Thursday, November 27, 2014

Best Thanksgiving Desserts of 2014

Potluck style Thanksgiving dinners are the best for a number of reasons.

It's fair division of labor, so everyone has some fun cooking, but no one's completely exhausted by dinner time.

It's fair division of costs, since everyone ends up buying some ingredients, but no one is saddled with the cost of creating an entire multi-course Thanksgiving dinner for X number of people.

It's a fair division of effort, so everyone has time to sleep in and take it easy on Thanksgiving morning, and no one is forced to get up at the crack of dawn to get to work in the kitchen.


But, quite honestly, my favorite thing about potluck Thanksgiving dinners is that I can claim volunteer for dessert. I love making desserts, they're so fun!

Here are some great recipes to try this Thanksgiving!

How about we start with a fancier, healthier pumpkin pie for the epicureans?



It's the walnut crumb topping that really makes it (though I'd still serve it with ice cream, instead of whipped cream, because ice cream is always the best with pie - period).



Okay, so I realize this looks like a shameless plug for one of my own recipes, but it's actually really delicious. Just try it and you'll see what I mean.

If you're in the mood for something fruitier, this next recipe might be right up your alley.



Feeling international? Pay tribute to our Canadian neighbors with a Butter Tart?



I'm not really sure why, but butter tart always makes me think of Harry Potter...

But back to the All-American. Are you a Pioneer Woman fan? 

Honestly, aren't we all?

Then try this: 



You'll never settle for plain apple pie again. Don't forget to serve ice cream on top!

What are you serving for dessert today?

What part of the meal are you responsible for?

Are you heading out for Black Friday shopping tomorrow?

Basically, if this is Black Friday shopping:

 

- are you the cat or the kid?

Monday, November 24, 2014

SquareBars Review

I love protein bars - they're convenient, often tasty (I have a total weakness for chocolate flavored ones), and provide muscle-fueling vegetarian protein!

For vegans, howver, there are far fewer good protein bar options. Most bars use whey protein, have milk in their chocolate coating, or both. 

Luckily for vegans, there's a new all vegan protein bar that's been blowing up in popularity lately.


The icing on the cake (coating on the protein bar?) is that part of the profits from the purchase of Squarebars goes to a good cause!

2.5% of net sales of Squarebars go towards fighting human trafficking! Whoo!



And the bars come in three chocolatey flavors - Squarebars knows that chocolate is what we want, so chocolate is what we get. There's the classic Cocoa Crunch for purists.


Cocoa Almond for chocolate nut lovers.

...that would be me.


Last, but not least, there's Cocoa Coconut for Mounds candy bar fans who want the same taste with better nutrition. 



The bars all have similar ingredients and nutritional stats. At a bit over 200 calories and 11g of protein each, they're a great snack to help get plant-based protein in.



And they're delicious. That's huge, because who would eat them if they weren't?


They're more like a chocolate/candy bar than a protein bar in taste and texture, but definitely more like a protein bar in nutrition.

I recommend them!

Have you tried Squarebars? If so, what's your favorite flavor?

What is your favorite plant-based firm of protein?

How often do you eat protein bars?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Recipe: High Protein Noodle Bake

Pumpkin is the golden child of the blogosphere. Up there with overnight oats and nut butter, it's really hard to find anyone who doesn't love pumpkin.

And it's understandable!

Even the hipster bloggers (is that a thing?) probably secretly love pumpkin for it's harvest flavors and the fall memories that spiced pumpkin anything calls to mind.

So how about a healthy high protein noodle bake as we approach Thanksgiving?


Yum! It's delicious, easy, made to serve one (perfect for all the single ladies! Or lunch), and delightfully fall-flavored.

Check. It. Out.

Now I'm craving it. I'll have to make this for lunch again sometime soon!

High Protein Noodle Bake
Serves 1
* 1c. canned pumpkin
* 1 bag (8oz) House Foods Tofu Shirataki Fettucini Noodles, rinsed and drained
* 3 Tbsp. Chia Seeds
* 1 tsp. vanilla extract
* 1-2 tsp. cinnamon
* 1 pinch nutmeg
* 1 pinch cloves
* Dash of salt
* 1/2 tsp. baking powder
* Sweetener to taste (I've had success with either 3 Tbsp. brown sugar or 4 packets Nunaturals Stevia, or a mix of the two)

1) Mix the chia seeds into the canned pumpkin, let sit for ten minutes. By then, the pumpkin will be thickened.

2) Stir in spices, sweetener, baking powder, and vanilla extract.

3) Mix with fettucini, spoon into a greased baking dish.

4) Bake for 30-40 minutes at 400F.

Enjoy!! It's high protein, high nutrient, low carb, and diabetic-friendly if prepared with stevia. All in all, a totally guiltless treat! Though food should never have guilt (that's pretty ridiculous - it's just food, not murder).

What's your favorite fall treat?

What's been your staple lunch lately?

What's your favorite Thanksgiving food?

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