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!

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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

 Bottoms

Naked Feeling High Rise 7/8 Tight w/ Pockets  

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 cup 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 mini 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 🥰
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!

Blueberry/Cranberry Cashew Perfect Bars

No words for this other than ENJOY! I may never buy a store bought perfect bar again.

Ingredients:
Procedure:
  • Microwave the cashew butter and honey for 1 minute, then mix thoroughly.
  • Whisk in the protein powder until combined.
  • Add vanilla extract, salt, and dried fruit.
  • Pour into an 8×8 square baking dish, lined with saran wrap or parchment paper.
  • Spread the mixture evenly.
  • Refrigerate for an hour and 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!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Perfect Bars

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!

Ingredients:
Procedure:
  • 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!