Thursday, April 11, 2013

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes

Posted by Lulu S at 9:34 AM 0 comments
Nothing better than pancakes for breakfast, am I right?


Sadly, pancakes can be dangerous if you're on a diet. But these pancakes are super healthy and are 100% whole wheat! With only 90 calories each, you can have two or three drizzled with sugar free maple syrup for a delicious fiber-filled breakfast!

I found this recipe on Chocolate and Carrots and her pictures got to me! I halved her recipe since I was only making these for myself, and I got 6 fluffy pancakes. I ate one since they were so filling and I froze the rest! So when i'm craving pancakes for breakfast all I have to do is reheat these for about a minute or less in the microwave and top with peanut butter and maple syrup voila!

Recipe:

Source: Chocolate & Carrots

(Makes 6 fluffy pancakes)

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (increase to 1 tablespoon if you have a sweet tooth)
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup + 1/8 cup skimmed milk (3/8 cup)
  • 1/2 tablespoon canola oil

Directions:
  1. In a medium bowl, mix all dry ingredients.
  2. In a smaller bowl, mix wet ingredients.
  3. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Pour 1/4 cup batter onto a greased skillet over medium-low heat and let cook for about 30 sec until it puffs and then flip to the other side and cook for about 10 seconds. 
  5. Transfer to plate and continue cooking the rest with the same directions.

Serve with peanut butter and maple syrup!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Caramel Apple Cake

Posted by Lulu S at 7:39 AM 0 comments
This is one of the easiest cakes that I have ever made, seriously. You should go do it right now. The cake was so soft and the edges were perfectly crumbly. And the glaze, don't let me start with the glaze. I couldn't stop licking the glaze from the sauce pan! It's that good!




I found it on Monica's blog "Lick The Bowl Good", and her pictures looked divine, I had to make it!
The cake is topped with a brown sugar glaze, which is the caramel.
I followed the recipe exactly, except I omitted the nuts. I prefer cakes to be nut free.

Recipe: 

Adapted from Lick The Bowl Good

Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup apples (peeled and chopped)
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease an 8x8 square pan.
2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
3. In a large bowl, mix eggs with hand mixer until foamy and light in color. Mix in oil and vanilla.
4. Stir in the flour mixture and mix with a wooden spoon. (Batter will be thick)
5. Add in chopped apples and stir to mix everything together.
6. Pour batter into pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
7. As soon as the cake has finished baking and is still hot, prepare the brown sugar glaze.
8. In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine: 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3 tbsp butter, and 1 tbsp heavy cream.
9. Stir often until the mixture comes to a boil. Cook for 3-5 minutes. (I cooked for 2) Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 tsp vanilla.
10. Spoon the glaze over the still-hot cake and spread evenly.


The cake should look like this. Let cool for the glaze to harden, then cut into pieces. (I got 9 pieces)


I devoured the cake in seconds! Its so sweet and it satisfied my cravings. 
I'm better of not knowing how many calories are in this cake!


I highly advise you that you try this cake, you'll get loads of compliments!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Whole Wheat Tortillas

Posted by Lulu S at 11:50 PM 1 comments
Hello! I just started spring break and I'm so happy! Finally a break from all the studying and sleepless nights. Today I made whole wheat tortillas, and they require minimum effort. 

The truth is I don't like to buy pre-made tortillas, I think they have a funny taste, plus they are filled with preservatives. Homemade is much healthier, and contains only natural ingredients that you probably already have right now!


With these tortillas you can make healthy enchiladas, burritos, or a tortilla pizza!

I always freeze them so I can eat them anytime I want, just make sure you layer each tortilla with foil so they don't stick with one another.

Recipe: 

By Sarah Pachev

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (If you don't like a strong whole wheat flavor just use half white and half WW)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup warm water (more or less if needed)

Directions:

1. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
2. Add olive oil and stir until well combined.
3. Add in warm water a few tablespoons at a time and until the dough can be gathered into a ball.
4. On a floured surface, knead dough by hand for about 10-15 mins. Cover and let rest for 15 mins.
5. Divide dough into 10 to 12 balls.
6. Roll each ball to form a circle. (Make sure surface is floured or else dough will stick)
7. Cook each tortilla on a ungreased skillet over medium-high heat for about 1 minute (30 seconds on each side) until puffy. 
8. Wrap in a towel to stay warm.

Freeze or eat right away!

Nutritional Information: 

(Per 1 tortilla, if the recipe makes 10)

Serving Size 29 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 
115
Calories from Fat 
27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 
3.0g
5%
Cholesterol 
0mg
0%
Sodium 
1mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 
19.3g
6%
Dietary Fiber 
0.7g
3%
Protein 
2.6g



Saturday, March 30, 2013

Sloppy Joes

Posted by Lulu S at 12:31 AM 0 comments
Hey guys! Happy Easter! We don't celebrate it here but I just wanted to show my respect to those of you who celebrate it :) I'm sure you all enjoyed it.

So, my family keeps asking me to make them lunch, and they wanted something with beef, so I made some sloppy joes! These are so delicious and filling, and don't contain as much calories as the one you buy from restaurants.

The recipe is very quick and simple, and I bet you already have all the ingredients in your pantry! So, what are you waiting for? Go try it!



Sloppy Joes

4 servings

-1 teaspoon oil
-1 onion, finely chopped
-1 green pepper, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 lb of extra lean ground beef
-3/4 cup of ketchup
-1 1/2 to 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
-1 teaspoon chili powder
-1 teaspoon cumin
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 4 burger buns (I used whole wheat)

Directions:

1. Heat oil in a skillet and cook onion, green pepper, and garlic for 5 minutes.
2. Stir in ground beef and cook for 10 minutes or until no longer pink.
3. Add ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, cumin, salt, pepper, and chili powder and cook 4 minutes.
4. Serve on buns!

Easy peasy :) 
Bon appetit!




Saturday, March 16, 2013

Five Minute French Toast

Posted by Lulu S at 5:03 AM 0 comments
I woke up and I was hungry, and impatient. I was craving french toast, so I searched for a quick recipe, nothing fancy. I found a quick french toast recipe that took me literally five minutes to make, I don't remember where I got it from though.

I didn't even bother to take a photo of the french toast, since its so simple and I ate it before I had the chance to take a photo of it!
This recipe is perfect when you're in a hurry, or just don't feel like making something fancy.

Recipe:

-2 eggs
-3-4 tbsp milk
-some vanilla
-some cinnamon
-a few slices of bread
          Mix all ingredients together and dunk one side of bread, then flip to the other side and let the excess drip. Fry one side on a greased skillet, then flip to the other side. Serve with berries and syrup!

Enjoy xx

Chapati Bread

Posted by Lulu S at 4:42 AM 0 comments


Chapati is an indian flatbread. My family likes to eat it with vegetable stew or curry, but I prefer to eat it alone, or smothered with delicious cream cheese.
This is a quick and easy recipe for Indian Chapati bread, that can be made in less than an hour. A friend of mine gave me this recipe, since she knows how much I love chapati! Now, onto the recipe!

Recipe

-1 1/2 cup flour
-1 tablespoon oil
-1/4 tsp salt (or more)
-1/2 cup WARM water

Instructions

1. In a bowl, mix all ingredients in order, by hand until it becomes a soft dough.
2. Knead a couple of times and then divide the dough into 6 balls.
3. Roll each ball and fry with a tablespoon of oil until done. It is kind of similar to making pancakes.
4. Place on a plate with parchment paper to remove the excess oil.
5. Serve immediately.

Store in container for a few days or freeze. Re-heat in microwave.



Gooey Kinder Cookies

Posted by Lulu S at 4:12 AM 0 comments
I found a box of kinder bars in my cupboard that needed to be used up, so I tweaked some chocolate chip cookie recipes until I came up with this really awesome, gooey, and soft, cookie. This is by any means not healthy, so indulge in moderation!


Recipe:

Makes 12-15 Cookies

-1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
-1/2 cup light brown sugar
-1/4 cup white sugar
-1 large egg
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 1/4 cup flour
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-4-5 kinder bars, chopped
-A few tablespoons of chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions:

     Preheat oven to 350 C
1. In a medium bowl, combine butter and sugars with mixer until light and fluffy.
2. Mix in the egg and vanilla.
3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking soda.
4. Add the flour mixture to to the butter mixture and mix until it combined.
5. Stir in the chopped kinder and chocolate chips, if using.
6. On an ungreased baking sheet, drop balls of cookie dough a few centimeters apart. Flatten slightly.
7. Bake for 10 mins* The cookie dough will look slightly uncooked, but will complete cooking after a few minutes of cooling.
8. Let cool for about 10-20 mins, until cookie dough has done baking.
9. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
10. EAT!!

*I once had to bake them for up to 20 mins because they were still too doughy, so you may need to bake them for more than 10 mins. First wait and see if they have finished cooking, if not then put them back in the oven until they are done.

Enjoy! xx
 

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