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? 

 

 

 

 

In The Kitchen

In The Kitchen

Good morning!

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I have been in the kitchen A LOT lately. In case you missed it, my approach to food and fitness has changed quite a bit and now I finally understand how so many of you find joy in cooking and what all this hype of Pinterest is all about. Haha!

Since I didn’t really know that I would be blogging about the things that I have been making, I didn’t think to take pictures until recently. Boo. 😦 So today I will just share some of my latest meals that go along with my comical “meal plan” that I shared last week. Most of these would fit under the “2 healthy meals category” but make no mistake, I have been baking up a storm in the indulgence department and will be sharing those things very soon!

Breakfast

Blueberry Banana Muffin Cups

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These muffins are such an easy and delicious breakfast. The kids love helping to make them and they are a great grab and go meal in the mornings. I found the recipe on everyone’s beloved Pinterest and have made them probably four times already. The recipe calls for one cup of brown sugar but I used half a cup and think this makes them the perfect amount of sweet. Feel it out!

Blueberry Chia Overnight Oats

I am no food photographer. 😦

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Overnight oats are another great breakfast for those of you who have no time in the mornings. Just stir your favorite add-ins to some uncooked oatmeal and almond milk and walla! I have always enjoyed overnight oats of any kind and this one is just a quick mix of things I had in the kitchen.

  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 Tbs chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup blueberries (I used frozen)

Stir all ingredients together in a bowl (or jar if you are going to post it on social media ;)) Place in fridge. Go to bed. Wake up. Eat!

Lunch

Warning: SANDWICH KICK!

I have been on such a crazy sandwich kick lately. They are just an easy way to make a satisfying lunch and the combinations are endless!

Ham and Cheddar with JUST Chipotle Mayo

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The magic of this sandwich is the mayo! I found JUST Chipolte mayo at Publix and it’s probably one of the main reasons I am on a sandwich kick. I also really love this Knock Your Sprouts Off bread from Aldi.

Egg and Cheese

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I like breakfast anytime. So if you are in the mood for brunch, here is an easy one! Of course, coffee is a must with any breakfasty food.

Turkey Roll Up

Again, the magic is in the mayo. And I blog for free so you now I really like it.

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  • 1 tortilla
  • A few slices of deli turkey
  • Provolone cheese
  • JUST Mayo

Spead the mayo. Slice the cheese and lay across tortilla. Stack the turkey then roll it all up and pin with a toothpick. Easy!

PBJ

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Peanut butter and jelly is always a win. It’s so good with coffee! But what isn’t?

Dinner

Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta

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I hate that I just have this one thing to share because I have been having so much fun with dinner. Now that I know I will be blogging about my food adventures I will make sure to take pictures. Today I just have this one super delicious pasta that I made when Jason was out of town last week.

This pasta is easy to make and so delicious. I am not a huge meat eater lately so I had this as my meal but it would totally make a great side dish or you could throw some chicken in it for extra protein. I used gluten-free rotini instead of penne. It’s probably all in my head but I feel like rotini holds sauce better.

There you go! That’s all for this post. Stay tuned for more kitchen adventures!

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Days of Fitness – Day 2

12 Days of Fitness – Day 2

Happy Sunday!

Day 2 of 12 Days of Fitness!

Day 2- Write Down All The Things You Already Know 

Today, make a list of all the things that you already know about living a healthy lifestyle. Don’t worry about if it is right or wrong. Just right down all the things that if you had no way possible of educating yourself and absolutely had to begin living healthy to save your life you would implement.

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Again, DON”T WORRY ABOUT IF IT IS RIGHT OR WRONG. Just make a list and keep it with your list of dreams. Then tune into tomorrow for the next step!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!