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A Pizza Kinda Morning!

Hello!

This morning I was craving a PIZZA. More specifically, a breakfast pizza!

And since I’m moving out of my campus residence soon, I’m on “operation use up everything in my fridge/freezer mode.”

So a breakfast pizza was the perfect choice!

I was able to use up some frozen fruit, a brown rice wrap, and some frozen banana that have been hanging out in my freezer for a while!

I am not kidding you, I think I ate this in 30 seconds flat. I DEVOURED it. It was THAT good!!

Mmmm!

Here’s what my Breakfast Pizza consisted of:

Crust: A brown rice tortilla wrap

Sauce: 1 scoop Sunwarrior Vanilla protein powder+ 1 tbs sunflower seed butter + 5 drops liquid stevia + almond milk = the perfect pizza sauce!

Topping: Sliced frozen banana, frozen blueberries, shredded coconut, and cinnamon!

***Procedure: Construct pizza and place in a 350 degree preheated oven for about 5 – 7 minutes (until all warm and perfect!)

Seriously delicious, and seriously filling! But not too serious… we like to have fun around here 😉

Here are some of my other recent eats:

Baked sweet potato topped with coconut butter and cinnamon, then refrigerated until coconut butter is hardened! This combo is SOOO good!

Cooked Kale topped with nutritional yeast, falafel, avocado hummus, and ketchup!

Chocolate Protein Pudding! (1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 2tbs cacao powder, 1 tbs coconut flour, 1 tbs chia seeds, 1 tbs buckwheat groats, 5-8 drops liquid stevia, almond milk) Mixed together and refrigerated for a couple of hours! Really really good!

Quinoa cooked in tomatoes and spices with peas and kalamata olives.

Baby carrots, lots and lots of baby carrots!

Homemade Iced Tea (great to use up all that loose leaf tea I have!)

and LOTS of these:

Hope everyone has a lovely Thursday! It’s almost the weekend!!!!!

My dad comes in town tomorrow 🙂 I’m excited!

xoxo,

Ellie

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It’s All About the Shape… Oh and this hearty breakie!

So it’s not Valentine’s Day…

But who doesn’t love waking up to a heart-shaped breakfast?

Adds a little cuteness to the morning!

Cute eh?

This breakfast is not only hearty (in shape), but it’s hearty as well… will keep you going till lunch time! – ANDDD it’s heart healthy… WOW!

This Overnight Hearty Coconut Breakfast Cookie had:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1tbs chia seeds
  • 1/2 half mashed ripe banana
  • 1 tbs melted  virgin coconut oil

*Thoroughly mix all the ingredients into a bowl and place the mixture on a small plate. Shape into any desired cookie form of your liking- cover and refrigerate overnight!

I topped the cookie with a mixed berry protein jam/frosting that I also made last night.

This frosting consisted of:

  • 1/3 cup frozen berries
  • 2/3 scoop good vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 tbs chia seeds
  • splash of non-dairy milk

*I microwaved all the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl until the berries were soft and melty. Stir well, cover, and refrigerate over night! Simple as that!

Speaking of food- shapes.

Did you know that the shape of our food can actually tell us what parts of our bodies it’s good for?

For example:

Walnuts are shaped like a brain - and they so happen to be great for brain function!

A sliced carrot looks like the human eye- and we all know that eating lots of carrots can turn you orange enhance your vision!

That's right- Eating zucchinis, bananas, and cucumbers can be very beneficial and great for improving the health of that male organ...If you know what I'm sayin. So eat up fellas!

Sweet potatoes shaped like the pancreas- good for balancing glycemic index of diabetics.

So I think you catch my drift- Believe it or not, I think this is a pretty neat little discovery. For more examples of food shapes in relation to their benefits go to this site (where I got my info from).

Don’t get too excited though, a six pack of beer may resemble a six pack of abs… but this “food shape” thing only applies to unprocessed whole foods. SORRY!

Can you think of any other food-body-part resemblances and what they might be good for?

Thanks for reading!

Ellie

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“That’s All I Have To Say About That…”

Ahoy Matees!

Happy St. Pattie’s Day!

Before I show you my green breakfast. I’ll have to talk about a different color first.

Orange.

The color my face turned after letting that pumpkin puree facial (from yesterday’s post) sit on my face for too long. I mean, it looked great if I was going for a Jersey-Shore style tan…

I was worried my orange stained face would remain for an embarrassingly long period of time. But fortunately, after a nice sweaty hot yoga class, and a showa- the orange disappeared.

My face did feel great after that facial though. AAhhh, the refreshing powers of pumpkin. Just beware, if you don’t want an orange face… don’t leave it on for too long!

Now onto the green!

I felt the need to have a festive breakfast this morning!

Green Mint Cacao Nib Overnight Oats topped with almond butter and a little more cacao nibs!

1/2 cup rolled oats, 1 tbs chia seeds, 3/4 almond milk, 1/8 tsp peppermint extract, 1/2 mashed banana, little bit of maple syrup, 1 tbs cacao nibs (or chocolate chips), and a little bit of liquid chlorophyll to make the oats green! (got this idea from a commenter who said she puts chlorophyll in her smoothies!)

Here are some of my recent non breakfast eatins’:

Quinoa, peas, tomatos, red pepper.

Topped with some pumpkin and sunflower seeds and my favorite lemon-tahini dressing from Oh She Glows. SO good!

Baked sweet potato topped with lime juice and chili powder. Two eggs (with the perfect liquidy yolks!) A side of ketchup!

Spinach salad with red pepper,tomato, avocado, kalamata olives, egg whites, kelp noodles, and nutritional yeast.

With some of these crushed on top!

I really like these! Got them at whole foods. For a chip- they've got lots of protein and fiber! Always a plus in my book!

Quinoa flour crust pizza- topped with some tomato paste + Italian seasoning, Daiya vegan cheese, kalamata olives, and nutritional yeast. REAL good.

Spinach salad with tomato, yellow peppers, crushed nori seaweed sheet, and some egg whites. All drenched in the yummy lemon infused olive oil my mom sent to me in a care package! (She knows me too well)

There you have it!

Wishing you all a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day Saturday!

Please Don’t Guinness and drive!

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Here’s to you Dr.! Green Eggs and Yam

Green eggs and yams!

In lieu of St. Patrick’s Day and all its green-ness – I made green eggs and yam (fries)!

Okay, I’ll admit, the reason I decided to make green eggs was not because of St. Patrick’s Day at all – It was because (embarrassingly enough) I’ve been thinking of this witty play on words in my head for a while now, and I decided I just haaad to make my imagination come to life “a la Dr. Seuss.”

I discovered a few things while making this somewhat unconventional dinner:

1) Much to my dismay, I was not the first person to think of this pun. I always think I am more witty lame than I am, until I Google it, and sure enough many people have already come up with this genius idea. But, if I may modestly add- Google images ain’t got nothin’ on my green eggs – I’ll claim mine as the greenest!

2) While I thought my Magic Bullet could do no wrong- I was wrong! Turns out whipping spinach and egg whites into a frenzy results in OVERLY fluffy and plant-tasting eggs. I did manage to salvage the yolks and add them into the pan pre-egg flip. I love my yolks over-easy, that gewy yellowness makes for a wonderful little egg sauce! These eggs were pretty tough to flip, this is why they looked more like scrambled eggs at the end- although one yolk did stay intact (score!).

3) The third thing I discovered was that green eggs don’t look very appetizing, and they tasted quite bizarre spinach-y too. Let’s just say I probably won’t be making these until  Dr. Seuss’s next birthday-which is March 2 by the way…

Too bad I’ll have to wait almost another year to make green eggs…sighhhh

On a more delicious note, the yam fries were pretty darn dee-lish!*** I tried a new recipe that I made up (at least I think I made it up- won’t Google it this time). Ever since I’ve started making sweet potato fries, I’ve been on the constant search for a recipe that will make them crispy. I thought today would be the day to finally conquer the mushy fry and finally make them CRISPAY!

Today wasn’t the day.

The taste was there, the texture- not quite… (although they were somewhat crispier than my previous attempts)

***sidenote: I know I’m lacking in adjectives to describe my food– so far I’ve got “delicious” “dee-lish” “yummy” and “YUM-Y” – I’d love to steal hear some of your food describing adjectives, so feel free to help a sister out. I’ve got a long, tough, food-blog road ahead of me if i can’t come up with more than my four word list! Need to use my Yogi senses and summon all my inner Food Network vocab!

So anywho, here’s the recipe!

Coconut Battered Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:

(serves 2)

  • 1 medium sweet potato (or yam)
  • 1 tbs cashew butter (I wanted to use almond butter but I was out)
  • 2 tbs coconut flour
  • Spices to taste: I used Chili Powder, Cumin, Garlic Powder, Salt, and Pepper (I didn’t measure so I don’t quite know the exact amounts) – use your top chef instincts!

Procedure:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut the potato into fries.
  3. Melt the cashew butter and a little water in the microwave and stir (add more water if necessary) until it becomes the consistency in between cashew butter and water…
  4. Coat the fries with the cashew butter mixture onto a cookie sheet (this get’s a little messy)
  5. Once the fries are fully coated- Mix the coconut flour and spices together
  6. Create a smiley face with the mixture.. (this took me a couple tries, my first smiley face looked evil, so i had to make it nice and friendly)

    Take One: Not so friendly

    Take two: MUCHH better!

  7. Okay you can skip step six if your not in the play-with-your-food-mood. Coat the flour mixture onto the fries until all is even!
  8. Spread the fries evenly onto the baking sheet and bake for about 35 minutes (turning them over halfway) until crispy-ish.

And Voila- There you have it! Green Eggs and Yam!

Yam Fries + Hummus = match made in food heaven, Green Eggs + Happy Face Ketchup = not so pretty. Kindly ignore the right side of this image.

The photo above was posted to show you:

  • my attempt at masking the overly spinach flavored green eggs with ketchup
  • my dedication at keeping the smiley-face theme of dinner
  • and to show you that not all my meals are a raging success in looks or in taste (looking at you green eggs!)

So there you have it! My post dedicated to an American Writer/Poet Extraordinaire-

I’ll admit though, don’t think I’ve ever actually read a Dr. Seuss book…

Have You?!

p.s. just made some VERY delicious (roommate approved) healthy brownies with a very special secret ingredient! (a legal one)… Will let you in on my recipe tomorrow!

Night!

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