Over the weekend we did not eat well whatsoever. With company and going out for dinners, we indulged quite a bit. So this week we’re getting back on track. My darling boyfriend got me a new blender and I’ve been experimenting with different smoothie recipes.
My room mate and I juiced on a regular basis throughout University but were always so frustrated by the amount of food that was wasted in the process. I’ve been blending to decrease the amount of waste, and although I love the smooth taste juices provide I am pleased that every ingredient and vitamin I add is consumed.
The Hulk smoothie is a great way to start the day. It’s filling and packed with nutrients to give you the energy you need to get out of that morning slum. I am a morning monster to put it gently (hense the Hulk title). However, this smoothie will start your day off right and allow your body and mind to wake up.
Quick tip* No one wants the mess of juicing or blending in the morning before they head to work. Make your smoothie the night before and store it in the fridge. This will allow you to grab it and go. Enjoy your hulk smoothie on the train, in the car, on the bus or walking!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup of kale
- 1 cup of spinach
- 1 apple (chopped)
- Half a cucumber (chopped)
- Half a lemon (squeezed)
- 1/2 cup of celery (chopped)
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1/3 cup of ice
Blend (or juice) well and enjoy!
To my American friends, behold the Canadian Ceaser. No it is not a bloody mary, it’s a Canadian delicacy, and if you plan on travelling up North you best order one. Not coming to the Great North? Make a round for you and your friends at home. The nice thing about ceasers is that it’s an individual drink. You can make it spicy, or not spicy, and get creative with your garnish and rimmer.
Canadians love ceasers. We have classic ceasers, spicy ceasers, bacon ceasers, cool cucumber ceasers, and so on and so forth. So trust me, give this a go, you’ll come back to thank me later. 😉
Classic Ceaser Recipe:
- 1 oz vodka
- 2 dashes hot sauce
- 3 dashes freshly ground salt and pepper
- 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- 4 oz Mott’s Clamato Original Cocktail
1 celery stick & 1 lime wedge
1 extreme bean & 1 olive
Prep: Rim a glass with lime and Mott’s Clamato Rimmer. Fill the glass with ice and add all ingredients. Mix well and serve.
Today is one of my dearest friends birthdays. We were born one day apart, in the same year, in the same hospital. This cake is for her! It is a chocolate pie with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. This cake was easy to make, and looks very pretty! 🙂
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 Graham Cracker Crust (I used sugar free)
- 1 Package of Chocolate Pudding/Pie Mix
- 1 Tub of Whipped Cream
- 1 Package of Strawberries
Make your pudding on the stove top, follow directions given on the box. Once finished, the pie filling should have a thick consistency. Fill the graham cracker pie shell with the pudding. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the pie and chill for 3-4 hours. I let mine chill overnight to make sure it set.
In the morning remove the plastic wrap, and cover the pie in whipped cream.
Slice the strawberries and place them on top of the whipped cream. Be sure to keep your pie refrigerated until serving! Voila! A yummy and pretty pie!
Easy Fudgeeo Cookie Cake:
If you aren’t a fudgeeo fan for some unthinkable reason, try switching it up by using vanilla cake mix with rainbow chip cookies or oreos!
You will need:
- 1 box of Betty Crocker Super Moist Chocolate Cake Mix
- 3 eggs
- Vegetable oil
- Chocolate icing
- 1 Bag of Fudgeeos
- Whipped cream (optional)
1)Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2)Combine cake mix with eggs, oil, and milk.
3)Lightly grease the cake pan/pans. Pour mixture into tray.
4)Bake time (in minutes): 13 x 9 in. 33-38; Two 8 in. rounds 33-38; Two 9 in. rounds 28-33; 24 Bundt 38-43. (Decrease bake time by 2-3 minutes if using dark or nonstick pan). Let the cake cool.
5) Ice the cake, followed by whipped cream if desired. Then, break the fudgeeos into small pieces and place on top, covering the entire surface of the cake. If using whipped cream keep refrigerated! (I chose not to use whipped cream as we were travelling!)
My sister-to-be introduced me to the easiest, and yummiest cookie recipe. When you’re short on time, but want a delicious treat, I suggest giving these a try 🙂
You will need:
- 1 bag of Hershey’s kisses (whichever flavour you would like, I used original)
- 1 roll of Pillsbury chocolate chip cookie dough
Cut the dough into slices (about one inch), remove wrapping from kisses and then roll 1 kiss into each individual slice and place on a non stick pan. Make sure the kiss is covered by the dough.
Bake for 8-10 minutes on 350, keep an eye on them!
Cool, and enjoy 🙂
So now that we’re moved in and somewhat organized, I’m breaking in our new cookware and trying out new recipes. Soup is a great choice to warm up on these Canadian winter days!
French onion soup has always been a favourite for us, and I’ve never tried to make it. It was quite easy, and quick. I strongly recommend buying the bowls (you can get them at the dollar store). I got ours at Home Sense. This recipe was delicious, the three cheeses (provolone, swiss, and parmesan) is a must.
Here is the recipe I used:
You can also change the serving size just under the ingredients header.