Vegan Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oatmeal

Trying to figure out what to make for breakfast can be challenging. It’s more challenging when you have food allergies or intolerances amongst other dietary restrictions.

Even though this recipe isn’t completely Top 8 Allergen friendly, you can replace ingredients to easily work with your diet.

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oatmeal

Vegan Cinnamon Apple Overnight Oatmeal

Vegan Cinnamon Apple Overnight Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use gluten free oats)
  • 2 Tbs of organic light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp (approximately) of ground cinnamon
  • 1 small sweet apple like Fuji or Gala
  • 1/2-1 cup of hemp milk
  • A dash of vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients (except the apple) to a bowl with a lid.
  2. Mix together then cover and leave in the fridge overnight.
  3. In the morning, dice the apple into small bite-sized pieces before adding to your oatmeal.
  4. Enjoy!

Some additional options to try:

  • Protein powder (suggest either unflavoured or vanilla)
  • Hemp seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds
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Frankies Fun Park in Raleigh

If you’ve never been to a “fun park” per se, this place would be a good experience. One could think Frankies in Raleigh is a mix of county fair meets Dave and Busters arcade. Lots of flashing lights inside and a bit noisy but thats to be expected in an arcade. But rest assured, this place isn’t just an arcade with lots of lights. Nope. They have a lot more they offer. Some of the attractions are:

  • Laser tag 
  • Bumper cars
  • A couple racetracks
  • Bumper boats
  • Mini golf
  • And more.

Granted I just enjoyed the arcade part while my friends/coworkers enjoyed going on one of the racetracks and the arcade. Outside, they have multiple rides as mentioned in the list above that seems like a county fair in a way but a lot of fun and a decent open space so it doesn’t feel too crowded. Of course I was there when not too many people were there so was a good time overall as I figure come summer and when schools are out, it must get crowded at least.

Inside the building where the arcade is located, they have card machines that can be used just about anywhere, a food court type of area (which I didn’t venture to but was tempted to see about an iced tea or coffee), of course the laser tag, and also a 3d type of game. They also have skee-ball, an air hockey pac man game, some basketball hoop games, bowling, and more. They do have quite a few prize machines, a fruit ninja game (which sadly froze on me after the third game or so oops.), a walking dead and jurassic park games, and a couple photo booths too.

They do have ample parking though they could use a few more handicapped parking spots. The building is also pretty colorful with reds, blues, and yellow/orange colors. It certainly grabs one’s attention. The only downer (besides being a bit expensive) is that when driving up, you have to pass it and make a u-turn at the next opportunity to get on the correct side if your coming from Route 40 east/Rt 147 onto Alexander Drive. Other than that, its pretty easy to get to the park.

I would definetly go back again and enjoy more of the games! I’ve included a link below for anyone who might be planning a trip to the area or who, like me before today really, has never heard of this arcade fun park.

Frankies Fun Park in Raleigh

Quick and Easy Breakfast Ham Sandwich

Having a busy lifestyle means not having much time in the day to make full meals. So something quick in the mornings to take on the go can be essential to help with energy till at least lunch.

I came up with the idea of a breakfast ham sandwich when I needed something quick in the morning to take with me before heading out grocery shopping. Hence, the breakfast ham sandwich!

Now I know a lot of times, folks like having like a scrambled or fried egg in their sandwiches but for those who cannot have eggs, this is pretty simple to have too and can be filling.

In the picture below, I made the onion slice just a little too big. LOL. The sandwich was still good though!

Breakfast Ham Sandwich

Quick and Easy Breakfast Ham Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs of Mustard (I use regular but feel free to add like honey mustard or dijon mustard)
  • 2-3 Wellshire Farms Breakfast Ham Slices (Can use any type of ham too but this brand is good for those with food allergies though I suggest checking their website first before buying)
  • 1 Slice of Sweet onion
  • 1 Pre-cooked Biscuit or 2 slices of toast of choice
  • Oil of choice (High heat preferred)
  • Slice of cheese (Optional)

Directions:

  1. Take a frying pan and add your oil of choice to it. Set it on low to medium low heat.
  2. Add your breakfast ham slices to your frying pan as it heats up. I would suggest using a splatter screen as the oil will splatter while you cook.

    Breakfast ham in oil panfrying

  3. Have the breakfast ham cook till it’s lightly brown on each side. Can take 1-2 minutes give or take depending on how hot your frying pan and oil are. I do suggest keeping a close eye on it as you can overcook the ham quickly when the heat is high.
  4. When one side is cooked lightly brown, use a pair of tongs to flip and cook the ham on the other side until lightly brown as well.
  5. Once your ham is cooked, transfer to paper towels to dry the excess oil. You might need to give it a pat down to remove all the oil from both sides of the ham.
  6. Discard the oil in the frying pan once it has cooled down enough to handle and continue letting the pan cool away from the hot burner.
  7. While your ham is cooling, slice your biscuit in half (or your toast; you can also toast your biscuit too even!). Add your mustard to both halves.

    Whole wheat biscuit with mustard and sweet onion

  8. Take a sweet onion and peel the outer skin layer. Once that is complete, take a sharp cutting knife and make a thin slice about 1/4 inch or to desired thickness. Place your onion slide on one-half of the biscuit.
  9. Add your now cooled ham slices to the other half of your biscuit before putting both sides together.
  10. Enjoy!

Notes: You can add cheese or an egg to this sandwich easily as well. I would suggest to melt the cheese either putting it in the microwave at the end for a few seconds or in your toaster oven for a few moments.

Vegan Banana Mango Smoothie

Hi everyone!

I know it’s been a long time since I added something new so I came up with a simple, easy recipe that can be made in a couple minutes. Of course, not including freezing the bananas for a couple hours at least beforehand. I hope you all enjoy!

Vegan Banana Mango Smoothie

Vegan Banana Mango Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Mango juice (approximately or at least to fill up the cup so that the bananas and ice are covered)
  • 1/2 frozen ripe sliced banana
  • 2 small handfuls of ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend till desired thickness.
  2. Pour into a cup and enjoy!

Serving size: 1-2 cups

Note: If your bananas are not ripe enough, you might need to add a bit of sweetener like stevia, honey, or agave nectar. It might change the flavour a bit so I definitely suggest using ripe bananas.

Easy Pan-Fried Breaded Chicken Breasts (Gluten Free)

Easy Pan-Fried Breaded Chicken Breasts (Gluten Free)

Happy Thursday everyone!

This recipe is pretty simple but tasty! I first made it and had the lightly pan-fried chicken breast slices with some cornbread waffles as was needing something different than the usual baked chicken.

Of course, you can add any sides you like from waffles to loaded mashed potatoes or even creamy mashed cauliflower too. The possibilities are endless! These pan-fried chicken breasts would be good topped on a salad even.

The breadcrumbs I used were the Full Circle Italian breadcrumbs brand that I found at my local Lowes grocery store but any brand will do. If you don’t have the Italian style breadcrumbs, you can add some parsley flakes and salt and pepper to the breadcrumbs before you coat the chicken breasts.

Ingredients:

  • Gluten Free Breadcrumbs (Italian style works amazing!)
  • 1lb Chicken breast thin sliced
  • Salt & Pepper for seasoning
  • Oil (I use canola but any high heat oil works)

Directions:

  1. Clean and cut chicken into thin strips.
  2. Add breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper (and if not using Italian style, add parsley flakes too!) onto a plate. Lightly coat the chicken breasts in the breadcrumbs till each piece is covered.
  3. Heat oil on low to medium heat in a frying pan. (Be careful as the oil will splatter as it cooks the chicken. I use a splatter screen for my frying pan to help minimize getting splattered and burned.)
  4. Add a few chicken slices to the hot oil and cook till browned on each side and thoroughly cooked.
  5. Place each cooked piece of chicken on a plate with paper towels. Once finished cooking the chicken breast slices, pat dry with a paper towel before serving.

Enjoy!

via Daily Prompt: Fry

Easy Crockpot Chicken Zoodle Soup (Low Carb, Gluten Free, Vegan option)

Good morning! 

Since the weather has been bouncing between hot and cold, I figured that it would be good to share an easy recipe for soup. Goodness knows that with the weather doing what it currently is, our health can go downhill pretty easily. Of course, this recipe is good for any time of the year but great for when you have a cold or just need a comfort food. I have also included a vegan option too for my vegan visitors. 🙂 

Ingredients:

  • 2 large Chicken breasts (or vegan meat substitute)
  • Vegetable broth (3-4 cups)
  • 2 large Zucchini spirialized
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 2-3 Large Carrots chopped (or a handful of baby carrots)
  • 4 Celery stalks chopped

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Cut your chicken into strips and place on a nonstick baking sheet. (I have mine usually on a foil-covered baking sheet sprayed with some nonstick spray or oil)
    3. Once oven is preheated,  place the chicken in the oven for about 25 to 30 minutes. Once cooked, remove from oven and shred with two forks or wait till cool and shred the chicken. Note: If you have precooked chicken already, feel free to skip the first 3 steps and just shred the chicken breasts.
    4. Next, gather your sweet onion, carrots, and celery.  Dice these vegetables into bite sized pieces and add to your crock pot. 
    5. Take your broth and add to the crock pot plus salt and pepper. Mix together  and add shreded chicken before setting on low heat for approximately 6 hours. If you use a dry broth mix, add a couple tablespoons (or to taste) to about 3-4 cups of water. 
    6. About 45 minutes to an hour before your about to serve your soup, take a couple zucchini and spirialize them into noodles and add them to your soup. Stir then let it cook for about 45 minutes to an hour before serving.

    Vegan option: Omit chicken and use extra firm tofu or other meat substitute and veggie broth.

    Easy Blueberry Hemp Protein Overnight Oatmeal (Vegan)

    Hi everyone! 

    I wanted to share with you all an easy (and vegan!) breakfast that is high in protein and healthy.

    As you may be aware, a good breakfast is ideal to help balance your day and having plenty of protein can help you stay fuller longer. Plus the benefits of blueberries being one of the best fruits with fiber and other nutrients adds to this ideal breakfast.

    This breakfast oatmeal has quite a bit of protein. Not only from the home made hemp milk but also organic hemp protein drink powder. This protein powder I found on Vitacost (vitacost brand) and not too expensive but a heads up, it does have an earthy taste. If you have a different protein powder, you can certainly try it with this recipe. You might just need to adjust the flavoring if you do.


    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup rolled oats
    • 1/2 cup hemp milk
    • 1 tbs hemp protein powder
    • 1/2-1 cup  blueberries (fresh or frozen)
    • 1 tbs brown sugar
    • Dash of cinnamon

    Directions:

    1. Add first four ingredients into a mason jar or other container. 
    2. Add brown sugar and cinnamon to taste then mix contents together.
    3. Place lid on container and put in the refrigerator overnight.
    4. Enjoy!

      Library Lover’s Day!

      Happy Library Lover’s Day!

      Do you have a favorite cookbook or a favorite chef? What are your favorite dishes or cookbooks by them?

      I have a few favorite chefs! It’s hard to choose just one as there are so many types of cuisines in the word and so many talented people! My most favorite chefs are Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis, and Bobby Flay. These three are my absolute favorite chefs! You can find them and their recipes on the Cooking Channel’s website.

      I used to watch Good Eats on the Cooking Channel and when it was on Netflix. It always was amazing to find out the background of spices or foods. Just finding out the history of a spice and where it came from is simply exciting!

      I used to love watch Giada De Laurentiis on The Cooking Channel (and on Netflix too!). She always has interesting Italian dishes that look simply divine.

      Then there is Bobby Flay too. I watched his latest show “Beat Bobby Flay” which was quite awesome. It was exciting to see chefs try to beat the Iron Chef with different specialty cuisines.

      Easy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

      Happy Oatmeal Monday!

      According to Wikipedia, the second Monday in February is considered Oatmeal Monday. Apparently, Scottish students from the 17th to the 19th century had a diet that consisted of eating oatmeal. You can find out more about it here on Wikipedia.

      As you are aware, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But who has time for a big breakfast when we have to run to work or do errands or take care of our families? A simple but filling breakfast is what’s needed! What are your favorite ways to enjoy oatmeal? I love adding fruit or cinnamon and brown sugar!

      Ingredients:

      • 1 cup Rolled or steel cut oats
      • 1 medium sweet apple diced and peeled
      • A dash of cinnamon
      • Sweetner of choice (1tbs of liquid sweetner like agave or maple syrup or couple of stevia packets)
      • About 1 cup of water

      Directions:

      1. Take a saucepan and add water. Heat on low to medium heat.
      2. Peel and dice your apple then set aside.
      3. Once water is boiling, add your oats and reduce heat to a summer. Stir occassionally and allow to cook for about 5 minutes or so till oats are soft.
      4. Once the oats are done, remove from heat.
      5. Add your apple,cinnamon, and sweetner of choice to taste.
      6. Serve in bowls. Makes approximately 2 servings.

      Basil Pesto Chicken Pizza

      Happy National Pizza Day!

      I didn’t know that yesterday was National Pizza Day. So to celebrate, why not post a recipe about pizza?

      Pizza is seriously amazing. It can be made in a variety of ways from Hawaiian style to deep dish New York or Chicago style. Some can have meat or be completely vegetarian. In any case, its just awesome. I tried my hand at making a pizza from scratch. Do you have a favorite topping or crust like thin, hand tossed, cauliflower, or even stuffed with delicious goodness? Comment below!

      I used a toaster oven to cook mine but can definitely use a regular oven too, specially if your making a larger sized pizza.

      Basil chicken pizza zza small

      Basil Pesto Chicken Pizza

      Ingredients:

      • Enjoy life pizza crust mix (or any pizza dough works!)
      • Basil pesto
      • Oregano
      • Garlic powder
      • Oil of choice
      • Bell pepper chopped
      • Red onion thinly sliced
      • A handful or two of baby spinach leaves
      • Cooked shredded chicken

      Directions:

      1. Make pizza dough according to directions on box mix.
      2. Cut bell peppers, red onion, and wash spinach leaves and vegetables.
      3. Once dough is ready and cooked, spread a thin layer of your basil pesto before adding your bell peppers, shredded chicken, and red onion slices.
      4. Sprinkle garlic powder, oil, and oregano over the pizza lightly.
      5. Put pizza back in the oven for about 10-15 minutes or till fully cooked according to your mix’s instructions.
      6. Cut, serve, and enjoy!