In The Kitchen IV

In The Kitchen IV

Good morning!

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A Peach! In my four years of wrinting this blog, this is the first appearance of an actual Georgia peach.

Today I am sharing some more of my kitchen adventures. The orange titles will take you to the recipes. Enjoy!

Breakfast

Right now I LOVE energy bites lately! I haven’t been in the mood for a huge breakfast in the mornings lately and these have been perfect. They are sweet, easy, and packed full of nutrition.

Cherry Pecan Energy Bites

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Cherry Pecan Energy Bites

Click the title to see the recipe that I went off of. I took the recipe for Cranberry Almond Energy Bites and just swapped the cranberries and almonds for dried cherries and chopped pecans. SO GOOD!

My Own!

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My Own Energy Bite

Sunday night I actually concocted my own energy bite! Here’s the recipe. I haven’t named them yet. Haha!

Ingredients

1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
3/4 cup creamy natural nut butter
1/4 cup honey

Instructions
  • Mix together oats, cherries, pecans, flaxseed, and coconut. Then add nut butter and honey and stir until evenly combined.
  • Roll into 12-14 balls and set in freezer for 20-30 minutes.
  • Move to the fridge and grab for a quick for breakfast or snack. 🙂

Pumpkin Pecan Overnight Oats

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Pumpkin Pecan Overnight Oats

This makes a lot so you might want to split it into to two servings. But it’s yummy!

1/2 cup oats
1/3 cup greek yogurt
2/3 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp maple syrup
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 Tbs chopped pecans

Stir all ingredients together in breakfast bowl and refrigerate overnight. Wake up. Enjoy!

Odds and Ends Overnight Oats

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Odds and Ends Overnight Oats

So basically overnight oats have four basic ingredients: oats, greek yogurt, milk, and vanilla. From there you can get creative and make them really fabulous! Here is one I made with odds in ends I had in my pantry.

1/2 cup oats
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
2/3 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbs dried cherries
1 Tbs chopped pecans
1tsp chia seed
1 tsp ground flaxseed

Stir together. Set in fridge overnight. Enjoy in morning!

Dinner

Creamy Parmesan One Pot Chicken and Rice

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Creamy Parmesan Chicken and Rice

Chicken and rice is one of Jason’s favorite dinners. This recipe is a bit healthier and Jason said it was definitely one to have again. I would have to agree! It’s great with broccoli.

Garlic Butter Chicken

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Garlic Butter Chicken

If you are looking for a healthy but flavorful dinner, look no more. This was very easy and a crowd pleaser (“crowd” being the Teal fam). I even got to use my new skillet!

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Dessert!

Being that I am a newbie baker, I have been playing it safe with mostly cookies. But we all have to start somewhere right? Here are some amazing cookie recipes that I found that I know any cookie lover will enjoy. You will notice that most of the cookie recipes I share are “soft and chewy”. To me, this is the only way cookies should be. 😉

Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies 

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Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Soft. Chewy. Peanut buttery. Perfect.

Brown Butter Cookies

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Brown Butter Cookies

 

These delightful morsels veer a bit from the everyday chocolate chip or peanut butter cookie. I thought to myself, these are for the Ben and Jerry’s lover. No vanilla here.

That’s all for this week! Let me know if you try one of these recipes or have one that you are in love with right now.

Have a great da, Peaches!

 

 

 

In The Kitchen III

In The Kitchen III

Hi Peaches!

It’s that time again. Here are my latest kitchen adventures!

A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, Ecclesiastes 2:24

Breakfast

Peanut Butter Energy Bites

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I am so into energy bites lately. These are easy and delicious. This recipe didn’t say to put them in the freezer like the cinnamon vanilla bites but I did freeze them for thirty minutes. I find that keeps them from sticking together.

Blueberry Banana Overnight Oats

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So easy. So delicious. And healthy too!

Hodgepodge Overnight Oats

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Sunday night I was out of many things that I usually have for breakfast so I just threw together the ingredients that I did have for a hodgepodge bowl of overnight oats Monday morning.

  • 1/4c rolled oats
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2c unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 Tbs coconut chips

Stir together oats, chia seeds, and almond milk then top with flaxseed and coconut. I threw two strawberries in there too. Set in the fridge overnight. Wake up, enjoy!

Lunch

Eggs, Avocado, and Spinach with Sea Salt

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Eggs are just as fast as making a sandwich and are super satisfying. Avocado needs no explanation. Avocado. 🙂 But speaking of, I almost always cook in avocado oil now. It has a high smoke point like coconut oil but doesn’t add any flavor to the food. I love the flavor of coconut but Jason doesn’t so avocado oil is a better choice when cooking for the both of us.

Egg and Cheese Wrap

2 scrambled eggs (in a little avocado oil, 1 slice cheddar cheese, 1 Tbs sour cream. Wrap it up!

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If you are a mom of a toddler and haven’t tried Instacart, you must! It is a gift from God to moms! I use Instacart to shop at Aldi. Patricia is usually my shopper and is amazing. I ordered gluten free wraps but they were out so Patricia sent pictures of all the different kinds they did have so that I could see if there was one I wanted instead! I chose these multi-grain flax wraps and thought they were fab.

Moms….you know I have no sponsors on this blog so this is from the heart. INSTACART.

Dinner

Parmesan Chicken Bites 

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If you have picky eaters, these are sure to please.

Roasted Chicken

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I love making roasted chicken. Not only is it part of a healthy meal that the whole family enjoys, but it makes the house smell good. Haha!

I don’t follow a recipe when I roast chicken and I almost always do it a little different each time. For this one, I just made sure that the chicken was dry after removing the giblets and placed it in a seasoned cast iron skillet with sliced onion. Then I brushed it with avocado oil, seasoned with sea salt and pepper, and roasted at 450 degrees for 1 hour. Roast a 4-5 lb chicken for 50-60 minutes.

ONE POT Chicken Parmesan Pasta Skillet 

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Jason was out of town for a couple days last week and for some reason, his going out of town means pasta for me. Haha! I think it’s because he doesn’t like a bunch of ingredients in his food (meat and potatoes kinda guy) and I am the exact opposite; Load it up! So when he is out of town, I ingredient until my little heart’s content.

Anyway, this pasta was delicious. I opted for a vegetarian version and just added a little extra onion and cheese. Yum!

SWEETS

No Bake Oatmeal Bars

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…Don’t judge me on my drizzling skills. Next time I will not use a spoon. Haha! Newbie baker over here. I would have just spread the chocolate all over the top but I wanted you to see the oatmeal under there. Oh well.

They may not look it but these no-bake oatmeal bars are SO GOOD. I like to take time out around two or three to enjoy something indulgent and these were seriously like a little afternoon vacation. I will definitely be making these again!

CoffeeMate Natural Bliss Cold Brew

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If you caught my “diet plan” (comical), you know I have what I call a “fancy” drink each day. This can be a frilly coffee drink, hot chocolate, glass of wine, whatever. My favorite drink for the past few months has been the almond milk latte from Dunkin Donuts. The only problem with this is that it’s a whopping $5.40! Don’t judge me!

I had been seeing ads for the Natural Bliss Cold Brew and finally found it at Walmart. The bottle has six servings and is $4.80….. I switched.

But not only is it MUCH cheaper than the drive-thru coffee, the ingredients are all natural and most importantly it is really tasty. I find it perfect for a little boost of caffeine and yumminess during my day.

Yum. 🙂 It’s the little things in life, isn’t it?

Question:

What is something little that brings you joy?