Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Vegan, Vegetarian

Add a Chill to Your Morning

Mint Chocolate Oatmeal

This Mint Chocolate Oatmeal was refreshingly different and a cool take. It’s most likely something I won’t eat daily for breakfast, but I think this would be a fun Saturday morning breakfast during the holidays. The beauty of using steel cut oats is that you don’t need to blend the oats for a smoother consistency and they give a heartier feel to the oatmeal. I added applesauce to help cut the cacao powder and mint and to give the oatmeal some more “fruit.” The strawberries complemented the chocolate and mint flavors perfectly. I made the Mint Chocolate Oatmeal in honor of the blizzard Juno: something hearty and definitely cozy, but could still give you a chill.

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Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Drinks, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Smoothie, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

Revitalizing Pear Refreshment

IMG_4999Sometimes during the cold weather transitions, we need something to remind us of warmer days. I made this Strawberry, Pear & Cucumber Smoothie after a run today and it was absolutely refreshingly delicious. I had too many ripe pears sitting on my counter, begging to be used. They possess such a juicy sweetness that their addition to a smoothie like the only logical next step. And what a perfect smoothie they made! Throw in frozen strawberries, a cucumber and some ice and oh, it’s like I’m back in summer days, and not this dreary, rainy weather.

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Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Side, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

The Versatile Berries


Poached Berries

Poached Berries are great — so easy to make, full of flavor, and can be made ahead of time. Another recipe my mom showed me (thanks, Mom!). The berries are especially tasty because by poaching them, you remove the hassle of washing each serving and decrease the time fresh berries will perish; instead, everything’s done in one step and viola! fresh berry sauce for days. Based on my new obsession with chia seeds and breakfast bowls, poached berries paired with overnight oats and chia seeds seemed like a natural combination. Poached berries are perfect to top oatmeal for breakfast or Greek yogurt for a snack or dessert. Try this berry sauce for yourself and discover the enormous flavor behind poached berries!

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Local Finds, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian

Upgrade Your “Salad”

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Farmer’s Market finds make the perfect salad. Upgrade your salad for something fresh, different and a little bit exciting. The walnuts and quinoa add crunch and texture to the salad, while the fresh mint, fizz kale, apples and strawberries add a layer of freshness and a straight-from-the-garden taste. Toss the ingredients together with some olive oil and white balsamic vinegar and viola! A deliciously upgraded summer salad.

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Dairy-Free, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, One Pot Dish, Side, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

Ravenous for Rhubarb

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It’s rhubarb season. Normally I have the luxury of enjoying fresh rhubarb back home in Maine. In Ithaca, I bought some rhubarb at the Farmer’s Market last weekend. While my family usually makes a simple rhubarb tart (a household favorite), my mom and I found this Strawberry Rhubarb Compote recipe from Skinny Taste a couple summers ago, when the rhubarb was abundant and seemed to eternally grow. The tartness of the rhubarb is perfectly balanced with sweet and juicy strawberries to make a sauce that perfectly pairs with yogurt, ice cream, pancakes, shortcake…the possibilities are endless! This compote is a necessary addition to your rhubarb repertoire. Continue reading “Ravenous for Rhubarb”

Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Low Sugar, Vegetarian

Bananas Aren’t Just for Banana Bread

Banana Oat Pancakes

I love thick, doughy pancakes, bagels or muffins, but it’s a love-hate relationship; great in the moment, but horrible once you’re stuffed before your day has even begun. These Banana Oat Pancakes are made from oatmeal, egg whites and bananas are a quick, delicious start to your morning. I’ve shown them above with pomegranate seeds and blueberries and the sauce is poached berries. Pair that with some grapefruit and coffee, and you’re good to go. Continue reading “Bananas Aren’t Just for Banana Bread”