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Raspberry Lemonade Chia Drink

Lately I’ve been into superfood ingredients like chia, flax seed and quinoa. As a busy mom we have to find a balance between healthy foods and convenience that works for us. I have found that adding these “superfoods” into meals and snacks is such an easy way to bring more omega-3′s, fiber, antioxidants and protein into our family’s diet.

I’ve had the expensive store-bought Chia drinks, but these are easy enough to make at home. Chia are seeds, but when they are left to soak, they create a gel like substance. The texture might take some getting used to!

Homemade Raspberry Lemonade Chia Drink. Super easy and healthy!

Homemade Raspberry Lemonade Chia Drink

2 cups coconut water
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup raspberry juice (or 1 cup fresh raspberries, muddled or blended)
2-3 Tbls honey
4 Tbls Chia seeds

Mix all of the ingredients in a pitcher. Let sit 30 minutes until the seeds form a gel consistency. Shake or stir before serving.

Homemade Raspberry Lemonade Chia Seed Drink! Lots of Omega-3's, Fiber and Antioxidants!

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Slow Cooker Buttered Lemon & Herb Rotisserie Chicken

Everyone, especially busy moms love shortcuts when it comes to meal time. That’s probably why those grocery store rotisserie chickens are so popular. In stores near me they are around $7 for a rotisserie chicken, but I can buy a pretty large uncooked whole chicken when it’s on sale for about $3.50.

I posted how to make your own rotisserie chicken back in 2010 and it’s been one of my most-read posts. I love how so many people made it and then came back to gave their opinion. With those suggestions I think I made an even more delicious slow cooker “rotisserie chicken,” this go around.

Slow Cooker Buttered Lemon Herb Rotisserie Chicken

Some complaints about the previous recipe is the skin wasn’t crispy enough like a regular rotisserie chicken. Cooking a whole chicken in the slow cooker will not produce the exact same results as a regular rotisserie, but you can get pretty darn close by doing two things (suggested by you, the readers): 1) ball up several aluminum foil balls and place them under the chicken to prevent it cooking in it’s broth 2) at the end of cooking, place the chicken under the broiler for a few minutes.

Slow Cooker Buttered Lemon Herb Rotisserie Chicken

1 whole chicken 3.5-4 lbs.
2 lemons, sliced
1 stick of butter, room temperature
4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
2 Tbl. minced garlic
1 tsp onion powder
1.5 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt

1. First, chop up two sprigs of the rosemary. Combine with the butter, garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper. Mash together to create a paste.

2. Rub the chicken with the butter mixture, including beneath the skin and inside the chicken. Same thing with the lemons. Be sure to place them inside the chicken and underneath the skin.

3. Cover and cook on low 6-7 hours or on high 3.5-4.5 hours.

Slow Cooker Buttered Lemon Herb Rotisserie Chicken!

50 Delicious Recipes for Lent!

Ash Wednesday is this week and it begins the period of 40 days of preparation before Easter. Many Christians practice the act of fasting during this time, which includes not eating meat on the Fridays of Lent. {You can learn more about the specifics of Lent here}. If you are a meat-eating family like us and don’t typically serve many vegetarian or seafood meals, then coming up with meals to serve during Lent {that are more edible than tuna casserole} can be hard. So I’ve come up with a list of 50 recipes for you to bookmark for this Lenten season!

Breakfast

Overnight Berry Oatmeal

Overnight Pumpkin Oatmeal with Cinnamon Pecans

Cacao, Coconut and Quinoa Granola

Overnight Slow-Cooker Breakfast Casserole {omit ham}

Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake

Veggie Quiche Cups

Avocado Egg Salad Bagel

Sweet Potato Hash

Mexican Baked Eggs

Veggie Frittata

Salads & Sides

Asian Salad with “Crunchies”

Strawberry and Arugula Salad with Grilled Halloumi

Zucchini Ribbon Salad

Cheesy Zucchini Quinoa

Soba Noodles with Ginger Scallion Sauce

Baked Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Crispy Baked Parmesan Green Bean Fries

Roasted Veggie & Quinoa Salad

Crunchy Asian Vegetable Salad

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Seafood Meals

Chipotle Shrimp with Sweet Potato Mash and Black Bean Salsa

Sweet and Spicy Tuna Wonton Cups

Ginger and Cilantro Baked Tilapia

Steamed Salmon with Quinoa and Carrots

Chipotle Salmon Burgers

Grilled New England Seafood Bake

Bang Bang Shrimp

Shrimp Tacos

Shrimp Scampi in Parchment 

Beer Battered Tilapia

Fish Taco Salad

Crab Cake Burgers

Fish Burrito Bowls

Tilapia Piccata

Asian Crab Avocado Salad

Cool Ranch Tuna Pasta

Cajun Shrimp Macaroni and Cheese

Meatless Meals

Vegetarian Quinoa Chili

Smashed Chickpea & Avocado Salad Sandwich

Spinach Tomato Orzo Soup

Broccoli Cheddar Soup in a Breadbowl

Veggie Minestrone

White Bean and Kale Soup

Edamame Fried Rice

Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers

Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna

Slow Cooker Bean and Spinach Enchiladas

Mexican Baked Spaghetti Squash

Greek Salad Sandwich

Veggie Pot Pies

Veggie Gyros

What are your favorite Lenten meals to serve your family? Feel free to leave your favorite meals to serve during Lent in the comments below!