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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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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!

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

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May you be filled with joy and health!

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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.

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

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  • Join us next week for copycat themed recipes!

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

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

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  • Join us next week for some Holiday Baking themed recipes!

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Chocolate Pumpkin Trifle 

Happy Friday friends!
Another week is coming to a close! We have ventured into a new month, and the beginning of several of my favorite holidays! This time of year seems to be filled non-stop with sweets, desserts, drinks and food galore!  Do not fret, this time of year can be enjoyed even with so many indulgences staring you in the face. This week we have designed some yummy treats to keep you on track this holiday season while still enjoying some treats!

I also have to say that I have been really enjoying working on some new recipes for you all! And it gets a little messy at times, but that is part of the fun!
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I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our healthy treats themed week!

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Chocolate Pumpkin Trifle

{This recipe can be made into a single serving or for a group.  The ingredients are for 1 serving, so just increase accordingly for additional servings!}

Ingredients

Layer 1
1 pumpkin spice Chobani yogurt

Layer 2
1/4 cup quick oats, ground up
1/4 cup almond milk
1 Tbsp pumpkin
1 medjool date, pit removed
1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen peptides (optional for extra protein)

Layer 3
2 tbsp Organic pumpkin purée
1/2 TBS Cocoa powder
1 Medjool date, pit removed

Layer 4
EnjoyLife chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Mix ingredients for layer 2 in a blender, till smooth. Let sit about 5 min for ground oats to soak and become soft.
  2. Mix ingredients for layer 3 in a blender, till smooth.
  3. Layer 1/2 the ingredients in a cup or bowl, layer 1, layer 2, layer 3, layer 4, then repeat.
  4. May be stored in the fridge or served immediately.

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Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

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Thanks again for stopping by! Join us again next week for some spicy themed recipes!

May you be filled with joy and health!
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Spotlight Blog Hop Day- Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Protein Bar

Happy Friday friends!
Welcome to the last weekend in October! Time sure is a-flying!

If you are here for the first from the awesome blog hop, welcome! I’m so glad you decided to stop by!  This is my third blog hop, and I have loved getting to read new blogs and get to know some new bloggers! You can read a little more about me in my previous hop posts here and here, or on my about me page!  Thank you again Kristy at Runaway Bridal Planner for organizing such a great event!

I am heading to the pumpkin patch this morning now the the weather has cooled down a bit.  And by that I mean, the high has only been in the mid 80s vs 90-100+ degrees!
Speaking of pumpkin, I have an abundance of it right now! I apparently had several cans of it in my pantry from a few weeks ago that I forgot about and grabbed a few more on sale last week. With so much pumpkin it gave me a great opportunity to work on my pumpkin protein brownie bar recipe.  I’m not really sure if I would call them a brownie exactly, they are almost a mix between cake and a pie. So I settled on brownie 🙂
This week I had plenty of extra pumpkin to work with for our Foodie Friday theme!
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I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our kitchen cleanse themed week!

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Protein Bar

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 3 scoops unflavored collagen peptides
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 -1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 organic eggs
  • 1 can Organic pumpkin purée
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup Enjoy life dark chocolate chips
  • Coconut oil for greasing baking dish or parchment paper

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Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375*
  2. Lightly grease a 9″ x 13″ glass baking dish with coconut oil, or line with parchment paper.
  3. Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl, set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, pumpkin and vanilla till fully blended.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and gently mix until just blended.
  6. Add in most of the chocolate chips, gently fold into the batter.
  7. Scoop batter into greased pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top.
  8. Bake for 20-25 min or until toothpick comes out clean from the center of the brownie bar
  9. Enjoy

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

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May you be filled with joy and health!
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Veggies, veggies, veggies! 

Happy Friday friends. Oh I’m so glad it is Friday. It was a bit of a rough week (more about all that soon) but made it through!

Something you may not know about me is that I was a vegetarian for several years.  I have never been much of a meat eater to begin with, and one summer during jr high my sister and I decided to try it out.  I ended up enjoying the lifestyle and stuck with it for a few years after that.  I am not strictly a vegetarian any longer, but I do enjoy my veggies.  I prefer them over meat most days.  I married a huge meat eater, but he does let me cook vegetarian meals here and there 😉
October is vegetarian awareness month!  Did you know there are different types of vegetarians?

  • Ovo-vegetarian: Eats eggs but no dairy
  • Lacto-vegetarian: Eats dairy but no eggs
  • Lacto-ovo-vegetarian: Eats both dairy and eggs
  • Pesco-vegetarian: Eats fish and seafood

This month we have been trying a few more vegetarian dishes than we normally have.  I saw some other fun ideas on Dietitians on Demand. 

  • Visit your farmers’ market and buy local fruits and vegetables. This is a great way to give back to your community and also learn about the produce grown in your area seasonally.
  • Go meat-free for the month of October. Give it a try! Meatless meals do not have to be taste-free! Research some new recipes online and even try some vegetables you’ve never heard of.
  • Participate in Meatless Mondays. This is a better option for those not ready to fully commit to being meat-free. Try and spend only one full day a week without meat! Learn more here.
  • Host a vegetarian potluck at work. Join us at Dietitians on Demand and host your own meat-free potluck! Our employees will each be bringing in an item containing at least one vegetable or fruit to share. Creativity is encouraged.

To celebrate this month we are kicking off this month of Foodie Friday with vegetarian recipes.

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our vegetarian awareness themed week!

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Butternut Squash Veggie Hash

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 butternut squash, peeled
  • 1 red pepper, washed, cored and chopped into cubes
  • 3 cups kale, washed and chopped into smaller pieces
  • 1/2-1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 TBS avocado oil
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • Spices to taste- salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, paprika, cumin

Directions

  1. Spiralize the butternut squash (if you don’t have a spiralizer, just slice & chop into cubes) (the link is not affiliate, just the one I have and enjoy using)
  2. Heat oil in a large pan and add the garlic.
  3. Once garlic browns, add the butternut squash and half of the broth.
  4. Cook squash for 5-7 min or until it begins to soften.
  5. Add in the red peppers and continue to cook.
  6. Add spices to taste more broth if needed to help the squash cook faster.
  7. Once the squash is fully softened, add the kale to wilt in.
  8. Once kale has wilted, serve and enjoy.

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

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  • Join us next week for some Choctober themed recipes! It is gonna be amazing!!!

Be filled with joy and health!
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