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Saturday, April 30, 2016

{Turkey, Black Bean and Sweet Potato Taco Salads Bowls}

May is right around the corner… literally, May 1st is tomorrow How crazy is that?

Time seems to be moving at warp speed, and I need it to stop!  However I am excited for the hopefully warmer weather that May should bring. I am ready to say good riddance to the cold chilly April days!  

In the latest issue of the Cooking Light Magazine, Cooking Light featured a segment on healthy one bowl dishes, my favorite!  I think anything taste better when it is thrown all together in one bowl.  I will admit I probably eat some form of quinoa/rice/farro bowl at least 4-5 (ok maybe 8) times in a week, because they are so simple to make and the flavor combos are endless!  What I love about the Cooking Light segment was the unique out of the box flavors they paired together!  I never thought to do a BBQ grain bowl with pickles!  Check out the full segment here! 

And in honor of my favorite type of meal (grain bowls) and the fact that Cinco De Mayo is coming up I thought I would share the recipes for these delicious Turkey, Black Bean and Sweet Potato Taco Salad Bowls!  These little bowls are jam packed full of flavor, and super easy to prepare!  Enjoy!

Turkey, Black Bean and Sweet Potato Taco Salad Bowls 
Brunch N'Cupcakes 
Serves 4 

1 Medium Sweet Potato Chopped 
1 Lb Extra Lean Ground Turkey 
1 - 15 Oz. Can Black Beans Drained and Rinsed 
2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste 
1/2 Large Onion - Chopped 
1/2 Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro 
1/2 Tablespoon Chili POwder 
1 Tablespoon Nutritional Yest 
1 Tablespoon Cumin 
 Salt and Pepper to Taste 

For Serving: 
Cooked Brown Rice - Usually make enough to serve 4 (1 cup dry)
Chopped Tomatoes 
Chopped Green Onions 
Taco Bowls - Followed this Recipe
Salsa, Avocado, Sour Cream/Greek Yogurt 

1- In a large skillet coated with cooking spray saute onions until soft.  Add in chopped sweet potato and cook until tender - about 10 minutes.  Remove onion and sweet potato from skillet and set aside. 
2 - Re-spray skillet with cooking spray and add your lean ground turkey to it.  Season with cumin, chili powder and salt and pepper.  Cook until meat is no longer pink. 
3- When meat is done add your sweet potato, and onions back into the skillet along with the black beans, tomato paste, water and nutritional yeast.  Cook for about 5 minutes.  Stir in fresh cilantro and serve.

To assemble the bowls: 
1- Take one taco shell bowl and fill bottom with as much brown rice as you like.  Top with spinach and taco meat.  Top your bowl with toppings of choice.  I love salsa, avocado and fresh cherry tomatoes! 


Thursday, April 28, 2016

{Zucchini Muffins}

Zucchini Muffins are one of my favorite sweet treats to whip up in the Spring and Summer!  I love them as a great grab and go breakfast, as part of a leisurely weekend brunch or as a sweet little afternoon pick me up.  I recently shared my go to Zucchini Muffin recipe on the Girls on the Run International Blog, Click Here. Go snag the recipe, they would be a perfect little treat for any mom on Mother's Day (yes, Mother's Day is just a few weeks away)! 


Want more delicious muffin recipes?  Check these out! 
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins - Brunch N'Cupcakes 
Morning Glory Muffins - Cooking Light 
Carrot Cake Muffins - Ambitious Kitchen

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

{Tangy Turkey Meatloaf}

Growing up my mom never made meat loaf.  Meatloaf just wasn't my families thing.  So the fact that I have grown to absolutely adore meatloaf baffles me!

Growing up though my mom did make some pretty killer meatballs - I have blogged about them here.   What I love about my Mom's Tangy Meatballs is the crazy delicious sauce that you get to smother the meatballs in!  It is sweet, tangy and just down right finer licking good!

I used my mom's tasty meatball sauce as an inspiration for this delicious Tangy Turkey Meatloaf.  This meatloaf is packed with flavor, and veggies!  It is great served with steamed veggies, over quinoa, or with a simple salad.  I personally like to enjoy it cold the next day as a salad topper (is that weird?)!

This meatloaf can be made days ahead of when you are going to bake it for easy meal prep!  Use unsweetened almond milk to keep the meatloaf dairy free!    Make this your next family supper, it will not disappoint! 

Tangy Turkey Meatloaf 
Brunch N'Cupcakes 
Serves 6-8 (depending on how you cut it)

1 Cup Rolled Oats 
1 Lb Lean Ground Turkey 
3-4 Carrots Finely Chopped - I used my Ninja Blender, a food processor would work great. 
1 Cup Mushrooms Finally Chopped 
1/2 Medium White Onion Finally Chopped 
1/2 Cup Chopped Red or Orange Bell Pepper 
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk 
1 Tablespoon Italian Style Seasoning 
1/2 Tablespoon Onion and Garlic Powder 
Dash of Pepper 

Ketchup Topping Ingredients: 
1/3 Cup Organic Ketchup 
3 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar 
1/2 Tablespoon Honey 

1- In a large bowl combine rolled oats, ground turkey and vegetables.  Mix well until everything is incorporated together. 
2- Carefully add your egg white, almond milk and seasoning to the meat mixture.  Give the mixture a good stir, until all ingredients are well incorporated.  
3- Place turkey mixture in a greased loaf pan and bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. 
4- While meat loaf is cooking whisk together your ketchup topping ingredients.  I doubled my ketchup sauce the last time I made this and used half to top the meatloaf and the other half was used as a dipping sauce if people wanted more! 
5- Once the meatloaf has been baking for 45 minute pull it out and top with the ketchup topping.  Place meatloaf back in the oven and bake an additional 5 minutes. 
6- Remove meatloaf from oven and let stand for 5 minutes before slicing. 

**Serve with simple steamed veggies, rice, quinoa, or a simple green salad!  Serve with additional ketchup topping/sauce for dipping or just plain old ketchup! 

Check out these other delicious healthy meatloaf recipes from around the web! 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

{Savory Crock Pot Turkey Tenderloin with Vegetables}

Crock pot meals are the best.... unfortunately I don't make them enough.  I mean who doesn't love   throwing everything into one pot, flipping a switch, and magically 8 hours later you have a delicious and healthy meal! I mean come on, whats not to love?

The problem I have with crock pot meals is I don't plan them well.  I either decide to late that I want to make something in my crock pot (think like an  hour before I want to eat) or I give myself ample time to cook something delicious and then... don't have all the ingredients!

But that all changed with this delicious Savory Crock Pot Turkey Tenderloin with Vegetables... because I planned ahead!  And let me tell you that this meal was worth the planning.  The Turkey Tenderloin was flavorful, and juicy and the vegetables soaked up all the turkey goodness.  This truly is a simple yet delicious meal.

I used a Jenni-O pre-marinaded Savory Roast Turkey Tenderloin and added a few seasonings of my own and used a combination of sweet and russet potatoes.  Serve with a simple salad to complete the meal.  Added bonus, the leftovers are absolutely delicious!

Savory Crock Pot Turkey Tenderloin with Vegetables 
Brunch N'Cupcakes
Serves 4-6

1 - Turkey Tenderloin  - I used Jenni-O's Savory Roast Turkey Breast Tenderloin 
2 Medium Sweet Potatoes peeled and cubed
2-3 Small Russet Potatoes - peeled and cubed 
4 Medium Carrots - Peeled and Chopped 
1/2 Medium Onion 
2-3 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth 
1 Tablespoon Savory Italian seasoning


1- Remove turkey tenderloin from packaging and remove unwanted fat.  Sprinkle turkey tenderloin with savory Italian seasoning, set aside.  
2- Place sweet potatoes, russet potatoes, carrots and onions in the base of a crock pot. 
3- Carefully place turkey tenderloin on top of vegetables in crock pot.  Pour chicken broth around turkey tenderloin (so you don't wash off all the Italian seasoning) until vegetables are covered. 
4- Cook on low for 2.5 hours or until turkey tenderloin reaches an internal temp of 165 degrees. 
5- Remove tenderloin from crock pot and slice.  Serve atop vegetables. 

More delicious Turkey Tenderloin recipes from around the web:
Spice Rubbed Grilled Turkey Tenderloin - Cooking Light 
Slow Cooker Turkey Tenderloin with Wild Rice and Butternut Squash - Fountain Avenue Kitchen
Crock Pot Cranberry Turkey Tenderloin - Food.Com

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

{Peanut Butter Banana Protein Cookies}

Sometimes you just want to eat cookies for breakfast, lunch and maybe even dinner… and that is ok when said cookie is packed with good for you ingredients, protein and healthy fats!  

Yes, I am talking about these Peanut Butter Banana Protein Cookies, and they are the bomb!  What i love about these little gems is the flavor.  Straight from the oven these beauties remind me of a warm slice of banana bread, studded with walnuts that has been slathered in peanut butter.

Another perk to these cookies... . they are healthy enough to be eaten as a grab and go breakfast, but sweet enough to satisfy my post dinner sweet tooth!    Now thats what I call a win win!  Are you ready to make up a batch for yourself?  

Peanut Butter Banana Protein Cookies 
Brunch N'Cupcakes - Inspired by Running on Veggies 
Makes 20 Cookies


2 Bananas Mashed 
1/3 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk 
1/2 Cup + 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter 
1 Egg White 

1 Scoop Protein Powder - I used Vega Sport Vanilla 
1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder 
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder 
1/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts 
1 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats 
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon 

1- In a large bowl mash bananas with a fork.  Add almond milk, peanut butter and egg white to mashed bananas.  With a hand mixer lightly beat wet ingredients together until well combined.  Set aside. 
2- In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients.  Stir until well combined. 
3- Carefully pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir together until a thick dough forms. 
4- On a parchment lined baking sheet drop about a tablespoon of dough and gently press down to flatten the cookie, repeat until you have 20 cookies. 
5- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until cookies are fully cooked. 
6- Allow cookies to cool before storing in an air tight container.  They keep for about a week. 


Check out these other delicious and healthy cookie recipes from around the web:
Breakfast Fig and Nut Cookie - Cooking Light 
High Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies - Fit Foodie Finds 
Vegan Everything Breakfast Cookies - Minimalist Baker 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

{Pumpkin Quinoa Chicken Chili}

I know what you’re thinking…. Not another chili recipe…

What can I say, I love chili and when its 5 billion degrees below zero I crave chili.  Plus,  if I make a huge vat of chili on Sunday night… I can shamelessly eat said chili all week long and not have to cook!  And no cooking means no dishes… and no dishes makes for a very happy Hilliary (well and Derek too)! 

I got the inspiration for this chili a few weeks ago when I I whipped up Damn Delicious' Quinoa Chili in Indianapolis for Derek and my friend Kate (Hi, Kate come visit the frozen tundra soon!)!    We loved her chili so much that I decided to make it again... only this time with a few tweaks of my own! First off I made this a chicken quinoa chili to please my meat loving husband, and then I added my secret chili ingredient... pumpkin! I love adding pumpkin to chili for many reasons, but here is just a short list - 

 1) Pumpkin helps thicken the chili. 
2) pumpkin adds a nutritional punch (it is rich in Vitamin A, Fiber, Potassium and Beta-Carotene)
 3) Pumpkin provides a great depth of flavor. 

Trust me, adding pumpkin to your chili is not that weird, and no it won't be orange, and no you won't really taste it!  All the pumpkin will do is give you a kick butt thick chili with tons of nutrients!  Serve up this super thick hearty chili with thick tortilla chips, and your favorite chili toppings.  I love slices of avocado on top of my helping with lots and lots of hot sauce.  Check out more serving suggestions below, and enjoy! 

Pumpkin Quinoa Chicken Chili 
Serves 10 

1 Pound Chicken Cut into 1 Inch Cubes 
1 - 15 Ounce Can Pumpkin 
2 - 15 Ounce Cans Fire Roasted Tomatoes - Undrained 
3 Cloves Garlic - Minced 
1 Small Can Green Chilies 
1 Jalapeno Pepper - Chopped 
1 Red Pepper - Roughly Chopped 
1 Medium Onion - Roughly Chopped 
1 - 15 Ounce Can Black Beans - Drained and Rinsed 
1 - 15 Ounce Can Dark Kidney Beans - Drained and Rinsed 
1 Cup Quinoa - Dry 
2 Tablespoons Chili Power 
1/2 Tablespoon Cumin 
1/2 Tablespoon Cinnamon 
Dash of Red pepper flakes 
Salt and Pepper to Taste 
1/2 Cup - 1 Cup Water 

1 - Cook Quinoa According to package directions.  Set aside when finished cooking
2 - While quinoa is cooking season chicken with salt and pepper, then cook in a large stock pot coated with cooking spray until cooked through. 
3- Add  your pepper, onion, jalapeno and garlic to the stock pot with the chicken and saute until tender.  Once vegetables are tender carefully pour in diced tomatoes pumpkin, green chilies, 1/2 cup water and spices.  Bring to boil.  Once boiling reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.  
4- Carefully stir your quinoa and beans into the chili and simmer for 5 more minutes.  Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.  Serve immediately.  

Topping Suggestions  - 
Cheese (Dairy or Vegan) , Avocado, Tortilla Chips, Sour Cream, Greek Yogurt, Chopped Green Onions, Hot Sauce. 

Serving Suggestions - 
Use Chili as a topping for baked sweet potatoes
Serve chili on whole grain tortilla chips as "nachos."  
Top a simple salad with a scoop of chili, guacamole and salsa for a healthy take on taco salad.  
Serve over Corn Bread 

Check out these other delicious chili recipes from around the web: 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

{Asian Quinoa Salad}

Two weeks ago Derek and I road tripped down to Indianapolis to attend a basketball game at my Alma Mater, Butler University (Go Dawgs)!   It was the first time I had been back to Butler for a game, and Derek’s first time cheering on the Bulldogs at Hinkle Fieldhouse!  To say I was excited for the weekend would have been a huge understatement… I was ecstatic. 

We (my sorority sisters and I) had a full weekend of fun activates planned!  Catching up while making dinner, the Butler Basketball Game (we won BTW),  checking out a few new bars on our old college stopping grounds and a fancy dinner to wrap up the weekend at Harry and Izzy’s!  It was a fun jam packed weekend!

But let’s back track and talk about Harry and Izzy’s for a hot minute, because I absolutely love that restaurant (and not even because of their steak).  I love the atmosphere, the service, and their famous shrimp cocktail.  Harry and Izzy's was the perfect way to end a perfect weekend with friends.   As part of my meal I had the most delicicous Asian Quinoa salad that I paired perfectly with my grilled salmon!  Harry and Izzy's Asian Quinoa salad was filled with edamame, red pepper, and kale and had a light dressing that was slightly sweet but absolutely magical!   After my first bite of the salad I was in quinoa heaven and knew I needed to recreate the salad at home... so I did! I guess you can say I brought a little bit of Indianapolis home with me in this recipe, I hope you enjoy! 

Asian Quinoa Salad 
Brunch N'Cupcakes - Inspired by Harry and Izzy's 
Serves 4-6 


1 Cup Quinoa Cooked According to Package Directions 
1 Cup Shelled Edamame - Thawed if Frozen 
1 Red Pepper Chopped 
2 Green Onions Chopped 
2 Cups Chopped Kale 

1 Tablespoon Low Sodium Soy Sauce 
1 Tablespoon Honey 
1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil 
4 Tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar 
1 Teaspoon Ginger - Freshly Grated 
1 Garlic clove minced 
Sesame Seeds for Garnish 

1- In a large bowl combine cooked quinoa, edamame, pepper, onion and kale.  Toss until well combined and set aside. 
2- In a smaller bowl whisk together dressing ingredients until well combined.  
3- Carefully pour salad dressing over quinoa and vegetables and toss until salad is evenly coated in dressing.  Serve immediatly. 

Note - will keep in fridge for up to a week, kale will soften as salad sits.