Posts tagged ‘mint’

January 28, 2011

Funfetti Pancakes & Favorite Friday

Happy Friday everyone! This week went by fast =) I love when that happens… Remember when we all used Myspace and people would send you Happy Friday comments? 

Sometimes they’re good for a smile.

Yesterday I woke up to 10 inches of snow on the ground! Yay for a snow day… I decided to make myself a yummy breakfast since I wasn’t in a rush for once. If you know me, you know I’m OBSESSED with funetti cake/cupcakes/cookies. I make them once a month and always have a spare box in the pantry. So, this morning, I ripped open the box in an attempt to make Funfetti Pancakes…

Mission Accomplished. I love incorporating one of my favorite things into breakfast because breakfast is my favorite meal so it’s bound to make for a wonderful day! Oh and these weren’t just regular pancakes, they were packed with protein and made with whole wheat 🙂 Give them a try, you wont regret it.

Protein packed Funfetti Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of brown rice protein
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/8 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/3 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 cup egg whites
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp funfetti cake mix (or more if you’d like)
  • Sprinkles

Directions

  1. Mix dry ingredients – protein powder, flour, oats, flax, baking soda, sprinkles and funfetti mix.
  2. Mix wet ingredients – almond milk, greek yogurt, vanilla and egg whites.
  3. Combine together.
  4. Heat a skillet with cooking spray to med-high heat. Drop the batter into 3 portions in skillet and heat for 3 minutes on each side. Make sure you press down after flipping the pancakes the first time.

5. Transfer to plate and top these however you would like.

I topped mine with frozen blueberries that were defrosted in the microwave. We were out of sugar-free syrup and I didn’t want to use regular. (Sugar free has 30 calories while regular has 210!) I’m still thinking about these pancakes because that’s how much I loved them.

Good thing I had a hearty breakfast because I was headed outside to shovel for my first time! Apparently I have OCD and couldn’t stop shoveling because I ended up shoveling the road… Ridiculous, I know. I was all about the calorie burn so I just kept going… I shoveled for about 2 hours and let me tell you that I’ve never been more sore in my life. Who would’ve thought that shoveling snow would’ve been the best workout I’ve ever had?? There is not 1 muscle in my body that isn’t achey today…

We had the cleanest sidewalk/road/driveway in the neighborhood and burned about 600 calories while doing it 🙂

After I got showered and warmed up I was hungry again! I decided to make a cheese”burger” out of last night’s Sweet Potato TurkeyLoaf.

Stuffed it in half of a pita with some spinach and it was goooood!

I love creating new meals out of leftovers.

During the day I also snacked on some watermelon slices and of course a protein granola bar. Those will finally be gone tomorrow! Need to think of a new snack to make 🙂

We had A LOT of fresh veggies on hand so we decided to go the stir fry route for dinner

Stir-fry is probably one of my favorite dinner choices!

We broiled some salmon and threw it into the veggies with brown rice, drizzled szechuan sauce and topped with sesame seeds. 15 minute meal – 6 ingredients – Rachel Ray & Claire Robinson would be proud.

Even though I am out of Vegan Chocolate Chips I still managed to have dessert…Imagine that. I received this candy bar 2 weeks ago and have been saving it for the perfect moment.

Which was clearly, now. I broke off 3 squares, topped them with marshmallow fluff and placed that on top of 1/3 of a piece of graham cracker.

I love mint, I love chocolate and I love anything that resembles smores so it’s only fair to say that I love this dessert as well. I didn’t even miss my chocolate chips. Did you notice I went an entire day without Peanut Butter? Weird, hope I’m not getting sick 😉

Onto Favorite Friday… I made a list of my top 10 favorite foods that I could NOT live without. Ready…

10. Green Beans – By far my favorite vegetable. I love them szechuan style the most!

9. Avocado – looks like greens will be at the top of the list. I love that you can add this to a lot of different dishes… But sometimes I just scoop it out with a spoon 🙂 

8.  Goat Cheese – On pizza, salads, quesadillas or the simple way with crackers

7. Pancakes…hence why i make them at least once a week

6. Apples – Honeycrisp to be exact. Of course they have to be the most expensive 😦

5.  Mac & Cheese… I’m sure you all agree

4. Strawberries – I’ve yet to meet someone who didn’t enjoy these

3.  BACON! I feel like the dog on the commercial when I say that.

2. Ice Cream – Tasti D Lite is the best EVER. They need to open one up in Maryland ASAP

1. Peanut Butter… any type. I currently have 5 different jars in my cabinet. That’s true love.

What are the top ten foods you cant live without?

Day #2 of my blog challenge – Meaning behind your blog name

Fashion – Fitness – Foodie – Staying fit while eating good food in stilettos.

I wish I had some awesome story or could tell you that there was a deeper meaning behind my name – But it’s just 3 things that I’m passionate about… Fashion (shopping) Fitness (working out and being fit) Foodie (food – healthy and not so healthy!) I was introduced to blogs by a friend who wanted me to make a recipe from someone’s website and I quickly became sucked in. I jumped from blog to blog reading about people’s daily eats, workouts and recipes they’ve created. After 2 weeks of basically stalking people I decided I would try one out myself…and now here I am testing out the waters. It’s only been a little over a month but I enjoy writing, thinking of new recipes and of course reading all of your blogs too 🙂

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

QUESTIONS: What is the meaning behind your blog name? Weekend plans? What is a food you CANNOT live without?

December 21, 2010

Sugar Coma

Good Morning beautiful people! I am extremely exhausted this morning… Pretty sure it has something to do with too much sugar last night (I’ve GOTTA stop doing that!) I decided to make this delicious recipe last night for dinner for my mom, grandma, 2 brothers and cousin. I’m guessing it was a hit since i quadrupled the recipe and served it with bread and there wasn’t a noodle left behind. Below is the recipe with my tweaks.

BBQ Chicken Pasta Bake (Supposed to serve 8-10 people…served 6)

1 2lb rotisserie chicken (no skin – shred chicken in bowl)

9 cups cooked whole wheat pasta (i used shells)

7 tablespoons of Brown Sugar BBQ sauce + more for drizzle

1 small onion, sliced

Sea salt

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons of butter

1 and 1/2 tablespoons of flour

1 and 1/2 cup skim milk

7 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese ( i would use a smoked cheese next time)

panko bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350.

Prepare pasta and shredded chicken and set aside. In a small sauce pan, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and sliced onions with a sprinkle of sea salt and let caramelized – about 10 minutes.  During this time, combine shredded chicken with 7 tablespoons bbq sauce. Once onions are caramelized, set aside.

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and whisk in flour to create a roux. Immediately add skim milk and turn down to low heat. Add 3 ounces of cheese and stir until cheese is melted and mixture thickens – about 2-3 minutes.

In the casserole dish, alternate layering pasta, bbq chicken, and onions. Add cheese mixture about 1-2 tablespoons at a time, throughly mixing to act like glue and hold the pasta together. Top with additional cheese sauce, remaining shredded cheese, BBQ sauce drizzles and panko bread crumbs.

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

It should come out looking a little something like this… Probably a little cleaner. I’m messy.

I have to admit that when I first decided upon this recipe the thought of bbq sauce, chicken and pasta in one dish sounded like a hot mess… But this was the hottest mess I’ve had in a while. It’s a keeper!

I also decided to make some Christmas cookies for the tree decorating activities.

I may or may not have eaten half of these. Have you had these Mint M&Ms? They have just tied for first place with the peanut butter ones in my book. Ugh… weakness.

Of course I had to put on my FAVORITE Christmas CD – Hanson’s Snowed In 🙂 This will never get old. 

If you look closely you can see a couple of my homemade beauties posted up on the tree! These include but are not limited to a toilet paper roll and an eggshell carton. I can’t believe my mom still hangs them up 🙂 (that’s my grandma – isn’t she the cutest!)

Btw, did anyone know that Boy Scouts sell popcorn now? Well let me tell you…They are definitely giving the Girl Scouts a run for their money. If you see these cute little boys outside of your grocery store make a run for it…or just donate directly to them. Or you will end up eating half of the bag as I did tonight.

This was my poison flavor of choice. I’m not sure how this has escaped my tastebuds for so many years. But clearly god has been looking out for me and my love handles.

Yesterday I never got that cardio in I was hoping to… I got all ready and then realized I had forgotten my shoes. STORY OF MY LIFE. This morning I just jumped on the elliptical for 20 minutes…I’ll be forcing myself to hit up the gym later. I made a quick breakfast of greek yogurt, pumpkin, rasberries and cocoa almonds with a little pumpkin pie spice. Gotta love the protein!

This wasn’t the best breakfast…It neeeded some agave drizzled it over top I think – Next time! Please ignore my 4 week old manicure in the bottom left corner.

Two more days of work (including today) and then I’m a free woman! Today the girls and I are going to do some Christmas crafts, make Golden Oreo balls and head to the library to check out some more books. I love my job 🙂 Have a great day!