Quorn Turk’y Roast Review & Recipe

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Good wonderful beautiful Thursday to one & all! It has been sunny & warm here all day, making my day quite enjoyable.

Today I’ll be reviewing the Quorn Turk’y Roast for you over on my Youtube Channel. This was my 2nd time purchasing this product, and I wasn’t disappointed. I enjoy both the texture & taste of this product, and will definitely get this one again. I will also be sharing an adapted recipe for Creamy Tortellini-Broccoli Bake with you today.

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I made this roast up to add into a casserole for the entire family. I will provide the link to the original recipe for you, but will be posting my adapted recipe here, on the blog.

Here is what the roast looked like just after pulling it out of the oven, and removing the wrapper (believe it or not, you DO bake this WITH  the wrapper on it – per instructions). It bakes up nice and golden, in a roll shape.

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After allowing it to rest for a few minutes, I sliced & diced this roast, so that I could add it to the casserole. Here’s what the inside looks like, once sliced. I do find it to have a turkey-esque texture.

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And here is the final result, this delicious tortellini casserole!

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Creamy Tortellini-Broccoli Bake (My adapted recipe)

Ingredients:

  • 1 jar Bertolli Garlic Alfredo pasta sauce
  • 1 cup Milk of choice
  • 1 1/2 cups Shredded Cheese (I used mild cheddar)
  • 1 package Barilla Collezione Three Cheese Tortellini
  • 2 cups chopped Quorn Turk’y Roast
  • 2 cups frozen Broccoli Florets
  • 3/4 teaspoon Garlic & Herb Seasoning

Directions:

  • Cook tortellini according to package directions & drain.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease large baking dish and set aside.
  • Mix alfredo sauce & milk together in a bowl.
  • Reserve 3/4 c of cheese.
  • Mix remaining cheese, tortellini, frozen broccoli, and milk/sauce mixture together in bowl.
  • Pour all ingredients from bowl into the greased baking dish, then place in the oven, covered, for 20 minutes.
  • Stir tortellini and sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Bake for 5 minutes more, until cheese is melted.
  • Serve & enjoy!

 

 

Healthified Egg Rolls

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My mother-in-law has a scrumptious egg roll recipe that she’s passed down to our family. As a vegetarian, I wanted to find a way to adapt it, without losing flavor. Enter this adapted recipe.

I will warn everyone that I tend to be one of those “not an exact measurement” kind-o-cooks when it comes to most of the things that I make. So I apologize in advance if that sort of thing annoys you. I will do my best to estimate.

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Healthified Egg Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Egg Roll Wrappers
  • 1 package Beyond Beef Vegan “Beefy” Crumbles
  • 1 can Bean Sprouts
  • 1 package Coleslaw Blend Mix (I used a triple blend of green & purple cabbages w/carrots)
  • Soy Sauce
  • Coconut Oil for frying

Equipment:

  • Wok shaped deep frying pan or fryer
  • Large scooper with drain holes or heat resistant tongs
  • Plates or cookie sheets

Instructions:

I warmed up my “beefy” crumbles in a frying pan, then added in the coleslaw mix, the bean sprouts, and a copious amount of soy sauce. You will want to add enough soy sauce to saturate your coleslaw mix and leave a small amount of liquid in the bottom of the frying pan. Next, you will set your stove top temperature to a medium heat and cover. I let mine cook down for about 15 minutes, stirring in 5 minute increments. Once mixture is fully cooked, you will transfer to a bowl and place in the fridge. You will want this mixture to cool down completely before using.

Once the mixture has cooled, you will place a small to medium amount (depending on your personal preference) of it in one end of the egg roll wrapper. I prefer to place my egg roll wrappers in a diamond shape, place mixture in the end closest to me, roll tightly once, flip sides in, then roll 3/4 of the way up, and wet the remaining 1/4 top tip of the diamond shape with water. Finish rolling, and the water helps to seal the wrapper closed. Place all sealed egg rolls on a plate or cookie sheet until finished rolling.

Heat coconut oil to very high heat in a deep frying pan or fryer. I used a deep wok shaped frying pan. You can test the heat of the oil by dripping a drop of water into the oil. If it sizzles/bubbles, that means it’s ready to go.

I used my large scoop that has drain holes in it to both place my egg rolls in the oil, as well as take them out when done cooking. You will gently set in as many egg rolls as will fit into your pan or fryer. You will need to keep an eye on them and remove from oil as soon as they are the color you desire. You can let them cool on a plate or cookie sheet. Once done cooling you can eat up!

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I love these egg rolls so much more than the ones that I can purchase at the grocery store. Happy eating!

 

Peachy Keen Smoothie

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Happy weekend to one & all!

This morning I woke up knowing that I wanted something a little “different” in my smoothie today. It didn’t take me long to find just what I was looking for. Enter this yummy delicious peach smoothie.

It’s just enough off of my beaten path to make me smile & get me going. I hope it makes you smile too.

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Peachy Keen Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups favorite milk (I used Almond milk)
  • 1 x-large or 2 small peach/es
  • 1 small handful oats (1/4 cup-ish)
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Vega Protein & Greens Protein Powder
  • 1/2 to 1 cup ice (depending on your preference)

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender, cover, blend. Pour into your favorite tall glass & enjoy!

Beyond Meat Beyond “Beef” Crumbles -Product Review

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Happy Tuesday!

Have you ever had the unfortunate circumstance of biting into a meat replacement  product that made you want to gag? This person sure has! And I’m pretty much ALWAYS on the lookout for tastier meat replacements, as some are huge hits & some are, well, not.

Beyond Meat’s Beyond “Beef” Crumbles are amazing! I love that they are easy to warm up (either on the stove top in a sauce pan or frying pan), or in the toaster oven in a bowl. I also love that they’re such a versatile product, being easily incorporated into many different dishes.

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I shared my thoughts on this product & gave dish suggestions over on my Youtube channel, and will link the video here for you too.

Everyone have a super day, and happy eating!

Several Vegetarian & Vegan Product Reviews On Youtube!

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Hello everyone!

I have recently uploaded several fun vegetarian & vegan product reviews on my brand new Healthified Living Youtube channel. I will include links to all of these videos for you in this post. If you like what you see,  please consider liking & subscribing to my channel, and I will continue to add content as often as possible. I enjoy trying new products, and love sharing the good ones with you!

Here’s my review on my favorite Apple Sage Sausages. Yum! These are great as is (warmed up), but could be incorporated into so many different dishes.

I also have this review on the Italian Sausages that I purchase. I want to try these in spaghetti, on pizza, and possibly in an Italian pasta dish too!

Here is my review on Kevita Master Brew Kombucha. Kevita makes amazing “booch”, and if you have never tried kombucha before, I encourage you to soon. Not only is it a tasty treat, but it’s so good for the gut flora/digestive system too.

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And lastly, here is my product review for Dandies Vegan Marshmallows. Now I realize that marshmallows of any kind are not necessarily considered a “health food”. However, I also recognize that most people crave a somewhat healthier snack at times, and it’s nice to have a vegetarian & vegan alternative to turn to when those cravings strike. These are perfect for summertime smores around the campfire, to top sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving (or any) time, to make krispy treats with, etc.

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That is going to wrap up this blog post for today. As always, I hope you all are having a wonderful day, and I look forward to sharing lots of tasty & fun things with you all again soon!

Yours In Health, Kelly from Healthified Living

Squash & Zuke Stir Fry

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Happy Summer to one & all! It sure has been warm here in our neck of the woods lately. Today is a welcome reprieve from that heat, at only 70 degrees.

The other day we decided to use some of our farmers’ market veggies in a tasty stir fry. This recipe is so incredibly easy to make, and the end results are a glorious feast for the taste buds!

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Squash & Zuke Stir Fry

Ingredients:

3 Yellow Summer Squash

4 Zucchini

1 White Candy Onion (or your favorite onion will do nicely)

Coconut Oil or Butter/Ghee

Garlic & Herb Seasoning (mine was unsalted, so I chose to add salt as well)

Salt of choice

 

Directions:

Wash & slice squash, zucchini & onions, then set aside. Place either coconut oil or butter into a frying pan & warm until melted. Place squash, zucchini, onions, salt, and garlic & herb seasoning into pan & cook to desired tenderness. You can add more butter & or seasoning at the end of cooking if needed. Bowl your desired amount & enjoy!

 

~We truly look forward to making & savoring this dish each summer. I hope that you enjoy it as much as we do.

Yours in Health, Healthified Living

 

NEW Youtube Channel & Farmers’ Market Haul!

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Hello everyone!

It’s been over a year since my last post, and for that I apologize. I was working as a CENA & actually had 2 jobs (on 2 different shifts) last summer, which made for a very hectic & crazy life. I then went down to just my hospice CENA job, which I very much enjoyed. But alas, life changes, and now I’m enjoying family life again.

So without further ado, I’d like to let everyone know that I’ve decided to make a Youtube channel with the same name of Healthified Living. I will include those videos in my blog posts as often as possible for you, but please feel free to head over there & subscribe, in order to stay up to date on ALL of my videos.

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I’ve also made a Farmers’ Market Haul video, showcasing our latest $20 haul from our local farmers’ market. I had so much fun shopping & finding fresh, local, healthy produce. The sprouts were amazing, and prompted me to dig my own sprout tower back out & give it a go again. If they turn out well for me, I’ll be sure to make a video on that for you soon too. (As a side note: I completely forgot to mention the 2 tomatoes that were included in our Farmers’ Market Haul video. Oops!)

Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Yours in Health, Healthified Living

 

Vega Protein & Greens Review

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Happy springtime, everyone! I hope that your year is going beautifully, and that you are all healthy and happy today.

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My newest most favorite protein powders are the Vega Protein & Greens line. I love all 3 of the flavors that are offered at my local big box store, and I love the price too. I can only get it in the smaller containers locally, but they do offer these in larger sizes & in 5 flavors on Amazon, as well as on the company’s web site (which offers these in 6 different flavors).

Some of the amazing qualities of these protein powders are: 1. They are plant based, so they are appropriate for vegetarians & vegans to consume. 2. They all contain 20 grams of delicious protein per serving. 3. They all contain between only 110-120 calories per serving (not including any other ingredients you might add to them, of course). 4. They contain between 16-25 servings per container (depending on which size & flavor you purchase). 5. They are extremely low in sugar, containing only 2 grams per serving. They are sweetened naturally with fruits and stevia. 6. They contain no mystery ingredients, and only whole delicious from nature ones. 7. They are Non GMO Project Verified. 8. They contain 2 servings of greens, which help to keep the body’s digestive system on track. 9. They are gluten free. 10. They actually taste good!

Over the years I’ve tried countless protein powders, some being excellent, and some not so much. These truly rank right up there on my favorites list, and I have purchased these time and again because our family likes them so much.

I would also like to mention that the company has a very appealing “recipes” section to their web site, which I am greatly anticipating further exploring.

All in all I very highly recommend all 3 of the flavors of the Vega Protein & Greens protein powders that I’ve purchased.

I hope that you’ve found this review both informative and helpful. Please feel free to ask questions and I’ll answer as soon as possible.

Yours in good health, Healthified Living

Gut Detox Drink

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After many hours of research to find out what things are beneficial for cleaning out the system and detoxing the gut, I came up with this recipe. I will provide links for you to all of the ingredients used.

Please note: This recipe is not for use in those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. There have also been reports from others, and I have personally experienced this as well a few times, of some people feeling a warming sensation when drinking this, as well as their heart beating a bit faster. This is due to the diatomaceous earth’s detoxing effect on the body. If you are concerned about this, you can feel free to not include the DE in this recipe.

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Gut Detox Drink

Ingredients:

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together well in a glass jar and drink.

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Strawberry Coconut Milk

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I decided to try a spin on the homemade Coconut Milk that I made yesterday, and the results were fairly tasty. Next time I would add 1 more cup of strawberries, but otherwise, this was good!

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Strawberry Coconut Milk

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 cups homemade Coconut Milk
  • 3-4 cups fresh Strawberries, washed and hulled (I used 3, but would use 4 next time)
  • Favorite sweetener to taste (optional)

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Pour yourself a glassful and enjoy!

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