Avocado Toast

Avocado toast is my go to breakfast. There are so many options to dress up this toast and every time it is so darn delicious. For the sake of #toasttuesday (yes, there is such a thing) I thought I would share one of my favorite avo toast recipes with you.

Ingredients you will need:

-1 piece of bread

-1 egg

-Kite Hill chive cream cheese

-1 avocado

-a slice of a bell pepper

-1 tsp Chosen Food avocado oil

-pinch of salt & pepper

Start by toasting your favorite bread. I get the organic bread at the grocery store that is on sale . I encourage you to read the ingredients & make sure you can read them!

Poor 1 tsp avocado oil into small pan on medium heat. Place bell pepper in the oil and crack an egg into the middle of the bell pepper.

While the egg is cooking spread the cream cheese onto the toasted bread.

Then scoop out half of an avocado on top of the cream cheese. Mash the avocado with a fork and spread out into a checkered design.

When the egg is at your desired consistency, turn the heat off and place your bell pepper egg onto your toast.

Sprinkle salt & pepper over the egg & you have yourself an amazing breakfast toast.

Bon appetite! Have a wonderful day!!!

 

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies

Kisses Candy Cane Blossom Cookies

These cookies are easy and they make a ton because they are so tiny. They have a sugar cookie dough and a burst of candy cane from the kisses.  A must try for the holidays! Click on the cookie title for the recipe link.

Neiman-Marcus Squares

These bars are so delicious: gooey, soft, and rich; the only thing is you can’t just stop at  one! This recipes is from our aunt and my mom makes them every Christmas. This needs to be a Christmas baking recipe to add to your repertoire!

  

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Clusters 

These cookies are so easy, just microwave and stir. They are crunchy, creamy and fluffy all at the same time. Try them, they take minutes & are worth it!

Santa’s Suicide Bars

These multi-layer bars will satisfy any chocolate cravings. I added Recess Peanut Butter Cups amongst the Christmas red Oreos & broiled marshmallows on top.

 Snowball Cookies

These semi-homemade sugar cookies add an extra Christmas flavor with: peppermint extract, crushed candy canes & powdered sugar. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies

These cookies might be my new favorite winter treat. I might have eaten one for breakfast!

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Thanksgiving Dinner

Cooking thanksgiving dinner can be very overwhelming, but why should it when it’s a day to be thankful & spend time with your loved ones. We have a tradition of going to Mexico with our friends, which is the most amazing tradition…EVER! Although I could eat Mexican food everyday, we still miss our favorite sides for Thanksgiving. We solved this problem by hosting Friendsgiving each year. Unfortunalty, this year we couldn’t find a free weekend & didn’t end up having one; Jackson was bummed he wasn’t going to get his turkey and favorite Thanksgiving sides. To his surprise he came home on Monday to a Thanksgiving feast! Here is how I did this dinner, stress free and everything was ready on time.

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First, I picked out recipes from Pintrest. Here they are:

http://thenoshery.com/apple-cider-glazed-turkey-breast-and-giving-breast-cancer-the-boot/

*I did a small turkey breast, it cooked fast and was enough for the two of us for three left over days of lunches and dinners. YUM!

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http://celebratingsweets.com/sweet-potato-casserole-with-marshmallow-pecan streusel/

*This was really good, tasted like dessert!

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http://www.campbells.com/kitchen/recipes/classic-green-bean-casserole

*The classic Thanksgiving side dish, my favorite!

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http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-mashed-potato-casserole-recipes-from-the-kitchn-211202?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=managed&crlt.pid=camp.Dg4o3wFZquhR

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*This was a new recipe for me and it was delicious! It said to substitute Greek yogurt for the sour cream, so it’s healthy right?!

http://www.jimmydean.com/recipes/holidays/sausage-cornbread-stuffing

*This was Jackson’s favorite dish of the night!

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Then I made all of the sides ahead of time, minus the stuffing. I wrote on post-it notes: the cooking instructions, cooking time and added any extra notes from the recipe. I marinated the turkey and stuck everything in the refrigerator.

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I got home from my errands around 5:00 and immediately started cooking the turkey in the oven. I also put the green bean casserole in with the turkey, set the timer for 25 minutes and started cooking the stuffing. I pulled the green bean casserole out, put the stuffing and potato casserole in. After 35 minutes I pulled the cover off the stuffing, rotated and basted the turkey and put in the sweet potato casserole. Everything was ready around 7:00, just in time for the arrival for my husband to get home.

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He was surprised to see the Thanksgiving spread and we ate until we couldn’t move. Thanksgiving dinner never disappoints! I hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving; I hope you gobble til you wobble!

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FALLtastic Recipes

When we returned home from Hawaii, I wasn’t quite ready for Fall, but coming back to rainy weather forced me to embrace the Fall season with open arms. With an empty fridge I quickly went to Pintrest for some fall recipe inspo. I hit the jackpot with these fall recipes, Bon Appetit!

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/our-favorite-lasagna-with-sausage-spinach-and-three-cheeses-51253440?mbid_Social_Facebook_Video_Status

My Facebook feed has turned into cooking videos and I’m obsessed. I found this recipe through Facebook and talk about the ultimate comfort food, five stars for this recipe!

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http://damndelicious.net/2014/04/14/easy-garlic-parmesan-knots/

These were super easy and delicious!!!

http://www.shelikesfood.com/1/post/2015/10/fall-quinoa-salad-with-kale-sweet-potato-maple-tahini-dressing.html

*I added 2 chicken breast to this recipe, marinated in maple syrup.

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http://www.lunchpailsandlipstick.com/carne-asada-tacos-trader-joes/

Jackson bbqed the meat, it was a hot day. This was an easy recipe and all the ingredients were found at Trader Joes. Thanks to my sis for sharing this delicious recipe with me!

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http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/chicken-enchilada-stuffed-squash.html

This was an amazing fall recipe, one that will be on repeat! I bought the red enchilada sauce at Trader Joes in a glass bottle, really yummy! This recipe was quick and delicious

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http://www.theslowroasteditalian.com/2014/09/hearty-beef-soup-recipe.html?m=

This recipe took awhile to cook, but worth the wait! The beef melted in your mouth and reminded me of my grandma’s beef soup; when you compare a recipe to your grandma’s cooking, you know it must be good!

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I hope you enjoy these fall recipes! Happy Fall Y’all!

 

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Healthy Menu Plan


I’m posting our last week’s menu, full of healthy and delicious recipes.

Dinner Recipes:

http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/honey-lemon-rosemary-grilled-chicken/?m&m

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http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/tomato-peach-burrata-salad/?m

*We bbqed the peaches for the salad; it was amazing!

http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/power-salad-with-lemon-chia-seed-dressing/?m&m

imagehttp://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/roasted-broccoli-quinoa-salad/?m*We added pan seared chicken breasts to this recipe.

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http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/spring-quinoa-bowl/?m*We added bbqed chicken breasts to this recipe.

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We tailgated on Saturday and had left over burger patties and decided to make burger bowls. My husband bbqed the burger patties, we put them over arugula and added our favorite burger toppings; they were delicious!

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Snacks:

http://kristineskitchenblog.com/apple-cinnamon-cookie-energy-bites/

-Cucumber topped with tuna from the can.

-Hardboiled eggs topped with a pinch of salt and pepper.

-I love the individual packages of raw almonds from Trader Joes. I have a package in my car or purse at all times; just in case my hanger comes into play!

I hope you have a fabulous week!

 

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Monday Menu Plan

My husband is at the peak of his training for his pinnacle race of the year, Ironman World Championships in Kona; which means less: carbs, sugar, alcholol and healthier meals with more protein on their way to our casa. We also made a goal to only drink twice a week and have one dessert (this starts tomorrow); wish me luck!

I thought I would share our menu for this week.

Breakfast:

My husband has oatmeal with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a touch of maple syrup. I will be having acai bowls (acai brand link below) topped with: bananas, whatever berries are on sale at the grocery store, sweetened flakes of coconut and super seed blend from Trader Joes (link below). We also drink coffee: my husband has two cups of black coffee with a splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk & I have two cups of black coffee with two pumps of vanilla syrup.

Vanilla Syrup:

http://www.worldmarket.com/product/torani+french+vanilla+syrup.do

Acai Berry Smoothie Packs:

https://www.instacart.com/safeway/products/1235938-sambazon-organic-acai-berry-smoothie-packs-3-5-oz

Super Seed Mix:

http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/article/2797

Main Course:

Mexican Quinoa Salad:

http://minimalistbaker.com/mexican-quinoa-salad-with-orange-lime-dressing/ *I will be adding BBQ chicken rubbed in Mexican spices.

Chicken Quinoa Salad:

http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/2013/02/bbq-chicken-quinoa-salad.html

Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad with Pesto: http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/sweet-potato-chickpea-salad-with-pesto/ *I will be adding two chicken breasts to this recipe.

Summer Quinoa Bowls:

http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/summer-quinoa-bowl/ *I will be adding two chicken breasts to this recipe.

Yellowfin Tuna with Grilled Pineapple Salsa: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/grilled-yellow-fin-tuna-with-grilled-pineapple-salsa-recipe.html *My husband recently went fishing with his 90 year old grandpa and caught yellowfin tuna, so we are cooking them up once a week!

Dessert:

Whole Foods Ice Cream (thank you Jody for the recommendation)!

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/products/whole-foods-market-italian-gelatos

Snacks:

Protein balls:

http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/no-bake-energy-bites/

Protein Box:

http://theskinnyfork.com/blog/skinny-starbucks-protein-bistro-box

Raw veggies: carrots, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, & cucumbers.

5 seed almond bars at Trader Joes http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/article/1751

Trail mix in individual bags at Trader Joes http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/article/413

Fruit: bananas, apples and stone fruit.

I hope everyone has a healthy and happy week, from our home to yours!

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Menu Planning

Oh the dreaded, “what’s for dinner?” question asked by your husband after a busy day and the LAST thing you want to think about! My husband and I cook most week nights and making the grocery list and then having to go to the grocery store is a real drag, but a home cooked meal and your waist line will appreciate it (and your bank account too)! I hope my method brings you inspiration to try my organized grocery list or make a meal from the amazing food blogs I follow. I encourage you to cook five out of the seven days next week, you can do it! Follow my simple steps to menu planning.

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Here’s The Skinny:

  1. Decide how many meals
  2. Gather recipes
  3. Make the grocery list
  4. Grocery shop

The Delicious Detailed Plan:

First, I think about our week ahead and count how many dinners we will need for the week and what kind of week it will be, this helps to determine how easy or fast the meals need to be. My husband and I both eat leftovers for lunch, so if a recipe calls for two chicken breast, I double the recipe. My weekly recipes usually consist of: salads, chicken recipes, a Mexican meal and a fish dish. I also think about breakfast and snacks for the week ahead.

Menu Making:

Once I have the number of meals, I go to the Internet (usually just on my phone) to my favorite food blogs or look through our recipe books (listed below). If the recipe is on the Internet I copy the website address and paste it into either an e-mail or a word document (if I’m on my phone I paste it into my notes app). I usually send a copy of the websites to my husband via e-mail or text because we share the cooking duty, but most nights we cook together; which is a great way to unwind after a busy day and connect through team work and talking (lets be honest we can do this because we don’t’ have kids and team work means eating sooner)!

Grocery List:

When I have gathered all of my recipes, I start with the actual grocery list. The Real Simple Grocery List helps me a ton by not only making the list but also when I’m at the grocery store, to navigate the aisles quickly and locate items because the list is categorized by each section of the grocery store (I buy mine at Target, link below). When I’m making the list and I’m not sure if we have an item, I write it on the top of my list with a question mark next to it or on a sticky note. When I’m done with the list, I go on a hunt to our pantry or refrigerator for the questionable items.

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A must have grocery list:

http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/organizing-products/grocery-checklist

Grocery Store:

Then off to the dreaded grocery store; I wish I loved going, but it is a real chore for me…okay to be honest it’s because of: the people’s carts in the middle of the aisle, the child having a tantrum, the slow checker, the bagger that puts the delicate items on the bottom and heavy items on top of them, or the worst-they are out of the one or two items you must have and… off to the second or third grocery store I go.

My grocery bill was less than $100.00 for 6 breakfasts, lunches and dinners last week (I had the shrimp and talapia in the freezer)!

Favorite Food Blogs:

http://www.marthastewart.com/274264/everyday-food-recipes

http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com

http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/blog

Favorite Recipe Books:

https://www.amazon.com/Everyday-Food-Great-Fast/dp/03073541

http://americastestkitchen.buysub.com/america-s-test-kitchen-special-magazine-issues.html

(I buy these at Costco or Target)

 

 

 

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