Wednesday, October 5, 2016

High-Protein Pumpkin Recipes

Hey, hey!

Now that’s it’s the second week of October, I think we’re even more obsessed with all things pumpkin. I mean, you walk into Trader Joe’s and, holy cow, pumpkin overload. I actually really love pumpkin, so I don’t mind seeing it everywhere. It’s just all the more reason to eat it, right? I also really love meals and snacks that are both tasty and filling, so creating a round-up of high-protein pumpkin recipes was an easy decision. That said, here are some of my very favorite pumpkin recipes that also just happen to be packed with satisfying protein! Enjoy!!

high-protein pumpkin recipes

Soft & Chewy Pumpkin Protein Balls

No-Bake Pumpkin Protein Bars

Pumpkin Pie Protein Overnight Oatmeal

(Wicked Good) Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

Protein Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

Paleo Pumpkin Muffins



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Is Your Toothpaste Full Of Carcinogens? Check this list…

I do everything I can to take really good care of my teeth – brushing, flossing, regular dental cleanings, and avoiding sticky, sugary candy and soda. Bad teeth and gum health are linked to all sorts of health issues. Not … Continued

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Why the Variety of Your Protein Sources Matters

5-Ingredient Chicken Sausage with Braised Red Cabbage

While attending culinary school years ago, I learned how to make classic braised red cabbage with a lengthy ingredient list, including some foods the average cook doesn’t tend to keep on hand. But that doesn’t mean you should have to miss out on the comfort and deliciousness of braised red cabbage on any night of the week. A little sweet, a little briny, this fall-inspired dish will warm your tummy. The leftovers are even tasty when enjoyed cold when you’re super-hungry and in a hurry.

Red cabbage is a low-cal, low-carb vegetable, and an excellent source of vitamin C.

When selecting chicken sausage, look for “natural” varieties, which are widely available in stores now in different flavors, like apple. My favorite type of chicken sausage for this recipe is savory herb. I like to round out the meal with quinoa pilaf or garlic toast.

5-Ingredient Chicken Sausage with Braised Red Cabbage
Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

12 ounces precooked chicken sausage links (4 links)
1/4 large red cabbage, sliced thin (about 4 cups)
1/2 large red onion, sliced thin (about 2 cups)
1 medium sweet apple, like Gala, peeled and cut into oversized matchstick pieces
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Heat a large pot with a wide base on medium heat. Add 2 teaspoons neutral high-heat cooking oil, like canola, rice bran or grapeseed oil. When the oil is shimmering, add the sausage and brown on one side, about 3 minutes. Turn and brown another side, about 2 to 3 minutes. Turn and brown another side if possible, about 2 minutes. Remove from pan.

Add the cabbage, onion and apple to the pan, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon as the water releases from the vegetables. Cook until wilted, stirring occasionally and reducing the heat to medium-low as needed, about 10 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water (or broth for added flavor, if you have some), vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Place the sausage on top. Cover, leaving slightly ajar. Simmer until the fruit and vegetables become wilted and are fork-tender, about 5 minutes. Slice the sausage on a cutting board and serve over the cabbage.

Per serving: Calories 265; Fat 10 g (Saturated 2 g); Cholesterol 65 mg; Sodium 666 mg; Carbohydrate 28 g; Fiber 6 g; Protein 18 g; Vitamin A 3% DV; Calcium 9% DV; Vitamin C 81% DV; Iron 12% DV

Michelle Dudash is a registered dietitian nutritionist, Cordon Bleu-certified chef consultant and the author of Clean Eating for Busy Families: Get Meals on the Table in Minutes with Simple and Satisfying Whole-Foods Recipes You and Your Kids Will Love.



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Understanding Proper Programming to Get Strong

This, That, and a Cook Smarts Deal!

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^^That’s the face of joy when I told him he could pick out a small toy from the $1 section of a toy store. What you don’t see is the meltdown after he asked for 5 big, expensive toys and I said no. <insert big eye emoji here>

I had a similar meltdown when I made a pumpkin pie smoothie for Mazen this week. “BUT IT’S NOT GREEN!!!” he said with tears in his eyes. I’d consider that an indirect win for spinach 🙂 We’ve been doing  a lot of green smoothies “for our muscles.”

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Raspberries and banana over cranberry clusters cereal from Trader Joes. That was some good cereal!

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For lunch I went to Timbercreek Market one day and had this delicious kale salad with crispy chickpeas.

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Little sea salt chocolate guy for dessert!

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Featured lunch #2 – Ina Garten’s chicken salad with Nut Thins and aged cheddar.

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Mazen had his second official visit to the dentist and got a thumbs up for his white little teeth. You should have seen the smile on his face when the hygienist started raising the chair up!! “Like a space ship!!” he said.

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Please don’t tell his dentist that he put this sugar all over his teeth the day before!

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Dinners this week included a visit to Random Row for pizza with dada.

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This salad topped with leftovers – noodles, steak and cheese.

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And this Cook Smarts Ma Po Tofu dish. I’ve made this one three times now and love it!! Served with kale and basmati rice.

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On the topic of Cook Smarts, they sent me a special discount code to share with you guys, my BFFs! FRIENDSOFKERF will 20% off a meal plan membership between now and October 11. Cook Smarts has been so instrumental getting me organized with my meal planning, grocery shopping, prep days, and cooking. When life gets a little crazy, I always fall back on it! It’s a service I truly believe in.

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That’s a wrap!!



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