Posts made in March, 2013

Baked Pumpkin Quinoa Oatmeal

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 in Breakfast, Cooking, Featured


Who says pumpkin is only for the Fall??  I’ve been wanting to try a baked quinoa oatmeal for awhile, and when I came across a can of pumpkin I knew they would go perfectly together!  This is a delicious, hearty, and healthy breakfast, that you can easily make ahead and eat throughout the week.  Don’t let the carbs scare you away, Quinoa is a complex carb that your body needs for energy. Definitely a breakfast that will keep you full and energized through your morning!

Nutritional info per serving: 250 calories, 5 grams of fat, 41 carbs, 6 grams of fiber, and 9.5 grams of protein


Baked Pumpkin Quinoa Oatmeal

(Makes 9 large servings)

2 cups of quick cook oats

1 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa *(see note below regarding cooking quinoa)

1/4 cup of flax seed meal

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1 teaspoon of salt

1 1/2-2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup of nonfat milk (or almond milk)

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup of canned pumpkin

1 teaspoon of vanilla


1 tablespoon of oats

1 tablespoon of brown sugar

few dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg

*optional-1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds, pecans, or other topping of your choice


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8X8 baking dish with non stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, stir together all of the dry ingredients.  Add in wet ingredients, and stir just until incorporated.

Pour into baking dish and smooth with a spatula.  In a small bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, and spices for the topping.  Sprinkle over the top of the oatmeal.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until set and edges begin to pull away from the baking dish.

Store covered in the refrigerator.  Serve warm with milk!

* I cooked the quinoa ahead of time in my rice cooker.  For this recipe, mix 2/3 cup of quinoa with 1 1/3 cup of water.  Be sure to rinse your quinoa before cooking.  When you’re ready to use, fluff with a fork.






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Chocolate Chip Malt Ball Cookies

Posted on Mar 26, 2013 in Cooking, Desserts, Featured, For kids


Use colorful Robin Egg candies to make these a fun Easter treat!  They would be perfect for a family get together or a school lunch.



Chocolate Chip Malt Ball Cookies

(makes about 30 cookies)

2 1/2 cups of flour

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of salt

1 cup of butter (2 sticks), melted and slightly cooled

1 cup of brown sugar

1/4 cup of white sugar

2 teaspoons of vanilla

2 eggs

1 1/2 cup of chopped malt balls (I used Robin Eggs)

1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with silpat mats or parchment paper.  Use a food processor to break malt balls into small pieces.  You can also just use a knife to chop them up, but that takes longer.  I left some bigger chunks in mine.

In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.

In a large bow beat butter and sugars until smooth.  Add in eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.  Add flour about a half a cup at a time until completely incorporated.  Stir in crushed malt balls and chocolate chips.

Drop by rounded tablespoons onto prepared cookie sheets and bake 8-9 minutes or until edges are a light golden brown. Don’t over bake!  Let sit on cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes then move to a cooling rack.  Store in an airtight container, if you don’t eat them all right away!




Source:  Adapted from

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Turkey Mushroom Patties with Gravy

Posted on Mar 26, 2013 in Cooking, Dinner, Featured


The turkey, mushrooms, and rosemary really work together well in this recipe!  It comes together pretty quickly and you probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen.  Goes great with wild rice or mashed potatoes!


Turkey Mushroom Patties with Gravy

(makes about 6 servings)

For the Patties:

1 1/3 pounds of ground turkey

3 tablespoons of olive oil, divided

8 ounces of crimini mushrooms, chopped (divided)

1 teaspoon of crushed garlic

salt and pepper

1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup of Italian breadcrumbs

1 egg, lightly beaten

few dashes each of onion powder and garlic salt

For the Gravy:

2 tablespoons of butter

2 tablespoons of flour

1 14.5 ounce can of chicken broth (about 2 cups)

1-2 tablespoons of milk

few dashes of rosemary

salt and pepper to taste


Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet.  Add chopped mushrooms and crushed garlic and season with salt and pepper.  Cook until soft and translucent, then remove to a small bowl.

In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, Worcestershire sauce, breadcrumbs, egg, cooked mushrooms (reserving 1/4 cup),and seasonings.  Form into about 6 patties (depending on the size you want) and flatten lightly with the palm of your hand.  In the same skillet you cooked the mushrooms, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and add half of the patties.  Cook until browned on both sides and cooked through, about 7 minutes on each side.  Move to a serving dish and cover to keep warm, or, place in a baking dish and turn oven on to warm.  Cook remaining patties and remove.


In the same skillet, melt butter over low heat.  Once it is completely melted, sprinkle flour over top then whisk until smooth.  Cook about 3 minutes.  It will become very thick and look like a paste.  Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk and turn heat up to medium.  Add rosemary, salt, and pepper and cook until heated through.  When ready to serve, top turkey patties with gravy and a spoonful of the remaining cooked mushrooms.



Source:  Adapted from Rachel Ray Top 30 30-Minute Meals, Turkey & Wild Mushroom Meatloaf Patties

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Mini Nutella Whip Parfaits

Posted on Mar 25, 2013 in Cooking, Desserts, Featured, For kids

Ok, this is such a simple dessert, but so delicious!  You have to try it!  Its very versatile and can be used for a family dessert night or a special occasion brunch.


Try adding different fruits and toppings to suit your taste, or add cute sprinkles to make it more fun!  I hope you enjoy it!


Mini Nutella Whip Parfaits

(serves 1–can easily be adjusted to more servings)

3 tablespoons of light whipped topping (such as cool whip)

1 tablespoon of Nutella

1/2 of a banana

1-2 large strawberries

mini chocolate chips, nuts, sprinkles, chocolate sauce, or whatever topping sounds good!


In a small bowl, stir together whipped topping and Nutella.  Slice fruit and layer with whipped Nutella in small ice cream bowl, wine glass, etc.  Top with whatever toppings you’d like.  Enjoy!



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Les Mills Combat Challenge – Week 6

Posted on Mar 24, 2013 in Featured, Fitness

That’s right, it’s that time again! Week 6 is done on my 9 week Combat challenge. The next few weeks will bring back the HIIT (high intensity interval training)workouts in place of the upper body blowout and lower body lean out strength training workouts. I’m going to miss them, but I do love the challenge of the very intense HIITs.
With only a few weeks left, I find myself getting motivated to kick it up a notch and really push myself. I feel like I’ve been working hard and have committed myself to clean eating and working out every day, but to get more results, I need to take it to the next level. What does that mean? It means every workout I give 1,000% and it means completing the hardest version of each exercise. In order to finish strong, ill also have to make sure my eating stays clean and lean!
Now that I’m nearing the end of my challenge, I’m considering which program to do next. I recently ordered Beachbody’s Asylum which is a 30 day sports training challenge for Insanity grads. I’ll be in Italy for 2 weeks in May so I may just do extra workouts with my trainer and start a new at-home program in June when we’re back. I highly recommend you all consider starting a workout program if you aren’t already in one….summer is so close and there’s no reason to put it off! I don’t only encourage you because I want you to look good at the beach, but for your health! You’ll be amazed at your increased energy and strength! I know it doesn’t sound fun, but if you stick with it, you’ll be addicted to it because of how it makes you feel!
Stay tuned in the next few weeks for total pounds and inches lost and results pictures! :-)

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