Brownie Overnight Oats

Brownie Overnight Oats

Who says you can’t have breakfast for dessert? Overnight oats in general are like dessert to me, and I am borderline obsession when it comes to these. Just type in “overnight oats” in the search bar and several variations will come up.  All of the variations are delicious, but THIS variation really is dessert. Chocolate. Walnuts. More chocolate. Brownies. Need I go on?

1/3 cup oats
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (100 calorie scoop)
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1-2 TB cocoa powder
stevia to taste
1 TB chopped walnuts

Stir all ingredients except walnuts in a bowl, cover, and let sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, top oats with walnuts. Eat cold. Lick bowl.

Calories 317
Carbs 32
Fat 13
Protein 25

Hot Cocoa and Toast

hot cocoa and toast

Do you have those memories that are just burned into your brain forever?  It was like you saw/heard/felt it yesterday but in reality is has been years?  I have a few of those gems from my childhood, and I pray that I never forget them!  I truly do hold them close to my heart, because at some point in my life the people/places in those memories will be gone.

One memory I was thinking about yesterday involves my Dad. If you have read any of my previous posts about my family, I simply adore my parents. Every morning while growing up, I would walk upstairs and be greeted by my dad sitting at the kitchen counter with a mug of hot cocoa and 2 slices of my Mom’s buttered homemade toast.  I can still hear the “clink, clink, clink” of his spoon on the mug as he would stir the hot cocoa mix into his milk. There is an art of “toast dipping”, just in case you didn’t already know. It’s a technique, really, on what angle to bring the toast into the cocoa, how deep to dip it, and for how long to hold it there before taking a large bite.  My Dad can teach you in less than an hour. Lots of toast and cocoa will be consumed.

Yesterday, I must have been feeling a bit homesick and needed some comfort food so decided to put my own spin on this favorite of my dad’s. I used protein powder in my cocoa and coconut oil on my toast. Just as delicious and tastes even better with a memory attached!

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 TB cocoa powder
few drops of stevia
1-2 slices Ezekiel bread
1/2 – 1 Tbsp coconut oil
cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a Coco-motion machine and turn on. Toast the bread then top each slice with coconut oil and cinnamon.

1 cup hot cocoa + 1 slice toast + 1/2 TB coconut oil = 292 calories (based on a 100 calorie per serving protein powder).

Breaded Shrimp

Breaded Shrimp

What is it about appetizers or finger food that is so enticing to me?  Anyone else?  I am like a moth to a flame when it comes to bite-sized foods. I would be fine making meals out of appetizers for the rest of my life. So freaking good.  On that note….here is one more appetizer idea for the big game tomorrow, and just like the others, you can use it all year long.  The “breaded” part of this recipe is actually the same recipe I use on my Chicken Nuggets. If you do venture to make these tomorrow, run to the store and grab Grama’s Sweet Chilli Sauce.  This delicious sauce is perfect for breaded shrimp, and I use it on my tilapia during the week.  Have a fun Superbowl Sunday!

1 cup breadcrumbs or oats
1/2 tsp onion salt or powder
1/2 tsp garlic salt or powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
3 egg whites

In a blender or food processor, blend breadcrumbs (or oats) with seasoning and parmesan cheese and place in a gallon sized baggie. Dip shrimp into egg white mix then place in baggie with crumbs. Shake baggie until shrimp are completely coated. Layer shrimp in a single layer on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray (important so they don’t stick). Bake in oven at 400 for 20 minutes, turning halfway through. Serve with a sweet chili sauce or cocktail sauce.

Blue Cheese and Hot Chicken Bites

I have never been a huge fan of blue cheese.  It kind of smells like feet. Ok…it smells a lot like feet. And tastes like feet. BUT, once in a while if it is in the right combination, I love it!  This blue cheese dressing is one of those combinations. Pair it up with the hot chicken bites, and I am in heaven!  Crazy that my taste buds like this, but they do!  Another perfect appetizer for the big game this weekend. Make a lot of this one as they will definitely disappear quickly!

Blue Cheese and Hot Chicken Bites

1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
3/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 TB lemon juice
1 TB vinegar
1/8 tsp garlic salt
sprinkle of salt and pepper

1 lb raw chicken
1/3 cup Frank’s hot wing sauce

To make the dressing, mash the blue cheese and yogurt together with a fork. Stir in remainder of ingredients until well blended. For the chicken bites, you can use wings, legs, or I used chicken breast. If using chicken breast, dice into small, bite sized pieces. Toss with 1/2 of the Frank’s hot wing sauce. Layer on a baking sheet and broil for 8-10 minutes each side. Remove from oven and toss with remainder of hot wing sauce. Serve with blue cheese dressing.

Sweet and Savory Meatballs

Here is another appetizer idea for you to try out this weekend. Just like my hummus recipe, tuck this one away to use all year round. In fact, this is one of my favorite appetizers for a Christmas party, as it is ALWAYS a hit!  My teenage son also eats these for an afternoon snack, and I think they would make a fantastic meatball sandwich.

Sweet and Savory Meatballs

1 lb ground turkey
1 cup oats
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 TB minced garlic
1 egg
1 egg white

1 1/2 cups BBQ sauce
1 1/2 cups no-sugar added applesauce

Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil. Blend oats into a fine flour. Combine oat flour, ground turkey, onion, garlic, and eggs in a bowl and mix well. Divide into 20 equal portions, roll into balls, place on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray and bake at 350 for 25 minutes.Remove meatballs from oven and place in crockpot. Mix together the BBQ sauce and applesauce and pour over meatballs. Cook on low for 3-4 hours.

Sun Dried Tomato Hummus

Superbowl Sunday is coming, and I’ve got party food and appetizers on the brain!  My next few posts will be related to this, but I think all of these ideas make great snack ideas, too, so you’ll be able to use these recipes year round. Bonus!

I have to admit that I find great satisfaction in being able to come up with my own version of foods, although sometimes it takes several attempts to get the recipe just right and sometimes I am the only one in my family that actually likes it.  Oh well…more for me!  This homemade version of sun dried tomato hummus is perfect as an appetizer at a party, as an afternoon snack, or as a spread for a delicious wrap or sandwich. It is super easy to throw together and tastes great with veggies or crackers.

Sun Dried Tomato Hummus

1 can garbanzo beans (drained)
1 oz sun dried tomatoes (canned in olive oil)
1/4 cup water
2 TB Tahini
1 TB lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Combine all ingredients in food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Serve with vegetables and crackers or chips. Yields 1 1/2 cups.

Chicken Corn Chowder

It’s cold here in Utah. Bone-chilling cold. This weather makes me want to drink hot cocoa all day long, stay curled up by the fire, cook all my meals in a crockpot, and have all of those meals be some variation of soup.  Is that so much to ask?  Our crockpot is out at least twice a week during these cold-curl-up-by-the-fire days.  Today we tried a new recipe – Chicken Corn Chowder. If success is measured by the fact that everyone in the Allen household ate it and actually liked it, then this chowder was a smashing success!  The flavor will surprise you!  Enjoy and stay warm!

Chicken Corn Chowder

6 slices turkey bacon (diced small)
1/2 onion (chopped)
2 potatoes (diced small)
1 lb raw chicken
2 cups chicken broth
3 cups frozen corn
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp coconut sugar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

In a frying pan, crisp bacon. Remove bacon from pan and sauté onion and potatoes. In a crockpot, combine all ingredients and cook on low for 6-7 hours.