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APPLE PIE PANCAKES

When I make apple pie, the boyfriend has a tendency to try to sneak some for breakfast. And usually, he is successful. So instead of him sneaking dessert for breakfast, I came up with this rendition of his favorite dessert that really does taste like apple pie. The tart granny smith apples mix with the cinnamon and brown sugar for a great pie flavor.

apple pancakes

Top apple slices with cinnamon and brown sugar:

Apples after finished cooking:

Top the pancake with apple slices:

apple pancake batter

apple pie-2

apple pie pancake

APPLE PIE PANCAKES

PREP TIME: 15 mins
COOK TIME: 15 mins
TOTAL TIME: 30 mins

Tart Apple with Cinnamon and Brown Sugar in a Fluffy Pancake

Author: Meagan {I Eat Therefore I Cook}

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS: FOR THE APPLES:

  • 2 granny smith apples
  • 2 TSP Brown Sugar
  • 2 TSP Cinnamon

FOR THE PANCAKES:

  • Pancake Mix ( Make a 10-12 pancake batch)
  • 2 TSP Cinnamon
  • 1 TSP All Spice
  • Additional Ingredients Needed By Box (Eggs, Milk, Oil)
  • 1 TSP Vanilla Extract

FOR THE GARNISH:

  • Whipped Cream
  • Cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat Oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.Peel Green Apples. Core apple and thinly slice an apple in ⅛ inch slices. Place on baking sheet. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat frying pan too, medium high.Meanwhile follow instructions on the box to make pancake batter, to make about 10-12 pancakes. Add 1 TSP vanilla extract, 2 TSP cinnamon, and allspice and mix together. Scoop about ¼ cup batter onto frying pan and quickly place 2 slices of apple onto the pancake.
  3. Cook pancake until golden brown, about 30 seconds. Flip over and cook until golden brown on the other side.
  4. Serve and garnish with more cinnamon and whipped cream.

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CHICKEN SHAWARMA BOWL

I was so excited when I finally got the boyfriend to enjoy eating Lebanese food. That meant I could finally start cooking my favorite type of cuisine. These chicken shawarma bowls are extremely healthy, filling and have a great depth of flavor.

Peel baby carrots:

Slice chicken breasts into 1/2 inch pieces:

Season carrots:

Season chicken:

Saute onions and garlic with spices:

veggies

Add rice and chicken broth:

chicken borth

Chicken breasts finished:

All finished:

chicken shawarma

CHICKEN SHAWARMA BOWL

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Spiced Chicken and Carrots with Turmeric Rice and Taziki.
Author: Meagan {I Eat Therefore I Cook}
Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

  • FOR THE CHICKEN
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 TBSP Turmeric
  • 1 TBSP Cumin
  • 1 TBSP Onion Powder
  • 1 TBSP Garlic Powder
  • 1 TBSP Ground Pepper
  • 1 TSP Salt
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • FOR THE CARROTS:
  • 8 small carrots
  • 1 TSP Garlic Powder
  • 1 TSP Onion Powder
  • 1 TSP Turmeric Powder
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil
  • FOR THE RICE:
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • ½ TBSP Olive Oil
  • ½ onion, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 TSP Turmeric
  • 2 TSP Cumin
  • 2 TSP Ground Pepper
  • 2 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • FOR THE GARNISH:
  • Pita Chips, Naan Bread or Pita Bread
  • ½ cup Hummus
  • ½ cup Parsley, roughly chopped
  • 16 Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • FOR THE TAZIKI:
  • ½ cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1 TBSP Fresh Dill
  • 1 TBSP Garlic Powder
  • 2 TSP Pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel carrots. On a baking sheet toss carrots with olive oil. Add spices and toss. Place in oven and cook for 30 minutes, flipping at 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, slice chicken breasts into ½ inch bite-sized pieces. On a separate baking sheet, place chicken. Squeeze juice over chicken. Add spices and toss until evenly distributed. Place chicken in the oven and bake till chicken is cooked through for about 23 minutes. Once done, set aside and let rest.
  3. As the chicken and carrots are cooking, prepare rice. Add olive oil to a medium pot on medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic, stirring so garlic does not burn, and cook about 2 minutes. Add spices and stir to distribute evenly. Add rice, chicken broth an lemon juice. Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer till rice is thoroughly cooked through about 20 minutes.
  4. Make Taziki: Stir together yogurt with dill, garlic powder, and pepper. Place in refrigerator till ready to serve.
  5. Serve: Place rice on the bottom, then chicken. Add dollops of hummus and taziki on top of chicken.Sprinkle parsley and tomatoes on top. Scoop up with pita chips, naan or pita bread.
  6. ENJOY!

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FUSILLI WITH CREAMY ARUGULA PESTO AND ROASTED VEGETABLES

This is seriously the best pasta EVER. I could not stop eating it because it tasted so good. There goes the trying to cut back diet. But some days, you just don’t care. Meatless Monday ( or any day) just got so much better. And you really don’t miss the meat with the asparagus, cauliflower, and whole wheat pasta. Peppery, Creamy, Lemony, and Hearty, this pasta is great for a lighter meal.

Roast the veggies:

Roasted vegetables

Arugula Processed:

Garlic, Walnuts, and Parmesan Cheese Added:

Add greek yogurt and lemon:

ARUGULA PESTO

ARUGULA PESTO

FUSILLI WITH CREAMY ARUGULA PESTO AND ROASTED VEGETABLES

 

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Roasted Cauliflower and Asparagus Tossed with Whole Wheat Pasta and an Arugula Yogurt Pesto
Author: Meagan {I Eat Therefore I Cook}
Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 lb asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 TBSP EVOO, divided
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1½ TBSP Garlic Powder, divided
  • 16 oz fusilli whole wheat pasta
  • FOR THE PESTO:
  • FOR THE PASTA
  • 5 oz baby arugula
  • 4 TBSP EVOO
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Chop cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. Cut asparagus into 1-inch pieces. Add the cauliflower to the baking sheet with ½ TBSP olive oil, salt, pepper and 1 TBSP garlic powder. Roast for 10 minutes. Add the asparagus, ½ TBSP olive oil, and ½ TBSP garlic powder. Toss together. Roast till browned, 15 minutes more.
  2. Meanwhile, place a large pot of water on high heat.When boiling, add pasta and cook according to brand directions. Drain and place back in a pot. In a food processor, add the arugula, olive oil, and garlic. Once pureed, add walnuts and Parmesan, process until no chunks remain.Take the pesto out of the processor and scoop into a small bowl.Add lemon juice and yogurt.
  3. Add veggies and pesto to pot with pasta. Toss together until evenly distributed.
  4. Serve with extra Parmesan cheese.
  5. ENJOY!

 Nutritional Information (According to Myfitnesspal)

  • Calories ( per serving): 485
  • Fat (g): 20.8
  • Saturated (g): 4.2
  • Cholesterol (mg): 12.2
  • Sodium(mg): 258.7
  • Fiber (g): 8.5
  • Sugars (g): 7.1
  • Protein (g); 22.3
  • Vitamin A (%) 23.7
  • Vitamin C (%): 144.1
  • Calcium (%): 28.7
  • Iron (5) 14.1

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NAVY BEAN AND TORTELLINI SOUP

Low Calorie and easy, this soup is great for a weeknight vegetarian meal. Even the boyfriend who hates vegetarian meals liked this one. This soup is peppery, spicy, light and still hearty. Don’t be scared by the mustard greens, they add a great flavor to the soup. But if you cant find them add any greens you like.

NAVY BEAN AND TORTELLINI SOUP-2

Cut up and wash veggies:

wash veggies

Place spices in cheesecloth:

cheesecloth

Wrap it up:

spice wrap

Add them to the broth with spices:

broth with veggies and spices

Take veggies out and add tortellini:

tortellini

Add the mustard greens:

mustard greens

NAVY BEAN AND TORTELLINI SOUP

NAVY BEAN AND TORTELLINI SOUP

Creamy Tortellini with Peppery Mustard Greens in a Flavorful Broth
Author: Meagan { I Eat Therefore I Cook}
Serves: 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 carrot
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 3 cups mustard greens
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 can navy beans
  • 1 TBSP peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 TBSP EVOO
  • 1 vegetable bullion cubes
  • 1 TSP Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 TBSP garlic powder
  • 2 cups of fresh tortellini
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 TBSP Chili Powder
  • 2 TBSP Grated Parmesan Cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Wash carrot, celery, mustard greens, thyme. Cut carrot and celery into 1-inch pieces. Tear mustard greens off of the stem and into bite-sized pieces. Finely chop parsley. Peel an onion and cut into quarters. Strain and rinse navy beans.
  2. Add thyme, peppercorns and bay leaf to cheesecloth and tie tightly with string.
  3. In a large pot add EVOO and turn heat to high. Add carrots, onion, and celery. Cook until fragrant about 2 min.
  4. Add 6 cups of water, cheesecloth packet, bullion cube, red pepper flakes and garlic powder. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 15 min.
  5. Strain out all solid items. Bring back to a boil and add tortellini cooking 3-4 minutes or until tender.
  6. Add navy beans and mustard greens and cook until tender for about 4 minutes.
  7. Top with parsley and grated Parmesan cheese.

NOTES

Adapted from a Plated Recipe

Tools Needed:

– Cheesecloth

– Kitchen String