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Sliced Seedy Bread

At my parent’s house with nothing on the agenda for the afternoon, an  avocado on the counter I’d been admiring for a day and a nutty/bready consistency sounding very comforting.  The result was a loaf worth sharing…for having had thrown literally every grain, seed and nut they had into a bowl, this turned out surprisingly well.

I would have liked for it to have sliced better and not crumbled so much…I’ll keep working on perfecting this…I think another egg would have done the trick.  Bonus: gluten free and packed with vitamins, omegas (from chia seeds and flax) and full protein (quinoa and grain + seed + nuts! here)

Ingredients:

Mix Dry:

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup ground flax seeds

1/2 cup sun flower seeds

1/4 cup sun flower seeds

1 cup Gluten Free Flour

1/4 cup Brown Rice Flower

1/4 cup quinoa flakes

1/4 cup quinoa crisps

1.5 t baking soda

1 t good salt

separately mix wet ingredients:

4 eggs

1 T sweetener (maple, honey, sugar)

1 T apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup walnut oil

MIx wet and dry ingredients together.  Grease a loaf pan and bake at 350 for 30 minutes

I had leftover rosemary butter I made on Thanksgiving and dolloped it on top before baking.

 

A Whole New Toad In A Hole

Since I was a little kiddo my favorite breakfast has been Toad In A Hole.
It’s simply an egg cooked inside a piece of bread and not only is it as cute as can be, but you have your toast right there, ready to soak up the yolkness!

Now that I have aged a bit and acquired a more, well, sophisticated pallet, I thought it was time to make a few tweaks.
I added 2 of my favorite ingredients: avocado and sheep’s feta cheese
I used gluten free bread, obviously :o) and feel free to experiment with different types of cheese, I know I will.  A sharp cheddar would be awesome with the avocado.

(I was inspired here)
Serves 2
Ingredients:
2 eggs
2 pieces of sliced bread
Butter for spreading on the bread
2 T cheese

You will need:
A cookie cutter, or something to make a cut out in the bread.  OH how cute would heart shaped ones be on Valentines Day!?

Make sure your goat cheese is soft and ready to spread or already sliced
Cookie cutter a hole into the bread, reserve to toast with breakfast, or if you are impatient like me, eat it while you are waiting for your egg to cook.
Lightly butter both sides of the bread
Place the bread in a hot pan and gently break an egg into the hole
cook for about 2 minutes
In the meantime, slice your avocado
carefully flip the Toad In A Hole and gently spread the cheese on the toast
Cover the pan with a lid for 1-2 minutes
Nicely place the avocado on top
Cover again for about 1 minutes, just to warm the avocado
Carefully place on plates and top with fresh pepper and coarse sea salt
Adjust cooking times depending on how runny you like your eggs.  This left them still runny as you can see.

For Valentines Day I’m doing this!
As seen on Domesticated blog
 

Egg Salad Sandwich

Here I’ve made a healthy twist to the otherwise not so healthy American staple sandwich.
Instead of Mayonnaise I use fat free plain yogurt (organic). Yogurt adds protein, where as mayo is purly fat- that’s all- with absolutely no beneficial nutritional value.

I’ve recently been making the conscious effort to eat more protein. I am currently teaching 15 classes a week at a gym and realized that some days the only protein I had was fat free plain yogurt and quinoa.
Being a pescatarian who doesn’t eat soy (tofu) or gluten (seitan) and rarely fish, it is quite tricky to be sure I am getting the proper nutrients. Lately I have been feeling a little weak and constantly hungry, so I decided a good first step would be to have hard boiled eggs always on hand.
I boiled a 6-pack carton of local, organic, free-range eggs (haha so ridiculous) and they sat in my fridge un-touched for a week….until today…

Look you can even see the whole grains of millet in my gluten free bread!

Yields 2 open face sandwiches

Ingredients:
2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
2 celery stocks chopped
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 T fresh herbs chopped (dill, parsley and/or chives)
pinch of tumeric
salt and pepper
lettuce (tomatoes, avocado, sprouts, toppings are up to you)
2 slices of bread (I used Gluten Free Millet bread)


Toast 2 slices of bread and top each with a few pieces of lettuce
Meanwhile, Combine the first 5 ingredients in a bowl and mix well, but gently. I like to keep the eggs in pieces, not mashed.
Top each piece of toast with the egg mixture.
Garnish with herbs, sprouts, avocado, etc.

That’s it – easy peasy
This gets pretty messy. I suggest not eating it in front of a guy you are trying to impress.
 

MexiCali Quinoa Soup

Everything you love about guacamole… in a hearty healthy soup!

This is just a simple quinoa and black bean soup with a little mexican spizzaz to it.
The fresh avocado, cilantro and lime are the key ingredients here…you’re gonna love it!
Refreshing and not too heavy, you can enjoy this soup on a warm summer night
Yields soup for 2 hungry bellies, or 4 small appetizers
Ingredients:
Drizzle of Walnut Oil (I recommend using nut oils for cooking)
1/2 onion chopped
Clove of garlic chopped
1 cup of Quinoa
Organic Vegetable Broth
Jalapeno, seeded and chopped
Black Beans (I used a can of organic)
1 Tomato chopped
Garnish:
Avocado
Cilantro
Lime Wedges
Organic Sour Cream
(sprinkled pumpkin seeds would be nice too- get creative)
In a heavy sauce pan heat the oil
Sauté the onion until almost translucent
Add the garlic and quinoa, stirring constantly for about 30 seconds
Pour in Broth and bring to a boil- reduce to a simmer
Add jalapeno, beans and chopped tomato
Simmer, partial cover, until the quinoa is cooked. About 12 minutes
Garnish with the remaining ingredients and enjoy!
Buen Provecho!

 

A-HA! Tuna TarTare

Ahi Tuna is the tastiest fish in the ocean!

I prefer raw fish over cooked fish- raw is so much more flavorful, and fresh tasting and just melts in my mouth!

For this dish I chose to pair the tuna with avocado and mango because the “theme” I was cooking for was a Summer Seafood dish, but this tuna is fabulous just on its own.
Ingredients:
Sushi Grade Tuna
Crushed ginger
Oyster sauce
Soy sauce
Sesame oil, just a couple drops
Chopped cilantro
Cut the tuna into nicely even little cubes
Mix gently with the remaining ingredients
Wonton Crackers:
24 Store bought wanton wrappers
2 T Honey/Agave
1 t Soy Sauce
Sesame seeds
Flax seeds (optional, I thought they looked pretty)
Preheat over to 375
Cut the crackers diagonally and place them onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
Combine the agave and soy sauce in a bowl.
Brush the mixture onto the wantons.
Sprinkle with seeds
Bake for 7-9 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through.
Optional Garnish:
Micro Sprouts
Avocado
Mango
Balsamic Reduction on the plate
Cucumber would be nice too