Homemade Peanut Butter Supreme Quest-Style Protein Bars

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It has been awhile since I brought you a new recipe. It isn’t that I haven’t been cooking. We have actually had countless dinner parties in the intervening time between food centric posts.  My culinary silence is merely due to the fact our life has been bananas, and I haven’t had the moments to sit down and pen out the meals we have concocted.  So I figured I should rectify the situation promptly and bring you a new, simple, no bake treat to enjoy!

For those of you who haven’t jumped on the fitness bandwagon yet,  it is the Crossit Open right now. Every Saturday the Comp team at CF NYC does their open workout publicly so spectators can come ogle at their impressive skills (and cuteness).  The team has been doing a secret santa for each other each week.   Before the weekend they draw names and each team member gets or makes something small for the person they drew.  This week Jay got our badass friend Kate, and since he was away all week I tackled prepping her gift.  I have an out of control addiction to Quest bars which my wallet feels in spades.  I have been seeing homemade versions Pinterest and figured this was the perfect opportunity to try my hand at them.  Unfortunately, the first couple recipes I tried didn’t quite work out- probably because protein power can be variable and finicky.  I wound up augmenting and combining a bunch of the recipes, and also looking at the ingredients list on Quest Bars (where I learned I can pronounce only a fraction of them) to create these pretty awesome bars.  The result were Quest-like protein bars that are not only Paleo but also comprised of ingredients that I can pronounce. Enjoy! Continue reading “Homemade Peanut Butter Supreme Quest-Style Protein Bars”

American Thanksgiving: Homemade Curried Hummus

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Lets just pause for a second.  Isn’t our street beautiful this time of year? (Mad photog props to Fab for snapping the above gem).  Our apartment may be winter ready and decorated for Christmas, but the rest of America still has fall and Thanksgiving to savor. Last month we hosted Canadian Thanksgiving which was such a hit (and left us with the most amazing left overs) that we opened our house once again to our family-less friends who were sticking around the city for the holidays.  We were so thankful to share the day with some of our best people. Now all that needs to happen to make this past weekend a recurrent theme is for Justin to ditch Chicago, and for Aaron to move back ASAP (thanks for understanding guys).

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I switched up the menu a little to try some new things, but also stuck with our tide and true favorites.  Again, we kept things as vegan/Gluten-free/Paleo as possible with a few exceptions to the rule.  It is a holiday after all and we need to live a little.  The first of our festive eats is our Homemade Curried Hummus, which is no exception to any rule and pretty much free of everything.  The subsequent menu fed a plethora of hungry millennials with left overs to spare. So, from our home to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

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Boiled and Baked Plantain Chips

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This recipe comes to you by way of a happy accident.  As previously mentioned Jay and I were beyond fortunate enough to have my mom and aunt come stay with us all last week.  While in the city they spoiled us rotten with baked goods, dinners, fresh fruit and… plantains.  The plantains were picked up in thought that they were very large, funny looking bananas.  Turns out plantains are nothing like bananas. So since it would break my heart to waste a bundle of really excellent produce I decided to find something to turn them into.  What resulted was homemade, boiled (not fried) plantain chips, and they are seriously delicious. Having never previously eaten a plantain I chalk this discovery up to one awesome mistake that will definitely happen again in the Jordan household.  So enjoy this vegan, paleo and whole 30 accepted snack. Then thank my mom and my aunt for their oversight. It was a good one.

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