Yep, it's my brother's 18th birthday today!!!  In case you do read my blog, brother, I hope you have an amazing birthday!!  I know we don't always get along perfectly (how boring would that be?), but I hope you know that you are like my best friend!  Seriously, I feel like I can tell you anything!  Thank you so much for being the best brother EVER!!!  I'm going to miss you more than anything when you go to college next year.  I love you!! :D

Everyone left such nice comments on my last post! I can't thank you guys enouph!  You are the sweetest!!  
You may have noticed that I didn't reply to any.   And that's because my blog has a really bad commenting system that doesn't allow me to reply to individual comments.  If I ever get that fixed, I will be back to replying!  Until then, I will just comment back on all of your awesome blogs!  Does that sound all right?

I've tried a lot of different foodie combinations in the last 24ish hours (does anyone else use "ish"?). Let's go in chronological order, shall we...
Friday night, I was kind of in a rut.  I was starving for some dinner, but it was dinner time, and it seemed as if I had nothing to eat!  But if I'm hungry I always find something to eat.  So lo and behold, I did!


Salsa Chickpea-Rice Bowl

Ingredients:
About 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas (I used canned)
About 3/4 cup cooked brown rice
2 tablespoon salsa
1-2 tablespoon orange juice (adds a nice touch of sweetness)
Garlic powder/onion powder/ground cumin

Directions:
Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and dig in!
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Just perfect for a quick, delicious dinner!!
With a side of steamed veggies (sorry for the awful picture!)
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And then for dessert, I had one almond butter cup:
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Love those little guys!

The next morning, I tried something that I will be having again without any doubt!!!  Behold Kathleen's Almond Joy Pizzert Babies!!!!!!  Go ahead and clap.  These little fellas' deserve a major round of applause!!
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I just can't get over how cute they were!!!  I topped mine with almond butter, peanut butter, and Greek yogurt! (And chocolate chips, obviously) I also used brown rice flour in place of the whole wheat flour, so they were also gluten free!  My mom thought they were absolutely adorable too!  Oh, have I mentioned yet that were like mini cakes sent from heaven?  Yep, that incredibly delicious!!!!!

And guess what??  I've had socca at last!  I used Heather's recipe and topped it with a spoonful of salsa!
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I'm in love with this socca!!!  Thanks so much for the fabulous and simple recipe, Heather!  I may or may not have gone back for another piece ;) 
And then for dinner, I was craving some more socca!  So I spread some spicy dijon mustard on it (for some reason, I hate regular yellow mustard but love honey mustard and dijon mustard).  Then I topped it with lettuce, a Sunshine burger, and a juicy piece of tomato.  Another fantastic use for the socca!  (Although I'm thinking the socca would be fantastic used in anything! :)
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Now wait!  What are those little round bundles sitting at the back?  Well, they are:


Cinnamon Grilled Bananas

Ingredients:
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Cinnamon
1 smallish banana, sliced

Directions:
Melt the coconut oil in a small, not-stick pan.  Put the cinnamon in a small bowl and coat the flat side of each banana slice in the cinnamon.  Place the banana slices in the pan and cook for a few minutes on each side.

Loved them!!!

Something else I love?  Katie's Banana Brulee Oats!!!  My add ins were vanilla extract and cinnamon!  (And topped with peanut butter because a day just can't start without it!)
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Katie, I know I've said this before, but you're a genius.  You just plain are!  The brulee oats were out of this world amazing!!  If it weren't for Katie, I would have never thought to blend my oats, but it's the most amazing idea since..... Well, actually, it's just the most amazing idea, period!  I felt like I was eating pudding for breakfast.  It just doesn't get better than that!

Sorry for this very long, chatty post!!  I guess I'm just in a chatty mood this morning!

Just one more week of school and then spring break!!!  Woohoo!!  In a week, I will be just about on my way to California for a college visit!  Can't wait!!!


The daily question:  Are you going anywhere/doing anything special for spring break?
 
 
First, sorry for my lack in posting over the last couple of days.  School has been crazy this week!

But anyway........
Are you one of those people who always makes way to much rice and ends up with a ton of leftovers?  No?  It's just me?  Well, luckily, I've found a way to use up the mass of leftover rice, and, from now on, I will make sure there is always leftover rice.  So if you aren't one of those leftover rice people, become one!  It will make your life so much more delicious! :)


Apple Spice Brown Rice

Ingredients:
1 cup cooked brown rice
2 tablespoons almond butter (or other nut butter)
2 heaping tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
3 tablespoons almond milk
Scant 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Scant 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
Scant 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
About 1/2 of an apple, cubed

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Directions:
First, put the rice into a bowl and microwave it for about 30 seconds on high (this will make the other ingredients easier to stir in).  Now, add the almond butter, applesauce, two tablespoons of the almond milk, and the spices:
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Time for some stirring action!  Next, microwave the fantastic smelling mixture on high for one minute, and then add the cubed apple and the remaining tablespoon of almond milk.
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They say that pictures speak louder than words.  So, can you hear the bowl above?  If you listen really closer, you just might hear, "Make me, make me. I know you want to eat me, and I completely understand.  I would want to eat myself if I could."  Maybe pictures really do speak louder than words :)


The daily question: What's your favorite way to use up leftover rice?
You've just seen mine!