Lavender Hibiscus Oak Old Fashion Oats

How do you like your oats? Do you like it with cream and brown sugar? How about raisins and walnuts? Even if you don’t normally eat or care for oats, I have a feeling you will like this one…

Old fashion oats with cashew milk, lavender hibiscus oak bitters from Crude Bitters, maple syrup, topped with blueberries, coconut shavings and Skout Backcountry pumpkin seeds 👌🏻 It was one of those types of mornings, where I needed something nostalgic but with a twist.  

It doesn’t get any easier than this. Here’s what you’ll need to know: Cook old fashion oats in cashew milk (or milk of choice) with a dash of real salt, 1 tbsp coconut shavings, 1 tsp maple syrup, a few dashes of bitters. Top with blueberries, 1 tbsp coconut shavings, 1/2 tbsp Skout Backcountry pumpkin seeds

Just keep in mind that bitters have an alcohol content, so you should only include them if you are cooking oats. Add them at the beginning of the cooking process to ensure that the alcohol cooks off and use a light touch. 

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Lavender Hibiscus Oak Old Fashion Oats

Recipe makes 1-2 servings.

What You'll Need

Oats
1 cup Rolled Oats (I used this brand)
2 cups cashew milk (or milk of choice)
1/4 tsp real salt
3 dashes of Lavender Hibiscus Oak Crude Bitters  
1 tbsp coconut shavings
1 tsp maple syrup (or to taste) 

Toppings
1/4 cup blueberries
1 tbsp coconut shavings
1 tbsp Skout Backcountry pumpkin seeds. 

What You'll Need To Know

Bring cashew milk and salt to a boil on a low to medium heat.

Add old-fashioned rolled oats, coconut shavings, maple syrup, and bitters, reduce heat, and cook 10-20 minutes (depending on the consistency you desire). 
Stir occasionally. 

Cover and remove from heat and let stand a few minutes and top with blueberries, pumpkin seeds, and coconut shavings. 


How do you enjoy your oats?

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Spaghetti Squash with Grilled Chicken Cacciatore

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Ready for some better-for-you Spaghetti?

I LOVE making spaghetti squash for a comforting meal that fits perfectly into a gluten-free, paleo, Whole30 and PCOS food meal plan! I'm sharing with you one of my favorite recipes that is a simple, an easy way to enjoy nature's pasta: spaghetti squash.

If you've never tried this gratifying dish, you're in for a real treat! The texture and taste is so close to real pasta, the difference is hardly noticeable. And with all the nutrients and benefits like vitamin A and fiber, you may even like it better.  

Spaghetti squash is a light yellow colored oblong gourd that, when baked, becomes stringy on the inside. This allows you to make it into a pasta-like dish. It’s a pretty amazing and healthy alternative for all of my fellow pasta lovers out there. 

Spaghetti Squash with Grilled Chicken Cacciatore

Spaghetti Squash with Grilled Chicken Cacciatore

4-6 servings

What You'll Need

3 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons capers
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup fresh basil (torn)
14 ounces crushed tomatoes (canned)
1 spaghetti squash
sea salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
pine nuts, to taste
4 4-5 oz grilled chicken breast

What You'll Need To Know

Spaghetti Squash: Preheat oven to 375F. Cut the squash in half, long ways. Use a spoon to take out the seeds and discard. Place both halves of the squash in a baking pan and bake for 45 minutes. Flip the halves over and bake for another 15 minutes. Remove the squash from the oven and allow to cool.  With a fork, peel the insides of the squash away from the outer shell. It should come off in long pieces that resemble spaghetti noodles. 

Chicken: Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat and lightly brush with olive oil. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grill chicken breast until charred on both sides, about 8 minutes total. (Alterinicatly, an oven baked chicken, will work wonderfully!) Let it sit and slice into cubes/stripes.

Sauce: In a skillet, heat oil on medium. Add garlic and onion and cook until fragrant and onion become translucent. Next, add in bell peppers, cremini mushrooms, capers, dried oregano, basil, crushed tomatoes, sea salt, pepper and crushed peppers, and cook for 7 minutes.

Remove from heat and add in spaghetti squash and chicken and mix well. Season with pepper and basil and garnish with pine nuts.

TIP: Don't have 4-6 mouths to feed? This recipe is great for meal prep! Save the rest in air tight containers for lunch and dinner during the week. 

 

What's your favorite way to enjoy spaghetti squash?

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Valerie is a San Francisco native who gave up the comforts of home to travel the world continuously. Now based in Portland, OR, Valerie is a Social Media Marketing Consultant, helping solo entrepreneurs and small business owners DIY their social media by teaching them the in’s and out’s of SMM. She enjoys health hacking recipes, a good cocktail, yoga, hikes, live shows, puns & dad jokes.

Dark Chocolate Avocado Adaptogen Mylkshake

Having grown up in California, I thought I knew all there was to know about avocados and the various ways to enjoy them. 

Mash them up with salt, lime juice, roasted serrano peppers, and cilantro, and you have guacamole. Sliced or mashed up on a piece of toast and you've got avocado toast. Wrap them up into a cylinder of rice with crabmeat, and you have a California roll. Slice them on a sandwich with bacon, lettuce, and tomato and you have an elevated BLT.  

Dark Chocolate Avocado Mylkshake

How about in a milkshake?

Before you click out and away, hear me out for a sec!

Avocados are great main ingredients in making decadent desserts and shakes that are much healthier.

These creamy fruits are nutritionally packed, rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, fiber, and potassium. Add to that their high levels of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, which has been shown to lower cholesterol, and you have a treat that just might leave you better off than it found you. 

So this MYLKSHAKE is pretty darn delicious. I made unintentionally, but sometimes those unintended creations are the best! This Dark Chocolate Avocado Mylkshake has so many good-for-you ingredients: collagen peptides, greens, healthy fats from avocado and coconut, cashew milk, and adaptogens. 

Dark Chocolate Avocado Mylkshake

What You'll Need

1 small avocado (about 100g)
1 handful baby spinach
2 tbsp coconut shavings, unsweetened
1/4 tsp Mucuna Pruriens (I used this brand)
1 tsp Ashwagandha (I used this brand)
1 cup unsweetened cashew milk
1/2 cup fresh water
2-3 drops stevia
1 scoop Dark Chocolate Blackberry Collagen Peptides  from Vital Proteins
5 ice cubes

What You'll Need To Know

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender

Blend for 60-75 seconds or until everything is smooth.

Pour in a glass and enjoy!

Recipe makes 1 serving.


Smoked Salmon Avocado Bun Burger

Some days you have a bite of food that makes you go “woah!”

Your eyes widen.

You look down at the plate, with a look of amazement; almost pushing things around with your fork to see what’s making it so special. You take another bite, smiling as you do so, almost giggling of euphoric bliss, because it’s just so darn delicious.

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This happened to me with the rediscovery of the Avocado Burger in Milan.

Simplicity at it's best. Avocado used as the bun, filled with salmon lox, ribbons of zucchini and cucumber and marche greens all seasoned in a lemon, dill sea salt mix; and, the top avo-bun sprinkled with sesame seeds.

It is through my love of these tasty avocado bites, these perfectly balanced, sometimes weekly, sometimes daily forkfuls of little gastronomic treasures that excite me.

Since this rediscovery, I've been making a lot of Avocado Bun Burgers and playing around with plenty of different ingredients. This one in particular is simple yet so delicious. Fork and knife required. 

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SMOKED SALMON AVOCADO BUN BURGER

(Gluten-Free, Paleo, Whole30)

What You'll Need To Know

On a small bowl mix together lemon, dill sea salt, pepper and toss in salmon and bell pepper slices. Set aside.

Carefully remove the skins from the avocado halves. Slice off a small portion from the bottom of one of the halves so that they lie flat. This will be the bottom "bun" and place on a flat plate.

Top with salmon and red bell pepper.

Place the remaining avocado "buns" on top and sprinkle with sesame seeds and sea salt flakes.

Recipe makes 1 serving.

What You'll Need

1 Avocado, peeled, pitted, halved

Red bell pepper, thinly sliced

3oz smoked salmon

1 tbsp filled, chopped

Juice from 1/2 lemon

Sea salt (coarse or finishing salt flakes)

Ground Black pepper