Double Chocolate Flourless Blender Mini Muffins

Did someone say chocolate?!?  Do your ears perk when you hear chocolate??  These babies are for you!  Suuuuper easy to make, and a healthier way to satisfy that chocolate craving!

Double Chocolate Flourless Blender Mini Muffins

Recipe by: Ashlee at Making Health Tangible

1 ¾ Cup oats

1 ½ tsp baking powder

1 ½ tsp baking soda

¾ Cup cocoa powder

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

½ Cup unsweetened applesauce

½ Cup plain greek yogurt

½ Cup honey

1 ½ tbsp white vinegar

½ Cup chocolate chips

Place oats in blender and pulse until powdered.  Add dry ingredients and pulse until mixed throughout.  Add the rest of the ingredients omitting chocolate chips and pulse until even consistency.

Place in mini muffin liners and sprinkle each mini muffin with a few chocolate chips

Bake 350 for 11-15 min

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Honey Chicken with Coconut Brown Rice

This is one the meals that my family will always eat.  It is a “go to” that is easy and ingredients are almost always on hand.  My kids and husband are guaranteed to eat it and it’s healthy!

Honey chicken and coconut brown rice

(Recipe by Ashlee at Making Health Tangible)

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Coconut Brown Rice

Replace water with coconut milk and cook according to package instructions

Start this first because it takes longest to cook.  I have started the rice too late in the past and then we are all sitting around waiting for the rice to finish so we can eat!  I always make rice in the rice cooker because I can’t seem to ever cook it perfect otherwise. You can use a pan, or pop the rice and coconut milk into rice cooker with plenty of time to cook.  My rice cooker usually takes around 40 minutes for brown rice.

The coconut milk gives flavor to brown rice that is sweet and so yum!  This rice is good with teriyaki chicken or anything that serves well with a sweet rice

Honey Chicken

2 chicken breasts

1 tsp coconut oil

1 tsp garlic salt

1 tsp chili powder

½ tsp onion powder

½ cup honey

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Wash, pat dry, and trim visible fat from chicken breasts

Melt coconut oil in microwave (5-10 sec) and rub on chicken breasts to coat

Combine spices and rub onto chicken breasts to coat

Grill up (I use a George Foreman grill or outdoor grill) to cook throughout (4-6 min each side)

Melt honey in microwave (10 sec or so) and add apple cider vinegar to melted honey and mix.

Brush some of the honey/apple cider mixture onto each side of chicken while grilling

Once chicken is cooked throughout, dice up, place on bed of rice, and drizzle honey mixture over top

Serve!

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chocolate zucchini bread

I woke up the other day seriously wanting some chocolate zucchini bread.  Who wakes up craving chocolate zucchini bread?  This girl 🙂  I think I must have seen a picture of zucchini bread on Instagram or something and my subconscious was stewing on it which evolved into CHOCOLATE zucchini bread.

I really like to make healthier versions of food, so I was determined to make a yummy healthy version.  I actually made a whole batch of a not-so-yummy version that ended up straight in the trash but… this version turned out just as I had imagined! Made me a happy girl!

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Recipe by Ashlee at Making Health Tangible

1 ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour

¼ cup cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

2 tbsp coconut oil

½ cup honey

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 medium finely shredded zucchini

½ cup chocolate chips (optional)

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl

Mix wet ingredients in separate bowl less the zucchini and chocolate chips

Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients until mixed throughout without over mixing.

Then fold in Zucchini, and chocolate chips

Place in greased 9x5in bread pan and bake at 350 for 30-40 min until toothpick comes out clean

Healthier Chicken Fried Rice

Healthy Chicken Fried Rice

Some may say that I am breaking some unspoken rule that fried rice should always be made with white rice and that it should be “unhealthy”… but one of my favorite things to do is make healthier versions of food…  so here it is!  This version is healthier, and still absolutely delicious!

 

Healthier Chicken Fried Rice

2 cups brown rice

4 cups water

Use rice cooker or follow directions on package to make rice.  I like to cook the rice ahead of time because when making fried rice, it is actually better to work with cold rice since it is less sticky.  So make your rice even a day or 2 ahead of time or in the morning, and pop in the fridge to cool.

 

Place 2 tbsp coconut oil in a large heated pan (use a BIG pan here because you will be adding a lot in it) then add the following over medium heat:

¼ thinly sliced red onion

½ head thinly sliced cabbage

1 cup shredded/diced carrots

½ tbsp minced garlic

Sauté until cabbage, carrots, and onion are softened (about 10 minutes)

 

Whisk up 3 eggs in a bowl.

Spray a separate fry pan with coconut oil or cooking oil of your choice and cook eggs just like you would for scrambled eggs.  Scramble up those eggs without any seasoning.  Once they are cooked throughout, let cool for a minute and use your spatula to cut into smaller bite size pieces

 

Once cabbage, carrots, and onion are softened, add to pan:

Cooked scrambled eggs

1 chicken breast grilled and diced

Cooked (cooled) rice

Mix thoroughly heating the rice.

 

Put the following seasonings in a separate bowl and mix together.  Sprinkle over mixture while stirring until mixed throughout.

½ tbsp dried minced onion

½ tsp garlic powder

¾ tsp pepper

¼ tsp celery salt

 

Then add 4 tbsp soy sauce and mix throughout.

Once rice is heated up and seasoning is thoroughly mixed, serve!

 

Option: You can eliminate the chicken and use this as a side. We love it so much, it is a whole meal for us.

This is also a really good cold dish!  Another easy good healthy lunch option.

 

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Healthier Chicken Fried Rice

Recipe by: Ashlee at Making Health Tangible

 

2 cups brown rice

4 cups water to cook rice

2 tbsp coconut oil

¼ thinly sliced red onion

½ head thinly sliced cabbage

1 cup shredded/diced carrots

½ tbsp minced garlic

Cooking spray or a little more coconut oil

3 eggs

1 chicken breast grilled and diced

 

Seasonings:

½ tbsp dried minced onion

½ tsp garlic powder

¾ tsp pepper

¼ tsp celery salt

4 tbsp soy sauce

 

Use rice cooker or follow directions on package to make rice.  I like to cook the rice ahead of time because when making fried rice, it is actually better to work with cold rice — it is less sticky.  So make your rice even a day or 2 ahead of time or in the morning, and pop in the fridge to cool.

Put coconut oil in a large heated pan (use a BIG pan here because you will be adding a lot in it) then add the red onion, cabbage, carrots, and garlic over medium heat.  Sauté until cabbage, carrots, and onion are softened (about 10 minutes)

Whisk up 3 eggs in a bowl.  Spray a separate fry pan with coconut oil or cooking oil of your choice and pour whisked eggs into heated pan.  Scramble up those eggs.  Once they are cooked throughout, use spatula to cut into smaller bite size pieces.

Once cabbage, carrots, and onion are softened, add cooked chicken, cooked rice, and cooked scrambled eggs to pan. Mix thoroughly heating the rice.

Mix the seasonings in a separate bowl and sprinkle over mixture while stirring until mixed throughout.

Then add soy sauce mixing throughout.

Once rice is heated up and seasoning is thoroughly mixed, serve!

Quinoa Brownies

Want more protein in your diet? Want more quinoa in your diet?? Want more chocolate in your diet??? Yes to all of those for me! This recipe gives you all of that!

Quinoa brownies!
Quinoa brownies
Yes, I’m serious! I have been adding quinoa to all kind of things recently to try to increase protein and get the health benefits of this amazing grain! These brownies are not your store bought tasting brownies…. They are more dense but just the right amount of chocolate and sweetness! My kids gobble them up (if the kids like them then obviously they are good right?) and I get to satisfy my sweet tooth!

 

Quinoa Brownies

¾ c. cooked quinoa (cooked ahead with plain water)

¼ c. cocoa powder

¼ c. pure maple syrup

¼ c. almond butter

1 egg

8 tsp. unsweetened applesauce

1/8 c. coconut oil

¼ c. unsweetened chocolate or chocolate chips (I use 2 blocks of Ghirardelli unsweetened chocolate)

1 tsp. vanilla

¼ tsp. sea salt

Blend all of this together in a blender until smooth

Line 4×6 bread loaf pan with foil and spray with cooking oil

Pour batter into lined pan and cook at 350 for about 35 min until toothpick comes out clean

Let pan cool and then pull brownies out by pulling the foil out.

Once cool, slice and eat

Store in airtight container in fridge

Quinoa brownie

Getting in the exercise groove!

So you want to make exercise a part of your life? Maybe you have slipped out of our routine you had been in and now you are dragging your feet on getting back into the groove of working out again. Maybe you are new to making exercise a regular part of your life and need a few tips to get things going. Sometimes we just need a little jump start to get on track or maybe some tips for motivation.

 

Here are some useful ways to help to get in the exercise groove:
Set a goal. Do you want to be able to run 3 miles, to bike 50 miles, to do 20 push ups, or do a pull up? Give yourself something to work towards. Make your goal reasonable. Once you achieve this one, set another one!

 

Set a deadline for your goal. A great way to do this is by signing up for an active event. This can be a huge motivating factor when you know you have something coming up to train for. I remember many days that my motivation to get out there and really work was because I was training for an upcoming triathlon or event and I DID NOT want to be the last one finishing. If you aren’t ready to sign up for an event, set a personal deadline for your goal and stick to it. Once you have accomplished that goal, make a new one. There is no other feeling like the feeling of accomplishment and you will be excited to keep accomplishing!

 

Have accountability. Have a blank calendar on the fridge and fill in what exercise you have done for that day. Look over the calendar at the end of the week to see how well you did that week. You will be able to look back and see where you have been and how far you have come. You will also want your calendar to be full instead of blank!

 

Get healthy with people around you. Go for a jog with your friend, hit the gym together, go for a family bike ride, or get a smoothie together. We should be helping each other and when others know you are on a healthy path, you will inspire them!

 

Find the exercise that works for you! This is a big one! Just because “Jo Schmo” is a runner doesn’t mean you have to be a runner! We are all different and will like different forms of exercise. Maybe biking, crossfit, dance, zumba, hiking, climbing, or pilates is more your style and that’s great. Just find what forms of exercise you love so you will enjoy it and look forward to doing it.

 

Schedule your workouts like you would schedule anything else. Put it on your calendar and do not waver. You may need to wake up early before the day gets momentum; you may need to squeeze something in while the kids are napping, etc. Treat it like an important meeting with yourself and make it happen!

 

Pay attention to how you feel after you exercise. Notice your energy level and your clarity of mind. Eventually this will be why you put on those work out shoes. Those happy endorphins released from physical activity are addicting!

 

Treat yourself. Give yourself a reward when you have met a personal milestone. We are not talking an ice cream binge reward, but something like a new work out outfit, new shoes, a massage, or something else that you can reward yourself without “undoing” your hard work

 

 

Once you get into the groove, it is an awesome thing. You will work out because you know how good it makes you feel! Be consistent and you can get there!

 

Chicken teriyaki bowl with quinoa (with homemade teriyaki sauce)

DSC_0063My husband really likes chicken teriyaki bowls.  He probably would happily eat a bowl of chicken, rice, and teriyaki sauce everyday of his life if I didn’t need so much variety.  I wanted to make him his chicken teriyaki bowl, but I am working on getting more protein in my diet lately, so I replaced the rice with quinoa.

Quinoa has some growing popularity lately.  The stuff is high in protein and fiber and you can pretty much use it as a replacement for rice in any recipe.  Don’t be intimidated by it.  You can get it at any grocery store in the rice isle and cook in the rice cooker just like rice.

For this recipe, use the ratio of water to quinoa on the back of the package replacing water with coconut milk (usually 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups coconut milk). The coconut milk makes the quinoa sweeter with a light coconut taste I think is perfect for a chicken teriyaki bowl.  Put ingredients in a rice cooker and start it up just as you would with rice.

Grill up some chicken and season with salt and pepper.

Grill up or steam whatever veggies you like. I used steamed zucchini and yellow squash here but broccoli, cabbage, and carrots would be good too!

Like I said, my husband really likes teriyaki bowls, so he is kind of picky with the sauce.  I have yet to find a yummy teriyaki sauce that you can buy from the store, so that leaves me making my own (please share if you have a go-to yummy teriyaki sauce!)  This homemade teriyaki sauce recipe passes his inspection and is great because all of the ingredients are usually on hand.

 

Teriyaki Sauce

Recipe adapted from Our Best Bites

½ C. soy sauce

½ C. honey

¼ C. cider vinegar

1 clove garlic

½ tsp. ground ginger

¼ tsp. black pepper

1 tbsp. cold water

1 tbsp. corn starch

Mix soy sauce, honey, cider vinegar, garlic, ginger, and pepper in a sauce pan and bring to boil.  While heating, mix cold water and corn starch in a small cup.  Once pan mixture is boiling, pour mixed corn starch and water in pan and bring to boil mixing continuously until thickened.  Remove from heat and serve.  If you have leftovers, place in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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Alright so once you have your quinoa, chicken, veggies and sauce ready… you know what to do.  Place desired amount of quinoa in a bowl, top with cooked veggies, grilled chicken, and then drizzle teriyaki sauce on top!

Enjoy!

 

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Chicken Teriyaki Bowl with Quinoa

Recipe by Ashlee at Making Health Tangible

Makes ~ 2-3 servings

1 c. quinoa

2 c. coconut milk

2 grilled chicken breasts seasoned with salt and pepper

Desired amount of vegetables (1 zucchini and 1 yellow squash is pictured) chopped and steamed until softened

Teriyaki sauce (Homemade recipe above)

Place quinoa and coconut milk in rice cooker and start just like you would rice

Grill your chicken breast and season with salt and pepper

Steam your veggies

Make your teriyaki sauce

Once everything is cooked, place quinoa in a bowl and top with cooked veggies, chicken, and then drizzle with teriyaki sauce.  Serve and eat!

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