Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potato Skillet with Bacon and Apples

Bacon.  Is there anything it can’t do?   For some reason (I mean it’s really not a major mystery), bacon is perfect for sprucing up the perfect food that is fall produce.  C’mon now.  All of the squashes, cauliflower, brussels and broccoli in the fall cooked with magic turn into something magical.  You feel me? 

But in all seriousness, how it it even possible that Halloween is this weekend?  I feel like time is just flying by!  But it’s all good.  I’ve been able to do pretty much all of the super typical fall activities that I’ve wanted to do this month.  Apple picking- check.  Pumpkin patch – check.  Lots of fall walks on the trails with the gorgeous foliage – check.  Carving pumpkins- going to happen tonight!  And this weekend am going out with friends for Halloween.  Want to know what we’re going to be? There are four of us.   We found these sweet Angry Birds costumes that requires all 4.  Please tell me you know what this means. It’s going to be awesome.  I’ll show you on Instagram if you’re into that ;)  

Brussels Sprouts, Bacon and Apple Skillet

 And hopefully we can hit up a haunted house this weekend.  I haven’t gone to one of those in years.  Probably for the best, as I get scared pretty easily.  Which is probably why I’ve been avoiding watching a scary Halloween movie with the hub, even though he’s been insisting.  ‘TIS THE SEASON, he says.  I’ll probably cave.  Do you like scary movies?  As long as they are not “true stories”, I suppose I can deal. I SUPPOSE. 

Enough rambling from your girl.  Here is this week’s recipe! Have you noticed I’ve been trying to get one recipe up on the blog per week?  Yay! I hope you’ve been loving it. 

Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes with Apples and Bacon

This is a really easy skillet that basically combines all of this season’s beautiful produce: brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes and apples.  And we already covered the most important detail ;)  So basically: NUTRITION.  So much of it.  Beta carotene, vitamin C, (did you know one cup of brussels sprouts has 124% of your daily vitamin C daily recommendation?!) fiber, potassium, vitamin A- lots of good stuff for you. 

I made this on a weekday night when I had some bacon that I had to cook up and a ton of apples leftover from apple picking.  Wanting to incorporate them both, this brussels sprouts and sweet potato skillet with bacon and apples dish was born.  #boom.  Did I mention this is a ONE POT MEAL?  I know.  Basically heaven. Sweet, crunchy, tangy and satisfying.  I loved this dish.  Perfect for a chilly fall night! 

Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potato Skillet with Bacon and Apples
Serves 2
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb Brussels Sprouts
  2. 1 large Apple (I used pink lady but any kind will work)
  3. 3 pieces of Natural, Uncured, no Nitrates-Added Bacon
  4. 1 Large Sweet Potato
  5. 1 TB Apple Cider Vinegar
  6. Lots of Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Begin by cooking your bacon over low to medium-low heat.
  2. While the bacon cooks, start preparing your brussels sprouts. Cut off the stem end (the white part) and then cut in half.
  3. Peel and dice both the sweet potato and apple.
  4. When the bacon is crispy, remove from pan and set aside. Leave fat in the pan.
  5. Carefully place the sweet potato cubes and brussels sprouts in the same pan. Make sure that the sweet potatoes are in pretty small cubes, or else they won't be finished cooking at the same time as the brussels. Toss in the bacon fat and add lots of salt and pepper.
  6. When both the potato and sprouts have lots of color (about 8-10 minutes), add the apple and dash of apple cider vinegar.
  7. Let cook for another 5 minutes.
  8. Taste test and add more salt and pepper if needed.
  9. Toss with crumbled bacon pieces.
  10. Serve!
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 What is your favorite fall activity that you’ve done this October? 

Tell me your Halloween costume!

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xoxo

Alisha

Skoop Protein Powder Review: Pumpkin Spice Protein Waffles

Oh hey there, good looking! Question for you:  Are you sick of pumpkin-everything this season yet?  NONSENSE!  It’s not possible.  Especially since I haven’t even posted a pumpkin recipe for you yet this month.  And we’re almost to Halloween.  Say whaaaat???  I’m going to say I’ve redeemed myself with this one because these Pumpkin Spice Protein Waffles are life-changing.  Or maybe they’re fall-changing.  You know what I mean?  You know what I mean ;)

  So of course the key to this recipe a high-quality protein powder.  Now I am really excited to introduce you to quite possibly my favorite new brand of PLANT-BASED protein powder. Ahem.  Excuse me and my excitement on this one.   I truly only get excited about certain brands and products that genuinely align with my beliefs, and luckily Skoop has everything that I look for in a product.  Chyea!

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 Skoop graciously provided me with a big ol’ bag of this crack stuff in exchange for a review.  So here’s the deal.  I’m usually not very impressed with the taste of most plant-based protein powders – they’re usually extremely chalky and just…meh.  But this one actually tastes great.  Not to mention the other awesome-ness it has going on:

  • Complete Amino Acids 
  • GMO, Gluten, Soy and Diary Free
  • Probiotics
  • Easily Digestible
  • Full of Antioxidants
  • 10 Servings of Fruits and Veggies
  • Fatty Acids to aid in hormone function and great looking skin

So let’s see what we have here great tasting- check high-quality ingredients- check plant based -check  super awesome company – check.  Here’s why!! You’re going to die. I did when I found out what they do.  So for every serving of Skoop you buy, they donate 1 serving of fruits and veggies to the Chef Ann Foundation that provides real, fresh fruits and veggies to public school lunch programs all over the country.  I mean!!! I don’t know about you, but I just love when companies give back to a cause that they are genuinely passionate about.  Healthy food is IT for Skoop.  *Brownie points*

I’m obsessed that I’ve finally found a protein powder that is made from real, 100% organic WHOLE foods and free of diary, GMOS and soy that actually tastes great!  <3 I’m in love. 

I’ve been playing around with lots of different ways to consume it- with almond milk right after a yoga class (super creamy but did have a few clumps, although it wasn’t a game-changer), protein pancakes, protein waffles (recipe below) and in my green smoothies.  All are wins!  One serving contains 160 cals with 16 grams of protein (dangggg) and 6 grams of fiber (double danggg!).  

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 But obviously my favorite way to eat it is with the recipe I’m sharing with ya.  Of course you can use your favorite protein powder, but I used Skoop in this one.   Sooooo when you make this, do me a fave?  1. Take a pic (obvs… if you didn’t take a picture, you didn’t eat it, right?).  2.  Upload to instagram.  3. Tag me (@alishasappetite) and Skoop (@healthyskoop) and we’ll spread the love! And get inspired by what creative toppings you put on your waffles :)  

OH and remember that you can make straight up pancakes with this recipe, too.  Instead of cooking it in a waffle maker, just cook a pan like you would normal pancakes.  Whatever floats ya boat.  

And it’s your lucky day- if you want to purchase this protein powder yourself (which, duh of course you do!), you can enter the code APPETITE10 to get 10% off of your entire order.  SAY WHAAAAT?  Yes. 

Pumpkin Spice Protein Waffles
A simple
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup 100% pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie puree!)
  2. 2 eggs, beaten
  3. 1 scoop of Skoop Protein Powder
  4. 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
  5. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  7. Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Turn on your waffle maker and either roll some coconut oil, butter or spray on it so that you can prevent this beauty from sticking.
  2. Now grab your bowl and beat the 2 eggs in it. Add the pumpkin and mix together. Add the Skoop protein powder, spices and salt. Mix until well combined and there aren't any lumps.
  3. Pour into your waffle maker and cook until crispy.
  4. Top with favorite condiments of choice: pumpkin butter, real maple syrup, pumpkin syrup, chia seeds, nut butter, etc. Options are endless!
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  Enjoy, lovely!   Please share this post with someone you think would appreciate the recipe and/or learn about a new protein powder- facebook, instagram, email or pinterest.  They all work ;) As always, you’re the bomb.com

xoxo Alisha  

Even though Skoop provided me with the product free of charge in exchange for a review, all opinions are my own.  Please remember that I only accept product reviews on items that I truly care about and that align with what I believe in.  

10 Yoga Poses for your Best Nights Sleep Ever!

Is it hard for you to unwind for the night?  Maybe you find your mind still racing when you get into bed and wish that you were able to fall asleep a lot easier, huh?  Gurrllllll (or guys), I’ve gotchu.  You know this! Check it out. 

I’ve never had a hard time sleeping (very grateful for that), but my hubby on the other hand is a different story.  Sometimes he has very stressful days and needs to do some serious de-stressing before he hops into bed.  And as a new yoga-teacher (!!), it’s my duty to spread the love and light and bring some nighttime yoga to help calm his mind before bed.  So of course I give him a 20-30 minute calming yoga sequence. Duh!

Here is the general routine we’ve been doing recently and every time he has such a better night sleep than if he didn’t do it!   Not shocking, though, since studies have shown that yoga can help with insomnia.  The team over at Casper, a new sleep startup specializing in memory foam mattresses, asked me to share some of my favorite nighttime yoga poses with you.  You know I’m down for this!

BUT FIRST.  You must have (strongly recommend):

  • Lots of lighted candles. Turn off all artificial lights to start calming the mind and letting the body know it’s preparing for sleep. 
  • A cup of tea. 
  • Calming spa music.  I always put on the Spa Radio on Pandora.  It’s the bomb.com

Be sure to stay in each pose for at least 10 very long, deep breaths before moving onto the next pose.  If there is a pose on one side of the body be sure to do it on the other side :)  

Prepare to a beautiful night’s sleep, friends.  Please enjoy our 10 Yoga Poses for your Best Nights Sleep Ever!

10 yoga poses for your best nights sleep ever

Child's Pose

Thread the Needle PoseSeated Neck Rolls

Seated Side Bend PoseSeated forward foldBound Seated Single Leg Pose

Supine Twist

 

Supported Bridge Power

Legs on the wall poseSavasana

 Stay in savasana for as long as you need to be calm.  Go straight to bed!

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Bonus points if you can get your partner/hubby/best friend/mom/dad/dog to rub this amazing stuff on your neck and back while you’re in savasana.  ;) (It’s what we use on our students at my yoga studio! shhhhh it’s our little secret). 

Sweet dreams <3 <3 <3

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peace, love & happiness 

-Alisha

What Alisha Ate + Paleo Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with Kale, Beef and Marinara

  Oh heyyyy there!  It’s been a hot minute since I’ve showed ya’ll what I’ve been eating every so often (unless you follow me on Instagram you see a lot more!), but I’ve decided to bring it back since it’s been requested.  Ask and you shall receive.  

I’m just going to highlight a couple of my fave meals from this past week or so.  I’ve been eating a ton of fall produce as of late: brussels sprouts, squash, apple, more squash and potatoes.  It’s magical.  I would say that fall is my favorite season for in-season produce, but I say that no matter what season it is.  I don’t discriminate against food. I LOVE IT ALL. 

So here we have a what I like to call “throw everything in a skillet and top with eggs” meal.  These happen on the regular and I never get sick of them. This one had chickpeas, brussels sprouts, onions, sauerkraut, eggs and avocado. And of course smothered in hot sauce post pic.  Do I even have to tell you that anymore? ;)   Just assume everything I eat has hot sauce.  90% at least hehe. 

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Salads for lunch are still happening most days. This one had chickpeas, apples and carrots.  Plus a yummy tahini dressing that I’ve been obsessing over lately.  Can’t. Stop Making. It. IMG_0326

Lovely breakfast here of eggs, spicy salsa, avocado, whole wheat flatbread and some blueberries/blackberries.  Simple and easy. IMG_0310

This breakfast sort of just happened the other day and it was incredible.  I love when I can incorporate squash and the (1 million apples we have to eat after apple picking last weekend) into my breakfast either sweet or savory.  This one had cooked apples, maple syrup, cinnamon, eggs and more cinnamon.  I can’t even.  SO GOOD. IMG_0414

Now here’s the doozy you’ve been waiting for since I teased this baby on Facebook recently.  You are going to lurveeee how easy this is!  And full of nutrients and vitamins and all the good stuff.  But most importantly, satisfying and leaves you feeling amazing afterwards.  

I’m going to let you in a little secret first, okay?  BUT DON’T TELL because I kind of want to keep this on the DL, buttttt

ALDIS IS NOW OFFERING ORGANIC, 100% GRASS-FED BEEF!!!!  Ahem.  Excuse me and my excitement over this.  If you have a local Aldis (I’m so sorry if you don’t!), and they don’t have this in yet, I would just ask the manage if they can get it int! This brand blows my mind and I love that Aldis sells a lot of their high quality products.  So let’s keep this between us, okay?  Okay. 

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I decided to stuff my spaghetti squash with it and added some kale + marinara sauce and some other goodies.  ENJOY and if you make this please tag me on Facebook or Instagram so I can see your beautiful creation!  

You’re going to love this Paleo Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with Kale, Beef, and Marinara.  It’s kind of like the lazy girl’s health-ified spaghetti and meat sauce.  Kind of.  Except instead of feeling blah after eating spaghetti, you will feel fab with the squash + kale.   
Paleo Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with Kale, Beef and Marinara

 

Paleo Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with Kale, Beef and Marinara
Serves 2
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 large spaghetti squash
  2. 1 lb grass-fed, organic ground beef
  3. 1/2 pound kale (can use 1 whole bunch of you want!)
  4. 1 yellow onion
  5. 2 garlic cloves
  6. 1 lb organic, low-sodium, low-sugar marinara sauce
  7. 1 bay leaf
  8. Olive oil (or fat of choice)
  9. Salt and Pepper (lots)
Instructions
  1. Start by cooking your spaghetti squash. Cut in half, remove the seeds, drizzle a little oil and salt and pepper over top. Bake with the cut side down at 375 until soft, about 40 minutes or so depending on your squash size and oven. Be careful not to overcook it or you will loose the "spaghetti" like texture of the squash. Just keep an eye on it!
  2. Meanwhile, cook the chopped onion and ground beef together with LOTS of salt and pepper in a large pan until cooked through. Add the minced garlic and chopped kale and cook until kale has wilted.
  3. Add jar of marinara sauce, throw in bay leaf and do a quick taste test. Add more s/p if needed. Bring to a simmer and let cook while spaghetti squash finishes cooking. Simmer for at least 10 minutes.
  4. Stuff spaghetti squash with the beef and kale mixture (remove the bay leaf!). Serve in the shell of the squash or remove the squash with a fork onto a plate and then top with the beef. Your choice :)
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Enjoy!  Please share this recipe with your family and friends if you love it (or pin to pinterest to make for later!).  Anndddddd I hope you enjoyed this week’s edition of What Alisha Ate + Recipe!

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xoxo

Alisha

Miracles Now Review: Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow

I recently joined an incredible publishing program that focuses on wellness, inspiration and self-improvement books put on by Hay House.  It’s called the Book Nook program, which provides bloggers with a complementary copy of a wellness book in exchange for a review on their blog.  I’m so pumped I discovered this program and hope you’ll enjoy learning about some awesome new books to add to your collection!

The first book I chose to review was a book that I have coincidentally (or maybe not…) been seeking out on my own.  Like I legit had this book in my Amazon checkout cart about a month beforehand.  I ended up not buying it myself (do you do that with Amazon too?  Fill your cart with lots of things and then think about it for a day or two before you commit? Just me?).

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Okay, so the point is that I have been seeing, learning and hearing a lot about this author, Gabrielle Bernstein over the past few months.  Maybe you’ve heard of her? She is gaining a lot of momentum with her incredible work regarding a holistic approach to spirituality, self-love, and forgiveness.  Oprah has even dubbed her as the next “new thought leader” of our time.  One of my favorite podcasters, Katie Dalebout, raves about Gabrielle often and initially sparked my interest to dive a little deeper and see what she is all about. 

Once I received Miracles Now to review from Hay House, I realized that the book had ultimately landed in my hands after I began seeking it on my own.  It’s like it was meant to come into my life no matter how it got here.  *chills*

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 Not knowing what the book was about beforehand, I didn’t have any expectations before I began reading.  The title is: Miracles Now: 108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow and Finding Your True Purpose, which might be slightly misleading as to what is exactly inside of it.  The “miracles” that are provided are essentially mediation, breathing and stress-relief techniques that can be done in under a minute or less that will provide instant relief- which is essentially the “miracle”.  Even though I don’t think the word “miracle” is used in the typical context that you would associate it with, the techniques have provided some miraculous relief and sense of calmness in my life overall. So to me..that’s a miracle. 

There are literally 108 different topics that she discussed and followed it up with a meditation technique, journaling method or general advice to assist and deal with it.  I don’t believe that this is the type of book that you just read from start to finish- it’s very much an action book that you want to try the techniques as you read it.  So I’ve spent a month or so taking my time reading the book and testing out some of the meditations when I’ve found myself in that situation.  

So, for example something that I struggle with from time to time is that nasty comparison trap of comparing myself to other.  Gabrielle touched on this topic in #24: Compare No More.  She first explains that “beneath the desire to compare is a deep-rooted sense that we are not enough”.  And the technique to deal with the moment you catch yourself comparing to stop and say outloud to yourself “the light I see in them is a reflection of my inner light”.  She goes on to say that by witnessing yourself in the other person can release you from the desire to compare and set you free.  And that is the miracle.  Sooooo good, right?  This is only one tool that has helped me since receiving the book, but I assure you that almost all of the ones I have tried have helped me in the moment. 

Since I am newbie to meditation, I feel like this book is one of the best ways to be introduced to the practice in general. To more experienced meditators, this may be repetitive.  She also offers information (and how to do): kinseology, tapping, kundalini yoga, guided meditations and some meditation techniques. 

At the end of every chapter there is an inspirational quote and summary that can be shared directly on twitter or facebook.  I personally think that they’re super creative and cute.  Some of my faves (even though I loved pretty much all of them from the entire book) are: 

unnamed unnamed-1 unnamed-2If you want more of these either 1) buy the book ;)  or 2) search on social media for the hashtag #miraclesnow

My overall rating for the book Miracles Now Review (1-10….and the higher the better obvs) 

Motivational: 9

Inspirational: 10

Practical: 9

Out There-ness: 7 or 8 (depending on your personality!) I don’t think it’s too out there, but if you are 100% new to meditation, and new-age stuff it might be a little bit of a stretch for you.  But I challenge you to stretch yourself! Growing is learning.  

Awesomeness: 10

Who should get this book: 

-If you’re a fan of any of Gabrielle’s work whatsoever (or like to watch Super Soul Sundays on Oprah because she’s been a guest on the show….and Oprah loves her.  Just sayin’).

-You want to work on yourself with personal growth and spirituality 

-You’re interested in mediation but don’t know where to start or how to do it

-You like to read short chapters that inspire, uplift you and motivate you. 

-You like practical and applicable advice that you can do to actually improve your quality of life

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I hope you enjoyed my review! Thanks for reading and if you liked this, please share this post. Email it to your fam, friends, post on FB or tweet it! Please and spanks. ;)

Please remember that I only agree to review products that I truly believe in and that align with what directly applies to my life at this moment.  

Hay House Publishing provided me with a complementary copy of Gabrielle Bernstien’s, “Miracle Now” in exchange for a review on my blog.  All opinions are my own. 

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