You would think all I do is sit around and think of ways to incorporate peanut butter into my recipes. Which is 99% true. I love Thai peanut anything really, so this recipe is one of my newest favorites. It can be made into a whole wheat wrap, put on top of a salad, made into a sandwich, put in a lettuce wrap, the options are endless! It’s so light, but filling, and the flavor is to die for.
- 3 cans (I used 12.5 oz) canned chicken
- 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
- 1/4 cup shredded carrots
- 1/4 cup finely chopped green onion
- 1/4 cup chopped peanuts (optional)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce (I use a generic teryaki sauce from Aldi!)
- juice from one small lime
- Drain the canned chicken and combine in a large bowl with the celery, carrots, green onion and peanuts. Mix thoroughly.
- In a small saucepan, combine peanut butter, teriyaki sauce, and lime juice and warm until melted.
- Pour peanut butter mixture over the chicken salad and combine thoroughly.
In 2019 one of my intentions is to be more intentional. How does that translate to the blog? Less pointless chatting, more cut to the chase recipe sharing. I’m starting today. This is creamy bacon ranch chicken and you need it in your life. It’s boyfriend/kid/husband/picky eater approved, I promise! Eat it on a whole wheat bun, whole wheat tortilla, lettuce wrap, or on it’s own!
- 5 large chicken breasts (6-8 small)
- 2, 8 oz. blocks cream cheese (I used fat free, any will work!)
- 1/4 cup Ranch powder (or 1 packet)
- 1 Tbsp Trader Joe’s chili lime seasoning (optional, but I love it in this recipe!)
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup bacon bits
1. Place chicken breasts in the bottom of your crock pot.
2. Layer the cream cheese, ranch powder, chili lime seasoning, and cheese on top.
3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until the chicken is fork tender.
4. Take the chicken breasts out (leaving the liquid in the crock pot), place into a large bowl, and shred with two forks, or use your kitchen aid stand mixer (so much easier!).
5. Pour the remaining liquid from the crock pot back in with the chicken and combine.
These little guys are the perfect, bite sized, fudgey snack. They require minimal ingredients, are low in sugar, and are super easy to throw together! I made a double batch of these yesterday and plan to take them with me to school in my lunches this week!
- 1/2 cup almond butter (Quick tip: microwave your AB if it’s thick! It will be easier to mix later on!)
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 3 Tbsp coconut flour
- 1/4 cup Swerve powdered sugar (Use 2 Tbsp honey if you don’t have this)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 – 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil (Omit if you used honey instead of powdered sugar)
This is the easy part! Mix everything together in a large bowl! You’ll have to use your hands to combine everything because it’s pretty thick and sticky! Use a cookie dough scoop to evenly scoop out the balls. Drop each ball onto parchment paper and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to eat!
If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know my love for Perfect Bar runs deep. These bars are not only made with good for you ingredients, but they’re also delicious. I personally think they’re worth their weight in gold, so the $2 price point doesn’t usually deter me from buying them, but being able to whip up a batch to have on hand at home is definitely more appealing than having to fight the circus that usually is Trader Joe’s when I need a restock!
I will warn you in saying they are very, very close to the real deal, so if you find yourself three bars deep before you even get them into the refrigerator, you knew what you were getting into! I will also say this: I have only tried them with this specific protein powder, and I really do think it’s part of the reason they taste so much like a real Perfect Bar. This specific protein helps bring out the vanilla flavor in the store bought Perfect Bar, and it isn’t grainy/dissolves really, really well. I’m sure you could sub the protein for another brand, I just can’t promise it’ll taste the same! This is THE closest I’ve gotten to the Perfect Bar flavor and texture, so if you want the best results, use everything I use!
- Microwave the peanut butter and honey for 1 minute, then mix thoroughly.
- Whisk in the protein powder until combined.
- Add vanilla extract and salt,
- Pour into an 8×8 square baking dish, lined with saran wrap or parchment paper.
- Spread the mixture evenly and sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
- Refrigerate for an hour and enjoy!
This is a super easy weeknight recipe that I’ve been loving lately! I don’t know why stuffed peppers intimidate me, but they always have! This was my first time trying them and they’ll definitely be in my dinner recipe rotation from now on. They’re so versatile and can be made with almost anything you like.
If you’re not a huge chicken fan, these could easily be done with ground turkey, shredded pork tenderloin, etc.
- 4 bell peppers
- 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken (I put 4 chicken breasts in a crockpot on low for 6 hours with 1 cup of chicken broth and it comes out perfect!)
- 1 8oz. package fat free cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 cup shredded cheese of your choice
- 1 jalapeno, seeds removed and finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 Tbsp chili lime seasoning (Trader Joe’s)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- ¼ cup salsa
- 1 dry ranch packet
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray a large 9×13″ baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
- Slice each pepper in half and remove the seeds. Set each half in the prepared baking pan.
- In a large bowl, mix together chicken, cream cheese, cheese, jalapeno, cumin, chili lime seasoning, salt, salsa, and ranch packet.
- Fill each pepper half evenly with chicken mixture.
- Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake for 35-40 minutes.
This past weekend, Taylor and I spent a couple of days in San Francisco and Napa Valley. It was an amazing trip, and I’m so excited to write about it for those of you who have trips planned there/are planning to go soon!
Where we ate
The most important part right? San Francisco has SO many great food options. You could eat somewhere new every meal of the day for years and never try the same restaurant twice, I swear! I am so glad I already had in mind some places I wanted to knock out; I would have been so overwhelmed otherwise!
- Ferry Building Farmers Market
- The Ferry Building is a MUST if you’re in town on a Saturday or Sunday. It’s a huge, indoor/outdoor farmers market with all local, fresh produce. There are also permanent restaurants inside the building that offer some amazing items as well. We quite literally ate our way through the farmers market and I wouldn’t have done it any other way!
- Golden Gate Meat Company
- This is a restaurant inside the Ferry Building! Taylor and I shared a breakfast sandwich from here and it was excellent!
- The Mill
- This place is frequented by the locals, so you know it’s good! They serve specialty toast and it is to die for. Taylor and I shared a couple of different options including the almond butter and pumpkin butter toast, but the cinnamon sugar toast was one of our favorite things we ate on our trip! They also serve lattes, cold brew, etc. A must try for a quick breakfast!
- This is a chain located at Pier 39. Taylor got the clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl and said it was okay, but nothing to rave about. Just a good, cheap option for lunch if you’re at the pier around lunch time!
- Super Duper Burgers:
- This is located near Union Square, so if you’re out shopping and need something fairly quick, I highly recommend it! It’s similar to Smash Burger or Shake Shack; a fast casual place to grab a burger, veggie burger, salad or chicken sandwich. The garlic fries were phenomenal!
- Oz Pizza
- We ate at Oz after we got in super, super late on Thursday night. If you’re in need of some late night pizza, this is a great spot! Two pieces of pizza and a drink were less than $10 so if you need something super quick and cheap, this is your spot.
- Original Joes North Beach
- Original Joes was highly recommended to us, and we loved it! It was definitely more on the expensive side but it was well worth the money. It’s traditional Italian; we shared the spinach artichoke dip and pasta carbonarra and were super impressed. Be sure to share the entrees, they’re huge!
- El Farolito
- This is place is the number one reason I love asking locals for recommendations when it comes to food. It’s the definition of hole in the wall and we never would’ve stopped to look twice had we not heard about how great it was! It’s a family owned Mexican restaurant known for their gigantic portions of phenomenal Mexican food. Taylor got a burrito and I got a quesadilla and they are two of the best things we ate on our trip. It’s super cheap, and great for late night/post bar eats if you’re in need of something along those lines!
- Tipsy Pig
- This was our favorite restaurant of the entire trip. It’s a “Californian Gastropub”; even the locals rave about it, so you know its a hot spot. We split the mini burgers and Taylor and I agreed, they were the best burgers we’ve ever had. I can’t recommend this place enough. Their drinks were great too! We recommend both the Moscow Mule and the Mamacita Margarita!
- Tiffanys Mini Donuts
- If you’re at Pier 39, don’t leave without trying these mini donuts! They’re warm, cinnamon sugary pockets of heaven. They come in a pack of 6, or a mini bucket if you’re really hungry! They’re cute, different, and you won’t find them anywhere else!
- Palm House
- This place is one of my favorite places we went! They’re known for their tiki/island style drinks, and you’ll feel like you’re at the cutest beach bar from the minute you walk in! I had the chipotle mango margarita, and Taylor had the lychee dark and stormy; we highly recommend both! Check out their happy hour if you can make it in time!
- We spent the afternoon drinking wine here on Saturday! The drinks aren’t super cheap but the ambiance is really cool and the service was fantastic. We had garlic monkey bread as we waited for our drinks and if you ask Taylor, he’d say it’s the best thing we ate the entire trip! Definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area.
- Anchor Steam Brewery
- If you have a free afternoon, this place is a must. It’s an awesome brewery with a ton of beer options we loved. It’s also just a really fun place to sit and hang out. They had football games on and a big open outside seating area. We did a couple of flights, but the “Blood Orange Blonde” ended up being our favorite!
What We Did
We didn’t have a ton of time in San Francisco, but a couple of things we did that/we would recommend!
- Ferry Building Farmers Market
- This is a local farmers market and it’s HUGE! Like I said previously, if you’re in town on a Saturday or Sunday, it’s a must! Be prepared to eat your way through the entire market!
- Walk around Union Square
- This is where the shopping is! High dollar shopping that is. I would describe it as New York City on a smaller scale. There are a couple of stores like Zara, Forever 21, and Nordstrom Rack, but the majority of the stores we didn’t even venture into. Louis Vuitton, YSL, Harry Winston, are just a few of the big names in this area.
- Walk/bike the Golden Gate Bridge
- If you’re up for the bike ride, we heard this is such a fun thing to do! I’m still not quite up for biking the 10ish mile trek, but we did walk along the beach to the Golden Gate and it was just as fun. There were tons of dogs along the beach (the park is actually called Chrissy Field) and it’s such a beautiful and scenic view, but definitely pack your tennis shoes!
- Picnic in Delores Park
- Delores park was only a 30 second walk from where we stayed and I can attest to the fact that it looks exactly like all the pictures! It’s a fun place to take a blanket, relax, enjoy a picnic, and partake in some pretty great people watching. This park doesn’t allow any alcohol, so make sure to leave the wine at home when packing your picnic!
- Walk around Ghiradelli Square
- Ghiradelli Square is a 5 minute walk from Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s a cute, newer area and there are a couple of really cute shops and places to eat. Ghiradelli is obviously there, but there’s a fun brewery, area to sit outside, and cheese/wine shop that are all worth checking out!
- Fisherman’s Wharf/Pier 39
- These are technically two separate places, but they’re super close together and extremely similar. There are tons of touristy shops, restaurants, and things to see. My favorite part of this area was watching the sea lions on the docks. They were the most entertaining thing we saw our whole trip. If you’re into clam chowder, there are about 10 different places in this area for you to get some here! Just a forewarning, this place is NUTS. It was the most highly concentrated with tourists of any place we went, so just be prepared!
Other Highly Recommended Options:
- Take the ferry to Sausilito
- Hike Muir Woods
- Alcatraz Tour
- Ride the cable car
We only spent one day in Napa and I’m already actively planning trip #2 because I could’ve stayed at least two more days. I loved it SO much and I cannot wait to go back. If I were picking between San Francisco and Napa, I’d choose Napa in a heartbeat. It totally depends on what you’re looking for in a vacation, but Napa is so much more up my alley!
Note: I don’t have any food recommendations (besides V. Sattui; it’s the only one that served food of any kind) because we only spent about 8 hours there. We went on a guided winery tour so we didn’t have any say in regard to where we went!
- Roberto Mondavi Winery
- This winery was the most beautiful in my opinion. The landscape is seriously incredible and hard to even portray in pictures. We sat outside and could not get over how amazing the landscape was. You truly feel like you’re in a postcard. Highly recommend this one just to sit outside and soak in the view!
- Castello De Amoroso Winery
- This winery is most known for it’s architecture which is a castle! It’s really cool and unlike any other wineries we saw. It’s definitely pretty commercial and that’s the one thing I didn’t love about this one. The wine was really good, but the service was just okay, and there isn’t much to see once you’ve done your tasting.
- V Sattui
- This was by far our favorite winery we visited. The wine is not the most extravagant, however it ended up being our favorite. Not only that, but the service is incredible and I truly felt like the tasting was personalized just for us. The sommeliers are so friendly and truly make every tasting special. We tried multiple wines that were not a part of our tasting, but ones they knew we would love based on our feedback in regard to other wines we tasted. It’s a smaller winery, much less commercialized and this is so evident in the experience we had. I highly, highly recommend! This winery also has a market where you can buy sandwiches, cheese, oils, etc., and have a picnic in the beautiful outside area.
That’s a wrap on the recap! I hope you enjoyed reading about San Fran/Napa, and if you are heading out that way soon, please let me know if you try anything on this list! Also, don’t hesitate to ask me if you have any other specific questions! As always, thanks for reading!
If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know I’m the world’s biggest proponent of a meal prepped breakfast. I know it’s not everyone’s jam, but it’s very much the deciding factor between eating breakfast and not when it comes to my busy weekday mornings. That being said, it’s vital that I prep something on Sunday that I can grab quickly and warm up during the week!
I fell in love with this recipe because I love oatmeal to begin with. The problem is that I don’t always have time to doctor it up and make it just how I like it when I’m trying to run out the door in the mornings. I also feel like it stays hot for FOREVER, which makes it hard even when I do have time to prep it. I can’t sit around and wait for it to cool all morning long!
Needless to say, this has combined my love of meal prep and oatmeal all in one! I can have my oatmeal and eat it too, so to speak! l will definitely be making this all the time this fall. I’m all about warm breakfasts in the colder months, so this is perfect for those chilly mornings! Not to mention, it tastes like a peanut butter brownie in oatmeal form. What’s not to love?
Slice it, warm it up, eat it cold, take it to go, whatever floats your boat! You’ll love it regardless!
- 1/2 cup peanut/almond butter
- 2 1/2 cup ripe mashed banana (just a quick note: make sure to use really brown/overripe bananas for the utmost sweetness!)
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup or honey (I can get away with 2Tbsp, but if you like your oatmeal sweeter, go with 1/4 cup)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder (if you like a less of a dark chocolate flavor, go with 1/4 cup)
- 1 cup chocolate chips for sprinkling on top
- melted peanut butter for drizzling
- sea salt for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Grease a 9×13 baking pan.
- In a large bowl, stir together the peanut butter, banana, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla until evenly combined.
- Stir in remaining ingredients.
- Smooth into the baking pan, top with chocolate chips if desired.
- Bake for 30 minutes, then turn the oven off and let the pan sit in the turned-off oven for an additional 20 minutes.
- Take it out, drizzle with peanut butter and sprinkle with sea salt!
- Garnish with additional peanut butter or maple syrup if desired, and serve hot or cold. This recipe can be enjoyed hot or cold!
I could’ve shortened the name of this recipe to “Pumpkin Drop Cookies” but come on, how much more amazing does it sound with all the extras? So much better!
A friend of ours brought over the best pumpkin cookies I’ve ever had this week. Hands down, no questions asked, the best pumpkin cookies ever. I’m linking the original recipe she used here, just in case you want it! But ever since, I’ve been trying to come up with a more healthy version, without sacrificing any of the goodness that I fell in love with in the first place. Alas, I think I’ve done it!
I had Taylor and his dad try them, and they both raved over them, so with their stamp of approval, I knew the recipe was a go! Taylor told me, I think this is the best cookie you’ve ever made … high praise coming from someone who doesn’t love healthy treats!
The recipe is posted below! I promise you will not be disappointed. This recipe is going to be a fall favorite for years to come, without a doubt! I hope you all love them as much as I do, and if you do, please be sure to let me know!
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 cup Swerve granular sugar replacement (or 1 cup regular sugar if you don’t have Swerve)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1.5 cups flour (I used gluten free baking flour, but any flour will work!)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp almond milk
- 1/3 cup chocolate chunks
- 1/3 cup sea salt caramel chips
Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine canned pumpkin, Swerve/sugar, coconut oil, vanilla and egg in a large bowl. Mix until smooth.
In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt. Dissolve the baking soda with the milk and stir into the wet ingredients. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Stir until combined.
Add chocolate chunks and sea salt caramel chips and stir until combined.
Use a cookie dough scoop to drop cookies on parchment paper about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8 minutes, or until a toothpick comes clean. Allow to cool on pan for 2 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.
Try not to eat all of them in the first 2 minutes that they cool.