Recipes

Oatmeal Energy Bites

Hi friends! How is your week so far? I hope it’s a good one plus a short week is always nice right?! Have a great day 🙂

oatmeal energy bites

The other day, I was browsing Pinterest to find an energy ball recipe. I found a lot but most of them called for ingredients that I don’t have on hand or a food processor which I don’t own #SmallKitchenProblems. Personally, my pantry does not contain flax seed, protein powders or dates. If yours does then more power to you! I find it’s easiest to stock what I know I’ll use than buy things just for one recipe that I’m not sure I’ll enjoy. Due to this, I didn’t want to buy something that I wouldn’t use regularly.

I still wanted to make some energy balls to have as a healthy pre and post workout snack. I looked at a lot of recipes to get the ratio of the main ingredients then decided just to make my own. They came together super quick and involved minimal work. Plus they taste like cookies thanks to the addition of some chocolate chips. You can even think of them as a semi healthy dessert since they have chia seeds and minimal ingredients.

Ingredients:

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1 cup old fashioned oats

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup honey

1 tablespoon chia seeds (for protein but can be made without them)

1/4-1/3 cup of chocolate chips (depending on how much chocolate you would like!)

Directions:

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Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir until well combined.

Cover and store in the fridge for 30 minutes. This allows the oats to soak up a little moisture and make the dough easier to work with.

Use a spoon to get out a small amount of dough and roll into golf ball sized pieces. If the dough is too sticky, place back in fridge to let it harden a bit more.

Place in a closed container and store in the fridge.

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Question of the day: Have you ever had energy bites?

Daily Happenings, Recipes, Running

Easiest Salsa Ever

Happy Friday! Did this week seem to have an extra day in it or what? I think with last week being a day short from the holiday and trying to play catch up, this week just felt really long. Oh well, the weekend is just a few hours away! Have a great day 🙂

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For whatever reason, my brain would not turn off Wednesday night so I didn’t fall asleep until 1 am. And my alarm was not a welcome sound 4 short hours later. I felt like a zombie in the shower. Luckily a big mug of tea helped to perk me up once I was ready to go. As like always, a plate of scrambled eggs and toast was eaten before heading to work.

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Can you see the bandaid on my knee from when I fell two weeks ago?! (Yeah it’s still not healed…)

Since I wasn’t 100% sure on the weather, I pulled out two potential options for my run. I am happy to report that I got to go with shorts! Yes, you read that correctly. I wore shorts on my run last night and I was so happy. I think my legs were shocked to see the sun lol. New Jersey is getting a heat wave and it was the low 50s yesterday. It felt weird to be wearing shorts with snow still on the ground though. I got a nice 4 miles while the sun was still up. Shorts in January and finishing my run in daylight = happy Maureen 🙂

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When I got home, I was dying for some chips and salsa. The salsa container was empty so I whipped up another batch. If you guys wants the easiest salsa recipe ever it’s right here. The only thing that needs to be chopped up is the jalepeno and there isn’t even any measuring involved. You’ll maybe need to buy two ingredients max. I haven’t done the math but I think it works out to a bowl of salsa for under $2. Everything is listed below.

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If I don’t sleep well at night then I crave junk food. I’m pretty sure that’s a fairly normal thing based on articles I’ve seen about how not getting enough sleep affects you. Anyway, the cravings hit hard yesterday (as seen by the post run chips and salsa) so leftovers for dinner was not appealing at all. Instead of forcing food into my body, Alex and I got takeout instead. Sometimes your mental health is better for your physical health! I’m not a doctor but that seems like a statement a medical professional would say right? Mentally I wanted buffalo chicken fingers and I’ll tell you that they really hit the spot.

I spent the rest of the night just hanging out on the couch with Alex. We chatted a bit and watched “The Office”. Since I wanted to get back on track, I headed to bed fairly early. I’m pretty sure I was asleep before Alex had even turned the light off.

Easiest Salsa Ever

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Ingredients:

Jalepeno

Can of Ro-tel diced tomatoes and green chiles (I prefer the Chipotle option)

Onion powder

Minced garlic (or a clove if you have it)

Ground cumin

Black pepper

Salt

Directions:

Open the can of tomatoes and drain the liquid. The more liquid in the can, the more liquid the salsa will be. Personally, I prefer as little liquid as possible but the best thing about this recipe is it’s all based on your preferences.

Roughly chop the jalepeno (and clove of garlic if that’s what you’re using). Place everything in a blender. I have this Ninja one and LOVE it.

Put in as much of each spice and you prefer. The more cumin added, the spicier the salsa will be.

Blender for about 30 seconds to get everything chopped up and mixed.

Pour into tupperware and store in fridge.

 

Question of the day: Do you have a go to easy recipe that barely even counts as a recipe?

Recipes, Restaurant, Tips

Blue Apron First Impression

Hello friends! Over the weekend Alex and I tried out Blue Apron for the first time. I wanted to review it for anyone who has never tried it as well as give my opinion of it. Have a great day 🙂

A few weeks (month?) ago, Erinn was talking about Blue Apron. She said she had a week of free meals and whoever commented about it first could have it. I guess I was first because a few days later I received and email from Blue Apron. So I did not pay for the box we got but all opinions are my own.

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When Alex and I were talking about which size to get we ended up going with the family plan which feeds 4 people. Now you’re probably thinking why would you get that if there’s only 2 of you which is totally fair. Leftovers are the way I keep my sanity on weeknights so by going with the option with more food, some weekday dinners would be taken care of already. Since the power was being weird Monday and Alex had a late work event Wednesday, I ended up not having to cook at all. That’s a win in my book!

I opted to get the box delivered on a Friday. Unfortunately that ended up being the Friday right after Winter Storm Grayson which meant no mail was being delivered and FedEx was closed. So instead of getting it on Friday the box arrived on Saturday instead. I was a little concerned only because there was meat involved with one of the meals so I wasn’t sure how long the box would keep it cold. Well the worry was unnecessary because the box came and everything was still cold. There was a giant hunk of ice in the bottom that the meat was packed on top of.

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The first meal we tried was broccoli and mozzarella calzones on Saturday night. I had never had calzones before but I like pizza so why wouldn’t I like calzones. The recipe card was so detailed and all of the ingredients were labels so it was so easy to find what I needed once it was all in the fridge. Everything was so detailed and there was nothing I was confused about at all. Alex helped me by working the pizza dough. If you have a rolling pin then it would’ve been easier but he kind of man handled it. It got the job done though!

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When I put the pan in the oven to cook, I was shocked at the size of the calzones. They were honestly as big as my head. I wish I had a picture but it was either risk breaking the dough before baking or touching something that had just come out of the 475 degree oven… The dish was to be served with a Caesar salad. Making the dressing was so easy and delicious. We split a single calzone in half and it was filling without making us stuffed to the max. The salad was the perfect side and so light compared to the heavier main dish. Meal 1 was a success!

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Sunday night, we made the second meal which was hoisin glazed pork chops with wonton noodles and vegetables. This recipe allowed me to work with a new to me ingredient – ginger! To my knowledge I’ve never had ginger and definitely have never cooked with it. I peeled it with a spoon which made it so easy (thank you Google for that tip). Again, the recipe card was detailed and it was very easy to follow. Nothing was incredibly hard to make or prep and I was able to complete multiple steps while certain parts cooked.

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The vegetables were cabbage and carrots. I wasn’t sure how I would like this meal because I’m not a cabbage fan. Well with the sauce and all of the flavors, I was converted to a cabbage person, at least for this meal ;). Like with the calzones, Alex and I kept commenting on how good the food was while we were eating it. Everything worked so well together and it was all so delicious.

Overall we had a fantastic first experience with Blue Apron! It’s something we both said we would buy again although it will not be a regular purchase for us. The only reason it won’t be a regular thing for us is for budget reasons. It’s definitely a great way to get new recipes and learn new techniques or make you work with certain ingredients. Blue Apron does offer some recipes online in their cookbook and I will definitely be checking it out for recipes ideas in the future.

Thank you again Erinn for sending this to us! We both give it to thumbs up!

Question of the day: Have you ever tried a meal delivery service?