Recipes

Crazy Easy Almond Butter

As a family we made the switch to Almond Butter a while ago but I had treated the delicious and nutritious treat like it is pure gold.  Honestly, I would sneak it when the kids were not watching because I didn’t want to have to share the teeny tiny amount that we had that cost us a week’s salary to purchase.  Ok so I know I am being dramatic but I really did secretly eat the stuff because I didn’t want to share.

My favorite almond butter was always the fresh ground we would get at Whole Paycheck, ahum I mean Whole Foods.  You could seriously taste the freshness and for that reason we paid $7/lb for the buttery gold.  I don’t know if I got sick of giving up other foods so I could afford to feed my almond butter habit or if I finally decided to not be so stubborn and share my almond butter with the kids.  Either way I knew if that little machine at Whole Foods was all that was in between me and almond butter I surely could manage to find a way to make it at home.  Enter my awesome KitchenAid Food Processor!

Now if you put Almond Butter on the delicious pedestal like I do you are going to have a Homer Simpson “Doh” moment when I show you how simple it is to make at home.

First gather either raw or roasted almonds, I prefer to buy raw then roast them a few hours prior to making my almond butter. Just pop 2 cups raw almonds into an oven at 300 for 10 minutes.  Let them cool down before you start making magic happen

2 Cups Fresh Roasted Almonds
2 Cups Fresh Roasted Almonds

Next you need a heavy-duty food processor or blender.  I prefer my food processor because it is easy to use, has a powerful motor that has yet to overheat, and get’s the job done in less than 10 minutes.

The magical KitchenAid food processor
The magical KitchenAid food processor

Add you almonds with your sharpest blade and turn on.  It will be loud at first, but that only lasts a few moments as the almonds start to break down.

Ear Plugs might be required
Ear Plugs might be required
Watch the magic
Watch the magic

As the almonds start to break down they will start to stick to the sides.  Just scrape it down every minute or so and keep pressing on…

Scrape down the sides
Scrape down the sides
Keep Going....
Keep Going….

The oils in the almonds will start to be released as the friction heats up the almonds and they are broken down.  It will start to ball up into a dough, don’t stop yet!  Break it down and keep going….

Keep Going....
Keep Going….

At about 8 minutes of processing you get a smooth and creamy Almond Butter to rival that from Whole Foods magic machine2015-03-05 12.11.35

Place in a small container and store in your fridge or pantry for a week or two, if it lasts that long.

2015-03-05 12.15.42

You can now enjoy delicious and nutrition buttery Almond gold at home.  Add it to greek yogurt, your smoothies, top apple slices, or eat it straight of the spoon if you want.   I have found the best place to get almonds is Costco, online, or Winco.  Enjoy!!

Recipes

21 Day Fix Crepes

I am on day 4 of my 21 Day Fix Extreme and I already am missing my giant veggie loaded salads.  I decided I would swap my veggies in my morning egg for my lunch.  So I was stuck, what can I do for breakfast now?!  I still wanted my eggs for my filling boost of protein after my morning workouts.  The first thing that came to mind was CREPES!!    One problem typical crepes have lots of butter, milk, flour and eggs.  I decided I was going to attempt this 21 Day Fix approved concoction anyways.  The outcome…..AMAZING!!!

21 Day Fix Crepe
21 Day Fix Crepe

Ingredients 

  • 1 tsp vanilla Shakeology
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 Red Container Egg Whites
  • 1 stevia packet
  • 1/2 banana (1 Purple)
  • 1 tsp natural unsalted peanut butter
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • dash of cinnamon

Directions: 

Heat a small non stick skillet over medium high heat.  Add 1/2 tsp to pan.

Blend eggs, shakeology, stevia and vanilla until frothy and has lots of bubbles

Pour 1/2 of the egg mix into pan.  Decrease heat to medium.  When the crepe starts to pull away from the edges (about 2 minutes) carefully flip with large spatula.  Cook another 30 sec to 1 minute until browned.

Make your second crepe.

Top with peanut butter, sliced banana and a dash of cinnamon.  ENJOY!!

Your Fix container count :1 Purple, 1 Red, 2 tsp

Want more info on 21 Day Fix and to join my next online accountability group find me on Facebook or Get more info HERE.

Recipes

Sneaky Mom vs Picky Eaters

My 2 and 3 year old battle me on their veggies every day! So I had to become a veggie ninja and learn ways to sneak them into their diets.  Here is the biggest winner so far…..

PB&J Smoothie!

1 scoop Strawberry Shakeology

handfull of Spinach (I am an approximator in the kitchen)

1 heaping tsp almond butter

2 sliced strawberries

ice

water

The strawberries and almond butter mask the spinach and the kiddos get a ton of vitamins and minerals from the Shakeology as well. Check out how I make it here :   PB&J Smoothie for Kids: http://youtu.be/DDXZ09bTEPY

Sneaky Mommy for the veggie win!

Recipes

Baked Chicken Wins with the Kiddos!

Tonight I decided I was going to try to make some chicken that I could pass off as chicken fingers on my toddlers.

I have a 2 year old that will devour anything out in front of her and then I have a 3 year old that decide a few moths back that unless it was in a fried or breaded form she wasn’t eating any meat. So while trying eat healthy as a family this ha been a bit of a challenge. Tonight mommy gets a tic in the Win column!!

We are preparing to do a Whole 30 as a family as well so I thought I better start transitioning into more wholesome options that are kid approved.

IMG_9158.JPG

I mixed in a food processor

1/4 cup flax seed meal
1/4 cup coconut flour
1oz cashews
2 Tbsp chia seed
1 Tbsp Mrs Dash Salt free seasoning (I would have adde more but I ran out)

Sliced chicken breast into thin strips and coated in the “no bread” coating.

Place the chicken strips on a sheet pan with a small amount of olive oil sprayed on to prevent sticking

Bake at 375 until fully cooked through. It was about 20 min for mine but the thickness of the chicken strips will determine how long it is needed.

Voila! Kiddo approved baked chicken fingers😃

Recipes

Frozen yogurt freezer bites- Perfect Summer treat!!


As the temperatures start to heat up outside check out these amazingly simple and super yummy sweet treats that are a great alternative to trips to the ice cream truck.

These strawberry-banana flavored frozen yogurt cupcakes are a perfect sweet treat and less than 100 calories each!Frozen Yogurt Bites

Total Time: 4 hrs. 20 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 12 servings, 1 cupcake each

 

 

 

Ingredients:
3½ cups nonfat plain Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp. raw honey
6 medium strawberries, pureed
½ medium ripe banana, pureed
36 dark chocolate morsels (about 2 Tbsp.)

Preparation:
1. Place 12 silicone baking cups on a baking sheet. Set aside.
2. Combine yogurt and honey in a medium bowl; mix well.
3. Place 3 Tbsp. yogurt mixture in each baking cup.
4. Top evenly with strawberries, banana, and 2 additional Tbsp. yogurt mixture.
5. Top each cupcake with 3 morsels.
6. Freeze for 4 hours, or until firm.
7. Remove from freezer 10 minutes before serving.

Tip: You can make this recipe using silicone baking cups, a silicone muffin pan, or a regular muffin pan. When using the regular muffin pan, to remove cupcakes, dip the bottom of the pan in hot water for 20 seconds.

Recipes

Clean Eating Phad Thai with Veggie Noodles

For Mother’s Day I purchased myself this awesome little veggie sprializer Image at Bed Bath & Beyond, best $15 spent on a kitchen tool!!

Tonight I made this amazing Phad Thai style dish.  It was:

1 carrot spiralized

1 green zucchini squash spiralized

1 yellow zucchini squash spiralized (don’t think that is a word, but I just made it one)

1 package extra firm organic non-GMO tofu Grilled with a little sesame oil

1 tbsp minced garlic

A little rice vinegar, grated ginger root, 2 tbsp peanut butter and sesame oil to top it off.

I added some heat to mine with some dried thai chilis at the end.  It was so awesome even my girls loved it!!I will definitely make this again and get more precise measurements so I can add the nutritional content.

 

Recipes

Paleo Southwest Burger w/ Guacamole….nom nom

Check out this amazing an simple paleo burger recipe! Makes my mouth water just thinking about this.

Paleo Southwest Burgers with Guacamole

Ingredients
2 lb grass-fed ground beef
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, divided
1 tablespoon Southwest seasoning
3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon pepper, divided
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
2 ripe avocados
1 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 head iceberg lettuce, leaves separated
Instructions

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Combine beef, 1 tablespoon cilantro, Southwest seasoning, garlic salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl; mix just until blended. Shape beef mixture into 6 equal patties. Place patties on a grill rack rubbed with oil. Grill, covered with grill lid, 6 minutes per side or until no longer pink and a thermometer reads 165 degrees. Peel avocados, and mash with a fork until chunky. Add lime juice, garlic powder, remaining 1 tablespoon cilantro and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Mix well. Assemble burgers with lettuce leaves (as the bun), patties and guacamole.
Recipe Serves 6

20140515-202216.jpg