Chocolate Whole Grain Waffles

Chocolate Whole Grain Waffles Recipe

My kids rarely agree on anything.

My oldest daughter is team waffles. My youngest daughter is team pancakes.

Me? I’m happy to indulge them both.

In my humble opinion, pancakes are easier to make on the fly. Therefore, I tend to serve them more often.

However, waffles do have those awesome little squares perfect for holding maximum amounts of maple syrup. So I try to work them into the breakfast mix often.

I really think every kitchen should have a waffle maker. You do not need anything fancy. I’ve had this waffle maker for over 15 years.

It’s easy to use and easy to clean.

In my latest attempt to make something new for breakfast, I decided to adapt my Four Grain Waffles into something a little sweeter.

These waffles are still loaded with whole grain goodness. However, they also have a little somethin’ somethin’ extra with the addition of cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips!

I’ve found these stevia sweetened chocolate chips and have tried them in this recipe. I’m happy to report they bake up nicely inside these waffles.

One of the ingredients in this recipe – oat flour – may not be something you have in your pantry. But if you have oatmeal, you can easily make your own oat flour. Simply grind oatmeal in the blender.

I don’t worry about getting the flour super fine. In fact, I’m a-ok with some whole oatmeal flakes in my oatmeal flour. This recipe rises up so nice and fluffy, there doesn’t seem to be anything that will weight it down.

CHOCOLATE WHOLE GRAIN WAFFLES RECIPE

Chocolate Whole Grain Waffles

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup oat flour (you can make oat flour by pulverized oats in the blender)
  • 3 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup organic chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat waffle iron.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Make a well in the center.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the maple syrup, buttermilk, eggs and oil. Whisk until blended. Pour the wet ingredients into the well of the dry ingredients. Mix with a rubber spatula just until combined. There may still be some lumps.
  4. Pour 1/2 cup batter onto the preheated waffle iron. Sprinkle about 10 -12 chocolate chips over, and cook per your waffle iron’s instructions.
  5. Serve with strawberries and powdered sugar.
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We like to serve our chocolate whole grain waffles plain with a few strawberries cut up on top. How would you top them?

Chocolate Whole Grain Waffles

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The World’s Greatest Slow Cooker Baked Apples Recipe

The only way to know if this is the world’s greatest slow cooker baked apples recipe is to try it!

Baking with small children is a pain.

Before I actually had children, I had this wonderful vision of what my family would look like.

In this fantasy family of mine, we would spend lazy snow days baking batches of warm and delicious homemade cookies.

Fast forward to reality. I quickly discovered baking with small children involves way more clean-up than baking.

Did you know flour + water = glue? That’s a little something you learn when cooking with two small children.

So instead of giving up on my dreams of lazy snow days cooking together, I tweaked them.

Now we make this – the world’s greatest slow cooker baked apples recipe – every snow day. It’s become our family tradition.

When we get the warnings a big snow is coming, I don’t run to the store for milk and bread. No, my snow day staples are apples and vanilla ice cream.

Apples and nuts are sweetened with maple syrup and seasoned with cinnamon and ginger. It’s a wholesome sweet treat with nutritional value.

But best of all? It does not make a complete mess of your kitchen.

Little hands are just the right size for stuffing sweet cranberries and crunchy nuts down into the cored center of a crispy apple.

Now that honeycrisp apples are so readily available, that is my variety of choice for making these slow cooker baked apples.

The next time the weatherman warns you of impending snow, add apples, nuts, Craisins, and vanilla ice cream to your shopping list.

Nothing makes you feel cozier than the smells of cinnamon, ginger and apples slow cooking!

Slow Cooker Baked Apples Recipe

The World’s Greatest Slow Cooker Baked Apples Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 large honeycrisp apples
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped (may substitute walnuts)
  • 1/3 cup Craisins
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • vanilla ice cream

Instructions

  1. Core apples. Place in bottom of slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl, combine pecans, Craisins, maple syrup, ginger, and cinnamon. Stir.
  3. Stuff apples with nut mixture.
  4. Dot top of apples with butter.
  5. Cover and slow cook on low for 2 to 3 hours.
  6. Serve topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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I think you’ll find this slow cooker baked apples recipe easy to make, healthy to eat, and a breeze to clean up! Try it on your next snow day.

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The Best Thai Slow Cooker Chicken Wings Recipe

This flavorful Thai Slow Cooker Chicken Wings Recipe is simple to make and a delight to eat.
The Best Thai Slow Cooker Chicken Wings Recipe
These Thai Slow Cooker Chicken Wings are so flavorful! You get a bit of heat from the garlic, some sweet from the honey, and some salt from the fish sauce.

If you’ve never cooked with fish sauce before, please don’t leave it out. The depth of flavor it adds to the wings just can’t be replicated with any other seasoning.

A bottle of fish sauce will last forever since it is a fermented food. Plus, I bet you’ll want to make these wings again!

I use tamari instead of soy sauce in almost all of my recipes. It’s in the same “taste family” as soy sauce but it is gluten free and has less sodium. If you want, you could use soy sauce or you could use coconut aminos.

The wings don’t take long to cook in the slow cooker – they only take about 2 hours.

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So, if you are making these for game day, I suggest you put these in the slow cooker and let them cook through the first half.

Then, you’ll want to take them out at half time and pop them on a baking sheet. Broil them for about 5 minutes to get the skin crispy.

You don’t have to broil them. However, while I find the slow cooker makes a good, moist chicken, it also makes a soggy skin. By broiling them super quick, you get that crispy skin I think most of us enjoy on our wings.

Thai Slow Cooker Chicken Wings Recipe

Ingredients

  • 24 Chicken Wings
  • 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons tamari (or soy sauce or coconut aminos)
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dried coriander
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together garlic, ginger, honey, tamari, fish sauce, and coriander.
  2. Place chicken wings in slow cooker. Pour honey mixture over. Toss wings to coat.
  3. Add chicken broth to slow cooker.
  4. Set to high and cook 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
  5. Once wings are cooked, transfer to a broiler pan. Broil 5 minutes to get skin crispy.
  6. Serve hot.
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Have you tried chicken wings in the slow cooker before?

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Slow Cooker Beef Roast: Poblano Roast Beef & Tacos with Jicama Slaw

Slow cooker beef roast: Cook once and eat twice!

Slow Cooker Beef Roast: Cook Once, Eat Twice. Make Poblano Roast Beef one night, make Tacos with Jicama-Orange Slaw another

My new favorite thing in the whole wide world is strategizing how to slow cook one meal and then easily turn it into a second meal.

This not only means less time cooking, it also means one less meal I have to plan.

Meal planning is my nemesis. I love to cook. I hate to come up with “What’s for dinner?”

A slow cooker beef roast is perfect for cooking once, eating twice. The beef roast benefits from a long, slow cook time, so it needs to cook an 8 hour day.

I do believe in giving it a quick sear on all sides before putting it in the slow cooker. It means one more dish, but other than that, it’s a pretty quick and painless process to get all the ingredients into the pot then just hit “cook on low” and walk away.

In this recipe, I picked up a boneless chuck roast from Whole Foods on sale for only $3.99/pound. That means my roast only cost me $11.50! From Whole Paycheck! And I’m splitting that cost across two meals. Can you say inexpensive?

I suggest you purchase a roast based on your family size. Our family of 4 – all with adult appetites – does well with a 3 pound roast. That breaks down to about 3 ounces of meat per family member per meal.

If your family needs a larger portion of meat to be satisfied, buy a larger roast. No matter what size you buy, it’s the same amount of cooking time. Booyah!

Slow Cooker Beef Roast

Slow Cooker Beef Roast: Cook Once, Eat Twice. Make Poblano Roast Beef the first night. Make Tacos with Jicama-Orange Slaw the next.

Slow Cooker Poblano Beef Roast

3 to 4 lb boneless chuck roast
Salt and pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup beef broth
4 cloves garlic
3 poblano peppers, seeded and chopped
2 bay leaves
1 large onion, chopped

Season roast with salt, pepper and garlic powder. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Sear beef on each side. Transfer beef to slow cooker. In a small bowl, whisk together broth and  garlic. Pour over roast. Add peppers, bay leaves, and onions. Cover and cook low on 8 hours. Shred roast.

Reserve 1/2 of shredded beef and ¼ cup of cooking liquid for Tacos with Jicama-Orange Slaw before serving.

Serve roast topped with poblanos. Excellent over rice or cauliflower rice with a side of black beans.

Slow Cooker Beef Roast: Cook Once, Eat Twice. Make Poblano Roast Beef the first night. Make Tacos with Jicama-Orange Slaw the next.

Tacos with Jicama-Orange Slaw

Reserved beef from Poblano Roast Beef
¼ cup reserved beef broth
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
1 medium jicama, peeled and shredded
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper
Corn tortillas
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
Optional: avocado

In a saucepan, bring roast, broth and cumin to a simmer over medium heat. Cook until heated through.

In a medium bowl, toss together jicama, jalapeno, cilantro, orange rind, orange juice, oil, salt and pepper.

Heat tortillas according to package directions. Top tortillas with beef and slaw and serve with onions for topping. Optional: Add avocado

Slow Cooker Beef Roast: Cook Once, Eat Twice. Make Poblano Roast Beef the first night. Make Tacos with Jicama-Orange Slaw the next.

These tacos seriously take no time at all to prepare. And the flavor is on point.

The Poblano Beef Roast is Paleo, Whole 30, and Sugar Detox compliant as is. If you are following any of those plans, serve your tacos on lettuce wraps to be compliant.

Do you have any slow cook once, eat twice meals you make?

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The Easiest Healthy Football Tailgate Appetizer

Anyone can create a stadium out of vegetables. It’s the easiest healthy football tailgate appetizer to make that will also impress your friends and family.

Ready to make the easiest healthy football tailgate appetizer? All you need is an assortment of veggies, some homemade dip, and some recyclable pans

I love the scrumdiddlyumptious appetizers that you typically get at a football tailgate as much as anyone.

Wings, nachos, jalapeno poppers, burgers, brats, chips and dips… What’s not to love?

However, my metabolism just can’t keep up with an afternoon of indulging in these traditional tailgate foods.

I hate always being the one to bring a veggie tray. It seems like a buzz kill, doesn’t it???

But in order to make sure I have a healthy option, I’ll be the one bringing the veggies.

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This year, I’ll be bringing the veggie tray football stadium. It’s all in the presentation!

What you’ll need:

Chopped Veggies – you choose your favorites!
Homemade Ranch Dip (I like this recipe)
Paprika
Dried Parsley
2 aluminum pans – a large lasagne size and a smaller bread size

How to Make Your Healthy Football Tailgate Appetizer Video

Enjoy!!!

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Healthy Cauliflower Nachos Recipe

This healthy cauliflower nachos recipe features seasoned and roasted cauliflower that tastes so mind-blowingly good, you won't miss the chips.

Oh friends. Do I have a treat for you!

Not to toot my own horn, but I think this might be one of my finest recipe creations to date.

First, I have to confess how much I LOVE tortilla chips.

Years ago, my husband was stationed in Del Rio, TX. There isn’t much in Del Rio, but there is a Julio Chip’s Factory.

Oh. My. Word. If you’ve never had fresh chips right off the factory conveyor belt, then you have not lived. So yummy!

But in an effort to eat healthier, I rarely ever buy chips.

And now that I’ve had these healthy cauliflower nachos, I may never buy chips again. For real.

These are actually quite easy to make. I started with homemade taco seasoning. You don’t have to make your own, but this is exactly what I used.

HOMEMADE TACO SEASONING

2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

Mix all the spices in a small bowl.

This healthy cauliflower nachos recipe features seasoned and roasted cauliflower that tastes so mind-blowingly good, you won't miss the chips.

Next you slice your cauliflower into large chunks.

This healthy cauliflower nachos recipe features seasoned and roasted cauliflower that tastes so mind-blowingly good, you won't miss the chips.

Brush the chunks with a generous amount of olive oil.

This healthy cauliflower nachos recipe features seasoned and roasted cauliflower that tastes so mind-blowingly good, you won't miss the chips.

Then sprinkle the cauliflower with about half the seasoning. Roast the cauliflower at 425 for about 20 minutes – or until fork tender but still firm.

This healthy cauliflower nachos recipe features seasoned and roasted cauliflower that tastes so mind-blowingly good, you won't miss the chips.

You could eat the seasoned and roasted cauliflower not be sad. It’s flippin’ good.

However, I think you should load your nachos!

My goal was to turn these into main dish nachos. Something you can sit down with a plate full and walk away feeling satisfied.

I also wanted to keep this fitting for a paleo, whole 30 or sugar detox diet. Therefore, I left off any cheese. No cheese, but yes guacamole. I love guac more than cheese, so I don’t feel like I compromised in flavor one bit.

Healthy Cauliflower Nachos Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • taco seasoning
  • 1/2 lb ground beef or turkey or chicken
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • guacamole
  • optional: pickled jalapenos

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Slice cauliflower into large pieces, remove core.
  3. Brush cauliflower with olive oil. Sprinkle with about 1 tablespoon taco seasoning.
  4. Roast cauliflower for 20 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork.
  5. While cauliflower roasts, brown ground meat and season with taco seasoning.
  6. Top roast cauliflower with meat. Sprinkle with tomatoes and red onion. Top with guacamole and jalapenos if using.
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Make these for dinner, or make them for a healthy treat to eat during the big game. Either way, I know you won’t feel deprived because they aren’t made with chips.

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50 Easy Low Sugar Snacks for Kids

50 Easy Low Sugar Snacks for Kids. Healthy snack ideas for busy families.

Making low sugar snacks for kids doesn’t have to be complicated.

In fact, do you remember when the saying, “Keep it Simple Stupid” was in fashion? That’s still the way I like things.

With these easy low sugar snack suggestions, I find the simpler you keep it, the better it is for your kids.

This list is full of nutritious ideas for feeding your kids real, whole foods. It’s important to remember that you are building a lifetime of healthy habits for your kids.

When I did my 30 Day Sugar Detox, I found I “reset” my taste buds. Even 2 years later, I still don’t like things as sweet as I used to.

If you haven’t already signed up to receive my Real Food Prep Plan, I show you how to do a weekly snack box prep.

Having snacks prepped in advance helps make nutritious choices easier.

50 Easy Low Sugar Snacks for Kids

1. Tomatoes and Mozzarella Cheese
2. Hard Boiled Eggs
3. Cheese, cubed
4. Nitrate-Free Pepperoni
5. Whole Grain Toast Topped with Sliced Avocado
6. Mixed Nuts and Raisins
7. Avocado Half Filled with Pico De Gallo
8. Roasted Chickpeas
9. Popcorn
10. Triscuits and Cheese

Cheese and triscuits: 50 Easy Low Sugar Snacks for Kids. Healthy ideas for busy families.

11. Wasa Crackers spread with hummus and topped with sliced cucumbers
12. No Sugar Added Applesauce
13. Plain Greek Yogurt and Berries
14. Baked Sweet Potato
15. Sliced Bananas and Almond Butter
16. Celery and Peanut Butter
17. Clementines
18. Apple Slices
19. Fruit Kabobs with Pineapple, Kiwi and Strawberries
20. Sliced Carrots and Hummus

Banana Chocolate Chip Freeze: 50 Easy Low Sugar Snacks for Kids. Healthy ideas for busy families.
21. Nitrate-free Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups
22. Lime Baked Tortilla Chips
23. Freeze Dried Berries
24. Baked Potato
25. Dark Chocolate Chickpea Cookie Dough
26. Almond Joy Chia Pudding
27. Diced Melon
28. Watermelon Pizza
29. 2 Ingredient Banana Pancakes
30. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Banana Smoothie

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Smoothie: 50 Easy Low Sugar Snacks for Kids. Healthy ideas for busy families.

31. Diced Pear Sprinkled with Cinnamon
32. Wasa Cracker Spread with Cream Cheese and Topped with Strawberries
33. Lemon Truffles
34. Edamame
35. Grapes (try frozen to mix it up)
36. Deviled Eggs
37. Broiled Grapefruit Half
38. Zucchini Slices Topped with Tomato Sauce and Cheese and Broiled
39. Wasa Cracker Topped with Nitrate Free Ham and Pickles
40. Healthy Banana Split

Mock Banana Split: 50 Easy Low Sugar Snacks for Kids. Healthy ideas for busy families.

41. Beef Jerky
42. Cottage Cheese topped with Chopped Apple, Raisins, and Grapes
43. Sunflower Seeds
44. Larabars
45. Leftover Pasta and Tomato Sauce
46. Jicama (for older kids try it sprinkled with lime juice and chili powder)
47. Cherries
48. Peach half topped with Greek yogurt and a sprinkling of museili
49. Whole Wheat Pretzels (good dipped in almond butter or hummus)
50. Cashews and Dried Cherries

Any favorite low sugar snacks in your house that you’d care to share?

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