Great Recipes From You!

Elaine walked in to our Mind-full Motivator morning group carrying a beautiful silver platter, lined with 2 white paper doilies.  A beautiful display of baked pears sat on top, decorated with a tiny flower and leaf. So pleasing to the eye...  It was a perfect way to kick off our class discussion on Mindful Eating.

I definitely want to share her recipe, and a couple others from our MM Groupies.  Trying new recipes can keep you excited about enjoying new, healthy foods.  Nothing defeats a new eating plan faster than eating the same things over and over until you're totally bored. Experiment with new recipes and keep healthy eating fun!

Elaine's Easy & Delicious Baked Pears
Pears, as many as you'd like
      Wash and cut in half

      Scoop out the seeds with a spoon or melon baller, leaving a nice, small round hole.
Olive oil
      Very lightly sprinkle on top (1/4 tsp or less per half)
      Place a few in the center of each pear half
      Sprinkle on top
Bake at 350
      Until soft.

Lynn's Awesome Apple-Acorn Squash
Acorn Squash
       Wash and cut in half
       Scoop out seeds
       Place upside down in a "sprayed" 9x13" pan
       Add 2 Tbsp. water
       Cook 30 minutes at 375
       Remove from oven
                                         Flip squash over
Apple, 1 of your favorite
      Wash, core, and slice
       Fill squash with apples
Pumpkin Pie Spice
       Sprinkle on top of squash and apples
Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until apples are soft

Very Vanilla Granola
Preheat oven to 300
"Spray" jelly roll pan or large baking sheet

Combine in large bowl:
      4 cups Old Fashioned Oats (Not Quick)
      1/2 c. sliced almonds
      1/2 c. pumpkin seeds
      1/4 c. loosely packed brown sugar
      1/4 tsp. salt
      1/2 tsp. cinnamon
      1/2 tsp. ground ginger
      1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Put in a saucepan:
      1/4 c. canola oil
      1/4 c. honey
      1 T. sugar
Bring to simmer over medium heat.
Remove from heat and add:
      4 tsp. vanilla
Pour over dry mixture. Stir well, tossing to coat well. Use your hands to help with this.

Spread onto cooking sheet.
Bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Don't overcook!! It will crisp up while it cools.

When cool, stir to break up into pieces and chunks.  If you stir too early, no chunk will form.

1/4 cup is 100 wonderful, healthy calories.  Try some stirred in yogurt!
Makes 32 servings.

To Your Health!