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Pizza Bites

SNACK TIME!

Is it time for a evening snack? My husband and I have got into a bad habit of eating, what most people would consider to be a second dinner. Not the best idea, especially with summer here. I thought to myself the other day that normally it’s typical to store up chipmunk weight during winter, not summer. So what’s my deal? It’s pretty simple I must say; I eat late at night!

The more unfortunate problem is the reality that I always feel sick afterwards from eating too much and eating not so healthy. I always try and counteract my sweet tooth or carb craving by eating some fruit or vegetables which leads to something even more unhealthy snacks. ;)

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Tonight’s snack of choice was a pizza muffin. Pizza toppings on a toasted, buttery english muffin. Yup, yummy.

All I did was toast an English muffin, layer pepperoni and cheese and broiled until crispy. Topped with fresh basil and devoured by me. DELICIOUS!!!!

Easy and very satisfying. Mmmm good!

Mini Pizza

I used to be a horrible morning person. All growing up I could never get up in time for school. My dad would come in on a bright sunny morning with extreme excitement in his voice. “Honey, it snowed last night!” I would try and process which season we were in, whether I should be excited or simply the sad reality that what my dad just shared was absurd. It was summer, 70 degrees by 7 am and my dad is trying to get me out of bed with snowflakes.

When that approach turned out to be anything but successful, he would often take a running shot at my bed and plummet down directly on me. “Wake up, isn’t it a beautiful day?!” This would often make me so mad that this grown man is jumping on my sleeping, lifeless body to somehow muster up some excitement to come running from the room? It made no sense to me, what was to wonderful to quickly wake up when sleeping was my number one friend.

Oh my poor dad. I look back and contemplate how he survived with three daughters, not how we survived. We were blessed and taken care of immensely with a wonderful Father who even though couldn’t get his girls up in the morning, taught us everything else we needed to know about life. :)

As I’ve grown, the morning side hasn’t really left me. Loving my sleep and late nights was a usual for me until I had my son……boy was that an eye opener for me. I have adapted extremely well which requires me to be in bed by 9:30. :) Although he’s a great sleeper, I can’t seem to catch up on years of lost sleep while chasing a toddler around.

So with the early morning routine, I am often up by 6:30 and not because little man is up by then, but because it allows me to get some stuff done before the day truly begins. Which is an easy prompt for early bedtime. Never sitting until touching foot in bed to read and let my mind rest, is a long awaited pleasure all day long.

This night in particular, Michael was out with some buddies and I was watching a movie. My tummy began to rumble and even though I had dinner (an hour ago), I was hungry. I decided to make a yummy little pizza on english muffins. It was probably 9:30 when I turned the oven on. My mind was telling me this would be great, while my tummy was telling me don’t even think about it….my mind won that battle.

After eating these delicious little pizza snacks, my tummy paid for it all night long. 

Ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Garlic salt
  • Pepperoni
  • Cheese
  • Fresh Basil

I reverted to a heaping hand of butter with a generous amount of garlic salt. Topping with pepperoni and cheese and then toasting them lightly in the oven.

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Using a generous portion of garlic and butter creates something worth devouring. This late night snack was incredible with a nice touch of basil to flow with the flavors, but my advice would be…”Do not eat it too late!” :)

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Something so simple but so garlicy and buttery was a wonderful moment to devour.

Fruity Smoothie

I was at the grocery store yesterday and the clerk asked me if I was enjoying summer. I looked at Cooper and with a big smile I said yes. My little man has made this summer incredible. Spending time traveling as a family, park dates, family pool time and just hanging out has been all I could ask for.

The lady behind me spoke up and said “this heat is a killer though!” As I agreed, I also explained that we can’t seem to be happy here in Oregon with it’s extreme weather changes. If we all had AC, there would be no question about it. She nodded and said she it glad she lives here but definitely wishes the weather to be mid 70’s-80’s so people would stop complaining.

I thought it was funny as we can’t ever seem to be happy. Either it rains or it scorches. I love the sun, so I am not too worried about it and our house stays really cool. :) I’m thankful for beautiful weather and a beautiful backyard to enjoy it in.

So since summer is here and will be over before we know it, take time to enjoy the sun and relax with your family while doing something exciting. And don’t forget to drink a protein packed smoothie full of vitamins and nutrients your body is craving in this hot heat.

IMG_5108Ingredients:

  • 2 cups mixed fruit; mango, pineapple, guava
  • 1 apple
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 spoonful protein powder (almond butter is a great substitute)
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup coconut milk

Compile all ingredients into a blender and ENJOY!!!!

These hot weathered days must enjoy a healthy snack.

Pizza Pockets

“WHAT??” Pizza pockets are incredible but when you buy them from the store you probably are eating 50 delicious ingredients that may not be so delicious for your body. I love a good pizza pocket and they will forever remind me of driving to Central Washington with my sister. We used to drive the long drive and stop at the half way point at a truck stop. This truck stop had the best pizza pockets to date. I don’t know how to express the incrediblness (not that that is a word) of this pocket without you actually trying it. You may be asking, how can a pizza pocket actually be delicious when it comes from a truck stop? Well, let me tell you. “It is the best I’ve ever had!!!” I’m confident my sister could verify that. :)

My sister called me on her drive to visit my parents a few weeks ago as she stopped to embark on this incredible pocket. She was reminding me of our journey together, years past. It’s probably been about 4-5 years since I actually have had it! I miss them, oh do I miss them.

Today I made a delicious pizza pocket but considering I do not hold a truck stop at my house, they are nothing alike, but they are worth making. :)

Ingredients:

  • Pizza Crust or Pie Crust (Homemade or store bought)
  • Pepperoni
  • Cheese
  • Onion, finely minced
  • Salami
  • Olives (optional)

For the crust, follow the instructions for preparation on the link above.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Once the crust is made, roll dough out onto a floured surface into a rectangle.

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Slice dough into rectangles.

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Top with cheese

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Pepperoni, salami, onions or any additional toppings.

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Once you’ve added all your toppings, fold over and begin to braid the edges to hold together.

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Place on a greased foil lined baking sheet.

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Cool on a wire rack.

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Serve as a delicious snack with blackberry lemonade. :)

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OR make additional and individually wrap and freeze. Place in toaster oven when ready to eat until nice and crispy. :) My husband loves these as snacks in his lunch. 

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“KIND” Bars

I found this recipe and thought it was a must make recipe. Who doesn’t enjoy KIND Bars, they are healthy, delicious and easy to pack n’ go. You can substitute this recipe in multiple ways for different flavors and nuts.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup + 1 TBSP raw honey
  • 2 TBSP whole wheat flour or Almond Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Almond Butter
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped cashews and/or soy nuts
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup dried cran-strawberries

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a medium bowl combine honey, flour, almond butter and sea salt. Mix until honey is well incorporated. Add oats and mix well.

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Add nuts, cranberries and chocolate chips.

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In a parchment lined 8×8 press mixture into pan.

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Bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes.

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Let cool completely. Once cooled remove from pan and cut into little squares. Stores well in plastic bag  and freezes well for a later date.

*This recipe is adapted from The Nourishing Home.

Bagel Supreme

I used to frequent a coffee shop while in college. We would drop in multiple times a week if not sometimes daily. While studying and writing papers I would get a fatty bagel with the choice of unlimited toppings. They made their own bagels which makes everything taste better.

This brings back such memories every time I make it at home realizing I used to be a naive college gal just drinking coffee and gaining the freshman 15. Although, it wasn’t just my freshman year to gain weight, it did get less as the years progressed. :) I realized through staying up late your metabolism kicks in overtime asking for more food and with little sleep your body simply can’t process all the calories without gaining weight. Double edge sword. You think you are invincible in college and come to find out, the only invincible part to college was your classes; no way around them.

So, with those college days in mind, here is a great recipe for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:

Serves 2

  • 2 Bagels
  • Cream Cheese
  • 2 Avocados
  • 2 Tomatoes, sliced

Optional Toppings:

  • Sprouts
  • Cucumbers
  • Bacon

Toast your bagel and in a small bowl mix cream cheese and avocado together. Spread on top of bagel.

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May leave sandwich open faced or closed. I prefer open faced as this is how they served them at the coffee shop.

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Top with tomatoes and basil or any remaining toppings you prefer.

Almond Pesto

I love Pesto and you all should make it especially this time of year. I bought my basil plant about a week ago and have already made a batch of Almond Pesto. You can make so many different types of pesto and even freeze it in an airtight plastic bag.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Large handfuls of fresh Basil
  • ½ cup fresh parmesan cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 handful of raw almonds*
  • ¼ cup EVOO or Grapeseed Oil (You may need more)

Simply add all ingredients to a food processor.

Pesto goes on anything and everything. For a yummy appetizer serve on Baggett chips. Serve on grilled cheese, or use in anything to create a sauce with terrific flavor.
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*Pine nuts work great in pesto but I like to switch it up from time to time even adding additional flavors to give a bit of a spice!

Coopie Bites

Coopie Bites were created by the Cook Clan. We have had Aussie bites from Costco and their energy bars as well. Basically I wanted to create a clean mixture between the two and came up with these. The name came from my husband. I must proudly give him 100% credit for the name. :) Cooper LOVES Aussie bites from Costco so we had to incorporate him into the name of course.

Directly on the packaging for Aussie bites it states: honey, cranberries, sunflower seeds, canola oil, and flax seed. Basically I took exactly that and added flour and eggs to keep them together. I have made these a few times trying to get the amounts perfect. Today I felt pretty confident that the amounts I had were good as I ate two Coopie bites straight from the oven. :)

Dry Ingredients:

  • 3 ½ cups oats
  • 1 ½ cup branflakes
  • 1 1/3 cup oat flour (may use all purpose)
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup coconut
  • ½ cup flax seed
  • ½ cup cranberries (dried blueberries or apricots work as well)
  • ½ cup nuts; sunflower, almonds, pecans any or all work great

Mix together in a large bowl; set aside.

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Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup Canola oil (may use coconut)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Mix all wet ingredients in a stand mixer. Add dry ingredients a little at a time. Make sure it’s well incorporated.

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9×13 pan and spread entire ingredients into the pan and bake for 18-20 minutes. Allow to cool.

Once cooled cut them into small bites as they are a great snack or energy bar for breakfast or before a workout.

Enjoy

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