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HEALTHY CHICKEN + WAFFLES BREAKFAST RECIPE

I opened up my recipe suggestion box to you and the most requested recipe was: Healthy Chicken + Waffles. First things first, I wouldn’t make a healthier version of anything unless it tasted great; this breakfast recipe will satisfy everyone at the table. The recipe is not only health-ified but also high in protein, making it even more of a beneficial choice. Enjoy!

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Healthy Chicken and Waffles Breakfast Recipe
A breakfast favorite turned healthy yet equally delicious
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, waffles
Servings
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, waffles
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. In a pie plate, whisk together the eggs
  3. In a separate large pie plate, whisk together panko, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper
  4. Fit a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment
  5. Dredge the chicken through the eggs and then into the panko mixture
  6. Place the chicken on the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 mins, or until cooked through
  7. Cook waffles according to package directions
  8. Serve waffles topped with chicken and maple syrup

 

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Best Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole Recipes

Christmas is less than one week away and the to do lists are getting real lol. Here is one thing you can check off your list… I have the best Christmas morning breakfast casserole recipes for you and your family to enjoy. You can prepare them ahead of time and then on Christmas morning, pop them in the oven to bake and enjoy. My family and I have made these for years.

Also, at the bottom of this post, I wanted to share a few family photos from this holiday season. This year my (not so little) Leo is almost 1 1/2 years old. He doesn’t fully understand Christmas but he does get so excited about all the holiday festivities. It’s been such a special and fun time for our family, and I wanted to share a few favorite pics with you all.

 

EGG + SAUSAGE CASSEROLE RECIPE

egg and sausage casserole recipe

 

 

CINNAMON ROLL CASSEROLE RECIPE

cinnamon roll breakfast casserole recipe

 

 

A FEW RECENT FAMILY PHOTOS 

Thanksgiving 2018 – Anthony’s Aunt designs clothing and Leo’s outfit was actually one of her designs, which I think is so stinkin’ cute!
anthony, lauren and leo lococo

 

We took a “family babymoon” to Aspen this month. I didn’t expect Leo to enjoy/understand where we were but his pure joy and excitement for new places and faces made the entire trip. He loved snow. He loved the adventures. He couldn’t get enough of the hotel and town decorated for Christmas. It was hands down one of the best trips of my life!

One of our Christmas traditions is matching family PJs. St. Nick brings us them early in December and we wear them all season long. Luckily, he visited us in Aspen so that we could get cute pics in them.

lauren, anthony and leo lococo at the st. regis in aspen
leo lococo at the st. regis in aspen, colrado

 

30 week bump shot for baby #2

 

Breakfast with Santa was probably one of my favorite holiday activities this year…

leo lococo on a christmas staircase

 

Santa was a little scary this year… we did work up to a high five!

 

We got our ever-so-popular “I am terrified of Santa” pics lauren and leo lococo

 

Love this little family of mine..

anthony, lauren and leo lococo

 

Anthony, the bump and I have been enjoying some holiday parties too!

anthony and lauren lococo
anthony and lauren gleisberg red dress in front of christmas tree

 

I hope you all are enjoying this most wonderful time of the year! Talk soon! XO

Healthier Overnight Egg & Sausage Breakfast Casserole Recipe

This Egg and Sausage Breakfast Casserole is a healthier take on a family tradition I enjoyed growing up. This casserole is one my mom made for our family every Christmas morning. The original version is a bit heavier and creamier so I tried to keep the great taste while lightening it up a bit.

INGREDIENTS:

2 tsp olive oil

1 lb. turkey sausage

6 slices sprouted bread, roughly chopped

8 large eggs

 2 cups skim milk

1/2 tsp ground sea salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp paprika

4 oz. grated cheddar cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:

Grease a large baking dish with olive oil.

Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook turkey sausage until browned. drain on paper towels.

Place break in the bottom of the prepared pan and top with sausage.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, pepper and paprika.

When well mixed, add the cheese to the milk mixture.

Pour over bread.

Refrigerate for up to 12 hours.

Remove pan from refrigerator while preheating oven.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bake uncovered until golden brown and eggs have set, around 40 minutes.

Serve immediately.

 

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Egg & Sausage Breakfast Casserole Recipe
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Instructions
  1. Grease a large baking dish with olive oil
  2. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook turkey sausage until browned. Drain turkey on paper towels.
  3. Place bread in the bottom of the prepared pan and top with sausage.
  4. Whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, pepper and paprika.
  5. When well mixed, add the cheese to the milk mixture.
  6. Pour over bread.
  7. Refrigerate for up to 12 hours.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  9. Remove pan from refrigerator while preheating oven.
  10. Bake uncovered until golden brown and eggs have set, this takes around 40 minutes.
  11. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Recipe makes 5 servings

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Cinnamon Roll Casserole Recipe

This Cinnamon Roll Casserole is definitely a special occasion breakfast perfect for a holiday, birthday or weekend morning. As you know, I’m about “healthier” options and treats in moderation. This is a breakfast option I would not eat regularly but it’s definitely a treat I wanted to share for your enjoyment.

 

INGREDIENTS:

2 tsp olive oil

1 (17.5 oz) can refrigerated cinnamon rolls

4 large organic eggs

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 tbsp organic whipped cream cheese

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

Grease a 1-quart baking dish with oil.

Roughly chop the cinnamon rolls and place then in the prepared dish. Reserve the prepared frosting in the refrigerator.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, cream cheese, cinnamon and salt.

Pour mixture over the rolls and refrigerate for up to 12 hours.

Remove baking dish from the refrigerator while the oven is preheating.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Drizzle with reserved frosting and enjoy.

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Cinnamon Roll Casserole Recipe
Instructions
  1. Grease a 1-quart baking dish with oil.
  2. Roughly chop the cinnamon rolls and place them in the prepared dish. Reserve the prepared frosting in the refrigerator.
  3. Whisk together the eggs, milk, cream cheese, cinnamon and salt.
  4. Pour mixture over the rolls and refrigerate for up to 12 hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Remove baking dish from the refrigerator while the oven is preheating.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Drizzle with reserved frosting and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Recipe makes 6 servings

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HEALTHY + SIMPLE PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE RECIPE

It’s the season of pumpkin everything and one of the most popular pumpkin items is… the Pumpkin Spice Latte. We all know Starbucks has their amazing version but with 50 grams of sugar in a grande size, a lot of us look to homemade, healthier versions ((bonus – your bank account will appreciate it too))

I’ve always shared that I did not like coffee. I felt like I was 1 of 10 women out there who fall into that category. I still can’t take pre-workout supplements but I crave a little caffeine. I was on a McDonald’s Diet Coke kick (I still love that but it’s an “enjoy on occasion” type of thing). I tried coffee out for the first time as a more natural energy boost! To my surprise… I loved it.

I’ve been trying all sorts of concoctions to make a yummy drink. Just as always though, it’s got to be simple and tasty.

((more pics of Anthony & I continuing to practice our photography skills at the bottom of this post))

OUTFIT DETAILS (what’s not 3+ years old lol)

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INGREDIENTS:

1 cup dark coffee

1/2 cup full fat coconut milk (from the can)

1 + 1/2 tbsp canned pumpkin

1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.Place all of the ingredients in a blender and process until well mixed.

 

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe
Course Breakfast
Servings
Course Breakfast
Servings
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and process until well mixed.
Recipe Notes

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Blueberry Muffin Smoothie Bowl Healthy Recipe

I am a little late to the smoothie bowl party. For a long while, I saw all sorts of LG Sisters enjoying their smoothies in a bowl, but I didn’t think it way my style. Smoothies are my quick and easy go-to in the morning; I blend and then I enjoy it while getting ready or in the car… rarely do I sit down to eat my smoothie.

However, one of my 2017 resolutions (wow, remember setting New Years goals lol) was to be more intentional with meals: sit down, enjoy the meal not just rush through it.

Last week, I decided to try a smoothie bowl, sitting at the table and eating it with a spoon. I was surprised by how much I liked the switch up. Call me crazy but I swear it tastes different in a bowl haha. What do you think? Are you a fan of the smoothie bowl idea?! Either way, this one tastes great in a bowl of a cup!

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups unsweetened almond milk

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

1 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt

3/4 cup old-fashioned oats

1 tbsp honey

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 cup ice

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Pour into 2 bowls and sprinkle with a few oats and blueberries. Enjoy with a spoon.

 

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Blueberry Muffin Smoothie Bowl
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
  2. Pour into 2 bowls and sprinkle with a few oats and blueberries. Enjoy with a spoon.
Recipe Notes

Recipe makes 2 servings

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HEALTHY YOGURT TOAST RECIPE

If you haven’t had yogurt toast before, you’re in for a real treat with this one! PB Toast has been one of my breakfast staples for as long as I can remember… I’ve been eating it for so long that I can recall my mom making it for me day after day before I headed off to school as a youngster lol. Anyways, I’ve always been a toast in the AM type of gal.

 I’m also sure to include protein with my toast. To share another something about my mom… she was huge on us having protein for “brain power” before school haha. I guess that stuck with me. I’ll do a protein shake, eggs or greek yogurt with my toast, which is what made me think to top my toast with… yogurt!

It then evolved into adding chopped fruit, shredded coconut and chocolate because why the heck not haha.

This is just a personal little goal of mine… I’ve also been trying to add in extra beneficial foods like flax to my smoothies or in this recipe, I added acai powder. If you want to stretch yourself to try it too, go ahead! But, this recipe is still great without it!

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup blueberry or flavored Greek yogurt

2 tsp acai powder

2 slices Ezekiel bread (or bread of choice)

1/2 cup chopped strawberries

2 tbsp dark chocolate chips

1 tbsp shredded, unsweetened coconut

INSTRUCTIONS

 

In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt and acai powder

Toast bread lightly. Spread yogurt mixture between slices.

Top with strawberries, chocolate and coconut.

 

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  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt and acai powder.
  2. Toast bread lightly. Spread yogurt mixture between slices.
  3. Top with strawberries, chocolate and coconut.

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HEALTHY CHOCOLATE CHIP GREEN MUFFIN RECIPE

I’ve been wanting to create a sweet muffin recipe with spinach snuck in forever. The results… these are delicious and green! How stinkin’ adorable are they?! When I whipped up a batch, I ate them with a protein shake for breakfast otherwise they make a great take along item for any meal you’re eating on the go or outside of your home.

INGREDIENTS

3 cups baby spinach

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup coconut oil, room temp

2/3 cup agave syrup

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

1 very ripe banana, mashed

2 cups unbleached flour

3 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

2 tbsp dark chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

Process the spinach and applesauce in a large blender until smooth.

In a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the spinach mixture, coconut oil, agave, vanilla, eggs and banana until smooth. 

Add in the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix until well blended. 

Divide mixture between 6 large cupcake liners, and top with chocolate chips. 

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Let cool on cooling rack.

 

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Chocolate Chip Green Muffin Recipe
Course Breakfast, Sweets
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Course Breakfast, Sweets
Servings
Instructions
  1. Process the spinach and applesauce in a large blender until smooth.
  2. In a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the spinach mixture, coconut oil, agave, vanilla, eggs and banana until smooth.
  3. Add in the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix until well blended.
  4. Divide mixture between 6 large cupcake liners, and top with chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Let cool on cooling rack.
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Recipe makes 6 muffins (1 serving = 2 muffins)

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HEALTHY PUMPKIN OVERNIGHT OATS RECIPE

Is it just me, or are the
days actually getting shorter?! As we head into the holidays, I’m constantly
feeling that my spare time is scarcer. You too?? I think it’s why so many women
struggle to stay healthy over the holidays. But, not us!!
Today’s recipe was inspired
by a lack of time and a love of fall foods ((if you can’t tell already how much
I enjoy pumpkin everything))
Last week, I posted a Sweet Potato & Squash Soup Recipe and I included in it ginger for it’s laundry list of health
benefits. So, I was looking for what I could incorporate into this meal. Thanks
to it’s lovely pumpkin orange color…tumeric took the vote!
Health Benefits of Tumeric:
REDUCES INFLAMMATION –
tumeric’s main ingredient is curcumin, which has been used in India for
thousands of years as a medicinal herb as an anti-inflammatory treatment
MOOD ENHANCEMENT – some
studies have shown tumeric helping in the treatment of depression, linking it
to boosting brain-derived neurotrophic factor levels ((low BNDF levels are
linked to depression)) & some studies have cited curcumin can boost
serotonin and dopamine levels
SKIN IMPROVEMENT – tumeric may
help improve some skin conditions like acne
DIGESTION – gas and bloating
can often be controlled with tumeric
^^I’m down!!!
These overnight oats come
together in just minutes, so you can grab it and go first thing in the morning!
Or even anytime during the day!!
Don’t you just love easy
meals?! Plus, with this one, there’s some room to add in other things you
love….sliced almonds, peanut butter, or chopped pistachios ((what I did))
Ingredients:
½ cup (gluten-free)
old-fashioned rolled oats
½ cup unsweetened vanilla
almond milk
½ cup pumpkin puree
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon kosher salt
*Recipe makes 1 serving

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Instructions:
Mix together the oats,
almond milk, puree, yogurt, turmeric and salt in a medium bowl.
Refrigerator overnight.
Enjoy at room temperature,
or heat briefly in a microwave to desired temperature.
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HEALTHY PUMPKIN PROTEIN SMOOTHIE RECIPE

 Two things I love when it
comes to a meal: flavor & fast. It’s why I love making smoothies. And this
one is another special seasonal recipe because doesn’t fall mean pumpkin
everything?!
Consider this a little bit
of a blank canvas. Do you like cinnamon? Add some in. Do you want some berries?
Add some blueberries in. Are you craving some greens?  Add a handful of baby spinach like I did.
It’s delicious.
The other wonderful thing
about this smoothie… the color matches the beautiful fall landscape!
Ingredients:
1/4 cup plain, nonfat Greek
yogurt
1/4 cup chilled pumpkin
puree
1/4 cup baby spinach
((veggies, why not :))
1/2 ripe banana
¼ tsp vanilla extract
½ teaspoon allspice
1 cup unsweetened almond
milk
½ cup ice
1 scoop vanilla protein
powder
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Instructions:
Combine all the ingredients
in a blender with some ice. Blend until smooth.
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