Tell your dogs hello from me!

On this National All American Pet Photo Day, I wanted to share this tasty recipe for your pups! My friend Emma recently shared it with me, and I first made it to celebrate Luigi’s Birthday. My boys absolutely loved them, and I’ve made them multiple times since!

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PB and Banana Pupcake Recipe

Ingredients:
-3/4 cups whole wheat flour (I have also used garbanzo flour)
-1/4 cup old fashioned oats
-1 tsp baking soda
-1/2 cup mashed banana
-1/2 cup peanut butter (CHECK TO MAKE SURE NO XYLITOL is in the PB you are using)
-2 eggs
-Approx 1/2 cup water

Frosting:
-8oz cream cheese (softened)
-1/2 cup PB

Preheat oven to 350. Mix together the dry ingredients. Cream PB and banana together in a separate bowl. Add Eggs to that mixture one at a time. While mixer is on low, slowly add the flour mixture and water, alternating between the two. You may not need all the water, but your goal is to get it to a cake batter consistency! Pour into greased pan until about 3/4 full. Bake for 6-8, allowing to cool when removing from oven. Cream together frosting ingredients, then spread or pipe onto fully cooled pupcakes!

The pan I used is a super cute bone shaped pan I found from Amazon. You can check it out HERE!

Enjoy, pups!

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French Toast…Made from Veggies???!!!

Before you start asking questions, let’s take a second to appreciate one of the greatest glow ups of all time…..

CAULIFLOWER.

Can you think of anything that has had a more impressive glow up? I’ll wait…..

Real talk on this magnificent veggie….its versatility is CRAZZZZYYYYYYY! It has gone from a hated veggie to something that can be made into pretty much anything. You can do so much with it, and I’m going to share one of my fave top secret Cauli recipes in just a second with you guys….prepare for a mind blown moment.

I have always supported this cauliflower movement. As someone who has gluten intolerance issues, I try to pick my battles with gluten, so having the option to use cauliflower as a substitute is really helpful to me. I use it to make my own cauli pizza crust….I use it as cauli rice…..I put it in my daily smoothie for extra veggies and creaminess….I love it. I haven’t met a cauli recipe I didn’t like!

And then there is this recipe….the one I am about to share with you. Hello, game changer!

May I present to you….

Cauliflower French Toast Bites!

(Pause for your heartrate to come down and for you to gather your thoughts)

One item that has been a staple in my house for about a year has been Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocci. Again, this replaces regular gnocci and is such a great dinner option. I buy as many bags as I can when I hit my local TJs….but they typically have a limit so I can’t get more than seven bags at a time. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I cook my gnocchi in my beloved air fryer every time,  and they are PERFECTION. Check out the “Food is Cool” Highlight for my basic recipe….it is a winner.

I decided to experiment with this recipe after seeing a similar idea awhile back, and I was excited to see the air fryer was making its appearance for this recipe, too. Full disclosure: I was 100% prepared for my first cauliflower letdown. I mean….cauliflower taking on the form of french toast? No way, Jose. Not going to happen.

Then I made the recipe and put my own little Katie spin on it, and a strong love affair was born. Here’s my recipe:

Katie’s Cauli French Toast Bites

Ingredients:
-1 bag of thawed frozen cauliflower gnocchi (found at Trader Joe’s)
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1 tablespoon coconut sugar
-1 tablespoon coconut oil

Glaze Ingredients:
-1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
-1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
-1 tsp cinnamon

To make:

Preheat air fryer 400 degree. Toss gnocchi with cinnamon, coconut sugar, and coconut oil. Place gnocchi in preheated air fryer basket that you have sprayed with coconut cooking spray, cooking for about ten minutes. Shake gnocci in basket, then cook for five to seven additional moments. As the gnocchi cook, mix together ingredients for the glaze. Once gnocchi are done cooking, place in a bowl, then toss with the glaze. Garnish with cinnamon or powdered sugar if needed.

Prepare to fall in love.

PS. Don’t tell your kids that their French toast is made with cauliflower. It probably won’t go over too well.

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Love pairing this recipe with one of my favorite flavors from Bones Coffee: Sinnobun. 

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Well, hello there!

Katie, where you been, girl???? -My blog followers

I’m here, I’m here, guys! I just have barely been on the blog!

Truth me told, I have so much happening right now that my little blog has kind of been on the back burner for awhile. Most of the time I previously spent writing for it became dedicated to my soon to be published book, and since there are only so many hours in the day, I had to determine where my time was best spent! I need more hours in the day!

So about my book….so many of you who have been following me on social media have been asking about it and have been added to my email list for updates. I am so anxious and excited for the book to FINALLY be published and appreciate all of the love and patience with the anticipation of its arrival on the book scene! I really hope you love it as much as I do.

I started writing this book just under two years ago and truly had hoped that it would be out much sooner, but things don’t always go as planned. Those who know me know I am somewhat of a perfectionist, and there were points in my writing journey that I had to step away because I was worried the wrong emotion would come through. When Kyle and I decided to divorce I knew I needed to step away from the book for a bit to ensure none of that entered into my writing, and it was important for me to have that separation. That was a long break, but I truly think it made the book better in the long haul. I always knew the direction I wanted this book to go in and have put so much of my heart and soul into it that I wanted to make sure it was the masterpiece I envisioned!

I’m still tweaking one small part of the book, and my photo shoot for the cover art will be happening within the next month or so, then it is GO TIME! And guess what……I also am working out the details with a local radio station wanting me to launch my podcast with them.

So yeah….on top of running my fitness company, coaching at Orange Theory and 9Round, and my book/podcast ventures, I’ve been a little crazy……in a good way.

Be on the lookout for more scoop coming soon, and, as always, thank you for your continued support!

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I Carrot About You!

I am all about a tasty breakfast muffin……pretty sure we have established that already….but what I’m not all about: excess sugar and calories by way of said muffin. Because of that I am constantly seeking out healthier swaps to satisfy my sweet tooth at breakfast. And since I carrot about you, I just had to share this recipe (I hope you see what I did there).

Allow me to present to you the healthy and delicious carrot cake muffin!!!!!!!!

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Ingredients:
-2 cups dry old fashioned rolled oats (I used gluten free)
-1 tsp baking powder (GF)
-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
-1/4 tsp ground ginger
-1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
-1/4 tsp sea salt
-1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
-2 large eggs, beaten lightly
-1 tsp pure vanilla extract
-1/4 cup pure maple syrup
-3/4 cup grated carrots
-1/4 cup crushed pineapple (in 100% pineapple juice) drained
-3 tbl light sour cream
-3 tbl powdered sugar

To make:

Preheat oven to 350. Line muffin tin with muffin papers or spray with coconut oil. Combine oats, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt in a bowl. Set aside. Combine coconut milk, eggs, maple syrup, extract, carrots, and pineapple in a bowl. Mix well. Fold coconut milk mixture into oat mixture, mixing well. Divide batter evenly into prepared muffin cups. Bake for 30 minutes, rotating pan after 15 minutes. Make icing while muffins bake by combining powdered sugar with sour cream. Drizzle muffins when cool with 1 tsp of icing each. Best served warm.

Those following my meal planning system, this counts as 1 yellow!

Enjoy!

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The Big Question: How do you feel about your mom dating?

If you know me, you know that asking for permission is just not my style at all. BUT…..I wanted to write a blog article on a topic that I get asked about a lot lately, and I needed the permission of someone involved before doing so: my mother.

I share a lot on my social media platforms about things that many see as sensitive in nature, and I continue to do so because I know me sharing my story is helping others who are dealing with similar situations. That’s always my main goal, and it’s one that I won’t be stopping anytime soon. I’m not writing for pity or sympathy; instead I am writing for purpose and positivity. When people ask me privately about different things I am dealing with, I try my best to turn it into a learning experience for them and others and share my answers in a way that could better the life or thought process of another person.

Why did I need my mom’s permission to write about the topic I am addressing today? Easy. It is one thing for me to share about my story, but to intertwine something personal happening with someone close to me crosses the boundary of “is this appropriate for me to talk about?” I wanted to be sensitive to my mom and her feelings, and I was thankful when she gave me the green light to discuss this with you. So let’s talk about the thing I get asked about the most:

How do you feel about your mom dating again?

For starters, can I just say that dating is terrifying to me. Going back into the dating scene is something that is just so overwhelming to me. I have been out of it for so long to now be entering back in it and seeing the craziness of sites like Tinder and Bumble and whatever else makes me want to go puke. Ugh.

Know what terrifies me more than the thought of me being back in the dating game? To think of someone like my mother reentering that scene after being off the market for almost 40 years. That generation knows nothing of the online dating game, the world of catfishing, or the nastiness of the unsolicited dick pic. I was terrified that the day would come when she would WANT to start looking into dating sites. In my mind she should never come head on with this new fangled way to meet people.

Let’s back it up a minute though…..

Most of you who are reading this blog are connected to me in some way, maybe through social media or maybe you are friends with me in real life, and because of that you know that November 20th will mark four years since we lost my dad. It was sudden and unexpected. He was not sick. His lost greatly changed me as person in so many ways, and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t miss him. He was the greatest man I have ever known, and I am forever grateful to have been lucky enough to call him my dad.

I continue to talk about MY grief journey because it does help me keep his memory alive and, again, it helps me to share with others my experience with the hope that they realize what they are going through/feeling is normal. Much like mental illness, people don’t seem to want to openly talk about grief and their feelings, and I hope to change that.

The first instinct I had after getting past the shock of my dad’s death was simple: I have to protect and take care of my mom. I worried about her for many reasons. She had never lived alone in her entire life. Who would take out the garbage and do some of the tasks around the house that my dad did? Who would take his goldendoodle, Henry, for his daily walks? I hated the thought of her eating her meals alone… will she even be able to eat? I worried about so many things. Because of that I spent most of the two months following my dad’s death at her condo with her. New normals can be very scary, and while I didn’t know how to help her figure out hers, I wanted to be able to support her and just be there for her.

It took me awhile to realize the difference in our losses. I had lost my dad, who was my hero. She had lost her best friend and spouse since 1979. There is a difference, friends.
One of the hardest things to watch as a child is your parent truly lost. I saw that with my mother. She went through the motions of life, and her eyes always looked sad, even when she would smile. My mom is great at putting on a brave face and not complaining, but I could see that sadness day in and day out. It was hard for her to do normal things. Often she was the third or fifth wheel and felt out of place. She turned down different invitations because she just didn’t want to be around people, and I don’t blame her.

I remember a conversation I had with one of my best friends about a year and a half after my dad had died. He asked me if I had thought about what would happen when the time came that my mom started dating. I didn’t really know how I felt, and after that conversation I asked my mom about her desire to date and if she thought she would. Some women (my Grandma Rosie was one) lose their husbands and refuse to seek out love again. I didn’t know her feelings on it, but I wanted to know. She said she was not interested in dating anyone else, but deep down I wondered if she may be afraid to answer any other way.

Shortly after that my mother and I did one of our usual things…we went to see a local medium. I’ve talked about this before on the blog, but I am a huge fan of them and what they have done with where I’m at in the grief process. We always record our readings and share it with each other since only one person at a time sees the medium. During my mom’s reading the medium mentioned that my dad would help orchestrate connecting her with a man from her past. She did not say if it was romantic or not, only that this person was someone from her past. Fast forward to the end of last year.

It was a Friday night and per the usual, I tried to Facetime my mom. She didn’t answer. Immediately I was worried….she always takes my Facetime calls. Shortly after she texted me to let me know she was out with a friend and would call me later. Around 11pm that night she called me back. I could tell by the giddiness in her voice that it wasn’t a friend I knew. Also, 11pm, Mom? What a role reversal….me asking you where YOU have been. Immediately I started an interrogation. Hello, have you met me? I can be kind of intense, and above all….I am protective AF over my mother.

My mom shared she had been out with one of her old classmates, Tom, who I knew of and also knew his family. I thought nothing of it at that point…..until the next day when she said she was going to a holiday celebration with Tom’s family…then the following day when she went out to eat with him. I point blank asked her if they were dating, and she told me they were just friends. I got mad because I felt like she was lying, but deep down I didn’t really know how to process things. I opted not to react and think about things deeper.

The following week my mom and Tom hung out basically every day, so again the conversation came up regarding the dating thing. I asked her on Facetime so she wouldn’t be able to lie to me (I know the lying face, Mom). She stammered around and I think she was truly scared to admit it to me. Between my brother and myself I am clearly the more intense of the two, and I think she thought I would be a hard sell. Surprisingly, I was not.

I really had taken a lot of time to digest that my mom was out in the dating world again after that first “date” with Tom. To be honest, I think all my days focused on personal development helped me get to that moment. When I constantly share with you all the my PD time each day is the most important part of my routine, I’m not lying. I have grown so much as a person because I have chosen to work on the areas in my life where I struggle, and this was proof.

For a long time I was hell bent against my mom even thinking about dating. Fortunately she wasn’t interested in it, but it took me awhile to realize that was me just being selfish. I was the one who didn’t want her to date because I thought it would disrespect my dad. I was the one who didn’t want her to date because in my head I assumed the person would try to take the place of my dad. I was the one who was scared that my mom may start dating and the person would take up all her time and she wouldn’t have time for me. I, I, I……when I thought about my mom dating it all came back to how I FELT.

I want to share with you a few things that helped me accept the situation and hope if you are going through it they help you.

FIVE THINGS I DID TO GO FROM HATEFUL TO GRATEFUL

1. REALIZE THIS IS NOT ABOUT YOU. This is about your parent and their life, and you must make that mindset shift. It’s not about yours. When I started to think about my mom’s life, I knew I wanted one thing for her. I wanted her to be happy again. Like really, truly happy. I didn’t want her living her life just being happy for everyone around her.

2. BE HONEST WITH YOUR CONCERNS. I told my mom straight up that I had two concerns with her dating someone I didn’t know well, and that I was openminded with the situation as long as those two concerns did not come to life. The first concern I had was simple. Would this man come into my life and try to replace my dad? I knew of situations where that had happened, and I was afraid of that being the case. The second concern: I didn’t want whoever came into the picture to disrespect the relationship that my parents did have or my dad in general.

3. UNDERSTAND THAT DEATH WAS NOT A CHOICE. My mom did not choose to be widowed at 56 years old. She did not choose for my dad to die. However, it happened, and as I have said a million times, life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. Death happened to my family. Becoming a widow happened to my mother. She should not be punished by living a long, lonely life as a result of that. She deserves to have happiness and still live life to the fullest. Reacting with an open heart and mind is how you get past a really tough time.

4. REALIZE THAT A NEW RELATIONSHIP DOESN’T TAKE AWAY FROM THE RELATIONSHIP THEY HAD. I know how much my mom cared about my dad. I know how much my mom cares about Tom. Caring about someone new does not take away from the relationship she had with my dad, and for a brief time I was worried about that. It is different, but yes, you can love two people at the same time, and yes, it is ok.

5. READ PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT. I know I already mentioned it, but I have to again. I started reading books and blogs about grief when my dad died. When my mom started dating Tom I started to shift my reading to things related to that subject matter. I wanted to do everything I could to REACT to the situation in a POSITIVE way. YOU MUST DO THAT. You must move forward with your life, not backward.

Yes, I hated the situation initially, but that was fueled by anger. I was still angry that my dad was taken from our family with no notice. It’s important to realize that and confront those emotions head on. Did I cry when my mother told me she was dating Tom? Yes, I did. I hated how I FELT at that moment. I felt instantly that my dad was being erased, but that was the furthest thing from the truth.

I waited a few months before I met Tom face to face. Even though I knew of him and knew his family, it still had been a very long time since I had seen anyone with that last name. I was extremely nervous to meet him, as I am sure he was to meet me after the warnings I KNOW my mother gave him about me. The minute I saw the two of them together all of the nerves and anxiety and fear disappeared. It was apparent how much Tom cared about my mother, and it was apparent how happy he made her. For the first time in years my mom’s eyes were no longer sad. She smiled a little bigger, and her smile was not forced. Most importantly, she seemed to enjoy life again.

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Homecoming attendees back in 1977 to current day. No one has aged a bit. 

Since that day I’ve gotten to spend quite a bit of time with Tom and my mother together. He accompanied us on our family vacation, he’s watched wrestling with me (major points scored there), he was my accomplice for her surprise 60th birthday party earlier this year, and he has welcomed me into his family, too. I have loved getting to know him and thankful he has the same sense of humor as me…..that makes life a lot easier. Beyond that he will listen to me when I talk about my dad and supports me, which means a lot.

I go back to what that medium said long before my mom ever reconnected with Tom. My mom was reconnected with someone who she knew since she was a very young girl…someone who my dad liked and respected….and who liked and respected my dad. That respect also means a lot to me.

I won’t lie when I say there are still some hard moments. I cried when I opened my birthday card this year and saw “Mom and Tom” on the card. I didn’t cry because Tom is in our lives now because I am thankful he is; I cried simply because it was another reminder that my dad wasn’t. Truth be told I will ALWAYS have moments like that, and it has nothing to do with the people who come into my life but everything to do with the simple fact that my life has changed.

I know it is hard to think about your parent being with someone other than the parent you lost. I really never thought I would be happy to see my mom with anyone else. But here I am, crying as I write this because I am so incredibly happy that she has a new form of happiness in her life. She deserves to be happy, and I am grateful she is. There is no simple way to navigate this happening in your own life though, and, much like how we all deal with grief differently, you may feel differently about your parent dating, and that is ok. Again, I share my experience because it helps me heal and also helps others see a different perspective.

Grief is the weirdest thing one can ever go through.

Online dating and those dick pics are a close second though…..thankful my mom avoided that nightmare.

To all my friends struggling with grief this time of year, I’m sending you lots of love, hugs, and strength. I’m always here for you.

And to my mom and Tom…..I love you guys. I’m so happy you have found happiness together ❤ .

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Embrace Fall, y’all!

You don’t have to love Fall and the chilly temps to love this super easy apple tart recipe. It takes only a handful of ingredients, takes very little time to make, and is super versatile. Is this tart a breakfast item? Sure! Dessert? You bet! Tasty snack with a cup of coffee? Ok! I love foods that are flexible like that!

Beyond the simplicity of this recipe comes the presentation. It is one that always wows when I make it and one that most people assume is more challenging than it is to make. So if you are someone who needs a quick dessert or item to take to a potluck and want to appear to be a fancy baker, this apple tart needs to become your go to.

Ingredients:
-1 sheet of frozen puff pastry dough, cut in half
-2 whole apples, cored, cut in half, and sliced incredibly thin
-1 cup of brown sugar
-Juice of 1/2 a lemon
-Dash of salt
-Powdered Sugar
-Caramel Sauce

Preheat oven to 425. Allow the puff pastry dough to thaw enough where it does not break during the unfolding process. Cut in half. Place apple slices in a bowl with lemon juice, brown sugar, and salt, and toss until apples are coated completely. Arrange the apple slices in a straight line down the middle of the pastry, overlapping. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Remove from pan immediately and place on a serving platter. Drizzle with caramel sauce and powdered sugar if desired, or serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

***You can cut the dough into thirds if you would like thinner tarts without as much pastry on the edges.

Tag me on Instagram (@sparklefitnessbabe) if you make this and let me know what you think!

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The finished product: absolutely delicious.

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It’s a Hard Knock Life.

Isn’t it at times though????

A lot of people I know (myself included) are going through a rough patch right now, and while we cannot avoid them in life, there are things that you can do to get through them easier. For me, exercise has always been my #1 go to because of the energy it gives me as well as the happiness and sense of accomplishment. Beyond that, writing has been something that has helped me tremendously, not just with my blog, but with my book and personal journal, too.

Recently I found a writing prompt to help when you are feeling down, and I wanted to share with you all in case you are quietly going through a harder season of life and could use an activity to lift your spirits.

56 Lists to Make When You Are Feeling Down

1. Your life goals.
2. Countries you would like to visit.
3. Stories you would like to write about.
4. Adventures you would like to live.
5. Dreams for the future.
6. Where you would like to live.
7. What you will be doing over the next few years.
8. Things you would like to get.
9. Skills you would like to learn.
10. Wish List.
11. Favorite songs.
12. Favorite jokes.
13. Favorite movies.
14. Favorite tv shows.
15. Favorite books.
16. Favorite places.
17. Favorite food.
18. Favorite restaurants.
19. Favorite places in your town.
20. Favorite quotes.
21. Favorite podcasts.
22. People you love.
23. People who love and adore you.
24. How you met your favorite people.
25. People you would like to meet.
26. What you would like to do with your friends.
27. What you would like to do with your family.
28. People you would like to reconnect with.
29. Things you would like to do with both your friends and family.
30. People who inspire you.
31. Every friends you ever made who made a positive impact on your life.
32. People you don’t know who positively influenced you.
33. Gift ideas for your favorite people.
34. Everything you love about your partner.
35. People who would love to get a piece of mail from you.
36. Date night ideas.
37. Favorite memories.
38. Your best qualities.
39. Bet days you’ve ever lived.
40. Compliments that make you feel amazing.
41. What you like most about yourself.
42. Your most precious possessions.
43. Bucket list of things you would like to do.
44. Things that make you happy.
45. Positive adjectives that describe you.
46. Your values.
47. Favorite ways to relax.
48. Fun things to do at home.
49. Things you are grateful for.
50. Things you are proud of.
51. The scariest things you’ve done.
52. Dreams that have come a reality.
53. Biggest accomplishments thus far in your life.
54. Ways to celebrate your wins.
55. All the things you are good at.
56. Things you are grateful for at this very moment.

Hope those help you <3.

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Something that makes me happy: My puppy Macho Man Randy Savage. 

 

Let’s Hash It Out!

I’m talking about breakfast hash, kids…..just making that clear right now.

Those of you who follow me on social media know I started a new workout program a little over a month ago (I’ll be blogging about that soon), and I was super excited when I saw the nutrition guide and recipes that accompanied it. This sweet potato breakfast hash recipe was one of the recipes I couldn’t wait to try, and based on the response I had when I shared on my IG, you guys are anxious to try it, too!

Want to know the best part of this recipe? It’s a sheet pan recipe….meaning minimal dishes! Everyone loves that! Here’s how to make it:

Sheet Pan Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs

Ingredients:
-2 medium sweet potatoes, cubed
-1 medium onion, chopped
-2 cloves garlic, chopped
-1 red bell pepper, chopped
-1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
-1 cup corn kernels
-2 tbsp +2 tsp olive oil
-1 1/2 tsp chili powder
-1/4 tsp ground cumin
-1/4 tsp smoked paprika
-1/2 tsp sea salt (divided use)
-1/2 tsp ground black pepper
-8 large eggs
-2 tbsp chopped cilantro

How to make:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray, then set aside.

2. Combine sweet potatoes, onion, garlic, red pepper, beans, corn, chili pepper, cumin, paprika, 1/4 tsp salt, tsp pepper, and oil in a bowl, tossing to blend.

3. Place sweet potato mixture on pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes.

4. Create 8 wells in mixture, cracking an egg in each. Season with remaining salt and pepper. Bake for an additional 8-10 minutes or until eggs are set.

5. Garnish with cilantro and serve!

*********A Quick Recipe Change Up***********

I have major issues with egg yolks and have to use egg whites only. I modified this recipe by just omitting the step with the egg wells. Instead, I scrambled my egg whites and mixed them in with the hash mixture after removing from oven. So good!

Tag me on IG if you try it @sparklefitnessbabe!

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Boats and Meatballs.

Confession: I may or may not have been watching Stepbrothers for the millionth time as I wrote this article and considered naming it Boats and Hoes for obvious reasons. Who else loves that part in the movie? Hopefully not just me!

I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting this past few months with recipes and the concept of going vegan, but it hasn’t stuck yet. It all started a few months ago when I accidentally caught a documentary about the treatment of chickens. After that I decided not omit chickens as a protein source and haven’t had any since. I haven’t given up steak or burgers yet, though I am hoping at some point I get there, too. Baby steps…..your girl is a carnivore, remember?????

I have found some great substitutes for meat that I have been enjoying quite a bit, one of those being the meatless meatballs you can find in the grocery section of Aldi. Last week I had them with spaghetti squash pasta, and this week I decided to make a meatball zucchini boat. We all know how much I love a zucchini boat…they are so versatile and a great way to use veggies as a base!

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This recipe was super simple and delicious so I had to share!

Katie’s Meatball Zucchini Boats

Ingredients:
-Meatballs (you can use the meatless meatballs I used or make your own, it doesn’t matter!)
-Zucchini
-Mozzarella Cheese
-Sauce
-Fresh Parsley

I’m not including an amount because it depends how many you want to make or eat in a serving!

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Cut zucchini in half lengthwise, then hollow out inside of zucchini. I recommend saving the innards to make zucchini brownies or muffins!

Step 3: Place zucchini in a dish drizzled with olive oil and Italian Seasoning (You can omit this step if you prefer). Bake for 15 minutes until zucchini is mostly tender. Remove from oven, changing settings in oven from BAKE to BROIL.

Step 4: Mix meatballs if making your own or prepare them if purchased store bought. Once fully cooked, place meatballs in hollowed out zucchini boats.

Step 5: Pour sauce or purchased marinara around the meatballs. You can also mix with meatballs before filling boats if you prefer.

Step 6: Top with mozzarella cheese and broil for about 5 minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve!

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I’m back, bitches!!!

What a hiatus, eh?????

I haven’t posted on my blog since February!!!! But……it’s been for a very good reason. I’M ABOUT TO PUBLISH MY FIRST BOOK!!!! Yeah, you read that right, my first book! Because of that I have been spending all my free time writing and proofing and rewriting and all the fun that goes into writing a book. I cannot tell you how excited I am for it to be finished and out there for the masses.

So my apologies, blog and blog subscribers….that’s why I have been MIA, but do not worry! I AM BACK and will be coming at you with lots of fun recipes and reads here in the near future!

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