Okay, this is my favorite recipe ever! It’s a one bowl brownie recipe, healthy, and packed with good nutrients.
I love topping these babies with peanut butter, greek yogurt, or having them on their own with some coffee and eggs on the side for a filling, and tasty breakfast. Guilt-free, and delicious? you’re welcome 😉
They are also super portable which makes them perfect for a quick breakfast or snack on the go!
Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a donut pan with non-stick cooking spray or grease with some butter.
Start by mixing the mashed bananas, vanilla extract, cocoa powder together until nice and creamy.
Add the oat flour, flaxseed meal, protein powder, baking powder and mix well.
Microwave 1/2 cup of almond butter for 20-30 seconds *optional but makes it easier to mix!
Incorporate the almond butter to the brownie batter and mix until everything is incorporated.
Bake for 12 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Allow it to cool for 15 minutes then run a knife around the edges and lift the donuts out of the pan. You can store these in a gallon ziplock bag in the freezer for weeks or in the fridge for 5-7 days!
*Note: You can blend 1/2 cup oats in a blender to make the oat flour. Top these with peanut butter or yogurt. It’s so delicious on its own as well and perfectly sweet!
Juice of 1/2 grapefruit + zest (optional but extra yummy!)
1/2 cup confectioners (powdered) sugar
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, and egg white one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in yogurt, poppy seeds, grapefruit zest and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
Transfer to a small greased loaf pan. Bake 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix grapefruit juice and powdered sugar to make the glaze.
Remove bread from oven. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Drizzle grapefruit glaze over bread and slice or chill in the refrigerator.
*Note: this bread can keep well in the fridge for 5-6 days. If you want a thicker glaze, you can add more powdered sugar, or extra juice or water to thin it out.
Hands up if you want the recipe for the easiest, coziest, summer dessert! Warm apples with a luscious caramel sauce on a bed of buttery flaky crust.
Top it off with some vanilla ice cream, or eat it warm. It’s sure to please any crowd!
Please note- If you prefer store bought pie dough- that works perfectly fine! However, I’d still bake the crust before putting the filling inside. This is not a traditional pie or tart recipe since the filling and crust are baked before the crumb topping but I promise it’s delicious!
Start by preheating the oven to 450 degrees F and making the crust.
Mix the flour and salt together, then add the cold cubes of butter, and vegetable shortening and mix everything together with a pastry cutter or fork until you have pea sized pieces in the dough.
Add the cold water and mix with your hands until you form a the dough. Add extra flour if the dough is too sticky or extra water if the dough is too stiff.
Cut the dough into 2 equal pieces and save one half in a plastic bag in the freezer! You can use it for another time or use it to make empanadas 🙂
Roll the dough into a circle and place it on a pie dish. Create tiny holes with a fork so the dough doesn’t bubble up too much.
Bake the crust for 16 minutes- it should be golden in color.
For the filling:
Grab a frying pan and melt the butter at medium high heat, add the apples and brown them up, add the cinnamon, sugar, salt, corn starch, and milk and mix everything together. The apples will soften up and the sauce will get nice and thick and caramel like.
Turn off the heat, and pour the apple filling onto the prepared crust.
For the crumble topping:
Mix all of the crumble ingredients together until it forms a crumbly dough. Then pour it on top of the tart.
Bake the tart for 16 minutes or until the top is golden brown, and the crumble topping is cooked through.
Allow the tart to cool 15 minutes, then slice and serve with vanilla ice cream! It stores well in the fridge for 5-6 days.
I’ve meal prepped for just about 6 years, and found that it helps keep me motivated to stick to my healthy eating habits throughout the week. It doesn’t have to be complicated! Even cutting up some vegetables, and fruits makes the world of a difference. I find that it really saves so much time since as for me- I’m busy working from home all week.
I felt that this was the perfect opportunity to share different ways that you could meal prep at home. The beautiful thing here is that you can customize this whichever way you’d like.
A couple of tips to help you get started (not required but highly recommended):
Create a grocery list of the food you’ll need. This helps minimize waste.
Make sure you have plenty of clean, air tight containers or zip lock bags
Once you have all your ingredients create a quick strategy such as cooking/ baking what ever takes the longest to cook first. That way we use time wisely.
Make sure you have plenty of storage in the fridge or freezer. I have a tiny fridge/freezer so I have to make sure I make plenty of space.
Meal prepping in bulk:
This method of meal prepping is my current FAVORITE. Why? because it takes no time at all and it still allows me to eat what I want- just with healthier choices. If I feel like making a salad, I throw it all together. If I feel like eating a sandwich, I throw it all together in my sandwich, pasta, etc. You catch my drift, right? It’s so easy.
GRILLED VEGETABLES: asparagus, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, corn, zucchini, mushrooms, eggplant etc.
The char these veggies get from the grill gives them so much flavor in bowls, sautes, scrambles, soups, salads, and pizzas. I like to slice em up, coat them with some olive oil, season with salt and pepper, then throw them on the grill for about 6-8 minutes until they get nice grill marks. I then transfer them into my airtight container and they keep well in the fridge 4-5 days.
I drizzle some olive oil, top potatoes with salt & pepper, and roast them in the oven at 450 for about 30 minutes. Broccoli is seasoned the same, but takes about 15-20 minutes (keep an eye on those).
I like to marinate the chicken breast overnight with lemon, minced garlic, 1 tablespoon of mustard, salt, pepper, olive oil. If I don’t have time to marinate overnight, I marinate at least 30 minutes then I grill them up about 8 minutes per side or until the temperature reaches about 165 degrees F.
A great way to clean your berries is by putting all of them in a big bowl, covering them with cold water and 1 tsp or so of apple cider vinegar or white distilled vinegar (not too much) and letting them sit for up to 5 minutes. No more – or else they’ll get soggy. Drain them, dry them up with a cloth or paper towel just a little bit, then transfer them into an airtight container and put them in the fridge.
It makes it so easy to just grab these clean berries, put them in cereal, oatmeal, or just as a quick snack!
FRESH VEGETABLES: cut celery, cucumber, carrots
I typically just cut the ends off of celery hearts, peel cucumbers and slice them into coins or strips, and rinse them along with the celery and baby carrots and place in airtight containers and put them in the fridge.
They make such a great snack with hummus, or guacamole!
Store bought hummus is excellent, but sometimes I like to switch it up and make my own sauces like my avocado sauce. I put this on everything! This is a great way to add flavor to your veggies, or dishes.
EGGS: Hard boiled eggs, frittatas, egg muffins
I find eggs to be such an essential source of protein! To make perfectly hard boil eggs, fill your pot with water and leave about 3 inches of space, bring the water to a boil, then carefully place the eggs into the pot and boil on high for 12 minutes. Turn off the heat, drain the eggs, and run them in cold water or an ice bath until cool enough to peel. Peel them up, then store them in airtight containers. It’s an amazing snack, breakfast, or amazing in my tuna salad recipe!
Check out my this Kale Frittata you can make ahead and store in the fridge 4-5 days! Just warm up in the microwave or oven until it’s warm and delicious.
Egg muffins are also delicious for a quick grab and go breakfast! Just spray muffin tins with cooking oil, beat eggs with some milk, and pour into muffin tins, sprinkle cooked bacon, turkey, or sausage, and cheese on top. Bake at 350 for 16-20 minutes and ta-da! Let them cool, then store them in the fridge 4-5 days.
I hope you found these meal prep ideas super helpful! Sometimes I do more, sometimes I do less. This just gives you an idea of how much you can do for the week ahead. It saves so much time, and you’re able to customize the meals as much as you want.
This bowl is so delightful for lunch. It can be eaten either cold or hot. I personally prefer to heat it up before eating it. I meal prep the ingredients ahead of time which makes it SO EASY to throw together in the morning for lunch in the afternoon. It’s easy to whip up if you have the roasted sweet potato cooked.
You can substitute pretty much any kind of meat, or veggies here! But this combination is heaven.
Micro Greens * (optional but helps boost nutrients)
4 oz. Ground Turkey
1/2 Cup Roasted Sweet Potato
2 Tablespoons Hummus
Coconut or Olive Oil for Cooking
Start by heating a non-stick skillet, and adding a little bit of oil.
Add your spinach. It won’t take too long for it to cook and wilt. It may seem like a lot of spinach but it will get smaller once it’s sauteed. You can add bell peppers, or mushrooms here to boost the flavor and a little bit of salt and pepper if you wish.
Next, assemble the bowl. Place the cooked spinach, then the rest of the ingredients and top with hummus.
If you meal prep this recipe, simply heat it up in the microwave for 1:30-2 minutes and then stir it all up and eat it.
*Note – this recipe stores well in the fridge for about 3-4 days!*
I love me a good stack of fluffy pancakes, and since it is berry season I thought i’d share my current favorite!
Maple syrup is optional but provides that perfect hint of sweetness. I love them a little less sweet so I can smoother them with all the maple syrup and nut butter I want! So good. Besides blueberries are super sweet and delicious (I mean it is blueberry season). Let them shine, let them shine, let them shine.
These pancakes also pack a healthy punch of fats, fiber, and protein! Winner winner pancake brinner. 🙂
I’ve made this cake for as long as I can remember. I named this one after my husband since it’s his favorite cake! It’s so divine, decadent, and full of flavor. If you ever have a bad day, just have a slice of this and you’ll have the best day of your life. It’s so good! It’s a favorite. You just can’t beat cheesecake.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Fill a large and steep baking sheet with water half way through ( it doesn’t need to be hot). This will be the water bath that prevents the cheesecake from cracking (optional but recommended).
In a blender or food processor blend the graham crackers and sugar, and salt.
Pour the ground cracker mix in a bowl and mix with the melted butter.
Mix everything together until combined, and press it into your 9″ springform pan.
Beat the softened cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, and vanilla until creamy about two minutes.
Add the eggs one at a time on low speed until combined. Bump the speed to medium for another two minutes until everything is creamy and completely combined.
Pour the batter into the 9″ springform pan on top of the crust, and place the springform pan on top of the large baking sheet that you filled with water.
Bake for 1 hour – 1 hour 10 minutes. Let it cool completely, then refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight then top it with the berry topping.
While the cheesecake is baking, make the topping! In a small saucepan heat the berries, sugar, and lemon on medium heat until it starts to bubble and thicken up. This should take about 6-8 minutes. Pour your berry topping into a separate bowl until you’re ready to top the cheesecake.
This Salad screams summer to me! It’s so fresh, and full of all the healthy macronutrients to keep you full. I love the creaminess of the hummus, and avocado. It really doesn’t need extra dressing! The apple cider vinegar gives it the perfect zesty-ness that it needs as well.
You can also incorporate this salad into your weekly meal prep. It’s SO GOOD!
Are you ready for an amazing, healthy, delicious lunch recipe? This is my FAVORITE salad, and i’ve been making it for YEARS…that’s right…YEARS. It’s fresh, healthy, and keeps me full for hours.
Not to brag but I do get complements on how pretty this salad looks when I go out to eat with my office colleagues! It’s quite funny actually. It’s as delicious as it looks, and perfect all year round.
You can easily assemble 4-5 of these salads in tightly sealed tubsfor that busy week meal prep! They store beautifully in the fridge all week long.
To make this an easy meal prep:
Chop and roast a couple lbs of sweet potatoes. I drizzle olive oil on them, sprinkle some salt and pepper, and bake them in a cookie tray at 450 degrees F for about 30 minutes. Store them in a freezer bag in the freezer making it easy to just add on top of this yummy salad or any dish!
Grill your chicken in advance, and then chop it up. I love buying chicken tenderloins and marinating them with lemon juice, cilantro, garlic, mustard, salt, and pepper then grilling them for about 6-8 minutes on each side until juices run clear and internal temp is about 365 F.
To assemble- grab a 7-8 cup plastic storage tub, and place the greens first, then the rest of the ingredients on top (except for the nuts).
Roast the nuts in advance then divide them individually into snack baggies or wrap them in foil and then pour on top of the salad before eating.
Put the dressing in 1/4 Cup containers individually as well so you can drizzle onto the salad just before eating.
4 oz. Chopped Grilled Chicken Breast (about 1 Cup)
2 Tablespoons Nut and Raisin Trail Mix
For the Dressing-
1 Tablespoon Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Teaspoons Spicy Brown Mustard
1 Tablespoon Honey
salt & pepper
Start by making the salad dressing. In a small bowl whisk olive oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, salt and pepper until creamy and dressing consistency.
Next, remove the tough stems from the kale leaves and chop them into small pieces, so that the salad is easy to eat. Add the kale to the bowl of dressing, and use your hands to “massage” the dressing into the kale. The kale should soften and shrink as you do this.
Add the rest of your ingredients on top, and mix everything together! For an extra kick of flavor, you can roast the nut and raisin mix over some foil in the toaster oven until they are nice and golden. Let them cool, chop them up, then add them to the salad.
I have gone bananas for this delicious sweet bread! It’s perfectly moist, flavorful from all the spices and the ripe bananas. Every bite is truly delightful. This makes an excellent to-go breakfast or snack all week long. Just pair it up with your favorite cup of tea or coffee. 😉
Careful not to eat it all while you store it! It’s dangerously delicious, and without the guilt!
1 scoop whey protein (I used Hammer’s vanilla flavor- it’s the best)
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Almond milk
1/2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Large Egg
2 Mashed Bananas
2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
2 Tbsp Chocolate Chips for Topping
2 Tbsp Nuts of Choice for Topping
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a loaf pan ( I used a small one) with parchment paper or simply spray with non-stick spray so the bread doesn’t stick.
In a medium bowl mix all of the dry ingredients.
Next, throw the wet ingredients into a blender ( yogurt, milk, vinegar, egg, bananas, peanut butter), or just mash them separately then incorporate them into the dry ingredients.
Mix gently until it just combines. Do not over mix 🙂
Pour the batter into the loaf pan, and sprinkle the chocolate chips, nuts, and maybe some extra oats! The approach is yours 😉
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean and the edges are slightly golden.
Let the bread cool completely then gently take it out of the loaf pan (this should be easy with the parchment paper). If you don’t have it lined with parchment paper, you can run a knife around the edges then flip over once it completely cools! Careful because the chocolate chips might stick to the surface of your hands if not cooled completely.
Spread some nut butter on these, some greek yogurt, or just enjoy them as they are!
*These store well in the fridge for about a week or in the freezer for about two months. Wrap each slice individually in plastic wrap then defrost the night before you want to eat these! Such an easy and quick to-go breakfast or snack.
*You can also add the chocolate chips to the batter itself, but I absolutely love the goodness on top!