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Looking to boost your nutrition and stay healthy this summer?  Take a quick minute to prep this Blackberry Cobbler Easy Overnight Oats for an healthy, delicious, and filling grab and go breakfast!  This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill.

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With summer now getting in full swing, it can be a little more difficult to keep your nutrition game strong.  If you think about it…summer is a time when our routine is off, we’re busy, it’s hot outside, maybe running off on trips, and everybody seems to be going a different direction.

So I’ve partnered with Bob’s Red Mill (<–LOVE btw) to share a super easy and quick way to boost your nutrition with this yummy Blackberry Cobbler Easy Overnight Oats recipe.  This can be used as a filling breakfast, pre- or post- workout snack, or even a dessert.

Plus: fresh summer blackberries…are you kidding me?  Gimme!

Bowl of fresh blackberries in a white bowl. Blackberry cobbler ingredients including greek yogurt, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pure maple syrup in kithcen blender, ready to be blended.

What is Overnight Oatmeal (AKA Overnight Oats)?

For the longest time, I had NO clue what overnight oats were.  It wasn’t until about 3 years ago that I finally decided I needed to figure it out.  The concept just seemed so interesting!

If you are still wondering what are overnight oats, the good news is it’s very simple.  They are raw, uncooked oats to which you add some liquid (usually the milk of your choice, I like unsweetened almond milk) and other yummy flavors (all sorts of options here).  Then, you place them in the fridge overnight (hence: “overnight”), or for at least 4-5 hours.  While the oats soak in the fridge, they absorb all the liquid and flavors, leaving you a delicious and easy breakfast to grab the next morning.  Thus: overnight oats!

The benefit to overnight oats is that you don’t need to worry about cooking them in the morning, which is a big deterrent for me on busy mornings.  I’ve also found that I enjoy overnight oats cold and with lots of fun new flavors, whereas the normal stove-top oatmeal for me tends to be very plain and simple (coconut sugar, almond milk, and some raisins).

Another question I get asked all the time is, “Do I have to eat it cold?”   Believe me, I thought the SAME thing when I was jumping into the world of overnight oats.  The answer is no – you can eat them cold or hot, depending on your preferences.  I have actually found I like them cold, straight from the fridge (hello: easy!), but it’s totally fine to pop them in the microwave for a minute or two to heat them up.

How Long Do Overnight Oats Need To Soak?

It’s recommended that you soak your oats for at least 4-5 hours to allow them to fully absorb the liquid in the container and become tender.  Overnight is best because then you’ll be sure they’re ready to eat.  It’s also best to use a sealable, airtight container to soak your overnight oats.  I prefer pint-sized mason jars, but you can use whatever you have on hand.  The pint-size mason jars make it so you can have a perfectly portioned, grab-and-go-breakfast, which makes me happy.

Nope – no need to cook overnight oats at all.  Instead, you let the oats soak in the fridge and become tender over the course of several hours – no need to waste your time at the stove for these babies.

How Long will Overnight Oats Stay Fresh in the Fridge?

Once they’ve fully soaked in all that goodness, overnight oats will store for a good 4-5 days in the refrigerator in a sealed container, making them a great prep-ahead meal you can grab and enjoy during the week.  I like making a few different variations (see my fave options at the bottom of this post) so I have a different breakfast to choose from each morning.

This also makes overnight oats perfect for those busy mornings when you have to run, but still want to have a great, filling, and healthy breakfast to boost your nutrition and maintain your healthy lifestyle.

Blackberry cobbler ingredients including greek yogurt, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pure maple syrup in kitchen blender, all blended together, and ready to add to mason jar with oats. Pouring the blackberry cobbler mixture from the kitchen blender into the mason jar with the rolled oats and chia seeds. Blackberry cobbler easy overnight oats recipe ready to eat with dollop plain greek youfrt, fresh blackberries, and some more rolled oats over the top.

What Oats Are Best for Making Overnight Oats?

To make your own overnight oats, it’s best to use rolled oats (also called “old fashioned oats”).  These oats are very minimally processed and still contain a large portion of their nutrients, as opposed to quick cooking oats and minute oats.

I love using Bob’s Red Mill’s Old Fashioned Oats in my overnight oats recipes because they are whole grain, high in fiber, and provide 7 grams of protein per serving.  Nice!

While steel cut oats are a great healthy option for making steel cut oats, I don’t recommend them for making overnight oats because they will not break down and become tender like rolled oats will.  Instead they’ll remain quite chewy and difficult to eat.

On the opposite end, quick cooking oats will not work very well because they will break down too much and become mush.  Generally speaking, quick cooking oats aren’t the best anyways because they have been stripped of most of their nutrients.

Overhead shot of the blackberry cobbler easy overnight oats recipe with fresh blackberies, plain greek yogurt, and rolled oats next to bag of Bob's Red Mill Old Fashioned Rolled Oats

More Easy Overnight Oats Recipes

If you’re looking for more great and easy overnight oats recipes to keep up your healthy and busy lifestyle, try one of my other favorites…

So, there you have it: Everything you ever wanted to know about easy overnight oats recipes. Yay!  I hope you try this Blackberry Cobbler Easy Overnight Oats recipe so you can see just how easy it can be to prep your way to a healthy, yummy, and fun summer!

Blackberry Cobbler Easy Overnight Oats

 

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Blackberry Cobbler Easy Overnight Oats

Looking to boost your nutrition and stay healthy this summer? Take a quick minute to prep these Blackberry Cobbler Easy Overnight Oats for an easy, delicious, and filling grab and go breakfast!

  • 1 cup fresh ripe blackberries
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup ((plus more for added sweetness))
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1 tbsp black chia seeds
  1. Place your fresh or frozen blackberries, plain greek yogurt, unsweetened almond milk, pure maple syrup, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and ground ginger in a kitchen blender and blend until completely smooth.

  2. In a pint size mason jar or sealable bowl, add the Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Rolled Oats and the chia seeds.
  3. Pour the blended blackberry mixture into the mason jar and stir to mix well.
  4. Seal the lid on tightly and place into the refrigerator overnight or for at least 4-5 hours to allow the oats to soak in the blackberry goodness and soften.
  5. To serve, you can eat it cold right out of the jar, topped off with a a dollop of greek yogurt and a few more fresh blackberries or you can heat it up in the microwave for 1-2 minutes if you prefer it heated.

If your blackberries just aren’t quite sweet, you can add a little more pure maple syrup to help with the sweetness of the overnight oats.

 

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bob’s Red Mill. The opinions and text are all mine.

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I’ve partnered with Jackson’s Honest to bring you a Healthy Sheet Pan Breakfast Nachos recipe that is going to blow you away. These breakfast nachos are a great option for your family in the morning or for brunch and are a fun new way to enjoy a healthy breakfast. 

Healthy Sheet Pan Breakfast Nachos | if you love breakfast AND you love nachos, I’ve got some great news! I’ve partnered with @JacksonsHonest to bring you a Healthy Sheet Pan Breakfast Nachos recipe that is going to blow you away | A Sweet Pea Chef #sponsored

Okay okay okay…guys!  Hold onto your seats…

If you love nachos (duh!) AND you love breakfast (double duh!), I’ve got some great news.  I’ve combined these two amazing things into an easy, delicious, and fun new breakfast.

I give you: sheet pan breakfast nachos!

These breakfast nachos make a fun breakfast or brunch and look amazing.  Plus they’re super easy to make and almost entirely fool-proof.

Essentially, this means three things for you: (1) Nachos, (2) For Breakfast, and (3) Easy Clean-up.
Bag of Jackson's Honest Sprouted Red Corn Tortilla Chips with tortilla chips coming out of the bag next to sheet pan lined with parchment paper and layered with more red corn tortilla chips

How Healthy Are Nachos?

The sad truth about nachos is they tend to not be a very healthy food.  They are often layered with lots of cheese and highly refined tortilla chips.  While this might make them a tasty appetizer, if you’re watching the food you’re eating and trying to eat healthy, they aren’t a great choice.

But the good news is there are several ways to make nachos a healthier and equally enjoyable appetizer or meal (or breakfast!).  For example, these sheet pan breakfast nachos are a well-balanced, high fiber, and high protein meal that IS healthy.  So, how do you make nachos healthy?

  • Replace your typical high sodium, highly processed tortilla chips with Jackson’s Honest Sprouted Red Corn Tortilla Chips.  These red corn tortilla chips have very simple ingredients (sprouted red corn, organic coconut oil, and sea salt), compared to less healthy chips.  They also contain 2g of fiber and 2g of protein per serving (10 chips), which makes them a nutritious part of the nachos.
  • Opt away from using cheese and, instead, make a savory mixture to add flavor.  In this recipe, I used a combo of chorizo, bell peppers, onion, and garlic.  These ingredients add lots of flavor and you don’t even miss the cheese.
  • Choose a clean, unrefined meat or protein.  Most sausages are packed with sugar and preservatives, but you can still find ingredient labels with just meat, water, and some minor spices if you take your time.  We also get protein from the eggs in these tasty nachos. The protein will help fill you up so you don’t wind up gorging on extra nachos or chips just to feel satisfied.
  • Use vibrant flavors as healthy flavor boosters.  In these breakfast nachos, I used jalapeño, green onions, and cilantro, but you could also use freshly squeezed lime juice for even more flavor.
  • Pack in extra fiber to make the nachos both filling and nutritious.  In these nachos, we added black beans, bell peppers, and red corn tortilla chips, which all boost the fiber content to over 13g per serving.

Overhead view of skillet with sauteed chorizo, red peppers, green peppers, garlic, and onion, ready to place on the sheet pan breakfast nachos.

What’s The Difference Between Sheet Pans and Cookie Sheets?

First off, let’s start with a little terminology because I think it can get a little confusing.  In case you’re wondering what the difference is between sheet pans, baking sheets, and cookie sheets, let me help explain.

I often hear people refer to “cookie sheets” as “baking sheets,” but they are actually not the same thing. Baking sheets (or baking pans) have rolled or rimmed edges, and cookie sheets do not. Cookie sheets (like we used for this Peanut Butter Protein Cookies recipe) are specifically made to have a large surface for holding a large number of cookies, but they don’t have edges so you can easily transfer cookies on and off.

Sheet pans, on the other hand, with their edges, allow for roasting (like we used for this Easy Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower) since the juices will run off the pan if there’s nothing to stop it.  They also allow for layering – say – for things like nachos!

So, when I talk about using a rimmed baking sheet, I mean the kind that has the edges all the way around — that way, it will hold in whatever you’re roasting, baking, or cooking, which is what it’s made to do.

Close up view of cooked sheet pan breakfast nachos with runny baked egg.

If you’ve gotten to this point and you’re still thinking about those eggs and how I baked them in the oven and it’s freaking you out, it’s okay.  I learned from my Baked Eggs in Spaghetti Squash Nests post that baked eggs aren’t for everyone.  And that’s totally fine.

If this sounds like you, feel free to fry the eggs on the stove and then gently place them on top of the nachos when they come out of the oven.  It’s an extra step and one additional dirty pan, but a completely legit way to make these nachos and still feel good about it.

Also, if you’re loving the idea of these breakfast nachos, but you don’t like chorizo, you have a ton of great options you can pick instead.

Here are a few:

  • go meatless
  • vegan chorizo
  • ground beef or bison
  • chicken sausage
  • shredded chicken
  • mushrooms

FYI I used a relatively small amount of chorizo for this recipe to cut down on fat and because chorizo has so much flavor so you may need to increase how much you use with other alternatives.

Overhead view of the baked healthy sheet pan breakfast nachos next to bag of opened Jackson's Honest Sprouted Red Corn Tortilla Chips, Ready To Eat.

All in all, these healthy sheet pan breakfast nachos are full of flavor and very satisfying.  The combination of flavors and textures is addicting and — even better — the clean-up is super quick, thanks to using a sheet pan!

However you choose to mix and match your healthy nachos recipe, remember to keep in mind the basic of how to make nachos healthy and just go from there.  There are so many topping possibilities and flavor combinations to customize your nachos and make them something truly amazing for you.

Healthy Sheet Pan Breakfast Nachos

Healthy Sheet Pan Breakfast Nachos

These healthy sheet pan breakfast nachos are a great option for your family in the morning or even for a brunch and are a fun new way to enjoy a healthy breakfast. 

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lb chorizo ( (see notes for how to choose))
  • 1/2 yellow onion, (diced)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, (diced)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, (diced)
  • 1/2 small jalapeño, (seeds removed and minced)
  • 1 clove garlic, (minced)
  • 1 10 oz bag Jackson's Honest Sprouted Red Corn Tortilla Chips
  • 1 15 oz can no sodium added black beans, (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 sliced green onions, (for topping)
  • 1 avocado, (thinly sliced, for topping)
  • 3 tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped, for topping)
  • 6 eggs
  • sea salt, (to season eggs)
  • black pepper, (to seas)
  • plain greek yogurt, salsa, lime (optional toppings)
  1. Start by preheating your oven to 425 degrees F and lining a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil.
  3. Next, add the chorizo, diced yellow onion, jalapeño, and bell peppers, and stir to combine.

  4. Cook, stirring frequently, until the chorizo is cooked through, approximately 4-6 minutes.

  5. Add minced garlic and cook an additional minute.

  6. Over the prepared baking sheet, make a double layer of the Jackson’s Honest Sprouted Red Corn Tortilla Chips out onto the prepared rimmed baking sheet.
  7. Next, add a layer of no sodium-added black beans over the red corn tortilla chips.
  8. Over the beans, layer the chorizo and bell pepper mixture.

  9. Place the sheet pan into the oven and cook until everything is heated through, about 10-12 minutes.
  10. Remove the pan from the oven and create 6 wells in the nachos for our eggs, depending on how many eggs you’d like.

  11. Gently crack an egg into each well, keeping the yolk intact if you can and season the eggs lightly with a little sea salt and pepper.
  12. Return the sheet pan to the oven and bake until the egg whites are set, about 9-12 minutes.  (If you’d rather just fry the eggs on the stove, you can do that and just top the nachos when they come out of the oven.)
  13. Remove the breakfast nachos from the oven and top with the green onions, sliced avocado, and cilantro.

For the chorizo, look for ingredient labels with very simple ingredients and no sugar added for the cleanest option.

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jackson’s Honest. The opinions and text are all mine.

This post contains affiliate links for products I use regularly and highly recommend.

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Sweet Potato And Lentil Hash with Garlic Sauteed Kale https://www.asweetpeachef.com/sweet-potato-and-lentil-hash/ https://www.asweetpeachef.com/sweet-potato-and-lentil-hash/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:30:34 +0000 https://www.asweetpeachef.com/?p=21494 This high-protein, high flavor sweet potato and lentil hash will fill you up and make you feel great!  This post is sponsored by Lentils.org. I often get asked if it’s possible to eat healthy on a budget.  Heck — I even remember wondering the same thing when I was first getting started in clean eating...

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This high-protein, high flavor sweet potato and lentil hash will fill you up and make you feel great!  This post is sponsored by Lentils.org.

Sweet Potato And Lentil Hash with Garlic Sauteed Kale | An easy, savory, and healthy lentil hash bowl to enjoy for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! #sponsored by @cdnlentils #LoveALentil #LetsLentil

I often get asked if it’s possible to eat healthy on a budget.  Heck — I even remember wondering the same thing when I was first getting started in clean eating and taking back my health.

Sure, there are lots of foods that can be a little hefty in price, as compared to their highly processed, overly manufactured counterparts — foods like raw honey, pure maple syrup, matcha powder, chia seeds, and so on.  When I stock up on these higher-priced items, I do my best to buy in bulk to save money and I remind myself I am making an investment in my health and well-being.

But today, I want to share with you one of my favorite ways to eat super healthy and still remain on a budget that DOESN’T break the bank at all…

Bowl of dried split red lentils on a marble countertop Skillet with cooked red lentils and sweet potatoes, ready to be plated

Enter the lentil.

Yep, this simple, tiny, and multi-colored pulse (AKA dry legume) is one of the easiest and healthiest ways to stretch your food budget while not sacrificing flavor or nutrition.  Lentils are often purchased dried and can easily be bought in bulk, which brings the cost down significantly.  So, just as you would have rice or quinoa storing away in your pantry to add into your meal, you can also have lentils ready to grab.

So…who which is better for you: rice, quinoa, or lentils?

Let’s discuss why lentils make a great substitute over these common staples.  I think you’ll be blown away.

Why Are Lentils Good For You?

Lentils have a TON of health benefits for you, making them an amazing addition to any meal.

For example…

  • Lentils are very rich in protein, folic acid, and both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber.
  • Lentils help to lower cholesterol.
  • Lentils are very high in Vitamin C, the B vitamins and contain 8 of the essential amino acids.
  • Lentils contain many valuable trace minerals.
  • Lentils are one of the highest sources of antioxidants found in legumes.
  • Lentils help to stabilize blood sugar levels, making them helpful for those who suffer from diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia.
  • Lentils assist with weight loss, are low in calories, and contain virtually no fat.

Umm can you say nutritional powerhouse?  Pretty much.

Plus lentils are super tasty.

Close up of white bowl filled with sweet potato and lentil hash next to sauteed garlic kale and topped with a fried egg

How To Cook Lentils

Contrary to what you might have thought, lentils do NOT need to be soaked prior to cooking.  Hooray!

All you have to do to cook lentils is to follow these easy steps:

  • Rinse lentils in water to remove any debris or dirt
  • Cook on the stovetop with a ratio of 1 cup dry lentils to 3 cups of liquid (make sure to use a saucepan or pot that will allow for the lentils to double or even triple in size)
  • Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook, covered, until the lentils are tender

See?  Super duper easy!

How do You Know If Lentils Are Cooked?

While the simple answer is “cook until tender,” we can dive further into how to know if your lentils are cooked and ready to eat.

For split red lentils (the kind of lentils we have in this yummy Sweet Potato and Lentil Hash recipe right here on this page), the cook time ranges from about 5-7 minutes.

For whole green lentils, (the kind I use in my Quinoa Lentil Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette), the cook time ranges from 15-20 minutes.

As a general rule, if you’re adding the lentils to a soup or stew, it’s better to allow the lentils to get a little more mushy and tender than if you were adding to a salad.

Overhead view of two bowls filled with sweet potato and lentil hash, garlic sauteed kale, and topped with fried egg with crushed red pepper flakes and black pepper sprinkled over the top.

How To Store Lentils

Packaged lentils (dry or canned) keep easily on your cupboard shelf or pantry in a dry, dark, cool location for up to one year. If you are purchasing your lentils in bulk or have open packages, transfer them to an airtight container to take advantage of the one-year shelf life. After one year, cooking time could increase.

Cooked lentils and prepared lentil puree can be frozen and used within three months, or refrigerated for one week. Be sure to store in airtight containers or plastic bags!

Okay, so now that we’ve covered all the goodness of lentils, I hope you try this super yummy and filling Sweet Potato and Lentil Hash with Garlic Sauteed Kale.  And, if you do, you just gotta put an egg on it. Because it’s marvelous.  And oh-so-healthy for ya!

Want More Healthy lentil Recipes?

Here are a couple of my absolute favorite lentil recipes for you to try.

Sweet Potato and Lentil Hash with Garlic Sauteed Kale

This high-protein, high flavor sweet potato and lentil hash will fill you up and make you feel great!  This post is sponsored by Canadian Lentils.

For the Lentil Hash:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, (diced)
  • 1 medium sweet potato, (diced)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 clove garlic, (minced)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cups split red lentils, (dried)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 – 4 cups vegetable broth, (depending on how tender you want the lentils)

For the Garlic Sauteed Kale:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 1 clove garlic, (minced)

For Toppings:

  • 2 fried eggs
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  1. Heat the olive oil in a deep skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the sweet potato and shallot and sauté for 4-6 minutes. Add the garlic, sea salt, cumin, and paprika, and sauté for 2-3 more minutes.
  3. Add the lentils, tomato paste, and broth. Bring to a simmer and cook, covered, until most of the liquid has been absorbed and the lentils and sweet potato are tender, about 25-30 minutes. You may need to add the additional broth as the lentils absorb the liquid.

  4. To make the kale, heat the olive oil over medium heat in a skillet.

  5. Add the kale and sauté until softened. Add the garlic and stir for another minute.
  6. Top with fried egg, if desired.

Nutrition facts include 1 egg fried in 2 tsp. olive oil.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Lentils.org. The opinions and text are all mine.

This post contains affiliate links for products I use regularly and highly recommend.

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Want to enjoy healthy, delicious, and easy frozen desserts without an ice cream maker?  No problem!  Try my four favorite ice creams, sorbets, and frozen yogurt made with fresh fruit to cool you down this summer!

4 Healthy & Easy Frozen Desserts For Summer | Try these 4 great recipes using fresh fruit and a food processor to make sorbet, ice cream, and frozen yogurt at home! | A Sweet Pea Chef

I first fell in love with making my own homemade ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yogurt about 2 years ago.  I started really testing out my food processor to see all it was capable of.  And, to my surprise, it was capable of A LOT.

I think we can all agree that frozen desserts are one of life’s great pleasures.  Whether you’re into ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt, or something else entirely, it doesn’t get much better than sitting down in the shade on a hot summer day and enjoying a frozen sweet treat.  It always brings out the kid in me.

I’ve found that making your own frozen desserts at home is so much easier than I would have thought and is a great thing to do with the kids, too.

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Chocolate banana ice cream inside a white bowl with sliced bananas

Make this amazingly simple and creamy 2 ingredient Chocolate Banana Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Maker.  Click here for the easy recipe.

Can You Make Homemade Ice Cream With a Food Processor?

I get asked this question a lot and I’m always happy to answer.  The answer is YES!  Food processors aren’t just for pesto and energy balls.  They’re great for making your own homemade frozen desserts. All you need are just a few simple ingredients and some frozen fruit.  In fact, I’ve even used mine to make this Matcha Frozen Yogurt (<— YUM btw) without any frozen fruit and it worked great, too.

If it can freeze in small cubes, you can likely make an ice cream, sorbet, or frozen yogurt out of it using your food processor.

Here are some ideas for what fruits freeze well to make homemade ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yogurt:

Cantaloupe Sorbet

Two small servings of cantaloupe sorbet garnished with fresh mint in glass ice cream bowls.

Make my 4 Ingredient Cantaloupe Sorbet for a refreshing and sweet frozen dessert this summer.  Click here for the recipe.

Fresh Peach Frozen Yogurt

Bowl of fresh peach frozen yogurt garnished with fresh mint and sliced fresh peaches with a hand scooping some out to eat

This Fresh Peach Frozen Yogurt is the perfect use for those fresh summer peaches and is so easy to make.  Click here for the recipe.

What Food Processor Do You Recommend?

I know there are a ton of great products out there, but I am such a fan of my food processor.  We’re buds.

In fact, when I finally burnt mine to the ground after years of use and abuse (hello: ice cream research!) and had to get another one, I had a very difficult time saying good-bye.  My favorite food processor and the one I use all the time is this one and it’s never let me down.

The reason why I love using a food processor over an ice cream maker is because I don’t like machines that just serve one purpose.  In a food processor, I can make anything I want, from ice cream to cheesecake to peanut butter to cheese sauce.  My ice cream maker — while it’s great for what it is — is not nearly as versatile.

Lemon Blueberry Sorbet

Bowl of purple lemon blueberry sorbet in a white bowl garnished with a slice of fresh lemon and fresh blueverries

Like a little tart with your sweet?  Try this Lemon Blueberry Sorbet for some serious flavor.  Click here for the recipe.

4 Healthy & Easy Frozen Desserts for Summer

 

More Healthy Easy Frozen Dessert Recipes Without An Ice Cream Maker

I hope I’ve convinced you to break out that food processor and make your own easy frozen desserts.  Not only are they ridiculously easy to make, but there are so many options for flavors and textures. Plus, you’re removing all the added cream, sugar, and fat from your typical ice cream because you’re using the natural consistency of the fruit to make up the bulk of the sweet treat.

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Healthy Fudgesicles https://www.asweetpeachef.com/healthy-fudgsicles/ https://www.asweetpeachef.com/healthy-fudgsicles/#comments Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:00:55 +0000 http://www.asweetpeachef.com/?p=7837 Did you love fudgesicles as a kid?  Now, you can make these delicious and healthy fudgesicles using just 4 ingredients any time you want.  Okay.  I’m in love with popsicles. And, well, chocolate, too for that matter.   Put them together and I’m a happy camper. But — wait — these are *gasp* healthy chocolate...

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Did you love fudgesicles as a kid?  Now, you can make these delicious and healthy fudgesicles using just 4 ingredients any time you want. 

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Okay.  I’m in love with popsicles.

And, well, chocolate, too for that matter.   Put them together and I’m a happy camper.

But — wait — these are *gasp* healthy chocolate popsicles?!?

Awesome.

Overhead View Of Blender About To Blend 4 Ingredients Together To Make The Healthy Fudgesicle Mixture OverHead View Of Blender With Mixed Ingredients, Ready To Pour Into Molds For Healthy Fudgesicles

Growing up, I absolutely LOVED fudgsicles.  Like — if we had a box of 6 or 7 of them, they wouldn’t be safe in my presence. Let’ just say you may not find them in the freezer the next time you went to look for them.  Heehee.

But this was only when I was kid.  Not at all as an adult.  Shhh.

There’s just something so soothing and delicious about a creamy, chewy, chocolate frozen fudgesicle that I just can’t resist.  So – why not just make them healthy and fix the whole guilt-that-I’m-eating-something-bad-for-me thing?  Seams reasonable, right?

Pouring The Healthy Fudgesicle Mixture From The Blender Into A Metal Popsicle Mold To Prepare To Freeze Overhead Birds Eye View Of Two Metal Bowls Holding The Frozen Healthy Fudgesicles And Ice To Keep Them Cold

So.  Here’s a healthy, dairy-free version of my beloved fudgesicle — packed full of sweet, cool, creamy, fudgey chocolate goodness.

Quite a yummy summer treat!

How Do You Make Homemade Fudgesicles?

Even as a kid, I always wondered how you make homemade fudgesicles.  I thought, if I could just make these at home, I could have them all the time. They seemed so simple, yet so perfect.

So…how are fudge pops made?

The good news is making your own homemade fudgesicles is actually quite easy.  You just need to blend together some simple ingredients in a blender (or by hand, if you prefer), and then pour the mixture into a popsicle mold.  See?  Super easy.

I love my popsicle mold (which you can buy here, if you’re interested), but you could even use plastic cups and then pop the popsicles right out of the cups.

Cropped Shot Of Healthy Fudgesicles Up Close

Are Fudgesicles Vegan or Gluten Free?

The great thing about fudgesicles is they can easily accommodate most dietary restrictions.  For example, this recipe is vegan because I chose to use pure maple syrup instead of a raw honey.  However, you could also use agave nectar if you prefer.  Any sweetener will work, but I tend to coconut sugar, pure maple syrup, or raw honey — depending on the recipe.

I like the flavor the pure maple syrup adds to this healthy fudgesicle recipe, but you can choose what works best for you. To learn more about what sweeteners you can use on a clean diet, you can read this post.

I also chose to use full fat coconut milk in this recipe, as opposed to plain greek yogurt, but either would work.  The coconut milk makes the recipe a little creamier and is naturally sweeter than the greek yogurt.  Plus, if you’re wanting to keep the popsicles vegan, coconut milk is the way to go. You could also use lighter (refrigerated) coconut milk, but the popsicles won’t be nearly as creamy and smooth.  More on this later.

As for gluten, these popsicles are gluten free so no need to worry about that, either.

How Many Calories Are In A Fudgesicle?

Ever wondered how many calories are in a fudgesicle?  Me, too!

I researched the original Fudgesicle popsicle we used to buy at the grocery store frozen aisle.  Not gonna lie – it brought back some good memories. The popsicles are each 100 calories in those packs.

But, we all know it’s not all about the calories.

So, what else is in the popsicles?

Well, the ingredients listed, in this order: Nonfat Milk, Sugar, Whey, Corn Syrup Solids, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Palm Oil, Cocoa Processed with Alkali, Tricalcium Phosphate, Mono And Diglycerides, Cellulose Gum, Guar Gum, Malted Barley Extract, Salt, Polysorbate 80, Polysorbate 65, and Carrageenan

See?  It’s not ALL about the calories.  Unfortunately, even though the original is pretty low in calories, look at all the processed ingredients!  We’re eating corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, palm oil, refined sugar, and a bunch of other highly processed ingredients.  Hard to feel good about that.

In contrast, with my Healthy Fudgesicle recipe, each popsicle contains 192 calories and these are the ingredients: full fat coconut milk, dark cocoa powder, pure maple syrup, and pure vanilla extract.

Pretty big difference.

Closer In Than Birds Eye View Of Healthy Fudgesicles With One Melting On A Marble Pastry Board

Fudgesicle Recipe With Coconut Milk

Just in case you’re interested, there are a ton of different ways to make a fudgesicle.  I like using full fat coconut milk because it’s creamy, slightly sweet just naturally already…plus I seem to always have a can waiting for me in my pantry.  However, you could also use greek yogurt, regular yogurt, pudding, condensed milk, avocado, nutella, chocolate milk, even cool whip.

Obviously, these will all have varying levels of nutritional benefits (or lack thereof) so I’d recommend either avocado or plain greek yogurt if you don’t have access to full fat coconut milk.

More Yummy Healthy Popsicle Recipes!

Since you’re still here and learning all there is to know about fudgesicles, I figured you like your popsicles and frozen treats.  Which also means we should be friends.  As your friend, I highly recommend you try out these other healthy popsicle recipes to make this summer even better:

Healthy Ice Creams And Sorbet Recipes

Here are some of my favorite healthy ice cream and sorbet recipes, too!  Because we’re that serious about healthy frozen sweet treats round here.

I hope this post has made you hungry for a sweet treat down memory lane.  Try making your own homemade healthy fudgesicles at home and see just how easy it is.  If you do, share how it went in the comments below or tag #asweetpeachef on Instagram to show me how yummy it looks!

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If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think by leaving a comment and rating it. And don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #asweetpeachef on Instagram! I LOVE seeing what you come up with. Enjoy!

Healthy Fudgesicles

Did you love fudgesicles as a kid? Now, you can make these delicious and healthy fudgesicles using just 4 ingredients any time you want.

  • 1 13.5 oz. can full fat coconut milk, (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  1. Add all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

  2. Pour the mixture into a popsicle mold.

  3. Freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight.

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Easy Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower https://www.asweetpeachef.com/easy-parmesan-roasted-cauliflower/ https://www.asweetpeachef.com/easy-parmesan-roasted-cauliflower/#respond Sat, 10 Jun 2017 13:00:31 +0000 https://www.asweetpeachef.com/?p=21292 This easy parmesan roasted cauliflower is so addictingly delicious and simple to make. Cauliflower is rich in vitamin C, K, protein, fiber, and many other nutrients, making it a great choice to add into your meals. Yep, I’ve been on a veggie roasting rampage.  No denying it.  The veggies never saw it coming. No prisoners. I’ve...

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This easy parmesan roasted cauliflower is so addictingly delicious and simple to make. Cauliflower is rich in vitamin C, K, protein, fiber, and many other nutrients, making it a great choice to add into your meals.

Cauliflower topped with Parmesan Cheese and Onion on a Cookie Sheet Pan Pre-Oven with Black Text Easy Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Yep, I’ve been on a veggie roasting rampage.  No denying it.  The veggies never saw it coming.

No prisoners.

I’ve roasted green beans, asparagus, carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, beets, and – yep – now I’ve roasted cauliflower.

No veggie or starch is safe.

Bwa ha ha.

Separated Ingredients Including Cauliflower, Onion, Parmesan Cheese and Garlic Ready To AssembleCauliflower topped with Parmesan Cheese, Garlic, Olive Oil, and Onion on a Cookie Sheet Pan Pre-Oven

Why have I turned into the evil veggie roasting maniac that stands before you?

It’s very simple: I like easy veggie sides.

And, as we established in my last post on my Lemon Roasted Asparagus, I also like easy clean up.

Because: duh.  Right?

For those two very important reasons plus many others (like roasting brings out more flavor and texture in vegetables, roasting veggies is super quick and requires hardly any ingredients or prep work, and so on), I’ve been roasting my veggie sides quite a lot lately.

Hence: the maniacal rampage of sorts.

Overhead View of Entire Sheet Pan with Cauliflower topped with Parmesan Cheese, Garlic, Onion, and Olive Oil After RoastingClose-Up View of Entire Sheet Pan with Cauliflower topped with Parmesan Cheese, Garlic, Onion, and Olive Oil After Roasting

Why roast cauliflower? Cauliflower is one of those vegetables that is perfect for roasting.  It holds up well to the heat, can get a little charred yet still taste amazing, and is large enough to be tender on one side and crispy roasted perfection on the other.  Just adding some parmesan and a few other simple flavors (like I have with the garlic, onion, salt, and pepper) is all you need for a filling, flavorful, and highly addictive easy veggie dinner side.

And if that’s not enough to sell ya on the roasted cauliflower goodness, cauliflower happens to be super healthy for you, too.

In addition to your usual fiber that we all enjoy with a good vegetable (thanks, veggies!), it is also high in vitamin C, K, and protein, as well as many other nutrients, making this one power-packed roasted veggie to add to your next meal.

Close-Up View of Entire Sheet Pan with Cauliflower topped with Parmesan Cheese, Garlic, Onion, and Olive Oil After Roasting

And I’m gonna be completely honest here – I may have turned just this “side” into a whole meal before.  Once or twice.

I mean..why not?  It’s a well-balanced side dish that can be filling enough for a full meal if you wanted.

If you’re looking to pair it with another lean protein, I’d recommend flank steak, ribeye, or a good pork chop.

Or to make this vegetarian side into a vegan one, just replace the parmesan with nutritional yeast or omit it entirely.  Both are perfectly delciious options.

Alright!  Now that we’re all on the roasted veggie bandwagon (woot!),  check out my absolute favorite roasted veggie sides that will make your life and your dinner so much easier:

Seriously: if you haven’t tried roasting your own vegetables yet, it’s time you learn how to roast cauliflower to absolute parmesan perfection with this recipe.  It’s so easy!

Easy Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Easy Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

This easy parmesan roasted cauliflower takes cauliflower to another level. It’s so easy to make and has tons of flavor.

  • 1 head cauliflower, (cut into florets)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, (thinly sliced)
  • 3 large garlic cloves, (peeled)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup parmesan, (grated)
  • 1 tbsp. Italian parsley, (chopped, for optional garnish)
  1. First, preheat your oven to 425 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Add the cauliflower florets, thinly sliced yellow onion, peeled garlic cloves, olive oil, sea salt, ground black pepper, and parmesan to the baking sheet and toss to coat evenly.
  3. Place into the oven and roast, tossing occasionally, until the cauliflower is just tender, about 20-25 minutes.

Cauliflower is rich in vitamin C, K, protein, fiber, and many other nutrients, making it a great choice to add into your meals.

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Lemon Roasted Asparagus https://www.asweetpeachef.com/lemon-roasted-asparagus/ https://www.asweetpeachef.com/lemon-roasted-asparagus/#comments Sat, 03 Jun 2017 13:00:34 +0000 https://www.asweetpeachef.com/?p=21270 This lemon roasted asparagus is so easy to cook and makes the perfect veggie side. Okay so I know I recently shared my Parmesan Roasted Green Beans recipe with you, but I HAD to share this Lemon Roasted Asparagus recipe with you today.  Had to. …And *spoiler alert* I have a couple more yummy roasted veggie...

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This lemon roasted asparagus is so easy to cook and makes the perfect veggie side.

Lemon Roasted Asparagus | Possibly the easiest roasted veggie side dish ever that's perfect for Spring | A Sweet Pea Chef

Okay so I know I recently shared my Parmesan Roasted Green Beans recipe with you, but I HAD to share this Lemon Roasted Asparagus recipe with you today.  Had to.

…And *spoiler alert* I have a couple more yummy roasted veggie sides coming your way soon, too.

You’re welcome.

I’ve been all about the roasted veggies lately.

Separated Ingredients Including Asparagus, Lemon, Parmesan Cheese and Garlic Ready To Assemble Asparagus topped with Parmesan Cheese and Lemon on a Cookie Sheet Covered Pan Pre-Oven

And what’s not to love about easy roasted vegetables, am I right?

Let’s discuss the greatness that is the roasted veggie side:

  • easy to prep
  • easy to clean up
  • not many ingredients needed
  • hardly any oil needed
  • no breading or heavy coating required <— prob should mention here one serving is only 118 calories 🙂
  • simple and fresh is a winner
  • super quick <— this lemon roasted asparagus take JUST 8-10 minutes in the oven.  8-10 minutes!!
  • totes yummers

See?  Ain’t nothing wrong with any of that.

Close-Up of Asparagus topped with Parmesan Cheese on a Cookie Sheet Covered Pan After Roasting

I love the easy cleanup.  I know I mentioned it in the list right above, but I feel like it needs it’s own special paragraph to discuss its value.  Coming from a mom of three, soon to be FOUR (OMG), easy cleanup is just the best with anything.  Ever.

…which happens to be why my poor sweet kiddos hardly ever get to play with play-dough, paint, or do bubbles.

I know, I know…but the CLEAN UP?!?!?

Sigh.

Overhead View of Entire Sheet Pan with Asparagus topped with Parmesan Cheese After Roasting

Anyhoo grab that fresh and delicious spring asparagus and just a few other ingredients to make this asparagus side tonight – it’s perfect for an easy weeknight dinner side, but also fancy enough to share with guests.  If you’re into being fancy with guests and all.

Lemon Roasted Asparagus

 

Go forth, enjoy your spring vegetables, have your veggie side ready in 10 minutes, and think of me when you savor that vibrant lemon asparagus deliciousness, followed by easily throwing away the parchment paper and getting on your way.

Lemon Roasted Asparagus

This lemon roasted asparagus is so easy to cook and makes the perfect veggie side.

  • 1 lb fresh asparagus (, trimmed)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (, minced)
  • 2 tbsp parmesan (, grated)
  • 1 lemon (, thinly sliced)
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice ((approx. 1 lemon))
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Add the asparagus, lemon slices, olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice, sea salt, ground black pepper, minced garlic, and parmesan cheese to the baking sheet

  3. Toss to evenly coat.

  4. Place in the oven and roast for 8-10 minutes or until the asparagus is crisp on the outside and tender in the center.

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4 High Protein Fruit Smoothie Recipes You Need To Try https://www.asweetpeachef.com/4-high-protein-fruit-smoothie-recipes/ https://www.asweetpeachef.com/4-high-protein-fruit-smoothie-recipes/#comments Sat, 27 May 2017 13:00:07 +0000 https://www.asweetpeachef.com/?p=21244 Aren’t protein smoothies like the best? They’re easy, healthy, quick, and flavorful.  <— All good things right there. Plus you can make your smoothie flavors be interesting and fun, like Blueberry Muffin, Pink Power, and Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. I mean, really. I’m also a big fan of how they can be enjoyed for a breakfast, meal,...

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Aren’t protein smoothies like the best?

They’re easy, healthy, quick, and flavorful.  <— All good things right there.

Plus you can make your smoothie flavors be interesting and fun, like Blueberry Muffin, Pink Power, and Oatmeal Raisin Cookie.

I mean, really.

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I’m also a big fan of how they can be enjoyed for a breakfast, meal, snack, pre- or post-workout meal, or even a dessert.

Tell me what OTHER easy, healthy, quick, and flavorful recipe can do that.

You just can’t.

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So, today, I figured I’d share some of my new fave high protein smoothie recipes that I’ve been enjoying.  Because one thing is very true about smoothies: the flavor combos and possibilities are endless.

We’ve got a Blackberry Coconut, Tropical Chia, Strawberry Banana, and The Best Green Smoothie going on here right now.  And it makes me so happy.

Never tried protein powder?  Think of it this way: If you love fruit smoothies, but feel hungry after just like 30 minutes, a great way to turn a smoothie into a full meal is to add in protein powder.  Typically a serving of protein powder will add 15-30 grams of protein to your fruit smoothie, making it a more filling, well-balanced meal.

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BUT not all protein powders are created equal and it can take some time and research to find what brand and/or flavor works best for you.  There’s characteristics to consider, like flavor, texture, quality/type of protein, cost, and so on.

I remember my first time trying a protein powder about 7 years ago — it was AWFUL.  It tasted and smelled just like chemicals with absolutely no good flavor.  I mixed it with water and it was chunky and clumpy and just gross.  Bleh.

Yes, even 7 years later, it still gives me the stink face it was THAT bad.

But, I kept experimenting with different brands, flavors, and types of protein.

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I recently tried Bob’s Red Mill’s new Vanilla Protein Powder with Nutritional Booster and liked it a lot — especially for a vegan protein powder which, in my experience, can tend to lack the creamy consistency of a whey protein and have an odd aftertaste.

I also love that Bob’s Red Mill uses pea protein and added a “Nutritional Booster” of chia seeds, which adds additional protein, fiber, and healthy fat to the powder.  Nice.

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In fact, each of these recipes I’ve shared here today feature this new vanilla protein powder.  I love how each of these high protein fruit smoothie recipes is a different color and completely different flavor — that way it feels like you’re changing up what you’re eating even though your body still gets tons of nutrients and deliciousness.  Plus different colors means different types of vitamins and minerals.

Eat the rainbow, right?

4 High Protein Smoothies You Need To Try

 

So if you’ve been looking for a good protein powder to try and/or you want a recommendation on a good vegan protein powder, this is a good one.

4 High Protein Fruit Smoothie Recipes You Need To Try

I’ve partnered with Bob’s Red Mill to bring you 4 brand new high protein fruit smoothie recipes that make a great breakfast, snack, or meal.

Blackberry Coconut Fruit Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup blackberries, (fesh or frozen)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 scoops Bob's Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder
  • * raw honey for additional sweetness

Tropical Chia Fruit Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup mango, (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ cup pineapple chunks, (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 scoops Bob's Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder
  • * raw honey for additional sweetness

Strawberry Banana Fruit Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup strawberries, (quartered)
  • 1 banana, (frozen)
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 Bob's Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder
  • * raw honey for additional sweetness

The Best Green Protein Fruit Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup baby spinach, (packed)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 pear
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 Bob's Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder
  • * raw honey for additional sweetness

Blackberry Coconut Smoothie

  1. In a kitchen blender, start by adding the unsweetened coconut milk, fresh or frozen blackberries, half a banana, unsweetened coconut flakes, and 2 scoops of Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder.
  2. Now, blend everything until it’s very smooth.

Tropical Chia Smoothie

  1. In a kitchen blender, start by adding the unsweetened almond milk, fresh or frozen mango, fresh or frozen pineapple, and 2 scoops of Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder.
  2. Now, blend everything until it’s very smooth.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

  1. In a kitchen blender, start by adding the unsweetened almond milk, fresh or frozen strawberries, a banana, plain greek yogurt, and 2 scoops of Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder.
  2. Now, blend everything until it’s very smooth.

The Best Green Protein Smoothie

  1. In a kitchen blender, start by adding the unsweetened almond milk,baby spinach, half a banana, 1/2 a pear, almond butter, and 2 scoops of Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder.
  2. Now, blend everything until it’s very smooth.

*Nutrition information provided is for Blackberry Coconut Smoothie

*For any of these protein fruit smoothies, you can add a little raw honey to up the sweetness as needed.

*You can also add ice if you’re not using frozen fruit in order to thicken the smoothies if you’d like.

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Parmesan Roasted Green Beans https://www.asweetpeachef.com/parmesan-roasted-green-beans/ https://www.asweetpeachef.com/parmesan-roasted-green-beans/#comments Sat, 20 May 2017 13:00:09 +0000 https://www.asweetpeachef.com/?p=21215 Do you ever really want a home-cooked meal, but don’t want to hassle with making an elaborate side to go with your main protein? We seem to always pin the protein down, but go completely blank when trying to decide on what side should go with it. Often times, on busy and tired weeknights, this turns...

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Parmesan Roasted Green Beans | Just 5 ingredients and 20 minutes to make this tasty and healthy veggie side! | A Sweet Pea Chef

Do you ever really want a home-cooked meal, but don’t want to hassle with making an elaborate side to go with your main protein?

We seem to always pin the protein down, but go completely blank when trying to decide on what side should go with it.

Often times, on busy and tired weeknights, this turns into scrapping the whole dinner and figuring something else out entirely.

Parmesan Roasted Green Beans | Just 5 ingredients and 20 minutes to make this tasty and healthy veggie side! | A Sweet Pea Chef Parmesan Roasted Green Beans | Just 5 ingredients and 20 minutes to make this tasty and healthy veggie side! | A Sweet Pea Chef

But, there’s a simple solution that takes no time at all and you probably already have all the ingredients in your house right now.

<<BTW I’m totally curious if you do because it’s super possible.>>

These parmesan roasted green beans require just 5 ingredients and only 20 minutes to make.  Seriously.

All you need is the following:

  • fresh green beans
  • parmesan
  • sea salt
  • olive oil
  • garlic powder (could also used minced fresh garlic, but it’s easier to burn)

Awesome, right?

Parmesan Roasted Green Beans | Just 5 ingredients and 20 minutes to make this tasty and healthy veggie side! | A Sweet Pea Chef

In just 20 minutes, you’ve got amazingly yummy green beans, hardly any clean-up (just throw out the parchment paper), and a happy family who got to enjoy a home-cooked, healthy, and delicious meal.

Don’t like green beans or only have a different veggie on hand?

No worries – this recipe works really well for most vegetables and starches…we’ve made it with carrots, red potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, brussels sprouts and a few others – the roasting time might vary a little here and there, but it’s still a great go-to recipe to tweak and make your own.

Parmesan Roasted Green Beans | Just 5 ingredients and 20 minutes to make this tasty and healthy veggie side! | A Sweet Pea Chef

So…who has everything they need to make this recipe today without even going to the grocery store?

Parmesan Roasted Green Beans

 

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Parmesan Roasted Green Beans

These parmesan roasted green beans are so easy to make and only require 5 ingredients!

  • 1 lb fresh green beans (, trimmed)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp parmesan (, grated (plus more for garnish))
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Add the green beans, olive oil, sea salt, garlic powder, and parmesan onto the baking sheet and toss to coat evenly.
  3. Next, spread the coated green beans out evenly over the baking sheet.
  4. Place in the oven and roast for 15-20 minutes, tossing halfway through.

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Why hummus is my fave unofficial meal https://www.asweetpeachef.com/why-hummus-is-my-fave-unofficial-meal/ https://www.asweetpeachef.com/why-hummus-is-my-fave-unofficial-meal/#comments Sat, 13 May 2017 12:00:26 +0000 https://www.asweetpeachef.com/?p=21081 Today, as an ode to hummus and as a celebration of National Hummus Day, I’ve partnered with Sabra Hummus to bring you my fave unofficial meal (and why I love it so much!). One of the biggest complaints I hear from people trying to follow a healthier lifestyle is their constant struggle with snacking. They...

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Why Hummus is my Fave Unofficial Meal | Love me a quick pre-dinner meal of hummus and veggies. | A Sweet Pea Chef #ad

Today, as an ode to hummus and as a celebration of National Hummus Day, I’ve partnered with Sabra Hummus to bring you my fave unofficial meal (and why I love it so much!).

One of the biggest complaints I hear from people trying to follow a healthier lifestyle is their constant struggle with snacking.

They snack too much…

They snack on the wrong things…

They snack at the wrong times…

They snack so much and that they can’t stop…

Sound familiar?

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Snacking can be a big problem if you’re trying to get on top of the food you’re eating and you’re wanting to feel in control.

So, what’s my best advice?

Eat more.

Yup.

(Stay with me here)

My best advice is to actually PLAN to eat more — build in actual meals and even schedule them.  Heck – use a phone alarm to set multiple alarms throughout the day to say, “Go eat!”  I used to and found it very helpful to stay on track.

The more wholesome, healthy, and nutritious food you can plan on eating during the day, the less you’ll snack on useless, unhealthy junk.

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That’s why my fave unofficial meal is simple and fresh hummus and veggies.

Wait — so I get to dip delicious, crisp veggies into a creamy, super flavorful, high protein, and satisfying hummus?  Okay!

And when I’m in a rush and don’t have the time or ingredients to make my own homemade hummus, I grab Sabra Hummus since it’s delicious, has tons of great flavors, and is ready to eat straight from the fridge.

Plus – if you have meal prep containers, I highly recommend prepping your veggies ahead of time – choose fresh vegetables that will last for days in the fridge once cut, like carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, and snap peas.  You’ll be so glad you did.

Then, when you’re ready for your quick meal, grab the prepped veggies and your Sabra Hummus and enjoy!

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Seriously – eating better doesn’t have to be boring or bland.  So grab yourself some Sabra Hummus and a bunch of fresh veggies and you’ve got yourself a good thing going for an afternoon or pre-dinner meal.

Happy National Hummus Day!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sabra Hummus.
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