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What I Ate Wednesday: Protein Pancakes

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I love carbs. Bread, potatoes, cereal, all make me happy. Unfortunately I can’t have them as much as I’d like now. I’ve come up with a solution thanks to the Internet. PROTEIN PANCAKES!!!!
I don’t even like pancakes but this is as close to bread as I’ll be getting for two months.
Here’s the recipe:
1 scoop of protein
1/4 cup of oats
2 tablespoons flax
1 egg
1 pinch each of salt, baking powder, and baking soda

Mix it all together with water to the consistency of normal pancakes and throw them in a preheated pan with some pam. I melted 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and cut up an apple as well as two turkey sausage links. Voila! A Sunday breakfast 🙂 They were a bit dry for my taste but the peanut butter made it bearable. Like I said, I don’t like pancakes anyway.

345 calories, 12 grams of fat, 29 grams of carbs, 31 grams of protein. 7 grams of fiber and 3 grams of sugar.

Oh and a warning, melted pb is delicious and dangerous lol.

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Foodie Friday: Asparagus-Spinach Pesto Pasta with Blackened Shrimp

Ingredients:

1 bunch asparagus spears (about 1 lb), trimmed of tough ends and halved crosswise
3 handfuls baby spinach leaves
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
1 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1 Tbsp. for cooking the shrimp
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon ground sea salt
1 lb. (16 oz.) of dried pasta
1 lb. raw shrimp, deveined and peeled
2-3 Tbsp. blackening powder (use your favorite brand, or cajun seasoning, or this recipe here)
Method:

Bring 2 pots of water to a rolling boil, one large for the pasta and one medium sized for the asparagus.

While the water is heating, put the pine nuts in a single layer in a large skillet. Heat on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and lightly browned. (Watch carefully – these only take a few minutes.) Remove pine nuts from pan and set aside. You will use 3/4 cup of the pine nuts for the pesto paste and 1/4 cup to mix in whole.

Salt the asparagus water and drop the spears into the pan. Cook for only 2 or 3 minutes, until the spears are bright green and barely tender. Drain under cool water to stop the cooking. Cut the tips off, and set aside several of the asparagus (diagonal cut about an inch from the end) to use for garnish.

Add the asparagus (chopped into smaller pieces if needed to fit into the food processor), spinach, garlic, Parmesan, and 3/4 cup of the pine nuts to a food processor. Purée and, with the motor running, drizzle in the 1/4 cup of olive oil until a paste forms. If too thick, thin it with a bit of the pasta water. Add the lemon juice, salt, and black pepper and continue pureeing until mixed. Set aside.

In a medium-sized skillet, heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil over medium heat. Add in the shrimp, and immediately sprinkle with blackening powder. Stir until it is mixed in, and then continue stirring occasionally until the shrimp are cooked and pink. Remove skillet from burner and set aside.

While the shrimp are cooking, salt the pasta water well and cook the pasta until just tender. Check the directions on the pasta package. Drain and toss immediately with the asparagus pesto. Add in the shrimp, and stir briefly until well mixed.

Serve sprinkled with the remaining 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts and some extra Parmesan.

Overnight Oats

I decided to make overnight oats and I made a pretty simple recipe because I have no groceries lol. I know most people put in yogurt as well but I didn’t have any so I did a 1/2 cup of oats, 3/4 cups of skim milk and a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg. I put it in a covered bowl and let it sit overnight. That morning, I added sliced banana and some granola. It was pretty good I must say and super easy. Since I just started my new job at a gym, it’s a great grab and go meal that doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

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My First Time Making Almond Butter

This morning I decided to make almond butter in my food processor. Unfortunately, I have a really cheap food processor and I blew the motor in the process of doing it. *le sigh* I will say it was a successful first try 🙂 I added a little cinnamon and it tastes good! Yay!

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Cravings Rant/Smoothie Recipe

This week I am doing a low fat low carb high protein diet, just to see how my body reacts to it. So far so good! However, I just wanted to take the time out to rant. I have been craving everything under the sun. However, I have remained strong (except for the bud light lime I drank last night). I wanted to share my new favorite smoothie with you all. I curbed my cravings and tastes great!

Banana Oatmeal Smoothie
1 banana
1 cup of vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)
1/2 cup plain oatmeal
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend and it makes about 12 oz.

This is about 380 (depends mainly on your protein powder) calories and it keeps me full. I had it for dinner last night after my run, and if your hardcore you could use a casein powder instead but for me regular whey works just fine.

Enjoy!

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Foodie/Follow Friday: Coffee Cubes via Frugal Foodie Mama

Hi everyone!

I came across this post from Frugal Foodie Mama’s blog and was intrigued. I normally take my hot, with a little cream and sugar to go in my thermos as I’m rushing out the door in the morning. However, there are days where I brew a pot and either forget, or don’t have time to grab it in the morning on the way out. Normally I dump it when I get home, but Wednesday morning I forgot as usual, so I decided to try her recipe this morning. I froze the coffee in one of my ice trays when I got home that evening. This morning I got up a little early so I could enjoy it while I watched the news and ate breakfast so I added skim milk sugar and water. It was great!

 While I don’t consider my skills Starbucks-worthy. I do think I could play around with this a bit and give their Caramel Macchiato a home-made run for its money :-). Thanks for the recipe!

Happy Friday and Enjoy!

Foodie Fridays: Stuffed Peppers

Hey guys,

I thought I would share with you my favorite go-to meal for today. My stuffed peppers are easy to make and really really good! Here’s the recipe for one pepper

Ingredients

  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup of brown rice
  • 1/2 chopped onions, pepper, and tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese
  • you favorite seasoning (I like garlic salt and fajita seasoning).
  • 1/4 cup ground meat of your choice

Directions

  1. Put oven on highest setting or broil. Place peppers, with top cut off and seeds removed in the oven and cook for 15 minutes or until slightly soft and charred. You can also grill peppers on the BBQ.  Once cooked, set aside.
  2. Cook rice as usual (I use my trusty rice cooker) and add 2 teaspoons of  your seasoning of choice. Add shredded cheese. Set aside.
  3. Place meat in skillet and add tomatoes, onions, and green pepper. Cook until meat is browned through.
  4. Add ingredients from skillet to rice and put inside pepper.
  5. Enjoy!

Pretty simple and really good!