Morning Glory Oatmeal

standard February 27, 2017 Leave a response

Happy Monday! Since we are at the end of the month, and weekly menus are still consisting of Hello Fresh boxes, I thought I’d share a bonus Monday recipe that’s been on repeat this past month.

My go-to favorite oatmeal in the winter is creamy pumpkin steel cut oats topped with drippy creamy peanut butter. But once the holidays are over and pumpkin becomes harder to find, the thought of boring plain oatmeal is just not as appealing. This variation came about as I was thinking toward Spring and muffins and smoothies and warmer weather breakfast options. However, I still wanted the creamy, heartiness of oatmeal.

This morning glory oatmeal combines the classic flavors of carrots, coconut, dried fruit, and nuts with the comforting homeyness of chewy steel cut oats. Perfect through the wintery cold months or anytime of year you are craving a bowl of oats.

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Morning Glory Oatmeal

Yield: Serves 6

Calories per serving: 330 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 1/2 c steel cut oats
  • 1/4 c coconut sugar
  • 1/2 c unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 c unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 c water
  • 1 c carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 c raisins
  • 1/4 c walnuts

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add vegan butter and let melt. Add oats and toast, stirring until well coated in the butter and starting to brown.
  2. Add coconut sugar, applesauce, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and stir to combine.
  3. Slowly add almond milk and water, 1 cup at a time, stirring to mix in as you pour.
  4. Stir in carrots, raisins, and walnuts. Let simmer over medium-low heat until all liquid is absorbed and oatmeal is thick, about 20 minutes. Stir often to prevent sticking.
  5. Ladle into bowls and garnish with toppings of choice (Extra nuts, raisins, or nut butter is always recommended!)
http://www.neatandnutritious.com/morning-glory-oatmeal/

Nutrition

Per serving: 330 calories, 54 g carbohydrate, 10 g fat, 9 g sugar, 120 mg sodium, 18 g sugar

Vegan Morning Glory Oatmeal

Winter Citrus Salad

standard February 22, 2017 Leave a response

Chilly winter weather usually means warm, hearty comfort meals. But sometimes, you just need a refreshing, crisp reminder that Spring is just around the corner. Or, if you’re in Texas, the weather is changing so fast from day-to-day, that it might be warm enough to tempt Summer with a bright, juicy meal. This salad is full of winter produce, yet hints at warmer weather ahead with its crunchy cabbage, refreshing cucumber, and bright fruits. Quinoa adds bulk and protein, while pepitas add iron to complement the citrus (Gotta maximize nutrient absorption wherever we can!) Summer, we are ready for you!

Winter Citrus Salad

Yield: Serves 2

Calories per serving: 441 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 c lettuce
  • 2 c spinach
  • 1/2 c cabbage, shredded
  • 2 medium oranges
  • 1/2 c cucumber
  • 1/2 c carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 c quinoa, cooked
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp raw pepitas

Instructions

  1. Toss lettuce, spinach, veggies, and quinoa together in a large serving bowl. Peel and segment one orange and add to salad. Zest and juice the remaining orange.
  2. In a mason jar or bowl, combine orange juice and zest, olive oil, sea salt, pepper, agave nectar, and lemon juice. Shake or whisk to combine.
  3. Toss salad with dressing until evenly coated. Top with walnuts and pepitas. Serve fresh.
http://www.neatandnutritious.com/winter-citrus-salad/

Nutrition

Per serving: 441 calories, 57 g carbohydrate, 22 g fat, 10 g protein, 497 mg sodium, 19 g sugar

Chai-Spiced Seedy Granola

standard February 18, 2015 Leave a response

I almost bought a box of cereal the other day. I haven’t bought a box of cereal in years. But I was out of granola and really wanted something crunchy to top my daily smoothies.  I talked myself out of the cereal and came home and whipped up a cozy batch of spicy, seedy granola instead. Granola is SO EASY. Oats, seeds, nuts, dried fruit, sweetener, binder. Bake. Done. The trick is finding the right mix of flavors so it doesn’t taste like a bowl of baked oats.  I’ve been on a chai kick after making Minimalist Baker’s Vegan Chai Lattes last week, so I played around with a superfood mix of seeds and spices. This one is definitely a keeper! Perfect on top of smoothie bowls or as cereal with a splash of almond milk.

Chai Spiced Seedy Granola

Chai-Spiced Seedy Granola

Serves 8.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c rolled oats
  • 1/2 c sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 c chia seeds
  • 1/4 c hemp seeds
  • 1/4 c ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 c chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 c applesauce
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 1/2 c dried cranberries

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine oats, seeds, nuts, and spices in a bowl. Stir well.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix applesauce and maple syrup together. Add to seed mixture until everything is evenly coated.
  4. Spread mixture evenly on baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes or until just golden. Let cool in pan. Add cranberries and mix together, breaking granola into clumps.
  5. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition:

Per serving (1/2 c): 276 kcal, 29 g carbs, 15 g fat, 8 g protein, 109 mg sodium, 13 g sugars

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