July 2015 Archive

Pulled Crockpot BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

These pulled crockpot BBQ Chicken sandwiches are full of flavour and only take 15 minutes to prepare. A quick, easy and healthy meal for those busy days!

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I love cooking.

Especially when I feel super inspired, have a great recipe that I want to make, and have the time and energy to cook.

But I’m going to be really honest here.

On some days, I prefer to have a slow cooker do the cooking for me.

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Especially on those really busy days, where I’m just running around like a crazy person, and get home and feel completely drained.

I can always tell when I’m going to have one of those days.

And that’s when the slow cooker comes out of the cupboard.

I was having one of those days last week.

I slept in a little later than I wanted to.

It happens.

Then, of course, I was rushing out the door to go to the gym before work.

Next I had to go to work.

After work, I had to run some errands and go to a hair appointment.

Dinner prep was just not going to happen.

So I knew that it was time to whip up some of my Pulled BBQ chicken.

Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich | Hauteandhealthyliving.com

Nothing is better than preparing a meal the night before and having it ready for dinner the next day.

Especially if it’s a dinner that is flavourful and only takes 15 minutes to prepare!

And what I love the most about pulled chicken is that you don’t have to spend all that time picking out the fat like you would with pulled pork.

Just prep. Cook. Shred.

To make it super easy, just top it up on a whole grain bun or brown rice or quinoa if you prefer. And if you’re really prepared, make up a batch of this Creamy Cranberry & Walnut Coleslaw in advance to serve with it.

Dinner.

Done.

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See wasn’t that easy?

The only major issue is smelling that aroma all day long while it it’s cooking.

Torture.

Pure torture.

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 four oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups lower sodium tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. ground cayenne powder
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 8 whole-grain hamburger buns

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients, except chicken, in the crockpot and mix thoroughly. Add chicken breasts and spoon sauce over chicken to cover.
  2. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low 6-7 hours.
  3. When chicken is cooked, transfer to a bowl or plate (leaving BBQ sauce in the crockpot).
  4. Use two forks to shred the chicken. Return the chicken to the crockpot and let cook for another 5-10 min.

Recipe adapted from eatingwell.com

Nutrition per serving (not including bun):

Calories: 138 • Fat: 2 g • Carbohydrates: 12 g • Fibre: 2g • Protein: 19 g • Sugar: 8 g • Sodium: 360 mg • Cholesterol: 33 mg

Elysia, XOXO
No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites

These healthy no-bake peanut butter energy bites are a peanut lover’s dream! Especially since they’re vegan, gluten-free and have no added sugar!

 Peanut Butter Energy Bites | Hauteandhealthyliving.com

I have a confession.

I have a secret love affair with peanut butter.

It’s been going on for years now.

It’s something that I haven’t told many people about.

Don’t worry.

My boyfriend knows about it.

It was tough to reveal it to him.

At first he took it really hard.

But it was something that I had to do.

Because of this intense passion that I have for peanut butter, I try to integrate it into many of my recipes.

I just can’t help myself.

Peanut butter just has to be part of my day.

My latest obsession are these Peanut Butter Energy Bites.

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Oh. My. Goodness.

If you’re a peanut butter lover, this one is for you.

These bites have this amazing combo of sweet and salty.

Oh man.

My mouth is watering.

As decadent as it sounds, this little treat is completely guilt-free.

There’s no added sugar, as it naturally sweetened with dates.

These bites are also a great source of healthy fats and protein from the peanuts and peanut butter.

What is not to love about these nutty little balls?

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Cute story.

I served these little bites up a couple of weeks ago at the store when I was doing a cooking demonstration (or in this case a no-bake energy ball demonstration).

This little girl came up to me with her dad to try one of the little bites. She looked to be about 3 or so, and was just the cutest little thing ever.

She was wearing a frilly little dress with pink crocs.

She started slowly nibbling on the peanut butter bite, peanuts from the topping flying everywhere.

I could tell that she was really enjoying it.

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Next thing I knew, she had plopped her little bum down on the grocery store floor, peanut butter bite in one hand and a look of determination.

It looked like she was trying to dig something out of her shoe.

I asked her with a smirk on my face, “Did you get a peanut in your shoe??”

She looked at me, smiled, and said, “Yup. There’s a peanut in my shoe.”

“Silly little peanut.”

It was the cutest thing.

So if you happen to be eating one of these balls, and feel a little chunk of something in your shoe, it might just be a peanut ;)

But it will be totally worth the temporary discomfort! :)

Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Yield: 40 bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup pitted dates*
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 scoop protein powder (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. water (more or less depending on the consistency of your mixture)
  • Optional topping:
  • Chopped unsalted peanuts
  • *Soak the dates in water for about 20 minutes to soften them

Instructions

  1. Place the peanuts, sea salt, protein powder (if using) into a food processor and blend until it forms a crumbly texture. Next, add the dates and peanut butter.
  2. Pulse until mixture is well combined.
  3. Add water (if necessary) until the mixture is slightly sticky (sticky enough to form a ball).
  4. Place mixture in the fridge until it firms up (usually requires about 20 minutes).
  5. Roll into balls with approximately 1 ½ inch diameter. Roll in chopped peanuts if desired.
  6. Store in refrigerator for a couple of weeks, or place in freezer for up to three months.

Nutrition per serving: (including protein powder, not including optional chopped peanut topping)

Calories: 40 • Fat: 2 g • Carbohydrates: 4 g • Fibre: 1g • Protein: 2 g • Sugar: 3 g • Sodium: 14 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Elysia, XOXO
Creamy Cranberry & Walnut Coleslaw

This healthy coleslaw has just the right amount of sweetness and crunchiness. A secret ingredient adds a touch of creaminess with no mayo! A vegetarian and gluten-free option, perfect for BBQ season!

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When I think of summer BBQ’s, often times I get visions of a whole array of salads lined up on a table.

Potato salads.

Pasta salads.

Caesar salads.

And of course, coleslaw.

Creamy Cranberry & Walnut Coleslaw

I think a nice crispy, slightly tangy coleslaw compliments a burger or side of grilled chicken so well.

And a BBQ really isn’t a BBQ without a creamy coleslaw.

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But oftentimes, guests resort to bringing store-bought coleslaw.

Now don’t get me wrong, I appreciate their efforts.

I really do.

But suddenly that feeling of, “Mmmmmm I’m craving coleslaw”

….it just disappears.

Poof.

Gone.

It instantly turns into a slight gag reaction as I get images of that green mushy coleslaw in a plastic container.

You KNOW the one I’m talking about.

That to me is not even coleslaw.

It’s green mush.

But oftentimes, when you attempt to make a creamy coleslaw from scratch, it leads to heaps of mayo.

Because what else do you use to make it creamy, and still healthy??

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Greek yogurt to the rescue.

Greek yogurt is a great replacement for mayo.

Plus, it’s a lot lower in fat and calories, and higher in protein.

Mix it in with some other tasty ingredients like garlic, Dijon mustard, a touch of maple syrup and apple cider vinegar, and it makes the perfect dressing.

Throw in some chopped walnuts and dried cranberries, and you get this amazing balance of crunchy, sweetness and creaminess.

Not to mention some extra fibre, antioxidants and omega 3s!

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Kkkk, I seriously need some coleslaw,

Like right now…

Creamy Cranberry & Walnut Coleslaw

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups purple cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1.5 cups green cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 2 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup cranberries, dried
  • FOR THE CREAMY MAPLE DIJON DRESSING:
  • 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the dressing.
  2. In a larger bowl, mix the cabbage, walnuts, cranberries, carrot and green onions. Pour in the dressing and toss until evenly distributed.
  3. Eat immediately or store in the refrigerator for later use.

Nutrients per serving:

Calories: 115 • Fat: 7 g • Carbohydrates: 12 g • Fibre: 2 g • Protein: 3 g • Sugar: 8 g • Sodium: 64 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Elysia, XOXO
Mango & Mint Iced Tea + Giveaway!!
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I’m a huge tea drinker.

Morning.

Afternoon.

Night.

You’ll always find a cup a tea in my hand.

As much as I LOVE tea, let’s face it.

Some days are just way too hot and humid to have a warm and steamy drink.

Those days call for something a little more refreshing.

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One of my favourite things to do is to stop by tea shops like Teavana and try out their HUGE variety of tea samples.

They seem to be getting more and more all the time!

On my recent trip to Boston, I think I tried a grand total of six tea samples.

I pretty much drank a whole cup a tea just in samples!

The majority of the samples that were being served up this time around were iced tea.

Which I am totally loving by the way.

So. Refreshing.

Sometimes I feel bad that I go into the tea shops just to drink the tea samples.

But doesn’t everyone?!

FYI — I do purchase tea the majority of the time, so that’s how I justify drinking all of their samples.

Since I can’t camp out at Teavana and drink their tea samples 24/7, I decided to take it upon myself to whip up my own iced tea concoction.

Mango Mint Iced Tea.

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All you have to do is whip up a batch of tea. My favourite tea of all time is rooibos tea.

It has a naturally sweet taste, it’s great for the skin due to its antioxidant content, naturally caffeine free, and has this amazing calming effect.

I swear it helps me sleep and instantly de-stress the second I drink it.

Then just infuse some mango and mint into the mix, which provides a nice dose of vitamin A and C.

And suddenly you’ve got a refreshing beverage for gorgeous skin!

Now.

Speaking of gorgeous skin, I’m excited to announce that I have another amazing giveaway for you!!!

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Here is your chance to win six of her amazing products, worth over $280!

One lucky winner will receive the following Kate Somerville Products:

  • Body Glow Sunscreen SPF 15
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  • Gentle Daily Cleanser
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Not bad, eh?

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Mango & Mint Iced Tea

Ingredients

  • 8 cups boiling water
  • 8 rooibos tea bags (I made mine with vanilla rooibos)
  • 3 cups frozen mango chunks
  • 1 small handful fresh mint leaves
  • Honey, to taste (if desired)

Instructions

  1. Pour the water into a heat-resistant pitcher.
  2. Add the tea bags and let steep for 3-5 minutes, depending on if you prefer your tea weaker or stronger.
  3. Remove and discard the bags and allow the tea to cool to room temperature before refrigerating.
  4. Add the mango chunks, mint, and honey (if using).
  5. Allow to sit for at least 1 hour before serving. Strain, if desired.
  6. Pour over ice.
  7. Relax and enjoy!

Elysia, XOXO