#StrangeButGood New Years Party Recipes

We’ve made it through the family thing.

Not that it’s so bad… but you know…

Now it’s time to gear up for the last blow out of 2014 – New Year’s Eve!  If your friend are anything like mine, the night can get a little strange.  In a good way.

I encourage you to being the night with some strange but good food.  7 foods, in fact.  For lucky 7s… and because THE 7!!!

1. Black Eyed Pea & Roasted Garlic Hummus

Black-Eyed Pea and Roasted Garlic Hummus

2. Spinach Tofu Dip

Spinach Tofu Dip

3. Butternut Thyme Hummus

Butternut Thyme Hummus

4. Brussels & Prosciutto Skewers

Brussels & Prosciutto Skewers

5. Spicy Butternut Mac ‘n Cheese

Spicy Butternut Mac 'n Cheese. With Bacon. [Recipe]

6. Turkey Beer Chili

Turkey Beer Chili

7. Sparkling Cake Balls

Sparkling Balls

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How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

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Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)



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Pro tip: Don’t drink on an empty stomach!

What are your NYE plans?

Do you eat the traditional greens and black-eyed peas on New Years?

Ho Ho Ho, Ho + WIAW

Tis the season…

To bake all the foods.

Cookies, fudge, Devil’s food cake, ricotta cheesecake, malted walnut pie… you name it, I’ve baked it.  I’ve been baking like a fool!  Or maybe a ho ho ho?

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#dessertwhore

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A Perfect 10

I am not-so-secretly a teensy bit Type A.

In my head, I hide it well… but no.  

1 more day until Vegas gets here for the holidays.  I Can’t Focus.  So I make lists (you’re not the only one Meghan).  Lists of things to cook, places to take Vegas, items to remember to bring to mom’s for Christmas, errands to run, random tasks to complete before Vegas gets here… it’s all fun to me though.

So today I bring you a list of fun things I’m focusing on to pass the time while waiting for Tuesday.  It’s a perfect 10.  Because I like lists of prime numbers or 10.

1. House Plant’s Mate

Flowers arrive from Vegas on the regular.  Last week’s delivery was a friend for House Plant – Christmas Cactus.  Now we both have mates from the desert.

House Plant's Desert Mate… 

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Beet Protein Pancakes [Recipe]

The (Christmas) beet goes on.

I’m so festive-feeling that even I want to slap me.

But how awesome are red pancakes in the winter?!  Especially with they’re delicious and trimmed in white.

Oh… and they have a not-so-hidden healthy ingredient.  Beets lend their color to these festive ‘cakes.  It’s strange, yes.  But I’m telling you… it’s good!

Beet Protein Pancakes

I use the new Quest vanilla milkshake protein powder in my pancakes.  It’s flavor really is fantastic, and it bakes like a champ.  These tasted like a beet milkshake pancake.  In a good way.  Really…. 

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Thai Peanut Baked Tofu + WIAW

Don’t fight the festive.

My former Grinch-self is kicking me in the shins.

As advertised, Vegas and I got a tree.  Vegas did the lights (after a debate over whether wrapping or running lights up and down is better).  We hung ornaments.  There was Christmas music and champagne.

This, after being opposed to Christmas decor of years.  My former self thought it was a waste of time and money, not to mention messy.

Our tree

My new smiley-self loved every minute of it.

(And that’s not just the wine talking.)… 

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Red Velvet Protein Shake [Recipe] + Santa Speedo Run

I ran down the street in my underwear this weekend.

It was Christmas underwear…. which makes it totally acceptable…

Atlanta holds a Santa Speedo Run every year.  I’ve always been curious and had friends who’ve run… but this year curiosity killed the cat.  I paid money to run down Peachtree Street in my undies.  Thankfully, it was a pretty warm day and the “race” was only 1.5 miles.  And it was for charity!  It was a fun way to stay active and donate to a good cause on the holidays!

ATL Santa Speedo Run… 

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Treat Yo’ #strangebutgood Self [Holiday Cookie Recipes]

Happy Month of Indulgence!

You know it’s true.

A lot of people try to fight it… but this is the one month of the year when you have to indulge a bit.  I’m not saying go overboard with a bean feast, but don’t be trying to deprive yourself.  It will only drive you crazy.  Treat ‘yo self!

In the spirit of treats, today’s #strangebutgood is dedicated to some of my favorite holiday cookie recipes.  Some strange, some just indulgent, and one that’s even healthy.

Chocolate Sea Salt Cookies… 

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A Case of the Tuesdays + WIAW

Total monkey.

There’s nothing more distracting than wanting to be somewhere you’re not.

Actually, I don’t really care where I am.  It’s more about who’s with me.  The company makes the location.  Which is why yesterday I had a case of the Tuesdays.

Case of the Tuesdays

But now it’s Wednesday.  The next sunrise I see will be with Vegas.  With the first Christmas tree I’ve had in 5 or 6 years.  And flowers.  I bought a poinsettia for the first time ever.  Who am I?!

ATL sunrise

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This WIAW I turned out a lot more prepared-looking than it felt!  Either way, it was good.

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Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!

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Breakfast:

After my morning cocktail, I ate my morning sludge.  While baking a pie.  ‘Tis the season!

Breakfast was a concoction I’ve been eating a lot lately.  TVP and oats made with carob powder, cinnamon, chcolate liquid stevia, and an egg white.  Topped with blackberries. It’s actually really good!

TVP Carob Oats

Mid-Morning Snack:

Arugula salad with raw zucchini, pepper, and fresh lemon juice with my Sizzlefish salmon. I really love salmon.  Would it be acceptable to eat it every meal?

Salmon and Arugula

Lunch:

Shredded up no-salt deli turkey with red bell pepper and tossed with salsa, nutritional yeast, and balsamic vinegar.  With one of my Apple Carrot Protein Muffins for dessert.

Turkey Salad and Muffin

Mid-Afternoon Snack(s):

I was feeling a bar.  Have you guys tried Think Thin bars?  I think they changed formulas… for the better!  I got this at Whole Paycheck Foods (obvi).  That Pumpkin Spice.  Get.  It.

Think Thin Pumpkin Spice

Dinner:

This… well… it was a little hurried.  But whatever.  Corn tortilla topped with red peppers, egg whites, nutritional yeast, and one tasty local #yolkporn moment.

#yolkporn

Dessert:

Milkshake Greek yogurt bowl topped with popcorn, chocolate chips, and cocoa powder sauce.  I used the new Quest vanilla milkshake protein powder, which I love.  It was an excellent post-workout dessert.

Milkshake Greek Yogurt Popcorn Bowl

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Is it just me, or has this been the longest week ever?  An. Tici. Pation.  (Name that movie.)

What is your favorite oatmeal mix-in?  Besides nut butter… too easy! ;)

What’s your favorite holiday decoration?  I love having a real tree – they smell so good! 

Apple Carrot Protein Muffins [Recipe]

I’m not big on repeats.

There are too many new things to try!

A new twist on an old recipe seems acceptable though.  Especially when you don’t have much else in your fridge!  I’ve been meaning to make my Apple Carrot Muffins for a while, actually.  They were really good, and I remembered that the originals led to a great race time.  A time I could never hit 3.5 years later…

Saturday morning had a similar results though!  I ate 2 muffins before heading to the gym and PR’d a couple of tricep exercises on sleepy, rainy morning.

Apple Carrot Protein Muffins… 

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Turkey Goat Cheese Lasagna [Recipe]

Tradition has never done it for me.

Shocking.  I know.

I’ve mentioned before what a terrible Southerner I am.  I don’t like fried okra, creamed corn, or cornbread (with the exception of this recipe)… I can leave 99% of the traditional Southern stuff behind.  This includes traditional Thanksgiving food.

This year I fled to Arizona where these were the new classic appetizers:

Classic. And klassy.

Classic. And klassy.

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