I’ve been counting my calories daily for the last few weeks (My Weight Loss Story is a daily continual journey). In doing so, it’s easy if I’ve got quick healthy meals ready to go. I’m a HUGE granola fan. Like huge. Love it! But only love it, if it’s good for me! Forget the store bought stuff. I’m all about making it at home. When I saw a recipe for peanut butter granola I was all over it. I LOVE peanut butter. So with a few healthy swaps, I created this tasty breakfast (or snack). I packaged it up in individual servings and it was ready to grab-n-go on my way to work. The key to staying on track with your calorie counting is: preparation. I’ve been anything BUT prepared over the last week – but for the first week of the challenge I rocked the preparedness like it was my JOB!
Alright. I’m an on-again-off-again calorie counter. Right now I’m on the band wagon. You see, I’m currently competing in another round of the Game On Health Challenge (you can read all about that in My Weight Loss Story). It’s my fourth time competing. Each time I’ve chosen ‘calorie counting’ as my meal plan. As tedious as it can be, MyFitnessPal makes it nearly effortless. The plus side, is as long as you know what’s in your food – you can count it. Over the next four weeks you’ll be seeing a whole lot of healthy around here. I want to continue to prove that healthy is not only good for you, but can also be delicious too. These Cashew Chicken Salad Lettuce wraps are divine. Seriously. They are also super easy too. I’ve mentioned it before, but I buy the Costco pre-shredded rotisserie chicken and it use it in so many things!
I love tortilla cups! If you haven’t noticed, it all started with these Tortilla Cups, then I created the Pumpkin Mousse Tortilla Cups, that lead to the Andes Mint Tortilla Cups and then Andes Peppermint Crunch Tortilla Cups. I love them!! Last year around the 4th of July I made them and forgot to take pictures… so I was knew I wanted to make them again this year! You could if you want, drizzle red or blue melted candy melt over them for an extra fun touch, but I opted not to this time around. I’ve been loving my Bosch for whipping up fresh whipped cream. For a minute there I had fresh whipped cream coming out of my ears.
I recently got a new job, and as a parting gift for my co-workers on my last day a few weeks ago I decided to make a treat to say goodbye! Everyone knows I love sharing food, and I figured there wouldn’t be a better way to say goodbye than over a sweet treat. These were so easy to put together and so tasty. They were an instant hit! Even better, they are patriotic! Look how adorably red white and blue they are! I’ve been on a quest to bring red white and blue recipes that don’t involve food coloring. In my healthy journey, I’ve all but 100% eliminated artificial food coloring in my cooking.
My friend Jill at work brought me a taste of a homemade broccoli salad she’d made a year or two ago. One bite and I was hooked. It was similar to the bagged broccoli salad mixes you’ll find at Sam’s Club or Costco that are really delicious. Only her’s was made from scratch, which anything homemade is always better! It was one of those ‘I need the recipe to this NOW!!!’ Only that was a year or two ago.. and I just got around to making it. What took so long?? This stuff is AMAZING!