Detox Popcorn Recipe

It’s time to *POP* into a healthy, new year! Read more to find out how this Detox Popcorn Recipe will fit into your life in more ways than just a healthy snack!

I’m guessing many of your New Year’s resolutions, like my own, include something along the lines of making healthier choices.  Maybe they’re related to nourishing your body, moving more, or being mindful.  Whatever it may be, I’ve got something to foster your healthier intentions.

For the record, when I speak of being “healthy,” I like to refer to one’s whole self.  There’s not just one aspect that makes a person healthy (ie: diet).  Being truly healthy is being able to balance all aspects of one’s life.  Yes, it’s important to fuel your body with wholesome foods.  Yes, it’s important to be active.  Yes, it’s important to get enough sleep.  Yes, it’s important to manage stress.  Yes, it’s important to check in with yourself and give yourself what you need. It’s a balancing act and something that everyone can always improve upon.

Each day is a fresh start with new opportunities.  Wake up and remind yourself of that.  You’ve got to believe it in order for it to happen.  I talk to my fourth graders about having a growth mindset, and as adults, it’s much harder to make that shift.   Simple mantras can really pay off and change the way you think.  Reflect on the past in order to grow.  Don’t dwell on what has already happened; learn from it.  What went well?  What didn’t?  Move forward with positive intentions.  What will you do differently next time?  The more positive you are, the happier you’ll be.  Negative people generally are not happy people.  Be the best version of yourself.  Plain and simple.

So how in the world does Detox Popcorn fit into this post?  Well friends, let me tell you how.  This detox popcorn recipe doesn’t only deliver as a healthy snack, but it offers a physical cleansing, as well as a mental cleansing.  Before we get into those details, let’s first discuss popcorn as what you eat as a snack.

Popcorn is a seed which was discovered in the Americas thousands of years ago where it has captivated people for centuries with its mythical, magical charm.  Popcorn is a year round snack, but National Popcorn Day is January 19th.  Here are a few corny facts:

  • Popcorn is a healthy, whole grain snack food. Popcorn is a whole grain, which makes it a good carbohydrate choice.  Whole grains contain fiber, providing the roughage needed in a daily diet. Popcorn has no artificial additives or preservatives and is sugar- free.
  • Popcorn is non-GMO.  There has never been, nor is there currently, any Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) popcorn or popcorn seed for sale.
  • Diacetyl was removed from microwave popcorn in 2006, and since then most companies have removed PFOAs from their packaging.
  • Popcorn is gluten-free. Popcorn does not contain wheat, rye, or barley gluten – the types of gluten most associated with gluten disorders.

Check out Popcorn Central for tons of popcorn recipes!

Ready to read about the benefits of and how to make Detox Popcorn?

Lemon essential oil has a multitude of uses and benefits.  It’s known for its purifying properties.  You can diffuse it, ingest it, or use it topically.  (You do want to make sure you are using a high quality essential oil.  There are many brands out there, but dOTERRA is a trusted brand – I used to be a consultant, just not anymore – and their oils are certified pure therapeutic grade.)  Lemon essential oil can aid in digestion and support healthy respiratory function.  Specifically, it supports your liver which promotes detox.

So how can you infuse your popcorn with lemon oil?  Simply melt coconut oil and stir in several drops of lemon oil!  Coconut oil has several health benefits that support detox, too!  Coconut oil is mostly composed of medium-chain fatty acids which go straight to the liver.  These fatty acids play a critical role in cleansing the body from toxins. Coconut oil helps to flush your body of toxins.

The last ingredient of Detox Popcorn is black pepper.  You have two options here: black pepper essential oil or real black pepper; you’ll reap the benefits with either.  Black pepper oil is high in monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes which are known for their antioxidant activity.  Black pepper is good for the stomach and helps facilitate digestion, important in detox!

While the physical cleansing of detox popcorn has been explained, now let’s discuss the mental cleansing.  As aforementioned, having a positive mindset and reciting mantras can have a grand effect.  The affirmation to foster your mental cleanse to accompany the detox popcorn is as follows:

I am reminding myself of this opportunity to have a fresh start where I can rid my body of impurities and nourish it to thrive.

Repeat as often as you’d like allowing yourself to fully believe the words and acting upon it to support a detox, both physically and mentally.

Detox Popcorn Recipe 

  • Melt coconut oil.  Stir in 5 drops of lemon oil per tablespoon of coconut oil.  Stir in 1 drop of black pepper oil per tablespoon of coconut oil OR grind black pepper throughout popcorn.  Drizzle coconut oil on top of popcorn.

This recipe is not set in stone.  For a stronger taste, use additional lemon oil or pepper.  For a milder taste, use less.  Simple as that, just as life should be at times.

In what ways do you detox, both physically and mentally?

~Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by ALIVE Influencer Network on behalf of The Popcorn Board.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Easy White Chicken Chili Recipe

I’ve been in a cooking rut lately.  As in, I haven’t done much cooking at all.  I make eggs for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and dinner…?  Well, dinner is usually the same boring chicken recipe I make or something equally as simple and not nearly as exciting and delicious as the recipe I have to share with you today.  So when the opportunity came about to review Lisa Leake’s newest cookbook, 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous, I jumped at the opportunity!

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There’s a lot of things I love about this cookbook.  First, there are a ton of recipes to amp up my weekly meal cooking (or lack of).  The book is separated into ten sections:

  1. Supermarket Staples and Secrets
  2. Breakfast
  3. Lunch
  4. Salads
  5. Sides
  6. Snacks and Appetizers
  7. Soups and Stews
  8. Simple Dinners
  9. Special Treats
  10. Homemade Staples

The Supermarket Staples and Secret category includes cheat sheets for the grocery store, food prep ideas and storage, meal plans, and much more.  This is perfect for someone learning how to cut out processed foods and cooking more with real food.  The other sections are self explanatory, but what is so great about all of  them is that the recipes truly are EASY to make.  Time is not my friend (hello working full time and being a toddler momma!), so I need recipes that do not require tons of preparation.

As a cookbook ambassador, I get to share a recipe with you.  I am choosing the easy White Chicken Chili Recipe as it’s the first one I made and it’s awesome.  It’s hearty and fabulous for the cooler weather that is fast approaching.

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White Chicken Chili Recipe

This is an easy recipe that only requires 10-15 minutes of prep time, 30 minutes of cook time, and makes 4 servings.  It’s gluten-free and nut-free.  I highly recommend doubling the recipe, freezing some for later, and sharing with friends!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 jalapeño, minced
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels (no need to thaw)
  • Two 15-ounce cans white beans (such as Great Northern or cannellini), drained and rinsed
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Optional toppings: chopped cilantro, sour cream, grated Monterey Jack cheese, diced avocado, and/or corn tortilla strips

Directions:

  1. In a medium soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and jalapeño and cook, stirring, until the onion has softened, 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is lightly browned on the outside and no longer pink on the inside (add more olive oil if the pot starts to dry out), 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Toss the minced garlic and spices into the pot and turn a few times to coat the chicken evenly. Add the corn, beans, and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, about 20 minutes.

I knew this would be a winner, so I doubled the recipe.  A couple of other changes I made was using ground turkey meat instead of chicken and whole milk in place of heavy cream.  I topped mine with cheese, plain Greek yogurt, avocado, and cilantro.  I’ve eaten it for two days straight for lunch and dinner.  That has to tell you something!

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My next recipe to try is the Cinnamon Glazed Bananas.  On top of some vanilla ice cream?  Yeah, baby!

What kind of recipes are you most in need of?  For me, it’s dinner!

sweet and salty fall trail mix

This sweet and salty fall trail mix is the perfect treat for when the weather begins to cool, the leaves start to change colors, and pumpkins begin appearing every time you turn.  Heck, this sweet and salty fall trail mix is good any time of year, but it’s especially festive in the fall.  How ’bout that?

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When Brach’s candy corn miraculously make their way to store shelves letting the general American public that Halloween is near (just two months away), it’s no surprise that a bag (or eight) make it home with me.  However, I’ve always been a big believer in practicing moderation.  So instead of downing the whole bag in one sitting, I mix the sugary goodness with a few other items.  Then, it takes longer for me to finish my stash and run back to the store for more.  Genius, I tell ya.

sweet salty trail mix

This particular sweet and salty fall trail mix has the perfect combination of sweet and salty and chewy and crunchy to satisfy any and all cravings.  Brach’s has a “mellowcreme autumn mix” bag that is seriously the best of every world.  It has regular candy corn, chocolate candy corn, and those cute little pumpkins.  So much goodness in one bag.

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Sweet and Salty Fall Trail Mix

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups popcorn
  • 1 cup pretzels
  • 1 cup Brach’s mellowcreme autumn mix
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients.
  • Store in an airtight container.

sweet and salty fall trail mix

That, my friends, is how we kick off fall in the sweetest way possible.

What’s your favorite part about fall?

Spring Jelly Bean Trail Mix

Jelly beans.  Just like last year, I find jelly beans difficult to come up with a recipe for.  Last year, I made Chocolate Pretzel Jelly Bean Bites and White Chocolate Raspberry Jelly Bean Bark.  While both combinations were unique and good, this year’s Spring Jelly Bean Trail Mix blows them both out of the water!  I made this over the weekend and keep sneaking my hand into the bag for a bite.  Or two.  Or twelve.  Everything in the mix compliments each other so perfectly, and it’s sure to please since there is a little of everything.  Sweet and salty.  Chewy and crunchy.

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Colorful and pretty, too!  So let me tell you something funny about these eggs.  As I’ve mentioned before, my toddler William LOVES playing in his kitchen.  While we have a few different Melissa & Doug food sets, what he loves best is “real” stuff from the kitchen like oven mitts, measuring spoons, and egg cartons.  Well, I was out and about yesterday running errands and of course all stores right now are stocked for Easter.  We don’t celebrate Easter, but I thought the plastic eggs would be PERFECT for William to play with to fill his egg cartons.  Then, as I was assembling the mix, I realized they would also serve as the perfect prop!  Double win!  Here’s the “recipe.”  (Literally, just combine six foods together!) Check it out:

Spring Jelly Bean Trail Mix

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Brach’s tiny jelly bird eggs
  • 1 cup Branch’s speckled jelly bird eggs
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts, lightly salted
  • 2 cups popcorn
  • 2 cups pretzels (minis or sticks)
  • 2 cups mini Nilla wafers

Combine all ingredients together.  Set out to enjoy or store in an air tight container.

brachs spring jelly bean trail mix

This recipe was developed for SimpleRecipes.club on behalf of Brach’s.  Simple Recipes not only has tons of free… simple recipes… but also daily coupons!

This was the first time I tried Brach’s speckled jelly bird eggs.  They are, hands down, my absolute favorite jelly beans.  Most likely, I won’t ever buy any other kind.  Particularly, the blue and the pink ones.  Yes, I pick them out of the bag.

While William is still a bit too young, I know my niece and nephews would love putting this trail mix together.  It’s different than traditional trail mix, but perfect for spring.  Obviously, there’s no chocolate in it, but that’s ok for spring, summer, and the warmer months. You don’t have to worry about it melting.  Even if you make it with the kids or intend on serving it to the kids, be ware: this stuff is addicting for everyone, adults included!

spring jelly bean trail mix

What ingredients are a MUST to include in trail mix for you?

 

Cucumber Crab Bites | Easy Appetizer

Put your hands in the air if you like sushi!  [Stands up, waves hands wildly, shouting, “Me! Me!”]  I love sushi.  However, I’ve never made it, nor do I have a real desire to attempt it.  It seems way too labor intensive for a short return, although incredibly delicious.  I’d probably spend an hour creating a roll that takes me four seconds to shove in my mouth.  Yeah, I’ll just enjoy my sushi out at restaurants or for take out.

So when I picked up Crab Classic at the grocery store, the first thought that came to mind was SUSHI!  And then I remembered my aforementioned thoughts about the reality of actually trying to make sushi and decided, instead, to think about what ingredients I love best paired with crab in sushi.  Well, that’s easy.  Avocado.  Cream cheese.  Cucumber.  Because any roll that includes those is sure to be a winner.  Topped with some sweet chili sauce?  Oh yeah, now we’re talkin’!

cucumber crab bites

Easiest appetizer (or Sunday afternoon snack) ever.  The cucumber crab bites are actually a lot like sushi… without the intense labor or the rice, which is a win in most people’s book.  You’ve even got to cram the whole bite in your mouth, just like sushi, because it’s too hard to just eat half of or take a bite.  Or maybe that’s just me.  Very ladylike, I know.

So here’s the deal with how to “make” these delicious little cucumber crab bites.  You slice a cucumber.  You give each slice a shmear of cream cheese.  You add a hunk of crab.  You add a bit of avocado.  And you pour a dollop of sweet chili sauce on top.  Eat.  Repeat.

cucumber crab bites appetizer

What’s this Crab Classic that so wonderfully sat on top of my cucumber bites? Crab Classic is the #1 surimi seafood brand nationally, made from wild Alaskan Pollock and King Crab meat. It is also gluten-free, fat-free and certified by the American Heart Association as heart healthy. Besides that, Crab Classic is also certified by the MSC as a sustainably sourced seafood.

Crab Classic comes in a variety of different forms including flakes, chunks, legs, shreds, and single servings, though my grocery store was limited and just had chunks.

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The legs would have been perfect for a roll-up type thing I made with the same ingredients as the cucumber crab bites just wrapped up in lettuce.

crab rollup

And not nearly as dainty or pretty. 😉

cucumber crab bites recipe

Have you ever made your own sushi?  What must-have ingredients would you pair with crab?

Disclaimer: I received coupons for Crab Classic free of charge.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

35 Coconut Flour Recipes

Coconut flour is not an easy thing to bake or cook with.  It’s not one of those flours that you can swap regular flour for in recipes without putting some thought into it.  It’s really dense and requires more liquid which can totally throw a recipe off if you’re unsure how to adjust.  I’ve made my fair share of coconut flour pancakes that have completely fallen apart or have been way too dry to consume.

However, coconut flour is extremely healthy, so it’s worth learning how to use it.  For one thing, it’s free from wheat and other grains making it perfect for people who eat gluten-free, low-carb, or paleo.  Also, it’s high in fiber, protein, and healthy fats.  So, how might you bake or cook with it in the kitchen?  Well, I’ve got 35 Coconut Flour Recipes from FitFluential Ambassadors coming at you!

35 coconut flour recipes

35 Coconut Flour Recipes

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There ya have it.  Something for everyone.  Sweet.  Savory.  Strange.  (Some might say.)  If you’re a big ol’ coconut hater, don’t swear off coconut flour forever quite yet.  Coconut flour actually has a really mild taste, so there’s a good chance you may not even taste the coconut in some recipes.  I do recommend you take a look at these though, as there are tons of delicious ways to incorporate coconut flour into your meals!

Do you cook or bake with coconut flour? 

Honey Ginger Quinoa Fruit Salad Recipe

This Honey Ginger Quinoa Fruit Salad Recipe is absolutely perfect to make at the beginning of the week to have on hand for a healthy breakfast or snack. It’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser for brunch with family and friends.  The flavors are unique and provide a new twist on a traditional fruit salad.  It will satisfy a sweet tooth and keep you full as it’s packed with protein.

Fruit salad.  Good stuff.  Quinoa fruit salad.  Alright, that sounds healthy.  That’s what you’re thinking, right?  Quinoa is very healthy for you as it contains all nine essential amino acids making it a complete protein.  But let’s be real.  It’s pretty bland.  You’ve really got to spruce up quinoa or add it to a flavorful dish.  I’ve heard people say time and time again that they don’t like quinoa.  Friends, you’re doing it wrong!  The sauce for this honey ginger quinoa fruit salad will completely change your minds about quinoa.  And if you’re already a fan of quinoa, this will be your new favorite way to eat it.

honey ginger quinoa fruit salad recipe

You can make this over the weekend when you have time to wash and cut all the fruit and eat it throughout the week.  Or you can make it the morning when you are hosting brunch.  I’m telling you, this honey ginger quinoa fruit salad is awesome!  It’s not just any fruit salad, and it’s not like any quinoa fruit salad you’ve ever had.  It makes a large amount, so it’s definitely worth the prep time.

Honey Ginger Quinoa Fruit Salad Recipe

adapted from Fresh Thyme

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • 3 cups sliced strawberries
  • 3 cups cubed pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cups blackberries
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup honey + 1/4 cup honey (separated)
  • 3 tsp orange zest
  • juice of 2 oranges
  • 3 in piece ginger, grated
  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil.  Add quinoa.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer over medium-low until quinoa is tender and water has absorbed (about 15 minutes).
  2. In a small saucepan, heat 1/3 cup honey, orange zest, orange juice, and ginger over medium-low heat until honey has liquefied.
  3. Transfer cooked quinoa to large bowl.  Pour honey ginger mixture over quinoa and toss to coat.
  4. Add strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, blackberries, almonds, and dried coconut flakes to quinoa and gently toss.
  5. In a small bowl, stir together yogurt, vanilla, and 1/4 cup of honey.
  6. Place quinoa salad in serving bowls and top with dollops of yogurt mixture.

I garnished with additional almond slivers and dried coconut flakes.  Other options for garnish include chopped fresh mint or cacao nibs.

honey ginger quinoa fruit salad

I received an email on Monday morning asking if I could be available to do a cooking demonstration the following morning on a local news station.  I was able to take a half personal day from school, and I was excited for my first tv appearance.  After William was asleep, I went to Fresh Thyme for the first time.  Fresh Thyme reminds me of a local farmer’s market that got turned into a grocery store.  They had lots of great deals on their produce and had a large selection of organic products, as well as an extensive bulk section. I purchased the ingredients I needed for my honey ginger quinoa fruit salad, and I got to work washing, cutting, and prepping all the ingredients.

Bright and early, I went to get my hair and makeup done.  (Hey, for my first tv appearance, you better believe I was going to make sure everything was on point!)  I took my haul to the news station and was welcomed by one of the producers.  Immediately, I went to work setting up the counter.

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I was on Great Day St. Louis with host Laura Hettiger.  Check out my cooking demonstration of the honey ginger quinoa fruit salad segment below.

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I had so much fun sharing the recipe!  My parents were watching William, and they snapped this adorable photo of him watching his momma do her thing on tv!

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Have you ever made or tried a quinoa fruit salad before?  Another great thing about the recipe is that it can easily be tweaked based on what you have in your kitchen.  Feel free to play around with different fruits, nuts, and seeds!

Ultimate Fried Egg Veggie Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

You guys.  I made something ridiculously amazing.  Like for real.  Like it should probably be on the menu of some cute, trendy restaurant.  And I ate half of it in one sitting.  It’s that good.  Obviously, as this post title name implies, it’s the Ultimate Fried Egg Veggie Pizza with Cauliflower Crust.  It does take a bit of prep work, but it’s definitely worth every minute.  It’s really not hard to make at all, and it can be modified based on your preferences and what you have in your kitchen.

ultimate fried egg veggie pizza cauliflower crust

How good does that look?

Fried eggs are all the rage right now.  Just the other night, I went out to dinner and ordered a burger that had a fried egg on top.  It was decent, but my pizza was WAY better.  Like by a landslide.  And oooobviously I used Eggland’s Best eggs.  Why?  Because compared to ordinary eggs, Eggland’s Best eggs stay fresher longer, have 10X more Vitamin E, 25% less saturated fat, have more than DOUBLE the Omega-3s, have 4X more Vitamin D, 3X more Vitamin B12, and 38% more Lutein. [more nutritional facts HERE]

All Eggland’s Best eggs are produced by hens that are fed an unique, all-vegetarian diet of healthy grains, canola oil, and an all-natural supplement of rice bran, alfalfa, sea kelp and Vitamin E.  The feed contains no animal fat, no animal by-products, and no recycled or processed food.  Eggland’s Best never uses added hormones, steroids, or antibiotics of any kind.

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I’ve been indulging quite a bit this lovely holiday season.  I enjoy every minute of it, but it’s not to say I still don’t try to make many healthy choices.  Swapping out regular pizza for this cauliflower crust pizza loaded with vegetables is one of them.  There are tons of cauliflower crust recipes out there.  I used a combination of this one and this one. (Make sure to add plenty of cheese and cook it long enough!)

fried egg veggie pizza cauliflower crust

After the cauliflower crust bakes, spread your favorite sauce, cheese, and add the veggies.  I sauteed baby portabella mushrooms (SO GOOD!) and added green pepper, red onion, and sun-dried tomatoes.  The combination was phenomoneal.  Then, of course, I topped it all off with three fried eggs (Eggland’s Best make the perfect fried eggs!).  Every bite was incredible.  I kept cutting the pizza and telling myself it would be my last slice.  However, it was so light and delicious I kept nibbling away!  Before I knew it, half the pizza was gone.  (Don’t worry, I shared the other half which was enjoyed just as much as it was by me!)

ultimate fried egg veggie pizza cauliflowercrust

So the next time you decide to make pizza for dinner, give this one a shot.  It’s much healthier than traditional pizza, yet packs way more flavor.  I promise whoever you decide to share it with (if you decide to share it, that is) will agree.  Mmm, I’m getting hungry all over again.

Are you a cauliflower crust pizza lover?  What are your favorite toppings?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Eggland’s Best.

Chipotle Cheddar Burgers

Popping in quickly today to share a recipe I’ve been all about lately!  But first, true confession time: until a month ago, I had never cooked with red meat.  Embarrassing, I know!  I like eating it, but I had never prepared it before.  It does kind of gross me out, and I didn’t feel confident enough to make something out of it.  You’ll usually find chicken or turkey in my kitchen, but I’m branching out now and so glad I did!  I’ve eaten A LOT of these Chipotle Cheddar Burgers (almost three pounds worth over the last month! Well, I did share some.) and don’t plan to stop soon!

chipotle cheddar burgers

Seriously, how good does that look?  Drool!

I was offered the chance to try Laura’s Lean Beef.  Before committing, I spent awhile browsing their recipes in order to get an idea of what in the world I’d do with that raw cow once I got it.  I decided on their Patty Melts.  However, based on what I like / had on hand / what I wanted to do, they turned into Chipotle Cheddar Burgers.  And I don’t have a real recipe to share with you since I literally threw ingredients together.  If you want to make these, I would look at the patty melt recipe to use as a reference, and then throw some of my extra ingredients in.  Yeah, that’s what I did and they turned out great!

chipotle cheddar burger

Let me tell you a little bit about Laura’s Lean Beef because this was a brand I was previously unfamiliar with.  In a nutshell, here’s [what I feel is] the important part about Laura’s Lean Beef:

Beef had developed a reputation for high total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol, and many health-conscious people had cut back or given it up completely.  Laura had these same concerns about food and health, but realized that as a farmer, she could make a difference. She began experimenting with lean, gourmet breeds of cattle like Limousin and Charolais and committed to raising them without hormones or antibiotics. She also believed that sustainable farming practices and humane treatment would produce happier animals and healthier food.

Laura’s Lean Beef comes in: Ground Beef, Steaks and Roasts, Grass Fed Organic, Deli Meats, Lean Beef Jerky, and prepared foods with lots of variety in each category.

Alright, so here’s what I used in the Chipotle Cheddar Burgers:

  • Laura’s 96% Lean Ground Sirloin, egg (one egg per pound), old fashioned oats, Worcestershire sauce, barbecue sauce, garlic powder, and pepper

I caramelized a yellow onion to top the burgers, mixed all the ingredients together, cooked them on the stove (it was raining out and nobody wanted to use the grill in the rain!), then melted a slice of chipotle cheddar cheese on top!  Make a couple healthy sides like roasted zucchini and baked sweet potato and a salad, and you’ve got yourself a delicious dinner!  Sorry it’s not more of a recipe; I literally just threw it all together, but hey, it did work out!  William even approved!

chipotle cheddar burgers recipe

How do you make burgers? What are your favorite ingredients / toppings?

fresh cranberry bread recipe

Wow! I am blown away by all the heartfelt comments from yesterday’s post on being a single mom.  Thank you for your constant support, your understanding, and for the kindest words I’ve read in quite some time.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Switching to a much lighter, and a much more delicious subject, let’s talk about a super easy recipe that’s perfect for fall / winter / Thanksgiving / the holidays / you name it.  Perfect for entertaining, let’s just say that.  You can make it ahead of time or have it in the oven cooking to give your house a wonderful aroma when guests are arriving.  But I will say, if you make it ahead of time, make sure you keep any grubby fingers (your own or others!) out of it, so it doesn’t look like this just thirty minutes after removing it from the oven…

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Yeah, that loaf didn’t stand a chance.  I made a second one the day after and that, too, was demolished very quickly.  Cranberries are a funny thing for being such a seasonal food.  I feel like people either love them or hate them; there’s no in between.  Of course many people are fond of dried cranberries.  I mean, they’re loaded with sugar, what’s not to love?  But fresh cranberries?  I’ve got to admit I had never bought fresh cranberries before last season.  I wanted to try out a cranberry sauce recipe and I became obsessed!  I think I made a batch almost every week and put it on everything from sandwiches to oatmeal.

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This year, I’ve been branching out a bit, and when someone suggested baking cranberry bread, I knew that’s what I had to do!  After the first couple loaves with some minor tweaks, I think I’ve nailed it.  It’s soft and moist and sweet and tart and most delicious when warm, though I don’t discriminate.  It’s loaded with cranberries in every single bite.  And did I mention it’s perfect for this time of year?

cranberrybread

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fresh cranberry bread recipe

Fresh Cranberry Bread Recipe

~makes one loaf, or double the recipe, so you don’t run out as quickly!

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 Eggland’s Best egg
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 ounce bag fresh cranberries, rinsed

Directions:

  1. Mix wet ingredients.  Add dry ingredients.  Gently stir in cranberries.
  2. Pour mixture in greased bread pan.  Bake at 350 for 65 minutes.
  3. Let cool (at least slightly) before enjoying!

cranberry bread

Are you a cranberry fan?  What’s your favorite way to eat them?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Eggland’s Best.