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Fancy Breakfast Friday: Diet


I’m sure no one wants to hear about the 3-day “cleanse” I did, so this is going to be a short post.  I will say that part of the cleanse included oatmeal, which I already love and I have continued eating it so I will share that recipe.

Make this the night before and refrigerate it.  On the cleanse I think I was supposed to eat it cold, which I did the first day.  But come on.  It’s January, I want a hot breakfast.

1 cup almond milk *
1/3 cup oats
1 T chia seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup blueberries

Mix in a bowl before bed, cover, refridgerate
In the morning, microwave for 30-60 seconds.

*I have been using almond milk because I bought it for my “cleanse” but I will switch to regular milk now that I have run out.   I have been experimenting with chia, and this recipe has the best results so far.  It’s very filling and I have been able to live on this until lunch time.  I have also substituted the blueberries for cut up apple.  (I cut the apple in the morning.)  This recipe has more milk and fewer oats than what I normally make, but I like it better.

I am going to be honest and say I never sweeten my oatmeal, so if you like your oatmeal sweet, this may not be for you.  However, the enormous amount of cinnamon did make it taste sweet to me.  I did the full teaspoon during the cleanse, but have cut it in half since then.

Don’t worry, real FBF will be back next week.  I have something delicious cooking right now.


Fancy Breakfast Friday: The Perfect Muffin

DSC07123 (1)I think I have created the perfect muffin for my family.  Texture-wise it was amazing.  It was also yummy, and on the healthy side.  (Sort of.)

I stayed up until incredibly late last Thursday so that the muffins would be ready in the morning because Dave and Jack were going to a baseball tournament in Englewood and Luke and I had to be in Commerce City for his tournament at 7:00 am.  The muffins, as I said, were delicious.  But I somehow managed to forget my coffee, my wallet, my chair, and my camera.  And guess what else?  I had the times wrong.  I thought the games were at 8 and 10 but they were at 8 and noon.  I really could have used coffee, a wallet, a chair and a camera. I finished my book about 5 minutes into the 2.5 hours between games.  It’s weird that I forgot everything since this was about the 7,103,503 baseball game I had attended this season.  No photos of the perfect muffin, because… I was a spaz last week.  But I did bring my camera the second day of the tournament and Jack took this great photo. (above)

At least I packed a bunch of muffins for the games.  (And other food as well for our 9 or so hour day.) This is based on the banana bread recipe from Cooking Light, which I highly recommend.

Perfect Banana Muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
3 overripe bananas
1/2 cup  cream top vanilla yogurt ** not low fat
2 Tbs chia seeds (optional)
1/2 cup granola (optional, but so good)

Preheat oven to 350°.  Coat muffin pans with nonstick spray or use liners.
This makes 12 large muffins, or 12 smaller muffins and 12 mini muffins.

Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt, chia seeds, stir with a whisk.
Cream together butter and sugar, add the eggs, 1 at a time.  Scraping down the sides after each addition.

In a separate bowl mash bananas to desired consistency. Add the bananas, yogurt, and vanilla to the sugar/butter/eggs and blend until completely mixed together. Slowly add the flour and mix on low until just blended, don’t over mix.  Last, mix in the granola.

Bake at 350° for 25 minutes (i started checking at 25 minutes but I recall it took significantly longer.) Or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.


Fancy Breakfast Friday: Ch-ch-ch-CHIA

imageSome of you may know about chia seeds from Gwyneth Paltrow and her ubiquitous site Goop.  You can get great advice there about managing your time – find a place that does your mani at the same time as your pedi!  Time saver!  I think she also invented avocado toast because her cookbook was the first place I read about it. Now it’s sweeping the nation! Chia has also moved more mainstream in the time since I first read about chia pudding in Gwyneth’s cookbook.  .  When you can get organic chia at Costco, it’s gone mainstream.

My knowledge of chia though, goes back much farther.  I’m a fan of kitsch and also a botanist, so the chia pet was basically a match made in heaven for me.  I got one for Christmas one year, maybe when I was in college?  The chia ram.  I loved it for about one chia life cycle and then I kind of lost interest.  At the time, I lived in a very run down house in Athens Ohio, and I had last pick out of 6 bedrooms.  This meant I had the smallest bedroom, but also the only one without carpeting, which made it the least gross.  The bathroom had some seriously thick and absorbant blue carpeting, that later took on a green sheen when I took off a shirt that had chia seeds in the pocket and they spilled everywhere.  The humidity in Athens is pretty high, but in an un-airconditioned bathroom… let’s just say the chia seeds prospered in that carpeting.

Later in life I was given a Jerry Gar-chia head, and it was very cool, but the clay was actually pretty subpar compared to my chia ram. Jerry’s hair was pretty spotty.  At the time I had easy access to chia seeds because I worked for a seed company that packaged chia seeds for the chia pet company.  I had many responsibilities there, but one of them was to be screamed at and belittled by the chia seed company guy. I always imagined him with a bright red face, screaming at the top of his lungs, veins bulging out, shirt straining at the buttons across his beer belly, on the verge of a heart attack.  I wanted to suggest that he switch to a job where lives were at stake and his fury would be justified.  That guy turned me off chia pets for a while.  I did manage to get a giant package of seeds for a friend who was planning to grow a chia coat and be a chia pet for Halloween.  (Idea copywrited.)

This summer, Jack and I found the chia ram in the storage bin, and he asked if I would get some chia seeds.  I said sure, since it’s a golden age of chia and I could probably avoid going through the chia pet company to get them, although I don’t know if the Costco seeds will actually sprout.  (TBD – see future post.)  So now I have a big bag of chia seeds and I am working on ways to use them.  I put some in Jack’s oatmeal and he loved it.  And then I came to today’s recipe!  Blueberry chia seed muffins.

I have been looking for a generic muffin recipe that I could use as a base and I found one at the King Arthur Flour page.  To this recipe, I added 2 tablespoons of chia seeds.  On top of the muffins, I put 4-5 blueberries.  Then I topped it with a cinnamon/vanilla crumb that I had in the freezer form a prior blueberry muffin.

Dave said, “These lemon blueberry poppy seed muffins are delicious.”  I said, “Well there is no lemon, but they are very yellow because I used eggs from the neighbor’s chickens.  And it’s actually chia seeds not poppy seeds.”  He said, “In that case, yuck.  Never mind.”

Jack gets the photo credit today.