Breakfast

Overnight Pumpkin Oats

Since my daughter can’t have oats, I don’t eat them a lot. She’s very bitter about her oat sensitivity. She doesn’t care about not eating wheat, but oats are torturous for her. I generally avoid them so that she doesn’t get sad. However, lately, I really need easy and quick breakfasts, because getting two kids out the door alone in the morning while my husband travels weekly for work is hard. Overnight oats save me valuable morning time. I quickly heat them up before I  run out the door to various drop-offs and then I eat at my desk at work so that my daughter doesn’t see the oats and cry. I am secretly eating oats!

 

It’s almost fall, and I’m already dreaming of pumpkin. I made a pumpkin chili last night. So I used the leftover pumpkin from the can to make two days of pumpkin overnight oats. I am by no means an expert with these oats. This is only the thirst time that I’ve made them. I just enjoy this dish because it’s delicious and easy. So if you’re a hot-mess mom in the morning like I am, try them! They will save you time!

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Overnight Pumpkin Oats

  • Servings: 5 ounces
  • Difficulty: easy
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Pumpkin Overnight Oats with pure maple syrup and cinnamon. Add nuts, chocolate chips and/or pumpkin seeds if desired.


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Tips: (1) Some people eat their overnight oats cold, but I prefer to heat them in the microwave for ~80 seconds until they are warm. (2) I’ve tried this without mixing 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips in with the oats, and I prefer more chocolate. More chocolate is always better. However, you can sprinkle any amount of desired chocolate chips, cacao nibs, nuts, or pumpkin seeds on top.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Quick Cooking Rolled Oats)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin (from a can)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips (+ 1 teaspoon for garnishing the top)
  • Optional: 1/2 tablespoon pumpkin seeds and/or almond slices


Directions

  1. Combine pumpkin, cinnamon, maple syrup, and almond milk together in a measuring cup.
  2. In a microwaveable jar, mug or bowl, coat the oats with the pumpkin blend and add 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips (if desired).
  3. Cover and place oats in the refrigerator overnight.
  4. In the morning, warm the oats in the microwave for ~80 seconds depending on your bowl or container. Top with your favorite toppings. (I’ve been experimenting with sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, and dark chocolate chips.)
  5. Warm in the microwave if desired for ~80 seconds.

What are your easy breakfast favorites that I need to try? Let me know in the comments!

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Peachy Plumcot Smoothie (Vegan)

Most of my random recipes begin with me picking up new things to try at bulk food stores. This week at Sam’s club, I saw this bag of plumcots.  I had never eaten a plumcot before and was curious.

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Plumcots are a mix of plums and apricots. This blend I found says that it has flavors of melon and pineapple. However, I also taste apricots and a bit of plum. Generally, I’m don’t like plums; I don’t like the mushy texture. Regardless of what the exact flavor is – the texture is crisp, yet soft, and the flavor is refreshing. It’s perfect in a smoothie! My daughter gave it an A -. She’s a tough critic, but then she asked what an A- means; 7-year-olds are so funny. I give it an A+, and I’m a tough teacher. I felt that I had to post it today because these plumcots are only in season for 4 – 5 weeks and this smoothie rules. Run and buy some plumcots ASAP!

This peachy plumcot smoothie is simple, easy, healthy, and delicious! It features Young Living NingXia Red, which is a whole-body supplement drink that is packed with superfoods including wolfberry, plum, aronia, cherry, blueberry, and pomegranate juices and extracts. NingXia Red benefits include support for energy levels, normal cellular function, and whole-body and normal eye health.* We also like to make popsicles with it, add it to our smoothies, and take a shot glass of it in the morning, because it’s full of immune-boosting antioxidants! You can buy it here.

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Peachy Plumcot Smoothie (Vegan)

  • Servings: ~16oz
  • Difficulty: easy
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This healthy Peachy Plumcot summer smoothie features Young Living NingXia Red and is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. It's naturally sweet, and requires nothing but the fruit for tasty perfection!


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Ingredients


Directions

  1. Pit your fruit.
  2. Add all ingredients into Vitamix or blender.
  3. Blend until smooth
  4. Enjoy! 

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Fennel and Pear Tofu Scramble (Vegan & Gluten Free)

This is my fourth dish in my tofu scramble series. I like pushing flavor combinations; throwing things together that I would never think would work, but then they taste great! I had fennel in my fridge, and needed to use it up. The fennel adds a light bright taste, and balances well with the sweet pear and the warm allspice. This is a great dish when you want something healthy and quick to eat in the morning.

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Fennel and Pear Tofu Scramble (Vegan & Gluten Free)

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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This vegan and gluten-free tofu scramble features flavors of fennel, pear, shallots, allspice and maple syrup.


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Tips: (1) Drain the tofu before using it. (2) Extra firm tofu works best if you want chunks like a stir-fry, but the softer tofu, creates more of a soft scrambled egg consistency. However, the softer tofu has a tendency to stick to the pan, requires more oil, and is more wet.

Ingredients

  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 1 small pear
  • 1 large shallot
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 10 oz tofu (I used House Foods Organic Super Firm)


Directions

  1. Wash fennel and pear (I used Thieves Fruit & Veggie Spray).
  2. Chop fennel bulb, shallot, and pear.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium high heat.
  4. Sauté fennel and shallot until slightly tender (~5 minutes).
  5. Drain tofu, slice it in the container with a knife, and add it to the pan.
  6. Continue to sauté until the fennel and shallot are tender, but not mushy (~ 2 – 3 minutes).
  7. Turn on heat.
  8. Add chopped pear, almonds, allspice, maple syrup and stir until pear is warm.
  9. Salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Serve and enjoy!


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Check out the first tofu scramble recipe here: Asparagus and Artichoke Tofu Scramble, the second here: Mediterranean Tofu Scramble (Vegan & Gluten Free),  and the third here: Blackberry Fig Tofu Scramble.

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Blackberry Fig Tofu Scramble (Vegan & Gluten Free)

This Blackberry & Fig Tofu Scramble is the third tofu scramble in my series and is loaded in vitamins and minerals. Blackberries are a good source of vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, and dietary fiber. Figs are high in fiber and are a good source of magnesium, manganese, calcium, copper, potassium, vitamin K and vitamins B6. Not only is this scramble good for you, but it’s also easy, and delicious with earthy, deep, and sweet flavors. It’s great when you want something sweet to eat, but still want to be healthy.

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Blackberry and Fig Tofu Scramble (Vegan & Gluten Free)

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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This vegan and gluten-free tofu scramble is healthy, sweet, and has a rich savory taste.


Credit: My Real Dish

Tips: (1) Drain the tofu before using it. (2) Extra firm tofu works best if you want chunks like a stir-fry, but the softer tofu, creates more of a soft scrambled egg consistency. However, the softer tofu has a tendency to stick to the pan, requires more oil, and is more wet.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup figs (sliced in half)
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 10 oz of extra firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 shallot (chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)


Directions

  1. Chop the shallot, mince the garlic, and slice the figs in half
  2. Drain juice from tofu, and slice it into cubes while it’s still in the container
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil to medium high heat
  4. Sauté the shallots and garlic for one minute until slightly translucent
  5. Add the tofu, and continue to sauté for another minute
  6. Add the figs and balsamic vinegar, and continue to sauté for 2 minutes
  7. Add the blackberries, and sauté the dish until the blackberries are just slightly warm
  8. Plate and serve


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Check out my first recipe here: Asparagus and Artichoke Tofu Scramble, and the second here: Mediterranean Tofu Scramble (Vegan & Gluten Free).

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Mediterranean Tofu Scramble (Vegan & Gluten Free)

This Mediterranean Tofu Scramble is the second tofu scramble in my series, check out my first recipe here: Asparagus and Artichoke Tofu Scramble. I loved the flavors of the kalamata olives, balsamic vinegar, shallots, garlic, tomatoes, and spinach. However, the scramble needed something, and since the ingredients would be awesome on a slice of gluten-free toast – I reached for the Wildree Bruschetta Blend that I had in my spice cabinet. The spice blend contains Organic Onion, Organic Tomato, Sea Salt, Organic Garlic, Organic Basil, Organic Parsley, and Organic Black Pepper. It perfected the dish!

My neighbor, Teri, sold me the Wildtree products. Wildtree has updated their spices to be certified gluten-free. They are also certified GMO free and organic and do not contain MSG, dye, or preservatives. Some of the other blends and dressings do contain a low amount of sugar though, so read your labels if that is important to you. I did a freezer meal workshop with Teri before going vegan. If you are not vegan or vegetarian, the workshops are easy ways to have meat prepared and ready to go. Anyway, I’ve been experimenting with how to use my spice kit that I purchased with veggie recipes. They have been the key in adding pizazz to my veggies, and I’ve been making some yummy dishes to share. You can order Wildtree products here. This Mediterranean Tofu Scramble turned out delicious, and it’s healthy and easy!

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Add the tofu and olives…

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This vegan and gluten-free tofu scramble has kalamata olives, garlic, tomatoes, spinach, and shallots, and features Wildtree Bruschetta Blend, which can be substituted for another bruschetta spice blend if it's not available.


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Tips: (1) Drain the tofu before using it. (2) Extra firm tofu works best if you want chunks like a stir-fry, but the softer tofu, creates more of a soft scrambled egg consistency. However, the softer tofu has a tendency to stick to the pan, requires more oil, and is more wet.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz organic and gluten-free tofu (I used soft)
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 handfuls of kalamata olives sliced in half
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup baby tomatoes sliced in half
  • 1/4 teaspoon Wildtree Bruschetta Blend (or another gluten-free bruschetta spice)
  • salt & pepper (to taste)


Directions

  1. Finely chop the shallot, mince the garlic, and slice the baby tomatoes and olives in half.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil on medium-high heat in a large pan.
  3. Add the spinach, shallots, garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
  4. Add the tomatoes and balsamic vinegar, and sauté for 1 minute.
  5. Drain the tofu and slice it into chunks.
  6. Add the tofu to the pan along with the kalamata olives, and then sauté for 3 minutes.
  7. Add Wildtree Bruschetta Blend (or another bruschetta seasoning) - you can buy the Wildtree Bruschetta Blend here.
  8. Salt and pepper to taste (I did 5 grinds on a pepper grinder).
  9. Serve and enjoy! It's great with a slice of gluten-free toast!


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Asparagus and Artichoke Tofu Scramble (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

Every time that I ate eggs, my gut would be distended. I heard of tofu scrambles, when I discovered my high sensitivity to eggs, but they never really appealed to me. I loved omelets, and nothing can replace the flavor of an egg. However, since starting a plant-based vegan diet a month ago, I have been making a different tofu scramble every weekend. It switches up my morning smoothie routine; you can see my smoothies if you follow me on instagram @myrealdish. So, I’ll be doing a series on tofu scrambles, and this is the 1st dish in the series. This Asparagus and Artichoke Scramble is a favorite for not only breakfast, but also dinner! I love easy ways to add veggies into my morning meals, and this gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan dish is easy and packed with flavor! It’s a win for everyone!

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  • Servings: 2-3
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This vegan and gluten-free tofu scramble has asparagus, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and shallots.


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Tips: (1) Snap the ends of the asparagus with two hands, and where the natural break occurs is how you know which part of the stalk needs to be discarded. (2) Drain the tofu before using it. (3) Extra firm tofu works best if you want chunks like a stir-fry, but the softer tofu, creates more of a soft scrambled egg consistency.However, the softer tofu has a tendency to stick to the pan, requires more oil, and is more wet.

Asparagus Tofu Scramble

Ingredients

  • 1 can (8.5 oz) of whole artichoke hearts
  • 12 oz asparagus
  • 2 large tablespoons of sun-dried tomatoes
  • 14 oz organic tofu
  • 1 – 2 large cups of spinach
  • 1 shallot (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


Directions

  1. Prepare your vegetables: break the asparagus in ~3 or 4 parts discarding the ends, chop the shallot,  and slice the whole artichokes in half.
  2. Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat, with 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
  3. Sauté the shallots and asparagus first for ~4 minutes.
  4. Drain the tofu, and slice it into chunks
  5. Add the tofu, spinach, artichokes, and sun-dried tomatoes.
  6. Continue to sauté for ~4 more minutes or until you see the asparagus is crispy-tender, but not mushy. Add a little extra olive oil as needed to the pan.
  7. Serve and enjoy!


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Mayan Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

I had never made Chia Pudding. So when I was considering the flavor that I wanted to make – I had a flashback to one of the best coffees that I have ever had at Coffee & Art in San Diego; it was called a Mayan Mocha. This special coffee inspired this dish, and I wish that this chia seed pudding could bring the beach and perfect weather with it. Anyway, you will savor the flavors of cacao, agave, cinnamon, vanilla, and coconut cream in this pudding – it’s just a special combination.Chia Seed Pudding

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This Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding is a healthy, easy, delicious, gluten-free, and vegan dessert or breakfast.


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Ingredients

  • 1 can or 2 cups of full fat coconut milk (I used Thai Kitchen)
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cacao powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup Blue Agave Syrup 
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder


Directions

  1. Put all ingredients into your Vitamix or blender in order to make it smooth.
  2. Stir in your chia seeds.
  3. Put in a container and refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours.
  4. Optional: top with a coconut whipped topping (you can find my recipe here) and drizzle with the Best Vegan Chocolate Sauce.
  5. Makes a great breakfast or dessert.


Chocolate Buckwheat Pancakes (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

Today we are enjoying spring break with my kids’ favorite Chocolate Buckwheat Pancakes! Since I’m not teaching this week, I got a little fancier than normal.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 4 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Redmond’s Real Salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar or maple sugar (I bought Coombs Family Farms Maple Sugar at Fresh Thyme)
  • 1 1/3  cup non-dairy milk (I used almond)
  • vegan chocolate chips (Use Lily’s Baking Chips to make a sugar-free pancake– they are sweetened with stevia, or Enjoy Life chips to make them vegan)
  • bananas, The Best Vegan Chocolate Sauce  & soy or rice whip cream to garnish (optional)

Notes: I used cacao and not cocoa in these pancakes. Cacao is a superfood. The difference is that cacao is “milled at low temperature to protect the nutrients and flavor.” Personally, I find cacao not as sweet at cocoa.

Directions

  1. Combine buckwheat, cacao, baking powder, salt, maple sugar, and non-dairy milk  in a mixing bowlIMG_1356.JPG
  2. Spray griddle pan with a non-stick spray (I like my Circulon Acclaim Hard Anodized Nonstick 11-Inch Square Griddle)
  3. Scoop the pancake batter onto the griddle and then sprinkle mini-chocolate chips on top. Once firm, flip. The second side only cooks for a minute and a half.
  4. Repeat until all batter is used. Makes ~12 pancakes.
  5. You can serve it with warm maple syrup and vegan chocolate chips. Or, be a little more decadent. I sprinkled chocolate chips, The Best Vegan Chocolate Sauce, and sliced bananas, and then topped it with Soyatoo Soy Whip Cream that I got from Whole Foods  (Fresh Thyme also sells it). The Soyatoo Rice Cream is also tasty. You can check it out on Amazon here. I love fresh coconut whip cream, but sometimes for just a little cream on pancakes, I don’t want to make an entire can of coconut cream.chcolate buckwheat pancakes.jpg

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Potato Pancakes (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

Potato Pancakes (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

I was dying for some potato pancakes, but I’ve never made them without eggs. I combined the ingredients, but couldn’t get them to stick together, so I put in some applesauce. You would never guess that I used applesauce – they just tasted a tiny bit sweet. The spice from the poblano pepper is a great mix with the sweetness of the applesauce. 

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  • 3 russet potatoes grated
  • ½ poblano pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 large shallots
  • ½ cup applesauce (4 oz)
  • 1 teaspoon Redmond Real Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup almond flour (I used Blue Diamond that I buy in bulk from Costco)
  • avocado oil

Directions

  1. Soak potatoes in fruit and vegetable soak to clean (I love the Thieves Fruit and Veggie Soak)
  2. Rinse, peel, and grate potatoesIMG_1239.jpg
  3. Finely chop the shallots, poblano pepper, and smash garlic with knife and mince.
  4. Combine all ingredients in large bowl and mix well.IMG_1241.JPG
  5. Add 2 tablespoons of avocado oil to a large skillet or frying pan and put over medium-high heat. I like avocado oil because it cooks well at high heat. 
  6. Form a handful of the potato mixture into a loose patty. The patty will be wet and soft.
  7. Drop the patty directly into the hot pan.
  8. Fry for 2 minutes until the bottom is golden brown, then flip and fry the other side. Add a little more avocado oil to the pan after flipping, and move it around the pan. The second side was done in a minute and a half.IMG_1242.jpg
  9. Repeat until the potato mixture is used up, adding more oil to the pan as needed.
  10. The avocado oil is so light that you won’t have greasy pancakes. If you use another oil, you may have to set them on a towel and blot the oil.susanellenlogoweb

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

We love muffins but spent a long time without them. It isn’t easy to make a gluten-free vegan muffin that rises and isn’t 80% gooey. I’m not saying this muffin isn’t dense because it is; however, it has more volume than I thought would ever be possible with a muffin that I was able to eat.IMG_0980.JPG

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • ½ cup cinnamon applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla
  • 1 cup almond flour (I used Blue Almond from Costco)
  • 3/4 cup Namaste Gluten Free Perfect Flour Blend
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼  teaspoon  Redmond’s Real Salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (Use Lily’s Baking Chips to make a sugar-free, Paleo & vegan – they are sweetened with stevia, or Enjoy Life chips to make them vegan)
  • ¾ coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup organic pure maple sugar or you can substitute coconut sugar (I bought Coombs Family Farms Maple Sugar at Fresh Thyme)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mash 3 ripe bananas on a plate. img_0946
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine mashed banana, applesauce, sugars, and vanilla.
  4. Beat until smooth, and set aside.
  5. In a separate small bowl, combine flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir and combine.
  6. Add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix until just incorporated. The batter resembles a very thick pancake batter.
  7. Fold in vegan chocolate chips.
  8. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin and spoon muffin mixture so that each cup is almost full.
  9. Bake on center rack for 29-31 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of one, comes out clean. 29 minutes was perfect for mine.banana chocolate chip muffins 2.jpg

 

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