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Overnight Oats

Well Dined | Overnight Oats

So I love muesli - real muesli like this, not the kind you find in a cereal box - but it takes a lot of work to put together.  When I started seeing overnight oats pop up on Pinterest, I thought it sounded pretty similar - raw oats soaked in yogurt with fruit - but with less work and made in mason jars.  Everything is cooler with mason jars, so I decided to check it out.  The recipe also involves chia seeds, which are uber-trendy right now, and with good reason!  They are similar to flax seeds, but don't have to be ground to be eaten, plus they do this super cool gel thing when soaked.

Well Dined | Overnight Oats

The base of the recipe is oats, chia seeds, yogurt and milk - places in a jar and shaken.  Then you add in whatever flavors and sweeteners you want and let it set up in the fridge overnight (hence the name).  For vegans or lactose-intolerant, simply substitute your favorite products here.  Coconut milk would be especially delicious, I think.  Of course, you don't have to use a mason jar to do this, but it's super cute and easy to transport!

Well Dined | Overnight Oats

The first flavor I tried was Vanilla Raspberry - made with vanilla extract, raspberry jam, and fresh raspberries.  Yum!

Well Dined | Overnight Oats

Next I tried Mango Almond, with fresh mango, almond extract, and a little agave.  This wasn't quite as awesome, mostly because of the almond extract, but still good.

I've also made Pina Colada with coconut extract and pineapple jam.  The options are pretty endless.  Even if you don't like fruit, you could do peanut butter, nutella, chocolate, or coffee flavors.

Packed with fiber, protein, calcium, vitamins, and minerals - this is a super healthy breakfast or post-workout snack.  It is really filling, too.  Try it out and tell me what your favorite flavor combo is!

Overnight Oats

1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 1/2 tsp dried chia seeds

Combine in a container, stir in desired flavorings, and chill overnight.
For flavor ideas, check here and here.


Summer Succotash

Well Dined | Summer Succotash

This stunning dish comes to you from my weekly vegetarian lunches with Melissa from Smells Like Brownies.  Consisting of just vegetables with a little feta, this is about as healthy as you can get!  It's also super filling and surprisingly delicious.  I say surprisingly because let's be honest, most people don't go around graving a pile of veggies.  But this is so good that even my veggie hating husband liked it!  Served warm with a variety of textures and flavors, vibrant basil, and salty cheese - it really leaves you feeling satisfied.

Well Dined | Summer Succotash

Great on it's own as a lunch, served as a side to chicken or steak (which is what I did with leftovers), or even stuffed into a pita pocket - this is a super healthy AND yummy Summer dish.  It can also become vegan quite easily.  So how about it?  Let's get some veggies into our lives!


Light Pumpkin Cream Cheese Loaf


We are finally getting into some Spring weather here but I am way behind on my posts, so I'm sorry if the cold weather stuff drags on a bit!  I actually made this Pumpkin Cream Cheese Loaf all the way back in October - yikes!  Put it uses canned pumpkin, so you can make it whenever that is available.  I found this recipe through Pinterest which advertized only 500 calories for a WHOLE LOAF!(!!!)  Oh-em-gee!  Can it be true?  Delicious and healthy?  The unicorn of pumpkin loafs?!  EDIT - Well, no in short - it is not.  It actually has more than 1000 calories per loaf and it doesn't taste that great.  But I will leave it on here in case someone has a use for it.  EDIT


Okay, I wouldn't really call it healthy.  It's low calorie and low fat due to the use of low-fat cream cheese, egg whites vs whole eggs, and applesauce vs oil.  And it uses half fake sugar and half real sugar, but I'd still call that a sugary snack.


As for deliciousness?  I'd call it okay.  You can definitely taste the fake sugar and it isn't as dense and luxurious as the real thing, but it's a pretty good substitute.  So all-in-all I'm going to call this decent but not amazeballs.


Skinny Pina Colada Cupcakes

In my ever-continuing quest to find healthier foods, I stumbled across this recipe.  Cupcakes, that are diet-friendly, in my favorite tropical flavor combo, made with only 5 ingredients!  Yeah - these are awesome.

For the cake part, you only need 2 ingredients (only 2!) - cake mix and canned crushed pineapple.  That's it!  The pineapple takes the place of the eggs and oil making these super low-fat.


Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas Take 2

A while back, I posted a super tasty enchilada recipe.  Now that I am practicing healthier eating habits, I wanted to revamp that recipe to be lighter.  I used whole wheat tortillas, fat free sour cream, fat free soup, and reduced fat cheese and they tasted just as great as the original!

Before I get into the  main part of the recipe, I want to talk about a basic technique that I use all the time.  A lot of my recipes call for "cooked, shredded chicken".  You could acquire that in a number of different ways (and in fact, shredding a rotisserie chicken is one of the easiest) but I want to show you my favorite method.  I like to poach big batches of chicken at a time (especially when I see a bulk pack on sale), shred it, and freeze it so that I always have some on hand.

To do this, place boneless skinless chicken in the bottom of a large pot.  Toss a quartered onion, carrots (no need to peel), celery, garlic, peppercorns, a bay leaf, and herbs over the top.  I like to use thyme and this year I grew some myself!  Cover with water (just the chicken, the veg can be floating), bring to a boil, then quickly reduce the heat to low so that the water is barely at a simmer. Partially cover and gently simmer for 10 minutes. Then turn off the heat completely, and allow chicken to sit in the hot water for another 15-20 minutes.  Doing it this way prevents is from being overcooked and keeps it moist and tender.