Tricolour Pasta Primavera with Roasted Vegetables and Parmesan

I love finding a good vegetarian recipe. Meatless Mondays are becoming a regular occurrence in this house hold. I find that they are even better when they contain pasta. I found these little tri coloured rotinis and thought they were super fun! Who doesn’t like coloured pasta that’s spiral design!  This makes both a great hot and cold pasta as well, so you can make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge!

Tricolour Pasta Primavera with Roasted Vegetables and Parmesan

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Apple Bacon Grilled Cheese

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE! Can you tell I’m a bit excited about that? After two short weeks I have to admit this one seems to have dragged on a bit and I am pretty ecstatic that it’s the weekend and I get to sleep in / do whatever the heck I want.  If you haven’t noticed yet, I (Sonia) am a big fan of decadent food.  That being said I am starting the Wild Rose Detox next week as I’ve been on a bit of an indulgence spree lately (this post being one of those indulgences). Not that I’m saying it’s bad to treat yourself once in a while, but there should be a limit to it. I’m hoping this detox, which I have done before and felt amazing after, will kick start me back on the healthy train. I personally like it because you can still eat a limited diet. I don’t know how I really feel about cleanses that are super restricted and only allow you to eat/drink one particular thing. For now, however, I’m going to enjoy deliciousness such as this apple bacon grilled cheese.

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Quinoa Broccoli Casserole

So clearly we’re big Quinoa haters here at ELP. Honestly I personally don’t even keep rice in my house. I was never a big fan and when Quinoa started to become more popular it just made sense to me to eat a grain that was actually healthy for you versus empty calories of white rice. Don’t get me wrong, rice totally has it’s place but most recipes can be substituted with Quinoa and I think most of the time it tastes better and fills you up more. Anyways, how annoyed are you getting with everyone praising Quinoa all the time? I think I’ve said it about 5 times so far in this intro alone so let’s just get to the good stuff, shall we?

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Cheesy Leek Garlic Bread

Well you know one thing, your breath is going to smell REALLY great after eating this bread. Seriously though, I wouldn’t recommend making this for a first date and probably not even a second or a third. BUT regardless of how it makes your breath smell, it is really delicious comfort type food. You can’t go wrong with bread and cheese can you? These are two of the things I crave probably more than anything else. They are of course not quite the healthiest things to indulge in but that’s exactly what it is – an indulgence. Next time you’re having a major carb craving try this one out. It would go great as a side for pasta or chicken (or both)!

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March Madness: Recipe Roundup

March was a pretty eventful month for us! We surpassed 300 followers, had our first giveaway and it has been our best month for views and visitors! We are beyond grateful for every comment, like and follow and can only hope that you enjoy reading our blog as much as we enjoy running it. It’s such a perfect transition into April here today as it is one of the most beautiful days we’ve had in a while. The whole day has been filled with clear blue skies and warmth. Too bad I spent the whole day stuck at a desk in the office, but oh well – I’m out now and ready to reflect on our most popular posts of the last month!

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Rosemary, Garlic and Pecorino Popcorn

Are you starting to think I’m a crazy rosemary lady? I realized virtually everything I’ve cooked lately has at least a little bit of rosemary in it.  No matter how much I seem to cook with it though I can never seem to use up those little packages before they dry out.  I should probably just start growing it shouldn’t I? Anyways, I think that’s enough about my relationship with that delicious herb. If you’re a rosemary fan like me (or cheese or garlic fan) you’re going to love this easy to make popcorn recipe!

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Brussels Sprout, Walnut Salad with Chicken

It’s very rare that I will rave about a salad, much less one with brussel sprouts in it. I used to think people who ate salads as a meal were pretentious – I mean who REALLY enjoys eating a full meal of mainly vegetables right? Ever since I fell in love with Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, however, my view on salads has changed drastically. Salads can definitely have as much flavor and fill you up just like any other type of meal. Still, there aren’t very many that I would say I crave. This Brussels sprout, walnut salad is a game changer though. Not only has it given me another salad to add to my regular rotation of meals, it has made me see Brussels sprouts in a whole new light.

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Apple and Bacon Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Today was a big day for team Canada as we won gold in both Curling and Hockey (although due to the time change I’m not sure if they technically both happened today, but that’s besides the point)! Unfortunately I was at work so unable to watch most of these events. Actually, if you can believe it, I have yet to watch any of the Olympics at all so far. Being in the Dominican for the first week and not having cable kind of derails any Olympic-watching fun. However, I will still celebrate tonight! How you ask? With bacon, of course. These apple bacon stuffed sweet potatoes are a great mix of sweet/savoury that it feels like a treat to eat. This is a keeper, friends.

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Health{ier} Spinach Dip

Adam and I frequently have opposite work schedules (mine is the same every day but he has quite a few shifts that start right when I get off). Therefore, I eat alone quite often. Because of this, sometimes making a big meal for just myself seems kind of pointless. Not to mention, up until just recently we did not have a microwave so if I made extra of something that had to be heated up this would have to be done in the oven which is very inconvenient. I am starting to get into the habit of making smaller meals or meal-type-foods for myself. Okay, a dip is not a meal, but I ate it as one and I’m not ashamed to say so! It was delicious, it was fairly healthy and it had lots of spinach in it which is really good for you. So maybe I ate maple bacon popcorn as a meal not to long ago as well, no one is perfect people! Anyways…back to the spinach dip.

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Leek, Mushroom and Bacon Flatbread

I don’t think I will ever make a pizza dough.  As I have mentioned before and will probably again, I am not a baker.  I give it a try once in a while and sometimes I come out on top, but 9 times out of 10 I fail miserably. Candice is the baker in this blog relationship and she does a damn good job of it from what I can tell.  Sadly we live in different cities at the moment so I don’t get to taste much of her baking these days but I know for a fact she’s pretty much a pro.  Even pizza dough is too much for me people, but if you want to learn how to make some check out this post Candice put up in the summer! For me, I always use naan to make pizza/flatbread type recipes and I’m never disappointed. Do I sometimes wish I was pizza dough making compatible? Absolutely. But you can’t win them all, so I choose to give that one a miss at least for now.

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