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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?

Guest Post: Jason from Blog Carnival

Hey everyone! 

So a little while back, Jason from Blog Carnival emailed us offering to write a guest post for us! He had a lot of really good ideas for this post, but finally settled on something that we LOVE to do here at Two Saucy Sisters – Easy Substitutions that Don’t Cut Out Flavour!

As we’ve said on the blog before, simply swapping out one ingredient for another  can take a once unhealthy dish and make it a health superstar! Of course, when it comes down to it, if it doesn’t taste good it doesn’t matter how good-for-you it is, you won’t want to eat it! So, without further ado, here’s Jason with some simple substitutions that keep your dish tasting awesome! 🙂

When I am cooking and baking I tend to get a little crazy with my substitutions. I have to admit
that I am not the most well prepared cook. I tend to find out that I am out of an essential part of
my recipe halfway through the mixing process. Oh no! Beyond that I have also been trying to
cook healthier meals with less fat because a member of my family has some health issues. If you
are like me, then here are some helpful substitutions that you can use when you are in a jam or
just when you want to cut calories:

1. Vanilla for sugar – I don’t know how I go through sugar so fast, but it seems like I
need to pick up a new bag every time I go to the store. When I was baking the other day
I found myself lacking in the sugar department. Instead of freaking out I just used less
sugar and added more vanilla flavoring. Adding just a teaspoon of vanilla can help you
to cut out almost half of the sugar called for in a recipe. Now, I am not advocating this in
very delicate dishes, but for your average dessert you can make the switch with no cutting
down on flavor.

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2. Apple sauce for butter or eggs – Butter cannot be substituted for all the way, but you
can cut out half. If a recipe calls for two sticks of butter try adding one stick and a half
of a cup of apple sauce. While you do need some butter for the recipe to be successful in
most desserts, you can easily cut it down with applesauce. Just don’t try this in a white
or yellow cake because the apple flavor will come through! You can also substitute apple
sauce for eggs, but again I would go for half and half. A quarter cup of applesauce makes
up for one large egg.

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3. Neufatchel cheese for cream cheese – Think of this as light cream cheese. It has less fat
but tastes exactly the same. Super easy and it can be found in almost any grocery store
right next to the cream cheese. I use it on my bagels and never miss the extra fat.

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4. Low fat cottage cheese for ricotta – Although cottage cheese tends to be a little thinner
than ricotta you can still use it in many recipes. You can thicken it up with a bit of flour
or corn starch if you would like, but I find that the thinness doesn’t bother me. Using low
fat cottage cheese can save you a lot of calories with no effort or loss of taste! If you want
you can add cinnamon, lemon, or other flavors to spice it up a bit.

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5. Olive oil for butter – I love making recipes with phyllo dough. Spanakopita is my
absolute favorite dish. However I did not like using all that butter to make the layers nice
and crispy. That is when I discovered you can use olive oil instead. Just a few drops can
cover a whole sheet. Be careful to use only good quality extra virgin oil or it will give it
a slight olive flavor. If you do not have that available you can also do a half and half mix
for the best flavor to fat ratio. Olive oil lets the phyllo get nice and toasty and makes your
dishes look beautiful!

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These are just a few of the ways that you can use healthy and tasty substitutes without having to
go out of your way or change the flavor of your dish. There are many more out there, so the next

time you are looking to cut calories or just missing an ingredient take a minute to see if there is a
healthy and easy alternative!

Author Bio: Jason Miner plays a vital role for http://www.blogcarnival.com. He is an expert in writing
topics of different categories. He is helping the carnival team to grow & working on making this
an even better place for bloggers.

Thanks so much Jason! What a great post, we certainly learned a thing or two! 🙂 Make sure you all head over to Blog Carnival and check it out – it’s pretty cool!

And to anyone else who thinks they want to write for us, shoot us an email at twosaucysistas@gmail.com – we’d love to hear from you! 🙂

~twosaucysisters

Our Favourite Combo

Before we get into today’s post, have you read yesterday’s post yet? No?!? Well, you probably should! It’s about an exercise and nutrition symposium that we attended on the weekend, and we talked about some of the points that a couple of the speakers made regarding the paleo diet, healthy living and weight loss. You should check it out! Now, to today’s post! 🙂

We have made it no secret in the past that our favourite flavour combinations are peanut butter chocolate, peanut butter banana, chocolate and banana, and peanut butter chocolate banana. There really isn’t anything better! We also have a friend who shares this opinion (the reason we’re friends, obviously :P), so back when he came to visit us for St. Patrick’s Day, we knew just what to make for post Sunday-Funday shenanigans – Pancakes!

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Peanut Butter pancakes…

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with vanilla-flavoured “ice cream” (aka banana soft-serve)….

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and a little bit of healthy chocolate sauce…

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try a lot of chocolate sauce! 🙂

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And a few peanuts on top for the crunch-factor!
Seriously, do we need to even finish this post?

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You see, we had a deal with said friend: He buys us a couple of drinks throughout the day, and we make him breakfast in the morning (though should the fact that we allowed him to tag along with us throughout the day and crash on our futon not be enough? Just kidding, Trev! 😉 ).

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Since he held up his end of the deal (perhaps too much) we obviously had to keep ours. But here at the Two Saucy Sisters house, when we promise someone breakfast, we don’t just make sure we have their favourite cereal and hand them a bowl and some milk, no sir! We came out firing on all cylinders – Peanut Butter Pancakes with Vanilla Banana Soft Serve and a healthy Chocolate Sauce.

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We think we did a pretty good job holding up our end of the deal, don’t you?

Peanut Butter Pancakes a La Mode

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Prep time: 10min
Cook time: 10min
Serves: 3

Ingredients:

For the Banana Soft Serve:

2 frozen bananas
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the Pancakes:

2/3 c. whole wheat flour
1/3 c. peanut flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
dash salt
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 whole egg
1 egg white
2 tbsp honey
1 c. milk of choice
1/2 tsp vanilla

For the Chocolate Sauce: (based off of Heather at Kiss My Broccoli)

3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla
4-5 tbsp water

Directions:

Slice your frozen bananas (if not already sliced) and add to food processor or high powered blender. Add vanilla and blend until smooth. Place in the freezer until everything else is ready to serve.

Pre-heat pancake griddle or frying pan.
In a medium sized bowl, combine all dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl, combine the wet. (Optional: separate egg whites and beat until they form a stiff peak and fold into batter after wet and dry have been mixed for a fluffier end result).
Pour wet into dry and mix until just combined.
Spoon batter onto griddle and flip once bubbles form on the surface and bottom of pancake is lightly browned, about 2-3 minutes per side.

Combine cocoa powder, maple syrup and vanilla. Add water a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the consistency that you desire!

Scoop banana soft serve and place over each person’s pancake stack. Top with chocolate sauce and peanuts, if desired.

~twosaucysisters

What food (breakfast or otherwise) do you make when you have a house guest?

Chocolate vs. Vanilla: The Great Debate

We’re chocolate girls through and through.

Nine times out of ten, if chocolate is an option, you can be sure that we will choose it over anything else.

But even the craziest chocoholics get a hankrin’ for vanilla sometimes, right?  So what do you do when you want both?

Marble.

Because who says that chocolate and vanilla can’t live together in harmony in the same delicious little breakfast cake?

Yes, this is a chocolate-vanilla marble buckwheat bake.  Maybe chocolate and vanilla have had a rocky relationship in the past, always being pitted against one another in the race for favouritism, but we think that this buckwheat bake is changing things.  As a matter-of-fact, we think they could even be friends now!

But even the most radical of buckwheat bakes are not complete without some kind of topping…

Enter chocolate-protein frosting.  Yumm 🙂

Here’s the quick and easy steps to making a marble buckwheat bake:

1. Make 1 recipe of vanilla batter and one of chocolate. (you could try doing a half of each, but that would require half an egg, which is too finicky for our liking!) Besides, wouldn’t you like to have one left over for tomorrow’s breakfast?

2. Once you have both batters ready, drop spoonfuls of each batter into your prepared dish, alternating between the vanilla and the chocolate.

3. Using a knife, carefully swirl the two flavours together, being careful not to blend them, as the chocolate will cover up the vanilla, since its darker.

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Chocolate and vanilla, living in harmony 🙂

So today, we encourage you to forget which one you prefer, give chocolate and vanilla a chance to co-exist, and dig in…

Because there are too many other things in life that are more important than deciding between two delicious flavours. 🙂

Chocolate-Vanilla Buckwheat Bake

Prep time: 5 min

Bake Tim: 30 min

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

For the chocolate:

1/4 c. buckwheat flour
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp buckwheat groats
1/2 banana, mashed
1 egg
3 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp honey or maple syrup

For the vanilla:

1/4 c. oat flour (we thought buckwheat flour would be too dark)
1 tbsp vanilla protein powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp buckwheat groats or steel-cut oats
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 banana, mashed
1 egg
3 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp honey or maple syrup

Directions:

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the dry ingredients for each flavour separately.  Combine the wet ingredients for each flavour in a small bowl (again keeping them separate).

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until fully incorporated.

Spoon each batter into 2 greased oven-proof dishes, alternating between the flavours, as above, and swirl.

Bake at 350C for 30-35 minutes, or until the cakes are set and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

~twosaucysisters

Which do you prefer – chocolate or vanilla? (We know, we know, after all our talk about not deciding, now we’re making you choose!)