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Crock Pot Chicken 6-Ways

Crock Pot Chicken 6-Ways

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RECIPE: Mom’s Breakfast Sandwich

RECIPE: Mom’s Breakfast Sandwich

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RECIPE: 2-for-1 HOMEMADE GRANOLA

RECIPE: 2-for-1 HOMEMADE GRANOLA


One of my New Years Resolutions was to try taking certain foods that we buy A LOT of at the store and make them at home in attempt to 1) save money and 2) move towards more homemade foods!

 

I wanted to start with granola. We go through granola FAST. We love it as a breakfast cereal or to top our Greek yogurt (hint hint about what the second homemade item is...blog post later!)

 

 

 

So I set out on a mission to try making my own granola with absolutely no recipe, just a few tips I'd picked up. I didn't know how it would go, but I was pleasantly surprised!

 

My first batch came out perfect! It was almost too good to be true. I decided to write up a blog post with the recipe to share but realized that in typical "me" fashion, I just winged it and threw stuff into the bowl without measuring, writing down steps, you know - all that important stuff.

 

I felt confident I could do it again but the second batch was FAR from perfect! I am actually glad I had this failure because I learned several key things (see TIPS below).

 

I also ended up making a second version which is why this blog post is a 2-for-1 recipe post!

 

For the sake of keeping things simple I kept a few of the main ingredients the same and then changed a few things just enough to make them different.

 

 

The original version has pumpkin seeds, golden raisins, and toasted pecans and the second version has unsweetened cocoa powder, dried cranberries, goji berries, and toasted almonds.

 

 

Excited to share these two recipes with you! Check them out!

 

 

Cinnamon Maple Pecan Granola

What You'll Need:

  • 4 cups Bob's Red Mill extra thick oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup toasted pecans

 

What You Need To Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cover large cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  3. Combine oats, cinnamon, salt, and pumpkin seeds in large bowl.
  4. Add in vanilla extract, coconut oil, and maple syrup and stir to combine.
  5. Spread ingredients into even layer on cookie sheet.
  6. Cook for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and mix ingredients around on sheet.
  8. Spread into even layer again.
  9. Cook additional 10-15 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and let cool.
  11. Add raisins and pecans to mixture.
  12. Transfer to and store in sealed container.

 

 

 

Cranberry Chocolate Almond Granola

What You'll Need:

  • 4 cups Bob's Red Mill extra thick oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoon goji berries
  • 1/4 cup toasted almonds

 

What You Need To Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cover large cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  3. Combine oats, cinnamon, salt, and cocoa powder in large bowl.
  4. Add in vanilla extract, coconut oil, and maple syrup and stir to combine.
  5. Spread ingredients into even layer on cookie sheet.
  6. Cook for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and mix ingredients around on sheet.
  8. Spread into even layer again.
  9. Cook additional 10-15 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and let cool.
  11. Add cranberries, goji berries, and almonds to mixture.
  12. Transfer to and store in sealed container.

 

 

TIPS:

-Do NOT skip the salt! This was mistake #1 I made with second batch. Salt is key to cut some of the sweetness.

-Do not add nuts until granola is finished cooking. They burn up quick! Mistake #2 I made! Toast them on the stove top separately and add in after cooking is finished.

-Do NOT forget the oil. Your granola will be dry, dry, dry

-If you can find extra thick oats, USE THEM! This gives your granola so much texture.

-I like the maple syrup to sweeten, but honey is great too.

-Keep your eye on the oats while cooking. I burnt one batch because I let it overcook. Again, dry, dry, dry. Make sure you make these when you can give them lots of attention! I check on them every 10 minutes and give them a shake.

 

 

I loved adding the chocolate oats to my Greek yogurt for a Valentine's Day snack. I also added strawberries and dark chocolate chips. AMAZING!

 

As always, these recipes can be customized to your liking with whatever dried fruit, nuts, or seeds you like.

 

I hope you enjoy and keep your eyes out for my first Instant Pot blog post coming next week!

Apple Donuts

Apple Donuts

We made these apple donuts for our Super Bowl sweet treat and they were such a hit, we made them again a few days later!   We love using fruit for dessert and these apple donuts are fun because you can dress them up any […]

Product Review: Google Keep (App)

Product Review: Google Keep (App)

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SPOTLIGHT: Toast

SPOTLIGHT: Toast


 Toast 4 Ways 

 

 

I love toast. I love it with my eggs, I love a toasted sandwich, and I really love coming up with different variations of toast!

 

These days, I'm always rushing. This is the state of things at this point in my life! I'm rushing my 4 & 2 year old out the door to Mother's Day Out, rushing myself to class and running across campus to make it on time, rushing around on days we are home to make it to the gym in time, rushing to an appointment or meeting or wherever it is we have to be! I don't always have time for my usual scrambled egg breakfast so I've had to improvise - a lot!

 

Toast is my go-to. There are so many ways to dress it up (or down) and load it with nutrients!

 

I always opt for 100% whole wheat (first ingredient!) and I try to choose bread that has at LEAST 3 grams of fiber, but more is ALWAYS better.

This month I'm actually doing a bit of a toast experiment where I try all different variations - sweet and savory - and I can't wait to share all of these recipes with you!

 

For now, here are 4 of my favorites!

 

•Toast 4 Ways•
1️⃣ Smashed avocado toast with spicy roasted chick peas (chick peas roasted in a 400 degree oven for 20 min. Tossed in olive oil, salt, pepper, and cayenne)
2️⃣ The old standby: peanut butter toasted with banana, blueberries, and cinnamon. I love adding coconut flakes or a drizzle of honey too!
3️⃣ Greek yogurt cream cheese, stawberry basil jalapeño jelly, and roasted pecans. Salty✅ Sweet✅ Spicy✅ the best. This can also go savory with salmon and roasted veggies (like bell pepper!)
4️⃣ Open faced tuna on toast with spinach, cucumber, and Everything Bagel seasoning. Love this for a quick lunch (or even breakfast!)

 

How do you like your toast?

 

Product Review: Dark Chocolate Hummus

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TUESDAY TIP: Half Your Grain, Double Your Veggie

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MEAL PREP: Grab & Go Greek Yogurt Jars

MEAL PREP: Grab & Go Greek Yogurt Jars


Made a quick video this week showing how I make my super simple grab & go Greek yogurt jars! I’ll be making them again this week because they just make life so easy!

 

 

Who is guilty of having healthy options in the fridge but choosing more convenient, less healthy options because you’re in a hurry? Prepping your food is seriously a game changer. Way less chance of grabbing unhealthy options if my healthy ones are ready to go!

 

Just a few ingredients - nonfat plain greek yogurt, berries, chia seeds, and a drizzle of honey. I like to top mine with granola and nuts, but wait to add these ingredients until I'm eating so they don't get soggy! I also make a few for my 4 & 2 year old to keep in their snack drawer.

Greek yogurt offers many benefits. One cup gives you 22 grams of protein and contains 25% of the daily value for calcium! It also contains live and active cultures which can help improve your gut health.

 

Top with berries for a good dose of vitamins and minerals, pecans and chia seeds for healthy fats, and add granola or bran flakes that are whole grain and contain fiber!

 

I like to add just a tiny drizzle of honey or maple syrup!

 

Endless options for toppings - I also like raspberries and dark chocolate or apple and toasted coconut flakes.

 

 

It may seem like a super simple concept, but this idea saves so much time. Case in point - I had two mornings this week where I was rushing out the door and didn't have time to make my usual eggs and toast and I was SO thankful I had these ready to go! Just grabbed a spoon and off we went.

 

 

Check out the video that shows how I make this healthy grab and go snacks here:

 

Product Review: Lean Habits by Georgie Fear, RD, CSSD

Product Review: Lean Habits by Georgie Fear, RD, CSSD

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