Monday, February 18, 2019

Chocolate Protein Pancakes (Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free)

Delicious chocolate pancakes that are refined sugar free, gluten free and packed with protein!
Chocolate Protein Pancakes

If you follow us at all, you'll know the last post I did was Muscle Milk Protein Brownies. SO....with this post it would seem as if I'm really into protein. Truth is, I've been counting my macros (percentages of carbs, fats, and proteins) and trying to balance them. I found that I consistently show up short in my protein intake!

Chocolate Protein Pancakes

These pancakes are a solution to remedy my lack of protein intake! They're a great way to get your morning started. An American classic we all love, with a little more umph nutritionally than traditional pancakes. Hope you enjoy!

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Muscle Milk Protein Brownies

Delicious, fudgey, brownies packed with 10 grams of protein per serving!


Muscle Milk Protein Brownies

Who doesn't love a good brownie? I for sure do! However, ever since I've been married (going on seven years) I've had an urge to continually improve my health especially in my nutrition. My wife sometimes hates it because I say I'm concocting some sort of dessert, she expects something delicious, she partakes, usually followed by something to the extent of, "You tried to make this healthy, didn't you?".
Muscle Milk Protein Brownies
That question is usually followed by a discontent "Why?".  The reason is because I want to enjoy all of my favorite treats and sweets without all the guilt! As you can tell, my success rate with constructing healthy desserts has been almost nonexistent. Well, BIG NEWS!

Muscle Milk Protein Brownies

I really think I hit the nail on the head with this receipt. These brownies are absolutely packed with protein and relatively low in fat! My wife loved them and I of course loved them! It is like a dream come true anytime I make something traditionally fatty and sugary healthy and can get my wife to like it. This was one of those instances! Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I am right now!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Breakfast Pancake Wrapped Sausage Dippers

An American breakfast favorite with smokey maple sausage, dipped in pancaked batter,  fried to perfection, then dipped in syrup.

Homemade breakfast pancake wrapped sausage dippers

Here's a confession. Every birthday since I've been married, I've asked my wife for these pancake sausage creations that are just incredible to me for some reason. We never buy them other then for that occasion. What a glorious occasion it is!!

Homemade breakfast pancake wrapped sausage dippers

I've been wanting to make this recipe for years and finally had that thought come to fruition. It took some experimentation and fiddling around, but I got to a pretty solid finished product! I might still have my wife buy them for my birthday......BUT.....now I have the ability to frequent these bad boys into my homemade breakfast repertoire. I hope to not do this to my own demise of health, although tempting! I hope you can walk that line with me, enjoy!!

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Meal Plan Monday - Week 2

Our weekly meal plans include 5 homemade dinner recipes and a dessert that are budget-friendly, easy-to-make, and fit into a busy weeknight schedule with a printable grocery list that is also linked to Walmart Grocery Pickup (to make grocery shopping extra easy)!


You can find all of our weekly meal plans here.



It took me a little longer than I had originally planned to get our Week 2 Meal Plan out the door. Mostly because I couldn't decide on the best format for sharing these recipes with all of you. I wanted to give you something easy and simple, but it still needed to be thorough and comprehensive. And most of all, I wanted to share a meal plan with you each week that I would personally use with my own family.

After a couple of weeks, here's what I finally came up with.

  • 5 dinner* recipes formatted for printing on 8.5x11 paper for use in a 3-ring binder
  • 1 dessert recipe (we always have a special treat on family night once a week)
  • A printable weekly index page
  • A printable recipe binder cover page
  • Suggestions for side dishes with each recipe
  • All ingredients (including the suggested sides) linked to Walmart Grocery Pickup in a grocery list that you can print as well
  • Everything in ONE printable PDF
*My family ALWAYS eats breakfast for dinner on Sundays. So I'll always be including one breakfast recipes (we usually eat waffles or pancakes, but I'll try to shake it up for you guys). Feel free to use this recipe for a fancy Saturday morning breakfast if you're not into Brinner!



As I said above, I'll be sure to get ALL of the printables into just one PDF going forward. But this week I made the binder cover and the index page as an afterthought, so I've actually got THREE pages for you to print. Here are the links to PDFs for all the prints you'll need for this week's meal plan:

Recipe Pages + Grocery List PDF
Index Page PDF
Binder Cover PDF


This week's meal plan recipes were slightly adapted from the following blogs:


Enjoy!




⚡️I'm having some difficulty with the links to the Walmart Grocery Pickup for this post. I'll work on it and try to get it updated ASAP!



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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Red Velvet Cut Out Sugar Cookies

These red velvet cut out sugar cookies are perfect for Valentine's day. Just a few ingredients, and they hold their shape while baking!



Ingredients needed for Red Velvet Cut Out Sugar Cookies

  • a red velvet cake mix
  • eggs
  • butter
  • all purpose flour
  • frosting

Helpful Supplies & Equipment

  • stand mixer
  • nonstick baking mat
  • rolling pin
  • cookie cutter

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • I baked three batches of cookies at after chilling each batch for varied times (one of them I didn't chill at all). What I found was that chilling doesn't make a significant difference. The more chilled cookie dough did hold it's shape slightly better and baked into a slightly softer cookie. But nothing significant. Which means... it's your call whether or not you want to chill the dough for 5-10 minutes before baking :)




Yield: 2 dozen

Red Velvet Cut Out Sugar Cookies

These red velvet cut out sugar cookies are perfect for Valentine's day. Just a few ingredients, and they hold their shape while baking!
prep time: 10 minscook time: 9 minstotal time: 19 mins

ingredients

  • 1 red velvet cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose  flour + additional for dusting

instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Use a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment to mix all ingredients together until a smooth dough forms.
  3. If needed, knead additional flour into the dough by hand until dough is smooth and not too sticky to handle.
  4. Roll the dough out on a floured surface. Sprinkle more flour on top before rolling with the rolling pin.
  5. Cut out shapes. Bake cookies for 9 minutes and let cool completely on the cookie sheet before transferring or frosting.
Created using The Recipes Generator

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Instant Pot Blackened Chicken Burrito Bowl

A very easy instant pot dinner made of healthy staples like rice, chicken, and beans!
Easy Instant Pot Chicken Dinner Recipe
I'm ashamed to admit, but i have not been part of the tex-mex craze that has taken over American until recent. I didn't even know what it was honestly. I had of course heard of Chipotle but hadn't ever gone out of my way to have it.

I work at a small University and they recently implemented a tex-mex restaurant and I decided to eat there. It doesn't get much more simple. Rice, a tortilla, choice of beans, chicken or steak, cheese, and a few different salsas and sauces.
Easy Instant Pot Dinner Chicken Burrito Bowl
Those wholesome and simple ingredient make a great blend an a complete meal filled with great carbs, proteins, and fats. My family is getting sick of me only wanting these burrito bowls, but the more the merrier for me! I make it out of the instant pot so it is quick and easy AND provides a great meal for the family AND if they don't want it anymore i have amazing lunches for the week! This his quickly become my favorite meal!

I hope this becomes as much as a favorite for you as it has for me!

Enjoy!

Keaton

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