Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake

I stay pretty consistent with breakfast.  There are only a few things that I really like to eat…

It really comes down to specific ingredients that I like to eat in the morning… When I heard that Tiffany had fallen in love with Marissa‘s latest quinoa recipe, I knew I wanted to try it.

As expected, I made quite a few modifications to Marissa’s original recipe, to suit my picky palate.  I definitely recommend you check out her version which includes apricots, and all of her recipes for that matter.  They all look so good!  (Note:  I’ve got my eyes on that Broccoli Pizza Crust she shared…)

Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake

The quinoa in this dish makes it extra filling as a breakfast dish.  It reminds me of a warm sister dish to the PB Overnight Oats I usually eat, with an extra protein punch that keeps me full for hours.  Try it… you’re going to love it!

Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake

Adapted from Uproot from Oregon

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup old fashioned oats + 1 Tbsp. for garnish
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 1/2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed + 1/4 cup water (1 1/2 flax eggs)
1/2 cup skim milk
1/4 cup prepared PB2 (about 6 Tbsp. PB2 powder + 4 Tbsp. water)
1/2 tsp. vanilla paste
1 1/2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt

Optional Toppings:

sugar-free maple syrup, PB2

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Make “flax eggs” by combining the ground flaxseed with water and letting it sit for 15 minutes until you get an eggy consistency.  Note:  This is the first time I ever experimented with this.  Will definitely be using it in the future, as I don’t always have eggs on hand!

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2.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

3.  In a large bowl, combine oats, PB2, flax eggs, milk brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.  Stir to combine.

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Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Add quinoa and stir to combine.  Note:  I used cooked red quinoa, but  you can use any color you prefer.

Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake | No Thanks to Cake

Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Grease your baking pan with cooking spray, and pour the contents of the bowl into the pan. Top with 1 Tbsp. of oatmeal to make it look pretty.

Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake | No Thanks to Cake

Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake | No Thanks to Cake

Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, checking starting around 20 minutes to ensure the middle is no longer ‘jiggly’ and that a crust has formed on top.

Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake | No Thanks to Cake

7.  Let the oatmeal sit and cool for a few minutes, then slice into it and top with maple syrup and/or extra PB2.

Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake | No Thanks to Cake

Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake | No Thanks to Cake

Per 1/8 recipe serving (without toppings):

CAL 134; CARB 24g; FAT 2g; PROT 6g; FIB 3g; WW Points Plus: 3

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If you like the sounds of this quinoa breakfast, you might also like this one:

True Foods Kitchen Quinoa Johnny Cakes | No Thanks to Cake

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Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

With Easter less than a week away, it was time to bake a tasty treat for my Gramps.  Knowing that he loves peanut butter more than anything, I wanted to go with a PB cookie for this year’s easter package.

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During my trip to Nashville, I tried these cookies for the first time and they were awesome.  Jaede’s neighbor made them as a gluten-free treat for her husband.  It’s hard to believe that these cookies don’t have any flour in them, but you won’t miss it at all!  They have a strong peanut butter flavor and taste perfect paired with a glass of milk.  Enjoy!!

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

From Real Simple

Makes 18 cookies

INGREDIENTS

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1 cup creamy peanut butter (I used Jif Natural)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla paste
1/4 tsp. kosher salt

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat oven to 350° F.

2.  Using an electric mixer, beat the peanut butter and sugars on medium-high speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.

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3.  Reduce speed to low and beat in the eggs, baking soda, vanilla, and salt.

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Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Roll heaping tablespoonfuls of the dough into balls and place on silpat-lined baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Note:  I used a 1 Tbsp. Pampered Chef scoop to form the cookies.

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Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies | No Thanks to Cake

5.  With a lightly floured fork, press the dough to a ⅜-inch thickness, making a crisscross pattern on top of each cookie.

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Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Bake, rotating the baking sheets halfway through, until the edges are set, 10 minutes. Cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

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Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies | No Thanks to Cake

Per cookie:

CAL 133; CARB 15g; FAT 7g; PROT 3g; FIB 1g; WW Points Plus: 4

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Recipe Roundup: Laughing Cow Cheese

It’s hard to believe how new I am to Laughing Cow Cheese.  I never tried it until I started eating healthy, and it has since become a major staple in my kitchen.

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The creaminess of the cheese makes for a great snack with vegetables.  It’s amazing on crackers.  And, I’ve started cooking with it more and more.  Considering that it’s just 35 calories per wedge, it’s an amazing addition to just about every dish!

I was peeking through my blog this weekend and found so many recipes that included this awesome cheese, that I thought it was time for a roundup…

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Below you will find links to some of my favorite cheesy Laughing Cow recipes.  Click on the picture to access the recipe.  Try them and enjoy!!!

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Grilled Tomato Biscuits with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

One-Serving Queso Verde | No Thanks to Cake

BLT Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes | No Thanks to Cake

Prosciutto - Sun Dried Tomato - Spinach Stuffed Turkey Burger with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

Baked Sunchoke Chips with Laughing Cow Onion Dip | No Thanks to Cake

BLT Waffle Sliders with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

Garlicky Spinach with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

Hungry Girl's Easy Macaroni and Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Sausage Spinach Bowl | No Thanks to Cake

Chicken Spinach and Artichoke Paninis | No Thanks to Cake

French Onion Baked Potato | No Thanks to Cake

Also, for my friends on the Jenny Craig program, many of my Jenny Volumizing Recipes include LC Cheese.  Check out my full list of JC recipes here.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy Laughing Cow Cheese?

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New Obsession: Trader Joe’s

I know that many of you have been enjoying Trader Joe’s for years.  Can you believe that Trader Joe’s just FINALLY showed up in Colorado in February??

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After letting the crowds die down a little and the overall mayhem settle, I finally made my way there!  OMG… so many yummy items to choose from!

Now, I don’t think I could really do all of my groceries here, but it’s perfect for picking up a few (or a LOT!) of specialty items.  I’ve found quite a few over the past week that are SO GOOD that I had to share.

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Check out this cart full of goodies that I picked up on Friday when I was going there for “soup”… please also note that there is no “soup” in this cart.  Classic!

So… What did I buy and what did I love so far?

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Arugula & Parmigiano Reggiano Ravioli

These ended up being an impulse buy.  Again, I was looking for soup… and somehow I ended up with fresh pasta.  Trader Joe’s has a wonderful selection of filled pastas to choose from – - everything from lobster to bolognese to arugula.  I went with the Arugula version and cooked it up as an amazing Friday night dinner.  Pairing it with a few other purchases.

Greens

Mini Heirloom Tomatoes and Organic Micro Greens

While the Arugula pasta cooked, I sliced a few mini heirloom tomatoes with a handful of organic micro greens and some basil olive oil.  Adding a little salt and pepper, this dish was fantastic and incredibly beautiful.  This is one to try.  VERY little oil, and mostly veggies…

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 Mini Mint Ice Cream Sandwiches

And then…. I met these guys.  These 70-calorie for two ice cream treats are AMAZING!

New Obsession: Trader Joe's | No Thanks to Cake

They’re very Oreo-like, and filled with minty chocolate chip ice cream.  Try them….

Hold the Cone

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These tiny chocolate-lined ice cream cones are ridiculous.  They are tiny, but amazingly good.  The chocolate coating is crunchy, revealing the creamiest of ice cream on the inside (even straight from the freezer!)  Also, only 70 calories… yep, get them, too!

Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough

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I bought the Garlic & Herb flavor upon my friend Tiffany’s recommendation.  OMG… so good!  I made a really decadent pizza out of it.  And, actually split the ball of dough into 4 pizzas.  While this stuff is amazing, be very aware of the serving size and the calories you’re taking in.  It’s more than you’d think, unfortunately. But check out this pizza!  AMAZING!

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The flavor combination that I came up with was a little crazy… but so delicious.  How about bacon, peppadew peppers, and fresh mozzarella?  Amazing with that salty, sweet combo.  I’m going to work to make it with a little bit of a lighter dough the next time, and I’ll share the recipe.  Good stuff!

Coconut Oil Spray

I’m incredibly late to the coconut oil game, but better late then never…

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I’ve started roasting and cooking veggies with this stuff.  So good!

All The Sauces

I also feel like I bought all of their sauces.  Here’s a little peek at a few that came home with me…

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And, truthfully, there are quite a few more in my pantry.  Barbecue sauces and curries, and so much more!

Since I am so new to Trader Joe’s, what other items do I need to try on my next TJ’s run?

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