In the Kitchen II

In the Kitchen II

Good morning!

Here are some more of my kitchen adventures! Some are healthy. Some are just yummy.

Breakfast

Going along with my “meal plan”, I usually like for breakfast to be one of the “2 healthy meals”. Also, I’m almost never in the mood to cook in the morning. Here are two make-ahead healthy breakfasts that I find delicious and energizing!

Healthy Vegan Peanut Butter Granola

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I kind of quit granola years ago because it’s always loaded with sugar. Not this one! It’s sweetened with honey (or maple syrup if you want to keep it vegan) and so easy to make. I just baked a batch one night and then threw it in with some Greek yogurt and blueberries.

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If blogging had emojis, this one would be a yummy face.

Cinnamon Vanilla No Bake Protein Bites

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These are so good and easy! You just mix all the ingredients together, roll into balls, and then freeze for 20-30 minutes. You keep them in the fridge and just grab a few in the morning. Two of these make a perfectly satisfying breakfast. The recipe does call for protein powder. I just used the vanilla Elevation brand from Aldi. Only $16.00! I also used flax meal instead of almond meal.

No new lunches this week. Still on the sandwich kick.

Dinner

Sheet pans! I love these. They are such an easy, healthy, and delicious dinner with your main dish and sides all cooked together in one pan!

One Pan Crispy Parmesan Chicken With Vegetables

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You will notice that there are always many more potatoes than non-starchy vegetables on my sheet pans….Jason is still a not on the veggie train. But he does like the potatoes!

If you are just tuning in, I love to eat all of my food together in a bowl. I don’t know why this is. But look how yummy it looks!

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And it is!

Sheet Pan Crispy Cheddar Pork Chops

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You can definitely do sheet pans without breading the meat. We are just in the mood for something different lately. We will definitely have these crispy, cheddar pork chops again but the recipe said to cook for 15 minutes, flip the pork chops and then cook for another 15 minutes. This was difficult to do without the breading getting all messed up. So I didn’t flip them. Still good!

One-Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta

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THIS is delicious. We have had it a few times already. Mother Thyme’s blog is amazing too! Jason loves hamburger helper. This is very similar and MUCH healthier. It’s made with ground beef, pasta, salsa, taco seasoning, and cheese. I used gluten-free rotini and the organic grass-fed ground beef from Aldi. If you have picky eaters in your household, I highly recommend this dish. I added spinach to mine. Yum!

Good Ole Mac N Cheese

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When Jason is in an indulgent mood, he always asks for mac n cheese for dinner. Jason loves this and it’s always a crowd pleaser. Here it is!

  • 3 Tbs butter
  • 1 1/2 cup elbow macaroni
  • 3 Tbs all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups milk

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 8 x 8 casserole dish.
  • Boil water with salt. Add macaroni and cook for 7 minutes. Drain. Set aside.
  • Melt butter in a pot. Add flour and whisk until smooth and lightly browned. Whisk in milk and salt and pepper. Bring just to a boil. Add cheese and whisk until smooth
  • Add macaroni to cheese sauce and pour into casserole dish.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Sweets!

1 dessert. 🙂

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I attest that the name rings true! If you are a fan of the classic chocolate chip cookie like me, you will LOVE these. As a former break-and-baker, these are truly enlightening on the difference of homemade. So good.

Peanut Butter Gooey Bars

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I actually messed these up but they still turned out really tasty. I am NEW to baking. I in the baking aisle looking for condensed milk with two munchkins running all over the place. I grabbed what I thought was the store brand condensed milk but was actually evaporated milk. When I realized my mistake, I Googled the difference between the two. Condensed milk is sweetened evaporated milk. To make condensed milk, heat evaporated milk and add 1 1/4 CUPS sugar to every ONE CUP evaporated milk! Holy sweetness Batman!

WARNING: This dessert is for the die-hard sugar fan.

I’m actually glad that I messed up and got the evaporated because I instead added just half a cup of sugar to it and the gooey bars are still REALLY sweet. These are definitely yummy, but SUPER sweet. If I make this again, I will definitely modify the sweetness.

Banana Blended With Almond Milk

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It’s funny how when you allow yourself ALL THE THINGS, you end up not even wanting them sometimes. One day, I did want something sweet but wasn’t in the mood for anything really indulgent. I just blended together a banana with some unsweetened vanilla almond milk and it was perfect. A refreshing sweet that happens to be healthy too!

That’s all for this week! Bon appetit, Peaches!

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