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Easy broccoli cheddar soup-Vitamix recipe

Published on March 27, 2014, by in Recipes.

A few weekends ago, the cupboards were bare, it was snowing out and I had no desire to trek out to the grocery store. Fortunately, we had a bag of broccoli in the freezer and some cheese in the fridge. So, I made this filling and nutritious soup. Ingredients: 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk(or milk of choice) 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1.5 cups broccoli, steamed 1 teaspoon dried onion 1/2 vegetable bullion cube salt and pepper to taste Reserve 1/2 cup steamed broccoli to the side. Place remainder of ingredients in  blender. Set to hot soup and start. When finished, add rest of broccoli to blender and pulse a few times. Serve with some toasted bread. Makes 2 big servings. If you prefer a completely creamy soup, add all the broccoli in the beginning.

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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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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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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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Sprouting lentils

Published on February 13, 2014, by in Recipes.

Wow. Sprouting lentils are delicious and easy! Why didn’t I start doing this years ago? I started out with a one quart mason jar. I rinsed 1/3 cup of brown lentils then soaked them for 12 hours. After 12 hours, I drained the water they were soaking in, rinsed and drained them again. Get out all the water you can and turn the jar on its side out of direct sun light. Repeat rinsing and draining each morning and night. After 24-36 hours you will see your lentils starting to sprout. Start eating them anytime after they start to sprout. Eat them as a snack, put them on salads and sandwiches. They are so delicious, a great source of protein and fiber. When I started sprouting, I used a cut up old dish towel under the lid of the mason jar to drain. Halfway through the process, I received and

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Bulletproof coffee

Published on February 12, 2014, by in Recipes.

I had run across the term “bulletproof coffee” several times before I actually paid attention to it. Then I saw people posting picture of it. Then, I finally started researching it. This is what I get about it: You brew strong organic coffee. You add in grass-fed unsalted butter and organic coconut oil. Blend the bejesus out of these 3 ingredients until you have a frothy latte like drink. It’s delicious. I use 2 cups strong coffee to 1 tablespoon of Kerrygold butter and 1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil. The coffee is supposed to give you tons of energy and keep you full. There are varying recipes out there to use more butter and oil, but 1 tablespoon of each is my preference. It’s a low carb option with lots of good fats and omegas with a jolt of caffeine without pesticides and hormones. However, it is high calorie.

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