If I had to choose any other fruit besides mango, figs would definitely take second place. The soft exterior, the honey sweet flesh, and the crunch of the seeds as you eat each one is just heaven. Pair it with chia pudding topped with fresh baked granola and garnished with a sprig of mint, well, you just won’t want anything else for breakfast! Continue reading “Fig and Chia Pudding Parfait”→
Sweet, crunchy, nutty, and deliciously addicting! This Crunchy Granola has it all and it is so quick and easy to make! Add it to your yogurt, cereal or eat it for a snack. It also makes a great gift!
I’ve got this friend Michelle. She is one the most amazing moms I know. She and I are workout buddies, lunch wine partners, we turn to each other when our children worry or frustrate us, and she’s who I bounce my recipes off of all the time. Between our busy schedules, toddler/kid tantrums, and crazy lives whilst dealing with Covid, somehow we always find time to talk about food.
Whether we discuss what’s for dinner, ordering out, trying to find ways to get our kids to eat breakfast in a decent amount of time that is faster than a snail’s pace, food always makes its way into our daily conversations.
Several years ago, I had hosted an Easter Egg hunt and brunch potluck. Michelle was kind enough to volunteer to make some granola. Before this, I never thought to make granola at home, we always bought it. Man it was good.
At that time, my oldest was not really fond of eating granola. At another time, we were invited over to their place for brunch and sure enough there was granola. Michelle’s daughter Eleanor called it crunch-crunch and of course, in toddler language, that was good enough for Sanaya to start eating granola.
This crunchy granola recipe is in honor of Michelle and Eleanor who introduced homemade granola to my family after which we have never turned back to store bought. It is especially a nod of thank you and love to Eleanor’s love of crunch-crunch.
WHAT MAKES THIS GRANOLA SO CRUNCHY?
I’ve recently learned a secret during my experiments in the kitchen. If I melt the maple syrup and olive oil together for a couple of minutes. Once I’ve added this to the granola mix and it starts to cool down, the maple syrup starts to coagulate. As this heats and cools during the baking process, it will help the granola harden into one large chunk which you can then break into pieces.
WHAT MAKES THIS SO SPECIAL?
The simplicity of this granola I think is what I love best. It literally takes me 3 minutes to combine all the dry ingredients, another 3 minutes to heat up the syrup and oil and add it to the granola mix. After that, basically a waiting game for the granola to cook and cool down enough so we all can eat it without burning our mouths.
I always use coconut in my granola – it’s a staple I don’t think I can live without in my granola. As for the nuts, I chose to use almond slivers and pistachios. I kept the pistachios whole for an added crunch and they taste SO good roasted. You can easily give them a rough chop if you have little ones who are not able to have whole nuts just yet.
Well… what are you waiting for? Go ahead. Try this recipe and get hooked like we have!
From my kitchen to yours, I hope you enjoy this deliciously Simple Homemade Crunchy Granola.
I was a little late to the wagon on this one. Everyone was talking about Chia Pudding but I kept putting it off unsure if I would like it or not. This is where my kids remind me how I preach that they should always try everything once.
Yeah, well. I should have tried this a long time ago!
A while ago, we went to my sister-in-law Sarika’s place for brunch and one of the things she had made was Chia pudding with fruit and granola. It was pretty darn good! So I stopped dragging my feet and decided to make my own at home.
I played around with flavors and the best part is you can pretty much add any fruit and nut to this. Our favorite so far is the pistachio pomegranate combination. The sweet, the salty, the creamy and crunchy just have this perfect balance with each other that I cannot get enough of. It keeps the pudding light enough yet still so healthy! YUM!
Not only is it delicious, but healthy too! They are:
Rich in omega 3 fatty acids
Try it out and let me know what you think!
From my kitchen to yours, I hope you enjoy this delicious Pomegranate Pistachio Chia Pudding!
8 oz Almond Coconut Milk (or any milk of your preference)
4 Tbsp Chia Seeds
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c pomegranate arils
2-3 Tbsp pistachios, roughly chopped
In an airtight glass jar, add the milk, chia seeds, salt, and vanilla extract. Mix really well either with a spoon or by tightening the lid and shaking the jar. The seeds do tend to clump up so make sure you mix until there is no clumping.
Store in the refrigerator overnight or at least 2 hours to let it gelatinize.
Divide the pudding between two bowls. Top with pomegranate arils and chopped pistachios. Enjoy cold!
**I prefer to keep mine refrigerated overnight but this pudding is edible after it has been in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
**You can absolutely double or triple this batch with the same results. If I'm doing a big batch, I'll store it in a larger container and take out my preferred amount each day. Chia pudding will last up to 4 days in the fridge once made.
It’s going on week 2 of my New Year’s Resolution of trying to eat healthier and so far, the first half of the first week did not go well. Part of the problem is a new school schedule with the girls but the other part is me not taking accountability of the changing timetable and doing something right away. A couple of days passed before I realized I needed to up my game quick and couldn’t wait for the weekend so came along the decision to make these delicious Almond Butter Breakfast Bars.
I love these bars because they are filling, healthy, and quick to make. You can absolutely substitute peanut butter for the almond butter or even sun butter if you have a family member allergic to nuts. I did use almond flour in this recipe which you can substitute for any flour of your choice. And to make them vegan – simple, substitute the honey for agave. That’s the best part of this recipe – it’s versatility.
Here are some great nutrition benefits of these delicious bars:
Great source of protein at 7.25gm in each serving
Provides 20% of your DRI Iron
Great source of Fiber and Vit. E
Healthy option for a grab and go breakfast that is nutrient dense rather than carb dense
So, what are you waiting for? You have got to try these delicious bars. Let me know what you think! From my kitchen to yours, I hope you enjoy these delicious Almond Butter Breakfast Bars!
A couple of months ago, I won our local Farmer’s Market cooking competition and part of my prize was a big box of fresh goodies from the market. I don’t know if I’ve ever been so excited to get fresh veggies and fruits! I honestly felt like a contestant on Chopped from The Food Network in that I wanted to use all of my produce and come up with a delicious dish.
Well, considering there were so much produce, I’m not sure I would be able to eat more than 3 bites of any dish made from all of the veggies and fruits! One of my favorites in that box was the beet greens with their beautiful red stems. I’ve had quite a few people ask me what I use them for and what they can cook out of them. A definite go to are to cook them down like collard greens but I wanted to do something more creative and decided to add the beet greens to a hash and topping it with an egg made it the perfect breakfast for a busy day or a big, healthy lunch bowl.
The vibrant orange and red colors of the root veggies as they are being cooked, the bold green of the beets…..eeek! I’m salivating just thinking about this recipe. The best part is all the nutrition you get in this sustainable hash:
high in dietary fiber
high in folate
good source of potassium
good source of non-dairy calcium (the beet greens are)
great source of B-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin (these flavonoids have strong anti-cancer and antioxidant properties)
Topping this hash with a fried or hard boiled egg adds a little extra protein though to keep it vegetarian/vegan, you can always replace the egg with a grilled tofu steak.
From my kitchen to yours, enjoy this delicious and healthy Sweet Potato and Beet Hash!
Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a cast iron or heavy bottomed skillet on medium high flame.
Add in the beets, sweet potato, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp black pepper and cook about 10-15 minutes until browned and crispy. If it is still mostly raw at the 10 minute mark, cover and let it cook in the steam for an additional 5 minutes.
Remove the veggies from the pan and set aside.
In the same skillet, add the remaining 1 Tbsp oil and let it heat up.
Add in the onions and garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes.
Add in the beet greens and stems and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until it is just starting to wilt. Add in the veggies, and mix well.
Let the hash crisp up then remove from pan and divide between 4 plates. Top with your choice of egg and serve hot!
Breakfast is always the hardest meal for me to be creative with. I’m constantly trying to make different foods to keep the days going and prevent burnout on any single dish. We’ve cycled through oatmeal, yogurt parfaits, eggs in all forms, muffins, and so many other variations of the above!
I had some crepes leftover from another meal and decided to use them for breakfast. You can make the crepe batter fresh in the morning or pre-make your crepes and store them in the refrigerator or freezer.
Go nuts with the filling. I kept it simple with some sautéed spinach and cheese but you can add in turkey slices, ham, bacon, or other veggies like tomatoes, squash, and onions.
From my kitchen to yours, I hope you enjoy this breakfast!
In a bowl, mix together eggs, milk and water. Add in the melted butter and vanilla extract.
In another bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and whisk until there are no lumps left and you have a smooth, creamy, thick batter. Use a hand blender if needed.
Heat a nonstick, lipped frying pan on medium flame. Pour ¼c of the batter into the pan and tilt in a circular motion until all of the batter has been spread evenly through the pan.
Cook for 2 minutes without disturbing it. The edges of the crepe will start to peel. Gently lift up and flip to the other side and cook for another minute.
Remove from pan and set aside.
For the filling:
Heat a nonstick skillet on medium flame and add the oil. On one side, crack the eggs and let them cook until they are done over easy.
On the other side of the same skillet, add the garlic and roast for 30 seconds. Add in the spinach and mix with the garlic.
Season eggs and spinach with salt and pepper.
Add filling to the center of your crepe, layer it with a slice of cheese, then an egg. Fold over each side to create a pocket square. Sprinkle green onions over the top and serve hot!
I had my first ricotta pancakes a few years ago when I was out for a brunch with my girl friends. They were light, fluffy and creamy all in one bite! Oh so delicious!
I added a hint of lemon to these to give it a bit of tang and brighten them up. My girls could taste it and loved it which I thought was amazing! I believe it’s going to become our weekend tradition!
You can taste the ricotta but it adds moisture and creaminess to the pancakes that takes them to a whole other level. It really is the perfect start to your day and weekend.
While you heat up your griddle, mix the dry ingredients in 1 bowl and the wet ingredients in another bowl. Then combine the two and whisk so the batter is nice and smooth! It’s really a simple recipe that doesn’t take too long.
Add in some berries while the pancakes are on the griddle or serve a bowl of berries on the side – you can never go wrong with berries on pancakes.
From my kitchen to yours, enjoy these delicious pancakes.
In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients together.
In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, ricotta and milk until you have a smooth texture.
add in the zest, lemon juice, vanilla extract and sugar. Whisk well.
Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix well. Make sure there are no lumps left.
On a heated griddle, melt a little butter and pour 1/2 c batter. Let the pancakes cook for a few minutes. The bottom should be a nice golden color and there should be plenty of bubbles on the top. At this point, flip the pancake and continue to cook for another couple of minutes to cook the pancake through.
Sprinkle some powdered sugar on top, add some berries and serve with a side of maple syrup or you favorite syrup.
Homemade granola is the best! It’s healthy, you know exactly what ingredients are going into it, and there is so much room to play around with it!
Can you tell I made this one all about the nuts? I added chopped almonds and pistachios to this granola and it tastes so delicious! Crunchy and scrumptious, and the girls an I couldn’t stop eating it.
My favorite part of this granola recipe…. it takes 5 minutes to toss the ingredients together and only 20 minutes in the oven! Yep. Granola in less than 30 minutes. It’s possible people!
If you like this granola recipe, check out my “Date” with Granola recipe. That is a huge hit in our family too!
What to use in a Nutty Granola?
OATS: always a basic ingredient, I use the old fashioned as these are the best to bind. I don’t recommend using the quick oats as they are thinner and (as the name suggests) cook faster which can lead to other ingredients in the granola being partially cooked.
NUTS: any of your favorites will do. Cashews, pecans, and walnuts taste great too! Lately I’ve been on a pistachio and almond craze hence that’s what I used in this one
SWEETENER: traditionally honey or maple syrup is used. In this recipe, I changed it to agave. Any of the three sweeteners work, just substitute it out for a 1:1 ratio.
What can I eat my granola with?
Make a YOGURT PARFAIT with it
Light, airy and packed with protein and a variety of nutrients, you don’t have to worry about what healthy breakfast to make in the mornings. Wrap them in foil, pop them in the freezer and when you want to eat them, reheat in the toaster oven or oven and they’re the perfect breakfast on the go meal.
Here are the add-ins I used:
Mushrooms and Spinach
Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella
Mexican Fiesta – bell peppers and onions with fajita seasoning
Broccoli and cheddar
Jalapeño Popper – jalapeños and cheddar cheese
What toppings will you play around with?
From my breakfast table to yours, I hope you enjoy this!
Breakfast is such an important meal for everyone. It’s been more relaxed for us lately due to the quarantine, but when school restarts, it’s going to get crazy in my house. With two kids in two different schools that are miles apart and me rushing to make sure both are on time. Yeah, I can imagine how smooth that is going to be! Continue reading “Breakfast Oat Muffins”→
These days, I’ve seen and heard friends and family tell me they are working harder than ever, missing meals during the day. Some are working from home trying to manage homeschool, work and life in general. Others have a profession that is an essential role to our community right now and are giving so much to us. While I hope missing meals doesn’t become daily routine, here is a breakfast omelette that will start out anyone’s day on the right foot! Continue reading “Masala Omelette Yum “→
I really had to find a way to sell eating oatmeal to my kids. We went through a phase where they loved oatmeal then, for the past 6 months, just the name would send them running in fear as if I was punishing them.
So, what does any desperate mother do? Change the name, feed the same food, and take the win. Seriously, I love this game where they think they won, and I know I definitely did!
When I first started making steel cut oats, it was a dump and turn on the machine type deal. You can absolutely still do that with this recipe instead of roasting the oats. I just love to do that because it gives it a little more of a nutty flavor and aroma. We are all busy these days and need more time so if you don’t have enough to roast the oats, don’t worry – the oatmeal will still taste just as great. (Side note, I do not roast the oats in the slow cooker as it takes forever to heat up – at least for me – and I don’t have the patience for that).
I love this recipe because it is so easy to make and you can batch cook it so it lasts you for a few days. Let’s face it, life is crazy for a lot of us, between working from home, homeschooling children and just trying to keep sane. My favorite method of cooking this recipe is either in a slow cooker or an instant pot as you don’t have to spend so much time watching over it. It is therapeutic to just stand over the stove and stir it until it cooks (as I practice to zone out the kids bickering who will get a certain spoon or sit in a specific spot).
I’ve made it all three ways so I know it turns out delicious regardless of your method of cooking. The ratios below are for 4-6 servings. You can double or triple the amount without any change in flavor and store it in the fridge for 2-3 days. Just add a little milk or water when you are reheating it to loosen it up a bit.
From my kitchen to yours, I hope you and your family enjoy this apple pie oatmeal!
Ingredients: 2 apples, peeled, cored and diced (reserve ½ apple, chopped for topping) 2 c almond milk 1 c water 1 c steel cut oats 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
2 tsp cinnamon powder
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
1 Tbsp EVOO or Avo Oil
¼ tsp salt
¼ c chopped walnuts
Directions: For Instant Pot:
Set to sauté mode and heat up oil. Add the oats and roast for 3-5 minutes. Add in the apples and mix for 1 minute. Add in the remaining ingredients and cover instant pot with vent in sealing position. Change setting to pressure cook or manual and set time for 5 minutes. When the instant pot beeps, do a 20 minute NPR (natural pressure release). Release the steam left in the vent and open up the instant pot. Add remaining apples and walnuts for topping and enjoy hot!
For Slow Cooker:
Spray the inside of your slow cooker with a little cooking spray to prevent burning and sticking.
Mix all ingredients and cover overnight. Set a delay start for 4 hours with a cooking time for 4 hours on high heat. Remove cover and stir to combine evenly. Serve hot with toppings and enjoy!
Heat a large saucepan over medium heat and add in the oil. Add the oats and roast for 3-5 minutes. Add in the apples and mix for 1 minute.Add in the remaining ingredients and stir continuously for the first 3-5 minutes until the oats start thickening. Cook for 35 minutes, stirring frequently. As they start to become creamy and thick, you may want to lower the heat. Once they are cooked, remove from heat and let them rest for about 5 minutes. Serve hot with toppings and enjoy!
Times are trying right now as we adjust to working from home, homeschooling and entertaining children at home and just keeping a normal routine for a minimum of the next month as we battle COVID-19. The first couple of days at home, my children thought we were on vacation…… well, it kind of is I suppose. In our household, that also means waking up earlier, knowing the children don’t have to pretend they’re sleeping to avoid going to school (they’re starting early!), and also, wanting to eat whatever they want whenever they want.
I decided I needed to get an upper hand in this mess and started a frenzy of organizing my pantry and creating my menu.
Over the years, I’ve learned that my munchkins are creatures of habit and though they would prefer to eschew breakfast in lieu of playing and running around or snacking all day, their bodies tell me different when we go through a tantrum. This berry bake is loaded with fiber, protein, vitamins, and great flavor, it’s a win-win.
I put this recipe of a bake together because it can loosely be termed as a breakfast bar and it’s a dump and bake deal. It’s also really easy because you make a generous amount and refrigerate the rest up to a week and pull them out throughout the week without putting in much effort. The best part is most of these items may already be in your pantry.
Completely vegetarian and easily modified to be a vegan recipe if you replace the butter with vegan butter. You can also substitute frozen berries instead of fresh or any other fruit you have on hand without compromising the integrity of the bars. Try it out and tell me how you like it.
From my kitchen to yours, I hope you enjoy! Be safe, Be healthy!
1 c almond milk
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 ½ Tbsp butter, melted
1 ½ c Old Fashioned Oats
½ tsp cinnamon powder
1 Tbsp Flaxseed
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt
1 c mixed berries
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF
2. Spray a 10×7 cake pan with nonstick cooking spray
3. Mix all the ingredients and transfer to the pan
4. Bake for 25 minutes, a few minutes longer if you prefer a crunchier bar
5. Cool for 5 minutes and cut into 1″x2″ bars
6. Wrap leftover bars individually in saran wrap and refrigerate up to 1 week.
Breakfast is my favorite meal. There are so many fun foods to eat and start your day. Sweet or savory, light or hearty, healthy or greasy!
A couple of months ago, a friend recommended a local restaurant, Homegrown. The moment I walked in and saw their menu, I fell in love. They’re a casual place that serves food which is organic and from local farmers. Talk about tasting the freshness in my food!
I ordered their Coconut Chia Porridge. Was I blown away! The creamy porridge paired with the crunchy toasted coconut and almonds, topped with sweet banana slices. I was in breakfast heaven!
Since then, I’ve been obsessed. Especially over the last week. I just can’t get it out of my mind so I decided to try my hand at it and make my own version.
In addition to chia seeds, I added flax seeds. A double dose of fiber and omega 3’s (which is a win-win when you’re feeding two toddlers)!
If you don’t have time in the morning because you need to rush out of the house, then this is a very easy prepare the night before recipe. Just mix all the ingredients for the oats, cover and keep in the refrigerator. Heat it up the next morning and add your toppings.
Here is what I added to mine: toasted coconut, walnuts, craisins, sesame seeds and fresh blueberries. Not the same as Homegrown obviously but still delicious!
Try it out!
1c Steel Cut Oats
2c Unsweeteened Coconut Almond Milk (or any milk of your choice)
1Tbsp Ground Flax Seed
1Tbsp Chia Seeds
1Tbsp shredded coconut, toasted
Handful of toasted walnuts
Handful of fresh blueberries
½tsp sesame seeds
1Tbsp Almond milk (or more for your desired consistency)
In a medium saucepan, combine the almond milk and water and boil. Once it reaches a boil, reduce heat and add in the oatmeal and salt. Stir occasionally as the oats cook, approximately 20 minutes. As the oats start to thicken, about 10 minutes into cooking them, add in the chia and flax seeds. Mix well and continue to cook until the oats are done.
Spoon into a bowl and add the toppings.
I hope you and your family enjoy this bowl of porridge as much as me and mine did!
This recipe has a couple of stories behind it. The most simplest, my toddler was having issues and I need to find a way for fiber to be in her diet and her to like it! The second story is a bit cuter.
We had been invited for breakfast and a playdate with one of her dearest friends, E. Her parents had laid out a delicious breakfast for us and part of it was Granola. I know you’re thinking, this is nice, but cute? Mmmmmm…… well let me tell you. E calls granola Crunch Crunch. My toddler, (like most toddlers), is a monkey see monkey do. She ate quite a bit that day and a couple weeks later, when I ran into a dilemma of how to incorporate more fiber, I had just the perfect solution. Yep, her new favorite word – crunch crunch!
Dates is my new fave thing. I like to snack on that and nuts throughout the day so I don’t eat enough chocolate to get a tummy ache. Plus, it is loaded with fiber so I knew I needed to include this in my recipe. The rest, well, was trial and error. This is a very simple recipe. Try it!
No seriously, try it! Our house eats it alone, with milk, yogurt, in any form basically because it is that good!
Chop up some dates
Add in the oats, walnuts, and coconut. (if you eat a bit of your ingredients along the way – don’t worry! I won’t tell because I’m doing the same!)
Add the salt, vanilla extract, and olive oil and mix well. Finally, add in the honey and mix really well. You want the honey to mix evenly so all the ingredients combine.
Be careful! I got greedy the first time and added too much honey. I definitely regretted that decision!
Line a 2inch baking sheet with a silicone mat and spread the granola evenly. Bake for 15 minutes at 350F.
Look at how beautifully golden that looks!
Let it cool for about 5 minutes then gently scoop it into an airtight container. Or, if you are impatient like me, just eat it as soon as it cools and make excuses about tasting it!
I’m hoping my “Crunch Crunch” recipe will join you for breakfast soon!