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five new foods friday

I like that ‘Friday’ starts with the letter ‘F’ (not for the bad reason, people :P) because so does ‘five.’ I think five is a good way to sum up the week (or two) with some of the new foods I’ve used/ate lately.

1. Homemade haagen dazs ice cream.

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So, I have an ice cream problem. Who cares!! I couldn’t not share this first. You need to head on over to Chocolate Covered Katie’s site to get the recipe for healthy haagen dazs, and then you’ll thank me. Unless your blender won’t cooperate and won’t turn frozen ice cubes into velvety smooth ice cream. Which mine didn’t at first. Poor Tyler felt the whiplash!

I topped mine with some maple syrup and it was so good and creamy. Now I want more!

2. Smoothie in a bag.

Doesn’t that sound appetizing? I thought so when I was slurping it out of the baggie. Ok, I’m kidding, but seriously, this will make your life a walk in the fricken park! I’m not lazy, but I like easy (no gutter heads again, please); especially since time is money, people. So what I decided to do was assemble my smoothie ingredients, put them in labeled baggies, and stick them in the freezer.


This way, when you’re in a pinch (read: when you’re the husband who hits ‘snooze’ in the morning and ends up rushing to get out the door!), all you do is add liquid and blend.


Which brings me to the next new thing…

3. Garden of Life Raw Meal powder.


I won this when Caitlin was holding a giveaway a little while back, so I finally decided to put it to the test yesterday with my SIAB (smoothie in a bag; I’m clearly getting lazy now). I definitely can deal with this taste! It’s not too overpowering and not overly sweet. It worked perfectly in my apricot-pear-avo green smoothie concoction ;).

4. Soft dried apricots.

Now, if you never have liked apricots, then skip this one altogether (but seriously, you don’t like apricots?!). I, however, will eat fresh ones, but I love me some dried apricots…until I found these bad boys. These are dried apricots that have been rehydrated. Mind blown? 

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Ok, so you’ve probably already seen them and I’m late to the party, as per the usual, but still, these are my new faves (sorry ‘just dried’ counterpart). They’re mushy, juicy and full of flavour. I could (and do) eat a bag in a day.

And finally…

5. Fruit upside down pancakes.

One day I decided to add fruits to my pancakes and thought throwing them in the pan to cook them a bit before adding the batter would be a good idea…and then the fruit upside down pancake obsession began.

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I’ve tried: cherry, plum and peach. Peach rules the roost, by far. For a quickie recipe, here is what I did:

  • for the pancakebasic pancake recipe + 3 tbsp hemp seeds + 2 tsp ground flax (that’s for 2-3 people, and might need more liquid to thin out the batter).
  • for the fruit (preferably the peaches): over med-high heat add some butter to melt in a frying pan, then sprinkle some brown sugar (in spots where you will pour pancakes), add the fruit slices, sprinkle with cinnamon and let them cook for 1-2 mins before pouring batter over.

Delicious! Especially since peaches are in season. You know what I’ll be getting more of this coming Saturday!

Other things to note that are equally as good (but maybe not new):

Tofu scramble

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I haven’t made one in a looooong time, so when I decided to make one again last week, it was amazing. We were in a serious breakfast rut and this (temporarily) brought us out of it! I added red bell pepper, onion and mushrooms, with sliced avocado and fresh salsa on the side. The last two are mandatory for scrambles!

Grilled cheese.

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Grilled cheese is definitely not new, but I did add some green onions to spruce it up and it was awesome.

And now I’m hungry. It’s time to go and eat.

26 Responses to five new foods friday

  1. Haha you just crack me up. Thank you for making me smile this morning. :)

    Questions… What kind of blender do you have? Do you just use like a Daiya cheese for your grilled cheese?

    Oh, and those fruit upside down pancakes…BRILLIANT. Yum, yum, yum. Totally making those tomorrow morning!
    Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries recently posted..20 Random ThingsMy Profile

    • I use the vitamix (so it definitely mixes all those greens in). And for the grilled cheese, we get the shredded cheddar daiya. We like it better than the mozzarella and use it on pizza too! Now I want pizza haha

  2. I really need to do my smoothies in a bag. Such a great idea. It didn’t make the greens like water? Are they still as nutritious? I’m going to try the tofu scramble this weekend! Thanks for the yummy ideas!
    Wendy recently posted..All in a weekMy Profile

    • It definitely didn’t make the greens watery but I never even thought about that. As for nutrition, it shouldn’t take away from their stats!! I probably would try to use them sooner than later though!

  3. Those pancakes are awesome! What a cool idea! And aren’t tofu scrambles awesome? I could eat them every day!
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  4. Oh my gosh this post is making me hungry! How do you make your tofu scrambles? I made one a few years ago and now I completely forget what I added to it. I know there was tumeric in there for colour, but that’s all I remember.

    Also I love dried apricots, especially when they’re softer. I need to try those ones out!
    Chelsea @ Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen recently posted..Friday favouritesMy Profile

    • I found those apricots at Winners (need to go again to replenish lol). And for the scramble, I winged it, but *think* I only put tumeric, cumin and a little garlic powder. Wish I could remember!!

  5. The pancakes look amazing! What do you use for the liquid?

  6. Those fruit upside down pancakes look delicious!

    Also, the smoothie in a bag idea is amazing. I find that having things like that stuck in the freezer really help when you’re in a bind. That would stop me from going to buy donut holes when I don’t have time to make breakfast :)
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  7. I have tofu scramble on my menu for next week! Thanks for the reminder of it. I’m SO over eggs right now…Change is nice!When I was vegan for a few years I loved tofu scramble bfast burritos YUM~!
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  8. I love that idea for smoothies!!! All that food looks heavenly :)
    Emily @ Love A Latte recently posted..Pancake Friday and My New SneakersMy Profile

  9. I’ve never heard of rehydrated anything, so if you’re late to the party, I’m not even there. :) Totally want to try those now!!

    And I loooooove tofu scrambles, but laziness often causes me to go for the Amy’s frozen kind vs. making my own. Do you have a recipe or do you just wing it?

    Choco covered Katie is seriously a genius. :)
    Kim @ healthy nest recently posted..Finding my Tammies and the August Pinterest ChallengeMy Profile

    • I just winged it and of course don’t exactly remember what spices I put in it. Durrrrrrr, to me! I think it was tumeric, cumin and a little garlic powder. Or at least that’s what I’ll be trying next time!

  10. Wow, the upside down pancakes look and sound delicious! I love things added to my pancakes, mostly chocolate chips but fruit too!
    Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome recently posted..Aunt Flow where’d you go?My Profile

  11. Great idea with the smoothie bags! Yay I’m glad you got the raw meal and like it :)

  12. Umm.. hello genius. I have never thought to ‘pre- package’ smoothies. What a great idea!
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  13. Good to know that Katie’s healthy ice cream recipe is a good one! I need to try it. I’ve tried some of her other recipes and they’re always a success!
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  14. Oh my gosh, I’m craving a grilled cheese now!!
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