C arla Wells' blog promises ‘Simple Ingredients. Simple Recipes. Amazing Results.' And that's not all. It's also designed for people who love food as much as they love their gyms.
“I have a passion for cooking and baking, and I created this blog to share that passion with you. In January of 2010 I joined Weight Watchers and by October of 2010 I had reached my goal with a 36 pound weight loss! Most of the recipes you'll find on my blog these days are those I use on a daily basis that fit into my Weight Watchers plan. My goal is to create dishes that are good for you but don't sacrifice taste! I hope that you like what you see here at LGC and that you will try the recipes yourself...maybe even making some changes to make them your own. And if you do, please let me know, I'd love to know how you tweaked something to make it new!”
Let's start with a universal addiction. “Nutella. It's smooth, creamy, delicious. It's also kind of pricey. I wanted to try to make my own version. So, I go to the grocery store only to discover that they don't carry hazelnuts. Seriously? Change of plan. What can I use in place of the hazelnuts that would still taste yummy? On a whim, I decided to try sunflower seeds. Yes. Sunflower seeds. The end result was yummy. Not the same as Nutella, but yummy none the less. I decided to go with salted sunflower seeds because I love that salty-sweet combination. If you don't want the salty-sweet combo, just use unsalted sunflower seeds. I'm anxious to try other nuts/seeds for other flavours as well!
Sun-tella Spread: 1 cup sunflower seeds, 4 oz. semisweet chocolate chips melted, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 4-6 teaspoons vegetable oil. Place sunflower seeds in food processor and process until almost powdery. (If you want a chunkier spread, don't process quite as long). Add enough vegetable oil to form a smooth, soft paste. Pour in the melted chocolate, pulsing until smooth. Add powdered sugar, pulsing until it forms a smooth, spreadable consistency.”