Breakfast

Asian Inspiration: Savory Oats with Longganisa & Hoisin Sauce

asian-inspired savory oats

If you’ve only ever had your oats with apples and cinnamon, you are missing out on a whole world of flavor. These savory oats with sweet chicken sausage and hoisin sauce are my time-saving riff on congee (rice porridge). Congee is usually made by boiling rice for several hours, until the rice becomes extra soft. Using quick-cooking oats and a microwave really speeds up the process; you can increase or decrease the amount of water to create exactly the consistency you want. I’m not a big fan of watery oats, 

This recipe calls for one of my favorite Filipino foods: longganisa, sausage cured in a sweet mixture of soy sauce, sugar, and spices. Longganisa is usually enjoyed as a breakfast food (though it is equally delicious at all times of day) with rice and chopped tomatoes, but I love it in this recipe too.

If you don’t have a Filipino grocer nearby and are unable to find longganisa, you can use a Mexican or Puerto Rican variety (“longaniza”) instead. The flavor will be similar, though it will be missing the signature sweetness of Filipino longganisa. Keep reading for the recipe! Read more…

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Recovery Meal: Chocolate-Banana Protein Shake

Chocolate-Banana Protein Shake

There are a few things I absolutely must have after a workout:
     - a shower
     - a playlist appropriate for chilling out, maxing, and relaxing all cool
     - many, many ounces of water
     - an easily digestible protein source

This chocolate-banana protein shake is one of my favorite ways to achieve that last item. Normally, it doesn’t make much sense to indulge in something chocolatey after you’ve killed yourself at the gym. Why undo all that hard work? However, in this case, chocolate is not only permissible, but necessary. It makes downing that shot of post-workout protein (so important to muscle growth) much easier.  Read more…

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Pumpkin-Packed Snack: Harvest Muffins with Craisins & Sunflower Seeds

Harvest muffins with pumpkin and sunflower seeds

With the end of Daylight Saving Time in my part of the world, solid afternoon snacks are more essential than ever. How else am I supposed to stay awake in my office when it gets dark at like 4:00pm? I need sustenance, people.

These pumpkin muffins are everything I need in an afternoon pick-me-up. They satisfy all the right cravings — carb-y, salty, and sweet — and they’re small enough to stow away just about anywhere.

The “harvest” of these harvest muffins comes mainly from the pumpkin, but sunflower seeds and craisins feel wonderfully autumnal to me too. I love these muffins plain, along with some coffee or tea. They’re also really nice with a pat of butter or cream cheese (as most things are, let’s be real).

The baking instructions call for an oven preheated to 500°F. That’s not a misprint. I really do want you to get your oven that hot! This is a pro-tip I picked up from King Arthur Flour. The high starting temperature helps the muffins really pop. Keep reading for the rest of the recipe! Read more…

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The Smoothie Chronicles, Vol. 2: Fruity Green Smoothie

Mango-Banana-Blueberry Smoothie

Another summer day, another stove-free recipe. While I’m sure a fried egg with bacon and toast would make an equally delicious breakfast, it is just too hot for that. Also? I’m lazy.

…Yeah, if I’m being honest, that’s probably the primary reason for the recent resurgence of my blender.

Anyways, this is actually the very first smoothie I made this summer. I wanted to incorporate lots of fresh fruit, so I combined chunks of ripe yellow mango and a handful of sweet, fragrant blueberries. I also had some baby spinach that I was trying to use up, so I tossed that in too. My fruity green smoothie was born.

The nutrients in this recipe are off the charts: it’s super high in calcium and potassium, as well as vitamins A, C, and B12. Plus it’s very low in saturated fat, with no cholesterol — something that definitely couldn’t be said for that fried egg and bacon! Keep reading to see how I make this super easy, super tasty smoothie snack. Read more…

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The Smoothie Chronicles, Vol. 1: Banana-Coffee Smoothie

Banana-coffee SmoothieOver a week since my last post?! Has it really been that long? Forgive me. There’s just been so much going on the last few weeks. The biggest thing? I got a new job! Between wrapping up things at the old job and figuring out this new gig, I haven’t had much time for cooking.

However, since the temperature outside is roughly “surface of the sun,” I have MADE time to keep ways to keep cool. Homemade smoothies are high on the list.

Why are smoothies my new favorite thing ever? Well firstly, like I said before, the heat outside is absolutely unholy. An icy, homemade smoothie is a cheap and delicious way to cool off. Secondly, I have a kickass blender that doesn’t see nearly as much action as it should. I love any excuse to play with all my kitchen toys. Lastly? If you do it right, a smoothie is one of the quickest, healthiest breakfasts around.

This banana-coffee smoothie is one of the blended concoctions I’ve been obsessed with lately. Sooo thick and satisfying, with that little jolt of caffeine to help get you going in the morning. I sometimes make it with decaf coffee at night for a jitter-free dessert.

Sweet, cold, and creamy for about 130 calories? Yeah, you want it. Keep reading for the recipe. Read more…

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