Red Velvet Protein Balls [Recipe]

Thanksgiving is over.

Officially… we’re still celebrating!

I am of the belief that you cannot begin with the Christmas festivities until Thanksgiving has passed.  And – for the love of god – don’t even think about Christmas before Halloween!

Now that we’re officially past Thanksgiving, I bring you Christmas Balls.  I’m not trying to discriminate and leave out Hanukkah… but I couldn’t get through a blog post about blue balls.  So these strangely good (for you) balls are red.  Red Velvet, in fact.

Red Velvet Protein Balls

I made these with my favorite flower-sender in mind.  Side note: the flower sender is hereby known as Vegas, as that is where the flowers originate.

Vegas loves red velvet cake.  Since I’m in Arizona with Vegas this Thanksgiving holiday (how’s that for confusing?) and these days my favorite activity is making Vegas smile, I bring you post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas balls.

Not just any balls though!  These red velvet-y delights are protein-packed and get their red tint from… beets!  How’s that for strange?

Red Velvet Protein Balls

In conclusion, Vegas and I wish you a pre-Merry Christmas (and Hanukkah) from Arizona the day after Thanksgiving.

Now, bust out your healthy balls and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!

Merry Vegas

Guess who’s is who’s…

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Red Velvet Protein Balls

Red Velvet Protein Balls

  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used Growing Naturals Rice)
  • 1 T coconut flour
  • 1 scoop Cocoa Cardio*
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp honey
  • 1/2 T coconut oil
  • 4 Drops Capella Flavor Drops, Cake Batter (or 1/4 tsp vanilla)
  • 1/4 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Combine wet ingredients.  Mix in wet, adjusting milk as needed.

Roll into roughly 4 balls.  Put in freezer for your own safety storage.

Note: I order my Cocoa Cardio on iHerb (use discount code USO924 for $5-10 off your order!).  If you don’t have beet powder, you can use tsp beet powder and 1 T cocoa powder.  You can also use pureed beets here, but you’ll probably need to cut the milk in half (I haven’t tried it).

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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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I can’t write about balls without giving Lindsay a shout out.  Thanks for inspiring me daily, my baller brother!

Do you ban and Christmas (or Hanukah) celebrations until after Turkey Day?

What is your favorite ball flavor?

Baked Banana Oatmeal Protein Bites

Have you ever eaten warm banana?

Think pie… bananas foster… breads.

When you bake a banana it becomes a gooey, caramel-y treat.  You don’t even need to use sugar.  Like in these muffins.

I’m not one to take the time to make a baked oatmeal in the morning, but I love having it for breakfast.  Especially as it gets colder outside!  Bake it in advance and you have a delicious instant breakfast, portioned out perfectly.  That’s the idea behind these.

Baked Banana Oatmeal Protein Bites… 

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Roasted Brussels, Butternut, & Beets (Recipe)

Fall gets me excited for new produce.

It’s the little things… am I right?!

While I’ve seen a lot of strange in Vegas (some good, some BAD), this strange but good meal was done in advance of the trip.

Side note: I planned ahead?!  Who AM I?

Roasted Brussels, Butternut, & Beets… 

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Cauliflower & Eggplant Noodle Pumpkin Lasagna (Recipe)

You can do anything with cauliflower.

Really… I  bet you could even make ice cream. Maybe… that might be weird.

I’ve made cauliflower pizza, pancakes, waffles, sriracha muffins… the sky is the limit.  Why not sheets of noodles?  It sounds strange, but it works!

Cauliflower Sheet of … 

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Cauliflower Fiesta Waffles

I’ve had lots of bad ideas.

I’m talking about recipes here… ;)

As I was mixing these up I thought “this is either my best or worst [waffle] idea ever.”  Turns out, it was the best… in a strange way, of course. ;)

I’ve made a lot of unusual stuff with cauliflower.  One of my go-to is this pizza crust.  I also rocked some pancakes with this versatile vegetable.  So why not a waffle?

Savory Cauliflower Waffle

I decided on a savory waffle, but you can easily change up the spices to make it sweet.  For “brinner,” savory seemed the way to go.  It’s a thinner batter, but if you grease the waffle iron liberally it wont stick.  I used coconut oil cooking spray.

My veggie toppings were easily prepped while I was making the waffle.  I sautéed bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms.  It looked like a fiesta!

Veggie Cauliflower Waffle

You could stop with the veggies to keep it vegetarian.  I used a little turkey to get more protein, and added a quick sauce made from hummus mixed with hot sauce and a little ACV.

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Cauliflower Fiesta Waffle

Cauliflower Fiesta Waffles

  • 100g cauliflower
  • 1 T nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 6T egg whites

Preheat waffle iron.  Place ingredients in a blend or food processor and mix until batter is (mostly) smooth.

Grease iron very well (I used coconut oil).  Cook according to your waffle iron’s instructions.

Plate and top as desired.  While my waffle cooked, I sautéed bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and turkey to use on top.  I also sauced my waffle with a mixture of hummus, hot sauce, and a little apple cider vinegar.

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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.

Sprint 2 the Table

 

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



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I just realized… this is my 1,000th post! Thank you to everyone who’s taken the time to read over the past (almost) 4 years!

What would you top a savory waffle with?

Did anyone try the sweet eggplant french toast (waffle)?

3-Ingredient Lemon Baked Shrimp + WIAW

Shrimp is a relatively new love.

 

Not to be confused with being shrimpy.

I refused to eat fish until a couple of years ago.  Then I had a bite of swordfish (the steak of the sea – seriously) and it was all over.  It took  me still longer to move beyond fish and eat crab, shrimp, lobster, and mussels.

These days I can’t get enough shrimp.  Whole Foods sells it already deveined with the tails removed, which is perfect for me since I’m still slightly squeamish towards raw fish.  Raw chicken grosses me out too, but that’s another story.

Lemon Baked Shrimp

 

This is the easiest meal you’ll ever make. All you have to do is lay down the lemon, dump the shrimp out, and sprinkle it with seasoning.  You could probably make the entire thing without ever having touched a shrimp (which is awesome if you’re squeamish like I am).

When you eat this, you can also eat the lemon.  If you have a particularly sour one that might not be good, but they tend to be sweeter in the summer.  I loved it against the spicy Asian seasoning I used!

Recipe at the bottom. 

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This WIAW I’m back from Colorado but OUT of groceries.  Desperation has set in…

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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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Chickpea Protein Pancakes

These pancakes are sort of socca.

 

Or socca is sort of pancakes?

Either way, it’s a strange but delicious thing to have for breakfast!  I actually used to make these all the time, but I couldn’t find chickpea flour for a while at the farmer’s market and kind of forgot about ‘em.  On a particularly fun trip to restock after being out of town, I located the flour and remembered the breakfast version of socca.

The chickpea flour resulted in a fantastic cake-y texture and the flavor didn’t overwhelm at all!  I added vanilla rice protein powder for a little more of a protein punch.

Chickpea Protein Pancakes

 

I’ve also added gelatin.  I’ve been incorporating it in my morning meals for it’s digestive benefits.  If you’re interested in learning more about it, Lindsay did a great post on it’s benefits.  Totally works for the “regulation” (read: helps you poop like a champ).  If you don’t have gelatin, just add a tablespoon of protein powder or coconut flour.

In a happy accident, my mini “tester” pancake looked like a thought bubble.

Chickpea Protein Pancakes

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Chickpea Protein Pancakes

Chickpea Protein Pancakes

  • 2.5 T chickpea flour
  • 1 T (15g) protein powder (I used Growing Naturals)
  • 1 T gelatin
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg white (or flax egg)
  • 1/4 C water
  • Stevia or other sweetener, to taste

In a small bowl, combine the chickpea flour, protein powder, gelatin, baking powder, and cinnamon.  Mix until combined.

Whisk egg white with water.  Stir into flour mixture and add sweetener to taste.

To cook, pour 2-3 T batter into a non-stick skillet over medium heat.  It’s time to flip when it begins to bubble.  Cook until lightly browned. 

Plate and top as desired.  I used sugar-free syrup and fresh raspberries.

Makes 1 serving.

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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.

Sprint 2 the Table

 

 

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


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These were so #strangebutgood I made them two days in a row!

Have you ever made socca?

What’s your favorite pancake topper?

#MoveHappy 4: Fudgy Plantain Protein Muffins

I’m high on my #MoveHappy this week!

 

I’m in Colorado… what were you thinking?

This week I get to do my #MoveHappy challenge with Heather in Colorado!  In case you missed it, Heather and I are co-hosting a challenge to have FUN with fitness in July.  You can read the details here.  We have a lots of prizes and 5 chances to win some of our favorite fitness-related items.  Last week’s prize was announced on Heather’s blog, and this week I have the goods again!

First let’s talk about how awesome is is to be here for Heather’s 2nd bikini competition!  She decided to start competing almost a year ago this week when we were on vacation in Napa.  I told her if she did, I’d come to Colorado and do a competition with her… this time she’s competing in a different organization and I’m taking a year off, so I came to spectate.  Doesn’t she look great? 

We celebrated a great show with lot of tasty food at Session Kitchen.  The server was amazing – she even brought out a special dessert for Heather!  Chocolate Chip Blondie S’mores with streusel sucre and White Russian gelato.

2014 WBFF Denver… 

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BBQ Mustard Chicken + WIAW

I view food as a source of entertainment.

 

What do you expect from a person who goes to Whole Foods when she’s bored?

Sometimes food prep gets a bit mundane.  When you’re packing up 3-4 meals a day to take to work, there are only so many options.  I wonder if we could get an oven in the office…

This past Sunday marked 6 years since my dad died.  As per tradition, my sister and I spent the day with mom at the house we grew up in.  We grilled out and had a great time eating (my mom has a similar Whole Foods problem – soooo much delicious food!).  It was fun to reminisce and enjoy the gorgeous pool day.  And I got to cook with my mom, which I love!

Grilling with mamma

 

It was also a good opportunity to food prep in a different way.  I stopped by the farmer’s market on the way to the house and loaded up on chicken, fish, and veggies.  I live in a condo, which means we can’t have grills.  Mom, on the other hand, has a gas grill AND a Big Green Egg.  It’s been the perfect way to add more variety to my prep!

This week I’ve been especially loving the BBQ chicken I made.  It was a really quick marinade, and it packed a punch!  I used smoked paprika and my healthy homemade BBQ sauce (I keep a batch on hand all summer) to heat it up.  They were a great compliment to the tangy mustard.

BBQ Mustard Chicken

 

You could use your favorite store brought BBQ sauce if you don’t have any homemade.  If you’re grill-less like I usually am, this would be fine on a grill pan or baked in the oven.

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This WIAW I wanted to eat each meal consecutively.  Between leg day and the excitement of grilled food I was entertained alllll day!

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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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Bread, Breakfast, & Jackson Pollack

Weekends are for wandering.

 

But don’t get lost.

I did lose a car key… but I had a spare!  I have no idea where it is.  This is not at all relevant to this wandering post.. My weekend started out strong with an attempt at homemade bread on Friday morning.  I had bookmarked Sarena’s gluten-free bread recipe when she shared it on Lindsay’s blog weeks ago.  I have a fear of making yeast bread, but I’d had bread made by Sarena before and couldn’t wait to try it for myself.

The flavor was great, but I think the chef was to blame for the too-dense texture.  Sarena’s recipe says to use a mixer.  I used my hands.  Next time I’ll try whipping the eggs first to get some air in!  Or I may crash my mom’s house to use her mixer. ;)

Gluten-Free Bread

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