Date and Nut Granola

I absolutely love granola. I mean store-bought isn’t really all that great, but when you find a good homemade granola recipe, it’s just like Christmas!! Granola is one of those things that can be made on the weekend and then eaten throughout the week for a quick, nutritious and protein-packed breakfast before work!  As long as your granola is sealed tight, it will last for up to a week and a half! (Not that you will be able to resist eating it all before it’s stale – especially if you are a granola lover like myself.)  It also makes a perfect camping breakfast, and can be made ahead of time and taken on your next camping trip!

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Boozy Cherry Chocolate Cake

Today is an extremely important and special day…. It’s my 23rd birthday!! And what better way to celebrate my birthday than to bake myself a cake! And even better, a drunken cherry chocolate cake! This was the best birthday preset I have ever given myself. It is truly delicious and perfect for summer. I would highly recommend it for any future birthdays you are planning on having. I think it would also be perfect for next year’s Canada Day celebration, as it is all red and white.

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Egg and Toast Cups

If you needed a new way to eat eggs and toast I have you covered here. The weekend is generally the only time I have to think up creative breakfast ideas seeing as I commute an hour to and from work during the week. This one isn’t quite revolutionary, but it is one that I only recently discovered and is slowly becoming a weekend morning breakfast staple. It’s pretty much as simple as cooking regular eggs and toast but is just slightly more interesting.

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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!

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Watermelon Mint and Feta Skewers

Watermelon screams summer to me.  Although watermelon is mostly water (hence the name), it is extremely refreshing and perfect on a hot day!  I must admit I have been in a bit of a rut in terms of thinking up things that are super easy to make in a pinch if you have unexpected guests.  Luckily, one of my friends suggested this salad that she loves that only contains watermelon, mint and feta!  After scouring pinterest for a few minutes, I found photos for a great easy and delicious appy.

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Joyful June: Recipe Roundup

Another monthly roundup and another exciting month over here at ELP. One of the biggest events to happen blog-wise was being featured on the Huffington Post. What a huge, huge honour this was for us. On a more personal level, for those of you who don’t know Candice has been off road-tripping / camping this month and got engaged along the way! MASSIVE congratulations to the happy couple. Needless to say it’s been a good one for us on all fronts and now on to the most popular posts.

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Sweet and Salty Banana Chips

When I moved out, I definitely missed having my dehydrator.  I used to make dried apples and dried bananas almost weekly!  Not only did I use my dehydrator to dry whole fruit, but it was also great for fruit leather!  Since I have no storage space for more appliances, I had to find another way to make the banana chips I love to snack on!  Luckily, there is a way!!  And I’m about to show you!

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Zucchini Balsamic Quinoa Salad

In the summer, I love zucchini.  In fact, I actually like zucchini all year round!  However, summertime is when zucchini is in season on the west coast.  I like my zucchini in all forms as well.. Grilled on the BBQ, cooked in muffins/loaf, it’s all good!!  I especially love at the end of summer when the zucchinis in my parents garden are ready for picking.  There is nothing quite like eating something you have grown in your own garden – I find it extremely rewarding!

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Lemon Curd and Berry Mini Tarts

This is the first time I have ever made lemon curd… And tart shells for that matter.  Thankfully, both were surprisingly successful!  There are so many things you can do with lemon curd, which gets me quite excited, especially because I now know how easy it is to make it!  I bought a gorgeous large bag of lemons from the grocery store the other day, and got totally inspired to start creating!  Naturally I knew I had to finally try making these lemon curd tarts!

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Cheddar Bacon Chili Scones

I told you I’m super into scones at the moment!  Especially savory ones..  But come on, who doesn’t love cheddar cheese and bacon!  It’s something that is just too good to be true, and when placed into a flakey and adorably shaped scone, you cannot go wrong!  I found some super thick and delicious local bacon from Langley at the grocery store and got totally inspired to make some delicious scones with the bacon!  I wish I had access to my usual favorite Red Barn Smoked Maple Bacon, but unfortunately there is not yet a Red Barn in Vancouver.

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