Healthy Paleo Granola Bars Recipe with Chocolate Chips Close up

Hi LOVElies-

Happy Monday! Have you been in the granola bar/energy bar aisle of the grocery store lately? I seriously spent 30 minutes in one aisle reading the ingredient labels trying to find a healthy Paleo granola bar without preservatives and most importantly all of the added sugar! Ahhh! I am not too proud to admit that having prepackaged granola bars that I can eat on the run is something I rely on for those super busy days that I can’t sit down and make a healthy snack.

But all of these sugary granola bar options are overwhelming…

AND expensive.

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What gives guys?

So this is why I am bringing you a healthy chocolate chip granola bar recipe to add to your meal prep! No added sugar, just cacao nibs or dark chocolate. The dates give this recipe the natural sweetness that you crave without artificial icky-ness. Not to mention that dates have so many health benefits: lots of minerals and vitamins, digestion benefits, even bone strength and cholesterol benefits.

Plus this recipe includes flaxseed and chia which are the hot new ingredients in all the grocery store options. The chia and flaxseed will give you that sustained boost of energy without tanking your blood sugar later.

These granola bars have been my solution to the overwhelming grocery aisle. I am saving money and time spent reading labels in the store.

Best of all…

I have the confidence of feeding my body with real food, and real ingredients all from my kitchen.

Healthy Paleo Granola Bars Recipe with Chocolate Chips

What you will need for your Paleo Granola Bars Recipe

  • 1/2 cup of raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup of raw almonds
  • 10 large medjool dates
  • 1/2  cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons of ground flaxseed or flaxseed meal
  • 1/3 cup of cacao nibs (or dark chocolate 60% or darker!)
  • pinch of seasalt

How to prep your Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

  1. Grab your dates and soak in hot water for about 30 minutes.
  2. While your dates are soaking, throw the cashews and almonds in a food processor, process for a few pulses until roughly chopped.
  3. Throw nuts in large mixing bowl
  4. Drain and remove pits from dates.
  5. Place dates in food processors and pulse until they reach a creamy smooth consistency.
  6. Mix the date paste, nut mixture, coconut flakes, vanilla extract, chia seeds, flaxseed, cacao nibs, and sea salt  until fully combined.
  7. Line a medium sized bread loaf (8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″) with parchment paper
  8. Using your hands, press mixture into the bottoms on the loaf, distributing evenly.
  9. Place in refrigerator for an hour
  10. Cut and serve!

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Meal Prep Tip- Store in air tight container. I usually just seal mine individually in sandwich sized ziplock bags and make sure I have all of the air pressed out. I keep them in the fridge until I need them. Before I start my day, I just throw my granola bar in my bag! Easy enough. No need for an extra container. I can eat it in the car when I am running around knocking out my to-do list.

Thank goodness for healthy car snacks on busy days. Seriously.

Share this recipe with someone you know that lives off of those prepackaged granola bars! It will change their world! I hope you enjoy this recipe guys, I know it is one of my favorites! Leave me a comment below!

Simple and Delicious Enchiladas (Freezer option recipe) final

Hi LOVElies! Guys my recipe today combines my two favorite things… Chicken Enchiladas  + No Dirty Dishes. I know, I know… but it has been such a long week! Doesn’t a girl deserve the right to a delicious dinner without the hard work? I think so!

This recipe has been in my house FOREVER and I can’t believe I haven’t shared it yet! Here it is my famous freezer enchiladas… Ok so they aren’t famous but they are about to be!

So I actually only freeze the chicken and the sauce ahead of time. I tried to freeze fully assembled enchiladas but there is just something about the chicken and tortillas frozen together usually ends up as a mushy disaster. (I told you I have perfected this recipe!)

We make the sauce and chicken ahead of time, store it in freezer bags and then simply put them in the fridge to thaw the day that you are planning to eat them.

When you get home for dinner, all you have to do is assemble, bake, and enjoy.

Plus your only dirty dish is the actual baking dish!

What you need for your Freezer Enchiladas-

  • 2 Gallon Freezer Bags
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons of  ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons of brown sugar
  • 1 pinch of red pepper flakes (optional* for those readers who prefer a little kick!)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup of chicken stock
  • 2 cups of chicken, shredded
  • 1 cup of cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 medium sized flour tortillas
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 lime

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How to prepare your Chicken Freezer Enchiladas for the freezer-

  1. In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, saute the onion, garlic and olive oil until the onions become translucent and the mixture becomes fragrant.
  2. Add to the pan the chili powder, ground cumin, brown sugar, and a pinch of red pepper flakes (for those of you who like your enchiladas spicy!)
  3. Add in tomato sauce and chicken stock. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
  4. Let Cool Completely
  5. Take your two freezer bags and scoop approx. 1 cup of the enchilada sauce into one bag.
  6. In the remaining bag mix together the shredded chicken and remaining enchilada sauce.
  7. Freeze both bags until ready to assemble.

How to assemble your Chicken Enchiladas for dinner:

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  1. Let the two bags (the chicken mixture and straight enchilada sauce) thaw.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375
  3. Pour half of the enchilada sauce in the base of a glass cooking dish (approx. 1/2 cup) to coat the bottom.
  4.  Take one tortilla, fill with a 1/4 cup shredded chicken mixture, about a tablespoon of cheese, a pinch of cilantro and a squirt of lime. Roll and place in baking dish, seam side down.
  5. Repeat with each tortilla.
  6. Pour the remaining 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce over the top of the baking dish and rolled tortillas.
  7. Sprinkle top with remaining cheese and cilantro
  8. Cover with foil and bake for 10-15 minutes. (If your chicken is super cold you may need to increase your baking time!)
  9. Let set for 5-10 minutes
  10. Enjoy!

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I hope these freezer enchiladas serve you well, especially on those crazy days where you need a little TLC.  Tweet at me! Let me know how you like ’em!

 

 

 

 

Turkey Meatball Sub (Cheat Meal)

Hey there LOVElies! I seriously think the key to eating healthy is BALANCE.

If you void yourself of your favorite meals you are making it so difficult on yourself. Why not find healthier versions of your cravings??

One of my favorite sandwiches is a meatball sub, you know with the melted cheese dripping off the sides? Mmm YUM!

Today I wanted to bring you an adapted, healthier option for your favorite sub sandwich. This turkey meatball sub is only about 350 calories per serving and since it has ground turkey meat you are skipping out on the added fat that regular meatballs have.

Honestly I can’t tell  a difference between this recipe and a meatball grinder at my favorite sub shop!! Seriously.

Even Better:

This turkey meatball sub recipe keeps me from cheating on my healthy lifestyle!

This recipe will feed about 6 people and only takes about 30 minutes to whip up. All you working parents out there, this one is a shout out to YOU. Whip this up on a weekday night and a promise there will be no complaints and only empty plates from the kiddos… (and you)

I would serve with a nice side salad with some cool crisp veggies to compliment this warm, gooey deliciousness (and to add another serving of vegetables to your dinner).

Ingredients for Turkey Meatball Sub (Cheat Meal)

What you need for your meatball sub-

  • 1 lb of ground turkey meat
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup of quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons of  Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup of dried breadcrumbs
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 1 24 ounce jar of marinara sauce
  • 1 cup of shredded low fat mozzarella
  • 8 buns of your choice (hot dog buns, hoagie buns, ciabatta rolls)

How to make your turkey meatballs-

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Foil line a pan and spray with non stick spray
  3.  Heat sauce in a sauce pan on low on stove
  4. Combine: turkey, egg, oats, basil, Italian seasoning, Worcestershire, garlic, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper in a large bowl and mix well
  5. Roll into balls about 2 inches wide and evenly spread on foil lined pan
  6.  Cook for 10-15 minutes
  7.  Remove from oven and place with sauce in saucepan

Rolled Balls Turkey Meatball Sub (Cheat Meal)

Assemble that sandwich!-

  1. Turn on broiler
  2. Slice open one edge of your buns
  3. Place meatballs and sauce in your opened bun
  4. Sprinkle with mozzarella
  5. Place on pan and in the boiler
  6. Remove once cheese has melted

Top View Turkey Meatball Sub (Cheat Meal)

If you enjoy meal prepping for dinnertime, you can mix up all the ingredients ahead of time and freeze the meatballs. Just let them thaw and bake as directed! I have even frozen leftover meatballs that were fully cooked and reheated them for a quick one-serving sandwich! Just wait until you are ready to eat before you add the tomato sauce.

More Veggies?

Throw some sautéd onions, mushrooms, or bell peppers on that sandwich. No one is stopping you! (Just send me a picture before you eat it!)

Let me know what you think about this recipe. Am I crazy for thinking these taste the exact same as my favorite meatball sub? Tweet at me! I am dying to hear from you guys.

Turkey Meatball Sub (Cheat Meal)

Happy Eating!