Easy Hard Boiled/Baked Eggs

I love hard boiled eggs, but I won’t lie, they’re a pain in the you know what. I use my instant pot occasionally which is a lifesaver, but sometimes the set up/tear down/clean up just isn’t worth a couple of hard boiled eggs. Alas, I’ve come across the most magical solution: baked eggs.

This takes a total of 30 minutes, start to finish, and is quite possibly the easiest ever way to hard boil an egg. The best part? NO SHELL. AT ALL. Here’s what you need!

Ingredients:

  • 1 dozen eggs
  • seasoning of choice (I use Everything But The Bagel from TJ’s)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Crack an egg into each well of a greased muffin tin and season with desired seasonings.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes!

That’s it! They should slide right out and are ready to be stored in the fridge until you need them! An ever better life hack is this silicon muffin tin I use. The eggs come out perfectly with no mess, and it’s dishwasher safe!

 

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Sheet Pan Fajitas

Here’s what’s going down today: a week’s worth of fajitas on one cookie sheet, in less than 40 minutes. Easy peasy, delish, quick. Here we go!

Ingredients:
  • 5-6 medium/largechicken breasts (if chicken isn’t your thing, use whatever protein you’d like!)
  • 6 medium bell peppers, any color
  • 1 medium purple onion
  • 1 packet dry ranch mix
  • 1 packet low sodium taco seasoning
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cut chicken into small chunks
  3. Slice peppers and onion
  4. Throw everything in a ziplock bag and add your dry ranch mix and taco seasoning.
  5. Shake it all up to get everything evenly coated.
  6. Dump everything onto a sheet pan and spread evenly.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes!
  8. That’s it!

Serve them in whole wheat tortillas, in a fajita bowl on a bed of cauli lime rice, the possibilities are endless!

The Skinny on Supplements

There’s nothing I love more than you asking me to write about something specific. I could spend hours brainstorming content that I think you’ll be interested in, or hope you’ll be interested in, but it’s so much more meaningful to write a blog post when it’s sparked by overwhelming interest from you! Today’s topic: supplements!

I will preface by saying I am clearly not in the medical field, so please take what I say with a grain of salt. I’m not a professional, I just do what works for me! It may work for you, it may not! I am positive you could find research out there to negate anything I’m about to say, or even tell you how horrible each one of these supplements are, but that’s just the world we live in. I’m just here to share what I do in hopes that you’ll find something you love/that works for you too!

What I take & what they do!
  • Elderberry: this is a super-immune fruit that delivers both antioxidant and immune support, due to its naturally occurring free radical defenders called Anthocyanins. In simpler terms: this keeps your immune system strong and healthy! Take it from me, I’m a kindergarten teacher, which means I can use all the immune system help I can get.  After religiously taking Elderberry this fall and winter, for the first time in five years, I’ve not taken a single sick day.
  • Fish Oil: Omega-3s contribute to normal brain and eye development. They fight inflammation and may help prevent heart disease and a decline in brain function. This is a gummy version and I can vouch, it’s so much better than the pill!
  • Calcium: I didn’t start taking a calcium supplement until I broke my ankle, needless to say it’s now a part of my daily supplement routine! Everyone needs healthy bones!
  • Multivitamin: a supercharged, complete multivitamin that fuses massive fruit flavors with a ton of essential vitamins and minerals. Each serving provides as much vitamin A as one cup of broccoli and as much vitamin D as 5 oz. of salmon. I take this in hopes that it’s filling the inevitable nutritional gaps in my diet!
  • Collagen: this is the same supplement as the collagen powder I mix in my coffee every day! I take this in addition to the powder but it’s definitely not necessary to take both. Collagen reduces wrinkles, keeps your joints strong and flexible, supports strong bones, and increases skin hydration.
  • Melatonin: if you’re someone who doesn’t feel super well rested in the morning, or has trouble going to sleep at night, Melatonin is something you can try! I don’t take this regularly myself, but I’ve tried the powder version and it works wonders.

I hope you find this helpful and stumble upon something more delicious than what you currently have! šŸ™‚

Top 6 Most Loved Friday Faves from Jan/Feb

A couple of you had asked if I would do a most loved Friday Faves post, just in case you missed any favorites/some of you want to see what other people have loved! These are the top six (the last two were a tie!) selling products of the faves I’ve shared since January, as well as the products I’ve gotten the most rave reviews about!

The Lulu Dupe Leggings – $28

I am so not surprised that this8 was #1 on the list. These leggings are AMAZING quality for the price. The fabric is identical to the Lulu Fast and Free crops. Mine have held up extremely well in the wash and I’m the proud owner of all four colors!

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Lulu Dupe Long Sleeve – $24

Yet another item from the Lulu dupe line. This top is comparable to the Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve that Lulu carries, but I actually like it better! I hate putting on a tank to go work out when its 0 degrees outside, so this has been my go to! It comes in so many cute colors.

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Vitamin C Serum – $20

This stuff is magic. I have never used a vitamin C serum before now, and I regret that. This serum as changed my skin. It minimizes pores, redness, dark spots, and I think it has done wonders for my skin. I’ve had no breakouts since I started to use it two months ago. I use a dime size amount, morning and night and it lasted me two months! Well worth the money.

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New Balance Running Shoe – $69

These shoes are my new favorites. There’s a reason “cloud foam” is in their name. It feels like you’re walking on clouds. They’re SO light and are perfect for any workout. I also love the black because it’s sleek and I feel like goes with anything!

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Self Tanning Drops – $10

SO many of you girls bought these and messaged me about how much you love them! This is a cheaper version of the Isle of Paradise drops and I think they work so well! I see a noticeable difference after just one use. I mix 3 drops in my nightly moisturizer 2-3x a week and it gives me the best glow!

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Tortoise Shell Hoop Earrings – $5

These are hands down my favorite piece of jewelry I own right now! And they were $5, so crazy. They go with every single outfit you could ever pick out. They’re nice enough to add a little something to your outfit for a night out, but they’re also perfect for work. I recommend these to everyone!

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Homemade Vanilla Cranberry Perfect Bar

I’m not trying to toot my own horn here, but I have nailed this recipe. 100% nailed it. Taylor has been raving about these since the minute they we’re solid enough to cut into bars. I’ve done 4 different copycat Perfect Bar recipes now, but this one is far and away my favorite one. It’s sweet, I love the cranberries, and the texture is IDENTICAL to a real Perfect Bar.

Side note: I trulyĀ do not know how other proteins fare in these protein bar recipes. I do not have enough time or money to go out and test every brand to see if they work as well as IHM protein. That being said, the best thing to do is to try it and see! However, I think its 100% worth it to purchase IHM if you plan on making these regularly.Ā  Use “kale30” for 30% off your order!

Ingredients:
Directions:
  1. Microwave your almond butter and honey for 30-45 seconds
  2. Whisk the almond butter and honey together until thoroughly combined (using a whisk is important because it keeps it from getting lumpy)
  3. Add in your protein as quickly as you can and mix! The longer you let the peanut butter mixture set up, the thicker it gets, and the harder it’ll be to combine the protein powder without it getting lumpy.
  4. Mix in dried cranberries.
  5. Pour the mixture into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper.
  6. Freeze for one hour, then move to refrigerator until your ready to serve.
  7. Cut into bars (6) or minis (12), and enjoy!

Greek Yogurt Banana Bread

Ingredients:
  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (I used Swerve brown sugar)
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chunks
Directions:
  1. Combine all wet ingredients in mixer
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a glass bowl
  3. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients into the wet mixture
  4. Bake in a greased loaf pan at 350 for 45-50 minutes!

Zoe’s Copycat Cauliflower Bowls

You guys KNOW my love for Zoe’s Kitchen runs deep. It’s by far my favorite fast food restaurant! I love that they provide healthy, quick options, that are nutritious, filling, and delicious at the same time.

The cauliflower rice bowl is my go-to at Zoe’s, and I figured it would be super easy to recreate at home! This is the recipe I came up with! It took less than 10 minutes to prep all the ingredients, and it has been the most amazing lunch all week long!

Ingredients
  • 2lbs ground chicken or 4 medium/large chicken breasts
  • 3 bags frozen cauliflower rice (I use the roasted garlic flavor – it’s in the frozen section!)
  • 1 cucumber, chopped finely
  • 1/2 purple onion, chopped finely
  • 1 cup crumbled feta
  • store bought taziki
  • salt
  • pepper
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • dill
Directions
  1. Season chicken with salt, pepper, and juice from half a lemon.
  2. Grill chicken breasts or brown ground chicken in a skillet, whichever you prefer.
  3. Microwave all 3 bags of frozen cauliflower rice and set aside.
  4. Chop cucumber and purple onion, combine in a glass dish, season with 1 tsp dill, set aside.
  5. Assemble your bowls with 1/2 cup cauliflower rice, 4 oz. chicken, 1/4 cup greek salsa (cucumber/onion mixture), 1 tbsp crumbled feta, and taziki to taste!
  6. Enjoy!

Lulu Dupe Roundup

Y’all are Lulu CRAY, is all I have to say.

I cannot believe the number of messages I’ve received over the last week due to the sheer number of you getting your Lulu dupes in the mail and dying over them. Nothing is more gratifying than to know that you guys trust me enough to spend hard earned money on an item of clothing I’ve shared with you, and are then so excited about it that you take the time out of your day to message me. I appreciate every single message, and every single one of you who takes the time to shop through my links, share them with friends, etc.

All I can say is, this stuff is AMAZING. Like so amazing I’m 100% convinced it’s made with Lulu fabric, just with a different symbol. You guys know that I don’t spend tons of money on clothes, meaning I would never want you to spend your money on something I didn’t stand behind, so trust me when I say, this stuff is the real deal.

I will preface by saying I have not tried EVERY single item of this clothing on. I have almost all of it ordered, but my main concern was making sure I got this post up before all of the items sell out. I will definitely share as I get the items in. I can’t help but think we’ve started a movement here, because none of these item were marked “low stock” until early this week!

What I Wear (Sizing)
  • Tops: 8 in Lulu, M in Amazon
  • Bottoms: 6 in Lulu, S in Amazon
  • Sports Bras: 8 in Lulu, L in Amazon
  • Jacket: 10 in Lulu, L in Amazon
Tops

Split Tank

Tie Back Tank

Compression Built In Bra Cami

Compression Racerback Tank

Long Sleeve Shirt

Ā Bottoms

Naked Feeling High Rise 7/8 Tight w/ PocketsĀ Ā 

Naked Feeling High Rise Tight Without Pocket

Lightweight Drawstring Jogger

Naked Feeling High Rise Crop

Sports Bras

Light Support Cross Back (A/B cups recommended)

Medium Support Strappy Back (C/D cups recommended)

Jackets

Sports Define Jacket Slim Fit

Sports Define Jacket Slim Fit

Hot Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients:
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/4 cupĀ almond flour
  • 1/4 cup Ancient Nutrition Keto Cococa (regular cocoa will work if you don’t have this!)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup miniĀ chocolate chips
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Drain and rinse black beans
  3. Using a blender or food processor (I used my Nutri Bullet) blend all ingredients except the mini chocolate chips until combined.
  4. Fold in mini chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into a greased 8×8 baking pan.
  6. Bake for 18 minutes.

 

Greek Chicken Sweet Potato Nachos

Greek Chicken (prep ahead of time!)
Ingredients:
  • 4 large chicken breasts
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 3 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 c water
Directions:
  1. Place all ingredients in a crock pot and set on low for 7-8 hours.
  2. Shred chicken breasts with two forks when done! Set aside.
Sweet Potatoes
Ingredients:
  • 4 large sweet potatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 c olive oil
Directions:
  1. Combine everything in a ziplock bag and shake until potatoes are evenly coated with salt/pepper/olive oil mixture.
  2. Roast potatoes on a baking sheet at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and keep them on the baking sheet!
Cucumber Topping
Ingredients
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 c minced red onion
  • 1/2 c diced cucumber
  • 2 Tbsp parsley
  • 2 Tbsp chopped green onion
  • 3 Tbsp feta
  • 4 Tbsp hummus
  • 4 Tbsp taziki
Directions
  1. Combine salt, pepper, red onion, cucumber, parsley, chopped green onion, feta, and taziki in a glass bowl. Set aside.
Layer chicken and cucumber mixture on top of roasted sweet potatoes, top with hummus,and enjoy!

Coconut Peanut Butter Perfect Bars

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (I use this!)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • As many sprinkles as your heart desires šŸ„°
Directions:
  • Combine peanut butter, honey, vanilla, salt, and coconut extract in a glass bowl.
  • Warm in the microwave for 1 minute so that the peanut butter is melted.
  • Mix ingredients until combined, then add protein powder and coconut flakes.
  • Pour into a parchment paper lined loaf pan and freeze or refrigerate until you’re ready to eat!

Cashew Butter Fudge

Ingredients
  • 1 cup melted cashew butter (any nut butter would work, I just think cashew butter tastes the best!)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Directions
  1. Mix everything except chocolate chips into a large mixing bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined.
  2. Let the mixture cool for 2-3 minutes, then add your chocolate chips (you want to wait until it’s cooled so that the chocolate chips don’t melt!)
  3. Pour mixture evenly into a silicone mini muffin tin (should evenly fill 12 wells) or a loaf pan lined with parchment paper.
  4. Freeze until you’re ready to eat!

*Recipe adapted from Ambitious Kitchen’s No Bake Salted Tahini Cookie Dough Fudge