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Breakfast Smoothies

Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

Earlier this week my friends and I had a debate over the difference between a smoothie and a milkshake.  Some people said that smoothies always include blended ice. Others said that milk never goes into a smoothie and only in a milkshake.  And then one person insisted that a milkshake has ice cream, milk, and ice.

Then given all of that, I really don’t know what this drink is, but I am going to go ahead and call it a smoothie, okay? It has milk, no ice, and no ice cream, but it’s a smoothie. Great, glad we’ve settled that.

For this smoothie I used Peanut Butter & Co. Mighty Maple Peanut Butter – one of my favorites. Peanut Butter & Co. makes ten different peanut butters in the most delicious / incredibly addicting flavors. If you’ve never tried their PB, you have to check them out. Their website is called ilovepeanutbutter.com….I mean c’mon already!

Oh, and did I mention no hydrogenated oils?

Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie Recipe

Their Maple Peanut Butter is perfect for this smoothie because it compliments the agave very nicely, but any PB you have on hand will also taste great.

Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie Recipe

This peanut butter and banana smoothie is great for breakfast…or as a snack in the middle of the day…or as a healthy dessert (because for all we know it could be a milkshake, right?)

Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie Recipe

Simple Things: Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk (I used skim, but almond, coconut, or soy will work)
  • 1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
  • 2 Tablespoons peanut butter (any kind)
  • 1 teaspoon agave (or honey)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until there are no more banana chunks. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy right away.
 

Snacks

Simple Things: Black Bean Dip and Whole Wheat Pita Chips

Hosting a Super Bowl party? Yes? No? Going to a Super Bowl party? Maybe? OK, are you at least planning to sit in front of your TV at all in the next week?

Great. I have the perfect snack for you to make. It will take you ten minutes. You definitely have ten minutes. And it’s healthy.

Oh gosh, did I lose you at healthy? Super Bowl? Healthy? Oxymoron? Probably. But just hear me out.

I remember my freshman year Emily, Irene, Michelle and I would get ready for any event in Michelle’s room.

Michelle very generously always supplied us with chips, salsa, and black bean dip. (Thanks Michelle – don’t think we ever paid you back for that). It was our thing — we would polish off the bag of chips in no time. Oops. Ya, we don’t really do that anymore.

Well this recipe is a healthified version of our favorite snack and it is sooooo easy to make.

Black Bean Dip and Whole Wheat Pita Chips Recipe

Start out by cutting your pita into triangle wedges like these.  (I found my whole wheat pita at Trader Joes).

Black Bean Dip and Whole Wheat Pita Chips Recipe

Brush each triangle with a little bit of olive oil. Sprinkle some sea salt to taste…and into the oven they go. 6 minutes should do it. Any more and you’ll get burnt chips. Please don’t do that. No one will ever come back to your Super Bowl party.

Black Bean Dip and Whole Wheat Pita Chips Recipe

We can make the black bean dip while the pita is in the oven. It’s really that fast.

Black Bean Dip and Whole Wheat Pita Chips Recipe

Just throw everything into the blender…

Black Bean Dip and Whole Wheat Pita Chips Recipe

bada-bing! bada-boom! healthy snacking in ten minutes. Don’tcha wanna come to my Super Bowl party?

Black Bean Dip and Whole Wheat Pita Chips Recipe 

Simple Things: Black Bean Dip and Whole Wheat Pita Chips
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
Whole Wheat Pita Chips
  • whole wheat pita rounds cut into wedges
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt
Black Bean Dip
  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 T. liquid from black beans
  • squeeze of lime juice
  • ½ t. coriander
  • ¼ t. each garlic powder, onion powder, cumin
  • dash of cayenne (optional for added spice)
Instructions
Whole Wheat Pita Chips
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (not totally necessary, but it makes clean up easier).
  2. Brush the pita wedges lightly with olive oil using a basting brush. Spread the wedges across the baking sheet in an even layer. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  3. Bake until the edges are brown and crispy, about 5-7 minutes. Careful, because they can burn quickly!
Black Bean Dip
  1. Strain the black beans, reserving 2 T. of liquid. Rise the beans.
  2. Put all the ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until well combined.  Adjust spices as desired. Serve with whole wheat pita chips or any cracked of choice.
Notes
* Recipe adapted from Pinch My Salt
 

Breakfast

Perfect Scrambled Eggs

Perfect Scrambled Eggs Recipe

Recently some of my friends have said to me, “Rach I want to cook the stuff on your blog, but I don’t have those ingredients” or “Ahh that stuff looks so good, but I never have the time to cook for myself.”

I want to tell you something: you CAN cook for yourself and there are so many things you can make with ingredients you definitely DO have in your fridge.

That’s why I decided to start a new series called “Simple Things.” I am going to show how to make a delicious meal or side dish with just under 5 ingredients (OK sometimes it might be six, but go with me here).

Today I am going to teach you how to make the perfect scrambled eggs. You know how you’ve heard your entire life that breakfast is the most important meal of the day?

Well it’s true.

And it is not just about eating anything, it is about eating the right thing in the morning. Ever wonder why you are starving just one hour after eating that granola bar you grabbed on your way out the door?

Simple carbs. Not enough protein.

No, I’m not your nutritionist, but just trust me on this.  Add an extra 15 minutes into your morning routine for eggs and toast and you will be full until lunch time.

Besides, learning to make scrambled eggs is a perfect way to start out in the kitchen. So, let’s get started.

Perfect Scrambled Eggs Recipe

First: Crack two eggs.

Perfect Scrambled Eggs Recipe

Two: Whisk the eggs with a fork. Try for a fast, tilted motion. It’s all in the wrist.

Perfect Scrambled Eggs Recipe

Three: Add milk. About one tablespoon of milk per egg is the general rule. Whisk the milk into the egg.

Four: Heat a small pan over medium-low heat. Spray with cooking spray or a sliver of butter. To test if your pan is ready, wet your fingers and flick the water onto the pan. If the water sizzles when it touches the pan, you are ready to go.

Five: Pour the egg mixture into the pan.

Six: FOLDING. This step is the most important. Watch closely here. This is where a simple meal, such as scrambled eggs, can go wrong.

The important thing here is to fold your eggs, rather than stir them. This will give you perfectly fluffy eggs.  To fold, gently push and lift the eggs from one side of the pan to the other, using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon.

Like this.

Fold the eggs until they are nicely clumped and shiny (about two minutes). Season with salt and pepper.

Perfect Scrambled Eggs Recipe

Serve with a slice of whole wheat toast and fruit and you have yourself a healthy and SIMPLE breakfast.

Perfect Scrambled Eggs Recipe

Oh ya. Your day will be 10x better if you add ketchup. Just sayin’

OK, I got you down to 4 ingredients: eggs, milk, butter, toast. Now tell me are going to try this.

Couldn’t be more simple than that.