I’ve been on a bit of a bad food binge lately. When I say a bit, I mean QUITE a bit. For instance – remember when I made that Skinny Oreo Milkshake last week? Well I ended up pretty much eating the whole box of Oreos in three days, so so much for the “skinny” part of that! That was just the half of it though. I’m not going to go into more nitty gritty details of the past week, but I’m happy to inform you all that I am getting back on track. One thing I’ve noticed since I went a little off-the-track of healthy eating is that my workouts are really wearing me out. Usually I feel great after my workouts and since I always do them on my lunch break it gives me the extra boost of energy to get through the afternoon. For the past week or two though I’ve been wiped when I get back to my desk. I’m hoping that the return to healthy eating will help. Another thing I’ve decided to try which I’ve hoped will help are these Peanut Butter Pretzel Energy Bites. I don’t know why I’ve never thought of this before, but it is such a great idea that I found and modified from Gimme Some Oven.
Three ingredients I ALWAYS have in my house are coconut milk, curry spice and some type of broth. The fourth piece to this puzzle, as I have discovered over the past year, is sweet potatoes. One of the easiest, quickest things to create with this set of ingredients is a delicious and warming soup. I had never really been a big soup fan until recently – I used to think it was a big waste of time because it just never really seemed to satisfy me. This was similar to my dislike for salads (if you have read any of my salad posts you know what I’m talking about). However, now that I am no longer living the University lifestyle and am making meals for my boyfriend and I all the time, soup has become a staple for us. This is one that I have made several times and am always extremely happy with. The coconut croutons are a new addition that makes it even better.
Don’t forget to switch your clocks forward an hour today! Oh man as if I already don’t get enough sleep… Now I have to loose another hour?! Monday is going to be a serious challenge to wake up! I was over in Vancouver this past weekend for the final weekend before school becomes unbearable and I must spend every day and every night in the library either studying or working on an assignment.
I’m a big lover of both asparagus and salmon… Well and goat cheese… So I obviously loved this tart!! The best part is the use of puff pastry because I didn’t have to make it! It also gives a nice crunchy texture to the tart, and balances out the chewy and creamy of the asparagus and goat cheese. Folks, we definitely have a winner with this one!!
Ok so these didn’t turn out QUITE the way I had hoped… But I still wanted to share the recipe with you to see if any of you could be more successful. Unfortunately, I had the oven temperature slightly too high – which make the “feet” of my macarons flop out the sides. I have adjusted the recipe in hopes you will be successful! I’m thinking about taking a lesson at Bon Macaron Patisserie in Victoria, as they are the true experts of Macaron perfection. Although mine do not look perfect, they certainly tasted good! Which is why I am posting the recipe, in hopes you can re-create it and not have floppy feet!
In fact, as soon as I am done school, I am going to enroll in a macaron class at Bon Macaron! After that we can compare how much better my macarons look
Ever since I tried this skinny chocolate milkshake back in February I’ve been obsessed with using bananas as ice cream. It really does become the texture of ice cream and as a bonus is actually healthy for you. I’ve always loved Oreo blizzards and Mcflurrys but I try to stay away from fast food places all-together. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good fast food meal. This is the exact reason I must stay away – because I love it a little too much no matter how bad for you I know it is. However, this new-found banana as a replacement for ice cream obsession of mine was the perfect canvas for a tasty Oreo treat. Here it is – the skinny Oreo milkshake!
Are you starting to think I’m a crazy rosemary lady? I realized virtually everything I’ve cooked lately has at least a little bit of rosemary in it. No matter how much I seem to cook with it though I can never seem to use up those little packages before they dry out. I should probably just start growing it shouldn’t I? Anyways, I think that’s enough about my relationship with that delicious herb. If you’re a rosemary fan like me (or cheese or garlic fan) you’re going to love this easy to make popcorn recipe!
I am a total blueberry fanatic! I love them in all shapes and forms – whether they are fresh or frozen, baked or sauteed, I am always interested! You could probably tell by all the blueberry creations I have made over the little time I have been blogging… If you are like me and love blueberries, you should check out Oatmeal Blueberry Flax Muffins, Lemon Blueberry Muffins, perhaps you like blueberries in your Morning Smoothies, or blueberries in your Overnight Oats.
Considering we really haven’t done many posts, that’s a whole lot of blueberries!!! I am not ashamed however as these squares were fabulous! If anything, I would have added even more blueberries to the bars (typical Candice)
We have reached 300 followers!!! Although this may not seem like much for all the big shot bloggers, we are extremely excited and very thankful for all the support we have received from all of you. As a thank you, we will be doing our first ever giveaway!!! What are we giving away you ask, well a 40 dollar gift card to Whole Foods! Sonia and I love browsing through Whole Foods and picking out all the fabulous organic health food options, and we want you to experience some of their deliciousness!
How it works: You can get up to 3 possible entries into this contest
1. Follow our blog on wordpress and comment on this post below what you would do with 40 dollars to Whole Foods
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Good luck to all! The contest will close on Sunday March 9th!
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xx Candice & Sonia
Update: For winner, check our Curry Coconut Sweet Potato Soup post!
Most of the time I think its great to try to make classic meals into healthier versions of themselves. However, when it comes to certain recipes I believe it is an injustice to use low fat, low calorie ingredients. If you’re going to eat mac n’ cheese, eat cheesy, creamy, delicious mac n’ cheese right? Candice posted a recipe for her Mac and Cheese back in November and now I want to share one of mine with you. Of course it has bacon in it because bacon makes the world go ’round.
February was characterized by the V’s for us here at ELP – Valentines and Vacations! All in all it made for a great, but busy month. However, we still managed to keep up with our daily recipe posts and were very happy to see that they were so well received. I’m still finding it hard to believe that it is March but am happy that we are moving towards spring and summer. We’ve had some dreary weather including snow, rain, and hail in the past few days alone and I’m looking forward to it warming up. Before looking forward at Spring it’s time to look back at some of our most popular recipes from February.