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On a recent trip to Big Lots, I found an end cap with Bob’s Red Mill Products. I was super excited, my grocery store only carries a few of Bob’s Red Mill items, plus it was such a great price.

So I went with a Crock Pot Recipe, Crock your Oats if you will. I thought about doing it over night, but I wanted to watch this batch because I adjusted the recipe a bit. Messing with the original recipe can lead to a fail or can yield a new way of making a dish. I was hoping this was going to be a winner.

This recipe has all of my favorite ingredients, cinnamon, apples and oats. I used apple sauce to replace the butter in this recipe. Also making an appearance is Milled Flaxseed.

Chopping the apples was the most time-consuming part of this recipe, and that really only took about 5 minutes.

I started using Date Sugar in place of brown sugar while baking. It help cut back on unnecessary sugar, but keeps the flavor that is needed in the recipe.

Mixed all the ingredients in the Crock Pot and kept an eye on its progress, I was not sure how long the cook time was going to be so I did a quick stir every hour or so.

Normally I let the crock pot works its magic, but I am so glad I kept checking on it, my cook time was 2 hours less than the original recipe called for. When it started to stick to the bottom and to the side of the crock I could tell it was going to dry out if I left it on any longer, so I did a taste test and found that it was done and ready to serve.

Here’s the end result, they were creamy, and the apple chunks were done to a nice soft texture. I topped with fresh black berries and some additional cinnamon and dug in.

Knowing I want this for breakfast tomorrow, I grabbed my OIAJ Jar and filled it up. I plan on adding some Coconut milk to it when I heat it.

I also portioned out a big old bowl for my husband and another bowl to last over the next few days. Jeff’s portion in the one on the left, but I think he could eat the bowl on the right.  I listed the recipe how I prepared it and what the original recipe called for in (parenthesis). I don’t have anything against butter, but I like to try healthy substitutes for recipes.

Slow Cooker, Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Adapted from: The Yummy Life
Makes Approximately 6-1 Cup Servings
Cook Time: 5 Hours (Original Recipe calls for 7 hours) 

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2-1/2 to 3 cups chopped)
  • 1-1/2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
  • 1 teaspoon date sugar (original recipe calls for 2 tablespoons brown sugar)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of butter and 3 tablespoon of unsweetened applesauce (original recipe called for 1-1/2 tablespoons butter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax-seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional garnishes: fresh fruit, chopped nuts, dried fruit, maple syrup, additional milk

Directions:

Coat inside of 3-1/2 quart (or larger) slow cooker with cooking spray. Add all ingredients (except optional toppings) to slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low for 5 hours. Spoon oatmeal into bowls; add optional toppings, if desired. Store leftovers in refrigerator. Freezes well. To reheat single servings: Put 1-cup cooked oatmeal in microwave proof bowl. Add 1/3 cup fat-free milk. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Continue cooking for another minute, or until hot.
Note: The original recipe called for 7 hours of cook time on low, but since I altered the recipe I cut off 2 hours from the cook time. 
Question of the Day: Have you ever crocked your oats?
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I have a new favorite breakfast. All week-long I think about what I want to make on Saturday and Sunday mornings for breakfast. There has been one recipe that I have wanted to make for a while now and finally got to it.  Tone It Up Protein Pancakes.

They are easy to make and all you need is about 5 minutes..

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbs vanilla almond milk or skim
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbs ground flaxseed
  • After above ingredients are mixed together add 1/2 banana (mashed)- mash first, then add
  • Add a handful of fresh or frozen blueberries

Pour into a pan that has been sprayed with olive oil cooking spray and heat on medium. Cook one side until you see the little bubbles just like cooking any pancake. Flip over (careful!) and cook on the other size until the middle is done (peek inside with a fork).

I was really happy I got to use my Swanson loot on this recipe. I used Swanson Ground Flax Seed and Swanson Cinnamon.

Now flipping is not my best kitchen skill, but I don’t mind a misshapen pancake, I’m all about the flavor.

I really loved the flavor of the pancake, and appreciate the protein value of the pancake, but I will add some ground oatmeal next time I make this I just love the fluff that ground oatmeal gives pancakes.

Question of the Day: Blueberry’s or Banana pancakes? 

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Wow, is today not an amazing day. The sun is out, the weather is warm and we don’t have anything to do today, but sit back and enjoy it. I’m not digging the fact that we lost an hour, but if it means spring is almost here, well then it is a fair trade-off.

Breakfast has been on my mind since yesterday, I seriously could not stop thinking about French Toast Sticks, so here’s what I made.

A French Toast Stick Sandwich. I layered on Peanut Butter, bananas, toasted hemp seeds and maple syrup. I then sprinkled on my favorite Swanson Cinnamon.

It was a thing of beauty, and it tasted amazing.

Today is a rest day on my Boot Camp schedule. I am really happy about that, I am feeling a bit sore and I believe a good day at rest is just as important as working out.

BEST BODY BOOTCAMP

I have some prepping on my to do list today. I love to prep my snacks for the week and make out my menu plans. So in between enjoying this beautiful day I will mix in a little work as well.

Question of the day: Does the time change affect you?

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If you had to choose would you make a pancake or an egg dish for breakfast? Well I could not choose So I made both. Yesterday I picked up some farm fresh eggs and had a Frittata in mind that I wanted to make, but when I woke up I was only thinking about an oatmeal pancake. This works out perfect, the Frittata reheats nicely so Sunday morning breakfast will be ready and waiting.

First off take a look at these eggs. These were provided by my Lovely Ladies. They have started laying their eggs again. They tend to lay less in the winter, but since it’s been so mild this year they are back up and producing.

Here’s what the ingredients look like.

Kale Frittata

Ingredients

  • 6-7 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1/2 cup diced ham (not pictured) (it was a last-minute add-in)
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese
  • Nutritional yeast to shake on the top of Frittata before it goes in the oven
You will also need additional seasoning for the cooking of the onions.
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Note: You MUST use a cast iron skillet or a sauce pan with a metal handle so it can be used on the stove top, and also be placed into the oven.
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl until smooth. Whisk 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until evenly blended; set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook and stir until the onion softens and turns translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the kale and the diced ham and let cook an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from the burner and pour in the egg mixture, add the shredded cheese and sprinkle with Nutritional yeast.
  4. Place the skillet into the oven and cook uncovered for 16-20 minutes or until it is golden brown and the center of the Frittata has set. Remove from the oven, and let stand 3 minutes before serving.
I just love the way the Kale brightens up while it cooks, it gets such a deep green color.
Once the egg mix is added I pop it in the oven and let it do its thing for 16-20 minutes.
Once the edges start to get crispy I know the Frittata is ready to come out of the oven.
This is an easy no fuss meal that is loaded with protein.
The Frittata was then boxed up and put in the fridge for tomorrows breakfast and I got on to making my Oatmeal pancake.
Instant Oatmeal Pancakes, are easy and super filling. The entire process takes about 10 minutes. Plus there is little cleanup after.
Here’s what the ingredients look like.
Mix and mash, then add egg substitute.

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet instant oatmeal (any flavor)
  • ½ banana , mashed
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon Swanson Organic Cinnamon
  • 13 cup Egg Beaters egg substitute

Directions:

  • Mix and combine all ingredients.
  • Pour into non-stick skillet and when you shake the pan and the pancake moves, it’s time to flip.
  • Brown on both sides
Once I see the bubbles, I know it’s time to flip, I actually did a flip!
Top with the other 1/2 of banana, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and drizzle with agave nectar.
You will not regret making this, it is very taste.
So now I am off to get in a workout, I have a 40 minute elliptical resistance workout waiting for me. Happy Saturday and tomorrow I have a great recipe to share with you, hope you come back to see it.
Question of the day: Have you ever used agave nectar? I am a huge fan! 
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So today I am really excited. I am a Featured  Blogger over at FITBLOGGER. I had a really good time writing this post. I hope you go over there and check it out.

Here’s what’s in today’s bag. Oats in a Jar (OIAJ) and an apple for breakfast. Whole wheat pita and hummus with a hard-boiled egg, string cheese and pretzels for lunch.

Yesterdays overnight oats for breakfast really kept me satisfied straight through lunch so I thought I’d make it again for today’s breakfast.

Today’s OIAJ:

  • 1/2 cup of Oats
  • 1/2 cup So Delicious Coconut Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Nut Butter
  • Few shakes of Cinnamon
Here’s whats for dinner.

Crock Pot Chicken Taco’s have become a favorite at my house. How can you beat having something cook for you while you do other things or while you are gone to work. I made this Monday night when I got home from work and by 8pm they were ready. I had to sample one, well I had a 1/2 and my husband had the other half.

With just a few ingredients, you will be surprised at how much flavor it packs.

Place the chicken in the crock pot and cover with the diced tomatoes with or without chilies, or you can use salsa if you prefer. You can also add a few tablespoons of taco seasoning powder. I just added a tablespoon of chili powder.

With about an hour left to cook I added a can of corn and a can of black beans.

Pull out the chicken and shred and then mix well with all the ingredients.

Serve on a tortilla with shredded lettuce and shredded cheese. Or make a big nacho, there’s really no wrong way of serving up this taste meal.

Dinner is done. It’s Taco Tuesday!

Crock Pot Chicken Taco’s

This recipe makes 8 really large taco’s.

  • 1 envelope taco seasoning, or seasoned to your taste
  • 2 to 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes with green chilies or a jar of salsa (16 oz)
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can of corn

Dump everything into a crock pot and give it a little stir to blend the seasoning with the salsa or can of tomatoes. Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours. When done, the chicken should shred easily when stirred with a fork. During the last hour of cooking add a can of corn and can of black beans.

Question of the day: What’s the last meal you made using a crock pot?

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What do you do with the swirling bits of peanut butter that are left in the jar, well you make Overnight Oats, that’s what.

Overnight Oats or Oats In A Jar are a great way to use up all the peanut butter left in the jar.

Plus it’s an easy on the go meal that you can eat hot or cold. We all know how good oatmeal is for us, so this is a great option that is also super easy to make.

So I grabbed the almost empty jar of The Bee’s Knees’ peanut butter, and added 1/2 cup of oats, 1/2 cup of coconut milk and a few shakes of cinnamon and put it in the fridge for an overnight soak.

When you wake up in the morning you have a wonderfully flavored jar of oats that you can add anything and everything you like to it. I like to heat in the microwave for about a minute then top those oats with one, two or three of my favorite toppings. Here are a few suggestions.

Topping Ideas:

  • Nuts
  • Fresh fruits such as bananas, strawberries, blueberries
  • Additional creamy nut butters
  • Ground flax
  • Chia Seeds
  • Maple syrup
  • Cinnamon
  • Pumpkin spice
  • Shelled hemp seeds
  • Granola
  • Cocoa powder
  • Dried fruits
Here’s what I added after I microwaved for 60 seconds.
  • 1 Tablespoon Trader Joe’s Sea Salt Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
  • Few shakes of Swanson Organic Cinnamon
  • Banana Slices
I am Seriously in Love with this combo, the Cinnamon from Swanson Health Products had a warm and spicy flavor and it had the most amazing aroma to it. I can not wait to try this cinnamon with a few of my favorite pumpkin recipes, I have a feeling they will be best friends.
Sometimes oatmeal is the best way to kick-start a busy Monday.
Also for anyone interested, go visit a favorite blog of mine Annette at Enjoy Your Healthy Life is having an amazing giveaway on her blog today. ONE lucky winner will get an entire tub of Vega Sport Recovery! Check it out. 
Question of the day: How do you like your oats?
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