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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!

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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.

Banana Ice Cream

15 Dec

Please tell me you have heard of frozen banana ice cream before?! If not, you have been deprived for way too long. You MUST follow this recipe pronto.

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana (or more, for a bigger serving size)
Toppings of choice: fat free whipped topping, peanut butter, nuts, fruit, etc.

Directions:
1. Slice banana (the riper, the better!) and freeze for 3-5 hours.
2. Purée frozen banana in food processor until it gets the consistency of soft serve ice cream! It takes a little while, but trust me it eventually will take that form
3. Place mixture in bowl and freeze again for 20 minutes.
4. Pull it out and top with whatever your heart desires! Our choices were PB2, a nut blend, and cool whip!

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Jam Packed Sandwich

13 Dec

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You have just got to try this delicious sandwich combo. Ingredients: Ezekiel sprouted sesame bread, sliced turkey breast, sprouts, spinach, sliced tomato, red onion, cucumber, and a laughing cow cheese wedge. It all equates to one healthy, hearty sandwich to instantly satisfy.

You Put Sweet Potatoes in What!?

19 Nov

We tried another overnight oat combination this morning for breakfast that contained… sweet potatoes! Definitely an interesting combination. We were a little unsure at first but after the first bite we decided this is definitely a combination we will make again and again! Adding sweet potato puree to overnight oats is pretty simple. Just make your usual overnight oats recipe and simply just add some mashed sweet potato and some extra cinnamon. We topped this combination with 1/4 cup of Kashi puff cereal, 1 tablespoon of pb2 and anther tablespoon of raisins! Delicious!

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