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Cherry Vanilla Smoothie

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Me and my damn smoothies. I know. I can’t get enough of them. I love me a good ass smoothie. I don’t care the season. I will throw a smoothie together in a heartbeat.

I tend to stick to the usual fruits when I make smoothies. Bananas, strawberries, blueberries, maybe a peach. But I wanted to go for something a little different and decided to go wtih some cherries. I’ll admit…I don’t eat a lot of cherries, but I do enjoy them from time to time. I randomly picked them up during my usual grocery run and decided that I wanted to experiment with them in a smoothie.

Cherry Vanilla Smoothie

I like a lot of cherry flavored drinks so I was assuming at this point that I should like a cherry smoothie…right?

You guys know how I like to make my smoothies. I always throw a banana in there (because it’s just so awesome for potassium) and I just can’t stray away from my good old almond milk. Usually, when I make my smoothies, I already know how much of what I need to use to make what I consider the perfect smoothie. But for this cherry smoothie, I had to steadily add more almond milk to get the consistency that I wanted. This recipe actually created two glasses as opposed to my usual one glass.

My smoothie recipes are never complicated. They are always simple and easy to follow. I try to keep it to three ingredients or less. I think next time I make a smoothie I want to add some vegetables to really give it that extra power.

Cherry Vanilla Smoothie

This awesomely sweet blend cherry vanilla smoothie
Prep Time: 1 min | Cook Time: 1 min | Total Time: 2 mins
Course: Smoothies
Servings: 1 glass

Ingredients
1 cup pitted frozen cherries
1 frozen banana
1 1/5 cup Sweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

Instructions
1. Add your cherries, banana, and almond milk to your blender
2. Blend for 45 seconds or until smoothie reaches a smooth consistency
3. Pour into glass and enjoy!

Notes
For more sweetness you can add a tablespoon of honey
If you’d like a thicker consistency you can add ice or 1/2 of a banana
For a looser texture, you can add water or more almond milk
If you’d like a more vanilla flavor, you can so add vanilla yogurt or vanilla extract

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Friday, February 15, 2019
I shared on my Instagram during Super Bowl weekend some cauliflower bites that I prepared for myself. While everyone indulged in their usual football appetizers, I had to get creative and think about what vegetarian options could I pair with a good old beer and football.

Now the obvious is a vegetable tray. Celery, broccoli, carrots…you know the usual. Or maybe even mozarella sticks or chips with dip. But one thing I miss the most with a nice cold beer are hot wings.

I’ve done my version of “fried chicken” before on the site when I created my Fried Cauliflower Bites, but I wanted those good sticky wet wings. Those wings that are so messy you need a wet wipe while you eat them.


Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Now as a forewarning, these do not have the similar crispy texture as your average buffalo chicken wing. In fact, it’s literally just cauliflower dipped in hot sauce. I chose to bake my cauliflower in the oven for 30 minutes before adding the buffalo sauce to them. After the 30 minutes, I took them out of the oven and dipped them into a bowl of Red Hot’s Buffalo Sauce.

I allowed the cauliflower bites to sit in the oven with the buffalo sauce for about 15 minutes. Once I took them out, I dipped them once more in buffalo sauce to get this sticky texture.

You guys know me. I try not to make my recipes too complicated or use a ton of ingredients to create them. I only used THREE ingredients.

This app was really a hit for me. If you want to make it fancy, pair it with some celery sticks and ranch dressing. It may not be the healthiest as it is dipped in a crap ton of hot sauce, but at least it’s on top of a vegetable…right?

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

These awesome Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are the perfect meat substitute when you’re wanting classic wings.
Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 45 mins | Total Time: 55 mins
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 3 servings

Ingredients
1 head of cauliflower
1/2 cup of Red’s Buffalo Hot Sauce
1 tbsp of vegetable oil

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 450°F
2. Take your head of cauliflower and begin to chop into small florets or chunks
3. On an oven sheet pan, spread of cauliflower and drizzle vegetable oil over top. Mix cauliflower so that each one is coated
4. Put cauliflower into oven and allow to bake for 30 minutes
5. In a separate bowl, add 1/2 cup of hot sauce into a bowl
6. Using a fork, carefully dip cauliflower into hot sauce bowl, and placing each back onto the baking sheet
7. Once completed, add cauliflower back into the oven and allow to bake some more for 15 minutes
8. Once 15 minutes is completed, remove cauliflower from oven and carefully dip once more into the bowl of hot sauce
9. Allow cauliflower to cool for 5-10 minutes

Notes
Pair your cauliflower bites with ranch or bleu cheese
If you want your bites to have some extra crunch, you can use bread crumbs after dipping into hot sauce

Spinach Egg Breakfast Sandwich

Monday, February 11, 2019
A couple of weeks ago, I featured on my Facebook page a very simple sandwich that I made for breakfast , and you all wanted to know how exactly did I make it. So, I decided to add it here to the blog as well.

Spinach Egg Breakfast Sandwich

This is one of those recipes that is so simple I’m not even sure I can call it a recipe. I literally woke up that morning wanting something simple, something filling, and something fast. I like to think that this Spinach Egg Breakfast Sandwich is nothing more but an elegant grilled cheese sandwich.
If you know how to scramble an egg and make toast, this recipe is a no brainer for you. It literally takes little to nothing to prepare.

Obviously, there is no right or wrong way to create this breakfast sandwich. You can add bell pepper,s onions, mushrooms, and so much more.

Spinach Egg Breakfast Sandwich

This quick yet filling breakfast combines spinach and egg into an amazing sandwich
Prep Time: 5 mins | Cook Time: 5 mins | Total Time: 10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 1 sandwich

Ingredients
2 slices of bread
2 eggs
1 slice of cheese of your choice
2 slices of tomato
1 tsp of Mayonnaise

Instructions
1. Toast bread unto brown to your liking
2. Once bread is toasted you can add your mayo and slice of cheese
3. In a mixing bowl, crack two eggs and scramble
4. In a small frying on medium heat, add your egg mixture and allow to cook. Do not stir. Allow eggs to form into a “pancake”
5. Once eggs are thoroughly cooked, set onto toasted bread. I flipped my egg “pancake” in half so that it would fit onto the bread
6. Begin to form your sandwich adding spinach and tomato on top
7. Place second piece of toast on top and you have your sandwich

Notes
You can use any type of cheese and bread of your choice

Pan Seared Heart of Palm

Friday, February 8, 2019
In my last post I introduced you all to Heart of Palm in my vegetarian take on a Scampi Alfredo. I figured that I’d share a little more in detail on how I prepared the Pan Seared Heart of Palm in case you would like it as a standalone dish.

Pan Seared Heart of Palm

Heart of Palm is an interesting vegetable that I didn’t expect to turn out the way it had. I’ll admit that I when I first removed it from the can, I was a bit thrown off by its appearance. I did the typical “taste test” by licking it and smelling until I realized it really didn’t have a taste or odor.

Heart of Palm reminds me a bit of tofu because it take on whatever it is seasoned or flavored with. You can basically transform it however you wish.

And that’s all to it. It really doesn’t take a long time to prepare. It satisfied that fishy scallop craving I was having and turned out great. Give it a try!

Pan Seared Heart of Palm

Pan Seared Heart of Palm is the perfect replacement when looking to recreate scallops.
Prep Time: 5 mins | Cook Time: 15 mins | Total Time: 20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: Vegetarian
Servings: 5 servings

Ingredients
1 can Heart of Palm
1 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning Salt
1 tbsp butter
1/2 lemon
Garlic Powder and Pepper to taste

Instructions
1. Remove Heart of Palm from can and rinse excess salt off. Begin dicing into 1/2 inch rounds
2. Sprinkle seasoning salt, pepper, and garlic powder over Heart of Palm to taste
3. In a frying pan on medium-high heat, add your butter to melt a bit. Rotate pan to ensure it gets coated
4. Add Heart of Palm to pan and allow to sear all sides. Squeeze half of your lemon over top to get the juice
5. Allow Heart of Palm to continue to sear for 5-10 minutes or until each side is evenly browned

Notes
You can substitute the butter for an oil, but the butter gives it a little extra flavor