Eggplant pizza to warm the soul

Happy Friday friends!  I am crawling out from under the ice that took Houston down this week! I literally have not felt this cold since I moved away from Chicago 10 years ago!

With the ice covering everything, I got to work in my kitchen to make some yummy food to keep us warmed up!  I did manage to get a lot done in the 1.5 days where I did not leave my house! I am SO thankful that even though it was cold and nasty out, it will be back to normal temps this weekend!

Today I am linking up today for Foodie Friday with Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Farrah from Fairyburger for our pinterest interest themed week!

I have seen a few eggplant recipes bouncing around pinterest, but when I saw a few for a healthier version of pizza, I knew I had to try it out.

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Ingredients

  • 1 Medium eggplant sliced into approx 1/4 in slices
  • Pink salt
  • 1ish cups tomato sauce
  • Choice of toppings (I did sauteed red pepper & spinach)
  • Choice of cheese (I used almond cheese)

Direcions

  1. Preheat oven to 375*F
  2. Place eggplant slices on a lined baking sheet
  3. Sprinkle a dab of salt on each slice (this helps reduce the moisture in the eggplant)
  4. Pre-bake the eggplant about 15 min, flipping halfway through
  5. Remove pan from oven and add about 1 Tbs tomato sauce on top of each slice
  6. Add on toppings of choice and then sprinkle on the cheese
  7. Bake for 10-15 min or until cheese is golden brown
  8. Enjoy 🙂

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Zucchini Taco Bowl!

Happy Friday friends!
It is another chilly day here for Houston! We got a cold front and the temps dropped from 68 to 30! Then when I woke up it was real feel of 19! Too cold for my liking! One of the main reasons I moved away from Chicago was the cold winter weather!  My body does not do well!
Anyways, being so chilly on and off, I have been experimenting with different warm me up meals! Soup is always our go-to, but even that gets old after so many weeks, haha.

I received the Kitchen-Aid spiralizer attachment for Christmas and it has been fun playing around with it.  I was craving some taco styled food the other day, but didn’t have all the ingredients for taco soup, and I was not in the mood for a taco salad.  I looked to see what I had that might make for a good base, and I had a ton of zucchini just begging to be eaten!

Today I am linking up today for Foodie Friday with Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Farrah from Fairyburger for our 5 ingredient or less themed week! Mine is 5 main ingredients plus spices 😉  I may have a few more than 5 ingredients, but there are only 5 steps to putting this yummy taco creation together!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 zucchinis, spiralized (or sliced and chopped if you don’t have a spiralizer)
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 roma tomato, chopped
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • Spices to taste (pink salt, pepper, garlic, cumin, red pepper flakes)
  • 1 tbs avocado oil

Directions

  1. Saute zucchini and red pepper in half of the avocado oil.
  2. In a separate pan brown the ground turkey with the remaining oil. Add spices to taste.
  3. Toss the veggies and meat together in large bowl.
  4. Add tomato and avocado (and cheese if you desire) on top.
  5. Enjoy

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Smoothie Packs + healthy habits

Happy New Year friends!  I am happy to be back to the blog! I took some time off over the holidays to spend time with my family and friends who are like family! It has been refreshing and we made some wonderful memories!  As we swing into a new year I have been focusing on my self and my health.  I was under the weather for a few days but am thankfully feeling better!

There are SO many posts out there right now about the new year and resolutions or goal setting.  I have done both of those things in years past but most of the time they ended up not happening or causing me stress.  I am not a fan of stress and I don’t want goals or plans to add stress to my life which goes against focusing ON health.  Health to each person is slightly different and that is OK!  As I shift my focus to health for me, I have areas I do want to improve on, but I know they are not going to happen overnight or all in the month of January.

I have made my own private list of healthy habits I want to focus on and I am taking on one or two at a time.  Once they become more of my natural routine, I will add in another one.  Over the course of the year I hope these different healthy habits impact my life in a positive way.   As I shift my focus around I will share some of them with y’all for accountability as well as hopefully helping someone else add a healthy habit to their life.

My first one is getting breakfast in.  I hate to admit that I am TERRIBLE at eating breakfast.  I am more of a brunch, snack, then dinner kind of girl.  I feel better when I have some breakfast and my brain is more alert as well, but as some of you may know, I am NOT a morning person.  I have tried to be a morning person, but it has never gone well.  Even as a child I was more of a night owl.  I have to leave for work at 6:45 am, and while that may not sound early, I am always dragging.  Forget breakfast, I am just glad to leave the house on time with all that I need for the day (computer bag, gym bag, change of clothes, water bottle, lunch, and often times something more).

Enter a breakfast I can make in less than 5 min while I am getting ready.  So simple yet SO perfect for me.  And it is something I can prep on the weekends so I don’t even have to think about it- Even better!!

Today I am linking up today for Foodie Friday with Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Farrah from Fairyburger for our make-ahead themed week!

Ingredients (multiply each ingredient for how many packs you are making)

  • 2 handfuls of some greens (spinach, kale, mixed greens, etc)
  • 2/3 cup choice of frozen fruit (cherries, strawberries, pineapple, mango, blueberries, raspberries, etc)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup milk of choice when making the smoothie
  • protein powder or other ingredients if desired ( I pre-mix my fav add ins in a container with a lid, then scoop the amount into the smoothie all at once- collagen peptides, flax and chia seeds, maca root powder, cinnamon and turmeric)

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Directions

  1. Place selection of frozen fruit in a freezer proof container
  2. Add in the frozen banana
  3. Add 2 scoops of greens of choice on top
  4. Seal and place in the freezer until use
  1. When making the smoothie place greens and milk in a blender.  Place on high for 1 min or until greens are completely blended in with no chunks.
  2. Add in the frozen fruit and banana, blend well for 15-30 seconds
  3. Add in any remaining ingredients and blend for 15-30 seconds
  4. Enjoy!

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Holiday prep and snow!

Hello friends!
Whew, things have been non-stop once again! I keep thinking it will slow down, but somehow it keeps getting more busy!  I am def working on that for 2018!
Lots of side work with teaching and kid clients, a few travel days, helping the Hubs with his album that we will begin recording in Jan, Christmas parties and great time with friends all slammed into not enough time!


Last Friday I did take some time to enjoy the **SNOW** we received!  I was SO shocked when I woke up Friday morning!  I got home late from a client Thursday night and it was sleeting pretty well and it looked like it wanted to snow!
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I really did not think it was actually going to snow, let alone stick and make things really pretty!

The snow was lovely and def got me in the Christmas spirit! And it got me thinking more about my menu for Christmas! We are hosting this year in our home and I am so excited to be able to cook with a real stove/oven!  My sister in law is a chef so there will be a lot of yummy food coming to our house!  I thought this recipe was going to take a few test runs, but the first one was melting in my mouth!
And to be honest, I picked up an already shredded bag of Brussles and a pre-chopped container of butternut squash from Trader Joe’s! I just want to make things as simple as possible right now (and always…)!
Today I am linking up today for Foodie Friday with Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Farrah from Fairyburger for our copycat themed week!
roasted holiday cheer
Ingredients
  • 2 cups shredded or chopped Brussels sprouts
  • 12 oz cubed butternut squash
  • 3/4 cup cranberries
  • 1 cups pecan halves
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pink Salt
  • 3 Tbsp avocado oil

 

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425*
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly oil.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cranberries and pecans.  Gently toss with the avocado oil and maple syrup.
  4. Add in the salt and cinnamon to taste.
  5. Spread on the parchment lined baking sheet and roast for 20-25 min, or until veggies are soft.
  6. Add more cinnamon if desired.
  7. Enjoy with cheer!

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Goat yoga and other things…

Hello there friends!
I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! We spent time with the Hubs extended family which included delicious food and lots of laughter along with in depth conversation.
It has been a few weeks since I have blogged.  I have hardly opened my computer other than to get new health insurance and order a few Christmas gifts.  Life has been, well, Mondayish!
Life threw a set of curve balls, and I have been playing catch up the past few weeks.  In the middle of all the ugh a few fun things took place.  I got to participate in a fun goat yoga class.  I had never heard of it before, but I saw in advertised on my local feed and thought it sounded fun! I roped a few of my gym buddies into going with me 🙂

It was a super warm day and we signed up for the noon session.  We were set up in the town green so we had lots of people walking by and checking out what we were doing.  The comments I overheard were pretty funny.
They had about 20 people in the session with lots of little goats running around.  They were so sweet for the most part! A few of the goats enjoyed eating our hair and jumping up on us when we were in table top which made it more of a challenge to actually do all the yoga moves.
The teacher led us threw some flow movements and stretches.  About 50% of the time I was paying attention to what she was doing, and the other 50% I was distracted by the goats.  I was parked right next to a food bowl, so a lot of the goats would hang out by my friends and I in between getting nibbles of food.
It was a really fun experience, and even better with friends.  I am not sure I would pay $35 again to do a class, but I am glad I did it this time for sure.

In other fun news, we got some new appliances!! Christmas certainly came early for this cook! Best Buy prices + Black Friday deals were awesome! I am really enjoying the oven the most! It is like 3 in 1! A top oven + a bottom oven + it can also be converted to 1 large oven by removing the center divider! We went with black stainless steel and are loving the color and how clean it stays! They arrived just in time for me to make my first ever pecan pie for Thanksgiving! And will come in super handy when we host Christmas this year 🙂

And I decorated for Christmas.  (A total stress reliever for me) I love everything Christmas! It just makes me happy!  We never really did much decorating when I was growing up, so I go a little overboard now. Hehe

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As things {hopefully} settle down in life, I will be back to a more normal posting routine!
I am linking up with Annmarie from The Fit Foodie MamaThe Fit Foodie Mama and Nicole from Fitful Focus
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May you be filled with joy and health in this season!

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Pumpkin chocolate chip ice cream sandwich

Hello friends!
Greetings from a very happy Houston! Go Astros! It has been fun watching the games and feeling the spirit of pride and joy in the Houston area!
Life has continued to be full and a bit non-stop.  I keep thinking, “this is the week things will slow down,” but that has yet to happen!
We are now into November! WHAT?  How did that creep up so fast! I feel like it was just the middle of July! Maybe our crazy weather has something to do with that! Yesterday it was basically 90 degrees and 10000% humidity! So of course I have been thinking about foods to cool off with but also pumpkins since it IS November! Since it is national sandwich day I decided to try and make my own ice cream sandwiches.  I really wanted to be like Betty Crocker and make it all from scratch, but that just didn’t happen this week.  Thankfully I was able to put a yummy treat together with a few ingredients I already had laying around!

I originally got these gluten free crackers for my girls night a few weeks ago.  They are so much better than the graham crackers I remember from growing up.  They are almost like a short bread! Nice and thick to that gives substance!

Today I am linking up today for Foodie Friday with Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Farrah from Fairyburger for our sandwich themed week!

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Ingredients

  • 8 gluten free graham crackers
  • 1-2 cups of your favorite pumpkin ice cream, slightly thawed (use more for a thicker sandwich)
  • A handful of enjoy life chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Place 4 graham crackers in the bottom of a freezer approved container.
  2. Gently spread the ice cream over the crackers to make an even layer.
  3. Place the remaining graham crackers on top in the same pattern the bottom layer was laid down.
  4. Cover and place back in the freezer or at least 30 min
  5. Remove from freezer and use a knife to slice between the crackers to form each sandwich.
  6. If desired, place chocolate chips around the outside of the sandwich.
  7. Eat and enjoy!

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Cheesy Potato Soup

Hi friends! It has been a bit of a crazy week! If you follow me on instagram you may have seen me post a little about it!
Work has been a little busier than normal, and my normal day-to-day life was more full this week than normal as well! The hubs injured his foot and is in a boot for a few weeks which added to the craziness! I think this is my 2nd or 3rd time opening my computer this week which is so not normal! Haha

Despite it being a little crazy I forced myself to do an in home spa day, got a pedicure and enjoyed a few minutes by the outdoor firepit.


Fall weather seems to be here to stay for a while, so my soup making has been kicked into full gear! I made some potato soup a few weeks ago for one of my nanny kids when he was sick.  It turned out really well! I made some for the hubs and it was even better! The only difference was the type of milk, but the almond milk made it even creamier!

Today I am linking up today for Foodie Friday with Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Farrah from Fairyburger for our Potato themed week!

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Ingredients

  • 10 med potatoes- peeled and cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth plus some (about 2 cups) to use to cook potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups plain almond milk
  • 3 Tbsp ghee
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • salt, pepper, paprika to taste
  • 2 cups shredded almond cheese

Directions

  1. Place cubed potatoes and garlic in a large pot, cover with half water and half chicken broth.
  2. Bring liquids to a boil and simmer for about 10-15 min or until potatoes are fully cooked (soft when poked with a fork).
  3. Drain potatoes into a strainer.
  4. Place ghee and broth and milk in the pan, bring to a simmer.
  5. Add spices to taste.
  6. Return potatoes to the pot and gently mix in.
  7. Add in the cheese and stir till equally distributed.
  8. Enjoy on a beautiful fall day or evening!

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