Posts tagged ‘better n peanut butter’

February 24, 2011

AlyssaBakesChili

Hellllllo Thursday! Thank you all for being smarter than me and letting me know the machine I was using and calling a Motion Trainer was called an Arc Trainer 🙂 Today is a busy one so let’s get to it!

Todays breakfast included 2 Whole Wheat Vans Waffles topped with defrosted mixed berries and a dollop of Better n Peanut Butter.

Love these! I ate them in my car while driving to work – Super talented 😉 (just kidding, mom&dad)

Lunch was leftover Sweet Potato Gnocchi. Just as good re-heated! (No picture necessary) If you didn’t see my post yesterday you must go to Trader Joe’s and pick this up.

I also snacked on the protein bars I made last night… These honestly taste like candy bars! They feel sinful… and I like it.

Have I told you before how much I LOVE crockpots? You just throw everything in there in the morning and come home to a wonderful aroma and a dinner ready to serve. This morning I made a healthy Turkey Chili because I knew I had a busy night ahead of me.

This is what it looked like when I left the house..

This is what it looked like when I came home…

Easy Crockpot Turkey Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 lb 99% fat-free ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 of an onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes w/ jalapeno
  • 1 cup of frozen corn kernels
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin powder
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • splash of Tabasco sauce (to taste)
  • Splash of apple cider vinegar
  • Cheese, Sour Cream (Greek Yogurt), Chips, Green Onion as garnishes

Directions

  • Put the tomatoes, kidney beans, apple cider vinegar, frozen corn kernels, and spices into the slow cooker.
  • In a large nonstick skillet, saute the peppers and onions in the olive oil on medium heat. When the onions are soft, add the ground turkey and continue to cook, breaking the turkey up into small chunks with a spatula or spoon. When the turkey is browned and cooked through, add the turkey, bell pepper, and onion mixture to the crock pot and stir to combine.
  • Cook the chili on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 8 hours. Season with salt, pepper, and Tabasco to your taste.
  • Serve the chili hot in bowls with desired toppings

This meal is great for a crowd, a Sunday afternoon, a chilly night or even a Thursday when you are running around like a mad woman.

I was able to get a boot camp workout in this afternoon – Consisted of 3 minutes intense cardio followed by 3 minutes of weights for an entire 60 minutes. It was a sweaty one!

I’ve seen this survey going around in blog world so I figured I would join in the fun and do my own! Feel free to do it as well if you already haven’t (i may be the last one). I’ve loved seeing everyone’s answers!

A: Age

I am 26 years young. My birthday is September 5th – It’s a National Holiday this year (and every year in my eyes)

B: Bed Size

I own a queen but I am currently sleeping in a twin.

C: Chore You Hate

I hate doing the dishes after I cook/bake and am trying to learn to clean as I go but it’s not going so well… I also don’t like folding laundry…and anything that has to do with bathrooms. Ok, I’m going to need a maid.

D: Dog

No puppy for me… Probably one day!

E: Essential Start to Your Day

Down time in the morning – I need 30 minutes to “wake-up” before I actually get out of bed…

F: Favorite Color

Orange. But my favorite color to wear is yellow.

G: Gold or Silver

I like the gold and silver combo.

H: Height

5’5” – wishing for just 2 more inches!

I: Instruments You Play

Sadly, none. I can’t even whistle! Whomp whomp

J: Job Title

The bestest Nanny ever – I just asked the 2 and 5-year-old what I am and that was their response 🙂

K: Kids

Not until I’m married! I would like to have my first by age 30…and then pretend I’m Angelina Jolie and have 15 more. Ok, maybe 3 total? We’ll see.

L: Live

Annapolis, MD

M: Mom’s Name

Christina

N: Nicknames

Lyss, Lysi, Sissa, Shisha, LB, punkin, princess, punky and nickel

O: Overnight Hospital Stays

I think just once during the Superbowl where Janet Jackson flashed everyone! I had a kidney infection. Nothing serious

P: Pet Peeve

ANYTHING that has to do with driving. I cannot stand people who get into the fast lane when there was nobody in front of them and then go slow. Also the constant wearing of the bluetooth… I was at California Pizza Kitchen last week and there was a couple having lunch together that both had them on. Necessary?

Q: Quote From A Movie

You sold your soul to the devil when you put on your first pair of Jimmy Choo’s, I saw it.

R: Righty or Lefty?

Righty.

S: Siblings

Two baby brothers

One seeester

T: Time You Wake Up

My body wakes me up at 6:27 every morning… No matter what time I go to bed. Dislike!

U: Underwear

I’m pretty sure my dad doesn’t want to see this.

V: Vegetables You Dislike

Fennel – It tastes like black licorice and that is gross.

W: What Makes You Run Late

Technology…My phone, the computer, the TV, music…anything that distracts me from getting ready!

X: X-Rays You’ve Had

Hold on, let me pull out my “X-rays I’ve had” list…

Y: Yummy Food You Make

Mac & Cheese Muffins

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

S’mores Ice Cream (Dairy-Free)

Stacked Vegetable Lasagna

LOTS MORE

Z: Zoo Animal Favorite

Well it’s not technically a “zoo” animal – but it’s my favorite animal in general. Dolphins!

Day 28: Something that stresses you out

Money & Time… There just never seems to be enough of either!

QUESTIONS: Favorite Color? Nicknames? Vegetable you dislike? Tomorrow is Favorite Friday – anything you want to see?

February 13, 2011

3 days in 1 post

Hellllo out there. I have so many great things to tell you guys! Let’s start off with food… I have Thurs, Fri & Sat to catch you up on… I’ve had A LOT of awesome Vegan eats. My meals have are so much easier now, which is great because I would’ve quit by now if it was anything like day 1!

Thursday

Breakfast: Banana Berry Protein Smoothie (1 banana, 1 cup almond milk, frozen berries & Amazing Grass chocolate flavor)


Lunch: Whole Wheat Pasta w/ Crushed Tomatoes and grilled Vegetables

Dinner: Homemade Vegan Chili


Dessert: Vegan Peanut  Butter cups – Chocolate + Better n Peanut Butter  + Cinnamon Graham Crackers = LOVE

I have to share this recipe. What kind of friend would I be if I didn’t give you a recipe that included chocolate and peanut butter? Let alone combined…

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups adapted from Alicia Silverstone’s Kind Diet

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp Earth Balance butter
  • 1/2 cup Better n Peanut Butter
  • 2/3 cup cinnamon graham crackers crushed + more if desired for topping
  • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup Vegan Chocolate Chips
  • 3 tbsp Unsweetened Almond Milk

Directions

  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir in the peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs, and maple sugar and mix well.
  • Remove the mixture from the heat. Evenly divide the mixture, approximately 2 tablespoons per cup, among the mold cups.
  • Combine the chocolate and milk in another pan. Stir over medium heat until the chocolate has melted.
  • Spoon the chocolate evenly over the peanut butter mixture.
  • Top with more crushed graham crackers
  • Place in the refrigerator to set for at least 2 hours before serving.

I’m gonna pull a Rachel Ray and say Yumm-O (even though I make fun of her for saying that). Not only are these healthy, low in calories and easy to make but they are SO SO good. I even tricked one of my cousins into thinking it was a high calorie, unhealthy dessert 🙂

Friday

Breakfast: Van’s Whole Wheat Waffles w/ Protein “Cake Batter”

Protein “Cake Batter”

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 packet of Vega Vanilla Protein Powder

Directions

  • Blend together

Dessert for breakfast is becoming way too common… But I don’t mind. It’s healthy 🙂

Lunch: Leftover Vegan Chili

Dinner: Vegan Mushroom Pizza & A vegan chocolate chip cookie

The cookie monster must’ve gotten a hold of this before I could grab the camera 🙂 Btw, soy cheese – um, really? Why does every pizza place not offer this as an option? Try it just once, for me! Pleassseee.

Saturday

Breakfast: Whole Wheat Cinnamon Apple Swirl Pancakes w/ Apple Topping (longest name?)

I wanted to make something that my boyfriend and I could eat together so I had to think of something that looked like a man’s meal! He had seconds so I’m pretty positive I succeeded.

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Apple Swirl Pancakes w/ Apple Topping

Ingredients:

Pancake Batter

  • 3/4 cup Whole Wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tablespoons stevia
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon Ener-G mixed with 2 tablespoons water

  • Cinnamon-Apple Swirl Batter:
    • 2 tablespoons prepared batter (above)
    • 2 tablespoons natural apple sauce
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

    Apple “Syrup” Topping

     

    • 1 chopped granny smith apple
    • 1 tbsp butter
    • 2 tbsp brown sugar
    • 1 tsp cinnamon

    Directions

    • In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.

    • Add almond (or soy) milk and egg replacer mixture and stir just until flour is moistened. (For thicker pancakes, use only 1 cup milk.) Let the batter rest for 5 minutes while the skillet heats.

    • While the batter is resting, combine all of the “swirl” ingredients, using 2 tablespoons of the prepared batter.
    • Heat a non-stick griddle or skillet (sprayed lightly with non-stick spray) over medium heat until a drop of water sizzles. Pour batter by scant 1/4 cupfuls onto hot griddle. Immediately drizzle the cinnamon-apple batter over the top of each pancake in a swirl pattern. Cook until tops are bubbly and bubbles burst; edges will look dry. With a pancake turner, turn and cook until undersides are golden. Place on a warm platter; keep warm.


    • Repeat until all batter is used, brushing griddle lightly with olive oil, if necessary, to prevent sticking.

    • Cook apple topping.

    • Melt butter in saucepan.
    • Add brown sugar, apples and cinnamon and cook until apples are tender and syrup has formed.
    • Pour over pancakes.

    These were delightful and kept us full for hours… Well me, longer than him. But I wasn’t hungry until dinner! (I did have a snack at the show – 2 clementines and 100 calorie pack of almonds)

    We went out to dinner to celebrate Valentines Day since we wont actually see each other on Monday. My boyfriend IS the best because he was craving lamb chops and we had reservations at Capital Grille but they didn’t have ONE Vegan option so he switched it to an Organic restaurant nearby just for me. Such a good guy 🙂 The restaurant was called Dogwood. If you live in Maryland this is definitely a place to check out. Everything was so fresh, the service was great and the atmosphere was comfy-cozy yet funky. I will 100% be a repeat offender.


    FYI – I only had my iPhone for pictures so they didn’t come out that great…

    Appetizer: Beet & Carrot Soup w/ a slice of Fresh Bread

    Dinner: Forbidden Rice & Roasted Butternut Squash Curry with zucchini and yellow squash, organic black rice, mild curried coconut sauce with Vann’s spices, golden currants and toasted almonds

    I am literally speechless over a veggie dish! These flavors were spicy, nutty and flavorful. I would love to make this one night…and eat it for days and days.

    Unfortunately they didn’t offer any Vegan desserts 😦 But my trusty iPhone found a place right around the corner that did!

    Thank you, Sweet Sin for fulfilling my craving. I ordered a chocolate ganache raspberry cupcake.

    I die.

    On our way out there was something else staring me in the eye.

    I couldn’t eat a cupcake and not a cookie. That’s prejudiced and I wont stand for that. So i ordered one for the car ride home. Hey, it was 40 minutes you never know when a craving will strike! I ate it 5 minutes into the drive. This cookie was so fluffy. I had only planned to eat half…Half turned into 3/4’s which turned into the whole thing. Oh well, life goes on. The cupcake was also lovely. Extremely decadent is how I would describe it.

    Are you hungry after reading all of that? Because I am!

    Friday night my boyfriend arrived and I FINALLY got to give him his birthday present… 5 days in Key West in less than a month!!! I better get serious about my workouts!

    Can.Not.Wait. Sun.Beach.Drinks w/ Umbrellas. Need I say more?

    On Saturday he got me tickets to the Disney Princess on Ice show in Baltimore. I LOVE princesses and claim to be am one so I was overly excited. There was a couple in the elevator with us who were probably in their 80’s going to see the show too and that made me think “That will absolutely be us one day”. Once a princess, always a princess.

    I was like a little kid in a candy shop…or a little girl at a Disney Princess show. After the show was over we waited in line with the 6 year olds other girls and he bought me a light up tiara.

    Really, does it get any better than this? Pancakes for breakfast, Disney on Ice, a Princess tiara, amazing vegan dinner, even better 2 vegan desserts? I think not. If you think of something please, feel free to let me know.

    I highly doubt Adam had as much fun as I did but he was a great sport.

    Thanks babe 🙂 Love you lots!

    We also watched The Social Network & Easy A. Neither were academy award winners but they were both entertaining and I liked learning the background story about how Facebook begun.

    On Friday night we also discovered Tasti D-lite was FINALLY open. I have been waiting for this for about a year…No joke. Please tell me you have one of these near you? If not maybe I should do a giveaway with some because I know they ship them ( I may or may not have had some shipped to me from Florida once). I discovered this ice cream with one of my best friends last May. 50 calories, 2 grams of fat, 2 grams of sugar, over 100 flavors and 50 toppings.  You can guarantee I will be there at least 3x next week.

    They switch flavors out daily so I have already programmed their number to my speed dial. Even though I couldn’t order anything because of Vegan week I went in and told the owner he’d be seeing a lot more of me and expressed my excitement. I’m not sure if he was flattered or wanted to request a restraining order.

    Ah, okay. I’m done obsessing.

    Also some other great news is I won the shoes from Shanna’s giveaway!! Charles David wedges are on their way to my house and I am so thankful and happy 🙂 Thanks so much again. I’ll post a picture of me in them when I get them but here is a sneak peek in the meantime.

    Sorry I didn’t have time to post on Favorite Friday… I’ll make up for it next week! I hope everyone is having a great weekend. This post was really long so hopefully you didn’t get too bored!

    QUESTIONS: Have you ever had a vegan dessert? What are you doing for Valentines Day?

    Day 16: Dream house

    I dream big… I want a lot of children, a huge kitchen where I have so much room I could ice skate if I wanted to, and someone to clean up after me because I am sort of messy when I cook. I’d also like an amazing view of the water and pottery barn-esque designed rooms. It will be colorful yet classy. Is that too much to ask?


    Day 17: Something you’re looking forward to

    Key West vacation… I’m so done with the snow, ice and numbing winds. Goodbye winter coat. Hello bikini.

    ANOTHER great giveaway by Angie! Go enter 🙂 All of these giveaways are making me want to have another….