Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Dinner, lunch, Recipes

This is such a quick, easy, and delicious recipe! It’s full of flavor from the sausage and the tomato sauce, and screams full comfort. It’s also low in carbs and perfect for dinner paired up with mashed potatoes, a salad, and a glass of wine. Yum! Leftovers are also perfect for lunch.

Definitely give these a try, they are absolutely DIVINE.

Salt and pepper = flavor flavor flavor!
Meat & cheese mixture
More sauce and cheese then in the oven she goes!

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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INGREDIENTS:

  • Olive Oil or Cooking Spray
  • 4 Zucchini
  • 1 Lb Chicken Sausage (casing removed)
  • 1 Cup Marinara Sauce
  • 1 Garlic Clove Minced
  • 1/3 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/3 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a large casserole dish with non-stick spray or olive oil.
  • Trim the ends off the zucchini’s. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise; scoop out pulp, leaving 1/2-in shells. Finely chop pulp. Place the zucchini halves into the casserole dish and sprinkle with a little bit of salt and pepper.
  • In a skillet, cook the sausage, zucchini pulp, and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add in 1/2 of the marinara sauce, salt and pepper. Remove from the heat, add mozzarella cheese and mix well. Spoon the sausage mixture into the zucchini shells and top with parmesan cheese.
  • Bake for about 25 minutes until the cheese has melted, and the zucchini has cooked.

NOTES:

  • These keep well in the refrigerator for about 5 days.
  • You can make these vegetarian by adding soy meat instead of sausage, or other veggies!
  • You can also substitute any kind of cheese or meat here but I HIGHLY recommend the sausage…it’s just packed with so much flavor!

Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hilda โค

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Kale Frittata

Breakfast, Egg Dishes, Recipes

I love me a good frittata for so many reasons. It packs a punch of healthy nutrients and you can eat it for pretty much any meal. It transports really well for picnics or work lunches too! I love making these ahead for the week to make it an easy grab and go meal. It also pairs beautifully with a side of toast smothered in peanut butter, a muffin, or fruit! The possibilities are endless.

I hope you enjoy this healthy and delicious dish as much as I do!

Kale Frittata

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yields 4 Slices

INGREDIENTS:

  • Olive Oil or Cooking Spray
  • 1/4 Cup White Onion
  • 1/2 Shredded Zucchini 
  • 1/2 Cup Sliced Mushrooms (Optional)
  • 1/4 Cup Bell Pepper Strips
  • 1 Garlic Clove Minced
  • 5 oz or 2 Cups Chopped Raw Kale
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk or Milk of Choice
  •  20 Egg Whites or 10 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/4 tsp Chili Flakes (Optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat the oven at 425 F.
  • Start by drizzling an oven safe pan, and adding the kale. Cook for about a minute then drizzle a little bit of water to allow it to steam and wilt. Cover it with a lid, and add the rest of the veggies until theyโ€™re partially cooked through.
  • Meanwhile whisk the egg whites (or eggs), and the milk.
  • Add the wisked egg whites into the pan with the cooked veggies and with a wooden spoon move it around a little bit.
  • Add in the salt, pepper, cheese evenly then put it in the oven.
  • I usually bake for about 8-10 minutes until the top is bubbly and set. Then I cool it completely and slice it with a pizza cutter into 4 slices!

NOTES

  • It keeps well in the fridge in an airtight container for 4-5 days.
  • Use any veggies you want here, or add some chicken or sausage for an extra punch of protein!
  • You can substitute eggs for egg whites, or any kind of cheese or milk in a pinch. (I’ve made it with feta cheese as well- so tasty!)

Enjoy!

Hilda โค

Strawberry Field Scones

Breakfast, Recipes, Scones
That strawberry glaze is magical and springy!
Separate the scones just before baking slightly

These scones taste like you went out in the field, and picked your own strawberries. They are so delicious, fresh, and springy. Don’t mind if I sit on the patio with 1, 2, or 3 of these with my cup of tea ;).

To top it off, these are incredibly guilt free. The scone has only the best kind of fat from the nut butter making it still decadent and delicious. There are also no added sweeteners in the scone itself. The glaze is made with greek yogurt and sweetened with a touch of honey and that incredible strawberry powder from the freeze dried strawberries. YUM!

I do have to say, that the texture will not be like your “traditional” flakey buttery scone because it doesn’t have butter. But they are still marvelous! And the texture and taste are still delightful. It truly is a wonderful afternoon guilt-free treat.

Strawberry Field Scones

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yields 8 Scones

INGREDIENTS:

Scones:

  • 2 cups oat flour (rolled oats blended into flour)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk + more for topping
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1/4 cup runny almond butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries

Strawberry Glaze:

  • 3/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1tsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup blended freeze dried strawberries

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat the oven at 425 degrees before anything else! & Spray the bottom of a pizza pan with non-stick cooking spray. I also recommend dusting flour to the bottom to assure that nothing sticks! ( or you can use a silicone non-stick matt and not worry about it ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
  • In a blender blend the rolled oats until flour consistency, and then in a medium bowl add the oat flour. Mix in the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and then add the almond butter and mix with a fork until evenly distributed throughout the mix.
  • Create a well in the center, and add the rest of the wet ingredients, and strawberries and mix with your hands until you form the dough (remember not to over mixโ€ฆcombine everything and just form dough)
  • Press the dough down like a large cookie, but donโ€™t press too much  (3/4 of an inch thick).
  • Using a pizza cutter slice into 8 even slices and separate the scones slightly.
  • Brush with 2 tsp almond milk over the top.
  • Bake at 425 degrees for 18 minutes (it will rise).
  • While the scones bake, make the glaze! Blend 1/3 cup of the freeze fried strawberries and mix with the greek yogurt and honey- that’s it! Let it sit in the fridge until the scones are completely cooled.
  • Once the scones are done, allow them to cool completely about 15 minutes.
  • Smoother each scone with the strawberry glaze.

NOTES:

  • These scones freeze beautifully for weeks or store in the fridge for about a week.
  • If using regular flour or whole wheat flour start at 1 1/2 cup then add more or less depending on the texture ( not too sticky or too tough)

Enjoy!

-Hilda โค

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Breakfast, muffins, Recipes

When quarantine started, I had a lot of trouble finding ingredients like flour, buttermilk, etc. With limited ingredients I was determined to come up with a delicious breakfast muffin and this one was a total hit! Besides… banana bread is all the rage right now and who doesn’t love chocolate and banana, right? This pancake mix version is amazing!

The texture is soft and fluffy just like any good muffin should be. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dry Ingredients + sugars
In go the wet ingredients!


Give a good mix, then add chocolate chips!
Distribute and top with more chocolate ๐Ÿ˜€

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

  • Servings: 4 or 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yields 4 Jumbo Muffins or 8 Regular-Sized Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Buttermilk Pancake Mix *
  • 1/2 Scoop Protein Powder *
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk*
  • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar*
  • 5 Tbsp Melted Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Large Mashed Banana
  • 3 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup White Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/3 Cup Chocolate Chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Mix the milk and apple cider vinegar together and set aside for at least 5 minutes.
  3. Melt the butter, and let it cool.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients- flour, protein, salt, baking powder, cocoa powder, and the sugars together then incorporate the milk + apple cider mixture (it’s a buttermilk alternative), and also add in the egg, and last; the cooled butter.
  5. Mix everything together until it’s well incorporated but do not over mix.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips and leave some extra for the topping!
  7. Evenly distribute the mix onto the muffin pan ( I used a jumbo pan), and let it bake for 17 minutes. Insert a toothpick  into the center to test if the muffin is done.
  8. Let it cool 15 minutes

Notes*:

  • You can Substitute flour for the buttermilk pancake mix, but I find that it makes these muffins ultra fluffy! You can also use self rising flour for the same effect.
  • Whey protein is optional but adds extra protein for breakfast!
  • Instead of milk + apple cider vinegar you can totally use buttermilk! (I didn’t have buttermilk so milk + ACV did the trick) ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Use more chocolate chips if you like them extra chocolaty. Or nuts for a delicious topping.
  • These freeze well for weeks or store well in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Enjoy!

-Hilda

Coconut Dream Donuts

Breakfast, Desserts, Donuts, Recipes

These dreamy donuts melt in your mouth because they are so soft, and incredibly moist. If you love that fresh coconut taste and smell you will LOVE these donuts! The coconut isn’t over powering. It’s the perfect spring dessert!

Coconut Dream Donuts

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Servings: 8 Donuts

INGREDIENTS

Donut:

  • 1 Cup and 2 Tbsp (160g) all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup (70g) granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp (29g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2Tbsp (30ml) vegetable oil or canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp real coconut extract
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (118ml) canned light coconut milk
  • 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Glaze:

  • 3/4 Cup (89g) powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp (23ml)  coconut milk, or as needed
  • 1 Tbsp (11g) salted butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp real coconut extract
  • 1/2 cup (28g) finely shredded coconut, toasted or untoasted (as needed)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt for 20 seconds, set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment blend together butter and sugar then mix in vegetable oil. 
  • Mix in one egg then mix in second egg, coconut extract, and vanilla extract. 
  • Add in 1/3 of the flour mixture then mix on low until combined, mix in 1/2 of the coconut milk and the apple cider vinegar. 
  • Mix in another 1/3 of the flour mixture followed by remaining 1/2 of the coconut milk. Mix in last 1/3 of the flour, fold batter with a rubber spatula to ensure it’s evenly incorporated. 
  • Spray donut pans with non-stick baking spray. Transfer batter to a gallon size resealable bag. 
  • Cut a small corner from bag and pipe batter into donut pans, coming about 1/3-inch from the top. 
  • Bake in preheated oven until donuts are set, about 8 – 11 minutes. Let cool in pan for about 3 minutes then invert onto a wire rack to cool.

Glaze Instructions:

  • In a medium mixing bowl whisk together powdered sugar, milk, butter and coconut extract until smooth.
  • Place coconut in a bowl. Dip cooled donuts in glaze then let excess run off and dip glazed portion in coconut. 
  • Return to wire rack to let glaze set. Store donuts in an airtight container at room temperature.

Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

-Hilda

Avocado Spread

Breakfast, Dinner, lunch, Recipes

This is my go to spread for sandwiches, omelettes, frittatas, toast, tacos, burritos, bowls…it’s SO GOOD I put it on everything. You simply throw everything in a blender and voila- easy peasy.

This recipe calls for a full jalapeรฑo with seeds (no stem of course). I love leaving the seeds for an extra kick but if you want it less spicy you can leave the seeds out. This is such an easy recipe and such a hit at our home!

Avocado Spread

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Recipe: Yields 1 1/4 Cup (2 Tablespoons)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Ripe Avocado
  • 1 Big Handful Cilantro
  • 1 Juice of Lime or Lemon
  • 1 Jalapeรฑo (stem cut off but leave the seeds)
  • 1/4 Onion
  • 3/4-1 Teaspoon Fine Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Water

Directions

  • Pour all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until it’s a chunky consistency!
  • Pour the speed into a mason jar and store it in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

-Hilda

No-bake Chocolate PB Treats

Breakfast, Desserts, Recipes, snacks
So delicious!!

Today I’m sharing my no bake treats! Delicious chocolate chewy bars are topped with a peanut butter drizzle and sprinkled with chocolate chips. So much goodness is filled in one bite..and it’s hard not to eat them all at once!

It’s beginning to warm up quite a bit, and I don’t know about you but I LOVE no bake desserts when it’s hot outside. These tasty treats are perfect when they’re served cold.

No-bake Chocolate PB Treats

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yields 4 bars

INGREDIENTS

Bars:

  • 2 1/4 Cups Marshmallows 
  • 4 Tablespoons ( half a stick) Melted Butter
  • 2 Cups Cheerios
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup

Peanut Butter Topping:

  • 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter Melted
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil Melted
  • 1 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • Chocolate Chips for Topping ๐Ÿ™‚

DIRECTIONS

  • Grease a 3×5 loaf pan with cooking spray or butter
  • Melt the butter in a medium pan and add 2 cups of the marshmallows (save 1/4 cup). Once both are melted and smooth add the cocoa powder, maple syrup and mix well, then add the cereal and remaining 1/4 cup of marshmallows.
  • Press the mixture into the loaf pan with a spatula and put the pan in the freezer for 10 minutes to allow it to harden or in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile make the peanut topping. In a small pan -melt the coconut oil and peanut butter until smooth (this happens very quickly so keep an eye). Transfer it to a small bowl and add in the maple syrup.
  • Once the bars harden run a knife around the edges so it comes out easily and transfer it to a cutting board.
  • Drizzle the peanut topping with a spoon (it should be runny) and then top it off with chocolate chips. 
  • Put it back in the freezer to harden for another 10 minutes or in the fridge for 20.
  • Cut into 4 slices and ta da! 

*You can absolutely double the recipe and prepare it in a brownie pan and store them in an air tight container in the fridge for up to a week!

*You can substitute any kind of cereal here…i had Cheerios ๐Ÿ˜‰ You can also substitute coconut oil or any kind of butter instead!

Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

-Hilda

Oat Tortillas (OATILLAS)

Dinner, lunch, Recipes

These have to be my FAVORITE tortillas yet! So delicious, incredibly easy, and versatile. You can use these to make burritos, tacos, my delicious Chicken Enchilada Casserole– you name it.

I strongly believe that oats are the ULTIMATE super food/ pantry staple. There’s practically only ONE ingredient in this recipe. All you need is a little bit of kneading, and rolling, and you’ve got delicious and healthy homemade tortillas! Yay ๐Ÿ™‚

Oat Tortillas

  • Servings: 5
  • Difficulty: easy
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Recipe: Yields 5: 7-inch Tortillas

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Cup Oat Flour (Rolled Oats Blended Into Flour)
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water
  • 1/4 -1/2 Teaspoon Fine Salt

Directions

  • Start by boiling 1 cup of water and heating up a pancake griddle or skillet.
  • Mix the oat flour, and salt together in a bowl then gradually add the hot water with a fork until everything is combined and the dough starts to form – the dough will be sticky and warm.
  • Let the dough cool slightly for about a minute or two. With your hands start forming the dough (it will pull away from the bowl).
  • Take the dough out of the bowl, and place it in a silicone mat or on top of your counter and form a log.
  • Slice the log into 5 equal pieces, and form those pieces into balls.
  • Making one tortilla at a time, place parchment paper on top of the ball, press down with your hand, then roll it out with the rolling pin to form the tortilla.
  • gently remove the parchment paper from the tortilla and place it onto the hot skillet and cook it for about a minute per side.
  • Place the cooked tortillas into a plate, and repeat until you’ve made them all!
  • Store the tortillas in an air tight baggie in the refrigerator for about a week.

Enjoy!

-Hilda ๐Ÿ™‚

Healthy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Dinner, lunch, Recipes

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner! I have a delicious/ easy recipe that you and your family will love all without the bazillion calories of the delicious traditional recipe you grew up with ;). I absolutely love the flavor of these enchiladas- I am an enchilada lover and these remind me of the traditional ones (healthy doesn’t have to lack on flavor). You won’t believe how easy these are! They are packed with protein, healthy carbs and fats.

If you don’t have flour tortillas, I highly recommend trying my Oat Tortilla recipe! You won’t believe how easy these are to make…only ONE ingredient, healthy and they work beautifully with this recipe!

These also pair beautifully with a side of refried beans, cauliflower rice, or simply on a bed of greens if you want to keep it light and fresh. Top it off with cilantro, pico, guacamole, and greek yogurt or sour cream for even more deliciousness!

Healthy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Recipe: Yields 4 Servings

INGREDIENTS:

For The Chicken Filling

  • Olive Oil for Pan Coating
  • 1 Finely Minced Garlic Clove
  • 1/4 Cup Diced Onions
  • 1/4 Cup Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 Cups Spinach
  • 1/4 Cup Green Enchilada Sauce
  • Ground Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 LB Chicken Breast or Shredded Cooked Chicken

For The Enchilada Assembly:

  • 4 7-inch Flour Tortillas (I Used my Homemade Oat Flour Tortillas but you can use any kind)
  • 1 Cup Green Enchilada Sauce of Choice
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheese of Choice (Mexican Blend, Cotija, or Jack Cheese)
  • Cilantro for Garnish

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Start cooking the vegetables in a little bit of olive oil until they are nice and the onions are translucent. Transfer the cooked veggie mixture into a medium sized bowl and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, cook the chicken breast until it’s no longer pink and the juices are running clear. The internal temperature should be 165 degrees F. Once the chicken is done, you can shred it using two forks, or simply dice the chicken (careful because it will be hot), and then transfer it back to the pan. You can now mix the the cooked vegetables, 1/4 cup of the enchilada sauce, salt and pepper with the chicken. Transfer the chicken and vegetable mixture back to the medium bowl and set aside while you assemble the enchiladas.
  • In a separate bowl, add the 1 cup of enchilada sauce. Dip up to two tortillas in the sauce and place it at the bottom of your baking dish.
  • Add the chicken and vegetable mix, then 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese evenly distributed on top.
  • Top it off with another two tortillas that are dipped in the enchilada sauce, and top it off with the remaining sauce, and shredded cheese.
  • Bake it for 8-10 minutes until the cheese is nicely melted.

*You can substitute or leave the chicken out completely if you prefer to make it vegetarian and add more veggies to your liking.

*You can also broil the enchiladas the very last 2 minutes if you want the to char the cheese a little bit.

*For a little extra flavor, you can also cook the tortillas with a little cooking spray in the pan or butter before dipping it into the enchilada sauce… ๐Ÿ˜‰

*You can store these in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week, or in an airtight plastic bag in the freezer for up to two weeks.

Enjoy!

-Hilda ๐Ÿ™‚

The Best Healthy Tuna Salad

lunch, Recipes, salads

I am not kidding when I call this “The Best Healthy Tuna Salad” EVER! I was always convinced that tuna salads were never going to be the same without mayo…and don’t get me wrong…those are childhood favorites! But this one may just be my ALL TIME favorite. It has no mayo, but has full healthy fats. It’s satisfying, has amazing texture, wonderful sweetness from the sweet potato, and creamy! You can also skip the bed of greens and add this to a wrap or put it on 2 slices of bread for the best sandwich! I’ve made this a weekly staple in my house ๐Ÿ™‚

The Best Healthy Tuna Salad

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Recipe: Yields 2 Servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 5 oz Can of Albacore White Chunk Tuna
  • 1/4 Cup of Hummus
  • 1/2 Avocado Diced into Cubes
  • 2 Chopped Hard Boiled Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup of Finely Diced Celery
  • 1/4 Cup of Finely Diced Onion
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)
  • 1/4 Cup of Roasted Sweet Potato
  • 1/4 Cup Mixed Roasted Nuts with Raisins
  • 2 Cups Mixed Greens or Baby Spinach
  • Vinaigrette of choice or extra ACV for finish

Directions

  • Start by mixing the tuna with the hummus, avocado, eggs, celery, onion, salt, pepper, and mustard until it’s nice and creamy. You can now make two servings out of this mixture or save half for the next day!
  • Place half of the mix into your bed of greens or spinach. Top with roasted sweet potato, nut mix, and drizzle your favorite vinaigrette for that extra flavor or ACV.

Hope you enjoy this recipe!

-Hilda โค