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4 Delicious and Healthy Spring Recipes From the Wellness Kitchenista

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If you’re looking for healthy meals that still taste amazing, Conshohocken’s Jessica DeLuise has the perfect options for your recipe book.

Curry Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

3 cups cooked and chopped chicken
1 cup plain yogurt

1 lime zest and juice
¼ cup diced red onion
3 stalks celery, diced small
1 bell pepper, diced small
2 tsp. curry powder

Curry chicken salad

Instructions:
  1. Whisk together lemon zest, juice, yogurt, salt and curry. Toss in vegetables and chicken. Serve over healthy greens in a hollowed-out pepper or with choice of bread/pita.

Healthy Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients:

1 medium butternut squash (45 cups), chopped
1 small medium onion, diced
34 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. yellow curry powder
16 oz. bone broth of choice
2 cups water
1 cup milk of choice
¼ tsp. Himalayan salt
1 tbsp. avocado oil

Butternut squash soup

Instructions:
  1. Sauté onion in avocado oil until translucent (about 5–6 minutes). Add minced garlic and curry powder and sauté 3–4 minutes. Add broth, water and butternut squash. Simmer for 30 minutes until squash is fork tender.
  2. Add 1 cup plain almond milk. Puree soup with an immersion blender. Top with plain yogurt and fennel seeds. (I like to add meatballs or chicken on top to complete the meal.


Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Ingredients:

2 cups almond flour
2 medium sweet potatoes, cooked to soft
2 large eggs
2 tbsp. arrow root or xanthan gum (gluten-free)
½ tsp. Himalayan salt

healthy sweet potato gnocchi

Instructions:
  1. Mix all ingredients in a stand mixer. Flour your work station and knead dough for 2–3 minutes, until it’s not sticky and comes together in a large ball. Roll dough into ½-inch diameter logs and cut into 1-inch pieces. Use a gnocchi paddle or fork to create ridges.
  2. Bring water to a boil and drop 8–10 gnocchi into the water. Once they float to the top, use a skimmer or strainer to retrieve them. Toss cooked gnocchi with olive oil to prevent sticking and collect in a dish or bowl until you’re ready to top with sauce and serve. Eat with sauce of choice. (I love kale pesto.)

Healthy Apple Pie Vanilla Seed Chia Cups

Ingredients:

2 cups chia seeds
2 cups milk of choice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. stevia

Topping:

2 apples, iced
1 tbsp. coconut oil
2 tsp. apple pie spice

Healthy dessert

Instructions:
  1. Whisk chia and milk together and divide into 4–6 containers. Let sit at least 4 hours until mixture thickens. Sauté apples on low heat in coconut oil and spices until apples are tender and begin to break down. (You can also use a potato masher to break up apple mixture.)
  2. Top each pudding mixture with apples. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Find more healthy recipes at thewellnesskitchenista.com.