Oatmeal Banana Nutella Muffins

Both Nutella and bananas are a staple in our household. English muffins with nutella are the most fool-proof breakfast to grab when you are running out of time in the morning (which seems to be happening more frequently after the time change). I find it much harder to get up in the morning when it is still dark out! If only we had one of those lamps that slowly woke you up by gradually turning on. I wonder if that would help!

Banana Nutella Muffins | Everybody Loves Pretty

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Chickpea Lentil Curry

Alright we are continuing with the healthy legume posts. I enjoy eating meatless at least once per week. I often find it hard to find vegetarian recipes that I like and are filling enough. With both lentils and chickpeas, this recipe is actually packed with protein and I am not hungry 5 minutes after! I don’t repeat dinner recipes often. There are so many different things out there to make, I feel like I want to make them all!! This curry recipe is so delicious, I have actually made it twice!! And all within the past month…

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Roasted Red Pepper and Smoked Paprika Hummus

There has been a lot of baking on my blog recently, I think it’s time to switch gears back to some healthy eating! Andrew and I have been taking on a more mediterranean diet lately. We’ve been trying to limit our meat intake and start eating more vegetables, fruit and legumes. One of my favorite all time snacks is hummus and veggies, or hummus and pita! I definitely do get bored of the same old hummus though, so I’m always looking for ways to spice things up and try something new! My momma gave me some smoked paprika for Christmas, and I finally got around to opening it. Man does that smoked paprika smell and taste good! For some reason, all I could think of was sticking it in hummus! And man was it good!

Roasted Red Pepper and Smoked Paprika Hummus | Everybody Loves Pretty

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Cherry Chia Steel Cut Oatmeal

I have a new breakfast obsession. Have many of you had steel cut oats? They are amazing. Pure protein packed goodness! I found this massive bag of quick cooking steel cut oats at Costco and scooped it up and bought it as soon as I could! These oats cook in a combined time of 10 minutes! It’s perfect for me in the morning when I have very limited time. You could also make up a big batch of this the night before, or at the beginning of the week and then scoop out a bit and re-heat.

Cherry Chia Steel Cut Oatmeal | Everybody Loves Pretty

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Ancient Grain Quinoa and Farro Salad

Ok ok sorry I know I haven’t posted in a week!! This week has been really busy for me, and my gymming 4 days during the week is not helping free up much time. Want me to recap some of the stuff I’ve been doing? Probably not, but too bad I’m going to anyway. So I booked my wedding venue! Yup that’s right I’m super excited about it! I bought a new bike, biking shoes and shorts (I pretty much look like a pro now). Did I ever tell you mine got stolen the first week I moved to Vancouver?? I went to my lovely friends bachelorette party – she looked so beautiful in her little white dress :) and last but not least I drove all the way across the border to go to my Nexus interview, only to find that their system is down and I had to re-schedule! Yup, it’s been a busy week!
Ancent Grain Quinoa and Farro Salad | Everybody Loves Pretty
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Coconut Lemon Curd Cake with Italian Meringue Buttercream

My parents came over to visit me in Vancouver for my mom’s birthday! I knew I had to make a special cake, but what cake should I make?! There are so many options to chooce from! I know my mom likes coconut cake, and my dad’s favorite cake is not even a cake, it’s lemon meringue pie… So I decided to combine the best of both worlds and make this coconut cake with lemon curd filling! Happy birthday to my beautiful Mother who doesn’t look nearly her age at all!
Coconut Lemon Curd Cake with Italian Meringue Buttercream | Everybody Loves Pretty
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Garlic and Parmesan Kale Chips

I’ve pretty much been eating vegetables until they come out of my ears lately. Even though I have done my fair share of baking the past couple months, I have been on a serious health kick. I have been going to the gym every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and then either hiking or going to the gym both weekend days. To accompany all this gymming, I have been eating large amounts of vegetables, which is awesome, bit can get a bit boring. I always like to find new creative ways to spice up veggies so that I can eat as many as possible without being completely bored to death. Dips are great, but again, they can get old pretty quick. Kale chips are great with just a little salt and pepper, but why not spice them up with garlic and parm! Because let’s face it… Who DOESN’T like a bit of garlic and parmesan on veggies!

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Valentines Day: Recipe Roundup

Happy Valentines day to all!  What are you doing with your special someone?  I am up in Whistler with my lovely Fiance, skiing for my first time this year. I’ve never been much of a downhill skiier, but I am slowly but surely learning! Although much more aerobic, I find cross country skiing to be much easier. Unfortunately, our cross country ski hills are not open due to a lack of snow.. Vancouver’s north shore mountains have no snow left as well!! It’s been a bad year for snow along the coast. It was 12 degrees today! Annnyway back to the food… I’ve got lots of red/pink foods on this blog, and I figured that in lieu of Valentines day, I should probably do a fun compilation of foods that you can quickly whip up for that special someone!

Everybody Loves Pretty | Valentines Day Recipe Roundup: DIY Heart Eggs and Toast
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Lemon, Olive Oil and Thyme Muffins

I’ve been on a bit of a baking spree lately… I seem to not be able to stop! These are a bit different from the normal baking I usually do. There is no butter in these, and really not a lot of sugar. Have you ever baked with olive oil? This was my first time! These are slightly on the savoury side. Not salty, but savoury. I think they would have been good with a lemon glaze, but I had this blueberry thyme jam that I made and canned in the summer that I have been dying to try. This seemed like the perfect pairing for the jam – and yes it was!
Lemon and Thyme Olive Oil Muffins | Everybody Loves Pretty

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Valentines Day: White Chocolate Raspberry Cake Pops

So I totally haven’t made cake pops since I bought my cake pop machine… Donuts yes, but cake pops, no. I thought the upcoming Valentines Day would be the best occasion to try them out! Raspberries and white chocolate scream Valentines day to me. They are such a romantic fruit, and oh so delicious. Last year I made these fabulous Personalized Chocolate Heart Cookies so this year I thought I would make something a bit cakier. I never know what to make for valentines day… Does everything have to be heart shaped…? Or is pink good enough? Anyways these were so sweet and delicious and super cute, so they passed my Valentines Day test :)
White Chocolate Raspberry Cake Pops | Everybody Loves Pretty

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