Good morning, blog world!!!  One of my favorite parts about weekend mornings is that it allows for a bit of early morning yoga.  The perfect way to start the day!


Prepare yourself for a long, pictured-filled post today.  But first, I want to thank all my lovely readers for wishing my mom a happy birthday on my post before last (I meant to tell you guys in my last post, but I kind of forgot :(


Do you want to know another wonderful way to start the day?  Sure you do!  And the answer is Breakfast Tacos!!  Ohhh yes!  You read that very right!  Tacos for breakfast.  It really can't get any better!


Breakfast Tacos (serves 1 hungry gal or guy)

Ingredients:
3 corn tortillas, warmed
1 egg, scrambled (or cooked into a "scrambled patty") and then divided into three equal sections
Pinto beans (about 1/2 cup?  I didn't measure)
Sliced avocado
Chopped cherry tomatoes
Fresh cilantro leaves
Salsa


Assembly:
First, you've got to place your 1/3 of your cooked egg down the center of a corn tortilla like so:
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Next, sprinkle on the beans...
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Lastly, add your avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, and salsa:
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Repeat with the remaining tortillas.  Finally, you get to do what you've been waiting for and devour the little blankets of corn.  The troops all lined up:
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Nothing can express how much I loved the little fellas' above.  Three may seem like a lot, but it sure didn't feel like a lot in my tummy!


Another delicious breakfast?  Olivia's Chocolate French Toast!  Yes, I finally made it, and I'm SO glad I did!
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You're a genius Olivia!!  Your French toast was AMAZING!


And now, I've kept my promise to you guys and have created a post on how to grow an avocado tree!  I present...


Avocado Tree Growing 101

Here's what you will need to begin:
One of these guys...
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3 toothpicks (the pointy ended ones)
A small glass or bowl
Water


The steps:
Step 1:  Remove the seed from the avocado (make sure you also eat the avocado! ;)
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Step 2:  Hold the seed with the point of the seed facing up and insert the toothpicks evenly around the middle region of the seed at a downward angle.
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Step 3:  Set the seed in the small glass (or bowl) filled with water.  The point of the seed should be above the water, but the bottom of the seed should be completely emerged in water.
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Step 4:  Keep your seed in a well lit/sunny area and keep it watered (make sure the point is alway above the water but the bottom is always in water).  Next, wait for the seed to crack and sprout a root.  Be patient - I've had this take anywhere from a few weeks to over a month.  


Step 5:  Once the root has been growing for a while, a stem will sprout out the top.  I would recommend letting the stem grow at least six inches before transplanting the seed to a pot.  Once you do transplant, continue to water it and keep in a sunny area.  I would say to keep it outside during the warm summer, but bring it in during the winter.  Or if you have a green house, you can keep it in there.  
Also make sure that if you do keep it outside that you have some sort of protection for it (maybe some chicken wire?).  I've lost one tree to the bunnies (they literally chopped it in half!), and I've lost another one to hail storms.  So keep your little guy protected!
I've read that it takes about 50 years for a tree to actually produce avocados, but if you start now, then you can have fresh avocados in your old age ;)

So, do you want to see some pictures of my previous tree (the one that the went to the bunnies :( ?  Of course you do!
Just before transplanting:
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Look at those roots! (how do you rotate pictures?!)
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I need to start taking all my pictures the other way!
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So there you have it!  How to grow an avocado tree from the expert (haha - not!)  I hope it helped and made sense!  If not, feel free to ask any questions!


The daily question:  What's you favorite way to eat avocados?  It's never to late to start planning for you avocado plantation ;)
 
 
It's FRIDAY!!!  I can finally say yes to my keychain :D
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I don't know about where you live, but here in Colorado, the weather is CRAZY!!  We went from about 60 degrees to this:
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Too much white - I was getting ready for summer....

Oh right, this is a food blog, not the weather channel ;)  
So, some recent eats: 
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Steamed broccoli, sweet potato with coconut butter and whole wheat noodles drizzled with goat milk butter.  I used to ONLY eat spaghetti when it was covered in butter!  I hated red sauce.  Now, I love both! :D
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Greek yogurt with carob chips.  I LOOOOVE carob chips!!  Of course, it's no replacement for chocolate (there is no replacement for chocolate!), but they're delicious in their own way!

And now for the star of the post:

Peanutty Pasta

Ingredients:
2 oz pasta of choice (I used this pasta:)
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1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter (or other chocolate peanut butter or almond butter)
2 tablespoon almond milk

Directions:
Cook the pasta according to package directions.  Meanwhile, whisk together the remaining ingredients in a small bowl.  The result should look something like this:
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Pour you creamy, mousey goodness onto your cooked and drained pasta...
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...and mix 'er up!
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I followed in Katie's footsteps and used chopsticks!  Katie, your footsteps are SO much fun!!  I will be following them quite often in the future ;) 
Sweet pasta for breakfast??  I couldn't ask for more!  The bowl of goodness above will be the star of many more breakfasts to come!

The daily question: Have you ever had pasta for breakfast? 
What about chopsticks?  Have you ever used them for "non-Chinese" meals?  (I didn't mean have you ever eaten them for breakfast - that would be a little.... odd?  ;)
 
 
Happy day off!! (If you live in the U.S., that is.  If you don't then just, Happy day!)  So, what have I been up to lately?  That generally translates as what have I been eating lately, so let's take a look.
I told you Friday evening that my mom and I were having a girls night, and I'm sure that you can guess that food played a part in that night.  I had one of all time favorite pizzas (can you tell I'm on a pizza kick lately?)
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Of course, I added a few toppings of my own including a ton of garlic powder, fresh basil, and sliced cherry tomatoes.  I did mention that this was one of my favorite pizzas, didn't I? ;)
Ice cream was in order for dessert.  I tried something that I imagined would be disgusting, but turned out to my one of my absolute favorite ways to eat ice cream!  Behold, coconut milk ice cream drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkled with roasted peanuts.
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Ohhhhhhh yes!!!  It was fabulous, just plain fabulous!
I've also been enjoying some chia oats dumped into a nearly-empty jar of Dark Chocolate Dreams:
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And, as always, I'm still eating my mass amount of veggies!
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And this morning, I tried something completely new......


Mango Curry Oats

Ingredients:
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup almond milk
Pinch of the following spices: garlic powder, onion powder
1/8 teaspoon of the following spices: garam masala, coriander, turmeric, cumin
Salt, if desired (I didn't use any)
About 1/2 of a medium-sized mango, cut into chunks


Directions:
Combine the oats, water, and milk together in a small pot and cook until almost done (about 7-8 minutes).  Just before the oats are done, stir in your spices.  Finish cooking the oats and then stir in the mango.
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And a close up
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Oh SO good!!!  I LOVE curry!


And now, Happy Birthday to my beautiful Mom!
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Aka, one of the sweetest, most supportive people on the planet (my dad is one of the others :)  She supported me when I decided to go vegetarian, and continues to make sure I get all the nutrients I need (she also makes sure that any place we go out to eat at has something vegetarian that she knows I would like! :)  She also supports and encourages me in school both when I do really well and when I struggle.  And, she helps me take care of my many pets when I'm really busy.  I could go on forever, but for now I just want to say, thank you Mom!  I love you and hope you have an excellent birthday!

My goals for next weekend:
1) Make a post on how to grow an avocado tree (I'm so sorry I didn't get to it this weekend :(
2) Make Olivia's chocolate french toast!

The daily question: Do like curry?  
Sometimes, I think I could eat curry three meals a day!  Other days, I know I could eat curry three meals a day! ;)
 
 
Happy belated Valentine's Day everyone! 
I really, really wanted to do a quick post last Monday just to let you guys know how wonderful you are, but busy life got in the way as usual :(  I always feel so bad when I don't post for four or five days!  But enough of my whining and on to the food!!!!

I celebrated the day of love with a chocolate cherry smoothie (after all, it wouldn't be Valentine's day without some chocolate!).  The smoothie was pretty tasty, but the cup that I used made it 10x better!!!
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I bought the mug a few weeks ago and was storing it in the cupboard until the special day!


Now what's this about pizza?????  Well, last Sunday, I was craving some pizza, and my craving was easily satisfied with the following amazingness (and I think the cheeze would also be a great dip for chips/raw veggies or a sauce for broccoli!)


Quick Pesto Pizza

For the cheeze:
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
2 tablespoon greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon low-sodium miso
Splash of water
1 tablespoon canned green chiles


For the pizza:
1 tortilla (I used a brown rice tortilla)
2 tablespoon pesto
1 cup fresh spinach
1 cup chopped broccoli
About 3/4 cup water


Directions:
For the cheeze:  Combine all the ingredients until smooth.  The result should look something like this:
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For the pizza:  Combine the spinach, broccoli, and water together in a small pot and simmer until bright green and tender.  Drain off the water.  Spread the pesto on the tortilla and then top with the veggies and cheeze.  Place in an oven set on broil and broil for 3-4 minutes are until the tortilla edges are crispy (but not black - trust me, it goes quickly!)


Pre baked:
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Post baked:
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Sliced and more than ready to be devoured!
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I so, so loved this!!!  I normally don't like thin crust pizza, but that sure wasn't the case here!


Oh, and look what my amazing mom got me for Valentine's Day!!!!!
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And with a smile....
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There we go!!  Thanks so much mom!  It won't last long (I may or may no have already eaten 1/4 of the jar ;)


And I got a few requests to do a post on how to grow an avocado tree!  That's such a great idea, and I'm definitely going to work on it!  It should be a lot of fun!


Well, I'm off for a girls night with my mom!  Talk to you guys later :)


The daily question:  How was your Valentine's Day?
 
 
Happy Sunday!
Is it just me, or do pancakes seem to be the topic of most of my posts lately?  You agree?  Ok, just checking.  But there's really nothing wrong with pancakes being the stars lately.  I mean, after all, they're just that delicious!  
So yesterday, I made Angie's Pancakes!
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I've been wanting to make them for quite some time, and I'm so glad that I finally got the chance!  I don't normally like the pairing of cinnamon and chocolate, but in these pancakes, the combination of cinnamon, chocolate, and almond was AMAZING!!!  I topped my cakes with both peanut butter and almond butter.  But I really think that you could top them with anything and they would still be fantastic!  That can't be said about everything.  You were right, Angie!  I LOVED them!!! (as can be seen ;)


I also got to bake again this weekend!  This time, I went for Nicole's PB Oat Cookies that I've been dying to try!  I didn't have a banana (or at least not one that was ripe enough to peel), so I used Nicole's suggestion and subbed about 6 tablespoons of applesauce for the mashed banana.  For the flour, I used half whole wheat pastry and half brown rice, I axed the canola oil (my PB was pretty thin), and I didn't add the salt.
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These came out perfect for me!  Just plain perfect!!  Moist, peanut buttery, chocolaty, and, oh yeah, DELICIOUS!  I could not tell at all that they were healthy - only that they were amazingly tasty!


I also made some guacamole yesterday.  We were very low on guac making ingredients (what's wrong with me!), but we made do with what we had and the result was my favorite ever guac!


Super Simple Guacamole

Ingredients:
3 ripe avocados
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/3 to 1/2 cup of your favorite green chile (to taste)

Directions:
Mash the avocado and stir in the remaining ingredients. Voila!

The see of guacamole:
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I also made some guac oats (cooked rolled oats stirred into some guacamole) - yum!
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The guacamole went over AMAZINGLY WELL!!!!  Even my brother (the picky one in the family) loved it!  Success for sure!

But the most exciting news from yesterday is this:
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I'm starting another avocado tree!!  It's my fourth one, and each time, I get roots to grow and a tree about a foot tall, and then, it dies :(  But I'm trying again anyway!!!!  Wish me luck in avocado growing adventures! :)


The daily question:  Have you ever grown (or attempted to grow) an avocado tree?
 
 
Helloooooooo!!!  Sorry for my disappearance. School makes it to difficult to post during the week :(
But anyway..... even though I haven't been able to post, I've still been able to cook (somehow, I ALWAYS find a way to cook ;)  
Right, here are my recent eats:
My pesto oats along with broccoli, grapes, and avocado:
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I could seriously eat pesto everyday for the rest of my life (oh wait, I already do eat pesto everyday ;)


Olivia's "Greek Bowl:"
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This was AMAZING!!!!  I added some black pepper, olive oil, and a good dose of red wine vinegar.  My mom and I nearly polished it all off in one sitting.  Definitely something I will be making again!!!  Great recipe, Olivia! :)


I also made Rachel's Chocolate Orange Oatbran:
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My favorite flavor combination combined into one healthy bowl of goodness!  Another keeper without a doubt!!!  Thanks for posting you awesome recipe, Rachel! :)


And now, for the moment you've all been waiting for (insert drumroll here).... the pancake recipe!!!  When I was at Whole Foods last weekend, I decided to try this in the hopes that I could make some quick pancakes during the week:
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Success!


Quick Cinnamon Date Pancakes

Ingredients:
1/3 cup pancake mix
2 tablespoons wheat germ
Heaping 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 dates, chopped
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
6 tablespoons almond milk

Directions:
Combine all ingredients together in the order listed and then cook away (I know you know how to cook pancakes ;)

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I was incredibly pleased with how these tuned out!!!!  Go ahead and make them - you won't be disappointed!  (After all they're pancakes ;)


The daily question:  What are your favorite weekday recipes?
 
 
In order....
Last night, I decided I was going to make Katie's Voluminous Oats!  So I combined the oats and water and into the fridge they went!  The next morning, I felt like a little kid on Christmas morning as I walked downstairs with a hop it my step and opened the fridge to find....... oats that looked exactly the same as they had the night before!  I knew that it had to be something I did (it definitely couldn't be Katie!), but it turned out that it was something I didn't do. I forget to cook them a bit before putting them in the fridge. Oops!!  But, there was no way that I was going to let the oats go to waste, so I tossed them in the microwave for a few minutes and then returned them to the fridge for about another half hour. They still tripled in size!!  It was so magical!  I can't wait to make them again, but next time, I will read the directions a little more carefully ;)  I topped my oats with a poached egg using Alex's method.  I poached it for about six minutes and ended up with a perfectly done yolk! It was really fun to make and tasted delicious!  (And, it turned out really cute too!)
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A truly amazing breakfast!  Thanks Katie and Alex! :)


And, I completed my goal for the weekend.  I made Kathleen's Chocolate Date Muffins!!!!!!  The only difference is that I made my muffins miniature!  I love any and all things mini!
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I popped one in my mouth as soon as they were done, and I immediately fell in love!  Kathleen, your muffins are fantastic!  I loved the chocolate-date combo and they weren't to sweet either!
So for lunch, I filled a brown rice tortilla with some peanut butter and two more muffins:
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So heavenly!  I have a feeling that those muffins won't last very long ;)


The daily question: What have you baked lately?  
I really recommend Kathleen's muffins!
I was so glad to bake again - it's been waaaaay to long!
 
 
I know that pancake day is really tomorrow, but I wanted pancakes today!  I'm not in trouble, am I? ;)  So, what kind of pancakes did I make?  I made Nicole's Carrot Cake Pancakes! Of course, I made a few adjustments because I didn't have all the ingredients.  I subbed unsweetened applesauce for the pumpkin and brown rice flour for the whole wheat flour.  Once my pancakes were all cooked up, I topped them with some of my favorite toppings: peanut butter, coconut butter, and a slab of real butter!
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Just look at the fluffy, carroty, and blueberry goodness!
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They were absolutely fabulous!  And the addition of blueberries is genius (I LOVE blueberries in my pancakes!) I'm sure I will be making these again at some point in the [near] future! :)


When lunch rolled around, I wanted something sweet (ok, I always want something sweet!)  I was planning on making a "caramel apple" panini, but as I was beginning to make my lunch, I realized that I had no apples! (First no raisins and now no apples!  What is the world coming to?)  At least I had some applesauce.  It oozed out when I paninied it, but it still tasted amazing!!!!  I might try this with thinly sliced, grilled apples next time, but for now this version will do (do very well in fact!)


Cinnamon Caramel Panini

Ingredients:
2 slices bread (I used Rudi's seven grain)
Non-stick agent of choice (I used coconut oil)
Peanut butter
2 dates, sliced
2-4 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
Cinnamon

Directions:
Spray/spread one side of each piece of bread with your non-stick agent.  Spread the other sides with peanut butter and then top the peanut butter with the dates, applesauce and cinnamon.
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Place other piece of bread on top and panini in a heated panini press for 3-5 minutes.  Alternatively, you could try grilling it on a grill pan.
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Terrible picture, but it was delicious!  I can't wait to make another one! 


Lastly here's some different foods that I bought today that I can't wait to try!
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Brown rice tortilla, gnu foods chocolate fiber bar, plain Greek yogurt (different brand than usual), southwest Sunshine burgers, goat milk butter (!), sun-dried tomato and basil hummus, and Baker's unsweetened chocolate.


Goal for this weekend:  Make Kathleen's Choco-Date Muffins!


The daily question:  What are your goals for this weekend?  Is anyone planning on doing some baking?
 
 
First, I want to thank everyone for all the sweet comments you left on my last post!  You guys are the best! :)


My all time favorite cookies are oatmeal scotchies, my second chocolate--chocolate chip, and my third oatmeal raisin.  This morning, I wanted my third favorite for breakfast. However, there were no oatmeal raisin cookies to be found.  So, what to do? ( Why is life always full of so many questions? ;)  Here's what to do:


Oatmeal Cookie Oats

Ingredients
1/2 cup (1 serving) rolled oats
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup almond milk
Sprinkling (or to taste) of stevia
1 teaspoon organic butter (you can sub vegan butter)
Small pinch freshly grated nutmeg
Add in of choice (I wanted to use raisins, but, as it turned out, we didn't have any so I used two chopped dates instead; but you can use anything -- chocolate chips, butterscotch chips (!), etc.)
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Directions:
Cook the oats in the water and almond milk until the oats are creamy (sevenish minutes). When the oats are done, stir in the remaining ingredients.

Mmmmmmm.........
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And topped with this amazingness:
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I'm officially glad there were no real oatmeal cookies lurking about.  My breakfast was SO much better!


Last night, I tried a new product that I found a while ago on the sale rack (does any one else search the sale rack?)
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Strangely, it tasted like chipotles without the heat (even though there were no chipotles in the ingredients)!  I LOVED it!  It was especially wonderful a top some spinach fettucini:
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And yes, the vegetables in the back are another entire bag of these:
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I can never get too many vegetables ;)  If I go any where near 24 hours (or even 12) without some veggies, I start to crave them!


The daily question: Do you like oatmeal cookies?
 
 
We got another snow day today!!!!!  I'm really not sure why, but if it means blogging, I sure won't complain ;) 

What do you do when all you have to work with is a bell pepper?  At about noon yesterday, I did not know the answer to that question. But now, the answer seems SO obvious -- make stuffed peppers!

Mexican-style Stuffed Peppers (serves 1)

Ingredients:
1 bell pepper
1/4 cup dry quinoa (or other grain such as bulgar or brown rice)
Liquid for cooking the quinoa (or other grain)
1/4 cup canned black beans
3 tablespoon green chile sauce
1/8 teaspoon (or to taste) of the following spices: garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, and dried parsley
1 slice of provolone cheese (optional, you can also sub vegan cheeze)
Directions:
Cut the bell pepper in half and remove all the seeds.  Place the pepper open-side down on aluminum foil and place in an oven seton broil.  Broil the pepper until it looks similar to this:
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While the pepper is broiling, make yo' filling.  Cook your grain until the grain is tender. Then, stir in the chile (I used this one: )
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Also stir in the black beans and spices.  The result:
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Now, stuff you mixture into the broiled peppers, top with the cheese, and return the peppers to the oven for about another four minutes.
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Oh soooooooooooo good!


For dinner yesterday, I finally tried Katie's pizzert!!!!!!  (Who says you can't have breakfast for dinner?) I made a simple blueberry version that turned out looking like......
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And tasting like I had died and gone to Heaven!!!!  (So that's what Heaven tastes like -- Katie's pizzert!)  I may or may not have eaten the whole thing ;)  "Why did I wait so long to make one?????" is a question that I will never find the answer to.
Peaking in from the back are these vegetables:
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Done after 4.5 minutes of time in the microwave!  The back of the package says that there are four servings.  HA!  They obviously don't know my vegetable serving size (you won't judge me if I tell you I ate all the vegetables in the bag, will you?)

After the incredible success with the pizzert, I decided to make another version this morning!  This time, I made a gluten free carob version!

Gluten-Free Carob (or Chocolate) Pizzert (serves 1)

Based on
Katie's Breakfast Pizzert

Ingredients:
1/4 cup brown rice flour
2 tablespoons coconut flour
1 tablespoon unsweetened carob powder (or cocoa powder)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Sprinkling of stevia (or to taste)
A handful of unsweetened carob chips (or chocolate chips)
1/2 cup (plus a little more) almond milk
2 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
Dash of vanilla extract
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Directions:
Combine the dry ingredients (flours, carob powder, baking powder, stevia, and carob chips) together in a small bowl:
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Stir in the remaining ingredients.
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Pour the batter into a greased pie pan and bake in a 350 degree oven for 12 minutes are until the toothpick test works.
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As you may know by now, I'm terrible at plating my food, so sorry for the awful picture (does the fact that it tasted AMAZING make up for the picture? ;)
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The daily question:  Have you made a pizzert yet?
If the answer is no, change it to a yes asap! :)