This breakfast was inspired by nothing other than the neglected Raisin Bread waiting untouched and unloved for a month in my freezer
Since I was making for one (me!) I used a ramekin, but this can easily be multiplied to feed crowd and baked in a large casserole dish. This is a good dish to make when you are serving brunch because it can be made (should actually be made) the night before, to soak up all the flavors. Just assemble the night before, and pop in the oven right before guests arrive.
Beat the eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla
Add the cubed bread
I flavored plain greek yogurt with vanilla and cinnamon,
and added a dollop to each ramekin during the last minutes of baking
Yields 2 Ramekins
Ingredients: 2 Slices Raisin Bread cubed (I used Glutino Cinnamon Raisin Bread) 1 egg Cinnamon to taste Almond Milk (cows milk is fine if that’s what you have on hand)
Greek Yogurt Topping: Flavor with vanilla to taste
Add chopped nut before serving. I have a ton of slivered almonds left over from an even, which I have been putting on everything for the past month
If making in a casserole dish: 8 pieces of bread 4 eggs 4 cups of milk cinnamon and maybe a little sugar
Other options would be to add more raisins or even a chopped apple. Try topping with mascarpone cheese
Ok, this is as healthy and low fat as Granola can get
I used apple sauce as the sweetener, along with vanilla extract and a tad bit of honey.
I added cinnamon, flax seeds and raw nuts too for flavor and nutritional and medicinal purposes.
Studies show that cinnamon helps to stabilize blood sugar and especially good to have first thing in the morning, while flax seeds provide omegas (healthy fats) and are high in protein and fiber.
Applesauce, vanilla, honey (local), cinnamon, flax and oats
I really encourage to you make your own granola. Not only is it more econmical than store bought, but it’s so much healthier. Even the healthiest store bought granola will have preservatives, extra ingredients (names on a label you can’t even pronounce) and more sugar and fat than you’d add if making it yourself.
The key is to bake for a really long time (45min to an hour) at low heat, and stir every 10 minutes or so.
Yields about 3 cups. Can store in an air tight container for 2 weeks (I’m actually still working on mine and it’s week 3)
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
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.
Since August I have eaten squash at least 3 times a week… I know, 5 months later I am just now deciding to write about it.
My favorites are Acorn, Butternut and Spaghetti Squash.
Mindee’s beautiful blue and white China, classy.
This Sunday my cousin and I took a stroll to our lovely neighborhood Farmer’s Market at Fort Mason– and it was here that I came across these adorable little baby size butternut squash.
To help understand the petit-ness of the squash, I served them on 6 inch plates.
Because butternut squash does not have a very large opening in the middle with seeds (see photo below) you will have to scoop out extra to make a larger space, big enough to fill with your yummy pilaf. Leaving about 1 inch of the “meat” around all sides.
Butternut Squash (or acorn squash)
1/4 cup quinoa
1 T butter
A few fresh sage leaves chopped
A handful of pecans, chopped
Preheat the oven to 375
Cut the Squash lengthwise
Scoop out the seeds and using a knife, make an even larger opening.
Place cut side down on a baking sheet and prick many times with a fork (this allows steam to escape when baking)
Bake for 35-40 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook the quinoa.
Rinse the quinoa well before adding to a sauce pan. Add double the amount of water as quinoa, and a pinch of salt to the sauce pan of quinoa, cover and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to a simmer, partially covered, cook for 15 minutes- viola!
For the good stuff:
Add the butter to a small skillet, melt and let burn a little, add a pinch of salt sage and pecans.
Cook for a minute until sage and nuts become fragrant.
Add the Quinoa to the pan, coat and mix well with the butter.
Stuff the baked squash with the warm quinoa pilaf and top with a pecan half for a little extra touch.
If I were making these for a crowd (or men) I’d probably serve skirt steak and sauteed dark leafy greens too. But for my cousin and me, this was plenty for dinner.
These last a few days in the fridge. Today after the gym I reheated my last half in the oven for about 30 minutes at 300 while I was in the shower- and viola- lunch is served :o)
Not to mention, this is a good source of full protein after a workout.
I’ve recently been experimenting with making healthy, whole, full protein, gluten free workout snacks…and these I think are a winner. Just one will sustain your energy for at least 2 hour workout.
I had a bowl of cooked grains (quinoa, millet, amaranth) in my fridge that I had made the day before and decided to use this as my base.
I have also been obsessed with almond butter- I finished 2 jars in 3 weeks! oooops :o)
So I decided to go with a nut butter to hold the grains together and provides a good source of protein and healthy fats.
I also prefer almond butter over peanut butter because it has more vitamins and minerals.
Now that we have chosen the carb and protein (grains and almond butter) I decided to roll the balls in coconut as a source of natural sugar. The coconut also helps hold the balls together and keeps from getting your fingers sticky with almond butter… not necessarily a bad thing.
You can use any grain here, even rice. I recommend using quinoa though because it is a full protein (containing all 9 essential amino acids).
Quantities here, like most things I make, are not important at all, you have complete control here. If you prefer, walnut butter, use that. If you prefer cocoa, roll your balls in that. The possibilities are endless.
I didn’t think it needed to be sweet, but again, it’s up to you. You can add 1 T of a natural sweetener like honey, during the first step
Other Options Inside:
ground flax seed
Other Options for Rolling:
Chopped Dried Fruit like Cranberries…
Makes about 10 Power Balls:
1 1/2 cups cooked grains
1/2 cup nut butter
Coconut for rolling
Combine the first 2 ingredients in a bowl (at this point add your sweetener or protein powder)
Form into little balls about 2 tablespoons worth
roll in coconut (nuts, cocoa powder, dried fruit, etc.)
Keep in an airtight container i the the fridge for, well I’d say forever- but just to be safe, 3 weeks!
This Cake was so delicious I had to make it twice in 2 days.
On Saturday I made it for the guys that run the garage I park my car in. You see, in San Francisco it is very rare to find a garage (conveniently open 24 hrs- steps from your front door) that charges less than $250 a month. Not wanting to pay that much, I offered to pay $200 and bring them baked goods every week! They happily excepted the offer!
Almond Butter: protein, magnesium, potassium (important electrolyte), healthy fats and gives you long lasting energy and actually reduces your GI (just read this on almonds!)
Chocolate and Espresso: Fast energy
Brown Rice Syrup: natural sweetener that does not spike your blood sugar levels the way white sugar does. It’s a complex sugar that dissolves easily in the bloodstream plus it’s a complex carb, meaning it will take your body longer to digest- all reason why it’s a better sweetener than white sugar.
Here it is, and super easy:
1/2 cup Brown Rice Syrup
1 stick of Vegan Butter (the only not-so-good ingredient)
2 cups cooked quinoa
2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
2 T vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup almond butter (peanut butter is fine too)
1 T ground espresso
Preheat oven to 350
cream the butter and brown rice syrup
stir in the vanilla then the cooked quinoa, oats and flax
Bake in a greased 9×13 pan for 20 minutes
Meanwhile, in a double broiler melt the chocolate and peanut butter
Stir in the espresso (optional)
Spread over your oats.
Let cool completely before cutting (I even keep mine in the refrigerator)
Enjoy- now go climb a mountian!
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