It’s official, you can make cake in a mug!

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For those who don’t have an oven in their place or if you just hate using the oven, have no fear.. mug cakes are here! Now let me tell you, making a mug cake is as easy as brushing your teeth. All you have to do is either buy cake mix (which is what I did) or make the cake mix from scratch.

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Follow the steps on the box and then make sure you whisk all the ingredients together so that there are no lumps in your cake mix. Once you have done that get out a large mug and pour about 1/2 of the mix into the cup. Make sure you don’t pour too much of the cake mix in because while in the microwave the cake rises quite a bit. You then put the mug into the microwave for a minute and 30 seconds the then the cake should be ready. Take it out test it with a toothpick or fork and if it still needs some time put it back in for 10-15 seconds. There you have it, a fast and yummy treat that doesn’t involve the oven.

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Carly Jensen xo

Simple & Delicious

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This meal is quick, easy and quite healthy as well. Pork, yam mash and veggies are a good way to hit all the food groups and not feel guilty about how good it tastes. What more could you ask for?

Ingredients:

1) Pork
2) 1 large potato
3) 1 sweet potato
4) 1 onion
5) A handful of green beans
6) 1 head of broccoli
7) Butter
8) Milk
9) Salt n Pepper

First step in creating this dish is to peel the potato and sweet potato and cut them into smaller pieces. Once cut, add them to a pot of boiling water where they will take 20 minutes to cook. Season your pork up with salt and pepper on both sides then add to frying pan on medium heat (7-8 minutes per side). Add cut up onions to the frying pan and cook them for a total of 10 minutes. At this time you may also add your cut up broccoli and green beans into the pot of boiling water, which will take 10 minutes as well. Once vegetables are cooked plate them along with the pork and onions. Finally take a tablespoon of butter along with 1-2 tablespoons of milk and add it to your potato and sweet potato. Mash all of it together, adding salt and pepper to taste. The good news with this dish is that at least sweet potato mash is better for you than regular mash! You are now ready to dig in.

Enjoy your meal πŸ™‚

Carly Jensen xo

Food Credit – Nick Thompson

Simple & Delicious – Weekend Pancakes

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Weekend pancakes are what I look forward to every Saturday and Sunday morning because it makes the entire weekend more delicious and fun. It makes it an extra treat to wait to do these on the weekend because you can sleep in, wake up then dig into these fluffy treats that will leave your mouth watering! If you usually have cereal or toast for breakfast during the week, I find that it is extremely fun to mix it up with these on the weekends.

Ingredients

1) 1 cup of self raising flour

2) 1 large egg

3) 1 cup of water

4) 1 table spoon of sugar

5) 1 banana

6) 40 grams of chocolate (milk, white, dark, whatever you feel like)

7) 5 strawberries

8) maple syrup

9) jam

10) butter

11) icing sugar

First you must grease the pan with a bit of butter for less stick and better appearance. Then mix water and flour together in a bowl and whisk thoroughly. Then add your egg and gently whisk through until all clumps of flour have dissolved. Then add your finely sliced banana or strawberries into the batter and mix through. You are welcome to go ahead and add in your crushed chocolate or you can wait to use it as a garnish on top. Cook on low to medium heat on frying pan for about 2 minutes each side. When bubbles start to appear on entire top of pancake then you know it is ready to flip, make sure you always check. Add maple syrup, butter, fruit, chocolate and jam for a nice garnish on top, and then you have the best morning treat there is.

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Enjoy your meal πŸ™‚

Namaste – Carly Jensen

Food Credit – Nick Thompson

Simple & Delicious – Stir Fry

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Full of colour and oozing with flavours, this dish is definitely one to please. This delicious meal can be cooked in 15 minutes tops and is probably the most flavorful dish you can get. Asian flavours make this dish a stir fry that will keep your taste buds sizzling.

Ingredients:

1) Hokkein or Singapore Noodles (Noodles of your choice)
2) Chicken Breast
3) 1 large onion
4) 1 Broccoli
5) 1 Carrot
6) Handful of Green Beans
7) Cherry Tomatoes and Peppers are optional
8) Teriyaki sauce, Kung pao sauce or some type of Asian flavouring for your dish.

For starters, cut up the chicken in bite sized pieces and start cooking it in your frying pan on the stove. Add your cut up onion and mix with chicken until chicken starts to brown. Cut up your broccoli, carrot and green beans into bite sized pieces. To make sure your vegetables are well cooked, boil them in hot water first for about 5 minutes before adding to the frying pan with the chicken and onion. Mix the chicken, and vegetables all together in the frying pan and add your sauce. Now it is time to cook your noodles by adding them to a pot of boiling hot water on the stove. Cook them in the hot water for about 3 minutes then drain water. You can then add the noodles to the frying pan and mix everything thoroughly. Another option is to put noodles on plate then add chicken and vegetables nicely on top of the noodles for a more polished look. You are welcome to garnish with sesame seeds or add some hot sauce for an extra kick!

Enjoy your meal πŸ™‚

Namaste – Carly Jensen

Food Credit – Nick Thompson

Simple & Delicious

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Looking for a quick and easy lunch idea? This meal takes no longer than 10 minutes and you won’t be sacrificing taste either. Baked beans, toast with a fried egg on top and garnish the plate with some nice sliced tomatoes and you got yourself a healthy and delicious lunch.

Ingredients:

1) Can of Baked Beans
2) Bread of Your Choice
3) Eggs
4) Butter
5) Tomatoes
6) Salt n Pepper

To make this meal all you have to do is fry an egg on the stove and at the same time cook your baked beans in a pot as well. Throw in a piece of bread into the toaster then butter it once it is done. Once the fried egg is done, place the egg on your buttered toast and the baked beans beside it on the plate. Garnish with some juicy sliced tomatoes then add some freshly cracked salt n pepper on top for flavour! There you have it, a simple and delicious meal in under 10 minutes.

Enjoy your meal πŸ™‚

Namaste – Carly Jensen

Food Credit – Nick Thompson

Why Simplicity is the Key to Happiness

Why Simplicity is the Key to Happiness

Some people find peace within the chaos of life while some people find their happiness once it is calm and relaxed. For me I find both aspects of life important but to become calm for myself I must practice relaxation regularly. For people who suffer from anxiety and even those who just need to slow the pace of their life down take these tips and you will be on the right track to simplicity. Have you ever had too many options in front of you and not known what one to choose? This is because the mind actually doesn’t like to have too many options. It causes more stress and anxiety to have to figure out which option you would regret the least. If your choices were less it would make it simpler, which is why I believe that we must simplify our lives as much as possible. Less is more; you don’t need hundreds of materialistic items to bring you happiness. You can actually practice your own happiness. It comes from within, so simplify your life, find your calm and conquer each day. Here are a few things I do that bring me happiness and they are all quite simple:

1) Drink Tea
2) Yoga
3) Going For Walks
4) Read
5) Meditate
6) Bubble Baths
7) Massages

Namaste – Carly Jensen

Photo taken from Pinterest