Friday Favorites! – (3/20/15)

by Her Happy Balance on March 20, 2015

Hey, friends! TGIF and happy first official day of Spring. Ironically, Philly is supposed to be getting hit with a wintry mix of snow and rain today. Rude! Mother Nature has her hormones all out of whack or something. Here’s hoping for a nicer first weekend of spring!

Favorite #1

Spicy rosemary and cumin nuts

I’m on spring break! That should probably be a favorite all by itself, but the extra free time has allowed me to get a little craftier in the kitchen -win! I roasted up some nuts in a spicy rosemary and cumin blend. These babies lasted a whopping two days! I really have no self control when it comes to nuts #twss. I have some leftover raw nuts, so I think I’ll probably try a different spice blend and then put the recipe for whichever was the winner up on HHB. One thing that stinks though, raw nuts are so darn expensive! I spent almost $30 on maybe 5 cups of raw nuts. They need to go on permanent sale right now.

Favorite #2

protein pudding

Giving up chocolate and peanut butter for lent was pretty rough – saying so long to peanut butter was really the worst. So in an effort to look for a healthy, sweet treat alternative I tried my hand at protein pudding. I was pretty worried it would end up on my “Let’s Make This Delicious Food More Healthy and Totally Ruin Every Good Thing About It” list…but it didn’t! In fact, I love it so much I’ve made 4 different batches! So far I’ve tried making both chocolate and vanilla puddings with three different types of protein powder…all of them magically disappeared :) Again, I’m trying to perfect the recipe and choose an ideal protein powder to use before sharing, but it’s seriously one of the highlights of my life currently. That’s probably not saying much about the excitement in my life. Or maybe it just doesn’t take much to make me happy? Let’s go with the second one.

Favorite #3

Irish boiled dinner

I have a few ounces of Irish blood in my body, but man I love to milk my “Irish” status on St. Patrick’s Day! This year not only did it include a night out dancing at an Irish pub with my lovely graduate school friends, but it also included my favorite meal ever – corned beef and cabbage! What makes the meal is all of the extra sauces my mom goes to the effort to make – love that lady. And it was so great to have the whole family over so we could all celebrate together. 

Favorite #4

buffalo chicken lettuce wraps

And keeping with the theme of this post – {or is it the theme of all of my posts?} – another meal I’m loving is buffalo chicken lettuce wraps. I take a little homemade bleu cheese dressing, store-bought is fine too, and smear it on the bottom of my romaine lettuce leaves. Then I top them with chicken or tuna salad which is held together with hot sauce instead of mayonnaise – or my buffalo wing hummus if I have it on-hand. Finally, sprinkle the salad with a little crushed red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and garlic powder and you are all set! 

And a couple bonus favorites from around the web…

IG quote

Thomas Edison quote

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend! I’m linking up with the lovely Katie, Heather, and Claire. Let’s hope the weather gets more spring-like!

Favorite protein powder to cook and bake with?
How did you celebrate St. Paddy’s this year?
Any fun weekend plans on deck?


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