g00d-girls-swallow asked: So i found your recipe for really easy blueberry muffins and couldn't wait to try it! I was already to cook except I was missing a few ingredients (including blueberries) so I modified the recipe and made mango strawberry muffins!and yeah I felt the need to tell you because they are so yummy :)
Homemade Blueberry Muffins
Ingredients: 3 cups of unbleached flour 4 teaspoons of baking powder 1 teaspoon of salt 1 teaspoon of cinnamon 2 eggs 3/4 cup of sugar 1/2 cup of canola oil [or vegetable] 1 cup of milk [I used skim] 1 1/2 cups of blueberries [I used fresh, just so much tastier that way!] [[MORE]] Steps: 1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 2) In a large bowl, combine flour, baking...
Spaghetti Squash Pesto
Yummm spaghetti squash! Super low cal, and a delicious pasta supplement! Ingredients: Spaghetti Squash 2 cups of broccoli florets 1/2 cup of diced onion 2 cloves of garlic Handful of crushed walnuts 2 tablespoons of Pesto Olive oil Salt & Pepper Parmesan [[MORE]] Steps: 1) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Farenheit. 2) Slice the spaghetti squash lengthwise. Scoop out the...
Roasted Butternut Squash Seeds
A product of last night’s Butternut Squash, these were delicious, reminiscent of fall and all those pumpkin seeds! A perfect healthy snack for study season! Ingredients: Butternut Squash Seeds [Cleaned and dried, I left mine overnight on a paper towel] Olive oil Salt [[MORE]] Steps: 1) Preheat oven to 275 degrees. 2) Place the dried butternut squash seeds in a bowl. 3) Add a...
Twice-Baked Butternut Squash
Ingredients: 1 butternut squash 1 cup of spinach 2 cloves of garlic 1 teaspoon of paprika Olive oil Salt & Pepper Optional: Parmesan [[MORE]] Steps: 1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit. 2) Slice the squash lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds. 3) Place the squash insides up in a baking dish. Fill the baking dish with a cup of water, should be about 1/4 inch deep. Cover the...
Baked Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti squash—looks and tasted like pasta and yet it is super super low cal! 1 cup has only about 42 calories. That’s crazy. And it’s so so easy to cook! Ingredients: 1 spaghetti squash [1 medium squash easily serves two people] 1 cup of mushroom 2 large tomatoes 1/2 cup of diced onion 3 cloves of garlic Olive oil Italian seasoning Parmesan Salt & Pepper ...
Healthy Eggs Florentine
Eggs florentine is one of my absolute favorite breakfasts, but that hollandaise sauce is kind of a killer when it comes to calories. So here is my healthy version, which is still fantastic, without the guilty feeling afterwards! Ingredients: Two eggs Whole wheat English muffin 2 cups of spinach 1 cup of baby new potatoes 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes Olive oil Salt & Pepper Optional:...
Lemon & Spinach Cous Cous
Ingredients: Cous cous [I used one of the Casbah boxes, Lemon & Spinach] 1 cup of chopped eggplant 1/2 cup of diced onion 1/2 cup of diced red pepper 2 cups of spinach Olive oil Salt & Pepper Optional: Chili flakes, Plain Yogurt [[MORE]] Steps: 1) Prepare the cous cous according to the directions on the box. For 1 cup of dry cous cous, boil one cup of water with 1 teaspoon of...
Chickpea & Red Lentil Curry
Midterm week—the worst! So I decided to attempt one of my favorite types of comfort food—curry! The recipe I based it off of just had chickpeas, but I only had one can so I decided to include red lentils as well. And I think it turned out fantastic! Ingredients: 1 can of chickpeas [garbanzo beans]; rinsed 1 cup of dry red lentils 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, sliced lengthwise 1...
Avocado Chocolate Pudding
I’ve been wanting to try this for awhile now. I’m always suspicious about those recipes that take something unhealthy and replace it with something healthy…you know the whole black bean brownies [something else I need to try], or greek yogurt chocolate muffins [ditto]…but more often than not I end up convinced! I’ve been making frozen fruit into “ice...
Healthy Egg & Veggie Breakfast
Healthy, delicious, and guaranteed to keep you full for hours! Ingredients: 2 eggs 1/2 of diced zucchini 1/2 cup of sliced mushrooms 1/4 cup of diced orange pepper 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes, sliced lengthwise 2-3 small potatoes [I used fingerling, but baby new potatoes would work too] 1/4 cup of diced onions 1 teaspoon of paprika Olive oil Salt & Pepper Optional:...
Spinach, Black Bean, & Cherry Tomato Quinoa
Ingredients: 1 cup of quinoa, rinsed 1/2 cup of black beans 1 cup of cherry tomatoes 2 cups of spinach Olive oil Salt & Pepper Optional: Salsa, plain yogurt [[MORE]] Steps: 1) Bring 1 cup of water to boil in a small pot. 2) When the water starts to boil add the quinoa, and let simmer until cooked, about 10-15 minutes. The quinoa is done when the seeds have become translucent. 3)...
Baked Sweet Potato & Veggies
Fantastic, all veggie meal that is super easy to prepare! Ingredients: 1 sweet potato 1 cup of broccoli florets 1/2 cup of corn Olive oil Salt & pepper [[MORE]] Steps: 1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2) Pierce the sweet potato a few times with a fork. Drizzle olive oil over the sweet potato, be sure to evenly coat. 3) Place the sweet potato on a baking sheet with a piece...
Butternut Squash & Quinoa Burritos
Who can pass up a vegetarian twist of a classic Mexican favorite? Not me. I’m a huge fan of what I like to call ‘experimental’ burritos, cutting out the high fat ingredients for lower cal and veggie-friendly options. Still have not perfected my burrito-wrapping skills, so while this one turned out delicious, it was definitely a fork-and-knife meal! Some people say less is more...
Baked Tofu with Seasoned Marinade
This classic tofu dish was the highlight of my vegetarian Christmas dinner! The full day of marinating plus the hour baking in the oven made this tofu packed with flavor, and deliciously crisped on the edges. Super simple marinade, and goes great with my mushroom gravy recipe—link included below! Ingredients: 2 block of extra firm tofu [this easily served 4 people and there...
Vegetarian Mushroom Gravy
Simple and delicious vegetarian gravy, the perfect addition to any holiday meal! Ingredients: Mushrooms! I used a mix of white, shiitake, and cremini. And a lot too, about 3-4 cups when sliced. 1 small onion 4 cloves of garlic 2 sprigs of fresh thyme 3 sage leaves 2 cups vegetable stock 1/2 cup red wine 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons flour Olive oil Salt &...
Six Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream...
Procrasti-baking. The new word I’ve invented to describe my activities during this final season. Well today I had a decent excuse, it was my friend’s birthday, and since we both have way too much studying to participate in our usual drunken foolery, I figured the least I could do was whip up some cupcakes. Adapted the recipe to only make six, so it’s the perfect size for a...
Spinach & Mushroom Omelette
I made this a few mornings ago and hadn’t gotten around to blogging it yet. Just uploading the pictures is making me hungry! Delicious, filling, and healthy—well, as healthy as something cheesy can be—but hey, it’s part skim mozzarella so I’m saying healthy! Ingredients: 2 eggs 2 tablespoons of skim milk 1/2 cup of chopped mushrooms 1/2 cup of spinach 1/2...
Homemade Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Perfect winter morning meal, and way healthier than the instant packet kind! No added sugar, just the natural sweetness of apples and cinnamon! Ingredients: 1/3 cup of Quaker instant oats 2/3 cup of water Dash of salt 1 teaspoon of cinnamon 1/2 of an apple [[MORE]] Steps: 1) Boil 2/3 cup of water in a small pot. 2) Once water begins to boil, turn the heat to low. Add 1/3 cup of...
Black Bean Quinoa with roasted peppers & edamame
Yum! Quinoa is officially my new favorite grain [or I guess fake grain since it’s not actually considered to be a grain…something about it not being a member of the grass family]. Quinoa is high in protein, high in calcium, gluten-free, low-fat, and low-cal. So basically an awesome supplement for pasta & other grains. Here is a super simple quinoa recipe that’s sure to get...
Spiced Green Lentils & Balsamic Glazed Carrots
Ingredients: 1 cup of dry green lentils 1 tbsp of curry spice 1 tbsp of cumin 1 tbsp of chili 2 carrots 1 tbsp paprika 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar [[MORE]] Steps: Lentils: 1) In a medium-sized pot, bring 3 cups of water to boil. 2) Add the cup of green lentils, and turn down the heat to between low-medium. Let lentils simmer for about 30 minutes. 3) After the...
Curried Yellow Split Peas
I hate to say it but winter really is coming and I am not looking forward to it! I’m not a big fan of the snow and the cold and the not being able to leave to house for fear of freezing. But the plus side is that cold weather cooking really is comforting, and leaving the house doesn’t seem so scary when you’re full of warm & delicious food! I accidentally bought a bag of...
Roasted Zucchini & Mushroom Cous Cous
Ingredients: Cous cous 1 cup of sliced mushrooms 1 cup of sliced zucchini 1 cup of chopped onions 1/2 cup of chopped almonds 4 cloves of garlic Olive oil Salt & pepper Ground Chili flakes [optional] [[MORE]] Steps: 1) Prepare the cous cous. For each cup of dry cous cous, boil 1 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Once the water has started to boil, add the cous cous. Let...
Roasted Sweet Potato & Brussels Sprouts
Super simple veggies that make a great side dish. Quick to prepare, healthy, and delicious! Ingredients: 1 medium sweet potato Handful of brussels sprouts Olive oil 1 teaspoon paprika Salt & pepper [[MORE]] Steps: 1) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 2) Cut the sweet potato into ~1 inch chunks. Peel first if you prefer not to have the skin. 3) Wash the brussels sprouts and chop...
Sweet Potato Quesadillas
I absolutely love sweet potato, in case you couldn’t tell by all the recipes I use it in! Tonight I had one sweet potato left, along with a few other last items—aka I really need to go grocery shopping. So after picking up some more salsa at the closest corner store [I actually am addicted] I had the thought to make some yummy veggie quesadillas! Ingredients: 1 medium sweet...
Baked Sweet Potato Fries w/ Spicy Dipping Sauce
This is quite possibly the yummiest healthy snack! Ingredients: Fries: 1 sweet potato 1 tablespoon of olive oil 1 teaspoon of salt 1/2 teaspoon of paprika Pinch of cinnamon Sauce: 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise 1 tablespoon of ketchup Dash of hot sauce [I used Frank’s Red Hot] Sprinkle of ground pepper [[MORE]] Steps: 1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 2. Peel the sweet potato...
Butternut Squash & Broccoli Pasta
Ingredients: 1 cup of cubed butternut squash 1 cup of broccoli florets 1/2 cup of diced red pepper 1 cup of dried pasta [I used farfalle, aka bow ties!] 2 cloves of garlic 1 tablespoon of olive oil Salt & Pepper Ground chili flakes Grated parmesan [I unfortunately didn’t have any, but I know it’d be amazing!] [[MORE]] Steps: 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 2....
Homemade Banana Bread
Just another lazy Sunday afternoon watching football and pretending to work, when I realized I had three overripe bananas crying out to be baked into some banana bread! And it was well worth the small amount of effort; delicious, healthy & the perfect pre-dinner snack! Ingredients: 3 ripe bananas 1/3 cup of butter (or margarine) 3/4 cup of sugar 1 egg 1 tbsp of vanilla 1 1/2...
Baked Sweet Potato with Garlic Veggies
Ingredients: Baked Sweet Potato -1 sweet potato -1 tablespoon of olive oil -1 teaspoon of dried oregano -Salt & Pepper Garlic Veggies -Broccoli -Mushrooms -2 cloves of garlic [[MORE]] Steps: Baked Sweet Potato 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 2. Chop the sweet potato into pieces about 1/2 inch in width. 3. Place the sweet potato chunks into a mixing bowl. Drizzle olive...
Homemade Refried Black Beans
Mexican food is definitely one of my favorite cuisines, and although it tends to use a lot of meat, I believe there’s equal potential for vegetarians. Beans are one the healthiest additions to any meal, but unfortunately store-bought refried beans can be full of chemicals and unnecessary additions. Here’s my super easy recipe for refried black beans; with only a few ingredients to...
Fried Tofu & Bamboo Shoots Stir Fry
Hey everyone! I know, I know, it’s been forever. I’ve definitely fallen behind on this little project/hobby—mostly caused by an exciting and exhausting summer job. My first taste of neuroscience research and I loved every minute of it! But working 9-5 has its downsides, namely the pure laziness that takes hold when that clock hits 5 pm. Happy hour anyone? To top off that,...
strawberriesandyoghurt-deactiva asked: Hi, in your Baked Havarti Macaroni with Broccoli recipe, does the broccoli have to be raw or boiled?
Spiced Eggplant Cous Cous
It’s so incredibly hot here [over 85 degrees and super humid], and my lack of air conditioning has made cooking quite brutal. But the great thing about cous cous is it tastes great hot or cold, so I only had to suffer the heat once and now I have work lunches for the week! This dish is super healthy, really simple and quick to make. Ingredients: 1 cup of dry cous cous 1/4 cup of...
Balsamic Roasted Potatoes
Since it’s the middle of exam season for me, I’ve been living off of take-out, sandwiches, and nachos for awhile now. I decided that an actual meal sounded fantastic, and this recipe is perfect because there is basically no prep time and I got some studying done while the potatoes were in the oven! Fried up some tofu, steamed some broccoli, and I had a lovely meal cooked and eaten in...
Pan-Seared Tofu, Asparagus, & Sweet Potato Fries
Found this method of cooking tofu on Pinterest, and decided to try it—I think it might be my new favorite way of frying tofu! Grocery store had skinny asparagus this week, which I absolutely love, and of course sweet potato fries seemed like the perfect addition! Ingredients: Extra firm tofu Sweet potato Asparagus 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon...
Sweet Potato + Edamame + Red Pepper
This is a great meal, super quick and easy to prepare! Full of colors and flavors, it’s delicious, healthy, and filling! Ingredients: 1 Sweet potato 1 cup shelled edamame 1/2 red pepper 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ginger 1 teaspoon garlic salt Black pepper Olive oil [[MORE]] Steps: 1) Heat olive oil in a large frying pan. 2) Cut sweet potato into chunks, about 1/2 inch...
Baked Havarti Macaroni with Broccoli
Macaroni is the ultimate comfort food, and this homemade macaroni is just so much better than any Kraft brand. Simple ingredients, no chemicals, as healthy as any cheese-covered meal could be! Based on my mom’s awesome recipe, with a few small changes :) Ingredients: 2 cups of dry pasta [I used whole wheat bow-ties aka farfalle] 1 cup of broccoli florets 1/4 cup butter/margarine 2...
Red Velvet Cupcakes
So my friend Max is leaving Montreal, and I knew I had to make something special as a goodbye treat. I saw this recipe on Martha Stewart’s website and I’ve been wanting to try red velvet forever! I just love the dark red color, especially contrasted with the bright white frosting! The recipe was originally intended for a cake [two layers, 9-inch round pans] but I felt like cupcakes...
Twice-Baked Potato Stuffed With Broccoli & Cheese
I saw this recipe on Pinterest and I knew immediately I had to try it! What’s better than potatoes, cheese, and broccoli! My only advice is to start your prep early because this does take at least 1.5 hours. But trust me, it’s worth the wait! Ingredients: Baking Potato [Needs to be a decently big potato, otherwise this could get tricky. Best to use a pretty evenly shaped one...
Baked Tofu + Smashed Potatoes + Garlic Asparagus
Delicious & healthy meal with a twist! I saw this baked tofu recipe on the Whole Foods website and adapted it to make it quicker and still as yummy! Ingredients: Tofu [extra-firm] Asparagus Small potatoes [New potatoes work best, yellow or red] Dijon mustard Balsamic vinegar Dried basil or Italian seasoning blend Garlic [2 or 3 cloves] Butter [or margarine] Olive oil ...
Easy Falafel Dinner
Montreal’s version of late-night fast food is shwarma, and the great thing about shwarma places is that they have an amazing vegetarian alternative: Falafel! I’ve found so many places around here that make a fantastic falafel sandwich, but sometimes making it at home is equally delicious! Ingredients: Falafel mix [I haven’t gotten around to making my own homemade...
Simple Pesto Pasta with Veggies
Pasta—first thing I learned to make and still the quickest comfort food! This recipe takes next to no effort and is the perfect meal for a night when you are too tired [or lazy] to cook! Ingredients: Pasta [I used whole wheat rotini] Broccoli Mushrooms Tomato Garlic Pesto Parmesan [[MORE]] Steps: 1) Boil a pot of water [about 2/3 full]. Add a little salt. 2) When the water...
Red Lentils, Sweet Potato & Carrot
The art of using up what’s in your fridge! It’s grocery day for me tomorrow, and most of my food supplies are running low …but that means it’s the perfect time to get inventive with cooking. Filling, healthy meal that accidentally ended up being very orange-themed! Ingredients: Red lentils Sweet potato Carrot Onion Mushrooms Spices: cumin, cloves, curry,...
Really Simple Vegetarian Stir Fry
I’m working on a paper tonight, so I don’t have much time for dinner but I want something that will keep me full while I slave away at the library! Still living the student life where Thursdays are supposed to be the weekend, so I’m not overly excited that tonight is a study night. What I am excited for is this dinner—my classic meal for these kind of nights! It’s...
Cous Cous + Black Bean Salad
It’s another gorgeous day here, and I’m taking advantage of this summer weather before we are back to reality [fingers crossed there’s no more snow!]. I love using cous cous as a salad base, it’s more filling then lettuce and you can make it so many different ways! Ingredients: Cous cous [Prepared any way you like and chilled for at least 2 hours] Can of Black beans...