Vegan Summer Vegetable Mac and Cheese with Bolthouse Farms® Plant Protein Milk

This post is sponsored by Bolthouse Farms®, however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.

This post is sponsored by Bolthouse Farms®, however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.

I have been craving some mac and cheese like it’s nobody’s business! I know that’s a little strange since it has been nothing but hot and humid here for the past few weeks, but a girl wants what she wants and that’s some mac and cheese. So mac and cheese it was, and it was GOOD, so good in fact that I obviously had to share. Loaded with some of my favorite summer veggies, plant-based, and dairy-free, this recipe is sure to please the entire family. It’s packed with flavor and protein and is super easy and quick to whip up!

The star of this recipe is Bolthouse Farms Plant Protein Milk! Each serving contains 10 grams of pea protein and 50% more calcium than dairy milk per 8 oz. serving. It’s also non-GMO and doesn’t contain dairy, lactose, nuts, soy, carrageenan, or gluten. It comes in four variations – original, vanilla, chocolate, and unsweetened (which I used in this recipe) and can be found at your local grocer in the refrigerated area of the dairy department. Use their store locator here to find Bolthouse Farms Plant Protein milk near you!

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So let’s get to it!

Here’s what you’ll need:
-7 oz pasta of your choosing (I used chickpea shells)
-1 zucchini, sliced in ¼” rounds and quartered
-Half a pint of cherry tomatoes
-1/2 cup Unsweetened Bolthouse Farms Plant Protein Milk
-1/4 cup nutritional yeast
-2 tsp Dijon mustard
-1 tsp lemon juice
-1/4 tsp sea salt
-1/4 tsp black pepper
-1/8 tsp turmeric
-1/8 tsp chili powder (optional)
-2 cloves garlic, chopped
-2 tbsp avocado oil

Instructions:
1) Toss the zucchini and cherry tomatoes with the avocado oil and season with salt and pepper as desired before baking them in a preheated 425-degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes
2) In the meantime, cook your pasta according to the instructions on the box.
3) Once cooked, strain the pasta, and use the warm pan to combine the Unsweetened Bolthouse Farms Plant Protein Milk, nutritional yeast, Dijon, garlic, lemon juice, turmeric, salt, pepper, and chili powder.
4) Pour the sauce over the pasta, and mix in the roasted veggies.
5) Serve, and enjoy!

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Let me know what you think of this summery plant-based mac and cheese in the comments below and be sure to check out Bolthouse Farms full line of Plant Protein Milk!

Mixed Berry Baked Oats with Earth Genius Smart Greens

This post is sponsored by GNC Earth Genius, however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own. The US Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated the statements in this post. These products and statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

This post is sponsored by GNC Earth Genius, however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own. The US Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated the statements in this post. These products and statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

When life gets crazy, it can be convenient to make or grab whatever is easiest and be on your way. A lot of the time, that means some not-so-healthy meal choices packed with unrecognizable ingredients and lots of added sugar. This is why I’m such a huge fan of one-pan meals. Everything goes in the same pan, is cooked at the same time, and there’s minimal clean up. It doesn’t get much easier than that! Another great thing about them is that they can feed the entire family, or if you’re cooking for one, they’re a great way to meal prep for the week.

One of the prime times that a one-pan meal comes in handy for me is at breakfast. You don’t have to wake up an extra hour early every day to cook and can instead just pop your prepped breakfast in the microwave (or eat it cold) and go. That’s why I love these mixed berry baked oats. They require minimal ingredients, most of which you probably already have on hand. And they’re packed with greens from Earth Genius Mixed Berry Smart Greens.

GNC’s Earth Genius line has been a go-to in my home since the line launched last year. Earth Genius is a comprehensive, wholesome line of products that are inspired by nature and crafted by experts. All products in the line are non-GMO, gluten free and made with wholesome ingredients that contain no artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners. Each product is specifically crafted to provide a solution to a real life health concern. They’re super easy to incorporate into your everyday life. I love to add them into delicious recipes like this one, or they’re great just mixed into water, yogurt or your favorite smoothie! Try the different products in the Earth Genius line in store or online: http://bit.ly/2CuvI2s

The product I use in this recipe, the Mixed Berry Smart Greens, is a blend of organic greens, veggies, superfruits, antioxidants, digestive enzymes, organic adaptogenic mushrooms, organic sea greens, and prebiotic Inulin. It tastes absolutely delicious, and I guarantee that nobody will guess your sneaking greens into these oats. They’re sure to beat any store bought insta-oats you find on the shelf.

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Here’s What You’ll Need:

-2 cups rolled oats
-1 tsp baking powder
-1 scoop Earth Genius Mixed Berry Smart Greens
-Pinch of salt
-1 ½ cups milk
-2 eggs
-3 Tbsp butter (or coconut oil), melted and divided
-1/4 cup maple syrup (or honey)
-1 cup strawberries, sliced
-1 cup blackberries, sliced 

Instructions:

  1. Mix the rolled oats, baking powder, Earth Genius Smart Greens, and salt in a large bowl.

  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the whisked eggs, milk, 1.5 tbsp butter and maple syrup.

  3. Mix the dry mixture with half of the berries (reserve half to top the dish), and evenly spread throughout a cast iron skillet (or 9x9 baking dish).

  4. Pour the wet mixture over the dry and top with the reserved berries.

  5. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 35-40 minutes.

  6. Drizzle the remaining 1.5 Tbsp of melted butter over the top of the oats.

  7. Serve, and enjoy!

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Let me know what you think of the recipe in the comments below, and also feel free to share your favorite Earth Genius products and genius recipe swaps.

Chicken Burrito Skillet with RiceSelect

This post is sponsored by RiceSelect, however, I am sharing all of my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.

This post is sponsored by RiceSelect, however, I am sharing all of my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.

Things have been hectic over here between moving, settling in, and a busy work schedule! It’s been hard to find the time and energy to cook as much, especially after a long day. That’s why easy, one-pan meals have become a life saver. Throw it all in a pan followed by a minimal and easy clean up? Yes please! My favorite has been this chicken burrito skillet. I’ve literally been making it at least once a week.

Flavorful and packed with protein, this meal is sure to please the entire family. Trust me, you’ll have everyone licking their plates. And it’s made with great-quality, real food ingredients, the star of the show being RiceSelect’s Texmati Rice. Like all RiceSelect products, it’s all-natural and clean of preservatives, chemicals, and added substances as well as non-GMO verified. RiceSelect is made from the finest ingredients and uses exacting standards and rigorous attention to detail, resulting in the flavor, quality, and texture that you crave. You will see the RiceSelect difference before you even taste it!

Naturally, RiceSelect Texmati was the perfect base for my burrito skillet. Add in some protein, delicious seasonings, and fresh veggies, and we have ourselves a meal! So let’s get to it.

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Here’s what you’ll need:
-2 tbsp avocado oil
-1 lb chicken breasts, cut into 1” cubes
-1 small yellow onion, chopped
-2 tbsp taco seasoning
-15.5 oz can black beans, strained and rinsed
-1/2 cup RiceSelect Texmati Rice 
-1 cup water
-1/2 cup salsa
-3/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese, separated
-1 tomato, chopped
-1 cup lettuce, chopped
-1/2 avocado, cubed
-Salt and pepper
-Chopped fresh cilantro as desired

Instructions:

  1. Add the avocado oil to a large pan over medium high heat. 

  2. Add in the chicken and cook for 3 mins.

  3. Mix in the chopped onion, taco seasoning, black beans, rice, and water, and bring to a boil.

  4. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes until the water is absorbed into the rice.

  5. Mix in the salsa, ½ cup of shredded cheese, and salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Top the mixture with the remaining cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and cilantro.

  7. Serve and enjoy!

Easy peasy, and the cleanup is just as simple! It really doesn’t get much better than that. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and make sure to check out RiceSelect’s amazing line of products. You can get them delivered right to you via Amazon here. 

Mushroom and Spinach Stovetop Oats with Flahavan’s Irish Oatmeal

This post is sponsored by Flahavan’s Irish Oatmeal, however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own. 

This post is sponsored by Flahavan’s Irish Oatmeal, however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own. 

Oatmeal is one of my favorite ways to start the day. It’s super easy and fast while also filling and nutritious. Plus, you’ll never find yourself getting bored because it’s so versatile. Whether it’s baked or on the stovetop, topped with fruit and nut butter or a savory twist, it’s always a delicious was to get the day going. Savory oats are my personal favorite way to enjoy oatmeal, and today I’m going to share my favorite savory oat recipe with you all!

The most important part of a great oatmeal dish is, well, the oats duh! That probably goes without saying, but it is so, so true! That’s why I use Flahavan’s Irish Oatmeal for this recipe. They’re high-quality, minimally processed, and naturally creamy in texture. Not to mention, Flahavan’s only works with like-minded farmers they know and trust, to select the best quality non-GMO oats, while protecting and sustaining the land. They've even recently launched new packaging highlighting the Irish family farmers that have been helping to bring field to spoon for generations! When it comes to Flahavan’s Irish Oatmeal, you just simply know you’re getting the best! And they truly are the perfect base for some delicious savory mushroom and spinach oats.

I love packing veggies into my breakfasts, and mushrooms and spinach complement Flahavan’s Irish Oatmeal perfectly. Add in some garlic and parmesan for that extra flavor, and we have ourselves a meal! Easy 5-minute Irish Steel Cut Oats with minimal ingredients; it doesn’t get much better!

Here’s what you’ll need:

-1/3 cup Flahavan’s Irish Steel Cut Oatmeal
-2/3 cup milk of choice or water (I usually like to split it half and half)
-4 mushrooms, sliced
-1 handful of fresh spinach (~1 cup)
-1 clove garlic, chopped
-2 tbsp shredded or shaved parmesan
-Salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes (optional) to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a small pot on the stovetop, combine the oats and milk and/or water over medium high heat, and bring to a boil.

  2. Once boiling, turn down the heat to medium, and cook, stirring regularly, for about 5-7 minutes until the liquid absorbs into the oats.

  3. In the meantime, heat up 1 tbsp avocado or olive oil in a pan over medium high heat.

  4. Once hot, add in the sliced mushrooms, and cook for 3-5 minutes.

  5. Mix the garlic and spinach into the pan of mushrooms, and cook for an additional minute or two until the spinach wilts.

  6. Mix the veggies, parmesan, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes (optional) into the cooked oats until the cheese is fully melted.

  7. Serve, top with your favorite toppings, and enjoy!

My go-to topping is a fried egg. The runny yolk mixed with savory oats just cannot be beat! I also love to add fresh avocado. Play around, and see what works for you! Let me know how you enjoy this recipe in the comments below!

Nutrient Genius Superfood Vanilla Chai Pancakes with Earth Genius

This post is sponsored by GNC Earth Genius, however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own. The US Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated the statements in this post. These products and statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

This post is sponsored by GNC Earth Genius, however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own. The US Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated the statements in this post. These products and statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

When it comes to healthy eating, I’ve gotten a lot of feedback about it being intimidating. People don’t know where to start, or it’s too time consuming to eat healthy. I get it. Fast food is quick. Eating pre-made frozen meals is convenient. But eating healthy, nutritious meals can be just as easy and convenient!

This is one of the many reasons I’ve come to love GNC’s Earth Genius line. Earth Genius is a comprehensive, wholesome line of products that are inspired by nature and crafted by experts. All products in the line are non-GMO, gluten free and made with wholesome ingredients that contain no artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners. Each product is specifically crafted to provide a solution to a variety of concerns. Through the month of March, you can use this link http://bit.ly/2SJJvaF or head into your local GNC to BOGO 50% off all Earth Genius products, making it the perfect time to try different products in the line.

One of my personal favorite Earth Genius products is their Superfoods Supreme which comes in two flavors, Vanilla Chai and Mixed Berry. It contains 35 superfood ingredients, pea protein and prebiotic and enzyme support. With a wholesome blend of real fruits, veggies, greens and sprouts, it’s an easy way to add nutrition to your daily diet. It’s delicious on its own mixed into water and also a great base for some delicious recipes.

I decided to whip up a super easy, nutritious pancake recipe with the Vanilla Chai flavor. It includes just two other ingredients besides the Superfoods Supreme and takes under 15 minutes to make. Who needs frozen pancakes with ingredients you’ve never heard of when you can have a superfood-packed, nutritious and delicious vanilla chai stack?

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Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 scoop Earth Genius Vanilla Chai Superfoods Supreme

  • 1 ripe banana

  • 2 eggs

Instructions:

  1. Mash the banana using a fork or hand mixer.

  2. Add in two whisked eggs and 1 scoop Earth Genius Vanilla Chai Superfoods Supreme, and mix until well combined.

  3. Ladle pancake-sized pours of the mixture onto a preheated, greased pan over medium high heat on the stove top.

  4. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the bottom is cooked, flip and cook an additional 3-4 mins.

  5. Repeat until all the batter is used.

  6. Top your pancakes with your favorite toppings (I suggest nuts, fresh fruit, nut butter and/or maple syrup), and enjoy!


It really doesn’t get easier (or more delicious) than that! Let me know what you think of the recipe in the comments below, and also feel free to share your favorite Earth Genius products and genius recipe swaps.