Hey guys! Today I want to share a recipe with you that I was recently introduced to. Someone brought the most amazing pumpkin muffins to work a couple of weeks ago and I just had to have the recipe! I was actually shocked to find out that they were gluten free. These were seriously the best pumpkin muffins I have ever had! The recipe can be changed to make them where they’re not gluten free, but I promise you won’t know the difference. I made these last night, so I could share them with you. I’m warning you it’s hard not to eat more than one! more “Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins”
Hey Everyone! Today I want to share some of my favorite chicken recipes with you. With a new year usually comes new fitness and healthy eating goals. Chicken is one of my favorite lean meats to eat. It has tons of health benefits and is packed full of protein. In fact, chicken is lower in calories and higher in protein than steak or pork. Below are some of my favorite ways to eat chicken. more “Recipe Roundup: Favorite Chicken Recipes”
Hi guys! Today I wanted to share a recipe with you that I absolutely love! I have been making homemade meatballs since I was in college. I have made them so much, that I know the recipe by heart. This is the first meal that I made for Jeremy. I like to think it’s what hooked him. Just kidding, but he did love it! These meatballs are so easy and flavorful that you will never eat frozen meatballs again! more “Easy Homemade Meatballs”
Hi Everyone! How was your week? Mine flew by! I feel like I blinked and it was over! But, even though it was so quick, I have a lot to share and I need to check in with you on my POTM Week 3 progress! Here’s a recap of what I have been doing all week.
I woke up hungry Monday morning, and I was really craving a donut. I have really had an annoyingly persistent craving for one the last couple of weeks. Usually I will give in and eat just one to get it out of my system. So, I decided that I would just go get one. When I got to my favorite donut shop they were closed. I took this as a sign that I really should not have a donut, so I had a Bear Naked bar instead. Then I ate ground turkey and asparagus for lunch.
I took a rest day on Monday from running or walking. It was pouring rain all day! It started Sunday during the night and didn’t let up until sometime Tuesday night. Jake was really bored from having to be inside all day, and he would not leave my side!
Monday night I fixed some tomato soup and a grilled cheese for dinner. It was delicious!
So, Sunday night my dryer started making this awful squealing noise! Then, it started smoking! Jeremy tried to take some of the clothes out and let it sit and cool down for awhile, but it still made the noise. At one point it just completely quit running and wouldn’t come back on! So, a repair man came out on Monday and said that our dryer was finished! It needed a new motor, and for what that would cost, he could sell us a used one. So, we decided to get a used one to get us by until we get a new one. I have been wanting a new washer too, but the repair man looked at it and said nothing was wrong with it. Boo! But, at least I will be getting a brand new dryer soon! I’m excited about that.
When I woke up Tuesday, the sun was finally out.
I had some oatmeal for breakfast, and then ground turkey and asparagus for lunch. I went for a 3 mile walk, and saw this little guy.
I was surprised at how close he let me get. Then I took Jake for a walk.
I had to wear my rain boots and he got covered in mud!
Jeremy had a ball game Tuesday night, but I stayed home. I spent most of the evening sorting pecans. I finally got finished with all 77 pounds of them! And then for dinner I fixed some scrambled eggs and toast with a few slices of avocado.
Then I caught up on my DVR shows. I love the show Married at First Sight. I think it’s crazy that someone would actually do it, but I’m addicted to reality TV!
On Wednesday, a friend brought me some homemade potato soup for lunch. It was really good! Later in the afternoon, I had a really good 3 mile run!
I didn’t have any pain while I was running!
As soon as I was done I went home and iced my leg.
Jake went to get a bath, so I didn’t want to take him out in the mud, so we didn’t go for a walk. He didn’t mind though.
He is usually pretty tired when he gets home from the groomer. He doesn’t get to take a nap at all when he’s there. When Jeremy got home, he had 3 more bags of pecans to sort. 52 pounds! I had forgotten about these and was so excited when I finished the other ones. I did NOT want to sort these, but they were not in little pieces like the others, so they were much easier. We worked for a little while on them, and got a whole bunch done quickly!
Jeremy decided he wanted burritos for dinner and went and picked up everything while I was at work. So, I made chili cheese beef burritos.
It was very simple. I browned some hamburger meat and put taco seasoning in it. Then I warmed up a can of chili (without beans). I took two tortillas and filled them with beef and cheese then rolled them up and put them seam side down in a baking dish. I covered them with chili and cheese and baked them until the cheese melted. Then, I made some pumpkin bread. It was a quick bread in a box, but it was good. I think it would be really good with some cinnamon cream cheese on it! After dinner, we played with Jake and then we actually went to bed early.
Thursday morning I finally gave in to my craving and had a donut. I had a glazed croissant and it was amazing!! That got rid of my donut cravings for awhile. Then, I had ground turkey and asparagus for lunch.
Once I got home from work, I only had 45 minutes to fit in a run and shower. I did a quick 2 mile run, then showered and was ready to go. Jeremy and I met up with my dad at the gun range.
We needed to check mine and Jeremy’s rifles, since rifle season starts today! Check out my shots! I am pretty proud!
When we left there, we headed to a basketball game. I have stayed home all week, so I wanted to go with him since I would have some friends and family there.
After the game, we went home and I ate some cheerios and warmed Jeremy up some leftover burritos for dinner. I was asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow!
Friday was pretty uneventful! I ate the last of my ground turkey and asparagus for lunch. I got in a quick walk/jog before we left for another ballgame. My best friend was going to be there, and Jeremy’s refereeing partner’s wife was coming too. The games were awful, but we had a lot of fun hanging out!
We headed home after the games to get all of our hunting stuff ready! Rifle season starts today, and I’m ready! We got up at 4:45 am to get ready to go! I’m planning on a 3 mile run between hunts today.
POTM Check In:
Monday: Rest day
Tuesday: 3 mile walk
Wednesday: 3 mile run
Thursday: 2 mile run
Friday: 30 minute walk
Saturday: 3 mile run
I hope you all have a great weekend!
I got a new recipe from a friend last week, and she made it sound so good that I decided to try it myself. I am all about trying out new recipes, especially easy ones. This dish is so healthy for you, but it doesn’t taste like it. The meat is packed full of flavor!
You will not believe how super simple this recipe is! It literally took me less than five minutes to prep it! I am really excited to share it with you!
All you need is a pound of ground turkey meat and some kind of seasoning. I used Mrs. Dash southwest chipotle seasoning.
Now for the easy part –
I dumped the ground turkey into a glass baking dish and covered it with Mrs. Dash. My friend said to season it well, and once you think you’ve got enough on there, add some more. I completely covered the top and sides with seasoning. (The juices from the turkey will wash some of it off.)
Then I put it in a 400 degree oven. My friend said to cook it about 20 minutes, but after 20 minutes mine was still raw. So I ended up cooking it for 40 minutes, but I checked it every 5 minutes. I would also scoop out all of the fat.
I used a meat thermometer to make sure it was done and then I also cut it in half to double check. I think next time I may turn the heat up on the oven to decrease the cooking time.
Once it is cooked through, it kind of looks like a casserole. The spices form a crust on the outside of the meat. The inside is moist and delicious! One serving of this has only 160 calories. It also has 22 grams of protein! (Calculations are based on My Fitness Pal.)
To go with my ground turkey, I steamed some asparagus and seasoned them with a little bit of Lawrys seasoning salt.
I could not believe how easy and delicious this was! I always have ground turkey in the freezer, so this will be a quick meal for when I don’t have a lot of time. One pound of ground turkey made 4 lunches. I just put each serving in a plastic container with some asparagus and put it in the fridge until I’m ready to eat it!
I hope you will try this, it is delicious!
I have been craving pumpkin so bad! I usually eat a ton of it during this time of year, but Friday was the first pumpkin anything that I have had. I opened a can of pumpkin on Thursday night to make pumpkin overnight oats. (You can see that scrumptious recipe here.) Since I had so much pumpkin left over, I decided that I would make pumpkin pancakes for dinner Friday night. I took the basic pancake recipe that I use, and added pumpkin to it. I added the rest of the can of pumpkin that I had, it was about a cup and a half. I was a little nervous at first because the batter was super thick. But, the pancakes turned out delicious. I even added chocolate chips to some of them.
For the batter, I used 2 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt, 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (you could use more depending on how much spice you like), 1 and ½ cup canned pumpkin, 1/3 cup light brown sugar, 1 large egg, 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil, 1 and ½ cups milk. (I used vitamin D milk).
Turn on your griddle on to medium heat so it can be getting hot.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.
In another large bowl, mix together pumpkin, brown sugar, egg, oil, and milk. I used a whisk to really incorporate all of this. Make sure you break up the pumpkin and you have a smooth mixture.
Then, make a well in the middle of your dry ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into it. Whisk this together until it is completely combined. The batter is very thick, and it gets hard to stir. You can taste it now and see if you need to add any more spices. I added more cinnamon to mine.
Next, spread butter on your griddle so your pancakes don’t stick. I used a 1/2 cup measuring cup to dip the batter out onto the griddle. It doesn’t spread the way that normal batter does, so I would have to spread it out with the measuring cup.
Cook until the edges look brown, and it starts to bubble, then flip. I made sure to use my spatula to flatten the pancake a little so it would cook all the way through. If you’re going to add chocolate chips, right before you flip your pancake, sprinkle some on. The entire batch took me about 20 minutes to cook.
These pancakes were thick and fluffy and had a strong pumpkin flavor. They were incredible! I topped them with butter and syrup, but they were good enough to eat plain! I think next time I will put some pecans on top. I ate one plain and one with chocolate chips, and then I stored the rest in a Ziploc bag. I have snacked on them the last few days. I just warm one in the microwave and then eat it without butter or syrup. You could also make a big batch and freeze them.
These pumpkin pancakes were absolutely amazing! I will definitely be making these again soon. I think they would be a great addition to Christmas breakfast!
If you like pumpkin, you should try them! You will love them!
I was craving blueberry muffins yesterday, and not the boxed kind. I wanted real, homemade, made from scratch muffins. So, I made some. This recipe is so simple and these muffins were delicious! They were moist and were full of blueberry flavor. It took me 10 minutes to prep them, and 30 minutes to bake. I could hardly wait until they were cool to eat. They made my house smell heavenly!
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. You can use liners if you want, but spray those too.
In a bowl, whisk together 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt. Set aside.
In a mixer, beat together ½ cup (1 stick) of softened butter and 1 cup granulated sugar. Beat until it is creamy.
Then add 2 eggs. Add them 1 at a time and beat well.
Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and blend well.
With the mixer on low speed, add in half of the flour mixture. Then add in a ½ cup of milk and the rest of the flour mixture.
Once this is combined, use a spatula to fold in 2 cups of blueberries. Do this gently so you don’t break them. ( I used frozen, but thawed them first. You can use fresh too.)
Fill the muffins to the top in the muffin tin. I used an ice cream scoop to fill mine. Then sprinkle them with sugar.
Bake them for 30 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
Enjoy! Try to eat just one! 😉
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar - for the tops of the muffins
- 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray
- 2. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.
- 3. In a mixer, beat butter and sugar together until creamy.
- 4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
- 5. Add vanilla and beat until well blended.
- 6. With the mixer on low, mix in half of the flour, then half of the milk. Once incorporated mix in the rest of the flour and milk.
- 7. Use a spatula to gently fold in the blueberries.
- 8. Fill the muffin tin to the top, sprinkle with sugar.
- 9. Bake for 30 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
I have been in a baking mood lately, and I have really been craving chocolate chip cookies. Instead of making high calorie, bad for me cookies, I whipped up a much healthier choice. I made my quick and easy 3 ingredient banana oat chocolate chip cookies.
These cookies are so delicious, and they are super low calorie! There is only 27 calories per cookie! One batch makes 12, so you can eat a bunch of them. 🙂
All you need is 1 cup of oats* , 1 brownish banana, and 1 tablespoon of mini chocolate chips.
*I use Quaker 1 minute oats
Put the oats and the banana in a bowl and mash together with a fork. Make sure to get all of the oats combined.
Then gently fold in the chocolate chips.
I dip the cookies onto the cookie sheet with a tablespoon measuring spoon.
Cook in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
You can make these cookies with lots of different ingredients. I have made them with dried cranberries or cherries. I’ve added in chia seeds and flax seed. (If you add in flax seed, you may need a little extra banana to keep them from being too dry.) I’ve tried them with coconut or raisins. You really can’t go wrong with these! They are so quick, and super easy! They satisfy my sweet tooth, and I don’t feel guilty eating them
I was going share what I did this weekend, but then I realized that I didn’t do anything! It was a pretty relaxing weekend! On Saturday, I caught up on some much needed sleep. When I got up I was getting changed to go for a run, and it started thundering and came a downpour, which was so random because there was no chance of rain at all! Got to love Oklahoma weather! So, I forgot about the run and went to visit my sister in the hospital instead. I also went to see my grandparents and my aunt. She is here visiting from Houston. After that, the hubby took me out to dinner to one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. We shared some enchiladas and a taco. I always get so full eating the chips and salsa!
On Sunday, we went grocery shopping. I was so excited to see how fresh the produce was!
We have been on the go so much the last couple of weeks and have not had a good home cooked meal. The hubby’s work schedule has been a little crazy, so he hasn’t gotten home until after 9 just about every night. So he has been eating at work, or just something small late at night. I’ve been eating scrambled eggs just about every night, which I love! So, last night we decided to cook dinner together. I love cooking together! We decided to grill pork chops. I used a center cut thin chop.
I brushed a little bit of extra virgin olive oil on them, and then sprinkled some Lawry’s seasoning salt, Cavenders, garlic powder, paprika, and pepper on them. Once I got the seasonings on there, I brushed the pork chops again to combine it all. I flipped them over and did the same thing.
The hubby wanted some roasted ranch potatoes. But, he also wanted cheese and bacon on them. I had to combine a few recipes to make these, but they turned out great! I will post my recipe separately. I try not to eat potatoes, but I had to have a few of these. They were so crispy and flavorful! Plus, everything is better with cheese and bacon….and ranch!
While shopping, I had picked up some fresh zucchini and squash, so I decided to grill it. All I did was cut up the veggies into bite size pieces.
These sat on the grill for about 20 minutes. They probably could have cooked a little longer, but the meat was done, so we pulled them off too. I have tried to make these with spray butter or olive oil, but they never turn out the same. The olive oil leaves a bad taste, and the spray butter doesn’t help them cook enough.
We had so much food left over, the hubby got a good dinner again last night!
Did you do anything exciting this weekend?