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Simple Sunday: The Half-time Snack

Today is a big day in our household: aka it’s Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game as manager of Manchester United! What an incredible man who has done so much for not just United but for soccer and the English Premier League in general. Alex, we will miss you!

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Yesterday was also a big day in the game of soccer, because it was David Beckham’s last game of his 20 year career! Not only did he have an incredible career, being the only english player to win major league titles in 4 different countries, but he’s probably the most famous and celebrated players of all-time. We wonder why…? 😉

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Oh, David, how we will miss watching you run around on the soccer pitch!

As you can imagine, there has been a lot of soccer watching here lately, and with games being at least 90 minutes long, half-time snacks are a requirement. After all, to cheering takes a lot of energy, right?

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A few weeks back, we posted a recipe for salsa and mentioned how we would do a Simple Sunday post about our home-made tortilla chips – well, here they are! 🙂

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These are about as simple as they get, people! There are only 4 ingredients, and they take 15 minutes tops to make. All you need are some tortillas (we like to use the small ones best), lemon or lime juice, course salt (sea or kosher) and pepper. That’s it!

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These are great for when you want chips and salsa (or nachos) but don’t have any on-hand, or if you want chips that are full of flavour but much lower in sodium than their store-bought counterpart.

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So whatever your sport, grab some salsa and get snackin’!

Home-made tortilla Chips

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Prep time: 2 min
Cook time: 12-15min

Ingredients:

Your favourite tortillas
Lemon or Lime Juice
Sea salt (or kosher)
Ground black pepper

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 F.
Spread the tortillas across a baking sheet and sprinkle both sides with lemon or lime juice, salt and pepper. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, slice the tortillas into triangles. You don’t have to cut all the way through them, just enough to draw lines so that they will easily snap once baked.
Put in the oven and bake for 8min, then flip the tortillas over and bake for another 3-5min, until golden and crispy.
Serve with your favourite salsa and enjoy!

~twosaucysisters

What’s your favourite game-time snack?

Simple Sunday: Apple Parfait

As we have said before, a really important part of healthy eating is healthy snacking! We don’t know too many people who can make it all the way from lunch to dinner (or breakfast to lunch, or dinner to bedtime…) without needing that extra something to tie them over until then.

Snacks should be quick, easy and not complicated. At the same time they should be enjoyable, tasty, and of course, nutritious! After all, every time you eat is a chance to give your body important nutrients. That being said, each time you eat should also be fun and exciting, right?

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Right! 🙂

And it should be pretty, too, because pretty food tastes better! (and that’s a scientific fact!)

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Well, ok, that may or may not be scientific, but the proof is in the pudding apple parfait!

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Fresh, juicy and sweet apple chunks layered with creamy yogurt and crunchy granola, this snack was a snap to prepare and out-of-this-world delicious!

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We used plain yogurt mixed with vanilla and cinnamon, but you can use any flavour you want! (Apple – berry anyone?) Also, any granola will do just fine, pick your favourite! For our parfaits, we made an apple-cinnamon version of this granola (recipe to come!). If you’re using store-bought granola, make sure you read the nutrition label to make sure it’s not too high in sugar (10g or more per serving), and watch for aspartame in sweetened yogurt.

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The process is simple: Assemble your ingredients, find a pretty glass and layer them up!

Enjoy! 🙂

Apple Yogurt Parfait

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Serves: 2
Total time: 10min

Ingredients:

3/4 c. plain yogurt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon

OR

3/4 c. of your favourite yogurt

1 apple
3/4 c. granola
cinnamon, for topping

Directions:

Core and dice your apple into small pieces.
If adding vanilla and cinnamon to your yogurt, mix them now.
In a tall glass, layer your ingredients starting with yogurt, then apples, then granola. Continue this pattern until all ingredients are used up.
Sprinkle cinnamon on top and enjoy!

~twosaucysisters

What are your favourite quick and easy snacks?

Simple Sunday: Smoothie

Today is Simple Smoothie Sunday! (Say that ten times fast!)

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We have had more than one request for a smoothie recipe, and today we are finally honoring our multiple promises to put one on the blog- and with the weather finally starting to warm up, now is the perfect time for it! 🙂

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Because while cold weather makes you want to tuck into a nice, warm bowl of oatmeal, warmer temperatures call for a nice cold, thick and creamy smoothie!

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So let’s go over why smoothies are so awesome:

1. They’re so customize-able!  You can use any variety of fruit or yogurt, milk or juice, you can even throw some veggies in there!  The sky is the limit!
2. They’re delicious.  Honestly, if Orange Julius can base their entire (successful!) business of of them, they must be good, right?  Because who doesn’t love a thick, creamy drink that’s actually good for them?  Which leads us to our third point…
3. They’re healthy! (Well, most of the time…) And they make great post-workout snacks, and of course, amazing breakfasts, too!
4. If you do it right, they taste almost as good as milk shakes 😉
5. Oh, and we already mentioned it, but they’re so easy!

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So in celebration of the the much-anticipated and long-awaited arrival of spring, dust off that blender and pour yourself a nutrient-packed smoothie!

Basic Smoothie

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Prep Time: 5 min
Serves: 2 medium smoothies (or one very large one!)

Ingredients:

1 banana
1 c. frozen fruit (any kind!)
2/3 c. yogurt (plain, vanilla, fruit-flavoured, etc.)
1 c. milk (or juice, or half-juice half-milk)

Directions:

Throw everything into the blender and blend until it’s nice and smooth!

Optional Add-ins:

-spinach (yes, you can add up to a cup of spinach to this recipe without even tasting it!  Try it, you’ll suprise yourself!)
– protein powder (this makes for a great post-workout shake.  You may have to add a little extra liquid, depending on the protein powder you use)
– spices (try cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, etc.)
– avocado (half an avocado makes this smoothie super creamy, and adds some healthy fats)
-Oats (for some whole grains to make this a meal- you’ll just have to add some extra liquid!)
– Fresh Fruit if you don’t have frozen- you just might want to add some ice so your smoothie will still be cold

~twosaucysisters

What is your favourite, go-to smoothie recipe?

Simple Sunday: Home Fries

Happy Simple Sunday everybody!

Today we would like to share with you our trick for getting super-crispy home fries.

But first, a confession: neither of us really like french fries.  We know, we know, we’re crazy.  But it just seems to us that fries are always either too salty, too greasy, too soggy, or just plain unappealing.

But home fries are an entirely different story!  To us, they actually taste like potatoes, and they’re thicker and heartier, which in our opinion is much better.  We realize, though, that we’re kind of in the minority here, so we understand the need to make baked home-fries just as exciting to all you french-fry lovers out there 🙂

So that’s what this post is all about!  Getting the perfect crispy home fry to help squash your craving for those salty little sticks of potato 🙂

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So do you want to know the trick? Broiling!  Yep, it’s that simple- just switching your oven from bake to broil and you can easily amp up the crispy-factor without having to add any extra oil!

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And of course, what would french fries be without some [homemade] ketchup? (Is anyone interested in a recipe for that?  Because if you are, we can hook you up! :))

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But today, the fry is the star of the show!  And this really can’t be any easier, just 4 ingredients and only about 5 minutes of active prep time, which gives you lots of time to prepare the rest of your meal (fish and chips anyone?)

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So why not make some fish fingers, and have yourself a healthy version of the classic British meal?

Crispy Baked Home Fries

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Prep Time: 5 min
Bake time: 35 min
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

6 medium-sized red potatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
pepper, to taste

Directions:

Turn your broiler on to high setting (around 500F).  Place the oven wrack at the top of the oven, about 4-5 inches away from the heating element.

Slice the potatoes into wedges that are no more than half and inch thick.  Toss the potato wedges in the olive oil, salt and pepper.  Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. (You will probably need more than one baking sheet, and you’ll have to do them in two batches)

Place the wrack in the oven and broil the potatoes for 10-15 minutes, or until they’re nicely browned (see the photo at the bottom).  Remove the wedges from the oven and turn it to bake, with the temperature at 400F.  Place the potatoes in the centre of the oven, and continue to bake for another 20-25 minutes, or until they are soft and easily pierced with a fork.

Before going under the broiler:

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After broiling:

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~twosaucysisters

Do you like french fries?

Simple Sunday Goes Green!

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Happy Saint Patrick’s day everybody!

Since a lot of you probably have other activities planned for today, we’ll try to keep this post short and sweet- just like this recipe!

Ok, so this recipe’s not sweet, per say, but it sure is delicious! And it honestly couldn’t be any easier.  And it’s green, so it fits in with the day’s festivities. 🙂

Today’s super-easy recipe is for one of our favourite snacks- kale chips!

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Now, before those of you who have a fear of leafy greens go running in the opposite direction, hear us out!  These chips are so incredibly flavourful and crispy, we promise they will change the way you look at dark green veggies!

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And if you’re a real chip-lover who’s trying to cut down on the amount of chips you eat, well, these were practically made for you! 🙂

And they take 4 ingredients and only 5 steps, so really, what are you waiting for?

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Kale is also extremely healthy for you, by the way! Full of fibre and antioxidants, plus it’s fat free and low cal, of course!

And there’s so many different flavours you can make!  Add a sprinkle of parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast!) and bam! You’ve got cheesy kale chips!  Or add some chili powder and paprika for a spicier version, or onion and garlic powder and make a sue do-all dressed flavour- the choice is up to you!  Just think of your favourite chip flavour and you can probably adapt it to kale chips 🙂

So here is the super-extremely easy recipe for a tasty and very healthy snack!

Kale Chips

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Prep: 10 min
Bake time: 10 min
Serves: 4-6 people

Ingredients:

1 head of kale
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
pepper, to taste

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Wash the kale under cold water and pat dry on a paper towel to remove as much excess water as possible.

Remove the thick stem from each leaf, and tear the leaves into large pieces.  In a large bowl, toss the kale in olive oil, salt and pepper.  Spread evenly on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil (you will probably need more than one sheet) and place in the oven for 10 minutes, or until the leaves are slightly browned and crispy.  Eat right away (they will wilt and become soft if you try to store them)

Wash your kale…

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Pat the leaves dry…

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Remove those stems…

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Toss in olive oil, salt and pepper…

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Spread on a baking sheet…

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Bake and enjoy!

~twosaucysisters

Have you tried kale chips?  What is your favourite chip flavour?

Simple Sunday

Sometimes, the food blog world kind of feels like an exclusive club.

Don’t take that the wrong way, we’re not saying that us bloggers and self-proclaimed “foodies” are snobs and won’t let anyone else into our club or anything- as a matter-of-fact, it’s quite the opposite.  We love it when other people read our blogs and we always get excited when people tell us they’ve made our recipes!  We spend lots of time trying to encourage everyone to give our recipes a try.

But the problem is that so often our recipes aren’t always doable by the general public.

Because let’s be real, here- how many people do you know who keeps things like coconut flour, nutritional yeast, xanthan gum, butter extract, peanut flour, stevia, and date paste stocked in their pantries and fridges?  Unless you have at least one foodie friend, probably no one.

Over the past week this was brought to our attention.  While our recipes may look delicious, we were told by some people (in a completely friendly way) that they want to make some of them, but when they look at the ingredient list they have no idea what half of the stuff is, and it scares them off.

Basically, our recipes are so often geared toward the food-blogging crowd.  People who aren’t deterred by unconventional ingredients and are willing to go to every random health food store in the city looking for one specific item.

But don’t you think we should make our content more accessible to the general public?  Isn’t the purpose of writing a healthy food blog to get people in the kitchen cooking healthy food?

We’re not saying that we should all ran-sack our pantries and get rid of all those random ingredients, but we are saying that we should all attempt to create recipes that appeal to everyone on a more regular basis.  If we want to help people become healthier, we can’t scare them off with weird and unknown ingredients, can we? (Let’s be real, here, “nutritional yeast” is not the most appetizing-sounding thing)

Which is why we have decided to start a new weekly feature- “Simple Sundays”.  We’re not going to stop using all the random ingredients we’re accustomed to buying (and off the record, most of the stuff we get can actually be found at No Frills or the Bulk Barn), but at least one day a week (aka-Sunday) we’re going to post a recipe that requires minimal ingredients, all easy-to-find and recognizable to the general public, and is very simple to make.

So to kick things off with our first official “Simple Sunday”, we decided to make you a snack!  And what is simpler than roasted chickpeas!

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Here is the story behind this: a family member asked us for some help coming up with some healthy snack ideas.  We gave this person a few ideas, like having a bowl of cut-up veggies in the fridge, making smoothies, having yogurt and berries, making healthy dips (like hummus ;)) and then we suggested roasted chickpeas.  To our surprise, she had never heard of doing this before!  Then we thought, if she hasn’t heard of this before, there’s probably a million other people out there who have never heard of eating roasted chickpeas!  So we decided we had to fix this, and we went ahead and made two recipes for you.  One sweet, one savoury, to appeal to everyone!  Let’s start with the sweet:

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Maple and cinnamon!  There is no sugar added to these, (aside from the sugar in maple syrup) and no oil.  Just pure crunchy goodness!

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But there are a lot of other reasons why this recipe is an excellent snacking option, and that’s all thanks to the chickpeas!  Chickpeas are very high in fibre, a great source of protein (not a complete protein, but if you’re eating a balanced diet you should have no problem getting all the amino acids required to make complete proteins) low in fat, sodium, and of course have no added preservatives or chemicals, so you can munch happily knowing everything that’s in your food!

So here’s the very simple recipe:

Maple-Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

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Prep: 5 min.
Bake: 30 minutes
Makes: 1 cup

Ingredients:

1 c. cooked chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400F.

Pat the chickpeas with a towel to soak up the excess water.  Place them in a bowl and toss them with the maple syrup and cinnamon.  Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil (shiny side down) and spread the chickpeas over it.  Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, stirring every 5 or 10 minutes, until the chickpeas are crispy and browned. (don’t worry if some of them start looking a little bit black) Allow to cool completely, them place them in an air-tight container and store in the pantry for up to 2 weeks.

**this recipe can easily be doubled!

And now on to the savoury ones: chili chickpeas!

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This recipe has no salt, and only a teensy bit of olive oil- but loads of flavour, we assure you 🙂

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So if you’re the kind of guy (or gal!) who doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, these are probably right up your alley!  If sensible snacking has been your Achilles heal, we strongly encourage you to give these a try!  Even if you’ve never eaten chickpeas- we promise you won’t be disappointed!

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And if you don’t particularly enjoy spending lots of time in the kitchen, you can make a double batch and then you’ll have enough to last you for at least a week (depending on how quickly you eat them but we give you fair warning: these are addictive!).

Chili Roasted Chickpeas

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Prep: 5 min
Bake: 30 min
Makes: 1 cup

Ingredients:

1 c. chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp paprika
pepper (add as much as you like, more pepper = more kick!)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400F.  Pat the chickpeas dry with a towel, and place them in a bowl.  Toss them with the olive oil and the spices.  Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil (shiny side down) and spread the chickpeas across the sheet.  Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 5 or 10 minutes, until they are browned and crispy. (Don’t worry if a few of them become slightly charred-looking)  Allow to cool completely, then store them in an air-tight container and keep them in the pantry for up to 2 weeks.

And that concludes our first Simple Sunday post!  If you have anything you’d like us to post about for simple sundays, please send us an email at twosaucysistas@gmail.com, or leave a comment below!  We’d love to hear from you 🙂

~twosaucysisters