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!

Monday Book Club – Non Fiction Edition

Good morning!

I am so sorry that I don’t have any fiction to share this Monday. I have three fiction books that I have waiting for me but found myself absorbed in non-fiction this past week. But please share your fiction reads with me below! I am always on the lookout for a good one to add to my list.

Monday Book Club

Ruth

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I visited my mom’s church this Sunday and the sermon was on the book of Ruth. So funny because our church just finished a sermon series on Esther! It’s the ladies time to shine I guess. I had never heard a sermon on Ruth before but this one made me want to go straight to the book and read it all again. If you don’t know the story of Ruth, it is about a woman named Naomi who loses her husband and two sons. Ruth is Naomi’s daughter-in-law. Bitter and grieving, Naomi decides to go back to her hometown, Bethlehem and tells her daughters-in-law to go make new lives for themselves in the land they are currently in. But Ruth does not go. She has it set in her mind that she is going to stay with her mother-in-law no matter what.

16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”

The point of the sermon was that Ruth was completely selfless. We have to learn from Ruth! When we go with God we must abandon ALL worldly wisdom, all selfishness and pride, and go!

Ruth doesn’t know if she will be blessed or not. She just goes. But in the end, God does bless both her and Naomi. Ruth marries Boaz and they have Obed who is the Father of Jesse who is the Father of David. For those of you who don’t know, this is the beginning of the line of Christ!

It is a truly amazing story so if you haven’t read it, maybe read it for your next Bible time.

Still Hangin in Proverbs

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I swear all I do is write Proverbs. You know how you take notes on what you read, I seriously have three pages of Proverbs. Haha! I keep imagining my walls lined with all of them on the pretty wall art from Kirklands and Homegoods. 🙂

In my reading, there are Proverbs that warm my heart…

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives. Proverbs 11:30

Then there are ones like this…

The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished. Proverbs 16:5

Sobering. Especially when we are a society of PRIDE. All of us.

The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace

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I am in a Bible Study that is reading Damsel in Distress by the same author. One of the chapters of that book is on manipulation and as we were discussing it, I started feeling like maybe I might be manipulating Jason sometimes! So I ordered the book right away and started reading it this past weekend. I am only on chapter two but am already learning things, even in the acknowledgments. The author’s story was an example of how when God has a purpose, He fully equips us to carry it out!

I am excited to read this book and will tell you all what I get from it.

Have a great Monday!

Questions:

What are you guys reading this week? 

How does it make you think and feel?