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Simple & Quick Vegan Breakfast Toasts with Sausage

Simple & Quick Vegan Breakfast Toasts with Sausage is healthy and delicious. Hummus, avocado, cream cheese, cilantro and sausage. I eat this any morning that I have all of the ingredients in my fridge. It’s done in 5 minutes, and because I won’t wake my tired ass up any earlier than I already do, this is the perfect remedy for fullness, healthfulness, and happiness. Not only that, my 3 year old will totally get down with this deliciousness as well. Fabulous start to both of our way-too-early mornings! 

I obviously have a total love affair with food; hence this blog. Just because something wasn’t sweated over upon a stovetop or involved loads of hard work definitely does not mean that it wasn’t healthy and delish. I’m posting this because it’s something I eat often and I love to eat. It’s easy, super fast, and crazy healthy. Something to be said for simplicity, folks. I promise to keep those KISS meals in my blog! 

For this, I used Trader Joe’s Tuscan Pumpernickel Bread because it’s insanely delicious. I toasted that and then smeared Tofutti Cream Cheese on it. Over that I smashed some avocado, and then topped it with a roasted red pepper hummus (recipe coming soon). I had cilantro laying around so I threw some on top. Cilantro on almost anything, really. I used TJ’s Italian Sausage-Less Sausages and chopped that up on the side. I had some incredible espresso and made that in my Bialetti. Voila! A breakfast star was born. What are my fellow vegan/veg-head friends putting on their morning toasts? Send pics in my comment section!

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Banana Carrot Coconut Breakfast Muffins

Banana Carrot Coconut Breakfast Muffins are delicious, easy, and vegan! Looking for a healthy and easy way to start your day? Take a quick muffin to go!  Now, at the end of mixing together all of these ingredients, I opted to make them vegetarian instead because I discovered some left over chocolate chips from Easter.  However, typically, I would keep them vegan just to make them extra healthy!  Of course, something this delicious can easily be scarfed down as a dessert.  They are specifically stated as breakfast muffins because they are not light and fluffy, but rather dense and filling like a good breakfast should be.  

I have no idea what’s happened to me with age, well, that’s not entirely true at all.  A big.fat.sigh. to that on many accounts, however, regarding breakfast, what used to be my most favorite meal of the day, I no longer have an appetite in the early hours of the day and I struggle to get down anything too large.  Being that I fully understand and support the importance of a dope bfast I force myself to eat something.  These Banana Carrot Coconut Breakfast Muffins are perfect for me right now because they’re quick to eat, healthy, dense enough, but doesn’t leave me feeling like I’ve just eaten a mountain of food.  Not to mention, getting both the wee dude and myself ready in the morn leaves little time to chow down on gigantic homemade delicatessens.  I make a tray of these bad boys and I’m good for the week!  If not, freeze them and enjoy their deliciousness at a later date.  On that note, happy easy, healthy, vegan, and delicious morning to you! Love, Foodgalleygab.

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Banana Carrot Coconut Breakfast Muffins
Yields 12
Banana Carrot Coconut Breakfast Muffins are delicious, easy, and vegan! Looking for a healthy and easy way to start your day? Take a quick muffin to go!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 C oats
  2. 2 bananas
  3. 1 C shredded carrot
  4. 2/3 C shredded coconut
  5. 1/2 C whole wheat flour
  6. 3 Tbl flax seeds
  7. 1 tsp salt
  8. 1 heaping Tbl cinnamon
  9. 1/4 tsp ginger
  10. 1/2 C water
  11. 1 C unsweetened almond milk
  12. 2 Tbl agave (substitute honey if you'd like)
  13. 2 Tbl vegetable oil
  14. Optional: chocolate chips
  15. muffin pan (12 muffins)
  16. blender
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender (I used my Vitamix) and blend until smooth (if using chocolate chips, don't blend them in. Put them in after blending and stir them into the mix well)
  3. Spray your muffin pan and fill each muffin to the top rim
  4. Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes
  5. Let cool and then enjoy!
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Irish Soda Bread (Dairy Free)

St. Pat’s favorite food, Irish Soda Bread, is here for that time of year yet again!  I remember my mom having to make 2 loaves when I was a kiddo because I couldn’t cope with the thought of raisins invading my precious holiday treat. If you are a lover of the withered grape, please feel free to add them to this recipe.  In this St. Patrick’s Day Irish Soda Bread post, I’ve definitely went a tad overboard in the photo department.  As you can see below, this is clearly because I used my most delicious ingredient… my wee man, lil’ G.  He is Mr. Independent at his new ‘ripe’ age of 28 months.  Greyson loves helping me around the house and in the kitchen.  It’s pretty amazing because I’m fairly sure that this phase will be quite fleeting and he’ll spend a majority of the first 18 years of his life trying to evade being ‘house helpful.’ Well, so the wise old mother owls I know tell me.  I shall heed their wisdom and advice and trust that they know the road well travelled.  Summation?  I’ll take all the stinkin’ help I can get whilst my little man is willing to give it… voluntarily.  ðŸ˜‰

I’ve replaced the butter and milk with Earth Balance & almond milk.  I do use an egg, however, you can replace that with some apple sauce if you’re wanting to go vegan with this recipe.  I just decorated my place yesterday and made the soda bread today. I’m sure Greyson ended up wearing half of it and by default, so did I!  We had a great time and again, I’m so excited to be back stateside and give Grey all of these amazing holiday memories.  It melts my mommy heart, as I hope this soda bread recipe melts in your Irish mouth. Crack open a creamy Irish stout to wash down this delicious soda bread. Sláinte chugat!

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READY TO GO!

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A COOK'S BEST HELPING HAND

A COOK’S BEST HELPING HAND

WE TAKE IRISH SODA BREAD MAKING SERIOUSLY IN THESE PARTS!

WE TAKE IRISH SODA BREAD MAKING SERIOUSLY IN THESE PARTS!

UMM... THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED

UMM… THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED

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Irish Soda Bread (Dairy Free)
Yields 1
A quick, easy, and healthy dairy free Irish Soda Bread recipe. Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 C flour (I used whole wheat but white is just fine)
  2. 1 tsp salt
  3. 1 1/4 Tbsp sugar
  4. 1 tsp baking soda
  5. 5 Tbsp Earth Balance or any vegan margarine/butter
  6. 1 3/4 C unsweetened almond milk
  7. 1 egg
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425
  2. Whisk together the flour salt, baking soda and sugar in mixing bowl
  3. Using your hands, mix the butter into the flour
  4. Add the almond milk and egg. Mix with spoon
  5. Knead with your hands into a dough
  6. Make into a ball and put in a round pan
  7. Score it with a knife lengthwise in both directions through the middle
  8. Bake for 35 minutes
Notes
  1. Add raisins or caraway seeds if you so desire!
Pair with
  1. Creamy Irish Stout
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Tofu Scramble Italian Style

Tofu Scramble Italian Style is a scramble that I make quite often.  Tofu scrambles for breakfast are one of my ultimate favorite meals.  This particular morning, I had yet another snow day. Mind you, I now live in Portland, OR so it baffles me that as of today, we are on our 5th snow day! I’m convinced that when I moved back from Beijing the weather system got confused upon my arrival, and with me landed New York’s classic winter weather (I am from Long Island, NY so I am quite accustomed to the beauty of snow days).  This being said, I finally had some time to spend in the kitchen again.  It was about 6:00 in the morning on this fine Tofu Scramble Italian Style day that I decided to break out the camera and for the first time ever, actually write down my recipe.  Fast forward a few hours and I was drinking sparkling wine with Pom juice in front of the fire with my pjs on.  Not too shabby!  I fully intended on making the most of this day. 

Tofu Scramble Italian Style is loaded with flavor and delicious ingredients. However, like I always say, use what you’ve got in the fridge first!  If it is not exactly what I have on my recipe card, don’t fret.  Get creative and throw in ingredients that you already have opened and get crackin’! Waste not! In my particular scramble on this fine and snowy day I used artichokes, capers, sun-dried tomatoes, veggie sausage, arugula, small white beans, garbanzo beans, onion, garlic, and herbs.  These are the ingredients I had floating around my refrigerator.  I put my usual toast on the side: vegan cream cheese, avocado smash, and veggie bacon crumbled on top. A coffee and some water and that was me… done! Needless to say, I was both stuffed and super satisfied for hours! As soon as I could get off of the couch that I had become one with, that is the time I decided to crack the bubbly.  It was an amazing day and I loved having extra time to play with my wee man, Greyson. If you have a snow day or any morning with a bit of time, give the Tofu Scramble Italian Style recipe a whirl.  It will not disappoint!  Mangia!

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Tofu Scramble Italian Style
Serves 4
Tofu Scramble Italian Style is an incredibly flavorful veggie dish. Enjoy for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Healthy, easy, and vegan.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 brick firm tofu-drained and squeezed dry
  2. 1 small yellow onion- diced
  3. 2-3 cloves garlic- diced
  4. 1 large veggie sausage link-diced. I use Tofurkey's Italian Sausage. Beyond amazing!
  5. 1 Tbl capers
  6. 4-5 marinated artichoke hearts
  7. 3 Tbl diced marinated sun-dried tomatoes- diced
  8. 1/2 a can of small white beans (not to be confused with cannellini beans-though you could substitute with these) and garbanzo beans combined
  9. 1-2 handfuls of arugula
  10. oregano to taste
  11. basil to taste
  12. salt and pepper to taste
  13. olive oil for pan
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in the pan and then add onions. Sprinkle with salt. Cook for about 3 minutes
  2. Add the garlic, stir, and cook for about a minute more
  3. Take the brick of tofu and squeeze it through your hands so it crumbles into the pan. Add herbs and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook and occasionally stir for about 3-5 minutes
  4. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and veggie sausage and stir for a minute
  5. Add the capers and artichokes and stir for a minute
  6. Add the beans and any additional herbs, salt and pepper. Stir for a minute
  7. Add the arugula and stir in. Let scramble cook, occasionally stirring for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Done!
Notes
  1. If I happened to have had olives, I would've used them as well.
  2. Feel free to top with vegan or regular Parmesan cheese for serving.
Snow day or just any other morning
  1. Serve with bubbles and Pom juice
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Egg Muffins To-Go!

Egg Muffins To-Go! is amazingly quick, easy, healthy and perfect for anyone crunched for time but wanting to maintain healthy eating. Take the route of ease and health instead of grabbing a convenient store or deli style breakfast! These Egg Muffins To-Go! can also be a quick snack.  You can save these for 3 days or make in individual muffin tins every morning. Any way you slice it, it will be simple!  If you’ve read my last post you’ll know that I am preparing for the biggest move of my life. Leaving Beijing after 5 years and trying to organize my life back in the US from abroad has been beyond crazy, busy, and insane! Hence my lack of posting as of late.  Throughout all of this craziness and insanity, I have truly enjoyed the planning! However, time is a factor that has greatly diminished.  I most definitely do not want to start eating poorly during a period when I really need to stay healthy, focused, and feeling good.  Not to mention, I would never compromise little G’s health and we are eating almost all of the same meals together these days. This means that I am still cookin’ but I do not have all of the hours that I typically have had to do it. I’ve been making dishes that are delicious and healthy but also that are quick and easy.  If you are crazed for time or just want to keep it simple, these Egg Muffins To-Go! are an amazing idea for your repertoire. Sandwich it between some whole wheat toast, throw it in a wrap, or just have one or two straight from the muffin pan (this is how G and I do it). Loaded with veggies and herbs, and straight to a healthy heart and happy diet… Eat well and enjoy!

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Egg Muffins To-Go!
Serves 4
Egg Muffins To-Go! is an amazingly easy and healthy breakfast for busy mornings or for quick snacks.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 eggs
  2. 3-4 Tbl broccoli - diced finely
  3. 2-3 Tbl red & yellow peppers - diced finely
  4. 2 Tbl sharp cheddar - diced in small cubes
  5. Herbs to taste (dried or fresh). I used basil and oregano and I've also used an Italian herb mix
  6. Salt & pepper to taste
  7. Optional: veggie sausage & spinach (well chopped)
  8. Olive oil for muffin tins
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven at 350 f
  2. Brush the muffin tins with olive oil
  3. Crack one egg per tin
  4. Sprinkle a mix of the veggies, herbs, cheese, and s & p, divided evenly, per tin
  5. Take a fork to quickly mix each tin together
  6. Place in oven and bake for approximately 15 minutes (you can stick a butter knife or toothpick in the middle to check the progress of the yolk-cook to your desired temp)
Notes
  1. 1 egg makes 1 muffin. Make as many servings as you'd like!
  2. Use whatever veggies or cheese that you have in the fridge. If I had veggie sausage, I would have added that as well.
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