august foodie pen pal reveal

Loves. It’s September.

Can you believe it?

I swear the older I get, the faster time goes.

Remember when we were younger and time seemed to take forever? I miss those days.

But with a new month comes a time that I do look forward too.

Food Pen Pal Reveal!

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And speaking of time flying, it’s amazing to note that I have been doing foodie pen pals for almost 2 years!

Insane.

This month I was paired up with Esther. Her and I share similar diets and food preferences so I knew we would be a good match.

Here is what she sent me.

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I had told her that I liked dips, sauces, jams and salsa’s, so I was very excited when I saw the variety that she sent me.

As soon as I saw the salsa I knew I had to try it that night with dinner.  It is defiantly a unique taste, but I really liked it.

I have actually received the apricot preserves and roasted raspberry chipotle sauce in a previous foodie pen pal package, so I knew I would like those! And this coffee loving girl is always excited for flavored coffee’s. I haven’t tried the coconut Thai noodles or peanut coconut sauce yet, but since I love Thai food I’m pretty confident they will not disappoint.

So thank you very much Ester, I loved my package!

sweet treats

Two posts, two days in a row?

Who am I?

This week I actually got two days off, (in a row none the less!!) so I had some extra time to actually sit and write some posts.

Don’t get use to it though ;)

But since I did have the time and it’s been awhile since I have done a What I Ate Wednesday, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity!

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Matt and I have been making a habit of having morning coffee together. Usually we just run down to a coffee shop right around the corner, hang out for a few minutes before I have to rush off to work.

Since I was off from work, I actually had more time to hang with him and we decided to go to a local coffee shop that allows dogs inside. Delilah was very excited to come with and even got a home made treat!

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Coffee with two of my favorites is a great start to my day!

I then got a little fancy with breakfast.

Ok that is a total lie. It may look a little more fancy, but there was absolutely nothing home made about it.

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I guess I wanted dessert for breakfast, but to me that is never a bad thing.

I took a Van’s gluten free waffle and topped it with a scoop of the new Arctic Zero Coconut ice cream and then drizzled NuStevia Cocoa Syrup on top.  It was pretty amazing.

Dinner’s have been fun too thanks to my new spiralizer. I am loving this thing!

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I am basically spiralizing every and any vegetable I have in the fridge!

I  saute them with a little Braggs Liquid Aminos and top it with nutritional yeast and it is such an easy, delicious side.

And don’t think I got sick of ice cream by having it for breakfast.

Pssh. Do you know who I am.

Matt and I have been wanting to go to a ice cream parlor called Slickables that is known for their ice cream sandwiches. Basically you can choose any of their freshly made cookies (flavors including red velvet, mint chocolate chip, peanut butter, snickerdoodle, white chocolate macadamia nut…) and then you choose your ice cream flavor (butter pecan, rocky road, strawberry cheesecake, mint chocolate chip, cookie dough…) Seriously too many choices for this indecisive girl. I of course tried almost every ice cream flavor before settling on a all time favorite.

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For my creation I chose one regular chocolate chip cookie and one mint chocolate chip cookie filled with mint chocolate chip ice cream. This thing was ah-mazing.
I wish it wasn’t so far away from us, or maybe that’s a good thing, because with the endless amounts of flavor combinations you can make I would be totally fine with eating one of these every night. Oh and the best part? They’re only $2.00!! Seriously unheard of these days considering my fro-yo cups cost me about $6.00.

Well loves I hope you all are enjoying your week.

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What kind of ice cream sandwich would you create?

pasta chips

Happy Tuesday my loves.

I hope your weeks have started off well.

I come to you today with some fun stuff.

We all know I love my chips, crackers and breads. Yup. Total carb girl here. #noshame

With that being said though, as much as I love Italian food, it’s not something I cook often. And now that I type that out I really don’t know why.  I love the flavor profiles of Italian food and recently discovered a product that combines two of my favorite things.

Chips + Italian flavor.

Pasta Chips

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Yes loves you heard me. As soon as I heard of these I knew I had to try them.

The crisp chip that I love with amazing Italian flavors.

They come in 5 flavors:

Marinara, Sea Salt, Garlic Olive Oil, Spicy Tomato Herb and Alfredo.

I was clearly very excited about these, enough so to take wonderful chip selfies.

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I honestly would say out of all the flavors the sea salt was one of my favorites.

It was just a very versatile chip that I used to dip in multiple spreads and also just munched straight out of the bag.

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Sadly however all my chips did not travel safely.

Doesn’t mean they still weren’t tasty, but a few of the bags were all crumbs so I basically had to salvage what was in the bag and then actually used the crumbs to sprinkle over other dishes. I guess if any flavor had to be crumbs the spicy tomato herb were a good flavor, as the flavor was pretty intense so I actually sprinkled it over some salads and used it as a little flavor boost.

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Sometimes you gotta work with what you have! Improvise people.

Overall though I loved the chips.

And if you are like me and love Italian food and love chips I think you’ll love them too!

And one more fun thing about Pasta Chips, they give you tons of great recipes to try using their products. And let’s be real, with the lack of creativity I have been having lately, this has been great!

So make sure you check them out!

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 Disclaimer: I was sent free samples of Pasta Chips however I was not compensated and the opinions are my own. 

oodles of zoodles

Oh hello my loves!

Just popping in to let you know I am still alive!

As much as I love blogging, gone are the days where I have the extra time, or really the motivation to spend creating and experimenting in the kitchen. Trust me, I still love creating healthy new dishes and it does still happen, but I just don’t have the time to actually spend a whole day experimenting in the kitchen. Trust me, I miss it.

But I do still have the time to share fun and exciting new products I have been using and updates on my daily happenings.

Let’s start with a new toy that I recently got!

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I have seen oodles of zoodles all over Instagram and finally decided to cave and get a spiralizer! Now, I will disclose I have nothing against real pasta or carbs and did not get this to replace all my noodles with zoodles. Let’s be real nothing replaces good ole pasta. But I also love my veggies and thought this would be a fun way to get more creative. And I love kitchen gadgets.

I know you can spiralize endless veggies, but I started with the standard zucchini.

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I wasn’t aware I had multiple blades so I used the one that was already assembled. So my first zoodles were ribbons, which was fine with me because I had a little bit too much fun making them!! Matt and I even made a silly video. Yes. I’m that lame. #noshame

I made the mistake of going to Pinterest to look for recipe ideas. Gah, there were so many I wanted to make. But I ended up just making one of my favorite spicy peanut sauces and used that as my first dish.

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Mmmm spicy peanut zoodle goodness.

The only down side to these were they are literally one continuous string. Next time I think I will cut it up into smaller pieces. That’s probably what most people do anyways right? I’m new to this, bear with me…

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But I will say I am already having a blast with my new toy and I know more delicious spiralized dishes are in my future.

But I must admit that’s the majority of the home made goodness that’s been going on.

And don’t worry, my sweet tooth is still going strong.

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Along with my indecisiveness. Let me take this opportunity to express my appreciation for good service.

Matt and I went to TCBY and I could not decide what I wanted. I tried I think every flavor, and the girl was so awesome and patient with me. Then she made the amazing suggestion to get both soft serve and ice cream in a waffle cone since I couldn’t decide between the two.

I proclaimed I can do that?? And she responded you can do whatever you want.

So this cone was not only delicious, but the experience was great as well.

Seriously, good customer service is hard to find, so when I find it I really appreciate it.

How sweet.

Well loves I hope you are all having a great week and stay posted for more spiralized deliciousness.

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What would you spiralize if you had a spiralizer?

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eggplant french toast

Honestly, I don’t even know if I should share this. Because even though this is a #strangebutgood meal, I’m not sure how good it really is.

I mean. It wasn’t bad per say, and it’s so far out there I feel like I have to share it… but it definitely is not for everyone.

You’ll see what I mean.

Eggplant French Toast

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Yup. You heard me.

Eggplant for breakfast seems pretty far out there, but if you haven’t made eggplant bacon yet…well you need to get on that.

But I know eggplant is not everyone’s cup of tea, I however happen to love it.

One of my favorite Thai dishes is a spicy basil eggplant and more recently Whole Foods introduced me to an amazing spicy grilled eggplant that is just too good to pass up when it’s on the hot bar. But I can honestly say I had never had a a sweet eggplant dish. Well, I changed that.

I’m sure I got the idea in my countless hours spent on Pinterest. And I don’t know what actually pushed me to try this one, but I did.

It’s pretty simple, you basically just use the eggplant in the place of your traditional bread.

And since when I make French Toast, I typically make protein French Toast, I decided to stick with that.

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Ingredients:

(serves 1)

- 2-3  1/4″ thick slices of eggplant

- 1 large egg white (or 3 tbsp liquid egg whites)

- 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder

- 1/2 tsp cinnamon

- liquid vanilla stevia (optional)

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Directions:

- In a bowl combine egg whites, almond milk, protein powder, cinnamon and stevia if using. Mix together.

- Place the egg plant slices in mixture and soak. (Note: This may take longer than your traditional bread)

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- Fry in skillet over medium high heat for approximately 2-3 minutes on each side.

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- Top with desired toppings. I sprinkled mine with more cinnamon and a drizzle of maple syrup.

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I actually think this has potential to be a delicious dish, however there are a few things I think I would change if I make this again.

Next time I think I would slice my eggplant a little thinner and let it cook longer to get softer.  I also think before soaking I will poke the eggplant with a fork allowing the mixture to soak better into the eggplant.  And finally I think I will top my next batch with peanut butter, because really. Peanut butter makes everything better.

So this recipe is a work in progress and I am not giving up on it yet, if you decide to try it let me know how it turns out for you!

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What’s the strangest thing you’ve made for breakfast?

marvelous me

I know there should be a purpose to my blog.

I love sharing new recipes, new products and interesting information, but sometimes I do just share my life.

But I feel like in order for you to connect to my posts, you have to connect to me. And you can’t connect to a person without knowing who they really are.  So many blogs I feel the writer will try and portray who they want to be, or who they think their readers want them to be. I guess if you are trying to make a profit off your blog maybe you have to do that. But I don’t. And I don’t think I ever will.

I’m me. I’m honest. I’m real.

So with that being said, I was looking through some pictures and just wanted to show you what my life really is.

I don’t talk a lot about it anymore because it really isn’t a main focus in my life anymore, but it is still present.

Yes, I am still in the process of gaining. It’s been a slow process, to the point to where my nutritionist actually thinks I may have a mal-absorption problem and would like me to see an endocrinologist, but financially I just can’t do that right now.

But until then, if you follow me on Instagram you know my life consists of a lot of desserts.

Delicious ones.

From simple Dairy Queen cones.

(gotta love that swirl)

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Delicious gelato.

(always 2 scoops)

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And when I want to torture myself with my indecisiveness we go to Baskin Robbins.

31 flavors is just way too many to chose from…

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Then when we want to go all out, fancy hot fudge sundaes in a freshly made waffle cone.

(this was so good it hurt – love local ice cream parlors)

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We almost can never go out to eat without getting dessert

(we don’t share either – we get our own)

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 And when we want to stay home, huge bowls of ice cream and cookies are had.

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I swear by the time I’m done gaining I am going to be so sick of ice cream.

But it hasn’t happened yet.

What else might you not know about me?

I’m a total goof ball.

Oh wait… that’s pretty obvious.

And I take a lot of selfies.

#noshame

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In the house, at work, in the car, out in public. Doesn’t matter to me.

And with my previous mention of my current need to gain, this may be a good thing, but  I have been so lazy lately when it comes to cooking and have been eating out way too much. Not in the sense that eating out is bad, but spending way too much money.

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 What can I say, I like when other people cook for me.

And one more sneak peak into my daily life.

I know I talk about Matt a lot on here. I mean he is a huge part of my life. But one great thing about him..

He’s great at posing for pictures. He is always a sport when it comes to me promoting products and asking him to “model”.

He may make fun of me… but he still does it.

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He’s a keeper.

So loves I hope you all enjoyed the little sneak peak into my life and getting to know me better.

Have a wonderful week and stay marvelous.

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What’s your favorite dessert?
Do you take selfies in public? I mean really..who doesn’t these days?

sweet and savory [two recipes]

Hello my loves!

I hope everyone is having a great week. I come to you today with some fun new recipes. Yes I said recipes. I know I have been slacking in that department lately, but my cooking lately has basically been throwing random things together and calling it breakfast, lunch and dinner.

But with that being said I am trying to create new and different things. Basically because I was getting bored with my same ole meals I had been having. Yes I am a creature of ruts and convenience, but this girl needs some variety!

So I have a a little sweet and a little savory to share.

First the sweet! A new breakfast for me.

Nothing too new and nothing too fancy, but those are the best sometimes.

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Banana Protein Pancake

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I see protein pancakes all over Instagram and always want to make them, but honestly, I have never been a huge pancake person.

I mean don’t get me wrong, the impressive pancakes stacks people post get me drooling.

I finally decided to cave in and started with a pretty simple pancake recipe.

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Ingredients

(serves 1)

- 1/2 banana (mashed)

- 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Growing Naturals Pea Protein – Vanilla Blast)

- 1 tbsp coconut flour

- 1/3 cup liquid egg whites

- 1 tsp ground flax seed

- 1/2 tsp baking powder

- cinnamon and vanilla stevia to taste

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Directions:

- Blend all ingredients together – allow batter to sit for a few minutes

- Cook on heated skillet over medium heat for approximately 2 minutes per side

- Top with desired toppings

I topped mine with a lemon spiked greek yogurt, trail mix and coconut chips.

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I loved the banana in this pancake and since I love the Growing Naturals pea protein so much, the combination was pretty much meant to be in my opinion. Am I a pancake convert? Jury is still out, but this was definitely a nice switch up!

Next up is the savory.

Since I have nixed the sandwiches for lunch I have been having a lot more salads. Salads can be boring, but they don’t have to be!

I made this delish little combination to help me get some protein into my salads and also add some more flavor!

This can be used as a side dish, a dip for chips or a topping for a salad!

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Balsamic Black Bean Salad

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Ingredients

- 1 can drained and rinsed black beans (can use kidney, garbanzo, pinto or a combination)

- 1/2 red onion – diced

- 1 red/yellow/green pepper – diced

- 2 cloves garlic – minced

- 4-5 cherry tomatoes – chopped

- 1 handful cilantro

- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

- 1/2 tsp chili powder

- 1/2 tsp paprika

- Optional red chili flakes

- salt and pepper to taste

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Directions

- Prep first 5 ingredients and combine in a large bowl.

- Whisk together remaining ingredients to make marinade and pour over bean mixture

- Serve immediately or store in fridge to allow flavors to blend and marinate.

Can be served warm or chilled.

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I tend to think that these types of dishes taste better after allowing the flavors to marinate, the longer the better!

As mentioned I used this on top of my salads, it’s a great way to not only add protein to the salad, but I also didn’t need to use any dressing due to all the flavor in the bean salad.

It also makes an amazing chip dip as well!

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This black bean salad really has endless uses, Matt also used it on top of nachos one night! With that being said it would be a great taco or burrito filling! Or really a spoonful straight from the container works too!

I loved the slight spiciness of this salad and it gave me the idea to make a sweeter version of it by adding fruit…

So be on the look out for more fun creations and variations.

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What’s your favorite breakfast food?

Do you prefer sweet or spicy?

energems giveaway

Happy Weekend Loves!

Just popping in real quick to give you guys a sweet little treat.

Remember when I told you about Energems?

They are these cute little bites of chocolate energy.

I loved them.

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I mean really who doesn’t love being able to get energy from chocolate?

And if you remember, I had stated that I couldn’t pick a favorite flavor.

Well.

That changed.

The chocolate mint is by far the best thing ever.

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So wanna hear something even better?

Energems is allowing me to give one of my readers the chance to try for themselves the wonderfulness that is chocolate and energy.

Yes one of you lucky readers will get to enjoy this tasty little chocolate energy treat.

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How to enter:

- Leave a comment telling me which Energem flavor you would like to try the most.

- Follow me on Twitter and tweet the following: “What’s better than chocolate and energy? @AccidentlyDlish is giving me the chance to try @Energems chocolate energy bites. http://tinyurl.com/obzqf84″

Giveaway is open to US participants and will end Sunday August 9th.

Good Luck!