Apple Pie Greek Yogurt

I’ve been on quite the apple kick lately. I went through a few years where my body was intolerant to apples but I decided to test the waters recently and learned that I don’t feel horribly sick anymore after eating one! Hence why they have become a staple to my diet again, mostly in the combo of apples and peanut or almond butter–is there anything better?!

This weekend I ran out of berries for my usual breakfast creation and was trying to think of a way to make my plain Greek yogurt less tart and more appetizing. Apples were the only fruit in the fridge and I knew we had some good apple pie spices so I went to work. I have eaten this every single morning since and don’t plan on looking back anytime soon!

Apple Pie Greek Yogurt

Ingredients:

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1 small container of Fage plain 2% Greek yogurt
1 Apple
Nutmeg
Cinnamon
Honey

  1. Cut up apple into bite size pieces and place in bowl.
  2. Empty the Greek yogurt container on top of the apples.
  3. Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg onto the yogurt, to taste. I used a heavy dash of cinnamon and a light dash of nutmeg.
  4. Drizzle honey on top.
  5. Stir and enjoy!

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Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash

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As I sit here enjoying my third round of leftovers, I know that I must share this recipe with you all!

On Tuesday I found myself sitting in the parking lot at Ralph’s, starving, and for the first time, maybe ever, in the mood to cook. Nothing crazy, of course, but I’m getting a little tired of my favorite takeout places.

One of my specialties is spaghetti squash. I love how, with minimal work, it turns into a spaghetti like noodle and you can almost trick your brain into thinking that it’s the real thing. I’ve made spaghetti squash enchiladas and kept it simple mixing the squash with butter and parmesan, but this time I wanted to go all out.

I googled “easy spaghetti squash recipes” and was flooded with hits. When I say easy, I’m thinking like five steps and up to five ingredients. Any sautéing or multiple pots and pans and I’m out.

Thankfully, I stumbled upon a recipe on the blog Peas and Crayons for Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash Bowls. I was SOLD and headed into the grocery store eager to gather the ingredients.

You can find the original recipe here but below is my personal experience with making it!

What You’ll Need

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2 spaghetti squash (Jenn suggests medium but the ones I used were very large)

2 cups+ shredded chicken (I used prepared chicken breast from Ralph’s)

1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

1/3 cup hot wing sauce (or more if you like a lot of flavor/spice)

1/2 cup Fage 2% plain Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons of melted butter

1/3 cup green onion

How to:

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Microwave each squash individually for four minutes then cut in half and scoop out the seeds.
  3. Put some olive oil on the cut side of the squash to prevent sticking and place cut side down on a foil lined baking sheet.
  4. Place squash in the oven for 40 minutes.
  5. While squash is cooking, mix together shredded chicken, cheddar cheese, hot sauce, melted butter, yogurt, and most of the green onions in a large bowl.
  6. Once oven timer goes off, scrape the squash to create the “noodle” strands and mix 1/4 of the buffalo chicken mixture into each squash half.
  7. Top with extra cheese and place back in the oven for 10 minutes.
  8. Add some of the remaining green onions as a garnish and enjoy!

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This recipe was approved by my three coworkers and my husband so I know you’ll love it! It’s going to be a staple in our home—finally something I can cook that also tastes delicious!

Check out @peasandcrayons for other drool worthy concoctions.

Easy Peasy Protein Balls

I’m always looking for a nutritious treat on the go and haven’t exactly found the protein bar that tickles my taste buds (any suggestions??). I want a quick and easy snack to eat before a workout and something to munch on that’s relatively guilt free. I headed into my kitchen to see what I could whip up.

With just the ingredients in my cupboards (if I have them, I’m convinced you will too), I created the yummiest little protein ball that will help curb your hunger and give you an extra kick to get you through even the toughest Barry’s class.

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You’ll need:

1 cup rolled oats
¼ cup chia seeds
¼ cup chocolate flavored protein powder (optional)
2 tablespoons of honey
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
½ cup of almond butter (or any kind of nut butter)
Spoonful of Nutella (optional)

Put all ingredients in a bowl and blend together. I used my hands at first (it was really sticky) and then moved to a spoon.

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Once ingredients are well mixed, put the bowl in the fridge and chill for twenty minutes.

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Roll chilled mixture into one-inch balls. Place in Tupperware and store in fridge. Yields about 12 balls.

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You can always swap the Nutella for chocolate chips, cacao nibs, or dried fruit to add some sweetness. If you notice that the mixture is dry, add some more nut butter. If the mixture seems too sticky, add some more of the dry ingredients.

Enjoy!

This recipe was adapted from posts I found here, here, and here in order to create a yummy protein ball with ingredients already in my kitchen!

Chipotle Turkey Chili Recipe

In case you can’t tell based on my Instagram and common blog post topics, I am not a good cook…or even a cook. Instead of meal prepping and spending time in the kitchen I tend to go for grab and go options and am a master of the smoothie.

However, even I can’t get away from the delicious #foodporn all over social media. One of my besties, Kara, is a master in the kitchen—and actually knows how to use all of her wedding registry gifts unlike me who uses them as decoration. She recently posted a turkey chili recipe that looked so divine that I begged her to share.

My husband is a total chili lover and there’s nothing better than something warm on a cold winter day (and yes, it is now officially winter in LA too!).

Although this recipe can be made with ground beef, we’ve swapped the beef for organic ground turkey as an easy way to reduce calories and cut down on fat and saturated fat without sacrificing any taste. Bon Appétit!

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Healthy Zucchini Nachos

Nachos are one of my favorite bar-foods. They’re delicious and so easy…I just wish they were healthier. Well, in this recipe, I’ve swapped the tortilla chips for thinly sliced zucchini in order to get some veggies in and decrease the calorie count. Enjoy!

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3 medium zucchinis
Cheese—I used Mexican blend
Black beans, rinsed and drained
Rotisserie chicken (or any precooked protein)
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
2 avocados
Lime

Preheat oven to 400.

Rinse and dry zucchini. Slice into chips.

Toss zucchini with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Place zucchini on a pan lined with foil. Do not overlap.

Cook for 35 minutes, flipping over halfway through if you’re feeling adventurous—I wasn’t.

While zucchini is cooking, prep the toppings. I used cheese, black beans, and rotisserie chicken but feel free to add anything else that inspires you (onions, corn, salsa).

Deseed the avocados and smash with lime juice, salt, and pepper. Place in fridge to chill.

Once the zucchini is done, take the pan out of the oven and push the chips to one side. Add toppings and place back into the oven for five minutes.

Remove and plate with guacamole.

Enjoy as a side dish or main course!

Cauliflower Fried Rice

I am deathly afraid of the kitchen. While most people have some sort of chef intuition about when something is ready or what extra spices can be added to give a dish a little flavor, I’m over here trying to figure out how to turn on the burner. As my wedding is approaching quickly (aka this weekend!), I’ve had some fears about living up to the wife title. Every hard working husband deserves to come home to some grub occasionally, right? Especially when mine works insane hours at the hospital, I feel like it’s the least I can do (I’m saying this after not having cooked for one year).

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Wtrmln Mimosa

There are few things better than brunch. French toast, bacon, waffles, chia pudding, avocado toast—and it’s all acceptable. While those foods are glutinous and delicious, my favorite brunch treat is hands-down the mimosa. When else is it respectable to day drink post-college? At brunch, of course!

wtrmln_moet_2Summer is one of the better seasons for a boozy brunch. The sun is out and everyone is a bit more relaxed so it’s easy to throw on a romper, some Ray-Bans, and meet up with friends. It’s also the perfect time for the refreshing watermelon juice. Watermelon juice, which is quickly becoming the new coconut water, has 6x the electrolytes of sports drinks, is packed with antioxidants like Vitamin C and lycopene, and is full of L-Citrulline, which has been shown to improve exercise performance. I’m currently crushing on Wtrmln Wtr because the ingredients are simply watermelon and lemon—there is no sugar or water added and it’s cold-pressed.wtrmln_inside_5

Wtrmln Wtr sent over some of their delicious beverage and, feeling a little inspired, I decided to change up the mimosa game and make some DIY concoctions. In true LA fashion, this included a photoshoot. Not only is this spritzer delicious and gorgeous, but also it’s the perfect post-sweat treat!

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Wtrmln Wtr
Champagne
Fresh mint leaves

Mix two parts Wtrmln Wtr to one part champagne.
Rub mint in your (clean) hands or chop finely in order to extract the flavor.
Add to drink. Stir and enjoy! 

Feeling adventurous? Add more color and flavor to the drink by crushing blackberries at the bottom of the glass. Fill with Wtrmln Wtr, champagne, and mint and enjoy!

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I was provided Wtrmln Wtr in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions, pictures, and recipes are my own. 

Sip and Repeat

I love a good sweat (almost) as much as Rachael, but my workout rarely varies — I go to bar method 4-5 times a week, and occasionally a jog that ends with chocolate. While my workouts don’t always have the diversity we should all strive for, my smoothie game definitely does. I exercise to eat, people!

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I love having a smoothie before or after a hard workout because I can pack in a ton of nutrient-rich food and still feel like I’m treating myself. If I’m working out later in the day, I reach for a pre-workout smoothie for the energy I need without the heavy stomach feeling. All my smoothies are dairy-free, because that helps me avoid an upset stomach, but that is a personal preference – though I will say, almond milk is delicious! Here are some of my favorites. Continue reading