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Sweet Potato Egg Nests

Good morning!  Time for yummy weekend breakfast!!  I have been on a sweet potato kick lately and wanted something a little different!  My girls are in and out, busy, busy and so is Adam.  These are great little breakfast protein packed individual finger casserole cakes!  They would be perfect for camping! Oh, I really miss camping and fishing!  We haven’t been yet this year and these little gems would be perfect to take, heat up and share with friends!  Let’s just get to the recipe!

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Sweet potato egg nests

2 Medium sweet potatoes

1 T Coconut Oil

1/2 tsp Sea Salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 cup Diced ham (or any meat you have in the fridge, or not meat-optional)

8 Eggs

1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (any milk would work, I prefer almond milk)

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Take your sweet potatoes and shred them, place the shreds in a bowl with the melted coconut oil,1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Mix well.  In a greased cupcake pan put the mixture in the bottom and sides of each cupcake section.  Press on the bottom and around the sides as pictured to make the “nest” and bake for 20 minutes on 350.

While the shreds are cooking, mix your eggs, milk and the remaining 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper and beat well. Add the diced ham and mix thoroughly.  Pour the egg mixture into each cooked shredded potato section.  Bake on 350 for 20-25 minutes or until the egg sections are done.  Easy Peasy your nests are done!!

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You really could add anything and everything that you want to this, like some green peppers, jalapeno, broccoli, anything!  Make them like little Quiche.  Just have fun and enjoy!

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Chocolate Banana Almond Butter Ice Cream Shake

What I shoved in my face today!  I LOVE Almond Butter! Especially when used in a shake!

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Almond butter is so yummy and good for you!  Who couldn’t eat it right out of the jar…..please! But just to make us feel better let’s make us some ice creamy shake with it!

I am an ice cream eater, shakes and frozen treats are all my fav’s!  There is just something so appealing about hanging out with friends and eating ice cream!  One could seriously pack on the pounds if you aren’t paying attention.  You should make this great treat instead and get your protein while satisfying your sweet tooth! Make sure you have 2 frozen banana’s ahead of time.  When you have banana’s that are over ripened, chop them up and place 2 banana’s per bag iin the freezer for sweet treats!

This recipe serves 2 friends 🙂

2 Frozen banana’s

1/2 cup Natural almond butter

1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (just to help it blend, if you want thicker ice cream, use less)

1 Scoop Chocolate protein powder

A handfull of almonds (optional, I like crunchies in my ice cream)

Break up the frozen bananas and place around the sides in the blender for easier blending.  Throw the rest of the ingredients into the blender and blend away. I start with only a 1/4 cup of Almond milk and if has a hard time mixing and too thick I add a bit more and scrape everything off of the sides into the mixer, throw in a handfull of almonds and  blend until mixed.  Add a couple of Almonds to the top and you have a very thick tasty shake!

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Depending on the thickness, you could scoop it into a glass for a shake, if you want it more ice cream scoopish place into a freezer safe container and put it in the freezer for about an hour.  Either way it is Scrumpch-ilicious!!  And the bonus is your protein is included 🙂

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For looks and extra yummy add a couple of almonds to the top.   Depending on how ripe your banana’s were will be the natural sweetener. Perfect example of clean eating and keeping on track to your healthy lifestyle, but still enjoying your snacks.

Clean Eating Pancakes or Crepes? Yummy is What I Call Them!

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Saturday mornings to me mean let’s eat something sweet and yummy!  These clean eating pancakes are great to add anything to.  My favorite way to eat them is to add some sugarfree all natural strawberry spread with whipped cream and roll them up like a crepe.  If I am feeling like a classic pancake, just some naural maple syrup.  Or if you are feeling crazy nutty….spread some almond butter all over when the pancakes are warm and the almond butter melts all over drippy and gooey! So versitile to what you want it to be.

These pictures are making me hungry!!

It’s an incredibly easy and fast recipe that lets you get to the eating and get on with your day and workout!  Packed with protein and fast carbs they give you the energy to get up and after it fast!

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Depending on how many you want to make and the size that you make them you will need to double the recipe if you want a plate full at average size shown in the first picture of this scrumchillies post!!

Clean Eating Healthy Pancakes/Crepes- makes 4-5 small pancakes

1 ripened large banana

2 whole eggs

1 teaspoon cinnamon

In a small mixing bowl, take a fork and mash up your peeled, overripened large banana. Add 2 eggs and beat until your mixture is smoothe.  Spray your griddle and pour into circles.  I do them medium size as it makes them easier to flip.  I tried larger ones and it makes it seriously difficult to flip without breaking! And a big spatchula helps too!  when firm and browned on one side, flip and cook the other side.

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Enjoy your weekend and your welcome!!

Food Prep Day

Sunday fun day, it’s food prep day.  In the past I would always have good intentions while at the grocery store and buy a lot of fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy natural foods.  Mornings are so busy trying to get everything ready for work and it would take too much time to get a lunch packed, washing, chopping and bagging after taking too much time getting ready to get to work early in the a.m..  Now I take some time on Sunday and get all lunches, breakfasts and a few dinners ready for the entire week.  It takes a little planning, but the money that I save making sure everything is ready and portioned out for everyone to grab and go instead of letting it sit in the fridge and spoil is totally worth it! My only complaint….tripping over my dogs while they follow me around the kitchen!  Poor guys smell everything cooking and are waiting for one tiny morsel to drop! Ha, ha!

I plan what meats I will cook for the particular week’s lunches and I put that in crock pot Saturday night before going to bed so they are cooked and ready for portioning Sunday morning. This week was chicken and salsa.  Place 5 frozen chicken breasts in the cock pot, cover them with a half to 3/4 jar of salsa just making sure the breasts are covered.  In the morning, after coffee of course, shred them and portion into containers.  You can heat and eat them with veggies, use with chips or make a shredded chicken salad.

These pics don’t include dinners that I made as well, just an example as
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While the chicken is cooling, I boil 18 eggs and begin chopping. Wash, cut and portion into baggies or containers your cucumbers, cauliflower, carrots, celery, watermelon, cantaloupe and/or any others.  I switch it up weekly for variety.

I like to make salads in a jar, they stay good and crispy for about 4-5 days. Wet ingredients on bottom, I use cottage cheese instead of dressing and finishing with lettuce on top so that when you empty it out on a plate it ends up being with lettuce on bottom and finishing with your wet ingredients on top.  You can do this with fruits or pasta, any kind of salad that you’d like, get creative!

While you are chopping all of your veggies also chop up some sweet potatoes and place in a large freezer storage bag.  Add some meat, I used chopped pork, and some low sodium stock.  Freeze for a crock pot dinner later in the week.
I baked super yummy clean biscuits from a wonderful recipe on The Gracious Pantry, which I then made egg sandwiches for breakfasts, wrapped in saran wrap and froze to reheat one daily. I then baked up some nom, nom cinnamon rolls from another fab recipe at Paleomg for our daily snacks for the week
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If you want to try something yummy and have some apples, squeeze the juice from one full lemon and one full orange into a container.  Core and slice an apple and place in the container of juice.  Make sure the apple is fully covered and soak overnight.  The citrus keeps the apple from browning and it soaks into the apple for a wonderful fresh taste! Let those soak in the container overnight and bag the morning that you take them. Also portion some cottage cheese to have with whatever you like to eat cottage cheese with. I chop tomatoes with my cottage cheese.
While you are chopping you can cook some extra lean ground beef or ground turkey that you can fridge-rate for taco dinner during the week.  I cook 2-3 pounds so that I also have some for spaghetti or other meals if you’re cooking it you may as well make what you need for the week right?!  Make sure during the week you are also using any leftovers for lunches as well. I also used some ground beef for these great italian pies that I found from The Gracious Pantry and got 3 dinner meals out of all of that meat.
With a little planning and a set aside time for meals it makes it so much easier to know your calories, and know that you are eating healthy.  Total prep time this Sunday only took 3 and 1/2 hours.  Once you get a system down and already have it planned it goes much faster.

If your eating on a budget, the planning and eating all that you have really helps! Not to mention you won’t be spending the extra dollars going out to lunch.  Happy Sunday Prep Day!

Pineapple Protein Smoothies

Pineapple!!!  Lately I am in love with Pineapple!  It is so refreshing and sweet!  Not to mention their look, they’re beautiful! I usually get one in the weekly food Co-Op or if I don’t get one in the weekly Co-OP then I definitely will buy one at the store, I HAVE to have one every week 🙂 I Leave it on the counter for it’s beautiful looks and let it ripen while you enjoy it’s stance on the counter. I place it by our healthy snacks in bowls as counter decor!

I let it sit on my counter during the week until it’s ripened and I can’t stand it anymore, then I cut it up.  I put 1/2 of the chopped pineapple in portioned containers for us to take to work and enjoy as a snack. The other half of the chopped pineapple I seperate into 2 bags, 2 cups each give or take, and place them in the freezer for later.
Try and use every bit of the pineapple!  I recently learned that you can actually continue growing the crown as a house plant, foilage. First, chop the crown (green leafy) part of the pineapple off.  Cut to expose the root of the crown, then peel off 4-5 layers of the bottom leaves.  Place the crown in a glass or bottle of water, whatever you like best.  Once it starts to root, plant it in a pot of dirt, and water when dry as you would any other plant in your home.  It won’t produce any other fruit, but it is a beautiful looking plant that will grow as foilage and if you are as frugal as I am, the pineapple provides two wonderful things in one purchase!! I LOVE it!!
Now for the yummy!!  Take one of your bags of frozen pineapple chunks from the freezer, and make a yummy refreshing Pineapple Protein Smoothie, or if thicker it is pineapple ice cream!  Yum!
Recipe below serves 2
2 Cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 Cup Almond Milk (you can use whatever milk you like, I prefer almond milk)
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
1 t. Pure Vanilla Extract (optional)
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Place all items in the blender and whip away! I use and love my Ninja Blender, best blender that I have ever purchased! If you want it more smoothie-ish or liquidy, add more almond milk.  If you want it to be thicker you could add ice cubes or it should be thick enough without the ice cubes.  Enjoy! So yummy and refreshing, nom, nom!

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