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Turkey meatloaf muffins

Turkey muffins www.nestinthewest.comYup, this vegetarian is gonna talk turkey! I’ve been getting more exercise and eating cleaner, which makes me realize I’m struggling to get the protein I need. I eat the same few standbys over and over again, and well, it’s just time for a change. So I’ve added lean turkey to my meal plans and love it! Mostly I’ve been roasting breast filets but when I spotted a deal on ground turkey I bought it knowing a recipe would follow.

Enter the turkey meatloaf muffin. Am I the last one to hear about these protein packed nuggets? After seeing them on a couple of websites and chatting about them at work, I made a batch. Yummy goodness! Now I make a batch each week so they’re on hand for quick snacks or power lunches. Here’s a starter recipe, but feel free to toss in your favourite flavours too.

Turkey meatloaf muffins – makes 12

1 lb lean ground turkey
2 eggs
1 cup oatmeal
2 carrots
2 stalks of celery
1 small onion
1-2 tsp vegetable seasoning
Preheat oven to 375F degrees and spray a muffin tin with olive or vegetable oil. Slightly beat the eggs in a large bowl then add the turkey and oatmeal. Chop the veggies or run them through a food processor then add them and the seasonings to the turkey mixture. Stir together until all ingredients are well combined. Spoon into muffin tin, about 3/4 full and bake for 30-40 minutes until muffin tops are golden brown and sides have pulled away from the pan.
Turkey muffins www.nestinthewest.comTurkey muffins www.nestinthewest.comI keep these sealed in the fridge and take a couple out at a time. It’s so much easier to eat healthy when good choices are handy. Give them a try hot or cold for a tasty bite with lots of lean protein. And now I think I’ve become a ‘flexiatarian’!

Chocolate chip cookie brittle

www.nestinthewestIt’s a holiday here in BC…Family Day is in it’s second year as an official statutory holiday. The idea is you stay home and spend quality time with the fam. The kitty and I say, thank you very much! We love a day off! I’m working on a pretty big project which I’ll share soon, but for now I have a great treat recipe for you!

This is going to sound bad, but it’s the truth. As much as I love cookies, especially homemade, sometimes I just don’t want to stand and spoon mounds of dough on multiple trays and repeat. So when I stumbled across this recipe on Pinterest I had to give it a try. Bascially, chocolate chip cookie dough pressed into one pan and crisped up all together….yum! I made a few very minor changes to the recipe and here it is:

  • 1 cup butter, slightly softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

www.nestinthewestPreheat oven to 375 degrees F. Beat the butter and brown sugar together. Add salt, vanilla, cinnamon and the flour one cup at a time. Continue to mix. Add chocolate chips. This didn’t really form a dough for me – it was a bit crumbly. Press the dough into a 9″ x 13″ pan and bake for 25-35 minutes depending on how crispy you’d like them. Cut into squares while warm or let cool in pan then cut or break into irregular shapes, like peanut brittle. I baked mine for 30 minutes, cut half into squares and let the other half cool before breaking into jagged shapes. I prefer the squares but that may just be the OCD in me.
www.nestinthewestThese are so much easier and quicker to make than cookies but still have all the same great flavor. Also, did you notice they’re eggless? Go ahead and dunk them in your latte and enjoy!

Peanut butter & honey yogurt dip

pb & honey yogurt dipI have a confession to make. I’m having a really hard time getting off the sweets after indulging over the holidays. Is anyone else with me?  A co-worker suggested green tea in the afternoon. Are you kidding me?…how do you chew on that? I like snacks and that feeling of being deprived just doesn’t work for me. I think I’ve found a much better option and it’s called Peanut Butter and Honey Yogurt Dip. Here’s a recipe that’s satisfying my sweet tooth AND is pretty healthy too. Got 5 minutes?…you can make some too.

pb & honey yogurt dipIngredients:

  • 3/4 cup greek yogurt, plain or vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons peanut or almond butter, use the good stuff not Skippy
  • 1 tablespoon liquid honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl until well combined. I like a small whisk for this but a spoon will do. Play around with it to suit your taste. More peanut butter may be your jam!
pb & honey yogurt dipI’m enjoying dunking apple slices in this dip as a mid-afternoon snack but also try it on your morning oatmeal or a digestive biscuit. Packed with protein, this is a much better everyday choice than say, caramel sauce! It also pairs really well with green tea!