(Simple and Clean!) Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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When it’s cold outside and you’re 24 weeks pregnant, you want ALL the comfort foods!  Sometimes I give in to my cravings and have some not-healthy food, but I’m really working hard at staying healthy this pregnancy, so I need some healthy options at the ready.

Enter this soup.

It’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s filling, and it’s simple to make.  All good things for me right now!

The recipe calls for whole wheat pasta which is what I normally get, but I had a coupon for a different type of pasta that you see in the picture.  Whole wheat or gluten free are my top choices, but any pasta you like will do.  I also left out the cilantro because I didn’t want to buy a whole bunch just for this soup, but I love cilantro so I’m sure it’s a great addition!

For the chicken, I bought a family pack of boneless, skinless chicken thighs and cooked them all in the crockpot on high for 4 hours with some olive oil and Trader Joe’s Garlic Salt Seasoning.  I just shredded up half of it for this recipe and half for another recipe, no measuring.

Enjoy!

(Simple and Clean!) Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup (from Fixate)

2 tsp. olive oil

½ cup chopped onion (approx. ¾ medium)

2 cups sliced celery (approx. 5 medium stalks)

8 cups low-sodium organic chicken broth

1 tsp. dried oregano leaves

½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)

½ tsp. ground black pepper

1½ cups sliced carrots (approx. 2 medium)

1¼ cups dry whole wheat pasta

3 cups cubed cooked chicken breast, boneless, skinless

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and celery; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 6 minutes, or until onion is translucent.

Add broth, oregano, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, over high heat, stirring occasionally.  Add carrots and pasta; boil, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until pasta is tender. Remove from heat.

Add chicken and cilantro; mix well.

This serves 8, with each serving being about 1.5 cups.  For my container peeps, each serving is 1 green, 1/2 red, and 1 yellow!

Enjoy!

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s my other favorite cookie recipe!  This has been my JAM on Refeed Days–I have been eating one of these at 5 AM before my workout.  It’s awesome!

My cookies look very different than other people who have made them–I am sure I messed up the recipe somehow, but even if I didn’t and it was just a weird fluke, they still taste awesome (honestly, I think I may have accidentally used almond flour instead of coconut flour).  My cookies spread out more than they puffed up, so they are a little thin and kind of flimsy.  But it’s a chocolate cookie, so I kinda don’t care.  If it tastes good, I’m okay with it.

Just like last week’s cookie, I’m only eating one or two per Refeed Day, so the batch went into the freezer.  I take the cookie out the night before and thaw it in the fridge, then microwave for 10 seconds right before I eat it.  It’s a very moist cookie, so be sure you have a napkin around!

Double Chocolate Cookies (from Fixate)

¼ cup extra-virgin organic coconut oil, melted

½ cup unsweetened applesauce

1⁄3 cup pure maple syrup

¼ cup canned lite coconut milk

1⁄3 cup coconut flour

¼ cup whole wheat flour

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

¼ cup dark chocolate chips, 70% cacao (or more)

 

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Lightly coat baking sheet with spray. Set aside.

Combine oil, applesauce, maple syrup, and coconut milk in a medium bowl; mix well. Set aside. Combine flours and cocoa powder in a small bowl; mix well.

Add flour mixture to applesauce mixture; mix until well blended. Add chocolate chips; mix until blended.

Drop by rounded Tbsp. onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until firm.

 

1 cookie is 1 yellow container.

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

Refeed Day is the best.  I get to eat more, and I get to eat cookies.  This week and next I’ll be sharing my two favorite healthier cookie recipes with you all!  Please note that these aren’t HEALTHY cookies–they are simply better options!

The first is this gluten-free cookie.  Now, listen–this dough will not look like cookie dough.  It will be crumbly and you will think that you’ve messed up the recipe somehow.  IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE CRUMBLY!  I promise it will be okay.  They may not look pretty, but they will taste good!

I actually ended up adding a couple of tablespoons of water to my dough to make it a little easier to form–when I tried to put the first tbsp of dough onto the cookie sheet, it literally crumbled in my hands.  Oops.  I got the hang of it though.

The cookies won’t rise or spread much, so don’t worry about packing your dough too much as you shape the dough into the tbsp-sized balls.  Again, they will taste good, so who cares what they look like!

I have been eating one or two cookies at a time per Refeed Day, so I put my cooked cookies in the freezer in a freezer gallon bag.  I’ve been taking one out the night before I plan on eating them and put it in the microwave for 10 seconds right before I eat it.  It gets warm and yummy!

If you keep them on your countertop, eat them quickly because they only last for three days in an airtight container.

Enjoy!

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies (from Fixate)

¼ cup extra-virgin organic coconut oil, solid

½ cup coconut sugar

1 large egg yolk

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour

¼ tsp. baking soda, gluten-free

¼ tsp. baking powder, gluten-free

½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)

¼ cup dark chocolate chips, 70% cacao or higher

Preheat oven to 325º F.

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

Combine oil and sugar in a large mixing bowl, using a hand mixer; beat until well mixed. Add egg yolk and extract; mix well. Set aside.

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; mix well.

Add oil mixture to flour mixture; mix well. Fold in chocolate chips.

Roll into Tbsp.-sized balls and place on prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown.

 

 

1 cookie is 1 yellow container and 1/2 tsp.

Banana-Blueberry Muffins–Toddler Approved!

I am slowly but surely working on my child’s picky palate–it is literally my worst nightmare to have a kiddo who is picky, but I also know that toddlers are just picky.  There are no two ways about it!

Sadly, my kiddo is obsessed with a certain brand of packaged blueberry muffins.  You know, the super-processed, loaded with sugar, horrible and delicious ones you get in little bags at the store?  He loves the stupid things.  So of course I wanted to find something that I could make at home that I felt good about giving him so that he could still eat his precious blueberry muffins, but that would be much healthier for him.  And this recipe is it!

I made these for myself for my 80 Day Obsession program because they fit into one of the container pairings I have for one of my meals and they are SO GOOD.  Originally the recipe calls for chopped apple, but I didn’t love that texture and flavor, so I subbed in blueberries and it was so much better!  Little man loves these, and they are very simple to make.

I have made these with ghee and coconut oil, and while the flavor is pretty much the same either way, ghee is much easier to use because it doesn’t harden from the cold eggs like the coconut oil did.

Enjoy!

Banana Blueberry Muffins (slightly adapted from Fixate)

Makes about 9 servings, 1 muffin each

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup mashed banana (about 2 ripe bananas)

1 tbsp butter or ghee, melted

1.5 cups almond flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 dash sea salt (or Himalayan salt)

1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

 

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Line muffin pan with paper liners and lightly coat with cooking spray.  Set aside.

Combine eggs, banana, and butter/ghee in a medium bowl and mix well.  Set aside.

Combine the almond flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl, mix well.

Add the almond flour mixture to the egg mixture, mix until blended.

Fold in blueberries.  Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin pan cups about 3/4 way full (about 1/4 cup of batter per muffin cup).

Bake for 18-22 minutes, until golden brown and toothpick inserted into the middle of the muffins comes out clean.

Transfer muffins to a cooling rack and let cool completely.

These keep well in the fridge for about 5 days and will keep in the freezer for months.

Containers: 1 muffin is 1 purple and 1 blue.

 

Super Simple DIY Fruit Cups

My kid is picky.  It is one of the great annoyances of motherhood for me to have a toddler who is SO PICKY about food.  My hubby was a picky child, and I am a really adventurous eater, so one of my goals as a mom is to raise an adventurous eater like me.  I’ll pause here so fellow parents can laugh at that goal.

I know that I can’t control my kid’s pickiness, but I CAN control how much or how little I give in to it.  So, I’m constantly on a quest to figure out how to transition my child off of junky processed foods and onto healthier options and more variety.  Sometimes it goes well, and sometimes it doesn’t, but I want to do a better job being consistent in my efforts and in sharing them.

This switch is so simple that I hesitated to even share it with you.  My kid LOVES fruit and would eat it all day every day if he had the choice.  But, I hate buying fruit cups for him.  I don’t like all the sugar that comes in the syrup, even the “no sugar added” kinds.   Even if the fruit is in fruit juice instead of syrup, there is so much sugar in there that he just doesn’t need.  So, one day I finally realized, “Hey!  I can just make these myself!”  Duh.

His favorite fruit cups are mandarin oranges and peaches.  So I bought a bag of clementines on sale and a couple of bags of frozen sliced peaches (no sugar added, of course).  Then all I had to do was peel and cut up the clementines, and let the peaches thaw before I chopped them up.  Easy peasy.  Plus, using frozen peaches saves me a step in prepping, so I’m winning all the way around.

If your kiddos like fruit cups, try making your own fruit cups–you can even buy pre-cut fruit in the produce section to make it easy on yourself.  It’s definitely not easy to switch your kids from processed to whole foods, but it is worth it to help instill those healthy habits early on!

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Waffles

I’ve been searching for a good pumpkin pancake/waffle recipe, and with the leftover pumpkin puree sitting in my fridge from Thanksgiving, this recipe was perfect for this weekend!  These waffles came out with just the right amount of crunch and pumpkin flavor.  A lot of pumpkin pancake/waffle recipes I’ve tried come out weird and hard, like clay almost–ew.  I was so happy with these!

I didn’t have coconut oil when I made these, so I used ghee instead and they turned out awesome.  I also didn’t have pre-made pumpkin pie spice, so I just threw in some cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ground ginger.  Of course I didn’t measure any of it, but it turned out really well.  They were so good that I just ate one like it was a cookie without any toppings or anything.  I wrapped the rest of them up in plastic wrap and then in a freezer bag.  I’ll be using the toaster to thaw and heat them straight from the freezer!

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Waffles (from Fit Foodie Finds)

  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1.5 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour (I used Trader Joe’s Brand)
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Combine all the wet ingredients (pumpkin, eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and almond milk) in a small bowl.  Whisk to combine.  Combine all dry ingredients (flour, spices, baking powder, and baking soda) in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.  Pour the combined wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently stir to completely mix.

Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop batter onto heated waffle iron and cook until waffle is completely cooked through and browned, at least 4 minutes per waffle.  Enjoy with some chocolate chips, some almond butter, and/or some pure maple syrup!

Banana Oat Pancakes (make-ahead and toddler approved!)

I love breakfast, ya’ll.  It’s funny because I normally just have my super shake for my breakfast every day, but I love all things breakfast.  If it’s filling, yummy, healthy, and quick, even better!

These pancakes are so good, really easy to make, and they keep well in the freezer so I can make a big batch over the weekend and eat on them all week long.  You can easily add blueberries or chocolate chips, or just eat them plain with a drizzle of maple syrup.  My son loves these, too!  Win for everyone!

Banana Oat Pancakes (from Fixate)

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 large eggs
1 large ripe banana
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 dash sea salt
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until well mixed and smooth.

Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat with 1/2 tsp coconut oil.  Measure out 1/4 cup pancake batter and pour onto skillet, cooking for 3-4 minutes or until the top of the pancake starts to bubble.  Flip and cook for 2-3 more minutes until cooked through and golden brown.  Repeat with all remaining batter.

Top with fruit, coconut flakes, chocolate chips, and/or pure maple syrup.  If placing in freezer, let cool completely, then wrap in plastic wrap or put in zipper sandwich baggies, then place in a zipper freezer bag and freeze.

Each serving is 2 pancakes (1 yellow container).