[RECIPE] Chickpea Scramble for One

[RECIPE] Chickpea Scramble for One | via @runwithtongs
I am for sure a savory breakfast person. I love scrambles, avocado toast, chickpea crepes, tofu rancheros, bagels…basically anything that falls on the savory spectrum. The thing is I don’t always love to have a tofu scramble so instead I have been swapping beans for tofu. In this recipe I used chickpeas because I think they just give a really great texture and give a good bulk to the scramble.
[RECIPE] Chickpea Scramble for One | via @runwithtongs

Chickpea Scramble for One
Just double, triple, ect. for more people

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 of a small onion, diced
1/4 of a bell pepper, diced
3-4 mushrooms, sliced
3 stalks of kale, de-stemmed and shredded
1/2 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed, mashed a bit with the back of a fork
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 clove of garlic
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1/2 tablespoon coconut aminos or reduce sodium soy/tamari/shoyu
black pepper to taste

Directions:
Heat the oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook for 3-4 minutes and then add the peppers and mushrooms; saute for 3-4 minutes. Add the kale, chickpea and spices; stir to combine. Add in the coconut aminos and black pepper and cook until all veggies are tender.
Serve with avocado!

[RECIPE] Chickpea Scramble for One | via @runwithtongs

So simple and so delicious! [RECIPE] Chickpea Scramble for One | via @runwithtongs

Are you a savory or a sweet breakfast person? 

WIAW: DIY Smoothie Bowls

Okay so I know I am late to jump on the smoothie bowl train but over the last year I have just fallen in love with them. There is a local spot called Kure that makes the best acai and smoothie bowls I have ever had. They are super creamy and topped with berries, bananas, granola and most importantly cinnamon; seriously just something about that cinnamon that makes the bowl so good. The problem is we no longer live close to Kure so now I have to make my own.

Smoothie Bowl

DIY Smoothie Bowl:

So a smoothie bowl has two main components a base which is basically a thick smoothie, a spoony -a smoothie that needs to be eaten with a spoon and a topping(s). 

For bases I love:

  • frozen bananas, strawberries, almond butter, almond milk + optional add-in’s of vanilla protein powder and/or acai powder
  • frozen bananas, mango, pineapple, coconut manana and coconut milk + optional add-in’s of spirulina powder and/or baby spinach
  • coconut water, kale, almond butter, coconut sugar and banana

Toppings I love:

  • Fresh Berries
  • Banana
  • Mango
  • Chia Seeds
  • Bee Pollen
  • Hemp hearts
  • Slivered Almonds
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon 
  • Granola

For the bowl pictured:

Base:
– 2 frozen bananas
– 1 juicy mango
– 8 oz coconut juice
– 1 heaping handful of baby spinach

Toppings:
– chia seeds
– hemp hearts
– bee pollen
– slivered almonds
– pinch of cinnamon

What is your favorite smoothie combination? Do you ever make smoothie bowls? If yes, what are your go to toppings? 

Here is another recipe for one of my favorite acai smoothie bowls. 

Tip: let your bananas get super spotty before peeling and freezing. Waiting until their super spotty makes them super sweet and helps us to better digest them.

Recipe | Benevolent Bacon Mac & Cheese with Kale

mac After posting this dinner last night on my Instagram I had a few requests for the recipe so here it is.

We spent most of yesterday out of the house at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival about an hour south of Portland. It was luckily a beautiful day and we soaked up the sun and festival with friends.

March 2015 - Tulip Fest - My little tulips

After parting ways we headed to the outlets since they were on the way home and mama needed some new clothes. After two many hours of shopping we finally headed home. While in the car we got to talking about dinner and discussed grabbing dinner out but Edith insisted that we eat dinner at home and that we have mac and cheese. We agreed but first stopped to pick up a few provisions which included the ingredients to make said mac and cheese.
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My original thought was to do a customize your own mac and cheese and then Neil said “you know what would be really good [in the mac and cheese] some of that Sweet Earth bacon” so his brilliant idea won. I added kale because kale + bacon is great and because greens. Everyone enjoyed it and it was deemed a must make again meal.

Benevolent Bacon Mac and Cheese with | Vegan
Serves 6
This vegan mac and cheese recipe features Sweet Earth Natural Foods Benevolent Bacon.
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4lb of Small Pasta, cook according to package
  2. 2 Tablespoons Earth Balance
  3. 2 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
  4. 1 2/3 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk, room temperature or lightly warmed
  5. 1 Cup Shredded Dayia Cheddar Cheese
  6. 4 Garlic Cloves, divided
  7. 1 Vegan Chik'n Boullion Cube
  8. 1 Package Sweet Earth Natural Foods Benevolent Bacon, thinly sliced
  9. 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil, divided
  10. 1 Bunch Lacinato Kale
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. While pasta is cooking saute the kale and 2 cloves of garlic in 2 teaspoons of olive oil over medium-high heat until softened. Remove from the pan and set aside; add the remaining olive oil and sautee the bacon until lightly browned. Set aside.
  3. In a small sauce pan heat melt the Earth Balance over low heat. Whisk in the flour and cook on low for 90 seconds whisking the entire time. Whisk in the the garlic and cook for 30 more seconds.
  4. Slowly whisk the almond milk into the Earth Balance and flour mixture and then whisk in the vegan chik'n boullion cube. Cook over medium-high heat until the sauce coats the back a spoon.
  5. Add the Dayia to the sauce and whisk until combined. Remove from heat and set aside.
  6. Once the pasta is cooked and drained return the pasta back to it's pot and add all the ingredients. Stir to combine.
  7. Enjoy!
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What did you do this weekend? We spent a lot of time out of the house at parks, festivals and doing a little shopping.

What is your favorite mac and cheese recipe? Do you like to add anything special to yours?

Recipe | (Kid-Approved) Nut-Free Pesto Pasta

Raise your hand if you are a pasta-o-holic like me. I would say in an average week we have pasta at least twice and that’s only because I purposely don’t buy enough to have it everyday of the week – or we would. Edith requests pasta most days of the week and today I said YES and pasta is what we had. 

Nut Free Pesto

Most of the time I make some sort of vegan mac and cheese or a pesto pasta for lunches. Since Alder is now eating err…playing with solids I wanted to make something that he could taste too so I decided to go with a nut-free pesto. It was also the perfect way to get Edith to eat some greens because lately she has been a little more picky with her food. 

Anyways I made this pasta dish and it turned out fantastic. Even Edith who told me while I was making it that she wasn’t going to eat it declared that it was her “favorite best pasta”. So basically this pasta dish is a winner. Enjoy!

(Kid Approved) Nut-Free Pesto Pasta
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 2 servings pasta of your choice
  2. 1 cup broccoli (fresh or defrosted frozen)
  3. 1 cup peas (fresh or defrosted frozen)
  4. 2 heaping tablespoons nutritional yeast
  5. 2-3 garlic cloves
  6. 1/4 cup olive oil
  7. 1 teaspoon white miso
  8. 1.5 teaspoons lemon juice
  9. salt and pepper to taste
  10. 1 Italian Field Roast Sausage (optional), diced and lightly bowned
  11. Reserve a bit of cooking water
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package.
  2. To a food processor all the ingredients except sausage and cooking water; process until smooth. (If making for baby as well see note below).
  3. Toss pasta with pesto and sausage adding as bit of cooking water as necessary to reach desired sauce consistency.
Notes
  1. For Alder I added just the olive oil, peas, broccoli and nutritional yeast to the food processor and blended until smooth; I removed a few tablespoons to toss with a bit of pasta and then added remaining ingredients.
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Nut Free Pesto Fork

What is your go-to pasta dish or lunch dish?