5 Recipes You Must Try + A Fun Weekend of Workouts

After a couple of weeks of pretty minimal cooking, I got home from school on Friday itching to spend some time in the kitchen over the weekend. So I did a quick scroll through my (ridiculously long) list of bookmarked recipes and the result was a pretty delicious couple days of eats.

Today I’m sharing the recipes I tried in case you’re in the market for some new dishes because they were SO GOOD and I have a feeling they will be added to the regular rotation around these parts.

Raw Brownie Bites from Happy Healthy Mama

These were easy-as-can-be and make for such a great portable snack or dessert. I brought them as a little post-yoga-class bite (more on that below!) for me and some friends this weekend and I believe they got the official stamp of approval.


Chickpea Flour Breakfast Pizza from Hummusapien 

This recipe was so unique! It’s essentially a pancake made of chickpea flour that you top with avocado, salsa and eggs (I added some spinach too). Oh She Glows has a similar vegan version. It was super filling and satisfying and oh so nutrient-dense.

For the record, I tried the batter before frying it and found it disgusting but the taste totally mellowed out after cooking. So don’t lose hope if you taste the batter and hate it!


Lentil Loaf with Maple Sweetened Glaze by Eating Bird Food

My roommate made a legume-based “meatloaf” last week which sparked a craving in me, so when I came across this recipe it was a done deal. It was a bit more time-consuming than the others but so packed with flavour and goodness. Not complaining one bit about having the whole loaf to eat this week!


Banana Oat Cookies from The Expat Dietitian

I have been wanting to try this recipe for a long time and they did not disappoint. They reminded me of a cross between a muffin and cookie and they were such a nice change. Plus, there is just something about eating cookies for breakfast that is awesome. I put dried cranberries in some and loved them both ways. I know I’ll be making these again and again.

P.s. I don’t usually keep quick oats on hand so I just pulsed a cup of rolled oats in the food processor a bit for that part!



Wing-It Asian Peanut Noodles 

Alright so this sort of goes against the whole “trying recipes” theme but on Friday night I really felt like some type of peanut-y noodle bowl and decided to jut let my taste buds rule the roost. I got out the goods and played around with the amounts until I had created a sauce that I wanted to drink. (That may or may not have literally ended up happening).  Then I just stir-fried some veggies, boiled some rice noodles and tossed it all together. Oh my – this was enjoyed.

FYI in case anything is unclear in the picture, I used: peanut butter (Sunbutter is awesome too), cayenne, ginger, garlic, lime juice, tamari (or soy sauce), maple syrup and a bit of water to thin it out!



Similarly to cooking, the gym didn’t really call to me this week so I took a couple days off. But Friday I was excited to move again and had a really great weekend on the workout front. Please excuse all the selfies – none of my usual photographers were around!

Friday I did this workout that Jen from Peanut Butter Runner just posted. It was such a good one! I increased the running intervals to .5 miles each and the way it was formatted made it FLY by.

Saturday was my first hot yoga experience at Enso Yoga. I can’t say that I enjoyed it any more or less than any traditional yoga class I’ve taken but it was definitely a neat experience and I would go back in a heartbeat.

Gym 2

And Sunday I did this 42 minute Fitness Blender HIIT and kettle bell workout video. Don’t be intimidated by the term “brutal” in the title – it really wasn’t that bad and there were a whole bunch of new-to-me bodyweight exercises that I loved. Such a treat when the gym is quiet and I get the studio to myself to blast J-Biebs without judgement.

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Other than all the cooking and sweating, it was a pretty quiet weekend and I tried to soak up the calm before the storm that is finals.

I hope you had a wonderful and restful couple of days.

Did you make anything delicious this weekend or do a fun workout?
Are any of these recipes of workouts intriguing you? 


16 thoughts on “5 Recipes You Must Try + A Fun Weekend of Workouts

  1. I love recipe round-up posts! I’ve made that lentil loaf before and I can vouch for it too! A great weekend night dinner, for sure. I think I might add peanut noodles to our rotation this week. We don’t eat enough Asian-inspired dishes around here.


  2. I love the Fitness Blender workouts. All of those recipes sound amazing. I think some lentil meatloaf is calling out to me and those COOKIES! All of my favorite things rolled up in one! Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! :)


  3. Ah isn’t it such a good feeling to finally have the time for one big “make ALL the mess in the kitchen” recipe making session? I wish I had more time to try all the recipes I save. These look awesome – thanks for the tip about the quick oats (I always just have rolled oats too and have wondered if there was a way to go about this). And peanut sauces are one of my favorite things to just create as a I go. With those ingredients you really can’t lose. Enjoy your week and some rest before finals!


  4. I used to go to Enso last year! You should give the hot barre class a try. I loved it! (especially the class with Lydia) :) Now I do spinning on ave. du parc, because I need more cardio haha.


  5. Love this! Those raw brownie bites look ridiculously amazing, and I am a HUGE fan of making those types of stir-fry style noodles, peanut sauce just makes it all the better.It’s so awesome that you get the gym pretty much to yourself on the weekends, I always rather work out when there is less people around! Let’s me do my thing without any limitations!


  6. The raw brownie bites are calling my name… the lentil loaf too. I’m with you, I never use a recipe for my peanut sauce- it never turns out quite the same but that’s never a bad thing for us. I did a pull-up routine with my workout this weekend which I hadn’t done in awhile and felt amazing! Always good to change things up. :)


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