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.
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.
Big news – I decided to branch out from my usual chia pudding recipe for breakfast this morning (I’m really living life to the fullest).
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!
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?
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.
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.
I’ve been making Victory Bread for years, so why did I only think to make it into croutons recently? Whatever the reason, it was a major breakthrough. I love croutons on a salad, especially Caesar, and have missed them a bit since I started avoiding heavily processed grains. Now I’ve got my crunch back.
What do these two smoothies have in common? They taste the exact same. One with spinach, one without. Just put it in!
I love guacamole. Who doesn’t? I love it so much that sometimes I find eating it with other people stressful because I want to savour it but I’m afraid that they will eat it all if I don’t dive in. First world problems.