Tasty Tumeric Collagen Drink

Tumeric is a powerful ancient spice that boasts a number of health benefits due to its strong anti-oxidant and anti-infammatory properties. Combine tumeric with Protein Essentials Collagen Peptides for a powerful punch. This tasty tumeric infused morning blend will help you face whatever the day may bring!

1 cup of almond milk
1/2 an apple
2 scoops Protein Essentials Collagen Peptides
1/2 teaspoon tumeric
1/4 teaspoon each ginger cardamon, and cinnamon
1 teaspoon raw honey
a tiny pinch of salt
Add all the ingredients to a blender. Blend until desired consistency is achieved. Enjoy!

Tumeric Apple Drink

Slow Cooker Brisket w InstaBroth

4 lb brisket
3 red onions, quartered
3 carrots, halved
6 cloves garlic, smashed & roughly chopped
1 T apple cider vinegar
4 c InstaBroth, beef
1/2 c ketchup
3 T mustard
2 T Worcestershire Sauce
3 T tomato paste
1 t coconut sugar
salt & pepper
1 T olive oil

Heat olive oil over medium heat in large skillet. Pat dry brisket and sprinkle it generously with salt and pepper. Sear the brisket on all sides until light color develops – approximately 5 minutes per side.
Put the onions in the bottom of the slow cooker, followed by the carrots and garlic. Place the seared meat on top of the vegetables.
Mix together the ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire Sauce, tomato paste and coconut sugar. Spread it on top of the brisket.
Pour the apple cider and the InstaBroth into the slow cooker.
Cover and set timer to low heat for 8 hours.
Remove brisket from slow cooker, allow to cool slightly and slice or shred. Enjoy!






This recipe is adapted from Trisha Yearwood’s Food Network recipe found here.



No Fuss Marinade with Big Taste

This is the easiest marinade ever – and it yields delicious results! Here is how to use it with flank steak.

2 c InstaBroth, chicken
3/4 c teriyaki sauce
1 flank steak

Whisk the teriyaki sauce with the InstaBroth. Pour 1/4 of the marinade in the bottom of a 9×13 dish. Add the flank steak to the dish, cover with remaining marinade. Refrigerate covered flank steak overnight. Heat your grill to high. While you are waiting for grill to warm up, remove flank steak from refrigerator, allow it to warm up a bit on counter, up to 30 minutes. The gelatin in the InstaBroth will turn the marinade into almost jello or jelly consistency. (It’s not appetizing looking, but fear not!) Scrape most of the gelatinized marinade off both sides of the steak. Grill on high 4-6 minutes a side, depending on the thickness of your flank steak, to achieve internal temperature of 125. Allow steak to rest. Slice thinly. Enjoy!


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!



Easy Healthy Veggie Packed Stir-Fry

This super healthy dish is easy, delicious and low calorie. If you leave out the meatballs, it is the perfect Meatless Monday dish. You could even add mushrooms or tofu as a meat substitution. This recipe serves 4-5 people.

1 package Mann’s Power Blend (Shredded brussel sprouts, napa cabbage, kohlrabi,
broccoli, carrots & kale.)
1 Mann’s Nourish Bowl, Monterey Risotto Flavor (kale, kohlrabi, brown rice, butternut squash w roasted garlic sauce.)
1 T or 1 scoop Protein Essentials InstaBroth, Chicken Flavor
1/2 c warm water
1 Package Aidells Chicken Meatballs, Carmelized Onion Flavor
1 t olive oil
1 shallot, sliced
1 clove black garlic, smashed
salt & pepper

Bake Meatballs in oven at 375 for 8-10 minutes according to the package directions.
Meanwhile, in a large pan over medium heat, saute garlic and shallot in olive oil for a minute. Add the Mann’s Power Blend. Stir and cook. Add salt and pepper. Follow directions on Mann’s Nourish Bowl (open sauce packet & rice packet, combine with kale, microwave 3 min.) While the Nourish Bowl is in microwave, add InstaBroth powder to warm water. Stir until combined. Add to Superfood Blend on stove. Stir to combine. Add the Nourish Bowl contents to the Superfood Blend on stove. Stir. Finally, add the cooked meatballs to the vegetable blend in the pan on the stove.
If desired, serve over rice, quinoa, couscous or pasta. Enjoy!

Extra, super time saver: most of these ingredients are available at Target #multitasking!



Spicy Turkey Sloppy Joe’s

2 lbs ground turkey
1 1/2 c diced tomatoes (or 1 can)
5 scallions, finely chopped
medium red pepper
1 t salt
1 t pepper
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t paprika
1/4 t smoked paprika
1/2 t red pepper flakes
1 t coconut sugar
3-4 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped
1 t fresh oregano, chopped
1/4 c basil, chopped
1 T olive oil
3/4 c InstaBroth
1 can tomato paste
1/2 c tomato sauce
smoked mozzarella cheese, optional

Place pepper directly on burner set to medium high and char on all sides. Watch the pepper closely, turning often. Once pepper is blackened, place it in a paper lunch bag to cool. Brown the turkey over medium heat. Use a paper towel to remove the shiney and blackened outer skin from the pepper. Cut open, remove seeds and dice. Set aside. Combine salt, pepper, garlic, paprika, smoked paprika red pepper flakes and coconut sugar. Whisk until well combined. Add to browned turkey meat, stir to coat. Add diced tomatoes, scallions and red peppers. Stir. Add InstaBroth, olive oil, tomato paste and tomato sauce. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and add fresh thyme, oregano and basil. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Preheat oven to 350.
Spoon mixture onto hamburger buns and top with very thinly sliced smoked mozzarella. Bake Sloppy Joe’s until cheese has melted, about 2 minutes. Alternately, you could add Sloppy Joe mix to a sweet potato, a spinach and kale salad or a wrap. Enjoy!



10 Easy Ways to Add Collagen Protein to Your Daily Routine

  1. Add a scoop to your morning cup of coffee or tea. You will not notice a difference. Protein Essentials Collagen with Peptan is tasteless and odorless.
  2. Having heart healthy oatmeal for breakfast? Excellent choice, especially when you stir in a scoop of collagen. This also works great in overnight oats or quinoa.
  3. More of an eggs for breakfast person? Collagen is your friend here too. When you are whisking your eggs, whisk in a scoop of Protein Essentials Collagen.
  4. Yogurt is a popular and healthy choice for snacks and lunch. Stir in some collagen to pump up the protein and help you feel full longer.
  5. Another high protein snack is nut butter with apple slices and celery. Stir a scoop of Protein Essentials Collagen into your nut butter and you will increase your protein by 7 grams!
  6. Collagen infused smoothies are a great snack, remember if you are having a smoothie as a snack to practice portion control. Add nutrient rich greens to ensure your smoothie is a healthy snack.
  7. Iced Tea is a popular summer refresher that is now available in an array of fresh flavors. Stir in some collagen, and you will be sipping a protein rich refreshment.
  8. Having a salad with dinner? Stir some collagen into your dressing for a lovely protein boost.
  9. Stir a scoop or two of collagen into your marinara for a protein rich spaghetti dinner. Perfect protein bump!
  10. Pancakes for dinner? Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?! It’s easy to add Protein Essentials Collagen to your pancake mix – swap out a 1/4 cup of flour and replace it with collagen. Delicious Protein Pancakes!

Check out our website http://www.proteinessentials.com for recipes.

Delicious Use of Leftover Vegetables

Cooked too many vegetables for dinner last night? Seems to happen all the time! Here is a tasty and healthy way to use up those leftover veggies, while maximizing protein. This super fast leftover veggie sauce would make a great meal for a meatless Monday.

1 c InstaBroth, chicken flavored
leftover vegetables
minced garlic, optional
salt & pepper to taste
dash of thyme
dash of oregano

Using 1/2 a cup of InstaBroth to begin, blend all the ingredients in a strong blender or food processor. Add additional InstaBroth to get desired consistency. Pour over quinoa, couscous, rice or pasta. The heat from the cooked pasta will warm the vegetable sauce. This healthy sauce would also be great on a wrap. Enjoy!

Beauty Cookies

The Protein Essentials test kitchen tried out Peptan’s recipe for Beauty Cookies. We made a few modifications, and the results were stunning!

1 1/2 c flour
1 c Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen
1/2 c sugar
1 c butter, softened
2 large eggs
1/2 c sliced almonds
1 t vanilla extract
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt

Preheat oven to 325. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, collagen, baking soda and salt.
In large bowl using hand mixer beat eggs and sugar until fluffy and light. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Add the flour mixture gradually and beat until the ingredients come together as a dough. Stir in the almond pieces.
Scoop about 1/2 a tablespoon of dough per cookie, place on cookie sheet, allowing space for the cookies to expand slightly. Wet the back of a spoon in a cup of cold water, this will prevent the spoon from sticking to the dough.  Use the back of the spoon to smush down the dough into cookie rounds. The cookies should be about 1/4 inch thick. At this point you can add additional decoration if desired. We used chocolate chips, red and green confetti and vanilla sugar; just sprinkle a few decorations on top of each cookie.
Bake the cookies for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Move to wire rack and allow to cool.






Cranberry, Blueberry & Cacao Smoothie

This breakfast is brimming with berries. The ratio of berries to oats is high – if you’re not at big cranberry & blueberry fan, reduce the berries to 1/4 c each.

1/2 c dried cranberries
1/2 c frozen blueberries
1T chia seeds
1T cacao nibs
1 c milk (almond milk, skim milk, soy milk all work)
3/4 c oats
1 scoop Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen
tiny bit of salt

Mix it all up in a bowl/jar with a lid. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, stir again. Add your favorite toppings…..almond butter, diced apple, granola, flaxseed……This breakfast is filling and good for you. You can pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds to warm it up on a chilly morning.

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