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  • Hump Day Happenings – Blue Apron with Ashley

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    For this weeks Hump Day Happenings, I tried a Blue Apron meal. I received a free week of Blue Apron to try out. I was given a choice of five options, and as someone who doesn’t eat fish, that didn’t leave me with a lot of options. We were sent ingredients for three meals. Roasted Pork Steam Rolls, Baked Whole Wheat Rigatoni, and Spicy Chicken and Carrots.

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    The ingredients were well labeled and looked fresh. I can honestly say they, there were items I’ve never tried before. It is nice that the ingredients were portioned perfectly so that were is no waste at the end of the week. Even when I try my hardest, I always end up with failing produce by he end of the week. Which means the chickens get the leftovers or they go directly into the compost bin.

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    I chose the pork for the first meal. The Pork Steam Buns stated they took 55 minutes to make. It took me just over a hour. The directions were very clear and easy to follow. There was a lot of prep work because you are using whole foods, which isn’t a bad thing, but does take longer. Also, I did make a lot of dishes. I hate dishes. This was not a meal my kids would try, so I had to make them a separate dish which added to my dishes and work. My husband was not a fan of the salad, and drowned his in ranch dressing.

    Overall the meal was tasty and enjoyable. While I’m not sure I will continue my subscription, it is great option for people with an inquisitive palate and little time to shop. I’m excited to try my next two meals, and will make the decision at the end of the week.

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    Serving size was two buns, this is my husband’s plate.

    This is an unpaid, honest post about healthy eating :).

  • Meatless Monday Recipe

    Welcome to the Meatless Monday recipe post! 

    Meatless Monday was created in 2003 to improve health of individuals, countries, and the planet. You can learn about the movement here. You do not have to give up your protein packed day for a meatless monday, and we are here to show you how! Every week we will share our favorite meatless recipes, give it a try!

    Ok, so I’m a day late posting this today. I had a house full of people and Columbus Day really threw me off. I love MM, and my kids are getting there too! The one problem we have, is my daughter has dance Monday nights. Any one with kids understands, when you have an extracurricular on a weeknight things get a bit crazy. One of my FAVORITE quick and easy  MM recipes is a simple black bean taco.

    What you’ll need:

    1 can black beans, rinsed

    1 c. yellow corn

    Tortillas of your choice, we do corn

    Salsa

    Sour Cream

    Guacamole

    Lettuce

    Cheese

    Homemade taco seasoning

    Directions:

    Heat corn and black beans in a medium skillet. Add taco seasoning with 1/3c water. Let simmer until thickened.

    Apply to tortillas of your choice.

    Add toppings and Enjoy!

    So easy, so yummy, and as healthy as you’d like!

  • Meatless Monday Recipe

    Welcome to the Meatless Monday recipe post!

    Meatless Monday was created in 2003 to improve health of individuals, countries, and the planet. You can learn about the movement here. You do not have to give up your protein packed day for a meatless monday, and we are here to show you how! Every week we will share our favorite meatless recipes, give it a try!

    This is a great fall dish adapted from The Sweet Twist of Blogging. It’s a crock meal so it’s easy and great for the day when you just don’t have time for a super time consuming meal. This has all of the comfort of chili, without the guilt. The best part? It’s packed with protein from both beans and quinoa. Add whatever toppings you want on the end to make it uniquely yours!

    Vegetarian Quinoa Chili

    Ingredients

    • 1 – 14oz can Black Beans
    • 1 – 14oz can Dark Red Kidney Beans
    • 1 – 14oz can Light Red Kidney Beans
    • 1 – 14oz can Heinz Vegetarian Beans
    • 1 – 28oz can diced Tomatoes
    • 1/2 an onion chopped into small pieces
    • 2-3 cloves of garlic chopped
    • 1 small container of mushrooms
    • 1 Bell Peppers (whatever color you prefer) chopped into small pieces
    • 2 tbsp oil of your choice
    • 1c Quinoa
    • Chili Spices
      • 1/2tbs chili powder
      • 1/2tsp ground cumin
      • 1/8tsp cayenne pepper
      • 1/8tsp garlic powder
      • 1/4tsp garlic powder
      • 1/2 tsp salt
      • 1/8tsp fresh ground pepper
    1. Heat oil in saucepan. When oil is hot add onions, and cook until transparent.
    2. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Remove from heat, and set aside.
    3. Drain and rinse kidney and black beans, add to crock.
    4. Add vegetarian beans, tomatoes, chili spices, mushrooms, garlic/onion mixture, peppers, and chili spices.
    5. Stir
    6. Set crock to low and cook for 4-6 hours. I’ve let this cook up to 8 hours and have had no issues.
    7. 1 hour before you’d like to serve the chili add rinsed quinoa to the crock and stir.
    8. Chili is ready to serve once quinoa is cooked through.
    9. Add whatever toppings you’d like and enjoy!

    This is so GOOD! Even my meat loving husband enjoys this recipe! Have a recipe you’d like to share? Send it our way!

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  • Guest Blog!! "PROTEIN BALLS!"

    249105_10151583749723680_1529127214_nHello, my name is Alex and I am a Crossfit addict. I put in several hours a day several days a week at my box, watched reruns of the 2013 games on YouTube at work, recorded the 2014 games so that I could re-watch the world’s fittest over and over, I made it my mission to get to there in the Masters by age 50 (long term goal) and I dream that I will wake up as Elisabeth Akinwale.

    My boxmate TK and I are always talking about being “bout this life” but being “bout this life” means putting in work in the gym, on the track, on the trail and mostly in the kitchen. You’ve got to take in the “good” carbs and fats, and all the lean protein you can get. I am one of those people who carries chicken breast in a baggie in her purse. Which by the by when people see you pulling out a chicken baggie, you have to wonder if they think you are like a hardcore body builder or you have a weird obsession with chicken. I need of a change, I decided to play to my strengths and head to the kitchen. That’s my segway into talking about my balls.

    (Read aloud in a seductive voice) My balls have steel cut oats, chia seeds, flax meal, nut butter (of course) and dark chocolate and that’s just to start. They are delicious, sweet and give you the feeling that you are being naughty and having a bad treat but you are taking in protein, Omega 3s, healthy fat and my personal favorite chocolate.

    I would like to say that my pastry background helped with this recipe but truth is I was hangry (we all know that hungry/angry feeling) and just threw it together. Little of this and a little of that, add something sticky to bring it together and BOOM there you go. I made them as an experiment and fed them to my guinea pig, TK, she loved them and it was a wrap. I now have to make a few times a week and I often get late night text begging me for more.

    So you know you want to get you some. Get you some the “bout this life” balls.

    A few things to keep in mind:

    I treat recipes as guidelines, follow it as is once, then switch it up the second time around.

    This recipe is flexible: sub out the coconut peanut butter for any nut butter you prefer. Hell you could make it majorly decadent and add, gasp, chocolate hazelnut spread.

    Let’s get it….

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    • ½ cup almond meal or “flour”
    • 1 cup steel cut or old fashioned oats (#notpaleo)
    • ¼ cup flax meal
    • ¼ cup chia seeds
    • 1 cup coconut peanut butter (yes, that’s a thing)
    • ½ c *toasted unsweetened coconut
    • ½ c honey
    • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
    • 1 *scoop protein powder

    Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl. Add the honey and mix until combined. Once combined, use a small scoop or tablespoon to portion out the mixture. With wet hands, roll the mix into nice round balls. Place the balls on a plate or sheet tray and chill. Keep in zip top bag or in an air tight container in the fridge. Eat as your heart desires.

    *Spread the dry unsweet coconut on an ungreased baking sheet and toast in the oven at 350 degrees for about 5-7 minutes. Keep an eye on it because it can burn easily. You are looking for GBD, golden brown delicious. Allow to cool and use in the recipe or store in a zip top bag.

    *Depending on your protein powder you may need to use 2 scoop to get a full serving.

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