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Favorite Smoothie Recipe for a Quick and Easy Lunch! 15

Quick and Easy Smoothie Recipe // Being Leanna

Quick and Easy Smoothie Lunch!

There are smoothie recipes everywhere right now. I thought it was about time I shared my favorite smoothie recipe with the internet. I’ve been making this for years now. Back when I worked at a credit union they used to supply us with a nutribullet and fresh fruits and veggies in an effort to encourage us employees to eat healthier. Well, we had smoothie time as our afternoon snack every day for months. Recently I’ve been trying to get healthier again (more on that later!) so I started having a smoothie every day for lunch instead of my typical sandwich or leftovers.

Quick and Easy Smoothie Recipe // Being Leanna

I’ll be honest, I am not a salad person which is originally where I got this idea from. I don’t generally eat my greens because I could really care less for a salad. So, I started putting spinach and kale into my smoothies to get some greens in.

Quick and Easy Smoothie Recipe // Being Leanna

Being Leanna’s Green Smoothie:

Ingredients

1 apple (I prefer Macintosh)
1 pear
2 handfuls of spinach
1 cup mango juice
½ scoop protein powder
1 scoop MSM

Quick and Easy Smoothie Recipe // Being Leanna

Directions

I have this smoothie almost every single day for lunch and I’m loving it. It has enough substance to keep me full until dinner and it’s healthy! Plus, it only takes about 5 minutes to prepare. I start off by adding in my mango juice. (You can use any juice you prefer but I love the flavor of mango juice the best). Toss in about two handfuls of spinach. I used to do one handful of spinach and one handful of kale but I don’t really care for kale but you do you.

Quick and Easy Smoothie Recipe // Being Leanna

Chop up an apple and place it in there. Screw on the blade and mix up your ingredients. Once well blended I add in the chopped pear, protein powder and msm. Those last two aren’t necessary but I find that the protein powder helps me to stay full longer even though i’m not using the recommended full scoop. It’s the most protein powder I can handle, okay? Am I the only one that hates the flavor of even “unflavored” protein powder?

Quick and Easy Smoothie Recipe // Being Leanna

MSM i’ll let you look up on your own. It’s mostly used for inflammation but I find it to be helpful for muscle cramps and soreness after a workout. I don’t know if it does anything but I’ve been taking it for so long maybe it’s helping something I don’t even remember bothering me.

Quick and Easy Smoothie Recipe // Being Leanna

Blend again until smooth and ta da! A quick and easy smoothie. Obviously this can be switched up and you can add in whatever you want just be mindful of your ratios. You don’t want a super thin or a too thick smoothie. I like that when blended there is still some apple skin in there but it’s small enough to fit through a straw. Any more juice and it would be pretty watery. If you’re going to be adding berries I suggest using a bit less liquid as berries are pretty juicy if you want to keep that smoothie consistency. Play around with it and have fun!

Quick and Easy Smoothie Recipe // Being Leanna

Be sure to share a picture on Instagram if you create your own! I’d love to know what ingredients you guys use.

Now, I also like to eat a few more things than just a smoothie. What can I say, I like to eat!. I’ll generally snack throughout the day at work so here’s a snapshot of everything I eat. I generally have a nut of some kind (this month I’ve been munching on Brazil nuts) as well as another veggie, usually carrots. I’m especially into these rainbow organic carrots. If i’m feeling crazy i’ll have some pretzels or some Triscut’s for an extra crunch and some salt.

What do you guys like to eat for lunch? Do you have to switch it up every day or are you like me and could eat the same thing day in and day out? Let me know and be sure to pin this smoothie recipe for later!

Quick and Easy Smoothie Recipe // Being Leanna

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Russian Tea Cakes- The Best Holiday Cookie Recipe 15

Russian Tea Cakes Recipe // Being Leanna

Russian Tea Cakes Recipe

Russian Tea Cakes, or butterballs as we call them, are some of my absolute favorite cookies. They’re filled with walnuts and are in nice little bite sized pieces that melt in your mouth. What’s not to love? I’m sure you, or your mom, or your grandmother or all three(!) have a copy of the Betty Crocker cookbook. It’s  staple in any home and it contains some of my favorite cookie recipes of all time. However, I like to put my own little twist on the Russian Tea Cake recipe and I wanted to share it with you all today. They take almost no time at all to make and they’re perfect for the Holidays! 

Russian Tea Cakes Recipe // Being Leanna

Ingredients:

12 tbsp salted butter, softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar

2 tsp vanilla

2 1/4 cups flour, sifted

3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

powdered sugar to coat

Russian Tea Cakes Recipe // Being Leanna

Russian Tea Cakes Recipe // Being Leanna

Steps:

// Preheat your oven to 400°F

// Combine powdered sugar and butter until smooth and creamy. Be sure that your butter is room temperature for this, otherwise it won’t get as smooth and you’ll have chunks of butter in your cookies. Not fun!

// Stir in vanilla. My secret to almost every recipe? Add more vanilla. The original Russian Tea Cake recipe from Betty Crocker (found here for reference) only calls for 1 teaspoon. 

// Slowly add in flour and walnuts, stir until one large ball forms.

// Roll into 1 inch or smaller balls and place on a cookie sheet. They don’t expand so don’t worry about them being too close to each other!

// Bake for 10-13 min. check for the bottom to get golden, they may need more time based on your oven. Mine took 11 minutes.

// Let cool for a couple minutes and then coat in powdered sugar while warm, but not hot. 

// Let them cool and then coat again in more powdered sugar. I prefer to put them all in a bag and shake them up but be gentle! 

// Eat to your little hearts content!

Russian Tea Cakes Recipe // Being Leanna

Russian Tea Cakes Recipe // Being Leanna

ta da!

These babies are perfect for sharing or for gorging on yourself. And, what’s more festive than a cookie that looks like a snowball! I recently made them for a work party and they went like hotcakes! 

Let me know in the comments what your favorite holiday treats are! We’ve still got a little time before Christmas and, i’d love to try a new holiday cookie recipe! If you’re interested in another holiday cookie recipe, check out these Italian cookies!

Thanks For Reading // Being Leanna

Russian Tea Cakes Recipe // Being Leanna
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Crockpot Tortellini: A Hearty Fall Soup 25

Crockpot Tortellini: A Hearty Fall Soup // Being Leanna

Tortellini Soup

Today i’m sharing one of my favorite crock pot meals, tortellini soup!

I originally shared this recipe over on Ashley’s blog back in the spring so I thought it was about time I showed you all my favorite soup recipe! It is so easy to make, like most crock pot recipes, you just toss it in there and let it cook while you’re at work!  Slow cookers are amazing all year round but they are especially great in the fall and winter months. When the days are getting shorter and it’s dark when you get home the last thing you want to do is cook dinner. You just wanna curl up and lounge on the couch. Luckily, with a crock pot, dinner is already done and you can curl up and eat dinner! I can’t think of anything more enjoyable than coming home from a long day of work and smelling dinner ready to go. yum.

Crockpot Tortellini: A Hearty Fall Soup // Being Leanna

Ingredients:

Gather all of your necessary ingredients: Vegetable broth, spinach, zucchini, tortellini, cream cheese, diced tomatoes, salt, pepper and basil. I’m a big fan of getting everything I need for a recipe all together before I start. I find it’s near impossible to forget an ingredient if it’s already right in front of you. 

Directions:

The next step is to cut up your zucchinis into bite sized pieces and toss them right into the crock pot. toss in your spinach and diced tomatoes (remember to drain one of the cans before adding it) followed by your broth. After that’s all in there I like to give my ingredients a stir before breaking up and putting in the cream cheese. Add in some salt, pepper and basil to your tasting but this honestly tastes great without any of them. 

Turn the crock pot on low for about 6 hours or high for 3 and sit back and relax. This is going to smell amazing, I promise. About 15 minutes before you’re ready for dinner add in the tortellini (or pasta of your choice, I won’t judge!) and make sure you stir everything up nicely. 

 As soon as the pasta is soft you’re ready to dig in! Trust me when I say this could easily feed a family of 4, possibly with some leftovers. 

Printable Recipe:

 Crockpot Tortellini: A Hearty Fall Soup // Being Leanna

Don’t forget to pin this recipe for later, or print it out and add it to your collection! If you’re interested in more quick and easy recipes, go ahead and check out my no bake granola bars and my simple cucumber sandwiches that are perfect appetizers and my easy, make ahead lunch sized pasta salad

Let me know what you’ll be making in your crock pot this fall, especially if it’s this recipe, in the comments below! I love seeing what you guys are making because it gives me so much inspiration! 

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No Bake Granola Bars: A Quick and Easy Recipe! 22

No Bake Granola Bars// Being Leanna

Happy Friday! 

Today, i’m doing something a little bit different and re-posting a recipe I had posted about a year ago. I loved this recipe so much because it’s so incredibly easy to make and I’ve made them numerous times. I wanted to re-share this post because I’ve been having a huge craving, plus, now that it’s back to school season, these are the perfect treats to make to pack in your little one’s lunchbox! 

Hope you enjoy… again!

I am so excited for this post you guys. I’ve been dying to make my own oatmeal/granola bars for a very long time. And to be honest, I have no excuse for not making them. So, I made a list for myself and made sure to grab everything I needed at the grocery store this past Sunday. Why the sudden motivation you ask? If you read Simply Stine you’ll know that she posted an oatmeal bar recipe a week or two ago and I just had to try it. So I did. And here it is. It’s a bit different than hers so I posted my own recipe below. I hope you enjoy!

No Bake Granola Bars:

No Bake Granola Bars// Being Leanna

First off, I gathered my ingredients. I cannot make anything without putting everything out on display. I also like to lay out all of my measuring cups and spoons for easy access. Once this was all set up and ready, I grabbed my wet ingredients, measured  them out and melted them down in a pot on the stove.

No Bake Granola Bars// Being Leanna

Looked gross, smelled AMAZING. Like Chex Muddie Buddies, which reminds me, I want to make those now too. Anyways, once that was all deliciously melted I moved it off of the heat and added all my dry ingredients. Seriously, so simple it’s impossible to mess this up. 

No Bake Granola Bars// Being Leanna

Smoosh it all out into a baking pan and toss in the fridge for at least 4 hours. I know, I know, don’t worry, you can certainly lick the spoon and have as much of this while it’s still gooey as you want. I won’t judge. Using a lined dish totally helps save on dishes and is a great trick to help cut them up later. Just pop out the paper and break or cut up the bars. No sticking!
No Bake Granola Bars// Being Leanna

Just in case you weren’t drooling yet….

No Bake Granola Bars// Being Leanna

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Champagne Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream 10

Champagne Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream//Being Leanna

Now let me just start by saying that I am not a fan of Valentine’s day (Read my 6 Better Dates Than A Valentine post from last year) , but I am a fan of cupcakes. So, I thought i’d make some sweet treats you can make for your sweetie (ew, I can’t believe I wrote that) or for yourself (I won’t judge!) 

I had been perusing Pinterest for baking ideas, as one does, and came across a ton of recipes for strawberry flavored dishes for Valentine’s day and I especially fell in love with a recipe for champagne cupcakes with strawberry buttercream. Those sounded amazing. So I wrote down the cake recipe and tweaked it a bit and loved the flavor I got. After finding the perfect cake recipe I was on the hunt for a raspberry buttercream because well, I just love raspberries. After hours of baking, tweaking, frosting and staging, here’s about a million photos of the process, with a printable recipe below!

Champagne Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream// Being Leanna

Champagne Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream// Being Leanna

Champagne Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream// Being Leanna

Champagne Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream// Being Leanna

Champagne Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream// Being Leanna

Champagne Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream// Being Leanna

I actually ended up not using lemon juice like the original recipe called for. I swapped it out for a little bit of vanilla to balance out the tartness of the raspberries and it was perfect!Champagne Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream// Being Leanna

Champagne Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream// Being Leanna

Champagne Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream// Being Leanna

Champagne Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream// Being Leanna

Champagne Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream// Being Leanna

Champagne Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream// Being Leanna

Champagne Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream// Being Leanna

This is actually a great way to load up your piping bags, not just a way for me to showcase my favorite team :-]Champagne Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream// Being Leanna

Champagne Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream// Being Leanna

Champagne Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream// Being Leanna

Yummmmmmmm My house smelled so amazing after making these. Ain’t nothing better than a fruity frosting. Oh, yes there is, champagne cupcakes! I was so impressed with how much I loved these flavors. Have you ever made anything like this?

 

 
Linking up with: Eat Drink and Be Mary

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