Cranberry Cornbread Greek Yogurt Skillet Cake

This recipe is based on my Roasted Cranberry Greek Yogurt loaf cake. Only this has the awesomeness of sweet cornbread flavor and the cool factor of being made in a cast iron skillet.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Dannon Oikos Triple Zero Vanilla Greek yogurt*
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • .5 cups yellow corn meal
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Directions

Cranberries

  1. Heat oven to 400F.
  2. Over medium-low heat, melt the coconut oil in a cast iron skillet.
  3. Once the oil has melted, add the cranberries and 1 Tbsp of sugar and stir to coat the cranberries.
  4. Place the cranberries and the skillet into the oven and roast for approximately 15 minutes. You’ll know they’re ready when they soften and your kitchen starts to have an amazing cranberry smell. While they roast, move on to the cake!
  5. Remove the cranberries from the oven and lower the temperature to 350F.

Cake

  1. In a bowl, beat the remaining 3/4 cup of sugar and butter together.
  2. Add eggs, Greek yogurt and vanilla extract and blend.
  3. In another bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet. Mix until just blended.
  5. From the skillet, remove some of the roasted cranberries and stir them into the cake batter. Leave enough in the skillet so that you still have a nice cranberry layer on top.
  6. Bake at 350F for 20-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  7. Let the cake cool, then flip it out of the skillet onto a plate.
  8. Slice and serve!

Notes
* I used Dannon Oikos Triple Zero yogurt. It has fiber and is much sweeter than regular fat-free greek yogurt. If you didn’t use this, I recommend using a full cup of sugar and tasting the batter to make sure it’s sweet enough. And you’re welcome for giving you a legitimate reason to eat cake batter.

Macros!
Calories: 282
Carbs: 45
Fat: 8
Protein: 8
Fiber: 5

Serves 8

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Fall Fig and Pumpkin Pizza

Guys, fresh fig season. Why are you so short? Why are my usual New England grocery stores so slow to replace the stock?

I almost called this something like “Fabulous Fall Fig Salad”. Thankfully, I realized that was lame. At least for me. These can totally be meal prepped. I basically kept everything separate and then assembled the day of, keeping the cheese on the block. Freshly shredded cheese is everything!

This recipe gets bonus points for using the entire can of pumpkin. There’s nothing worse than making something that needs 1 cup of puree. The rest of the can goes into the fridge and chills there unused until it goes bad.

This recipe has a few parts. I listed the directions in order of approximately how long each piece takes. I actually made my caramelized onions last because I thought it would take about 5 minutes. Don’t make the same mistake I did.

Ingredients
  • 30oz Rotisserie Flavor Turkey Breast Tenderloins*
  • 1 15oz can of pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tbsp EVOO
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1.5 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • .5 Tbsp butter
  • fresh sage
  • salt
  • pepper
Directions
Turkey and Figs
  1. Pre-heat oven to 325F.
  2. Bake turkey tenderloins for 50-60 min, or until the internal temperature is 165F.
  3. While the turkey cooks, slice the figs into quarters.
  4. After about 30 minutes have passed, put the figs in the oven along with the turkey and bake them until they are soft and start to caramelize.
  5. When the turkey is done, remove and slice into small pieces.
Caramelized Onions
  1. Slice the onion into skinny rings.
  2. Heat a skillet over low heat and add the butter. Once the butter melts, add the onions
  3. Stir the onions every few minutes until they caramelize.**
Prep the pumpkin sauce!
  1. Mince (or chop) a few leaves of sage.
  2. Combine the pumpkin, EVOO, honey and fish sauce in a pot over medium heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook until evenly heated.
  4. Stir in your fresh sage.
Assemble the Pizza!
  1. Crank the oven up to 425. If using, put a pizza stone in the oven while it heats up.
  2. Once the oven is hot, add pizza crusts and cook 5-6 minutes until they start to get crispy.
  3. Remove the crusts.
  4. Assemble the pizzas: sauce, turkey, figs, and caramelized onions. Top with cheese and place back into the oven for another 5 minutes until the cheese melts.
  5. Remove the pizzas from the oven and garnish with some more fresh sage.

Enjoy!

Notes

*Shout out to Shady Brook Farms for selling turkey tenderloins all year long
** This takes forever! Like at least half an hour. If you must, you can increase the heat a tad towards the end, but monitor the onions carefully. Increasing the heat too much will burn them.

Macros!

Calories: 550
Carbs: 59
Fat: 17
Protein: 43
Fiber: 9

Serves 5

Chocolate Fig Protein Pancakes

 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1 ounce water
  • 100g figs
  • 1/4 cup sugar-free maple syrup

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375F.
  2. Slice figs and lay on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  3. Bake figs until juices start to release.
  4. Heat a skillet over medium heat.
  5. Meanwhile, combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  6. Add in the egg and Greek yogurt. Mix until combined, then add in water. The batter should be slightly runny.
  7. Once the skillet is warm, spray with a non-stick cooking spray.
  8. Add about 2 spoonfuls of batter to the skillet.
  9. Let cook until the edges solidify and bubble.* This should take at least two minutes.
  10. Continue going with the pancakes until the batter is done.**
  11. Remove figs from the oven if you haven’t already.***
  12. Stack pancakes and layer a few fig slices and some syrup between them.
  13. Top the stack with a pile of figs and drizzle the remaining syrup on top.

Notes
* I inevitably don’t do this for the first pancake. Between not waiting long enough for the skillet to warm up and being super anxious about the pancake burning, my first pancake gets flipped too soon. And then I don’t let the other side cook long enough and my first pancake is kinda runny.
**If this is going slowly and the pancakes are cooling down too much while you cook, turn the oven down to 200F and place the pancakes in there. Perhaps your first under cooked pancake can finish up. If you haven’t eaten it already that is.
***If you did already remove the figs, I highly recommend chopping a few slices and stirrring them into the batter.

Macros!
Calories: 514
Carbs: 68
Fat: 5
Protein: 51
Fiber: 5

Serves 1

Pretty Fabulous Fresh Fig Salad

Fresh figs are one of my favorite things. It’s a shame the season is so short and they have almost no shelf life. They are basically the gold fish of produce. One of my favorite things about this salad is how pretty it is. And it’s easy to make it look pretty. I wouldn’t make this as a meal prep salad jar salad, but fortunately, it’s pretty quick to throw together. (Although I did prep one in a tupperware as a lunch side, and it was pretty tasty once it warmed up to room temperature.)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (42.5g) arugula/wild rocket salad
  • 50g blackberries (about 8)
  • 100g sliced fresh figs
  • 1/2oz (14g) goat cheese with honey
  • 1T (15G) honey mustard yogurt salad dressing*

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 350F.
  2. Slice each fig into fours and bake in the oven 7-10 minutes.
  3. While the figs bake, spread arugula over a plate.
  4. Place blackberries and schmears of goat cheese on top of the leaves.
  5. Drizzle dressing over the salad.
  6. Remove figs from the oven and arrange on the plate.
  7. Serve, impress and eat!

*A Dijon mustard vinaigrette would also work here. I just happened to have the Bolthouse Farms honey mustard dressing at home.

Macros!
Calories: 169
Carbs: 31
Fat: 4
Protein: 7
Fiber: 7

Serves 1

S’mores Pizookie! The Skillet Cookie

 

In honor of National S’mores Day, and with the encouragement of my awesome friend Lori, this happened.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup of graham cracker flour*
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg**
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • Graham crackers, marshmallows and Hershey bars to garnish.

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. In a cast iron skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Allow the butter to start to brown.
  3. Once the butter starts browning, lower the heat to medium-low and whisk in the suagrs until smooth.
  4. Remove the skillet from the heat, and let the contents cool.
  5. While the skillet cools, beat the egg and add in the vanilla extract.
  6. Add in the egg and vanilla extract mixture.
  7. Add in the flours, salt and baking soda until mixed. Fold in in the chocolate chips and marshmallows.****
  8. Bake 15-20 minutes until the cookie is golden brown and still a tiny bit gooey.
  9. Remove from the oven and add all the garnishes.
  10. Place the skillet back into the oven and cook another 5ish minutes until the marshmallows puff up and get soft. Maybe torch them if your kitchen is stocked like a boss.
  11. Remove the pizookie and cool for 10 minutes.
  12. Drop a few scoops of vanilla ice cream on top and enjoy!

Notes
* Graham cracker flour is just finely ground up graham crackers, duh. I suppose you can take some graham crackers (about 6-8 sheets), put them in a plastic bag and roll them until they form crumbs. I find this never works as advertised. My preferred method is to put them in my stand mixer and blend them for a few minutes. You can also just buy graham cracker crumbs in the grocery store. They’re usually near the graham cracker pie crusts.
** I actually didn’t have any eggs, so I used 3T of mayo! I was really worried about this substitution, but it worked out well!
*** If you ran out of eggs and are using mayo, whisk in the mayo until it disappears. This will take 1-2 minutes. I did this while the skillet was still hot.
**** Don’t ask how I know this, but if you DON’T fold it in and just mix it in, all the chocolate chips will immediately melt and not be as pretty, though still pretty tasty.

Macros!
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Hard Cider Glazed Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs, thin sliced, center cut pork chops
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 apple, cut into wedges
  • 1 T EVOO
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • 8 oz hard apple cider
  • salt
  • pepper

Directions

  1. Heat EVOO in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the pork chops.
  3. Once the oil is hot, add pork chops and sear* 2-4 minutes until the meat forms a golden crust and easily lifts from the pan.
  4. Place the pork chops in a pan. Heat oven to 375 and bake pork chops.
  5. In the same skillet, add the butter** and lower the heat to medium-low.
  6. Add onion and apple slices and cook approximately 10 minutes until everything is golden and softened.
  7. Pour in the hard cider and deglaze the pan. Reduce heat and simmer 20-25 minutes until the sauce is reduced and becomes a glaze.
  8. While the sauce is glazing, check on the pork chops. Once they’re cooked all the way through, remove them from the oven.
  9. Plate and serve!***

*You should probably sear the pork chops more like 4-6 minutes. I only do 2-4 because the smoke detector in my apartment is very sensitive. I wound up searing my pork chops 2 at a time, 2 minutes each side. Then I moved the skillet off of the burner, toweled off the area near the smoke detector for a few minutes, let the oil heat up and started again.

** Back to the smoke detector story, the pan is super hot right now and the butter is gonna go from solid to liquid to browned butter to dangerously close to burning really quickly. If you have a crazy smoke detector, you should let the pan cool first.

***I decided to serve mine with sauerkraut. Raw and full of gut loving bacteria. If you don’t care about that sort of thing, I’d add it in during the deglazing step.

Macros!
Calories: 397
Carbs: 13
Fat: 22
Protein: 31
Fiber: 1

Serves 6

Hawaiian Pork and Cabbage

Ingredients

  • 1 package of Campbell’s Hawaiian Pork Slow Cooker sauce
  • 4 pounds boneless pork butt
  • 2 tsp Trader Joe’s stir-in ginger paste
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 head of green cabbage*

*My cabbage was about 1300g after shredding

Directions

  1. Place the boneless pork butt into the crock-pot.
  2. Cover with Campbell’s Hawaiian Pork Slow Cooker sauce.
  3. Cook on high for 4-5 hours.
  4. When there’s about half an hour left for the pork, start shredding the cabbage!*
  5. Once the cabbage is shredded, heat 1T of oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.
  6. Stir in the ginger paste and cook until fragrant.
  7. Reduce heat to medium and add the cabbage.
  8. Stir fry the cabbage for a few minutes.
  9. Open the crock-pot and take about 1/4 cup of the slow cooker juice and add to cabbage.
  10. Stir to coat.
  11. Repeat until your cabbage suits your preference for taste and texture. I wound up using 3/4 cup of slow cooker juice.
  12. At this point, the pork should be done. Remove pork from the crock-pot and shred.
  13. Take remaining crock-pot juice and add it to a pot.
  14. Simmer on medium heat until the sauce thickens, about 30-45 minutes. This is just enough time for you to watch an hour long show without commercials. Of course, without commercials, you’ll need to remind yourself to check the pot so you don’t burn your sauce.
  15. Once sauce is done, plate and serve. Place cabbage on plate, top with shredded pork, and drizzle sauce on top.

*Cabbage Shredding Notes!

I actually bought a head of cabbage. I’m one of those people who prefers to buy lettuce and carrots washed, bagged, and cut the way I need it. Unfortunately, the store did not have bagged shredded cabbage when I went shopping. Fortunately, shredding cabbage is super simple. Now we can all save money and impress our friends by whipping out our chef’s knives and becoming cabbage shredding machines.

Quarter. Core. Slice.

  1. Peel off and discard any leaves that are falling off, damaged or super dirty.
  2. Slice cabbage in half.
  3. Slice each half in half.
  4. Using a diagonal cut, remove the core from the bottom of each wedge.
  5. Now, just slice the cabbage thinly. You can slice in any direction, depending on how long you want your cabbage pieces to be.

Macros!
Calories: 495
Carbs: 25
Fat: 27
Protein: 38
Fiber: 4

Serves 9