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!

Pina Colada smoothie

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What’s more refreshing in the summer heat than a pina colada?  It’s pretty dang hot here in Las Vegas in the summer which leads me to crave refreshing tropical drinks like pineapple-coconut goodness!

Here’s a recipe for a pina colada (virgin) that is refreshing and healthy! Win!

 

 

1 cup frozen pineapple

½ cup unsweetened coconut milk

½ tsp. coconut extract

Blend up and enjoy!

 

Sweet potato rounds

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Oh sweet potatoes.  For a long time, I  never ate them.  Then I re-discovered them and they are back in my life.  I have been experimenting with ways to prepare them and this is one of my favorites right now!  These rounds are so versatile and you can top in so many different ways.

When you are choosing your sweet potato for this recipe, the fatter the better!  The wider the potato is, the more you will be able to fit on each round.  You can definitely use a skinnier one, they will just be smaller rounds.

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Wash and scrub your sweet potato

Cut your potato into ½ in rounds.  You will get smaller sized ones from the front and back that are great for dipping, or mini rounds for kids.

Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

You can put some olive oil or melted coconut oil on each if you want… then sprinkle with a bit of salt.

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Bake at 415 degrees for 25 – 35 min until browned flipping each round half way through.

 

So now for toppings.  You can get creative with what you like for toppings.  Just stick with something “sticky” first and then you can top with something not sticky.   Here are some examples:

–        Guacamole

–        Mashed banana and cinnamon or almonds

–        Mashed avocado and chicken, beef, ground turkey, or quinoa

This is one of my favorites right now.  Mashed avocado mixed with garlic salt spread on each round and topped with cooked ground turkey and onion seasoned with italian seasoning, garlic salt, and pepper.

Comment if you try this and what toppings you like!

Chicken broth in the crock pot

Do you ever get the grocery store rotisserie chicken?  When you are running all day and haven’t even thought about dinner, or you have spent all day cleaning and want to cry with the thought of dirtying your kitchen to make dinner, those things are kind of a lifesaver.

When all the meat is gone.. what do you do with the carcass??  Do you just throw it away?  That is what I used to do…. But now I use it to make chicken broth… and you should too!

Yes… I said make chicken broth…

I used to roll my eyes, or think yah right, or just blow off the idea of making chicken broth, but just hear me out.  You already have the ingredients and it’s almost no work.  Why not!?  You will save a bit of money and it’s kind of cool knowing you made your own chicken broth and being oober resourceful!

 

Pull off any skin or meat from the carcass.

Throw that whole carcass into the crock pot just the way it is.

Seriously!

Look in your fridge to see if you have any of the following:

 

Ideal:

2 chopped carrots, 1 chopped onion, 2 chopped celery stalks, 1 chopped cabbage, 1 minced garlic clove

Other things you can add if you have it:

2 bay leafs,small handful fresh thyme, small handful fresh parsley, 1/2 tsp. peppercorn

 

Use whatever you have **whisper: if you don’t have any of it, still make your broth!  Or if you just neeeeed to have something specific in there, put the carcass in a baggie and place in fridge until you have all of the ingredients your heart desires to make your broth**

Chop up what you have, and pop in the crock pot with the carcass

Fill crock pot with water to cover everything about an inch (some stuff will float like pictured below)

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Put lid on and turn onto low.

 

Now go live your life…

 

12-18 hours later, strain broth into bowl using cheesecloth or a flour towel to get all those tiny particles out.  I have purchased cheesecloth from health food stores, the dollar store, and even Home Depot (in the paint isle).  You could also use a flour towel as long as the towel is porous enough that it will act as a strainer and liquid will be able to sift out

Taste and you can add some salt to taste now if you’d like…

Put in airtight container

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You can also portion into 1 cup worth baggies or containers and freeze for easy measuring when you are ready to use.  Make sure to label and date.

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You can refrigerate and use within 5 days.

You can freeze and use within 6 months.

Now look at you thinking about being all resourceful, saving money, and making chicken broth! 😉