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Nemo Had Me Baking

For everyone out here in New England, you all know about Nemo. Nemo ended up leaving us with 30 inches of snow between Friday and yesterday. Yes…we measured 🙂

After playing out in the snow with the puppies for a while, I whipped up some breakfast for the fam with Maggie. There are 7 of us, so it’s never a simple task. I don’t know how Mama C ever did it for this many years.

For breakfast, Maggie and I made some Whole Wheat Cranberry Pancakes with an Apple Topping.

Apple Topping

You all know by now that I’m a big fan of the fruit toppings on pancakes. This, was delicious. I ended up making two different kinds, an Apple Cinnamon and an Apple Cocoa Cinnamon.

Ingredients: Apple Cinnamon

3 Apples, peeled and chopped 1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon 1/3 Cup Water

Ingredients: Apple Cocoa Cinnamon

3 Apples, peeled and chopped 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon 1/3 Cup Water
1 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder

Directions:

1. Heat all ingredients in a small pot until apples are cooked through, about 10 minutes. Stir to keep it from burning.

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Easy Peasy!

We made some Cranberry Gluten Free Pancakes for my sister, which I got much better at making this time! Whole Wheat Cranberry Pancakes for everyone else, and some whole wheat waffles! We all topped it with either the Cocoa or the Cinnamon Topping. Yummmm.

After Breakfast, we headed to tackle some of the snow that was still building up. This is just a view from inside the garage:

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Brent helped clean off the roof because our heat wasn’t working yet and they were trying to get at the vent.

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Brent is 6 foot 5…just to give you an idea…

It took a solid 2 hours for us to just clear the driveway and we had 6 people working on it. Slightly ridiculous. After shoveling for so long, we headed in and grabbed some lunch. We also sipped on some hot chocolate that Brent’s family had sent us for christmas. Candy Cane Hot Chocolate. YUM.

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Can’t beat that when you need to warm up.

What is your favorite drink after shoveling snow??

Apple Quinoa and Interval Track Workout

Thursday, mer. For some reason I feel like Thursdays are the longest days of the week. Jumping out of bed…probably not going to happen on a Thursday. And, well, it just didn’t happen today. I woke up and just zombied my way into the kitchen to fire up the coffee pot. THAT, was when I realized that a few days ago my aunt had sent me a yummy looking breakfast recipe. I had printed it out, and shoved it in my bag to remind me that apples needed to be purchased. They were purchased, and this morning was the morning to give it a try.

It is a Sweet Apple Quinoa and it was a really different take on it than I have had before. I changed it up a bit from the original, because I wanted to make it Vegan friendly and I don’t really think that any recipe is ever finished. You can always give them a little tweek.

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Uncooked Quinoa 1 Teaspoon Vegan Butter
1/2 Apple, Chopped 3/4 Cup of Water
Pinch of Cinnamon 1 Tablespoon Light Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Almond Milk

Directions:

1. Rinse the Quinoa. Then, in a small saucepan, heat up 3/4 Cup of water with the Quinoa. Bring it to a boil for a minute, then reduce the heat to a simmer for 5-10 minutes. When the quinoa shows a little tail at the end of each piece, it is done.

2. Heat up a skillet and melt the butter. Add the apples to the skillet and cook them until they are at the desired texture. I really gave them a good cooking 🙂

3. Once the Quinoa is done cooking, mix in the brown sugar, milk, and cinnamon. Then stir in the apples and Bon Apetit!

While I was cooking this up, I looked down at the puppies. They literally sit right in front of the stove whenever I am making something. I thought the Oreo looked particularly cute and wanted to snap a picture to share. Apparently the flash was a bit too bright for Oreo’s eyes this morning:

Too Bright!!! Come on…she’s kind of cute…

After coming home, STARVING because I hadn’t eaten lunch the past two days in the office, I decided to pack myself a little snack and lunch. Whenever I am really looking for something to snack on when I’m on the road, I stop at Publix and grab one of the hummus and flat pretzel packs they have there. I absolutely love them because they are extremely portable and a healthy snack. They fill you up, and you don’t feel bad about what you just did afterwards. Unfortunately, I didn’t have one sitting around, so I just made my own!

It’s my favorite snack. Better than chips, but you still get that great chip crunch. And the hummus flavor you can change up all the time. This was a Red Pepper Hummus.

On the hummus roll (I really like hummus if you couldn’t tell already) I made an easy Veggie sandwich with a Garlic Hummus. I piled on some green peppers and sprouts on a honey wheat english muffin. Delish.

These two little meals really got me through the day. BUT, I was still planning on how I was going to dress up the leftover pasta from last night. I mean, I do have 3/4 of a pound of pasta sitting in my fridge and you can only have so much before you are all fed up. So what I did was, cook up some crumbles (fake red meat that I think is better than ground beef), some leftover red sauce from my experimenting with red sauce the other week, goat cheese, and parmesan cheese. IT was MOUTH WATERING. The leftover red sauce is very garlic and full of flavor. The goat cheese really played off the flavor perfectly.

I know it might not look all the full of yum, but I was really in love with the flavor. For desert, I may have eaten 4 too many cookies. Don’t do it. It’s not worth it.

To finish up the day, and to digest some of those cookies, whoops, I headed out to the high school track. I wanted to get in a quick workout before it got dark, but it needed to count. This Interval Track Workout will do just that. You will run a little over 2 miles and be exhausted by the end of it.

It’s a great workout to rev the metabolism and it’s a quick one. You can really get through this in 25 minutes. It’s a nice way to mix up the treadmill workouts and long distance runs.

I really want to give this Body Pump class a go. That is the next thing on the workout To-DO list.It’s a great workout to rev the metabolism and it’s a quick one. You can really get through this in 25 minutes. It’s a nice way to mix up the treadmill workouts and long distance runs.

Apple Pie for Breakfast!

I love taking anything traditional and putting a little twist on them. Just something that people wouldn’t necessarily expect to make things interesting. This morning, it was apple pie. Yesssssssss. Who doesn’t love a good apple pie?!

I took some of the basics of breakfast as well as apple pie and just mushed them together to see what would happen, and good things happened. Give it a try when you are looking to spice up your morning!

 

Ingredients:

1/2 a Granny Smith Apple                                               2 English Muffins

1/2 Cup Peanut Butter                                                    1 Tablespoon Smart Balance Butter

1 Tablespoon of Sugar                                                   1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

Directions:

1. Split a toasted english muffin in half and top each half off with peanut butter. I used homemade peanut butter that I wanted to try out from the supermarket but any brand should work fine.

 

2. Slice your apples up and put a few slices on each half. If you don’t like granny smith, or don’t have any, try a red apple. It’s closer to the traditional apple pie recipe. Granny Smith is just what I had lying around.

 

3. In a small dish, add the butter, sugar and cinnamon. Microwave for 15 seconds.

 

4. Drizzle this on top of you apples. Don’t go too crazy because this obviously isn’t an extremely nutritious dressing. I only used about half on 4 halves.

And Eat UP!

Some other options for the topping are honey and Agave. These are much better for you than melted butter and would give you the same sweetening effect.

You can also try some light brown sugar as opposed to regular white sugar. It would get you even closer to that authentic taste.

Let me know what you guys think and if anyone gives it a try!

Happy Eating!

 

Greek Yogurt, Apple and Pecan Salad

This afternoon I was STARVING, and could have eaten anything. I was on a mission. I needed something that was going to fill me up and NOW. So no kidding, apples are me go to. Not just a simple green apple that you bite into. I will chop them up into nice little snacking sized bites so by the time that I am done munching I am full. I love to dip them into a jar of peanut butter and just go crazy. But this time, I tried something a bit new, this pecan, yogurt Salad. It was delicious, really easy and quick, and I was seriously full by the end of it. I have a feeling that crasins would have been great in it as well.

Anywayds: Here is a really simple recipe for this guy, ENJOY!

Ingredients:

1 Large Green Apple                                                    1/4 Cup Pecans

1/3 Cup Non-Fat Greek Yogurt, Plain                   1 Tablespoon Agave Nectar

Directions:

1. Chop up the green apple into bite sized portions.

2. Add yogurt, pecans, and agave on top.

3. Mix it all up! and ENJOY!!!

This will fill you up and keep you going for the rest of the day. It is perfect for that mid afternoon snack and is NOTHING that you have to worry about nutrition wise. It is also a perfect morning pick me up.

Give it a try, and happy snacking!

Apple Chicken Sausage Patty

I thought a chicken sausage patty would be a FANTASTIC idea for something that you can just throw in your freezer and if it ready to eat within minutes. You also don’t have to worry about all of the fats and grease that you would get from a store bought sausage, or even just a pork sausage patty. There is also far less sodium involved in these little guys.

 

As I was pulling out the ingredients to make these little delectables, Brent walks in the door (a 6 foot 5 man man). So I asked if he wanted to help, seeing as though Brent is my taste tester for practically everything that I make. When it came time to throw the patties on the skillet, I had turned my back for no more that 20 seconds, and what I saw was 4 quarter pound, burger sized chicken patties simmering on the grill. Each one of these was at least an inch thick. Man likes meat.

 

Needless to say, it took a little bit longer to cook some of these up. So for the interest of all the Brents out there, this recipe should make 8 patties, AT LEAST. Aim for 8. (Unless you intent to make burgers. I am making a breakfast patty)

 

Ingredients:

1 Large Apple, (Tarter the better)                         2 Teaspoons Poultry Seasoning

1 Teaspoon Salt                                                        1/2 Teaspoon Pepper

1 Pound Ground Chicken

 

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, add diced apple, salt, pepper and seasoning. Mix until evenly throughout.

2. Stir in chicken. Make sure to break it all up and evenly mix in. Form 8 thin patties, and throw them on a medium-high heat skillet, sprayed with cooking spray.

(Second round, patties are a bit thiner, but apparently shape was not a concern to Brent.  🙂 )

3. Cook for 5 minutes on each side. Chicken should reach 165 degrees.

 

These patties can be frozen for long periods of time and be served on a sandwich for lunch. Broken up and served as a protein source on a salad, or thrown on an egg sandwich for breakfast. I have been eating these for breakfast lately, with guacamole! YUMM!

This morning was the chicken sausage patty, with guacamole (the real stuff, not tastes like guacamole) and a fried egg to top it off. I had a slice of toast with raspberry jam, and an iced coffee. Completely satisfied and STUFFED. The guacamole adds a bit more spice to it.

Definitely mix this one up. Think of the patty as a quick, already seasoned protein source that can be used to bump up the nutritional value of any meal. Be creative!

 

Let me know if you like it or try anything different! Experiment with these guys!