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Frozen Blueberry and Chocolate Bark Bites

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook time/freeze time: 2 hours


1 cup Greek Plain Yogurt

1 tsp. pure maple syrup

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup blueberries, chopped

3 Tbsp. dark chocolate mini chips

Parchment paper

Simple ingredients makes this high protein snack perfect for the whole family.

Simple ingredients makes this high protein snack perfect for the whole family.


1.. Line an 6 by 6 freezer friendly dish with parchment paper.

2. Combine yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla, blueberries, and chocolate chips in a bowl. Stir lightly to combine. Pour in parchment lined container to freeze.

3. Freeze for minimum ~2 hours or until solid. Break apart and enjoy immediately. Store in airtight container or freezer bags.

Chocolate Banana Bread

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This chocolate banana bread is the perfect recipe for those ripe bananas that have been sitting on the counter or in the fridge. 

Chocolate Banana Bread 

Serving size: 1 slice

Serving per recipe: 8

Prep time: 15 minutes. Cook time: 60 minutes 

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar

2 tbsp. ground Flaxseed

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips

3 ripe bananas, smashed

3/4 cup low fat plain or vanilla Greek yogurt

6 Tbsp. butter

2 Eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Using butter or cooking spray grease a 9x5 baking pan. Combine all purpose flour, flaxseed, baking soda, and salt.  In  a separate bowl combine softened butter and sugar. Then beat in eggs and add vanilla extract. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients , followed by mashed bananas and yogurt. Mix until combined. Last add in chocolate chips and gently mix into the batter. Pour into baking pan and cook for ~ 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. 

Freezer Friendly Bean Burritos

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Filled with flavorful slow cooked black beans, melted cheese, and roasted broccoli these freezer friendly burritos are a must add recipe to add to your meal prep rotation! 

Filled with flavorful slow cooked black beans, melted cheese, and roasted broccoli these freezer friendly burritos are a must add recipe to add to your meal prep rotation! 

I am a huge fan of freezer friendly meals. I mean honestly who doesn't love having home cooked meals ready and waiting after a long day?!? Working with families with inflammatory bowel disease one of the biggest challenges are finding recipes that respect food tolerances and dietary restrictions that the WHOLE family can enjoy.  Being a mom with Ulcerative Colitis I definitely relate to this challenge.  It is difficult to prepare multiple meals for multiple family members based on food preferences and dietary modifications. That is one of the many reasons I love this recipe. Since the burritos are single severe each family member can modify the foods they prefer or tolerate in their burritos and have them prepared and labeled for an easy weeknight meal that simple needs to be microwaved. When it comes to burritos the combos for ingredients are endless so feel free to be creative when you prepare your own. This recipe takes you through preparing homemade beans, but canned low sodium beans can be substituted to save time. Additional ingredients that work well include chicken, rice, and a variety of vegetables. 


Prep time (not including soaking): 15 minutes for beans + 20 minutes for burrito building 

Cook time: 4-5 hours 

Serving size: 15 burritos (5 cups of beans)



3 cups water 

5 cups low sodium chicken broth or homemade chicken stock 

16 oz bag black beans, *quick soaked or overnight soaked*

5 cloves of garlic, sliced 

2 onions, chopped 

1 tsp. salt 

1 tsp. cumin 

1/2 cup cut cilantro leaves, chopped (not packed)

Roasted Broccoli

3 3/4 cups broccoli, chopped

1-2 tbsp. olive oil 

Salt and pepper  

Additional Ingredients:

2 cups cheddar, Monterrey Jack blend or diary free cheese  

15 tortillas 

Freezer Prep Materials: 

Wax Paper, 12 - 12 x12 inch pieces 

Foil, 12 - 12 x 12 inch pieces 

Permanent marker 

1-2 freezer bags 


*Soak beans overnight or with quick soak method. Before each method sort and rinse beans.  For the quick soak: Boil ~ 8-10 cups of water then add beans. Allow beans to boil for ~ 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let soak for 1 hour. Drain beans and rinse under fresh water. For overnight method: Add the beans to ~8-10 cups of water and allow to soak overnight. In the morning drain water and rinse beans. Soaked beans are now ready to be prepared* 

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Take the soaked beans and add them along with the water, chicken broth, garlic, onions, salt, cumin, and cilantro to the cooking pot. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and allow to cook for 5 hours. Beans will thicken as they cook.  Beans can be served whole or mashed for more of a "refried" appearance. 

As the beans finish cooking (~ the last 30 minutes of cook time) prepare the roasted broccoli. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place broccoli on baking sheet and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. After tossing spread broccoli across the baking sheet leaving space between each piece. Roast vegetables until vegetables are slightly soft with a small bit of charring. Cook time ~ 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. 

Once beans and broccoli are cool begin burrito building. Warm tortillas slightly to prevent cracking. Add 1/3 cup beans, 1/4 cup broccoli, and 2 tbsp. cheese to each tortilla. Fold to secure filling. Wrap burrito in wax paper followed by foil for freezing. Label each burrito with date, filling, and preparation instructions with sharpie marker.  For freezer organization place all of the wrapped burritos in a freezer plastic bag to secure burritos in one place and create ease in freezer friendly meal inventory. 

When ready to enjoy remove burritos from freezer, remove foil and waxed paper, and wrap loosely in a papertowel and heat for 1-2 minutes.  



Strawberry Cherry Granita

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This strawberry cherry frozen granita is the perfect fancy dessert to cool you off this summer.

This strawberry cherry frozen granita is the perfect fancy dessert to cool you off this summer.

Servings: 6  servings

Prep time: 30 minutes

Total time: 4 hours 30 minutes (with freezing)


2 cups strawberries, halved and stems removed

2/3 cup cherries, seed removed 

1/3 cup 100% Pomegranate juice 

1 cup water 

1/3 cup sugar 

Juice of 1 lemon


In a small pot add water and heat over medium heat. Next add the sugar to the water. Stir occasionally until sugar is completely dissolved (we will call it our version of a simple syrup). Remove from heat and allow to cool. While cooling add strawberries and cherries to blender and puree. Once the simple syrup is cooled add it along with the lemon juice and pomegranate juice to the strawberries and cherries. Blend together then pour mixture into a 13 x9 inch pan and place in freezer. Ever 30 minutes mix the puree as it begins freezing. Once completely frozen (~ 3-4 hours) you are ready to prepare to serve. Using a fork scrap off clusters for a delicious dessert or snack! 

* To save time while simple syrup is cooling remove stems from strawberries and seeds from cherries*

This frozen treat is the perfect way to combat the summer heat. Love to use seasonal fruit in recipe and summer seasonal fruits are some of my favorites. This recipe is packed strawberries, cherries, and pomegranate juice to pack an antioxidant punch while enjoying a treat that will cool you off!  



Baked Chicken Tenders

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Servings: 6

Servings size: 2 tenders

Prep time: 10 minutes. Cook time: 30 minutes. Total time: 40 minutes

1.5 pounds skinless boneless chicken breast sliced into 1/2 inch stripes or boneless skinless chicken breast tenders

2 Egg

3/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs                            

¼ cup Parmesan cheese

1 tbsp. McCormick salt free original all-purpose seasoning or Penzey Mural of Flavor

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper



Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick spray. In a small bowl beat the egg. In a different bowl combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, All-purpose seasoning, salt, and pepper. To prepare the chicken dip the chicken tender in egg then coat in breadcrumb mixture. Place on the baking sheet and repeat for the remixing chicken tenders.  Place in the preheated oven and cook for ~ 20-30 minutes (depending on thickness of tenders. Serve alone or with your favorite dipping sauce.