesty topping.  You can use this bean sauce in a million ways – in a rice bowl, as a dip for your tortilla chips, or try it as a sauce on a southwest-themed pizza!

Here are some quick pinto nutrition facts for you.  Pintos are:

  • Virtually fat-free
  • Fiber-rich
  • A good source of protein
  • filled with iron, copper, magnese, potassium and folate
Ole Frijoles Pinto Bean Sauce

Here's the ingredient list, but check out Jennifer's full post for the full instructions!

Carnitas & Street Corn Stuffed Zucchini with Ole Frijoles Pinto Bean Sauce

For Stuffed Zucchini:

  • 12 oz precooked carnitas (shredded pork roast)
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 ears corn, kernels sheared (about 1 ¼ C)
  • 1/2 C finely chopped red onion
  • 4 8-inch long zucchini
  • 1 T Tajin seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 oz crumbled queso fresco cheese

For Ole Frijoles Pinto Bean Sauce

  • 3 C cooked pinto beans
  • 1/2 C cooking liquid from beans or water
  • 1 10-oz can diced tomatoes with greed chiles
  • 1 T vegetable stock base
  • 2 T chopped chipotle chile in adobo sauce
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp assorted chopped vegetables (onions, bell peppers, carrots, broccoli, asparagus, etc.)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Click here to read the full recipe and to find more creative, healthy recipes on Jennifer's blog, The Fit Fork!

Oatmeal & Hemp Seed Chocolate Chip Cookies

This Oatmeal & Hemp Seed Cookie recipe is the perfect combo of two of our favorite cookies - oatmeal and chocolate chip.  

Oatmeal & Hemp Seed Chocolate Chip Cookies

We love cookies, especially when they're packed with so many great ingredients.  Laura from Sprint 2 the Table packed these full of Farmer Direct oats and hemp seeds, plus dark chocolate, almond butter, and coconut.  

Did you know hemp seeds are something of a super food?  They contain all nine essential amino acids, as well as magnesium, zinc, iron, and calcium.  They’re also a vegan source of protein and two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3), which can help fight depression, promote cardiovascular health, and are anti-inflammatory agents.

Oatmeal & Hemp Seed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here's the ingredient list, but check out Laura's full post for the full recipe!

  • 1/2 C ground oats (oat flour)*
  • 1/4 C rolled oats*
  • 1/3 C unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 C hulled hempseed*
  • 1/4 C dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 C almond butter
  • 3 T honey
  • 1/4 C almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla 

*Note: Look for Farmer Direct hemp seed and oats in the bulk bins at Whole Foods. It's more cost effective, plus it cuts down on packaging waste.

Click here to read the full recipe and to check out Laura's other healthy recipes!

Easy Chicken Haleem Recipe

Have you ever heard of haleem?  It's a thick stew of pureed grains, lentils, and chicken. It is a popular comfort food in the Indian sub-continent regions & Middle East, and we can understand why!

Savory oats make sense may sound odd, but it makes sense if you think about it.  They're a grain, just like rice.  We eat savory rice... so why not oats?

This recipe comes from Dixya who blogs at Food, Pleasure, & Health.  We love her creative use of our oats, lentils, and split peas.  These ingredients make for a satisfyingly thick, flavorful one pot dinner.  Even better is that the ingredients are full of nutrients like fiber, protein, manganese, and folate!

Here's the ingredient list, but check out Dixya's full post for the full instructions! 

  • ½ C quick rolled oats
  • ½ C wheat berries (it is labeled as haleem wheat at the grocery store)
  • ⅓ C split mung beans
  • ⅓ C split green peas
  • ⅓ C French lentils
  • ¼ C oil
  • 1.5 lbs cubed chicken (skinless, boneless)
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 T garlic paste
  • 1 T ginger paste
  • 1 packet haleem spice mix (50 grams)
  • Garnish: sliced ginger, fried onions, sliced chili pepper, mint, cilantro, lemon wedges, chaat masala

Click here to read the full recipe and to check out Dixya's other healthy recipes!

Dried Beans & Beef Slow Cooker Chili

This classic chili recipe is packed with nutrients from two kinds of beans, onions, bell peppers, and fire-roasted tomatoes, and warming chili spices.  Best of all, it can be left to simmer in the crock pot while you go about your day!

This is a go-to recipe for Laura, who blogs at Sprint 2 the Table.  We love that it's versatility; it can easily made vegan by leaving out the ground beef.  You can even split the recipe last-minute and add prepared ground beef separately. 

You might notice that this recipe uses dried beans.  This offers a few basic social, environmental, and economic benefits, such as:

  • Reduction of material waste
  • Carbon dioxide emissions reduction from less packaging
  • Less food waste, as consumers can buy only the amount they want
  • Economic benefits across the supply chain – to producers, retailers, customers.

You can find Farmer Direct Co-op dry beans in the bulk bins at Whole Foods and other healthy markets.

Here's the ingredient list, but check out Laura's full post for further instruction! 

  • 1 C black beans
  • 1 C fava beans
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 (15-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 medium bell peppers, chopped (I used a red and a yellow)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped (about 2 C chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 14 oz chicken broth
  • Optional: 20 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • Topping suggestions: Cumin Greek Yogurt,  avocado, shredded cheese, cilantro

Click here to read the full recipe and to check out Laura's other healthy recipes!

Healthy Potato Split Pea Soup

Split peas and potatoes come together in this soup to create the perfect, creamy bowl of comfort food!

Healthy Potato Split Pea Soup

Some people are hesitant about split peas.  One bite of this flavorful, silky soup from Kaleigh, who blogs at Lively Table, will change your mind.

The bacon on top gives it a great texture contrast, plus adds a bit of richness to each bite.  Doesn't this sound like perfection on a chilly evening?

Healthy Potato Split Pea Soup

Here's the ingredient list, but check out Kaleigh's full post for the full instructions! 

  • 3 strips applewood smoked bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 C Farmer Direct dried split peas
  • 2 C gold potatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • 5 C vegetable or chicken stock
  • For garnish: cooked bacon (from step one), chopped parsley, and sour cream or Greek yogurt

Click here to read the full recipe and to check out Kaleigh's other healthy recipes!