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Easy Peasy Split Pea Soup

OK I did not take great photos of this, and it really doesn’t photograph well, but it tastes so good, so savory and comforting! And it is SO EASY.

Here I am on week 3 of maternity leave, and to be honest, I rushed all the preparations I wanted to make before baby into the first 2 weeks, due to an urgency I felt that this little boy would come about 2 weeks early! Reason being, both my husband and I were born 2.5 weeks before our due dates! However, we are almost at 39 weeks and little guy is still cozily tucked away, and I find myself with, gasp, free time! So I decided it is time to rebuild healthy habits, both for $$ saving while I’m off work for several months, and for that postnatal nutrition that will hopefully fuel effective breastfeeding! That being said, my energy levels are pretty low, and I know they will be even lower when I’m sleep deprived a few weeks from now, so the goal tonight was an easy recipe I can replicate when I’m exhausted but need hydrating nourishment! This one was pretty darn easy. I used my instant pot and a carton of veggie broth from the store. All you need:

-1 carton (4 cup) of broth of choice

-1.3 cups split peas (i had a mix of yellow and green)

-2 large bay leaves

-3 cups water

-2 large shallots, chopped

-2 cloves garlic, chopped

-1 large stalk celery, sliced

-1 very large carrot, sliced

-salt 1/3 tsp

-pepper 1/3 tsp

-basil/oregano, dash each

-random garlic/herb seasoning, dash

-earth balance/butter/coconut oil for sauté

OK, so all I did was sauté the veggies in some earth balance on the sauté feature on the instant pot for a few minutes until shallots were becoming translucent. Then, I added my herbs/seasoning, carton of broth, water, and split peas. Then I closed the instant pot and put it on bean setting for 20 minutes and used slow release setting. THAT IS LITERALLY IT. And this was so savory and delicious and hydrating, and healthy! I served it with some cornbread I had bought earlier today off the salad bar at Whole Foods, and this meal was SO filling!

I will definitely remember this when I need an easy meal this winter! You could easily add so many other veggies, any type of potatoes, greens, and even some whole grains. Enjoy!

Golden Sautéed Chicken

You could always do this same thing but with Tempeh/Tofu, it is so super easy!! Because with these you put in the work on the front end cutting the chicken up into nice stir fryable pieces, these cook up quickly and turned out nice and juicy! I used a rather eclectic blend of seasoning that turned out very tasty!

I used:

1.24 lbs chicken breast tenders, cut into 1 in chunks
Coconut oil spray

Salt, 1/4 tsp

Pepper, 1/4tsp

Crushed red pepper, 1/8 tsp

Garlic powder/onion powder, 1 tsp

Dill, 1 tsp

Basil/oregano, 1/2 tsp

Turmeric, 1 tsp

Ginger powder, 1/2 tsp
Literally all I did was put the chicken chunks in a large bowl then add all the spices above. Garlic powder, turmeric, and dill were the heaviest in amounts, and then tossed it all well to ensure even coating. Then I sprayed a cast iron skillet with coconut oil and heated to medium and cooked the chicken about 3 to 4 minutes on each side until no longer pink. FLatter pieces of chicken will cook up more quickly, so just keep an eye on those, letting plumper pieces cook longer. That is it!! Makes easy meal prep for the week! Serve with veggies of choice or I recommend serving over some sweet potato noodles and sautéed veggies!  
   
    
    
    
    
 

Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie

Simple and delicious, I pretty much make a fruit and protein smoothie every day for myself and my guy. It is an easy way to get out the door and know you’ll have fuel for your busy morning! This one is a classic standby, strawberries and banana are never wrong together, a happy pair 🙂 I added a hint of orange for some added zest, you could use any kind of tangerine or orange!

Simply Blend:
2 scoops Soylent (or vanilla protein powder of choice)
4 cutie tangerines
Frozen strawberries, 8oz
Fresh bananas 2

Optional add ins:
Vanilla extract
Fresh mint garnish
Shredded coconut garnish
Cinnamon

Serves 2
Enjoy!

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Chocolate Coconut Protein Cookies (Flourless)

These healthy cookies are slightly crisp on the outside, soft and chewy inside! Not too sweet, great texture with the coconut, very satisfying, and best right out of the oven! You could actually refrigerate them for a no-bake cookie option like little cookie bites, but I prefer them baked. They are actually sweeter un-baked, so see what you think, but I love the mellow taste and yummy texture baked.

First put in a food processor:
1/2 cup dates (5-6 large medjool)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup raw walnuts
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbs cocoa powder
1/4 cup applesauce

Puree into a creamy chocolate pudding texture.

Pour into a bowl and stir in:
2tbs ground flax
1tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup shredded coconut
1 scoop french vanilla vega protein powder
2 tbs chia seeds
1 cup rolled oats
pinch baking soda
pinch salt

Combine well, roll into little balls and place on non-stick cookie sheet. Bake at 350 F for 12-15 min and enjoy! I like mine a little crispier, but start with 12 min and then see. They make good work snacks/ portable breakfast, etc!

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