Grain Free Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake

A mug cake made from almond flour and chocolate hazelnut spread.
Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake. Warm, chocolatey, and perfectly portioned for one. It's grain free. It's made with organic chocolate hazelnut spread. It's ready in two minutes. GO!

Have you ever had a craving for something chocolatey and warm?

I don’t keep a lot of sweets in the house, so when those cravings hit, there isn’t much to grab.

That’s why I love this mug cake.

With just a few ingredients, I can stir everything together in a mug, and after two minutes in the microwave, I have CAKE!

Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake. Warm, chocolatey, and perfectly portioned for one. It's grain free. It's made with organic chocolate hazelnut spread. It's ready in two minutes. GO!

Not just cake – but perfectly proportioned cake! A cake for one!

Here’s the best part of this cake: Nutiva came out with an organic chocolate hazelnut spread.

Not only is it organic, but it has 40% less sugar than Nutella.

Did you know Nutella has over 20 grams of sugar? The Nutiva only has 12 grams of sugar. And you don’t miss it. It’s rich and chocolately without all that added yuck.

Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake. Warm, chocolatey, and perfectly portioned for one. It's grain free. It's made with organic chocolate hazelnut spread. It's ready in two minutes. GO!

Instead of flour, I tried using almond meal in this cake. It turned out perfectly! If you are looking for a grain free dessert, try this mug cake.

Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake

Grain Free Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. In a large microwave safe mug, whisk together the almond flour and baking powder.
  2. Add egg, chocolate hazelnut spread, coconut oil, maple syrup, almond milk, and vanilla. Stir until well combined.
  3. Microwave on high for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Allow to cool before eating.
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Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake. Warm, chocolatey, and perfectly portioned for one. It's grain free. It's made with organic chocolate hazelnut spread. It's ready in two minutes. GO!

Mmmmmmm. Mug Cake.

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Healthy Roasted Cabbage Recipe

Healthy Roasted Cabbage Recipe
A healthy roasted cabbage recipe. It's a simple recipe perfect for Paleo, Whole 30 or Vegetarian diets.

Here’s a fun fact about me: I love cabbage. Love, love, love.

It definitely makes the top 10 list of ALL foods for me. And that is a list that also includes brownies.

Roasted cabbage happens to be one of my favorite ways to make it.

Luckily, it is also one of the most simple.

Here’s the trick to my roasted cabbage: I sprinkle it with finely chopped radishes.

Everyone thinks the cabbage is topped with bacon. Because after roasting, it looks like bacon bits.

A healthy roasted cabbage recipe. It's a simple recipe perfect for Paleo, Whole 30 or Vegetarian diets.

See?

Of course, you could top the cabbage with chopped bacon if you want, but here’s why I don’t.

First (and best) reason: I don’t buy pork.

No great reason I don’t buy pork other than if I could have a pet teacup pig, I would. I’d rather be friends with a pig than eat one. (Conversely, I have no problems eating chicken and I want to own those too. It makes no sense, I know. This is where you might feel a little bit sorry for my husband who for 25 years has tried to figure out why I do what I do.)

Second reason to use radishes: It’s another veggie serving I can get my family to willingly eat. I try to serve as many fruits and vegetables throughout the day.

Radishes have a peppery flavor that is just plain good with the cabbage. It lends it that little something-something extra to the wedges. Not to mention, pretty, right? Maybe perfect for a holiday meal?

HEALTHY ROASTED CABBAGE RECIPE

Healthy Roasted Cabbage Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 head cabbage, sliced 1 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped radishes
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Lay cabbage slices on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Use a basting brush and brush olive oil on cabbage slices. Top with chopped radishes and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Roast for 20-25 minutes or to desired doneness.
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Your hands on time in making this dish is maybe 10 minutes before you can just tuck it in the oven and let it do it’s thing. In my world, that makes it a perfect, easy weeknight side dish.

Cabbage is one of the healthiest foods, providing vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K. Plus it has very few calories. It’s a food everyone should be eating more of, so I hope you’ll try this recipe with your family.

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How to Cook Chickpeas in the Slow Cooker

How to Cook Chickpeas in the Slow Cooker

How to Cook Chickpeas in the Slow Cooker. You don't need to soak them beforehand!

Before we get to the recipe, I’m just wondering: Do you call them chickpeas or garbanzo beans?

Personally, I love the name garbanzo beans. Garbanzo is just one of those fun words to say. Like Bazinga. Or Gizmo.

But today I’m calling them chickpeas because when I went to buy a bag at the grocery store, that was what the bag said.

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Canned beans are pretty inexpensive. So why would you go through the trouble of cooking dried chickpeas?

Because when you cook chickpeas in the slow cooker, you don’t have to soak them beforehand!

BAZINGA!

This makes them incredibly easy to make, and since you are using your slow cooker, it is practically no work at all.

Plus, you can freeze your cooked chickpeas. In fact, chickpeas can be frozen for up to a year. Yes, I said a year!

It’s so easy to cook chickpeas in the slow cooker, I’m almost embarrassed to call this a recipe.

How to Cook Chickpeas in the Slow Cooker:

1 16-ounce bag dried chickpeas
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Put the chickpeas in a slow cooker and cover with water by 2 inches. Add baking soda. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

SEE??? I told you it was hardly a recipe.

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Chickpeas are great additions to salads and soups, but Chili Flavored Crispy Roasted Chickpeas are my favorite way to eat them. They are like a healthier Doritos.

OR if you prefer sweet to salty, use your cooked chickpeas to make Dark Chocolate Chickpea Cookie Dough. It satisfies your sweet tooth with the added bonus of fiber to fill you up.

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Dark Chocolate Chickpea Cookie Dough Recipe

Enjoy this dark chocolate chickpea cookie dough recipe with fruit, pretzels, or by the spoonful.

Enjoy this dark chocolate chickpea cookie dough recipe with fruit, or pretzels, or by the spoonful. Satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthier way.

Are you someone who enjoys eating raw cookie dough?

ME TOO!!!

When I bake cookies, I usually get about a dozen less than the recipe says it makes because of all the spoonfuls of the dough I sample.

Enjoy this dark chocolate chickpea cookie dough recipe with fruit, or pretzels, or by the spoonful. Satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthier way.

When the urge for something sweet kicks in, this sweet treat can be whipped up in a matter of minutes.

All the ingredients get dumped into a food processor. Then, you simply blend the ingredients together until you have a smooth consistency.

I keep the ingredients for this recipe stocked in my pantry at all times. It has just the right amount of sweet to satisfy my sweet tooth. Pairing it with some apple slices always leaves me feeling like I’ve had an indulgent treat when really I’ve had a healthy dose of fiber and natural sweeteners.

In the middle of the afternoon, when you just need that sweet something, this is so tasty.

If you haven’t used tahini before, it is made from ground sesame seeds. I know a lot of schools have gone nut-free, so using tahini means this can be tucked into a lunch or snack box.

Tahini tends to be a bit bitter – it isn’t inherently sweet like a nut butter. So if you substitute almond or peanut butter in this recipe, you’ll have an even sweeter dip.

Dark Chocolate Chickpea Cookie Dough Recipe

Dark Chocolate Chickpea Cookie Dough Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 15 ounce can chickpeas, drained
  • 1/4 cup tahini (may substitute almond or peanut butter)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup cacoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to the workbowl of a food processor and blend until smooth.
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I do want to throw this out there: just because this recipe is made from real, whole foods, and it is sweetened with a natural sweetener, this is not a low calorie food. I try to make sure I serve this with a fruit such as apples, bananas or strawberries. Or, I limit myself to just one big, sweet and satifying spoonful.

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How to Make Ropa Vieja in the Slow Cooker

How to Make Ropa Vieja in the Slow Cooker
How to Make Ropa Vieja in the Slow Cooker. A healthy real life, real food recipe. Paleo, Whole 30 and 21DSD compliant too!

Do you get tired of fussy slow cooker recipes? You know the ones. First you saute, then you brown, then you slow cook?

Sometimes those recipes don’t feel like short cut recipes. Not to mention, you have extra dishes you then have to clean.

When you make Ropa Vieja in the slow cooker, it really is as easy as dumping in the ingredients and setting the slow cooker on low. Then, it cooks all day. A full 8 hours all day. It’s the kind of recipe you can set and forget.

How to Make Ropa Vieja in the Slow Cooker. A healthy real life, real food recipe. Paleo, Whole 30 and 21DSD compliant too!

If you’ve never had Ropa Vieja before, it is a Cuban recipe where a cut of beef is stewed in a tangy tomato sauce then topped with salty green olives.

This is not a time to skimp on the olives. Head to the olive bar and get good quality ones. You don’t need much, and a good quality olive will make this recipe.

Due to the long cooking time, the flank steak used in this recipe becomes unbelievably tender and is easily shredded with two forks.

You’ll find this recipe is perfect if you follow a paleo, whole 30 or sugar detox diet.

How to Make Ropa Vieja in the Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 15 ounce can organic diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon organic tomato paste
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 small green pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon organic pure cane sugar (optional)
  • sea salt and ground pepper
  • 3 pound flank steak
  • 1/2 cup pitted and sliced green olives
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. In the bottom of the slow cooker, combine the broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, green pepper, garlic, cumin, oregano, and sugar. Stir to create a sauce.
  2. Lay flank steak on top of the sauce. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Remove steak from slow cooker. Add apple cider vinegar and olives to the sauce and stir.
  5. Shred steak with two forks. Return to the slow cooker and toss with the sauce before serving.
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If you are, or you know of, a working mom who needs healthy, satisfying, and easy to make recipes, (or maybe that describes you!) please share this recipe with them.

Have you tried Ropa Vieja before?

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Simple Cold Peanut Noodles Recipe Perfect for Lunches

This cold peanut noodles recipe couldn’t be simpler.

These simple cold peanut noodles are the perfect make ahead lunch. Prep at the beginning of the week, divided into lunch boxes, grab and go in the mornings.

Cold Peanut Noodles are a fun and different way to serve pasta.

I buy the whole wheat spaghetti from Costco and use it to make these peanut noodles. They stand up well to being refrigerated for several days.

While I love this vegetarian version of the recipe, if you prefer something hardier, you can add cooked chicken or shrimp in this dish.

I like the simple combo of noodles and cucumbers, but if you have carrots at home, try adding some shredded carrots for variety.

The beauty of this recipe is it can be made at the beginning of the week, divided up into portable containers (like these) and stored in the fridge. It then makes the perfect grab and go lunch.

The easy to make sauce keeps the noodles from hardening in the fridge.

Toss some orange slices and sugar snap peas in your bento lunch box and you’ve got the perfect healthy lunch.

Simple Cold Peanut Noodles

These simple cold peanut noodles are the perfect make ahead lunch. Prep at the beginning of the week, divided into lunch boxes, grab and go in the mornings.

 

Cold Peanut Noodles

Ingredients

  • 4 small cucumbers
  • 16 ounces whole wheat pasta
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (white or rice)
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook the pasta as directed on the package.
  2. While the pasta cooks, peel the cucumbers. Slice them in half longwise and use a spoon to scrape out any seeds. Chop finely and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, peanut butter, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, and water. Add cucumbers.
  4. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and rinse with cold water. Add to the sauce and cucumbers. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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In case you like spicy, like me, you can add a little Sriracha sauce to your noodles. It adds just the kick I like!

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Meal Prep for the Week: Lunch Ideas

My simple system to meal prep for the week. Get everything ready on Sunday and enjoy ready-made, healthy lunches all week.

How to meal prep for the week with these easy ideas for healthy lunches. Prep for one or prep for the whole family.

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I hate to pack lunches.

That is, I used to hate packing lunches until I came up with a weekly meal prep routine that has made lunch prep so easy.

And our lunches have never tasted better!

The basis for my lunches are a cross between a Buddha bowl and a salad.

Or maybe they are salads with hearty stuff in it.

Or maybe they are bowls on top of greens.

Anyway you look at it, these bowls are so easy to assemble, and they stay fresh all week.

How to Meal Prep for the Week:

How to meal prep for the week with these easy ideas for healthy lunches. Prep for one or prep for the whole family.

STEP 1 – COOK YOUR PROTEIN

By far the easiest and cheapest way to have chicken for your lunches is to cook a Whole Chicken in a Crockpot. Once the meat is done, tear it off the bone and sometimes I like toshred it using this trick. I use between 3 or 4 ounces of chicken per bowl. I actually use my digital scale to measure the right portion.

No time to slow cook? Grilling boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs is quick and easy.

Other options for protein:

Flank Steak (Use your leftovers!)
Mississippi Pot Roast (Again, use leftovers!)
Hard Boiled Eggs
Cooked Ham
Nitrate-free Deli Meat
Shredded Cheese

How to meal prep for the week with these easy ideas for healthy lunches. Prep for one or prep for the whole family.

STEP 2 – COOK YOUR GRAINS

At the same time your meat is cooking, you need to cook up a grain. What type of grain you cook is up to you.

Personally, I love rice or bulgur in my bowls. But any of these make good choices:

Quinoa
Bulgur
White Rice
Brown Rice
Farro
Millet
Kamut

Did you know you can freeze cooked brown rice? Double or triple your batch and you won’t have to cook a grain for several weeks.

How to meal prep for the week with these easy ideas for healthy lunches. Prep for one or prep for the whole family.

STEP 3 – FLAVORFUL ADDITIONS

Finish your bowls with any of the following:

Beans
Lentils
Cheese
Chopped or Shredded Vegetables
Fresh or Dried Fruits
Nuts

STEP 4 – DRESSING

I use a simple homemade salad dressing for almost all of my salads.

1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

If I want a sweeter dressing I add 2 teaspoons of honey. If I want a savory dressing I add 2 teaspoons of dijon mustard. If I need extra flavor, I add them both.

That’s it for the dressing. I’ll just add the ingredients to a mason jar and shake them well. No special equipment required.

How to meal prep for the week with these easy ideas for healthy lunches. Prep for one or prep for the whole family.

STEP 5 – ASSEMBLE THE SALAD BOWLS

You can make your salads to suit your favorite tastes; however, I thought you might like some inspiration.

SALAD BOWL INSPIRATION:

Steak and Egg Salad Bowl
Greek Chicken and Feta Salad Bowl
Chicken and Cherry Salad Bowl

I pack most of our lunches in a stainless steel lunch container. However, I pack up 9 lunches at a time (3 lunches for 3 people). I simply don’t have enough stainless steel containers for all of our lunches. *sigh* And people, they are SPENDY! So I have purchased some of these meal prep containers. If this is what your budget allows, then please use them but DON’T microwave any food in them! Don’t let your budget be a barrier to healthy meal prep.

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