Archive | December, 2012

Lentil Flatbread Pizza

31 Dec

Almost everyday we find a ton of new recipes on Pinterest that we want to try. Of course it would probably take years to actually make all the recipes we find because there are that many good ones! The amount of time we spend on Pinterest is kinda sad. It always makes us wonder how we survived without something as great as Pinterest… But thank god we will never have to know! The time we spend can be justified though.. Look at how many great ideas we have found because of it!

This recipe was inspired by one we found on Pinterest a few weeks ago! It was super easy to make and so versatile we would definitely make it again!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup of soaked lentils (we soaked them in water for 6 hours)
2 tablespoons of either ground flax or chai seeds (we choose the flax)
2/3 cup of water

Directions:
1. Puree the soaked lentils, ground flax or chai seeds and water in a blender. Now is the time to add any spices or seasoning you wish to flavor the flatbread with. We added salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. (I think garlic and basil would be a good combination too!)
2. Next, spray a frying pan with cooking spray and allow the pan to heat up on medium heat.

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3. Finally pour the lentil mix into the pan and spread it around in an even layer. Allow it to cook for 5-7 minutes on medium heat, then flip and cook 5-7 minutes on the other side.

The recipe we found suggested using the flatbread with hummus but we decided to use it for pizza!

We took the cooked flatbread and added sauce, vegetables, and cheese and baked it in the oven at 350 for 10-12 minutes! This recipe was super easy and could be used as the base in so many different recipes! This is one thing we will definitely be making again soon!

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Note: We’re not sure who added this all to a blender, smelled it, and still decided to still cook it! The smell of blended lentils isn’t the greatest smell but we decided to cook it anyway and it tasted SO much better than it smelled we promise! 🙂

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Served with a side of sugar snap peas this was the perfect dinner!

Simply Made Apple Chips

30 Dec

Thinly sliced apples, lots cinnamon, and a few hours = homemade apple chips

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Such an easy and fun snack to make! Our cousin, Marissa came to visit on her day off and she came up with the idea to make these chips! Kayla and I definitely need to invest in an apple corer and better slicing tool, but we worked pretty well with what we had.

All we did was core the apples by hand, sliced them thinly, laid them on a greased baking sheet, and then sprinkled them with cinnamon! We baked them at 210 degrees for 1.5 hours, flipping once throughout the process. You could always cook them for a longer or shorter amount of time depending on just how you personally like your chips to turn out!

We used red delicious apples because they were on special, but I would love to make them again with a different variety of apples to see if the type of apple would make a difference.

I was surprised at just how easy these were to make! Bring them to your next holiday get together and you’ll be sure to impress everyone!

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I don’t think these will last too long at our house either.. They’re just too delicious 🙂

Happy Holidays

27 Dec

My sister and I would like to begin by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a soon to be Happy New Year! We have spent the past few days surrounding ourselves with those we love most and celebrating the holidays together!

Christmas was such a fabulous day, and we spent the morning after opening presents making a huge lunch for our family. The menu included a spiral ham, broccoli, sugar snap peas, scalloped potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, and rolls. We had a few dessert choices as well that included Wegman’s ultra white cake (TO DIE FOR; must try it if you haven’t already) Wegman’s fruit tart that my sister and I requested (BEST EVER) and pumpkin pie from Cosco with cool whip topping. There were some other cookies and desserts as well but they were not as important to me. I was all about the fruit tart. I definitely couldn’t resist it, and my sister and I both cut ourselves a huge slice of it! Yum! Look at this beauty..

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The holidays always make me realize just how lucky I am to have the wonderful family and friends that I do. I am beyond thankful, and I know my sister is too for everything. Instead of posting a holiday recipe, we would love to share our favorite holiday gifts we made this year!

For my mom and step dad, we handmade them their own huge coffee mugs!

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I think they were a hit! They started using them right away to drink their coffee!

For my step dad we also decked out a case of locally brewed beer for him. It was so much fun to make the little reindeer and it was relatively an easy project! We found the steps on Pinterest if anyone is interested in doing it themselves!

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How cute are these?!

My favorite gifts to give are those that mean the most and are made with love! That’s what Christmas is all about to me. Showing others how much you care about them and expecting nothing in return!

Now that Christmas is behind us, we are spending the next few days off relaxing and reading some of the books we checked out from the public library. We checked out 6, and Kayla is already into the 5th one. I’m a little behind and only on my 4th! We decided this time we would read them in the same order so we could discuss them after we both finished. We would both recommend reading any of Emily Giffin’s books! We just stumbled across her novels and have already read two of them! I’d start with Something Borrowed and then read one of her others! Another we liked was Heaven Is Here by Stephanie Nielson. It’s her own memoir about her life before and after a tragic plane crash she was in that caused 80% of her body to be burned. It’s sad, yet so inspiring to see her getting through the most dark and devastating parts of her life.

Besides having our noses buried into a new book we will be spending some time cooking in the kitchen! I got Hungry Girl’s new cookbook filled with over 650 recipes & a few new kitchen appliances we both can’t wait to experiment with! These include an ice cream/frozen yogurt maker and a vegetable peeler that makes vegetables into pasta like strands! So excited to try them both out!

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Of course we will share whatever we end up making over these next few days! Until then, have a safe and happy holiday spending time with family & friends!

A Spin on the Classic Veggie Burger

21 Dec

I can remember to a T the first time we tried veggie burgers. We were in our college cafeteria, attempting to eat “healthier” and decided what could be more healthy than a patty filled with vegetables?! After taking just the first bite of those veggie burgers, we were hooked. We soon began venturing out even more and trying different varieties and flavors!

We love making them for dinner because they are so quick and simple! We’ve made our own in the past, but found some fresh ones at Cosco during one of our last visits! My mom wanted to share a pack, so we found ourselves with 8 huge patties! The brand is called Don Lee Farms, incase you ever happen to come across the brand yourselves. I highly recommend them fresh, but they are still delicious after de-thawing!

Last night we pulled two out of the freezer and cooked them at 425 for 15 minutes! We decided that we would sandwich them between two slices of eggplant covered in bread crumbs and bake them in the oven at 425 for around 15 minutes as well.

Breading the eggplant is pretty easy! We put a tablespoon of eggbeaters in a bowl and brushed each side of the eggplant with it using a pastry brush. Then we dipped the eggplant in a little container of breadcrumbs. We sprinkled parsley on top of the slices before placing them into the oven.

Drumroll.. Onto the final assembly! We piled this baby high with topping. We first put down a piece of eggplant, followed by the veggie patty. Then we put mixed greens, tomato slices, red onion, mushrooms, and sprouts on-top before the final piece of eggplant. Then we drizzled the sandwich with Asian sesame dressing to add another touch of flavor. Of course this wasn’t an actual sandwich that could be eaten with your hands, but was just as delicious with a fork and a knife.

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Quick list of ingredients: veggie patty, eggplant, egg beaters (or an egg white), bread crumbs, mixed greens, tomato slices, red onion, sliced mushrooms, sprouts, and asian sesame dressing

Hope this gave you all some inspiration to create your own veggie burger piled high with toppings and flavor! 🙂

Shrimp Pasta

20 Dec

Remember when we said our mom brought us over some goodies for us to cook with for our end of the semester celebration dinner? Well, she tends to think we are bottomless pits and brings enough food for way more than just one meal! The 40 plus shrimp she bought for us could be easily divided between two dinners. The second half of the shrimp were used to make a pasta dish topped with diced tomatoes, spinach, cream cheese, and red pepper flakes…. Yum!

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Doesn’t it just look so yummy?

Ingredients:
2 servings of whole wheat pasta
1 cup of spinach
2 tablespoons of low-fat cream cheese
1 cup diced tomatoes (petite diced canned tomatoes work perfectly)
1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1 cup water from pasta
20 medium sized steamed shrimp

Directions:

1. First boil water and cook your pasta (make sure to reserve 1 cup of the pasta water for your sauce)

2. Once the pasta is cooked, drained, and set aside, begin making your sauce. Combine the reserved pasta water, red pepper flakes, and diced tomatoes in a frying pan and bring to a boil.

3. When the sauce begins to boil add the cream cheese (breaking it up before adding it in the pan helps it melt faster) and cook on low, stirring occasionally allowing the sauce to thicken (about 8-10 minutes)

4. Finally as the sauce thickens, add your pre cooked shrimp to the sauce and allow them to get hot. Once hot, mix in spinach and enjoy!

Serves two.

Bolthouse Farms Chai Smoothie

19 Dec

We have a very strong love relationship with smoothies. They get us through French class, busy mornings, and any other excuse we find possible to make one. Since they are made quite frequently, we have to have a few options. This newest one we came across thanks to 50% off at Weis on the Bolthouse Farms Vanilla Chai Cafe drink. We were mindlessly browsing when we came across this deal. With 7 grams of protein per serving we couldn’t turn it down. I’m so glad we didn’t! After returning home from the store we brainstormed what we could do with this juice. We came across a recipe from one of our favorite vegan blogs! Healthy. Happy. Life. Check her page out. She has some of the coolest recipes that are so unique and flavorful, and we haven’t tried something from her page that we did not like.

Basically, she had a recipe for a mixed berry smoothie. We tweaked it based on what ingredients we had available, and made our own tasty smoothie combination!

Makes Two Servings:
1 banana (it should be frozen, but thawed works too)
1.5 cups of Bolthouse Farms Vanilla Chai
1/2 cup frozen whole strawberries
1 cup of ice (more depending on thickness preferred)
Optional:Unsweetened coconut flakes and flax seed for topping

Directions:
Put banana, juice, strawberries, and ice in blender and purée until smooth.

Pour into cup, and add desired toppings!

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No shame to admit we’ve made this smoothie 3 times already. A new favorite for sure. I can’t wait to try out another one of their products. Who knows what’ll be next. They have a hazelnut latte with 10 grams of protein, and a mango protein plus smoothie with 30 grams! They also have pre-made smoothies (perfect for roads trips) and a 50/50 berry juice that looks delicious. I don’t think you can go wrong with any choice here! If anyone has had any before and can recommend a favorite, please do! Opinions are always wonderful.

Celebrate Good Times

18 Dec

Our mother is the best mom I know! She is always surprising us or stopping by our house for an unexpected visit. To celebrate being completely done with our semester at college she brought us over some goodies to cook with! She knows us so well. Asparagus, Shrimp, and HUGE Sweet Potatoes. We hit the jackpot.

Prep work was pretty basic for this meal.

The shrimp were already seasoned with some Old Bay so all we did was warm them up in a pan on the stovetop right before dinner. So simple.

The sweet potatoes were washed, poked with a fork, lightly salted, and wrapped in foil before being placed in the oven at 400 degrees for 60 minutes. We had to keep poking them with a fork to make sure they were done. We are kinda impatient about waiting until they’re completely cooked.

The asparagus was easy to prepare as well. We just snipped off the ends and steamed them in the microwave in a damp paper towel. 3.5 minutes is all it took. We were going to grill them, but we couldn’t face the cold! We’re kinda wimps about the cold.

Viola.. Meal Complete

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And of course, there needed to be a celebratory drink involved as well!

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Stella! One of our favorites. Definitely a perfect way to end the semester! Can’t wait for these next few weeks of relaxation and extra time for cooking in the kitchen! Stay tuned for what we think of next.