Chickpea Shakshuka

Hey there! I have a really fun and awesome recipe for you guys today! Even though you may not have heard of it, Shakshuka is SO GOOD. It’s a middle eastern dish that combines a warming tomato stew with poached eggs, and is the perfect addition to your breakfast spread. I added some chickpeas to mine for some extra protein and fibre. This recipe is super easy to follow and comes together in less than an hour, because the faster this deliciousness gets into your mouth, the better.

I’ve seen shakshuka on a bunch of cooking shows and featured in the occasional Pinterest post, so I thought, why not try it out? I began by frying up onions and garlic. What a shocker! I find it interesting how so many different cultures use garlic and onions in their food. Making tomato sauce? Garlic and onions. Curry? Garlic and onions. Shakshuka? GARLIC AND ONIONS BABY. I am not complaining because the smell of frying onions is out of this world. After I got that aromatic veg all sauteed up, I threw in some amazing spices, tomatoes, tomato paste, chickpeas, and lots of salt and pepper. Those ingredients all get to know each other very well in the pan while you continue on with your morning routine. I did some stretching:)

Personally, I am an egg lover, and so this is next part was my favourite. After stirring up the stew, I cracked four eggs DIRECTLY into there, brought it to a nice heavy simmer, covered, and let them poach. This is a critical moment because you want that yolk to be nice and runny. I appreciate a good hard boiled egg, but this is not the time. So set your timers because it will be very disappointing is you overcook these. I will personally be disappointed in you.

Once those eggs are done, you’re done! Step back! That’s all! I just took these off the heat, removed the lid so that the eggs don’t keep steaming, and I want to say that I dug in right then and there but no, I took the whole pan down to the fridge in our basement to preserve it for when the lighting was better, so I could take a good picture. Do you see the sacrifices that I make for you guys? Annnnnyways, when I finally got around to eating this, I scooped myself a big bowl, warmed it up, and topped it with fresh chives, parsley flakes, and avocado because you’ve gotta go big or go home. And let me tell you, this is AMAZING. It’s so full of flavour from all those spices, and then the chickpeas give you some texture, and that runny yolk is just perfection. This is such a great fall/winter breakfast, because it’s so cozy! Traditionally it is a breakfast dish, but I would be very happy to eat this any time of day.

Make sure that you try this out! I can’t wait to make it again for my family on a weekend.

Chickpea Shakshuka

Serves: 2-4

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium sized white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (trust me)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp parsley flakes (plus more for garnish)
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped chives, for garnish (optional)
  • 1 avocado for serving, sliced (optional)

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large, deep pan or skillet. Add in the onions and cook for around 4 minutes, until they’re just translucent. Next add in the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
  2. Add the all of the spices and herbs to the pan and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, until they’re somewhat browned and nice and fragrant.
  3. Dump the tomatoes, tomato paste, and paprika into the pan. Season generously with salt and pepper, give everything a good stir, then lower the heat to a slow simmer. Cover the pan and let cook for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the lid from the pan, stir everything again and make sure the stew is level across the top. Crack the 4 eggs directly into the pan, in a kind of square pattern so that they’re not too close to each other. Bring the stew back up to a faster simmer, cover again, and let the eggs poach for EXACTLY 5 minutes.
  5. Remove then pan from the heat and take the lid off. serve immediately and garnish with more parsley flakes, chopped chives, or avocado.
  6. Enjoy!

Hope you guys love this recipe! It’s one of my faves. Come back on Friday for my December Reading List!

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

Tropical Baked Oats

I want to travel or go somewhere really bad, but I don’t know if that will be happening for a while. Fortunately, if I close my eyes and eat these Tropical Baked Oats, I may be able to imagine that I’m on a beach somewhere. I just won’t think about the foot of snow outside, and I’ll throw on a heated blanket or something. Annnnnywaaays, on a more serious note, these baked oats are very healthy and delicious, and are a great recipe for breakfast meal prep!

This was my first time baking oats, and I was really surprised at the results! (In a good way I promise). They’re not super loose like stove topped oats, but they’re not completely set and structured like I expected. They’re at a perfect spot in between that’s in a league of its own. You can cut out even slices or just scoop out big servings (my preferred method) and then add toppings to your heart’s content! You probably already guessed that I added peanut butter. And you would be correct.

We’ve also got double the tropical fruitiness going on in these oats, because I added pineapple both in the actual liquid that the oats bake in, and on top along with some kiwi. Preparing the recipe was simple: I blended up a ripe banana, pineapple, vanilla and almond milk, then poured it over a ceramic baking dish full of oats mixed with allspice. After that I placed more fruits on top, baked it up, and boom, done! You get a delicious, nutritious, and fruity breakfast:) My favourite part is that the fruits on top get a bit browned and caramelized. They’re just so good!

Making a double batch of this recipe would be great for a week of meal prepped breakfasts. Each day just scoop oat a serving of oats and warm them up in the microwave, adding some delish toppings to spruce it up a little. You could also try freezing individual portions and make a top secret emergency oat stash. Ok I guess it doesn’t have to be top secret, but it’s more fun that way. Also then you don’t have to share. Bonus!

Make sure you try out these baked oats if you’re looking to switch up your breakfast routine! Keep your eyes out for new flavours because I’m loving this baking technique.

Tropical Baked Oats

Serves: 2-4 (I ate like half but you could also split it into quarters lol)

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 cups pineapple, chopped or sliced
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1 kiwi, sliced, or a few slices of frozen kiwi

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a blender, blend 1 cup of the pineapple with the ripe banana, almond milk, and vanilla. Set aside.
  3. Add the oats and allspice into an 8 inch ceramic (or glass) baking dish, and mix together. Pour in the blended pineapple mixture and stir until everything is combined.
  4. Top the oats with the remaining 1 cup of pineapple, and a few slices of kiwi. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Once the oats have been baking for 20 minutes, turn the oven to broil to get the fruit on top nice and soft! Broil for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Remove the oats from the oven, scoop onto plates or into bowls, and add your favourite toppings before enjoying!

I love this little at-home taste of the tropics! Let me know if you try out these delicious Tropical Baked Oats:)) See you Friday!

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

10 Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast is probably my favourite meal of the day, mostly because I get to make it sweet. I’m definitely a sweet over savoury breakfast person, because when you get to eat sweet stuff for an actual MEAL why wouldn’t you? I’ve posted a lot of breakfast recipes over the years, but I’d thought I’d compile a list of 10 Healthy Breakfast Ideas that you can make when you’re in a slump.

All of these are super simple and quick to make, and a couple can be made in advance to prepare for busy mornings. No matter how busy I am, I ALWAYS make time for breakfast, because it fuels me for the rest of the day. Fruit, complex carbs, protein and healthy fats are essential to an awesome breakfast, so you can kick butt all day long! Plus, breakfast needs to taste good, and all these recipes are DELISH. they have so much flavour and sweetness without any refined sugar.

I hope you find a couple of recipes in here that you really love and can keep coming back to! Enjoy;))

Pancakes

I have two pancake recipes on my blog: PB and J Stuffed Pancakes and Cinnamon Raisin Apple Pancakes. Both are made with oat flour and are SO YUM. Pancakes are a classic breakfast food, and can actually be whipped up pretty fast. My PB and J Stuffed Pancakes come together in a blender and take only a few minutes to cook. You could even make a big batch of either of these and freeze them, then pop them in the microwave or toaster for an on-the-go breakfast.

Muffins

Who doesn’t love a good muffins? They’re the epitome of a grab-and-go breakfast and taste amazing! My Scrumptious Sugar-Free Muffins are a CLASSIC and are probably my favourite muffin recipe. Then you’ve also got my Carrot and Apple Muffins, and my Mini Berry Protein Muffins. I always have some muffins in the freezer for food emergencies!

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is so good for you and makes such a heart-warming breakfast. Both of these oatmeal recipes come together in under 20 minutes, and are super tasty! On the left is my Carrot Cake Oatmeal– it has lots of spices, carrot, and some dates instead of raisins. Then you have my Vanilla Protein Oats, which have protein powder in them for a little boost in the mornings!!

Granola

I absolutely love granola- whether it’s on top of yogurt or a smoothie bowl, or just with some almond milk. Here we have my Apple and Peanut Butter Granola, Chocolate Coconut Granola, and Nutty Granola!! Granola is easy to make and can be stored in the fridge until you need to use it. Stock up for some very tasty future breakfasts!

Fruit Plates

These aren’t really a “recipe” per se, but whenever I don’t feel like making a fancy breakfast I just cut up a bunch of fruit, add some peanut butter, and go to town! I love fruit so much and I could eat it all day, so this is the perfect breakfast for me.

Smoothie Bowls

Smoothie Bowls are my favourite breakfast of all time. I like using frozen bananas to make them thick and creamy, and so it’s kind of like eating ice cream for breakfast. They’re a great way to eat lots of fruits and veg for breakfast, and the toppings are endless! On the right is my Berry Banana Smoothie Bowl, on the left is my Watermelon and Greens smoothie bowl from my post on 2 Summer Smoothie Bowls, and in the middle is the bowl I’ve been eating almost every day recently- just blend up a frozen banana, some spinach, blueberries, and a scoop of protein powder with some water and top with peanut butter and more blueberries. Yum!!!

French Toast

I have this awesome recipe for Lemon French Toast that you should definitely try out! It’s vegan, made with sprouted grain bread, and tastes so good! Serve with some fresh fruit and maple syrup for the perfect weekend breakfast.

Quinoa Bowls

I’ve been eating more of these quinoa breakfast bowls lately too. Quinoa is super good for you- it contains 9 essential amino acids- which makes it a great way to start your day! I cook it with almond milk and top it with lots of fruit and nut butter. Here’s the recipe for my Cherry, Peach and Quinoa Breakfast Bowls.

Energy Balls and Bars

Energy balls and/or bars are another quick and easy breakfast that you can make ahead! You can add pretty much anything you wan to them, which makes them super tasty and customizable. From left to right, I have my Fig Bites, Seedy Energy Squares, and Chocolate Zucchini Energy Bites.

Cookies

Cookies aren’t your typical breakfast food, but these two recipes are so healthy that eating them for breakfast could become a regular thing! I love both of them- my Chocolate Dipped Pumpkin Seed Cookies, and my Chocolate Peanut Butter Drizzle Cookies. Chocolate for breakfast is now a thing.

Happy Breakfasting!!

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))