Back to School Popeye Crepes

Do you get it?! Do you? Cuz, like, Popeye liked spinach, and it made him extra strong and ready to face his challenges, so I just thought it would be a good ‘beginning of the school year’ post and…

Well, you know.

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I can’t guarantee instant, bulging muscles after eating these, but I CAN guarantee the best-tasting serving of vegetables you will ever have the pleasure of feeding yourself. So tasty, in fact, that you won’t even taste the vegetables. That’s a good trade-off, right?

And I mean, how cool are GREEN CREPES?

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Now I really want to try sneaking other veggies or fruits into these crepes to make different colors. I bet beets would make just gorgeous magenta crepes. Or maybe you could make purple by using blackberries. Oh man, I would literally eat my body weight in crepes if they were purple and slightly blackberry flavored.

Time to put that at the top of my to-do list. (Sorry, anatomy homework.) Besides, I need practice crepe-flipping anyway. I broke about half of this batch before I got the hang of it. Turns out I didn’t have the heat high enough…

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Naturally, the filling could be anything you want. I followed the recipe from Green Kitchen Stories (and watched the video approximately 87 times because it was so beautiful) and liked the apple and tahini filling a lot more than I expected, especially with the addition of strawberries.

Here are some other fillings I might try:
-cheese and more spinach (spinach melt, holla)
-egg and tomato
-strawberry and/or banana (nutella optional, but who are we kidding?)

Let me know what other ideas you come up with!

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Also, I apologize for the lack of pictures. Photographing these babies was a struggle. Just to give you an idea of how sorry a scene it was, the wooden panels you see in the background are actually my kitchen floor. Don’t worry, I sanitized first!!

Popeye Crepes
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Crepe batter
  1. 1.5 cups flour of your choice
  2. 3 large eggs
  3. 2 cups (500 ml) non-dairy milk
  4. 1 cup (250 ml) water
  5. 1 tbsp. melted butter or coconut oil, plus more for frying
  6. pinch of sea salt
  7. 2 generous handfuls fresh spinach, rinsed (or thawed frozen)
Chickpea, Apple & Tahini Filling
  1. 3 tbsp. tahini
  2. 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  3. juice of one lemon
  4. 2 small apples, grated
  5. around 2 cups (600g) cooked chickpeas
  6. salt and pepper to taste
  7. honey to taste (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place all the crepe ingredients in a blender and put the lid securely on. Alternatively, if you have an immersion blender you can place the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and blend with your immersion blender. I want one of those things. Either way, blend until smooth and green. Refrigerate the batter for 30 minutes.*
  2. Heat an 8 inch frying pan on medium heat. Add a bit of oil or butter. Then pour about 1/3 cup (80 ml) of the batter into the pan. Tilt the pan in circles until the batter has evenly coated the bottom of the pan. Fry about 1 minute on each side, until crepes are golden and can be turned easily. Fry all of the crepes and put on a baking sheet to cool off.
  3. Make the filling: Whisk tahini, oil and lemon juice together in a mixing bowl. Add grated apple, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Add the chickpeas and mix until chickpeas are coated. If you want a sweeter filling, you can add some honey.
  4. Add a generous scoop of the filling in the center of each crepe and fold in half to serve.
Notes
  1. *This is important!!! The batter will be too runny otherwise
Adapted from Green Kitchen Stories
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Welcome home! Mushroom Risotto & Flourless Chocolate Cake

Well guys, I’m writing this post from the States! After 3 and a half months working at the USA Pavilion at this year’s world’s fair in Milan, Italy, I’m back home again in Indiana!

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I can’t help it. Cheesy, America-related references and jokes are kind of ingrained in me by this point. Or should I say *corny*. Cuz I’m from Indiana.

I’ll stop, I’ll stop.

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So far my time has been spent as such:

  • Stuffing my face with bagels and maple syrup (not together…)
  • Facebook stalking the friends I had to say “see you later” to (miss you guys!!)
  • Hugging friends and family I haven’t seen for a looong time
  • Trying not to fall asleep at 6PM
  • Stopping myself from saying “Benvenuti, welcome” to everyone who walks past me. (Is this how workers at Disney World feel?)
  • Daydreaming about gelato

So you can see I’ve been super busy.

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Anyway, my cousin David made me promise to cook an Italian meal for the family when I got back and said that he would get me whatever ingredients I needed, which is an even nicer offer than you would think because I became a food snob while I was in Italy, so, you know, ingredient standards have gone up.

Here was our menu:

Antipasto

Tomato Bruschetta (Pronounced broo-SKEH-tah, not broo-SHEH-tah. When you have a –ch in Italian it sounds like a k. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Told you I was a snob now.) on Crostini

Primo

Mushroom Risotto
Sauteed Zucchini (with onions and garlic, made by my grandpa)
Bread

Dolci

Flourless Chocolate Cake topped with Chocolate Meringue (Recipe from an Italian food blog because it was #necessary)
Macedonia (made by my grandma)
A selection of Italian cheeses, courtesy of Eataly in Chicago
Italian shortbread cookies, also courtesy of Eataly

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Man, it was SO fun to make this meal. I simultaneously got to pretend I was still in Italy and spend time with people I love. And I got to feed them, too. (Cue inner Jewish mother fist pump)

Risotto is not as hard as you might think! Another benefit? It’s naturally gluten free! Give it a try. x

Mushroom Risotto
Serves 6
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Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 cups vegetable stock (or chicken stock if not vegetarian)
  2. 1/2 oz. dried porcini mushrooms
  3. 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  4. 1 cup finely chopped onion
  5. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 8 oz. white mushrooms, finely chopped
  7. 2 cups arborio rice*
  8. 1/2 cup dry white wine
  9. 1/2 tsp. salt, or as needed
  10. 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  11. 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for topping
  12. Black pepper
Instructions
  1. Bring the stock to a simmer in a heavy medium saucepan. Add the porcini mushrooms and set aside until the mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes. Keep the stock warm over very low heat.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a heavy, large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and saute until tender, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and white mushrooms.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the porcini mushrooms to a cutting board and finely chop. Add to saucepan with the the onions, white mushrooms, and garlic. Saute until the mushrooms are tender and the juices evaporate, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the rice and let it toast for 1-2 minutes, until the edges become translucent. Pour in the wine and stir well until evaporated. Add 1/2 cup of the hot stock and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring constantly, until all the stock has been absorbed.
  5. Continue to add stock in small batches and cook each batch until all the liquid has been absorbed. Remember to stir constantly.
  6. Keep repeating this process, adjusting the heat if need be so that the rice is simmering gently, until all the stock is used up. This should be about 20 minutes after the wine was added.
  7. Remove the saucepan from heat and beat in the butter. Then beat in the cheese and pepper. Serve topped with more cheese.
Notes
  1. *It is important that this variety of rice is used for risotto. Regular white rice does not contain enough starch to make the risotto turn out creamy.
Adapted from Mushroom Risotto with Peas
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Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Meringue
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For the brownies
  1. 125 g. (1 stick + 1 tbsp.) butter
  2. 125 g. dark or semisweet chocolate, I prefer dark
  3. 150 g. (a bit less than 1 cup) brown sugar
  4. 3 eggs, whites and yolks separated
For the meringue
  1. 2 egg whites
  2. 112 g. (just over half a cup) white sugar
  3. 1 tsp. cornstarch
  4. 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  5. 25 g. (1/4 c) unsweetened cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F/180 degrees C. Grease an 8 or 9 inch round pan and cover the sides with parchment paper.
  2. For the brownies: Melt together the butter and chocolate using either a double boiler or a microwave. (If using a microwave, make sure to stir the mixture every 30 seconds so that it does not burn.) Add the sugar and mix until the sugar is not quite fully dissolved. Let cool for a few minutes before adding the yolks one by one and stirring well to incorporate.
  3. In a clean bowl, beat the whites to stiff peaks. Add a little of the whites to the chocolate mixture and stir. Then, add the chocolate mixture to the whites. This will help the mixture incorporate better. Stir gently until completely combined. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. In the meantime, prepare the meringue.
  4. For the meringue: In a clean bowl, whip the whites to stiff peaks, adding the sugar gradually. Add the vanilla, cornstarch, and cocoa powder and stir delicately until the mixture is shiny and homogeneous.
  5. Remove the cake from the oven carefully and then spread the meringue on top. Bake for another 20-25 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool briefly before taking out the parchment paper. Serve as you like!
Notes
  1. This recipe was originally written in grams and the conversions are not quite perfect, so if you don't have a kitchen scale just do the best you can!
Adapted from Mon Petit Bistrot
Adapted from Mon Petit Bistrot
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Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Overnight Oats (V, GF)

Passover is almost upon us! Quick, make yourself some chocolate macaroon overnight oatmeal while you still can!

Then during Passover, fill up on ACTUAL chocolate macaroons.

You’re welcome.

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I think I have not done an adequate job of portraying my love of oatmeal on memo2munch, and I am deeply ashamed.

Cuz I LOVE me some oatmeal. I have it almost every morning. Heck, we even bake it and serve it for brunch!

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There are multiple reasons why I make myself oatmeal for breakfast on the reg. First and foremost are the health benefits. Of course. (Soluble fiber for the win!)

Next is that it has a reputation for coming together quickly. Just pop some oats and water in a bowl and microwave it! SEW EASY.

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The problem is, though, there are so many toppings that I want to put on my oatmeal that it ends up being a pretty not quick process. (Read: maple syrup, coconut milk, bananas, raisins, fresh/frozen berries, nuts, shredded coconut, cinnamon…)

But I can’t give any toppings up because that’s one of the other reasons I love oatmeal. So. Versatile. <3

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That’s where overnight oats come in. If you’re topping-crazy like yours truly, you’re gonna love this. You mix your oatmeal ingredients together the night before you want them (minus the fresh/frozen fruit and nuts) and sit it in the fridge overnight. Then you heat it up in the morning or leave it cold, top it with the finishing touches, and VOILA. Breakfast is served.

The magic ingredient here is chia seeds. When mixed with water, they gelatinize and give you that nice, freshly-cooked-oatmeal texture. I promise you can’t taste them, and they add MEGA protein, fiber, and omega-3’s.

Enjoy!

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Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Overnight Oats (V, GF)
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For oats
  1. 1/3 c. rolled oats (certified GF if needed)
  2. 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  3. 1 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
  4. 1 tsp. cocoa powder
  5. 2/3 c. coconut milk
  6. 2-3 tsp. maple syrup
To top (optional)
  1. sliced bananas
  2. frozen berries*
  3. cacao nibs
Instructions
  1. The night before: Mix all ingredients for oats together in a plastic container until fully combined. Cover with lid and keep in fridge overnight.
  2. In the morning: Remove container from fridge and transfer oats to a bowl (microwave safe, if planning to warm oats). Microwave for 1 minute if you want it warm, then top with bananas, berries, and cacao nibs as desired.
Notes
  1. *When berries are out of season, don't hesitate to buy frozen! They're frozen when they're ripe, so they'll taste much sweeter than the greenhouse-ripened "fresh" fruit in supermarkets during the winter, and their nutrition specs remain the same.
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Warm Squash, Apple, & Lentil Salad

I am all for a good, crisp, fresh salad. I really am.

Totally customizable, and obviously full of nutrients. But I mean, during the winter… I would kinda rather have something that’s more…

Well, warm. I want something warm. And hearty. And filling.

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As much as I love salad, it just doesn’t cut it when the temperature is lower than my age.

Ideally I could just live off of sweet rolls and muffins all winter. Those are warm! Buuuut we gotta treat our bodies better than that and give ’em some nutrients.

(My stomach, for its part, would like me to inform you that it thinks eating exclusively carbs would be treating it well. Agree to disagree.)

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I’ve got the perfect solution for ya. Behold: the warm squash, apple, and lentil salad of awesomeness! *ness ness ness…* <— that was an echo. If you weren’t sure. (sorry)

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Oh my gosh, guys. This salad. I hesitate to even call it a salad simply because it has alllll of the characteristics I want in a meal during the winter!

Savory, satisfying lentils. Nourishing acorn squash. The comforting scent of cinnamon mingling with lemon.

Seriously, how is this a salad?!

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I’ve noticed that a lot of people think that eating seasonally during the winter automatically means not getting enough nutrients or variety. This is absolutely not the case! There are tons of nutrient-dense foods available during the winter.

There are more types of squash in season right now than I can name. You’ve still got your kale and sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts. Clementines are in season, too. THERE ARE OPTIONS! Check out your local winter farmer’s market if you have one, and see what’s there. I bet you’ll find something good. 🙂

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You can easily slice the squash into wedges so that it will cook faster, but I loved how the salad looked piled inside. Also, the recipe makes enough lentils for you to have some leftover. Get creative with them during the rest of the week! You can toss them in soup, or wrap them in a tortilla with some hummus and veggies, or mix them with sauteed spinach, for example!

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Warm Squash, Apple & Lentil Salad
Serves 2
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For the squash
  1. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  2. 1/2 ground cinnamon
  3. granulated sugar (optional)
  4. 1 medium acorn squash, scrubbed, halved, and seeded
For the lentils
  1. 3 tbsp. olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  2. 1/2 medium shallot, minced
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1 cup (7 oz) green lentils, rinsed
  5. 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  6. 1.5 tbsp. lemon juice
  7. salt and pepper
To finish
  1. 1/2 golden delicious apple, cut into 1/2 inch thick wedges
  2. Mixed greens
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Coat each squash half completely with 1 tbsp of oil, including skin. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, if using.
  2. Place the halves on a foil-lined baking sheet, cut edges up. Bake in oven until soft and tender, 45 minutes to an hour.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat half of the oil. Add the shallot and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until lightly golden, about five minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 2 minutes. Stir in the lentils and 1.5 cups water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat until lentils are tender and all of the liquid has been absorbed, about 30 minutes. Transfer lentils to a small bowl and let cool briefly. Stir in the thyme, lemon juice, and remaining oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Place the squash halves on plates, and top with mixed greens, lentils, and apple slices. Drizzle with more olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Adapted from Food & Wine
Adapted from Food & Wine
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Baked Cajun Spiced Sweet Potato Fries

One of the (many) places I would really like to visit is New Orleans. It seems to have such a vibrant and lively mix of cultural and culinary identities! When I think of Nola, my mind fills with bright colors, tantalizing smells, and some energetic Jazz, and I know that I just have to get to this place. Preferably during Mardi Gras because DUH.

Next year?

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Also, beignets. What other reason do you need? (Yeah, I’ll take 27 of those, extra powdered sugar, please. What’s that? Are they all for me?

…Do you know who I am?)

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Actually, there are several other foods that I’m just itching to try in their hometown–my most favorite dessert, Bananas Foster, was created at a Nola restaurant named Brennan’s. Other foods the city is famous for include: gumbo, bread pudding, muffulettas, po’boys, jambalaya, and Creole pralines.

Ugh, I’m making myself drool.

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Has anyone seen the Disney movie The Princess and the Frog? Well, if you haven’t, the important things to know are that it’s set in New Orleans in 1912, and the main character, Tiana, is a gifted cook who wants to open a restaurant. Can I just be her? Post frog-ness, of course. (Props to Ellie for knowing I would obsess over the movie and making me watch it!)

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Today’s sweet potato fries are coated with a traditional Cajun blend of spices you probably already have in your cabinet, and MAN are they good.

A perfectly satisfying balance of savory and sweet, these are the most addictive fries I’ve ever tasted. We finished the whole pan in one sitting! (Then scraped off whatever stuck to the pan.)

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Bonus: I used a sweet potato from the farmer’s market, and LOOK HOW BIG IT WAS. That’s a normal-sized fork, friends.

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I think it looks kind of like a seal. Do you see it?

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Enjoy 🙂

Baked Cajun Spiced Sweet Potato Fries
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Ingredients
  1. 2 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed clean (or one GIANT one, like mine)
  2. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  3. 1.5 tsp. garlic powder
  4. 1.5 tsp. paprika
  5. 1.5 tsp. oregano
  6. 1 tsp. dried thyme (or 2 tsp. fresh)
  7. 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  8. 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  9. 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (or sub 1/4 tsp. cayenne for more of a kick)
  10. Optional: 1 tbsp. sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. In a small bowl, toss the spices together until even dispersed.
  3. Peel the potatoes or leave the skin on, and slice into thin, even match sticks.
  4. Spread the fries on two baking sheets. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with spice blend. Toss to coat fries evenly.
  5. Arrange the fries in a single layer so that they will crisp up. Bake for 15 minutes and then flip fries. Cook 10 to 15 minutes longer until fries reach desired crispness.
  6. Remove from oven and serve as is or with your favorite dip!
Adapted from Minimalist Baker
Adapted from Minimalist Baker
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memo2brunch: GF Baked Oatmeals & GF Banana Choco Chip Bars!

So having a kitchen at college has helped me realize something. I love–like, LOVE–feeding people.

Ok well, duh. BUT I want to make a distinction. What I’m talking about is not the same as cooking for the sake of cooking and then deciding to share it with others. It’s cooking with the intention of providing something for people I care about. Cuz food and happiness go together, and everybody needs both.

During those moments when I get to watch my friends sitting in our living room, laughing and talking with each other, a plate of my food in hand, my heart just swells right up. I think to myself, “Hey, I got to provide people with this small bit of joy.” And that feels really, really good. I get allll the fuzzies. Every fluffy puppy known to man.

(Cleaning the apartment = worth it)

Shout out to Grandma and Poppy, who have brought our family together for delicious food more times than I can count. Your house is the hub! Thanks for showing me how it’s done. 😉

This school year we’ve had a few brunches at the apartment where I get to lure people over to our “hub” with the promise of lots of carbs. Here are some pics from our most recent one, along with the recipes! We had blueberry pecan baked oatmeal, maple bourbon baked oatmeal, and banana chocolate chip bars. Mmmmmm <3

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Recipes: (There are 3)

GF Baked Oatmeal with Maple Bourbon Sauce
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For the oatmeal
  1. 3 cups certified GF rolled oats
  2. 1/2 c. brown sugar
  3. 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  4. 2 tsp. baking powder
  5. 1 tsp. salt
  6. 1 c. unsweetened almond milk
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1/2 c. melted Earth Balance or coconut oil
  9. 2 tsp. vanilla extract
For the Sauce
  1. 1 c. pure maple syrup
  2. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  3. 1/4 tsp. allspice
  4. 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  5. 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  6. 1/4 c. bourbon
Instructions
  1. Make the oatmeal: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/175 degrees C. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. Toss dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Stir in the milk, eggs, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
  3. Spread evenly in greased baking dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
  4. Make the sauce: Heat all on high until incorporated. Then lower heat and keep warm until oatmeal is done.
  5. When the oatmeal comes out of the oven, pour about half of the sauce on top of the oatmeal. It will soak in and be delicious! Save the rest for people to add as they want it.
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GF Blueberry Pecan Baked Oatmeal
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Ingredients
  1. 2 c. certified gluten free rolled oats
  2. 1/2 c. pecan pieces, toasted and roughly chopped
  3. 1 tsp. baking powder
  4. 1.5 tsp. ground cinnamon
  5. scant 1 tsp. salt
  6. 2 c. unsweetened almond milk
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1/3 c. maple syrup or honey
  9. 3 tbsp. melted coconut oil or Earth Balance or butter
  10. 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  11. 1.5 c. blueberries, fresh or frozen (I used frozen because berries are not in season)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/175 degrees C. Grease a 10 inch cast iron skillet or other baking dish.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients except the berries and mix well.
  4. Pour some of the oat mixture into the pan. Top with some berries. Repeat with remaining oats and berries.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Serve with more syrup, if desired.
Adapted from Epicurious
Adapted from Epicurious
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GF Banana Chocolate Chip Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup mashed, ripe banana (from about 3 medium bananas)
  2. 8 tbsp. brown sugar
  3. 4 tbsp. honey
  4. 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  5. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  6. 2 large eggs
  7. 1/3 cup brown rice flour*
  8. 1/3 cup finely ground corn flour*
  9. 1 tsp. salt
  10. 3 cups GF instant oatmeal (uncooked)
  11. A whole lotta chocolate chips (Add until it looks like enough)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/174 degrees C. Coat a foil-lined 9x13 inch rectangular baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Beat bananas and next five ingredients until blended.
  3. Combine flours and salt in a separate bowl. Gradually add dry ingredients to banana mixture. Stir in the oatmeal, and then fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack before slicing into bars.
Notes
  1. *You can sub any flour you want, as long as it equals 2/3 cup
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Any-Flour Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

You guys, I’m having a banana moment.

Or is obsession a better word?

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Cuz “moment” makes it sounds like a temporary thing. (It’s probably not.) But “obsession” makes it sound like a bad thing. (It’s definitely not.)

Whatever, bananas are awesome and fun to spell in a duet with Gwen Stefani. Also, this kinda makes me a Despicable Me minion, correct? Correct. Dave and I are best friends.

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See? Best friends.

I’ve always loved bananas, but now I’m becoming a banana fiend! I have half a banana on my oatmeal at breakfast and then for lunch I’ll have the other half on some toast with almond butter and honey (TRY THAT) or just by itself as a snack later on in the day. I’ve got a whole system, you understand. Other times I’ll toss it into pancakes or caramelize it and use it in baking.

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Can we talk about how versatile bananas are for a sec? They’re a dream when you mash ’em up and bake with them. They have binding properties like an egg, they’re naturally sweet and can replace some of the sugar in recipes, AND they can replace some of the fat as well while still maintaining a soft and fluffy product.

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Baking aside, bananas themselves are very nutritious! They are very rich in the electrolyte potassium. Potassium helps our bodies control blood pressure and aids in muscle function. If you have high blood pressure, eating foods with potassium can be just as beneficial as cutting down sodium! (Doing both is even better!) Have muscle cramps? Digestive issues? Cramps? Bananas can help with each. You go, bananas!

Need more reasons to eat bananas? Here are 25 more!

Any-Flour Double Chocolate Banana Muffins | memo2munch

Any-Flour Double Chocolate Banana Muffins | memo2munch

As it turns out, though, most Americans aren’t eating enough bananas. Of the 4,700 milligrams recommended, we only eat an average of 2,500 to 3,000 milligrams. Get on that banana eating, people!! (Other good sources of potassium: avocados, citrus fruits, blackberries, prunes, raisins, carrots, spinach)

Any-Flour Double Chocolate Banana Muffins | memo2munch

For today’s muffins, I did what any sane person would do and combined banana and CHOCOLATE!!!

The two go together wonderfully, but then again chocolate is incredibly easy to get along with. 😉 I’m beginning to think there are very few things that don’t pair well with chocolate. I tried an ancho chili and cinnamon dark chocolate the other day, and it was soooooo yuuuuummmmmyyyyy. Wasn’t expecting to like it too much, but boy was I wrong. Gobbled that thing right up, mmmmmm mm. (Side note–have you tried something you expected not to like and ended up loving it? Leave me a comment!)

So anyway, you can see why banana and chocolate together was a given. Chocolate drizzles are also a given. Oh, yeah.

Enjoy!!!

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Any-Flour Double Chocolate Banana Muffins
Yields 12
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Ingredients
  1. 1 egg
  2. 1/4 c. brown sugar
  3. 1/3 c. unsweetened applesauce
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  5. 1 cup mashed bananas (about 3 medium, very ripe bananas)
  6. 1 cup flour of your choice (oat, almond, coconut, brown rice + corn mix, spelt, all-purpose, whole wheat, etc.)
  7. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  8. 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  9. 1/2 tsp. salt
  10. 1/4 c. cocoa powder
  11. 3/4 c. chocolate chips
  12. More chocolate, for drizzle (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. grease a muffin tin or line with papers.
  2. Whisk together the egg, sugar, apple sauce, vanilla, and mashed banana.
  3. Toss the dry ingredients together in a separate, smaller bowl.
  4. Pour dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix just until combined. Depending on what flour you use, you might need to add a little water at this point. Aim for a batter that is not as runny as pancake batter, but not as solid as cookie dough.
  5. Scoop into muffin pan and bake for 18-22 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and then remove from tins.
  6. Prepare the drizzle: place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until chocolate is completely melted. Use a spoon to drizzle over the muffins. I used about 1 Baker's bar of semi-sweet chocolate to do this.
Adapted from Yammie's Noshery
Adapted from Yammie's Noshery
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6 Ingredient GF Double Chocolate ABC’s (Almond Butter Cookies)

A-buh buh buh buh-buhhh
(A-buh buh buh buh-buh)

Raise your hand if you know what song that was and/or like lil Michael Jackson and/or like chocolate! If you raised your hand, welcome to da club (extra snaps if you got all three! *snapsnapsnap*).

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If you didn’t raise your hand, you can leave now. Goodbye. So long. I gave you three chances! Come back when you have reevaluated your priorities cuz they are TWIIIISTED. OK actually I forgive you please come back so I can force help you to at least like one of those things

But I mean just look at itty bitty Michael Jackson and these choco-filled cookies and tell me at least ONE of them isn’t appealing. Come on now.

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6 Ingredient GF Double Chocolate ABC's | memo2munch

Oops, those of you who didn’t get the song are probably like “WHY MICHAEL JACKSON WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING HERE?!”

Well, the song was “ABC” by the Jackson 5. You know that part right the beginning where Michael does his “buh” thing, and then everyone repeats after him like it’s summer camp, and you really want to join in too? Yeah, it was that part.

I thought of the song because I was editing the cookie pictures, and I wanted a short title to save them as. Almond Butter Cookies turned into ABCs, and I haven’t stopped hearing that song in my head since. Not that I mind.

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Turns out it’s a pretty fitting association. These cookies only have 6 ingredients, and you can whip them up in literally under half an hour, start to finish. Which makes them easy as…

(I’m gonna say it.)

(I’m going there. Today is the day.)

1-2-3! Ah, I feel so free now that that bad pun is off my back.

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But seriously, these are the easiest cookies to make, and they taste wonderful!

I think I might even like almond butter and chocolate better than peanut butter and chocolate. Sorry, Reese’s!

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Even without any kind of flour, these cookies are perfectly chewy and never crumbly. Bursts of melted chocolate add smoothness and a richness of flavor. And with a base of nutritious almond butter, you can indulge without a second thought!

I sprinkled these with a little bit of sea salt before baking them, and it was sooooo good. Highly recommended.

Next time I want to try them using hazelnut butter. Hello, Nutella Cookies!

Please note: See that pretty little teacup with the flowers in it? My roommate Tori made that. Yeah. So now not only has she provided authentic chai spices from India which I used in my GF Chai Spiced Pumpkin Bread, but now she’s given me this stellar photo prop! It will definitely be making more appearances in my photos in the future. Thanks, Tori!

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GF Double Chocolate ABC's (Almond Butter Cookies)
Yields 14
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large egg
  2. 1 cup (250g) almond butter*
  3. 1/2 cup (90g) brown sugar, lightly packed
  4. 1 tsp. baking soda
  5. 1/4 cup (21 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  6. 1 cup (190g) chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
  7. sea salt for sprinkling (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease or line your baking sheet.
  2. Beat the egg in a medium bowl until frothy. Mix in the almond butter, brown sugar, baking soda, and cocoa power so that the dough is uniform. Fold in the chocolate chunks/chips.
  3. Scoop balls of dough the size of 1.5 tbsp each onto the baking sheet. Gently flatten the balls slightly with your fingers or the back of a spoon. Sprinkle with sea salt, if desired.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes. The cookies will look slightly undercooked, but that is ok. They will finish cooking on the baking sheet.
  5. Allow to cool 10 minutes on the baking sheet, and then transfer them to a wire rack.
Notes
  1. *Homemade, natural, or commercial almond butter will work, but you might need to use less almond butter if it is more oily.
Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
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Immune-Boosting Veggie Wrap with Hummus & Avocado (Vegan & GF)

Helloooo, have I got a treat for you today in the form of a hearty and filling veggie wrap! Not quite cookies, (those will come next week 😉 ) but if you’re looking for a delicious way to eat more nourishing foods this new year, I’ve got your back.

That reminds me, Happy New Year! Is it too late to say that? Yes? Well, ya see… I’m back in the Bloom and starting spring semester classes, which means it actually feels like more of a new year now because SUDDEN CHANGES. That’s what I always expect from the beginning of a new year, anyway.

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Real-Life New Year’s happens right splat in the middle of winter break for me, and things don’t really change much between December 31 and January 1, if you know what I mean (see: wearing pajamas and fuzzy socks all day and not going outside. What are shoes?).

Immune-Boosting Veggie Wrap with Hummus & Avocado (Vegan & GF) | memo2munch

But then winter break/vacation ends and we go back to school/work, and I’m all, “Wait I still need to buy textbooks, also I remember what shoes are now and I would like my fuzzy socks back please.”

Then there’s the whole internal clock adjustment phase. Molly’s stomach is convinced that Molly still has Italian class from 11:15-12:05, and so decided that she really should have lunch at 2:15 when class gets out even though she already had lunch before class began.

Immune-Boosting Veggie Wrap with Hummus & Avocado (Vegan & GF) | memo2munch
Immune-Boosting Veggie Wrap with Hummus & Avocado (Vegan & GF) | memo2munch

The problem is I could really get used to that. You are a PERSON, Molly, NOT a hobbit! Remember that!

You know what else is a big change when you’re back at school/work/the outdoors?

People. So many people. Oh man. And lots of people means GERMS. YUCK-EE.

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I realize that germs are an unavoidable fact of life, and that some germs are good (here’s looking at you, gut bacteria). I also realize that I have some germophobic tendencies (It’s true). However, I’d have a much smaller issue with germs if people were more careful about spreading the nasty ones around. Just cough into your elbows and wash your hands, humans of the world. I beg of you!

In the spirit of taking all precautions, today’s recipe has a little immune-boosting element: garlic!

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In addition to warding of vampires–and anyone within a very immediate proximity for that matter–raw garlic has long been thought to have anti-bacterial and anti-viral abilities. Even Harvard Health admits that “in laboratory tests, researchers have seen garlic work against bacteria, viruses, and fungi.” It goes on to say that there haven’t been enough well-designed studies done with humans to make any strict conclusions, but it’s still a mighty concession! There’s rarely a study done that can nail down conclusive causes and effects when it comes to our health because it is affected by so many things!

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So whether you’re into natural remedies or ya just love garlic (or both), enjoy a healthy, adorable, delicious, nutritious wrap!!! See you next week for COOKIEZ (balance, amiright?)

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Immune-Boosting Veggie Wraps with Hummus & Avocado
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 c. dried brown rice or other grain (I used a brown rice medley from TraderJoe's)
  2. 4 small corn tortillas, or 2 regular-sized corn tortillas*
  3. 3-4 tbsp. hummus, flavor of your choice
  4. 1-2 cloves raw garlic, finely chopped
  5. handful or two of spinach
  6. 1/2 avocado, sliced
  7. salt & pepper to taste (optional)
Instructions
  1. Prepare the rice according to the box instructions. Once the rice is cooling, prepare the wraps.
  2. Briefly warm a tortilla in the microwave. This will help it fold without tearing. Spread with 1-2 tbsp. hummus--depending on the size of your tortilla--in a vertical line in the middle of the tortilla. Sprinkle with 1/2-1 clove chopped garlic, again depending on the size of your tortilla. Top with a bit of spinach.
  3. Add some rice on top of the spinach, being careful not to add too much rice or the wraps won't close. Finish with some avocado slices, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper if desired. Beginning at one side running parallel to your line of ingredients, tightly roll up the wrap. Secure with toothpicks.
Notes
  1. Make sure your tortillas are 100% corn with no wheat flour, or they will not be gluten free.
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GF Buckwheat Waffles

My mom laughed at me when I told her what I was making.

Not because, you know, I was making waffles with buckwheat flour. No, no, no.

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Evidently topping your waffles with stewed prunes is pretty funny.

I mean, I know that “stewed prunes” isn’t the most attractive phrasing in the universe, but still!

Well, my friends, it turns out that stewed prunes have a bit of a reputation for being an old people food that helps you in the bathroom, if you catch my drift. Yeah, I know.

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Oops, you didn’t just lose your appetite did you? I guess normal people don’t talk about things like that on their food blogs, do they. Fails all around for me today! (EXCEPT the waffles. Those were NOT a fail I promise!)

I had zero idea about the whole prune thing, but it matters not! I <3 stewed prunes, and I put them on my buckwheat waffles, and it is a super scrumptious combo, and so no hating on my stewed prunes.

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When I was in Florence last summer, the hotel we stayed at served stewed prunes every morning with the breakfast array. They were warm, delicately sweet, and deliciously juicy. I was sold! The Italians didn’t think stewed prunes were an old people food. Reason why Italians are my kind of people #58499673.

Anyway, if you’re not willing to give stewed prunes a clean slate–or if you want another variation–I would suggest tossing some chocolate chips into the batter. Because a) hullo, chocolate and b) the buckwheat makes it look like there’s already some chocolate in there, so might as well make it official, am I right? It’s kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy. It’s not our fault the chocolate ended up in there. It was fate!

Added bonus: you won’t be a liar if you tell kids the waffles are chocolate in order to get them to eat whole grain. Not that you would ever lie about that to children!

😉

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Right now I’m at COUSINFEST aka my grandparents’ house, and it has been so much fun! Our latest obsession is Words with Friends. I know you just checked the date to see if I posted this in 2010. I didn’t. It is currently almost 2015, but the Words with Friends party is poppin’ in this household.

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It’s turned in to more of a “let’s try random letter combos until we find a word that is accepted but we don’t think is actually a real word” party, though, which has some of our Scrabble purists pretty upset. There’s a dictionary feature in the latest version of the app (ooh, so fancy), so we’ve looked up some of the definitions just to see.

And SOMETIMES… Ww/F (see what I did there?) doesn’t even HAVE a definition!!!

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Example Time.

“‘HOLKING’ is a valid Words With Friends word. Sorry, no definition is available at this time!”

Then under word rarity it says: “Very Common”

Right.

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You know, I think we ought to come up with our own definition and then incorporate it into our daily lives. Any ideas? Adjective, maybe?

These waffles are holking. You decide what that means.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday filled with lots of my three favorite things: family, friends, and FOOD.

And as usual, mini version! 🙂

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GF Buckwheat Waffle with Stewed Prunes
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 c. buckwheat flour, plus more as needed
  2. 3/4 c. brown or white rice flour, plus more as needed
  3. 1 tbsp. baking powder
  4. pinch salt
  5. 1 egg
  6. 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  7. 3/4 to 1 c. unsweetened almond milk
  8. 3 tbsp. coconut oil
For the prunes and topping*
  1. 1/2 lb. prunes
  2. 1/2 lemon, sliced into rounds
  3. cinnamon to taste
  4. water
  5. coconut milk yogurt
  6. honey
  7. chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, add the prunes, lemon slices, and cinnamon. Pour in enough water so that the prunes are covered. Bring to a boil, then cover and let simmer for 20 minutes while you make the waffles.
  2. Start heating the waffle iron. In a large mixing bowl, combine the buckwheat flour, rice flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, honey, milk, and coconut oil. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until well combined. If the batter is too thin, add more buckwheat and rice flour. If it is too thick, add more almond milk.
  4. Follow the instructions of your waffle iron from this point to cook the waffles. Once the waffles are done, top them with a dollop of yogurt, a drizzle of honey, some stewed prunes, and a handful of chopped pecans.
Notes
  1. *VARIATION: Instead of prunes and yogurt and the like, try mixing some chocolate chips into the batter. Mmm!
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