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3 Ingredient High-Protein Hazelnut Crepes!

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One of the reasons I LOVE these crepes, is because they’re PACKED with protein and only have 3 ingredients. I love knowing exactly what I’m putting into my body, so making my own breakfast is always a joy. No artificial sweeteners or preservatives in here, that’s for sure 🙂

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A beginner’s guide: The do’s and don’ts of sautĂ©ing vegetables

Although I’m proud to have come so far in my fitspirational journey, I have yet to learn how to SautĂ©. As I’ve flown through various cookbooks on my healthy cooking adventures, I’ve come to realize that learning how to sautĂ© veggies is not optional anymore, it’s a necessity. When I used to only know how to cook Mac & Cheese with burnt toast on the side, the word sautĂ© was not in my dictionary of frequently used words. But guess what, it is now!

Since my wonderful boyfriend Bryan has recently introduced me to the delicious world of Portabella mushrooms; I thought this would be the perfect place to start!

It took me about 3 batches of sautéing Baby Bellas before I got them perfect, so I hope to save you from wasting some of your own, by not making the mistakes I made on my first attempts.

The Do’s and Don’ts of sautĂ©ing: 

THE DON’Ts-

  • Don’t walk away from the kitchen and forget you’re sautĂ©ing veggies.Then, especially don’t take your baby Yorkie for a walk. Trust me on this, even if you tell yourself you won’t forget, it’s a high possibility you will. You may come back from your walk; with a kitchen full of smoke, and some very black flaming mushrooms. (Not like I did anything like that that… I confess nothing!)
  • Don’t set the temperature on your stove top too high. SautĂ©ing too fast is a great way to burn the living- daylights out of your veggies. Setting your stove to low-medium heat worked the best.
  • Don’t use too much oil!! As you can see from my beautiful oil-catastrophy below, you’ll end up sucking the extra oil out from your veggies with a napkin. See guys, I told you I’d share the good, the bad AND the ugly on my health blog. Learn from my mistake, start with a little bit of oil, and slowly add more if you need it.

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  • Don’t forget to flip them. Keep a spatula near by (yay I get to use my pink spatula) and since you WON’T be leaving the kitchen *ehhem walking your yorkie*, keep an eye on your veggies and flip or toss them when you see the edges getting a light golden brown.

THE DO’S-

  • Do set a timer! If you’re a beginner (as I was when I began learning how to sautĂ©) it is really helpful to set a timer for a shorter amount of time then you think it should take to sautĂ© your veggies.
  • Do your homework, and make sure you pick the best oil for your sautĂ©ing adventures. For a guide to picking the best oil for cooking, click here. 
  • Do have fun! Learning a new cooking skill can be a LOT of fun, especially if you pick the right music to sing into your spatula to 🙂

Let me know if you’ve learned any great do’s or don’ts throughout your cooking experience, and I’ll add it to the list!

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Baked Parmesan Garlic Asparagus, Yum!

The healthiest most delicious way to eat asparagus has finally been discovered by your truly! These easy little green strands of mouth watering heaven only take about 10 mins to put together, and will honestly take your breath away. If you’re an asparagus hated(as I was about 3 months ago) this is a GREAT way to fall in love with your vegetable arch enemy. The Garlic and Parmesan cheese are perfect compliments to it’s delicious flavors.

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Yum, this is how they will look in the end! I paired my Parmesan garlic asparagus with a piece of whole wheat toast and some avocado slices.

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If it’s on sale, I prefer to buy organic asparagus

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Mince 4-5 cloves of garlic, mix in a Ziploc bag with about 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese and a table spoon of olive oil. Olive oil is a healthier version of vegetable oil, so I like to use it whenever I can. (I’ll make a post about the difference between the two a bit later.)

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Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 7-10 mins (until golden brown.)

Ingredients:

  • Fresh minced garlic
  • Fresh grated Parmesan cheese (you can substitute vegan or your favorite cheese here)
  • Organic asparagus

What to do:

  1. Mince Garlic, grate cheese
  2. Add mixture of garlic and cheese to a Ziploc bag along with 1 tbsp of olive oil
  3. Using your hands, add the asparagus to the mixture and rub the ingredients around in the bag for about 2 mins. This is to evenly distribute the flavors to every piece of asparagus and make every one of them extra savory 🙂
  4. Place the contents of the bag onto a piece of tinfoil and bake for 7-10 mins (until they appear golden brown.)
  5. Eat and enjoy!

Easy, delicious and will impress any guests that you have over 🙂

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Spicy smashed Baby Potatoes with Garlic and Cheese

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These easy little potatoes are SO delicious, and way better for you then french fries!

Baked instead of fried, no grease or oil involved.

Ingredients:

  • Baby yellow potatoes
  • Fresh minces garlic
  • Parmesan cheese (grated) 
  • Cayenne pepper (or spice of choice)

What to do:

  1. Boil your washed baby potatoes for 5-10 mins (until relatively soft)
  2. Place baby potatoes on a tin foil covered cooking sheet, and pre-heat oven to 350
  3. Smash lightly with the bottom of a glass (or a potato smasher if you have one. I didn’t so the bottom of a glass worked great!) Make sure not to smash too hard or they tend to crumble and not look so appetizing. 
  4. Sprinkle grated Parmesan and fresh garlic over every baby potato, followed by cayenne pepper
  5. Bake for 5-10 mins (until golden brown)

So easy, so delicious, and a wonderful snack for in between meals!