Sunday, July 22, 2012

Ice-cream craving fix :)

Are you like me, and you're craving something cold and sweet (aka ice cream) this summer? But.....you want to eat healthy? (and maybe you've had too much Ben&Jerry's lately because it was on sale at Publix recently....)

Well...throw this in the blender...

*Handful of frozen fruit (I had a mix of strawberries, mangoes, pineapples, and peaches from Wal-Mart plus some frozen raspberries from Publix on hand).
*1 teaspoon of flax seed (to help fill you up with just a little extra protein and fiber in the mix)
*Milk (a little at a time) ((or yogurt))

Blend, and gradually add milk so that the consistency is just like a frosty....so you can eat it with a spoon! If you make extra, you can put some in a freezer-safe container for next time you're craving a healthy ice cream alternative! :)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Protein-Packed Banana Cookies

I found the inspiration for this recipe on Pinterest (of course!) and made a few changes based on what we have in our cabinets. ((Since we're moving next week, we're trying not to buy lots of new food...so we don't have to pack it haha!)) Also, I decided to give my new toaster oven a shot at cooking a batch of these.

The original recipe was posted at... watching-what-I-eat.blogspot.com/2012/06/peanut-butter-banana-oat-breakfast.html. Her recipe included butter extract, vanilla extract, and applesauce. I omitted those three ingredients, and the cookies still came out great! My oven cooks pretty quickly so the cookies had crispy edges right at 23 minutes....but 25 minutes in the toaster oven made them perfect!

Here's my revised recipe (simply called Protein-Packed Banana Cookies since that's pretty much all that's in these...protein and bananas and oatmeal!)

PROTEIN-PACKED BANANA COOKIES

3 ripe bananas
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 Tbs vanilla protein powder
1 1/2 cups quick oats
1/4 c chopped walnuts
1/4 c dark chocolate chips (mini)

Mash bananas in a bowl. Add peanut butter and vanilla protein powder. Mix well. Crush walnuts in a ziplock bag if not pre-chopped. Add walnuts and mini dark chocolate chips. Mix and let set while oven preheats to 350*. Drop batter by the spoonful onto cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. Bake (20-30 min in oven depend ding on your ovens normal cook time, or 25 minutes in a toaster oven). Let cool 5 minutes and enjoy!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Country Cabbage Soup

We got a basket of veggies from a garden shop near us that operates a program similar to a CSA. There was a LOT of cabbage in there (among other veggies)...so we had to find a recipe to use it in! Adam came across this recipe for Country Cabbage Soup, which was DELICIOUS (and a lot meatier than we expected...but that could be due to the fact that we think we inadvertently doubled the amount of meat in the recipe)! We used some of the ground venison we have...and we're pretty sure it's packaged in two-pound packs instead of one-pound packs.  We agree with several of the reviews that it is a good base soup that needed some seasoning to liven it up.  Adam added just a little onion powder, peppercorn garlic seasoning, sage, and cumin (just to give you an idea).

If you give it a try, let me know what seasoning you use, so we can change it up from time to time!