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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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?

Butternut Touch My #strangebutgood

Today is an adventure.

In more ways than one…

The focus of this particular adventure is a #strangebutgood soup.  The recipe for this spicy Butternut Squash-Apple Soup can be found on my beautiful Swiss friend Lucie’s blog.  The soup is delicious… but even better when done as a guest post for a bad ass blonde!

It’s sweet.  It’s spicy.  It’s everything you never knew you always wanted.  Just like my date last night. #twss

Butternut Squash Apple Soup… 

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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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Pumpkin Tomato Sauce Recipe

Recipe inspiration can come from anywhere.

I like to think this excuses my aimless wandering in Whole Foods.

This particular meandering trip paid off!  I happened down the tomato sauce aisle and a bright orange jar caught my eye.  It was pumpkin tomato sauce!  I immediately put it in my cart… then remembered to look at the price.  For $9.99 I could certainly make it myself, and I had nearly all of the ingredients at home.

I took a quick picture of the back of the label and scurried off to execute.

Pumpkin Sauce inspirationNormally I’m too lazy to actually follow through with a sauce idea.  For some reason using a saucepan seems like a lot of effort.  It’s really not.… 

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Spicy Apple & Chickpea Salad

There is a distinct crispness in the air.

Before the sun comes up… after that… hey, we are in the South.

Fall is one of my favorite seasons.   The colors, the refreshing coolness… and the food!  Everyone goes pumpkin crazy, but one of the best things out of Georgia in the fall is apples.

We make the requisite pies, doughnuts, compotes, cider, and various other treats, but I like to use them in savory dishes.  They add a great texture and a strange (but good) shot of sweetness to dinner salads.  I’ve been known to make them just for snacks.

Spicy Apple & Chickpea Salad 2… 

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Dips, Dessert, and a Drink

Happy 4th of July!

 

aka National Sunburn Day.

I have a tradition of running the Peachtree Roadrace (the world’s largest 10K) and enjoying the sweltering heat sunshine.  Since I’m off doing that, today’s #strangebutgood is a round of of things you might like to enjoy during your weekend festivities.

Some are stranger than others, but I assure you they’re all good.  And they’re relatively quick and easy – especially the oh-so-addicting S’Mores Brownies!

Chipotle Corn Hummus

Chipotle Corn Hummus

 

Cilantro Hummus Salsa

Hummus Salsa

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats (Lightened Up)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

 

 

S’mores Brownies

Smore Brownies

 

Piña Mezcalita

Piña Mezcalita

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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.

If you’re not a blogger, you can still share your recipes on Instagram with the #strangebutgood hashtag.

Sprint 2 the Table

 

 

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



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I may have to cool off at the mall.  There are sales… all the things… this won’t end well.

What are your plans for the 4th?

What is your favorite poolside treat?

 

Peach Salsa Tortilla Pie

It’s not my birthday yet…

 

But pass me the sombrero!

I brought my sweet and salty tooth beyond just breakfast and dessert this week.  Fruit in salsa is one of the best combos.  Tomatoes are technically a fruit.  Strangely enough, they are legally a vegetable.

If you haven’t tried fruity salsa, I especially recommend experimenting with mango, strawberry, and pineapple.  It’s easy enough to make yourself (make salsa, add fruit), but I fell victim once again to Whole Paycheck Foods.  Sunday I trotted home with a jar of the good stuff and an idea for the fresh corn tortillas I bought at the farmer’s market.

Peach Salsa Tortilla Pie

 

Originally these were going to be enchiladas, but I broke the tortillas.  Instead, I decided to layer the pieces and call it pie!  Pie always wins.

The tortillas I used were small (~8-inch) corn tortillas made fresh at the farmer’s market.  This mean they were gluten-free, for those that care.  You can use anything you like; sprouted tortillas would be great in this too!

Peach Salsa Tortilla Pie

 

The strangest part to some of you may not be the fruity salsa, but the cod.  If you think that’s too weird (it really is good!), you could add any protein here.  Try chicken, shrimp, ground beef… or even tempeh to make it vegan!

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Peach Salsa Tortilla Pie

Peach Salsa Tortilla Pie

  • 2 pieces of cod (~12 ounces)
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 C peach salsa
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • 1 C kale, chopped
  • 1/2 C mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 C red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, diced (optional – I love heat)
  • Avocado, to top

 

Preheat oven to 375.  Place cod on a pan, top with lemon juice, and cook until barely done (~7-8 mis).  Remove from oven and allow to cool before breaking into smaller pieces.

Place 2 tortillas in the bottom of a pyrex (I lined mine with foil for easier clean up).  Layer with 1/4 C salsa, 1 onion, 1/2 C kale, 1/4 C mushrooms, 1/4 C bell pepper, and 1/2 the jalapeño (if using).  Repeat layer, and top with remaining tortillas (2).  Top with additional salsa.

Cover and bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes, then remove cover and bake an additional 5-10 mins to crisp the top.  You could also top with cheese here.  Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly to solidify.  Cut into wedges, top with avocado slices, and enjoy!

Makes 6 servings.

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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.

If you’re not a blogger, you can still share your recipes on Instagram with the #strangebutgood hashtag.

Sprint 2 the Table

 

 

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



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With all these peach recipes, I’m going to have to quit getting annoyed by the Georgia Peach nickname.

Have you ever had a fruit-laced salsa?  What is your favorite fruit to add?

What kind of tortillas do you prefer? I love the weight that corn tortillas have.

 

A New York State of Mind

I made it almost 31 years never having been to New York.

 

The city.  I’ve been to Syracuse and Schenectady.  Doesn’t count.

Last week I finally got there!  I had a work conference at Columbia University.  It didn’t leave a ton of time to explore, but I was thrilled.  Especially when the hotel looked eerily like a scene from one of my favorite movies, The Shining.

Hotel Belleclaire

REDRUM

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Cinco de Strange But Good

I’m stranging-up Mayo!

 

(That’s May, not mayonnaise.)

It occurred to me that many of my Mexican-inspired creations are a bit strange.  Mexican is one of my favorite cuisines, and I’m always looking for a good way to shake it up!

No matter what time of day you celebrate, I have an appropriately themed dish!

 

Breakfast

Cocoa-Cayenne Sweet Potato Oatmeal

Sweet Potato CCC Oatmeal

Mex-Fast Tortilla Stack

Mexi-fast Tortilla

 

Small Plates

Tofu Jalapeño Poppers

Tofu Stuffed Jalapenos

Avocado-Mango Soup

Avocado-Mango Soup

Mexican Pineapple and Beet Salad

Pineapple Beet Salad

Mexican Cauliflower “Rice” Bowl

Mexican cauliflower rice bowl

 

 

Entrees

Mexican Socca Pizza

Mexican Socca Pizza

Seitan Chorizo

chorizo

Tequila-Lime Tilapia

Tequila Lime Tilapia

Sweet Potato Mexican Pie

Sweet Potato Mexican Pie

 

Libations

Piña Mezcalita

Piña Mezcalita

 

Dessert

Mexican Chocolate Cake

Mexican Chocolate Cake

Mexican Black Bean Fudgy Brownies

Mexican Black Bean Brownies

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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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Check out the FitFluential Cinco de Mayo Round Up for more ideas!

What’s your favorite cuisine to add a #strangebutgood twist to?

Do you have Cino de Mayo plans?  Any special meals?