I love Starbucks. There, I said it – I know there are some people who boycott starbucks because every single bean out of the million-trillions of beans they use aren’t 100% green, organic or GMO free and will tell me I should avoid them too…but there are some circumstances that practically call for having a Starbucks. Summer shopping in the city – Frapp me up! Cold fall day stroll – Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte please. If the Spice Girls ever need a 6th member and the prerequisites are based on PSL consumption, I could easily be cast as Pumpkin Spice. During the Holidays I can be found skipping merrily towards my nearest Starbucks singing “all I want for Christmas is an eggnog latte”. And for pretty much any time life is giving me the gears and I still have to push forward, nothing hits the spot better than swinging in the drive thru for a venti double shot of starbucks anything. That first sip is absolute zen. Ahhhh.
Even if we’d like to, sometimes it’s not possible to get to a Starbucks every day. Or maybe your daily macchiato habit is getting a little expensive? Luckily there are a bunch of awesome Starbucks copy cat recipes to make your own! Below I have shared the best recipes I have come across that are the closest to the real deal.
This whole chicken crock pot recipe is so simple and easy, I almost thought it was too good to be true the first time I made it! Summer is a busy time of year for us: Myra’s dad works out of town as a fisherman for most of it and so between 2+ hours of commuting, daycare drop offs and pick ups, and me also working full time…dinners are usually thrown together and last minute. Enter the crock pot: It makes it so easy to toss ingredients into the night before, turn it on before we leave the house the next morning and then we come home from a long day to a house that smells delish and dinner hot and ready! This whole chicken recipe is one of my fav’s.
A healthy take on pancakes and make a perfect finger food breakfast for baby! My daughter loves oat pancakes. Great source of protein, fruit and carbs all in one!
What you Need:
1/4 cup quick oats
4 egg whites (or 2 whole eggs)
1/2 cup of berries or mashed banana
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Make Oat Pancakes:
Heat pan to medium heat. Lightly spray with olive or coconut oil. Combine all ingredients and pulse a few times in magic bullet or food processor. Using a 1/4 measuring cup, pour into heated pan. Cook on each side for about 2 minutes until edges form. Serve warm topped with a little natural nut butter, sugar free jam or a drizzle of pure maple syrup for a treat!
Sometimes you just get a craving for pizza! This pita pizzas are a healthy and easy way to satisfy those cravings without all the extra grease and fat. Every once in a while you just have to indulge in the things you like – after all, a balanced healthy lifestyle is just that: a balance. Not only will a cheat meal here and there not throw your healthy efforts out the window, it will actually help keep you sane and on track for the long haul! The key is keeping it in moderation.
100% Whole Wheat Mini Pitas
Shredded Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese
Pizza Sauce (or you can puree a tomato or 2 with some oregano)
Pizza Toppings (Peppers, Mushrooms, Onion, Pineapple, Olives, Ham, Pepperoni, etc)
Arrange pitas on a cookie sheet and lightly brush with oil. Top with pizza sauce, a layer of pizza toppings and a sprinkle of mozzarella. Bake until cheese is melted.
We actually “baked” these in a big roasting pan on top of the wood stove once when the power went out on my birthday when I was a kid! Just goes to show how easy they are to make when you have hungry little mouths no matter what situation you’re in! LOL
Never skip breaky again with this quick and easy apple pie oatmeal!! I work in office so if I’m really pressed for time in the morning I will assemble this and then just add the water when I get to work. My co-workers usually comment on how it smells like dessert!
What you do:
1/3 cup uncooked quick oats
1/2 green apple cored, peeled & diced
1/4 cup – 1/2 cup water (to desired thickness)
Drizzle pure maple syrup
1 tbsp chopped walnuts
Mix oats, water and diced apple. Microwave for 1 1/2 mins. Stir in a drizzle of pure maple syrup and sprinkle of cinnamon. Enjoy!!! Apple pie oatmeal for breakfast OR even as dessert that won’t expand your waist line!! So good!!
This is my GO-TO and all time favorite protein smoothie recipe!! I’ve even mixed up a half serving of this for dessert in the evening when I was craving something sweet – it’s that good…and good for you! Perfect for re-energizing and recovery after a workout…or chasing kids around all day, whichever. I’m all about quick workouts with maximum effectiveness…because I’ll be honest…I just don’t have the time to spend 1hr+ exercising! Check out some of my favorite quick workouts HERE!
1 scoop chocolate Shakeology (or protein powder of your choice)
1/4 cup plain yogurt or milk
1 tsp natural peanut butter
1 cup water
Ice (as much as you like)
Blend all ingredients (I use a magic bullet) until smooth. Tastes sinful for something that is so good for you!!
This recipe is great for when you don’t have a ton of time to make dinner. The best part – you can toss it all into one dish and done! I really dislike doing dishes, so 1 dish dinner’s are my kinda cooking!
I am all about set it and forget it – especially on my days off. The last thing I want to do is spend my precious spare time off work standing in the kitchen for an hour+ making supper every afternoon when there are much more fun things to do – like sipping wine on the patio (err…I mean…teaching my child with organically grown cotton flash cards with the TV definitely not on…)
I made this a couple weeks ago and it was a hit so it’s going to make another appearance at our dinner table this coming weekend!
What you need to make this 1 dish dinner:
2-3 skinless chicken breasts
1 lb red potatoes chopped into 2 inch cubes
2-3 cups worth of veggies cut into 1 inch pieces (asparagus, red & yellow peppers, bite size tomatoes, green beans, etc)
1 small onion sliced
1 tbsp dried basil
3 garlic cloves minced
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp chopped dried rosemary
Salt & pepper to taste
What you do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and add all ingredients to a 9×13 baking dish. Toss to coat evenly. Loosely cover with foil and bake for approximately 40 minutes, turning half way through, until cooked through! Optional: Remove foil and broil for a few minutes at end for yummy browning! SERVE!!!