Coconut-Strawberry Smoothie

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Ingredients:

  • 8 oz Almond Dream coconut almond yogurt
  • 4 or 5 strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • splash of orange juice
  • teaspoon or so of honey

Directions:

  1. Put all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth and enjoy!
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Guest Blog Post: Sweet Sunflower ‘nola

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My lovely roommate, Andrea, decided to make a delicious granola tonight, which fits all the criteria for this blog, so she is letting me use the recipe!

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Ingredients (don’t worry about being exact, these measures are flexible)

  • 2 cups of raw old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (unsalted or slightly salted)
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup (real stuff!)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of agave
  • 4 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • quarter cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl- if you prefer you can mix the wet and dry ingredients separately before mixing them together
  2. Put on a baking tray lined with tin foil
  3. Put in the over at 325 F for at least 25 minutes
  4. Let cool and enjoy- eat dry, with lactose-free yogurt, or lactose-free milk! (We had it with almond milk)

Note: feel free to put any ingredients you want in this besides flax seeds, which don’t cook well

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Hot Chocolate French Toast

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Again onto the trying new breakfast foods kick!

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This morning I made french toast for the first time, and it turned out deliciously!

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • half tablespoon of vanilla
  • 2 slices of bread (if you have challah, use that- unfortunately I didn’t, so I had to use regular bread)

Instructions:

  1. Put all the ingredients together in a bowl and whisk them together until fully blended
  2. Soak the bread in the batter for a few minutes
  3. Spray pam on a frying pan and then put it on medium-high heat
  4. Put the batter soaked bread on pan and let it cook until golden brown on each side (a little more tricky to tell because it’s coated in chocolate)
  5. Once both sides are fully cooked, put on a plate and serve with honey and jelly!

Eggs Baked in Avocado

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I was searching the interwebs for dairy-free breakfast options, because let’s face it- I’m a boring breakfast eater. Oatmeal, yogurt, eggs and toast- unless I’m going out to brunch, there isn’t much to my breakfast routine. I found this delicious recipe that uses two of my foods, eggs and avocados, and is incredibly simple.

The recipe comes from seriouseats.com and can be found here.

My cooking process was the same- though some of the ingredients were a little different

  • one avocado
  • two eggs
  • lime juice
  • seasoned salt, fresh ground pepper, garlic powder, and cajun seasoning to taste
  1. Preheat the over to 450 F
  2. Cut each avocado in half and remove the pit. Using a spoon, scrape out the center of each halved avocado so that it is large enough to accommodate an egg (about 1 1/2 tablespoons). Squeeze lime juice over the avocados and season with seasoned salt, cajun seasoning and garlic powder, then place on baking sheet. Break an egg into the center of each avocado, then season with pepper. Don’t worry if some of the white spills out as long as the yolk is intact.
  3. Put in the oven for 12ish minutes
  4. Remove from the oven and enjoy with salsa and toast!

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The Egg Frame

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The Egg Frame, a breakfast dish that I remember my dad making for my Saturday mornings when I was a kid, was always a favorite of mine. It is also one of the more simple breakfast dishes.

  1. Get a piece of your favorite bread
  2. Cut a square whole in the middle, about the size of a quarter or a little bigger
  3. Put margarine/butter/or a dairy-free substitute on both sides of the bread and then put it in a frying pan
  4. Crack an egg over the hole and wait for a bit white it cooks
  5. Then flip the bread over to cook the other side of the egg; feel free to season the egg however you want
  6. Once the egg is cooked to your liking and the bread is golden brown on each side, it is complete!

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    Egg frame with a side of guacamole