Roasted Garlic Falafel Bites {baked}

008027Day 5 of my snowed-in retreat. Being fun-employed and stuck at home in this January slop has its perks.

…Like watching Ellen in your penguin housecoat

Creating an at home spa; bubble bath and candles included

‘Research’. aka excessive pintrist perusing

And ofcourse endless amount of time messing up the kitchen. Yesterdays exciting project was mastering the Healthy Falafel. Oh yes. and because I had copious amounts of time on my hand I roasted the garlic to put in said falafel bites. Did it make a huge difference in taste? I’m not going to say yes. But do not be shy on the garlic regardless.

These are the perfect little balls of convenient protein, fiber and tastiness. Baked not fried,  the texture is lightly crunchy on the outside and soft and smooth on the inside. The flavour is zesty, garlic-y and lightly seasoned with parsley. If you are a fan of traditional falafel, which usually comes deep fried, tossed in a huge white pita and smothered with some sort of magic mayo sauce…you will chomp these healthy counterparts happily 🙂 (more…)

Chicpea Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

IMG_8636IMG_8634Rainy days off inside with an ADD puppy and a crazy craving for REES cups… Tensions are high. After splashing it out on a very wet and muddy jog, Georgie and I were exhausted, but the peanut hankering remained.

Drastic times call for drastic measures.. like using chicpeas in a peanut cookie bar recipe. Don’t be alarmed. When blended with peanut butter, those nutritious little peas create a smooth velvety cookie batter that will camoflage just right. These babies are the perfect way to treat yourself without going extreme on the sugar. Not only are chicpeas packed with fiber and protein, but they are proven to aid in blood sugar regulation!  Now thats a cookie i’d get to know… (more…)