{{RECIPE}} N’Oatmeal (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

by Kristine on December 16, 2014

Breakfast is, hands down, my favorite meal of the day.

Sometimes I really mix it up – eggs with sweet potato hash and avocado toast on sprouted grain bread, oatmeal, waffles, smoothies, yogurt bowls, French Toast (Is is necessary to capitalize that? The Journalism major in my has NO idea). You name it, I’ve probably had it for breakfast.

Typically though I favor sweet over savory breakfasts. During the week I usually rotate between oatmeal (I love Purely Elizabeth or Bob’s Red Mill Quick Cooking Oats), sprouted grain cinnamon raisin toast with almond butter and banana. smoothies, or yogurt bowls (using Siggi’s – the BEST yogurt I’ve found to date).

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While I was face-deep into the Whole 30 this past summer (looking back on all of my “I don’t need grains – ever!” ways, I couldn’t even tell you how I remotely accomplished this feat), I was craving one of my “normal” breakfasts. Only I was so hyped up on the whole Whole 30 thing that I refused to be defeated.

I had to get real creative. REAL creative you guys.

Thus, N’Oatmeal was born. A high-protein, low-carb alternative to oatmeal in the morning (while still taking under 5 minutes to prepare/cook!) It’s sweet, fluffy, and topped with almond butter, fruit, coconut, chia seeds and cacao nibs, an antioxidant powerhouse. It’s also packed with fiber and healthy fats to keep you going throughout the morning. I never need a mid-morning snack when I have N’Oatmeal for breakfast.

Seriously – I ate it pre-skiing last weekend and it fueled me for HOURS. And I’m a pretty consistent snacker. Not anymore friends. NOT ANYMORE.

N’Oatmeal (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

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Serves 1

Ingredients

1 (very) ripe banana

2 organic eggs

1/2 t vanilla extract

Pinch of baking soda

Couple hefty shakes of cinnamon

Toppings: Almond Butter, Coconut Shreds, Cacao Nibs, Chia Seeds, Fruit, Goji Berries, etc

Directions

In a bowl, mash the banana with a fork. You want it to still be a bit clumpy but mashed down enough. Add eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and baking soda and whisk until mixed through (again it will still be clumpy – you want that!)

In a skillet over medium heat pour the mixture into the pan. Cook as you would scrambled eggs (seriously!) Once it’s done, transfer to a bowl and top with desired toppings. Always wash down with coffee.

***I’ve also subbed out the banana for 1/2c of pumpkin puree and added in ground ginger and pumpkin pie spice for a little variation. You can also use this as pancake batter and make pancakes.

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Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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Eats Lately

by Kristine on December 16, 2014

Hope you had a great weekend.

Mine was a great mix of productivity (car shopping!), workouts (yoga!), holiday festivities (parties!), cooking (DEEP DISH!)… and a prolonged amount of time spent on the couch yesterday. I somehow made it to the Farmer’s Market to stock up on produce and grab some fresh fish… and then it was Christmas Tree on, candles lit, and me wrapped up in a blanket on the couch.

3.5 drinks. In 6 hours. This is 30. This is also pathetic.

ANYWAY. Let’s get to some of the food we’ve been cooking up and eating lately.

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Yeah… we made DEEP DISH. In a Cast Iron Skillet. And it was AMAZING. It was, also, my first ever deep dish experience. I know. I’ll be back for more. (Recipe to come)

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My favorite easy, post-yoga/Pilates/workout dinner: Sautéed (cooked) Quinoa, Kale, Black Beans Topped with Poached Eggs, Avocado and Red Pepper Flakes

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My New Favorite Breakfast: Siggi’s Vanilla Yogurt with a Chopped Apple, Granola, Chia Seeds, and Coconut Flakes. And Cinnamon. Always.

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THIS was amazing. Kale, Sausage, White Bean Soup (with a bit of bacon for added measure!) For the exact sausage I used, use code KRISTINECOOKS for your first box at www.AgLocal.com. Recipe coming soon (no cream or butter used!)

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Cast Iron Skillet Flat Iron Steaks with a Zinfandel Reduction. TO. DIE. FOR.


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PIZZA: Pesto, Goat Cheese, Parmigiana, Arugula, Fig, Toasted Pine Nuts and a Drizzle of Honey (Add the arugula and the honey just before serving)

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Made-to-Order Farm Fresh Salads at the Farmer’s Market (via Duck Duck Goose Farms)

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Homemade Breakfast Burritos (ie: The World’s Best Hangover Cure) – Chopped Sweet Potatoes, Eggs, Kale, Black Beans, Pesto, Avocado, Cholula – Grilled on the stovetop

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Boyfriend’s Cake Batter Protein Waffles – Egg, Protein Powder, Milk… and a pinch of baking soda and salt

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YOGA – I’ve been on a 2-3x a week routine lately and I… well I LOVE IT. More to come…

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Limited space in a tiny city apartment? Teeny 5-foot Christmas tree. Regardless of size it makes the whole apartment feel festive. Ignore the fact that I about took down the blinds in the process.

Got a bunch of recipes coming your way this week as well as some running/yoga/holiday talk.

 

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