Healthy Glazed Peaches Recipe

As promised from yesterday’s post  A Peachy Sunday Morning here is the recipe for Glazed Peaches. It’s dairy free, gluten free, naturally soy free, and sugar free. For the pancake recipe check out Almond-Oat Flour Pancakes. Enjoy, share, and let me know what you think. Happy Monday! 

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In a sauce pan on medium heat mix for 3 minutes:

  • Melt 2 Tablespoons of Coconut oil
  • Add sliced peaches
  • 1 teaspoon stevia

Add the next ingredient in and stir for 1 minute:

  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Add remaining ingredients and simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes:

  • ¼ cup Orange Juice
  • 1/3 cup Water

Remove from heat and let cool so the sauce can thicken.

*Optional

For a slightly thicker sauce you can add ¼ teaspoon Xantham Gum 

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A Peachy Sunday Morning

Started my day off with some yoga per my usual morning ritual and ended my morning making Chocolate Chip Almond-Oat Flour Pancakes with glazed peaches and reading some film scripts in bed. Who knew peaches and chocolate chips would make such a good combo. I will be posting the recipe for the sugar-free glazed peaches later, so keep an eye out for it. The recipe for the Almond-Oat Flour Pancakes is already up. It’s a great clean alternative to gluten-free pancakes, packed with protein, and good for anyone wanting to stay fit without the guilt of carbing up. Just click the link and feel free to share via Pinterest, Facebook, Tumblr, Google +, etc. by using the bottom buttons below. Don’t forget to submit to be in next month’s Blogger Spotlight. Hope you’re having a peachy Sunday.

Reading scripts & breakfast in bed

Enjoy Life Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Chips

Enjoy Life Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Chips

How to Cook Juicy Pork Tenderloin in Under an Hour

The key to making a juicy pork tenderloin lies in the technique, and the steps are really simple.

For a 2lb. Pork Tenderloin:

  • Sear for ~ 10 minutes
  • Bake for ~ 40 minutes

* ~ approximate, depending on the heat range of your stove

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1) You’ll want to set your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and your stovetop to medium-high heat.

2) Season your pork tenderloin as you usually would and coat with oil.

3) Sear all sides of your pork tenderloin in a deep pan for 10 minutes or until it achieves a nice color to it. Add a little water to the pan to keep the meat from sticking and to prevent it from over drying.

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4) Place into your oven and bake for about 40 minutes or until the internal temperature of your tenderloin is 145 degrees Fahrenheit. I like to add in onions, potatoes and 1/8-1/4 cup of water to keep the pork moist in the oven.

The key to a juicy pork tenderloin is to not overcook the meat or it will dry out. If your pork is just a hint of pink that is fine. If pink doesn’t sit well with you, you can leave the tenderloin in the oven for an extra 10 minutes.

5) Take out the pork and let it rest with aluminum foil over the top.

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I like to pair my pork with glazed peaches and Weber’s Barbecue Sauce. It’s gluten-free and has no high fructose corn syrup.

Cured on a Film Set?

Earlier this past week I was filming on set for a short which explains my lack of posts since Monday. But I’m back.

In the film world, as they say, early is on time, on time is late. Filming is a perpetual game of ‘hurry up and wait’. Setting up, breaking down set, moving camera equipment, and multiple takes later you’re still running out of time…and film. So back to my ‘cure’.

Behind the scenes

 I have an on-going list of food allergies so I basically eat clean and am very careful with what I put in my body. When craft services asked me about my food allergies on set, I didn’t want to burden anyone and list out my ridiculous list, so I just stated the major ones like peanuts and seafood. I figured I would just bring my own snacks and cross my fingers that the day’s catered lunch wasn’t going to make me sick or cause me to break out in hives.

My first day on set my skin was slightly broken out in eczema so I was careful with how I ate. The three days of shooting after that I ended up leaving my snacks at home and started eating the food on set just to see if my immunity had improved since I had been avoiding those foods for so long. Not only did my skin NOT break out, but it cleared up completely. The only reasoning I can think of why my skin healed and why I didn’t get sick was because my stress levels were virtually non-existent. I was doing what I loved. Outside of acting, I work a traditional corporate job and with it comes a large amount of stress. Stress I didn’t realize was affecting my autoimmune disease until this week. So I’m starting to think stress has more to do with my food allergies than the foods itself. It’s an important revelation that’ll help me continue healing on my journey. Just goes to show your mind is much stronger than your body.

This post is a part of Fiesta Friday on The Novice Gardener

Egg Burrito

I’m not a big morning person. I’ll usually set my alarm a good two hours before I have to leave the house for work, because that’s literally how long it takes for me to stop wrestling with my sheets and get myself ready. And when I am up, I’m frantically trying to make up for the time I spent under the covers. One thing I make sure I never do is skip breakfast. I need my eggs, potatoes, oatmeal, fruits, and nuts ALWAYS. Eggs are sometimes hard to take on the go, but not unless it’s a burrito.

The best way I’ve found to make a egg burrito is to cook the omelet, which will become the ‘tortilla’ on medium-low heat and about half way through cover the pan with a lid so the steam cooks the top of the omelet. When the top isn’t as runny anymore just flip to cook both sides evenly. Wrap in parchment paper or aluminum foil and you’re good to go.

Egg burrito, spinach, onions, tomatoes, red bell peppers, crushed red peppers, homemade hashed potatoes, natural cheese

Egg burrito, spinach, onions, tomatoes, red bell peppers, crushed red peppers, homemade hashed potatoes, natural cheese

Really That’s How Raspberries Actually Taste?

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I’ve never been the type to hop on a health craze bandwagon, organics included. As long as I know something is as natural as possible without being too genetically modified then I’ll buy it. You can’t even trust labels nowadays, everything is a dupe. I picked up some organic raspberries for the first time to have in my daily morning oatmeal and honestly I didn’t know raspberries could taste so—good! I’ve always liked raspberries, but organic raspberries are taste like another breed. Well, I guess they technically are. They’re firm, not mushy, have a great subtle sweetness to them rather than being too tart. It’s safe to say, I don’t think I’ll be going back to ‘regular’ raspberries anytime soon. Makes me wonder, what else have I been eating that’s not suppose to taste how I’m used to it tasting.

Happy Monday!

Turkey Muffin Recipe

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These little muffins are perfect for when you’re on the go, breakfast, or for a pre-workout snack. They’re packed with protein, gluten-free oats, and healthy vegetables. When I’m in a rush and have very little time to eat something, I’ll usually have a batch of these made and stored away for the week in my fridge. This recipe yields about 16 muffins.

Servings: 16 muffins

Per muffin:

86.5 calories

3 g fat

5 g carbs

9 g protein

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (218 Celsius)

Bake for ~ 40 minutes

Ingredients

2 lbs. Lean ground turkey

1 cup Ground Gluten-Free Oats

4 eggs

1 cup Bell peppers

1/2 cup white onion

2 celery stalks

2 scallions

1 teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoons Garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon Red crushed peppers

1 teaspoon black pepper

2 Tablespoons Weber’s All-Natural Gluten Free BBQ Sauce (optional)

Chop all your vegetables. I like to use a vegetable press. It cuts my chopping time by more than half the time, and not to mention saves me the hassle of dealing with those pesky onions. No tears for this girl.

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Throw the oats into a small blender so it becomes Oat Flour

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Combine all your ingredients

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Optional: I like to add Weber’s All-Natural Gluten Free BBQ Sauce for a slight mesquite flavor

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Enjoy by itself or in a meal. I like pairing them with sweet potato fries and steamed broccoli!IMG_0258

More Fats For Breakfast..Is Good For You?

So you want to build muscle and burn fat. Ok, so eat less fat right? Wrong. Just like you need carbs for fuel, you need fat for energy as well. Breakfast sets the tone for the rest of your day, and this is usually how I start mine along with a protein green juice on the go.

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Two Medium Hashed Potatoes, Four Eggs, 1 Cup of Gluten Free Oatmeal, 1/4 Cup of Almonds, Fruit

A Skinny Person’s Lament

I’m probably about 10 lbs lighter now than I was a few years ago, and my weight took even more of a nose dive when I started eating strictly clean to the point where I had to stop working out because I was afraid I was going to look like a 12 year-old. No offense to 12 year-olds. If your goal is to lose weight, this is probably an ideal scenario for you. For me not so much. Mind you I have a pretty fast metabolism and an autoimmune disease,  gaining weight, especially trying to gain muscle weight is hard when eating a clean low-fat diet all the time. Food allergies are a curse and a blessing sometimes. Sigh.

Feed Me

So where is all that weight going to come from to make my gains? More calories and FAT for breakfast! I make sure my fats come in the right form of course, ex: almonds, flax seeds, fish, olive oil, avocados, and eggs. Binge eating on sugary, saturated foods like junk food is never the way to go. This  site goes into more detail here under Don’t Forget The Fat .

 

An Un-Motivational Monday…

If someone finds my motivation please return it back to me, please and thank you. Post turkey left-overs from the Thanksgiving holidays has left me sluggish for the past week. I’ve been in kind of a lazy funk and I blame the tryptophan for my lack of motivation to do anything.

Food, brother, best friend, center piece I made

Feast, brother, best friend, center piece I made

And so this is not a total waste of a post on me ranting about how un-motivated I’ve been, here’s some things that are motivating…

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To get your BUTT in shape literally…my old roommate and I swear by this!

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Easy peas-y lemon squeez-y...cut up your fruit for the week and store away

Easy peas-y lemon squeez-y…cut up your fruit for the week and store away

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Don’t forget to eat your greens!