Gingerbread Overnight Oats

Gingerbread Overnight Oats

This recipe comes from Chef Devin Alexander’s new cookbook, “You Can Have It”.

When I got an email to review this book, I was most interested as it is labeled to be a diabetic friendly cookbook. With both a father-in-law and a niece who suffer from diabetes, I am always on the lookout for recipes I can make for them when they visit. So when I got the opportunity to take a look at this book, I couldn’t resist.

Devin Alexander

You Can Have It Cookbook

Although, this cookbook is labeled diabetic friendly, everyone will enjoy the recipes. I have had a great time thumbing through the pages. It seems most of the recipes are really easy to follow and use everyday ingredients so you won’t spend all day in the kitchen or find yourself going to multiple grocery stores to find crazy unheard of ingredients.

I love the warm spices of ginger, cinnamon and cloves so when I came across this recipe for the Gingerbread Overnight Oats, I was intrigued. Not only did I already have all of the ingredients on hand, it look super easy. Like everyone else, my mornings are a busy and to have something pre-made that I can grab and go saves time, which makes getting out the door a little easier.

This recipe could not be any easier and is super quick as all the ingredients are tossed together in one bowl. I like to double or triple  the recipe so I can have extra on hand for the week and then store it in one bigger bowl in the fridge. That way I can just scoop the amount I want in a serving dish or to-go container.

I have also made the Curry Chicken Salad from the cookbook, which came out quite tasty.

Curry Chicken Salad

Curry Chicken Salad

Other recipes in the book which are on my list to try include; Caramelized Sweet Onion Balsamic Burger, Apple Fries with Creamy Peanut Butter Dip, Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Tarts, Sweet and Spicy Pomegranate Pork Tenderloin along with quite a few others.

What I love about this cookbook is the simplistic approach Devin creates with these recipes. They are easy and flavorful without using a long list of ingredients.

Her cookbook can be found on Amazon  or the Devin Alexander website.

Gingerbread Overnight Oats
Ingredients
  • 1/2 Cup Old-Fashioned Oats
  • 1/2 Scoop Stevia- Sweetened Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 2 Teaspoons Chia Seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon Molasses
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilia
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/16 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1 Pinch Ground Cloves
  • 1 Pinch Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Walnuts
Instructions
  1. In small mixing bowl combine all ingredients except walnuts. Transfer to serving dish and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight. Top with walnuts just before serving.

    Overnight Oats
Recipe Notes

©2018 by the American Diabetes Association. You Can Have It! is available at ShopDiabetes.org, in bookstores nationwide, or by calling 1-800-232-6733. Food Photographer: Mittera Creative Services; Lifestyle Photographer: Michelle Pederson.

 

 

 

 

 

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Margherita Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

Margherita Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

This margherita pizza uses a pre-made cauliflower crust which you can find in the freezer section at most grocery stores. Not only does using this pre-made crust save time, it also saves on calories and carbs!

cauliflower crust

Drizzling the balsamic glaze on top just before serving adds another element of flavor to this dish.  You can make your own by reducing regular balsamic vinegar in a saucepan over the stove top. It is also available pre made in a squeeze bottle at most grocery stores. Find it in the vinegar and salad dressing isle.

Margherita Pizza with Cauliflower Crust
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 


Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 Pre-Made Frozen Cauliflower Crust Find in your grocers freezer section
  • 1/2 Cup Pizza Sauce Whatever kind is your favorite
  • 1 Clove Garlic, chopped
  • 6 Mini Fresh Mozzarella Balls
  • 10 Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 10 Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • 4 Grape Tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 Tablspoon Balsamic Glaze
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Unwrap cauliflower crust from packaging and place on baking sheet

    cauliflower crust
  2. Spread pizza sauce evenly over crust.

  3. Top with remaining ingredients.

  4. Bake 10 minutes

    margherita pizza
  5. Remove from oven. sprinkle additional fresh basil if desired. Cut into 4 slices. Drizzle balsamic glaze over top if desired.

 

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Planetarians Sunflower Chips a High Protein Snack

Planetarians Sunflower Chips a High Protein Snack

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a product but when I received an email offering a sample of these high protein Planetarians Sunflower Chips, my interest was peaked.  The email noted, “Planetarians is developing high protein snacks for growing population from by-products of the food industry, without the need to grow more crops.”

I was like what? How does that work? I am always looking for a snack high in protein that doesn’t contain nuts so I asked for a sample.

Turns out, the chips are made from sunflower meal which is the by-product from the production of sunflower oil.  It’s referred to as an oil cake, which contains both protein and fiber.

I’m kinda on this kick about how much food waste is in our country. Although, there is not much one can do once the food is delivered to the masses, founder Aleh Manchuliantsau explains on the Planetarians website, that using by-products from the production of products (how’s that for a tongue twister) is a good place to start. I like his approach and hope there are others that will follow in his footsteps.

 

Planetarian Sunflower Chips

 

Now, back to the chips. Planetarians Sunflower Chips come in three flavors. Firey Sriracha, Sweet and Smokey BBQ and Sweetly Cinnamon. I got two packages of each in my sample pack. I’ve tried all three flavors and have to say they are all pretty good.

The crunchy texture of these bite-sized squares are a little grainy, but I wouldn’t say its bad, just different. Especially if you are expecting it to be like a greasy potato chip. They are definitely thicker, which makes them a hearty little snack.

 

Planetarian Sunflower Chips

I love sunflower seeds and sunflower butter. I would say these have a hint of sunflower seed taste but with the flavoring added you taste mostly that. The flavoring of the Sweet and Smokey BBQ definitely reminded me of the GUYS brand barbecue potato chips, which I haven’t had for years! These were a real a treat that brought back some fun memories of my youth! The Sriracha was not that fiery but had a good spicy flavor. I would say the Sweetly Cinnamon reminded me of the cinnamon and sugar toast I used to eat as a kid.

 

Planetarian Sunflower Chips

 

I try to eat pretty good most of the time and am always looking for healthier snack that is easy to take on the go. They do have some sugar in the seasoning, but they also contain protein and fiber, which is a little hard to find in crunchy snacks these days. Each flavor differs and you can find all the ingredients and nutritional information here.

Planetarian Sunflower Chips

 

My bottom line on these would be that although, the texture is not quite that of a potato chip, it does satisfy when you are craving that crunch. The taste satisfies when you craving something salty with the Sweet and Smokey BBQ and Fiery Sriracha flavors, while the Sweetly Cinnamon can cure a sweet tooth.

I would also consider these a transitioning food/snack. By that I mean if you are trying to eat healthier but still like some junk food, replace you snack attack item with Planetarians. It will satisfy the crunch and flavor you are craving while giving you a little more nutrition. If you have some young children or even not so young, try substituting these in place of their other chips and snacks and see if they like them. The pre-portioned packets make them super easy to grab on the go or throw in a lunch box.

If you are interested in trying Planetarians Sunflower Chips for yourself or family, the company is offering 25% off the 1st purchase on Amazon using code: 25cycled

Feel free to comment below if you have tried these and how you liked them.

Happy Snacking!

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Chipotle Steak and Avocado Salad

Chipotle Steak and Avocado Salad

This recipe makes a quick weeknight meal and only takes minutes to prepare.  I always make it from leftover steak.  I am addicted to Costco and buy the 4 pack of beef filet from there and cook them all at the same time to use for meals later in the week, like this salad. You could of course you could use any cut of steak that you like and always sub out the beef for chicken or pork. Make it vegetarian and use tofu.

You could of course also throw in any other veggies you have on had if you like including cucumber, celery or carrots.

With this salad only consisting of protein, veggies and healthy fats, it is clean eating and Whole 30 approved!

Chipotle peppers have become one of my favorite ingredients, but beware that the heat is in the seeds so it is important to scrape the seeds out of the pepper before chopping it. You can always add in a few seeds if you like your dishes spicy.

Chipotle Steak and Avocado Salad
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 2 people
Ingredients
  • 2 Heads Romaine Lettuce chopped
  • 1 Cup Grape Tomatoes sliced
  • 1 Large Avocado sliced
  • 1/4 cup Red Onion chopped
  • 8 Ounces Beef Filet
  • 1 Chipotle Pepper in Adobe seeded and chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Salsa of choice
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil for cooking/re-heating steak
Instructions
  1. Chop lettuce and place in bowl.

  2.  Slice grape tomatoes, red onion and avocado.
  3. Add tomatoes, onion and avocado to lettuce and toss to together. The avocado should coat the lettuce pieces. Set aside.

  4. Chop chipotle pepper and set aside.

  5. Slice steak into bit size pieces and set aside

  6. Pour olive oil in skillet, and heat for 30 seconds.

  7. Add steak and chipotle pepper to skillet tossing to coat all of the steak pieces with some of the chipotle pepper. Cook until desired doneness is reached. Or if steak is precooked, just toss with pepper and cook until heated through.

  8. Divide lettuce mixture into 2 serving bowls and top with desired amount of steak. Serve with your favorite salsa.

 

Chicken N Pickle ~ Kansas City

Chicken N Pickle ~ Kansas City

 

Chicken and Pickle

There is a new craze in sports and it’s called pickleball. I know it’s a crazy name for a game but it is so fun and I have become slightly addicted playing 11 hours a week!

Pickleball

So, for those of you who don’t know about pickleball, it is a combination of tennis, wiffle ball and life-size ping pong. My best description is that it is played on court similar to tennis but is smaller and the net is lower.

 

Your paddle resembles a large rectangle ping pong paddle and the ball looks like a wiffle ball.

 

Pickleball

 

Chicken N Pickle in Kansas City is spot on with this new craze. With a restaurant on one side and play area on the other.  The restaurant specializes in chicken of course and along with amazing food, offers indoor and outdoor pickleball courts. There is also a yard area with life-size versions of dominos, Battle Ship, Connect Four, Jenga, and dice. So even if you don’t play pickleball it is still a great place to hang out and have fun.

 

Chicken and Pickle

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken and Pickle

 

In addition to getting your pickleball fix, you can help a good cause as Chicken and Pickle are hosting a variety of charity dinners throughout the year.

 

For these events, head chef Alex Staab creates upscale gourmet dishes that you won’t find on the everyday menu. Each dish is prepaired using the kitchens rotisserie oven and paired and with a variety wines distributed by the Terra Firma Wine Company.

 

Chicken and Pickle

 

For this dinner, Chef Alex created dishes using wild boar, ravioli, field greens, lamb and pears. Talk about refined! As you can see by the pic of the menu and dishes, this was no ordinary chicken dinner!

 

wild boarRavioli lamb chop poached pearChicken and Pickle

 

The event I attended was for Jamies Wish Foundation who’s mission is to make a difference in the lives of those fighting cancer, by providing a more healing and comfortable environment for receiving infusions.

The dinner was amazing and the dishes elegant and refined. The wine pairings from Terra Firma paired perfectly. It was a delightful evening. The next event coming up is April 4 and will be a benefit for Wayside Waifs, one of Kansas City’s best no kill animal shelters. Information on tickets can be found here.

 

If you are into helping a great cause while enjoying a phenomenal dinner. You must attend a charity event at Chicken N Pickle. If you are just into having a great time, you must take a few pickleball lessons and spend some time on the court. Or simply gather some friends and play some games in the yard all while enjoying a great meal! Dishes on the menu include rotisserie chicken, a variety of salads and sandwiches, tacos, pulled pork and more! Chicken N Pickle can also host your next event.

For more information on the dinners, event planning  or playing pickleball visit Chicken N Pickle’s website.

 

 

 

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Best Dippers for Chocolate Fondue

Best Dippers for Chocolate Fondue

Chocolate Fondue

Chocolate fondue is a fabulous party food and with February upon us, it makes a romantic dessert. Here are a few ideas to put together one effortlessly and some of the best dippers that go perfect with it.

Chocolate Fondue

Melting chocolate can be slightly tricky but here are a few tips that make it easy.

Use a double boiler or place a bowl over a pan of simmering water.

When microwaving, stop every 20-30 seconds and give the chocolate a stir.

If using a fondue pot, use the lowest setting.

Adding a tablespoon of butter or coconut oil at the very end will add a beautiful sheen to the chocolate.

Some of the best dippers include:

Strawberries

Apples

Bananas

Shortbread Cookies

Pound Cake

Madeline Cookies

Peanut Butter Balls (Mix together 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 3 tablespoons of softened butter and shape into balls. Chill a few hours before setting out to be dipped)

Marshmallows

Graham Crackers

Chocolate Fondue

 

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