Wednesday, August 13, 2014

wiaw #3 - i miss cereal

I haven’t eaten cereal for breakfast since before my Whole30 back in March. Before then, I ate cereal almost every day. From the other side, I can see how much sugar and empty calories I consumed for the most important meal of the day {and remember how hungry I was by 9 o’clock every morning}. But part of me still misses that yummy - mostly chocolatey - crunch in the a.m.

Enter: granola.

I’ve made it several times before - usually using this easy 5-ingredient recipe from The Honour System. Sometimes things even got a little messy. But when my cereal craving struck last week, I knew I wanted something special {and mostly clean} to satisfy my crunch tooth. And - let me tell you - this recipe is something special.

Homemade Coconut Oil Honey Almond Granola via the Lovely Little Kitchen

All the pros. I had all the ingredients in my kitchen, so it was an easy choice. And anything that uses almond extract gets an A+ in my book. This recipe was easy, used only a few dishes and made my house smell amazing. And, it made enough to eat on all week. What are you waiting for? Go try it now!

Cons: I don’t want to put any cons, but I must warn you… Eat small serving sizes. These healthy ingredients still pack some major calories.

One Pan Mexican Quinoa via Damn Delicious

For starters, the words “one pan” really stick out to me. I’ll take it! The ingredients are also pretty basic, so I could serve this up fast any night of the week when I’m feeling uninspired. The dish wasn’t mind-blowing, but it definitely satisfied if that makes sense. We added some leftover grilled shrimp from the night before. I’ll probably make it again.

Cons: It took a little longer than I thought it would for the quinoa to cook all the way. It wasn’t a huge deal, but it would have been frustrating if I was on a time crunch. It also made A LOT of food, and the hubs and I didn’t eat many leftovers last week.

Easy Clean Crockpot Pulled Pork via Pretty Is As Pretty Does

Pros: This is one of my go-to meals for sure. It’s pretty much a no-brainer recipe. You throw everything in - don’t even worry about measuring - and let it cook all day. I usually serve ours with a sweet potato bun OR on nachos like I did this week.

Cons: Pork can be expensive, but I usually buy a large piece of meat, cut it up into 1-2 lbs each and freeze whatever I don’t use.

Creamy Avocado Pasta with Asparagus & Chicken via The Healthy Foodie

There are so many healthy ingredients in this recipe that it’s almost ridiculous. I’ve been wanting to try to make zoodles forever, and this particular evening I had a lot of time to spend on cooking. This recipe was especially fun because Daniel helped me make it. I love when we cook together. This recipe tasted great and wasn’t particularly hard to make, but it wasn’t worth the work. I think I’ll try zoodles again with a different recipe.

Cons: Like I said, this recipe took some time. It also made way more food than we needed, which is normally good, but we didn’t have time to eat the leftovers before we left for the weekend.

All in all, I think I redeemed myself from last week’s fiascos {yes, plural}, and I think I’m going to look out for some more, less calorie-dense granola recipes.

What’s your favorite granola recipe? Have you ever tried zoodles? 

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