Friday, December 21, 2012

What's for dinner?: Double Crunch Chicken

If you're like me, you hate trying to answer this question:

'What's for dinner tonight?'

I get tired of making the same recipes, but then I get frustrated looking for new recipes that taste good, are healthy, and will satisfy both me and DH.

So, I thought that I would share some of the dinners that have been successful with you guys here.

I searched through my Pinterest board trying to find the perfect recipe(s) for tonight. I finally found one that I thought we would both enjoy.

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Double Crunch Chicken
via Rock Recipes

Ingredients:
4 thin sliced chicken breasts

Flour mixture:
1 cup flour
2 tsp ground black pepper
1 1/2 Tbsp ground ginger
1 Tbsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground thyme
1 tsp ground sage
1 Tbsp paprika

Egg wash:
2 jumbo eggs (or 2 large eggs would be enough)
1/2 cup water

Olive Oil (for pan)

Honey Garlic Sauce:
2 Tbsp olive oil
3 tsp minced garlic
1 cup honey
1/4 cup lite soy sauce
1 tsp ground black pepper

Directions:

In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients for flour mixture until well blended.

In another medium bowl, make egg wash by whisking eggs and water together.
(Use egg whites for less calories and fat)

Take a chicken breast, dip it into flour mixture until well covered, dip it into the egg wash, then dip it in the flour mixture again until well covered.

Pour olive oil into a pan until bottom is completely covered (for pan frying).

Place chicken breast into skillet. Cook on each side for 4-5 minutes, until fully cooked.

For the Honey Garlic Sauce, in a medium sauce pan, saute the olive oil and garlic. Then add the remaining ingredients. Simmer 5-10 minutes on medium heat.

Serve chicken topped with the honey garlic sauce.

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The chicken was a hit! DH ate two whole pieces before I could even sit down to eat one. I served it with Easy Zucchini (and Yellow Squash) Parmesan.

While cooking dinner, we made some Apple Cider Margaritas. They tasted good and DH drank his, but I wasn't in the mood for trying to stomach any alcohol. 

For dessert, we are patiently waiting on a Frozen Reese's Peanut Butter Pie to set while it's in the freezer. I will let you know how it turns out!

What is your favorite dinner recipe?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies: The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012

It's finally time to post our cookie swap recipes! But, first I want to share the cookies that I received from three awesome bloggers.

First, I received some delicious Cranberry and Vanilla Cookies from Heather at Modern Meals for Two. They were so good. I love cranberries and vanilla, so the combination of these two were great.

Cranberry and Vanilla Cookies from Heather

I received the next two batch of cookies on the same day and we are still trying to eat them all!

Emily from Totes Delishy (how cute is that name?!) sent me Oatmeal, Dried Cherry and Sea Salt Cookies. I really loved the flavor that the sea salt added to the cookie!

Oatmeal, Dried Cherry, and Sea Salt Cookies from Emily

And last, but certainly not least, I received Dulce De Leche Sandwich Cookies from Meagan at Scarletta Bakes. These things seriously melt in your mouth!


Dulce de leche cookies from Meagan

Now, you're probably wondering what cookies did I decide to send?
Well, I went back and forth with this because at first I wanted to send a 'healthy' version of a cookie and I definitely became a little over zealous.
In the end, I decided to make my favorite cookies of all time. My mom makes me these cookies at Christmas and they definitely remind me of the holidays.
So, it is not my typical healthy spin on a recipe, but it's the holidays and sometimes you need to just eat a 'real' cookie!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
(This is the recipe that my mom sent me and it is the one that is in our family cookbook. However, I am sure that there are several versions of this on the internet.)

-2 cups Sugar
-1/4 cup Cocoa
-1/2 cup Milk
-1/2 cup Butter
-1/2 cup Peanut Butter
-1/2 tsp Vanilla
-3 cups Oatmeal (Old fashioned)

Mix sugar, cocoa, milk, and butter in pan and bring to a boil.
Boil for one minute, stir in remaining ingredients.
Drop on wax paper till firm.
(Refrigeration is optional, but makes them firm faster)

Boiling

Wax paper

Ready to go!

I packaged the cookies in a small white box and then wrapped each cookie in the pretty little bags
I also included a fancy business card




Time to mail them!

What are you favorite cookies?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Favorite Things 2012: Workout Gear

I love when other bloggers post what some of their favorite things are, so I thought that this month I will do a couple of posts of my favorite things in different 'areas.' For example, this one will focus on my favorite workout clothes/gear, one on kitchen supplies, and the next one will be my favorite beauty supplies, then maybe one on regular clothes, etc.

I have done another post about my favorite things, so it will be similar to that, except I will be doing the different themes and will (hopefully) be able to include more items this way.

Bottles:

I still like my Camelbak water bottle, but I have been having issues with the rubber mouth piece not staying clean...which isn't really okay with me. So, I purchased a small mouth Nalgene bottle and it has been one of my go-to bottles lately. I also love how it holds more ounces. I also put a 'V' sticker I got from Hobby Lobby for $1 on it just to give it a bit of personalization.

Nalgene

Pants:

I did a review on Lululemon's Wunder Under Crop a while back. I still wear them, but they aren't my favorite pants. That spot still belongs to my capri tights from Target. I still haven't found any other pants that are as good as those.



I did get several pairs of Under Armour's Sonic 17" Capris and they are pretty great. Although, I still think they may be just a little bit see through when you bend over...but, it may just be my imagination.


Tops:

Hmm...tops have been strange for me lately because I have been 'experimenting' with different kinds. I ordered this shirt from Moon Tree in almost every.single.color. because I do love it. I ordered it to wear when I teach/take Yoga, but I have been wearing them when I teach RIPPED and other classes too because it's just so comfy and soft.



I have also been in love with this shirt from Under Armour. 



Shoes:

Ah, shoes. I stopped wearing my Brooks earlier this year because I was experiencing a lot of pain in my feet after working out. I tried almost every shoe I could find and none of them seemed to feel right. I finally found YourFlex by Reebok. They are extremely light weight and I call them my 'clouds' because they are so soft. I think they could use a little more support in the arch, but that is because I have such high arches. My favorite color is the black/white combo, but I have them in blue, pink, purple/gray, and the white/pink/green. This way I can rotate them forever, haha.


Jackets:

I have purchased two Under Armour jackets this year and I have really enjoyed them. The first one is the UA Studio Hoody. I wanted it because it was such a pretty dark purple color and it had thumbholes, which I love. But, I have pretty short arms (I'm only 5' 4") and the sleeves aren't really long enough for me to use the thumbholes. Other than that, it is a great jacket and it keeps me warm.

no, that's not me

I also like the UA Fleece Storm Full Zip Hoody and I have this one in black. I ordered it a size bigger because I was looking for something that resembled a comfy sweatshirt. It does the job. (no thumb holes here).


Yoga:

I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training this summer and I finally found my 'soul mat.' 

It is the Manduka Prolite in the color Santorini. Everyone is different and different mats work for them, etc. But, this is by far my favorite mat and I feel that it is worth the investment if you regularly practice. 





Well, that's all I can think of for now.

What are some of your favorite workout things?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Review: Sunny Folding Recumbent Bike

For a long time I have wanted to have some type of exercise equipment in my home. However, since we don't have much room to spare, I never went through with it. This is mostly because I thought I wanted an elliptical. Well, the other week, I decided I should get some type of exercise bike since a) I love to bike and b) I already teach cycle, so I know that I enjoy stationary bikes.

Since most of my weekdays have been rather long and I don't get home before 8pm, I wanted something that I could just do at home and not have to go back to campus/the gym to get a workout in. Yes, some of the nights I get home after 8pm because I am teaching, but teaching a workout class isn't the same as just getting your own workout in. Exercising on my own is one of my mental 'releases.' It's nice just to be able to just do your own workout with your own thoughts and not have to be thinking constantly.

Back to the bike. I ordered the Sunny Folding Recumbent Bike from Amazon and since I am a (student) Prime member I had 1 day shipping (which is so great). Once it arrived, DH brought it upstairs to our spare bedroom and I began to put it together. I have put many things together throughout my life and like to think that I am pretty decent at these things. This bike was SO easy to put together. It didn't require any extra tools either, which is so nice.

Amazon picture

My picture

Some of you are probably thinking, "Why pink?" Well, it's the only color option available, plus that gives me the excuse for buying the pink one. Because let's be honest, pink is pretty cool. Right?

Amazon picture

Plus, it really does fold up just like this. It is so easy. I just fold it up when I am finished and and put it against the wall between our desk and a cabinet. I decided against putting the back support and lower handles on the bike because I don't ride leaning back, so I wouldn't use them anyway.

Some of the reviews on Amazon have said it doesn't have enough resistance. However, I have not found that to be the case for me. I did a 35 minute ride the first time and it was a good workout in my book because I was pretty sweaty! The best thing for me is that all I have to do is put on my playlist and start riding and before I know it, it's been 30 minutes or more. I know that isn't the case for everyone, but I have always enjoyed stationary machines such as ellipticals, treadmills, etc. because I personally need a place that I can work hard, but also 'zone out.' I clearly think too much all of the time and it's nice to just 'let go' sometimes.

Also, you really cannot beat that great price on Amazon. (Yes, that is a good price, trust me.)

So, in conclusion, I definitely recommend this bike and I can't wait to get more workouts in.

*Disclaimer: I was in no way contacted by either Amazon or Sunny Products. This is my honest opinion.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Back To School Green Smoothie Challenge: Day 4

Whew. I would say Thursdays are my 'long day,' but lately every day has been a long day. I haven't been home before 8pm all week.

Tonight I taught RIPPED and Cycle. Therefore, I am beat.

When I woke up this morning, I was craving EGGS. Yes. I heart eggs.

So, instead of a green smoothie, I had an egg/egg white scramble with fresh spinach and tomato, honeydew melon on the side. It was great.

If you are curious (you know you are), for lunch I had leftover Spinach and Cheese Quinoa Casserole and some grapes.

How to Pronounce 'Quinoa'


My snack this afternoon was a peanut butter flavored Protein Fit South Beach Bar.

In between teaching classes this evening I had a banana.

I decided to have my smoothie as dinner tonight after I got home from teaching.

It's kind of green...

Ingredients:
-Unsweetened Almond Milk
-Orange Juice
-Fresh Spinach
-Frozen Banana
-Frozen Strawberries
-Skippy Natural PB
-Old Fashioned Oats

What was your workout today? Have you tried a green smoothie yet?

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Back to School 7-Day Green Smoothie Challenge: Day 3

I must say, I'm rather impressed with myself this morning.

I made a smoothie that is nothing like my other combos and it turned out great.

 I was in a hurry = Crappy picture

This baby has:
-1/2 Frozen banana
-1 Small apple, peeled and diced
-Fresh Spinach
-1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
-1/2 cup Orange Juice
-1 Tbsp Skippy Natural PB

I was a bit worried about how the almond milk and OJ would mesh together, but it was the perfect combination of creamy and tangy. YUM.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Back to School 7-Day Green Smoothie Challenge: Day 2

It's time for Day 2!



Yes, it's actually green today. But, really, it's more of a mint green isn't it?

Ingredients:
-Frozen Banana
-Frozen Mango
-Frozen Pineapple
-Skippy Natural Peanut Butter
-Fresh Spinach
-Unsweetened Almond Milk

It was just as delicious as I thought it would be.

I taught RIPPED this morning at 8am, then I had to TA (Teacher's Assistant) a class from 11-2, I did some reading for class, then I had classes from 3:30-8:00pm.

After my class ended at 8pm, I came out to see this beauty:



“Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.” ~Douglas Pagels

Monday, September 3, 2012

Back to School 7-Day Green Smoothie Challenge: Day 1

Katherine at The Real Food Runner invited me to take part in her Back to School 7-Day Green Smoothie Challenge, so of course I decided to join in the on the fun!

This past weekend I went to the Football game on Saturday (Go Dawgs!), then Sunday we relaxed most of the day because DH worked night shift and he needed to sleep during the day. That night we headed to my parents to spend the night and see our families on Labor Day.

On Monday (Labor Day) we slept in, visited with my grandparents, and then visited his parents. In the evening, we grilled out with my parents and then headed back home and to the 'real world.'

I love going home because it's like a mini vaca. Plus, the pups get to run around the yard! That is the one thing I dislike about living in an apartment. I really want a yard for them to run around in without having to worry about their leashes.

This morning I had to make do with the ingredients my mom had in her kitchen. Unfortunately, I failed on the whole GREEN smoothie front because I couldn't find anything to make it green! (That would taste good anyway. I'm pretty sure a broccoli smoothie wouldn't be too great.)

So, I used a frozen banana, some frozen blueberries, fresh blueberries, fresh strawberries, fresh raspberries, and fresh blackberries. I also added peanut butter and milk. (I prefer almond milk, obviously, but they only had regular 2%. Beggars can't be choosers!).

Ingredients

The beautiful end product

Even though it's not green, it's still pretty! I call it my 'Very Berry Smoothie.'

Any suggestions for my smoothies this week?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

How To: Make A Complete Breakfast

In my opinion (along with many others), breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Just look at the name of the meal:

'Break-the-fast'

You have gone anywhere from 6-12+ hours without any nourishment. You need to start eating again in order to break the fast and to get your metabolism working again. 

Egg Whites w/ Spinach & Cheese, WW Toast, Grapes, Strawberries

In sanskrit, they refer to agni, which is 'digestive fire.' You must fuel the flames of your digestive fire in order to keep it going. So, everyone who skips any meal is doing themselves a disservice. Plus, this means you get to eat more often! Who doesn't want that?!

Not to be confused with Heartburn

So, what makes a good breakfast?

I genuinely believe that every BODY is different. For some people, they can eat cereal or oatmeal and be completely satisfied for hours.

That's great for them.

However, I am definitely not one of them. If I eat cereal or try to stomach oatmeal, I am hungry in the next hour or so. Why? Because I have found that I personally need a good combination of protein, fat, and carbohydrates in my meals in order to stay satisfied longer. (I am not saying that you can't do this with cereal or oatmeal, it just hasn't worked for my body).

Why does staying satisfied longer matter? Well, let's think about it. If we ate something that will only make us hungry again in an hour or so, we would be eating every couple of hours and at the end of the day that is probably more calories than we actually needed.

Remember, 3500 EXCESS kilocalories = 1 pound of fat gained. 
3500 LESS kilocalories = 1 pound of fat loss.

As a general rule, I like to make my meals roughly 50% carbohydrates or less, then roughly 25% protein and 25% fat. How do you calculate that?

Well, if you want to get all technical and like to be nerdy this is how (if not, then just skip the number crunching):

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Let's use the picture above for our calculations-

275 Calories
37 grams of Carbohydrates
4 grams of Fat
26 grams of Protein

As a rule, Carbohydrates have 4 calories per gram, Protein has 4 calories per gram, and Fat has 9 calories per gram.

Take the 37 grams of Carbohydrates and multiply by 4 --> 148 calories
Now, divide 148 by the total number of calories --> 53%

Take the 26 grams of protein and multiply by 4 --> 104 calories
104 calories/275 calories --> 37%

Take the 4 grams of fat (admittedly low for this meal) and multiply by 9 --> 36 calories
36 calories/275 calories --> 13%

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What? You don't want to pull out your calculator at every meal? Fine. There is this wonderful app you can use on your phone and/or computer called MyFitnessPal. It is my favorite app that I have used. It will show you a pie chart with percentages of your protein, carbs, and fat. Voila!

Protein Options:
So, what are some other options if you don't like Eggs? (Wait, who doesn't like eggs?!)
Well, if you are a veggie, you can opt for one of Morningstar Farm's options of 'sausage' or other breakfast products.
(*Keeping in mind, that those products are not considered 'fresh' or 'low sodium.' You have to start somewhere!*)

Source

If you aren't veggie, you can go for lean turkey sausage or bacon, such as Jennie-O. (Some brands offer low sodium options!)

Source


(Sorry, I don't consider nut butters to have enough protein to be considered in this section, see the Fat section below.)

Fat Options:
Fat?! Why is everyone so afraid of HEALTHY fats? No, I am not just talking about nut butters. (Can you tell I am tired of this nut butter obsession going around? I'll just stick with my Skippy Natural, thanks.)

You can opt for my favorite: Avocado. Yes, you can incorporate avocado into your breakfast. Be creative! Spread some on toast, cook it with eggs, put it in your smoothie, etc. Check out this post on The Kitchn for some more inspiration.

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If avocado is a little out of your budget or not your favorite in the taste/texture department, don't be afraid of a little cheese. (Little being the key word here.) Try no more than 1/8 cup if shredded or for better portion control, check out the light options by Laughing Cow. (Again, if you have high Blood Pressure, etc. watch the sodium in these products!).

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Carbohydrate Options:
You know what kind of Carb suggestions I am going to give. Whole grain, whole wheat, etc. Don't limit yourself to just Whole Wheat Toast. Try English Muffins, Whole Wheat (small) Bagels, even Brown Rice!

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Fruit and Vegetables:
Yes, I think you need fruits and vegetables at breakfast too, even if it's a small amount. Sneak them into your eggs, your smoothies, etc. Any kind of fresh fruit and vegetables will do! (Or Frozen!).

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Smoothies:
Ah, my personal life saver. I heart smoothies. I have done several posts on my love for smoothies. My Smoothie Intervention, Breakfast Smoothie, and My ~7 day Green Smoothie Challenge posts are good places to start.

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I don't have time to make Breakfast!
BA-LONEY. You have the time for things that are important to you. You just need to make breakfast and your HEALTH important to you.
If preparing it the night before works for you, do it.
If preparing your breakfast and then freezing it works for you, do it.
If you only have time to microwave your eggs with some laughing cow cheese and grab an apple, DO IT.

JUST DO IT.


Monday, July 16, 2012

How To: Become a Group Fitness Instructor


So, you've been going to group fitness classes for a while and you are wondering what it would be like to become a teacher?

Well, I can tell you what it would be like: AWESOME.



Yeah. Awesome. It's the perfect job if you are passionate about fitness and helping others. You basically get paid to work out AND help other people at the same time. What could be better than that?

Where do you get started?

Well, first you need to think about what classes you REALLY love and are passionate about. I started out as sort of an 'apprentice' at Georgia College with my step aerobics teacher. She would meet with me every morning at 7am and help me come up with combinations and practice. I eventually ended up subbing some of her step classes as well. 

When I transferred to UGA, I wanted to begin teaching there as well, but they required a Group Fitness certification. I decided to go with a certification from AFAA

First of all, it really depends on what your preferred employer requires, but in my opinion, AFAA is a good for group fitness certifications, whereas ACE is good for personal training certifications. Why? Because you can get the AFAA group fitness certification for $99 during one of their APEX deals, while ACE can cost you over $300. ACE is much more in depth, which is why I would suggest it for personal training. 

Again, either one really is fine and you just need to decide which one suits your needs.

What about specialty trainings?

Do I think that you should get certified in a specialty training such as R.I.P.P.E.D.
Abso-freaking-lutely. 
But, do I also think that you need to get a general Group Fitness Certification through either AFAA or ACE first? 
YES. 

Why? 

Because you need to learn the basics first. The 32 count phrase for combinations and the in the music is very important. I also think that it is pretty important to be able to come up with your own 'freestyle' combinations. When I first started teaching, most classes were 'freestyle.' You came up with your own 32 count combinations as opposed to paying a monthly fee to have new choreography sent to you every 3 months. Obviously, there is absolutely nothing wrong with receiving new choreography from a specialized format, but I think it is always a good idea to be able to start from a foundation and understand where the concepts are coming from. 

How should I prepare for my certification workshop?

Read the material that they give you beforehand, attend LOTS of classes, ask other instructors any questions you may have, and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.

I received my certification, now what?

First, don't forget about your CPR and First Aid certifications. All places should require this and even if for some reason they don't, you need to have it anyway. You never know what may happen and you want to have all of your bases covered.

You should then contact the manager of the facility where you would like to start teaching. Most places will have you come in for an audition and then you will either be hired as a 'student teacher' (where you will team teach with a more experienced instructor before you get your own class) or you will be hired as an instructor if they think you are ready for your own class.

Do not be discouraged if they want you to team teach first! There is nothing wrong with it and you will likely learn a lot from your 'mentor.' 

And, as always, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.

Not many people can just walk into a studio and automatically be a great instructor. It takes time and practice. You need to learn how to hear the 32 count phrases in the music, be able to cue at the appropriate time, be able to give modifications and safety cues, and much more. 

What about Yoga?

Oh boy, that is another post for another time. But, in a nutshell, I wouldn't recommend any teacher training for yoga that isn't registered through Yoga Alliance. That's just my opinion. 

What about Insurance?

If the facility where you are teaching is not going to provide you with insurance/put you on their insurance, then you DEFINITELY need to purchase some. AFAA has their own insurance that you can purchase, but there are several other companies that provide this type of insurance as well. Please don't think that this isn't necessary, you never know what may go wrong.

Well, that's the basics! Please let me know if you have questions or would like to add anything!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Recipe: Simple Buttermilk Biscuits

I bought some buttermilk for probably the first time in my life the other day in order to make some amazing Chocolate Chip Scones. Since it is about to expire, I decided to bake some more so that it doesn't go to waste.

I usually just make my Easy Vegan Biscuits, but I decided to change it up a bit with the buttermilk, etc.


I used Alton Brown's Southern Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe and tweaked it a bit by adding whole wheat flour and I didn't have any shortening. I also added less salt.


Ingredients:
-1 Cup AP Flour
-1 Cup WW Flour
-4 tsp Baking Powder
-1/4 tsp Baking Soda
-1/2 tsp salt
-4 Tbsp Blue Bonnet
-1 Cup Buttermilk
-Extra flour to use during kneading

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 450F
-Mix together AP & WW flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda,  and salt.
-Add Blue Bonnet and slice into small clumps with two butter knives until the mixture resembles coarse meal
-Next, pour the buttermilk into the center of the flour mixture
-Mix until a sticky dough forms
-Pour a little extra flour onto wax paper (or any surface you like), with extra flour on your hands, take the dough and fold it over 5 or 6 times.
-Take dough and flatten it until it is about an inch thick
-Use either a can, a round cookie/biscuit cutter, or I used a 1/4 measuring cup to cut the biscuit shapes into the dough; repeat until all dough is used.
-Place biscuits onto a greased pan
-Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown
-Serve!





Monday, June 25, 2012

Recipe: Low Fat Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Well, it's been about a month since I have posted. I know this is becoming a 'theme' for me the past few months, but I guess I've just been enjoying not having as much to do.

I am completing my 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training this summer and I have really been enjoying it. I am learning so much about yoga, its history, and about myself. If you love yoga, I would  definitely recommend looking into a training at some point.

Moving on to the real reason you are here:


I based this recipe off of my Low Fat Banana Nut Muffins and I just tweaked it a bit and made a loaf (You could definitely make these into muffins as well!)

Ingredients:
-2 Ripe Bananas, Mashed
-1 cup AP Flour
-1 1/3 cup WW Flour
-1 Cup UNsweetened Applesauce
-1 Cup UNsweetened Almond Milk
-~1/2 cup Brown Sugar Splenda Mix (I literally mixed Splenda and some organic brown sugar)
-1 tsp Baking Soda
-1 tsp Cinnamon
-~1/4 cup Mini Chocolate Chips (Or Carob Chips for Vegans)
-~1/4 cup Sliced Almonds

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 350F
-Mash bananas in a bowl
-Add applesauce, almond milk, and brown sugar splenda mix
-Add AP and WW flour
-Add Baking Soda and Cinnamon
-Add chocolate chips and sliced almonds
-Mix until a dough forms and all flour is moist
-Spray bread pan with Pam
-Pour dough into bread pan and top with a sprinkle of mini chocolate chips
-Bake for around 50 minutes, or until done
(stick a butter knife in the middle and when it comes out without dough on it, it should be done)
-Serve :)





Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Recipe: Spinach Pasta Bake

Hi guys!
I have been trying to use all of the food that we already have in the house and adding a little more nutritional value through the way of veggies. We always seem to have boxes of pasta because I buy it when it's on sale, but we rarely eat it because I don't like to end the day with a lot of heavy carbs.
On the other side of this, I feel like the 'recipes' that I post always involve pasta?! I think this is because my typical meals are not really recipes or things that I feel deserve a post. I pretty much eat a lot of lettuce, steamed veggies, rice, and beans. I eat one or all of these things every.single.day.

I had some spinach that I really wanted to use before it went bad so I decided to incorporate it into this pasta dish.




Ingredients:
-WW Pasta (I used Rotini)
-Fresh Mushrooms (I used half of a pack)
-1 Can Diced Tomatoes
-1/2 Bag of Fresh Spinach
-1/2 Medium Onion, chopped
-~1/3 cup of Cheese (I used reduced fat Mexican Blend)
-Garlic Powder, to taste
-Basil, to taste
-Pepper, to taste

Directions:
-Pre heat oven to 350F
-Begin boiling water and add pasta
-Add mushrooms and onion to frying pan that has been sprayed with Pam


-Add Spinach and 1 can of diced tomatoes to sauté
-Sprinkle with Garlic Powder




-Drain pasta once it has cooked and pour it into baking dish
-Add veggie mix to pasta in baking dish, mix well
-Add Basil


-Sprinkle cheese on top


-Bake in oven until cheese is melted, about 15 minutes


-Serve and devour!


I love summer veggies!

What are some of your favorite summer veggies?