Gluten Free Quinoa Granola

Since having a baby, it sure is hard to lose weight! With a husband who doesn't exactly love to try my healthier recipes, and trying to take care of a baby all day, it is hard to find the time to take care of yourself, and eat right. (Not to mention our house is up for sale and it has to be spotless at all times.)

My husband just left for Washington, DC and I'll be cooking for one, for one month. Perfect! Im alone from 6:30 onwards, and have time to kill, so its time to get cooking! The key for me is to prepare everything ahead of time. For breakfasts and snacking in general, quinoa granola is the perfect healthy option. It takes zero time to make, and lasts for 2 weeks in a sealed container. In place of actual granola and oats, this quinoa granola is an amazing gluten free substitute. I actually prefer it to regular granola! You can mix it in with greek yogurt, serve with fresh fruit, or for a muncher like me, snack on it throughout the day!

Quina Granola

Prep Time - Under 5 minutes
Cooking Time - 15 - 20 minutes

Ingredients:

Organic Quinoa Flakes - 3 cups 
Olive Oil - 1.5 cups
High Quality Maple Syrup - 1.5 cups
Walnuts - 1.5 cups
Almonds - 1 cup

Preheat oven to 400.

In a large bowl, whisk together the maple syrup and olive oil. Add the quinoa flakes and mix together until evenly coated. Spread the mixture evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, stirring every few minutes to evenly distribute heat. Flakes are done at a beautiful golden brown. Let them cool and then add the almonds and walnuts. Shake everything up in a air tight container and devour!! You can also add dried fruit if you want, but I'm not the biggest dried fruit advocate. Hope you guys try this, and let me know how it goes in the comment section below! 








Quick & Easy Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Being pregnant I eat like a monster. What I want, when I want it. I know I've stayed thin looking throughout my pregnancy, and I think its because I don't usually eat huge meals. I mostly eat small portions every hour, so instead of going from empty to a full tank and then feeling like a stuffed pig, I stay sustained most of the day. I try to eat healthy, but its really hard when you're craving so many different things! This recipe is one of my favourites. Its great for new moms, or lazy pregnant women, who don't have the time to cook. Although, it is extremely spicy, so if you're breastfeeding and baby doesn't respond well to your milk after you eat spicy foods, or you get extreme heartburn during pregnancy, I don't recommend this. But if you can handle it, its sooooo delicious and easy! I don't know the calorie or fat intake here, but I'm sure its not on any weight watchers meal list! My friend Kelly told me roughly how to do it, and I don't know where she got it from, so I'll share my take on it!

Buffalo Chicken Sliders

4-6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 Bottle of Franks Buffalo Sauce
1 Packet of Ranch Dressing
1 Bottle of Ranch Dressing or Light Mayo
1 Cucumber
Pack of Whole Wheat Rolls
Crock Pot

So judging by the easy and basic ingredients, most of you already know what to do. 

1. Place chicken breasts in your crock pot and sprinkle the ranch packet over top.

2. Empty the about half the bottle of Frank's on top of the chicken. 

3. Set crock pot on low and let cook for 5 hours. At 5 hours take two forks and shred the chicken. Allow the chicken to cook on low for another hour.

4. In the meantime, slice up the cucumber.

5. Toast the whole wheat rolls in the oven and top with either Ranch Dressing or Mayo, your choice. 

6. Add the shredded chicken and layer the cucumber slices on top.

7. Devour!!!

Thats it! How easy! And sooooo delicious. They are seriously spicy but the ranch or mayo added with the coolness of the cucumber really compliment the spice and bring it down to an enjoyable level. My husband absolutely loved these and Im sure anyone you serve them for will praise you! 




*I never took a picture of my sandwiches so I took this photo off a google images search! 

Three Bean Turkey Chili

Hey guys! So since I'm away from my home base at the moment, I cant make a video, or do a tutorial, so to fill the time I thought Id share with you one of my favourite recipes of all time! Its not flashy, but its delicious and is a real time saver.

The "Three Bean Turkey Chili" comes to you from the Jamie Eason Live Fit Trainer program. I used to follow this program for a bit before I was pregnant and it was truly amazing. I plan on going right back to this after I give birth so I can get back into fighting shape! Not only is her program filled with amazing workouts but it has a meal plan with amazing recipes that you actually WANT to eat. This recipe is extremely healthy but soooo yummy at the same time. This one was my favourite because once you make it, you freeze the rest, and you've got lunch set that week. So without further adue, here is the recipe. Make sure you check out Jamie's program on bodybuilding.com





Nutrition Facts:


Makes 12 servings
1 serving = 196 calories, 1 g fat, 20 g carbs, 24 g protein

Ingredients:





Directions:



  1. In a large pot add onions and meat, sprinkled with garlic powder and cook until no longer pink (drain using a plate, if desired).
  2. Next add the green chilies, beans, tomatoes, xylitol and spices (except cilantro) and stir until combined.
  3. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Finally, add cilantro. Serve hot.
  5. You may sprinkle veggie shreds or a light cheese on top.