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Stay Thankful

We need more days of the year where people are forced to eat their weight in poultry and be thankful for the ability to do it while simultaneously being thankful for all they have. 

Stay thankful friends

   
   

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Welcome to another exciting installment of: Angela Tries to Cook

Good afternoon fellow Sunday lovers. wpid-img_20150201_104351As I have said countless times, I am a lazy person but I really love food.

So this is where BuzzFeed’s three ingredient food recipe videos come in. They make some really fun stuff. I already tried to make the three ingredient pancakes, which ended up being a terrible idea.

This Sunday, we are trying to make Nutella BrowniesYes that is correct. Nutella brownies in three ingredients. 

Side Note: As a child of Italian immigrant family, Nutella was a major staple in my lunch box and kids thought it was the weirdest thing that I would bring chocolate sandwiches to school. But really, what the heck is wrong with people? Why wouldn’t people love chocolate sandwiches? But anyway, now people love Nutella and its great.

Ok so here we go! (Do me a favor, play the below vid and read/try these out man. TRUST)

3-Ingredient Nutella Brownies That I Tried First Just in Case

Things you will need:

  • 1 & 1/4 Cup of Nutella (heads up, this is like 3/4 of a standard 26 oz jar.. or maybe I used too much? whatever, to quote my sister “you can never have too much nutella”)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup of Flour
  • A Mixing Bowl
  • Pam (or an equivalent)
  • Brownie Pan

IMG_6042This is awfully exciting for me.

Step One

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Step Two

Measure out one and a quarter cups of Nutella into a medium sized mixing bowl. Nutella is really thick so I suggest a giant spoon. Good luck with that one.IMG_6043

Step Three

Crack both eggs onto the top of the Nutella in the mixing bowl. Don’t mix yet.IMG_6044

Step Four

Empty the 1/2 cup of flour into the bowl with the other ingredients and mix thoroughly.IMG_6045

Because the 3 things you’re using to make these brownies are so distinct in texture its very strange mixing them for the first second, but then its fine. Just make sure there are no flour pockets! hate those stupid things. They ruin everything.IMG_6046

Step Five

Grease your brownie pan. I ran out of Pam so I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil spray that I found in a cabinet. Still works. Pour your delicious mixture into the now greased pan. In the BuzzFeed video, their combo was pretty smooth and flowed in. Mine was more spongey so I had to scoop a little, but everything is A OKAY because we’re making Nutella Browniessssss.IMG_6049

Step Six

Place the brownie pan in the oven for 15 minutes. The video didnt say it (obvs) but I’m pretty sure I should have spun the pan around somewhere in the middle of that 15 min session because one side was a little undercooked but we still ate them so whatever.IMG_6050

Step Seven

Once the brownies are deliciously finished (and your whole home smells like Nutella – score) take the pan out and let it sit for about 10 minutes to cool off.IMG_6051

THEN CUT THEM AND STUFF ALL OF THEM DOWN YOUR THROAT BECAUSE THESE ARE FRIKIN DELICIOUS.IMG_6047

No joke, these are fantastic brownies and I am giving BuzzFeed’s video two thumbs way wayyyy up.

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So test out the Nutella Brownies and tell me what you think! I hope yours come out as delicious as mine and nothing like the stupid pancake I tried to make last time.

Side note to the organizational and existential crisis going on in the previous post:

Banana and peanut butter smoothies are a fantastic idea. 

If you have a blender, try this. Trust me:

  • One table spoon of peanut butter
  • One banana
  • Throw a bunch of ice and a little water in there so it’s not too thick

AND BOOM HEAVEN IN A LITTLE MIXY CUP

If you don’t believe me, here is a picture of my smoothie, my new giant water bottle, my hair from yesterday, and my pajamas from this morning even though it’s 9:30  at night and I need to go to sleep again soon. 

 

Newsflash: I’m extremely lazy

So I tend to look for the easiest and most efficient way of doing things. Sometimes they just don’t work out.

Enter: the three ingredient pancake. Maybe it’s just me,  but unless one of those ingredients is pancake mix, this ain’t gonna work out well in my favor.

While at work this week, I happened across this BuzzFeed video. Not one of my best ideas to try.

First of all, the only ingredients you’re supposed to use are a banana, two eggs and cinnamon. My first issue was that they didn’t give an amount for any of the ingredients, but I wanted to try anyway because who doesn’t love pancakes?

For prep, You will need:

  • A bowl
  • 2 eggs (according to the video)
  • A banana
  • Cinnamon

First things first, peel the banana and mush it with a fork. I forgot to take a picture of this because I was frustrated by how annoying it is to mush a banana with a fork. Stupid banana.

Next, crack the eggs into the mushed banana and mix them together. At this point, I kind of began realizing this would be very different than the video. My egg to banana ratio was way off. I used extra large eggs, which I don’t think I should have done but THE VIDEO HAD NO VOCAL INSTRUCTIONS. That made things hard.

Add some cinnamon, how much is obviously up to you, since we get no real instructions. I put 3 or 4 shakes in there.

Mix up your concoction. Spray some cooking spray on a frying pan just in case (I used Pam) and put it on the front burner on medium. Medium is usually best so that the outside doesn’t burn before the inside is cooked. 

This was really different than what the video’s pancake mix looked like. So this was my solidification that I was in the wrong somewhere.

Here is where you’re on your own. I put all of my mix in at once which was a terrible idea. I was pretending I was in the video and it was early when I tried this. I should’ve had coffee before. UGH, I mean really, look at this mess guys.
As if this wasn’t bad enough, I tried to get fancy with the flipping and then BOOM mess, broken pretend pancake everywhere. And that’s what it looked like when I finally got it into a plate. 

Just so you’re aware, I did not eat this. I tried it and decided that was enough. I did try to get my 10 year old cousin, James, to eat it but even he took issue with that.

I’m going to try to keep my food game somewhere near what normal people cook but I’m having issues. I’ll be putting all of my trials (both good and bad) on here so you guys can laugh at my mistakes.

Bon appétit mes amis!

So it’s finally hit me,

Apparently, I’m not in college anymore. 

Apparenty, I can’t eat Chinese food three times a week and expect to stay the same size if the only exercise I do is walking to and from the fridge.

Apparently, I’m supposed to actually care what I put in my body.

APPARENTLY THIS IS ADULTHOOD AND IT SUCKS.

So apparently I need to start taking better care of myself. Ugh

Over the next six months, I will be in 2 different countries besides America, I will be attending 2 anniversary parties where I will be dressed to the nines, I will be at 2 weddings within less than a month from each other, and I will be spending June through August in a bikini because I am pale as all hell and it makes me look slightly ill. 

All of that means I need to be in prime fighting form. So I’ve decided to start eating healthy and going to the gym on a regular (ish) basis. I think dragging my sorry ass onto the stair master at least 3 times a week can’t be a bad thing, even if it makes me want to dive head first into a pool of hungry sharks. But not only do I want to burn fat, I also want to build some serious muscle. Yea… We’ll see how that works out. 

But anyway, the reason for this post is to tell you about my healthy snack that I made all by myself: Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries

Obviously, I did not make this adorable little snack up, but I did conquer the hell out of it in my kitchen tonight. Bare with me while I pretend this was a serious job, ok?

First of all, I found this “recipe” online, if you can call it that. The frozen yogurt covered blueberries or FYCB as I will henceforth refer to them, are extremely straight forward and super easy. No joke, babies can do this. I haven’t checked out the rest of the site but it’s on my list of things to do. But without furtheradieu; FYCB.  

  
You will need:

  1. Greek Yogurt- I used blueberry because I’m not creative but any flavor works
  2. Blueberries (duh)
  3. A baking sheet to rest them on
  4. Wax paper or aluminum foil to cover the baking sheet
  5. A literal teaspoon, not the measuring device… Or a toothpick, which is what the recipe link above uses. 

To make th FYCB:

  1. First and foremost, make sure you wash the berries. This is critical because if you don’t that can be gross. I rinse mine, then left them in a bowl of water for about a minute. Then I strained them. Way easy and just a better idea
  2. Next, let them air dry a bit because I found that the yogurt stuck better to the dry blueberries
  3. (This will not sound pretty but if you’ve been here long, you know that nothing ever gets done “prettily”) BUT once they’re semi dry, dunk the berries into the yogurt, one at a time is probably best
  4. Swirled them around the yogurt container with the teaspoon until the berry is fully covered
  5. Take them out of the yogurt cup with the spoon and plopped them on the tray, leaving a little space between each
  6. Place in the freezer for about an hour

   

  

   

 Once they’ve been in there for about an hour, they’ll be cold and hard and really delicious on a really hot day. Careful though, if your teeth are sensitive to cold, proceed with caution.

   
   

The recipe I veered away from didn’t give any calories because she deemed the FYCB as healthy. I think she just didn’t wanna do the math to figure it out, which is completely understandable because I don’t want to either. But if you’re curious, the yogurt I used (Dannon’s Light and Fit Greek) is 80 calories for the whole container. I obviously didn’t use the whole container but I’ve included a picture of the nutritional info. Also, according to MyFitnessPal, which I’ve decided to use in my quest for a smaller waist, claims that one cup of blueberries is 11 calories. So if you care enough to figure that out, here ya go

  
I think I’m going to try to find delicious things to make and then document them here, since I suck at writing about everything else.

Wish me luck on my quest friends!