Cinnamon Almond Flour Pancakes

Oh Monday, why do you always come so quickly? This past weekend was filled with sunshine and high temps. Not complaining here! The hubs and I became tourists over the weekend. We explored LA and visited the Getty Museum. This place has so much to offer. Panoramic views of the ocean, mountains and downtown. Also numerous art pieces, sculptures and so much more. If you are ever in the area I highly recommend it! IMG_5543

Could not have asked for a better view.

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Gorgeous day in Santa Monica.

As you probably already know, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. The balance between sweet and savory is my favorite combination. Going out to brunch is my number one choice for the weekends, but to save a few extra bucks we also enjoy making breakfast at home. The Roasted Root provided the perfect pancake recipe. I added 2 tsp of cinnamon to the mix for an extra sweet kick. Drizzle the warm pancakes with agave nectar and {oh my goodness} enjoy. What is your favorite breakfast recipe? IMG_5553

Cinnamon Almond Flour Pancakes (recipe adapted from here) What you will need:

  • 1-3/4 cup Almond Flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • Fresh Raspberries
  • Agave nectar for topping
  1. In medium bowl, whisk eggs then add almond milk and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  2. Add almond flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder. Mix until smooth.
  3. In large skillet over medium heat, warm oil in pan.
  4. Measure around 1/4 cup batter and pour into skillet.
  5. Cook both sides until pancake is firm and golden in color.
  6. Top with desired fruit and agave. Enjoy!

Baked Veggies coming your way!

Blueberry Protein Shake

Who has the “Monday blues”? If your hand is raised the following smoothie will kick those blues to the curb.

Monday’s can be a great start to the week, or a hard adjustment. I try to start every Monday morning with a great workout. Time to relieve all the stress and prepare myself for the week. This protein smoothie inspired by Fit Foodie Finds is the best ending to each workout.

This smoothie can be tweaked to whatever you have in your fridge. I had frozen blueberries on hand so those sweet little things went right into my blender. I am now officially obsessed with smoothies. Self control is a must for me while making smoothies. The calories can add up quickly!

Blueberry Protein Shake (adapted from here)

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What you will need:

  • 1 cup blueberries or blackberries, frozen
  • 1/2 banana
  • Handful of kale, fresh
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (your choice)
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk, unsweetened
  1. Combine all ingredients in blender until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!

Easy Veggies coming your way!

Oatmeal Smoothie Bowl

Breakfast is by far my favorite meal, but who has a lot of time each morning preparing a meal? I came across this recipe from Kath Eats Real Food. Check out her website!

The recipe is so versatile. She has many flavors and they all look amazing. Below is the standard recipe. I added sliced apples and cinnamon for my choice of flavor. Strawberries + cream is already set for tomorrows breakfast. Hurry up tomorrow!

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Oatmeal Smoothie Bowl (recipe from here)

What you will need:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • Half of banana
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Dash of vanilla

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in blender. Stir and place in fridge.
  2. In the morning add 1/4 milk and blend away.
  3. Add desired toppings. Enjoy!

Protein Packed Smoothie up next!

 

Apple Pie Biscuits

Happy Happy Wednesday! Remember the Apple Pie Biscuits I mentioned last weekend? I made them! Guys, these are amazing. Seriously so easy. Joy the Baker did a pretty incredible job coming up with this recipe. Try making these one fall morning for breakfast. You wont regret it. IMG_4129 The biscuits made the cut {no pun intended} and were packed in our car last weekend. The hubs and I went out of town for a little getaway. Despite the constant rain and fog, it was the perfect weekend. IMG_4145

Best. Coffee. Ever.

IMG_4149 View from cabin in Highands.

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One word. Breathtaking.

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Chicken With A “kick” Coming Your Way.

Weekend Update + Sweet Potato Quiche

Good morning! Sorry for the late weekend update, after coming back into town we immediately started back to work. {Yay for reality} Yes…I said WE. The hubs is FINALLY home! He has officially moved back to Alabama. I never thought this day would come, but I am so thankful it did.

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This past weekend was full of family, football and fun. {Get it?} My entire family spend the weekend at the lake. This was our last get together before my sisters wedding. Here is a quick update on our family filled weekend!

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War Eagle! Enjoyed spending time with these siblings.

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Early celebration for mom’s birthday!

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Attempted to paddle board for the first time. Provided lots of entrainment for the family.

If you love quiche you will love the following recipe by Fourteen Forty. During my work week I need a quick breakfast each morning. Sweet potatoes were used as the crust. Need a cheap mandolin? Home Goods for $9. You can’t beat that price.

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Sweet Potato Crust Quiche (recipe from here)

You will need the following:

  • 6 small sweet potatoes
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella (or cheese of choice)
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  1. Peel sweet potatoes and slice thinly
  2. Lay potato slices on pie dish similar to crust. Spray with oil and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove dish and reduce oven to 375 degrees.
  4. Heat oil and sauté sliced onion and crushed garlic for about 7 minutes. Stir in spinach until wilted and tender, about 4 minutes.
  5. Mix eggs and mozzarella in bowl. Add spinach/garlic/onion mixture to egg mixture.
  6. Place mixture in potato crust. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
  7. Bake for about 40 minutes or until firm.
  8. Enjoy!

One Pan. One Dinner. Less than 30 minutes. Up Next!

Sweet + Savory Saturday Breakfast

How was your weekend? Brady and I enjoyed our last weekend home in NC. We are excited for the journey and move ahead but so sad to leave our wonderful friends!

First of all, our healthy eating went out the window this weekend. We indulged in great food and sweets. At least we ran each morning. {Right?} The weather was beyond beautiful over the weekend!

Friday night we had dinner with a beautiful ocean view at Oceanic in Wrightsville Beach. The chocolate chip cheesecake was “superb”. We resorted to taking a selfie. {Our waiter was super busy} Either way it was a great start to the weekend.

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Saturday morning started with a run, then we rewarded ourself with a quick and easy breakfast. We do not usually go “all out” for breakfast, but on our last Saturday in our house how could we not?? {Recipes below}

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Lets just say the hubs and I became pros at putting off packing Saturday. We had every intention to pack but how could you stay inside on this beautiful day?? We spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool and beach at a friends condo. {Breathtaking} The evening was topped off with Mexican food with some pretty amazing friends.

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Sunday consisted of great fellowship with friends at our church, lots and lots of packing, and a round of golf to end the weekend. Now on to the most important topic. Food.

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As stated before, the hubs and I love breakfast. We don’t usually make a feast each morning due to time and money. This past weekend we wanted to make a fun breakfast but not break the bank. He wanted something savory and “hearty”, I wanted something slightly sweet.

Solution to making both?? Cinnamon raisin english muffins. These recipes are sure to please both parties without spending a fortune at the grocery store.

Egg & Cheese Sandwich

  • 1 cinnamon raisin english muffin
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 slices canadian bacon or ham
  • 1 egg (cooked anyway)
  • 2 slices cheddar cheese
  1. Heat skillet and cook bacon until slightly crisp. Sprinkle brown sugar on bacon while cooking
  2. In a separate heated pan, cook egg. Make sure yolk does not cook and remains “runny”.
  3. Once bacon is cooked remove from pan and place english muffin on warm pan. Allow muffin to become warm and slightly crisp.
  4. Remove english muffin from pan and top with cheese, ham and egg.
  5. Place in microwave for 15 seconds so cheese can melt and enjoy!

Cinnamon Raisin French Toast

  • 1 cinnamon raisin english muffin
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 medium banana
  • Maple syrup or agave
  1. Crack 2 eggs in bowl and add cinnamon. Whisk until well combined.
  2. Spray and warm skillet on medium-high heat. Dip sliced english muffin in egg mixture.
  3. Place each slice on skillet and cook both sides until egg mixture is slightly cooked.
  4. Place english muffin on separate plate and top with sliced bananas.
  5. Sprinkle desired amount of cinnamon and drizzle syrup. Enjoy!

 

Simple recipes to come since most of our kitchen is about to be in boxes. Have a happy Monday!

Orange Blueberry Muffins

Spring is finally here! {At least that is what the calendar says} I am over all the cold weather and ready for the constant warm sunshine!

This past week has been crazy and an emotional roller coaster. We are so thankful we are finally home and getting back into our daily routine. We are looking forward to staying in town and spending time with our sweet friends before we move. {sad face}

Nothing sounds better to me than some warm orange blueberry muffins. I had some random ingredients in my kitchen, typed in a Google search and came across these babies! De-li-cious. I found this recipe on Cook Eat Paleo and connected me to gfe!

Some other good news…I completed my 24 Day Challenge! Let me just say I highly suggest you look into Advocare. I have lost weight, gained so much energy and feel better than I ever have before! Seriously. The hubs and I are distributors so if you are interested. Shoot me an email and I will get you hooked up!

Now onto those wonderful muffins. The recipe calls for “ghee”. Ghee is generally used in Indian cooking. Making a run to the grocery store was not on my to-do list, so I substituted ghee with butter. This has a 1:1 ratio.

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Orange Blueberry Muffins (recipe from here)

 

Start your morning off right and enjoy these delicious muffins!

Coming soon: Dessert with flour, sugar, chocolate and eggs. Yes I said those words.

Stay tuned!