Sooo I was totally going to make my next post an actually meal...but then these won me over. Sweets always win with me. Always. So here's another quick snack recipe that also functions as a healthy dessert. Oh, it's love. These taste like the insides of a fig newton + the divine, luxurious flavor of hazlenuts. This is a Wannabe Chef recipe...I simply added the coconut for a little flare :) These are more traditionally winter flavors...but WHO CARES?! I'd eat these all year long.
Please bare with me as I transition back to this wonderful world of food blogging. I am currently juggling three jobs so my priorities tend to lean toward food that is fast, filling, convenient, and healthy. These energy squares are a great example...When I'm leaving my first job at 3:30pm and heading to my second which runs from 4-8pm these will be a great, filling, energizing option to tide me over until I get off work :) In the near future you'll probably be seeing a whole lot of "quickie" recipes that produce great leftovers rather than extravagant, time-consuming fare. But heck, I'm sure you're all busy too, so this should be great for the both of us ;)
These aren't the prettiest things...but they sure are tasty! I should have followed the recipe's advice and added some water..my dates were dried out :( But it didn't affect the flavor!! If you want them to stick together better than mine...you may want to add water.
These are far from traditional pancakes. Chock-full of health/vitality-boosting nutrients rather than empty carbs, they will keep you full and energized for hours. I would never try to act like these taste as divine as fluffy, white pancakes slathered in butter and syrup, however they are a great healthy alternative.
And may I please digress for a second and say, look how freaking awesome the view is from my living room!! Not to mention hidden behind those trees is a running/biking trail and a huge building with ice rinks (helloooo hockey!) and [lap] swimming pools. I love Colorado. And my apartment.
Also, it is freezing outside. I'm supposed to run a 5k tomorrow morning, and coincidentally, it is supposed to snow tonight and tomorrow morning. What luck. My lungs are going to hate me.
This meal is incredible. With half your daily fiber needs, low fat and sodium, and a generous helping of protein, you can be sure this is a great addition to a healthy vegan diet (or any healthy diet!). I have been longing to make a dish like this since enjoying the fantastic Moroccan Chicken Salad (sans chicken and egg) at California Pizza Kitchen. After taking a looksie through The Kind Diet, I found a couscous dish with a few similar ingredients. To top it all off, I found the most beautiful organic butternut squash at Sunflower Farmers Market and knew I had to do it justice. I suppose this will do ; )
The realm of raw food dieting is way beyond my reach. I could never go without real baking or meals heated above 120F (or whatevs the limit is) on a cold winter day. During summer however, when a hot kitchen is less than desirable, raw food is perfect. Seee I'm not opposed to the concept, I just don't have the willpower! These raw blondies are a perfect example of an easy, raw summer treat.
The ingredients list is minimal and the preparations are super simple. And the flaaaavors...cashews provide a buttery taste and the combination of salty and sweet is divine. These also make great filling snacks that will give you long lasting energy. Try them out!
My transition from last semester of undergrad coursework (not including my 15 credit internship in the fall) to working full time was a fast one...and I needed a little time to adjust. I hope your finals went well, and if you graduated...congratulations!
Because I took a bit of long break...I have two recipes for you! The first...a light yet filling summer-y salad jam-packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats.
The second...a dense, indulgent, super sweet cake that is great for a special occasion.
Dig in dearies! Alsooo...new poll is up. As always, I appreciate your participation : )