Cooking, Eating, and Enjoying Healthy Food!
I tried some great recipes this week – a breakfast, two new dinners, and a dessert. This is not exactly a weekly meal plan, but rather some new ideas for meals.
I’ve been doing green smoothies every day for breakfast for the last few weeks. Needless to say, I’ve been craving some much-missed breakfast foods. I remember reading about a grain-free pancake a long time ago, so I decided to finally try it. So good! Great flavor that definitely satisfied my pancake craving. Looks like the green smoothie will be lunch some days.
Mix all ingredients together (except for blueberries – put those on after the batter sets on the first side.)
Spoon onto medium-heat griddle or nonstick pan that has just a touch of oil on it. My pancakes were about 5-6″ in diameter, and the batter made 6 pancakes. I spooned on a tablespoon of maple syrup, and they were great!
We got a bit of a cold front in this week, so I decided to make some chili to put on top of baked potatoes. Perfect comfort food. This version is pretty healthy!
For the chili, I mostly followed this recipe by Elie Krieger, who is known for her healthy recipes. I couldn’t find the ancho chiles in adobo sauce at whole foods, so I just used 1 T. of chili powder. As for the beef, I got 1 pound of 95/5 grassfed beef and 1 pound of 90/10 – so all pretty lean. I sauteed everything on the stove first, then put it all in the crockpot to simmer for a few hours. I think it would be fine to leave on the stove, but we had an afternoon playdate, and needed to leave. The chili lasted for 2-3 evenings, and I even had enough to put in the freezer for another week.
I served these delicious and healthy meatloaf “muffins” with steamed broccoli and baked sweet potatoes. So good! Next time, I’ll make sure to double the recipe so I can have more leftovers. They bake much faster in a muffin tin, but feel free to bake it the old fashioned way – in a pan or on a baking sheet.
These were so full of flavor!
I admit, I was VERY skeptical about these brownies. Just the idea of mixing black beans into my brownies was gross, but I challenge you to try these. You will not be able to tell. They are so gooey and amazing! Very chocolatey.
I followed this recipe from a blog called chocolatecoveredkatie.com. So good! I did 2/3 of a cup of chocolate chips, and instead of sugar or stevia, I used organic maple sugar. Oh, and I didn’t have quick cook oats, so regular rolled oats worked just fine.
Here’s the nutritional info for 9 brownies. Not bad for a very decadent tasting dessert. This would be excellent with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream!