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!
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xx Candice & Sonia
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.
I am actually feeling like I am drowning in school work… I am in my 4th year, and in the very last semester of University. I think I have more assignments and test in this last month of school than I have had in my entire university career!! Can any of you relate? I have definitely learned how to prioritize my work, and have somehow even found little bits of time to blog! (So proud of myself, I’m all grown up:)) I must say I am definitely ready to start a new chapter in my life and start working! However in the meantime I have to put my head down and work as hard as I can. On busy days such as these I look to hummus to provide me with the protein I need to complete an entire day’s worth of work!
I am a HUGE breakfast person, and I mean HUGE! I even eat more than my boyfriend in the morning. I definitely believe that consuming a healthy balanced breakfast is essential to start your day off right! I like everything from eggs, to waffles, to oatmeal! I have never actually tried overnight oats until now, I usually just eat Quaker instant oatmeal (don’t judge me!!). I know they have tons of added sugar and yucky stuff, which is why I usually try and stick to the original ones. I’ve seen so many recipes for overnight oats, and after getting a general idea, decided to make up a couple recipes of my own!
It’s very rare that I will rave about a salad, much less one with brussel sprouts in it. I used to think people who ate salads as a meal were pretentious – I mean who REALLY enjoys eating a full meal of mainly vegetables right? Ever since I fell in love with Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, however, my view on salads has changed drastically. Salads can definitely have as much flavor and fill you up just like any other type of meal. Still, there aren’t very many that I would say I crave. This Brussels sprout, walnut salad is a game changer though. Not only has it given me another salad to add to my regular rotation of meals, it has made me see Brussels sprouts in a whole new light.
I am a pretty big chicken fan, in fact it is one of the only meats I eat on a regular basis. Let’s be honest though, boneless skinless chicken breast can get really boring after a while. This is one of my big struggles with chicken, is how to make it taste delicious and not dry out. Adam has instilled in me a phobia of undercooked chicken. Of course I always had some concerns about undercooking it, but this guy makes me see pink chicken when there is no pink to be found. Since dry chicken is one of my biggest pet peeves, this has made it even more difficult for me to cook the stuff. However, I managed to NOT dry out my chicken this time, and with this delicious crust I was very very happy with the outcome.