Happy New Year!
Let’s cut to the chase. Every one is making resolutions and probably more than 50% are fitness related.
Am I right?!
I’m not any different. I let myself go a little over the Holidays, but I’m back on track. One thing I’m trying to focus on is meal planning and prepping.
I’m more likely to stay on track if I have a plan and a fridge full on healthy meals and snacks.
Although, precooked and prepped meals and snacks are easy I prefer to make everything myself. That way I know what’s in it. This week I prepped a few different things like chopped veggies, steel cut oats, and muffins for the hubby and Emerson. I think Emerson preferred the Blueberry Muffins over her Toddler [Spinach, Carrot and Banana] Muffins.
There’s one key kitchen gadget to making tasty muffins — a mixer. If you’re a big baker you’ll want a stand mixer, but if you’re a beginner cook a hand mixer will do. Or if you’re like me you need and use both! Sometimes you just don’t need a big stand mixer to get the job done.
Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer [c/o]
+ Powerful 300 Watt motor
+ 3 attachments offer mixing versatility [dough hook, whisk and flat beater]
+ Stainless steel 4 quart bowl – dishwasher safe
+ Includes splatter shield
+ 7 speeds for maximum flexibility
+ Nonslip feet
+ Tilt-up head lifts out of the way for easy bowl access
When I first picked up the box I thought “wow, this is so light.” Then immediate wasn’t sure if it would be heavy duty like my other very popular stand mixer [cough, cough Kitchen Aid]. Here’s the thing — surprisingly it was! Over the last month I’ve been using this stand mixer for all my baking needs. Cookies, muffins, pizza dough you name it I might have made it.
It mixes ingredients well and the bowl only needs minimal scraping. Hamilton Beach makes baking a no brainer with the cheat sheet on the side of the mixer. This is helpful if you’re not sure what attachment or speed to use! Another feature I love is the non-slip suction feet! Because it is so light you one, don’t have to worry about breaking your back lifting it and two, know it’s securely attached to the counter if you walk away for a second or two. Moms you know what I’m talking about. Oh, I can’t forget about the price — it’s only $109.99!!
My husband loves that it’s dishwasher safe!
Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Hand Mixer with Pulse and Snap-On Case [c/o]
+ Snap-on storage case with easy-access door
+ Pulse function — pulses on the slowest speed for added control and less mess
+ 290 watts peak power with burst button
+ 6 attachments included – twisted wire beaters, milkshake mixer, dough hooks, and whisk
+ Convenient eject trigger for attachments
This was a nice upgrade from my old Hamilton Beach hand mixer. I’m loving all the different attachments, power and of course the pulse option! Plus, you can’t beat the snap on storage case making it extremely easy to store while keeping everything in one place. Whether you whipping up a batch of brownies or blending mashed potatoes this bad boy it key. At $34.99 it would make a nice housewarming gift.
My brother just moved into a new place guess what I gave him?! This hand mixer.
Now for some deliciousness I whipped up for breakfast this week, Blueberry Muffins!
2/3 cup sugar [plus, 1 tbsp sugar for the top, optional]
1 large egg
1/2 cup avocado oil [vegetable oil works too]
1/3 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt [I used raspberry for a little extra flavor]
1 cup blueberries [I used frozen]
Preheat oven to 375ºF.
Place 12 muffin liners in cupcake pan.
Using a mixer, combine sugar, egg, oil, milk, and vanilla. Mix until well combined. Add the flour, baking powder and salt. Don’t worry about getting another bowl just add the dry ingredients right on top of the wet ingredients. Mix until smooth. Add greek yogurt and mix until combine. Fold in the blueberries.
Evenly distribute the batter in the muffin tin.
Sprinkle the tops with the 1 tablespoon of sugar.
Bake for about 30 minutes.
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