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Hi, friends!

Just a quick note to say hello and tell you about a couple of new things!

First of all, if you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that things got weird. I changed my current IG account to the username @the_b_wood, then I created a NEW account and named it @quirky_britches, which was my old account’s name. So, if you’d like to continue to follow my personal shenanigans, then by all means, please continue to follow @the_b_wood (because you already all, by default); however, if you’re still interested in blog stuff on IG, then please find me @quirky_britches (again) and follow! This new IG is a marriage of my blog and my new Tumblr, which is my next order of business…

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I started Kayla Itsines’ BBG about a month ago, and it’s been great! I just follow the workout plan, not so much the nutrition plan. I’ve learned what works for me, and I’ve been doing really well at an 80/20 balance! So, I decided not to blog about it because I didn’t want QB to become totally inundated with health and fitness stuff (I like it to be a part of QB, just not the whole thing), plus I had just been writing about Blogilates, and I didn’t want to write about yet another health and fitness venture that I figured no one cared about anyway. 🙂 If you do care, however, you can find me here on Tumblr!

That’s it for now, though I shall return soon!

Do you have a Tumblr or fitness/health IG? Comment below – I’d love to check it out! 

8 Week Hot Body Challenge: Week 5 Update

This update is pretty pointless, but here goes anyway…

[[The Food]]

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So yah, one photo. Cool, huh? My breakfasts are always pretty healthy because I typically eat egg white oats almost every day; a day or two I may have gotten a turkey bacon and egg white breakfast sandwich from Starbucks. The worst day was Thursday because we had a big rain storm that knocked our power out from 7:30am-1:30pm. Prior to 1:30, I had eaten pita chips and a banana. Perfect. I also definitely indulged over the weekend because we have a friend in town, but I tried to keep everything in moderation.

[[The Workouts]]

I actually worked out one day, Thursday, when there was no power. I literally had nothing else to do, so I begged my friend to send a screenshot of a workout I could do — since I couldn’t look it up on my computer — and I got to work. I’m honestly still a tiny bit sore TODAY (Monday), so at least that’s a plus. Working out is in the plan today, though I’m currently at Starbucks because my power is out AGAIN.

[[How I’m Feeling]]

Not bad. I had a pretty excellent workout on Thursday, and yesterday we walked SO much around the city (about 5 miles in total, according to Google Maps), so I considered that my workout for the day. I felt pretty good afterwards. I also won a DietBet I signed up for in early November! I had 30 days to lose 4% of my body weight and ended up losing slightly over 5%, so that’s nice! In the end, after subtracting the money I put into the bet, I came out at only $18.99 ahead, but I’ll take it! I want to do another, but I’m going to wait until January.

[[General Thoughts]]

Even though my diet is starting to slip back into its dirty habits, I still feel pretty good. I’m not gaining any weight back, so I’m trying to hold onto that optimism. My plan is to workout every day this week to get back into that habit (because honestly, I miss it!), so that next week, when I’m living in various hotels for a week when I go back home for Christmas, I’ll be motivated to utilize the gyms that will be in our hotels. This week is going to be tough because we have so many holiday get togethers and events scheduled, but I’ll make it. 🙂

Check out my other weekly updates here. For more information about the program, see here.

How do you plan to tackle the rest of the holiday season???

8 Week Hot Body Challenge: Weeks 3 & 4 Update

Well, someone’s a little behind!

[[The Food]]

Week 3

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Week 4

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One would think I’ve been slacking on my photo taking, and one would be correct; however, the main reason for the lack of food photos is that I haven’t been following the meal plan as closely as I should be. Thanksgiving week was just a bust. I was “good” up until Thanksgiving day, and then I had this…

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No, that’s not a healthy homemade meal; that’s from Mel’s Drive-in. Super cool Thanksgiving dinner. 🙂 You do what you gotta do when you live in a big city, 2200 miles away from your family. And don’t worry – I did NOT eat all that. I could barely finish half of it. I did then take the rest of that weekend to binge. Milkshakes galore!

Last week, week 4, was a little better, but again, started off strong the first half of the week and then not so well the latter half. I do make healthy(ish) choices when I stray from the meal plan though. I will say the two “bowls” pictured above were both delicious!

[[The Workouts]]

I think I worked out one time in two weeks. [hangs head in shame]

[[How I’m Feeling]]

Not bad. I felt really guilty after my Thanksgiving binge, but I have to keep things in perspective. Did it sabotage me on the whole? Nope. Was it delicious and make me happy in the moment? Yup. As far as energy goes, I keep sleeping in, and I need to stop. I stay up too late on my phone, which is obviously the culprit. This has nothing to do with eating, but when I sleep in, then I have less time to do other things, like work out.

[[General Thoughts]]

I’m still trying to follow this plan the best I can. It’s been really dreary and rainy lately, so after spending all day inside looking out at doom and gloom, all I crave by dinner time are comfort foods, so I’ve been bratty a few nights and straight up refused another baked chicken breast. I’m still continuing to lose weight, so things are progressing nicely. I’ve also noticed that despite my lack of working out, I’m still shedding some fat around my biceps, which is miraculous, as I’ve pretty much always had flabby arms, even when I did P90X and was constantly “pushing and pulling” (as Tony Horton calls it). So far, so…okay. 🙂

Check out week 1 here and week 2 here. For more information about the program, see here.

8 Week Hot Body Challenge: Week 2 Update

Another quick update of my progress! See Week One here.

[[The Food]]

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Food is still going well; however, this weekend I took a bit more liberty with meals, subbing healthily of course. For example, instead of eating warm quinoa cereal for two of the breakfasts, I subbed my favorite egg white oats with banana and raisins instead. Same idea but easier, as I didn’t feel like making quinoa early in the morning. Additionally, on two of the days, I was supposed to have Asian lettuce wraps for lunch. It was super cold and rainy all last week, so while I was indoors shivering in layers, lettuce wraps just weren’t going to cut it. I whipped up a healthy homemade chili instead (inspired loosely by this recipe). Hot chili definitely hit the spot, so I have no regrets.

I did have a couple of “YOLO meals,” as Cassey Ho calls them (I feel silly saying that, but I’ve never really been a fan of the term “cheat meal” because “cheat” implies guilt, so I sort of say YOLO facetiously). On Saturday, I had a turkey bacon and egg white breakfast sandwich from Starbucks because I was too lazy to cook anything. We also went out to dinner that night to Sabrosa, an upscale Mexican restaurant, so I did have some fried chips and salsa, but I had waaaaay more self control than I normally do at Mexican restaurants. I also had a couple of jalapeno margaritas, but the spiciness speeds up the metabolism, yes? 😉 Additionally, yesterday, we were going to have brunch at The Grove on Fillmore, and I was going to get a nice egg white omelette, but the power went out in the kitchen. Since we had movie tickets, we were pressed for time, so we went across the street to Glaze, where I had teriyaki steak, brown rice, and a salad with carrot-ginger dressing. Not terrible. Definitely could have been worse. And at the movie? I skipped popcorn and had coffee instead. I was freezing, so I wasn’t too sad about it.

Oh, and that quesadilla up there? MONEY. (I used brown rice flour instead of coconut flour.)

[[The Workouts]]

I only worked out on Monday. I don’t want to talk about it.

[[How I’m Feeling]]

Pretty good, actually. I feel like my energy is pretty decent, and my sugar headaches are subsiding. I have been trying to lay off the coffee, as truthfully, my normal almost-daily iced coffee has started to make my stomach hate me. So I probably have one cup of coffee every other day now, and I’ve been trying to drink more tea (hot or iced). So far so good!

[[General Thoughts]]

I’m actually feeling pretty great about myself. I took my weight and measurements from week 2 this morning, and I’ve lost roughly 6 pounds and a little under 4 inches. That’s way better than I expected! Since I haven’t been working out much, this just confirms what I already know: it’s all about diet! My goal this week is to workout 4/7 days. With it being the holiday week and all, I should be working out every day, but we’ll see. Onto week 3! You can find more info here.

8 Week Hot Body Challenge: Week 1 Update

Last week I mentioned I would be starting a meal plan to sort of “re set” and get back on track. After my Vegas trip at the end of September, I sort let of myself go. Surprisingly, I hadn’t really gained any weight, but all my healthy habits flew out the window. Honestly, I’m not that great at following guided meal plans, but with this one, I’m giving myself the freedom to make (healthy) tweaks as necessary. The meals do get a bit repetitive throughout the week (though I was fine with it for week one), so if I get tired of something, I’m fine with having the leftovers of another day, subbing something else, etc.

[[The Food]]

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For the first week, not too shabby. The old egg and banana pancakes are not new to me, but I’ve definitely perfected them (dash of cinnamon, splash of vanilla extract, pinch of baking powder, splash of almond milk), and now they’re one of my favorite breakfasts (topped with almond butter, of course). I had actually been eating egg white oats (thanks for my friend Lauryn) in the weeks leading up to this, so I was happy to see I could continue. I’ve starting making them on the stove and adding a little almond milk – soooo good! The meals have actually been pretty filling. I mean, meatballs, sweet potatoes, and cauliflower all for lunch seems like a feast to me, but it really did keep me fuller longer, so no complaints.

[[The Workouts]]

So, um, I only worked out Monday-Wednesday. Lame, I know. To be honest, I think I started to have sugar withdrawals because I just sort of felt like crap. That in turn made me very unmotivated to work out. I will say though that it’s Sunday night, and my butt is STILL somewhat sore from MONDAY’S workout! Once I actually get my butt in gear, then I’ll have more to report on this end.

[[How I’m Feeling]]

For the first few days, I followed the meal plan to a T, so like I said, I started to feel the miserable effects of sugar withdrawal and, inadvertently, caffeine withdrawal. I’m not trying to quit coffee, but I am trying to limit it. However, on Thursday, I ate a Quest Bar (straying from meal plan, but I don’t mind), and on Friday and Saturday I had a few drinks, so there’s sugar right there. As far as energy goes, it sort of comes and goes in spurts. I’ll wake up super tired (as usual), then I’ll eat and feel great and then I’ll just feel sort of “blah.” I’m taking this all as an adjustment period though.

[[General Thoughts]]

So far so good. I’ve lost a couple of pounds, which I know is just water weight. I took measurements at the start, and I’ll take my measurements again tomorrow (Monday). I know some people say not to worry about those things until “the end,” but it’s interesting for me to track from week to week. If I don’t make much progress one week, then it allows me to look back and reflect and see if I can pinpoint the problem. Just the analyst in me. 🙂 Onto week 2! You can find more info here.

Tipsy Thursday 01 // Ice Cube Hack

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a delicious Bourbon Apple Cider, and I said I’d explain how I made the large ice cubes. Today’s the day, lovelies!

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There are quite a few products that make large ice cubes for cocktails (or mocktails, if you please) like this or this. I’d love to have molds like that, and I’m sure I probably will soon because the ice cube spheres are so cool, but in the meantime, here’s a trick for a simple and cheap way to make large, single ice cubes in a large quantity when you just don’t have those sweet silicon molds.

Step 1

Find plastic take-out ramekins, like the ones you get at a restaurant. You can find these at party stores or Costco, but the easiest place is a liquor store, which is where I found them. They’re technically “jello shot cups.”

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Step 2

Fill each cup a little over 3/4 full. You can definitely fill them up all the way, which result in larger cubes; I just find them harder to get out once they’re frozen.

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Step 3

Fill as many cups as you want and load up on a baking sheet or muffin tin. I recommend a muffin tin to eliminate spillage.

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Step 4

Pop in the freezer for 4-6 hours, or until frozen solid. Overnight is probably best. If the cubes aren’t frozen solid, then they’ll break when you try to pop them out.

Step 5

In order to get them out – without breaking the ice cube or the cup – I wrap my warm hand around the cup, while rotating the cup a few times and gently squeezing. The warmth from your hand will help to melt the ice just a tad and the gentle squeezing helps to start to work it out.

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Step 6

Once you’ve worked the ice out enough, you can flip it over a glass and use your thumbs to pop that cube out!

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Step 7

Add your beverage, and enjoy! Find the recipe for Bourbon Apple Cider here!

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Have you ever tried something like this? Let me know if you do!

How to Make Bourbon Apple Cider + some cheese love (12 Day Blogger Challenge Day 9)

If you’re anything like me, then you LOVE food, drink, and everything in between. You also love seeing photos of other people’s get togethers and parties. Day 9 of the 12 Day Blogger Challenges requires me to teach you how to do something, so I decided to show you how I made a delicious Bourbon Apple Cider cocktail for a get together we had on Saturday.

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But first, a little chacuterie action! Because let’s be honest: what’s a party without cheese and prosciutto?

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Triple Cream // Flory’s Truckle // Challerhocker

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We purchased the food from a local shop called Cheese Plus. One of the employees was nice enough to walk us through some cheeses to find some crowd pleasers. And please they did. It was hard to pick a favorite, but I think I’d have to go with the Truckle. It was a little bit salty, a little bit sweet, a little bit tangy, but all delicious.

Now for the cocktail…

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I found this basic recipe on Pinterest and adapted it to fit our needs. In my opinion, the original recipe was a bit weak in the booze department for this particular get together, so I changed it up a bit. First, round up your ingredients.

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You can use regular apple cider or sparkling cider. We went with sparkling for a lighter beverage; however, if you wanted more of a heartier drink, I’d go with real cider. Next, keep it classy and measure your booze.

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Add bourbon (I like Bulleit), Grand Marnier (I would suggest this over straight Triple Sec because it’s mixed with congac), cider, and ginger ale to a shaker of ice.

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Because the ginger ale is carbonated (and the cider I used was sparkling), you probably don’t want to shake this cocktail (unless you want a mess); instead, give it a few vigorous stirs. Meanwhile, prepare your glasses each with a large ice cube (I’ll be adding a post on this ice cube hack in the next couple of days!) and cinnamon stick garnish.

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Pop the lid onto your shaker and pour evenly into each glass.

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Voila! Autumnal goodness! I would suggest being careful with this cocktail; it’s super delicious and can lead to wanting multiple glasses. Proceed with caution!

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Here’s the recipe! Enjoy!


Bourbon Apple Cider

Adapted from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Ingredients

*Yields 4 cocktails

4 oz. bourbon

2 oz. Grand Marnier

1 cup apple cider or sparkling apple cider

1 cup ginger ale

4 large ice cubes

4 cinnamon sticks

Directions

Add first four ingredients to a shaker of ice. DO NOT shake. Add one large ice cube to each glass. Stir contents of shaker vigorously. Add shaker lid and pour evenly into each glass. Garnish with cinnamon stick.


Do you think you’ll try this yummy cocktail? Let me know if you do!!

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My First Giveaway!! (CLOSED)

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Today I have a giveaway – my first one, in fact! And in true, weirdo QB fashion, my giveaway doesn’t consist of jewelry or designer jeans – I will be giving away a collection of items I have been curating since we left Indianapolis!

If you’ve been following our adventure on my other blog, then some of these things probably look familiar to you, as most of them are things I picked up along the way on our road trip from Indianapolis to San Francisco. So what are these seemingly random things?

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1. Just Pop In! Hoosier Mama Bloody Mary popcorn – I was given a bunch of popcorn for the drive from the lovely ladies at Just Pop In!, a local shop in Indy. Really, they gave me way too much, and I have a lot left over. The Bloody Mary is my favorite flavor, so I’d like to give a bag away to share the (delicious) love!*

Kansas City, MO

2. Gates Bar-B-Q Sauce – This is apparently a Kansas City staple in BBQ…and isn’t that what you think of when you think of KC?

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3. Oz Winery koozie – This was a cool little winery we stopped at after the Oz Museum.

4. Oz Museum pen – Really, if you haven’t watched the video of our trip to the Oz Museum, do yourself a favor and watch it. It was such a hilarious/fun/quirky place!

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5. “Handwoven” basket – The above video explains where I got this, why I say “somewhere in CO,” and why I say “handwoven.” I thought it was kind of cool and a cute little basket for rings, change, whatever you’d like something to hold your something in!

Salt Lake City, UT

6. Super Authentic “Good Karma” Candle – I don’t know why I bought this…I guess I liked the color, and it smells good! You’re sure to feel super ZEN if you light this.  😉

7. Pioneer Valley Apricot Chunky Pineapple “Fancy Jam” – This is from a Utah-based company that makes jams and jellies. I really just like that it’s called FANCY jam!

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8. Alcatraz Inmate Slang playing cards – To me, this was pretty much the most useful souvenir from Alcatraz (unless you want to pay $9 for a “psycho ward” flask). I mean, obviously…you can learn phrases like “ridge runner,” “life on the installment plan,” and “called on the carpet.” Want to know what those mean? Guess you’ll just have to win the cards! Or Google it.

9. La Boulange Orange Blossom Shortbread CookiesLa Boulange has quickly become one of my favorites here in SF, and these cookies are SO GOOD! When I first tried them, I ate almost a whole pack in one sitting (so much for watching my figure). (Oh, and if you’re like me, thinking they taste orange flavored, they don’t at all!)

10. Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almond bar – Yeah, yeah, you can get Ghiradelli anywhere, but THIS is a special Fisherman’s Wharf chocolate bar FROM Ghiradelli Square! Cool, right? Yah, whatever. Chocolate’s chocolate.

So what do you have to do to win all these AMAZING prizes that everyone will be surely jealous that you’ll own them?? Absolutely nothing! Wait, what? You heard me. The first entry is free with the chance to “earn” bonus entries! So what are you waiting on? Get to it. That chocolate’s not going to eat itself!**  I may even (more like probably will) throw in a few more extra goodies!  😉

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No purchase necessary. Giveaway is only open to legal USA residents (sorry international friends!) and to those who are 18 and older. Giveaway is open from Tuesday, May 20 at 12:15am EST to Friday, May 27 at 11:59pm EST. First entry requires no action from entrant whatsoever; however, bonus entries may be “earned” by completing tasks outlined on the Rafflecopter page. All subsequent entries after the initial “freebie” entry will be checked to ensure the tasks were indeed completed. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. Winner will be randomly chosen via Rafflecopter and will be announced within 48 hours of giveaway ending. Winner will then have 48 hours to contact me via email or else another winner will be chosen. Prize will be shipped within one week (7 days) of winner contacting me. 

*This popcorn was given to me a few weeks ago. It has been sealed ever since; however, I make no guarantees on its freshness. 🙂

**Unless I eat it first. Kiiiiiidding! 🙂

QB Eats Food: Bocadillas in the Financial District

Welcome to what I hope will be a regular series here! Since I now live in a mecca of delicious restaurants, I thought I should highlight some of them! Indianapolis is seriously starting to thrive in the foodie world (I mean…I worked at one of the top places in the city…no, seriously 🙂 ), but I had gotten to the point where I had exhausted almost all of my options (though there are still a couple of places I never got to try…I’m looking at you, Cerulean and Black Market…until next time!). Therefore, I’m super excited that there are so many fabulous places to try here!

Like I said in my last post, the first place we tried was Mamacita, but I didn’t even think of posting about it; I’m sure I’ll be back there though, so one day! My first official SF restaurant review is an adorable tapas place near our hotel in the Financial District: Bocadillos.

*Please excuse my iPhone photos. 🙂

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As I think I’ve said before, I’m the type of person who looks at a menu and just wants to order everything. Because of this, tapas/small plates restaurants are perfect for me because I can try many different dishes. The first things I noticed when we sat down were the cute little details of the restaurant, starting with the lights.

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And plates and a jar of silverware on each table.

bocadillos silverwareSeriously genius for a place with multiple dishes constantly being brought to the table. Since I was dining at a Spanish tapas restaurant, I felt I would be remiss if I didn’t order a Spanish wine. Never mind the fact that tempranillo is already one of my favorites.

bocadillos wineThere are so many tasty looking things on the menu, but we decided to start off with four items and then go from there if we were still hungry. We started off with the kale salad, complete with avocado, lemon vinaigrette, and pepitos. We both agreed that a bit of avocado was needed with each bite to help cut the bitterness of the kale; otherwise, it was very good!

bocadillos saladNext, came the patatas bravas with a romesco sauce and the Hamburguesa, which basically means a burger and fries.

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bocadillos burgerThe fries were good – they were crispy on the outside and soft and yummy on the inside – but the spicy seasoning paired with the spicy sauce was just a bit too much for us. I powered through and ate more than Brett did, but towards the end, I just had to stop because my mouth couldn’t take the heat anymore. Next time I may ask them to go easy on the seasoning. The burger, however, was SO GOOD. It was so flavorful! It was essentially a slider, so we each only got about two bites, but those two bites were divine. I lobbied to order another but was shot down.

To finish, we had the bavette steak with chimichurri and black pepper.

bocadillos steakThere’s a restaurant in Indy where we would always go to split a chimicurri steak, but Bocadillos’ chimichurri is way better, in my opinion. The steak was tender, and the chimichurri had just the right amount of bite to it. While this was certainly not the best steak I’ve ever had, it was seriously tasty.

We decided to forgo dessert, but of course, twenty minutes later, when we got back to the hotel, my sweet tooth won over, so we ordered a brownie sundae in the bar. Boy, did we get a brownie.

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That brownie was seriously bigger than it looks in the picture! We couldn’t finish the whole thing, but it was good!

So back to Bocadillos: the atmosphere was pleasant (though it wasn’t very busy when we went – I’d be curious to go when crowded), and the food was delicious. Our server was very friendly and attentive. The only minor complaint I had was that the busser was almost too goodThat may sound like a weird complaint, but I’m not exaggerating when I say we had our water refilled every couple of minutes, sometimes only needing a half inch of water to fill the glass. Obviously, I’d rather have attentive service than nonexistent service, but it got to the point where I set my glass at the edge of the table so that he would stop reaching across me every three minutes and interrupting us. I suppose if that’s the only negative, then I’ll take it! 🙂

All in all, I really enjoyed my experience at Bocadillos. As I write more of these QB Eats Food reviews, I may come up with some sort of rating system. For now though, suffice it to say I would certainly recommend Bocadillos, and I will definitely be back!

 

 

 

Try It Tuesday 01 I Flourless Clean Pancakes

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My first “Try It Tuesday” involves something for YOU to try! I’ve been meaning to blog about this recipe for awhile now, and today seems like the perfect day to do so. I give you my Flourless Clean Pancakes!

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I got the inspiration for these pancakes from Blogilates, but I have revised and tweaked the recipe many times before finally settling on a dish I love. The original recipe calls for protein powder, but I decided I didn’t love that idea, so I finally perfected the perfect balance of ground oat “flour” and brown rice flour. Because of the oats, these aren’t 100% gluten free, but you could certainly sub GF oats, and they would be!

First, slice a banana in half. You will only need half for this recipe, so I suggest wrapping the unused half in plastic wrap to save for later, or just eat it! Mash your banana with a fork in a medium sized bowl. Obviously, the riper the banana, the easier it will be to mash.

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Next, gather up the rest of your ingredients!

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Next, you’ll need to measure your flours. Here’s the tricky part: I actually use a food scale to measure out the flours in grams. Since the original recipe called for a scoop of protein powder, and my protein powder scoop holds 30 grams, that’s how I came up with how much flour to use. I add just a little bit more egg whites than the original recipe calls for, so I use just a little bit more flour to balance out the viscosity of the batter. Therefore, I use 17 grams of oat flour and 17 grams of brown rice flour. Don’t have oat flour? Just blend rolled oats in a blender or food processor like I do. Don’t have a food scale? I’ve put each flour in a 1/4 measuring cup below for reference. Because each flour has a different weight and texture, the volumes are different. Also, you could certainly just use all oat flour or all brown rice flour; I just like to use both.

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Once you mix your flours with the banana, the mixture is going to become super powdery. In fact, you won’t even be able to mix it all together. This is normal.

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For the egg whites, I add just a hair under 1/2 a cup. I’m not sure why this amount; this just seems to give me the best consistency. I wanted to add more egg whites than the original recipe because I wanted more protein. Half a cup seemed like too much. Just like with the flours, once you add the egg whites, the batter is going to be very liquid-y. That’s when you add the cinnamon and the psyllium husk. If you’re not familiar with psyllium husk, you can find it at Trader Joes. It is a soluble fiber that helps aid in digestion and to provide a feeling of fullness. You could substitute ground flax seed or just more flour if you don’t have psyllium husk or just don’t want to use it.

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Meanwhile, turn a large skillet on your stove to medium heat.

Now to sweeten the deal: add a splash of vanilla extract (about half a teaspoon) and 4 drops of vanilla liquid stevia. Liquid stevia can be found at most grocery stores; I got mine at Whole Foods. As a substitution, you could use half a packet of any sweetener of your choice or about a 1/2 teaspoon of real sugar.

Finally, you will add almond milk to thin out the batter to your desired consistency. I start with two tablespoons and then go from there until it looks about like this: drippy but still holds together.

clean pancakes batter

Note: Make sure you are ready to use your batter somewhat immediately. I have found that the longer it sits, the more it thickens. If this happens, just add a bit more almond milk.

Grease your skillet with the oil of your choice. I use spray olive oil. Then, pour batter onto the skillet in small amounts, until your get the shape and/or number of pancakes your desire. I usually get about 4 medium sized pancakes. Let pancakes cook for about 2-3 minutes and then flip for about another minute or so. These don’t take very long, but the good thing is, if you happen to “overcook” them (aka start cooking and then forget about them), they’re fine. I’ve never burnt them! If you’d like a denser pancake, then cook longer.

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I think it’s important to note that these are not going to turn out the like fluffy glorious pancakes of your childhood. They’re flourless after all. These are going to turn out slightly thicker and denser than perhaps what you are used to, but they are still delicious!

Once finished, top with whatever you desire! Usually I just spread some almond butter on them, but you could add chopped bananas, the traditional butter and syrup, or I’ve even spread butter and jam on them! The possibilities are endless.

clean pancakes with almond butter and banana

So good! I seriously eat these almost every day for breakfast!

clean pancakes with almond butter and bananas

Here is the actual recipe, adapted from Blogilates’ “Low Carb, Low Fat, High Protein Pancake Recipe“:

Ingredients:

1/2 banana, mashed

17 g oat flour (just under 1/4 C)

17 g brown rice flour (about 1/8 C)

1/2 C (just under) egg whites

1 TBL psyllium husk

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

4 drops vanilla liquid stevia

2 TBL almond milk (or more, depending on desired consistency)

In a medium bowl, mash banana. Add oat flour and brown rice powder; mix with banana until a crumbly paste forms. Pour in egg whites; mix. Add cinnamon, psyllium husk, vanilla extract, and stevia. Mix. Batter will be quite thick. Add almond milk until desired consistency is reached. Heat a large skillet to medium heat and grease skillet. Pour pancake batter onto skillet in roughly 1/3 C increments. Cook pancakes for 2-3 minutes and then flip. Cooked sides should be golden brown. Cook other side for an additional 1-2 minutes. Top with your favorite pancake topping!

I hope you try these, and that they are as delicious to you as they are to me! Let me know in the comments if you try them and what you think of them – also, let me know if you have any questions! Enjoy!