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Whole Grain Vanilla Pancakes

 A whole grain, higher protein pancake recipe made with 5 simple ingredients. Whip up a batch of these this morning for a healthy, filling and delicious breakfast!

 

2019 has been a year of pancakes for me. I’ve already had pancakes for breakfast this year more times than all of 2018, and I plan to keep this trend going. I’ve always loved pancakes, and I have had a blast creating some recipes using more nutritious ingredients without compromising on taste.

Typical pancake recipes are usually call for white flour and sugar, and often leave me feeling weighed down and bloated after eating them. Pancakes are also an unexpected source of high sodium! It’s a high priority of mine to eat a very filling and nutritious breakfast, because it has a direct effect on my energy levels for the day. I also usually exercise in the morning, so it is essential to refuel my body with a balanced meal afterwards. In my opinion, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day!

This recipe features spelt flour as a replacement for white flour. Spelt is whole grain, so it has a very similar nutrient content to whole wheat flour! It is a good source of fiber and is high in important nutrients like iron, magnesium and niacin. Spelt flour has a sweeter and lighter flavor than whole wheat, so it’s been one of my favorite flours to use recently. The pancakes are sweetened naturally with banana (and of course, a drizzle of pure maple syrup)!

This recipe makes 10 pancakes. You can easily store them in the fridge and reheat them for super fast breakfasts during the week!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 individual 5.3 oz cup of vanilla Greek style yogurt (I like Siggi’s)
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¾ cup spelt flour (I used this brand)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Avocado oil spray or butter for the pan
  • Pure maple syrup and fresh berries for serving

Instructions

  1. Whisk together mashed banana, eggs and almond milk in a mixing bowl. Add spelt flour and cinnamon and stir to combine. Add a little extra flour or almond milk to achieve thicker or thinner batter as desired.
  2. Heat oil spray or butter in nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  3. Use a ¼ cup measuring cup to pour batter into heated skillet. Cook for a few minutes until edges begin to brown and a few bubbles appear before flipping and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Re-oil the skillet before cooking another batch.
  4. Serve with a drizzle of real maple syrup and fresh berries.

 

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Coconut Almond Sunshine Granola (Vegan, Gluten Free)

The dreamy smell of this coconut almond granola baking will transport you to a tropical island! Learn how to make granola with the biggest CLUSTERS here – because we all know clusters are the best part!

Granola is one of those things I almost always buy instead of make from scratch. There are some wonderful brands on the market today that are lower in sugar and use minimal ingredients that I love. However, there is something truly special about a freshly baked batch of homemade granola! I remember working as a waitress over the summers through high school and college. The restaurant I worked at made homemade granola every couple of days for their yogurt parfaits. I loved sneaking a handful from the fresh batch when passing through the kitchen. The cooks were always able to make the BIGGEST clusters, sometimes so big they were practically the size of a granola bar!

After creating this recipe, I now know the secret to those giant clusters – and it’s really quite simple! It involves minimal effort and just a little patience. Instead of mixing the granola around while it’s baking, don’t touch it! Just rotate the baking sheet once or twice to allow for even cooking. Here’s where the patience comes in – wait until the granola has cooled before attempting to break it into clusters. This allows for everything to set and harden up before you handle it. I also find that “stacking” your granola clusters in a shallow container keeps the clusters intact better than using a narrow container or a bag.

This granola will make your stomach growl as it bakes, because it smells incredible! The rich coconut, fragrant vanilla and sweet oats is seriously a dreamy combination. It takes less than one hour from start to finish, and will last you all week for healthy breakfast and snacking!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (I used a mix of small and large shreds)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp pure almond extract
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup banana chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine oats, slivered almonds, cashews, coconut, cinnamon and ginger in a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Mix together melted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and almond extracts.
  4. Pour wet ingredients over dry and stir to combine, thoroughly coating dry ingredients.
  5. Spread mixture in one even layer on prepared baking sheet, forming one large “sheet” of granola.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through to ensure even cooking. Granola should be a deep golden brown.
  7. Let granola cool before using your hands to gently break into large clusters. Toss in chocolate chips and banana chips.

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Quinoa Enchilada Stuffed Peppers (Vegan, Gluten Free)

 

These stuffed peppers are a completely plant-based entrée that pack tons of delicious flavor! They take less than 1 hour to prepare and are easy to make ahead of time.

There’s something so satisfying about eating your food out of other food – bread bowls, papaya boats, and these stuffed peppers! This is such a fun and pretty way to serve an otherwise brown and lackluster looking (but delicious) quinoa enchilada salad!

 Grain salads are one of my go-to meal prep recipe suggestions. They require minimal cooking, come together quickly, and are versatile and customizable. While quinoa is technically not a grain, it behaves and tastes very much like one, and therefore it is one of my favorite grains to cook with. Unlike other grains, quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids that our bodies must obtain from food because we cannot make them ourselves. This makes it a good, high quality source of plant based protein, which is great for those following a plant-based diet. Quinoa is also higher in fiber than most grains, so it is quite filling.

The quinoa salad featured in these stuffed peppers is one of my new favorites because it is so flavorful and so easy to prepare! It involves minimal chopping, and you just throw the ingredients into a big bowl and stir to combine. I couldn’t stop taking bites of it as I was stuffing the peppers! You could easily skip the stuffed peppers entirely and eat this over a bed of greens, but the peppers just look so colorful and pretty!

 Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (about 1 cup dry)
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 can low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup red enchilada sauce
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 handfuls fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 4 bell peppers, sliced in half lengthwise and deseeded
  • 1 avocado, sliced

Instructions

  1. Prepare dry quinoa and frozen corn according to package instructions.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large glass baking dish with parchment paper.
  3. Combine cooked quinoa, corn, black beans, enchilada sauce scallions, cilantro, lime juice and spices in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  4. Arrange peppers, cut side up, in the baking dish (you may need to use two dishes, depending on the size of your peppers).
  5. Scoop about 1/3rd – ½ cup of quinoa stuffing into each pepper half.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until peppers are beginning to soften.
  7. Top with avocado slices and extra lime juice to serve.

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Peanut Tofu Vermicelli Rice Noodle Bowls with Quick Pickled Vegetables (Vegan, Gluten Free)

 

What do you prefer, noodle bowls or rice bowls? I usually go for rice bowls (I love how rice soaks up sauces), but there’s one noodle bowl I absolutely love! I first had a Vietnamese Bun noodle bowl years ago, and instantly loved the fresh flavors and thin rice noodles. It’s a light meal, but still very filling. It doesn’t leave you feeling like you need a nap like some other noodle dishes.

The Vietnamese Bun noodle bowls I’ve had are served with nuoc cham, a sweet/salty/acidic sauce that really adds a delicious flavor. They are also served with fresh vegetables like carrots and cucumbers. I wanted to combine both of these elements by pickling my vegetables! The acidity plus a little sweetness of the apple cider vinegar shines though. I encourage you to prepare the pickled vegetables at least a day in advance to allow them to really pick up flavor. If you are unable to make the pickled vegetables, this meal would also be delicious with crunchy raw chopped vegetables!

You guys know I love peanut sauce, so peanut tofu was a natural choice for me to add to this bowl. With all these amazing flavors working together, I could eat this bowl every day! This meal was also boyfriend approved, so we’ll definitely keep this in our regular meal rotation. This meal serves 4-5.

 Ingredients

Pickled Vegetables

  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, scrubbed and thinly sliced I used a julienne peeler)
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Bowls

  • 1 block firm tofu
  • Avocado oil spray
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, thinly shredded
  • 1 package vermicelli rice noodles
  • 1 cup mung bean sprouts
  • 1-2 Fresno chilis, sliced
  • ½ cup crushed peanuts
  • Fresh mint and/or cilantro

Peanut Sauce

  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp low sodium tamari
  • 1 tbsp cold water
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1-2 tsp chili paste
  • 1 tbsp mauka honey
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • ¼ cup creamy natural peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Pack sliced cucumbers and carrots into two jars. Heat the apple cider vinegar, water and maple syrup in a saucepan, stir and bring to a boil. Pour hot liquid into vegetable jars so that vegetables are fully covered. Cover and place in refrigerator. Prepare the pickled vegetables one day in advance if possible, or at least 30 minutes before eating.
  2. Preheat oven to 415 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Drain and press tofu to remove excess water.
  4. Cut tofu into 1 inch cubes, spray with avocado oil spray and bake for 25-30 minutes, until edges are golden brown and crispy.
  5. Prepare peanut sauce by whisking all ingredients together in a bowl until well combined. Toss tofu in peanut sauce to coat.
  6. Prepare vermicelli noodles according to package instructions.
  7. Arrange portions of lettuce, noodles and tofu in bowls. Top with mung bean sprouts, chilis, crushed peanuts, fresh herbs and pickled vegetables.

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Vegetable Frittata with Sweet Potato Crust

Something about spring makes me want to make ALL the brunch foods – I wonder what it is! Maybe it’s the idea of Easter brunch, or simply the warmer weather that makes me want to enjoy a meal outside with my friends. You guys know I love my oatmeal bowls for breakfast, but I am all about the egg dishes for brunch! I love enjoying a veggie packed omelet or frittata when I go out. They’re super filling and can pack in so much flavor and nutrition from the addition of vegetables.

Frittatas are my GO TO when hosting brunch for a crowd. They are so nice to have prepared ahead of time, so you can spend time enjoying your company rather than flipping 2 dozen individual eggs for everybody! Frittatas are also incredibly customizable. There are endless add-in combinations, so you’ll never get bored of having the same thing twice! The rule of thumb I like to use is to choose 3-4 veggies, a cheese, and a fresh herb for a lots of flavor.

For this recipe, I chose some classic egg-dish veggies – peppers, onions, spinach and tomato, plus the yummiest SWEET POTATO crust! I added crumbled feta cheese because I love the salty, briny flavor it brings, as well as fresh dill – because, spring! I also used  veggie sausages in this recipe for even more of a savory, protein-packed kick. I don’t eat meat, so I love having delicious veggie alternatives on hand to add to my recipes. I chose the from their new Pure Plant Protein line. They pack 18 grams of high-quality plant based protein per serving and include 3 different types of veggies! They are gluten free and soy free (they use pea protein), so they’re safe to eat for many people with food allergies or sensitivities.

I hope you guys try this protein-packed frittata! You can make it to serve to friends for brunch, or add it to your meal prep this weekend to have for lunches all week!

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cut into ¼ inch thick rounds
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil, divided
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 3 Dr. Praeger’s Sunday Funday Veggie Sausages
  • ½ of a white onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 3 large handfuls baby spinach
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 10 large eggs
  • ¾ cup full fat Greek style yogurt
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup fresh dill

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 420 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Toss sweet potato rounds with 1 tbsp avocado oil, paprika and a little salt and pepper. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through. Reduce heat to 325 degrees F.
  3. While sweet potatoes cook, prepare veggie sausages according to package instructions, then cut into bite size pieces.
  4. Cook vegetables: heat remaining avocado oil in a frying pan. Add onion, and cook for 2-3 minutes until translucent. Add peppers, cooking another 2-3 minutes. Stir in spinach plus salt and pepper to taste, until spinach is wilted. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. Whisk together eggs and yogurt, then stir in feta cheese.
  6. Stir cooked veggies, cherry tomatoes, veggie sausage and dill into the egg mixture.
  7. To prepare the frittata, line a springform pan with parchment paper and grease the sides with spray oil. Lay the sweet potato rounds on the bottom of the pan, and use your hands to press them down slightly so the entire surface is covered. Place pan on a baking sheet, then pour in egg mixture.
  8. Bake frittata for 50-70 minutes until it has puffed up, edges are nicely browned, and there is no uncooked egg. It should still be slightly jiggly! Let cool before removing from springform mold and slicing.

*This recipe can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the fridge up to 5 days.

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Sweet and Spicy Cauliflower

Sharing another cauliflower recipe with you guys! I love cauliflower rice, cauliflower pizza crust and cauliflower gnocchi like any other proper millennial in the food scene, but I also love cauliflower in its purest form! The same thing that makes cauliflower so versatile for all those cauliflower-based products also makes it so great on its own – the super mild flavor makes it the perfect palate for so many different flavors.

I’ve shared a handful of cauliflower recipes on the blog, (see my curry turmeric roasted cauliflower and buffalo cauliflower lettuce wraps) and I just love how each recipe is so different in flavor, texture and preparation method!

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable, and it is in the same family as kale, broccoli, cabbage and brussels sprouts. This family of veggies contain glucosinolates, sulfur-containing compounds that may be protective against certain kinds of cancer.  While ALL veggies are amazing and healthy, this is even more reason to load up on alllll the cauliflower. In addition, cauliflower is a good source of fiber and many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

This recipe was super simple and has the perfect amount of SWEET to balance out the HEAT from the hot sauce. It is subtle enough to be added to so many different meals – grain bowls, paired with salmon, or dipped in hummus for an afternoon snack.

 Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp low sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 415 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together avocado oil, hot sauce, maple syrup, tamari, garlic powder and pepper in a small bowl.
  3. Put cauliflower florets in a large mixing bowl and pour in sweet and spicy sauce. Use your hands to toss together to evenly coat.
  4. Place in oven on the top rack and roast for 20-25 minutes, then move to the bottom rack and roast for another 5-10 minutes until bottoms of cauliflower florets are nicely browned and crispy.
  5. Sprinkle with sliced green onion if desired.

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