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Protein Pancakes

When I decided to ditch my couch potato lifestyle in 2012, one of the biggest mysteries to me is nutrition. I had no idea what to eat, how much I should eat, when I should be eating…etc. One time, I was browsing online, and came across this website called toneitup, it was there that I started to learn more about exercise, and more importantly how to develop healthier eating habits.

Having purchased their meal plan, I’ve tried many different recipes, but the one I love the most is their toneitup protein pancakes. Sometimes, I get a little tired of putting together a protein shake, it’s nice to be able to get in my protein in a more creative way. (I actually learned how to make pancakes from this recipe!)

To assemble, you need:

Protein powder of choice (1 scoop)
I am currently using BPI sports whey protein powder in vanilla caramel. For some reason, vanilla flavored protein powder seems to make better pancakes. I’m not talking about the flavor, the texture is different too!  I tried to make chocolate flavored protein pancakes with BPI sports whey and Optimum Nutrition protein powder, but the pancakes turned out rubbery.

Egg whites (1/4 cup)
Here I am using Rabbit River Farms egg whites. I don’t normally keep egg whites in the fridge, but I purchased this carton because I made some Valentine’s treats and the recipe required some egg whites.

Water (1/2 tbsp)
The original recipe requires almond milk, but I used it for my protein shake, hence the water…

Mashed banana (1/2)

Ground cinnamon

Pretty straightforward right?

Being the newbie chef that I am, I had to play around the the heat settings before I discovered that medium high worked the best. (I don’t even remember how many batches of burnt pancakes my boyfriend had to eat!).
I cooked the pancakes until one side starts to bubble, then I flipped it over and cooked the other side. Normally I would take them off the heat once I press the centre and the pancake bounces back to it’s original shape.

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*I actually ran low on the vanilla protein powder, and didn’t bother to mix extra protein in to get the full scoop, hence the thinness of the pancake*

Happy cooking!

REVIEW: Kracie Happy Kitchen Burger

I’m finally making an appearance after disappearing for about a month! Even my co-worker noticed my absence and asked me about it, haha.

Trying to juggle work, plus these other side projects that I picked up last month has left me with very little energy and inspiration to make anything. Don’t worry, I think I’m starting to get the hang of this busy schedule, so I should be blogging more frequently. I’ve actually been itching to bake some paleo apple pies, but I haven’t gotten around to gathering the right ingredients yet. And nope, I still haven’t forgotten about the lamingtons. I actually have a bag of shredded coconut sitting in the pantry, waiting for me to open!

So, to ease myself back into the routine of blogging and baking again, I’ve decided to upload a food related post. It’s not exactly a food, more like a candy, except it’s savory… I can’t quite explain it. I was at the supermarket last weekend, when I wandered into candy aisle and came across this:

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I’ve tried other Kracie products before, including the sushi, donut, and cake set, but I have to say, their savory sets are far more interesting than the sweet ones. The only exception I would make would be the Kracie Gummy Land set, because it’s pretty damn fun to make your own gummy candy!

Moving on, the ramen set isn’t available at the supermarket, but their Happy Kitchen Burger set was on sale so I picked this one up. Seems like an easy and fun post to share with you all 🙂

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The burger set comes with 6 powder mixes: cola, burger bun, cheese, burger patty, ketchup and potato fries, some utensils to make the magic happen, a plastic cup for the cola, and other containers to mix/microwave your concoctions.

The steps are all the same: add water, mix and microwave so I didn’t document each step. You guys are smarties, you’ll get it 😛

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Add two cups of water, mix, pat down and microwave! Pretty neat eh?

The coolest part was when I mixed the cola powder with water because it actually fizzed up like real cola!

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Here is the final product (I apologize for the crappy quality of my burgers, I was too eager to taste them!)

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Some pretty unappealing burgers right there!

Taste wise, it’s not bad, but it’s not great either. I can only describe it as, again, interesting…
I would have to say that I was most intrigued by the cola, fries and cheese. The cola doesn’t taste like cola from a can, but if you’ve had those cola candies before, it actually tastes exactly like that except there is a bit of fizz to it.
The fries, surprisingly enough, tastes like soggy fries! Maybe I should have left them in the microwave a little longer than 3o seconds to let them harden up a bit? As for the cheese, it tastes like something you would find in Kraft Dinner. I love the flavor of cheese, so I’m not too picky!

I didn’t really care for the rest of the set: burger and bun wasn’t that great, and the ketchup was too sweet!

So here you go, a quick review of Kracie Happy Kitchen Burger!
This post was a lot harder to write than I thought because when I eat, the food either tastes good or it doesn’t. I didn’t think it would be this tricky when I tried to come up with words to DESCRIBE it… yikes!

Anyways, I promise I will be back with some baking post soon because I miss those!

Shrimp Salad

 I am hopelessly stuck at the ultimate noob level when it comes to cooking seafood (or cooking in general), mainly because I get bored rather quickly when I know I’m not making chocolatey cookies. And when I get bored, I like to take shortcuts and when that fails, I end up half-assing my cooking. That’s why my food doesn’t taste good in general.

I’m not sure why I brought that up, but the point is, I have been eating ground turkey for the past week, got sick of it and decided to move onto seafood so I picked shrimp! I decided to give PaleoOMG’s Simple Shrimp Salad a try, because it had all the ingredients I liked (except onions, bleh!) and more importantly, it was SIMPLE.

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Ingredients: Apple, Celery, Eggs, Shrimps

Chop and mix!

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Look at all those fun colors!

Throw in some vinegar, dijon mustard, thyme, parsley.

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Voila! I apologize, the final presentation isn’t all that appealing, but at that point I was so painfully lazy I didn’t bother to try to make it look good. I was also so blinded by the fact that this recipe had shrimps and was easy, that I forgot I’m not all that crazy about mustard. The salad was delicious, but the mustard flavor is too strong for my liking. Maybe next time I will eat it plain, or add less of the mustard.

Happy Cooking! 🙂

Reader Request: Sephora Haul

As you can see, I am taking a quick break from my usual cartoony/foody posts, to bring you something a little different. A good friend of mine, and fellow blogger, requested that I blog about my recent purchases from Sephora. If beauty is not your thing, don’t worry, I have another food related post coming up!

My skin has always been very sensitive, but lately my skin has been flaring up more than normal. I suspected that my old make-up could be the culprit, so I took this as an opportunity to add and replace a few staple items in my collection. Thanks to the recommendations of my knowledgeable friends and co-workers, all of the items I have purchased have not been disappointing at all.

Now, I’m no expert in make-up, so I will try to describe each product to the best of my ability 😀

1. Becca Ever-Matte Priming Perfector $44 CAD

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One of my biggest complaints is how oily my skin feels at the end of the day. With the help of this primer, even though my skin still feels slightly greasy, I noticed the oiliness has been reduced significantly. I normally use this alone, but on the rare occasion when I use this with a foundation or BB cream, I notice that my make-up tends to last longer.It’s a bit pricey at $44CAD, but I would have to say it’s worth it, especially if you have problems with oiliness.

2. MUFE Eye Primer $26 CAD

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Another problem I have is with my oily eyelids. In the morning, I would apply my liner, and by the time the afternoon rolls around, my liner would have smudged already.
When I started using this primer underneath my liner, not only did my liner stop smudging, it barely faded as well. In fact, the color of my liner is still so intense, it looks like I just applied it. Touch-ups are still required, but it’s only minimal.

3. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer $30 CAD

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This was actually recommended by my co-worker, and I’m really glad she introduced me to this, because this is probably one of the best concealers I have ever used!

The last concealer I swore by was Laura Mercier’s Secret Concealer. In fact, I loved it so much I went through at least three pots of it, until recently when I started to grow tired of the heavy cream formula. Nars, on the other hand, is not only lightweight,but only a tiny amount is needed to provide enough coverage. The lasting power of this concealer is pretty amazing too, I would have to say it’s just as long lasting as the Secret Concealer, but without the heavy feeling.

4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz $27 CAD

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I would have to say this is my FAVORITE purchase so far.

For the longest time, I have been using NYX’s Brow Cake Powder, and although it is fairly affordable at approx. $9CAD, I never really liked it because of its poor lasting power.  I have heard a lot about Anastasia’s Brow Wiz, but I simply couldn’t justify spending $30 on an eyebrow pencil.

When Sephora had the $15 Christmas discount, I bit the bullet and purchased it. Boy, am I glad I did!
I have always stayed away from brow pencils, because it seemed tricky to use, and I was worried the results would be too unnatural, but I was completely wrong! It’s so easy to use, even a make-up noob like me can do it. In fact, there are mornings when I’m running behind and I had to zip through this step in my morning routine, and I still manage to leave the house with relatively even eyebrows. (At least I think so, since no one said anything)

The lasting power is quite impressive too. I remember going to the gym directly after work, and after an hour of sweating, my eyebrows were still intact. It’s a bit pricey, but if you manage to catch a sale at Sephora, I highly recommend adding this to your collection.

So here you go, this is what I have in my collection now!

Happy Shopping 🙂