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!

Homemade Instant Oatmeal

Instant and homemade CAN co-exist!  This instant oatmeal is a healthier solution to hectic mornings.

Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets - an healthy, easy solution to hectic mornings!

If your mornings are anything like ours, things can get a little... nuts.  This homemade instant oatmeal idea from Kaleigh at Lively Table is a game-changer. 

One of our favorite parts about this recipe is how customizable it is.  One kid won't eat raisins but the other won't eat walnuts?  No problem!  They get their own jars!

Homemade Instant Oatmeal - homemade and instant are NOT mutually exclusive!

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

  • 1/2 C Farmer Direct Co-op Quick Rolled Oats
  • 1 tsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 T dried fruit (blueberries, bananas, apples, raisins, etc)
  • 1 Y nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)

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

Homemade Muesli

Homemade Muesli is a nutritious option for breakfast or a snack.  It would also make a lovely homemade gift this holiday season!

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Have you ever tried muesli?  It's similar to granola; however, it is not baked.  Because of this, it doesn’t require a binder like syrups or oils.  All this to say it's a healthy option that is low in sugar and doesn’t require additional fats. 

Like granola, muesli is flexible when it comes to add-ins.  Any grains, nuts, seeds, or dried fruits can be used to create a custom muesli blend.  This recipe from Dixya uses our oats mixed with toasted quinoa, mixed nuts, chia seeds, and dried cherries to make a festive blend that is perfect for gifting this holiday season!

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

1 C quinoa
2 C regular rolled oats
1 C roasted mix nuts (cashew, almond,sunflower, walnut)
¼ C chia seeds
½ C dried cherries

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

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Fudge

This Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Fudge is a unique take on two favorite sweet treats!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Fudge with Farmer Direct Co-op oats

Twin bloggers, Bethany and Rachel, came up with this healthier fudge recipe to sever over the holidays.  They were trying to accommodate a non-chocolate lover in the family (?!) and ended up creating a new favorite!

Oatmeal cookies have long been a favorite of ours.  Their recipe combines that oat-based classic with a cashew butter fudge base to create an irresistible, cleaner dessert.  It’s also vegan friendly!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Fudge with FDC oats

Click here to read the full recipe and to find more creative, healthy recipes on Laura's blog, Sprint 2 the Table!Here's the ingredient list, but check out Bethany and Rachel's post on their blog, Athletic Avocado, for the full instructions!

For the Cookie Base: 

  • 1 C Farmer Direct Co-op regular rolled oats
  • 1 C raisins
  • 2 T pure maple syrup
  • 1 T coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

For the Fudge:

  • 1 C cashew butter
  • 1/4 C coconut oil, melted
  • 2 T pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

 

Click here to read the full recipe and to find more fun, healthy recipes at Athletic Avocado!

Flourless Pinto Bean Brownies

These brownies are hiding a healthy secret ingredient... Pinto Beans!   

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Laura's Pinto Bean Brownies are laced with cocoa, flourless, fudge-y, and delicious!  They are also low sugar and can be made vegan with flax eggs.

Don't worry about your family finding out that this dessert is healthy.  Laura's crew had no idea!  When the secret did come out, they were too busy eating to care.

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

  • 2 C pinto beans, cooked
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 T coconut oil, melted
  • 3 T peanut butter
  • 1 T vanilla
  • 2 T VitaFiber syrup (can use honey or agave)
  • 1/2 C xylitol (or other granulated sugar)
  • 1/3 C cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 C dark chocolate chips (optional)

Click here to read the full recipe and to find more creative, healthy recipes on Laura's blog, Sprint 2 the Table!

Warmly Spiced Tahini Breakfast Cookies

These vegan Tahini Breakfast Cookies are lightly spiced and not too sweet, making them a perfect warming winter breakfast!

Warmly Spiced Tahini Breakfast Cookies

This recipe from Spice & Sprout is especially great for the busy holiday season because it can be made ahead for a grab-and-go breakfast or snack.  

The base of these cookies is our oats, and it's laced with add-ins we love in a morning bowl of oats!  It's sweetened with Maple Valley Fair & Organic syrup, bound with nutty tahini, and incorporates warming spices, dried cranberries, seeds, and dark chocolate.

Warmly Spiced Tahini Breakfast Cookies

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

  • 1 C rolled oats
  • 3/4 C oat flour
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 T ground flax + 3 T water
  • 4 T coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 C tahini
  • 1/4 C maple syrup
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 1/2 C toasted unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 C dried cranberries
  • 50g chopped dark chocolate

Click here to read the full recipe and to find more healthy, vegan recipes on Maya's blog, Spice & Sprout!

Bourbon Pumpkin Protein Balls

Bourbon Pumpkin Protein Balls have all the warm spices you love in a pumpkin pie, but satisfy your pumpkin pie-loving sweet tooth in a healthier way.

The bourbon makes these an adult dessert, but it offers a healthy dose of protein and fiber that you can feel good about!  

You can make a batch of Laura's vegan Bourbon Pumpkin Protein Balls in under 10 minutes. Store them in your freezer to enjoy after a workout or with your sweet tooth starts aching.

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

  • 1 (31g) scoop vanilla rice protein
  • 1/4 C quick rolled oats
  • 1/4 C pumpkin puree
  • 2 T pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • 2 T bourbon*
  • 2 T semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 T coconut flour
  • 1 tsp pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

*Note: for a kid-friendly recipe, simply replace the bourbon with almond milk.

Click here to read the full recipe and to find more creative, healthy recipes on Laura's blog, Sprint 2 the Table!