Overnight Apple, Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Oatmeal

Overnight Apple Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Oatmeal

Oh my gosh – Overnight Oatmeal in the Crockpot!  Why is this something I’ve only recently discovered?!  It’s super easy, totally convenient, requires no work from me in the morning, it’s healthy AND it’s delicious.

I’ve been experimenting with a bunch of different combinations and recipes and this is one I really, really like.  It’s sweet and creamy and very, very filling.  It’s perfect to enjoy on these cooler mornings now that the season change is coming.

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 4 apples (I love Honey Crisps) pealed and chopped
  • 1/2 c pack brown sugar (I use light)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 2 cups milk (I use 1%)
  • 2 cups water

Coat your crock pot with a bit of non-stick spray or a little extra butter to prevent sticking

Cut the butter into little pats and place on the bottom of the crock pot

Add the apples on top

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Next pour the brown sugar in,  sprinkle the cinnamon over top of the apples and add the pinch of salt

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Add the oats next

Pour the milk and water over top of the oats

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DO NOT STIR…I repeat…DO NOT STIR!

Cover with a lid and cook on low for about 8 hours

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Wake up and ENJOY!  I serve ours with a drop of extra milk in the morning to make it extra creamy.

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See, I told you it’s super easy and also so super delicious!

Are you a fan of overnight oatmeal?  What’s your favorite recipe?

Bacon, Spinach and Goat Cheese with Spaghetti Squash: The Perfect Meal to Bring in Fall

Bacon Spinach and Goat Cheese Spaghetti Squash

I love Fall!  No, really, it is, by far, my favorite season.  I love everything about it – the cozy clothes, the crisp air, the warm colors, the delicious smells and the food.

To be fair, we don’t really get fall until October here in Coastal North Carolina – we’ve got at least another month of 80 degree weather – but I’m all about starting early.  I mean, even Starbucks will have their Pumpkin Spice Lattes back at the beginning of September!

I made this dinner earlier this week and, besides being a HUGE hit with my husband, it screamed Fall Flavors to me!  This is one meal that will certainly be entering the rotation on a consistent basis.  And the best part, it’s gluten free and fairly healthy – I mean, as healthy as bacon can be!

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium to large spaghetti squashes
  • 1 package of bacon (mine was 12oz but I’ve seen some as big as 16oz – honestly, either will work)
  • 10oz of spinach
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup (use the good stuff)
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 8oz of goat cheese
  • Salt and Pepper

Start by cooking your spaghetti squash.  There are several ways to do this.  I prefer to put each squash in the microwave for 3 minutes each.  After that I slice with a knife and place seed side down on a baking dish lined with foil.  I roast at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes.  Once they are cooked I remove, flip over and let cool.

Chop your bacon into 1 to 2 inch pieces and cook over medium high heat until crispy and then lower the head slightly to render off the rest of the fat – about 4-5 minutes to crisp and another 5 or so to fully cook.

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Add the balsamic vinegar and scrape up any bits from the bottom of your pan.  The bacon grease will most likely splash up at this point, so be careful!

Stir in the maple syrup and the thyme and cook for about 45 seconds or so.

Begin adding your spinach in batches.  Cook until wilted and there is more room in your pan before adding more.

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While I was doing that I was multi-tasking and scrapping my squash into “noodles” with a fork (remove the seeds and discard first).  I laid them out flat on a cutting board and salted at this point too.

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Once the spinach has all been added and wilted, add in your squash and stir.

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Lastly add in the goat cheese and stir to combine.

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Serve immediately and be prepared for the praise – this meal is delicious!

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**I got the original recipe from Buzzfeed and you can find it here.

Hello Fresh…Hello Amazing!

Hello Fresh Review

For those of you who have been following me for a while now you probably know that I love to cook!  If you didn’t know that, well, now you do.

I’ve shared some of my favorite recipes with you, including my Meatball Sub Casserole, my Spaghetti Squash, and my Buffalo Chicken Casserole.

About a month ago, however, a friend mentioned she had tried something new and I was intrigued.  She had tried HelloFresh, a meal box subscription service.  Now I love my subscriptions, we do Citrus Lane, Honest Co and Fabletics to name a few but I’d never thought to try one for meals.  She had a few “share these with a friend” codes so she passed one along to me.

We got our first box a few weeks ago and I LOVED it!  Honestly, I cannot say enough good things about it.  The veggies were super fresh and the proteins were of a really high quality.  The recipes were innovative and fun.  The delivery was awesome and everything tasted delicious.

So what is HelloFresh exactly?  Here’s how it works:

You sign up for an account and chose the meals for your box that week.  The Classic Box has 5 options and you select 3.

They deliver everything to your door.  The proteins were kept on dry ice packs and super cold when they arrived.

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The produce and other ingredients were packaged by meal.

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It also included recipes cards for each meal.

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The meals I chose were:

Pan-Fried Shrimp Gyozas with Spring Edamame Succotash,

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Dinner for me was 4 more Shrimp pockets and 7 more for Darrin. Plus about 6 left over!

Smoky Chicken Fajitas with Blistered Corn Salsa and Fresh Guacamole

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I am the worst Fajita builder ever so there isn’t an “after” photo!

and Sage-Butter Pork Chops with Roasted Butternut Squash & Charred Broccolini

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All three were just amazing!  We had plenty of leftovers for both Darrin and I for lunch with the Smoky Chicken Fajitas.  We would have had enough of the Shrimp Gyozas as well but Darrin isn’t a fan of leftover seafood so he stuffed himself at dinner and I had leftovers for lunch.  We didn’t have any leftovers of the Sage-Butter Pork, but were both very full after dinner!

So now the nitty-gritty…How much does this all cost?  The total cost for 2 people for a Classic Box is around $70.  That’s $70 for what could have been 3 dinners and 2 lunches each for 2 people.  In my house that’s a pretty good deal!  It’s a tad more than what we would spend for 3 meals (and leftovers) if I was just purchasing it at the store but I’m also getting simple and fun new meals to try and really fresh ingredients delivered right to my house!

If you’re still a little hesitant, like I was, I have a code that will get you $40 off of your first box!  That means for around $30 you’ll have at least 3 dinners for 2 people (and probably some lunches as well)!  Now $30 for 3 meals for 2 people (plus leftovers) is a super great deal in my book.  It’s totally risk free – you can cancel after the first box in just a minute or two.

So, what are you waiting for?  Try HelloFresh for yourself today!  I’m sure you’ll love it just as much as we do.

 

 

 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie, Anyone?

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie Recipe


Lucas is currently obsessed with smoothies.  Every morning he gets up and ask to “push the button!”  He says it over and over until I give in.  I was doing a lot of fruit and veggie smoothies but wanted something with a bit more fat and protein (because my skinny mini needs it AND because it helps me stay full longer).

I got this idea from a smoothie on my BikiniBodyMommy Meal Plan subscription (and no, I don’t think I’m a bikini body mommy – it’s a mommy who creates 90 day workout challenges and meal plans and I love her!).  I modified it to be more Lucas-friendly!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 banana
  • 5 or 6 large strawberries
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (I use an all-natural brand that really needs to be stirred so it’s less thick than Jif or or a similar brand)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 handfuls of ice

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Combine all the ingredients in a blender and “push the button!”

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Blend until smooth. Divide among two glasses (or if your kid is like mine – 3/4 for them and a sip or two for mommy!).

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This really has a been a huge hit in our house.  When he was teething and not really eating anything other than smoothies I even thought to put a scoop of coconut oil in it for extra fat and calories!

I hope you (and your little ones) enjoy this as much as we do!