Tuesday, April 22, 2014

"It's Complicated" Nachos

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Hello everybody!! I'm baaacckk
and this time I come with cheese and chips (like how can this end up badly?)
Being tired of lacking inspiration in the kitchen,  I picked up a copy of the latest Epicurious magazine. 
It was actually a really good issue that features recipes from different sections of America. After flipping through it rather quickly, these nachos caught my eye in the Southwest section.






I'v always had a soft spot for nachos, of course I never really had them often except on Super Bowl sunday. They were just the classic, simple ones though, just really salty chips and sharp cheddar cheese.
I really loved the idea of these more complicated nachos that introduced even more flavors for more complex pallets.

BAM. No plans for lunch plus plenty of time (I'm on break from classes)…. this was happening.
I kind of took the recipe from Epicurious and changed it up a bit.
soo i added…
-cheddar + monterey jack
-feta
-black beans
-onion
-cilantro
-shredded chicken
-and a good shaking of chili powder:)

then add to the oven at 350 degrees for a little less than 10 minutes

There ya go… "It's Complicated" nachos
XO
Lauren








Monday, March 3, 2014

Homemade Chex Mix

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Yep you heard me right… homemade chex mix.
It's a slightly (emphasis on the slightly) healthier version of the store bought.
Personally, I love it even more than the original.

I originally made this for a super bowl party, but hey, we all get busy.
The saltiness and the crunch make this snack a touchdown (see what I did there… yeah that pun should have been used a long time ago)

I have to say I always find myself picking out the bagel chips and pretzels (they're the best part!!)
Sooo enjoy this favorite snack… but don't enjoy it too much as I said before they're not that healthy:)

You can find the recipe here .
XO
Lauren





Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Super Greens Cocoa Nut Muffins

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Hello again, today I have some muffins for you, BUT there's a catch… there actually healthy and good for you *gasps*
I know what your thinking, how can these super chocolate muffins be healthy? 








Well for starters this recipe uses quinoa flour and it has a bunch of fruit aaaanndddd super protein powder.
I picked up this fantastic breakfast recipe from Suzy Brown (she's a awesome nutrition counselor)…. sooooo credit to her:)
Basically I love making these ahead of time and freezing them to reheat for a fast breakfast the next morning. My brother (who is not the best eater) always gets so excited when I make 'em.

Go go give them a try! I know some of the ingredients look a little scary, but trust me it tastes fantastic together.






Super Greens Cocoa Nut Muffins

1 cup quinoa flour
1 cup almond meal (ground up almonds)
3oz (about 11 pitted) Dates (soaked in 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 bananas
1 tbs. coconut oil (or canola)
2 tbs. baking powder
½ cup raw agave
2 tbs. chocolate soy nut butter
2 scoop Amazing Grass Greens Super food (chocolate flavor)

Soak pitted dates in unsweetened vanilla almond milk for about 20-30 minutes. Pre heat oven 375. After soaking add pitted dates and almond milk to blender with 2 bananas, 2 eggs, melted coconut oil, raw agave, chocolate soy nut butter, and greens chocolate powder. Blend on medium to high till puree. In large mixing bowl put quinoa flour, almond meal and baking powder and pour in liquid from blender and stir in all together till smooth.

Grease muffin baking tin with canola spray and pour in 2/3 liquid in each. Top each muffin with your choice of toppings: organic chocolate chips, raw coconut,  raw oatmeal, walnuts, almond shavings, bananas, apples or strawberries.


Monday, January 13, 2014

New Years Inspiration

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First of all… Happy New Years!
Let's just say the start of the new year has been a bit lacking, since January is apparently my most busiest month now. I have all my exams, plus a lot of busy weekends consisting of traveling.
Pretty busy month= no time in kitchen.


Well… I want to change that. I don't want this blog or my passion for cooking to be one of those things that I put off onto the side until I have time. Spending time in the kitchen and this blog need to be something that I incorporate in my life everyday.



//2. To make a perfect hard/soft boiled egg



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Candied Almonds

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Lets just say every time the holidays roll around everyone gets a little "nuts" over these almonds (no pun intended:) but actually pun totally intended). These nuts are a perfect little gift for those people you don't really know what to get (and/or too lazy to actually think of something). These nuts are so simple to make and only have a few ingredients. I used this recipe to make these.




These only have 4 ingredients…
-almonds (duh!)
-sugar
-brown sugar
-egg whites

It totally can't get any easier than that, can it?




And after I finished baking these I put them in these little cute mason jars and tied a ribbon around them. What can I say? Pinterest has been getting to me:)


















Come on, they're pretty cute, you know it. Christmas gifts done! (check that off)

Hope you guys have a wonderful holiday!
XO Lauren





Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Pumpkin Overload

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These past weeks pumpkin has been on the mind. It's inevitable since it's fall.
First I started out with a very simple, yet delicious pumpkin bread.





I have to say though, the first time I tried out this recipe it did not come out good at all. The bread was not risen at all, raw, and not sweet at all. Well turns out I left out a cups of sugar (a cup?!?)
Let's just say I was very, very tired that day.
Thankfully, the second time came out better.










Next I made these heavenly pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Making these was such a last minute decision, so I didn't know if it would come out or not. Well it turned out these were a HUGE success. The pumpkin made the cookies sooooo moist on the inside. So moist that you think it's raw when you take it out of the oven, but it's not. These cookies are perfect for people like me, who LOVE their cookies soft and chewy on the inside. Literally, those cookies were gone in less than a day at my house.

So that's what I have for you this week, hope you guys have a fantastic Thanksgiving:)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Farmer's Market

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Just a few pictures from the farmer's market we went to this weekend. The market is only a few miles away and this is only my second time there (hard to believe i know). It was so much fun I got to go with my grandma too which made it the most special:)
Hope your weekend went well
xo Lauren