Easy One Pan Oven Roasted Pork Chops #SundaySupper

 

Easy One Pan Oven Roasted Pork Chops

I mentioned briefly the other day that I am doing a Whole30.  I am a little more than a week in now and loving it.  You are probably wondering why I chose to embark on this adventure.  It is really to reset my mind, body, and spirit.  You can probably tell by some of my posts that I am a bit down, and while what I eat doesn’t seem to have a correlation to getting an agent, you never know.

I hadn’t been feeling my best physically or mentally, and while I do not expect this to cure me, a pledge to only eat real food for a month can’t be a bad thing.

I eat this way a lot of the time.  I’ve had to adjust breakfast since oatmeal, muffins, and such are out of the question.  Lunch and dinner haven’t changed much and dessert is gone except for a few raisins, which are surprisingly tasty when you want something sweet.

Easy One Pan Oven Roasted Pork Chops

I’ll admit to a couple cheats.  I am a big believer in supplements, including Airborne.  I know, it’s probably junk that doesn’t work, but it makes me feel better just knowing I am taking it.  I’m not giving it up or my Omega-3 or biotin, which contain sugar and soy respectively.  I didn’t want to skip the Whole30 just because I wouldn’t give these things up, and I didn’t want to give them up to abide strictly and then worry.  Life is about compromise, people.

Also the program restricts certain foods even if they fit into the edible categories.  For example, potatoes are allowed, but potato chips are not.  Look, a potato is a potato, and I can eat just one.  Also, since I don’t eat chicken, eventually I just need a source of food.  I’m following the ingredient restrictions carefully, but an approved food is an approved food.  Period.

Easy One Pan Oven Roasted Pork Chops

While I do think I have a little more energy than normal and have been feeling pretty good, I really love the ways the Whole30 has pushed me culinarily.  I am eating more of the foods I crave but typically shy away from for fear they are unhealthy or will weigh me down, when it reality it is other foods that are doing this.

Beef, pork, sweet potatoes, potatoes are filling my diet in satisfying ways that really keep cravings at bay, though I would happily take a scoop of ice cream or a slice of pie right now.  Protein, fruits, and vegetables are really rather delightful and I appreciate that now more than ever.

These Easy One Pan Oven Roasted Pork Chops are one of my favorite dinners I’ve made.  One, yes, they are easy.  Everything goes on a giant sheet pan and into the oven.  Those are the dinners of my dreams.  Two, this is healthy, gluten free, and crazy flavorful.  Three, the pork is tender and succulent, even if you overcook it a little.

Easy One Pan Oven Roasted Pork Chops

Feel free two swap out the vegetables for ones you love and have on hand, but the mushrooms really are a star here.  They create a savory umami bomb of a broth that keeps the pork moist and is great drizzled over the finished dish.

The Whole30 is one challenge I know I can conquer!

Easy One Pan Oven Roasted Pork Chops #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 3 servings

Ingredients

3 1 inch thick bone in pork chops
1 large red onion, cut into wedges
18 ounces baby Portobello mushrooms, stems removed
½ pound Brussels sprouts, outer leaves removed
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange the pork chops, onion, mushrooms, and Brussels sprouts on a large rimmed baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with oil and use your hands to ensure everything is coated.
  2. Bake for about 30 minutes, until pork chops are cooked through and vegetables are tender. Serve immediately.
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Don’t forget to check out this week’s Sunday Supper dishes!  Thanks to Shelby from Grumpy’s Honeybunch for hosting!

Pork Chops

Pork Chops

And More Pork Chops

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Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie + Blogiversary

Can you believe I started this blog five years ago?  I know I can’t.

It’s easy to look at all the things that haven’t changed in those five years.  Hi gross Michigan winters.  I feel like I’ve have 2,000 likes on Facebook for most of those years.  I get job intermittently and my traffic is steady.  I’m still the frustrated writer spending all my time with Mom and Dad.

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie + Blogiversary

But when I really look beyond, I see the changes.  The progress.  I create more of my own recipes and like to think my photographs are better even if they aren’t going to make the cover of Bon Appetit anytime soon.

I have become more adventurous and flexible, trying new restaurants, going to concerts, sporting events, and more.  I drop everything on particularly nice days and go out because it’s not like things are getting better chaining myself to the computer when the sun is shining and it’s a perfect 75 out.

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

I have accepted myself more and become comfortable in my own skin.  No one is going to stand up for me, to fight for me, except me, so I had to take a crash course in Laura and I like to think I at least got a B+.

Because I never know when I will get that one yes (that’s all it takes), or what will cause it, and I’m more than ready for it, I wanted and needed a reset for myself.  So I am doing a Whole30.  I’m not quite a week in and it has been great, even fun and exciting.

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

The thing that I have loved most about the Whole30 is that while it took away a lot of foods, it gave me freedom to eat others.  I typically shy away from potatoes and sweet potatoes thinking they are heavy, but when I take out all the junk, I have found them to be a tasty, satisfying food that feels a little decadent.

I really can’t begin to tell you how good this Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie is.  It’s one of my favorite meals I have made in a long time, was a hit with everyone, and reheated amazingly well.  The base is ground beef and vegetables.  I used carrots, onion, and fennel, but feel free to swap them out for vegetables you love and have on hand.  Don’t buy beef that is too lean – the fat is where all the flavor and unctuousness comes from.

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

The top is sweet potatoes – pure and simple.  They don’t need much except a little salt and pepper.  When roasted for a long time they become soft and a little syrupy.  Major yum!

Here’s to the next five years and beyond!

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie + Blogiversary

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

3 medium sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds ground beef, aim for an 80/20 blend
1 large onion, diced
1 bulb of fennel, diced
6 medium carrots, sliced into ¼ inch rounds
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Poke sweet potatoes with a fork or knife several times and place on aluminum foil. Bake for about 1 ½ hours.
  2. When the potatoes have about half an hour left, preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil and ground beef. Sauté the beef until it is fully cooked. Transfer the beef to a bowl, leaving the fat in the skillet and add the onion, fennel, and carrots. Sauté until tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the beef back to the vegetables. Season with 1 teaspoon black pepper and ½ teaspoon salt. Stir to combine and sauté an additional 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  4. Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven. Scoop the flesh out of the potatoes and into a bowl. Season with the remaining salt and pepper and mash with a fork or potato masher until mostly smooth. A few lumps are fine – this is a rustic dish.
  5. Spread the potatoes over the beef and vegetable mixture. Bake for about 15 minutes until very hot. Serve immediately. Leftovers may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat covered in the oven for about 20 minutes or in the microwave for about 1 ½ minutes.
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Healthy Award Show Snacks

Healthy Award Show Snacks

The only thing that makes winter bearable are all the award shows that are on.  The Golden Globes, People’s Choice, and Screen Actors Guild shows are all past us, but we still have the Grammys and Oscars to look forward to!

The Grammys are actually this weekend. I never miss the show and have so many fond memories of the great performances.  It’s like watching the best concert of the year right from my home.  And with James Cordon hosting this year, I know it’s going to be better than ever.  I mean have you guys seen Carpool Karaoke?  OMG!  It’s the best.

Healthy Award Show Snacks

I have my favorites – Adele! Mike Posner! Lucas Graham! – that I will be cheering for all night long.  Luckily I have this handy ballot from SkinnyPop so I can keep track of all the awards I get right and many I will no doubt get wrong too.  Save the ballot and print it to play along while you watch the Grammys.

SkinnyPop Grammys Printable

I am not a huge snack person, but when I watch award shows and am in amped up party mode, seriously, award shows do something crazy to me, I enjoy a couple healthy snacks that I can feel good about eating and won’t leave me feeling stuffed and unable to sleep later.  I leave that to the songs stuck in my head.

Healthy Award Show Snacks

Snacks that are easy to prepare are paramount too.  I put together a vibrant spread full of colors and flavors that tons of nutrition.  I always have tons of fruit on hand, so it plays a prime role in my spread along with SkinnyPop Naturally Sweet popcorn which is always in my pantry, some crunchy walnuts and chewy, tart dried cherries.  Dried fruit is so underrated.

Of course you can mix up your snack platter with whatever fruit, nuts, and dried fruit you have on hand.  Whatever you choose, get excited for the Grammys with this fun ballot and your tasty, healthy snacks!

Healthy Award Show Snacks

Healthy Award Show Snacks

Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps #SundaySupper

Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps - healthy and gluten free

I have devoured movies over the holidays.  With all the TV shows on hiatus after their fall or winter finales (what is that about by the way???), there was nothing on TV.

While maybe I should have filled that time doing more productive things, I watched movies.  Lots of them.  Sure I read more than normal, played some games on my phone to keep the brain in tip top shape, and wrote.  Lots and lots of writing.  But I’m finding myself more movie obsessed than ever.

Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps

I have always loved movies from the VHS tapes I reportedly watched over and over again as a kid to the movies that now seemingly appear magically on the TV after pressing a few buttons.

We have all the movie channels, use OnDemand so frequently it’s scary, and have Netflix and Amazon Video ready and waiting at all times.  With Oscar season ramping up, I’m waiting for the movies to slowly pop up, begging me to watch them.

The problem is we watch a lot of bad movies.  More than we should.  More than should be made.  When I’m struggling to get anyone to give a damn about my scripts, it’s frustrating to find tons of crappy movies.  We try to watch clips, which sometimes are so laughably bad we stop, promising to never watch that movie.  Others lure us in just enough and then demonstrate that the best scenes were in said clip.

Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps

Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps

During this TV show hiatus, I was on the hunt for great or at least good movies to watch.  Oscar winners and nominees.  Blockbusters that topped the box office.  Little indies that might have not hit my radar.

And we watched pretty many good movies.  There were some odd ones (I’m looking at you Mulholland Drive) and some that could have been better (hi Sully) but some were downright good movies that I would watch again (hey Pete’s Dragon and Southpaw).

Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps

I’m about out of ideas now.  So before we get to the recipe, I want to know: what are your favorite movies?  My remote is ready and waiting!

Now, onto these Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps.  This is how I eat most nights.  Lots of vegetables and lean protein, maybe some fruit thrown in for balance and a bit of oil and vinegar.  It’s healthy and gluten free and flavorful and satisfying.

Lettuce wraps have become one of my go to meals because they are so versatile.  The lettuce is a must, but from there I add whatever fruits and vegetables sound good and I have on hand.  The protein is also super flexible; I’ve used everything from ground beef to salmon to steak to eggs.

Life is better with great movies and lettuce wraps!

Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps

Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

2 pounds ground beef
1/3 cup olive oil, divided
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 ½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 head Bibb lettuce
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced
4 stalks celery, sliced
3 clementines, segmented
¼ cup apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. When hot add about 1 tablespoon of the olive oil followed by the meat. Cook, stirring frequently, until fully cooked and browned.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the cumin, chili powder, coriander, turmeric, red pepper flakes, and 1 teaspoon of the black pepper. Add to the meat and stir to combine. Cook about 2 more minutes until incorporated.
  3. Combine the remaining oil and pepper with the vinegar in a small bowl for a dipping sauce.
  4. Serve immediately with lettuce, onion, fennel, celery, and clementines.
  5. Leftover beef may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave for about 1 minute until hot.
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Thanks to Sarah from Chef Next Door for hosting this week’s event!  Don’t forget to check out all the other Sunday Supper dishes!

APPETIZERS, SOUPS, AND SALADS

LEAN GROUND BEEF RECIPES

MAINS

SANDWICHES AND WRAPS

STEAKS

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Hearty Healthy Beef Stew + Giveaway!

Hearty Healthy Beef Stew

In the winter I kind of hibernate like the chipmunks who inhabit the yard in nicer weather.  If you read my blog regularly you know I hate winter and want to move to California, which is a symbol of so many things just out of reach in my life, but for now, it’s really all about the weather.

See all was fine and well when the last day in November was sixty and sunny, but now we’ve had our first snowfall/storm/blizzard/severe weather alert day/impending doom, and I can’t deal.  Wake me when it’s spring.

The problem with this used to be that leaving the house meant so shopping or new things or worst of all food.  However, this is no longer a problem.  Me indulging my lack of desire to leave the house when the snow won’t stop might be a problem, but ladies and gentlemen, food now arrives on the porch thanks to the nice delivery men and ButcherBox.

ButcherBox

I had heard about ButcherBox and when they offered me a sample box to check out, I jumped at the chance.  If you are unfamiliar with ButcherBox, it is a monthly subscription program that sends meat, beef, chicken, pork, or a combination, to your door.  It arrives frozen on dry ice in a super nice box and cooler.

The beef is grass fed and grass finished, the chicken is organic, and the pork is heritage breed.  The meat is antibiotic and hormone free and never taken from feedlots.  This is awesome because it is super important to eat high quality proteins and know where your food is coming from.

I was a bit nervous the meat would be thawed when it arrived, but my fears were assuaged instantly when I found all the pieces to be individually wrapped and literally hard as a rock.  I requested a beef and pork box because I do not eat chicken.  I found a pound of bacon, four gorgeous bone in pork chops, two pounds of ground beef, sirloin tips, sirloin steaks, and thinly sliced beef.

ButcherBox

I will be honest, I was a bit disappointed to not receive some strips or ribeyes instead of the sirloin, but I was excited to check out the box and push myself to try some new recipes.  I made taco lettuce wraps with some of the ground beef, seared and roasted two of the pork chops and made this crazy good Hearty Healthy Beef Stew.

While the box might be pricey to some at $129, there is a ton of meat there, 8-10 pounds, enough for 15-20 meals.  My freezer is still stocked.  Plus, I spend a lot of money on food typically and this actually is a pretty good deal for my tastes and spending habits.

Hearty Healthy Beef Stew

This may be controversial to some, but I don’t thaw my meat before cooking it.  This, to me, gives the final product a close to fresh flavor.  I do this with steaks, ground beef, fish – all proteins I stash in the freezer.  In fact, most of the time I can’t tell the difference between fresh and frozen because of the lack of thawing.  I recommend trying this method.  Cooking clearly takes a bit longer, but with planning, it is doable and worth it.

This stew is one of my new favorite dishes.  I haven’t had beef stew in probably a couple decades.  It was never my favorite, but using high quality ingredients and adding a bit of spice made this a comforting dish that we can all feel good about eating.

I used the sirloin tips and steaks and paired them with mild spices and hearty vegetables for a rich stew, thanks to proper browning, that is craveworthy.  Be sure to check out this stew and ButcherBox.  It is definitely something I will be ordering again in the future.

Hearty Healthy Beef Stew

And the kind people at ButcherBox were kind enough to offer one lucky reader a box of their choice to try! I’m so excited for you!

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Hearty Healthy Beef Stew

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

2 ½ pounds beef (I used frozen sirloin tips and sirloin steaks)
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
2 bunches carrots, peeled and chopped into ¼ inch thick rounds
3 medium or 2 large onions, cut into large dice
1 large fennel bulb, sliced
2 cups kale leaves
Cloves from 1 head of garlic, peeled
4 cups low sodium organic beef stock
2 cups water

Instructions

  1. Heat a large stock pot over medium high heat. Once the pot is hot, add the oil. Add the beef to the pot. Allow to brown on one side, before flipping and allowing to brown on the other side. Add the red pepper, turmeric, coriander, chili powder, and black pepper.
  2. Once the meat is mostly brown, add 1 bunch of carrots and half of the onion. Sauté the vegetables for a few moments with the meat before adding enough stock to almost, but not quite, cover the meat. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and place a lid on the pot, leaving it cracked slightly.
  3. Cook for 1 hour, stirring periodically, and adding more liquid if necessary. After the hour, add the remaining carrots and onion, along with the fennel and garlic. Recover and cook for 30 minutes.
  4. Pull the large pieces of meat out of the pot and slice them in ¼ to ½ inch thick slices. Return to the pot, add the water and kale and cook until heated through, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately. Stew may be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days or frozen in airtight containers for up to three months. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove top until steaming hot.

Notes

I used frozen meat. If you use fresh, the cooking time will be significantly different.

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Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip

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Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip

When you’re looking at a menu do you ever spot a dish that sounds good and like it should be healthy, but you know it’s not?

It happens to me all the time.  Think about the salads loaded with bacon and cheese and creamy dressing.  The veggie burgers on the biggest bun ever, slathered with sauce and cheese.  The fish tacos, breaded and deep fried on double tortillas.  Spinach artichoke dip with more cheese than vegetables and enough chips to feed a family of four for a week.

Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip

Really though something called spinach artichoke dip should be both delicious and healthy, so I made a version that is just that.

Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip doesn’t skip any of the things we all love about that classic restaurant appetizer, but it is also something to feel good about eating and serving your guests this holiday season.  I promise it will be a huge hit and no one will know that it’s healthy.

Shopping at Meijer

One of the secret ingredients is Dannon Oikos 0% Plain Greek Yogurt.  I have eaten more than my fair share of yogurt in my life, but I hadn’t tried plain until now because it sounded so, well, plain.  But I was sooooo wrong.  This yogurt is incredible.  Not only does it add body and creaminess to this dip, but it is great in a variety of ways.  The other night I dolloped some on tacos and could not tell the difference between the Oikos and sour cream.  Except for the fact that I can feel so much better about eating the Oikos with no fat and 22 grams of protein per serving.

I love that is has balanced nutrition and quality ingredients.  Plus it is non-GMO and fuels every day health.  I really can’t imagine not having the plain Oikos in my refrigerator now because it is easy to use in recipes and inspires me to keep trying new recipes.

Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip

Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip

The other heroes in the dip are frozen spinach and artichoke hearts, along with light cream cheese and skim shredded mozzarella.  We’re saving calories at every turn without sacrificing an ounce of flavor.  Plus, you can totally make and bake this dip ahead of time and reheat it for your party.

It is great served with cut up vegetables for dipper plus a few crackers and chips because life is all about balance and a couple chips are totally a worthy indulgence.

Be sure to head to Meijer and pick up some Oikos to make this dip and so much more.

Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip

Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip

Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

1 cup Dannon Oikos 0% Plain Greek Yogurt
1 10-ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and very well drained
1 9-ounce box frozen artichoke hearts, thawed, very well drained, and coarsely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 ounces light cream cheese
8 ounces shredded skim mozzarella cheese, divided
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
Carrots, cucumber slices, radishes, cauliflower florets, celery stalks, crackers, and chips for serving.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together yogurt, spinach, artichoke hearts, garlic, cream cheese, all of the mozzarella except ¼ cup, salt and pepper. Be sure to blend this mixture very well.
  2. Place the mixture into one large or two smaller oven safe ramekins. Smooth the top and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake for about 40 minutes, until golden brown on top and steaming hot in the center. Check a couple times in the process to ensure the top is not browning too quickly. If it is, cover loosely with foil.
  3. Serve immediately with the vegetables, crackers, and chips. Dip may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave for a couple minutes or a 350 degree F oven for 20-30 minutes.
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Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

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Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

I used to eat yogurt every morning for breakfast.  And I loved it.  There are so many flavors to choose from and it’s super good for you.  But then I got a little bored.  Luckily, yogurt is still there providing some #BreakfastInspiration, because it is good for so much more than eating as is.

Dannon Oikos is my go-to.  While I love the traditional with all-natural non-GMO ingredients, when shopping at my local Meijer, they were out of the Apple Pie flavor I was searching for, so I picked up Salted Caramel Triple Zero because caramel and apples are a match made in heaven.

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Triple Zero has 0 added sugar, 0 calories, and 0 artificial sweeteners, hence the Triple Zero.  It fuels performance and exercise, but does sacrifice a bit of flavor.  The good news is, in these Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins, you will never, ever know that.

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Oikos is totally made for incorporating into recipes.  These are some of the fluffiest, moistest, most flavorful muffins I have ever made.  The tang of the yogurt and the tartness of the applesauce keeps the muffins from being too sweet, while the pecans add crunch and the pieces of apple are little juicy flavor pockets.

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

I feel so good about eating these muffins because yogurt has the protein, calcium, and vitamin D my body needs.  Plus, I am super excited to try different variations on these muffins by using different fruit, nuts, and yogurt.  You should feel free to experiment too.  Blueberries, walnuts, and vanilla yogurt sounds great.  Or strawberries, almonds, and Banana Cream.  Oikos has tons of flavors to check out.

So the next time you need to revamp breakfast, turn to Oikos and my Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins.

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup applesauce
2 5.3 ounce containers Oikos Triple Zero Salted Caramel
2 cups diced and peeled apple
¾ cup pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together sugar, eggs, applesauce, and yogurt. Add flour, cinnamon, ginger, and baking powder and mix until fully combined.
  3. Stir in the apple and pecans until well distributed. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling all the way to the top.
  4. Bake for 22-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Serve warm or cool completely. Muffins may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days or frozen, wrapped individually in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the microwave about 1 minute.
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Healthy Breakfast Popsicles

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Healthy Breakfast Popsicles

I have one main fear in life and that is getting sick.  Staying healthy is super important to me and so I have a healthy routine that helps me feel in control of my life.  Of course there are no guarantees (how I wish there were) but getting sleep, eating healthy, and washing my hands give me comfort and make me feel like I am doing something.

Another part of that routine is Emergen-C.  See, Emergen-C is so great because the Super Orange (my favorite!) has this serious orange flavor and fizzy vibe.  It reminds me of the orange sodas of my youth but oh so much butter for me.  But if you don’t like orange, there are over 20 flavors and one is sure to suit your tastes.

Healthy Breakfast Popsicles

Healthy Breakfast Popsicles

While I use Emergen-C year round, in the winter it is a super important part of my routine to maintain my healthy lifestyle with its 1,000 mg of Vitamin C plus other antioxidants Zinc and Manganese to support your immune system.*

It is such a relief to know I have Emergen-C on hand when things that are out of my control happen.  I feel refreshed after drinking Emergen-C and love that the seven 7 B Vitamins in it enhance energy naturally* without caffeine.  Sometimes caffeine makes me super wound up and then I don’t sleep.  No sleep is definitely not good for my health.

Healthy Breakfast Popsicles

While I enjoy Emergen-C mixed with water as stated on the box, I also like to get creative with it.  So I made some Healthy Breakfast Popsicles.  That’s right, popsicles you can feel good about eating for breakfast.

These popsicles are full of nutritious ingredients: fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries, fresh ginger, and chia seeds, plus Emergen-C.  They are easy to make and gluten free!  I find popsicles so refreshing even in the cold winter months and love that I can feel good about eating these.

Shopping at Walgreen's

Be sure to pick up some Emergen-C on your next trip to Walgreen’s and make these popsicles!

Healthy Breakfast Popsicles

Healthy Breakfast Popsicles

Healthy Breakfast Popsicles

Yield: Varies, about 10 of the paper cup popsicles

Ingredients

3 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 cup milk (I used almond – use what you love)
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, finely grated
¼ cup chia seeds
2 cups fresh blueberries
4 packets Emergen-C Super Orange
16 ounces water
Popsicle molds or 5-ounce paper cups and plastic spoons

Instructions

  1. Prepare popsicle molds or place 10 of the paper cups on a baking sheet.
  2. Place strawberries and milk in a blender. Blend until smooth, up to a minute, depending on your blender. Stir in the ginger and chia seeds. Divide the mixture evenly among the popsicle molds or paper cups.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together Emergen-C and water. Allow to sit and fizz for a couple minutes to be sure it is well combined. Stir in blueberries. Divide the Emergen-C mixture among the already half-filled molds or cups. Fill almost to the top. If there is extra mixture, freeze it by itself.
  4. Place spoons in the cups if using and place the tray or molds in the freezer for at least 12 hours to ensure the popsicles are fully frozen. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Notes

Additional freezing time is necessary

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Cappuccino Overnight Oats #SundaySupper

Cappuccino Overnight Oats

I’ve been on the overnight oats bandwagon for quite some time now.  Despite all the recipes that I see on blogs, it was actually Mom’s hairdresser that finally got me to make a batch.

And now, they are my favorite quick and easy breakfast.  They are healthy, vegan, gluten free, and ready to go in the morning when I know I’ll busy and don’t want to spend tons of time thinking about what I’m having for breakfast or making it.

I always start with gluten free oats and almond or coconut milk, but from there, the sky is the limit.  Sometimes I add cinnamon or ginger.  Vanilla is a great go-to.  So is carob or cocoa powder.  Oh and dried fruit is fun too because it adds some sweetness and the fruit becomes so plump and juicy.

Cappuccino Overnight Oats

The sky is basically the limit with overnight oats and the different flavor possibilities.  So when this Sunday Supper’s theme was coffee and I didn’t want to bake something, I thought coffee would be a welcome addition to overnight oats.

And it is, but milk and sugar are musts because the bitterness is intensified by soaking overnight with the oats.  So if you love coffee, you will love these, and if not, maybe mix your oats with something different.

I am on a huge coffee kick, so I really enjoyed kick starting my morning with some caffeine and this healthy, hearty dish!

Cappuccino Overnight Oats

Cappuccino Overnight Oats #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

1 cup old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free if necessary)

½ cup brewed coffee, cold

½ cup almond or coconut milk

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

In a medium bowl stir together oats, coffee, milk, syrup, and vanilla until well combined. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, divide into two bowls and add an additional ¼ - ½ cup coconut or almond milk to each bowl. Top with fruit and/or nuts and serve immediately.

Notes

Additional chilling time is necessary

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Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!

Beverages

Breakfast

Dessert

Main

Sides

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Summer Squash Frittata #SundaySupper

Summer Squash Frittata - an easy to make, gluten free meal that's healthy and delicious!

I have been wondering where the summer went, how it is possible that it is in fact September.  This puzzles me and makes my head hurt when I think about it.

But upon further inspection, I do know where the summer went.  While bigger picture I still have lots of worries and am waiting impatiently for my career to jump start and to find my place in the world, the summer went a lot of amazing, interesting places and I couldn’t be more thankful for it.

It went to a lot of amazing food.  Baking, cooking, ordering wild salmon direct from Seattle, hitting up the farmers’ market, making sure no day was complete without peaches, tomatoes, and cherries.  There were visits to restaurants all over metro Detroit, the vast majority of which were amazing.  From Savor Detroit to Forest to Public House, we tried some funky places that pride themselves on great food.

Summer Squash Frittata

Summer helped us explore parts of the area we hadn’t before.  We checked out Great Lakes Crossing, plus the area’s two outdoor malls.  We visited the Cranbrook Science Museum and headed to the Grosse Pointe showhouse.  We went to the State Fair and the Buy Michigan Now festival.  We spent time outside and treated the area as though we were tourists.

My tween and teenage self is super jealous of the concerts I went to.  Four of them in total, and I loved every moment.  After spending years telling myself it would be too crowded and scary, the past few years have shown me that is not the case and in fact concerts are healing in a way I can’t explain.  I saw Carrie Underwood, Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato, Coldplay, and most recently Adele (I can’t wait to tell you about that next week).  Even better: I saw three of the concerts with Mom.  Sure it’s fun to go with someone my own age, but Mom is my person.  We go through some not so fun times together, so it’s nice to be able to enjoy life with one another.

Summer Squash Frittata

We took walks, smelled flowers, listened to the birds sing, looked at the moon, stayed out late, had fun, forgot about problems, and enjoyed life.  That’s where summer went and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Summer also went to this Summer Squash Frittata.  It’s easy to make when you are in a hurry and need dinner on the table in a flash.  It is super healthy, gluten free, and very satisfying.  I have just been pairing it with sliced tomatoes for a hearty dinner that I can practically put together with my eyes closed.  All the better for enjoying all life has to offer.

Summer Squash Frittata

Summer Squash Frittata #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

2 large zucchini or yellow squash

1 large onion, sliced into half moons

2 tablespoons olive oil

8 large eggs, whisked

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Preheat the oven broiler.

Cut the stems off the zucchini and/or yellow squash and cut it into large rounds. Cut the rounds in half.

Heat an 8-inch skillet over medium high heat. I like using a stainless steel skillet. Once hot, add the oil, followed by the squash and onion. Sauté until they begin to caramelize.

Add the well whisked eggs and cook until the eggs begin to set, scraping the bottom well.

Place the skillet under the broiler for 1 minute. Check for doneness. If the frittata is not fully cooked, place it back under the broiler, checking frequently until it is cooked. Be careful as the pan will be very hot.

Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

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Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!

Favorite Skillet Breakfasts

Favorite Skillet Sides

Favorite Skillet Entrees

Favorite Skillet Desserts

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