Pizza!

Yes, I eat pizza…sometimes.  I don’t love it, so it’s not a big deal if I don’t have it for a while.  But something I do love is to have my daughter help make our food.

Pizzas, especially personal ones, are perfect for that!  I didn’t take pictures of making it (because we were making them!!), but we had fun!

I also like to make things at home so I know what is in there!

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21 Day Fix Personal Pizza

Mine is the one on the right, so we’re going with that one.  It was 2 greens, 1 yellow, 1 blue and about 1/4 teaspoon, so I took a bit out of a later teaspoon.

  • Preheat oven to 425
  • Take one small whole wheat or sprouted grain tortilla
  • Add sauce…we used Grandma’s Tomato Sauce from the Fixate cookbook, so I knew exactly what was in it and how to count it.
  • Add cheese…I used a blue’s worth of mozzarella and parmesan
  • Add vegetables…I used 1/2 a green of tomatoes, sliced
  • Cook for 8-10 minutes
  • EAT!

Super easy, especially once the sauce was made.  My daughter asked for these for lunch tomorrow also.  I love having a pizza recipe that I can say “of course” to instead of conceding to be okay with it.  Not that you can’t enjoy some pizza!  It just isn’t where I choose to take my calories from.

What’s your pizza secret?

Vanilla Chai Oatmeal

Had you come over for breakfast the other day, you might have wondered why I had a bowl of tea brewing on the counter…

 

Not exactly your typical tea vessel!  But I had been inspired to make this oatmeal recipe, so tea in a bowl it was!

This is almost a non-recipe.  But it was something I never would have thought of!  I haven’t gotten all of the measurements down yet (mainly tea to oatmeal ratio!) but I wanted to share.

So, you brew chai tea…so far 4oz or 1/2 cup worked best for me.  Let it steep, then add 1/4 cup of oats.  I used quick oats, but I want to try with regular oats too!  Let that sit for a minute.  Then add cinnamon, vanilla extract and your sweetener of choice to taste.  And viola…

breakfast!  This is 1 yellow on the 21 Day Fix.

If you try it out, let me know!  I want to hear about it.

Hey, is that Pumpkin Pie?

It is!!

I found this recipe here, but I’m updating the recipe to a) make it easier to not mess up and b) make it in one bowl 😉

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This is super good, does not taste like you’d be able to call it a green (vegetable) purple (fruit) and 1/2 a red (protein) container on the 21 Day Fix program and is easy to make!  It is cooked in the microwave in just 5 minutes too! [Edit!!  Autumn posted a video that pumpkin puree is a purple!  Cubed pumpkin would be a green.]

Ingredients:
– 1 green purple pure pumpkin puree
– 1 egg
– 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
– 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
– pinch of salt
– optional sweetener of choice

Method:
– coat a large bowl/ramekin with cooking spray of choice.  I use a pure coconut oil one.
– crack the egg into the bowl and beat.
– add remaining ingredients and mix well
– microwave for 5 minutes.
– enjoy!

I’ve added some chopped walnuts on top when I’ve had an orange left over when I had this!  So good for a vegetable dessert!

Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Yes, I put all of those awesome words together, made a snack from them, and then enjoyed the results!

But let’s go back!  I had plans to meet up with a local group of moms last night for a paint night…have you been?  You get together, drink a bit, snack a bit, chat a bit…and oh yeah, paint!  It was a great way to meet up with people for the first time (if you remember, I just moved to a new state!) since there was an activity and snacks!  I had a great time, and painted something that has in fact made it onto my fairly bare walls.

Starry Night Over Neon Charlotte

Starry Night Over Neon Charlotte

But I wasn’t too sure what to bring.  I like to bring healthy things to share so I know that I can stick with what I brought and stick to my goals, but I also like to bring delicious things!  I don’t want to be someone who brings stuff that tastes healthy to gatherings!  I want both healthy and tasty.  I had originally planned for zucchini chips and spiced nuts.  The spiced nuts from the Fixate cookbook came out amazing…I think I’ll be making these for my blue containers all the time.  I made them two ways and brought the savory ones, which had smoked paprika and chili powder on them.

spiced nuts, fixate

But when it came time to make the zucchini chips, I knew they weren’t what I wanted. I was in the mood for chocolate!  So I figured I’d make something chocolaty, that I knew was good for me, and that would help me stay away from other foods!  It’s all about knowing yourself and planning. They came out so good that I don’t know if I can have the rest in my house!  chocolate peanut butter bars, Shakeology recipe

So, you want to make these yourself?  I know!  Here’s the recipe, which I adapted from the 21 Day Fix nutrition guide.  I made it more of what I liked, and as a bonus, I had all of the ingredients at home!

Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
makes 24 bars/servings, 1 Yellow treat on the 21 Day Fix

Ingredients –
– 4 scoops chocolate Shakeology
– 2 cups old fashioned oats
– 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
– 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
– 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (just peanuts as the ingredients…maybe a little salt)

Method –
– Combine Shakeology, oats, and walnuts in a large bowl and mix well
– Add almond milk and peanut butter and mix well
– Press into an 8×8 pan, cover, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours
– Cut into 24 bars
– Enjoy!

Want some more?

What is better than the old favorite s’mores?  Here is a totally delicious and super healthy alternative.  So get crushing those graham crackers!!

S’mores Shakeology (from here)

Ingredients:
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
2 tsp. ground whole wheat graham cracker crumbs, divided use
1 cup ice

To make:
1. Place almond milk, extract, Shakeology, 1 tsp. graham cracker crumbs, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
2. Pour into a serving glass and garnish with remaining 1 tsp. graham cracker crumbs; serve immediately.

Yes, I'll have some more!

Yes, I’ll have some more!

Grilled Brussels Sprouts

I have salads for dinner most nights.  If we’re grilling up dinner, it’s whatever protein I’m having on a salad!  But last night, I was really in the mood for some Brussels sprouts.  And my husband was grilling up steak for him, chicken for the rest of us…so grilled Brussels sprouts it was!

I cut up my Brussels sprouts (this is two greens on the 21 Day Fix) and put them in a foil “bowl”…two layers of foil with the ends crumpled up to make it bowl-like.  I threw on some 21 Day Fix All purpose seasoning, but you can put on any seasoning you like.

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Then we put them on the grill for about 20 minutes, stirring every so often.

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So pretty!

So here’s my dinner…1 red, 1 orange (homemade balsamic vinaigrette that I dipped the chicken in and then drizzled what was left on what Brussels sprouts I hadn’t eaten!) and 2 greens…filling and so good!

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My dinner!

What’s for dinner??

Raspberry Frozen Yogurt

Now that I have most of my kitchen back, it’s time to get cooking…if you could call this that!  Basically it’s “put items in food processor…eat the deliciousness” but you do need the food processor!

So…what do you need??  I measured in my 21 Day Fix portions, but you can use whatever amounts fit in your day.

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The picture says it all…a purple of frozen raspberries and a red of plain Greek yogurt.  Put them in the food processor (add your sweetener of choice if you like!  But the raspberries do make it sweet on their own.) and blend it up!  I had to stop to push down the sides a few times.  Then enjoy…after you’ve rinsed out the food processor.  It will make your life easier!

What super simple recipes have you made lately?

Pumpkin Energy Bites

So, this new cookbook came out with recipes to use with the 21 Day Fix plan (but can be used with other nutrition plans – it has the nutritional info as well!).  I made a few recipes from it, and here’s the first.

I made some changes to work with what I had and some ingredients that don’t work for me.

Pumpkin Energy Bites (adapted from Fixate cookbook) – makes 16 balls, each 1/2 a yellow container, 1/2 a teaspoon on the 21 Day Fix plan

Ingredients:
1 cup pitted dates
warm water
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (leave a little out for garnish)
1 tsp pure almond extract
1 tsp pure maple syrup
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 pinch Himalayan sea salt (or regular sea salt)

Instructions:
– Place dates in a bowl and cover with water.  Let soak for 10 minutes.  Drain.  Set aside.
– Place walnuts in food processor.  Pulse until  finely ground.
– Add dates, pumpkin, coconut, almond extract, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and salt and pulse until well mixed.  Place in a bowl.  Refrigerate covered for 30 min.
– Roll into tablespoon-sized balls; roll in the reserved coconut if desired
– Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Pumpkin energy bites

 

These were delicious!  I ate a bunch on my road trip this weekend and they were great snacks…just don’t pack too many!  It’s easy to go overboard!

 

Little Changes

Sometimes, the little changes you make can help a lot!

Tell me your little things.  What makes your life run more smoothly?

And here’s my silly little ice cream bowl recipe…

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I use two different protein powders – use what you have and what you like, though different combinations may need changes to the milk/ice/protein powder ratio for consistency.  Easy, tasty and dessert like!  Three of my favorite things!