Ginger, Hazelnut, Cherry Granola

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My mom’s been making iterations of this granola for as long as I can remember. The oats-oil-honey ratio is the same but she likes to mix up the dried fruits and nut combinations. Crystalized ginger is one of my favorite add ins. Hazelnuts and dried cherries are also super yummy and go well together but you can play with your own combos.

  • 5 tbsp coconut oil
  • 6 cups oats
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 crystalized ginger
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  • dried cherries
  • 1 cup slivered almonds (raw)
  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  1. pre-heat oven to 350º F
  2. in a big bowl mix oats, melted coconut oil, honey, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg
  3. spread on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes
  4. meanwhile, slice crystalized ginger and halve or quarter cherries
  5. after 15 minutes, pull the granola out of the oven and stir a bit then return to oven to bake for another 15 minutes
  6. remove from oven, stir again then spread slivered almonds and whole hazelnuts on top and continue baking for 8 minutes to toast up the nuts
  7. remove from oven again and add coconut on top and bake again for 1 minute or until the coconut starts to brown
  8. remove from oven and cool, add fruit in when it’s cool enough

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Overnight Oats w/ Rosemary and Vanilla

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I like to make a big batch of overnight oats to have through the week for fast and easy post-yoga breakfasts. For this one I used vanilla and rosemary to flavor it. I love rosemary in almost anything, most people think of it as a seasoning reserved for savory dishes but I think it’s great incorporated into breakfasts and desserts too. Not to mention its many health benefits; it’s rich in iron, calcium and vitamin B6. According to some studies it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, improves digestion and prevents brain aging.  But more importantly it just tastes good! Our rosemary plant has TONS of flowers right now, which the bees love, but I also think are very pretty so I picked some for a garnish on my oats. They are edible and taste pretty much like rosemary but a bit more flowery- go figure.

{4 servings}

  • 2 cups of rolled oats
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 4 rosemary sprigs

toppings ideas:

  • granola
  • almond butter
  • crystallized ginger
  • pomegranate seeds
  • tangerine slices
  • toasted coconut
  1. in a medium sized tupperware, combine oats, water and spices then put in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight
  2. use a blender or food processor to blend part of the oats to make a smoother consistency, I blended about 3/4 of the soaked oats to make it on the more creamy side
  3. return it to the tupperware and add chia, flax and hemp seeds and stir to incorporate- these will thicken it up overnight and give it more texture
  4. return to fridge overnight, in the morning serve some up and top with your choice of goodies!

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Chocolatey Date and Banana Breakfast Bowl

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This one goes out to the late Beach City Burrito. Which closed a long time ago and has been many things since but still haunts my memory with its date shakes. When I was learning to surf as a youngin with my dad, the mention of a date shake was a sure fire way of getting me out there even in the worst conditions. They came in big styrofoam cups and were so creamy! What was their secret? We’ll never know. And I’m sure they were nowhere near healthy.

Well, life goes on so I guess I’ll just work on perfecting my rendition. This really wasn’t anything like ye old BCB date shake but it had dates and bananas and tasted really really good so.. there’s a connection.

  • 3 dates
  • 1 1/2 frozen bananas + a couple slices of a non-frozen one for garnish (optional)
  • 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • a few dashes cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seed butter (or your nut butter of choice)
  • a splash water
  • chia seeds/ flax seeds
  1. pit dates and cut one in quarters for garnish (optional)
  2. in a blender blend frozen bananas, yogurt, sunflower seed butter, cocoa powder and some cinnamon and some water
  3. add water as needed for your desired consistency
  4. pour into a bowl (or cup, whatever floats your boat) and top with more cinnamon, seeds, banana slices and the last date

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The Mean Green Smoothie Bowl

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So I’ve never been too much of a smoothie lover (wild, I know) but lately I’ve been getting into experimenting with different ingredients and things. I try to find ways to pack as many nutrients into my morning smoothies and that usually (*usually) translates to a pretty tasty way to start the day!

Looking to my parent’s freezer for inspiration, I found huge amounts of frozen spinach and thought I’d go for it. Spinach is pretty interesting. It has protein, fiber and tons of vitamins. It also blends in (literally ha!) with other flavors really well.

  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seed butter- or your nut butter of preference
  • a couple of handfuls of frozen spinach
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • splash of water
  • 1 green tea bag
  • flaxseeds/ chia seeds/ blueberries or whatever goodies you want to sprinkle on top
  1. basically just blend everything together… oh yeah, cut open the tea bag and pour contents in the blender. add water as needed, break apart spinach if it’s clumpy.

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Avocado Tahini Smoothie

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Savory Spring Oatmeal

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This savory oatmeal is super simple and so tasty. It’s also kind of healthy comfort food (!)

[serves 1]

  • 1/2 cup oats (dry)
  • a couple of ounces of smoked salmon
  • 5 asparagus
  • salt/pepper
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 2 spoons yogurt sauce
  1. preheat oven to 350º F
  2. drizzle asparagus with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast until they’re starting to brown
  3. cook oatmeal according to direction
  4. top with asparagus, salmon, yogurt sauce and capers

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Healthy Mexican Breakfast

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      I think tempeh is kind of unfairly stigmatized. Tofu is mainstream now but its’ lumpy, rugged brother, Tempeh, hasn’t had his moment yet. I prefer tempeh actually, it’s a much more interesting (some would say toothesome) texture and it takes on the flavor of whatever you cook it in and brings its’ own earthy flavor. I once had a tempeh “BLT” and the tempeh was so well marinated and cooked I couldn’t believe it wasn’t bacon. And I love my bacon so that’s sayin something.

Also, shout out to the Avocado Man at the SLO Farmers Market– 5 of these beauties for $2. If that’s not a reason to be the happiest town in America I don’t know what is

{serves 1}

  • 1/2 can black beans
  • 1/2 can pickled chilis
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • chili flakes
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 5 slices tempeh
  • 1/4 yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 avocado
  1. mince garlic and and dice onions
  2. heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium high heat and add garlic then onions
  3. when onion is turning opaque add the beans and pickled chilis and stir to incorporate
  4. in another small pot bring water to a boil, then add egg (gently!) and reduce to a simmer and cook for 5-8 minutes depending on how soft you want your egg yolk, I like mine right at the 5 minute mark
  5. get it out with a slotted spoon and run it under cold water
  6. in a small saute pan heat 1 tbsp olive oil, paprika and garlic salt over medium low heat
  7. slice tempeh into strips and add it to the pan, when browned on one side flip each slice then remove from heat
  8. serve bean slop in a bowl, peel egg and throw it in there, slice avocado and add it, then top with tempeh and dig in

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Avocado-Toast-Fried-Egg-Sandwich

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There’s nothing like a fried egg sandwich. There’s also nothing like an avocado toast. This is where the avocado-toast-fried-egg-sandwich comes in. Throw in caramelized onions and melted cheese and some sauteed spinach for good measure and you have one hell of a breakfast sandwich. Or lunch sandwich or dinner sandwich.

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{serves 1}

  • 1/2 of a small avocado or 1/4 of a big guy
  • pepperplant  (or your hot sauce of choice)
  • 2 slices of bread, your preference
  • a few slices chili-bell pepper cheese (you can sub a good cheddar)
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • red pepper flakes
  • garlic salt
  • pepper
  • 1 egg
  1. heat olive oil in a medium sized pan and slice onion
  2. caramelize the onion over low heat, stirring occasionally until it starts turning golden brown
  3. meanwhile slice (enough cheese to cover one slice of bread) thinly
  4. once onions are good and caramelized, spread them over one of the slices of bread then top with the cheese slices then toast (along with the other plain slice of bread)
  5. in the onion pan heat the spinach with a splash of water, cook until just wilted, remove with tongs and squeeze out excess water
  6. heat a small skillet over medium high heat and fry the egg
  7. mash the avocado on the plain piece of toast then spread spinach over and dot with pepperplant or your hot sauce of choice
  8. sprinkle garlic salt, pepper and chili flakes on the egg and using a spatula, gently transport it onto the avo/spinach toast
  9. sandwich it with the melty cheese toast and you have a pretty awesome egg sandwich

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Chilaquiles

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Chilaquiles are one of those quintessential Mexican dishes and while they may seem like a thing of dreams (especially on a cold sunday morning) they’re really not too hard to perfect at home. The secret is mastering the perfect wet-but-but-not-too-soggy chip consistency. We think the secret may lie in using somewhat stale chips..and if you’re getting your bulk tortilla chips from Costco they could be month(s) old.

serves 2

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp cilantro
  • 1/2 cup diced chicken or meat of your choice (optional)
  • 3 handfuls of tortilla chips
  • queso fresco
  • 2 eggs
  • salt/pepper to taste (and jalapeno salt doesn’t hurt. ever)
  • 1/2 avocado
  1. dice onion, tomatoes and jalapeno (seed first)
  2. heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium high heat then add the onion, tomatoes and jalapeno
  3. mince garlic and chop cilantro (with stems) and add to pan
  4. cook for about 10 minutes or until all veggies are softened, let cool for a minute then transfer to a vitamix or other blender
  5. blend until smooth, then transfer back to the pan over medium low heat, add salt and pepper to taste
  6. add meat (optional)
  7. cook eggs whatever way you prefer, i like poached
  8. add chips into sauce pan and coat in sauce, heat until chips are just starting to get a little soft
  9. transfer to 2 plates and sprinkle queso over the top, then top with the eggs and 1/4 sliced avocado and garnish with a sprig of cilantro

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Use-Everthing-in-the-Fridge-Before-Spring-Break Quiche

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I embrace having perishables when I’m about to go out of town. It’s the ultimate motivator to use only things you have/things you have open.  This week is spring break and last weekend I realized we still had quite a bit of perishable items that needed to be attended too. Luckily they were all things that lent themselves swimmingly to a Mediterranean quiche. And it worked out quite well if I do say so myself.

  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • olive oil (optional if pesto is oily)
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes
  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • salt (truffle salt if you have it!)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1/2 cup soft herb-garlic goat cheese
  • 1/2 cooked sausage (I used garlic-gruyere)
  1. line a baking dish with parchment and pre-heat oven to 350°F
  2. drain and rinse garbanzo beans
  3. dice tomatoes roughly and mince garlic
  4. pour garbanzo beans, tomatoes, garlic, salt, pesto and olive oil (if using) into the prepared dish, stir well then bake for 20 minutes, taking out and turning occasionally
  5. once garbanzo beans start browning, mash them with the back of a fork and add goat cheese in globs and mix in until incorporated
  6. in a separate bowl, whisk eggs
  7. slice spinach and add to eggs
  8. pour the egg mix over the garbanzo bean mix and return to oven
  9. bake for about 25 minutes or until it starts to separate from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean

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