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Chocolate Chip Espresso Banana muffins

Published on February 3, 2015, by in Recipes.

Wow. Wrap up everything delicious into one muffin and this is what you get! I don’t identify with any particular eating method, but from what I understand, these are paleo-friendly. Heavily adapted from paleomg.com. Ingredients: 3 over-ripe bananas, mashed 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 eggs 1/2 cup almond butter 1/4 cup coconut flour 1 teaspoon espresso grounds 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon pinch of salt 1/2 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chunks Instructions: Preheat oven to 350F. Put muffin liners in pan. In a large bowl, mix together bananas, vanilla, eggs and almond butter. Then add coconut flour, espresso, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well. Fold in chocolate chips. My batter was very liquidity at this point, probably because I pulsed my bananas in the blender a little too much instead of mashing them. Pour batter into the 12 muffin cups. Bake for

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Clean and healthy

Published on January 27, 2015, by in Update.

So, what happened to blogging once per week? Well, almost immediately after that post I started on a new eating plan. I was diagnosed as hypothyroid a few years ago and have been on medication since. I know it isn’t the biggest deal, but I would rather not be on medication for the rest of my life. I have been doing a lot of reading over the past year on hypothyroidism and a lot of the literature recommends changes in diet to help control thyroid levels. I have dabbled in changes, but have not fully committed to anything. After reading The Fast Metabolism diet, which reiterated much of what I had already read, I committed to 28 days of a specific eating plan that eliminated meat with nitrates and nitrites, “dirty” fish, only certain fruits and vegetables, processed foods, corn, sugar and sugar substitutes, wheat, and dairy. It felt very

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Baking in my bones

Published on June 26, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

There have been many exciting things happening in my kitchen lately. I got this beauty of a book in the mail: Which caused me to make this delicious cheese: I’ve also had a big urge to do some baking. This week I put my baking urge to good use and fed my co-workers breakfast two days in a row. Cinnamon rolls: And a new donut recipe I’ve been wanting to try: What’s been happening in your kitchen lately?

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The hardest season

Published on May 7, 2014, by in Update.

Hello. I usually don’t get very personal on my blog, but today, I am. I am sitting behind my computer with my pants a little tight from all the amazing food I have been eating lately. I completed the 21 Day Fix and had amazing results. I absolutely love the program and can’t stop raving about it to all of my friends. So, what happened? Well, I didn’t completely undo my progress, but I am definitely feeling bloated from the food I have been consuming. This is the hardest season for me. It’s my husband’s birthday, then my birthday, which leads directly into patio weather. And since I live in Chicago, the few warm months must be taken advantage of. I am actually healthiest in the winter. I will go to the gym more days than not, because I don’t want to be outside. Since it the hardest season for

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Baba Ghanoush

Published on April 24, 2014, by in Recipes.

    So. I was lied to. I found a recipe for baba ghanoush called 3 Minute Baba Ghanoush. It took way more than 3 minutes. It was also delicious. Ingredients: 1 roasted eggplant(see below) juice of 1 lemon 1/4 cup tahini 2 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons EVOO fresh ground pepper, to taste So… to get a roasted eggplant, take a small(1-1.5 pounds) eggplant, prick it with a fork a few times, and bake it for 30-40 minutes at 400F. Pre and post-roasted eggplant: Let the eggplant cool, slice long ways and scoop out the innards. This is the part that definitely took longer than 3 minutes. Place the inner scoopings of eggplant and remainder of ingredients in a powerful blender(I have a Vitamix). Start on low and gradually increase speed. Blend on high for about 30 seconds until your baba is incredibly smooth and creamy. Pour

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Zucchini bites

Published on April 23, 2014, by in Recipes.

I saw a recipe on cauliflower tots, which let me to a post on zucchini tots, which led me to changing the recipe and making these wonderful zucchini bites. I started out by making them closer to the original recipe, using a mini muffin tin. While they tasted delicious, they were a disaster to get out of the pan. So, I decided to make two more batches, bake them flattened like pancakes on parchment paper and they were perfect! Ingredients: 1 small zucchini, grated 1 large egg 1 thin slice of onion, finely chopped 1/4 cup grated Kerrygold Dubliner cheese(or flavorful cheese) salt-free Italian seasoning to taste salt and pepper to taste Preheat oven to 400F. Grate zucchini onto a clean dishtowel. NOT a terry cloth dishtowel, or you will end up with fuzzy zucchini bites. Wring all the excess water out of the zucchini. In a medium bowl, combine

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Eggcellent weekend

Published on April 21, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

See what I did there? I made an Easter joke. Ha. This weekend was exactly what I needed. Lots to time outside in the beautiful temperatures. It was the exact weather that you hear Chicagoans talk about all year. The weather that is reason we live here and endure the winters. It was perfect. Friday night, Brian and I met for dinner at Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen. I had been there on my last girl’s night and knew he would love it. He did. After eating a lot of hummus, we were both pretty full and didn’t even put a dent in our dinners. The good news was that we then had lunch for Saturday. The only problem was that we didn’t have any more hummus. I did have an eggplant on hand, so I roasted it and made some baba ghanoush to supplement our left overs. It is delicious and

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Progress

Published on April 7, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

I never know what to title these update posts. After being out-of-town last weekend, I felt like I needed to have a very productive weekend this past weekend. And productive, it was! The fridge is packed to the brim. Then I realized that I have a girls dinner on Wednesday, Brian’s birthday Thursday and Brian’s birthday dinner with friends on Saturday! Well, I guess more meals will be going into the freezer! Oh, well. I spent most of Saturday morning at the grocery store and prepping food. I made rama chicken bowls(brown rice, potato, broccoli and chicken with a peanut sauce), fajita bowls, and prepped fruits and veggies for the week. I got a steal on some chicken breasts, so I bought in bulk, individually packaged and froze most of them. I love a good deal. Mangos were $0.49/each, so I bought a few, sliced and froze in an even

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Whole wheat mango and ginger scones

Published on April 1, 2014, by in Recipes.

Happy mango season! It is officially here. I love mangos. These whole wheat mango scones are delightful! Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour 1/4 cup brown sugar 1T baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 cup butter, unsalted, cold and cut into small pieces 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt 1/4 cup milk(I used unsweetened almond milk) 1 large egg 1 cup mango, cut into small chunks 1/4 cup candied ginger, diced 3/4 tsp turbinado sugar Do you know the easiest way to get the fruit out of a mango? Cut it like this: Then flip it inside out and take the fruit out! Easy! Pre-heat oven to 400F. Line baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat. In a small bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, milk and egg. Set aside. In a mixing bowl mix together flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Add in cold butter and continue to

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Fudgy double chocolate beet muffins

Published on March 31, 2014, by in Recipes.

  Two double chocolate recipes in one week! Hiding non-typical baking foods into baked goods is one of my favorite things to do. When I saw Minimalist Baker‘s fudgy vegan double chocolate beet muffins, I knew I would be making them. Beets in muffins? Beets are a power food! A powder food for breakfast? Yes, please. Well, I altered the recipe to make it non-vegan, because neither my husband or I are vegan and I don’t own vegan chocolate chips. Ingredients: 2 flax eggs(2T ground flax +5 T water) 1 cup beet puree 1/4 cup pure maple syrup 1/3 cup brown sugar 1/4 tsp sea salt 1.5 tsp baking soda 1/4 cup melted coconut oil 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly grease muffin tins for 12 muffins. Obtain 1 cup

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