Healthy Oatmeal Craisin Cookies

The little man got his first cold of the season so it was a watching movies and baking kind of day. He wanted a cookie, but I didn’t want to load him up on sugar! I made these 21 Day Fix approved healthy oatmeal craisin cookies and they were a perfect amount of chewy and a just a little sweet. Next time I might even add some dark chocolate chips! These were great as a little breakfast bar too since they aren’t super sweet. Two of these cookies equals 1 yellow container for 21 Day Fix.

21 day fix cookies

Here is the recipe:

1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup almond flour
1 egg
1/2 cup no sugar added applesauce
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 T honey
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup craisins

Mix it all and drop 12 cookies, BIG ones onto a baking sheet. These don’t puff up TOO much so you can put them pretty close! Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes (mines was 12).

Meal plan of the week – 6/29

healthy meal planI was out of town for a wedding so I’m posting this a little later than I would have liked, but here is this week’s meal plan! Some followers of my Facebook page had shown interest in  my meal plans. Let me know if this is helpful I’ll keep on sharing them!

This particular plan leaves a lot of room for some creativity, because I know everyone has different preferences. For example, there is fish for dinner on Monday night, but I didn’t include what type of fish…just pick something you enjoy! The recipe for the chili is here. And this is the link for the pumpkin protein bars. The rotisserie chicken is referring to the pre-cooked ones you can get at the store! If your grocer doesn’t have them then any chicken will do. I recommend making the pumpkin protein bars ahead of time so they are ready to go! Make sure you are considering how many servings you need based on how many people are in your family when you go grocery shopping. Let me know if you have any questions!!

Easy Bell Pepper Chili

You know a recipe is a hit when your four year old asks, “Mommy, can I have more chili? Because that was yummy!” Chili is one of my favorites to make because you can really get creative! You can add veggies, meats, and make it as hot or as mild as you’d like! This is a simple, kid-friendly version that can be whipped up in no time.

vegetarian chili

Ingredients
28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can white kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
8 ounces of frozen bell peppers or 2 fresh, any color
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 TBS oregano
1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
pepper, to taste

In a large pot saute the peppers and garlic in the olive oil for a few minutes (if the peppers are fresh saute until soft). Add the rest of the ingredients and let everything simmer on low-medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. I like to serve over a bed of spinach!

Trader Joe’s carries tri-color frozen peppers and I love them. That’s what I use in this recipe!

bell peppersIf you want to add more heat feel free to amp up the seasonings and/or add a jalapeno. My son isn’t a fan…yet 😉 If you cook up this recipe please let me know how you like it.

21 Day Fix
One serving would be 1 cup and I would count it as 1 yellow, 1/2 purple, 1/4 green (if you serve over spinach count that as a green too or you could add more peppers too!)

Grilled Portobello Margarita

grilled portobello

I’m bringing back meatless Mondays! I adopted a veggie-centric diet about five years ago and haven’t looked back. Sometimes people have the idea that a meal without meat will leave you hungry, but that’s just not the case! On Mondays I’ll be sharing delicious vegetarian meals that the whole family will love. This is one of my favorite summertime meals, especially because it incorporates the grill!

Grilled Portobello Margarita
Serves 2

2 Portobellos-stems removed
olive oil-enough for basting, season with fresh or powdered garlic and oregano
mozzarella- fresh/buffalo or shredded
1 ripe tomato
basil for garnish

1. Combine oil, garlic and oregano
2. Heat grill or pan to med-high
3. Brush portobellos with oil mixture
4. Grill mushrooms about 4 minutes per side

Meanwhile slice tomato and cheese.
5. When mushrooms are done, top with cheese and grill ( covered) till cheese melts.
6. Top with tomato and basil.

Notes: You can serve this on top of greens and it’s delicious with a black bean and corn salad on the side.

21 Day Fix (You’ll need to measure per your plan)
Green: Mushrooms, Tomatoes
Blue: Cheese
Tsp: Olive Oil
Free: Basil/Oregano

21 Day Fix Eggplant Parm

I’ve been feeling in a bit of rut lately with cooking, because it feels as though I’ve been making the same things over and over again! So I decided to switch it up today. My favorite meal of ALL TIME is Eggplant Parmesan. I can’t get enough. However, my usual recipe does not fit in the 21 Day Fix nutrition plan. I basically use a half bottle of oil to fry up the eggplant. Right.

I put together a Fix-approved version and it was DELICIOUS. My husband loved it so much that he got bummed out when he back for more and we’d already eaten it all. Here’s what I did.

21 day fix eggplant parm

Slice up your eggplant. Dip it in eggs and place it on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Top with your seasoned breadcrumbs. Bake for about 15-20 minutes depending how thick your slices are. Take it out the oven and use a spatula to move the baked eggplant from the baking sheet to your casserole dish. Pour your sauce over the eggplant. Top it with your cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling. I served mine over a bed of steamed Zoodles.

Ingredients
– 1 large eggplant
– 2 eggs
– Homemade breadcrumbs (2 slices of wheat bread, toasted then crumbled)
– 1 cup of plain tomato sauce
– 1/4 shredded mozzarella cheese
– Salt-free italian seasoning
– Pepper for seasoning

Makes 2 servings (Zoodles not counted): 1 green, 1/2 red, 1 yellow, 1/2 purple, 1/2 blue

Thin Mint Shamrock Shakeology

thin mint shakeology

No visits to McDonalds today for my family! I blended up a batch of chocolate Shakeology today that tastes just like Girl Scout thin mint cookies! I added the recipe on the picture of my little buddy enjoying his St. Patty’s Day shake. I actually used Young Living Peppermint essential oil instead of mint extract, but I know not everyone has that on hand.

Let’s compare, shall we?

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake nutrition facts in a 12-ounce cup:
530 calories
10 g protein
16 g fat
88 g carbs (74g sugars; 0g dietary fiber)
Loaded with artificial flavors, high fructose corn syrup, and other ingredients I can’t even pronounce.
Chocolate Shakeology Thin Mints Girl Scout Cookie nutrition facts:
160 calories
18 g protein
4.5 g fat
17 carbs (6g sugars)
…All natural with 70 different ingredients including super fruits and vegetables.
My choice is clear 🙂

Pineapple Pork Tenderloin

This is an easy, 21 Day Fix-approved crock pot recipe that my family loves. Setting it and forgetting it is the best! It takes the stress out of dinner time.

Pineapple Pork Tenderloin

Pineapple Pork Tenderloin (4 servings, varies based on size of tenderloin)
21 Day Fix: 1 serving = 1/4 Green, 1/2 purple, 1 red

Ingredients
– 2 cups of frozen pineapple
– 1 red bell pepper, diced
– 2 1lb pork tenderloins
– 4 TBS apple cider vinegar
– 4 TBS balsamic vinegar
– 2 TBS brown mustard
– Black pepper
– Garlic Powder

Place pork tenderloins in the crock pot and season both sides with black pepper and garlic powder, top each pork tenderloin with 1 TBS of brown mustard and rub it in. Add the apple cider vinegar and the balsamic vinegar to the crock pot. Top with the chopped bell pepper and frozen pineapple. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Should make about 4 servings, but I chop up the tenderloin and measure out my red portion. The pineapple is soooo delicious and reminds me that winter won’t last forever 🙂

Enjoy!