What I Ate Wednesday #105: Nut Butter All Day!

It should come as no surprise that we currently have 5 open jars of nut butters in the house. That said, they’re all dwindling because I can never decide which one I want and I never want to finish a jar. Such problems, right? Most days I usually have 4 of the 5 nut butters; I’d say that’s a good day!

The health benefits of nuts, including peanuts [technically a legume], are undeniable. Aside from just being known for healthy fats, they also contain a number of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.

[Pre-Workout]
Skoop Superfood Blueberry Bite
I wasn’t even counting my Skoop blueberry bite, but this does have some PB&Co. Bees Knees in it. Peanuts are higher in protein than most nuts and are a heart-healthy food due to the mono-unsaturated fatty acids that can help to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.

[Breakfast]
Egg White Oatmeal Protein Oats Baltimore Orioles Coconut Cashew Almond Peanut Butter
You all know how much I love my melty nut butters on my oatmeal. This bowl has a mixture of peanut butter, coconut cashew butter, and protein almond butter. Almonds are a fiber-rich nut which, along with the healthy fats, helps you stay full. And a recent study funded by the Almond Board of California has shown that these nuts can even raise the levels of good bacteria in your system for a healthy gut!

[Lunch]
Tuna Trader Joes Relish Eggplant Hummus Sugar Snap Peas Carrots Cucumber Avocado
I swapped out my healthy fats at lunch for a little avocado on my snack plate. As for the tuna, I mix in some ketchup and relish.. is that strange? I’ve put ketchup in tuna my whole life so I don’t even know. Ha!

[Afternoon Snack]
Roasted Sweet Potato Coconut Cashew Butter
Soon after my lunch, I had a few slices of freshly roasted sweet potato with more coconut cashew butter. This was pretty much the best combo all day! Cashews are a great source of iron—helps to prevent anemia—, zinc—for immune health and vision—, and magnesium—to help improve memory. Crunch on some cashews so you can remember all of this 😉

[Dinner]
Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry Edible Perspective
Skipped the nut butter in dinner again, but there’s a sprinkling of peanuts on top! I filled my bowl up with tons of broccoli and it hit the spot. Nice and light but super filling.

[Evening Snack]
Sliced up an apple with some more peanut butter. I just can’t get enough!

Nut butters are something I always have to use measuring spoons for, otherwise I’d go crazy! So while it may look and sound like I’m eating a ton of nut butter, I’m actually limiting it to about 2-3 tablespoons per day. You bet your butt I could eat more [like a jar per day!] but there is such a thing as going overboard on healthy food too 😉

Food for Thought

What’s your favorite nut?
Do you measure out your nut butter or just go for it?

Sources: 29 Amazing Benefits Of Peanuts For Skin, Hair And Health & Why You Should Go Nuts for Nuts

What I Ate Wednesday #104: Restaurant Quality

Nathan can take credit for the title, but I’m taking credit for the meal behind the title! Not all of my eats from Monday might qualify as restaurant quality, but seeing as how I was pretty darn excited when Nathan made that comment about dinner, I say it works. Honestly, though, who’s to say my favorite oatmeal breakfast shouldn’t be served at a restaurant? I’m pretty sure it’s better than any bowl of oats I’ve ever had out!

[Pre-Workout]
Skoop Superfood Blueberry Bite
I love starting my morning with a Skoop superfood blueberry bite. Don’t be fooled by the color; they’re delicious!

[Breakfast]
Protein Oatmeal Coffee Almond Peanut Coconut Cashew Butter
I guess if I were serving this in a restaurant I’d have to make it look a little prettier, huh? Looks aside, the banana, cinnamon, and nut butter combo can’t be beat. Knowing that I have this waiting for me is mostly what gets me through my workouts every morning 😉

[Mid-Morning Snack]
Think Thin Creamy Peanut Butter Protein Bar
I’ve recently decided that it’s a better idea when I’m not working too late at Athleta to save lunch for after work instead of trying to scarf it down in 15 minutes. [Not to mention, it’s less food to pack the night before!] I’ve fallen back in love with these peanut butter ThinkThin bars. They’re just too good and with 20g of protein, they hold me through the next few hours till lunch.

[Lunch]
Chinese Braised Pork Shoulder Cucumber Kimchi Snow Peas Red Pepper
And speaking of.. snack plates are fun. And even more fun when you have leftovers [even though this is the pork that I gave Nathan a hard time for ordering]! It’s just tastier than grilled chicken and nice to mix it up sometimes.

[Afternoon Snack]
Greek Yogurt NuNaturals NuStevia Cocoa Syrup Paleo Almond Bread
I totally forgot that I have paleo bread in the freezer! I mixed up some of my NuStevia cocoa syrup into plain greek yogurt, crumbled a piece of bread on top, and drizzled a little more cocoa syrup. It was nice and filling with the protein from the yogurt and the fat from the almond meal in the bread. Yum!

[Dinner]
Half Baked Harvest Thai Basil Turkey Lemongrass Cauliflower Rice
I have a feeling this dinner is going to become a staple. This is my “restaurant quality meal” courtesy of Half Baked Harvest. I subbed turkey for the beef and made cauliflower rice instead of regular rice [still added the lemongrass but not the coconut milk.] It was super easy because I was just using ground turkey instead of having to slice up some chicken breast and it was crazy flavorful! I also used our homemade thai chili sauce which might have kicked it up an extra notch. Yea.. definitely making this again!

[Evening Snack]
The fuji never fails me! I’ve been trying some new apples since the season is upon us but the fuji is still my go-to.

Food for Thought

What’s your most successful meal that you’ve made?
Now that apple season is back, do you have a favorite kind you’ve been waiting for?

What I Ate Wednesday #101: Eat All the Food!

Have you entered my AMRAP giveaway yet?

The last couple of days for me have been some serious hungry days. You know the days when you haven’t even finished eating a meal and you’re already thinking about what you’re going to eat next? I just couldn’t get enough! In regards to getting better at the whole intuitive eating idea, I figured I should probably listen to my constant growling stomach and feed it. Makes sense, right? Good.

Pre-Workout
Coconut Vanilla Latte Healthy Bites Cotter Crunch
I love my morning bites and I like to think the coffee beans in these bites give me an extra kick 😉

Breakfast
Egg White Protein Oatmeal Almond Cashew Macadamia Nut Butter Coffee
Pretty much the same old protein oats, but I’ve decided to start stirring in the egg whites after the oats have cooked as opposed to cooking the eggs first, separately. The oats end up being creamier and fluffier.. it’s really hitting the spot these days.

Lunch #1
Trader Joes Jalapeno Chicken Sausage Eggplant Hummus Heirloom Tomato Avocado Sugar Snap Peas Carrots Ketchup
On the rare days that I get to sit on my butt during the day, I tend to go for a snack-style lunch. I sauteed up a jalapeno chicken sausage from Trader Joe’s, loaded up on some veggies, and my new favorite eggplant hummus. The way I’ve been going through that stuff, I’m thinking it’s time I whip up my own version at home.

Lunch #2
Cajun Chicken Heinz Ketchup
I gave it a good 30 minutes or so before deciding I was still hungry for real. Cajun chicken and ketchup? Why not?! I’ve also been having a love affair with ketchup lately. Don’t ask.. ha!

Afternoon Snacks
Carrot Cake Energy Bites
I truly believe having healthy food in the house is key and when I need a little sweet treat, having a few flavors of bites in the freezer helps. Carrot cake after lunch it is!

Homemade Kombucha Shop
And some homemade kombucha! I came back from Baltimore to a gallon of kombucha ready to drink and I’ve been loving it. It’s not so bubbly this time around, but hey, it’s only my first try! I bought some ginger to add to it but I’ve really been enjoying the plain flavor.

Love Grown Foods Apple Walnut Delight Granola Fage Vega Protein Almond Butter
A couple hours later, the monster was back and growling again. I mixed a little Vega vanilla protein powder and cinnamon into some Greek yogurt, added a dollop of almond butter, and dug into some granola on the side. That should hold me over for another 20 minutes..

Dinner
Quinoa Crusted Chicken Strips Half Baked Harvest Avocado
The plan was for buffalo tenders but seeing as how I couldn’t find any good buffalo sauce, I made the quinoa crusted chicken strips and Tieghan’s new hot wing sauce. As Nathan said, if we can’t do buffalo, a good spicy Asian sauce hits the spot! I also made some spiralized baked “curly fries” for Nathan. It was a darn good dinner!

Evening Snack
The SweeTangos are out! This apple is a hybrid of Honeycrisp and Zestar; it’s always crisp and not too sweet [I find Honeycrisp to be too sweet for me]. I’m usually not a fan of anything other than Fuji but these hit the spot!

Hopefully I’ve taken care of my bottomless pit of a stomach for at least a few days!

Food for Thought

How do you deal with your bottomless pit days?

What I Ate Wednesday #89: Throw It In a Bowl

I didn’t realize it at the time, but Monday was a day where everything I ate was absolutely delicious but turned out to be less than aesthetically pleasing. That said, I think they’re worth a share. I say as long as my stomach is happy, I’m happy!

[Pre-Workout]
Still going strong with my Vega energizer and peanut butter healthy bites!

[Breakfast]
Steel Cut Oats Coconut Cashew Chia Peanut Butter
Back on my oatmeal kick. I think I missed the creamy, melty nut butters on top and the coconut almond milk was delicious in it too!

[Lunch]
Spiralized Zucchini Zoodles Yellowfin Tuna Cauliflower Rice Sriracha
I was incredibly indecisive when it came to lunch and started getting really hungry but when I figured out what I wanted, it came together really quickly. I whipped up some zoodles with a crumbled cauliflower roll, a can of tuna, and a peanut curry sauce, similar to the sauce I made last week but with a touch of Thai red curry paste. Please note: cauliflower belly is worse than kabocha belly. Yet both are worth it.

[Snack]
Vega One Bar All
I wasn’t overly hungry for a snack but I wanted a little something sweet so I was going to have just one bite of the chocolate peanut butter Vega one bar. Except it was entirely too delicious and I had half the bar and decided to save the rest for a snack yesterday. Yum!

[Dinner]
Lentil Ratatouille
Made a lentil ratatouille and my huge ceramic dutch oven was filled to the gills and looked so pretty going into the oven.

Lentil Ratatouille Avocado Fresh Pasta
I served it over a fresh roasted yellow bell with habanero and serrano pepper pasta that I got a from a place around the corner. Everything was perfect except when I realized half way through eating it that I forgot to stir in the lentils at the end. Ha! Oh well, extra lentils in the leftovers!

[Dessert]
I snacked on an apple and decided I needed some chocolate and nut butter in my life so I grabbed a dark chocolate Adora disc and topped it with a little coconut cashew butter [apparently I was on a serious chocolate/nut butter kick!] Perfect. No time for pictures, though it might have been the prettiest thing I ate all day 😉

Food for Thought

Do you always try to make your food pretty?
What’s your favorite snack?

Currently…

Currently I’m finishing up my breakfasta nice warm bowl of steel cut oats with coconut cashew and maple sunflower butters and a big cup-of-joe.

Steel Cut Oats Coconut Cashew Maple Sunflower Butter Coffee

I’m thinking it’s going to be a multiple big cup-of-joe kind of day. I just picked up my phone to take a sip of coffee.. yea.

I’m thinking I’m really glad I went to the gym this morning, even having not slept well, because I already feel like I’m reaping the rewards. And I know that I wouldn’t have wanted to move later in the day!

Workout

Currently I’m looking into when and where I can get my CPR/AED certification so I can take my CPT exam. Exciting. Nerve-wracking. Stress-inducing. Maybe part of the reason I’m not sleeping as well?

I’m also looking into all of the fun perks of my new job at Athleta. I’m only 2 shifts in right now, but I’m really liking it. [And I’m not just saying that because they might be reading!] Also, if you’re in the bay area, follow my store on Twitter.. they’re always posting about events and great in-store deals!

Currently I’m thinking about the anniversary trip. Man, it was fun. And surprisingly enough, we didn’t really overdo it this time. Maybe because wine country is in our backyard now and we can always go back for more!

Sparkling Wine Vintners Inn

I’m also thinking about how glad I am to have done my detox before retox week before the trip. This week is definitely about getting back to normal eats again, but in a different way. I mentioned last week that my body was appreciating the lack of grains and starchy vegetables, though by the end of the week, I’ll admit I was feeling tired. Maybe my body didn’t appreciate such a change.

I’m thinking that I’ve had a hell of a time really trying to figure out how to eat lately. That nice warm bowl of oats this morning? I was staying away from that last week, but maybe it’s something my body does want. Am I over-thinking? Yea, probably. It seems like every time I think I have it figured out, things change. I’m really just wanting someone to tell me how to eat. It shouldn’t be this hard, right?

Currently I’m thinking about how ridiculous it is that Northern California apartments don’t have air conditioning. I understand that it doesn’t get into the upper 80s/low 90s that often, but that’s just silly business. We’ve had our fans running constantly.

And I’m thinking about all of the fires in Southern California and hoping that everyone is staying safe.

Currently I’m counting the days till our trip home. I can’t wait to get my hands on this little nugget!

Jilly Bean

Check out those big blue eyes! Only 43 days and she’s mine 🙂

And currently I’m off for more coffee. That first cup didn’t last long!

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Food for Thought

What are you doing or thinking about currently?

What I Ate Wednesday #85: Pre-Retoxing

I mentioned on Monday that this week has been deemed “detox before retox” because when you have a week like I did full of cheese..

Cheese Charcuterie Wood Tavern

Margherita Pizza Il Casaro

Asparagus Raspa Dura Il Casaro

..fried chicken..

Addendum Fried Chicken

..barbecue..

Addendum Pork Barbecue

..and plenty of beer..

Il Casaro Anchor Steam Nathan

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Room Birthday

..I needed a break. Before we go away to wine country for our anniversary. So this week has been very lean, clean, and green!

Breakfasts have looked a little like this:

Banana Sweet Scramble Coconut Cashew Butter

Egg whites, banana, cinnamon, and coconut cashew butter.

Snacks have been especially green!

Kale Mango Smuice Live and Diet LA

Still smuicing it up!

Lunches have been salad-filled.

Bonsai Salad Sushirrito

Mixed Green Salad Chicken Avocado Brussels Sprouts Salsa

Dinners are protein- and veg-happy.

Beer Can Chicken Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Baked Turkey Meatballs Zucchini Noodles Joy the Baker

And because there is always dessert:

Halo Top Creamery Chocolate Ice Cream

A new-to-me ice cream with peanut fluff.

Personally, I know that when I eat foods like grains and starches, even starchy vegetables, my stomach isn’t always happy. And even though I seriously love them, sometimes I just need to give my body a break. I’ve been binging on kabocha and sweet potatoes recently and kabocha-belly is definitely real! My carbs these days are primarily coming from fruits and I’ve also cut back on random snacking. Overall, I’m feeling better after a few days so I’m calling this detox a success thus far.

Food for Thought

What foods are your go-to for detoxing?

What I Ate Wednesday #79: Ravenous

I may not have caught up on my sleep, but I definitely made up for my lack-luster workout on Monday. I put together a killer full body workout that I’m hoping to share with you this week. I was set on really working up a sweat yesterday and I knew by taking my time, I’d be able to make it through no problem. Mind over matter.

That said, this workout made me absolutely ravenous for the entire day. That’s the sign of a good one!

Breakfast

MyOatmeal Wedding Blend Almond Milk

Frothy coffee is the best.

I could hardly get this breakfast made fast enough! I cook the egg whites before the oats and I’m pretty sure I ate at least half of them before adding the rest back in. It was also the last of my Wedding Blend oats.. darn they were tasty. And I’m in love with my frother. I can’t have a non-frothy cup of coffee anymore!

Lunch

Hoisin Crackers Sweet Potato Tots Sriracha

Don’t be fooled by the perfect-looking egg.

Popcorn Indiana Aged White Cheddar

I’m a fan of pre-portioned snacks.. otherwise I’d eat 12 servings 😉

I was already heating up the oven to get my sweet potato tots nice and crispy, so I figured I’d also just throw an egg into a pan and get that in the oven too. Easy, right? Except when you want a runny yolk and forget that it’s in the oven.. so while this egg looks great, the yolk was wayyy too well done. Still tasted awesome with my leftover hoisin crackers from Monday’s dinner. Cheesy popcorn goes with the peanut sauce, for sure.

Afternoon Snack

Goji Ginger Reeds Kombucha

Booch and blankets.

Vanilla Almond Crunch Quest Bar

Another winning flavor!

I retreated to the sofa for the afternoon and tried to space out my snacks a little bit. Reed’s has quickly become one of my favorite brands of kombucha and I’m loving trying so many flavors of Quest bars since my win! This one was another good one, but definitely not as good as Cookies & Cream, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Double Chocolate Chunk. Obviously I baked it for about 10 mins and added some coconut cashew butter on top.

Dinner

Chipotle Cherry Pork Tenderloin Brussels Sprout Wheat Berry Salad

I realize now that the sauce on the pork is not the prettiest sight.

Pork tenderloin is so easy and I love making it in the cast iron pan. The chipotle-cherry sauce [I almost always swap cherry for cranberry] was really good.. a little spicy, a little sweet. And I could never get tired of a brussels sprout wheat berry salad.

Night Cap
A little port wine.. you know, to help me sleep, obviously. Nathan insisted that I have a piece of dark chocolate to go with. I didn’t fight him 😉

I finally got my appetite suppressed as I went through the day but boy was I hungry! Now let’s cross our fingers that I have more energy today.

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Food for Thought

What’s your favorite meal of the day?
How do you satisfy your hunger on bottomless pit days?

This Scramble is Bananas!

Happy Thursday almost Friday, friends! I just wanted to pop in and share a couple fun things from my day yesterday. First up: breakfast.

It was practically a miracle that I didn’t finish every last bite of my roasted butternut squash on Tuesday night so for breakfast yesterday, I clearly needed to polish it off.

Banana Butternut Squash Scramble

Serves 1

Banana Butternut Squash Scramble

Check out the froth on that iced coffee!

Ingredients
– ~1 cup roasted butternut squash
– 1/2 banana; sliced
– 1 egg
– 2 egg whites
– Cinnamon
– Coconut oil

Toppings
– Favorite nut/seed butters [I used my homemade coconut cashew butter and maple sunflower butter]
– Granola

Directions
Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat. Melt coconut oil and toss in the banana and butternut squash. Mix in the egg, egg whites, and cinnamon. Scramble and cook through. Remove from heat and place everything into a bowl. Top with your favorite nut/seed butters and granola!

It was amazing. I’m not exaggerating either [in my mind]. Also, you could easily swap the banana for more squash and the cinnamon for other seasonings and make yourself a savory breakfast.

And speaking of amazing, we had another day of perfect weather. I went for a walk over to Marshalls and Trader Joe’s.. it’s so dangerous having both of those places so close by! I’ve been on the hunt for a new pair of running shoes since, you know, it’s been well over 2 years since my last pair. Whoops. I totally lucked out and found a pair of Brooks at Marshalls for $40! Can’t wait to give ’em a go 🙂

I also picked up a package on my way home with some delicious treats to try out from My Oatmeal. I got a custom oatmeal blend and one of their PB Lean blends. I’ll be back soon with a review.

Brooks Running MyOatmeal

Pretty sweet picture setup, huh?

Toward the later part of the afternoon, I decided to take my work outside. I posted up on the deck to work on my tan [read: terrible tan lines] for Jessie‘s August wedding [<– miss her]! Also, I’m extremely pale. Gotta do something about that but it could take some time with my 100 SPF sunscreen. Ha!

Sunshine

Gimme that sun!

Keep your eye out for a delicious and easy recipe coming tomorrow. Hint: it’s coconut cashew butter. And you want to make it 😉

Food for Thought

Are you a sweet or savory breakfast person?
What is your favorite brand of running shoes?

What I Ate Wednesday #77: Mental Health Day

Yesterday was a good day. Honestly, if there is an idea of what California living should be, this was it. I had an appointment scheduled to get some work done on my car. Usually that means sitting around waiting, but no problem, I’ll head down to the lake for a run! Ironic that I decide to go for a run after Monday’s post, but it sounded better than sitting around and the weather has been gorgeous! As much as I love routine, it was so nice to get a workout in outside of the gym.

I had a quick bite to eat before heading out since I knew it would be a little while until I could start my run and then have breakfast. Ezekiel english muffins are my new favorite with some homemade coconut cashew butter

and sliced banana.

Lake Merritt Oakland California CA

#running

A friend posted on Facebook asking if she was the only person that doesn’t stop to take a picture when she runs and wanted to know if that means she didn’t actually run because there’s no proof. Ha! I had to take a picture for her yesterday.

As I finished up my run, I ran into one of Oakland’s finest, Ms. Carla Birnberg. It was a nice surprise and always a treat to have a few minutes to catch up with her. By this time I was practically ravenous and had my heart set on the hot bar at Whole Foods. I knew they had a breakfast sweet potato dish, but by the time I got there, it was gone. So I just loaded up on everything else, per usual.

Whole Foods Hot Bar Breakfast Tofu Falafel

Whole Foods hot bar for the win!

Scrambled eggs > scrambled tofu. Lesson learned. My wonderfully relaxing morning continued into the afternoon as I met Nathan for a walk around the lake. I’d taken my car to a place right near his office so by the time it was ready, he was ready for a break from work. It was such a nice treat to enjoy a Tuesday afternoon with him.

Lunch Walk

Enjoying some Tuesday sunshine.

After our walk, I ran home for shower, lunch, and laundry. I knew that was all the time I’d have before I had to go turn around and pick him up from work, but it was so great to be outside all morning. I swear, I hardly sat down until 2pm!

Wilted Kale Nori Avocado Salmon

Wilted kale is the new black.

I’m loving wilted kale right now with basically the contents of my fridge. I’ve also rediscovered my love for nori. It’s so good on my salads and I can’t stop eating it right out of the package too. The salty crunch really hits the spot.. I may have gone through a couple packages in the past couple days haha.

I had a super colorful dinner planned and while I knew there was a going to be quite a bit of prep work going into it, it was absolutely worth it!

BBQ Baked Turkey Meatballs Purple Cauliflower Butternut Squash Spiralized Zucchini Joy the Baker

ALL THE COLOR!

I’ve made these baked turkey meatballs before and they’re great to have in the freezer. We love leftovers in this house! I was also excited to try purple cauliflower.. I assumed it wouldn’t taste any different, but it was just fun to have. I also had a butternut squash staring me in the face for the past week so I decided to make some zucchini and squash noodles. It was SO good! Not to mention, Nathan isn’t a huge fan of any of those veggies and he cleared his plate. Mission accomplished!

It wasn’t my most productive day, but such a relaxing day and I absolutely loved spending so much time in the sunshine. It really can do wonders for your mood! Hey there, unusually extra positive attitude 😉 I’ll take it. And more days just like this one.

Food for Thought

Does weather change your attitude?

What I Ate Wednesday #73: A Quick Recap

Have you entered my Peanut Butter & Co. giveaway yet?

I have to be honest, I don’t have much sugar to coat yesterday. It was just one of those not-so-awesome homesick kinda days. But like I told my mom, at least my food was good! When you’re someone that enjoys good food, that counts for something, right? Right. So let’s get to it, shall we?

[Breakfast]

Sweet Potato Cashew Butter Pancake

Beautiful, no? 😉

I found these quick, 3-ingredient pancake recipes on Whitney’s blog the other day and just happened to have half of a sweet potato leftover from Monday night’s dinner. I played around a bit, adding some spinach, a couple peanut butter chips, and doing 2 egg whites instead of 1 egg. Of course it was topped with more coconut cashew butter and chips. Heavenly.

[Lunch]

Bev Cooks Chipotle Black Bean Burger Homemade Almond Flour Sandwich Thins

You know it’s homemade when it falls apart more and more with each bite!

Monday night I made chipotle black bean burgers and they were awesome [even Nathan approved]! I was feeling a sandwich for lunch and decided to whip up some almond flour sandwich thins. I made a half batch [12 total at 2 tbsp per thin] and they turned out great. I layered up some kale, red pepper, chipotle ketchup, a little parmesan, and avocado with my burger and pretty much ended up scooping everything off the plate by the end haha.

[Afternoon Snack]

Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar Coconut Cashew Butter

It’s hard to make this look pretty..

The chocolate brownie Quest bar baked in the oven at 375 for 5-10 minutes honestly tastes like a brownie. And brownies need coconut cashew butter, right? I think I need to find the Cookies N Cream bars!

[Dinner]

Healthier Cincinnati Chicken Chili Half Baked Harvest Zucchini Noodles

Alright, not the prettiest again.. really tasty though!

The recipes from Half Baked Harvest have been on my weekly menu for weeks now. They’ve pretty much all been winners and this one pot Cincinnati chili is no different. I made it early in the day, let it simmer on the stove for a few hours, and added some frozen roasted corn and kale at the end. I served it over zucchini noodles and threw some cashews on top. So easy and so many leftovers!

[Evening Snack]
An apple. Again.. and a few PB M&Ms because they’re the best.

Food for Thought

Are you a Quest bar fan?
Is there a blogger that you’ve found and consistently loved their recipes?