Three Ingredient Pancakes with Homemade Jam

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There is nothing better than satisfying your sweet tooth by tricking your taste buds into thinking you’re eating something sugary and bad, but really, it’s just pure health and deliciousness. When I’m craving chocolate or candy, but I don’t want to give in to my devil-side telling me to reach for the fatty cookie or carb-filled homemade pancakes, I often look to The Skinny Confidential’s recipe guide. Lauren has the best collection of very simple, easy to make and mostly healthy dishes that are so fun to experiment with. This is one that I stole from her list, and I love it so much that I make it at least 4 times a week. I introduce to you “Three ingredient pancakes with homemade jam”!

This recipe is so simple and so good, I actually prefer it to regular pancakes. The texture is gooey and delicious, while the homemade jam adds the perfect amount of sweetness. Not only is it flavorful and mouthwatering, the serving size that I prepare has barely any calories. You could even double the serving size in this recipe and it will still be a healthy and fulfilling snack. Find the recipe below…

Serving Size: About 6 small pancakes 

Pancake Ingredients:

  1. 1 egg
  2. 1/2 banana
  3. About 2 TB chia seeds

Jam Ingredients:

  1. Handful of raspberries (or any of your favorite berries)
  2. Alternative: Add a drizzle of agave to sweeten it up or add a sprinkle of chia seeds for more texture

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Directions

  1. Blend all pancake ingredients in a food processor or blender
  2. Heat frying pan on medium-low heat, spray with Pan
  3. Pour small amount of pancake mix onto pan and let it cook for a couple of minutes on each side, or until golden brown
  4. Once previous step is repeated until all pancakes are cooked, heat up the handful of fruit (for the jam) for about 10 seconds in the microwave
  5. Add in alternative ingredients, and mash up until they form a more liquid texture
  6. Place cooked pancakes and homemade jam on a plate, add some of your favorite berries to go with it

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Voila! So healthy, sweet, and delicious

Xx,

Tash

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Homemade Guacamole

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As I already mentioned in a previous post, one activity that my mom and I get up to when I’m home is cooking. We have fun experimenting with a variety of different ingredients and looking into our selection of cookbooks. It gets really exciting when we think of something extra crafty. But on this occasion, we had no choice but to use up all of the avocados that she had bought before they went all gross and brown. With that said, we went with a simple and quick guacamole recipe that, when my dad tried it, thought we bought it because it was so delicious! I like my guacamole more chunky than smooth ~ I think it gives it a fresher taste, bringing it a more home-made feel. But, this is totally up to you ~ if you like it smoother, just be sure to mix it up more thoroughly and chop your ingredients into smaller pieces. The quantity of all your ingredients is totally your preference, so test things out until you get it just right!

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Ingredients                                                                                     Amount

(Ripe) Avocados                                                                           3

Tomatoes                                                                                       I used about 6 cherry tomatoes

A little bit of garlic                                                                       About 1TB

Onion                                                                                               About 3TB

Sea Salt                                                                                           Sprinkle to taste

Cayenne Pepper                                                                         Sprinkle to taste

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Directions

  1. Peel and cut avocados into slices, then mix until it’s as smooth as you like
  2. Chop tomatoes into small chunks
  3. Cut onion and garlic into small pieces
  4. Mix the tomatoes, onion, and garlic in with the avocado
  5. Add salt and cayenne pepper to taste
  6. Grab yourself a bowl of chips (or carrots if you’re feeling healthy!) and snack up!

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Xx,

Tash

DIY Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap

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My favorite type of food has always been (and probably always will be) Asian cuisine. I love it so much that I crave the infusion and smell of eastern culture and delicatessens. I used to stick to the sushi menu, and adventure off from there (jk I would get the California roll every time). However, as my palette has expanded, so have my dinner orders. After trying many things on different menus, all of them being i-want-seconds kind of amazing, one dish that always excites me is the chicken lettuce wrap. A rather generic option, it is usually very similar no matter what restaurant you order it from. The peanutty yet soy sauce suffused dish is so yummy, and it’s also so fun to create your own little wraps (it makes it really satisfying when biting into also, lol). Not only that, but it’s definitely a healthier option than the go-to Asian noodles or fried dumplings.

I could not stop craving this dish, and thought that there must be recipes out there for a DIY chicken lettuce wrap as it is such a simple concept. And, yes, yes, I was correct. There are many recipes out there, however many are way more technical than they should be. After lots of hard recipe-book searching, I think I found the most delicious and the easiest recipe out there, for the perfect Asian infused chicken and lettuce wraps.

I know at first glance this recipe looks like way too many ingredients and way too complicated, but I promise it’s actually very simple and quick. Take a look, try it out, and tell me what ya think!

Servings: 8 wraps (About people, depending on hunger levels!)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 6 oz skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 Boston lettuce leaves (about 1 head)
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves (about 10 oz)
  • 1/2 cup bean sprouts (about 2 oz)
  • Chopped peanuts

Preparation

  1. Combine first nine ingredients into a bowl as marinade, and whisk
  2. Marinate chicken breast with marinade and add 2 tablespoons of oil in a zip-lock for one hour in the fridge
  3. After one hour, remove chicken breast, and discard the marinade
  4. Heat a large nonstick grill pan over medium-high heat, spray it with cooking spray
  5. Grill chicken for about 12 minutes, or until fully cooked
  6. Cut chicken thinly, and divide between the lettuce leaves
  7. Top each lettuce leaf with 2 tablespoons mint, 1 tablespoon sprouts, and 1 teaspoon of reserved oil mixture
  8. Garnish with chopped peanuts

Personal Tip: I love veggies, so I prefer adding other greens into my wrap (shredded carrot, water chestnut, chopped pepper, and cilantro all work well)

Recipe courtesy of myrecipes.com 

Xx,

Tash

DIY Lip Gloss

Every girl loves a good lip gloss. In fact, most girls can’t leave the house without it. There are so many colors on the market that I, like most girls, want (and sometimes feel I need) them all. But lets be real, I’m not looking to spend my whole bank account on fifty shades of pink.

Luckily, I was watching videos on Lo Bosworth’s blog (http://thelodown.com) and came across an amazing DIY lip gloss recipe. It’s super simple, and you can create literally any shade of lip gloss you want, however much you want of it, and its just as good as store brands (but cheaper!).

All you need is Aquaphor (similar to vaseline), and any powder that is the shade you want your gloss to be (blush, eyeshadow, bronzer, you name it!). Creating your own personal lip gloss only takes one step— mixing Aquaphor with the powder of your choice. You can add as little or as much powder as you want, according to how dark or light you want your shade to be. I was astonished with how quick, easy, and cheap this beauty recipe was, and now I use it all the time.

For Lo’s full tutorial check out the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovM_wB3pn9E.

Xx,

Tash