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Coming Up With a Delicious Winter Meal Plan

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Meal planning has taken off in popularity lately for a host of reasons. Meal planning involves deciding what meals you’re going to have throughout the week, stocking up on the necessary ingredients, and even beginning to prep some of them ready to cook. Some people begin to meal plan for financial reasons. Meal planning allows you to make sure that all of the ingredients you buy are used up over various dishes throughout the week. For example, if you have a meal incorporating potatoes on a Monday, meal planning can make sure that you use the whole bag of potatoes by the end of the week. Some people meal plan for health reasons. It allows them to make healthier choices and avoid reaching for convenience foods after a long shift at work or a day out and about. Whatever your reason for meal planning, you might want to consider switching yours up and incorporating some winter dishes. Here are some suggestions!

Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken provides you with plenty of protein, while dumplings are a little more stodgy and provide you with carbs. Preppy Kitchen’s chicken & dumplings recipe is a wholesome, flavor packed stew with shredded, tender chicken and biscuit-like dumplings, providing you with a big bowl of nourishment. You will need to start the stew with a classic ​mirepoix – a base made from a mix of aromatics, such as onions, carrots, and celery. Other necessary ingredients include chicken stock – which can be bought for convenience or created from scratch for authenticity – flour to thicken the soup, baking powder to keep the dumplings fluffy and milk to make the stew smoother and more flavorsome.

Mushroom Stroganoff

The most famous form of stroganoff is beef stroganoff. This is a dish that was initially created by a French chef who worked for a wealthy St. Petersburg family and made the dish for a cooking contest in 1891. Named after his employer, the stroganoff is a dish of sautéed pieces of beef served in a sauce of mustard and smetana (sour cream). But why not consider a vegetarian alternative? The mushroom stroganoff replaces beef with thickly cut mushrooms for a similar texture and a deep, full flavor. Serve with mash for an extra dose of carbs.

Kale and Gnocchi Bake

Creamy, warming, and filling, a kale and gnocchi bake is a perfect winter dish. Not only does this taste great and pack you with long-lasting carbohydrates, but it gives you a good serving of greens in the form of kale. You will need kale, shallots, garlic, all-purpose flour, dijon mustard, potato gnocchi, and cheese. It takes a while to bake to perfection, so prepare it well in advance of when you actually plan to eat.

Rice Pudding

Looking for a winter dessert? Rice pudding could be the perfect option for you. Rice pudding is a traditional dish made from rice mixed with water or milk. People often choose to incorporate additional ingredients or flavorings, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, or raisins.

These are just a few different meals that you might want to incorporate into your winter meal plan. Hopefully, each will make its way onto your personal menu!

Cauliflower Rice, Blueberry, and Banana Smoothie

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I recently sat down with Kate from She’s Cookin in Brooklyn to learn some of her favorite recipes! Kate specializes in healthy family-friendly meals. I love following her and cooking together. This week we made her Cauliflower Rice, Blueberry and Banana smoothies. You can watch our live video HERE. I have included the recipe for you below….Remember to follow Kate and stay tuned for more of our cooking episodes!!!!

1/2 C Frozen Riced Cauliflower
1/2 banana – Frozen
2 Scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
1 T Flax Seeds
1/4 C Blueberries – Frozen
Pinch of salt
Handful of Spinach
1 C Almond Milk

Mix all ingredients in a blender until desired consistency…

Baked Oats with Apples and Cinnamon

This week’s recipe is from one of our sponsors, Nutritionist Sarah Davis of Body Balance 365 .

Apple season is in full swing, and we just can’t get enough. 🍎 Sliced with almond butter, chopped in a kale salad, 🥗 or baked with cinnamon and maple syrup. 🍁We’ve even upped our oatmeal game, adding apples before baking it in the oven. This breakfast is worth getting out of bed for! 

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Also, check out Sarah’s Body Balance INSTAGRAM page for more great nutrition tips!!!

Baked Oats with Apples and Cinnamon
– 1/3 cup oats
– 1/2 banana
– 1/2 cup almond milk
– 1 Tbsp chopped apples 
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
– 1 tsp baking soda 
– 1/4 tsp vanilla and salt 
Preheat oven to 350. Mix the ingredients in a ramekin dish and cook for 20 minutes. Enjoy!

Cheers to the Weekend!!

Yeah, it’s finally the weekend. This week felt extra long today. I am off on assignment again tomorrow and I cannot wait to share everything with you soon. In the meanwhile, my fabulous sponsor Katy of She’s Cooking in Brooklyn sent me this awesome cocktail recipe to share with you. It looks amazing. I know you are going to love it as much as I did!!! Cheers and Enjoy your weekend Fashionistas!!!

FRESHLY SQUEEZED APPLE & CINNAMON COCKTAIL


INGREDIENTS
• 1 cup (6-8 apples) freshly squeezed apple juice
• 2 tbsp lemon juice
• 2/3 cup tequila
• 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
• Ground cinnamon

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DIRECTIONS
Juice the apples and lemon together. Add to a meal prep container with the tequila, maple syrup and a dash of cinnamon. Shake well and pour over ice to enjoy.

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Slow Cooker Banana Bread Oatmeal

I am obsessed with this recipe. It is amazing and your whole house will smell fabulous while cooking. This is also one of my favorite recipes not because it is so delicious but because it takes 5 minutes to put together and is ready in only 1-2 hours. This is perfect before work or school on chilly mornings and perfect for guests!! And keeps well for up to a week, so you can have it on hand for many mornings. Bon Appetit!!!

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Slow Cooker Banana Bread Oatmeal

  • 2 cups unsweetened oat or almond milk
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional or any nut that you prefer)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Spray a 2-quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. I bought this one on Amazon.
  • Mash bananas.
  • Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker and cover.
  • Cook on High for 1 to 1 ½ hour. You can also cook on low for approx. 2-3 hours.
  • Spoon into bowls, drizzle with more maple syrup and serve.

The Colony Hotel Frosé

Everything is perfect at the Colony Hotel but their pink Frosé is one of the most perfect things available in Palm Beach! I got the recipe for you and now you can enjoy it all summer long too. You can tweak this recipe according to your taste but I know it is going to be a home run!!! Bottoms Up!!

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1 cup Whispering Angel

1/2 cup Frozé mix (I like this one)

A splash of simple syrup

2 cups of ice

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth! Garnish with a dried orange!

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