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!

july foodie pen pal reveal

Happy August friends!

I hope you are all not melting as much as I am in this crazy Arizona heat!

For once I am glad time is flying because that means summer will be over soon.

But until then, it’s that time.

Foodie Pen Pal reveal time!

As always a big thanks to Lindsay for hosting and make sure to check out her page for more details on this amazing program.

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The Lean Green Bean
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This month I was paired with Lucia.
She had told me that she had recently fractured her ankle which basically left her pretty immobile while she recovered and healed. Her package may have came a little late due to her not being able to shop and get out right away, but trust me it was worth the wait.
Here is what she sent me.
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Quinoa with Spinach, Kind Bars, multiple flavors of Justin’s nut butters, Cherry Apple  Crisps, Maple Syrup, an Early Grey chocolate bar, and two home goods items: a small bar of soap and hand made pot holders.
She told me while she had to be off her feet she crocheted the pot holders. I love and really appreciate hand made items!
Speaking of home made items… She sent one more goodie.
Home made chocolate coconut cookies.
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These were amazing.
Even Delilah wanted one, but sorry little girl, no chocolate for puppies.
There is just something so good about home made cookies and theses were no exception.
You would think since they were small cookies it would help with portion control.
Nope, it just made me want to eat more…
Which may be why there are only crumbs left…
Whoops.
So thank you very much Lucia for everything and I hope you enjoyed your goodies as well!
And I hope your ankle is better!!
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What’s your favorite home made cookie?

snapshots and highlights

Hello loves!

I hope you all are having a relaxing weekend. I’m sure I sound like a broken record when I say how they seem too short, but it seems like my weekends are a broken weekend as well!

Time seems to be flying and I can’t believe July is almost over, however with the crazy heat we have been having here in Phoenix, I am welcoming August with the hopes that summer will soon be gone. Because seriously, record breaking 116 degree days are getting pretty old pretty quick.

Life other than work has been pretty mundane, but I figured I would give you guys a few snapshots into what has been going on lately.

Something not so new is I have been on a huge sushi kick lately. I swear I never get sick of the stuff!

It started with a dinner out with a friend.

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I love a good classic rainbow roll and we found a sushi spot that just always hits the spot and their rolls are huge, so one roll (plus sashimi and a seaweed salad) fills me up. This girl can eat.

But having good sushi always does one thing to me.

Makes me want more.

So bad that I even settle for grocery store sushi.

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Not once.

But twice.

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Then Friday when you would think I had enough sushi.

No. I asked made Matt meet me at Whole Foods for dinner.

With one thing in mind.

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More sushi.

Last time we went they were out of my favorite roll, which made me super sad, however it did give me the opportunity to discover that they had an amazing sesame glazed tofu that was a pretty tasty substitute.

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The sauce was so amazing that I asked for extra on the side.

Tofu never looks super appetizing, but goodness, this tasted amazing.

More repetitive eats from the week have been amazing salads I have been making lately for lunches.

I use to always have some sort of sandwich for lunch, but in trying to cut some wheat/gluten from my diet I started making salads.  So I didn’t want to admit this, but I really think I was having some sort of reaction to wheat because once I started having salads (making sure to always include a protein and healthy fats) I noticed such a change in my energy level. I use to get the typical 3pm crash, but I noticed I don’t anymore and that I still have plenty of energy. Dun dun dunnn. I loved my sandwiches so even though I welcomed the fact that I no longer had that crash, I was sad to give up my sandwiches. Well, I kind of take that back, I don’t miss them all that much.

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Huge salad with a base of Cruciferous Crunch mix from Trader Joes topped with tons of veggies, pecans and avocado for my healthy fats. For my protein I usually have chicken or turkey on the side. I’m not completely sure if it’s the increased amounts of protein and fat or lack of wheat/gluten that is helping with the energy, but regardless the combination seems to be working for me. And although not completely gone, my bloating has gone down dramatically.

So those have been some highlights on what’s been going on. Sushi, sushi, sushi and a salad. Seriously, that’s my life.

I also have some breakfast highlights to share with you as well, but we’ll save those for another day.

Enjoy your weekend loves.

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Do you get the 3pm crash?

Is there a type of food you crave and could eat endlessly?

 

alive and snacking

I am alive loves I promise!

I am so sorry for my lack of posting, but goodness, have I been busy and tired!

Matt and I went to a baseball game last night and had a great time, however I had to work this morning and let me tell you, the lack of sleep and late night made for a long half day. So other than my manicure that I have scheduled for later today, I have no intentions of leaving my couch.

With that though, it gives me a little time to catch up with you and share some fun stuff.

So speaking of being tired, it should go without saying that I need a little kick start in the morning.

Yes, I love my coffee and have been reliant on it lately, but I have also had another delicious energy boost.

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Insert energems. I mean seriously, chocolate + caffeine? Sign me up.

So what exactly are energems?

They are bite sized supplements made with milk chocolate that also contain caffeine and B vitamins which give you a nice little energy boost when you’re feeling a little sluggish.  A serving is 3 gems which is the equivalent of a cup of coffee.  I have been popping one right before I leave for work and then again in the afternoon when my day starts to get a bit dragging. Not only does it give me a little energy boost, but who doesn’t love chocolate?

They come in three flavors: Milk Chocolate, Mint Chocolate and Peanut Butter.

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I can’t even tell you a favorite because all three are delicious.

So if you’re thinking what makes these different than your average cup of coffee or energy drink, it’s the ingredients.  Energems contain L-theanine, a natural supplement that helps improve with memory, focus and concentration as well as counteracts the jitters associated with caffeine.  Also many energy drinks and shots contain Phenylalanine, a major ingredient in Aspartame. Energems do not. Total plus!

And need I repeat myself when I say chocolate? I am really loving these!

Another snack I have been loving lately are these Dang Foods Coconut Chips.

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I have been on a huge coconut kick lately, so when I saw these coconut chips I basically already knew I would love them. I guess I just wasn’t prepared for how much.

I had plans to incorporate them into meals and snacks, but honestly I ate most of these straight from the bag. They’re like Pringles, once you pop you can’t stop. (except these are good for you!)

And even though they are amazing on their own, they also make my night time desserts a little extra special.

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Brownie + Halo Top strawberry ice cream + Dang coconut chips = one amazing night time treat.

I did not want this to end.

I’m pretty excited to use these in more dishes, they would be amazing in a home made trail mix.

One more delish item to share with you.

It just happens to be something I hold very dear to my heart.

Cheese!

I seriously love cheese.

So I’m sure you can imagine my excitement when I heard of Moon Cheese Snacks.

Ok seriously. Crunchy cheese.

And you wanna know the ingredients?

Just Cheese.

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They come in 3 delicious flavors. Cheddar, Pepper Jack and Gouda.

Just like the coconut chips I had all intentions of adding this to dishes (they are amazing in salads) but I will admit a lot of this went straight from the bag into my mouth.

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But I mean seriously, these are crunchy cheesy little puffs of heaven… and they’re just flat out addicting.

So loves, I hope sharing these delicious snacks with you makes up for my absence as of late.

But as you can see, I was clearly busy. Eating delicious foods.

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What’s your favorite go to energy pick me up?

What snack have you been loving lately?