Chia Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast

Chia Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast

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Chia Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast
Power packed and loaded with nutrients, this breakfast is easy to make from scratch and serves as a canvas for TONS of different flavor combos. Fresh fruit, dried fruit, chocolate, natural sweeteners...the sky's the limit. However, do note that even though quinoa and oatmeal are loaded with nutrients, they are still high in carbohydrates. Don't go too crazy on sweetening agents, as they'll spike your glycemic response and you'll crash (and be more likely to retain those elements as fat). Try to focus on low-sugar fruits (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, bananas, etc.) BTW, I use the higher concentration of quinoa as it's a complete protein. That means it contains all 23 amino acids; the same makeup found in animal protein, but plant based.
Chia Quinoa Oatmeal
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Primary Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Primary Ingredients
Chia Quinoa Oatmeal
Instructions
  1. Put main ingredients into small pot, uncovered, and turn heat to just over medium (6 out of 10). Give ingredients a slight stir, and then allow water to come to a light boil.
  2. Chop fruit, chocolate and other ingredients.
    chocolate and bananas
  3. Stir lightly every few minutes. Let water continue to boil off. Mixture is done when you can stir it so that it's viscous, but not watery. If air vents develop in the mixture, you've cooked it too long. (Oops.)
  4. Turn off heat. Add powdered ingredients (cinnamon, turmeric) and mix until blended. Then add fruit. Frozen blueberries will defrost in the mixture within a minute or so.
    Oatmeal Quinoa
  5. Transfer everything to a bowl and allow to cool for 1-3 minutes. Add chocolate, peanut butter or other meltable items and move lightly across the top of the mixture. Serve and/or eat!
Chocolate Blueberry Banana Power Smoothie

Chocolate Blueberry Banana Power Smoothie

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Chocolate Blueberry Banana Power Smoothie
I've refined this recipe little by little over time to balance flavor, nutirition and texture in a way that I can throw it together daily in five minutes or less (including blending time). The inspiration comes from my parents' favorite frozen custard "concrete" -- banana blueberry flavor.
Chocolate Power Smoothie
Course Smoothie
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
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servings
Ingredients
Main Smoothie
Texture
Course Smoothie
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Main Smoothie
Texture
Chocolate Power Smoothie
Instructions
  1. Creating the smoothie: Pour/place all ingredients EXCEPT chia seeds, banana and blueberries into blender. Blend at top speed for one minute. Turn off.
    Smoothie Ingredients
  2. Creating the texture: Place remaining ingredients into blender, and blend quickly on medium speed; 2-4 seconds should be fine. You're really just chopping up ingredients at this point.
    Bananas and Blueberries and Chia
  3. Pour into glass and serve immediately, or take with you.
    Smoothie
Recipe Notes

If you don't like your smoothies with a lot of texture, include the blueberries in the initial smoothie mix. You can put the bananas and chia in that mixture, but know that they will both increase the mixture's thickness.

 

Oven-Roasted Cauliflower

Oven-Roasted Cauliflower

Oven-Roasted Cauliflower
Great as a side dish or a snack, this delicious nosh is bursting with flavor. It's cauliflower for people who don't like cauliflower.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
55 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
55 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 head cauliflower
  2. 1 sliced medium onion
  3. 4 unpeeled garlic cloves
  4. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  5. Kosher salt
  6. Freshly ground black pepper
  7. 1 cup grated vegan parmesan or Nutritional Yeast
  8. 1 tablespoon dried oregano or other herbs for seasoning
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Slice up 1 head cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. Place cauliflower into bowl with onion, garlic, olive oil, pepper, 1/2 cup vegan parmesan and/or Nutritional Yeast and oregano/other herbs. Toss so that all the ingredients mix and the cauliflower is well coated.
  3. Spread cauliflower over foil on baking sheet.
  4. Roast, tossing occasionally, until almost tender, 35-40 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining grated Parmesan/yeast, toss to combine, and roast until cauliflower is tender, roughly 10-12 minutes.
Notes
  1. Image courtesy of www.Epicurious.com
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No Added Sugar Banana Bread

No Added Sugar Banana Bread

No Added Sugar Banana Bread
Serves 12
Delicious, all-natural ingredients with no added sugar and no refined sugar.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 6-7 medium, overripe bananas, previously frozen and defrosted (fresh will work too)
  2. 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil (or other neutral-flavored oil of choice)
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  5. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 2/3 cup walnut pieces (optional)
  9. Butter & sea salt for serving (optional)
  10. Sugar-free chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Note: If you're going to use fresh overripe bananas, be sure to roast them for 15-20 minutes at 450F and allow them time to cool (reserving the liquid as well) before starting on the banana bread.
  2. Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly grease an 4x8 loaf pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the defrosted/roasted bananas, coconut or other oil, eggs and vanilla and optional chocolate chips. Sift in the flour, baking soda and salt and stir until just combined. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for roughly 1 hour, or you can insert a toothpick; you want it to come out without any traces of batter. Allow to cool before slicing.
Notes
  1. If you or your eating audience has nut allergies, feel free to omit the walnuts.
Adapted from According To Elle
Adapted from According To Elle
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“Cheezy” Garlic Kale Chips

“Cheezy” Garlic Kale Chips

Baked Garlic Kale Chips
Serves 1
Compulsive snack chip eaters, take note. You season these things right, and they are fantastic to just stick a bowl in front of your face and pig out. And since it's kale, the only thing you have to watch is the salt.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. One medium bunch of green kale (the standard kind...not the lacinto)
  2. 1/4 cup olive oil
  3. 1 tbsp or more onion powder
  4. 1 tbsp garlic powder
  5. 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  6. 1 tsp garlic salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Wash/dry the kale, remove stalks below the leaves, and chop into 1 1/2" pieces. Place into a mixing bowl, along with the olive oil, onion powder, garlic powder, and nutritional yeast. Toss. Lay pieces onto a standard baking sheet.
  2. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, then flip kale pieces over and put back in for another 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and sprinkle with garlic salt.
Notes
  1. Another popular method of preparing kale chips is to use a food dehydrator, which helps retain the nutrients better than baking them.
  2. Also, don't be afraid to play with the seasoning amounts according to your own taste. Nutritional yeast is an acquired taste. But once you dig it, it helps add a savory element. Plus, it's a great source of protein, folic acid, and vitamin B12. You can usually find it in the bulk or baking/spice aisles of your grocery store.
  3. Image courtesy of CookForYourLife.org.
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German Chocolate Cake Ice Cream (with veggies!)

German Chocolate Cake Ice Cream (with veggies!)

German Chocolate Cake Ice Cream
Serves 4
What's in it? Kale, spinach, carrots, and avocado. What do you (and your kids) taste? Chocolately, fudgey coconut and almonds! Yum!
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
4 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
4 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup cocoa powder OR chocolate protein powder (for less sugar)
  2. 1 tbsp agave nectar OR 3-4 dates
  3. 1/4 cup coconut coffee creamer (found at health food stores like Whole Foods or Sprouts) -- optional
  4. 4 baby carrots
  5. Small handful, kale
  6. Small handful, spinach
  7. 1/4 large avocado (skinned)
  8. 1-2 cups ice
  9. 10-12 raw almonds
  10. 2 tbsp coconut flakes (not shredded, if possible)
  11. 1 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips or carob chips
Instructions
  1. Blend cocoa/protein powder, agave/dates, veggies, and ice in a high speed blender like a Vitamix on high speed. If using a Vitamix, use the tamper to push all ingredients repeatedly into the blades until you have four glossy, creamy mounds.
  2. Drop speed to Level 4, remove the plug in the lid, and drop in almonds, coconut and chocolate/carob chips. Use tamper to push these ingredients into blades so they are chopped and retain some texture. Serve and enjoy.
Notes
  1. If you don't have these specifics veggies, use any mild vegetables; squash, cabbage, collard greens, etc.
  2. If you are trying to reduce sugar, use Stevia instead of dates or agave nectar, and protein powder instead of hot cocoa. Raw cacao will work, but you will need to add one of the above sweeteners or else the mix will come out bitter. Unless you like that sort of thing.
  3. Thanks to The Vintage Mixer for the photo.
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German Chocolate Cake Ice Cream (with Veggies!)

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