Secret Ingredient Super Crispy Granola

If you search for a granola recipe on the internet, I'm sure tens of thousands of recipes pop up.  How could I stand out in a sea of traditional oat, nut,  and fruit mixtures? Hence, my secret ingredient idea was born: lentils!  It may seem like an odd choice at first glance, but after a leap of faith in the kitchen, my suspicions were confirmed. Their neutral flavor and crisp texture pair perfectly alongside granola's usual suspects. They also add a generous helping of fiber and protein without sending the calorie count through the roof. While  I'm not a proponent of calorie counting, and nuts and seeds are  nutritional powerhouses, their serving sizes are rather small, so the additional of lentils helps add bulk and makes for a bigger, longer  lasting breakfast or snack.

I opt for sprouted lentils whenever possible, since sprouting foods makes them more bioavailable (you can read more here), but it's by no means necessary.  Also, feel free to play around with the nuts, seeds, and other accoutrements. I'd love to hear what new version you come up with as well in the comments. Enjoy!      

 
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Ingredients

2-1/2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup sprouted lentils
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
8-10 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
chia "egg" (3 tbsp almond milk+1 tbsp chia)
3 tbsp nut butter of choice
1/4 cup avocado oil (or sub olive or coconut oil)
2-3 tbsp maple syrup
Cinnamon sprinkled on to taste
1 scoop plant-based vanilla protein powder+1/4 cup almond milk, optional

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 300F.
2. Combine chia egg ingredients and let sit for 10 min to "gel."
3. Mix oats, lentils, cashews, seeds, and dates in a large bowl.
3. Blend chia "egg," nut butter, avocado oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, protein powder and milk, if using, until smooth.
4. Combine wet and dry ingredients in the dry ingredient bowl.
5. Spread mixture evenly and thinly on parchment paper lined baking sheets (you will need at least 2 - this recipe makes a ton!)
6. Bake for 45-60 min, depending on how crispy you like it.
 7. Store in the fridge for maximum freshness and crunch!

 

Served here with Trader Joe's Purple Corn Flakes  and Almond Milk

Served here with Trader Joe's Purple Corn Flakes  and Almond Milk

"Everything But The Bagel" Flax Crackers

These crackers have become a staple in my weekly meal prep. They are so simple and satisfying - the perfect vehicle for endless permutations of toppings! I've included some of my favorites below the recipe. The Everything But The Bagel Seasoning from Trader Joe's is my personal favorite and even further streamlines the recipe. It also makes it a nutrient dense alternative to the traditional refined carb heavy classic NYC bagel. Don't get me wrong, those are great, too, but flaxseeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids and fiber which both do wonders for digestion, skin and hair. 

 
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Ingredients:
1 cup flax seeds
1 cup water
2 tbsp coconut aminos
"Everything But The Bagel" Seasoning from Trader Joe's to taste (see variations below)

Directions:
1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Let sit for 10 minutes or so, the flax seeds will start to "gel."
3. Spread out very thin on parchment paper lined dehydrator tray. This part will take the longest, slightly wet your fingers to prevent the flaxseed mixture from sticking.
4. Dehydrate at 115F for 15-20 hours or longer (you can't really overcook them). If you don't have a dehydrator, try the lowest setting on your oven and check periodically. Comment below if you try this way to let others know how it turns out!
5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for maximum shelf-life and sustained crunch.

Fun variations:
-Sub the coconut aminos for maple syrup and everything bagel spice for cinnamon for a sweet version
-Sub everything bagel spice for turmeric, black pepper, and cayenne for a spicy kick
-Sub everything bagel spice for italian seasoning blend (rosemary, basil, thyme, oregano)

Topping ideas:
-Kite Hill Almond Chive Cream Cheese and figs (fresh or dried)
-Avocado, tahini drizzle, and crushed red pepper
-Nut butter
-Hummus and cucumber or roasted red peppers
 

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Za'atar Spiced Broiled Tofu

Soy: a staple among the many controversial health topics. For every article that comes out against soy, you'll find equal in favor. Here's my brief two cents. Read everything critically. Many studies focus on soy protein isolates, rather than whole food soy. When something is in an isolated form, it is unnaturally processed and concentrated, also concentrating its good and bad qualities. Soybeans in their natural state are an excellent source of fiber, B vitamins, calcium, and protein. It would be extremely tough to eat to consume the amount of natural soy equivalent to that of soy protein isolate in say a commercial soy protein shake.

But buyer beware, even some "natural" blocks of tofu contain soy protein isolate as an ingredient to up the protein content of their products in a protein obsessed consumer market. A quick glance at the ingredient list should easily indicate whether or not it is a wise purchase for your health. It should consist of a short list (a good rule of thumb regardless of the product): water, organic soybeans (sprouted soybeans is an added plus!), and salt for a natural preservative. While buying organic can add up, I do believe that soy is a top priority organic purchase given that soy is one of the most heavily genetically modified crops. Organic tofu is still a far cheaper option than even non organic meats and when cooked according to the recipe that follows, I bet even the most diehard carnivores will enjoy this dish!

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Ingredients:
1 package tofu
1/3 cup coconut aminos
Za'atar spice to taste (or sub seasoning of choice)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 500F. Drain water from tofu package. Slice in half, and then make 3-4 more slices from each half.
2. Wrap each slice in paper towel or cheesecloth.
3. Put cans, cookbooks, or something else heavy over the wrapped tofu to squeeze out all excess liquid (This step is so important to the consistency, which I know is often a complaint of tofu. This will help it obtain a heartier texture and absorb the seasoning for maximum flavor).
4. Lay slices in a single layer in a container or tray and pour coconut aminos and spices over them.
5. Let sit in the fridge overnight if possible (longer it sits, the more flavor it will absorb, but you can also bake it right away).
6. Drizzle olive oil on a baking sheet and broil for about 10-15 minutes per side, depending on how crispy you like it.

Orange Cauliflower

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This is a spin on the classic Chinese takeout favorite, Orange Chicken. Rather than deep frying chicken and slathering it in a sketchy radioactive orange sauce, I opted for more natural ingredients. My version is packed with fiber from the cauliflower and garbanzo bean flour and low in sugar and sodium. 

I chose to use cauliflower in this recipe, but I've made it with diced chicken for a meat eating crowd (much to their surprise the pescatarian could cook a mean chicken dish!) It works well as appetizer or served with rice, noodles, and veggies for a complete dish.

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Ingredients

2 heads cauliflower, cut into pieces
1 egg beaten
Heaping 1/2 cup flour (I typically use almond or garbanzo bean flour) 

Sauce:
1/4 cup coconut aminos (which is an awesome soy sauce alternative)
1 tbsp sesame oil
1/4 cup orange juice
1/3 cup water
1 tbsp sunbutter
Sriracha or chili pepper to taste
1 tbsp fresh ginger or 1 tsp ground
1-2 tbsp honey or agave
2 garlic cloves ( I use frozen puréed garlic. It comes packaged in individual cubes so I used 2)
2 tbsp arrowroot starch or add'l flour 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425
2. Coat the cauliflower in egg and flour (easy hack: throw everything in a big plastic grocery bag and shake until coated) 
3. Bake at 425 for about 45 minutes, checking and flipping once or twice
4. Blend all sauce ingredients and heat over low heat in a skillet or wok
5. Add cauliflower and cook until the sauce is thick and coats it (about 10-15 minutes)

Peachy Quinoa

Quinoa for breakfast?! Yes, you can totally have quinoa to switch it up from your normal oatmeal. I love doing this as a way to use up any leftover quinoa I prepped for the week. It's also great hot or cold. Personally, I prefer it cold, especially in the summer time. Plus with about 2 minutes of prep the night before, you have a grab and go breakfast come morning! You could really top this with anything as you would traditional oats, however, in light of peach season I'm sneaking them in every chance I can!

Ingredients
1/2 cup prepared quinoa
1 tbsp chia seeds
splash of almond milk or nondairy milk of choice
1 tsp coconut oil, optional

Directions
1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and let sit at least 10 minutes or overnight in the fridge.
2. If preparing hot, you can heat the mixture in the microwave for about 1 min 30 seconds or over the stovetop until warm.


Zoodles with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto and Brazil Nut "Parm"

I know, ANOTHER zucchini recipe! But it's zucchini season and I am a part of Delvin Farms CSA, which means every other week I get a box filled with their crops from the week. CSAs are a great way to get inexpensive, local, fresh produce! Although you don't get to choose what you receive (it's based on what they grow and the season), it's allowed me to become creative with my recipes. Plus I can truly taste the difference between local produce and even organic imports at Whole Foods. If you have any questions about CSAs, farmers markets, buying organic, etc. leave me a message or comment below!

Back to the recipe now... This one took me about 10 minutes to put together. One of the biggest push-backs I get from clients is that they "don't have time to cook." Trust me you have time for this one (and in general eating plant-based foods lends itself to shorter prep time, but that's a whole other topic...one that I go over in my Cleanup Program!). I've made this recipe multiple times this week alone - it's so fresh and delicious! If you like it, be sure to double or triple the pesto and parm so all you will have to do is spiralize your zucchini, mix and eat!

Ingredients:
serves 1
1 zucchini
1 cup chopped broccoli florets 
2 heaping tbsp sun-dried tomatoes
4 large brazil nuts
1-2 tbsp nutritional yeast*
fresh basil, oregano, himalayan pink salt, and pepper to taste  

Directions:
1.  Spiralize your zucchini or thinly slice or grate. I use this spiralizer.
2. In a food processor or blender, combine broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes, and spices. You may need to add a bit of olive oil if your tomatoes are really dry. Remove and set aside.
3. Now pulse the brazil nuts, nutritional yeast, and salt in the food processor until a fine dusting (like parmesan cheese!).
4. Combine the spiralized zucchini, broccoli sun-dried tomato pesto, and brazil nut parm and serve. Optionally top with additional basil and fresh tomatoes. 

*Nutritional yeast sounds super un-appetizing but trust me it has a savory, cheesy flavor and is loaded with vitamin b12 and protein but super low cal! 

Raw Zucchini Bread Bites

My No Bake Energy Bites have been such a huge hit among clients, family, and friends, so I am always experimenting and tweaking the flavors to make unique variations. This time, however, I really went outside the box and added shredded zucchini to the mix. At first, it sounds strange, but honestly it tastes like zucchini bread batter - without all of the processed flour and sugar that goes along with traditional zucchini bread. The main difference between these bites and my original ones, is that because of the watery nature of zucchini, they have the best consistency after freezing them. They've been an awesome little sweet frozen treat after dinner during these hot summer days, but they are also great for a little boost of energy pre-workout or afterwards when your smoothie just isn't cutting it!

Ingredients:
makes 12 bites
1/2 zucchini, chopped
4-6 brazil nuts
1/4 cup unsweetened dried figs
1/2-1 scoop vanilla protein powder (or sub 1/4 cup rolled oats)
1 tbsp chia seeds
Cinnamon powder, to taste

Directions:
1. In a food processor or blender, process the zucchini pieces until finely grated (optional: use a block grater)
2. Add in remaining ingredients and process until smooth. The consistency will be thicker than cake batter but thinner than nut butter.
3. Scoop out (I used 1 tbsp to keep them fairly evenly sized) and roll into balls. They're not going to be perfect because they are very sticky. Slightly wetting your fingers helps.
4. Lay them out on a piece of parchment paper or a long glass container (so they are not overlapping) and freeze overnight. After they are frozen you can consolidate them and store them in the freezer for a few months or more (if they last that long...)

  

Overnight Zoats

Zoats? No, that wasn't a typo! Zoats are oatmeal packed with shredded zucchini to add volume and a boat load of nutrients to your morning porridge. Ok, so I know it may sound strange, but think of it like zucchini bread! I first fell in love with zoats making them with my best friend, who has the recipe on her blog. With the Nashville summer heat in full swing, I was craving something cool and refreshing instead. I had been making a lot of overnight oats and chia pudding so I did a little experimenting and merged it with my beloved zoats and BAM Overnight Zoats were born. The best part? It takes just 5 minutes of prep the night before and then you have a nutritious and delicious breakfast ready to grab and go!

shown here with homemade almond-walnut butter, fresh blackberries, and unsweetened coconut flakes

shown here with homemade almond-walnut butter, fresh blackberries, and unsweetened coconut flakes

Ingredients:
1/2-3/4 grated zucchini (I used 1/2 a zucchini, chopped it and threw it in the food processor or blender on a low setting)
1/4 cup oats (optional, but an easier transition for those new to zoats and sometimes we need a extra boost of healthy carbs in the morning)
1/2-1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup nondairy milk or coconut water
Your choice mix-ins (choose 2-3)*: 1 tbsp nut butter, coconut oil, 1 scoop plant-based protein powder, fresh or dried fruit, granola, chopped nuts, unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions:
1. Combine grated zucchini, oats, chia seeds, and milk in a mason jar or glass container. Stir well and place in the fridge overnight.
2. In the morning, add your choice mix-ins and enjoy!

*My favorite combinations:  
1. homemade cinnamon almond butter+vanilla protein powder
2. 2 tsp coconut oil+fresh peach slices+1-2 tbsp shredded coconut
3. 1 tbsp tahini+chopped dried figs or dates  
Post your favorite creations in the comments! 

Mexican Quinoa Casserole

My friends and I LOVE Mexican food. Given that they're typically the guinea pigs for new recipes, I wanted to try a healthy twist on a Mexican casserole dish. Casseroles are so perfect because you just mix the ingredients and pour it into a baking dish and 20 minutes later - voila! It makes it easy when serving a crowd or to use as leftovers throughout the week. Adios for now!

Ingredients:
(serves 4)
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 can black beans, throughly rinsed and drained
2-3 bell peppers, chopped
1/2 cup corn kernels
1-2 cups chopped kale
2 red bell peppers
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1-2 avocados
1/2 cup dairy-free cheese, optional (I used almond cheese, see picture below)
Juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp olive oil
Spices: cumin, chili powder, paprika, cayenne, cilantro, to taste

Directions:
1. Broil 2 red bell peppers until blackened. Remove from oven, wrap in foil, and let sit for 10 minutes.
2. Cook quinoa according to package directions.
3. Sautée chopped bell peppers, corn, and kale with spices and 1/2 tbsp olive oil.
4. Combine quinoa, beans, veggies, and cheese in an oven safe dish.
4. Carefully peel and deseed broiled peppers and blend with 1/2 an avocado, lime juice, remaining olive oil and spices to create a roasted red pepper enchilada sauce.
5. Pour sauce over casserole and stir until well combined.
6. Heat casserole at 400F for 15-20 minutes, or until the top is crisped.


Simple Leek Scramble

Leeks are in the same family as onions and garlic, so they have the same cancer-fighting properties, but with a sweeter, less pungent taste. Allium vegetables contain many antioxidants that promote cardiovascular health as well. Not to mention they add a unique flavor to an otherwise plain, unexciting egg white scramble!

Ingredients:
2-4 egg whites
1/2 cup leeks, chopped
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, sliced
Pepper, cayenne, to taste
Optional: top with avocado slices

Directions:
1. Whisk egg whites with peppers.
2. Sautée tomatoes and leeks until soft, about 3-5 minutes.
3. Add egg whites to the pan and scramble until cooked to desired doneness.

No Bake Energy Bites

Dates are the stars of these bite-sized nuggets, which provide a great boost of energy pre-workout or immediate fuel post-workout. This is because dates are low glycemic, so they won't spike your blood sugar and contain high levels of B vitamin, and magnesium, which are essential for energy and muscle function. They are easily digested and quickly provide the nutrients your body needs after a tough sweat session. Blend in cranberries, almonds, cashews, oats, and plant-based protein powder, and you have yourself an easy and nutritious snack sure to satisfy anyone's sweet tooth!

Ingredients:
(makes around approx. 30 balls, serving size is 2-3 depending on your needs)
4-6 dates, soaked in water for at least a few hours
1 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1 cup oats
Optional: 1 scoop protein powder, cinnamon, vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Blend half the mixture at a time as to not overheat your blender. You will probably have to stop and stir often.
2. Once the entire mixture is blended, it should have an ultra thick nut butter like consistency. Roll pieces approximately 1/2-1 tbsp at a time.
3. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight for best results. Keeps for several weeks in an airtight container in the fridge.

the mixture in the blender before it is rolled into balls

the mixture in the blender before it is rolled into balls


The Secret Purple Monster

Ok, I'm going to preface this with a few things: 1.  This is my absolute favorite smoothie. 2. Yes, the "secret" is that is has an uncommon veggie for a smoothie 3. No, you can't taste it. 4. I taste tested this one (among 3 other smoothies in my eCookbook) at a Kickoff to Summer Party I cohosted with Megan Conner of Endorphins training, and this one was voted the crowd favorite! Bottom line, try it and change your life!

Ingredients:
1 cup almond milk
1 cup frozen wild blueberries
Handful cauliflower florets* 
1-2 tbsp almond butter
1 date, optional for natural added sweetness and fiber
1 scoop plant-based vanilla protein powder, optional for additional protein

*Why cauliflower? Cauliflower's mild taste is easily masked by other ingredients in a smoothie. It creates a thick and creamy texture to fill you up without adding many calories. Cauliflower also has an extensive list of health benefits. 1. It contains phytonutrients that activate the enzymes that support your body's natural detoxification system. 2. Its antioxidant support lowers cells' oxidative stress by reducing the number of free oxygen-containing molecules. An overabundance of these free radicals is linked to a multitude of cancers, so it's crucial to consume foods high in antioxidants to combat this risk factor. 3. Finally, it contains many anti-inflammatory nutrients, which lowers your risk of cardiovascular disease. Want to learn more about how to eat to lower your risk for cancer and other strongly diet-related diseases? Shoot me a message

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Tropical Key Lime "Ice Cream"

I've had my Vitamix for about a year now and I've seen so many people use it to make ice cream out of frozen fruit (most commonly bananas). I've been skeptical, but last week I saw key limes at Publix and was inspired to make a healthy dessert out of them. Alas, this was the final product: thick and creamy ice cream consistency and amazing tropical flavors without milk, cream, or sugar!

Ingredients:
2-3 key limes, juiced
1-1.5 cups frozen pineapple chunks
1/3-1/2 avocado, depending on the size
Handful of unsweetened coconut flakes
Splash of coconut milk to get it moving in the blender
Optional sweetener - a few drops of Stevia extract, 1/2 a frozen banana, or 1-2 tsp honey/agave

Blend everything in a high-powered blender until it reaches the desired consistency. I liked mine with a few coconut and pineapple chunks! *Note for best consistency, eat immediately. If you want to save it, freeze it and then re-blend it with a splash more milk to achieve a similar texture.

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Avocado Toasts

This simple and versatile treat can be enjoyed for breakfast, a light lunch, or snack. I love having it along side a big salad or a bowl of soup. The basic recipe is just a piece of toast (preferably a sprouted grain bread like Ezekiel) and then 1/4-1/2 of an avocado, depending on its size, mashed and spread across the toast. Below are some fun variations to try! Comment below with your favorites!

Savory:

  • Lemon pepper, lemon juice, and crushed red pepper, optional drizzle of olive oil
  • Hemp seeds, tahini, and lemon juice
  • Cilantro, lime juice, cayenne, tomatoes optional to add black beans to make it more filling
  • Cucumber, sriracha, sesame seeds, ginger

Sweet: 

  • Orange slices and basil  
  • Sprinkle of bee pollen and drizzle of honey or agave (great for allergies if using local bee products!)
  • Strawberries and goat cheese 


Super Boost Snack Mix

This is a super simple and nutritious snack to make in bulk so you can have it on hand when hunger strikes! 

Ingredients:
1 cup almonds
1 cup SeaPoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup goji berries
1/2 cup unsweeted coconut flakes

*Tips
-Pre-portion it into snack bags with 1/4-1/2 cup in each for "grab-n-go" convenience
-Make it your own! Substitute any nuts, seeds, dried fruit in the same proportions. Try walnuts, pumpkin seeds, freeze-dried fruit, hemp seeds, toasted oats! Comment with your favorite renditions and post them on instagram with #uncagedcuisine 


Have Your (Carrot) Cake and Eat it Too!

Maybe it's because of my cinnamon addiction or having a pet bunny growing up rubbed off on me, but carrot cake is one of my favorite desserts. After much experimentation, I concocted a couple much healthier alternatives! Below is my recipe for Carrot Oatmeal Muffins and if you subscribe you may just find a certain smoothie in my eCookbook involving some of these ingredients :)

makes 12 regular muffins or 24 minis

Ingredients:
1.5 cups oats
1 cup shredded carrots
2 egg whites
1/4 cup almond butter
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup almond or coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp coconut extract (optional or sub 1 tsp coconut oil)
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ginger
1/2 scoop protein powder (optional)
Sliced almonds for topping (optional)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until throughly mixed (it should look like the first picture below).
3. Spray or grease muffin tins (I used Trader Joe’s coconut oil spray – my fav), and fill each with 1-3 tbsp of batter depending on the size of your tins. Top with additional almond slices, if desired (I used Trader Joe’s Honey Roasted Almond Slices – another staple in my pantry).
4. Bake for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
5. They’re great with a drizzle of honey or almond butter as well!

Brussels Sprouts Bonanza

Much to my delight, Costco sells a big bag of raw brussels sprouts. With two pounds of these bad boys on my hands, I was determined to try as many different variations as possible throughout the week. To start I cut them all in half and roasted them at 425 for about 35 minutes, flipping them about halfway through. Then throughout the week I added this base to different recipes that you’ll find below.

Classic 

This is my go to recipe – the perfect mix of savory, sweet, and spicy. Roast with the remaining ingredients to intensify the flavor or simply add in afterwards. 

Ingredients
1 cup brussels sprouts
1-2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Drizzle of olive oil or melted coconut oil
Cinnamon and cayenne pepper
1-2 tsp maple syrup, optional

Balsamic

Ingredients
1 cup brussels sprouts
1-2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Lemon juice, basil, rosemary, oregano, crushed red pepper
Drizzle of olive oil, optional

Mix roasted brussel sprouts with remaining and ingredients. Shown here served with diced tomatoes and quinoa

Sriracha Lime

Ingredients
1 cup brussels sprouts
2 tbsp coconut aminos (or sub soy sauce)
Lime juice, sriracha, ginger, crushed red pepper, sesame seeds

Mix roasted brussel sprouts with remaining and ingredients. Shown here served with black rice, kale, peanuts, and a poached egg. For a perfect poached egg, simmer a pot of water, pour an egg in and gently swirl for 3-4 minutes as shown below.

Brussels Sprouts "Hash"

This last recipe takes a spin on a classic breakfast side dish by using shredded brussels sprouts, sweet potato, kale, and avocado instead of white potato, sausage, and cheese. 

Ingredients
1 cup shredded brussels sprouts (or roughly chop whole ones)
1/2 sweet potato, grated
1 tomato, diced
1 egg
Drizzle of olive oil or melted coconut oil
Thyme, cayenne pepper, rosemary, lemon pepper
1/4 avocado, optional

Pan fry all ingredients (except the egg) until softened. Add the egg in last and cook to your desired consistency. Top with avocado, if desired.

#yolkporn

#yolkporn



Blueberry Lemon Chia Compote

Chia seeds are great for creating a jam consistency because they expand to up to 10 times their size when combined with liquid. One morning, I was just playing around in the kitchen and ended up with this delicious compote that came together in just about 10 minutes!

Ingredients
1/4 cup blueberries
juice of one lemon
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
lemon zest or lemon oil (optional)

Directions
1. Mash ripe blueberries with the back of a fork.
2. Add lemon juice, chia seeds, and zest.
3. Stir well to combine and let sit for at least 10 minutes to let the chia seeds expand and thicken the compote.
4. Enjoy over oats, breakfast quinoa, toast, pancakes, or just with a spoon!

Notes
*This is just for about 1 serving, feel free to double or triple the recipe. It will keep for about 2 weeks in the fridge in an airtight container.
*If you’d like a smoother consistency, you can blend the lemon juice and blueberries before adding the chia seeds. Personally, I liked it chunkier.

Shown here over cooked millet and toasted coconut flakes

Shown here over cooked millet and toasted coconut flakes

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites with Homemade BBQ Sauce

These are a fun appetizer alternative to serve in lieu of greasy fried chicken wings!

Ingredients:
2 heads of cauliflower, chopped into bite-sized florets
~1/2 cup garbanzo bean flour (or sub flour of choice)
1/2 cup water or 1 egg beaten
1 tbsp earth balance spread, melted (or sub olive or coconut oil)
1/2 recipe of Homemade BBQ Sauce (see below) (or your favorite BBQ sauce, prob about 1/2 cup)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 425F.
2. Mix garbanzo bean flour and water until slightly runny (pancake batter consistency).
3. Coat cauliflower pieces with batter
4. Roast cauliflower on a baking sheet with earth balance or oil for about 30-45 minutes.
5. Pour the sauce over the cauliflower and return to the oven for another 15-20minutes.
6. Broil for an additional 5 minutes for extra crisp!

Homemade BBQ Sauce:
12oz plain tomato paste
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
4 medjool dates, pitted
1 garlic clove
4-5 pearl onions (I buy tiny frozen ones at TJ, if not sub 1/2 large onion)
spices to taste: paprika, cumin, cayenne, thyme. salt, pepper