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A Spicy Flatbread Frenzy! Sauteed Sun-Dried Tomato, Red Peppers, Cayenne and Oregano masterpiece.

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Lately I’ve gotten myself into a fabulous flatbread frenzy! After tasting my first flatbread a few weeks ago, I just can’t seem to get enough of them. I LOVE letting my healthy creative mind wonder. Coming up with flatbread toppings is almost as fun as eating the flatbread… almost.

I decided to experiment with spices this week. Oregano, black pepper, Cayenne Pepper and garlic powder seemed like a delicious place to start.

Those spices balanced out with grilled Sun-dried tomatoes, Red peppers, Zucchini slices, garlic coves and Mozzarella cheese ended up being the absolute perfect masterpiece.

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Make sure your front door is locked. I guarantee you that your neighbors will smell your delicious flatbread from miles away and come running!

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5 Minute Vegetarian Panini! A Fitspirational Classic

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In a hurry? Need some thing quick but still want to stay healthy?

This 5 minute vegetarian panini is GREAT because you can pre-prepare 3 different kinds at the beginning of the week, and after a few minutes on a panini maker; they’re ready to eat!

If you pre-prepare all the ingredients you want on your panini, and keep them individually ready-to-eat in your fridge- it makes for a quick and healthy meal on the go.

I made this panini last night in less then 5 minutes and it took me 2 minutes to heat it up today on my pink panini maker. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think sandwiches get any faster then that.

 

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Fast, easy, and delicious; a perfect combination for anyone with a busy schedule!

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Crispy Fresh Sweet Potato Burgers! A sweet spin on a vegetarian patty

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Now that my pallet is expanding, I’m tasting/combining ALL kinds of new ingredients! After I fell head-over-heels in love with sweet potatoes, the possibilities that I can make with them seem to be endless.

This is by far my favorite recipe that I’ve created so far, 100% Vegetarian of course 🙂

Since sweet potatoes are PACKED with iron and tons of vitamins, this is a deliciously healthy meal too! I don’t know about you, but guilt-free burgers sound like heaven to me.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can of white beans (I used cannellini beans)
  • 1/2 sweet potato (baked, peeled and mashed) *it comes out to about 1 cup
  • 1 Tbsp real maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Tahini
  • 1/2 tsp of Cajun seasoning
  • 1/8 cup of wheat flour  (regular flour can be used as well, however wheat flour is a bit healthier)
  • Panko Crumbs
  • Whole Wheat Buns

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Easy Steps:

  1. Bake (or boil) your potatoes. Then peel them and mash them up into a dough-like consistency.
  2. Drain your cannellini beans, add them to your bowl of sweet potatoes.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, excluding the Panko crumbs.
  4. Form your mixture into patty shapes, and coat in Panko Crumbs.
  5. Cook your patties in a light coat of olive oil until golden brown on both sides.
  6. Serve between your whole wheat buns and add your toppings and dressings of choice!

I used Avocado slices, tomatoes and spinach with home made zesty thousand island dressing.

If you double the recipe, you can pre-prepare enough for the whole week. You know how I love pre-preparing food since I’m so busy. Try it out, it’s an excellent time and money saver!

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Zesty Chipotle Hummus

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Sorry… I’m not sorry for this half-eaten hummus picture!

I didn’t even think of snapping a picture before my best friend and I practically devoured it in 5 minutes flat.

Yep it was THAT good.

This is a bit more of an easier way to make hummus. Great for a mid-day snack and it’s the perfect compliment to some flat bread poppyseed chips or even some healthy carrots 🙂

Save yourself some money and time, and make a batch of this zesty deliciousness at home!

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OK… one of us is going to have to change!

OK CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHERE I CAN GET A PAIR OF THESE LITTLE RUNNING SHOES FOR MY YORKIE LOCKET, BUT IN PINK?!?!!?

I might just die happy if 4 mini XXS pink running shoes showed up at my doorstep for Locket.

I love health & fitness almost as much as I love my yorkie… almost!

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Baby-Gourmet Grilled Cheese Panini’s

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These baby gourmet grilled cheese panini’s will take your breath away. Using your pink panini maker (or which ever color panini maker you own, even though pink is the best color of course) eliminates the time it would normally take to bake them in the oven.

Also, using a panini maker eliminates the need to fry them in a pan. This makes these cute little babies much healthier too.

This took a total of 10 minutes, and was worth every second!

Ingredients:
Sauted Portabella Mushrooms
Pesto
Mozerella Cheese
Mini-Chibatta Slices
Caramelized Onions
Oregeno Spices
Avocado Feta Spread

How to:
Caramalize your onions
Saute the portabella mushrooms in all natural honey (which is a sweet delicous substitute for oil)
Spread the bottom half of the chibatta bread with pesto, and the top half with avocado feta spread. You can use what ever spread or dip you like, i just happened to find the Avocado-pesto spread at the farmers market and fell in love with it.
Layer your cheese, sauted portabella mushrooms and caramalized onlions on the chibatta slices
Toss them in your panini maker, and vuala- you have delicious baby gourmet grilled cheese paninis that will impress all your guests!

I paired my mini panini’s with my 2 minute side italian salad, and a home-made fruit smoothie.

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Ps, you can get the recipe for this sensational pineapple strawberry carrot smoothie in the smoothie section of TheFitspirationalBlonde.com 🙂 I guarantee you it will take your tastebuds to wonderland!

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Pre-prepare your healthy snacks: Baked sweet corn

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Corn takes quite a while to bake. If you’re hungry and in a hurry, you’re more likely to grab something unhealthy because of your lack of time, such as icecream or a bag of chips.
By pre-preparing healthy snacks such as baked corn, you don’t have to wait so long when you’re hungry and in a hurry!

**Like my yellow nail polish?!? It matches the corn perfectly haha I didn’t even plan that!

When you’re ready to snack, simply bake a few pieces of corn at once, keep them in the fringe, and just reheat a piece in less then 3 minutes!

This will make you less tempted to get your hands on junk food.