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Triple chocolate zucchini muffins {gluten free}

Happy Friday friends!
I am so thankful it is Friday! It has been a bit of a busy week in every area of my life! There are some things brewing that I can not wait to share with you all, and I hope I can share within the next week or so 🙂

Last week began with a fun and crazy event at my gym.  The fitness instructors put on a showcase of many of the Les Mills classes and the members who participated were able to vote to see what new classes they will bring to the gym! It was so much fun to try new classes and get out of my comfort zone!  I was a bit wiped out from that, but it didn’t stop me from picking up the bed for our guest room! It is coming along and I hope it will be all finished soon! Amazing how this last room in the house is taking SO long! Hah
img_4631I joined a CSA last week, and I received my first batch of fruits and veggies! They are so delicious and fresh! I love how different they taste and how I know I am supporting a local organic farmer!
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With all the veggies I received plus a few things I had gotten at Costco I had 2 items that were overtaking my kitchen! It worked out perfect to use many of them up for our Foodie Friday theme today!

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

I LOVE zucchini, and I have been making zucchini recipes all week but I still had some left.  I love adding them to so many dishes to add an extra dose of veggies! They go so well with so many recipes!

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Ingredients

  • 5 extra ripe bananas
  • 2/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2-1 cup coconut sugar depending on the level of sweetness you enjoy
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp pink salt
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups gluten free flour
  • 1 large zucchini, shredded and chopped into small peices
  • 1/2 cup enjoy life chocolate chips
  • 1/2 enjoy life dark chocolate chips

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350*. Line 2 muffin pans with silicon cups (you can also use paper wrappers)
  2. Peel bananas and place in a large mixing bowl (I used my kitchen aid, but you can also mix these by hand). Mash bananas fully.
  3. Add in the coconut oil, mix well.
  4. Add in the coconut sugar, mix well.
  5. Add in the sprinkle of salt, baking soda, cacao powder & cinnamon, mix well.
  6. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs together and blend in the vanilla.  Add those to the banana mixture, mix well.
  7. Add in the flour until just incorporated.
  8. Gently fold in the zucchini and chocolate chips
  9. Fill the muffin cups about 3/4 full
  10. Bake for 20 min or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  11. You may have leftover batter, and if so, make additional muffins or you can use a small bread pan and make a loaf, bake about 20 min also.
  12. Enjoy

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May you be filled with joy and health!

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Enchilada Lasagna

Hi Friends! Happy Friday!

Whew this week was a long one! Filled with some great adventures and not nearly enough sleep.  I did get a 4 hour nap on Easter Sunday, and I wasn’t too sad about that!
This week I had to get my computer fixed (battery died) and they get a new charger cord too! I was really happy to find an Apple cord for $25 vs $80!
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Some sort of insect bit my ring finger and it swelled so much I thought I might have to get my rings cut off! I was FINALLY able to get my rings off yesterday, and it is beginning to heal but I am not putting my rings back on till it is 100%! Man my hand feels naked!

I have been working on perfecting a new blueberry pancake recipe! My little guinea pigs have been eating them happily! I even managed to make one look like a bunny! I def need to tweak a few things and get some much better pics! LOL

Did anyone else get to watch the Boston marathon documentary?? Wow, so so good! The Hubs and I went to see it for a mini date night.  We were both laughing and crying the entire time.  It was so well put together! What an incredible night it was!
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No onto this weeks recipe! I enjoy cooking for my lovely nanny family, friends & family and I love getting to try out new recipes! I always poke around Pinterest and get new ideas.  I hardly follow the recipes to the T, cause I like to change up some of the ingredients or use things that I am not allergic too.  I have been so into zucchini lately.  Making zucchini lasagna, zoodles, zucchini taco boats, zucchini pizza and the old standby, roasted zucchini.
I have seen pics for a few recipes for zucchini roll ups, and I have yet to get them to work right.  I took a few different recipe ideas and turned them into my own creation 🙂

Today for Foodie Friday I am linking up today with Farrah from Fairyburger (Big birthday girl!!!!) and  Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for Pinterest interest themed week!
I have to say this did not photograph very well.  It was hard to see all the amazing layers of flavor!

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Ingredients

  • 4 med sized zucchini
  • 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp pink salt
  • 2 lbs organic boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 med can enchilada sauce
  • 1 med can green chilies
  • 2 cups grated Monterrey jack cheese

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350* and lightly grease a med size baking dish (I used 9×7)
  2. Wash and remove ends of zucchini.  Slice each zucchini into thin slices.  Place them on a baking sheet and lightly salt both sides of each slice. Set aside for about 20 min.
  3. Cut chicken into large chunks.  Fill a large saucepan with water & 1 tsp salt and add chicken.  Bring water to a boil and cook chicken for 7-10 min or until fully cooked with no pink in the middle.  (Time will change depending on the size and thickness of each piece of chicken.
  4. Once chicken is cooked place it in a blender or food processor and gently pulse to shred the chicken.
  5. Return the shredded chicken to the sauce pan.  Add about 1/2 can of enchilada sauce and the chilies to the chicken, mix well.
  6. Cover the bottom of the baking dish with some of the enchilada sauce.
  7. Layer the zucchini over the sauce then add a layer of the chicken mixture.  Lightly sprinkle a handful of cheese over the chicken.  Continue layering until all ingredients are used (about 3 layers).
  8. After the last layer pour the remaining enchilada sauce on top and add the renaming cheese on top of that.
  9. Bake for 25-40 min, depending on the thickness of the zucchini. It is finished when a knife slices smoothly through all the layers of the lasagna.
  10. Enjoy!

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Plantain Chips with Guacamole

Hi friends!
Happy Friday!

If you have known me for any period of time, you most likely know my most favorite place on earth, Costa Rica!  The country is beautiful, the people are the most friendly I have met in all my travels, and the food, oh the food!  Since my first trip in 2000, I have been there a total of 10 times.  My last trip was Dec 2015 where I took my husband for the first time! It was so fun to experience a country I loved through his eyes!

Like I said, the food is so amazing! I have loved learning to cook typical Costa Rican food on my different trips! My BFF who lives there and his mom have taught me many things over the years!

Since we are celebrating international food day today for Foodie Friday, I will share with you one of the most simple things I made that is inspired by my times in Costa Rica!
Today for Foodie Friday I am linking up today with Farrah from Fairyburger and  Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for international themed week!

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Plantains Chips with Guacamole

Ingredients

  • Large plantain
  • Avocado oil- to coat pan and plantain chips
  • Himalayan Salt- to taste

Directions

  1. Peel plantains and slice into thin chips (I used my food processor, but you can use a sharp knife too).  Place them in a bowl.
  2. Drizzle avocado oil on the chips and season with salt to taste.
  3. Coat a frying pan with avocado oil and bring to medium heat.
  4. Place a layer of the chips in the pan and cook for 3-5 min.  Flip the chips and cook for another 3-5 min, or until golden brown on both sides.
  5. Serve with guacamole or enjoy plain!

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Golden Chili 

Happy Friday dear friends!!!!

What a week it has been! Spring has def sprung here in Texas. The weather was gorgeous this week with lots of sunshine and breezes!

If you missed it yesterday, I posted a bit of a long overdue health update. There will hopefully be some answers in the next week or so!!

Despite it being the first day of spring this past week, I got an inkling for chili as I saw so many pics of snow from my friends and family who still live up north!

Today for Foodie Friday I am linking up today with Farrah from Fairyburger and  Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for a Food Blogger Love themed week! So I want to share with you a few chili recipes from some of my awesome blogger friends!

Chili Powder Free Slow Cooker Turkey Chili (Gluten Free, Bean Free) from Susie at Suzylyfe
Best Chili Recipe Ever from Kalee at Sorey Fitness
Jackfruit Chili Recipe from Debbie at Coach Debbie Runs
Fall Chili and Cornbread from Samantha at Simply Samantha
Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili from Erika at MCM Mama Runs
Hot Mama’s White Bean Chicken Chili from Farrah at Fairyburger
Chipotle Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili from Dixya at Food Pleasure and Health
Smoky Bean Chili from Jill at Jill Conyers
Hearty Vegetable Lentil Chili from Jessica at Nutritioulicious
Crock Pot Award Winning Vegetarian Chili from Julie at Running in a Skirt

Take some time to browse and save these awesome recipes!!

As I have learned more about spices and their health properties, I have come to love turmeric! I have begun to add it to my soups, smoothies, salads, and even when I make some desserts!  Even the Hubs has noticed some of the benefits of turmeric in his own life!

Golden Chili

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb organic ground turkey, cooked to crumbles
  • 2 large cans organic crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small can rotel
  • 3 cans organic tri-blend beans (or 1 of each- black, kidney &a pinto beans), drained and rinsed.
  • Spices to taste (1-2 tsp) Himalayan salt, paprika, chili powder, black pepper, cumin
  • 3 TBS + extra for toppings turmeric

Directions

  1. In a large Dutch oven or slow cooker, add all the ingredients. Still well.
  2. Cook for 8-12 hours on low heat.
  3. Enjoy with a sprinkle of turmeric on top 🙂

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Scalloped sweet potatoes 

Hello friends!  Thank you for joining me this week for National Eating Disorder Awareness week!  It holds a special place in my heart as it has been something that has affected my life very deeply.  In case you missed the other posts, you can check them out here, here and here 🙂
As we head towards the first weekend in March I have been thinking about heritage.  Since my husband is part Irish, it is fun to think about different Irish traditions.  When I lived in Chicago it was fun to see the river turn green and participate in some fun Irish themed races!  Along with fun traditions are fun foods!  With some of the health testing I have coming up, my food has been pretty limited.  I got a little creative in the kitchen and made a slightly different version to the traditional Irish scalloped potatoes!
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Since I have an abundance of sweet potatoes, they were my inspiration!

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 1 large organic sweet potato
  • 2 large organic gala apples
  • 1/2 cup + 1 TBSP organic coconut oil
  • 2 TBSP organic cinnamon
  • 1/2 TBSP organic coconut sugar

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350*
  2. Grease med (I used 9.25″ x 7″) baking dish with 1 TBSP coconut oil
  3. Using a food processor, slice sweet potato and cored apples into thin slices.
  4. Heat remaining coconut oil till melted and add in the cinnamon and sugar.
  5. Using a lasagne technique, layer the slices of sweet potato and apple. Drizzle the coconut oil mix between layers. End with the sweet potatoes and a the remaining mixture of coconut oil and spices.
  6. Bake for 35-40 min, or until the sweet potatoes are soft.
  7. Enjoy!

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Healthy Pear Crisp

Hello friends! Happy 1st Friday in December! This is my favorite time of year! Something magical and special and all the twinkling lights make my heart so happy.  Over the past few days the Hubs and I set up 2 trees and sprinkled other decorations all around the house.  I found the AMAZING sign at my local Hobby Lobby and it brings joy to my heart each time we light it up!
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Some of my new fav ornaments

This time of year brings me into the kitchen even more than normal!  Can I just say how wonderful it has been to be able to cook and bake in a real kitchen!  I am so thankful for our new kitchen and the space it has to allow me to bring joy to others through delicious food!
I have been craving pears lately and earlier this week had a hinkering for a crisp.  I decided to put my 2 cravings together and whip up a healthier version of the apple crisp I grew up making.  The coconut sugar helps to bring out the natural sugars in the pears without being overly sweet. I really feel I could eat some of this for breakfast in place of my overnight oats and feel good about it 🙂

Today I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for a Holiday Baking themed week!
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Healthy Pear Crisp {Gluten Free}

Ingredients

Directions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375* F.
  2. Grease, with coconut oil, a med size baking dish, I used 9 x 7.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl mix the oats, brown sugar, gf flour, and 1/2 cinnamon together. Add the coconut oil until the mixture is crumbly.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, add together the coconut sugar, almond flour, and remaining cinnamon.  Add the pear slices and mix till coated.
  5. Spread pears in the baking dish and cover evenly with the oat mixture.
  6. Bake for 30-35 min or until the pears are soft.
  7. Let the crisp cool slightly and serve with or without ice cream.

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I am also linking up with Deborah and Sarah for Meatless Monday.
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May you be filled with joy and health!
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Year Recipe Recap

Hello friends and happy Friday!
I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving.  I know we had some delicious food and have so much to be thankful for this year.

Life has been pretty crazy lately between some travels, getting over bronchitis, pet sitting, getting things settled with the hubs new job & car, making plans for an upcoming market I will be selling my homemade beauty products at, settling travel plans for the holidays, studying, and attempting to get rest and workouts in! And I decided last night to have a small holiday party before all the craziness begins!
I have been doing lots of cooking, but not a whole lot of recipe creation (unless you count my first attempt at stuffing that turned out awesome), so I want to bring back some recipes today from earlier this year!

Today I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for a Free for all themed week!
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Taco Soup
Gefüllte Paprika
Easy Black Bean Soup
Gluten Free Breakfast Panini

Spring Rolls
Blackberry & Avocado Salad
Gluten Free Pizza
Butternut Squash Nachos

Carrot Fries
Breakfast Waffle Quesadilla
Scottish Porridge
Chocolate Chippers

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