Homemade Chili

I whipped up this chili by my boyfriends request. He is usually the one that makes the chili in the slow cooker but we only had about an hour to cook so I did it the traditional stovetop way. Turned out delicious, didn’t take many pictures sorry.

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Recipe:

Homemade Chili

Ingredients:
•2-3 pounds ground bison (can use beef, turkey or veggie ground round)
•2tsp Extra virgin olive oil
•4 Celery stalks, chopped
•1 medium Onion, chopped
•2 medium Carrots, chopped
•6 Large Mushrooms, sliced
•1 medium Zucchini, chopped
•2 medium Bell peppers, chopped
•1 Jalapeño, diced (remove seeds if you don’t want spicy or omit)
•4 Garlic cloves, minced
•1 28oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
•1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
•1 6oz can tomato paste
•1 cup (1/2 jar) marinara sauce
•1/4 cup chili powder
•2 tsp cumin powder
•1 tsp coconut sugar or choice
•2 tsp onion powder
•2 tsp dried oregano
•1 tsp dried basil
•1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
•1 tsp pink Himalayan salt
•1 tsp fresh ground pepper

Method:
In large soup pot fry oil and ground bison over medium heat until just done (it’s ok for a little pink as you will be cooking more). While bison is cooking chop all your veggies up and then add all prepped veggies to cooked bison  and fry for about 5-10 minutes more until somewhat soft. Add all your seasonings and stir well. Add crushed tomatoes, kidney beans, tomato paste and marinara sauce, stir until well combined. Lower heat and simmer for at least 30-40minutes stirring occasionally. Serve. Makes about 12× 1Cup servings.

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I had leftovers for lunch the next day with ryvita crackers, avocado and cherry tomatoes.

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Blackberry Banana Strawberry Baked Oatmeal

With all the blackberries growing I have to come up with ideas to use them in my cooking, so today I made a baked oatmeal. This will serve a large family or leftovers for the week.

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Layer bottom of dish with fruit.

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Pour oat mixture over fruit and top with more fruit and sprinkle with coconut.

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Bake for about 40 minutes at 375°F.

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Here is the recipe:

Ingredients

Dry:
•2 cups large flake oats
•1/4 cup shredded coconut
•1 tsp baking powder
•2 tsp cinnamon
•Pinch Himalayan pink salt or sea salt
•1/3 cup coconut palm sugar or sweetener of choice

Wet:
•1-3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
•1 whole egg
•2 egg whites or 1/4 cup
•2 tsp pure vanilla extract
•2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted

Bottom and topping:
•2 Cups blackberries
•1 ripe banana, sliced
•6 strawberries, chopped (optional – I had some really ripe ones I decided to throw in)

Method:
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Combine dry ingredients I large bowl and mix well. Whisk together wet ingredients in separate bowl and mix well. Pour wet into dry and stir until well incorporated.  Line bottom of glass dish with banana slices, strawberries and blackberries saving some for the topping (I used two small ramekins and a 8×8 Pyrex dish – an 8×8 glass dish will work just fine for this).  Pour oat mixture over fruit and top with more banana slices, strawberries and blackberries. Sprinkle tops with more shredded coconut. Bake for appx. 40 minutes.  Let cool 5-10 minutes before serving. Serves 6.

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Enjoy!

Oreo Cheesecake Squares

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Ok so this is far from healthy but they were so delicious I had to share the recipe with you! Everything in moderation is ok … cheat day! I made this yummy cheesecake for my sisters birthday, she asked for something chocolatey and decadent so I made this! Recipe below.

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Oreo cheesecake squres

Crust:
•1 Package oreo cookies (reserve 4 oreos to crush in filling)
•1/2Cup butter, room temperature

Filling:
•3 250g Packages cream cheese, softened
•1 300ml can sweetened condensed milk
•3 Whole eggs
•2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Stir into filling:
•1/4 Cup chocolate chips + 2 Tbsp for top
•4 reserved oreos, crushed + extra for top
•1 tsp oat flour (or choice, this prevents sinking to bottom)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 300ºF. Line 8×8 pan with foil or parchment paper coming all the way up the sides and hanging over, grease and set aside.
2. In food processor pulse oreos and butter until crumbly, press into
prepared pan.
3. Clean processor and beat in cream cheese until smooth, add condensed milk and beat again, add eggs and vanilla and mix until well incorporated.
4. In small bowl coat 1/4 Cup chocolate chips and crushed oreos with flour, stir into cream cheese mixture lightly.
5. Pour mixture over curst and sprinkle with extra chips and crushed oreos on top.
6. Bake for 1 hour, let cool at room temperature for about 2 hours and place in fridge overnight before slicing.

Note: I used a large bag of oreos (500g bag) and used approximately 300g for the crust, then crushed 4 oreos to stir in and 1 for topping.

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Happy Birthdsy Josie!

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Coconut Chocolate Swirl Cream Pie

This is seriously one of the best guilt free desserts I’ve ever made! Coconut and chocolate together is so delicious! If you’ve never tried making avocado mousse before you must try. This is how I made the filling for this pie plus swirled in coconut cream. The crust is so simple to make from flaked coconut, maple syrup and coconut oil. Hope you enjoy. Recipe is posted below.

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Coconut Chocolate Swirl Cream Pie

Ingredients:

Crust:
•1 cup shredded coconut
•2 Tbsp maple syrup
•½ Tbsp coconut oil
•Pinch salt

Chocolate Avocado Mousse:
•1 Avocado
•¼ Cup maple syrup
•¼ Cup Cacao powder
•1 Tbsp coconut oil

Stir in:
•1 Can coconut milk, refrigerated (top cream only)

Chocolate swirl top:
•2 Tbsp maple syrup
•1 Tbsp cacao powder
Or use your favorite chocolate melted

Method:

1. In a food processor combine all of the ingredients for the crust and pulse until combined. Cut parchment circle for bottom of your mini springform pan and press (you can use ramekin or pie dish but may not be as easy to get out).
2. Clean your food processor bowl and combine all the ingredients for the chocolate mousse and process until smooth. Set aside.
3. Scoop the solid coconut cream off the top of the can (reserve liquid part for use later) and whisk together until smooth.
4. Carefully fold the chocolate mousse and coconut whipped cream together, leaving the mixture swirled. Scrape the filling onto the crust (you may have a little extra – bonus!).
5. For the chocolate swirl mix together maple syrup and cacao powder until smooth. Drizzle chocolate over the top and run a knife through to create swirls (make extra chocolate to drizzle once served).
6. Cover and freeze for at least 6 hours. Thaw for 1 hour before serving. Can be stored in fridge or thawed in fridge overnight as well. Serves 4-6.

Drizzled with Lindt 70% cacao.

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Scooping a bite.

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Nomnom … look at that silky mousse.

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Enjoy

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Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmeal

What to do with super ripe bananas? Make banana bread, custard, cookies or baked oatmeal! Yes oatmeal that’s it! This is super easy to make and so very delicious. Save leftovers for the next few breakfasts or if you have a large family this will feed them!

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First make sure your bananas are super ripe!

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Mash those bananas, 3 medium size bananas should give you about 1-1/2 cups mashed.

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Mix all ingredients together.

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Pour into dishes.

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I used 2 ramekins and 8×8 glass baking dish. Top with extra strawberries and banana slices.

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Bake in oven @ 375° for about 25mins.

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Here is the recipe:

Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmeal

Wet:
•1 Egg
•2 Egg Whites
•¾ Cup Almond Milk
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract
•3 Really ripe bananas, mashed (about 1½C) + 1 sliced for top
•1 Cup strawberries, chopped + extra for top

Dry:
•2 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
•2½ Cups Large flake oats
•1 tsp baking powder
•1 tsp cinnamon
•¼ tsp pink Himalayan salt

•Coconut oil for greasing dish

Method:
Whisk dry ingredients in large bowl, set aside. Whisk eggs, mash banana, slice strawberries and combine all wet ingredients in separate bowl, add wet ingredients to dry and mix well. Pour into greased baking dish (I used 2 ramekins and 8×8 glass dish, it should all fit in a 8×8 dish) and top with slices of banana and strawberries. Bake in preheated oven @ 375ºF for about 25mins.  Serves 6-8.

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Hope you enjoy as much as I did!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs

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I used to love eating Reese peanut butter eggs but they are full of sugar and other processed ingredients that I no longer put in my body. I made a healthy version of the Reese egg. No processed sugar and I used 85% dark cacao chocolate. I added peanuts and chopped chocolate to center as well. These are pretty simple to make but can be tricky with coating them … I usually have troubles but with patience you can get it done. Recipe below.

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Recipe:

Ingredients:
•1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
•1/4 Cup Almond Butter
•2 Tbsp Coconut Oil + •1Tbsp to coat
•1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
•1/4 Cup Chopped Peanuts
•2 Tbsp Chopped Dark Chocolate or Chocolate Chips + •100g to Coat (appx. 1 Cup chopped I used Lindt 85% Cacao bar)

Method:
Combine peanut butter, almond butter, 2Tbsp coconut oil and maple syrup in saucepan just until heated to stir together, remove from heat set aside to cool. Chop your peanuts and chocolate and once peanut butter mixture is cooled stir in peanuts and 2 Tbsp chopped chocolate, stir until just combined.  Place mixture in fridge/freezer to cool slightly about 20 minutes. Using 2 spoons create egg shapes with the mixture and place onto parchment paper, repeat with remaining mixture and place back in freezer to keep cool while you start your chocolate. Alternatively you can use chocolate molds or roll and shape with your hands (using your hands you will have to work quick). Melt 100g chocolate in double boiler with 1 Tbsp coconut oil, let cool slightly before coating peanut butter eggs. Coat your eggs with the chocolate using fork and spoon and then place onto clean parchment paper and place in fridge to harden shell. Store in fridge. Makes approximately 12-16 eggs.

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Devour!

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Protein Pancakes – 6 Recipes

So I share alot of my pancake recipes on Instagram but haven’t posted one on my blog in a while so I decided to share 5 6 recent high protein low fat pancake recipes! I use Kaizen Naturals whey for most of my recipes but any other whey will work just make sure the grams are the same when measuring. I also use casein to get the extra protein with little fat and carbs, if you don’t have any just replace it with more protein powder. All recipes have full macronutrient profile and include all toppings. Here we go ⬇

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

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Ingredients:

Dry:
•1 scoop (31g) Kaizen Naturals chocolate natural whey protein powder 
•1/2 scoop (15.5g) Muscletech gourmet chocolate casein
•2Tbsp oat flour
•1/2 tsp cinnamon
•1/2 tsp baking powder
Wet:
1/2 Cup egg whites
•1/3 Cup pure pumpkin piree
Topping:
1/3 Cup frozen raspberries, thawed

Method:
Preheat frying pan with coconut oil over medium heat. Combine all dry ingredients in bowl then whisk in egg whites and pumpkin. Pour into preheated pan and fry until small bubbles form and sides start to dry, flip and cook for 30 more seconds. Repeat with remaining batter. Top with raspberries.

Macros:
Calories: 338 | Fat: 3g | Carbs: 24g | Protein: 55g

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Chocolate Protein Pancakes

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Ingredients:

Dry:
☆3Tbsp Oat flour
☆1-1/2 (46.5g) Scoop Kaizen Naturals chocolate natural whey protein
☆1/2 (15.5g) Scoop MuscleTech gourmet chocolate casein
☆1 scoop MuscleTech Glutamine (optional)
☆1/2 tsp cinnamon
☆1/2 tsp baking powder
Wet:
☆1/4 Cup unsweetened applesauce
☆1/2 Cup egg whites

Topping:
☆1/3 Cup 0% Greek yogurt
☆1/3 scoop (10g)KaizenNaturals Chocolate natural whey protein
➡Mix whey protein into Greek yogurt until smooth.
☆Raspberries
☆Sprinkles

Method:
Preheat frying pan with coconut oil over medium heat. Combine all dry ingredients in bowl then whisk in egg whites and applesauce. Pour into preheated pan and fry until small bubbles form and sides start to dry, flip and cook for 30 more seconds. Repeat with remaining batter. Layer with Greek yogurt and top with raspberries and sprinkles.

Macros (includes topping):
Calories: 538 | Fat: 5g | Carbs: 37g | Protein 85g

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Cookies & Cream Protein Pancakes

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Ingredients:
•1 Scoop (44g)Allmax HexPro  Cookies & Cream protein powder 
•½ Scoop (15.5g) Muscletech gourmet milk chocolate casein
•3 Tbsp Oat flour
•½ tsp baking powder
•½ tsp cinnamon
•¼ cup egg whites
•¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
•Splash of almond milk

Method:
Whisk together dry ingredients until well combined.  Add in egg whites and applesauce, whisking until combined, add in almond milk as needed to get right consistency.  Fry in preheated pan appx. 1 min per side. Serve with topping.

Topping:
•0% Greek yogurt
•1% cottage cheese
•Allmax Hexpro Cookies & Cream protein powder
•Chopped 70% Lindt Cacao Square

Method:
In food processor combine greek yogurt, cottage cheese and protein powder until smooth ( I didn’t measure but about 1/3 cup each yogurt, cheese and 1/2 scoop protein – used for two servings). Layer pancakes and top with chopped chocolate. Enjoy!

Macros:
Calories: 530 | Fat: 10g | Carbs: 39g | Protein: 70g
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Vanilla Protein Pancakes with Berries

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Ingredients:

Dry:
🍓3 Tbsp oat flour
🍓1 scoop Kaizen Naturals vanilla natural whey protein
🍓3 Tbsp Muscletech vanilla ice cream platinum casein
🍓1/2 tsp cinnamon
🍓1/2 tsp baking powder
Wet:
🍓1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
🍓1/2 cup egg whites
🍓1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Topping:
🍓1/2 cup frozen raspberries, melted
🍓2 small strawberries, chopped.

Method:
Combine dry ingredients then add wet. Whisk until well combined (if need more liquid add some almond milk, I didn’t). Fry in preheated frying pan. Serve and top with berries.

Macros including topping:
Calories: 399 | Carbs: 36g | Fat: 5g | Protein 55g
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Pancakes

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Ingredients:

Dry:
•1 scoop chocolate whey protein
•1/3 cup oats
•1/2 tsp baking powder
•1/2 tsp cinnamon
Wet:
•1/2 banana mashed
•1 egg
•2 tsp peanut butter at room temp mixed with 2 Tbsp almond milk 
•1/4 cup almond milk (may need more)

Method:
Combine dry ingredients in bowl, set aside.  In another small bowl mash peanut butter with 2 Tbsp almond milk until liquidy, mash banana into peanut butter then whisk in egg and almond milk, add to dry ingredients and whisk until smooth adding more almond milk if needed.  Cook in preheated pan. For the drizzle I did the same with peanut butter and almond milk to get liquidy drizzle, also I melted a square of 85% Lindt cacao chocolate and whisked in a couple tablespoons of coconut milk until I got drizzle texture. Topped with remaining 1/2 banana.  Enjoy.

Macros: (includes all toppings)
Calories: 502 | Carbs: 54g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 19g
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Shamrock Vanilla Protein Pancakes

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Pancake ingredients :

🍀1/4 cup large flake oats
🍀1 scoop Kaizen Naturals vanilla whey protein
🍀1/2 tsp cinnamon
🍀1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
🍀1/2 cup egg whites
🍀1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
🍀1 cup spinach

Topping:
🍀3/4 cup blueberries
🍀1 tsp coconut palm sugar

Method:
Start blueberries and coconut sugar in saucepan, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until thick. Combine all pancake ingredients in small blender (I used my handy personal Duronic blender). Pour palm size cakes in preheated frying pan, flip when you start to see air bubbles form on top. Serve and top with berry compote.

Macros including topping:
Calories: 363 | Carbs: 41g | Fat: 3g | Protein 43g |

That last one was a bonus! Happy Easter everyone🐰🍫🐇✌