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Double chocolate banana donuts-One bowl

Published on March 26, 2014, by in Recipes.

I saw a recipe for double chocolate banana bread. Bread is boring. Ok, not always boring but donuts are always fun. So I adapted the recipe a bit and made double chocolate banana donuts! Brian loves them! They are super simple to throw together, too. I made them this past weekend while I was cooking some other food for the week. They came together in about 30 minutes total! And only dirty ONE BOWL! Ingredients: 3 medium very ripe bananas 1/2 cup coconut oil 2/3 cup light brown sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon table salt 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1 cup of mini chocolate chips(I used semi-sweet) Heat oven to 350F. Prepare donut pans(or muffin tins). Peel and mash bananas in a large bowl. Whisk in oil, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla. Place flour, cocoa powder,

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Chocolate avocado mousse

Published on March 24, 2014, by in Recipes.

This is a super simple and healthy dessert that is packed with nutrients and good fats. Even better is that those good fats will keep you full a lot longer than empty carbs. Ingredients: 1 ripe avocado 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1/4 cup unsweetened nut milk of choice(I used coconut) 1/4 cup honey(or equivalent sweetener of choice) 1 tsp vanilla pinch of salt Scoop avocado out of peel. Place all ingredients into blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!

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Weekly meal planning and prep

Published on March 23, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

The most common question that I am asked is how to meal plan and prep. I dedicate a fair amount of time to it. It’s not always easy or fun, but it is very beneficial. Planning meals ahead of time helps you save money by buying what you need at the grocery store, less impulsive purchases and eating out less. It also helps you to be healthier, eat fewer calories, waste less food and is a huge time saver(in the long run). I usually spend about 4 hours per weekend making meals for the week. While many of you will say that you don’t have that amount of time, you probably do. I multitask while I cook. If I’m roasting sweet potatoes in the oven, I’ll pop in a 30 minute workout video and do that while they roast. Or do laundry and other household tasks while things cook. Most

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Vitamix Sweet Potato Peanut Bisque

Published on March 22, 2014, by in Recipes.

I saw this recipe for Sweet Potato Peanut Bisque and thought the flavors in it sounded amazing. I decided to simplify a few of the steps and make it in my Vitamix. Wow. It is an extremely thick, but delicious soup. Definitely husband approved. Ingredients: 1 large sweet potato, cut in wedges and roasted 1 small onion, diced 1 clove garlic 1/2 chunk of fresh ginger 1 can diced tomatoes with chiles 1 cup vegetable stock 1/4 cup peanut butter pinch of cinnamon 1/2 tsp allspice salt and pepper to taste chopped cilantro and peanuts for garnish I roasted a sweet potato in the morning to have it ready for the soup at lunch. Put all the ingredients in your Vitamix and turn to the Hot Soup setting. Blending results: Pour into bowls. Top with cilantro and peanuts. Makes 4-6 servings. Look at all that deliciousness! This soup is a meal in

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Chicken pesto sandwich

Published on March 21, 2014, by in Recipes.

Every month, on or around payday, we have Payday Potluck at work. We all bring in food, sit around a big table, eat and enjoy each other’s company. It’s really very nice. Although, sometimes I stress about what to bring. We usually have a lot of options for side dishes and desserts, but not always main dishes. Several of us commute to work which makes bringing things in a little more complicated. I decided to make pesto chicken then assemble it into a delicious sandwich for people at work. My Sandwich Artistry skills coming into play years after I stopped working at Subway. The chicken is simple enough to make. I baked up a bunch of chicken breasts in the oven. Let them cook, then slice them thin. In a separate bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise per 1/2 cup of pesto per pound of chicken.  Toss with chicken to

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Thai peanut wraps-Whole Foods remake

Published on March 20, 2014, by in Recipes.

I mentioned the other day that I was addicted to Whole Foods’ Thai sweet potato collard green wraps. They are filling, delicious and nutritious. They are a little bit of a process to make, so it is beneficial to make multiple at once, or have the ingredients on hand and ready to go so you can make them quickly. Ingredients: collard greens peanut butter roasted sweet potato Thai peanut sauce tamari or soy sauce brown sugar cabbage slaw These first two steps are optional, but I think by doing them, you have a more delicious, more flexible and less messy wrap. The simmering of the leaf makes it a little less bitter and a lot more flexible for stuffing and rolling. Ok! So let’s get rolling(pun intended!). Start by bringing a big pot of water to a simmer on your stove top. Also, prepare a large bowl of ice-cold water

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Pinterest’s perfect chicken

Published on March 19, 2014, by in Recipes.

I have seen this recipe repeatedly pinned by Pinterest users. I am always willing to try a new way to spice up and add flavor to chicken. I have made this twice with great results. It is super easy and does lend nice flavor to chicken. When I went back to look for the “pin” last time, it was no longer accessible, so I am blogging it. Perfect chicken: 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground pepper 1/2 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp onion powder 1-1.5 pounds chicken breast Preheat oven to 350F. Mix all dry ingredients together. I tripled the recipe to have extra on hand for next time I made chicken. Rub on chicken. Heat a little oil of choice in cast iron skillet on medium to medium-high on stove top. Cook chicken about 5 minutes on each side until browned. Place in lightly oiled(or non-stick

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Going green and a healthy shamrock shake

Published on March 19, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

I know it’s 2 days past the grand holiday of St. Patrick’s Day, but I thought I’d share with you the delicious green things I’ve eaten lately. On Saturday in Chicago was the dying of the river green. I spend the day running errands and having my taxes done. It must have been good luck as I’m getting a little green(refund). Then I went to Target and got an iced green tea at Starbucks. Saturday I made myself a chocolate mint protein shake and a “shamrock” shake for Brian. For Brian’s shake, I used vanilla almond milk, vanilla protein powder, ice, green food coloring and a few drops of mint extract. He said it was good, but would have been better if it was made with ice cream. Of course! Yesterday, we had a potluck at work. I made a chicken pesto sandwich on a baguette for everyone to add

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Lately

Published on March 8, 2014, by in Update.

Wow! Where have I been? I can’t believe that it’s almost been three weeks since I last posted. I’ve been obsessed with collard green wraps. I tried one of the thai sweet potato collard green wraps from Whole Foods over a month ago and I can’t stop thinking about them. After buying a few from their pre made foods counter, with some inconsistency in the product that I got, I decided to take it to the kitchen and make them myself. I think I ate them for most meals for a week. So good. I have also been having a love affair with radishes. Plain and on everything. Can’t get enough. I made a big batch of baked apple donuts. They were delicious and were very reminiscent of apple pie. I really liked them. Just sweet enough, but not too sweet. Last week I ran a 10k in some brutal

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Weekend review

Published on February 17, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

It was a very simple weekend in terms of meals. Apparently, I did not do as good of a job as I thought with planning meals last week. We have an odd amount of extra groceries that need to be used up. So, I picked up a few things to supplement what we had left and it is my challenge to get these groceries used up and make it until the weekend before needing more groceries. We went out for a quick dinner on Friday night before catching a movie. Saturday, I needed good healthy fuel after eating out Friday night and having some Junior Mints at the movie. I had  fruit and sautéed onions and mushrooms, topped with an egg. For lunch, Brian had tacos and I had a taco salad. We have lots of taco fixings left over for the week ahead. We had a Screw Cupid party

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