Adventures of Mrs Pen

Musings from a Very Lucky Penny



Super Healthy and Yummy Energy Bitez

I’m super excited to share this recipe. These puppies taste almost like peanut butter cookies and are good for you and make you feel perty great. Even my hubby likes them and he doesn’t like nothing but cheeseburgers.

Here’s the Scientifical Reasons These are Great
The peanut butter is a great source protein. The powdered milk gives ya iron, vitamin A & D. The oats have fiber and protein. The honey is a natural sweetener, plus some antioxidants (I’m no antioxidantologist though, so don’t quote me on it!). And coconut is so good for you man! It’s antioxidantifide, packed with nutrients and stuff. Ok, I only know that from the side of my coconut oil bottle. If you add flaxseed meal, you’re getting omega 3’s that are good for your heart and brains! (PS- if you’re a nursing mom, oatmeal and flaxseed meal, and coconut are GREAT for you. Just FYI)

And Here’s the Recipe


1 Cup – Peanut Butter
1/4 Cup – Honey
1/4 Cup – Powdered Milk
1 Cup – Whole Oats (you can substitute this for Cheerios if you want!)
1/4 Cup – Raisins
2 Tbl – Ground Flaxseed Meal
1/2 Cup – Shredded Coconut


1. Mix peanut butter, honey, powdered milk, oats, flaxseed and raisins together real good like with a fork or such.

Side note- My mama makes these with Cheerios instead of oats, and they’re super good. I just used oats because I didn’t have Cheerios, and since I liked em that way and oats are really nutritious, that’s my new way of making em. Also flaxseed is a random ingredient most people don’t have laying around, these bad boys taste just fine without flaxseed.


2. Roll your peanut butter dough into 1 inch balls, and roll em around in the coconut until properly coated. As you can see, I ran out of coconut (I adjusted the recipe so you won’t!), so a few of my energy bitez are coated in more oats.


3. Refrigerate for an hour or so. Then eat em up! Yumz!

Did I really just say “Yumz”?!


A Healthy Meal for Those of Us Who Think Salad is for the Birds

Cilantro Turkey Burgers with Roasted Garlic and Broccoli

My dear friend Channa came for a visit last week. Now I normally have a penchant for feeding people, especially when they take time out of their day to come the way the heck out to my house. However, in this case, making food for Channa was going to be a challenge. That is because she has been following the paleo diet philosophy. That means she doesn’t eat no bread, no dairy, no sugar, no nothing the God blessed mankind with so that we would enjoy life. The diet has done her well and she looks awesome, but this was particularly difficult to me because bread, dairy, and sugar are my favorite food groups. So instead of making her lunch, I asked her to teach me how to make a paleo meal. This ended up being a win-win situation because I got an awesome lunch made for me and I learned how to make a meal so delish and guilt-free that I’ve already made it 3 times since then. (yes, when I say “win-win” I mean that I won twice, not that Channa won once and I won once.) Anyways, what she made was Spicy Cilantro Turkey Burgers and Garlic Roasted Broccoli with Lemon. It’s SO good. I’m excited to share it with y’all now!

Spicy Cilantro Turkey Burgers

First, we chopped up a quarter cup of red onions, a plump jalapeƱo, a cup of cilantro, and two cloves of garlic. I have a Pamper Chef chopper, so this took like 2 seconds, but if you’re looking for a shortcut, I think this could be lightly blended in a blender or food processor.

Cilantro Turkey Burgers with Roasted Garlic and Broccoli

Then we added all our choppings to a bowl with 1 pound of lean ground turkey, squeezed a lime all over it and squished it up with our hands. When I say we, I mean Channa did that.

Cilantro Turkey Burgers with Roasted Garlic and Broccoli

Then we (and I mean just Channa again) formed the meat into patties. We (excluding me) poured some olive oil into a skillet. Once the oil was hot, we put our little patties in the skillet and cooked them about 3 minutes on each side, or until brown all the way through.

Cilantro Turkey Burgers with Roasted Garlic and Broccoli
Yep, this is a picture of me and Channa both equally cooking the hamburger patties.

Roasted Garlic and Lemon Broccoli

Cilantro Turkey Burgers with Roasted Garlic and Broccoli

Meanwhile we made the broccoli. Now let me tell you, I’ve never been one to get excited over vegetables but this broccoli is to DIE for. Seriously its the best broccoli I ever had. I think my husband would even like it if he would give broccoli a chance.

Garlic Roasted Broccoli with Lemon

First, we preheated the oven at 400. Then a chopped up a bushel of broccoli (It’s called a bushel, right?) and 3 cloves a garlic. Now I recently made dinner for 9 people, and to save time I just bought a bag of fresh broccoli florets from Dole and then I could save some time and skip chopping and cleaning the broccoli (if you choose to clean the broccoli you have to dry it thoroughly or it will get soggy in the oven).

Cilantro Turkey Burgers with Roasted Garlic and Broccoli

We spread the broccoli and garlic out on a cookie sheet, sprinkled a little salt and pepper on it, and coated it with a little olive oil. And it went in the oven for 20 minutes.

Cilantro Turkey Burgers with Roasted Garlic and Broccoli

When it was done, we squeezed the juice of one lemon and the zest of one lemon peel on it. (I have a confession- when I’ve made this since then, I couldn’t be bothered to do the lemon zest, just the juice. Channa will be disappointed in me for my lack of fanciness.)

Cilantro Turkey Burgers with Roasted Garlic and Broccoli

Once the burgers and broccoli were done, Channa plated them with a few slices of avocado and we thoroughly enjoyed out healthy meal.

Cilantro Turkey Burgers with Roasted Garlic and Broccoli

I did convince her to lay her paleo convictions aside for a bowl of homemade pumpkin ice cream afterwards. I don’t think she regretted it.

This is my lil cutie checking the situation out.

I feel skinnier already!

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