Coffee Protein Shake

2020 has definitely started off with a bang at our household. After going in to the dentist on Friday because of some tooth pain, I ended up with one of my four wisdom teeth removed that same morning! And yes, I do need to get the other three removed in about a month after the swelling from this one is gone. If you have had a wisdom tooth removed, you know that you are limited to only soft foods for at least 24 hours. Sometimes the best recipes are made out of necessity. This was absolutely one of them because I woke up on Saturday needing my morning coffee (but I should stay away from hot liquids), and I needed some protein in my system. Lucky for me I had brought some protein powder a few days ago so a coffee protein shake was a must. I drank it up so quickly there isn’t a photo to share because 1) coffee hello! and 2) the cold felt good on my mouth and throat.

I researched a lot of protein powders before selecting the one I did. I ended up going with Bobs Red Mill Whey Protein Concentrate. What I love about it is that it doesn’t have any additional flavor (meaning no added sugars, yay).

Comment below with your go to protein powder!

Ingredients:

  • ½ banana
  • ½ cup cold coffee
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (I used about 2 tablespoons)

Breakfast Meal Prep – Egg Cups

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and now I hope you have some resolutions that you are excited about. I love New Year’s resolutions. What better way to start the year than wanting to improve on your already awesome self! Better yet, what better way to start each month than to create goals for yourself. That is what I try to do. Of course I have my big overarching year resolutions but each month I give myself a mini resolution to do. For January this year it was to get back to planning my boyfriends and mine meals. I was doing great all of 2019 but then October hit and well… our schedules got even busier and the priorities realigned.

I have seen these cute little egg cups recommended as a breakfast meal prep all over pinterest. Truth be told, I had one absolute FAIL about a year and a half ago on egg cups so I have been scared to try them again. Until now! These turned out great! My preference was the Turkey Spinach, but the Italian in me has a soft spot for the Caprese.

Have you made egg cups yet? What ingredients were your favorite combination?

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Rich and Gooey Pumpkin French Toast

Okay everyone, this pumpkin French toast tasted like pumpkin pie filling and I am OBSESSED. It was rich, gooey, crunchy, and exactly what we needed on a beautiful fall day. This french toast bake was the star of our Halloween themed brunch food and I already want to make it again! I found the recipe at foodnetwork.com, so thank you Marcela Valladolid! My recommendation is to make it in a disposable tin. It makes for quick cleanup after the guests leave. Which is perfect because now it’s your time to relax after all the hard work you put in cooking a delicious meal.

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Pumpkin Scones

What is the most quintessential “Fall Flavor” to you? For me it is easily pumpkin. Everything from Pumpkin Cream Cold Brews to Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pumpkin Beers and of course… Pumpkin Scones! For the next few weeks at least, if there is pumpkin flavor, I will be there! For the Halloween themed brunch, a good scone was a must. To add a little extra Halloween flare, I piped “BOO” with the spiced glaze. If I make these again around Halloween, I would definitely put a little dye in the base glaze to add a little extra Halloween vibe to the scone.  

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Savory Stuffed Breakfast Biscuits

This stuffed biscuit does not scream Halloween or even fall but I wanted to create a savory dish for our brunch. If you haven’t already, check out the Halloween Themed Brunch post where I talk about why and how we pulled it off. I would equate the taste of this biscuit to a homemade Jimmy Dean sausage sandwich but in the best way (and I personally love those). This was an easy dish to make and if you want to save even more time, try making the biscuit dough in the food processor!

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Halloween Themed Brunch

I think I’ve raved about brunch before but I can’t help but bring it up again. Another excuse to have breakfast food but a little later in the day? Yes please! Every month my boyfriend’s family rotates houses on brunch. Now that we have our own place, our cute apartment got added to the rotation and we got the month of October. What a perfect opportunity to make a Halloween themed brunch! I’ll post the recipes in the coming days so make sure to keep coming back to see the menu unveiled. Today’s focus is the decorations because every good Halloween party needs the right decorations.

Warning though: I am not a person who loves the frightening side of Halloween… AT ALL. My ideal level of scary is watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” and only listening to the scary movie theme songs with all the lights on. I know, I have the taste of a 5 year old in Halloween scares and I am almost 26! Thankfully, for my sake, our brunch was a mellow take on Halloween decorations.

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Brunch Time – Family Time

Since my boyfriend and I moved in together, we have made a tradition with his family where we rotate brunch once a month at the three houses. This month was our turn and I went a little crazy with food (Hello it involves breakfast food so you knew I would haha). So much so that a majority of my Saturday was spent preparing for Sunday’s brunch. Check out what we made below and comment which treat you would like the recipe for!

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