Peanut butter jelly time!!

I am almost 36 weeks pregnant now, so I can justify having around 10,000 calories for breakfast. I have been on a protein smoothie kick lately to help use up fruits that my lovely son does not want to eat anymore! I never eat fruit…. but I will drink it. Strange? I agree. This smoothie is delicious. I found a few versions of peanut butter and jelly on the internet, but I never follow a recipe like I am supposed to, so here is what I did! 

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Ingredients:

  • 5 large strawberries, halved
  • 1 banana, frozen, cut into 3 chunks
  • 1 heaping TBSP of peanut butter
  • 1 scoop Vega vanilla protein powder
  • 1.5c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 4 ice cubes

Directions:

Throw everything in a blender and BLEND.

MMMM. Breakfast.


Chermoula Chicken with cucumber mint sauce

This is such a refreshing dish with fresh ingredients, and it is packed full of protein. This recipe serves 4.

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Ingredients:

For the chermoula:

-2 chili peppers, minced

-2 tsp cumin

-5 cloves garlic, crushed

-2 tsp parsley

-3 tsp smoked paprika

-1 tsp cayenne pepper

-juice of 1 lemon

-1/4c evoo

-1 tbsp rice wine vinegar

-salt and pepper, to taste

-2 – 8oz boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed

1/2c cilantro, rough chopped

For the mint sauce:

-1/4c mint, rough chopped

-1 3″ piece cucumber, peeled and grated – reserve juices.

-juice of 1/2 a lemon

-1 tsp each sugar and salt

-1 1/2c plain greek yogurt

Mix all marinade ingredients together, including the chicken. Marinate at least 2 hours or over night.

Reserve marinade. Heat a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add a little evoo. Add your chicken. Cook through. Add 1 cup of the marinade. Bring to a boil, and then simmer.

For the mint sauce – combine all ingredients.

Serve the chicken over a bed of rice, and add the mint sauce on top. Add your cilantro. Mix, and enjoy!


Turkey Quinoa Meatballs

I have slightly changed this recipe from my original recipe. All I have done is added some ginger and panko to make the meatballs that much tastier. Enjoy! this recipe makes roughly 32 meat balls.

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Ingredients:

-1lb ground turkey

-1c cooked quinoa (1/2c dry)

-5 cloves garlic, minced

-2 green onions, thinly sliced

-1″ knob ginger, minced

-1/2-3/4c panko crumbs

-1 large egg

-1tbsp soy sauce

-2 tsp sesame oil

-1 tsp sriracha

-salt + pepper to taste

-sesame seeds for garnish!

For the sauce:

-1/4c soy sauce

-2tbsp rice wine vinegar

-1 tbsp grated ginger

-1 tbsp brown sugar

-1 tsp sesame oil

-1tsp sriracha

-2 tsp cornstarch

Combine all the meatball ingredients, form 32 small-medium meatballs. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 400F.

for the sauce, whisk together all the ingredients except the cornstarch in a pot over med-heat. Whisk cornstarch with 1 tbsp water, then add to the sauce pot. Whisk until thickened. Adjust ingredients for the sauce to your taste.