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Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie

Try this healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie for a delicious variation on a fruit-based smoothie. The cream cheese adds just the right amount of cheesecake-like creaminess to make this smoothie a decadent, yet healthy treat.

Try this healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie for a delicious variation on a fruit-based smoothie. The cream cheese adds just the right amount of cheesecake-like creaminess to make this smoothie a decadent, yet healthy treat.This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

My Vitamix has never been so happy! These are a few of my favorite things: smoothies, cheesecake, and strawberries. So when I decided to throw a dollop of cream cheese into my Vitamix one morning, I also grabbed a few frozen strawberries, because #strawberrycheesecake, ya’ll! Of course, I kept it healthy with unsweetened coconut milk and my favorite vanilla protein powder. For sweetness, I added frozen banana chunks, but if you need to keep this Keto, just leave the bananas out; the strawberries may provide enough sweetness for you!

Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie

As always, I like to blend my smoothies in stages in a high-powered blender such as a Vitamix or Blendtec (I use this one) to ensure the most, uh… smooth outcome. I mean, it’s called a smoothie, right? 😉

First to go in the blender is the liquid. I use coconut milk (from the carton) but almond milk would work fine, too. Then I add my protein powder and blend. Then I add the cream cheese and blend again. Lastly, I add the frozen banana and frozen strawberries. If at this point your smoothie is too thick, just add a dash of water to thin it out.

Try this healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie for a delicious variation on a fruit-based smoothie. The cream cheese adds just the right amount of cheesecake-like creaminess to make this smoothie a decadent, yet healthy treat.

I hope you try this yummy smoothie, especially while fresh strawberries are in season. I love to get a bucket of gorgeous, ripe strawberries at our farmer’s market, wash and dry them well, trim the green leaves off the top and bag them up for the freezer for my smoothies. Ah ~ the goodness! Enjoy!
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Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie
 
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Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (or almond milk)
  • ¾ cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • ⅓ cup cream cheese
  • water to thin out if too thick
Instructions
  1. Note: This smoothie yields the best consistency if blended in stages.

  2. In a high-powdered blender, add coconut milk, protein powder, and blend until combined.

  3. Add cream cheese and blend again.

  4. Add in frozen banana and frozen strawberries and blend well.

  5. Pour into glass and enjoy!

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Try this healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie for a delicious variation on a fruit-based smoothie. The cream cheese adds just the right amount of cheesecake-like creaminess to make this smoothie a decadent, yet healthy treat.Try this healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie for a delicious variation on a fruit-based smoothie. The cream cheese adds just the right amount of cheesecake-like creaminess to make this smoothie a decadent, yet healthy treat.Try this healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie for a delicious variation on a fruit-based smoothie. The cream cheese adds just the right amount of cheesecake-like creaminess to make this smoothie a decadent, yet healthy treat.Try this healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie for a delicious variation on a fruit-based smoothie. The cream cheese adds just the right amount of cheesecake-like creaminess to make this smoothie a decadent, yet healthy treat.

 

 

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15 Luscious Lemon Desserts

For a tangy and sweet dessert, consider making something with a twist of lemon. From cakes, to ice cream, from pies to tarts and from cookies to cupcakes, here are 15 luscious lemon desserts that you’ll want to make today!

For a tangy and sweet dessert, consider making something with a twist of lemon. From cakes, to ice cream, from pies to tarts and from cookies to cupcakes, here are 15 luscious lemon desserts that you’ll want to make today!This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

If you’re a lemon lover, then these luscious lemon desserts are for you! Any of these desserts would be perfect for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays or spring and summer treats. Enjoy!

Rosemary Lemon Cake by The Little Epicurean

Rosemary Lemon Cake

Lemon Coconut White Chocolate Gooey Bars by Averie Cooks
Lemon Coconut White Chocolate Gooey Bars

Lemon Coconut Cake by Sally’s Baking Addiction
Lemon Coconut Cake


Lemon Cookie-Coconut Truffles by Lorie’s Mississippi Kitchen
Lemon Cookie-Coconut Truffles

Lemon Meringue Pie by Simply Recipes

Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Raspberry Layer Cake by Life Love and Sugar
Lemon Raspberry Layer Cake


Lemon Meringue Ice Cream by Love and Olive Oil
Lemon Meringue Ice Cream

Luscious Lemon Mousse Cake by Baking Sense
Luscious Lemon Mousse Cake

Lemon Almond Cheese Danish by The Chunky Chef
Lemon Almond Cheese Danish

Gluten Free Blueberry Lemon Bundt Cake by Allergy Free Alaska
Gluten Free Blueberry Lemon Bundt Cake

Lemon Macaroons by Saving Dessert
Lemon Macaroons


Meyer Lemon Tart by Kitchen Confidante
Meyer Lemon Tart

Lemon Cupcakes with Strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream by The Cookie Writer
Lemon Cupcakes with Strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake by Chocolate Moosey
Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars by The Girl Who Ate Everything

Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars


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Quick and Easy Chicken Fiesta Skillet

This quick and easy one-pan chicken fiesta skillet can be on the table in just 30 minutes. It’s a healthy and satisfying meal, perfect for busy weeknights. You can easily pair it with yummy sides like rice and refried beans, or even a fresh salad.

Easy Chicken Fiesta SkilletThis post contains Amazon affiliate links.

What I love about this chicken fiesta skillet meal is that it’s so easy to put together. It’s quick because you’re making it all in just one pan. Whether you use a cast-iron skillet like this one, or a stainless steel skillet, this dish comes together with minimal work.

Here’s how it goes down.

  • First, prep your veggies and herbs. Slice and dice the onion and peppers and set aside. Chop the cilantro and set aside.
  • Second, prep your chicken. Slice it into bite-sized chunks and set aside.
  • Third, prep your canned and/or frozen veggies. Rinse and drain the black beans. Do the same for the corn if you’re using canned corn instead of frozen.
  • Fourth, have all your spices at the ready.
  • Fifth, fire up the skillet and get ready to roll!

From here, it’s as simple as adding the onions and peppers to skillet and letting them soften a bit before adding the chicken and spices. Let the chicken brown a bit and then throw in the beans and corn. Cook a bit, taste, re-season if necessary and you’re practically done!

Easy Chicken Fiesta Skillet

Between the stages of cooking and browning, you might want to grate some cheese, prepare an avocado, slice a lime or two, if you want to serve those with the fiesta skillet. You might want to serve this over a brown rice, so factor that in if it’s something that your family likes.

Don’t wait for Cinco de Mayo to make this – throw it together tonight and be sure to keep it in your quick and easy rotation of tasty dinners to make!

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Quick and Easy Chicken Fiesta Skillet
 
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Quick and Easy Chicken Fiesta Skillet
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 
½ medium red onion, diced
  • 2 red or green bell peppers, diced
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1½ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 1 t. ground cumin
  • 1 t. smoked paprika
  • 1 t. Mexican oregano
  • ½ t. chipotle powder
  • 1 14-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 
1 c. frozen or canned sweet yellow corn
  • ½ c. fresh cilantro, roughly chopped, divided
  • 2 T. fresh lime juice
  • Optional, to serve:
  • 
½ c. Monterey Jack, shredded
  • 1 large avocado, chopped
  • 
1 large lime, sliced into 8 wedges
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and peppers and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the veggies are soft and slightly caramelized, around 7-8 minutes.


  2. Add chicken, ground cumin, smoked paprika, Mexican oregano, and chipotle powder and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is lightly browned on all sides, around 3-4 minutes. Season with additional salt and black pepper, to taste.

  3. Stir in black beans and frozen corn. Cook, stirring once or twice, until everything is warmed through, around 6-8 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings, as desired. 


  4. Remove from heat and stir in half of the fresh cilantro and lime juice. If using, sprinkle cheese on top and cover with until cheese melts. Serve immediately topped with remaining cilantro, chopped avocado, and fresh lime wedges, if desired. Enjoy!

 

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This quick and easy one-pan chicken fiesta skillet can be on the table in just 30 minutes. It's a healthy and satisfying meal perfect for busy weeknights. You can easily pair it with yummy sides like rice and refried beans, or even a fresh salad.
This quick and easy one-pan chicken fiesta skillet can be on the table in just 30 minutes. It's a healthy and satisfying meal perfect for busy weeknights. You can easily pair it with yummy sides like rice and refried beans, or even a fresh salad.
This quick and easy one-pan chicken fiesta skillet can be on the table in just 30 minutes. It's a healthy and satisfying meal perfect for busy weeknights. You can easily pair it with yummy sides like rice and refried beans, or even a fresh salad.


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Easy Homemade Organic Salsa

This easy and healthy organic homemade salsa recipe uses all fresh ingredients and comes together in just 20 minutes. Amp up the heat factor by adding more jalapeño. Keeps well in the refrigerator, so make a double batch for later!

Homemade Organic SalsaThis post contains Amazon affiliate links.

This easy homemade organic salsa is a must for all your Mexican or Tex-Mex dishes, but we like to keep it around to snack on with our favorite tortilla chips. I’ve also been known to use it as a salad dressing. (ahem). What? It’s just that good.

What I love about it is that it’s all natural and fresh. I like to buy organic tomatoes, peppers, onions, limes and cilantro for this recipe, that way I know I’m really making a super healthy salsa. Your local farmer’s market is a great place to find fresh tomatoes and peppers if you don’t grow them yourself, or have a neighbor who likes to share their bounty with you. 🙂

Homemade Organic Salsa

The salsa ingredients spend a little time in the sauté pan (I use my cast-iron skillet) to really bring out the flavor as well as help them blend a bit more. To chunk it up a little further, after the ingredients have cooled, I use an immersion blender like this one to make it less chunky. You could also throw it in a blender, but I like the immersion blender for two reasons: 1) less cleanup (hooray!) and 2) I have more control over how thin or chunky I want the salsa to be.

Homemade Organic Salsa

Serve it up in a pretty bowl and enjoy!
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Easy Homemade Organic Salsa
 
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This easy and healthy organic homemade salsa recipe uses all fresh ingredients and comes together in just 20 minutes. Amp up the heat factor by adding more jalapeño. Keeps well in the refrigerator, so make a double batch for later.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ medium organic yellow onion, diced small
  • 1 medium organic green bell pepper, diced small
  • 
1 medium organic jalapeño, finely chopped
  • 
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 large organic tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 
½ t. dried Mexican oregano
  • ¼ t. smoked paprika
  • ¼ - ½ t. crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ c. water
  • 2½ T. fresh organic lime juice
  • 2-3 T. fresh organic cilantro, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and jalapeño and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion and peppers become soft, around 4-5 minutes.


  2. Add tomatoes, Mexican oregano, smoked paprika, crushed red pepper flakes, and water. Stir to combine and reduce heat to medium-low. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for another 4-5 minutes 



  3. Remove from heat and set aside to cool for a few minutes. Once slightly cool, puree mixture with an immersion blender, leaving slightly chunky, or transfer to a regular blender or food processor and pulse a couple of times until just blended.


  4. Transfer salsa to a bowl and stir in fresh lime juice and cilantro. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired. Serve immediately or cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to use. Enjoy!

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This easy and healthy organic homemade salsa recipe uses all fresh ingredients and comes together in just 20 minutes. Amp up the heat factor by adding more jalapeño. Keeps well in the refrigerator, so make a double batch for later.This easy and healthy organic homemade salsa recipe uses all fresh ingredients and comes together in just 20 minutes. Amp up the heat factor by adding more jalapeño. Keeps well in the refrigerator, so make a double batch for later.

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