Brunch: Cast Iron Baked Eggs

Well I guess it’s no secret that eggs 🍳 seem to be my favorite breakfast/brunch food item. Funny thing is I use to hate them when I was younger. I would hide or refuse to eat them whenever my mom use to make them. How things have changed! 💁

Well I stumbled upon this cute little heart shaped cast iron skillet and immediately thought of baked eggs for the weekend (husband wants the cookie haha).  

After washing the skillet, I greased it with avocado oil and threw in some chopped up red onions, green & red peppers and garlic (leaving a slight halo in the middle). I cracked a brown omega -3 egg into the middle and placed the skillet in the oven for 6 minutes (preheated to 350°).

As it was baking I chopped up spinach and shredded some jalapeño jack cheese.

I pulled out the skillet after the timer went off, at this point it was still slightly runny. I added black pepper and Himalayan pink salt and then topped one side with the spinach and cheese. I decided to add some of the Jaime Oliver chilli garlic pesto for a kick and placed it back in the oven for another 5 minutes to bake! 

Turned out perfect! 👌 The yolk was still runny and the egg whites and veggies were nice and crisp! I used toasted gluten-free bread to scoop into it. 😍

What’s your favorite egg recipe?

Hot Buffalo Cauliflower ‘Wings’

Tried out a new recipe today. I was craving hot wings minus the meat since I’m trying not to eat poultry. I had seen this recipe online so I thought I’d try it out.

Ingredients:

– 1 Cauliflower cut into bite size pieces

– Frank’s hot buffalo sauce

– Coconut oil

Directions:

I preheated my oven to 400° but I think next time I’ll do 350° instead.

Lightly grease a baking sheet with coconut oil and place the cauliflower pieces sparingly.

Let them roast for 25 minutes.

In a mixing bowl add the hot sauce and salt & pepper. 

Toss the cauliflower pieces in the sauce until coated well then transfer back to the baking sheet to roast another 10 minutes.

These didn’t last long, they smelled so good and tasted even better! 😋

The Unconventional Eggs Benny

So on Friday at work our conversation was all about how amazing hollandaise sauce is! I can’t really remember how we got to hollandaise sauce but it got me craving eggs benny!

So this sunny Sunday morning I decided to make some at home. I realized I didn’t really have the traditional ingredients on hand to make one so I improvised…

The hubby made sunny-side up eggs and hash browns so I used the hash browns as my base. 

Then layers on top were (starting from the bottom):

-Toasted mountain grain bread sliced at a diagonal

-drizzle of French’s honey mustard

– a slice of havarti cheese

-turkey bacon slice (halfed)

-over easy, brown omega-3 eggs

-sautéed onions and spinach 

-hollandaise sauce

-topped with a slight crumble of goat cheese and pepper

Bon Appetite 

Banana Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

So I suck at baking! I rarely bake anything and usually rely on my cousins for supplying me with the goods when needed.

Don’t get me wrong, I make attempts here and there but I always end up with a giant cookie or a gooey mess 💁

So one day I came across a gluten-free recipe that one of my vegan friends posted. It pretty much was solving my ‘what do I do with my extra ripe bananas’ dilemma at that moment. I tried it out and actually came out with delicious cookies! I made a few changes but this is the easiest non measuresy (totally made up that word) recipe…

Preheat oven to 350°

In a bowl mix:

-2 ripe bananas mashed

-1 cup oats

-Drizzle of vanilla extract 

-Pinch of cinnamon

Mix all ingredients then add:

-unsweetened coconut flakes 

-pecans

-slivered almonds

-dark chocolate chips

Stir it all up and scoop onto greased baking sheet. I bake them for 15-18 minutes each.

This recipe makes a dozen yummy cookies.

Bon Appetite 🍌

Taco Tuesday Veggie Style

I made chicken tacos tonight for my partner but since I am trying to go back to being a vegetarian I made myself some veggie tacos.

I tried out the Yves Veggie Cuisine Falafel Balls made out of chickpeas and they were delicious. I think next week I’ll try to make my own falafel balls just to cut down on the sodium.

I topped off my taco with chopped spinach, onions, avocado, salsa, siracha and goat cheese.

Yum 🍽

A Vietnamese Meal

Looking for a good Vietnamese pho place in the lower mainland?

Our office has been hitting up the newly opened Pho Pho You on Columbia Street in New Westminster. 

I’ve had the tofu/veggie salad rolls 👌 and the lemongrass chicken with vermicelli noodles so far and have fallen in love with this place. 

Great service, good food and reasonable prices = trifecta 

Healthy Homemade Banana Nutella Crepes

​Homemade mini Banana Crepes for the win 👌🍽 

In a blender: 

-1 large ripe banana 🍌

-2 brown omega 3 eggs 🍳

-pinch of cinnamon

-drop of vanilla extract
Heat pan on medium heat and lightly grease with @chosenfoods avocado oil. 

Pour mixture onto heated pan and create a thin layer using the bottom of a ladle. 

Once the side is golden, flip (I used my hands as its so delicate) and brown the other side.

Then place it on a flat surface to spread a small teaspoon of @nutella on one side & then fold over twice. 

Plate and sprinkle unsweetened coconut flakes & slices of banana! 

Enjoy!


‘Crêpe’ing from Thailand To Vancouver

I had my very first crêpe experience in a little hut on the Island of Koh Phi Phi in Thailand. 

We were rushing to get a meal in before we took the ferry over to Krabi that afternoon and my sister-in-law suggested a crêpes place close to the dock. I took her suggestion and tried the popular banana and Nutella combination. It was also my first time trying Nutella  (I guess I live under a rock?!).

It wasn’t the prettiest presentation (aka not instagram worthy 😂) but it was a whole 60 bahts of deliciousness. That perfectly toasted crust and gooeyness of the warm bananas layered in Nutella 👌  I remember looking over at my sister-in-law and saying ‘why have I never tried these before?’

Jump ahead 5 months to an afternoon stroll in Vancouver and stumbling upon ‘La Petite Crêpe’ on West Pender. I decided to order the banana and Nutella combination again to ensure it wasn’t just the insane Thai heat that had me all deliriously in love with this creation.

It was delicious again. This time $7 of goodness and it was oh so pretty.

I must say the Koh Phi Phi one might not have looked as pretty but it’s crust was slightly better. It was more crisp compared to the one in Vancouver. 
Either way … YUM! 🍴