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3-Ingredient Reese’s Fudge

I’m back! I cannot believe it has been over a year since I’ve written on my blog. Well that needs to change because I have once again started on my journey to become healthy and happy. This time my journey is a little different because I am actually now a BeachBody coach. This means I not only get to change my life but I could to help others change their lives too. This opportunity is such a blessing to me and I love my group of guys and girls already on my team. I finally get to use my degree in dietetics and business to do something that I truly love. My goal is to be clean 80% of the time, because let’s be realistic life happens and sometimes I just don’t have time to prepare a fresh meal. Not to mention I just really love some of those noddy recipes involving sugar and butter. Oh and let’s not forget chocolate! The first recipe that I’m going to start off with is definitely not considered a clean or healthy recipe but it is so delicious and so easy that I just couldn’t resist making it this morning!

After spending some time on Pinterest… Okay maybe like a couple of hours… I was inspired to make a simple fudge using just two ingredients chocolate chips and condensed milk. Then I thought to myself how can I take this to a whole other level… Well the answer was pretty obvious, my favorite candy: Reese’s.

Ingredients:
1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
3 cups milk chocolate chips
1 (12oz) bag mini Reese’s

Directions:
1. Unwrap and roughly chop the 12 ounce bag of mini Reese’s. Set aside approximately one cup of roughly chopped Reese’s for topping.
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2. Combine the milk chocolate chips with the sweetened condensed milk in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for one minute. Stir the chocolate chips and continue microwaving in 30 second increments until all of the chocolate chips are melted.

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3. Stir the roughly chopped Reese’s into the melted chocolate chip mix and pour into a 9 x 9 baking dish. Spread out the mixture evenly and sprinkle with the one cup of remaining Reese’s.

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4. Allow fudge to set up on the countertop or in the refrigerator. Once firm cut and enjoy.

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I told you it was a simple easy recipe but I just had to make. I hope you enjoy it as much as me and my family do!

-Ellie

PS – if you would like more information about getting healthy this year feel free to leave a comment or contact me. I would love to chat with you

Snickerdoodle Blondies

Okay, you might just gain a pound from reading this post, that is how deliciously naughty these blonde babes are!

Despite what the plate says in the picture, these are anything but tough! Try super soft and chewy to perfection!

This is a totally from scratch recipe, that can also be clean (depending on a few ingredients), but remember eating clean doesn’t mean dieting. This is a wonderful indulgence. Just make sure you cut them in to like 24 small pieces, because even those pieces are about 200 calories each.

I was searching for a from-scratch recipe for chocolate brownies when I came across the idea of snickerdoodle brownies (or blondies, if you prefer). I mean, that is probably my favorite super soft and chewy cookie!

Okay enough drooling, lets get right to the recipe and let your tastebuds do the talking!

Snickerdoodle Brownies
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Total time: 40 min

Ingredients
2 and 2/3 cups White Whole Wheat Flour (King Arthur’s)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups packed brown sugar**(see below for clean substitute)
1 cup organic, unsalted butter, room temp***
2 eggs, room temp
1 tablespoon vanilla
Topping
2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar (or granulated white sugar)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

**I used brown sugar, so I have not tested this, but my understanding is for brown sugar you can substitute 3/4 the amount with pure honey and 1/16 the amount with molasses. So that would be 1 and 1/2 cup pure honey and 1/8 cup molasses. If you try it out this way, let me know how it goes!

***I know there are plenty of butter substitutes like: applesauce, mashed avocado, greek yogurt, pureed prunes, etc. But I honestly haven’t started playing around with these much yet, so I am unsure what it would do to the texture and flavor. You can always use a brand like EarthBalance that is lower in saturated fats I believe.

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking pan and set aside.
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2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and sea salt. Set aside.
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3. In a large bowl (I used my blender because I really need to invest in a hand mixer) beat together the butter, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla until creamed together. Add the flour mixture and blend until well combined.
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4. Spread the batter in an even layer in your lightly greased pan.
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5. In a small bowl combine your sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle mixture evenly over prepared batter in baking pan.
6. Baking for 25 minutes or until blondies spring back with a light touch. Let cool slightly and cut while still warm.
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7. Eat and fall in love!

These addictive little blondies are great for a special treat or a cool Fall day.

I even think they taste better and just as chewy the next day, and the day after that! (if they stick around that long!)

-Ellie

Homemade Cheesy Garlic Bread

So this is going to sound bad on my part, but this is the first thing in a while that my guy actually asked me to make again, every night. Haha.

I don’t take offense to that, because I know it’s just because he would rather have a greasy burger and fries rather than the things I make at home. Is there such a thing as having a healthier palate? Because I think I have one (with a sweet side now and then)

So the French baguette I received from my co-op the other week had just been sitting in my fridge, staring at me every time I would open the door. I started to feel bad, so I decided to make some garlic bread. I mean how hard could it be?

Answer: Easy Peasy. Why the heck have I been buying that frozen crap that never turns out good?!?

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Cut the baguette in half horizontally. And set aside on baking sheet.

Step 3: In a small bowl mix 1/4 cup (1/2 a stick) of softened, unsalted butter, 2 cloves of fresh minced garlic, and chopped fresh parsley (I didn’t measure but maybe about 1 tbsp). Spread mixture over both halves of the loaf. you can use more or less butter, depending on your health concerns

Step 4: Bake in oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and grate fresh Parmesan cheese over both halves. Broil for about 1 minute, or until cheese is melted. Really check often because it can burn very quickly! I check every twenty seconds or so, no joke.

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Let cool for about 5 minutes, cut and enjoy! I stored the leftovers in my fridge for a couple days and even reheated in the microwave they tasted great!

Happy Eating!
-Ellie

Chick-Fil-A Copycat

Believe it or not, I do still cook food! I know it seems like all I have been doing is couponing and home improvement. But seriously, we have to eat!

I got the Chick-Fil-A Copycat recipe from FoodBabe and couldn’t wait to try it out. While Chick-Fil-A might not share all the same views that I do, they do share delicious food with me. But after reading there are almost 100 ingredients in one Chick-Fil-A sandwich, you might want to politely break-up with Chick-Fil-A.

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Image Courtesy of FoodBabe

I mean it’s just a chicken sandwich right? What more could be needed than breading, chicken, seasoning, and a bun? (no pickles for me please!) Well apparently they thought it could also use high fructose corn syrup, artificial coloring, chemical preservatives (one of them is TBHQ or Tertiary Butylhydroquinone, made from butane!) and MSG, just to name a few.

It saddens me to know that I have been eating something so bad, after really thinking going to Chick-Fil-A was a healthier choice versus a greasy burger. (Not a healthy choice, but healthier.)

So I decided to try out FoodBabe’s recipe because I couldn’t imagine never tasting that chicken sandwich again. (Maybe one of the hundred ingredients causes addiction!)

http://foodbabe.com/2011/07/09/chick-fil-a-or-chemical-fil-a/
http://foodbabe.com/2011/07/24/chick-fil-a-now-open-on-sunday/

Food Babe’s Open on Sunday Sandwich

Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 40 mins
Total time 55 mins

Serves: 4
Ingredients
2 chicken breasts equaling about 1 pound
1 large egg
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup pickle juice
12 pickle slices
3 tbsp white or apple cider vinegar
1 ½ tsp paprika
1 cup flour of your choice (I used spelt)
1 tbsp powdered sugar
¼ tsp dry mustard
¼ tsp baking soda
4 sprouted whole wheat hamburger buns or buns of your choice
1 tbsp butter

Instructions
1. Marinating:

2. About 4 hours before or the day before – Cut chicken breasts in half making 4 similar size pieces
3. With a meat tenderizer or small hammer pound the chicken to ½ inch thick
4. Sprinkle salt, pepper and ½ tsp paprika to both sides of chicken
5. Place chicken in 1 cup pickle juice and let marinate for at least 4 hours to one day prior to baking
6. Baking:
7. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
8. Place pickle slices in vinegar and let marinate while you prep the chicken
9. In a bowl, combine and stir flours, sugar, baking soda, 1 tsp paprika, dry mustard and set aside
10. In another bowl, whisk egg and almond milk together
11. Remove chicken from marinade and dredge one piece of chicken at a time in egg bath, ensuring each side is wet and dredge in flour mixture coating each sidePlace each flour coated chicken piece on a wire rack with pan on bottom
12. Spray each piece liberally with olive oil covering both sides
13. Place tray of chicken in oven
14. After 12 mins, turn each piece of chicken over mid way through baking
15. After about 25 mins – 30 mins, chicken should be completely cooked and crispy
16. Take out of the oven and let rest at least 5 mins
17. While chicken is resting, butter buns and place in oven for 3-5 mins
18. Take buns out of oven, place 3 pickles on bottom bun and chicken on top and ENJOY!
Notes
Serve with a nice large cabbage salad or steamed broccoli (If you really want fries, I suggest baked sweet potato fries) Try to use all organic ingredients

Okay so I am not sure I can really give this a fair review just yet and let me tell you why. Picture this: It’s 7pm, people are starving, and your husband has to leave for work in about 2 hours. You look up this recipe that you had planned on making. You even remembered to defrost the chicken! Then you read the words marinate for at least 4 hours Well crap! You are going to make this anyways and just let it marinate for 30 minutes while you prepare other things.

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I am not saying this tasted bad, it was just a little dry. So I want to try it again after really marinating it so that juice really soaks in to the chicken! But compared to Chick-Fil-A, the breading had that same sweet, delicious flavor you love! Also, don’t try to use a pizza pan like I did because you don’t have a cooling rack. The breading stuck when I tried to flip the chicken breast and when I took them off, boo! hence the not so great looking end product, missing breading But if you judge everything you eat off of how it looks, you are going to miss out on some great food!

Bottom Line: You should definitely try this out, just make sure you plan ahead!

Happy Eating!
-Ellie

Recipe and Ingredient Picture courtesy of FoodBabe. Website listed above. All opinions are my own.

3 Ingredient Pancakes

You know how sometimes you just really want to make a certain item, even if you don’t have all the right ingredients? Well this was one of those mornings for me. Except, I had all the ingredients for regular pancakes, but not quite the right one for 3 Ingredient Pancakes.

It all started on Pinterest one day when I was browsing pancake recipes and found some in which you used bananas as the base. Sounds healthier right? (I’m still trying to process that in my mind when one cup of whole wheat flour equals about the same calories as a large banana, but okay! Different nutrients vs same caloric value.)

Anyways, I found this link for 3 Ingredient Pancakes. How hard could that be? Well I would say this morning was kind of a fail.

You can find much better pictures from the original site, but I will still share!

http://www.recipebyphoto.com/3-ingredient-pancakes/

Ingredients: 1 Large Banana, 2 Eggs, and Cinnamon (optional)

It is suggested to use a nice, very ripe banana. This is maybe where I went wrong because all I had were frozen bananas for my smoothies. While I did freeze them when they were super ripe, This might have affected the texture. (I defrosted one before mashing!)

Step 1: Mash the banana in a small bowl.
Step 2: Stir in two large eggs and cinnamon (I honestly just shook some in because the original recipe didn’t specify)
Step 3: Cook on stovetop on lightly greased pan (you can grease with cooking spray or butter; I personally use an olive oil spritzer to avoid the chemicals from cooking sprays like PAM)

Hints: It was suggested to make them small because they are flimsy and don’t hold together well like other pancakes. Man was that right, but I couldn’t help making them big since my batter was so thin and runny it spread out fast no matter how little I added. Maybe you could use a circle egg shaper (so don’t know the technical name!)

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Okay, they turned out decent looking enough photograph wise.

However:

1. They were very, very thin.
2. One side was very brown and the other wouldn’t darken (could have been a problem with my electric stove and heat distribution)
3. Nearly impossible to flip and keep them looking nice
4. Very spongy, bland flavor. Basically tasted like banana flavored scrambled eggs.
5. They get cold very quickly, and I personally love hot pancakes and not cold eggs. =]

I honestly tried to eat them because I told myself with this experimenting and learning about new foods I wouldn’t waste (my biggest fear since we already have a tight budget), but I just couldn’t finish my plate.

In conclusion: This plate probably had around 240 calories before I added toppings. (I am totally roughly basing that on the fact that a large banana is around 100 kcal and 2 large eggs are 140 kcal, nothing too scientific haha) With that said, I would rather find a recipe for healthy panackes using flour (and maybe banana too) and more ingredients in order for it to taste more like the ones I grew up with. I am searching for lower calories, dense in nutrition, not processed, and no flavor sacrifice. That might be a lot to ask, but I am determined I can find that for all my favorite foods!

-Ellie

This recipe was originally found here:
http://www.recipebyphoto.com/3-ingredient-pancakes/

This is simply a review of my experience and my preferences and is not meant to be negative toward the original postee. I have nothing but respect for fellow bloggers! =] I encourage you to try it for yourself and let me know how it turned out for you and any tips you found useful!