Monday, December 9, 2013

Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Smoothie

As a lover of anything with peanut butter I am happy to say that I am glad I found a breakfast and snack that I can actually feel good about eating.  This could even suffice as a dessert.  It is filling and delicious!  The peanut butter can be substituted with any nut butter you prefer.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Smoothie
Recipe modified from My Whole Food Life

2 bananas
3/4 c. almond milk
2 Tbsp. peanut or almond butter
1 heaping Tbsp. cocoa
1 Tbsp. chia or flax seeds
1 tsp. honey
1 c. ice

Combine all items in blender and puree until smooth.
Serve immediately.
Makes 1 large serving.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Sauteed Brussel Sprouts with Caramelized Onions and Bacon

We are not usually big brussel fans, but this recipe was wonderful!  It takes some time to dice them up, but it's worth it!

Sauteed Brussel Sprouts with Caramelized Onions and Bacon
Menu Managed Original

2 Tbsp. olive oil (or bacon grease)
2 Tbsp. butter
3 c. brussel sprouts
1/2 large onion, sliced thin
salt and pepper to taste
3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Slice brussel sprouts into even pieces (I chopped each one into 6 pieces).
Heat oil and butter in large skillet over medium heat.
Add onion and cook for 5 minutes, until slightly translucent.
Add brussel sprouts and season with salt and pepper.
Continue to saute for 15-20 minutes, until onions and sprouts are caramelized.
Sprinkle chopped bacon on top, mix and serve.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Crockpot Pesto Chicken

I don't know that I can make any meal made in the crock pot actually look appetizing, but this dish has 4 ingredients and it tastes amazing.  Double points for being able to have the crockpot do all of the work.

Crockpot Pesto Chicken
Recipe from Picky Palate

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
6 oz. basil pesto
1 ranch seasoning packet
1/2 c. chicken broth

Line bottom of slow cooker with chicken thighs.
Combine pesto, ranch packet and chicken broth and mix to combine.
Pour over chicken.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4.