Sunshine Bento

It was a beautiful day yesterday and I took advantage of it. I packed up my super cool bento box and walked to the park down the street to soak up some of the sun's Vitamin D.

Pink Box (top left): Provolone, Ham, and Turkey Cold Cut Roll-ups
Green Box (top right): a few homegrown, just picked, warm from the sun tomatoes and (in the little blue box) Shelly's Pimento Yogurt Dip
Blue Box (bottom left): Shelly's Street Fair Sausage & Pepper Bites
Orange Box (bottom right): Shelly's Apple Cinnamon Protein Mini Muffin

Shelly's Street Fair Sausage & Pepper Bites

Mild Italian Sausage (2 links with casings removed)
1 can (4 oz.) Green Chilies, diced
1 jar (2 oz.) Pimentos, drained
1/2 cup Italian Blend Cheese, shredded
5 eggs
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Saute sausage till no pink is seen. Breaking it up into bite size pieces with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Set aside to cool. When cool mix all ingredients together. Spoon into lightly greased (Pam works great) mini muffin tins.

Bake for 30 minutes at 350. Makes 24.

Shelly's Apple Cinnamon Protein Mini Muffins

1 Egg, beaten
3 Tablespoons Milk
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup
2 Tablespoons No Sugar Added Apple Butter
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix (I use this)
2 Tablespoons Almond Meal (aka Ground Almonds, aka Almond Flour)
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
1/2 teaspoon Apple Pie Spice
Pinch salt

Optional topping:
1 teaspoon Xylitol
dash of Apple Pie Spice

Mix egg, milk, syrup, apple butter and oil and combine thoroughly. In a separate bowl, mix pancake mix, almond meal, protein powder, pie spice and salt. Tip dry into wet and stir till combined. Pour into a non stick mini muffin pan that has been sprayed with Pam. Sprinkle with optional topping.

Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes, until knife inserted comes out clean. Makes 12.

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