Monday, April 28, 2014

Secret Recipe Club: Baked Eggs in Avocado

It's time for another Secret Recipe Club reveal day! Each month we are assigned a blog, and we get to choose a recipe to make in secret.  This month we were assigned the blog, Curious Cuisiniere, a blog written by Sarah with help from her husband Tim. They love to travel and explore the cuisines and cultures of new places. And if you need some inspiration, go read about their philosophy on food on the About Us page. I loved it and couldn't agree more about the power of food and sharing it with others. And obviously, they have a treasure trove of recipes!!

I chose Egg Baked in Avocado, mostly because brunch is probably my favorite meal and avocado is one of my favorite foods.  If you pay better attention to your cooking time and watch the egg carefully, you'll end up with nice runny egg yolks paired with creamy avocado. I like to have some toast handy to spread the avocado and egg on for easy eating. Delicious, filling and good for you!

Eggs Baked in Avocado

By Curious Cuisiniere

2 avocados
4 eggs
2-4 slices of bacon
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven broiler and place your oven rack in its lowest position.

In a small skillet, fry bacon until desired crisp-ness. (We’re so-crispy-it’s-nearly-burnt people.) Remove from pan, let cool, and crumble into pieces.

Halve the avocado. Remove pit.  Remove about half of the interior pulp, to create a bowl large enough to hold one eggs. Leave a layer of avocado intact to surround the egg.

Place avocado halves into a oven-proof bowl or small baking dish. You want to make sure the halves stay upright so the egg doesn't spill out.

Crack one egg into a small bowl. Pour egg from bowl into the hollow you have cut out of the avocado half. Repeat with second egg and second half.  Feel free to crack the egg directly into the pit. 

Top each egg with the crumbled bacon and a little salt and pepper.

Place baking dishes on a baking sheet in the oven.  Broil for 10-15 minutes, until egg is firm, checking frequently to be sure the egg is not burning (be careful!).  Remove from the oven and serve with toast.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Big Bowl of Goodness

The "Big Bowl of Goodness" is more of a guideline than a recipe, inspired by Oh She Glows and Deliciously Ella.  You can take your favorite ingredients and make it your own.  My recommendation is to have:
  • Protein: chicken, tofu, tempeh, beans
  • Carb: brown rice, quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes
  • Roasted veggies (I like peppers, asparagus, cauliflower, zucchini)
  • Raw veggies (shredded carrots, beets, chopped peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes)
  • Nuts or seeds
  • Marinated kale
  • Hummus or avocado
These are just suggestions, so feel free to make this any way your heart desires.  I love the big bowl of goodness, because I can prep a bunch of ingredients ahead of time, then throw things together willy nilly when I'm ready to eat! I can mix and match what I've prepped or add a salad dressing to switch the flavors around depending on my tastes.

These bowls are really filling and satisfying.  They are full of nutrients and you can feel good about what you are eating!

The bowl pictured contains the following:

Kale massaged with garlic vinaigrette
Quinoa (with coconut oil stirred in after cooking)
Shredded roasted chicken
Roasted sweet potatoes
Roasted cauliflower
Chopped red peppers
Shredded carrots
Sundried tomato hummus

Roast veggies for about 20-30 minutes at 400F.  Cook the quinoa according to the directions (usually 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water, boil, then cover and cook for 15 minutes).  Once the quinoa has cooked, fluff it with a fork and stir in a 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil and season with freshly cracked black pepper.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Superfood Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding

Superfood Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding recipe

Sometimes you just need something chocolate.  This quick dessert makes just enough for one person and it is chocolate overload!  It is packed with superfoods too - chia seeds and cacao - and topped with more if you add Goji berries for some crunch.  I love how chia seeds magically turn this mixture into a pudding like consistency.  Chia seeds have a massive absorptive power, and they are full of fiber, protein, and calcium.  I've been adding chia seeds to my smoothies, and I even made jam out of chia seeds last summer, but this was my first attempt at chia seed pudding.  I have a feeling this dessert will be on heavy rotation this summer.  It is so simple to make and so delicious!

Superfood Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding

3/4 cup coconut milk (you could use almond milk)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 tablespoon cocao powder
1 teaspoon maple syrup
Dash of cinnamon

Goji berries
Toasted coconut
Dark Chocolate Chips
Chopped almonds

Blend together all ingredients in a blender.  Pour into a glass jar and cover.  Refrigerate for a few hours.

Top with toasted coconut, dark chocolate chips, goji berries, and chopped almonds. 

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