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! 🙂

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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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!

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 🥰
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

Thai Peanut Chicken Salad

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.

Ingredients
  • 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
Directions
  1. Drain the canned chicken and combine in a large bowl with the celery, carrots, green onion and peanuts. Mix thoroughly.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine peanut butter, teriyaki sauce, and lime juice and warm until melted.
  3. Pour peanut butter mixture over the chicken salad and combine thoroughly.
  4. Enjoy!

Creamy Bacon Ranch Chicken

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!

Ingredients
  • 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
Directions
    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.
    6. Top with bacon bits.
    7. Enjoy!

Gift Guide: For the Foodie

 

  1. The Skinny Instant Pot Cookbook: $8
    • This cookbook is specifically for Instant Pot recipes, which is how I do 99.9% of my cooking these days. This book has TONS of great recipes, and anyone can make them, they’re not complicated whatsoever. This would be a great gift for a recent college grad, or newlyweds!
  2. Healthy Human Water Bottles: $19
    • These guys keep your water cold for 24 hours minimum, sometimes longer! They’re perfect for the gym, to keep at work, etc. I highly recommend these if you’re in the market for an insulated water bottle. Use “kalekouture” for 10% off!
  3. Healthy Human Tumbler Cruisers: $26
    • These are just like the water bottles, just a different style! I like the water bottles for cold liquds, and the tumblers for hot, but it’s totally a preference thing! I keep my coffee in my tumbler and it stays warm for a LONG time. Use “kalekouture” for 10% off!
  4. Stainless Steel Bowl Set w/ Lids: $20
    • I use these when I’m baking! I love how deep they are, as well as how easy they are to clean, but what I love most is that they have lids. Sometimes I have to chill dough/let things set up in the fridge, so I love being able to pop a lid on them when I do. They also double as great serving bowls if needed!
  5. Large Silicon Smoothie Straws: $5
    • This seems like a weird thing to add to a gift guide, but if you have a protein shake/smoothie lover in your life, these are a game changer. They’re thick, durable, dishwasher safe, and they last forever! Perfect stocking stuffer!
  6. Cookie Dough Scoop: $9
    • If you’ve followed me for awhile, you know this is my protein ball hack. This tool make it so easy to portion out protein balls, energy balls, no bake cookies, etc. I also use it when I’m trying to make sure my batter is even with muffins, pancake bites, etc. Such a versatile tool for a great price!
  7. Mini Food Processor: $19
    • This is something I didn’t really think I needed, until I had it. I HATE chopping, it’s just annoying to me, but I also didn’t want another huge kitchen appliance taking up tons of room in my cabinet. Especially because I don’t chop all that often. This is the best of both worlds; small and compact and it takes the work out of chopping!
  8. Scrub Daddy: $9
    • These bad boys are a hidden gem. I know it’s weird to buy someone scrubbing sponges for the holidays, but trust me when I say, every single person who uses a baking sheet EVER, needs these. They cut through grease, caked on ANYTHING, and smell amazing. They make cleaning such a breeze! They’re super durable too so they last much longer than a regular sponge.
  9. Frother: $14
    • I don’t even need to profess my love for this because I do it on my story on the daily. This makes at home coffee so much more boujee. If you add collagen to your coffee it dissolves it in seconds. Bottom line, if you there’s a coffee lover in your life, they need this.
  10. Yeti Mug: $24
    • To go with your frothed coffee, you need a boujee coffee mug, and this is it. I am known for having to microwave my coffee multiple times by the time I’m done with it and this completely fixes that issue. This keeps your coffee so freaking hot it’s almost too hot, but I love it. Again, this would make the perfect gift in addition to the frother, for the coffee lover in your life!
  11. Instant Pot: $79
    • I love, love, love my Instant Pot. I use it for so many things, but I mainly love it for it’s ability to make the most perfect hard boiled eggs you’ve ever had in your life in under 5 minutes. It’s worth the $79for that feature alone. In addition to that, anything you could do in your crock pot you could do in the Instant Pot in under 20 ish minutes. It’s magical and would make a great gift for just about anyone that doesn’t already have one!
  12. Mini Loaf Pan: $10
    • I love this little guy! I use it for banana bread, zucchini bread, pumpkin bread, etc. It makes the most perfect mini loafs when you don’t want to make one big loaf.
  13. Silicon Baking Mat Set: $16
    • These are the sole reason I have not had to buy new baking sheets in years. It doesn’t matter if you bake chicken, cookies, tenderloin, anything, it will not stick. They’re dishwasher safe so you can either wash them with your new scrub daddy sponges, or throw them in the dishwasher! This set of 3 is the cheapest I’ve seen them anywhere!
  14. Silicon Muffin Tins: $8
    • If someone you know makes muffins, pancake bites, cupcakes, anything, this is their new best friend. You don’t have to use any oil, oil spray, etc. I use these for pancake bites every single week and they’re an absolute lifesaver! I have two and I use them constantly. When you’re done with them, you can throw them in the dishwasher and you never have to clean them by hand! I will never use a metal pan again!
  15. Nutri Bullet: $59
    • This is on my Christmas list this year … (hi, Taylor!). But in all seriousness, when I asked for blender recommendations earlier this year, I got over 500 messages about how great this is. I make smoothies or shakes every single day, but having a huge blender take up counter space is inconvenient and creates a huge mess. I love that you can drink your shake out of the cup you blend it in and all of the reviews for this speak for themselves. This is on sale for such a great price and would make an amazing gift for anyone on your list!
  16. Air Fyer: $49
    • This air fryer is Taylor’s favorite appliance in our kitchen! We mainly use this for leftover roasted veggies (it reheats things but makes them really crispy at the same time), and sometimes, leftover pizza. We also use it for air fried chicken tenders which is a favorite in our house. The best way I can describe it is it’s like a toaster oven, but better! This is the cheapest I’ve seen an air fryer so if you’re in the market, jump on this!
  17. Kitchen Aid Mixer: $259
    • My mom got me this exact mixer for my college graduation and I’m 100% sure she paid double this price, or more. It’s a splurge item per say, but it’s well worth the money. I’ve had mine for 4 years now and it’s not going anywhere any time soon. If you have newlyweds in your life, or a new homeowner, this is the best gift. I don’t know any girl with a kitchen who doesn’t want this! I guarantee this won’t be this price after black friday, so jump on this one too!
  18. Skinny Taste: One and Done: $19
    • This is the Skinny Taste version of the Instant Pot cookbook, but what this has that the other does not, are recipes for the crock pot, as well as the air fryer! So it’s kind of a 3 in 1 which I really like! This would also make a great college grad/newlywed gift.
  19. Crux Copper Nonstick Bake ware: $27
    • I ordered this bake ware for myself because of two things: the copper is beautiful, as well as the price is seriously crazy. This whole set is cheaper than buying two of these pieces individually! Well, well worth the price in my opinion. This also has everything you need as far as baking is concerned!
  20. Stasher Bag: $9
    • These are on my wish list this year! We go through way too many plastic bags and I think these are worth the investment. I take my lunch every single day so I feel like these would be so useful. These are dishwasher safe and super durable from what I’ve heard. These would make a great stocking stuffer!

Brownie Batter Bites

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!

Ingredients
  • 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)
Directions

This is the easy part! Mix everything together in a large bowl! Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes until it thickens. Then 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!