Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes

My friends JenTairalyn, and I love to cook and bake and we thought it'd be fun to see what happens when we take one recipe and approach it three different ways. I like to play with ingredients and try to find healthy(ish) alternatives to traditional ingredients (but you'll have to pry butter from my cold, dead hands.) Jen is a ninja when it comes to substituting healthy ingredients to truly healthify recipes. And Tairalyn is taking one for the team by making the recipes in their full sugary, buttery glory (she really is a saint.) This month we're tackling Martha's Buttermilk Pancakes.

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I wanted to try to make Martha's pancakes healthier without turning them into health food. Pancakes are still pancakes, know what I mean? I replaced half the flour with whole wheat flour and used 1.5 Tbsp maple syrup in place of the sugar and called it a day. Semi-healthified pancakes that still taste light and fluffy and delicious. 

Topped with an apple / cinnamon compote and some plain yogurt? Absolutely heavenly. 

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Tairalyn let loose with the caramel syrup here and Jen went full-on healthy with chia seed jam here

Healthy(ish) Easter Treats

My friends JenTairalyn, and I love to cook and bake and we thought it'd be fun to see what happens when we take one recipe and approach it three different ways. I like to play with ingredients and try to find healthy(ish) alternatives to traditional ingredients (but you'll have to pry butter from my cold, dead hands.) Jen is a ninja when it comes to substituting healthy ingredients to truly healthify recipes. And Tairalyn is taking one for the team by making the recipes in their full sugary, buttery glory (she really is a saint.) This month we're feeling seasonal and tackling Rice Krispie Treat Eggs.

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I used natural peanut butter instead of regular butter in the treats and while I like the peanut taste, the treats are crunchier and more difficult to chew than regular Rice Krispie treats. And I burned the crap out of my pan so I don't think I'll be doing that again.

I decided to stick to nuts and dried fruits for my toppings. I used milk chocolate as my "glue" and stayed away from food colouring. So no, not the healthiest treats but not the worst ones either. 

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Check out Tairalyn's guilty pleasure here and Jen's healthy version here

Fettuccini Alfredo

My friends JenTairalyn, and I love to cook and bake and we thought it'd be fun to see what happens when we take one recipe and approach it three different ways. I like to play with ingredients and try to find healthy(ish) alternatives to traditional ingredients (but you'll have to pry butter from my cold, dead hands.) Jen is a ninja when it comes to substituting healthy ingredients to truly healthify recipes. And Tairalyn is taking one for the team by making the recipes in their full sugary, buttery glory (she really is a saint.) This month we're tackling Fettuccini Alfredo.

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I made the sauce pretty much as detailed in the recipe, substituting whole milk for the cream and doubling the garlic. While the sauce cooked I sauteed a bunch of veg - half an onion, a couple carrots, a few stalks of celery, and a head of broccoli. After the pasta was cooked I tossed it together with the sauce and veg and then topped the entire thing with a mountain of freshly grated cheese.

I'm not going to call this recipe healthy but I will say that it's healthier than your standard fettuccini alfredo and that's good enough for me.

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Check out Tairalyn's guilty pleasure here and Jen's healthy version here

Slightly Sinful Super Bowl Snacks

My friends Jen, Tairalyn, and I love to cook and bake and we thought it'd be fun to see what happens when we take one recipe and approach it three different ways. I like to play with ingredients and try to find healthy(ish) alternatives to traditional ingredients (but you'll have to pry butter from my cold, dead hands.) Jen is a ninja when it comes to substituting healthy ingredients to truly healthify recipes. And Tairalyn is taking one for the team by making the recipes in their full sugary, buttery glory (she really is a saint.) This month we're tackling Super Bowl snack mix.

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The biggest offenders (for me) in the original recipe were the popcorn oil (I don't even know what that is!) and the artificial flavour mix. I decided to make my own spice mix and go for a sweet heat flavour. I thought it might clash with the cheese crackers the original recipe called for so I decided to keep my crackers plain. 

Ingredients
1 bag pretzels
1 box mini Breton crackers
1 box multigrain Wheat Thins
1 cup peanuts
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Sauce:
3/4 cup melted butter
2 Tablespoons dried minced onion
1 teaspoon dried garlic powder
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Tobasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon cayenne

Method
In large bowl, mix together pretzels, crackers, peanuts, and seeds. Mix together sauce ingredients. Drizzle over cracker mix and toss to coat. Spread on two cookie sheets and bake at 250F for 45 minutes, mixing every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and mix in dried cranberries.

So I wouldn't call this snack "healthy" but there are worse things you could be eating on Super Bowl Sunday. The nuts and seeds add a bit of nutrition and eliminating the popcorn oil (seriously - what is that?) made me feel like I deserved some hippie credit. Warning: this recipes makes a lot of snack mix and it's addictive once you start munching. 

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Check out Tairalyn's yummy cheesy snack mix here and Jen's healthy version here