Saturday, November 30, 2013

Quick Garlic Cheese Rolls

Sometimes you just need a good dinner roll. A good roll with cheese in it, and tastes like garlic heaven. 

These are super simple and ready in 15 min! 

2 cups self rising flour
1/4 tsp salt
1cup milk
4tbs plain greek yogurt
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup cheese, shredded

Preheat oven 425 degrees F. 
Mix it all together very well and evenly distribute into a 12 greased muffin tin.
Sprinkle a little extra shredded cheese on top and bake for 10-12min until cheese is melted tops are a lightly golden brown.

Let cool for 10min. 


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

10 Thanksgiving Day Dishes and Desserts You Should Try

These are a combination of recipes that may not be on your Thanksgiving day menu,
 But I encourage you to check out these  recipes from some of my favorite Blogs and you just might find your families new Turkey-Day tradition.

Sweet  Potato Quinoa Stuffing

Grilled Proscuitto-Wrapped Asparagus 


Clean Whole Wheat Biscuits


Rosemary Cornbread with Goat Cheese Butter

Pan-Seared Brussel Sprouts w/ Cranberries & Pecans

Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash Rings

No Bake Eggnog Pie

No Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Cinnamon Sweet Bread Wreath
Originally by  from Just Love Cookin’  translated by Turvs


Pumpkin Roll

What's your families favorite Thanksgiving day dish?

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Protein Banana Nut Muffins

I truly enjoy finding ways to make some of my favorite treats, that I can only enjoy on occasion, something healthy that I can enjoy everyday.

Banana bread is one of those.

When I was growing up, my mom used to make the best banana bread. It was so moist, decadent, and sweet, and usually was gone by the end of the day.

 Now, that goodness comes with a price: fat from the butter and the sweetness from the sugar. So the stop sign went up until I found a way to make it healthier without compromising the taste.

With this recipe, I believe I've done just that.
These muffins are moist, sweet, and you guessed it, healthy!
High in protein and low in carbs.
Can't get much better than that.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

2 cups oat flour
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
2 small bananas, very ripe
1/2 cup applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbs brown sugar
 3-4 large egg whites (~9tbs)
 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 cup walnuts, chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Mix flour, protein powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Mix applesauce, bananas, egg whites, brown sugar, and vanilla in a smaller bowl. Mix wet ingredients into dry until thoroughly mixed. Mix in chopped walnuts.
Evenly distribute mix into greased muffin tin and bake for 18 min or until a tops are a nice golden brown.
 Let cool for 10 min.
These freeze well too!

 Nutritional Info 
1 muffin
76 Cal * 11 carbs  * 2g Fat * 5g protein * 2g fiber

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Good Ol' Healthy Banana Bread

Sweet breads are one of my favorite things to bake. They are so easy and they are easily adaptable to your personal dietary needs. For this banana bread I was looking for sweet without the calories and low in fat because I don't need any more of it.


For extra sweetness (besides the brown sugar) I used 3 very ripe bananas and applesauce. They pair well together as both add moisture and natural sweetness as well as help hold the bread together.

I also used whole wheat flour, actually stone ground wheat flour. Now, honestly I didn't know what the difference was between regular whole wheat flour and stone ground, but now that I've cooked with it a few times I have found they are very different. Stone ground is not a "fine" flour, its actually quite rough and absorbs moisture like the dickens. It's terrible for making tortillas but fantastic for breads!

I found the best way to use this flour when I don't want a super dense bread is to blend it with my cup blender--similar to a magic bullet. I blend a cup a time and viola! soft, sifted, fine flour.

Anyways, this banana bread was perfect for breakfast and also dessert. I hope you enjoy.

Makes 1 large loaf or ~ 2 small loafs
2 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup apple sauce
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 ripe bananas
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
4 large egg whites
handful of chopped walnuts

Preheat oven 350 degrees F. 
Mix whole wheat flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon,  and brown sugar  together in a large bowl. whisk together egg whites, vanilla, and apple sauce in a smaller bowl. Pour wet ingredients into the large dry ingredient bowl and stir until well combined.
Smash 3 very ripe bananas in a bowl with a fork--don't over smash, you want it to still have chunks of banana throughout the mush.
Blend the smashed banana into the mixture. Add in walnuts if desired.
Pour into 9x5 bread pan.

Bake for 1 hour, until knife come out clean.

Let cool for 10 min before serving.


Nutritional Information w/ nuts:
Servings ~15 slices. Serving size: 1 slice
110 calories * 17 carbs* 1g Fat* 4g protein * 3g Fiber

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