Chocolate (can’t call it a smoothie) Milkshake

By far my favorite blender drink.  Ever.

chocolate shake

So we all know I love my Nutribullet.  Using it or a blender, you can make this chocolate protein drink that tastes (almost) as good as a good ol’ chocolate milkshake.

Chocolate Milkshake

  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 1/4 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla flavor
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 packet of stevia (optional…I didn’t use it but if you like super sweet stuff you might want it)

Put all ingredients in a blender. OMG.

In the picture above, I doubled the protein powder, added a 1/2 cup of almond milk, and a little extra cocoa.  This shake is pretty  rich, so play with the ingredients when you make it.  You really can’t mess it up.  Enjoy!

 

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Banana Bread Oatmeal and Some Frustecorating

Frustecorating: a hybrid of the word “decorating” and “frustrating” that pretty much explains my experience whenever I try to make my house look nice

I can do outfits.  I can clean and organize like nobody’s business.  But decorating?  It’s frustecorating.  I stink at it.  My process involves buying things and taking them back.  Buying things and taking them back.

I have three places in my house that need some sprucing.  The wall space above my television, a wall beside the front window, and the space above my computer.  I utterly failed at the first two.  I consider this a minor success.

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I found the mirror on clearance at Target.  The two small pictures with typewriter keys on them came from HomeGoods.  It’s trendy geek.  Perfect.  The other six pictures I purchased I will be returning.  Bleh.

But you’re probably not here for my lame decorating tips.

I will spare you another ode to the Nutribullet.  But seriously, you should get one.  Here’s another fantastic oatmeal remix made creamier and smoother than ever with the magic of the Nutribullet.

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Banana Bread Oatmeal

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1/2 Scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon (or way more if you want!)
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla flavor
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Dash of cinnamon (on top)

Boil the 1/2 cup of water and the 1/2 cup of almond milk.  Reduce the heat to medium and add 1/2 cup of oats.  Cook for 5 minutes.

In a blender or bullet, add half of the cooked oats, 1/2 of the banana, 1 tablespoon of greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder, 1 1/2 tablespoons of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of vanilla flavor, and a dash of nutmeg.  Combine until smooth.

Put about half of the mixture in a bowl.  Slice the remaining 1/2 banana and add a layer of banana slices.  Add the remaining oats that you didn’t blend.  Add the rest of the blended mixture.  Layer the remaining banana on top and splash with some cinnamon.  So pretty.

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Apple Pie Smoothie

Two days ago, my blender went kaput.  It started leaking from the connection between the container and the blade.  This is very sad mostly because it is a Kitchenaid blender.  And it is pink.  It matches my mixer.  That said, if ANYONE has and ideas on how to repair this, please let me know.  I want my blender back.  You may remember this dear friend from previous posts.

pineapple smoothie

On a positive note, I bought a Nutribullet.  Maybe I jumped the gun a bit, but I eat a smoothie almost every day.  Not having a blender isn’t an option.  As with all new toys, I obsessed with this thing.  It mixes so smoothly, but the best part is the quick clean up.  You blend in the cup from which you drink, so that’s one less cup to wash.  Then, you pretty much just need to rinse it out.  Love.  Here’s what I had for breakfast today:

Apple Pie Smoothie

  • 1 medium apple (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla flavor
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup water

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Put ingredients in the blender or bullet and go.  This was a very filling and tasty breakfast.

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Snow Day #3 is an Edmodo Day

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I don’t usually post educational items, but I spent some time making a step-by-step set of instructions for assigning, submitting, and grading assignments using Edmodo.  Perhaps someone might benefit from these. So, fellow teachers, enjoy! Create Submit and Grade assignments … Continue reading

Chicken Enchilada Casserole (with magic sauce)

Chicken EnchiladasYou know you want this for dinner tonight.

Chicken EnchiladasI’ve made many different versions on chicken enchiladas.  All are great, but this one tastes the most like it came from a Mexican restaurant.

Now that you’ve decided what you want for dinner tonight, here’s how to make it happen:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 16-20 corn tortillas (the small ones)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 of chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1 cup of salsa or enchilada sauce (I used salsa because I didn’t have enchilada sauce.)
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese (I used 1 cup of cheddar and 1 cup of Monterrey jack.)
  • 1 can green chilies
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin
  • 1/2 cup of corn (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of corn starch
  • 3 tablespoons of whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan on the stove.  Dice the chicken.  When the oil is hot, cook the chicken, 1/2 cup of onion, and 1 tablespoon of garlic powder.

chicken and onionsWhile the chicken cooks, mix together 1 cup of cheese, 1 can of diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup of corn, 1 can of green chilies, 1 tablespoon of cumin, and 1 cup of salsa or enchilada sauce.  

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Add the chicken and onions to the mixture when it is completely cooked.

Layer half of the corn tortillas in a greased 9×13 baking dish.  I put the dish with the layer of tortillas under the broiler until they were just slightly brown on both sides.  I feel like my mom would probably tell me NOT to put a glass baking dish under the broiler…but she wasn’t there…oops. 🙂

Spread the chicken mixture on top of the toasted tortillas.

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Cover the mixture with another layer of tortillas. I didn’t toast these.  I figured they would cook enough.  They did.

top layerOk, now it’s time for the magic.  Melt the 3 tablespoons of butter in a sauce pan (Yes, I used butter.  It will be ok!).  Add 1 tablespoon of corn starch after the butter melts.  Whisk around for a minute.  Add 3 tablespoons of whole wheat flour.  This makes a kind of paste.  Add 1 cup of chicken broth to the sauce pan.  Stir until thick.  Take the sauce pan off the heat and add 1 cup of Greek Yogurt.  Stir until combined.

Pour the sauce over the top layer of tortillas.  It should completely cover them and drop down under the tortillas a bit.  Sprinkle the remaining cup of cheese over the sauce.

sauce over tortillasPut the dish in the oven for 25 minutes.

I got so excited to eat this, I forgot to take a picture of the finished product.  It’s already been partially devoured at this point.

chicken enchilada casseroleI chose to serve mine over a bed of shredded lettuce and a scoop of quinoa that I cooked by following the directions on the package.

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This dish is seriously good–probably one of my favorites.  As far as calories go, it’s really not that bad.  To reduce calories, reduce the cheese.  That’s really all you would need to do.

As with almost all my recipes, you can add anything you want.  Next time, I might try some black beans in the chicken mixture.  You could also put the mixture into individual tortillas and roll them up in the baking dish.

Just whatever you do, DO NOT mess with the sauce.  Ever.

Cinnamon Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Cinnamon Banana Oatmeal Cookies

That’s all.

  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup of oats (more if you want)
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon

Mash the banana in a bowl, add the oats, and stir.  Add the cinnamon.  Mix it all together until completely combined. Spoon  onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.  Cook in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes.

Cinnamon Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Tastes just like banana bread.  You will love.

Add some peanut butter to them and let me know how that works out!  This recipe only makes about eight cookies, so double and triple as you please.

Snow Day Restlessness Kills the Buns and Thighs

Icy roads = no school/work + a closed gym.

I was really in the mood for a nice long treadmill run today. Instead, I spent some time with Jillian.

I already posted the video for Jillian’s Six-Week Six Pack.  Today, I followed that workout with Killer Buns and Thighs.  It’s no joke.

I’m a little shaky just sitting here typing!

I definitely couldn’t do these DVDs every day, but it’s nice to have something when the gym isn’t an option…or when I don’t feel like leaving the house!

Now I’m off to figure out a new smoothie.  And to figure out what I’m going to do with ANOTHER day of no school.