Meal Prepping Breakfast: Cajun Mini Frittatas and Breakfast Burritos

Jimmy Dean sausage

* This post is sponsored by Tyson Foods #JimmyDeanSausage, but all opinions stated here are my own. 

Friends, if you’ve followed me for long, you know that I love to meal prep on the weekends. With a family of six going in six different directions every weekday, it’s important to be prepared if we’re going to eat real food at home…together-ish.

I’ve been on a slow cooker freezer meal kick for dinners for the past month or so and have discovered so many wonderful, new slow cooker recipes. I shop, chop and bag on the weekends, then just throw in the slow cooker before I leave in the morning and BOOM — dinner is ready when we all get home in the evening. The hardest part is just remembering to thaw a freezer meal in advance.

Meal Prepping Breakfast

This past weekend, I decided to add breakfast to my meal prep plan. Since Madison and I both watch our carbs, the first recipe I made was Mini Cajun Frittatas. They were super easy using Jimmy Dean® Fully Cooked Pork Sausage Patties that I found at Walmart. These heat and serve sausage patties can be found in the refrigerator section (near the bacon and sausage) and are made with premium ingredients – a filling and savory, keto-friendly, protein-packed solution to breakfast. (Plus I found a coupon on Ibotta!)

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Thanksgiving with a Latin Twist

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Ready to spice up your Thanksgiving with something new?  Look no further than Cocina, the first online food destination dedicated to celebrating the Latin lifestyle through its vast culinary culture and libations, to spark your imagination with mouthwatering Thanksgiving videos and original recipes. Continue reading “Thanksgiving with a Latin Twist”

Anti Gravity Martini and Cocktail Chameleon Author Interview

Mark Addison, author of Cocktail Chameleon, believes that life is a series of special occasions meant to be celebrated in high style. As an award-winning designer and producer, he has created extraordinary environments, from celebrity events and major product launches to destination weddings and international galas. His uniquely creative vision has earned him an impressive client list of celebrities, top consumer brands, and Fortune 500 companies. Splitting his time between New York City, Palm Beach, and Vermont, he is always energized by his shifting environment and inspired by the natural beauty of his surroundings. This brings a fresh perspective and contagious optimism to all his work, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. Continue reading “Anti Gravity Martini and Cocktail Chameleon Author Interview”

Favorite Keto Meals from the Past Month

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I’m almost two months into following a ketogenic lifestyle. It’s been so fun experimenting with new recipes and branching out trying new foods. I even hosted our monthly supper club and served an entirely keto menu.

Here are links to some of my favorite recipes recently:

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Bacon Ranch Cheesy Chicken

Vanilla Cheesecake

Gingered Zucchini Soup

 

I’ve also found a few go-to restaurants for a fast, keto-friendly lunch…

Jimmy John's UnwichJimmy John’s Unwich Five Guys bunless burger

Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger sans Bun (any burger place really)

 

 

For snacks, I love pork rinds — even took them with me to a Mexican restaurant to eat with cheese dip. My other favorite snack is Parmesan Crisps with spinach dip.

I still struggle saying no to cookies and such, but it’s getting easier with each day.

Please share your favorite keto recipes with me. Thank you!

 

Bacon Cheeseburger Bombs

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December is the WORST time for me to try to start any new eating plan. I am a sucker for all the holiday cakes, cookies, booze…(don’t judge). But alas, here I am starting the Ketogenic Diet this month. I’ve done okay — fallen off the wagon a few times, but I have lost a few pounds… in DECEMBER no less. It’s really the easiest diet plan for me to follow because I don’t get hungry and the sugar cravings are decreasing. (Sugar is my drug of choice.)

The basic premise of the Ketogenic Diet is turn your body into a fat-burning machine instead of a sugar-burning machine. The diet is high fat, moderate protein and really low carb. I’ll let those more knowledgeable about the the science share with you that part though. I want to share some of my new go-to recipes because Keto food is DELICIOUS!

My friend Rachel over at Unbalanced Balance shared this recipe with me for Bacon Cheeseburger Bombs. She said her family eats it almost weekly, and now I know why. It’s fun to make, tastes great and reheats like a champ.

I added one ingredient to Rachel’s recipe: a package of Lipton Onion Soup Mix to my hamburger meat. Then I followed her recipe until the cooking part — I did mine in the oven on 400 degrees for 25 minutes instead of on the grill because it’s cold and I’m not cooking outside. Here is a photo step by step:

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bacon cheeseburger bombs, keto

bacon cheeseburger bombs, keto

bacon cheeseburger bombs, keto

You can get the full recipe over on Rachel’s website.

I’ve started a Pinterest board called Low Carb Life where I’m compiling all the Keto recipes that I like. Please follow me and comment below if you have any Keto recipes for me to try. I’m going full-force on this thing come January 1. Who’s with me???

Witch’s Finger Halloween Breadsticks

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This recipe uses RawSpiceBar’s Caraway, Fennel & Anise Bread spice. This spice blend is perfect for adding flavor to crusty breads, crackers, salads and vegetables. Toasted sesame seeds, anise, rosemary and caraway create a German inspired flavor that transforms simple shortbread, rye bread, salads and even tea.

All Raw Spice Bar spices are crafted with high quality, whole spices, and freshly ground just before shipping.

Witch’s Finger Halloween Breadsticks

INGREDIENTS

1 tbsp active dry yeastrosemary caraway blend
1 tbsp sugar
1 ½ cup warm water
3 ½ cups flour
RawSpiceBar’s Caraway, Fennel & Anise Bread
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp green food coloring
1 egg white, lightly beaten
Sliced almonds

DIRECTIONS

  1. Stir together active dry yeast, sugar, and warm water in a large mixing bowl, until the sugar is dissolved. Let stand for 5 minutes until the yeast bubbles.
  2. Add 1 cup of flour to the yeast mixture and beat on low speed until well combined. Add 2 ½ cups of flour, RawSpiceBar’s Caraway, Fennel & Anise and salt, and beat on medium speed until a soft dough is formed, about 2-3 minutes. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time until it becomes the right texture.
  3. Place the dough on a floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic. Transfer to a greased bowl, then cover the bowl with a dry towel. Let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1 hour.
  4. Prepare a floured surface to work on. Divide the dough in 16 pieces, then shape each piece into a 10-inch rope. Cut each rope in half. Place the pieces 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Loosely cover with a kitchen towel for 15 minutes, until the fingers rise.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Lightly score the top of fingers to look like wrinkles on a knuckles. Brush with egg white over the fingers. Press in an almond slice at the tip of each finger for nails.
  6. Bake the fingers for 10-15 minutes until deep golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack, serve & enjoy!

Gluten-free Morning Glory Muffins

Cassava Flour

I received a package of Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour for free for review purposes, but all opinions here are my own.

Whenever I have a couple of too ripe bananas lying around, I make muffins. Today was such a day. And I figured it was a great time to try out this Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour. It’s made from 100% yuca root and is gluten-free, grain-free and nut-free.Cassava Flour

I based my Morning Glory recipe loosely on this one. I almost never follow a recipe exactly. I used a chopped Honeycrisp apple, left out the coconut, two ripe bananas, olive oil and sour cream in place of coconut oil, and a few other minor alterations. I also sprinkled a little sugar (yes, real sugar) on top of each muffin before baking to make a sweet, crispy top for each muffin.Morning Glory Muffins

I tried one with a generous pat of butter hot from the oven. Delicious! I can’t even tell that it was made with a flour substitute. And my taste tester approved!princess

You can learn more about Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour at their website.

Pumpkin Spice Maple Muffins

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Healthy and delicious Five Spice Muffins using Sweet Potato and a kick of RawSpiceBar’s Five Spice powder.five spice powder

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup, plus 2 extra tablespoons for brushing the muffins
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups gluten-free flour (if flour doesn’t include xanthan gum, add 1 tsp.)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. RawSpiceBar’s Szechuan Five Spice
  • 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Prick the sweet potato a few times with a paring knife or a fork. Bake until soft (when a paring knife can cut through with zero resistance), about 1 hour. Set the sweet potato aside until it’s completely cool.
  2. Peel the sweet potato, discard the skin and mash the flesh in a mixing bowl with a fork. Whisk the olive oil, almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla into the sweet potato. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, RawSpiceBar’s Szechuan Five Spice and salt. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  3. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners and evenly distribute the muffin batter among the cups.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Brush the tops with the extra maple syrup during the last 5 minutes of baking.
  5. Let the muffins cool before serving.

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6 Unexpected Infused Water Ideas

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I drink a lot of water. These recipes remind me of the delicious water in the lobby of The Chancellor Hotel in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This post is provided by KMR Communications. I like the content, so I’m posting it here for future reference.

While most dermatologists and doctors preach the benefits of drinking more water, water gets boring. Perhaps you’ve done just about everything to make your plain glass of water more enjoyable. If you’re running out of ideas and are tempted to reach for a caffeinated beverage you’re not alone. We talked to the experts who gave us six fresh infused water recipes that will pack a punch of flavor and add health and beauty benefits to your H2O! If you’re new to infused water it’s easy. Chop up the ingredients, let them sit over night in your water pitcher and sip your way to healthy hydration inside and out.

  1. Mango Ginger: This combo might seem weird, but adding the health benefits of ginger and the antioxidant power of mangoes is a surprisingly tasty mix! “Mangoes contain so many vitamins that help boost your immune system. It has antioxidants that maintain youthful glowing skin and aid in the production of blood cells,” says Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O. an anti-aging expert and long-time health advisor to the New York Rangers hockey team.  “Ginger is also helpful in fighting infection, has been linked to lower cholesterol levels, may reduce muscle aches, and helps digestion,” adds Dr. Calapai.
  1. Grapefruit Rosemary: Recently rosemary was found to be the main ingredient eaten by residents of an Italian village with one of the highest populations of people who live past 100! “Rosemary improves circulation and sends more blood to the brain which is linked to greater concentration and potentially reduces risk of Alzheimer’s,” says Dr. Calapai. Grapefruit is not only delicious but it’s a natural fat burner, boosts metabolism and cleanses your liver.
  1. Melon Mix: Cut up watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe chunks and throw into your water over night. “This melon variety tastes great and is amazing for your skin,” says Dr. Kally Papantoniou board certified dermatologist and clinical instructor at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. “Melons are immensely hydrating, meaning more hydration per cup of water. They are also chock-full of antioxidants that keep skin clear plus they contain vitamins that promote collagen production which helps skin cell turnover.”
  1. Citrus Mint: Pick your favorite citrus fruits, cut up into slices and add some crushed mint.  “Adding mint to your water is not only extra refreshing but also improves digestive health and can speed up your metabolism,” says Dr. Calapai. “Mint actually contains salicylic acid, a potent acne fighter,” says Dr. Papantoniou. “It’s also well known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties which work to calm irritation both on your skin or internally,” she adds.
  1. Cucumber Lavender: “The reason so many spas use cucumber based treatments is because it contains many skin friendly minerals like magnesium, potassium and silicon,” says Dr. Papantoniou. “This mix is especially healthy,” says Dr. Calapai “Cucumbers are powerful detoxifiers, flushing out any waste in your system. Adding crushed lavender to the mix not only adds a beautiful aroma but can also help digestion as lavender contains polyphenols that reduce bad bacteria in your gut, making your system run smoother,” he explains.
  1. Pineapple Coconut Water
    This one is almost cheating… almost. Get your favorite store bought raw coconut water and refrigerate over night with large chunks of pineapple. The coconut-pineapple flavor combo is delicious and reminiscent of a piña colada without all the sugar and calories. Although this is not pure H2O, coconut water contains electrolytes which plain water does not, which rehydrate you in record time. “Pineapple is yet another fruit that aids in collagen production,” says Papantoniou “This is not just great for beautiful skin, collagen also has a major role in bone health and tissue repair.”

Clearly there are benefits to keeping hydrated. Water does not have to be boring, it can be delicious. Drink up!

Fruity Meyer Lemon Smoothie Recipe

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This is most certainly a “wake me up” kind of smoothie featuring Meyer Lemon Tea from Art of Tea! You can play around with this basic recipe, store but we’ve chosen to start with an antioxidant heavy morning blend.

Antioxidants actively help the body fight free radicals, which are chemical compounds that damage cells, DNA, and can even lead to premature cell death. Green tea is reported to have the highest concentration of antioxidants called polyphenols.

Meyer Lemon TeaWe chose to use our Meyer Lemon tea, but any green tea will do for this recipe. Jasmine Blueberry would also be a great blend to infuse. It is easiest to make your iced tea ahead of time, check out our Iced Tea Brewing Guide.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ripe banana, frozen
  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 1 cup iced Meyer Lemon or other Green Tea
  • ½ cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • ½ cup ice
  • 2 Tablespoons honey

Directions

Place all ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

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