Protein Pancake Mini Muffins

Protein Pancake Mini Muffins with Chicken Sausage
Protein Pancake Mini Muffins with Chicken Sausage

I’m always looking for easy cook ahead breakfast options.  I came across a recipe for Pancake Bites that looked adorable and intriguing, but I didn’t want to use sweetener (or coconut flour), so I decided to go more savory.  This meant I could try using my basic protein pancake recipe. I added slices of chicken sausage and VOILA!

These were good warm out of the oven, but, also made a great portable snack when I put them in a baggie and took them along on a 14 mile training walk for Avon39!  They were pretty dang tasty cold and were a great, healthy snack right when I was getting peckish along the way.

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Parmesan and Pepperoni Bites

Parmesan and Pepperoni Bites

One of my favorite veggies to make is asparagus… just snap the ends off, spray with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and parmesan cheese and bake.  The asparagus is great… but, the BEST part may be the little clumps of parmesan cheese that bake into little salty globs of deliciousness.

So you can imagine how excited I was to find Parmesan Crisps in my mom’s cupboard… an awesome snack, but, as I discovered when I went shopping, a bit on the expensive side.

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One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese

Chili Mac and Cheese
Easy, delicious, healthy comfort food!

A couple of nights ago I was walking home from the subway and thinking about what I might make for dinner.  I was feeling lazy, so, I thought I’d put together one of my favorite dinner hacks… a frozen dinner bulked up with extra protein and veggies (my go-to is a Lean Cuisine Fettuccine Alfredo with added chicken, broccoli and peas). I knew I had a Smart Ones Macaroni and Cheese, but, didn’t think chicken sounded like exactly what I wanted… and then I got an overwhelming craving for Chili Mac and Cheese.

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Fettucine with Chicken and Creamy Spinach and Asparagus Sauce

Fettucine with Creamy Spinach Sauce
Chicken and mung bean fettucine added to this already delicious recipe up the protein and make a great main dish!

I don’t even remember how I stumbled on this recipe from, but, with a few modifications it became one I know we’ll make over and over again for Cooking Club.  The sauce is reminiscent of some of the pestos we’ve made in the past and all the beautiful green ingredients just scream SUMMER!  But I also feel that since it relies on spinach rather than basil we’ll make this year-round. Continue reading

Super Easy Baked Chicken

Super Easy Baked ChickenChicken is definitely a staple of my life… a great, simple source of protein.  It’s pretty easy to get bored with plain chicken, though, so I tend to look at it more as an ingredient than an actual food (if that makes any sense at all).  I’ve found it easiest to cook a bunch of it, cube it, and keep it to mix in salads, supplement frozen meals and use for chicken salad.  I’ve tried a bunch of different ways to cook it and feel like I’ve finally found a way that’s easy enough that I’ll actually do it and also DELICIOUS (I usually end up eating a whole serving while I’m cutting it up ;)). Continue reading