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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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  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! :)

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  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!

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  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.

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  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!

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  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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