Category: Recipes

Healthy Popcorn Snack – Less Prep Time than Butter Popcorn

Delicious popcorn with my movies is something I could never live without. But buttery crunchy, poofy goodness is not exactly compatible with a healthy lifestyle. And because I have to continue eating this for the rest of my life, I had to come up with a healthy popcorn snack.

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Tools for Healthy Popcorn Snack

Before you start, there is a tool you need. You need a hot air popcorn popper. This kind is important because air doesn’t add any calories and still gets the popcorn out of its kernel state.


I included all the ingredients I use. You could also substitute the Pam for an Olive Oil spray. I just haven’t tried it, but I think that would work fine and be a little healthier.

 

How to Make Healthy Popcorn Snack

Pour a 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels into the hot air popcorn machine. As the popcorn is coming out in the bowl, spray each layer of popcorn with the Pam. Usually I have about 3 layers.

Then sprinkle with sea salt. It is very important to use sea salt instead of regular salt. Iodized table salt is granular and doesn’t stick as well. Sea salt is more of a powder. When you sprinkle it, just rub it between your thumb and index finger. It will stick to the fine layer of Pam sprayed on the popcorn.

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Husband Approved, but not Husband Adored

Austin likes this okay, but if truth be told, he would much prefer big globs of butter. He suggested spraying more of the Pam and adding more salt. You’ll have to play around with your own portions for taste.

With a little adjusting, I think Austin and I will have a healthy popcorn snack that we both adore, but for now, it is just approved.

I’m all about full-disclosure.

 

I have more yummy snacks to share with you too.

Potato Wedges

Spicy Fry Sauce

Power Protein Pancakes – A Staple for Healthy Eating

When it comes to healthy eating, Power Protein Pancakes are a staple for me. They’ve got protein, complex carbohydrates and fruit.

I’d be curious if adding some spinach to it would give you some added vitamins too without sacrificing flavor.

The Power Protein Pancakes recipe is SO easy. I will literally just block off a couple of hours to make 6 batches or so of this. Because once they are in pancake form, I just pop them in some gallon ziplocks and keep them in the fridge. To reheat them, just put them in a toaster.

They never get soggy and they never dry up. My husband likes these better than regular pancakes for that reason.

power protein pancakes with strawberries

Power Protein Pancakes

Ingredients:

3 eggs
1 cup oats
1 cup cottage cheese
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

Dump everything in a blender and blend. Use batter like regular pancake batter.

 

Healthy Topping Ideas

I like to put Unsweetened Apple Sauce on it and it is a perfect, healthy meal that I can eat a lot of. I usually make a ton of this recipe and then I have a really easy meal every morning when I wake up. There are so many yummy toppings that are also healthy. Try to skip the Maple Syrup and go for one of these instead!

  • Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  • Healthy Fruit Syrup
  • Honey
  • Peanut Butter
  • Almond Butter
  • Bananas
  • Cinnamon

Eating Healthy can be a challenge, but having some sure fire foods around the house at all times will guarantee a more successful venture. When we are trying to eat healthy, we always try to have easy-to-grab healthy food on hand at all times. Power Protein Pancakes are one of those things.

Give them a try and if you find more delicious things to add then please put your ideas in the comments below. New tips and secrets are always great from allies in the pursuit of health.

For more healthy recipes from One Helluva Homemaker!

Creamy Crab Pasta – Healthy & Delicious

Lately, I have been trying to come up with healthy, delicious recipes because my body is just not shedding weight as quickly as it has in the past. Creamy Crab Pasta not only is delicious, but it is also super healthy, despite it’s naughty sounding name.

This is not only one of my favorites, but it is husband approved. There are few recipes that get my husband to rave about it and then to be stuck in a dilemma. Eat it all now, or save it so that he can enjoy it again tomorrow?

So, because I want this to be super easy for you, the recipe is below. I’ll add pictures when I make it again. But, delicious!

If you’re into not having to go grocery shopping, I included all of the available ingredients from Amazon Pantry down below.

 

Creamy Crab Pasta

Ingredients:

  • Wheat Pasta (Spaghetti works great)
  • Salt
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 4 Tablespoons Flour
  • Crab or Imitation Crab
  • 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Minced Garlic Cloves
  • Red Pepper Flakes

Directions:

Fill up a pot with water and salt it. Heat on stovetop until boiling.

1. Crab of the Creamy Crab Pasta

While it is heating up, Pour 4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil in a frying pan on low heat. Saute minced garlic until it starts to sizzle. Put crab or imitation in with garlic and allow the crab to absorb the garlic flavor.

2. Creamy of the Creamy Crab Pasta

Also, while waiting for pot of water to boil. Pour 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Mix in 4 Tablespoons of flour or until it starts to form a paste.

Once a paste has formed, pour in milk. Allow it to heat up until it thickens. Add in salt and pepper to taste and the red pepper flakes.

3. Pasta of the Creamy Crab Pasta

After the salted water has started boiling, pour in pasta and cook al dente.

Creamy Crab Pasta

Put the pasta on your plate first, then the cream sauce and then the sauteed crab on top. Spicy, creamy, sweet, delicious.

I included the Lindt chocolates, because first of all, DELICIOUS! Second of all, Stracciatello happens to be one of my husband’s favorite gelato flavors from Italy. And since this is Italian… enjoy your indulgence!

For a delicious Healthy Dessert!!!

Chocolate Protein Ice Cream Recipe – Craving Quencher!

Husband Approved!

This Chocolate Protein Ice Cream is super healthy AND super delicious. And I’m not trying to brag, it’s just a fact. My husband likes it! If you know anything about my husband, you will know that he turns his nose up at any food that might be labeled as “healthy”. He even said the words, “that’s really good!”

Just to make sure I heard right, I said, “It’s healthy…”

“It’s still really good.”

Chocolate Protein Ice Cream
I would have made it all beautiful for you, but I was too busy eating it. Sorry.

Lately, I’ve been trying to eat super healthy and work out. Yep, it was part of a New Years Resolution. Guess what? It’s March and despite the minimal progress I have made, I am STILL doing it. So, that either makes me dedicated or it means I just can’t take a hint.

But along the way, I have had to create some delicious healthy recipes just to keep myself from going insane. Because, even though I am only eating healthy 6 days a week, sometimes I still find myself craving something naughty.

Out of everything I have made, Chocolate Protein Ice Cream is the best Craving Quencher I have created.

Step by Step with Resources

If you have everything and just want the recipe, it is located at the bottom for your referencing convenience. Also, as far as allergens go, this has nuts and dairy.

For the rest of you, who like pictures or perhaps need to be pointed in the right direction for your food products, this is for you.  If you want to look at the specifics of the products, just click on it and it will open the product on Amazon in a new tab, that way you don’t even have to leave your house to get what you need.

First Thing You Need: Food Processor

I absolutely love it. And it’s on sale right now! It has seriously been a lifesaver and it’s WAY cheaper than all of the other ones I looked at. AND it has a shredder and slicer that goes with it! I didn’t know that when I bought it. Anyways, I digress.best food processor for chocolate protein ice cream

 

Use a food processor and put in 2 bananas. Frozen or fresh, doesn’t matter. I usually keep a bunch of bananas on hand in the freezer so I don’t have to worry about them going bad. If they’re frozen, put your hand on the lid because the whipping of the food processor might be a little violent until the bananas get broken up.

Almond Milk

I haven’t tried this with regular milk. I’d be curious if it would be just as good, but the nice thing about almond milk is you can keep it in your cupboard until you open it. That way you don’t have to worry about fridge real estate.

almond milk for chocolate protein ice cream

So, you just need 1 cup of almond milk for Chocolate Protein Ice Cream. Pour it in with the pureed bananas.

Chocolate Whey Protein Powder

There are SO many options of protein powder on the market right now. It’s honestly a little ridiculous. Here are some of the ones I have either tried or are highly rated, just to try and narrow it down a little bit for you. Honestly, get whatever one looks the best to you, it makes no difference on this recipe because the protein powder is only a necessary additive for the protein.


Put 2 scoops of the Protein Powder of your choice in with the bananas and almond milk.

Cocoa Powder

I absolutely LOVE chocolate. I think that is what I have missed the most as I have been trying to eat healthy, so obviously I had to create Chocolate Protein Ice Cream so I could still have chocolate and not feel guilty about it. The cocoa powder is a key ingredient. I used the King of affordable chocolate.

Because who can say no to Hershey’s? Four Tablespoons of Cocoa Powder go in your concoction. This ingredient is why it satisfies that craving for chocolate, because it has ACTUAL chocolate in it!

Now, blend all of this together, the powders may fly up in the food processor. It will settle as you blend. If you have the same processor as me, you can use the side scraper to make sure everything mixes and it is not sticking on the side.

Once it is well mixed, time to add the final ingredient.

Nuts

Take your pick of a delicious nut to add to the ice cream. I like the harder nuts. When I made it the first time I used cashews, but I just bought some almonds and I can’t wait to try that. I think it will taste even better! Adding nuts is important because it gives a little bit of a different texture for you. Seriously it makes it so good!


Put 1/2 cup of nuts in the food processor and pulse it just enough to chop the nuts a little bit. You don’t want to puree the nuts.

Freeze

Let the Chocolate Protein Ice Cream freeze over night. When you are ready to eat it, take it out of the freezer for a little bit (mine took about 15 minutes) and it was a little soft and perfect. I just dig right in! Yum!

 

Chocolate Protein Ice Cream

Chocolate Protein Ice Cream Digging inIngredients:

  • 2 Bananas
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • 2 Scoops Chocolate Whey Protein Powder
  • 4 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 cup Nuts of your Choice

Directions:

Blend all ingredients except the nuts together until everything is pureed and mixed together well. Next, add the nuts and chop just enough to get the nuts chopped up.

Freeze overnight and when you are ready to eat, let it sit out of the freezer for 15 minutes to soften.

 

If you try it out, please leave a comment and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Spicy Fry Sauce – Easy, Healthy & Delicious

The Art of Eyeballing

Here is the delicious Spicy Fry Sauce recipe as promised! On this particular recipe, I don't really have set measurements. You're going to have to use your mouth and just test varying levels of spiciness. It is better if you can just learn to eyeball it because that means less dishes later.

For your convenience, I included pictures of all of my eyeballing amounts so you have a general idea on how much of each ingredient to include to make your Spicy Fry Sauce. And if you really can't handle the eyeballing, I put more specific measurements at the bottom of the recipe for you.

Moderately Healthy

Because I'm not allowed to have ketchup in my current diet, I had to create something just as yummy. Well, this is WAY yummier than just ketchup. Prepare to be content eating 'healthy'.

The only problem is, there is some fat... so you probably shouldn't gorge yourself, like I did yesterday when I literally ate the whole pan of potato wedges myself.

Ingredients-for-spicy fry sauce

Ingredients

-Low Fat Mayo (I used Avocado Oil Mayo)
-Sriracha Sauce
-Cayenne Pepper

Preparation

1. Put Mayo in a resealable container. This is important so you have more for later. I like to create as little work as possible, so if you have some saved for your next yummy snack, it will save you time the next time around.

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Squirt in some Sriracha. I just squirt until it looks like I have a sizable dollop.

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Mix the Sriracha in. This should create a light pinkish, orange color.

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I like it to be spicy, so I add quite a bit of the cayenne pepper. Add as much as you want for as much spice as you want. The more you make it, the less you will have to taste test it.

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Last Step: Consume your delicious spicy fry sauce with some Potato Wedges or maybe some Healthy Hamburgers.

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Spicy Fry Sauce Recipe (Exact Measurements)

-1 cup of Mayo
-1/8 cup Sriracha
-1 Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper

Mix all ingredients together. Taste test for spiciness and enjoy!

Potato Wedges – Easiest After School Snack Ever!

The Perfect, Laziest Potato Wedges Ever!

Guys, I don't mean to brag... maybe a little... but I think I Finished-potato wedgeshave laziness down to an art form. If there is a way to cut corners, I do it. I didn't think that I had time to make the perfect potato wedges, until I took a bunch of short cuts and STILL made the perfect potato wedges! 

They are so delicious and nutritious. Since I'm trying this whole, eat healthy and improve myself physically New Years Resolution, I am trying desperately to find delicious snacks with yummy foods. Potatoes are a great complex carbohydrate that can make you still feel like you're eating comfort food! It literally took me 10 minutes to do the prep and that's including a diaper change in the middle of it. 

Instructions & Ingredients are all listed together below for ease of use. No Allergens.

Ingredients

 

Instructions

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. 

2. Spray pan with cooking spray. 

3. Cut potatoes into 8 piece wedges. 

4. Lay potato wedges on the greased pan.

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5. Spray the top of the potato wedges with the cooking spray. 

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6. Sprinkle Salt and Seasoning on the top of the sprayed wedges.

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7. Cook at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

8. Pull them out of the oven and enjoy them with my delicious fry sauce recipe

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Potato Wedges for Mom

Mom-eating-her-own-potato wedgesI know I said these were a great after school snack for the kids... and they are. Just pop them in the oven an hour before they come home. But, really, these are a great during the day snack for me.

These wedges are the perfect amount of savory and sometimes I end up eating way more than I should. Like, just now I ate the entire pan while my kids were napping... I guess it's time to make some more!

For my Spicy Fry Sauce Recipe, click here

In the comments below, let me know how you liked the wedges and if they are as kid friendly as I think they are!

 

 

An Even Easier Way!

Look at this super sweet potato wedge cutter!! I am super excited about this because I am way too lazy to cut a potato into eights all by myself. I am always looking for ways to simplify my life. Now cutting up those wedges can be easier than ever!

Easiest Potato Wedges Ever

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Spray pan with cooking spray. 
  3. Cut potatoes into 8 piece wedges. 
  4. Lay potato wedges on the greased pan.
  5. Spray the top of the potato wedges with the cooking spray. 
  6. Sprinkle Salt and Seasoning on the top of the sprayed potato wedges
  7. Cook at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
  8. Pull them out of the oven and enjoy them with my delicious fry sauce recipe! 

Easy Chicken Recipe! Perfect for the Lazy People in the World like Me

The Easy Chicken Recipe is one of my absolute favorites because I am so, so, so lazy sometimes. I don't want to spend forever in the kitchen. Aside from just not being a gourmet chef, I can't usually be in the kitchen longer than 5 minutes without a child running in asking for help with something. I also live a very unplanned life. I'm lucky if I get my kids to get to bed on time for naps and at night.

So, it is essential that I have a Go-To Easy Chicken Recipe that can work for anything. It could be used as a stand alone entree. The chicken is an excellent addition to mashed potatoes or vegetables. I love to cook more than I need and shred the extra so that I have a lot of meat for sandwiches, soups or other yummy meals throughout the week.

Easy Chicken Recipe without step by step pictures is below for your convenience.

No Known Allergens.

finished easy chicken recipe with spices on top and still on the pan.

The last thing I want to see when I have forgotten that my children and husband might want something to eat, is recipes that take forever or that require my vigil at the frying pan. I want an easy, healthy recipe that frees me up to do other things. Ta-da! Easy chicken recipe at your feet.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put desired amount of chicken breasts on the pan and drizzle olive oil on top of each one. Sprinkle with salt and garlic powder.

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Put in the oven for ten minutes. Then flip over the chickens and heat for another 15 minutes. Make sure the chicken is not pink in the middle.

(If you are feeling super lazy and want a super easy chicken recipe, don't worry about flipping the chicken over. It'll all get cooked if you just leave it in there long enough. I'd say at least a total of 30 minutes. Just make sure it's not pink in the middle.)

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I like to get two forks and shred the chicken. Just stab your fork into a piece of the chicken you wish to shred and place the other fork next to it. Pull the 'unstabbed' fork away from the stabbed one in the direction of the threads. I like to do a lot of chicken at the beginning of the week, shred it and then have cooked chicken to go in yummy meals all week.

Ingredients for Easiest Chicken Recipe Ever!

-Tin Foil (for easy cleanup)
-Olive Oil
-Chicken Breasts
-Salt
-Garlic Powder (opt)

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How to Prepare Easiest Chicken Recipe Ever

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cover pan with tin foil. Put desired amount of chicken breasts on the pan and drizzle olive oil on top of each one. Sprinkle with salt and garlic powder.

Put in the oven for ten minutes. Then flip over the chickens and heat for another 15 minutes. Make sure the chicken is not pink in the middle.

I like to get two forks and shred the chicken. Just stab your fork into a piece of the chicken you wish to shred and place the other fork next to it. Pull the 'unstabbed' fork away from the stabbed one in the direction of the threads. I like to do a lot of chicken at the beginning of the week, shred it and then have cooked chicken to go in yummy meals all week.

Healthy Pasta Carbonara in Just 20 Minutes! – Super Easy

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Easy, Fast, Kid Friendly

Healthy Pasta Carbonara is, of course, a bit redundant. The Italians know how to cook delicious, healthy food that needs no tweaking.

This is merely an attempt to provide more nutrients, eliminate some of the fat and provide you with a SUPER EASY recipe that your husband and kids will love.

As you will come to know, I believe that a recipe worthy of posting online is one that is super fast, easy and healthy....maybe unhealthy sometimes. You've got to have a little treat every now and then. I've posted the recipe at the bottom again for your ease of use.

Allergen Info:
Contains-wheat, eggs & dairy if you add the cheese

How to Make Healthy Pasta Carbonara

Fill up a large pot with water, salt it and place it on top of a burner on high.

While water is heating up, pour some olive oil on a frying pan. Turn the heat to medium low.

Usually while the oil and water are heating, I chop up ham. You can use deli ham. In the picture below I'm using a ham steak. It really doesn't matter what kind of ham you want to use.

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Once the oil has had a chance to heat up a little bit, dump the chopped onions or minced garlic in and heat until the onions are soft or the garlic is sizzling. At that point, dump in the cut up pieces of ham and allow the bacon to cook.

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Put wheat spaghetti into boiling water. Cook Al Dente. While this is happening, just allow the ham and garlic to keep simmering together. It will start to bubble and look foamy creating a perfect symphony of flavor.

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Drain the water from the spaghetti pot when it has cooked so that there is just barely a crunch when you taste the spaghetti (al dente). IMMEDIATELY, dump the spaghetti back in the pot and crack the eggs into the steaming hot pasta. Stir the spaghetti, coating it all with the eggs.

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There will be little bits of cooked eggs throughout the pasta. Pour the olive oil, bacon and onions into the pot with the pasta as well. Stir. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
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Healthy Pasta Carbonara

-1/4 cup chopped onions OR 2 minced garlic cloves
-Olive Oil
-Ham (desired amount-cut into pieces)
-Wheat Spaghetti
-3 Eggs
-Parmesan Cheese

Fill up a pot with water. Salt the water. Bring to boil.

While water is heating up, pour some olive oil on a frying pan, dump the chopped onions in and heat until the onions are just starting to get soft. Dump in the cut up pieces of ham and allow the bacon to cook.

Put wheat spaghetti into boiling water. Cook Al Dente. Drain the water. IMMEDIATELY, dump the spaghetti back in the pot and crack the eggs into the steaming hot pasta. Stir the spaghetti, coating it all with the eggs. There will be little pieces of cooked eggs throughout the pasta.

Pour the olive oil, bacon and onions into the pot with the pasta as well. Stir.

Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese.