Category Archives: Cooking & Food
When Saturdays start with overnight oats in a leftover peanut butter jar, it’s kinda a big deal around here. I mean I tell le hubs often “Hey I know this peanut butter jar is seemingly empty, but don’t you dare throw it away”. Because this magic happens when I have an almost empty jar:
This beautifulness was brought to you by this awesome peanut butter which is a current obsession from Trader Joe’s. Yeah, no big deal it just combines three of my favorite things: peanut butter, chia seeds, and flax. Talk about healthy yummy fats.
Unfortunately the last two times I’ve gone to Trader Joe’s they’ve been out of this gem. I’ve put it on my to do list to make my own.
But before my awesome breakfast was had there where 3 chickadees to be fed. They had french toast this morning. I went a little extra fancy and bought texas toast earlier in the week especially for french toast. Yes, that’s fancy in this house.
When le hubs found out that he missed out on french toast this morning because he had to work, he was a little peeved – but he’s a big boy and he will get over it Of course when there is syrup and the minime in the same sentence, we also get super fancy with our hairdo’s to eat said breakfasts.
Elegant? No. Couture? No. Able to keep syrup out of kids hair while she’s enjoying her breakfast? Yep. Not to mention durn cute if I don’t say so myself.
Do you have a Trader Joe’s where you live?
What did you have for breakfast?
I can easily eat breakfast for every meal of the day. Even if these particular eats weren’t ingested on the same day, I’m neither confirming or denying that breakfastallday has or has not happened.
Some breakfasty oatmeal with “melted” blueberries and pecans. One of natures perfect oatmeal topping combos. And FYI, “melted” blueberries are simply frozen bluebs that I nuke for a min or two and make a lovely syrupy kinda consistency on their own.
This morning I had some breakfasty protein mug cakes – even if they do resemble biscuits and gravy with sprinkles I assure you they’re not. These were made from my confetti cake protein pancakes. Someone said this was a genius idea today, honestly for me, it was just called being lazy. I didn’t feel like pulling out my griddle so they became mugcakes.
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A savory breakfasty item I had was something I prepared over the weekend to keep for fast eats. A egg white breakfast bake with: kale, yellow peppers and onions. These heat up rather nicely actually so they are something that I enjoy prepping ahead to have some breakfast meals on hand.
And yes, I hear deem breakfasty a word.
What are your favorite breakfasty items?
What was the best thing you ate this week?
It’s been an extremely long time since I’ve partaken in a What I ate Wednesday post. This probably has a lot to do with that thing called summer. When I have a little more alone time that means I get some more time to take random photos of food I’m ingesting – instead of hearing “MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMM”, or “he got more than me!”. Yay school!
That means I get a little more peace and quiet to eat my breakfast. It’s funny because I’ve found myself eating breakfast now after my kids are out the door. Maybe perhaps because I can sit down and enjoy it a little more once I know everyone is settled and on their way. This particular morning I had oatmeal with bluebs, pecans, hemp hearts, and a smidgen of sugar free blueberry syrup.
These are my favorite hemp hearts by Manitoboa Harvest. People tend to ask me what they are when they see them on my oats. They are yummy tidbits that are full of good for you omegas.
Sometime during the last week I had a load of carrots in the fridge that needed to be eaten, so I roasted them up in my favorite fashion. My son whom really isn’t a carrot fan said these were good and that they “tasted like candy”. This is pretty much the way I like to roast a lot of root vegetables actually. So although there not so much a recipe, here’s the how-to.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or oil of choice)
- Dried Thyme
- Preheat oven to 420
- Wash, peel, and chop carrots into coin sized bits (however many you wish)
- Throw carrots on a baking sheet
- Dose with a couple shakes of oil
- Salt, pepper, and thyme to liking - toss with carrots (I use my hands)
- Roast in oven for about 20 mins. (not your hands, the carrots)
- Pull them out give them a toss with a spatula and place back in oven for a few more mins until they are done and roasted to your liking.
And other than the carrots that tasted like candy last week – there was some actual candy going down. In the way of some froyo I had been craving. I had some pralines and banana froyo (mixed) with reeses pieces, heath bar pieces, cookie dough bits, and some sprinkles. I like the candy toppings obviously.
Do you like roasted vegetables?
What’d you eat that was yummy in the last week?
What’s your favorite froyo topping?
Everyone loves a good no bake recipe. Why is that? Maybe I ask because I enjoy baking. But I guess I can also appreciate a good no bake recipe every once in awhile.
Let me get your attention right away. These are Chocolate protein no bake bar. A little chocolate always makes everything a better.
They also have goji’s and blueberries in them (hence the antioxidant part). You could use any dried berries you wish, but that’s what I went with.
- 1/2 C. Cellucor Whey Protein in Molten Chocolate
- 1/2. C Oats
- 2 Tbsp Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Cocoa
- 6 Tbsp Coconut Flour
- 1/2 C. Almond Meal
- 1 Tbsp. Maca Powder
- 1/2 C. Unsweetened Applesauce
- 1/4 C. Peanut Butter
- 1/4 C. Dried Goji Berries + Blueberries
- In a small bowl soak your dried fruit until it has plumped a little. Squeeze excess water from fruit and place into a medium sized bowl.
- Combine all your other ingredients and mix well.
- That's it. For reals.
- Store them in the fridge.
You’ll notice that my berries look a little smooshy (highly technical term) in the photos. And that’s because I did soak them for a little. You don’t have to do this, but a lot of times gojis are a weee on the hard/very chewy side. You might also need to barely adjust the moisture otherwise (add more applesauce and or peanut butter) if you don’t soak your fruit.
This is mold I use when I make a lot of my protein bars. It’s a silicone mold with 9 spaces. It’s called a “loaf pan” but it’s certainly not loaf size at all. So don’t be fooled by the amazon description.
What’s your favorite no bake recipe?
Do you make your own protein/energy type bars?