Coconut Chips Two Ways

Coconut chips are my latest obsession.  If you are a fan of coconut and you haven’t tried these yet, you are in for a tasty surprise.  Adam and I are in Portland this weekend and I decided to make some healthy snacks for the road.  It’s always tempting when you’re driving a long distance to stop for fast food or gas station snacks.  Although it doesn’t always happen, I prefer to be prepared with some healthy snacks so that we can just get to where we’re going and feel good when we get there.

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Candice’s Top 5 Kitchen Must Haves

Are you often stuck feeling unsure of what utensils or kitchen supplies/appliances are the most important and which are moreso useless? I have compiled a list of my favorite kitchen accessories I simply could not do without.  I do quite a bit of baking and cooking, so if you are like me and enjoy spending an entire day in the kitchen when the weather is lame, you should definitely check out this list!

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Quinoa Spinach Omelette Bites

There has been lots and lots of baking going on at my place. What can I say I love baking! I think it’s time to start showing you that I really don’t sit around all day and eat sweets, and that I actually do eat quite healthy! Sure I eat the occasional baked good, but hey everything in moderation right?! As you probably know, quinoa is one of my favorite grains and I love using it in different salads. However, sometimes you just gotta try something different!

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Cheesy Leek Garlic Bread

Well you know one thing, your breath is going to smell REALLY great after eating this bread. Seriously though, I wouldn’t recommend making this for a first date and probably not even a second or a third. BUT regardless of how it makes your breath smell, it is really delicious comfort type food. You can’t go wrong with bread and cheese can you? These are two of the things I crave probably more than anything else. They are of course not quite the healthiest things to indulge in but that’s exactly what it is – an indulgence. Next time you’re having a major carb craving try this one out. It would go great as a side for pasta or chicken (or both)!

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Quinoa Coconut Granola Bars

Adam went to the grocery showcase this past weekend at the Vancouver Convention Centre and picked up a ton of delicious, organic products and samples.  One I was really intrigued to test out was Naked Coconuts Raw Organic Coconut Nectar. If you haven’t heard of coconut nectar before it is a low glycemic, low fructose natural sweetener. This particular brand is gluten free, GMO free and vegan. I have never even tried it before and I have to say it was surprisingly tasty but if you’re wondering, it doesn’t taste like coconut at all. I’ve been meaning to make some quinoa granola bars for a while never ever since I was given a sample on my way to work a while back. Now I had the perfect opportunity to see how this nectar panned out as a sweetener and it worked perfectly!

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Mediterranean Turkey Sliders

There is nothing quite like the taste of home made burgers.  They are truly phenomenal!  I mean how many restaurants do you go to where you can choose what you put INSIDE the patty?  Not many at all!  The possibilities for flavour are endless, and as I’ve found, the more stuff you put in your patties, the better they taste!  Once you’ve made a few burgers you really don’t need a recipe and can almost envision what exactly the burger will taste like before you cook it up and eat it!

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Easter Coconut Nest Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Buttercream Icing

Ok I just have to brag for a minute.  One of my photos was accepted to Foodgawker!!  I had probably submitted 14 before finally getting one approved so I am extremely excited and proud!  For all you newbie bloggers out there, make sure you don’t give up, keep submitting your photos, try new angles, play with props, but most importantly (as I just said) don’t give up!  Practice makes perfect, and learning photography takes time!  I will continue to submit to Foodgawker and will likely have many many more rejected – but hey that will only drive me to try and be better.

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How To’s and My Favorite Smoothie

I’ve posted quite a few recipes in the past that include little bits and pieces that I link to other sites with directions. Over time, I’ve come up with my favorite ways of doing things like dry roasting almonds, toasting coconut etc. These are all really simple things to do but I thought I’d change it up a bit today by sharing some of my methods so that if by chance you haven’t yet found the perfect way to do these yet, you might get some inspiration from these tips.

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Roasted Asparagus with Sliced Almonds and Parmesan

Three days of chocolate and now I have for you the much adored Asparagus. Wait, what? That doesn’t seem right does it. Unfortunately chocolate has yet to be recognized by the Canada food guide as an official food group, although I would protest the fact that it isn’t. It goes without saying that if chocolate contained all the nutrients of vegetables I would eat it all the time. But nope, got to get your vegetables in folks! As far as those pesky vegetables go, asparagus is up there with the best for me. If you love roasted asparagus like you should, you’ll love it even more with some smokey toasted almonds and salty Parm.

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Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Okay I know I know I am definitely on a chocolate spree here…  Yes my last 3 posts have been about chocolate (and we’ve had 4 chocolate posts this past week)!  I’m starting to turn into Sonia with her Brussels addiction…  Except with chocolate!  But hey, Easter is coming up so I figured I would give out a couple chocolate recipes so have options other than just buying chocolate from the grocery store!  Ok yes I’m lying, truth is I just really wanted some chocolate!  Oh well these really could make cute Easter gifts for people, or even if you have people over for treats!

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