Thursday, July 26, 2018

Chocolate Banana Zucchini Bread-clean and soooo yummy

Today, my husband and kids suggested going to an amazing vegan bakery for a little favorite because they also bake the most delicious gluten free treats too! Much to my disappointment, they had sold all of the gluten free offerings that sad. So when I got home, I decided to make my own treat with some bananas that were totally overripe and a huge zucchini from my in-laws garden. This is soooo easy, soooo yummy and full of fruit and veggies!

What you need:
2 cups oats, pulsed in blender until "flour"

  • 2 very ripe bananas smashed
  • 2.5 cups of shredded zucchini (I spiralize and run a knife through mine)
  • 100 calories worth of plain, vegan protein powder. I like the pea protein from Trader Joe's
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 TBSP oil of choice (loving my avocado oil)
  • 1 1/2 TBSP apple cider vinager
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips 
What you do:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease a 8x8 pan
  3. Combine all ingredients except the chocolate chips in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and then fold in the chocolate
  4. Pour into the pan and bake on middle rack for 40-45 minutes 
EAT it!

Nutrition for one giant piece...1/9 of the pan

235 calories
8 grams fat
36 carbs
4 grams fiber
6 grams protein

  • Friday, May 11, 2018

    Clean and simple egg casserole that is anything but just for breakfast!

    Earlier this week, I made a breakfast casserole for a friend who just had a baby and eats mostly paleo. The recipe looked good, so I doubled it and made one for myself...and oh my it was GOOD! But true to form, I thought that I could definitely get some more veggies in and do less processed meat. So, here is what I came up with and it delivers. I made it a bit spicy so if that's not  your thing, use less pepper flakes :)

    What you need:

    • 1 tbsp avocado, coconut, olive oil, butter, ghee...your choice...I like avocado oil best :) 
    • 1 lb ground turkey (I like the 93% lean)
    • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed (if you're lazy like me, Trader Joe's sells sweet potatoes already cubed)
    • 1 package (3 cups) cooked cauliflower rice (I get it at Trader Joe's in the frozen section and microwave for 3 minutes)
    • 3 cups fresh, shopped spinach
    • 1/2 large yellow onion diced
    • 12 eggs, beaten
    • 3  tsp kosher salt, divided
    • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
    • 3/4 tsp sage
    • 3/4 tsp thyme
    • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/4 tsp marjoram

    What you do:

    1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees
    2. Toss sweet potatoes in oil and place them on baking sheet. Bake for about 20-30 minutes or until soft
    3. While sweet potatoes are roasting, brown the ground turkey with onions until finished (no pink)
    4. Add pepper, 2 tsp salt, sage and thyme to meat and mix well
    5. Add cooked cauliflower rice and sweet potatoes to meat mixture and combine
    6. Whip the garlic powder and remaining salt into the eggs
    7. Grease a 9x13 pan and pour all ingredients together, including eggs
    8. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until eggs are set
    9. This lasts for about a week in the fridge...enjoy!