Plum Tart For One

This healthy plum tart for one is delicious and oh so easy! Bonus: It cooks in the microwave!

1 plum
1 scoop PE Collagen
2 Simple Mills Crunchy Cinnamon Cookies
2 T Oats
1/2 t Linwood’s Ground Flax, Pumpkin & Sunflower Seed Mix
1/2 packet Stevia
pinch of salt

In a small bowl mix together small chunks of plum and one scoop of PE Collagen. Set aside. Fit two cookies in the bottom of a ramekin (or small, pretty, microwavable coffee cup). Pour the plum mixture over the cookies. In the same small mixing bowl (no need to clean it out) mix together the oats, seed mix, Stevia and salt. Crumble that on top of the plum mixture in the ramekin. Microwave for 1 minute.
Add a dollop of non diary whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

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Black Bean & Tomato Soup with InstaBroth

Black Bean & Tomato Soup with InstaBroth is easy to make and will help you stay on track with your fitness goals. This healthy recipe is high in protein and under 500 calories per serving so you can eat a nutrient dense meal and stay warm!

1 clove garlic, minced
1 shallot, chopped
1 t olive oil
3 c InstaBroth, chicken
28 oz diced tomatoes w green chilies
2 15.5 oz cans black beans, drained & rinsed
1 carrot, diced
2 T cooked corn kernels, optional
thyme leaves from 3 thyme sprigs
dash red pepper flakes
cooked chicken, 2 breasts cubed or shredded
salt & pepper to taste
half a bunch of cilantro, chopped, save some for decoration

Add olive oil to dutch oven over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic, cook until shallots soften, about 5 minutes. Add InstaBroth, tomatoes, black beans, carrot, thyme, red pepper flakes and salt & pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer. Use an immersion blender to blend up some of the soup. Or ladle 1 1/2 cups of soup into blender, carefully blend and return blended soup to pot. Add cooked chicken cubes and corn if using. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Before serving add the cilantro.
You can serve the soup as is or add cilantro as decoration. You can also add small dollop of sour cream, shredded cheese, pepitas, tortilla strips. Enjoy!

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Protein Essentials Test Kitchen Helpful Planning Tips:  Did you know that onions and shallots freeze well? They do. Next time you are chopping or slicing an onion, instead of wrapping up the unused half onion and sticking it in the fridge where it is doomed to ultimately wind up in the garbage can,  chop or slice the whole thing, double baggie it, label it and pop it in the freezer. Soups and stews are the perfect place for frozen onions and shallots. For the chicken, left over frozen (thawed) or rotisserie chicken is perfect for this recipe. Another tip, get the corn and carrots from the salad bar at the grocery store, you could even swap out the shallot for onions from the salad bar.

Mexican Iced Coffee w Mocha Collagen

This is a delicious healthy treat! The warmth from the cinnamon and the heat from the spice combined with the mocha hit the perfect flavor note.

1 1/2 c almond milk
1/2 small banana, frozen
small handful of spinach, kale, chard
heaping scoop of Protein Essentials Mocha Collagen Protein Shake
1/2 t cinnamon
1/8 chipotle chili pepper

Add the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. Add ice to a glass and pour shake over ice. Enjoy!

Mexican Iced Coffee

Mexican Iced Coffee with Protein Essentials Mocha Collagen Protein Shake

 

Healthy Beef Fiesta with InstaBroth

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Healthy Beef Fiesta w InstaBroth

2lb eye round beef, cooked*
1 c InstaBroth, beef
2 tomatoes
1 can black beans
1 shallot
1 clove garlic, minced
1 red pepper
7 radishes, sliced
2 c baby spinach, roughly chopped
salt and pepper
handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 handful of fresh parsley, chopped
1 1/2 c brown rice, cooked*
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Add thinly sliced or shredded eye round to large saute pan over medium heat. Add InstaBroth, garlic, black beans, shallots and peppers. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer. Add radishes and spinach. Add salt and pepper to taste. Just before serving add cilantro and parsley. Serve over brown rice, garnish with pepitas. Other toppings or garnishes could include: tortilla chips, sour cream, guacamole, avocado, and shredded cheese. Enjoy!

*Pro tips: Cook the eye round during the day in a slow cooker or cook in oven low and slow. Or you can use any leftover beef; flank steak, beef tenderloin or thicker cut deli roast beef would all work well in this recipe. If using chicken, switch to chicken flavored InstaBroth. Microwave brown rice is a quick and easy weeknight short cut.

Healthy Breakfast w Muesli & Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen

Muesli is a delicious and healthy alternative to oatmeal and granola. Muesli and granola are both made with oats, nuts, seeds, and fruits. Granola is baked with some type of sweetener added; honey or brown sugar. Muesli is typically raw and unsweetened. They’re both healthy breakfast options; both are served with milk, alternative non dairy milk, or yogurt; and they’re equally tasty.

One traditional way to eat Muesli is to let the Muesli soak overnight in liquid, much like overnight oats.

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Muesli with Almond Milk, Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen and Diced Apple.

1/2 c Muesli
1/2 c Almond Milk
1 scoop Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen
Add the ingredients to a dish with a cover, stir. Allow to sit overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning add diced apple, sliced banana, more nuts, a dollop of yogurt, a tablespoon of almond butter, a sprinkle of coconut sugar…..the toppings are endless.
If you like a warm breakfast, you can pop it in the microwave for 15-30 seconds.
This breakfast will provide approximately 13g protein, 6g fiber, 260 calories per serving. Enjoy!

Black Bean & Tomato Soup w InstaBroth

Do you know what most people eat for dinner the night before Thanksgiving? Pizza take out. Yep! With our helpful planning tips below you can eat a nutrient dense meal instead. Black Bean & Tomato Soup with InstaBroth is easy to make and will help you stay on track with your fitness goals. This healthy recipe is high in protein and under 500 calories per serving so you will feel great heading into Thanksgiving Day!

1 clove garlic, minced
1 shallot, chopped
1 t olive oil
3 c InstaBroth, chicken
28 oz diced tomatoes w green chilies
2 15.5 oz cans black beans, drained & rinsed
1 carrot, diced
2 T cooked corn kernels, optional
thyme leaves from 3 thyme sprigs
dash red pepper flakes
cooked chicken, 2 breasts cubed or shredded
salt & pepper to taste
half a bunch of cilantro, chopped, save some for decoration

Add olive oil to dutch oven over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic, cook until shallots soften, about 5 minutes. Add InstaBroth, tomatoes, black beans, carrot, thyme, red pepper flakes and salt & pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer. Use an immersion blender to blend up some of the soup. Or ladle 1 1/2 cups of soup into blender, carefully blend and return blended soup to pot. Add cooked chicken cubes and corn if using. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Before serving add the cilantro.
You can serve the soup as is or add cilantro as decoration. You can also add small dollop of sour cream, shredded cheese, pepitas, tortilla strips. Enjoy!

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Protein Essentials Test Kitchen Helpful Planning Tips:  Did you know that onions and shallots freeze well? They do. Next time you are chopping or slicing an onion, instead of wrapping up the unused half onion and sticking it in the fridge where it is doomed to ultimately wind up in the garbage can,  chop or slice the whole thing, double baggie it, label it and pop it in the freezer. Soups and stews are the perfect place for frozen onions and shallots. For the chicken, left over frozen (thawed) or rotisserie chicken is perfect for this recipe. Another tip, get the corn and carrots from the salad bar at the grocery store, you could even swap out the shallot for onions from the salad bar.

Overnight Oats with Chocolate Collagen

This recipe makes about 3 servings with 189 calories and 10 grams of protein per serving. Now that is a good way to start your day!

3/4 c oats
1 scoop Chocolate Protein Essentials
1 T  flaxseeds
1/2 T chia seeds
3/4 c almond milk
1 small banana, sliced

Put the oats in jar or bowl with a lid. Add 1 scoop Chocolate Protein Essentials, flaxseeds and chia seeds, stir. Add almond milk and sliced banana. Gently stir as to not smush up the bananas too much. Cover with lid and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning stir again. Heat up for 30-40 seconds if desired. If you like a little crunch with your oatmeal, add toppings! Toppings could include: more flaxseed, almond butter, diced apples, almond milk, granola, chopped nuts, pepitas, a dusting of Chocolate PE……..Enjoy!

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Easy Chocolate Sandwich Cookie

Delicious Sandwich Cookie for one – heavy on the protein? Yes, please! (Approx 12g protein)

1 T mascarpone cheese
1/2 scoop PE Chocolate or Mocha
2 gluten free graham crackers

Mix the PE Chocolate or Mocha with room temperature mascarpone cheese until well combined. (You can do it with mascarpone straight out of the fridge – it will just take more elbow grease!) Spread the chocolate mascarpone combo between two gluten free graham crackers. Enjoy!

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Strawberry Orange Skillet Cake

Skillet cakes have been around for a long time. The original skillet cake was a pineapple upside down cake cooked in a cast iron skillet on the stove. Present day skillet cakes are baked in the oven, in the same seasoned cast iron skillets. Any version of skillet cake you try will be warm, comforting and sweetly caramelized in a way that can only be achieved with a cast iron skillet. The Protein Essentials test kitchen recipe is a healthier, less sweet version with a collagen protein boost. Beauty from within skillet cake!

1 c plus 2 T flour
1/4 c Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen
5 T butter, room temperature
3/4 c sugar plus 1 tablespoon
1 1/2 t vanilla
juice of half an orange
1 egg
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1/2 c almond milk
1 1/2 c strawberries, halved

Preheat oven to 375. Prepare skillet by greasing with butter and dusting with flour. Set aside.
Whisk flour, collagen, baking soda, baking powder and salt until well mixed. Set aside.
Beat 5 T butter and 3/4 c sugar in a large bowl. Beat in the vanilla, orange and egg.
Alternate adding flour mixture and almond milk just until batter is moistened throughout.
Spoon the batter into prepared skillet and smooth the top. Decoratively add the strawberries on top. Gently nestle the strawberries into the batter. Sprinkle the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar over the top.
Bake for 35 minutes until deep golden brown. Enjoy!

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