Peanut Butter and Jelly Bites

Raw, gluten free and vegan…how can you go wrong? These Peanut Butter and Jelly Bites only have 4 ingredients and take about 4 minutes to make and 30 minutes to chill before you can dive in and start eating them!

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I often get super carb cravings that I used to satisfy with cookies or bread. Since going gluten free, I have been looking for something healthy curb that craving! This recipe is perfect for lunches, snacks or for breakfast. I keep a container of them in the fridge at all times!


Peanut Butter and Jelly Bites

Makes approximately 12 x 2 inch balls.

Mix everything together. If it is too wet, add more oats, too dry, more peanut butter.


Once rolled, put in the fridge for 30 minutes to set! That’s it! No seriously, that is all there is to it!

Hope you enjoy 🙂

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Trials and Tribulations of a Foodie

Being a Foodie isn’t always dinner parties and cooking shows! It not only changes your life, it changes your friends and families lives too. They are constantly having to listen to you blab on about new recipes or the new, exciting fruit that is now available at the farmers market! Little do they know the daily dilemmas this lifestyle has created for you!

Here are 5 Trials and Tribulations of a Foodie that my friends will understand:

  1. Going to restaurants becomes an opportunity to take new and exciting pictures of food! Whether you are a blogger or not, taking great food pictures is an addiction for a foodie. When you go to a restaurant with an amazing table setting, perfectly plated food and interesting lighting, the first words out of your mouth when the food arrives is “Don’t touch anything…..I have to snap a picture!” delicious-1853300_1920

  2. After taking four hundred pictures of your food (and your friends food) at a restaurant, your immediate reaction after digging in is “I can make this better!” Whether it is a dessert, BBQ meat or the seasoning on veggies, you will always compare it to your own recipes. And if by chance you think theirs is better, although you would NEVER admit to it, you are secretly trying to figure out their recipe and anxiously awaitin going home to try it out the minute you walk in the door. You’ll be damned if some restaurant out there is making better waffles than you! breakfast-690128_1920


  3. Being a Foodie means constantly trying out new recipes. This means shopping for ingredients ALL THE TIME! Great recipes usually begin with great ingredients, and by great, I mean hard to find ingredients that will put you on a scavenger hunt around town. There is always that recipe that calls for Fig Leaves. “Where the hell do you find Fig Leaves?! So begins the great ingredient hunt! 

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  4. Foodies love food, and anyone that loves food that much will always be just a little fat! There really is no way around it. You can try and be healthy all day long, but if a friend comes over with a lemon meringue cheescake for you to try, you will probably eat the whole thing! There is nothing to be ashamed of! We Foodies enjoy life through food, whether it is growing it, creating it, cooking it or eating it! Just go with the flow and feast on my Foodie friends! macaron-2462247_1920


  5. Foodies put their heart and souls into creating new recipes, and when one fails, it hurts man…..I mean really hurts. It is a feeling of failure that a lot of Non Foodies would not understand. Imagine creating a invention that so many people will benefit from and enjoy, and when you go to produce it for those people, it isn’t great at all and those people snub you and your invention. Recipe Blues is a real thing!pexels-photo-299863


What are your trials and tribulations as a foodie? Sometimes it helps to come together and share frustrations, stories and lifestyle dilemmas!

 

 

Fresh Garden Cucumber Salad

I have been really excited about all of the cucumbers that have been coming out of the garden lately! Fresh, beautiful little green cylinders that make great pickles, relishes, eye masks and of course, salads! 


If you are like me, lettuce salads are great, but sometimes you just crave something different! Something fresh, juicy and light. May I offer you a simple recipe for cucumber salad to curb that craving?


Now let me start by saying one thing right away….the longer it sits the better. So if you are having a dinner party and want a side dish that you can prepare ahead of time, this is your recipe! It pairs well with anything off of the BBQ for amazing summer entertaining!


Fresh Cucumber Salad

This recipe serves 3-4 as a side dish, but feel free to double (or triple it) because remember, the longer it sits the better! Also makes a great lunch the next day.

  • 3 small or 1 large cucumber
  • Handful of fresh dill (big handful)
  • 1tbsp mayonnaise 
  • 1tbsp sour cream (or greek yogurt)
  • 1tsp apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste ( my taster likes lots!)


Just mix everything together and let sit in the refrigerator.

Like I mentioned, let sit for at least 4 hours. Overnight is so much better though! 

I have seen a lot of people say cucumber salad doesn’t have much flavour, but my guess is they didn’t let it sit long enough! 

So if you are like me and have lots of cucumbers and dill in your garden, you might be serving a lot of this recipe! It tastes like summer, it is perfect to prepare ahead and perfect for hot summer days! 

Gluten Free Pulled Pork Tacos

I love pulled pork!! I love tacos!!! Do you see where I am going here? 

Trying to eat healthier doesn’t mean you have to eat boring! Portion control, good balance and listening to what your body tells you are key to healthy eating. My body (and my mental health) doesn’t like wheat. Some peoples bodies don’t like meat, or dairy. Eating healthy will mean something different to everyone! 

So just because my body doesn’t like wheat, that isn’t going to stop me from eating tacos! Or stuffing tacos with pulled pork! 

Making homemade corn tortillas is pretty simple and cost efficient. I wrote an article that may help you make the perfect tortillas for your pulled pork tacos. Read the article Tricks to Making Homemade Corn Tortillas


Now that you have your warm, homemade tortillas, we can stuff them with delicious and savoury pulled pork! I like to buy pork shoulders when they go on sale and make pulled pork using this recipe – Savoury Pulled Pork in the Slow Cooker. It freezes really well, so I usually portion it into freezer bags for a quick dinner. You can even drop the frozen pulled pork right back into the slow cooker to reheat.


Now all you have to do it put the pulled pork on the corn tortillas, top with tomato, lettuce, avocado, cheese or whatever you crave!

I topped mine with lettuce, tomato and low fat blue cheese!! 


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Oat Pizza Crust Review

I have been craving pizza lately….really bad! I still refuse to buy gluten free flour (or anything that is marketed as gluten free for that matter), so I have been looking at recipes using regular ingredients that I would usually use. It is amazing what people will make pizza dough out of 😆

I ended up using this Oat Flour Pizza Crust recipe from Deliciously Fit. It looked interesting and I had all of the ingredients already in the house. 

I was really curious what the texture would be like and if it would taste like eating a pizza on top of a bowl of oatmeal! The answer was….yes, that is exactly what it tasted like! But I liked it! The taste was amazing and although the texture was not like regular dough, I thought it worked perfectly!

The process was really simple and fast, which was a bonus for me. I used to make dough all the time, and the kneading and rising was sometimes painful when you just wanted to eat pizza! With this Oat Crust, I had the finished pizza on the table in 30 minutes!

One of the great things about this recipe is I was able to prepare the dough all in the food processor! I used regular oats and blended them into flour, then just added the other ingredients and zipped it all together! 


A word of warning here: this is not like regular pizza dough! You will have the urge to add more oats to make it more doughy, but trust me, DON’T DO IT! It will just turn out dry and crumbly. Stick to the measurements on the recipe. It will resemble the texture of cookie dough. 


Once mixed, I plopped it on some parchment paper (I hate scrubbing pans, so I use parchment for everything!) Spread it out to whatever shape and thickness you like! 

Next time I make this, and there will definitely be a next time, I will make it thinner to cover the whole tray. Some parts of my pizza were a little thick and chewy. 

That’s it! Bake, top with pizza goodness and bake again! 


In conclusion, this Oat Pizza Crust was delicious! I really loved the taste of the oats and spices, and found that it brought a whole new level to my Pesto Tomato Pizza (that recipe is coming soon). My pizza lovin’ husband approved, so that means this recipe gets two thumbs up! 

If you try it, make sure to let Deliciously Fit know what you think! 


Friday Farmers Market Finds

Happy Fun Friday everyone!! 

My husband and I call it Fun Friday because every Friday morning after coffee, we venture out into our little town and explore the farmers market! 

Today was especially awesome as I met a nice fellow from India selling amazing herbs and spices from…well…India!


I tend to grow my own herbs (I am very proud of my herbs! See them here) but finding such a great deal on quality spices is rare in my small town! I purchased curry powder, garlic powder and sweet paprika for only $2.00 a bag! I came home and made a list of what else I need so I can purchase it next Fun Friday!

The spices weren’t my only good find today! I also got free run eggs, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, a giant zucchini and of course the spices all for under $20.00! And the best part….it all helped feed a local family 😁


 It always feels good shopping local, and the quality is bar none compared to grocery store chains. 

Happy weekend everyone! My plans include gardening and cooking some great new recipes! Follow my blog for some upcoming foodie posts (oat pizza crust, stuffed mushrooms, cheeseburger zucchini and more this weekend!)