Eggs Benedict with Avocado Hollandaise

What’s this?!? A savoury breakfast?!?! It’s true, this weekend I thought I’d shake it up a bit and ditch my usual oats or yogurt for this GORGEOUS Eggs Benedict with Avocado Hollandaise. And I’m glad I tried it out because it was delish. (I did have a yogurt bowl later in the day to make up for it though. Let’s not get too crazy).

Eggs Benedict is pretty tasty- usually you’ve got a perfectly poached egg, a toasty English muffin, and some Hollandaise sauce, which can be a bit rich. So today we’re lightens up the whole thing by making an AVOCADO Hollandaise because avocados are awesome and versatile like that✌️ All you need is avocado, some lemon juice, salt, pepper, and paprika. And some water. That’s it baby. Then everything gets mixed up and your “Hollandaise” is ready to smother an amazing egg and a nice piece of whole grain/sprouted wheat toast.

Poaching eggs is actually really easy; there are just a few simple steps to follow:

  1. Bring a deep pan full of water to a boil.
  2. Add in 2 tbsp of vinegar.
  3. Turn the heat down so that the water is at a heavy simmer. Crack your egg into a small bowl and then carefully add it to the water.
  4. Let the egg patch for 4 minutes.
  5. Scoop out gently with a slotted spoon!

Not too bad! The vinegar in the water adds a bit of seasoning and helps the egg whites firm up faster so they don’t go all over the place in the water. But yeah, if that sounds easy, that’s the hardest part of this whole shebang.

When to enjoy this recipe? Um, pretty much whenever because it’s so easy and SO GOOD. But it works very well for brunch, weekend breakfasts, a fun lunch, or even a breakfast for dinner situation. I love how the bright lemon works with the rich yolk and you can mop everything up with the toast- so good!

Hope you enjoy this rare savoury breakfast sighting! Have a great week:)

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

Eggs Benedict with Avocado Hollandaise

Ingredients

-2 eggs

-1-2 slices of whole grain or sprouted wheat bread, toasted

-1/4 of an avocado

-3 tsp lemon juice

-10-12 tsp water

-1/4 tsp paprika

-Salt and pepper to taste


Directions

1.Poach the eggs according to the steps above and set aside on a plate with a paper towel on it.

2.In a small bowl, mash the avocado until little to no lumps remain. Stir in the lemon juice, water, paprika and salt and pepper. Alternatively, you may blend thses ingredients together in a blender.

3.Place one egg on each piece of toast (or both on one, you do you) and cover with the “hollandaise” sauce. Enjoy!


Red Pepper Savoury Oats

Hey guys! I’ve made savoury oats before and honestly they weren’t very good- just sort of bland and blah. But I got some inspiration from Grace, @_thefreshavocado on Instagram, to make these delicious Red Pepper Savoury Oats!

These oats are definitely like risotto, but healthier, faster, and easier to make. Some red pepper hummus and an egg white makes them SUPER creamy, and of course they start with some sautéed garlic and onion, because that’s how all good things begin😍

I started by cooking up those onions and some chopped garlic, as well as thinly sliced red pepper. As soon as those get nice and soft and caramelized, the oats go in with equal parts water and almond milk for some extra creaminess. The egg white, hummus, and lots of salt and pepper get stirred in as well, and you’re going to simmer until your oats are cooked through but still creamy.

I used some quick-cooking steel cut oats for this recipe, which were perfect! They took around seven minutes until they were ready. But if all you have are quick oats or rolled oats, adjust the cooking time accordingly and this recipe will still be delicious:)

Enjoy these oats as a side, as a vessel for more veggies or some chicken or shrimp, or as a delicious savoury breakfast with a runny egg on top! They have so much flavour and the texture is everything🥰 Enjoy!

Red Pepper Savoury Oats

  • Servings: 1-2
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Ingredients

-1/4 cup quick cooking steel cut oats

-1/4 of a red bell pepper, thinly sliced

-1/4 of a yellow onion, thinly sliced

-1/2 a tomato, diced

-1 clove of garlic, minced

-1 tsp olive oil

-1/4 cup water

-1/4 cup almond milk (plus more as needed)

-1 egg white

-1 tbsp red pepper hummus

-Salt and Pepper to taste


Directions

1. In a pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add in the onion, pepper, tomato and garlic and cook until the onion is translucent and the pepper is soft, about 7 minutes.

2. Add in the oats, almond milk, water, hummus, egg white and salt and pepper and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a low simmer and cook, continuing to stir until the oats are cooked through but still creamy, adding more almond milk as needed.

3. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy warm!


Blueberry Mango Overnight Oats

Hi friends:) I don’t know why but this week has felt way more hectic than usual, and so I’ve been making overnight oats for the first time in a while- they’re SO helpful.

There was a time when I had overnight oats every single day for breakfast, and honestly I can see why😂 Actually I definitely used to go through breakfast “phases”, like for I would say almost a year I had Greek yogurt with a banana and peanut butter for breakfast every day; I had an overnight oat phase, last summer it was smoothie bowls and now I’m into some oats with Greek yogurt in the side. I do try and switch up my breakfasts more now though because there are so many delicious options and I want to get to eat them all😋

Anyways, overnight oats are super tasty and make the perfect grab and go breakfast. Usually I eat my breakfasts in the car, so with these I can just take em out of the fridge, bring a spoon and I’m good to go. I use this cute mason jar which had a wide top so I can get my spoon in there, and it fits in my school bag nicely after as well! I for sure recommend using a jar because it’s easy to grab and take with you in the mornings, but a small Tupperware container or even a bowl with plastic wrap over it will work too.

Pretty much all you’ve gotta do to make these delicious oaties is mix all of the ingredients in your container, and then let them sit overnight! For these blueberry and mango ones I started by mashing half of a banana in my jar. I then added my oats, some Greek yogurt, the mango and blueberries, and some almond milk. The mason jar lid got screwed on and I shook that baby so that everything got mixed together! The next morning I took my jar out of the fridge, added a few more fruits and some peanut butter, and I was good to go. You can save even more time by adding your toppings in the night before.

I absolutely LOVE the yogurt in these oats- it makes them so creamy and adds a ton of amazing protein. Then you’ve got those fruits, and the mashed banana for sweetness, and everything’s just👌. So good!

Hope you enjoy this easy and tasty recipe! Definitely going to be taking advantage of these more and coming up with some new great flavour combos🥰

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

Blueberry Mango Overnight Oats

Blueberry Mango Overnight Oats

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Ingredients

-1/2 a ripe banana

-1/3 cup quick cooking oats

-3/4 cup Greek Yogurt (use any % you’d like)

-1/4 cup almond milk

-1/4 cup fresh or frozen chopped mango

-1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

-Additional fruit and/or nut butter for topping (optional)


Directions

1. In a mason jar, Tupperware container, or small bowl, mash the banana and stir in all of the other ingredients.

2. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.

3. In the morning, remove the cover and add your toppings of choice, or grab your container and eat as is.


Flourless Chocolate Muffins

Hey there guys! Everyone loves chocolate, and today I’ve got a quick and easy chocolate muffin recipe that is FLOURLESS, REFINED SUGAR FREE and VERY TASTY.

I tried to pack as much protein into these as I could, without using protein powder, because I know sometimes I don’t have access to it and I wanted to make sure that both you and I could make these with minimal ingredients. So I turned to one of my favourite, super versatile ingredients- chickpeas! They’re full of protein and give the density to these muffins that is otherwise missing because of the lack of flour. I promise that you can’t taste them in there at all- much like in my Healthy Edible Cookie Dough. All you get is an amazing, chocolate-y flavour in a cute and fluffy mini muffin.

The other simple ingredients in this tasty snack include cocoa powder, egg, baking powder, peanut butter (yum), vanilla and banana. Everything gets tossed into the blender and combined until a smooth batter forms. I greased up my mini muffin pans with a bit of coconut oil, filled them up, and baked for about 15-20 minutes. So these muffins are not only healthy, but quick and easy to make too!

I love this recipe because it’s soooooo delicious and makes the perfect snack, quick breakfast, or healthy dessert. The chickpeas worked perfectly as a kind of flour substitute- I definitely want to play around with that some more! Don’t be scared away by them though- they give a great texture but have no effect on the taste.

Hope you enjoy this delicious recipe!

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

Flourless Chocolate Muffins

  • Servings: Makes 18 Mini Muffins
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Ingredients

-3/4 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed

-1 ripe banana

-3 tbsp cocoa powder

-1 tsp vanilla

-1 tsp baking powder

-1 egg

-1 tbsp peanut butter


Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Add all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor and combine to form a smooth batter.

3. Grease 18 mini muffin cups with a little bit of coconut oil and fill them 3/4 of the way with batter. Bake the muffins for 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

4. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before you enjoy.


Homemade California Rolls

I’m SO excited for this post because sushi is my absolute favourite food. I would consider going vegan but I don’t think I could give up sushi! That sashimi- or raw fish- is just too good. Going out to sushi restaurants is always so fun, but right now depending on where you live you might not be able to go to a restaurant. So in this post I’m going to detail how to make your very own sushi at home!

Making sushi can seem complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. All you need is a few simple ingredients that you can find in the International or Asian aisles!

  • Sushi Rice – this is usually a Californian or Japanese short or medium grain rice, but will be labelled as sushi rice. It’s important that you use sushi rice because it’s more starchy and sticky than regular rice, which is important when spreading it onto your nori.
  • Sushi Nori (roasted seaweed) – these are rectangles of roasted seaweed that the rice gets spread onto, and everything gets rolled inside.
  • Rice Vinegar – rice vinegar is used to season up your sushi rice! If you’re making your sushi gluten free, make sure you purchase a gluten free rice vinegar.

With those ingredients as your base, you can proceed to choose any fillings you’d like. I went with some avocado, cucumber, and canned (not imitation) crab to make some great California rolls. There are so many delicious combinations you can try though- and I hope to get my hands on some sushi grade fish soon!

Some more roll ideas include:

  • Vegetarian- fill your rolls with mushrooms cooked in soy sauce, just avocado, carrot, or cucumber, or some combination of the four.
  • Sushi Grade Fish- slice up some sushi grade salmon or tuna and pair it with some creamy avocado.
  • Cooked Shrimp, Crab or Tuna- fill your rolls with cooked shrimp, canned crab, or canned tuna mixed with soy and avocado (see my Tuna and Avocado Poke Bowls)

Ok, so now we’ve got all of our ingredients rounded up- now it’s time to make some rolls! The first and most important step is cooking your rice.

It’s very important to rinse your rice first, to get rid of some of that starchiness. Otherwise, your rice with be too mushy. I placed mine and a bowl and rinsed and drained it about 4-5 times, swirling it around with my fingers, under the water is clear when I mixed it. I then filled the bowl with more water and let the rice soak for about 10 minutes.

Once the rice is good to go, it goes into a pot with some more water and simmers for about 10-15 minutes, until it’s cooked all the way through. I then let it cool for a bit before mixing in some rice vinegar for flavour.

Get ready to get rolling! To roll your sushi rolls, you’ll need a bamboo sushi mat- these are easily found on Amazon for around ten dollars or so. I got out my mat, covered it with a piece of plastic wrap, and placed one sheet of nori down.

I then scooped out some sushi rice onto the nori, and spread it around with my fingers to cover the whole sheet in a nice, even layer. You don’t want to see too much of the nori underneath, but you also don’t want the rice layer to be to thick, so find a good middle ground. Leave about a centimetre strip at the top empty, however, so that it can seamlessly seal the end of the roll. This picture does not illustrate this very well- do better than me!

For the rolls, you can choose if you want to have the rice on the inside, or the outside. In this demonstration I flipped my nori over so that the rice would be on the outside, but in the photos I took of my final product were of my second batch of rolls, where the rice was on the inside. I found that these were easier to roll and held together more nicely, but you can choose whichever you like best! Here I proceeded to add in my filling right on top of the rice in a straight line, leaving some space at the bottom.

To roll up the sushi, you’re going to fold over the bamboo mat from the bottom, until that overhang you left at the bottom covers the filling ingredients to form a roll. Press firmly so that everything gets held together, and keep rolling until the full sheet of sushi covered nori is rolled into a nice cylinder. You may need to pause a few times to adjust the plastic and the mat during this process. Once everything is rolled up, you can use a bit of water on your finger to seal the nori on the outside of the roll.

All that’s left is to cut the sushi into nice even pieces, dip em into some soy sauce, and enjoy! It can take a little while to get a hang of the rolling, so don’t be discouraged if your first few rolls aren’t turning out so nice- my first rolls were a bit rough. Making sushi is an art that takes years to perfect, but these homemade rolls are great for a little something different at home, and they’re super fun to make as well!

Definitely play around with filling combinations, dipping sauces, and toppings too, to make these rolls your own. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment! Enjoy:)

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

Homemade California Rolls

  • Servings: 2-4
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Ingredients

-3/4 cup sushi rice

-1 cup water

-3 tbsp rice vinegar

-1/4 of an avocado, sliced

-1/4 of a cucumber, julienned

-1 170g can of real crab meat

-2 sheets of sushi nori


Directions

1. Add the rice to a small bowl, fill it with water, and swirl it around with your fingers. You should see the water turn white and cloudy as the starch from the rice is released. Drain the rice and repeat this process 4-5 times, until the water remains clear.

2. Fill the bowl with water once more and let the rice soak for 10 minutes to remove additional starch. Drain and add the rice to a pot.

3. Add the 1 cup of water to the pot and bring to a boil, then turn the heat to low, cover, and let the rice simmer for 10-15 minutes, until cooked through. Set aside and let cool before mixing in the rice vinegar.

4. Lay your bamboo sushi mat flat on your counter and cover it with a piece of plastic wrap. Place a sheet of nori down, and proceed to spread out about half of the rice on it in an even layer, leaving an empty space of about one centimetre at the top for sealing.

5. Either flip the nori over so that the rice will be on the outside of your sushi, or leave it so that the rice will be on the inside. In a straight line about an inch away from the bottom of the nori, lay down half of the crab, cucumber, and avocado.

6. Begin rolling the sushi by folding over your mat from the bottom, an pressing firmly to make a tight roll once the empty space at the bottom of the nori has completely encircled the filling. Continue to roll your sushi by rolling the mat, pausing to adjust the plastic or the mat when needed.

7. Seal the roll by brushing a little bit of water onto the nori with your finger. Slice into 8 even rolls.

8. Repeat steps 4-7 with your remaining ingredients.

9. Serve with soy sauce.