Babes on a Budget: 5 Cheap Veggies and What to Do With Them.

Happy Humpday! I hope everyone’s having a great week so far ūüôā

Dancing for Donuts | Babes on a Budget: 5 Cheap Veggies and What to Do With Them.

I’m not sure if anyone noticed, but I’ve officially changed the description of my blog to “Healthy Living for Babes on a Budget.” The motivation for that was a combination of things, but essentially I enjoy being a resource for others on living a healthy life without breaking the bank. After learning from my own experiences as a professional dancer and hustler (as I like to call it), trying to fuel our bodies with nutritious food and exercising can get expensive real fast, especially in this day & age with all of the fancy options we have (LA, i’m looking at you). Personally however, I don’t think we need to spend a fortune to feel or look good, which is why I’m shifting my focus to more budget-conscious content.

I’m starting off this new-found purpose by sharing 5 of my favorite veggies! I’m on a serious veggie kick now that spring has sprung, which is good considering all the sweets I ate in March while traveling and celebrating birthdays…oops. The good news is that none of these gorgeous little¬†pieces of produce cost more than about $2 a pound (and are usually¬†much¬†less save for the organic variety). Consider adding these to your grocery cart next time you hit the store because they all pack mega health benefits, set you up for a healthy week (with a touch of easy peasy meal-prep) and keep you in line with your food budget!

Dancing for Donuts | Babes on a Budget: 5 Cheap Veggies and What to Do With Them.

Carrots:¬†I feel like these¬†get easily forgotten, but carrots are so versatile and so dang¬†cheap. I’ve always been a fan of baby carrots dipped in hummus of course, but buying the whole carrots from the farmer’s market, or even just at the grocery store can give your meals a boost of Vitamins A, C, and K, beta-carotene, fiber, iron and copper. They’re slightly sweet too, so adding them to baked goods or smoothies makes them feel slightly decadent!

What to make with them…

My all-time favorite Carrot Cake Smoothie

Garlic Roasted Carrots

2-Ingredient Carrot Cake Rawnola

Carrot Oatmeal Greek Yogurt Muffins

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Zucchini:¬†As we head into warmer weather, zucchini is going to be coming at us like crazy. I know zoodles have gotten super popular as people are more familiar with spiralizing veggies, but what I love about it most is that it has a fairly neutral flavor, which means you can do a ton with it. My go-to? Adding it into oatmeal or baked goods to add moisture and a kick of Vitamins A and C, magnesium (so¬†important!), fiber and potassium. Swear you can’t taste it, but your body will thank you!

What to make with it…

Lasagna Zucchini Boats

Healthy Zucchini Oat Breakfast Cookies

Greek Yogurt Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto

Dancing for Donuts | Babes on a Budget: 5 Cheap Veggies and What to Do With Them.

Cauliflower: This is definitely one of the more trendy veggies on the health & wellness radar these days what with all of the cauliflower in smoothies (see my blueberry power smoothie recipe below) and using it as a substitute for many low-carb dishes as rice or mashed potatoes. Aside from being a jack of all trades, cauliflower is packed with protein, vitamins C and K, fiber, magnesium and more.

What to make with it…

Blueberry Power Smoothie

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce

Mashed Cauliflower with Parmesan & Chives

Honey Garlic Baked Cauliflower

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Brussels Sprouts: Ahhh, good ol’ brussels sprouts. I know these babies get a bad rap sometimes, but they’re honestly really delicious if you cook ’em the right way! *cough* in bacon fat…no but seriously, my favorite way to eat sprouts is by throwing them in my ninja and shredding them into a slaw for the base of a salad. Roasting them with parmesan, garlic and EVOO is damn good, too. They’re yet another veggie that contains a boat load of vitamins C & K, potassium and even omega-3’s!

What to make with them…

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

Garlic Lemon Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Harvest Chicken Skillet with Sweet Potato, Brussels Sprouts and Apples

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Kale:¬†An old favorite of mine, Kale has always been the perfect thing to throw in with a quinoa salad or smoothie for some added nutrients. Did you know Kale is packed with protein?! Plus about a billion other wonderful things like folate and fiber, too. I’ve become quite sick of the regular ol’ green kind, so I usually go for the Lacinto variety. It makes for the perfect base for a salad mixed with any of the veggies above, or a grain bowl with farro, beets and goat cheese (my all-time fave!).

What to make with it…

Pasta with Kale and Turkey Sausage

Spicy Shrimp with Cauliflower Mash and Garlic Kale

Quinoa & Kale Protein Salad

Kick Booty Kale Smoothie

Have a great rest of your week, friends!

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

One-Pot Guiltless Creamy Pumpkin Pasta.

Oh come on, you knew I had more pumpkin recipes up my sleeve! And don’t worry, they’re far from over either (:

Dancing for Donuts | Guiltless One-Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

I first made this dish when I had my best    
friend over the night before Halloween and have legitimately been hooked ever since. Not only is this pasta so unbelievably easy to make (one-pot = fewer dishes = YAY), but it also tastes like actual fall in a bowl. It’s comfort food at its best, but packed with protein and fiber. And trust me, coming from someone who rarely eats pasta and thinks of it as someone of a cheat food, I’ve let myself eat this almost every day.

Dancing for Donuts | Guiltless One-Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Feel free to add more protein like chicken apple sausage (wait, totally doing that next week…), pack in some wilted kale, add some shredded mozzarella, or sub the pasta for a gluten-free kind. Making a giant batch means having leftovers for the week that you can switch up without getting bored, so you really can’t go wrong…

One-Pot Guiltless Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

(inspired by this recipe)

1 14oz box of whole wheat pasta (or your favorite)

4 1/2 cups water

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp kosher salt

3-5 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/4 cup pumpkin puree

1 cup or 1 single-serving non-fat plain greek yogurt

1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese + more for garnish

2+ tsp nutmeg and/or cinnamon to taste (based on your preferences!)

5-7 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped

sea salt + pepper to taste

  1. In a large pot, place the pasta, water, olive oil, garlic, salt and black pepper and bring to a full boil. Stir the pasta frequently to prevent it from sticking.

2. After about 10 minutes, the pasta should be al dente. Remove from heat and if there is still a lot of water, pour some out leaving just a thin layer of water remaining on the bottom of the pot.

3. Add the pumpkin puree, greek yogurt, parmesan, sage, spices and salt and stir until well-combined. Serve in bowls with more parmesan, spices and sage if desired. This dish stores well in an airtight container in the fridge, too!

Dancing for Donuts | Guiltless One-Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Enjoy, friends! See you soon.

xo Jordan