Cold Overnight Oats

 

Recipes for overnight oats are everywhere these days. The idea that you can throw everything into a jar and you don’t have to cook anything in the morning is a bit like using a crock pot! I’ve been making warm overnight oats for years, but I recently tried cold oats and fell in love. They are delicious, filling, convenient, and healthy!

Enjoy!

Cold Overnight Oats
Serves 2
Wake up to a delicious and healthy breakfast that you allows you to grab and go!
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Oats
  1. 1/2 cup (heaped) oats
  2. 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  3. 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  4. 2/3 cup non-dairy milk
  5. 2 T collagen
  6. Honey, to taste
  7. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  8. Pinch of salt
Optional Toppings
  1. 1 C fruit (strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, mango)
  2. 1 T Flaxseeds
  3. 2 T sliced raw almonds
  4. 1 T coconut shavings
  5. Cinnamon, to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients to make oats. Split into 2 containers. Add optional toppings. Refrigerate overnight.
Notes
  1. Collagen is optional. It is a great way to get in extra protein. Also, top with whatever you'd like!
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Breakfast Tacos

Breakfast TacosLet’s be honest. Cody and I eat out for breakfast almost every weekend. Both days. There is something about going out for breakfast that is just sort of relaxing. Never-ending, steaming coffee. Lots of delicious options (even though I always order the same thing.) And the best part? No cleanup! 

Well, sadly, no clean up comes with a catch- money, money, mo-neeeey! It is rare to eat breakfast for under $40, which definitely adds up. (Please don’t do the math.)

This morning, we were about to go to our fave little diner when I decided to make breakfast. To my dismay, we didn’t have any meat. Uh, how can you make breakfast with out bacon or ham or sausage? But, I kept going and what I came up with was damn delicious! 

Taco Saturdays can be a thing, right?

Enjoy!

Breakfast Tacos
Serves 2
Tacos...for breakfast!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 5 corn tortillas, heated
  2. 5 eggs, beaten
  3. 1/2 C shredded cheese
  4. 1/2 can black beans
Pico
  1. 1 C cherry tomatoes
  2. Chopped red onion, to taste
  3. Fresh herbs (basil or cilantro)
  4. Lime juice
Crema
  1. Sour cream
  2. Guacamole or Avocado
Instructions
  1. Heat tortillas in pan.
  2. Scramble eggs and add cheese.
  3. Heat black beans in microwave.
  4. Prepare pico by chopping tomatoes and onions and combining with lime juice, fresh herbs, salt, and pepper.
  5. Mix sour cream and guacamole together.
  6. Layer your tacos! Add cheesy eggs. Cover with black beans. Top with pico and crema. Squeeze lime juice over everything and enjoy!
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Citrus Salmon

Grilled Citrus SalmonSalmon is one of my very favorite proteins and is a great alternative when I am sick of chicken. I know that a lot of people shy away from cooking fish. I am here to tell you that it is SO simple! I buy frozen salmon fillets from Costco. They are individually wrapped, skinless, and the perfect portion! If you don’t have a Costco Membership, don’t worry! I’ve found them at most other stores, too. I’ve also tried tilapia, if you want a cheaper option. 

Here is the simplest of recipes. Let me know what you think!

 

Grilled Citrus Salmon
Serves 2
Simple grilled salmon!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 salmon fillets (frozen)
  2. Avocado or olive oil
  3. 1 large orange, sliced
  4. 1/2 yellow onion, sliced
  5. Lemon juice (fresh), to taste
  6. Lemon pepper, to taste
  7. Salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill to medium high. Layer orange slices and onions on foil. Top with salmon. Brush oil on fish and sprinkle with seasoning. Close foil, tightly. Grill until internal temp reaches 145 degrees, about 5 minutes on each side.
  2. Once cooled, squeeze fresh lemon (or orange) on top.
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Strawberries & Cream

 

wordswag_1462586774049So, I had a MAJOR sweet tooth 10 minutes ago. I blended up a bunch of frozen strawberries and bananas and added in vanilla Shakeo, which I previously mixed with a small amount of almond milk, Chia seeds, and a bit of honey. It was actually the consistency of froyo! Oh, and my husband ate some, too! 👌

Frozen Strawberries & Cream
Serves 4
A healthy alternative to ice cream!
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 C frozen strawberries
  2. 1 frozen banana
  3. 1/2 C almond milk
  4. 1 scoop vanilla Shakeology
  5. 1 t Chia seeds
  6. 2-3 T honey
Instructions
  1. Mix almond milk, Chia seeds, and Shakeology. Add fruit & honey and blend until smooth. Be sure not to overblend.
Notes
  1. Shakeology is optional. 👌
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Mediterranean Salad

My husband and I went on a cruise a couple years ago and enjoyed all of the delicious food. (Seriously, I gained 8 pounds in 8 days. Yikes!)  We’d get back to our cabin pretty late most nights and I’d always want a snack. I’d usually order the Mediterranean Salad because it was fresh and crunchy.

I added a few changes to their rendition and I make it pretty often now. It gives a whole new spin to your typical salad!

Enjoy!

Mediterranean Salad
A delicious twist on your typical salad.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cucumber, peeled and diced
  2. 1/4 red onion, diced
  3. 1/4 yellow or orange bell pepper, diced
  4. 10 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  5. 6-8 green olives, quartered
  6. 1 T green olive juice OR fresh lime juice
  7. 2 T feta cheese, crumbled
  8. Crushed black pepper, to taste
  9. Himalayan Salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. Prepare all veggies (except tomatoes) and mix them in a bowl with spices. Add tomatoes and feta right before serving. Top with lime juice, if desired.
  2. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. I served this with a boiled chicken breast. It pairs well with any protein or you can eat it by itself! Feel free to add any veggies, but try to use those with a crunch to avoid a mushy salad.
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Neapolitan Banana Split Shake

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One of my BIGGEST struggles with maintaining a healthy lifestyle is avoiding the midnight snack. It’s not that I’m necessarily hungry at night, but I always seem to want something before bed. This is the perfect snack for me because it is healthy and delicious!

Here is the recipe for 2!

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*1 scoop vanilla powder

*1 scoop chocolate powder

1 1/2 C Water

1/2 C Almond milk

1 banana (frozen)

4-5 frozen strawberries

1/2 C ice

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Blend and enjoy!

 

***           Are you looking for a HEALTHY shake? This one is my absolute favorite because it is delicious AND it is packed FULL of superfoods. Send me a message if you’d like more info!

 

Salsa Zucchini

Do you need a way to spice up your veggies? This is perfect! My mom used to make it for me when I was stressed because the cheese does something for my soul! 😉

Serve it as a side or as the main course over a pile of brown rice! Just remember, you can’t skimp on the cheese! 

Enjoy!

Salsa Zucchini
A tasty alternative to boring squash
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 or 5 medium zucchini
  2. 1 C salsa (I prefer Costco's organic salsa)
  3. 8 oz swiss cheese, sliced (the more, the merrier)
  4. 1 C mozzarella cheese (again, MORE is better!)
  5. Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Boil water zucchini until al dente (about 8 minutes). Be sure not to overcook. Let cool. Slice in half, lengthwise and blot dry.
  3. Place zucchini flesh side up on a baking sheet. Salt and pepper, to taste. Add mozzarella cheese. Place in oven for 1 minute, just long enough for cheese to melt. (This helps the salsa stick.) Douse the zucchini with salsa. Top with swiss cheese. Broil until SUPER crispy. Seriously. Don't take it out too soon. 5 minutes? Be sure to keep a careful eye on them!
  4. Let cool and enjoy!
Notes
  1. -Be sure to blot dry. You want to remove as much excess water as possible before baking.
  2. -Use a lot of cheese. I'm serious. If you are looking for a clean zucchini recipe, just eat it boiled. Or roasted. THIS recipe should be stretchy, and crispy, and oh so delicious!
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Pork Roast

Roasts are one of my favorite things to make because they are simple AND versatile. Serve this bad boy as your main course but be sure to shred what you don’t eat on night one and use it for another meal. Check out my other posts using this roast, especially my crock pot chili.

 

Pork Roast
Flavorful, juicy, versatile!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large pork roast, boneless
  2. 1/2 C low sodium chicken stock
  3. 1 T coconut oil
  4. 1 T butter
  5. 1 yellow onion, chopped
  6. 4 or 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  7. 2 T Italian seasoning (or fresh herbs)
  8. 2 T salt (Himalayan is best!)
  9. 1 T black pepper (crushed is best!)
  10. 1 can chopped green chiles
Instructions
  1. Turn on crock pot to low. On the stovetop, heat butter on high.
  2. Season roast all around and be sure to press it in. Be sure to wait to sear roast until it is room temperature.
  3. Add roast to HOT pan and sear on ALL sides (even the ends.) Once the entire roast is dark and crisp, add half of the onions and garlic with the coconut oil. Baste for a couple minutes.
  4. Add roast and veggies to crock pot. Top with remaining veggies, including the chiles. Pour chicken broth over meat.
  5. Cover, and cook on low for about 3 hours. Let cool before slicing.
Notes
  1. If you do not want to use the crock, cover the pan you used to sear it and bake for about 70 minutes (depending on size of roast.) Be sure to add another tablespoon of butter or oil.
  2. If you are using this recipe as step one for another recipe, be sure to shred the meat while it is still hot. Simply beat on high with a handheld mixture right in the crock pot!
  3. If you want REALLY tender meat, add a can of beer to the crock pot and omit the broth. I promise it won't taste like alcohol. 😉
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Egg Muffins

These tasty “muffins” are perfect for crazy mornings because you can just pop them in the microwave for 45 seconds (preferably with a turkey meatball! See previous post) and you are good to go! Plus you can pretty much add whatever you want to them.

Here are the cups I use. They are a lifesaver. The muffins pop right out and clean up is a breeze!

Enjoy!

Egg Muffins
Muffin style frittata
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Ingredients
  1. 10 eggs
  2. 1 T coconut oil
  3. 1/4 C unsweetened almond milk
  4. 1/3 C spinach, chopped
  5. 1 red bell pepper, diced
  6. 1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
  7. 1 clove garlic, chopped
  8. 1 T ginger, grated
  9. 1 T italian seasoning (or fresh herbs!)
  10. 1 t salt (Himalayan is best!)
  11. 1/2 t black pepper (crushed is best!)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheet with muffin cups. (See blog for link to the cups I use.)
Eggs
  1. Beat eggs and milk with a dash of salt, pepper, and italian seasoning. Set aside.
Veggies
  1. Season and sauté chopped veggies (except spinach) in coconut oil until al dente. Let cool slightly.
  2. Poor egg mixture into cups. Add about 1 T of sautéed veggies to each cup. Add in a pinch of spinach to each. Gently mix with fork.
  3. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until the top of the cups do not jiggle.
  4. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Add whatever you'd like! Mushrooms, zucchini, spaghetti squash. It's all good! I make these when I have left over veggies. You can also add cooked sausage, crumbled bacon, or cheese. These reheat very well. Make a dozen and reheat a couple in the morning. If they seem dry, drizzle with a bit of water before reheating.
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Turkey Meatballs

Turkey Meatballs
Yields 32
Simple, tasty, and healthy!
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Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3lbs lean ground turkey
  2. 3 eggs, beaten
  3. 1 C rolled oats
  4. 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  5. 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  6. 1 C shredded carrots, chopped smaller
  7. 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  8. 3 T organic ketchup (or tomato sauce)
  9. 2 T Worcestershire sauce
  10. 2 T Italian Seasoning (or fresh herbs!)
  11. 1 T avocado oil
  12. 1 t salt (Himalayan is best!)
  13. 3/4 t black pepper (crushed is best!)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Cover baking sheet with foil and coat with avocado oil cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. - Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Mix with hands. Cover and refrigerate 15 minutes.
  3. - Form into 1.5" balls and place on baking sheet. Cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 15 minutes.
  4. -Sprinkle with salt. Let cool. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Tip: Chop all of the veggies ahead of time. Also, feel free to add more veggies! Sometimes I use chopped mushrooms and spinach. 60 minutes IS a lot of time if you're making these to eat them right away. Plan smart and cook these bad boys ahead of time. The quantities are large because you should freeze half. 😉
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These meatballs are simple, healthy, and delicious! Eat them with a couple eggs for breakfast, with quinoa and veggies for lunch, or over whole wheat noodles + pesto sauce (with a spinach and strawberry salad!) for dinner. Make a big batch and freeze half. So versatile. So filling. SO good!