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MCLV Mange: Easy Vegan Mixed Bean Stew

If you’ve ever read any of my recipes you’ll know that I love a dish that is both easy and delicious.

This particular recipe came into being after I saw a yummy looking garbanzo bean crock pot dish on Pinterest {where else?} and I didn’t feel like going to the grocery store.

Side point – Does anyone else like to do just one grocery trip a week? I started off the year going 2+ times a week and not only was it a time suck, but all of those trips really add up!

Anyway, I didn’t feel like going out to get all the extra ingredients that I was missing so I just used what was on hand and it turned out great. What I love about this stew is that you can add whatever is in your fridge or cupboards and it’ll come out great.

That also means that if you have any allergies or sensitivities, you can just substitute what works best for your diet.

 

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Easy Vegan Mixed Bean Stew

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cans of beans {I used garbanzo & kidney beans, but you could use anything that sounds good to you!}
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 Onion or 1/2 an onion & a shallot chopped
  • 2 Cloves of garlic diced
  • Vegetables: You can use any combination you’d like. I used 1 yellow pepper, 1 zucchini, 1 super sized carrot, and a handful of cherry tomatoes. But you could also add sweet potatoes or squash for a more Winter-y dish.
  • Spices: I went the Eastern route with turmeric, cumin, smoked paprika & chili. However, if you wanted a more Italian flavoring you could go for oregano, parsley, and basil. {1 tsp each}
  • Optional: Tomato paste

Directions:

  • In a soup pot saute the onion and garlic in oil for around 5 minutes on medium heat {don’t quite brown it}
  • Add in the beans and chopped vegetables, combine thoroughly, and keep on medium heat for an additional 3 minutes
  • Next stir in your spices of choice
  • At this point you need to decide what thickness you want. If you’d like a soupy texture, add up to 2 cups of water, watching and stirring as you go. If you’d like a thicker stew, you can add a can of tomato paste and 1-2 cups of water. Just watch the texture as you’re stirring in the water and stop when you reach your desired consistency.
  • Reduce to low heat and simmer with the lid on for ~30 minutes
  • Some people like to add salt during the cooking process, but I’ve found that I end up adding much more salt when I do that, since I’ll salt the final dish anyway so I’ve gotten out of the habit. Now I add my sea salt to taste after plating.
  • This is a great dish for leftovers – Make it during Sunday food prep and you’re set for 2-3 days. You can also freeze it. I like to make soups and stews before going out-of-town with any veggies that are left in the fridge, and then pop it into the freezer so we have something fully prepared when we get home!

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MCLV Mange: Protein Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

These protein peanut butter banana muffins are the perfect healthy, protein-packed snack. I’ve added them to my meal prep routine and they’re great for snacks, after a workout, or even for dessert.

And – Even better – These are super EASY. As I’m sure you can tell – I live for a simple but tasty recipe. 🙂

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Protein Peanut Butter Banana Muffins {12 servings}

Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana {you could swap the banana out for applesauce or pumpkin puree}
  • 2 Scoops of Protein Powder of your Choice
  • 1 Cup of Egg Whites
  • 4 Tablespoons of Powdered Peanut Butter or Peanut/Almond Butter
  • 1/2 Tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp of Salt
  • Cinnamon

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately and then slowly add the dry mixture to the wet
  • Stir until lumps are gone.
  • Spray muffin tins or use paper liners and fill with batter
  • Bake each 6 muffins for 15-20 minutes or until the center is fully cooked

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MCLV Mange: Easy Protein Pancakes

These healthy, easy protein pancakes are a STAPLE for me. They’re great hot out of the pan on a lazy Sunday morning, but they’re just as tasty cold while I’m at the office and need a midday snack.

I’ve gotten into the habit of making these on Sundays during my weekly food prep session and eating them at my desk after my afternoon workout.

Another thing that’s fun about these is that you can dress them up, or dress them down, with ease. Hot smothered in syrup or cold with some almond butter – They’re good no matter what you do to them!

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Protein Pancakes {1 serving}

Pancake Ingredients:

  • Protein Powder of Choice
  • 1/3  to 1/2 Banana {Fresh or frozen}
  • 1/3 Cup to 1/2 Cup of Egg Whites
  • Any spices you fancy – I like cinnamon but you could make a delicious seasonal version with pumpkin pie spice & nutmeg!}

Directions:

  • Blend or mix ingredients together
  • Pour batter into a hot, coconut oil coated pan
  • Enjoy the goodness!

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MCLV Mange: Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl

I have a soft spot for smoothies and while I can happily drink the same one day after day – Lately this peanut butter smoothie – Sometimes I like to mix things up. These giant smoothie bowls with a mix of toppings are a delicious, nutrient-packed, and satiating option any time of the day.

What’s especially great is that there are an endless combination of fruits and toppings that you can use. Which means you don’t have to follow a strict recipe or run to the grocery store for specific ingredients if you want a smoothie – Just use whatever goodies you have in your fridge or cupboards.

After peeking into my freezer to find frozen bananas and strawberries, I decided to play around with a classic strawberry banana flavor today. See my creation, and how to make one of your very own, below!

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl {Serves 1}

Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Frozen or Fresh Strawberries
  • 1/3 Frozen Banana {I keep a baggie of chopped frozen bananas in the fridge}
  • Protein Powder of Choice
  • 1/2 Cup of Water, Almond Milk, or Coconut Water
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Lemon Juice {This helps keep it tart, but isn’t mandatory}

Toppings:

  • Granola or Oats – I used PaleoKrunch’s Grainless Granola
  • Bare Coconut Chips
  • Bare Banana Chips
  • Chia Shots Chia Seeds

Directions:

  • Blend frozen or fresh fruit with protein powder and liquid until your desired consistency is achieved
  • Add whatever toppings your heart desires
  • Enjoy the goodness!

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Energy Balls: Recipe Round-Up

One of my favorite quick and easy healthy snacks to keep prepared at home are energy balls. They’re a great combination of protein, fat, carbohydrates, and fiber so they’re the perfect pre-workout energy boost or post-workout recovery snack.

Another great thing about these little gems?

There are a million different combinations and ways to make them. You can just use what you have on hand and come up with a delicious new variety in minutes. Easy peasy!

I love getting inspired by new recipes though so I put together a list of some delectable treats to get all of us in the mood to hit the kitchen for some meal prep.

Chocolate Orange & Chia Energy Balls from Paleo with Mr. P

Cookie Dough Balls from The Little Green Spoon

Blueberry Coconut Oat Balls from Fit Mitten Kitchen

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Lemon Coconut Energy Balls from The Glowing Fridge

Peanut Butter No Bake Gluten-Free Energy Bites from Gluten-Free on a Shoestring

Coconut Cashew Energy Bites from Joy Food Sunshine

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No-Bake Almond Joy Bites from The Healthy Maven

No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites with Dark Chocolate Chunks from Domesticate Me

Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites from Recipe Runner

Do YOU have a favorite easy, healthy snack? A favorite energy ball recipe?

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