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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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INGREDIENTS

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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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Creamy Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

I am sure you have all heard me mention how I chug my G’s Oatmeal Smoothie every morning and love it.  It’s just so healthy and such an incredible start to my day that I can’t get myself to move on to one of my many (yet to be posted) other smoothie recipes. However, on the weekends I sometimes need a change.  A break from the berries if you will!  I am a massive fan of anything peanut butter and banana or peanut butter and chocolate.  I find those combinations to be unbeatable in my sweet tooth world. Like I’ve said before, I don’t particularly have a sweet tooth, as I’d choose a bagel, potato chip, slice of pizza etc any day over chocolate or other sweets, however, those are the loves of the small sweet tooth within me.  I have really been enjoying my Creamy Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie for weekends now!  My lil’ man, G, loves them as well.  Double delight!  Honestly, you could throw in some cocoa powder for a chocolate effect, add some spinach for the fiber (I always do), and use any kind of nut butter you’d like!  I’m never strict with a recipe so I most certainly don’t expect the same from my readers.  In Beijing, it is very difficult to find natural peanut butter, and when you do, it costs oodles of moola.  I have taken to buying the “mixed sesame” butter (a variety of what I think is sesame seeds, peanuts, and probably something else), as it is completely natural, delicious, and costs a mere $1.00! Now, you cannot beat that.   These are the things in China that I will truly miss… well, a part of some of the things I will miss.  I am leaving after 5 long years in 7 weeks and it will be extremely bitter sweet!  I am starting to feel the reality now… I digress, back to smoothie speak!  I drink them all year long but I know that they’re even bigger hits in the summer time. Bring on the beach, the sun, and the great outdoors.  I am beyond ready and am sure you are, too!  Enjoy your Creamy Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie in the summer, spring, winter, or fall… at the beach, in the morning, afternoon, or at the mall.  Okay, I had to do it.  The Dr. Seuss in me insisted.  Enjoy it even as a light dinner or dessert.  It knows no bounds! Slurp up this deliciously satisfying and healthy Creamy Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie and I promise you, you’ll be on the road to a healthier you!  

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Creamy Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie
Yields 3
Creamy Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie is healthy, delicious, and ready to slurp up in just minutes!
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Prep Time
4 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
4 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 bananas
  2. 3-4 large spoonfuls of peanut butter
  3. 1/2 a ripe avocado
  4. 2 cups oats
  5. Dash of vanilla extract
  6. 1 can coconut milk
  7. Coconut water (use your desired amount for thickness/thinness)
  8. Large handful of spinach (optional but recommended- I always use this)
Instructions
  1. Put a splash of coconut water in the bottom of your blender and add the oats
  2. Top with coconut milk
  3. Add bananas, peanut butter, avocado, vanilla
  4. Top with spinach if using
  5. Add your desired amount of coconut water
  6. Blend
  7. *I put this in the refrigerator overnight and blend in the morning for a cold smoothie!
Notes
  1. This yields 3 large glasses.
Suggestions
  1. Add cocoa powder for a chocolate flavor
  2. Add spinach or kale for some awesome fiber/vitamins. You won't taste it if you're concerned about this.
  3. Use any kind of milk (almond, soy - plain, vanilla, chocolate -, cow's milk etc)
  4. Use any kind of nut butter
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My Morning Through Snack Daily Food Routine (shed those lbs & still eat well)!

Well, it’s official.  I’ve finally decided that to make my goal weight by mid-June I am officially going to have to kind of… err… sort of… uugghh… maybe diet a bit!  Yuck!  That tasted bad evening writing down that hateful “d” word.  I made it 6 months while staying on target or even getting ahead of my chart and have hit the longest of plateaus over the past 3 months.  If I plan on “making it” to the finish line I have to actually cut back a bit.  I’ve also just revamped my workout.  In previous posts I had mentioned the glory of Jillian Michael’s Shred It Level 1.  Well, now it’s Level 2 in addition to her 6 Weeks to 6 Pack Abs (if you want to die a painful workout death… do this. It’s killer! But amazing), and I am taking hour long Latin dance classes every Friday. I feel the combo should get me to where I need to be in the short bit of time I seem to have left.  Sigh, sigh, and sigh again… however, I feel great!  So, that’s the silver lining, and the hope for total “svelte-ness” is my dangling carrot.  In my mind it’s super model status, however, reality strikes in the form of a possible thinner thigh, arm, and a true dream of 50% of Jillian Michael’s abs.  We dream big here my friends.  I mean BIG.  I do indeed, dare to dream.  

I start every morning with my G’s Oatmeal Smoothie recipe. My little man (Greyson) LOVES them, as do my husband and myself. Berries mixed with oatmeal, coconut milk, and yes, spinach! Don’t let this scare you!  The spinach is masked by the coconut and the sweet fruit.  An incredibly healthy and satisfying start to your day.  Not to mention, I make it the night before so the oats have been fully soaked, it will be cold without having to add ice, and let’s face it, one less step to slow down your morning.  Sold!  Next, I arrive at work and have a small snack of almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and a clementine.  I love all of them and they keep my belly content until a later snack or early lunch. I swallow this down with a cup of chrysanthemum tea with a dash of cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and an ever-so-small squeeze of agave. This is incredibly refreshing and easy to drink. After this, I return to the caffeine with a Jasmine Green Tea (I have a black coffee as soon as I arrive at work).  For a small lunch or hefty snack, I have a whole wheat slice of bakery bread loaded with all kinds of delicious seeds, and I smother it in my homemade Classic Hummus after smashing some avocado on the bread (sometimes with a tomato or some cheese as well-all depends on how crazy I feel that day!).  If I want to make this more of a lunch, I will have a heftier slice of my bread and it’s toppings plus I’ll tack on a salad or soup, like my Pesto Mushroom Salad or my Creamy Vegan Broccoli Soup.  I’m not trying to pack the calories in but I definitely want to feel satisfied and really enjoy my food. What’s eating if we don’t love it?!  My goal is to fuel my body with the “best” and enjoy it in the making. Simple, happy, delicious. Join me in my not-so-new morning mantra!
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