Maple Cinnamon Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Well everyone, it’s November. We all know what that means.

Cons: It’s cold. It’s dark. The driving is treacherous.

Pros: HOLIDAY FOOD SZN BABYYYYY!!!!

So obviously the pros outweigh the cons here. And I’ve decided to get a headstart on healthifying all my holiday faves this year by starting with this classic. I don’t know why, but cutting sweet potatoes in thin slices makes them taste so much better than just your average joe sweet potato. Actually, strike that. I know exactly why it tastes better. Because all that yummy maple cinnamon flavor sinks down into those slices while they’re baking and makes every last bite the most delicious celebration of happiness your tongue could ever possibly wish for.

The holidays don’t have to be a time of constant unhealthy eating. Make them delicious AND nutritious this year with these dairy, gluten, and refined sugar free Cinnamon Maple Hasselback Sweet Potatoes! Enjoy my loves, happy holiday season!!!!

Maple Cinnamon Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 4 small/medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 ½ Tbsp unrefined virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp of: cinnamon, salt, pepper
  • 1 Tbsp fresh chopped sage

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Scrub your sweet potatoes, then pat them dry so they’re nice and clean.
  3. Place a sweet potato between two chopsticks (this will keep you from cutting all the through the potato) and slice it into thin slices, leaving about 1/4 inch at the bottom of the sweet potato. Repeat until each sweet potato is sliced.
  4. Mix together the coconut oil, maple syrup, and spices. Rub the mixture all over the sweet potatoes, getting in between each slice as well as possible.
  5. Place the sweet potatoes in a greased or foil-lined baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until tender and crisp.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes. Serve with the chopped sage sprinkled on top.


Easy 7-Ingredient Flourless Banana Pancakes

Easy Banana oat toaster pancakes

Happy Monday everyone!!!

(Said no one ever)

Except with these pancakes in your belly it very much will be a happy Monday! These pancakes are one of my favorite go-to recipes during weeks where I know I’ll  be super busy and will need quick breakfast options becauseeeeee what you can do is whip up a big batch of these guys on Sunday and throw ’em in the fridge and then whenever you want one (or one fat stack) you just throw ’em in the toaster and viola! Instant mouthwatering-ly tasty healthy pancakes! No more need for frozen toaster pancakes or waffles that are full of junk ingredients like sugars and preservatives. You really can’t beat that.

ALSO. These sneaky little devils have all the health benefits of any breakfast you could ever dream up.

  1. You’ve got your oats in there which are a whole grain, healthy source of carbs that are rich in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, protein, and so many other nutrients AKA they are going to give you loads of sustainable energy all day long (and also keep you feeling fuller longer so you don’t have to resort to a mid-morning snack).
  2.  You’ve got your bananas which contain loads of potassium AKA a powerful electrolyte which helps maintain the balance between acids and bases in the body and is KEY in maintaining healthy muscles and bones as well as fighting fatigue and regulating your blood pressure.
  3. Egg whites. Egg whites are just incredible. They contain TONS of protein while being super low in calories, fat, and cholesterol PLUS they’re loaded with a bajillion crucial vitamins and minerals essential to healthy living.
  4. Last but not least, we’ve got some cinnamon in there. Cinnamon is one of my favorite spices because besides adding a unique sweet-spicy flavor to whatever you put it in, it’s packed with antioxidants which help fight off damage caused by free radicals and it’s great for fighting inflammation.

So basically if you want the easiest, healthiest, tastiest breakfast ever that lasts you all week, then this is the recipe for you. I GOTCHU. Enjoy 🙂

 


Easy 7-Ingredient Flourless Banana Pancakes

  • Servings: 10 Pancakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ¾ cup organic free-range egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cup gluten-free oat flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch sea salt
  • Maple syrup and fresh fruit to add on top (I personally LOVE strawberries with this recipe)

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients except for the maple syrup and fresh fruit to a blender and blend until everything is just combined.
  2. Meanwhile, heat up a non-stick griddle over medium heat.
  3. Pour your batter on to the griddle in about 1/3 – ½ cup sized amounts.
  4. Cook each pancake until the top looks bubbly and firm. Flip and cook for about 45 more seconds on the other side, or until you feel the pancakes is cooked throughout.
  5. Remove from the griddle and top with maple syrup and fresh fruit. Enjoy!
  6. * You can store these pancakes in the fridge for up to 5 days or the freezer for 3 months and then just pop one in the toaster whenever you want it!



Sweet and Spicy Ground Chicken Meatball Veggie Bowl

Turkey Meatball Veggie Bowl

Have you ever gone to the grocery store on the hunt for ground turkey and then got home only to realize you messed up and got ground chicken on accident? Just me? Well TBH I do it all the freakin’ time so I’ve decided to just embrace my lack of attentiveness by channeling it into tasty ground chicken dishes.

Aaaaaand this is one of my faves. Ground chicken meatballs are super underrated. I feel like nobody ever really talks about ground chicken meatballs, it’s always ground beef or ground turkey. But ground chicken meatballs are SO good so I’m starting a ground chicken meatball bandwagon.

#chickenmeatballsfolife

Anyways, this bowl is perfect for lunch, dinner, or even a snack, and it’s a meal prepper’s heaven (if you’re into that, which you should be if you’re not) because you can literally make a whole bunch of everything in advance and then heat it up whenever you have a craving for a delicious, nutritious meal. Also, talk about the perfect meal to pack for lunch at work! SO GREAT.

And besides being scrumptidlyumptious, this bowl is POWERFUL. You’ve got your protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber, healthy fats, anti-cancer properties, andddd gut health promotion! So give it a try next time you accidentally buy ground chicken by mistake. Or even if you buy it on purpose. You’ll thank me later. Enjoy, my peep!

 

Ground Chicken Meatball Veggie Bowl

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • ¼ pound lean free range organic ground chicken
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp diced yellow onion
  • 1 Tbsp chickpea flour
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ tbsp virgin organic coconut oil
  • ¼ cup sweet potato cut into chunks
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • ¼ cup cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the ground chicken, minced garlic, yellow onion, chickpea flour, and pinch of salt. Mix to combine.
  3. Form balls about 1 inch in diameter and place on a lined baking sheet.
  4. Put in the oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes (until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F).
  5. Meanwhile, toss the sweet potato chunks and carrot slices in half of the coconut oil, salt, and pepper. Transfer them to a lined baking sheet and place in the oven for about 15-20 minutes (until fork tender).
  6. While everything’s cooking in the oven, heat the remaining half of the coconut oil over medium heat in a pan. Once it’s hot, add the mushrooms and stir occasionally until they are tender.
  7. Mix together the maple syrup and hot sauce.
  8. Place kale in a bowl and top with the mushrooms, sweet potatoes, carrots, meatballs, and sauce. Enjoy!


Dark Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

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WHO WANTS COOKIES FOR BREAKFAST?!

I really, truly hope all of you reading this raised your hands for that because every human should want cookies for breakfast. It’s only natural. And I get it, you’re thinking, “But Bailey, cookies are not healthy and they are not a good, nutritious breakfast. Stop trying to drag us down.” Oh, but I’m not draggin’ ya down. Oh no. Far from it, actually. I’m here to tell you that these cookies are so good for you that you could literally eat them for breakfast. But don’t feel obligated to restrict yourself to just eating them for breakfast, they’re really an any-time-of-the-day-cookie too.

Say whaaaa?! Gimme some of those right now!

See, I would never lead you astray from the path of healthiness. These babies are super simple, contain all-natural whole ingredients, and are basically just a bowl of oatmeal baked into a cookie. Here’s what you’re looking at getting from one of these delicious little devils:

  • Carbs
  • Protein
  • Healthy fats
  • Vitamins
  • Nutrients
  • Minerals
  • Fiber
  • Antioxidants

Talk about a balanced breakfast, amiright? That’s baaasically everything you could ever ask for in a breakfast besides maybe missing out on a veggie or two. So all I’m trying to say here is you’re welcome for providing you with such a wonderful amazing cookie and you should make some right now. Enjoy!

Dark Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

  • Servings: 12 cookies
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup all-natural peanut butter plus a little extra for drizzling
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 free-range organic egg
  • 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 dark chocolate bar

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add all ingredients except for the dark chocolate bar to a high-powered blender and blend until everything is thoroughly combined.
  3. Scoop your dough onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and then press into a cookie shape as the cookies will pretty much retain the shape that they go in the oven with.
  4. Bake for about 8-10 minutes and then allow to cool.
  5. While the cookies are cooling, melt your chocolate bar at about 30 second increments in the microwave, giving it a good stir after each 30 seconds.
  6. Once the cookies are cool enough to handle, dip half of them in the dark chocolate and then return them to the parchment paper to cool and solidify.
  7. Drizzle the cookies with a little peanut butter and enjoy!
  8. * I would store them in the refrigerator so the chocolate stays nice and hard and doesn’t get melty and messy on ya.


Roasted Chicken and Veggie Bowl with Peanut Yellow Curry Dressing

Roasted Chicken and Veggie Peanut Yellow Curry Bowl

Well, this concoction came about from having a ton of leftover veggies and very little time, and let me tell you I am SO THANKFUL I threw this random combination of things together!!!! Like, this was definitely one of the best things I’ve done in my little life so far.

This little bowl of goodness has just about everything you need in the form of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, carbs, healthy fats and protein so basically you could eat this for every meal and your body would be happy as Dory when she found her parents. BUT I haven’t even gotten to the best part yet people!!!!!!

Drum rollllllll pleaseeeeeee…

THE SAUCE.

I’m a huge fan of peanut sauce and an even huge-er fan of yellow curry sauce, so I thought to myself, “why not combine the two?” Best. Idea. Ever. I 100% got lost in the sauce.

But anyways, YOU GUYS, this bowl is so good for you and so easy to make you just HAVE to incorporate it into your weekly lunch/dinner menu! You could even meal prep for it and have it ready in about 60 seconds for days when you just have no time but still want to put something good in your body. So what are you waiting for?! Get that tasty bowl of nutrients into your body!!!! Right now!!!

 

Roasted Chicken and Veggie Bowl With Peanut Yellow Curry Dressing

  • Servings: 1 large or 2 small
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup mixed greens (kale, spinach, arugula, whatever you like really)
  • ½ cup cooked chicken breast, diced
  • 1 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • ¼ cup sweet potato, cut into chunks
  • ½ zucchini, cut into chunks
  • 5 asparagus spears cut into 1-inch pieces
  • half of a red pepper, sliced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp yellow curry powder
  • half an avocado
  • Sauce:

  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Healthy Boy Yellow Curry Sauce (or any yellow curry sauce you have)
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Directions

  1. Heat up the coconut oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the sweet potato and cook for about 2 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  2. Add in the zucchini, asparagus spears, red pepper, and the spices (salt, garlic powder, and yellow curry powder) and continue to cook while stirring occasional for about 5-7 minutes, or until everything is tender.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan combine the coconut milk, peanut butter, and curry sauce. Turn the heat on low and stir occasionally until warm and everything is combined.
  4. In your salad bowl, put your mixed greens on the bottom and then top with the chicken, your roasted veggies, avocado, and peanut curry sauce. Enjoy!
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