Raspberry Coconut Smoothie

Can you tell that I like smoothies for breakfast?  This one has my requisite cup of spinach in it, and is made deliciously creamy with the addition of a tablespoon of coconut oil.  If you’re having it alone for breakfast, I’d recommend adding a scoop of protein powder – natural, vanilla, even chocolate would probably taste great with these flavours.

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Strawberry Coconut Chia Pudding

Yesterday I discovered coconut cream.  I actually bought it months ago at a health food store (I shouldn’t be left alone in a health food store, there are so many things I want to try!  I feel like they on purpose put everything good right at my eye level.  It’s bad.).  Anyway, naturally I was immensely pleased with my purchase and proceeded to put it in my cupboard and not think about it again until yesterday when I caught a glimpse of the back of my cupboard for the first time since I moved here.

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North African Quinoa / Brown Rice Salad

You know what is really good?  Harissa.  It has such a unique taste and a great hit of spice.  I made this recipe up while craving a sort of “North African” flavor profile – lemon, parsley, raisins to cut the spice of the harissa.  You’re going to like it.

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Strawberry Coconut Chia Pudding

Yesterday I discovered coconut cream.  I actually bought it months ago at a health food store (I shouldn’t be left alone in a health food store, there are so many things I want to try!  I feel like they on purpose put everything good right at my eye level.  It’s bad.).  Anyway, naturally I was immensely pleased with my purchase and proceeded to put it in my cupboard and not think about it again until yesterday when I caught a glimpse of the back of my cupboard for the first time since I moved here.

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Mexican Quinoa Salad

Remember how I said I love all foods Mexican?  I wasn’t kidding.  I actually can’t get enough.  Side note: am I the only one who will fixate on one specific dish and want to eat it every single day for three months and then needs a serious break from it?  My current fixation is this salad.  

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Chocolate Berry Smoothie

I usually like my smoothies with all “real food” ingredients, but when my fridge is looking particularly desolate I reach for the protein powder.  I like whey isolate because it makes your smoothie creamy.  So creamy, in fact, that I tend to sub water for my usual almond milk (also when my fridge is empty, I have no almond milk).  20g protein plus berries, spinach & chia  – the week is off to a good start!

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Coconut Black Rice Pudding

I saw a recipe for Black Rice Pudding with coconut & banana in At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen a while back, bought the black rice, put it in my cupboard and promptly forgot about it.  I didn’t make the recipe before for 2 reasons;  (1) it only uses half a can of coconut milk which is so annoying because what am I supposed to do with the other half?  (2) it needs to simmer for an hour on the stovetop.  Well, now I am sitting at my kitchen table all day anyway, and decided no one is here stopping me from using the whole dang can.  Lol I said dang.  I’m trying to keep it clean, ok?

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Black Bean Brownies

So, as I mentioned earlier, I’m moving soon and trying to use up everything in my cupboards.  Since I spent a significant portion of medical school preparing for a zombie apocalypse (The Walking Dead had a big impact on me), this is no easy task.  I have so many cans of everything.  Black bean brownies it is.  Problem – I had no maple syrup, which is my go-to sweetener and dangerously little honey (my second choice).  Since buying more of either is kind of defeating the purpose of using up my cupboard contents, I had to get creative.  

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Blueberry Almond Chia Pudding

Hands up anyone who has seen a million recipes for chia pudding but still hasn’t made it.  Today is the day.  Inspired by a recipe from Deliciously Ella’s cookbook, and several others from around the web, this will keep you satisfied until lunch.  I actually find if I’m eating breakfast too late, I can’t have it or else it will throw off my whole eating schedule because I won’t want lunch until its almost dinner.  It doesn’t make me feel super FULL, just really satisfied.  Its weird.  But in a good way.  If you put it in a transportable container, you can just grab it and go in the morning.  

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