Strawberry Pina Colada Breakfast Smoothie

I needed to switch up my smoothie routine. Don’t get me wrong,  I love my berry smoothie with greens and oatmeal, but I had it too many days in a row. When fruit is on sale, I buy it, take it home, wash it, cut it up, and stick it in the freezer. Feel free to use fresh or frozen. When I made mine, everything was frozen (except coconut). It’s getting warmer, so pina colada sounded good. I created this one and it turned out SUPER yummy. Enjoy!

-Tammy

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Cheesy Eggy Breakfast Toast

Good morning! I have no idea what day it is, but that’s okay…and that’s the new “norm”, isn’t it? My kids have been making their own breakfast for many years. So it’s really nice that I now have the opportunity to make them breakfast on some mornings, like today! I happen to love Dave’s Killer Bread, so that’s what I used for myself. I used regular wheat bread for the twins. My crazy hubby doesn’t like eggs, so this breakfast wouldn’t work for him. However, my twins love eggs! Kayla likes runny yolks, but my son doesn’t. You’ll see in the photos that two of the yolks are broken. That’s on purpose. I broke them for my son. I actually sprinkled “everything bagel seasoning” on mine after it came out! I think adding some avocado and bacon on top would be magical! Stay healthy friends!

-Tammy

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“Make Your Own” Frittata

Here’s one of the easiest brunch recipes you can make in 30 minutes! Frittatas and egg scrambles are so easy and versatile. I really just want to show you the method here, you can make it any way you want, depending on what you have in your fridge. As long as you have eggs you’re good! We have a few other Frittata recipes we’ve blogged too. My favorite has to be the Asparagus Cheese one, sooo good with the ricotta in it!

https://familyapron.com/2020/03/25/baked-asparagus-cheese-frittata/

https://familyapron.com/2015/07/19/simple-caramelized-onion-and-mushroom-frittata/

 -Melanie

Health tips: Low carb, Keto, low fat, diabetes friendly

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Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken with Stuffing and Green Beans

One of the people who has really brought me comfort and continues to inspire me during this time of quarantine is Rachael Ray. She’s been posting videos of herself along with her husband John, her dog Izaboo, and recipes! Well, I got a wild hair up my you-know-what and decided to make a super amateur video that I posted on Facebook. I found a recipe I wanted to revamp….almost like a Thanksgiving casserole (and I am truly “thankful” for this gift of time with my family). It was super simple, super easy, and I had all the ingredients on hand! It came out great, but I forgot to spray my slow cooker first and I didn’t have an liners left….ooops! I also browned by chicken breast really quickly because “color equals flavor”. It would not have tasted as good if I didn’t brown the chicken first! But by all means, you can absolutely throw everything into the crockpot! I can’t see what you’re doing, so no worries! But the meal brought me comfort in all this rainy weather too! I’m going to share it with you all. Stay healthy!

-Tammy

Health Tips: you can make this “kidney friendlier” by omitting all salt and buying a lower sodium stuffing mix.

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Keep you Healthy, Make-ahead, Breakfast Smoothie

In the midst of all the Corona virus chaos, I feel so blessed with the gift of time. I feel so fortunate to be able to work with my own kids at home and have more time to cook and blog. And I know now, more than ever, is a time to stay as healthy as possible. I decided to meal prep my breakfast smoothies. I prepped 5 at a time, one for each weekday morning. I put the majority of the ingredients in a 1 quart container and into the freezer. If you don’t have containers, just use quart size freezer bags. In the morning, I throw the contents of the container into my blender and add greek yogurt and almond milk…and maybe a tiny squirt of agave if I want a touch of sweetness. I take my time drinking it because I love the flavor so much. The oats keep me filled until my lunch. Please feel free to modify this recipe to what you have in your pantry, fidge, and freezer.

Stay safe, healthy, and for cryin’ out loud….stay home. ❤

 -Tammy

Health tips: low fat, covid-19 approved 🤗

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Baked Asparagus & Cheese Frittata

In these tough times, we all have a lot of free time at home and it’s a challenge trying to cook healthy while also searching for the ingredients you need at the store. If you’re lucky enough to find eggs (by the way, highly recommend Instacart, this is the only way I was able to snag eggs), try this low-carb recipe I found through Eating Well. I was pleasantly satisfied, soooooo tasty. And it can be enjoyed any time of day. The fluffy ricotta mixed with the eggs and veggie mixture makes for a luxurious texture and flavor!

Source: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/251622/baked-asparagus-cheese-frittata/

 -Melanie

Health tips: Low carb, Keto, low fat, diabetes friendly

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Cheesy Salsa Verde Chicken

This is one of my favorite chicken recipes, it’s so easy, flavorful and low cost! And you can whip it together in no time after a long day at work or school. You’ll love the balance of soft heat, tartness and richness of the salsa verde and cheese. I love to serve it alongside a salad, or sautéd or roasted veggies.

 -Melanie

Health tips: Low carb, Keto, low fat, diabetes friendly

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Reuben Salad

This is the perfect salad for you Reuben sandwich fans out there! Thank you again for your 30-minute meals Rachael Ray! We all know rye bread is bomb but you won’t miss it in this recipe. The Russian dressing is so flavorful with the meat and cheese, my mouth is watering just talking about it. We replaced the sour cream with Greek yogurt and it still tastes luscious. It’s enjoyable as a side dish and substantial enough as a main meal!

 -Melanie

Health tips: Low carb, Keto, low fat

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Deviled Chicken Francese

It’s 2020 and time for some healthy eating after feasting during the holidays! Tammy and I agreed that this year our goal is to focus on recipes that aren’t only healthy and delicious, but quick and easy too.

Last weekend, we spent some time catching up on our favorite chef Rachael Ray, and her new 30 minute meals. It’s been a crazy year and we’ve been dying to cook together in her new kitchen. It was tough to choose as her recipes all made us drool, but we picked three lighter recipes we could prep and make ahead of time. The first was this Deviled Chicken Francese. Sounds fancy but it was easy!

The deviled part of the chicken recipe really caught our eye, especially with mustard and Calabrian chili’s involved. We used reduced-fat milk, unsalted butter, low-sodium broth, and skipped the bread to lighten it up. We just had it for dinner last night. It was so satisfying and tasty!

 -Melanie

Health tips: Low carb, low fat

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Southern-Style Cauliflower “Potato” Salad

This is one of my favorite healthy “imposter” style sides, you can hardly tell Mr. Potato Head ditched the party! Instead of using potatoes loaded with carbs, this recipe uses nutritiously delicious cauliflower. Because cauliflower has a similar starchy consistency to potatoes, it’s taken over the past few years whether it’s through pizza crust, mashed potatoes, rice or sides like this! Plus it has an amazing taste and is a great canvas for other flavors. Serve this up at your next BBQ or gathering!

 -Melanie

Health tips: Low carb, Keto

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