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Kid-friendly Carrot Zucchini Mini Muffins

13 Jul

muffins

Good Morning, GOOD MORNING,

Long time no chat— In fact, it has only been, oh what, 330 days-ish since my last post!! Can you tell I had a baby and collected another degree in that time, ha! Anywho, my blogging skills are so subpar these days, I don’t even know how to re-post this delicious recipe I just Pinvestigated from the original site…. so let me go ahead  and give some street cred to Cupcakes & Kale Chips!!

AND HERE IS THE SCOOP

Ingredients

    • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 3 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
    • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (or honey)
    • 1 large egg, beaten
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 cup finely grated zucchini
    • 1/2 cup finely grated carrot
    • 1/2 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and place rack in the center of the oven, and coat a mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine the flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda in a mixing bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the butter, maple syrup (or honey), egg, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir together until just barely combined.
  5. Add the zucchini, carrot and raisins and stir gently until just distributed.
  6. Fill each cup in the mini muffin pan approximately ¾ full (I use a small cookie scoop slightly overfilled).
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Aren’t you LOVING how there is no granulated SUGAR added to this recipe, just some good ole Maple Syrup; my 50% Canadian babe was even licking his fingers to savor the flavor =)

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Beck Baby tested, mother approved =)

Thank you again Cupcakes & Kale Chips for this SUHWEEET find.

 

Until Next Year (tee-hee),

Kelley B.

 

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Best Protein Shake: aka delicious and no powdery after taste!

18 Jan

Best Protein Shake: aka delicious and no powdery after taste!

Hey Friends,

So I’m not a big breakfast person before work and I have discovered something that is delish and nutrish!.. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Belgium waffle or huevos rancheros, but I just don’t have the time for that before work nor do I really want to waste the cals on it either.

I am also aware I usually don’t get my daily dose of protein I need, but I’m not a fan of most protein drinks mainly because of the nasty protein powder after taste. However, I recently went to my local Nutrition Depot and told the guy my goals (maintain/ loose a little weight, meet my daily protein needs, curb hunger,basically every girly requirement of a protein drink we all want).

Next, the sales guy asked me probably the most important question that made me confident in his skillios… Do you love peanut butter?!?!? Um yes please, who the heck doesn’t (and if you don’t, well they have other flavors, but peanut butter is BY FAR THE BEST.. my 2nd would Be Banana and Strawberry comes in a close 3rd).

He led me to the peanut butter flavored Protizyme section and the supplement facts are pretty legit:

Supplement Facts
Serving Size  1 SCOOP (35 GM)

Cals per scoop: 135

Protein: 24 Grams

Dietary Fiber: 1 Gram

(you can check out the rest of the million of goodies packed into the this tasty delite here)

Also, im not the only happy customer, the drink has received a 4.5  our of 5 star review

Here is how I mix up the drink:

–1 scoop of powder

–1/2 to  1 whole banana

–6 oz of water

–3/4 cup of crushed ice (i like mine a little chilly =)

Directions:

Blend everything well together and garnish with a piece of banana if your feeling festive!

One last thing… if your goals don’t happen to be so girly as mine, the bottle comes with directions with four different goals in mind and how to prepare the drink for each goal!

– A weight loss solution

-As part of a weightlifting, strength and condition routine

-As part of an endurance routine

-As part of an optimal health and wellness lifestyle (note: I only drink this in the morning, not 2-3 times a day like the bottle says, but I have still dropped a few LBS–bonus  =)

Oh, I also recommend you got to a local store where I get my 2lbs bottle for 36.99 and not 44.99 like the online price I have linked out! Also, I am generally a chocolate lover, but the sales guy said the chocolate and vanilla flavors sort of taste like icing (sounds way to sweet for my style in a drink) so I have not tried those flaves yet!

I hope you find this peanut butter banana goodness as yummy as I do!

Kelley =)

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Green Spinach Smoothie

29 Sep

Green B-Fast Smoothie

Happy Sunday!

I recently discovered this yummy green smoothie recipe on pininterest from The Green Forks blog and found it to be a Pinvestigation success! The recipe makes quite a bit so I usually make half of a serving, or I split up the full serving between my BF and I like I did today for B-fast. The smoothie is super yummy, but does have a bit of a cucumber-fresh like quality which is perfect for me because I love cucumbers! If for some reasons you are not into cucumbers, there is only half a cup in the full serving so you could just omit this from the smoothie.  Also, I added a fresh, not frozen, banana today which cut down the cucumber taste and added a hint of sweet =)

Ingredients:  (I suggest cutting in half if you are trying for the first time or just drinking as a snack as I usually do while I’m at work)

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 cup strawberries (preferably frozen)
  • 1 banana, optional (sweeter if fresh, but frozen helps chill the smoothie)
  • 1 apple, cored (and chopped)
  • 2 tightly packed cups spinach
  • juice of ½ lemon ( i just put in a few squirts of the lemon juice from a bottle for convenience)
  • ice to preference ( if not using frozen fruit and you want your smoothie chilled) – today I just used frozen strawberries and my smoothie turned our great.

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in blender. I usually put ingredients in the following order since my blender is slightly ghetto fab. Water, frozen fruit, fresh banana, apple, cucumber then blend well for about 30 seconds. Last, I add the spinach and stir it with a spoon down towards the bottom and blend again until the smoothie turns completely green. If you want ice to make your smoothie chillier and your blender is ghetto too, add after you have turned your smoothie green!

I hope you enjoy!

Kelley S.

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Healthy Gluten-Free Pancakes

30 Apr

No Flour Pancakes

Flourless pancakes are all the rave on pininterest, but they can be a bit tricky to bake and keep together. I have tried a few different recipes/ techniques and I’m going to share with you how I got my flourless plate of pancakes to look as good as good as they taste!

pancake 6

Ingredients: 1 serving

pancake 1

1 banana (mine was very soft and even had a little brown soft spot)

2 eggs ( i have found that 2 eggs vs one works better as well as 2 whole eggs vs eggs whites)

a dash of cinnamon

Directions:

1) pour all ingredients into a mixing bowl and blend thoroughly

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2) Heat skillet to medium-high (my stove is electric from 1-10 and I put the heat up to 6-7) and grease pan well with butter or spray (the batter is super sticky)

3) pour batter into pan and let cook until you are able to get the spatula cleanly (minimum breakage or residue should get on the spatula) under most of the pancake (approx 3 minutes).

pancake 4

4) flip and repeat step three… THEN I added some frozen berries, a small dash of powered sugar and lite syrup with a cold glass of milk!

pancake 5

ENJOY guilt free, high protein, flour-less, healthy pancakes!!

Kelley Bouchard

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Baked Oatmeal in a Mug

30 Mar

Baked Oatmeal in a Mug

     Recently I went to go visit my BFF (Lauren =)  who made me this super yummy GLUTEN FREE B-fast (using Gluten-free oats of course).

lauren and kelley

Breakfast that Saturday morning consisted of my very own personal baked oatmeal in a mug which you can find on her awesome blog Fun, Fit and Fabulous— Lauren and I have a lot in common (minus the gluten allergy), but I like to think the name of her blog  pretty much sums up why I love our friendship so much! She also is somewhat of a Betty homemaker and developed this modified, healthy, version of baked oatmeal!

If you like oatmeal, you will LOVE Lauren’s baked oatmeal recipe!

Ingredients by Lauren G:

-1 egg

-1/3 cup of oatmeal (buy gluten free outs)

-2 TBS of Light Soy Vanilla Milk or Almond Milk

-1/2 sliced banana

-small handful of berries (I use HEB assorted frozen berries)

-1/4 tsp of cinnamon (I just sprinkle on to my liking)

1 package sweetener (stevia, splenda ect).

OPTIONAL

-1 TBS of chia seeds

Directions

Combine all of your ingredients into a mug, mix well, and microwave for 2:30- 3 minutes. Make sure to watch that you oatmeal does not overflow ( i use an over-sized mug so I don’t ever have this issue). You can tell the oatmeal is ready when it begins to peel away from the edges of the mug. Turn the mug over onto a plate, cut in half, and top with your choice of treats!–today I used almond butter, just how Lauren made mine.

baked oatmeal

Have a great rest of you day!

Kelley S. =)

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Artichoke Frittata

19 Mar

Artichoke Frittata

I love breakfast foods for din and I was inspired to create this dish by a Greek Frittata I had at The Egg and I. If you love artichoke and spinach then this b-fast meal is for you!

INGREDIENTS: about 4 square servings

7.5 oz (appox 4.6 drained oz) of quartered artichoke hearts

approx 1 cup tightly packed spinach (to be cooked down in the skillet later)

5 eggs

1/2 to 3/4 cup of shredded cheese– i just threw in what I had left in my bag which I think was around 3/4 C

1/2 bunch of green onions chopped (basically however much your feeling)

1/4 cup chopped parsley or cilantro… i used cilantro =)

sprinkle in some Tabasco or hot sauce

grind some pepper in the mix

other add ins: I didn’t have any of these in the fridge at the time, but I am sure they would bring something to the table!!

-some chopped cooked asparagus heads

-some chopped cooked ham or turkey

-roasted roma tomatoes

-portebella mushrooms

-basil pesto smeared on top

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Heat 3 tablespoons of the reserved marinade from the artichoke hearts in a large skillet. Cook and stir green onions in hot marinade until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. After you strain the artichoke and green onions, cooked down the fresh spinach (i tear spinach leaves into smaller pieces) in a skillet with a tad of olive oil until cooked and shrunken down.
  3. Stir cooked (and strained) green onions, artichoke and spinach into eggs, Cheddar cheese,, parsley, garlic, hot pepper sauce, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl; pour into a  baking dish.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until center is puffy and no longer moist, about 30- 40  minutes; cool slightly before cutting into squares.

Enjoy!!! Let me know what you think and what else you added to the mix!

Happy Cooking,

Kel =)

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Broiled Grapefruit Recipe

3 Jan

Broiled Grapefruit Recipe

This tasty treat comes from ‘ Simple Sugar & Gluten Free.com’. In general, I like (not loooove) grapefruit , but I thoroughly enjoy broiled grapefruit–so yummy and GENIOUS!! The broiling process takes the bite out of this tangy treat while the agave nectar adds the hint of sweet that the fruit naturally lacks. If you like grapefruit to begin with, I think you will like, if not love it broiled. If your not a grapefruit person, this recipe could potentially change your mind =)

Broiled Grapefruit Recipe

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients
•1 grapefruit
• 2 teaspoons agave
• 2 pinches of ground ginger or cinnamon (optional)

Instructions
1.Wash the grapefruit and cut it in half. Use a small paring knife to cut around the outside of the grapefruit. Top each half with one teaspoon of agave, using the back of the spoon to rub it into the fruit. Sprinkle with ginger or cinnamon.
1.Broil for 3 to 5 minutes , or until grapefruit is warm and caramelized in places. Serve warm.

What was your take on the broiled fruit? All comments and suggestions are welcomed =)

Happy Healthy Eating!!

Kelley

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