{tasty tuesday}

One thing that is really important to me is my family sitting and eating together for supper. Probably because I was raised that way, I have tons of great memories that come from my family sitting around the dinner table as I was growing up. We all took a break from the day and came together to share a meal, almost every night. I want my boys to grow up and remember how nice it was to have that time with their family.

Here are a couple of recipes that I have recently made. Besides being tasty, they were both quick and easy! Supper from start to finish in under 30 minutes, and even better not very many dishes to clean after! {I hate washing dishes, HATE it!}

First up, Italian Wonderpot from Budget Bytes. This was really good, next time I would love to add grilled or baked chicken and maybe some artichoke hearts {olives would be great in this too, but I’m the only one that likes them}. Head over to Budget Bytes for the recipe!20140211-093620.jpgMy boys love orange chicken, so when I found a recipe for Skinny Orange Chicken I had to try it. This recipe is from Gimme Some Oven and worth giving a try!

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Any recipes you have tried recently that were keepers? I’m always on the search for quick, kid friendly meals, that are also full of nutrients! If you have one, send it my way!!

Peace Out~

Nicholle

{fall for all}

It is that time of year, sweaters, boots, jeans, and FOOD! Something about this season makes me want to eat, and not eat healthy mind you! Donuts, desserts, hot cider, coffee with of course pumpkin creamer…the list goes on. NOM, NOM, NOM! Yes, I have given in to the occasional treat {okay, let’s be honest, it has been more like daily treats}. I have been feeling more sluggish and just lower energy and I blame the treats. To get back on track, here are two amazing recipes!

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I made the squash the day before this time and just scooped it out, mashed it a bit, and put it in the fridge. I had all kinds of squash to use up so I baked it all {butternut, acorn, delicata, and pumpkin}, but I normally just use butternut squash. Also, use whatever grains you have {wild rice blends are really nice in this}. Same with the sausage, I was just using up what I had in the freezer and it worked {a spicy sausage is very taste in this, but the sweet one I used this time was also great}. Season to taste, some nutmeg or cinnamon would compliment this soup. This makes about 16 cups, so a 1 cup serving macros are {Calories: 167 I Protein: 12g I Carbs: 24g I Fat: 3g}

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I have lots of left over squash and pumpkin that I didn’t use in the soup, so I made this up this morning. I put 1/2 cup of quick oats in a bowl with 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup of pumpkin/squash, and sprinkled it with a good amount of pumpkin pie spice, then microwaved it for 1 minute. I then added 1 scoop of Beyond Driven Whey Isolate in cake batter, stirred, and nuked another 30 seconds to 1 minute {longer for thicker}. I topped it with 1 Tb. Greek God’s Vanilla Honey yogurt, and 2 Tb. granola, and then a bit more pumpkin pie spice! This was really, really, really good! Macros without the toppings are {Calories: 279 I Protein: 33g I Carbs: 33g I Fat: 3g}

Let’s lighten up this fall food at bit! My abs are not a fan of all the treats!
Peace out~
Nicholle

{waffles}

ImageI’ve been making lots of protein pancakes, but have yet to bust out the waffle maker…until now! These protein packed waffles were so good, quick, and easy to make. Protein waffles are now a must in my weekly eats!

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I set my waffle maker to heat level of 3 (it goes up to 4), mixed all of the ingredients for the waffles together and then made two waffles {or you could make one really big one}

For the topping I mixed the regular pb2 with the caramel sauce and almond milk {start with 1 Tb. of milk and increase to get desired thickness} and plopped it on top. Then I mixed the chocolate Pb2 with almond milk {I made the first sauce thicker and then this one thinner} and drizzled over all of it. Topped it off with some raw coconut flakes and dug in! These were seriously good!

The macros for these waffles with the toppings are:

Calories: 423 I Protein: 60g I Carbs: 25g I Fat: 12g

Go make some healthy, protein packed waffles!
Peace Out~
Nicholle

{raspberry cheesecake}

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I must admit, I have one heck of a sweet tooth. I do enjoy a nice savory dish, but sweet is what is going to do it for me! Here is a simple, and AMAZINGLY delicious recipe that fulfills my sweet tooth, and what makes it even more amazing is that it is guilt free! {since I have started tracking my macros, I have to say I no longer have that guilt about eating a treat…as long as I fit it into my daily macros, I don’t sweat it, it is truly liberating!}

Raspberry Cheesecake Protein Shake:

  • 1.5 scoops Beyond Driven Whey Isolate, in vanilla caramel {this is incredible protein powder, check them out on facebook and go order some of your own, I promise you will love it!} 
  • 16 grams sugar free pudding mix, in cheesecake flavor
  • 2 tsp. raspberry extract {I started with just 1 tsp and it was good, but I wanted a stronger raspberry flavor so I added more}
  • about 10 oz water {use less if you like a thick shake, I made it thinner}
  • 4 or 5 ice cubes {again, more or less, depending on how thick you like your shake}

I put everything in my blender and blended it all up until smooth, top with some fresh raspberries if you like! {calories: 177 | protein: 37.5g | carbs: 4.5g | fat: 0g}

If you have a sweet tooth like me, go make this! YOU WILL LOVE IT!
Peace Out~
Nicholle

{baked oatmeal}

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My family loves baked oatmeal, and I love to make it! Besides the fact that it tastes amazing, as a busy mom it is quick and easy to make. You do have to plan for it, as you prepare it the night before and then bake the following morning. I love this part, though. It literally takes about 10 minutes to prep the night before, and then in the morning you have no mess and a great breakfast! Put it in the oven for 30 minutes, done, that’s it! I created this recipe trying to make a healthy version of baked oatmeal. I used applesauce and a mashed banana instead of oil, protein powder to up the protein and help sweeten it, and some fresh raspberries because why not?!?! {clicking on the recipe below will make it larger:)}

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This recipe serves 12, the macros for one serving are {calories: 114 | protein: 5.8g | carbs: 17.7g | fat: 2.2g} If you try this recipe out, let you know how it goes! Leave a comment, or load a picture on instagram and tag me @mom4everboys and #mom4everboys and/or #bunsandguns {next time I will be adding more protein powder to this!}

Don’t be afraid of carbs, healthy complex carbs are a must in a balanced diet!
Peace Out~
Nicholle