Healthy Recipe Ideas

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As we near the end of the holiday season full of treats, we could all use some Healthy Recipe Ideas to start the new year off right!
As we near the end of the holiday season full of treats, we could all use some Healthy Recipe Ideas to start the new year off right!
Surprisingly, I did pretty well this year. That is, opposed to every single holiday season of my life.  Typically, we host Thanksgiving which means I get to enjoy daily leftovers for a solid week, and boy do I enjoy those leftovers. This year, we went to a friend’s house which was awesome, but I didn’t partake in leftover consumption (which is probably a good thing). Second, even though I made an abundant amount of holiday treats, I really didn’t eat that many.  I cut back on my added sugar intake back in July after my sister made some very direct comments about the size of my thighs, and it actually paid off!  I’ve been able to shed a good ten pounds since then and my sugar cravings have decreased. So, instead of throwing it all out the window during the holidays and asking for forgiveness in January, I’ve been a good girl. That doesn’t mean that I won’t join everyone else and eat healthy in January, and all of these recipes look so amazing!
Here’s to a healthy and happy YOU in 2017!!!
 3 Ingredient Chocolate Protein Pancakes
 Healthy Sweet & Sour Chicken
 Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oatmeal

 

 Avgolemono Greek Chicken Zoodle Soup

 

 Broccoli & Cheese Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

 

 Brown Butter Sweet Potato Noodles

 

 Chicken & Avocado Burritos

 

 Chicken & Brussels Sprouts with Mustard Sauce

 

 Curry Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Dip

 

 Fruit Salsa and Homemade Cinnamon Chips

 

 Greek Chicken Souvlaki

 

 Mediterranean Orzo Salad

 

 Sea Bass with Tomatoes, Olives, and Capers
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Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Skewers

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I can’t think of a better send off to summer than enjoying dinner outside while feasting on these tasty sweet and spicy Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Skewers.

I can't think of a better send off to summer than enjoying dinner outside while feasting on these tasty sweet and spicy Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Skewers.

Summer means a lot of things to me. It means warm sunny days where I can soak in as much Vitamin D as my body can store. It means bike riding, camping, hiking, and swimming with the kids. Maybe best of all, it means delicious meals cooked on the grill and eaten outside.

I can't think of a better send off to summer than enjoying dinner outside while feasting on these tasty sweet and spicy Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Skewers.

This shrimp recipe is particularly wonderful because it’s so easy to pack in so much flavor with very little work.

I can't think of a better send off to summer than enjoying dinner outside while feasting on these tasty sweet and spicy Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Skewers.

The marinade is made of a few simple ingredients and you might even already have them on hand! I like to heat up the marinade so that all the flavors come together. Since the marinade has to cool completely before smothering the shrimp, you can easily make it ahead of time and just store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to give that shrimp its “flavor bath”, as my kids like to call it.

I can't think of a better send off to summer than enjoying dinner outside while feasting on these tasty sweet and spicy Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Skewers.

The heat from the spice nor the sweet from the honey overtakes the flavor of the shrimp. This is one of those recipes where everything compliments everything and it will leave everyone asking for the recipe! Shrimp gets extra bonus points, in my opinion, for only taking a few minutes to cook. 

I can't think of a better send off to summer than enjoying dinner outside while feasting on these tasty sweet and spicy Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Skewers.

Now, what are you waiting for? Go make these… now!

I can't think of a better send off to summer than enjoying dinner outside while feasting on these tasty sweet and spicy Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Skewers.

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I can't think of a better send off to summer than enjoying dinner outside while feasting on these tasty sweet and spicy Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Skewers.
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Strawberry Coconut Chia Pudding

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Strawberry Coconut Chia Pudding is an easy, tasty, healthy, paleo, nutrient packed snack that not only tastes great and fills you up, but its good for you!

Strawberry Coconut Chia Pudding is an easy, tasty, healthy, paleo, nutrient packed snack that not only tastes great and fills you up, but its good for you!

Apparently, chia pudding isn’t a new thing. Sometimes I’m kind of behind on the trendy food curve, and this stuff probably became all the craze a couple of years ago. I’ve had a steady supply of chia seeds at my home for quite some time now because they’re a nutritional superfood. Bottom Line: Despite their tiny size, chia seeds are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. They are loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients. I’d throw the occasional tablespoon in my smoothie or on my oatmeal, but this is the first time I’ve actually made pudding with them.Strawberry Coconut Chia Pudding is an easy, tasty, healthy, paleo, nutrient packed snack that not only tastes great and fills you up, but its good for you!

To be completely honest – I really enjoyed this pudding. Not only did I think it tasted great, but I really liked the texture and it made me feel good. Because I blended some strawberries into the pudding as well as adding some after the fact, there was a perfect balance of strawberry and coconut flavors. I ended up eating it with even more fresh strawberries than what I show in my pictures and I thought the crunch from the toasted coconut I added was the perfect balance when combined with the texture of the pudding. This definitely qualifies as a fast, healthy, and delicious snack that both you and your kids will love!

Strawberry Coconut Chia Pudding is an easy, tasty, healthy, paleo, nutrient packed snack that not only tastes great and fills you up, but its good for you!

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Strawberry Coconut Chia Pudding is an easy, tasty, healthy, paleo, nutrient packed snack that not only tastes great and fills you up, but its good for you!
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Recipe type: breakfast
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup (about 10 small) strawberries, stems removed
  • 1/4 pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup chia seed
To garnish:
  • Additional chopped fresh strawberries
  • Sweetened toasted coconut, if desired
Instructions
  1. Combine coconut milk, whole strawberries, and maple syrup in blender. blend until smooth.
  2. Stir in chia seed and refrigerate until it gels, about two hours.
  3. To serve, layer pudding with chopped strawberries and toasted coconut. Enjoy!

Strawberry Coconut Chia Pudding is an easy, tasty, healthy, paleo, nutrient packed snack that not only tastes great and fills you up, but its good for you!
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Chicken Marasala

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Homemade Chicken Marasala made with tenderized lightly breaded chicken breasts and a mushroom wine butter sauce is a favorite dinner at our house.

Homemade Chicken Marasala made with tenderized lightly breaded chicken breasts and a mushroom wine butter sauce is a favorite dinner at our house.

I had a craving. For whatever reason, I wanted chicken marsala and I wanted it bad. The thought of perfectly tender chicken smothered in a mushroom wine butter sauce… well, let’s just say I couldn’t get the idea out of my head. What can I say? When this girl has a craving, the only way to stop it is to satisfy it.

Homemade Chicken Marasala made with tenderized lightly breaded chicken breasts and a mushroom wine butter sauce is a favorite dinner at our house.

Now, melting an entire cube of butter into this sauce may seem a bit extreme, but its not. Its nothing but good. The trick is to reduce the wine down by half if not more, then cook up those mushrooms in the reduced wine with some chicken stock, and then let that butter melt until its oh-so-good.

Homemade Chicken Marasala made with tenderized lightly breaded chicken breasts and a mushroom wine butter sauce is a favorite dinner at our house.

This recipe nearly didn’t make it onto the blog because I made it before daylight savings and it was a really dark rainy day here in Oregon. I refuse to get out my extended lighting set up so I cranked the ISO on my camera up to 3200. If you know how to shoot in manual, you know that is pretty high and it results in some grain in the photo, but this dinner was so tasty I thought it was worth it.

Homemade Chicken Marasala made with tenderized lightly breaded chicken breasts and a mushroom wine butter sauce is a favorite dinner at our house.

Add this delicious chicken with mushroom sauce to some pasta with fresh herbs and finely grated cheese and you have one satisfying meal. Enjoy!

Homemade Chicken Marasala made with tenderized lightly breaded chicken breasts and a mushroom wine butter sauce is a favorite dinner at our house.

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Homemade Chicken Marasala made with tenderized lightly breaded chicken breasts and a mushroom wine butter sauce is a favorite dinner at our house.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds (about 3) chicken breasts
  • oil for cooking (I use avocado oil)
  • 1 teaspoon (about 2 cloves) garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups marsala wine
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
  • 16 ounces thinly sliced mushrooms
  • Fresh herbs such as chives or grated cheese, for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. To prepare the chicken, tenderize by placing inside plastic storage bag and beating with a meat tenderizer or rolling with a heavy rolling pin.
  2. Season the flour with salt and pepper. Coat the chicken with the flour mixture and shake off any excess.
  3. Heat a large frying pan or dutch oven medium heat and add enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. When the oil is hot add the chicken and cook until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes each side. Remove from heat and transfer to a plate tented with foil to keep warm.
  4. Add the marsala wine to the pan and scrape bottom of pan while cooking over medium high heat. Continue cooking the wine until the volume decreases to about a forth of what you added, then add the sliced mushrooms and chicken broth. Allow to heat through.
  5. Stir in the butter and finish by spooning over the cooked chicken. Serve with pasta or mashed potatoes. Garnish with fresh herbs or cheese if desired.
  6. Note: Mixture will be very liquidy which is how I like it because I combine with cooked pasta, but if you'd prefer to thicken it, you can combine equal parts (about a tablespoon each) of corn starch and water in a small dish and whisk it into the mixture to thicken it.

Homemade Chicken Marasala made with tenderized lightly breaded chicken breasts and a mushroom wine butter sauce is a favorite dinner at our house.
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Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf

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If you’re looking for a new family dinner idea, this Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf is packed with protein and flavor and is super easy to make.

If you're looking for a new family dinner idea, this Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf is packed with protein and flavor and is super easy to make.

I’m not a huge ground turkey fan. The only time I’ve ever used it and liked it was when I made my spicy turkey burgers, and oh boy those were amazing because of a secret ingredient. I much prefer to make my meatloaf with ground beef and wrapped in bacon. Occasionally I like to try out healthier alternatives and I know ground turkey is not only lean and full of protein, but its pretty inexpensive too. I also find ground turkey rather bland on its own, so I added a ton of flavor and texture by mixing in things like crushed chips (or stale taco shells in my case), corn, black beans, green chile, and corn.

If you're looking for a new family dinner idea, this Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf is packed with protein and flavor and is super easy to make.

I had no idea how long to cook this thing, so I inserted my handy digital thermometer and took it out of the oven at the optimal temperature which was when it was cooked and safe to eat, yet moist and not dried out. WIN.

If you're looking for a new family dinner idea, this Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf is packed with protein and flavor and is super easy to make.

I simply served this up with some avocado and sour cream and it was fantastic. I even took a piece of the cold leftovers and ate it for lunch the next day with a green salad and some fresh citrus cumin vinaigrette. You should try it!

If you're looking for a new family dinner idea, this Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf is packed with protein and flavor and is super easy to make.

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If you're looking for a new family dinner idea, this Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf is packed with protein and flavor and is super easy to make.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1 pound ground turkey (dark meat)
  • 1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips or taco shells
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chile
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup mexican blend (cheddar, jack, etc.) cheese, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix all ingredients in large bowl. Add to loaf pan and shape into a loaf, cutting a diagonal pattern into the top with a sharp knife.
  3. Cook in preheated oven for 55-60 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  4. Serve hot with avocado, sour cream, and/or salsa or serve cold on a sandwich or in a salad.

If you're looking for a new family dinner idea, this Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf is packed with protein and flavor and is super easy to make.
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10 Best Smoothie Recipes

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I’ve rounded up my favorite 10 Best Smoothie Recipes so that you can incorporate tasty, healthy, protein, & fiber filled ingredients into a quick breakfast.

I've rounded up my favorite 10 Best Smoothie Recipes so that you can incorporate tasty, healthy, protein, & fiber filled ingredients into a quick breakfast.

I love starting my day off with a smoothie. Unfortunately, its a habit I tend to loose in the fall and don’t get back into until the first of the year. My typical smoothie involves frozen fruit and a handful of fresh greens so that I can sneak in a few servings of fruits & veggies that I wouldn’t otherwise eat. Some of my favorites are my not so green smoothie, blueberry avocado smoothie, tropical green smoothie, peaches & cream smoothie, and my vegan pumpkin oat smoothie.  If I want my smoothie to act as a meal replacement, I add a scoop of protein powder. Smoothies make me feel good and they give me a ton of energy. I really like to mix it up, though, in terms of the different smoothies I enjoy. My kids have gotten to the point where they actually beg for me to put a smoothie (and a bendy straw) in their thermos so they can take it in their school lunch. I love packing it for them because I know that little baggie of carrots gets tossed in the garbage sometimes, but that smoothie is always consumed. So, if you’re looking for inspiration to keep your smoothie repertoire interesting, just take a look below!

Almond Joy Smoothie
A Dash of Sanity

Healthy Chocolate Protein Smoothie
Self Proclaimed

Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie
Love Bakes Good Cakes

Wild Blueberry Smoothie
Foodie Gracious

Tropical Green Smoothie
From Val's

Orange Banana Breakfast Smoothie
Tried and Tasty

Cherry Vanilla Breakfast Smoothie
Wine & Glue

Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bar Smoothie
EazyPeazy

Orange Cream Smoothie
Mommy Hates Cooking

Layered Strawberry Banana Smoothie
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I've rounded up my favorite 10 Best Smoothie Recipes so that you can incorporate tasty, healthy, protein, & fiber filled ingredients into a quick breakfast.
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25+ Healthy New Year Recipes

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After enjoying non-stop treats throughout the entire holiday season, I look forward to starting the new year out right with delicious inspiration like these 25+ Healthy New Year Recipes.

After enjoying non-stop treats throughout the entire holiday season, I look forward to starting the new year out right with delicious inspiration like these 25+ Healthy New Year Recipes.

I don’t know about you, but starting around mid-December each year, I start wrapping my head around the fact that my jeans feel tighter in the spots they should not be tight. I allow myself to eat want I want during the holidays because, well, I love food. And we all know the holidays are about family, friends, and food. Fortunately, I’ve been keeping up my exercise routine. I’d really hate to think about how I wouldn’t even be able to fit into my fat jeans had I not been exercising. I know now that the changes I need to make in the New Year revolve around my eating habits. I just thank God that Eggnog Lattes will no longer be offered. So, if you’re anything like me, should should enjoy this recipe round-up of mouth watering recipes that will help kick start your healthy New Year!

Best Baked “Fried” Chicken
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Jacked Up Monterey Chicken Salad
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3-Ingredient No-Bake Energy Bars
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Skinny Orange Dreamsicle Cake
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Italian Kale Salad
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Raspberry Peach Smoothie
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Healthy Fruit Dip Recipe
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Mango Tango Smoothie Bowl
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Mini Salmon Asparagus Frittatas
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Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower
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Cheesy Skillet Gnocchi
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Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites
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Tabbouleh
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Skinny Bruschetta Chicken
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Hearts of Palm Artichoke Avocado Butter Lettuce Salad
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Red Potato, Kale, Mushroom and Feta Frittata
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Quinoa Corn Chowder
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Charred Kale Caesar Salad with Honey Chipotle Chicken
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Butternut Spinach Multi-Grain MedleyButternut-Spinach-Muti-Grain-Medley-3

Spaghetti Squash Bolognese
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Vegan Sloppy Black Eye Peas
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Roasted Carrot Ginger Soup
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Cauliflower and Quinoa White Chili
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Cleansing Tri-Color Quinoa Salad
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Lightened Up Chicken Fingers and Dipping Sauce
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Avocado Chicken Salad
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Shrimp & Garlic Rice Stuffed Peppers
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One Pan Tuscan Pork Chops
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Grilled Shrimp Recipe with Roasted Garlic Cilantro Sauce
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Turkey Stuffed Peppers
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Mexican Chicken Soup
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Tropical Smoothie Bowl
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Quinoa Taco Bowls
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After enjoying non-stop treats throughout the entire holiday season, I look forward to starting the new year out right with delicious inspiration like these 25+ Healthy New Year Recipes.
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Sweet Potato and Bacon Frittata

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This Sweet Potato and Bacon Frittata is a delicious and protein packed breakfast that can be eaten hot as a family meal or cold for breakfast on the go!

This Sweet Potato and Bacon Frittata is a delicious and protein packed breakfast that can be eaten hot as a family meal or cold for breakfast on the go!

I always put a lot of thought into how I can deliciously transform traditional family favorites with smarter ingredients. Sure, scrambled eggs and bacon are a quick and easy go-to breakfast that most everyone loves. But within this last year, I’ve discovered how wonderful frittatas are. I love them because:

1) I add cottage cheese. This not only makes them super fluffy and delicious, but it adds even more protein which is something I’m always wanting.

2) I can add all sorts of delicious ingredients.

3) I make one frittata and end up with six good sized slices. Ask me to eat scrambled eggs leftover and my answer will be “no way”. Ask me to eat frittata leftover and my answer will be “yes please”. Whether you reheat it or eat it cold, its downright delicious.

This Sweet Potato and Bacon Frittata is a delicious and protein packed breakfast that can be eaten hot as a family meal or cold for breakfast on the go!

I think my new favorite combo is sweet potato and bacon. If you haven’t tried the two together, you’re missing out.

This Sweet Potato and Bacon Frittata is a delicious and protein packed breakfast that can be eaten hot as a family meal or cold for breakfast on the go!

Look how beautiful it turned out!

This Sweet Potato and Bacon Frittata is a delicious and protein packed breakfast that can be eaten hot as a family meal or cold for breakfast on the go!

I poured half the egg mixture into the hot pan to create a bottom layer. Then I added the sweet potato, bacon, and rosemary mixture on top before I covered with the remaining egg mixture. I’m glad I did it this way because it was really easy to cut.

This Sweet Potato and Bacon Frittata is a delicious and protein packed breakfast that can be eaten hot as a family meal or cold for breakfast on the go!

My husband isn’t a fan of frittatas or sweet potatoes (crazy, right?) and he took two pieces into work and said it was really good. We are always working to make smarter meals for our families. Meals made with the right ingredients, for the right price that leave more time to spend together. This is a fantastic breakfast solution that your entire family will love!

This Sweet Potato and Bacon Frittata is a delicious and protein packed breakfast that can be eaten hot as a family meal or cold for breakfast on the go!

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This Sweet Potato and Bacon Frittata is a delicious and protein packed breakfast that can be eaten hot as a family meal or cold for breakfast on the go!
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Recipe type: breakfast
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces bacon, chopped, cooked, and drained (reserve 1 tablespoon of bacon grease)
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled, cut into small cubes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 cup small curd cottage cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon until crisp. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of reserved bacon grease in an 8 inch cast iron skillet over high heat. Add sweet potato and cook, stirring occasionally, until brown. If potato starts to brown to quickly, reduce heat. Cook until tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. While the sweet potato is cooking, preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Using a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, beat eggs and cottage cheese on medium speed for 5 minutes.
  4. When the potatoes are just about done, add rosemary and cooked bacon, stir, and cook until heated through. Transfer to a separate plate.
  5. With the heat on low, melt the butter in the cast iron skillet, ensuring entire bottom and sides are well greased. Pour half of the egg mixture into the pan. Top with the potatoes and bacon, trying to spread in an even layer. Cover with remaining egg mixture.
  6. Allow frittata to cook on cooktop over low heat for about 8 minutes. Then, add cheddar cheese to the top of the oven and place in preheated oven. Cook in hot oven for 8-10 minutes, until the middle is just set. Remove from oven and cover with plate. Allow to rest, covered, for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve hot or cold.

This Sweet Potato and Bacon Frittata is a delicious and protein packed breakfast that can be eaten hot as a family meal or cold for breakfast on the go!

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Vegan Pumpkin Oat Protein Smoothie

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Take on your day knowing you've taken care of yourself already with this healthy and satisfying fall inspired Vegan Pumpkin Oat Protein Smoothie.

Take on your day knowing you’ve taken care of yourself already with this healthy and satisfying fall inspired Vegan Pumpkin Oat Protein Smoothie.

Take on your day knowing you've taken care of yourself already with this healthy and satisfying fall inspired Vegan Pumpkin Oat Protein Smoothie.

It wasn’t that long ago that I wrote about how I like to start my day, every single morning, with a healthy protein smoothie. The main reason is because it just makes me feel good. In addition, you have the quick and easy factor, which is always a bonus on a busy weekday morning.  I’ve been using Vega protein powder for months now and I truly love it. In the past I’ve used whey and soy protein powders but was always looking for something that was better for my body. Vega Essentials is made from real, whole food ingredients you’ll feel good about. When I drink my smoothies, I can feel the nutrition giving me energy. This protein powder has 20 grams of plant-based protein, three servings of greens, 25% daily intake of food-based vitamins and minerals, plus fiber and Omega-3s—all with only 130 calories per serving. Vega Essentials kinda makes good nutrition a breeze. Plus, its non-GMO Project verified, gluten-free, vegan, and made with no added sugar, dairy, or soy ingredients, artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners. If you haven’t yet tried it, I highly recommend you do!

Take on your day knowing you've taken care of yourself already with this healthy and satisfying fall inspired Vegan Pumpkin Oat Protein Smoothie.

As much as I love my regular daily smoothie, I was inspired to make something with pumpkin. Oh, I don’t know… could it because I’m pumpkin-obsessed lately? Perhaps. I just so happened to have a remaining 4 tablespoons of pumpkin puree from a pumpkin I had just roasted, so that’s what went in my smoothie, along with some almond milk, pumpkin pie spice, and groats, along with the vanilla protein powder. If you’ve never had groats, they’re just steel cut oats that haven’t been cut yet. I love putting them in smoothies because they give the smoothie a bit of chew and they keep me feeling fuller even longer.

Take on your day knowing you've taken care of yourself already with this healthy and satisfying fall inspired Vegan Pumpkin Oat Protein Smoothie.

The result is a wonderfully delicious smoothie that is definitely the equivalent of a good meal that tastes a wee bit, dare I say, like pumpkin pie!

Take on your day knowing you've taken care of yourself already with this healthy and satisfying fall inspired Vegan Pumpkin Oat Protein Smoothie.

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.

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Pumpkin Oat Protein Smoothie
 
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Take on your day knowing you've taken care of yourself already with this healthy and satisfying fall inspired Vegan Pumpkin Oat Protein Smoothie.
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Recipe type: breakfast, drink
Yields: 1 (20 ounce) smoothie
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 tablespoons pumpkin puree (I used freshly roasted)
  • 1 level scoop Vega vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup groats
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ice
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in blender and process until smooth. Enjoy immediately.

 

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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A side dish of Mashed Sweet Potatoes made with greek yogurt and a touch of brown sugar provide a tasty balance of complex carbohydrates, fiber, and protein.

A side dish of Mashed Sweet Potatoes made with greek yogurt and a touch of brown sugar provide a tasty balance of complex carbohydrates, fiber, and protein.

If you know my blog, you’ll realize that this post is seriously lacking in the photo department. Normally I share quite a few photos when I post recipes, not only of the process but quite a few of the finished recipe along with my half eaten bite to demonstrate how good it was. There’s a serious lack of photos in this post because it happened to just be a regular old side dish that I made with dinner (pork chops, I believe) and I hadn’t planned on actually making a recipe post out of it. That is, actually, until I tasted it.

You see, I typically make my mashed potatoes with sour cream or buttermilk or even just butter and milk, but with this recipe I decided to add some plain greek yogurt instead. I thought the tang of the yogurt would go really well with the sweet potato and the addition of a little brown sugar and some spices would finish it off nicely. I was totally right. I remember saying to myself “nailed it” as I tasted it. Since the rest of dinner was hot and ready to serve, and one of my husband’s pet peeves is me delaying family dinner to take photos, I really just took the necessary shots to be able to post the recipe to the blog.

Sweet potatoes, full of fiber and vitamins, are so much better for you than your standard russet potato. Plus, this time of year they should be a staple on your weekly menu. When you add in greek yogurt to tie it all together, they really are guilt free. Enjoy!

Mashed Sweet Potatoes
 
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A side dish of Mashed Sweet Potatoes made with greek yogurt and a touch of brown sugar provide a tasty balance of complex carbohydrates, fiber, and protein.
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Recipe type: Sides
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 yams (sweet potatoes), peeled and sliced
  • 8 ounces plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Add sweet potatoes to a medium sized pot and cover with cold water. Cover with lid and heat on high to bring to a bowl. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue to cook until the potatoes are fork tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mash to blend well. Serve hot.

 

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