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It’s Been Awhile -> Spaghetti Squash Protein Pancakes and NatureBox

Updated to add: The Cronut has been upstaged. There is something called a Wonut that exists. That’s right, a waffle-donut. #lifeiscomplete

Does anyone remember that (admittedly somber) awesome song by Staind?

If you’ve forgotten. I honestly do love that song. It is so, so raw and powerful. But I digress. How about some Favorites?

If I could favorite you all and myself like a Tweet, I would. The Diagnosis post really seemed to hit home with people, and I was so proud of those who stepped forward and shared their story with me and you all. The core group of awesomeness may be growing, but I am so pleased with the new additions!!! And if you missed my tweet yesterday, I want to thank all of my followers, new and old (no, not a comment on your actual age). I have only recently started to check stats and such, so I have limited data on who has joined in the party. If you were among the originals, YOU ROCK MY SOCKS. (Kinda like how I was #2728777 on Facebook. No, that will never get old. Though I does prove how “old school” I am). #SWIRLON #Imfitpossible

I feel like the blog has grown so much in the past week. I am still figuring out what the Suzlyfe wants to be when it grows up; thank you for sticking with me through my adolescent years. Be glad you missed out on the terrible twos, but I can’t promise I won’t steal the car and party like a run-star. IE #icecreamoclock #compression #HGTVandBravo4lyfe

I highlighted several favorites of the week in yesterday’s post, so think I am just going to highlight a few favorites that “it’s been awhile” since I’ve enjoyed. Fun little recipe combining a number of these neglected loves into one at the end!

naturebox april suz Collage

(Clockwise):  Baked Sweet Potato Straws, Guacamole Bites, Cocoa Waffle Wafers, Banana Bread Granola, and Citrus Chipotle Chickpeas.

This is my second Nature Box–the first time around, I got us the cocoa wafers and the sweet potato straws (the only ones that we repeated) as well as lemon pucker pistachios, toasted kettle kernels, dried California peaches, and pear praline crunch. I loved them all, except for maybe the dried peaches, which both Alex and I find overly tough. I’ve actually held on to the pistachios and kettle kernels and are eating them now–lovvvve them. The lemon pucker pistachios have a nice little sour bite to them that is indescribably good, and the kettle kernels are toasted with honey–just a touch of sweet with the salty, so you know I love. The pear praline crunch was delicious but VERY sweet, perhaps a bit too much so. A nice treat, but I didn’t need it again. #icecreameverynight

I chose to repeat the Sweet Potato Straws for Alex and the Cocoa Wafers for moi–I love them with nut butter, crumbled into yogurt or on top of ice cream. These wafers are not overly sweet–don’t expect them to be–but that makes them the perfect foil for ice cream, etc. Alex looooves all things sweet potato + chip + straw (you know what I mean), and these were no exception. These are definitely Sweet Potato-y, but not whomp-you-on-the-head style (sort of like the cocoa wafers).

For the rest of the box, my goal was to get snacks for Alex for work. My favorite was INDISPUTABLY the Guacamole Bites. They = fritos with a bite of spice and cumin and guac-y-ness. HOLY BALLS. I want them on everything.But Alex took them all (he is working nights, so I can live, and I stole a significant number of them). The Banana Bread Granola was meant as a treat for him to put into greek yogurt at night, or just as a treat (the boy legit just puts all of the above into a single baggy. I bet that is a hilarious mix of flavors). It is really tasty, but I wish it was a bit more banana bread-like. I wanted it to be like BANANA BREAD, like the guac bites, but it isn’t. Probably will try something different next time. The Chipotle Chickpeas are quite good as well, but I wish there was a bit more limey zing to them. Then they would be a home run.

A handful of long lost friends that have been taken to the face (or what have you) during the course of the week:

  • S’mores Ice Cream. I don’t care that I mentioned it yesterday.

smores3 suz

  • Sunflower Butter (TJ’s this time)
  • Freshly sliced London Broil Roast Beef from the deli

roast beef salad3 suz.

  • Blueberries + capers + mustard
  • BLTs
Turkey Bacon, crisp romaine, tomato, and Laughing Cow White Cheddar on 12 grain. So simple, so amazing.

Turkey Bacon, crisp romaine, tomato, and Laughing Cow White Cheddar on 12 grain. So simple, so amazing.

  • Avocado

big ole salad suz

  • Laughing Cow White Cheddar
  • Protein Pancakes

And that brings me my little pair of recipes for today.

Sweet and Savory Spaghetti Squash Protein Pancakes

The Sweet Approach (not all that strange, but you better believe good)spag squash pancakes2

A few options: prepare your favorite standard protein pancake, add spaghetti squash, boom–you’re done (obviously add during cooking)

  • For my recipe:
    • 1 scoop (31g) your fave protein powder (whatever flavor you choose–I used Gold Standard Whey in Vanilla)
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 2 TBSP liquid egg whites (depending on your protein powder, you may need more or less–can also thin with milk, if desired)
    • 1-2 TBSP Vanilla (or plain) Greek Yogurt
    • Dash (1/2 TBSP ACV)
    • a few drops of Stevia/sweetener, if desired
    • cinnamon
    • salt
    • cooked spaghetti squash (as much as your little heart desires)
  • Mixy mixy, let sit a minute, heat pan to medium, go forth and make, serve with sides as you normally would–pb, syrup, berries, greek yogurt, chocolate sauce, sprinkles, whipped cream….. #icecreamoclock????

And now, the #strangebutgood Savory Approach (and there are sooooo many different direction to take this)

squash protein pancakes2 suz

  • For my recipe: White Cheddar and Lemon Spaghetti Squash Protein Pancakes
    • 1 scoop (31g) your fave protein powder (whatever flavor you choose–I used Gold Standard Whey in Vanilla)
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 2 TBSP liquid egg whites (depending on your protein powder, you may need more or less–can also thin with milk, if desired)
    • 1/2 wedge Laughing Cow Light White Cheddar OR 1 TBSP shredded white cheddar
    • 1/8 + cup cottage cheese
    • 1/2 TBSP Lemon (if you don’t want to do lemon, use ACV–it isn’t noticeable)
    • Milk (if needed)
    • salt
    • cooked spaghetti squash (as much as your little heart desires)
    • Seasonings: If you want to get crazy, add some garlic powder! Cayenne (I used a little bit in both recipes), Parsley/Basil/Thyme,
  • Usual prep–mix it up, let is sit a moment. If you’d like, reserve the cheese until after you have poured the pancakes on to the cooking surface, then distribute.
  • Serving suggestions: a little extra goodness on top (the other half wedge, perhaps?)–I combined a little bit of cottage cheese with the rest of the white cheddar and milk; warmed fruit–I knew I would like it with blueberries (hello classic combo, and would be PERFECT for brunch) but I wanted to try something different, so I went with a Jazz apple this time–great choice. Retained its bite but cooked down well.
  • I also had this as my afternoon snack with a half glass of wine. If savory, squash laced protein pancakes with wine in the afternoon after yoga isn’t #strangebutgood, with then I quit. 
proof (I started on the wine while cooking)

proof (I started on the wine while cooking)

I have had a version of this recipe the past two afternoons. The last time I made protein pancakes was I don’t know when, but these might be my favorites of all time. The spaghetti squash adds a touch of sweetness, chew, and body to the cakes, in a way that I did not anticipate. I can’t wait to both play with and to just enjoy this recipe–I see it as the perfect base for endless options. I really wish I had had some beets to add to the top with some sauerkraut, but alas. My next thought is to make a pizza out of it! Spaghetti Squash Flatbread, anyone???

Call it #strangebutgood for the future.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a report on the foot. Have a fantastic start to the weekend!

Sure, people add zucchini and carrots to sweet/savory baked goods, but what about spaghetti squash? 

What are some old favorites that have been working their way back into your good graces?

Thank you as always to the lovely hostesses: Heather, Kierston, and Laura


strange recipe Collage

Wine after yoga. Go. Do it.

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  • Reply Tiny n Fit

    Lordy I love Staind. I saw him perform this song in concert and it was epic!! He does some country too- so strange, but he can pull it off!

    April 25, 2014 at 6:20 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      Hmmm I trust your judgement re countrification but for now I’ll stick with the old school wail and doom and gloom haha

      April 26, 2014 at 7:18 am
  • Reply ranchcookie

    That is such a great idea! I certainly will be trying this next time I get my next squash, which is probably today haha!

    April 25, 2014 at 7:41 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      Do it. I’m on my 3rd day strong of it!!

      April 26, 2014 at 7:18 am
  • Reply The T-Rex Runner (@thetrexrunner)

    Obsessed with that song. And you. Love youuuu

    April 25, 2014 at 9:02 am
  • Reply Sarah

    Wine goes with everything, all the time.

    April 25, 2014 at 9:04 am
  • Reply chasingchels

    Wait…:guacamole bites?? Where in the world do I find those glorious things? For real. I need those in my life. Yesterday. Just like you 😀 keep partying like a rockstar, girl. You’re finding your groove beautifully, and it’s always fun to watch and be a part of!

    April 25, 2014 at 9:25 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      You need the guacamole bite for realz. And I’ll just keep on groovin, will your permission. Oh and you’re coming along for the ride. No option on that on I’m afraid. Suckaaaaa

      April 26, 2014 at 7:20 am
  • Reply Laura

    My dear girl, I love your blog and you. It never fails to make me smile, for always. Sometimes I pay attention to stats, but lately I’ve been too stressed about school + work to care much. I do know how many followers I have, so when I lose one, I look back and try to see what I could have posted that would have made someone unfollow. But I don’t agonize about it, unless I’ve just been horrible.

    In other news, I’m doing the Chicago marathon fo sho (but might be coming to town sooner that than because of a boy. So we should do something, not with the boy, but maybe with the boy too, later). And that was random, but I think you are great, love your food. And I’m still waiting for a jelly bean collaboration blog to start.

    April 25, 2014 at 10:09 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      Ummmmmm yes!!! Congrats on getting in! Jelly beans alllll over the place! And you def have far bigger fish to fry than to be worried about stats etc. I would much rather you keep posting tasty recipes and AWESOME posts, because you too never fail to make me smile 🙂

      April 26, 2014 at 7:23 am
  • Reply Baking in Yoga Pants

    I love that you view your blog as something that is still ‘growing up’. It’s so true that as our lives progress and we grow as individuals, so our blog grows and expands to new topics as well 🙂

    April 25, 2014 at 10:12 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      It’s still a behbeh and trying to figure it all out, just like me. I ‘ve seen way too many people create blogs only to then change course midstream and contradict everything they have done before. I want my readers and friends (and myself) to always be able to respect my story, my approach, and my content.

      April 26, 2014 at 7:26 am
  • Reply BakeNBurn

    Have not heard this song in years! I never thought to put squash in pancakes! I’m going to have to try that! YUM!

    April 25, 2014 at 11:42 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      Ermigerd it is so so good. I’m on 3 days strong.

      April 26, 2014 at 7:27 am
  • Reply sprint2thetable

    Stats are like age… it’s just a number. What matters is how you feel. 🙂

    I feel AWESOME about these pancakes! I happen to have just purchased a spaghetti squash too. Totally making these this weekend! Thanks for linking up and happy Friday!

    April 25, 2014 at 12:58 pm
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      Yay! So glad you approve and are excited about them! On my 3rd day in a row of them. Addictedddddd

      April 26, 2014 at 7:33 am
  • Reply The Running Chef

    Wonut! Where is this wonderful creation? I have yet to try the cronut, but it is on my list! There is too much wonderful stuff in here Suzy, I want everything in this post, and I love your randomness too 🙂

    The natures box goodies look wonderful! Very jealous!

    April 26, 2014 at 6:45 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      Aw thank you so much. Go and getchoself some of this awesome! Because you my friend are awesome. And thus it is only fair. Have a fantastical weekend! Oh and I’m allllll about that pizza you posted

      April 26, 2014 at 7:34 am
  • Reply Kierston

    Those pancakes look awesome! So creative 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to #RECIPEFRIDAY!

    April 26, 2014 at 7:58 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      Thanks and thanks for hosting!

      April 26, 2014 at 7:59 am
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    April 26, 2014 at 8:49 am
  • Reply Almost Getting It Together

    This looks amazing – I just pinned!! I would have never thought of this but made a mug cake with spaghetti squash once and it was amaze!

    April 26, 2014 at 9:52 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      Yay! Eek my first pin 🙂 spagsquash really is the bomb dot com

      April 26, 2014 at 9:55 am
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    April 28, 2014 at 6:03 am
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  • Reply AMBER

    NEVER EVER thought of adding spaghetti squash to anything, but I eat it all the time! Genius! I wonder how it would taste in oats….
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    July 4, 2014 at 9:06 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Try it and let me know!

      July 5, 2014 at 8:14 am

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