Sesame Peanut Noodles.

Helloooooooo and Happy Humpday!

It’s been a little gloomy here in LA (at least in the mornings) and I’m kind of loving it…is that bad? It almost makes me want to spend more time outside exercising just because I won’t sweat my face off in 2 minutes, know what I mean? Anyway, a quick life update – in exactly one month at this time I will have graduated business school and will be on a plane to hawaii. HAWAII. What. Yep. So since we all know I’ve been working my butt off to get that #hawaiibody I’m gonna be real and tell you that I’ve also been letting myself sneak in some cheat food (and drinks) because they’re damn good. And truth be told, I don’t really feel all that badly about it. This recipe is actually not one of those cheat foods, though…it just feels a little naughty.

Dancing for Donuts | Peanut Sesame Noodles.

Inspired by this recipe, I made mine with whole wheat spaghetti this time around, but soba noodles are even better if you can find them. This dish is packed with protein and flavor and literally comes together in about 15 minutes once you’ve got all of your ingredients. The noodles also can be eaten hot or cold depending on what you’re feeling (and the weather, let’s be real), but truth be told I ate mine cold out of sheer laziness and hunger. This dish tastes bomb with some seared ahi tuna, chicken, or tofu if you’re a vegetarian, and then you’ve got yourself a complete, better-than-takeout meal. Swear.

Dancing for Donuts | Peanut Sesame Noodles.

Sesame Peanut Noodles

10 oz. of whole wheat spaghetti or soba noodles

1 1/2 tbsp sesame oil

2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce

1 1/2 tbsp honey

1 1/2 tbsp of your favorite peanut butter

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1-2 tbsp sesame seeds

1/4 cup chopped scallions (optional)

1/4 cup cilantro (optional)

dash of sriracha (optional)

  1. Cook and drain your noodles according to the package. *Soba noodles take way less time than spaghetti!

2. While the noodles are cooking, whisk the sesame oil, soy sauce, honey, peanut butter and spices in a small bowl until smooth.

3. Add the peanut sauce to the drained noodles in the pot and stir to fully coat. Add in the sesame seeds, scallion, cilantro and sriracha if using them, and stir again to combine. Dig in!

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Have a great rest of your week, y’all!

xo Jordan

Banana & Greek Yogurt Oat Muffins.

I can’t think of a better occasion to make muffins than a Friday.

And I don’t know about you, but it feels like I’m constantly trying to come up with new recipes for food that I can take on the go. My usual breakfast is plain, nonfat greek yogurt with a sliced banana and a (giant) tablespoon of peanut butter, but let’s be honest, that’s not the easiest (or safest) thing to eat while driving. So, when I came across these muffins on one of my favorite food blogs, I quickly ran to the kitchen to check if I had all the ingredients to make them

Dancing for Donuts | Banana & Greek Yogurt Oat Muffins.

Not only are these bad boys made with things you most likely already have, but they’re unbelievably easy to make (hello, blender), gluten-free, and packed with protein. They’re perfect for a pre or post-workout snack, a mid-afternoon treat, or even dessert. My suggestion? Smother the crap outta them with peanut butter and pretend they’re cupcakes. You can thank me later.

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Banana & Greek Yogurt Oat Muffins

(adapted from this recipe)

2 medium, ripe bananas

2 cups oats (gluten-free if necessary)

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup plain, nonfat greek yogurt

2 eggs

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/3 cup coconut flakes (optional)

peanut butter (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and grease a muffin tin with coconut oil or canola oil spray.

2. In a blender (or large food processor), add all of the ingredients and blend just until smooth.

3. Pour into the muffin tin and fill each mold 3/4 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until starting to brown just slightly.

4. Cool for 15 minutes. Top with peanut butter if desired and eat immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. *You can also freeze these and pop them in the microwave when you’re ready to eat them!

Dancing for Donuts | Banana & Greek Yogurt Oat Muffins.

Enjoy your weekends!!

xo Jordan

Sweet Potato Nachos.

Umm ok it’s almost April. How is that possible?

The past 2 weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind, and to be honest I’m not even sure what day it is. After a fantastic trip to San Francisco and eating my bodyweight in pastries, seafood, chinese, bbq and chocolate, I’m definitely still working to get back on track. I’m still steering clear of bread/grains other than quinoa and trying to shovel in as many greens as possible. But, let’s be honest, stress and healthy eating aren’t exactly the most likely combo. Enter healthy comfort food.

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These sweet potato nachos are only 5 ingredients and the hardest part is probably just waiting for the sweet potatoes to roast. Hint: slice them as thinly as possible! These could also be vegan if you omit the cheese (or use Daiya) and are easily customizable. They’re also packed with nutrients (like protein!) and flavor (what is it about cheddar?). If you’re in need of some warm, hearty food but don’t want to sacrifice your hard work tonight, I highly suggest whipping these bad boys up.

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Sweet Potato Nachos

1 medium sweet potato

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup black beans (canned or cooked)

2 tbsp your favorite salsa

1/2 avocado, diced

 3-4 tbsp part-skim cheddar cheese

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Peel and slice your sweet potato as thinly as possible (without chopping off a finger). Move the sweet potatoes to a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with the olive oil and toss to evenly coat. Place the discs in an even layer and bake for 20 minutes or until soft.

2. Layer the sweet potatoes on a plate or in a bowl with the beans. Top with the cheddar cheese and pop in the microwave for ~30 seconds or until the cheese melts. *If you don’t have a microwave, just put the cheese on the potatoes for a few minutes before you take them out of the oven.

3. Top with the salsa and avocado. Dig in!

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xo Jordan

Funfetti Protein Bites.

Wanna know the easiest way to make any day better? Sprinkles.

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And also peanut butter and chocolate. Good thing this recipe includes all three. And comes together in a jif, since this week is absolutely insane and I wouldn’t have more than 15 minutes to make anything if tried. These bites are perfect for whipping up during your Sunday meal prep, or on a night when you’re craving something sweet, but don’t want to mess up you hard work at the gym that day. Feel free to swap out the chocolate chips and sprinkles raisins or the peanut butter for almond, if that’s your style!

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Funfetti Protein Bites

1 cup oats (I used quick, but rolled works too!)

1/4 cup honey

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1/2 cup natural peanut butter

1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk

2 tbsp rainbow sprinkles

1/4 cup chocolate chips or chunks

  1. In a large bowl, add the oats, honey, peanut butter and almond milk. Stir until all ingredients are well combined. It may take a few minutes for the peanut butter to coat everything, but keep stirring!

2. Add the rainbow sprinkles and chocolate chips and stir to distribute in the batter.

3. Using your hands, roll the mixture into balls about 1 inch across. Repeat until the mixture is gone and freeze for at least 30 minutes (should make between 14 and 18 depending on size!). Store in a container in the freezer or fridge for up to one week.

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Hope you’re all having wonderful weeks!!!

xo Jordan

4-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Peppermint Truffles.

Hi & Happy Humpday!

My thesis is OVER and I go home in less than a week. I cannot wait! I’m trying to pack these last few days in with some holiday activities and last minute Christmas shopping in between jobs. I have to say though, working in social media is kind of fun around the holidays and incorporating  holiday cheer into brand messaging is much more enjoyable 🙂

Dancing for Donuts| 4-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Peppermint Truffles.

Anyway, enough about me! Today I’m bringing you a super easy, healthy holiday treat to make it through this last full work week before the holiday break. It’s small batch too, so you don’t need to worry about indulging too hard before the full-on Christmas cookie madness begins! But, if you’re like me, you need a little somethin’-somethin’ after dinner to satisfy your sweet tooth, know what I’m saying?

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4-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Peppermint Truffles

(makes 5 large truffles)

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/8 tsp peppermint extract

1 tbsp honey

powdered sugar to coat (optional)

1. In a medium sized bowl, combine all ingredients.

2. Mix until the ingredients are well-combined and all the cocoa powder is moistened. This should take about 2 minutes, so keep going even if it doesn’t look like anything is happening! Feel free to add an extra teaspoon or so of applesauce if it’s not coming together.

3. Tablespoon by tablespoon, roll the cocoa mixture in your hands until a ball forms. Continue until the mixture is completely rolled into truffles.

4. Roll in confectioner’s sugar if desired and freeze for at least 20 minutes before eating or store in the fridge for up to a week in an airtight container.

Dancing for Donuts| 4-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Peppermint Truffles.

Have a great rest of your week!

xo Jordan

Spiralized Sweet Potato & Zucchini Latkes.

Oh, hello!

I hope you’ve all be having a good week, especially since it’s Hanukkah!!! Mine was off to a rocky start after being called in for jury-duty…there was also a false alarm of me having to stay there until THE 18th (aka two whole weeks of life gone), but the universe let me off the hook. Thus, I was able to do something in the holiday spirit I’ve been wanting to do for ages. Make latkes!

Dancing for Donuts | Spiralized Sweet Potato & Zucchini Latkes

These are definitely not your average latkes. They’re muuuuuch healthier, and much easier to make as well. Simply spiralize a sweet potato, a zucchini, coat it in an egg and spice mixture, and throw it in the oven! I topped mine with cinnamon greek yogurt (mix a container of non fat plain yogurt w/1 tsp cinnamon) and unsweetened applesauce. I’d never spiralized a sweet potato before, but it was so easy guys. And this recipe actually turned out better than I’d planned, so I highly suggest whipping these up before the last night of Hanukkah 🙂

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Spiralized Sweet Potato & Zucchini Latkes

1 medium sweet potato, peeled

2 medium zucchinis, peeled

1 egg + 1 egg white

1 tbsp flour

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

plain greek yogurt + cinnamon for dipping (optional)

unsweetened applesauce for dipping (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit. Prep a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray. *They’ll stick otherwise!!!

2. Using a spiralizer, spiralize the sweet potato and zucchinis and toss them in a bowl. Run a knife through the bowl to make the pieces slightly smaller.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, flour and spices until combined. Add in the zucchini and sweet potato and toss to coat well. **This step is super important so that the latkes stay together!

4. Once fully coated, grab a handful of spiralized noodles (about 1/4 cup of the mix) and place on the baking sheet in a little nest. Repeat this until the mixture is done (mine took 2 batches!). **These won’t spread, so feel free to put them as close together on the baking sheet as possible.

5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the noodles are starting to brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Top with cinnamon greek yogurt and serve with dipping sauce on the side, or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Dancing for Donuts | Spiralized Sweet Potato & Zucchini Latkes.

Let me know if you make these! Have a great rest of your week and a very Happy Hanukkah 🙂

xo Jordan

Skinny Pumpkin Cream Stuffed French Toast (For One!)

Y’know how sometimes the best ideas come straight outta nowhere? Yeah. This was one of those ideas.

I was laying in bed last night, dead tired and trying so hard to fall asleep but for some reason I could not to turn my brain off (does this happen to you guys?!). While ordinarily I hate when that happens, this time when food popped into my head I didn’t mind so much because I thought of the things in my fridge (bread, an egg, pumpkin, my favorite Noosa pumpkin greek yogurt, etc.) and then this recipe.

Dancing for Donuts | Skinny Pumpkin Cream Stuffed French Toast (For One!)

I used sprouted Ezekiel bread for the base, which is basically a superfood, so that + the egg + yogurt + pumpkin = heaps of protein and fiber. I only used a single tablespoon of brown sugar and the tiniest drizzle of maple syrup, so this recipe is low in sugar too (no mid-morning crash!). The pumpkin cream, which is simply pumpkin greek yogurt and some spices, makes this french toast an over-the-top comfort food breakfast perfect for the holiday season without the guilt. Doesn’t get any better than that, folks!

Dancing for Donuts | Skinny Pumpkin Cream Stuffed French Toast (For One!)

Skinny Pumpkin Cream Stuffed French Toast (For One!)

2 pieces of Ezekiel sprouted bread (or your favorite whole grain kind)

1 egg

1/8 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup 1% or non-fat milk (could sub almond or coconut)

1/2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground ginger

3 tbsp. pumpkin greek yogurt (store bought or mix plain w/ pumpkin)

  1. In a bowl with a wide, flat bottom (I used a small pyrex dish!), whisk together the egg, pumpkin, milk, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and ginger.

2. Heat a skillet on low and spray with PAM or coat with melted butter.

3.While the pan is heating, drop one piece of bread into the batter. After coating both sides of the bread completely, which will take about a minute per side, drop it onto the pan.

4. Cook on medium-low until light brown, or about 2 minutes on each side. Prep the other slice of bread in the batter while the first is cooking.

5. When the first slice is done, place the second slice on the pan. Add 2 tbsp of the pumpkin greek yogurt to the top of the bread and spread a thin layer. Add the second piece of bread on top once it is done cooking.

6. Top the 2nd slice with the remaining pumpkin yogurt, sprinkle with cinnamon and drizzle with maple syrup. Dig in!

Dancing for Donuts | Skinny Pumpkin Cream Stuffed French Toast (For One!)

Have a good weeeeeeeeek!

xo Jordan