Chocolate Banana Almond Smoothie

Years ago I was visiting friends in Bakersfield, California.  During our visit we went to an old-fashion ice cream parlor and there I had something that amazed my taste buds – A George Special Milkshake.  It had banana, chocolate, nuts and was crazy good.

Chocolate Banana Almond Smoothie

I have taken those flavors and turned them into a protein smoothie.

Chocolate Banana Almond Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup Silk Almond/Coconut Milk or milk of your choice
  2. 1 serving of vanilla protein powder
  3. 3/4 of a frozen banana, cut in pieces
  4. 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  5. 1/2 Tbsp of Almond Butter
  6. 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  7. 5-6 Ice Cubes
  8. Sliced Raw Almonds to garnish, if desired
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except sliced almonds and blend until smooth
  2. Garnish with almonds if desired
Notes
  1. Adding more ice cubes will increase thickness
  2. I also add Dynamic Greens to add the nutrients of veggies and probiotic.
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Pumpkin Turkey Chili

This is our new favorite meal.  It’s easy and delicious and the pumpkin gives the chili a smooth, slightly nutty flavor.   Decorate a bowl with green onions, avocado, tomatoes, cheese and a few crushed tortilla chips. 

pumpkin turkey chili

Pumpkin Turkey Chili
Pumpkin is a good source of Vitamin A and adds a nutty flavor to the chili
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Tbsp of coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1 small onion, chopped
  3. 2 ounces of canned chopped green chilis
  4. 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  5. 1 pound ground turkey
  6. 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, with their liquid
  7. 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  8. 1 cup water
  9. 1/2 tsp of chili powder - I use chipotle chili powder
  10. 1 tsp of ground cumin
  11. 1/2 tsp salt
  12. Ground black pepper to taste
  13. 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  14. Topping ideas
  15. Chopped Avocado
  16. Plain Greek Yogurt
  17. Tortilla Strips
  18. Small Heirloom Tomatoes
  19. Shredded Cheese
  20. Diced Green Onion
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and brown for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add in turkey and break into small pieces until fully cooked.
  3. Add in garlic and green chilis.
  4. Add tomatoes, pumpkin, water, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
  5. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Ladle into bowls, top as desired and enjoy.
Notes
  1. The amount of green chilis, chili powder and cumin can be adjusted to your taste.
  2. When browning up ground turkey, I do several pounds at once and then package in freezer bags - this makes the putting together of this dish in the future a breeze.
  3. You can do the same with onions.
  4. Leftovers breeze beautifully.
Adapted from Whole Foods Market
Adapted from Whole Foods Market
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Letting Go Of Stuff

Perhaps it’s just the season I’m in but…….

China Hutch

for the past few weeks I’ve reevaluated how much I really need – how many decorations, how many plates – asking the question what do I really use on a regular basis and why am I storing items that are not a good fit for my lifestyle anymore?   It’s hard at times to place items in boxes and yet freeing to let go.  I know this – my china hutch looks a lot better after decluttering and cleaning the mirrors.  

China Hutch 2 
Packaging my grandmother’s china set for my son and soon-to-be daughter-in law.  This is the storage set I used.

Declutter Christmas

This was one of several boxes that were donated to Goodwill and hope others will enjoy decorating their home for next year’s Christmas celebration.

Lemon Paleo Cookies

Of course I’ve been doing a bit of cooking while streamlining.  Here are some wonderful lemon cookies made from Almond and Coconut flour as well as fresh lemons from our backyard tree – one of the perks of living in AZ.  Recipe from Paleo Kitchen Cookbook

One of my goals this year is to read the bible from a chronological perspective and, of course, I will continue my decluttering project.

I’d enjoy hearing about a goal or two of yours.  May 2015 be full of blessings for you.

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