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I have a confession: I often forget to take the frozen meat out of the freezer to defrost in time for me to make dinner. I know, what am I thinking, right? Last week I was tired of asking my husband to bring home dinner because I again forgot to take the meat out. So I pulled out this ground feta and basil chicken sausage I’d gotten from Sprouts, put it in some water and it defrosted in about an hour.
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Fall is in the air! Ok, it’s not. It’s still in the 90s here in Atlanta but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t in the full swing of all things fall–this includes loving on some apples! Apple picking is one of our favorite activities but what do you do with all the apples? Here’s a suggestion: make an apple pie smoothie!
Anything made by a Grandma is typically guaranteed to be delicious. My Grandmothers are no longer with us, but my husband still has one of his and she makes the BEST peach cobbler. She may not be from the south where the peaches are always perfect, but she is from the north where Grandma’s cobbler is always perfect!
Kielbasa is a kid favorite dinner staple in my house. Personally, my favorite dinners are meals that everything is available in my pantry. My second favorite meals are one pot meals. Less dishes. That is why this one pot kielbasa dinner is a sure-fire dinner win for everyone!
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Smoothies are the bane of our household. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t hear, “Mommy can I make a smoothie?” Not only do they make it super easy to hide veggies in, but they taste really great too. As I’ve been losing weight while boosting my milk supply, I’ve become pretty well-versed in the art of the smoothie so I’m excited to share one of my favorite recipes here for one that kills your chocolate cravings.
Satisfy Your Chocolate Cravings
It never fails that whenever I have a baby and I’m trying to get my life right, chocolate cravings hit. And they hit hard too! My favorite ways to satisfy these cravings are with Oreo’s, Snickers Bars, brownies, Peanut M&M’s and Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. There’s something about the combination of the peanut butter and chocolate that just warms my stomach while making me feel so good!
Mama Has Goals Y’all!!
I do. Already this year I’m down close to 25lbs and I’m making health my way of life. While I do believe in having everything in moderation, your girl just isn’t ready for moderation JUST yet. But you know what I can do? I can substitute the unhealthy things with the healthy things until I can practice moderation. That’s why I am loving this smoothie I accidentally stumbled into!
Vegan Peanut Butter & Chocolate Smoothie
Ready to boost your milk supply, satisfy your chocolate cravings while being mindful of your waistline?
I use vanilla that's been sweetened.
Chocolate VeganSmart Protein
Ground Flax Seed
You can use regular flax seeds too.
Measure out ingredients and add to blender.
**Optional: Add ice to get desired consistency.
Why I Choose VeganSmart Protein
I once left a protein shake in the shaker for like 3 days or something. When I opened it, it smelled like death was brewing in there. Really. It then occurred to me that I was putting this into my body! Yeah, terrible.
VeganSmart is a plant-based protein powder and contains the following:
- 20g Non-GMO Protein
- 6g Dietary Fiber
- No Cholesterol
- Zero Trans Fat
- Dairy & Soy Free
- Gluten Free
- Whole Food Complex
- Vitamins & Minerals
- Omega 3
- Digestive Enzymes
Because of the nutrition that’s in there, I feel safe giving it to my kids as well.
What has been one of your “bad” cravings post-baby? How did you navigate it?
Oatmeal raisin cookies are some of my favorite cookies ever. I’m always trying to figure out new ways to make them and I tried someone’s white chocolate oatmeal cookie and I wanted to try and make some myself. And I did.
I’m a self-professed cookie monster and connoisseur and I must say that this white chocolate chip cookie recipe came out soooooooo good that it’s not even funny. The best part was that I tried this recipe out when the kids weren’t here and I didn’t have to share them!!! I know, I’m terrible but whatever.
This recipe calls for coconut flour making them gluten-free for my friends with allergies to wheat. It’s important to note that in order for these to truly be gluten-free, your oatmeal cannot be contaminated with wheat so just check your labels.
White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
A delicious and almost nutritious year round treat!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
I used organic butter
old fashioned rolled oats
white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a bowl, beat the butter and sugars on medium high until they're light and fluffy.
In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Once the butter and sugar is fluffy, add the egg and the vanilla continuing to beat.
With the mixer on slow, gradually add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture until combined.
Slowly add the oats in 1/2 cup increments. Make sure to scrape down the inside of the bowl with a spatula and mix on slow until combined. Add white chocolate chips.
Form the dough into 28 equal balls and arrange on the baking sheet. Leave lots of space in between them. Use your fingers to mash down the dough balls to be about 1/2" thick discs.
Place cookie sheet on the middle rack and bake for about 15 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Remove the pan from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheet.
Know someone with a gluten allergy but in need of cookies? Share this recipe with them and show them some love!
Ever since she was born, mini has been an eater. She’s always taken great joy in the art of eating. I can still see her little face smeared happily with prunes, yes, prunes. In addition to always being a big eater, she’s also had quite the developed pallet. I remember one rather embarrassing time where I didn’t have a sitter and brought her to dinner with some of my girlfriends. She fit right in eating mussels and dipping her bread in the tomato sauce. But her all time favorite food is quiche.
It never fails that when the hubs and I go to visit her at school, something has been written about her love of quiche–specifically quiche with spinach in it. Bougie, right?
The funny thing is that my best sisterfriend and I used to make quiche for the girls because it was cheap. To feed a family of 4 it would cost us under $10 and there would be leftovers. This was before mini’s appetite turned even more Hulk-like. Now? She would eat the entire pie if I let her.
One of my favorite things about quiche is how quick, easy, and customizable it is. As mini pointed out the other day, you can have quiche at any time of the day depending upon what seasonings you use and other ingredients you add. A couple weeks ago I used a can of Trader Joe’s crab meat to make her quiche and it was an even bigger hit. Some of our favorite combinations are:
- crab, onions, and Italian Cheese mix
- mushrooms, onions, spinach, Gouda
- tomato, spinach, onions, feta
- turkey sausage, onions, cheddar
- shrimp, garlic, Italian cheese mix
We make quiche a lot. Like a lot a lot. And anytime I do, it’s accompanied by shouts of “I love you mommy!!!!” “You’re the best mommy/cook in the world!!!!” There’s nothing like a bit of affirmation right?
Well, without further adieu, here is our recipe for quiche:
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Summertime is the equivalent of the season of cook-outs and BBQ’s to me. Driving through the neighborhood all I smell is smokey goodness being grilled on decks that have been waiting to be using all wintertime. We all know that BBQ’s are potlucks and I’ve made it to the top of multiple BBQ invite lists because of my contribution to the food spread: an adult-only fruit salad and bottle of wine. But not just any wine–a deliciously crisp and sweet Moscato that proves to be the perfect compliment to the savory flavors waiting to be indulged.
Sutter Home Moscato
Sutter Home was the first wine that I can remember drinking when I turned 21. I’m a summer baby (yes, my birthday is right around the corner!) so naturally I tried one of their white wines. With the cold weather, I remember scoffing at the bold flavors the red wines brought. I love a light, sweet wine–nothing with too strong of a flavor, especially for the hot weathers. This is why when I saw the new Moscato blends that Sutter Home has recently introduced as I was browsing the aisles at Walmart I was really excited! All my friends and I are wine lovers. Girls nights in or out, Sutter Home is the perfect addition.
They’ve recently come out with the following:
I’ve tried the Pink Moscato which is definitely a fan favorite around here. I cannot wait to try out the Moscato/Riesling Blend, a combination of my 2 favorites. These can be found at Walmart, Ingles, Winco, and most independent liquor/convenience stores.
Which one of these are you excited to try?
Pancakes are a favorite here at the TCM household. I’ve always loved pancakes but being married to a pancake lover increased my own love two-fold. Pancakes are circles of deliciousness that you never want to end. When we went vegan, pancakes were one of the things that I was worried about.
We love pancakes… but we have standards too
I’ve tried a couple of different recipes none of which held up with the kids or the hubs–they were ok for me but I would take a green smoothie over them. Until now. As I was scouring through Pinterest for yet another pancake recipe to try, I came upon Vegan Yumminess. Her pictures of her pancakes looked divine and so I figured I would try them–except I didn’t have all the same ingredients and I don’t think pancakes should ever be made without vanilla extract.
So I used her recipe as a skeleton for my own and VOILA! My own recipe was born!
I’ve made a couple others since these but none have topped these right here. The hubs and the kids are literally begging for more after they’ve each devoured between 2-4 each–leaving me with my oh so delicious green smoothie. Yay. That was sarcasm.
I promise that you and your family won’t miss dairy or eggs at all with this recipe!!!
P.S. Insider tip – not so great with using a griddle and spatula? I normally use the Babycakes Flip-Over Pancake Maker. Works like a charm for making perfect pancakes every time!
Why should non-vegans have all the fun?
January marked the beginning of my adventures in veganhood and while I’ve loved it, seeing all these delicious recipes right before Super Bowl Sunday is making me miss dairy and meat!!! I don’t want to return to carnivore life–I’m enjoying my rabbit food–but I do still want some delicious snacks to be present for the party. Who knows? They might even be so good that the non-vegans will try their hand at it! And since my team isn’t even in the game, I’m really just going for the snacks ha!
So without further adieu, I give you my round up of some of my favorite vegan appetizers I’ve seen around the web.
Vegan-Friendly Game Day Recipe Round Up
3 Ingredient Beer Battered Artichoke Hearts
Naturally anything drenched in beer is welcome at a super bowl party!
I wish I could eat this through the screen!!! These little bites of delicious are made by Jenn from Neurotic Mommy. She features “crazy healthy” recipes–beer is healthy people. In about 15 minutes, you can make these delicious little bites and be a big hit for making beer into a healthy and vegan recipe!
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites and Cheater Vegan Ranch
Anyone who knows mini and I knows that we LOVE buffalo wings. Like incredible amounts. And she loves ranch. But buffalo wings BELONG at Super Bowl parties. They are a staple–unless you’re vegan. Then these become the staple. Jenn over at Vegan Inspired has made these sooooo easy to make that mini just may be in the kitchen with me cooking them!
Vegan Baked Jalapeno Poppers
Yum.E. I love jalapeno poppers. These things are beyond delicious to me. Beyond. The baked in heat of the jalapeno coupled with the cool, gooeyness of the cheese just makes life right. And Marly from Namely Marly has made this possible for me! Pop up at the Super Bowl with these delicious poppers (see what I did there? ha!).
Vegan Lasagna Bites
When I saw that someone had created these I know that God loved me and my new vegan lifestyle. Bite sized lasagna??! This is ALMOST as good as not having to unwrap Snickers so I can eat them faster!!! Listen, I’m a work in progress ok? But Molly over at Quiche-A-Week is now bae because of this.
Buffalo Quinoa Bites
Be clear, these are being made. Again, I love buffalo anything and everything. And honestly, I like quinoa. It’s a balanced food–a grain with a protein personality and Betsy from betsylife gave these babies some style with the buffalo.
How delicious do all of these look??!!? I cannot wait to make my contribution for the Super Bowl snack table!!!