#MeatlessMondayNight Black Bean Dip

Black Bean Green Chili Dip

Well now that football season is in full swing I have to say I feel more complete haha..
unnamedI love football and growing up, as a child into my adulthood eating some delicious food and enjoying a football game was and has been an American tradition. However, just because ill be in front of the TV watching ball doesn’t mean I should eat meaningless calories. I’m totally in for the Silk® Almond Milk #MeatlessMondayNight , if you would like to enter visit www.silk.com/sidelinemeat for recipes and a chance to win a giveaway! Having a more plant-based diet can start with making a change just one day a week – so why not start by sidelining meat during Monday Night Football games this season?

 

My recipe is one of my favorite foods of all times…Beans! There are so many things you can do with beans but here is a quick and convenient black bean green chili dip for your Monday night games that is dairy free. It your not a spicy person you can omit the green chili, I’m just a from New Mexico so we put green chili in everything. It’s delicious! He best way to always cook your beans is through the slow cooker. I love it because ill make a whole pot of beans turn it on high in the morning and by the time I get home the beans are done. Makes it easy and you get to enjoy fresh home cooked beans not the canned ones. This makes a difference. You’ll also love the creaminess of the dip because the dash of Silk® Almond milk. So here is my #MeatlessMondayNight black bean dip your sure to enjoy.SilkAlmondMilk_thumb

 

Ingredients:

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  • 2 cups cooked black beans or 1 can (Highly recommend slow cooking your beans)
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup Silk® Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • ½ Tsp. cumin
  • 2 tablespoons dices green chili’s
  • Minced garlic to taste (Average 1 clove
  • Squeeze half a fresh lime

Blend all together very well in blender or food processor. I honestly just use mu magic bullet if I’m making a small batch. Garnish with fresh slices of avocado, lettuce, and tomato.

 

All done! How simple is that…and its good for you. Hope you all enjoy my #MeatlessMondayNight.

 

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

Peanut Butter Coconut Bites

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These simple clean little peanut butter coconut bites are easy to make and great for a healthy snack for the whole family. Toss them in the fridge and in 30min they are good to go. Ive always had people tell me they love these. I love anything apricot and with the added apricot in this recipe it really brings out an sweet delicious flavor in these bites.

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup apricot (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon wheat germ (optional)
  • 1/2 scoop peanut butter or vanilla Isagenix protein

Preparation of Peanut Butter Energy Balls – Easy No-Bake:

Mix peanut butter, oatmeal, apricots, honey, flax seed, wheat germ and protein powder
Roll mixture into balls, then lay out finely shredded coconut flakes and roll the balls in this mixture, you can also use graham crackers. The flax and wheat germ provide you with healthy fats and fiber.

Once finished just let the balls sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Additional Notes:

You can make some substitutions with the ingredients, such as, the apricots for chocolate chips or chopped nuts. There are many possibilities, just be careful and keep the ratios consistent. I used natural peanut butter which caused my mixture to be more dry. If this is the case add a little milk; about 1/2 tablespoon at a time. Or even better use Almond Butter!!

Banana Protein Ice cream

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Ok as requested… Here is my Banana Protein Ice cream recipe for you all. It is one of the easiest quickest things to make. I like to whip this up after dinner so I can have it ready to eat later in the evening without the guilt. There is many different flavors you can make this depending on the protein you currently have or what your favorite ice-cream is. You can also add any fruit you would like that mixes well with a simple protein powder. For example, frozen cherries are delicious with a Vanilla whey.

For this recipe I will do one of my favorite flavors banana ice-cream.

  • 1 scoop Champion Whey Banana protein (you can use any banana flavor whey you have)
  • 1/2 Banana (this can be taken out if dieting more strict but gives it a great consistency)
  • 1/2tbls peanut butter
  • 4 large ice cubes
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • drop of almond extract
  • If you want to include fruit use 1/4 Unsweetened frozen cherries or any other berry you would like

 

 

If im trying to keep carbs low ill do a few blueberries or strawberries instead. Mix in my magic bullet, pour in a small tupperware and freeze for approx.. 30min! 🙂 Enjoy

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein bars

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These no-bake peanut butter chocolate protein bars are quick, easy and something the whole family will like! I decided to whip out some protein bars seeing how I haven’t made them in awhile. Its always nice to have some clean eating snacks around that you can can grab and go. This recipe I must say turned out delicious! Im sure you will all enjoy them as me and my family did..

Here are the ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats (ground into flour)
  • 1/2 cup Quick Oats
  • 1/3 cup Vanilla Protein Powder (I used an Isolate and not a whey in this batch)
  • 1/2 cup rice cereal (ground up)
  • 1/2 cup all natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 4-5 drops of almond extract
  • 3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips (75% dark or higher)

 

Lets get started…

First step is t mix all your dry ingredients into a bowl (Oat Flour, Oats, Protein Powder, Cereal). I don’t even have a food processor so I used the magic bullet to grind my oats and cereal into flour form. Its important to use the oat flour and the regular quick oats because this is what gives them texture.

Next melt your peanut butter and honey along with the almond extract over medium heat until its all melted together…

 

Combine your ingredients in an bowl and mix awhile to get everything evenly mixed

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Use your hands to firmly press the mixture into a 9×9 baking pan or pyrex dish. Once you have it firmly pressed in the pan you can just toss the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and drizzle on top of the bars.

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Refrigerate for 30minutes then cut the bars into squares and package in ziplock for a grab and go stack 🙂

Tip: If the mixture is dry give or take a little water or greek yogurt