April Recipe Roundup

I hope you had a good weekend!  Ours isn’t over yet so I’ll be recapping it later this week :)

April is coming to a close so it’s time to take a look at the recipes I made this month to keep on point with one of my 2015 goals.  I made quite a few this month!

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Blueberry Spelt Muffins
from the Whole Foods Market website

Blueberry Spelt Muffins from Whole Foods Market

These turned out pretty well – both of us liked them – but they were a little on the drier side and weren’t anything impressive so I doubt I’d make them again.

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Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Loaf
from He and She Eat Clean

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This recipe turned out great!  I loved the ingredients list.  The bread was pretty moist so I’d recommend storing it in the fridge.

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Spinach Pancakes
from Weelicious

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I made this as waffles for brinner last week and they turned out really great.  It’s definitely a recipe I’ll make again because the spinach was totally unrecognizable so, I figure, why not add it to waffles?

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One Pan Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas
from the cookbook “more peas, thank you” by Sarah Matheny

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These were really good – interesting to have a slightly sweeter taste to a dip that’s typically very savory and cheesy.  Pretty easy to make and we enjoyed leftovers for a several meals afterward because it makes a full pan.  Come to think of it, this would make a great freezer meal (noted for when it’s closer to baby time).

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Spinach Artichoke Calzones
again from the cookbook “more peas, thank you” by Sarah Matheny

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WOW these were good.  The filling alone was fantastic.  I’m sure I’ll make the filling, at least, again because it would make an awesome dip.  This was my first time eating a non-dairy spinach and artichoke dish and I liked it more than any cheesy one I’ve tried.

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Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

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YUM.  I highly recommend this recipe.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
from Nutritious Eats

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I made these on Easter and they were just as good as I’d expected they’d be.  They lasted in the fridge for just over a week – the batch made several so I snacked on one or two a day.

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Peanut Butter Avocado Cookies
from The Lean Green Bean

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I’ve actually made these once before but they were so good I had to make them again after spotting them on Pinterest.  I recommend storing them in the fridge and dipping them in whatever kind of milk you like.  The recipe also makes quite a few so I put about half the batch in the freezer – they’re delicious cold, just minutes out of  the freezer.  Another one I’d definitely recommend you make sometime!

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What recipes have you recently made?  
Feel free to leave a link in your comment!

February Recipe Roundup

Continuing on with one of my 2015 goals, here are the recipes I made this month:

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Sticky, Ooey, Gooey Paleo Cinnamon Rolls

from Paleo Grubs

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We made these on Valentine’s Day.  They really didn’t stick together well but they tasted awesome.  It’s definitely a recipe we’d make again, I just would bake it as a full log and slice it up after baking instead.

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Homemade Crunchy Taco Hamburger Helper 

from Iowa Girl Eats

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We actually made this recipe last month I just forgot to include it in that roundup – oops!  Anyway, this was a great dinner.  Jesse and I really liked it and I also think this is something I’d make again.  It only takes about 30 minutes to make, from start to finish, and produces quite a bit, so it’s perfect for busy families during the week and for anyone that likes to have leftovers for lunch the next day.

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Almond Flour Pizza Crust

from The Healthy Apple

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This is a good recipe – it’s probably the best of the paleo pizza crusts I’ve tried (and I’ve tried out several).  I will say this though, I’ve pretty much decided that when I make pizza, it just needs to be more of the *real thing,* you know?  This recipe is where it’s at.

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Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

from The Fitnessista

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This is a favorite of ours – it’s so simple to make, it’s healthy and delicious.  I highly recommend it.

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Spiced Pumpkin Cornbread

from Daily Garnish

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…to go with the chili, of course!  This is another favorite of mine and I (almost) always make it when I cook the above chili.  It’s also awesome for breakfast the next day – reheated in the toaster oven, topped with melty butter, and served alongside eggs.

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Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies  (grain-free)

from The Detoxinista

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These. were. awesome.  They immediately became a favorite recipe – easily the best grain-free or paleo cookies I’ve made.

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I’m really enjoying this goal of making more recipes each month.  It’s helpful to avoid “food ruts,” and I’m hoping that by sharing what I’m cooking up, you’ll find something new to try, too!

–each picture in this post if from its original recipe post…you can click on the picture to find its original source–

my go-to recipes!

Have I ever mentioned that I love cookbooks?

If you know how much I love food and to cook/bake, then you’re not surprised, I’m sure.

There’s just something about flipping through the pages filled with wholesome ingredients and mouth-watering pictures that makes me want to run to the kitchen, throw on my apron, and create something!

Cookbooks inspire me.

And though it will never be as good as a real book, I get a lot of healthy cooking inspiration online, too – from blogs, health websites, and online magazine sites.

I have a recipes Pinterest board that’s overflowing with recipes I want to try, and I also have a saved file on my computer filled with bookmarked recipes that are tried-and-true favorites.

There are a lot of great recipes out there on the web, but listed below are a few of the ones I keep going back to – we love them!

So here they are!  A few of my favorite go-to (online) recipes that make a frequent appearance in our kitchen…

Breakfast:

Lunch/Dinner:

Breads:

Dessert:

I’d highly encourage you to try one out this week!

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Where do you find inspiration for cooking/baking in your kitchen?

What meals do you/your family have on repeat?

50/50 and baked goods

aaaand it’s Monday again!  How was everyone’s weekend?!

Here’s a little recap of mine:

Friday:

After spending the afternoon at a local middle school (where I hope to get my student teaching placement-fingers crossed!), I was pumped beyond belief about becoming a teacher.  I’m so excited to get into my own classroom.  I arrived home confident about my future and excited that it was officially the weekend.

Unfortunately, less than an hour later I was hit with a ridiculously bad headache.  I therefore spent my night laying around, reading, and watching a little baseball.  I did feel a little better for a while (I think that was the glass of Moscato I used in attempt to cure my headache :) and spent that time baking (of course) Peanut Butter Cookies using Mama Pea‘s recipe.  Getting a lot of sleep that night was what finally cured me.

Saturday:

Started off pretty typical–laundry, workout, homework…but it eventually turned into a fun night!

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Date night!  First, Jesse and I saw the movie 50/50 … it was good!  It’s a true story about a young man’s battle with cancer.  Much sadder than I’d expected, but still laugh-out-loud funny at times too.  I recommend it!

We then went out for supper together before calling it a night.

Sunday:

Church in the morning!

In the afternoon, I was seriously bitten by the baking bug.  I made a batch of Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins, Nutella Granola, and Peanut Butter Granola.  ALL delicious!

I also cooked some brown rice and mixed together pizza dough for meals later this week.  Before I knew it I actually got the urge to clean, too.  Don’t worry, I didn’t actually do any of that ;)  Things got way too domesticated around here. :)  just kidding…sometimes I actually feel like I should have been born in the 50s, does anyone else think like that or is it just me?  probably the latter…

But anywho, the weather here was gorgeous yesterday, and it’s actually predicted to be beautiful all week (70s!!)–hopefully that holds true!

I’m thankful it was such a relaxing weekend because next week is going to be a busy one–I’m going wedding dress shopping!!  I can’t wait :)

Hope you all enjoy your Monday!

What was the best part of your weekend?!

resources for improving your health!

Good morning!  And Happy Friday!!

Tuesday’s post was just a small taste of the passion I have for that loaded topic.

After thinking about the content of that post, I decided that it would be good to share a few resources for jump starting or supplementing a healthy lifestyle.

These are just a few of the many articles I’ve found this past week, but each holds their own for providing healthy information.

Nutrition:

Exercise:

interesting quote I came across this week:
”Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find the time for illness.”
-Edward Stanley

Other:

I hope at least one of these links helps someone learn how to be healthier.
I know I learned quite a bit through this search, so it was at least fun for me :)

Hope you all have a fantastic Friday!  Do something fun tonight!
I’ll be back tomorrow with my week’s workout summary :)

What are your go-to websites for learning about improving your health?

homemade granola

This afternoon I made up two batches of granola from scratch.

I first made Peanut Butter Granola,

then made a batch of Nutella Granola (sans chocolate chips)–both recipes from Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers.

I typically buy Bear Naked Fit granola (which I love), but since I’m out I thought it would be fun to try making my own.  I know exactly what’s in it and it saves some money.

The peanut butter granola was my favorite of the two, but they were both delicious.  The recipes are extremely easy to follow and I plan to keep them both around to mix up again.  I think they would make great little gifts if jarred up during the holidays, too.

After making both batches I put together a cereal combo bowl that included; shredded whole wheat (plain, not the kind with frosting), Kashi Go Lean Crunch, both types of granola, cinnamon, chia seeds, raisins, blueberries, and Silk unsweetened almond milk.

Now to seriously enjoy my night… :)

Have you ever made your own granola?  If so, what was your recipe?

the best enchiladas

Happy Friday!!!
I thought this week flew by, but I’m still just as happy that the weekend is here!

Last night Jesse and I cooked up some homemade enchiladas for supper.  Sadly enough I was too anxious to eat them and forgot to take a picture first. =bad food blogger.  Whoops!
Anyway, I wanted to share with you where the recipe is from because it seriously makes thee best enchiladas I’ve ever had.  They’re much better than enchiladas I’ve eaten at any restaurant even.  So obviously, I highly recommend them.  You can find the recipe at Tina’s blog: Faith Fun Fitness.  A perfect occasional more indulgent dinner.  So delish!

I also enjoyed some time in front of the tv last night with Jesse and our friend Matt (who is now officially a groomsman in our wedding-whoo!).  As we watched the season premiere of The Office I tried out a blueberry lager.  I’d heard they were good but was skeptical so I decided to give it a try.

Turns out it’s pretty good!  Just as carbonated as a beer but not nearly as bitter.

I didn’t make that granola yet, but I plan to today!

And now I’m off to the wellness center to hopefully get in a good run.

Enjoy your day!
Make it even better by doing something good for yourself–go for a walk, make a healthy dish for supper tonight, read a book, spend some time praying or meditating, or relax with your family!

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


Recently I made a batch of Two Peas & Their Pod’s Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.

The only change I made to their recipe was using a 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips (rather than 3/4 semi-sweet), and I omitted sprinkling the extra sugar on top.  They tasted great–Two Pea & Their Pod really know what they’re doing!

Warning though: I wouldn’t call this recipe “healthified,” so note that the 17 cookies this batch makes are oh-so tempting :)

Garlic Alfredo Pasta Bowls

In an attempt to use up some of the things that were in the refrigerator one night, I made a garlic-pesto-spinach-four cheese-alfredo sauce to lay over roasted broccoli and whole-wheat pasta.  Got all that?!  Let’s start from the bottom up.  The recipe below serves 2-3, but could easily be adapted for a larger group.

Broccoli
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Place 2-3 handfuls/servings of fresh broccoli onto a pan (I used one with sides to prevent spilling and make mixing easier).
Sprinkle broccoli with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and about 1 teaspoon of garlic salt.  Mix until it seems each floret is covered.
Roast at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the floret edges begin to brown and the broccoli is soft.

Pasta
This one is pretty self-explanatory: boil about 6 cups of water, cook 1-2 cups whole-wheat pasta until tender, drain out water.

Sauce
Combine 1.5 cups of your favorite alfredo sauce, a large handful of fresh spinach (it looks like a lot at first, but they really shrivel when heated), 1 full tablespoon of pesto, and 3 cloves of chopped garlic.
Place over low heat, stirring occasionally, until sauce is heated thoroughly.

Once each part is prepared, layer in your bowl: broccoli, pasta, sauce, and parmesan cheese if desired.  We also enjoyed a slice of homemade garlic bread on the side because, let’s be honest, dipping the bread into the sauce is the best part of eating pasta.  Yum!
Easy and Delicious!  Maybe you could try it for supper tonight?  Hope you enjoy!