Overnight Steel Cut Oats and Weekday Egg Bake

My husbands work has moved offices, so instead of a 40min commute he now has to leave the house at 5:20 am to sit on a bus for an hour.
So to help with cutting down time preparing breakfast we make these two recipes and that is what we eat for breakfast Monday – Friday. For the Oats you can add different fruits after, or maple syrup. We like to put a bit of diary free yogurt and some berries on it.

Here we go:

Overnight Steel Cut Oats:
1/2 Cup Steel Cut Oats (we use Red Mill’s)
1 Gala Apple grated (leave the core out, but I don’t peel mine)
1tbsp Coconut Sugar
1tsp Cinnamon
1 cup of unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
I have a small one quart crock pot that I used to use for queso, I put all the ingredients in and turn it to low at 10pm and my hubby has yummy oatmeal at 4:30am and then he turns it on warm and i have yummy oats at 6am.
Nutriton:
169 Calories, 32 Carbs, 3gr Fat, 4gr protein, 15 sugar

Weekday Egg Bake:
the reason I call this weekday egg bake, it cause I make it on Sundays and cut up the portions and then my husband and I heat it up in the morning in the micro wave.

1lb. Ground lean Turkey
2 cups of sliced Mushrooms
4 cups of Baby Spinach
1 Bell Pepper diced
one carton liquid eggwhites (20 servings)

Heat your oven to 350F. Brown the turkey in a pan and season to your liking, once browned add the mushrooms and bell pepper, sautee for a few minutes then add the spinach. Cook until the leaves wilt just a little bit. Then put the mixture into a 9×13 glass pan and add the liquid egg whites. Put in the oven for 40mins. Let slightly cool and cut. Put into a tupper ware and store in fridge.
Nutrition:
120 Calories, 2 carbs, 1gr. Fat 24gr Protein, 16gr Sugar

Bon Apetit:

~ Claudia

Paleo Moussaka Lasagna

I got the original Recipe from here, but decided to change it up to fit our lifestyle and taste a bit better.

Ingredients:

1 Eggplant peeled and sliced
1 Zucchini sliced
1 clove of garlic diced
10oz. or 1lb of lean ground Turkey
1 28oz. can or Marzano Tomatos
2 tbsp Tomato Paste
2 8oz cans of organic tomato sauce
8 white mushrooms
4 cups of fresh spinach
1.5 cup of raw cashews (soak them overnight if possible, but a minimum of 2-3hrs)
1/2 cup unsweetened Almond milk
1 Lemon
3tbsp. Olive oil

In a sauce pan, heat half the olive oil and saute the minced garlic then add the turkey to it. While the Turkey is browning, cut the mushrooms and heat a frying pan with the rest of the olive oil. Add the Mushrooms.
When the Turkey is all the way cooked, no more pink, add the tomato paste, Marzano Tomatos and Tomato sauce. Mix, then season to your liking, I use pink salt, black pepper, basil, oregano and a tiny bit of garlic powder. Turn on low and let this simmer.
When the mushrooms are soft add the spinach and sautee until just wilted and put the mixture in a bow.
In a blender, put in the drained Cashews, a tsp. Lemon Juice, Salt, Pepper and some garlice powder and the Almond milk and blend until you have a smooth creamy paste. Mix that in with your spinach mixture.
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a 9×13 Pyrex pan, Put one layer of Eggplant. Then add 1/3 of the tomato sauce and on top of that spread half of the Cashew mix. Then add a layer of Zucchini and repeat with the tomato sauce and Cashew mix. Add one more layer of Eggplant and spread the rest of the tomato sauce. I happen to have some Vegan Cheese from Trader Joe’s so I spread that on top.
Put it in the oven and cook for 45 minutes.

Nutrition: 253calories, 15g fat, 22g, carbs, 3g sugar, 14g Protein

Enjoy!!!

Musings and Meal Plan for this week

I have been in a little bit of a slump. I am working out, but my food is not on par. I know why, I was hit with a bout of depression, which just really sucks. I am sure it would have been even worse if I was not working out. But I had a fantastic weekend, well mostly aside form the fact that my son got sick. He doesn’t get sick often, but when he does, he does it well. He ended up with both flu strands and Strep on top of that. But thank goodness for the meds he is now on the mend and feeling much better.
Today I got up (later than usually, due to it being spring breaks) I made my meal plan and then went to the gym. I took my Impala, cause there is a trainer that loves the car and it was his birthday today. I planned on going to the grocery store after, but realized I left my wallet at home. So when I got home, I hung out with the kids and went to the store a bit later.
I made my meal plan for the week and I am happy with it and here is my grocery haul. I want to make the next two weeks count cause i am having surgery on the 24th.

I also bought Rice Protein to figure out how to make my own protein bars. Cause to be honest I love the 22days but they are getting expensive. So we will see how this goes.

Meal Plan:

Monday:
Roasted Chicken (bought at the grocery store, skin removed) hummus, carrots and salad.

Tuesday:
Lasagna I am using eggplant instead of Zucchini this time

Wednesday:
Fish Taco Bowl

Thursday:
Chick Pea Stew ( my husband is running a 10K on Saturday and needs lots of carbs)

Friday:
Balsamic Chicken, Zucchini and Rice

Saturday:
Hubby and Son are having Spaghetti

Sunday:
Grilled Chicken, Brussel Sprouts and Salad

Carrot Cake / Loaf gluten free and dairy free

So my friend challenged me to make Carrot Cake healthier and I accepted. Since I love Carrot Cake I decided it needs to be gluten free and dairy free.
So I scoured Pinterest to find a recipe I could adapt and I did.
This Recipe was the base for my Cake Loaf.

Here we go 😀 Yields 12 slices

Dry Ingredients:
2 cups of gluten free all purpose flour (I used Red Mill)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground Ginger

Mix all together in a medium bowl.

Wet ingredients:
1tsp. orange zest
6 tbsp orange juice
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup blue agave
2 servings of liquid egg whites
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1 1/2 cup shredded carrots

Mix well and then slowly add the dry ingredients. Add in to a loaf pan and bake in a preheated oven at 350F for 45 mins.

Icing:
1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked in boiling water for at least 30mins better be overnight
1 1/2 tbsp agave
1 1/2 tbsp Lemon Juice
1/4 tsp cinnamon

blend that in a blender until creamy, I used my Magic Bullet Blender, my Cashews weren’t soaked enough so I added a tiny bit of water to make it creamy.
Spread on top of the loaf and voila.

Nutrition Facts: 184cals, 3g Fat, 38g carbs, 4gr Protein
Definitely a Treat.

Enjoy!!!

Fish Taco Bowl…

I found this Recipe and the whole family love it.

Ingredients:
4 tilapia filets
Pampered Chef southwest Seasoning
1 Cup frozen Corn
1 cup red bell pepper (diced)
1 can black beans
1 red onion
2tbsp Olive Oil
2 Avocados
2 Limes

heat one tbsp (I used less) of oil and season the fish with the Seasoning, then put in the pan, cook for 3mins, do not touch then flip and cook again for 3 minutes until fish is done. and nice and crisp.
Put all the fish on a plate and cover to keep warm then in the same pan sautee the onions, bell pepper and corn and let it caramelize. Let it cook for about 5-10mins, add the beans and cook till beans are heated thru.

Serve over rice (I didn’t as I don’t eat starches in the evening) and the put the fish on top, add half an avocado and slices of limes.
You can add some cilantro.

Enjoy!!

Peanutbutter Protein Pancakes

This makes Approx. 6 Pancakes, I ate them all for lunch yesterday.

Ingredients:
2 eggwhites or the equivalent of liquid eggwhites beaten stiff
2 tbsp PB2 prepared
1 scoop of Sun Warrior Vanilla Protein Powder ( love this protein, it’s Vegan and it’s low calorie and low sugar)
1/2 cup of Oatmeal grind to make flour
1/2 cup of fresh Blueberries

Beat the eggwhites to a stiff foam then add all the other ingredients and very gently mix and then cook like pancakes.

I use So Delicious cultured Coconut Milk Yogurt instead of butter and Syrup now. And it is really good.

Nutrition:
388 Calories, 6g fat, 45g Carbs, 10g sugar, 40g protein

Meal Plan for this week…

Thursday:
Eggroll in Bowl

Friday:
Chili recipe will be posted

Saturday:
Salad Bowl,
It’s my daughter’s Birthday Party and they are having cake and Pizza.

Sunday:
Curry Stew

Monday:
Foil Pack Pesto Salmon

Tuesday:
Spaghetti Squash and Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Wednesday:
Crockpot Chicken, Veggies and Rice
I did not buy a whole chicken, I bought 4 Drumsticks and 2 Breasts, still on the bones.

Easy yummy Breakfast for on the go…

I love being able to grab something really fast out of the fridge if I need to head out. So this Chia Pudding is amazing and yummy. I prep like 4 of them at a time, I got these awesome screw lid tupper wares and they are perfect for this.

Chia Breakfast Pudding:
2 1/2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds ( I got mine in the health food section)
3/4cup vanilla Almond milk
1/2 scoop of Protein Powder
Mix all put in fridge after 30mins mix again, so it doesn’t clump and you get all the seeds from the bottom as well. This is IMPORTANT… if you don’t do this it gets clumpy and just not really good.

Then close up an fridgerate. I put berries on top when I eat it.

Nutrition:
239 Calories, 9.3gr fat, 0.8gr sat. Fat, 23gr carbs, 15.1gr protein.

Enjoy!!!!

Eggplant Parmesan Strips Gluten Free

Ingridients:

1 eggplant, peeled and cut into strips about 2″long and 1/4″ wide
1 cup eggwhites
1.5 cups corn meal
3 tbsp Parmesan
Dried Basil, salt Pepper

Preheat oven 375F

put the eggwhites in a bowl and season with salt and pepper, in a second bowl mix cornmeal, parmesan and about 2 tsp of dried basil.
Take your egg plant and put them in the egg whites and then roll them in the cornmeal mix. Put on a cookie sheet that is lined with foil and some cooking spray.
Put in the oven for 10mins then turn them over and cook another 7mins. And voila, they are nice and cripsy on the outside and soft on the inside.
I heated up a jar of my favorite tomato sauce (garlic and basil from HEB) and served that with it.
As side dishes I made tomato cucumber salad and garden mix salad.

One eggplant made about 20 pieces… Nutrition for 1 piece:
28calories, 0.4g Fat, 5g Carb, 1.4g Protein

Enjoy

Claudia