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1 Year Recap: Recipe Round-Up

In light of our recent one-year blogiversary celebration, we thought it would be appropriate to do a recipe round-up of some (emphasis on the “some”) of our favourite/most popular recipes from this past year.  Since we can’t just choose a few, though, we’ve broken it down into categories.  Enjoy!

Breakfast

Since breakfast is pretty much our favourite meal of the day, we had a lot of trouble choosing our favourite recipes, but here are the ones that made the cut:

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Chocolate-Banana Upside-down Pancakes

We made these for a crowd a few weeks ago when our family had a giant garage sale along with a few other types of pancakes, but these were the hands-down favourite.  This just confirms in our minds that everyone loves chocolate, peanut butter and banana.

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Banana-Stuffed French toast with English “Cream”

After making this stuffed french toast recipe, we’re not sure if we can ever eat regular french toast ever again.  And as if that’s not enough, we also have a blueberry-lemon version and an apple pie version to satisfy all your stuffed french toast needs!

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Banana Waffles

If pancakes aren’t your thing, well, you’re crazy, but maybe the satisfying toasty crunch of waffles is more up your alley? Regardless, you should make these right away.  Added bonus- make these in the morning and your house will smell like delicious waffles right through into the afternoon!

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Orange Strawberry Banana Pancake in a Jar

Ever since our very first peanut butter banana pancake in a jar, we’ve made countless varieties of the genius creation, but this particular version quickly rose to the top as one of our favourites.  Probably because it’s so pretty- just look at those bright colours!

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Red Velvet Buckwheat Bake 

We love buckwheat bakes, but not only was this one of our all-time favourite versions, this was definitely a reader favourite too!  And who doesn’t want to eat red velvet cake for breakfast?

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Peach Raspberry Overnight Oats Parfait

Summer is on it’s way, which means so is summer fruit!  You can be sure that overnight oats parfaits will be on the breakfast menu for us now that the weather is warming up, and as soon as peach season hits we’ll be re-making this wondrous parfait!

Lunch

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Pizza Crepes

It’s pizza and a crepe at the same time.  What more needs to be said?

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Szechuan Chickpea Patties

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Chipotle Chicken Wraps

Creamy spicy chicken inspired by one of our favourite on-the-go store-bought lunches.  A healthier version of an old stand-by?  Yes please!

Dinner

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Baked Salmon with Strawberry Basil Rice Pilaf and Strawberry Avocado Salsa

This dish is summery, pretty, healthy and delicious.  You really can’t ask for anything more now can you?

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Caramelized Onion BBQ Chicken Pizza

Pizza is the perfect food.  And if it’s possible to improve on perfection, then this pizza definitely did!  We loved it, our family loved it- ladies and gents, we have a winner!

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Noodle Bowl

Countless variations of these were consumed to ward off the chill during the extra-long winter we had this year.  Highly recommended when you find yourself in need of a comforting bowl of warmth on a cold winter night!

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Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

We do not love pork, but we love this meal!  But if pork really isn’t your thing, maybe pulled chicken would suit you better?

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Sweet Potato Mango Lentil Curry

Nothing beats a hearty bowl of curry, but this meatless variety that’s full of veggies, sweet potatoes and chunks of sweet mango really takes the cake!

Sides

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Caper Cranberry Tapenade

These sweet-and salty crisps are perfect for a little appetizer.  Highly recommended for all those summer dinner parties you’re planning on having 😉

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Home Fries

Everyone loves home fries, and these ones use a simple trick to make them nice and crispy every time.

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Easy Greek Salad

Even if you’re not having a Greek-themed feast you should make this salad!  Tangy and colourful, it’s a nice break from a traditional garden side-salad.

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Slow-Cooker Baked Beans

Baked Beans in the slow cooker are an easy way to enjoy the tasty side dish with hardly any effort.

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Roasted Fall Veggie Salad

Roasted vegetables are one of the best things in the world- no exaggeration! And yes, we realize that asparagus is not a Fall vegetable, but that is a minor detail.  We made a roasted vegetable salad and it was the Fall, ergo Roasted Fall Veggie salad.

Dips/Spreads

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Apple Butter

Quite possibly one of the easiest recipes in the entire world with only four ingredients and two steps (ok 3 if you count chopping the apples).  And no added sugar- just pure apple-y goodness!

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Salsa Chipotle Hummus

Obviously you knew a hummus recipe was bound to make it on to our list.  And to be honest, we put up this recipe not because it’s our favourite, but more as a representation of all our hummus recipes, because how can you really choose just one when they’re all incredible?  You can’t.

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Beet and Feta Bean Dip

Ok, so this dip is very similar to a hummus recipe- but it is so good that it needed to be recognized all on its own.  Even if you don’t like beets we bet you would like this dip!  It doesn’t really taste like beets, and it has an amzing bright pink colour.  Who wouldn’t want to eat bright pink food?

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Chai-Spiced Blueberry Jam

Fresh blueberry jam with a spicy twist.  Slather on toast, pancakes, waffles, or eat straight from the jar with a spoon.  However you go about it- you must try this jam!

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Cafe Latte Almond Butter

Its a rich, creamy almond butter that tastes like coffee- Java lovers unite!

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Vegan Cheese Sauce

This sauce is so good you’ll want to put it on everything.  And we promise no one will ever know there’s no cheese in it.

Snacks

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Fig Newtons

These are the best when you need a quick pre-run snack, or you need something small to tie you over until your next meal.  And they’re whole wheat, sugar-free, and delicious!

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Kale Chips

Quite possibly the most addicting snack ever.

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Chocolate Chip Lentil Granola Bars

Want a hearty, chewy granola bar?  Add lentils- simple as that.

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Roasted Chickpeas

If you’re in need of a crunchy snack, nothing will satisfy that craving better than these chickpeas.  We recommend you never allow your pantry to be without a jar of them.

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Lemon Coconut Muffins

Muffins are always fantastic snacks, and these ones are some of the softest, most pillow-like muffins we’ve ever had.  The lemon adds some zing and makes them almost refreshing, if it’s possible for a muffin to be that way!

Desserts

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Chocolate Fudge Black Bean Brownies

We’ve had several people make this recipe and rave about it!  But if you’re in the gluten-intolerant crowd, never fear, our gluten-free red velvet brownies are sure to squash any brownie craving.

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Chewy Ginger Snaps

Don’t wait for the Christmas season to make these, they’re too tasty to only have once a year!

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Pumpkin Rice Pudding

Here’s another one that should not be held off until the appropriate season.  Because really, is there truly a season for delicious, thick and creamy rice pudding?  We like to think that sort of thing is a year-round treat.

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Vegan Zucchini Bread Cheese Cake

Who ever said vegans can’t have cheesecake has clearly never tried vegan cheesecake.  Oh well, their loss!

We also want to give honourable  mention to our chocolate cake from our anniversary post.  We didn’t include it in today’s round-up because we just wrote about it, but it needed to be mentioned!

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So there you have have it- quite possibly the longest post ever written, but maybe the most delicious? 😉

We hope you find something on this round-up that catches your eye, and that you have been enjoying the recipes we’ve been posting all year.  If there’s something that you’d like us to make, please feel free to leave a comment or send us an email (twosaucysistas@gmail.com) – we love hearing from you!

Cheers to a great year!

~twosaucysisters

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Meatless Monday: Blueberries!

Some of you might remember that we participated in Heather’s Meatless Monday link-up last summer.  We loved participating, but we sort of fell off the band wagon after a while.  Well, she’s started up round two, and we’ve decided to join in again!  This time around she’s running things a little differently.  Heather has it operating it on a two-week cycle- the first week we create a recipe, the second week we re-make someone else’s recipe!  That’s good for us because it gives us a one-week grace period to get our act together and make a recipe 🙂

So by now you’ve probably noticed that we’re starting with the letter B.  That’s because we’re really awesome and we already missed the first week… oops. :S

But we’re ready this time and we’d like to start off by thanking Heather for making the theme for this week blueberries- conveniently right when blueberries went on sale at the grocery store 🙂 Such good timing!

Now let’s talk about blueberries…

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But really, what is there to say?  They’re like little blue gems bursting with flavour with every bite!  And would you just look at that colour?  A hue like that just screams of the cancer-fighting antioxidant power contained in every berry!

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It’s no secret that we love blueberries, and we’ve made our fair share of recipes that feature them as a main ingredient!  We’ve made pancakes, crepes, overnight oats parfaits, jam, muffins, french toast, and even a rice pilaf, and that’s just to name a few 🙂

But if you remember about a million years ago we made these blue velvet pancakes.  Well, just the other day we received a request from Kellie to make a pancake-in-a-jar version! Of course, we could never pass up the opportunity to make one of our all-time favourite breakfasts! And what perfect timing, just in time for Heather’s Meatless Monday!

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So here you go, Kellie, as per request! 🙂

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Of course, a blue velvet cake  pancake would not be right without icing!  So if you have no dietary restrictions (the icing is not vegan) we highly recommend that you include it!

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So we hope you all give this recipe a try- but if having blueberry-filled chocolate cake with “cream cheese” frosting for breakfast isn’t your thing… well you must be crazy 😉

But before we give you the recipe, we want to remind you to head on over to visit Heather at Better with Veggies and check out all the other great recipes everyone else has come up with!

Blue Velvet Pancake in a Jar

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Prep: 5 min
Cook: 5 min
Serves: 2

Ingredients:

1 c. whole wheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 c. frozen blueberries + 1/3 c. for each jar
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp vegan butter or margarine (or almond butter would work here, too)
2/3 c. Milk or non-dairy milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp butter extract (optional)
Fresh blueberries for topping

For the Icing:

1 tsp coconut butter, melted
1/2 tsp honey
2 tbsp plain yogurt (or non-dairy yogurt)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Combine the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder and whisk together with a wire whisk.  In a microwave-safe dish, microwave the blueberries until they are no longer frozen and mash with a fork until there are very few whole berries left.  Add the butter or margarine, milk and extracts to the blueberries and mix well.  Add the blueberry mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until combined
Place 1/3 c. of blueberries in the bottom of each jar.  Divide the batter evenly among the two jars and microwave for 5 minutes, or until the batter is firm.  Top with blueberries and frosting.

For the Frosting:

Combine all the ingredients in a small dish and serve on top of your pancake-in-a-jar.

~twosaucysisters

Do you like blueberries?  What is your favourite way to eat them?

Apples to Apples

Has anyone ever played this game before?

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We never have, but it sounds like it could be fun! For those who don’t know, this is a type of word game. Players are given “red apple” cards, each with a noun or noun phrase on them, and the judge chooses a “green apple” card, which contains an adjective. The judge puts this card face up on the table for the players to see, and then each player chooses one of their red apple cards that they think best matches the green apple card and puts it face down. The judge shuffles the red apple cards and reads them, deciding which card matches the green apple card the best. The point is for the judge to choose the match that is “most creative, humorous or interesting”.

So…. what does this game have to do with today’s post?

Absolutely nothing! Except that today’s post has apples in it. 🙂

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Hmm… what’s the best adjective to describe this breakfast?

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Decadent? Delicious?

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Cinnamon-juicy-apple-and raisin-filled-awesome?
(For some reason we don’t think they have that one in the game, but if they did it would win for best match!)

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Another good way to describe it is healthy. And maybe sneaky too, because if you ever made this for someone, they would never guess that it’s good for them! 😉 With whole wheat bread, apples, low-fat milk,  and high-protein cottage cheese and egg whites, this dish has got a lot going for it!

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But who needs adjectives? We’ll let the photos speak for themselves. 🙂

Apple Cinnamon Stuffed French Toast

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Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 5 min
Serves: 2

Ingredients:

2 slices of your favourite whole wheat bread, approx. 1 inch thick.
6 egg whites (or 3 eggs)
2 tbsp sugar-free apple butter Apple Butter (store-bought or home-made)
3 tbsp milk of choice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp vanilla

Filling:

1/2 medium sized apple,very  thinly sliced
1/4 c. raisins
1 tsp water
cinnamon and nutmeg, to taste

For the cream:

1/3 c. cottage cheese
1/4 c. apple butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
water as needed (we used approx. 2 tbsp

Directions:

Slice your bread into 1-inch pieces, then slice into the centre of each bread slice, making a pocket for the apples, without cutting all the way through.
In a bowl, combine the apple slices, raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg and water and microwave for 1-2 min or until apples are soft. Drain off excess liquid and stuff the apple raisin mixture into the pockets of the bread.
Preheat a non-stick frying pan or pancake griddle over medium-high heat.  Spray with cooking spray.
In a wide, shallow dish, combine egg whites, milk, apple butter, spices and vanilla. Soak both sides of each bread slice and place the bread on the preheated pan.  Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the bread turns a nice golden brown, then flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

While the bread is cooking, put all the cream ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth, adding water slowly until you reach the thickness you desire.

Optional:  Dice the other half of the apple and cook in a little bit of water for topping.

~twosaucysisters

Have you ever played Apples to apples?

Tastes Like Spring

Breakfast is our favourite meal of the day.  You’ve probably heard us say that a million-and-one times already, but let’s be honest, when you haven’t eaten for 10 hours, how can that first meal of the day not be awesome?

We think the real reason that breakfast is our favourite meal, though, is because usually breakfast for us turns into dessert.  Except a bigger portion (because it’s breakfast, duh) so basically you get one giant helping of dessert!  What’s better than that?

For any new-comers who don’t know, our breakfasts usually consist of some kind of cake buckwheat bakeicecream  overnight oats parfait, pudding, and of course plenty of waffles and pancakes!

We also have this thing with breakfast, where when we come up with a new (to us) breakfast idea, we have to make it in every single flavour combination possible!

So when we posted about our banana-stuffed french toast a while back, you didn’t think you had seen the last of french toast, did you?

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Of course not!  After the huge success we had with the banana version, we had blueberry and lemon on the brain!

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This is one flavour that we just can’t seem to get enough of lately!  Maybe its our longing for summer manifesting itself in breakfast cravings?  Who knows, but when it ends in creations like this, we aren’t going to fight it!

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In fact, blueberry and lemon is slowly making its way into our all-time favourite combinations!  It’s bright and fresh tasting, like a little taste of summer 🙂  And will you just look at that blueberry filling gushing out the middle?  There’s no way you’re not thinking you could use some blueberry-stuffed french toast with lemon cream right now! 😉

Blueberry Stuffed French Toast with Lemon Cream

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Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 8 min
Serves: 2

Ingredients:

2 slices of bread, cut about 3/4 inch thick
6 tbsp egg whites (or 3 egg whites, or 1 egg+ 1 egg white)
3 tbsp milk
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
2/3  c. frozen blueberries

For the Cream:

1/2 c. cottage cheese
3 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp honey
zest of half a lemon

Directions:

Cut a slit into each pieces of bread to create an opening.  Cut as deep as you can without cutting all the way through the bread.

Heat a greased,  non-stick frying pan or pancake griddle on medium-high heat.

In a large, flat dish combine the egg whites, milk, and lemon juice.  Dip the bread slices into the egg mixture, coating both sides.  Place the bread slices on the pan and cook for 2-4 minutes, until the egg is set and is slightly browned, then flip and cook on the other side for another 2-4 minutes.

For the cream:

Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth.  Pour over the toast and serve.

~twosaucysisters

What are some of your favourite flavour combinations?

A Frenglish Breakfast

Most of you probably know by now that we are both majoring in Foods and Nutrition, but what many of you probably don’t know is that we are also majoring in French!  That’s right, we’re doing a double-major 🙂  We both kinda stink at making decisions, but we were at least able to narrow it down to two!

Because of this, today’s post will be entirely written in French!

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Just kidding 😉

But sometimes we like to inject our breakfasts with a little French inspiration, so of we made le pain grillé français!

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Ok ok, we know French toast isn’t actually French, but for the sake of this post, just go along with, d’accord? Because really, no matter what cultural origin French toast actually comes from, it’s de-lic-ious! 🙂

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But of course, this isn’t your average every-day kind of french toast- this is banana-stuffed french toast with English “cream”- or should we say le pain grillé français farcie de bananes avec la crème anglaise?

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And yes, for those of you keeping track, we have French toast with English cream. We suppose that makes this recipe “Frenglish” (franglais)? The two countries may not have always gotten along throughout history, but we promise you they are the best of friends in this breakfast  petit déjeuner! 🙂

We loved this breakfast so much that we made it twice in one week!  That just may be a record for us!  The second time we made it, we cut back a bit on the banana and added strawberries into the mix, which of course was out-of-this-world delicious!  Another important thing to note is that this recipe uses silken tofu as the main ingredient in the cream, but if you don’t have tofu, don’t like tofu, or can’t eat tofu for whatever reason, we made it the second time around with the same amount of cottage cheese, and it turned out to be just as awesome 🙂

We could go on and on about this breakfast, but we’ll let the photos and recipe speak for themselves- bon appétit! 🙂

Banana-Stuffed French Toast with English “Cream”

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients:

2 slices of crusty bread, cut about 1 1/4 inches thick
1 banana, thinly sliced
6 tbsp egg whites (equals 3 egg whites)
3 tbsp milk of choice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp butter extract (optional)
1 tsp cinnamon

For the Cream:

1/2 c. silken tofu (or cottage cheese)
3 tsp milk of choice
1 tbsp honey
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp butter extract (optional, but highly recommended!)

Directions:

Along one side of the bread, cut an opening, slicing as far into the bread as you can without going through the other side. Repeat for the second slice of bread.  Divide the banana slices in half, and stuff each piece of bread with the slices.

In a wide, shallow dish, combine egg whites, milk, extracts, and cinnamon and whisk until fully combined.

Spray a large non-stick pan with cooking spray and set over medium heat.  Dip the bread slices into the egg mixture on both sides, making sure that both sides are completely saturated.

Place on the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Flip and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.

While the bread is cooking, place all cream ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until fully combined and smooth.  Put your french toast on a plate, cut in half and top with the cream.

~twosaucysisters

Do you like French toast?  What is your latest breakfast creation? Parlez-vous le Français? 😉