Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Recipe: Lightened Up Mac & Cheese with Bacon + a Secret Ingredient!

Lightened Up Bacon Mac and Cheese with Pumpkin | healthy, low fat, low calorie, gluten free, clean eating

I've got a confession to make....

I'm not always honest with my husband.

Now, before you start offering couple's counselling, it's actually for his own benefit.... now that sounds like I'm an addict self-justifying my problems, but it's actually the truth...

The only thing I'm not always honest with Jesse about is food. 

You see, I married a Southern man who has verrrrrrrrrry specific ideas about food. He doesn't cook it, but he has these ideas in his head of exactly how its made. I discovered this early on in our relationship when Jesse refused to try chilli that had tomatoes in it because he didn't believe that chilli had tomatoes in it. 

Why? Because he'd never seen anyone make it :P When I asked him how you made the sauce for chilli he told me "well, it's just meat.... and chilli.... the meat makes the sauce". Yahhhhhhhhhhh-no. 

Low Fat Bacon Mac and Cheese with Pumpkin | healthy, low fat, low calorie, gluten free, clean eating

The same thing has happened with a million other foods so I've just learnt to serve Jesse food without telling him how it was made. Jesse will try a food and assess it on taste - but as soon as you give it a name of something he's familiar with, he'll judge that blueberry pie against the one he got from an old lady with round spectacles in a store by the highway next to a cow paddock. 

I married a man who couldn't tell you what he did yesterday - but he can remember eveeeeeeeeeeeery little detail about food :P 

But back to today's recipe.. This Bacon Mac and Cheese is a recipe I've been making for ages and one that Jesse requests over and over and over again - but it actually has a secret. In fact, I've probably made it 30 odd times and Jesse never even pondered the thought that there may have been something out of the ordinary. 

A few weeks ago, I revealed the secret of his favourite mac and cheese. 

The reason why it's so cheesy and delicious and the ingredient to thank for the fact that the sauce coats every single piece of pasta? Butternut pumpkin... or butternut squash if you're from across the pond ;)

A little bit of pumpkin puree is the very reason why this mac and cheese is sooooooooooo very good - and the reason it feels insanely decadent whilst being low fat and super simple to make. 

But enough yapping from me, let me share with recipe with you so that you can try it for yourself and see what all the fuss is about! >>

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Recipe: Healthy Flourless Protein Brownies

Healthy Protein Brownies | gluten free, low fat, low carb, flourless, clean eating recipe, high protein

As someone who's quite active, I always like to make sure I'm getting enough protein in my diet. Sure, I could eat processed protein bars but, really, I find them quite bland or chalky and would much rather eat something delicious. 

These protein brownies came about as the result of an experiment, as many of my recipes do! I had a big tub of protein powder that I wanted to use up and I decided to try baking with it. Being a chocoholic, naturally I decided protein brownies were the thing to try so I set to work.

High Protein Brownies | gluten free, low fat, low carb, flourless, clean eating recipe, high protein

At first, I wasn't sure about these protein brownies. They're different to your traditional brownie and quite a bit cakier - but when I found myself making batch after batch after batch I realised I was hooked - and after a few tweaks and changes I came up with the perfect recipe. 

Best of all? It only has seven ingredients but each brownie packs a serious protein punch with around 11 grams of protein per brownie. They're also low fat, low carb and even lower in calories than most other brownies so there's a whole lot to love!

Gluten Free Protein Brownies | gluten free, low fat, low carb, flourless, clean eating recipe, high protein

I tend to make about a batch a week of these babies as they're the perfect quick and easy protein packed snack. We also switch up the mix ins or toppings for the brownies with each batch because they're even better with chocolate chips stirred through the batter or a healthier chocolate frosting on top - but sometimes we keep it simple and eat them as is as well.

But let me share the recipe with you so that you can make them yourself! >> 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Recent Things: 7 Year-Un-iversary, Mushroom Overload and a Competition!

Hello my sweet ones! It's Friday once again and today is actually a rather special day. Today marks seven years of Jesse and I being together - isn't that crazy?!

I feel like seven years is a pretty decent chunk of time. You wouldn't call a seven year old a baby and a tree that's been growing for seven years would be a pretty okay size - but to spend seven years with someone without killing them?! Well, I think Jesse deserves some kind of medal ;) I'm super lucky that the boy I fell in love with happens to be the man I'm married to and today I'm super grateful for all that we've been through and all that we have ahead of us.

But enough yapping, let me tell you about our week! >>
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