There many different kinds of breakfast people in this world! Some eat it, some don’t. Some are breakfast “pickers”, some are “sit down” breakfast people. Some people eat big breakfasts, and some like it light.
Hands-down, I’m a breakfast, non-picker, eater. I like a filling, warm, and substantial breakfast. Normally each morning, I find myself enjoying a breakfast burrito consisting of egg, avocado, a small amount of cheddar cheese- wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla. This is my go-to, mostly healthy, breakfast that I can grab and take on the go. This breakfast burrito keeps me full until lunch time. I like it. However….
In hopes to cut down on some carbs and to add a little variation into my mornings, I was inspired to make this Quinoa Chia Power Breakfast Bowl. At first I was skeptical of having quinoa in my morning meal as I use it mostly in many dinner recipes. Let me tell you though, quinoa has made its way to my breakfast menu and it is here to stay! This Quinoa Chia Power Breakfast Bowl meets all of my breakfast criteria. It is warm, filling, and teeming to the brim with protein and goodness. The flavor is full and creamy, yet light and vegan. The sweetness of the cranberries balances with the nuttiness of the pecans. The coconut flakes on top add the perfect flavor to seal the deal. This recipe is a must try… (more…)
What is your “go to” fix to keep your body fueled when having a busy day? Mine are smoothies! I make myself one just about every day. They are the perfect healthy, quick and easy thing to make- either for a snack or sometimes as a meal itself! I am on a mission lately to make my diet as simple and healthy as possible. One of my recent favorites is this Banana Chia Protein Smoothie which happens to be packed with a huge protein punch. It keeps me feeling full for hours and is chock- full of energy making ingredients. (more…)
Is there anyone in the world that doesn’t LOVE ice cream? Well, I might say I LOVE coffee/ espresso MORE actually…. Hard decision to make. Combining the two though, and WHOA! That might be the greatest thing on earth! I want to welcome the warmer weather here in NY with some of this creamy, coffee goodness. What better way to do that then to make No Churn Espresso Chocolate Chip Ice Cream? Within 10 minutes, I was able to mix all ingredients together and pop it in the freezer! In a few hours, I was sitting outside in the sun, enjoying this ice cream! It was so simple to make… (more…)
Greetings from a Winter Wonderland here in NY. We just got hit with 5 inches of snow today, and there is another BIG storm headed right for us in another few days. Wanting to keep warm inside as the flakes fall outside today, I made this Hearty, Healthy Vegetarian Bean Chili. Heats you up from the inside out. Carnivores will LOVE this chili as well. It’s a one pot recipe, taking only a few minutes to prep, which leaves me plenty of time to relax in front of the fire with Dexterdoodles!
I LOVE Maple Syrup? Do you?!?!?!?! I just finished making my fourth batch of maple syrup this year. So far, we have 5 gallons of this liquid gold! That leaves no limitation to using this sweet stuff on everything I possibly can! Today’s use- using it to make this Healthy Maple Nut Granola. Packed with nuts, seeds, and grains, roasted PERFECTLY with my homemade maple syrup, offers a sweet protein packed punch. If you have less than 5 minutes to mix the ingredients, you can make a batch of this Healthy Maple Nut Granola all for yourself. You can tailor it to your liking, using the nuts, seeds, and even dried fruits of your choice. The possibilities are endless! I will eat this granola in copious amounts as a snack, as a topping on yogurt and other dishes, and to fuel my body while hiking. You need this granola in your life!!!!…. (more…)
Bring a bit of Ireland into your home! The Best Soft Guinness Stout Pretzels – Irish Beer and Pretzels combined into one! It doesn’t get much better than this! I was motivated to find a special treat to serve on St. Patrick’s Day. Soon after I served them to the family, they were GONE! I guess that proves that these babies are YUMMY! Easy to make, these pretzels were a breeze to throw together. Enjoy, and Sláinte! (more…)
Are you ready to have your tastebuds travel to a fancy confection shop in Paris?!?!? Well, let’s go! I recently needed to make a dessert to take to a friends house, and I thought I would try my hand out at making something chocolatey and delicious. I searched through my stash of recipes, sifting through tons of recipes that seemed too complicated to make. I was looking for something quick, easy, and simple to whip together. I was intrigued by a recipe I found from France- in French, but I lacked some of the ingredients necessary. Well, I pretended I was a French candy maker, and I made my own version using what I had in my pantry. These Cocoa Dusted Chocolate Bon Bons came out tasting SO delicious and were ridiculously easy to make. These will go in my repertoire for ever more….. C’est magnifique! (more…)
When I was in Turkey a few years ago, I ate the best hummus I have ever had (at every meal, every day)! I was so fortunate to strike up a conversation with the charming cook in a small restaurant while in Izmir. I was SO lucky to chat with her for a bit and talk ALL ABOUT THE AMAZING FOOD she made at her small family style restaurant. She allowed me to sample a few things, including freshly ground tahini. WHAT A TREAT! Tahini is sesame seed paste, and it a adds flavor and a level of DELICIOUS to any dish. The other day, I was reminiscing about my trip, and I decided to make the recipe that the woman told me and that I wrote down on a paper place mat. I am so glad I did (and glad I didn’t loose the folded up place mat either!) (more…)
Baba Ganoush : Mediterranean Eggplant Dip
Baba Ganoush is one of my favorite dishes to eat. Smoky, creamy, healthy, and easy to make! When I was in Turkey a few years ago, I ordered it every chance I got. I was SO fortunate that I was able to learn from a woman a befriended there how to make it. I have been enjoying it ever since. I am in love with the nutty, rich flavor this dip boasts. It uses only a few simple ingredients and is really healthy. I like to eat it with pita chips or slices! Crunchy veggies such as cucumbers and carrots are great to dip too. Ahhhhhhh…. brings me back to Anatolia…… (more…)
Shrimp and Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers
Travel to a land of spice with these Shrimp and Quinoa Stuffed Poblanos! Great for a quick, healthy, and flavorful meal! And I mean FLAVORFUL!!!! I love that these are STUFFED with protein, are low-carb, and can be made and stored easily as leftovers or for a later meal! You can control the spice level very easily- they can be made with no heat (spice- factor) or super hot! They are amazing! (more…)