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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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Bread Pudding

One of our favourite desserts ever since we were little kids was pudding.  If it was a contest between jell-o and pudding, pudding won every time- hands down.  Of course, we always associated pudding with the thick, creamy stuff that comes in a bowl and you eat with a spoon.  So when we first ever heard of bread pudding we were a little bit confused.

We just couldn’t figure out how you could take bread and turn it into a smooth, rich, creamy dessert.  In fact, we both kind of thought the whole idea of “bread pudding” was kind of gross (picture slurried bread- not exactly appetizing).

But when we finally tried bread pudding for the first time, all of our pre-conceived notions of what bread pudding was were completely abolished!  It was delicious!  And no, it was nothing like slurried bread 🙂

So obviously it was only a matter of time before we set out to create a healthy version!  And obviously  our version was going to contain chocolate…

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And what goes better with chocolate than bananas?  (and peanut butter, of course, but more on that later…)

So it just made sense to make chocolate-banana bread pudding, right?

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Right.  And since we knew you’d want to make this and eat it all for yourself, we thought we would save you the trouble of explaining why no one else is allowed to eat any, and make it single-serving!

But then, we thought that might actually get you into more trouble, because you only made one for yourself, and we wouldn’t want everyone to be jealous, so we decided this recipe should make two single-serving puddings 🙂 (well, that and the fact that there’s two of us…)

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Now everyone’s happy, right? Right!  Because dessert’s more fun when you enjoy it in the company of someone else isn’t it?  (why Julie and Brittany, you’re right again!) 😉

So instead of blabbering on and on about whether or not you should share your dessert, let us just give you the run-down on these things:

– They’re creamy.  Yes, we said it- the bread is creamy by some kind of wonderful phenomenon that we will not question.
– There is a layer a thick, gooey banana in the middle.  Sort of like a pudding-within-the-pudding.
– There are basically chocolate chips running through the whole sha-bang.  If that doesn’t sell you, then you’re a lost cause!
– They’re healthy.  But that’s kind of the name of the game over here, isn’t it?

So if you’ve never tried bread pudding before or it’s just been a while since you’ve had it, we give you this delicious version that will love you just as much as you love it. It doesn’t get any better than that! 🙂

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

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Prep time: 10min
Bake time: 20min
Serves: 2

Ingredients:

2 thick slices of your favourite whole-grain bread
1/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 banana
1/2 c. milk of choice
2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
Cut bread into 1-inch chunks. Place half of the bread chunks on the bottom of your ramekins.
Slice banana and divide evenly between the two puddings. Sprinkle half of the chocolate chips over both. Top with remaining bread chunks and chocolate chips.
Combine egg whites, milk and vanilla in a glass measuring cup and pour over each pudding.
Place on a baking sheet (precautionary measure in case they boil over) and bake for 20minutes or until the pudding is set.

Layer One: Bread!

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Layer Two: Banana and chocolate chips!

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Layer Three: more bread and more chocolate 🙂

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Now poooouuuurrr…

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~twosaucysisters

Have you ever had bread pudding?

3 Minute Miracle

Hi 2SS readers!

Well, we’re back from a fun weekend in Chicago, and while we do have plans to do a recap post for you, we are bringing you a recipe instead!

An easy recipe.

A really really easy recipe.

In fact, this little concoction has just 3 ingredients.  It doesn’t require any special equipment, no blender or food processor, and no lengthy and intensive prep-work.  In less than 5 minutes, you can be digging into this:

Chocolate-protein “Snack Pack” pudding.

Do you remember Snack Pack pudding?  Our mom didn’t buy it too often, but when she did, you can be sure there was a lot of excitement amoung us kids!  Needless to say the stuff didn’t last too long in our house…

We came up with this recipe by accident one day when we were attempting to make chocolate frosting.  We added in a few ingredients, taste-tested, and couldn’t believe how much it reminded us of the Snack Pack we loved as children!

And with no added sugar and only 3 ingredients, you now have even more reason to love this new-and-improved pudding snack 🙂

3 ingredients, 3 minutes.

Excuse us, we’re going to go and make some pudding…

3-Ingredient Chocolate Protein Pudding

Total Time: 3 min
Serves: 1

Ingredients:

1/2 c. plain Greek yogurt
3 tbsp chocolate protein powder
1 tbsp cocoa powder

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!

~twosaucysisters

Did you ever eat Snack Pack pudding as a child?  What is your favourite quick-and-easy snack?

A New Breakfast

Don’t you just love it when you stumble upon a new idea without trying to? It’s like when your parents surprised you with a trip to the water park on a hot day, when your paycheck is higher than you expected, or when the item you went to the store to buy is on sale. In fact, some of the best things in life are discovered by accident (hello cheese!).

This is the case with the breakfast that we had this morning: Amaranth Pudding.

Banana Amaranth Breakfast Pudding to be exact.

Mmmm… yes, it IS as delicious as it looks. Actually, no. It’s better! 🙂

The story behind this surprise breakfast took place a couple of days ago when we were making our Carrot and Broccoli Grain Salad. We wanted to use some more interesting grains for it, and thought perhaps amaranth would be cool.  We’ve popped amaranth several times before, but never actually cooked it.  As it turns out, when cooked, amaranth has the consistency of oatmeal rather than separate grains like rice. Mixed with cottage cheese it would be a delicious hot breakfast, but it’s not good for a grain salad or pilaf.  We also discovered that when cooked amaranth is left in the fridge, it thickens up- A LOT. You can actually cut through it with a butter knife, and it won’t collapse!  We didn’t want to heat it up (too hot out!) but it was way to thick to eat cold the way it was. So we blended it with banana, cottage cheese and yogurt to make a super healthy breakfast pudding!

Amaranth is awesome because it’s a great source of fiber, protein and iron, with absolutely no saturated or trans fat! A great way to start the day.

Throw some banana slices and a blob of almond butter (or any nut butter!) on top and you’ve got yourself a great summer time breakfast treat.

Banana Amaranth Breakfast Pudding

Cook time: 20min

Prep time: Overnight + 5 min

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

1/2 c. uncooked amaranth

1 1/4 c. water

1/2 c. cottage cheese

1/2 c. plain yogurt

1/2 banana

1 Tbsp date paste

1/2 tsp almond extract

1/4 tsp cinnamon

Toppings:

Nut butter

Walnuts

Raisins

Cinnamon

Banana slices

Maple syrup

Directions:

Put amaranth and water into a pot, bring to a boil then reduce to low and simmer for 20min, until thickened. Put in a container and place in the fridge overnight.

In the morning, put amaranth and all other ingredients into food processor or blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into two bowls and top with desired toppings.

– twosaucysisters

Have you ever made an accidental discovery (in the kitchen or otherwise)?