Late Night Snacks (And blog posts)

So I did this “thing” today.

Its kind of a big deal. I think so anyways know!

I wrote my licensing exam for this thing I’ve been doing for the last few years called Nursing School. Its done! Now in 4-6 weeks they hopefully will tell me I’ve passed and I can move on to my next professional adventure.

Anyways, this evening I spent time with biggest cheerleaders/my parents as they have been away working their buns off at the cabin. We had a yummy dinner and then relaxed with wine, coffees, some Fiasco’s Gelato [Dad] and lots of good laughs. Plans have been set for an annual event held at their place this weekend for a staff BBQ and I have volunteered to bring appetizers. So naturally when they decided it was time to go home, I poured myself another glass and jumped on Pinterest looking for some new and exciting inspiration.

One other thing I discovered today? If you’re drinking red wine, cruising pinterest and mildly peckish, you’re going to end up making a snack [The recipe is coming, I promise] and also likely to repeat something you made last night that was tasty! So here comes the late night, Bri version of a ‘snack’ that has been made in my kitchen two nights in row! #byebyebikini

‘Caprese Quesadilla’

The Goods:

Tortillas [taco sized, full – it don’t matter]

Fresh Tomato, slice thin

Mascarpone Cheese [or cream cheese, something spreadable]

Pesto [Tonight mine was Costco, Sorry Mom/Nonna]

Black Pepper

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The How To:

  1. Preheat your non-stick pan over medium-high heat [this depends on how fast your willing to move and how hungry you are – tonight… I was on high]
  2. Line those tortillas up, spread the cheese on 1/2 and the pesto on the other IMG_1333
  3. Layer the tomato, crack some black pepper over them and toss into the pan, flat/open face
  4. Wait till the cheese begins to melt and you get a bit of sizzle action happening

    See that cheese?
    See that cheese?
  5.  Fold in half using a spatula and allow to brown a bit more on one side, flip and brown the other.
  6. Now remove them using that spatula and place onto a cutting board [Careful, they’re hot]
  7. Allow to cool for a minute, then slice into whatever size you want
  8. Serve them straight up, napkins are a good idea.
  9. Savor that 1st bite.
Yum
Yum

Cheers

xox

Holy Sh*t Cookies

D, this one is for you.

[I promised her this recipe weeks ago and keep forgetting to give it to her]

Anyways, Hi to the rest of you! Hope it is as hot as it is here [not burning though], wherever you are and you’re soaking up every second of it.

Have you ever heard of Corin Mullins and Brian Mullins? No, I hadn’t either [Actually. I just had to Google them], but I have heard of their product ‘Holy Crap’.  Its a mix of a seeds, grains, etc.. that not only tastes great [in yogurt or whatever you like] but its damn good for you and your GI tract.

If you don’t like the ‘keeping yourself regular’ discussion, stop reading.

Now, I’m a nurse, most of my family and some of my friends all work in healthcare, or just doesn’t give two sh*ts [bad pun] if conversation turns to that of a “bathroom” nature. Keeping your body regular is not only important but heck it makes you feel THAT much better when you’re not full of ‘it’ [sh*t].

Anyways… A few weeks ago I was baking some road trip snacks for my roommates who were cabin bound the next day [its a 10 hour drive] and I remembered a discussion I had earlier with my pregnant girlfriend about the struggles with “regularity” when growing a person or two.  I thought about the Holy Crap cereal and as I had already planned to bake my yummy breakfast cookies [I’ll get that recipe to you too], I figured I could try and create a new version of said breakfast cookies with an added ‘punch’. Thus the ‘Holy Sh*t Cookie’ was born.

Make em, Bake em, Love em.

xoxo B

Bri’s Holy Sh*t Cookies

The Goods

  • 1 c flour
  • 1 c oats [I used porridge oats from costco but whatever you have is fine]
  • 1/4 c Chia seeds
  • 1/4 c bran flakes
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/3 c brown sugar [I used coconut sugar]
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 T oil [I used 2 T + 1 t melted coconut oil]
  • 1 very ripe banana MASHED
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 c dried dates, chopped [could use prunes too!]

The How To:

  1. Heat your oven to 350F
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together
  3. In a separate bowl mix the wet ones together
  4. Add the wet to the dry and mix till combined
  5. Use your favorite cookie scoop or a tablespoon, place them about 1 inch apart on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet
  6. Bake for 12 minutes
  7. Enjoy that 1st bite

The Big ‘C’

Taco Time

Hõla!

Its starting to feel like summer and better yet the food around us is starting to TASTE like summer again [Read this post if you aren’t sure what I’m getting at].

Now if you don’t know me that well, there is a bit of a back story you need to know before the title and the rest of this post will make sense.

I used to loathe cilantro. Not just dislike it. Nope. Straight up hated it. Would lie [sorry Mom] and tell restaurants I was allergic to the stuff.  Anyways, a few years ago I was in Mexico and made friends with the taco chef at the resort. Every night he would make us the most unreal tacos and guess what was on almost all of them? You got it cilantro [If that wasn’t your guess go pour yourself a drink and start again]. Now the cringe/gag/shudder reflex slowly started to diminish and over the last few years I would eat it if it was already in something or if it was on a taco. Fast forward to myself in Mexico a few weeks ago and I was eating it on most things and enjoying it. Yes I was just as shocked as everyone watching me.

The point of me rambling on about said herb is there was a LOT of it in the recipe I made for dinner tonight. So without further adieu the recipe for Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with a whole lot of the Big ‘C’. I adapted the recipe from the one found in my new favorite, most bad ass cookbook ever “Thug Kitchen“.

Make em, enjoy em, Savor that 1st Bite

xo

The Goods I Used

^ That's the Book!
That’s the Book! ^
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 3/4 c Beer
  • 1/4 veggie broth
  • 2 T lime juice (Fresh)
  • 1 1/2 t Braggs [Soy Sauce or Tamari would work too]
  • 1 1/2 t hot sauce [Franks, Sriracha whatever you want]
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 1/2 t chili powder
  • 2 t smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cumin
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 T grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped [I used white but you can you whatever you have!]
  • Tortillas
  • Garnish
    • Cilantro!
    • Salsa
    • Avocado Slices
    • Tomato slices
    • Cilantro/Lime Slaw (See quickie note at the bottom)

How I did it

  1. Preheat the oven to 450
  2.  Break the cauliflower into florets about the size of a quarter. I started with a knife, got fed up and ended up breaking it up with my hands.

    Cauliflower Florets
    Cauliflower Florets
  3. Put the beer, veggie broth, lime juice, braggs, hot sauce and garlic into a pot and heat it up till it starts to boil. Add the cauliflower and simmer for 2 minutes and drain it! [Don’t leave it sitting in the hot liquid or you’re going to have soggy tacos – yuck]
  4. Mix the spices in a large bowl, add the oil, then add the cauliflower and onion and toss to coat WELL.

    Ready for the oven
    Ready for the oven
  5. Spread evenly onto a baking sheet and bake for ~ 20 minutes tossing them around once in the middle.
  6. Serve it while its nice a hot with whatever you want to garnish and enjoy it!
Yum!
Yum!

Quickie Note:

For the “Slaw” I grabbed a few handfuls of a kale salad mix, put about 2 1/2 T of lime juice, 2 T vinegar [I used a citrus vinegar I had but almost anything would work, maybe stay away from Balsamic], 1 t grapeseed oil, a pinch of salt, some shredded carrot and a packed 1/4 c of [drumroll please] Cilantro!

Slaw
Slaw

Quick ‘n Easy Breakfast

Breakfast

Its Spring Time!

Or now that the snow [from last week] is gone it sure feels like it.

I’ve finished school finally and am now trying to sort through a busy busy schedule before taking off to my little brother’s wedding for a week!

This morning my travel partner Nenn and I ran stairs in the gorgeous sunny river valley. It sounds much more glamorous than it was, but nothing like a good sweat/gasping for air to work up an appetite for some breakfast.

We have a fridge full of leftovers so I whipped up some breakfast with those, topped with my new favorite condiment… French’s Spicy Mustard [yes its as good as it sounds] and voila!

The Best Thing
The Best Thing

Happy Monday! Savor that 1st Bite

xoxo

Breakfast
Breakfast

Bri’s Quick ‘n Easy Breakfast Hash

The Goods

  • 1 t coconut oil – separated
  • 1/2 cup roasted veggies [I had squash and baby potatoes]
  • 1 t smoked paprika
  • 1/3 cup roast beef
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • Spicy Mustard!

The How To

  1. Dice up the veggies and the meat into bite size pieces
  2. Melt 1/2  a teaspoon of coconut oil in a pan over medium high height
  3. Add the veggies and toss to coat with coconut oil, continue till they are warmed through then add the paprika.

    Veggies and Paprika
    Veggies and Paprika
  4. Toss in the meat and allow it to crust just a little! Then remove from heat and place into a bowl.

    Add the meat
    Add the meat
  5. In the same pan melt the rest coconut oil add the egg and egg whites and scramble.
  6. Once eggs are cook add to the same bowl and drizzle with your condiment of choice [Plain mustard, spicy mustard, Franks] and you’re done!
1st Bite
1st Bite

“Are you on the meat free kick too?”

The Sauce

No would be the short answer.

I do love to experiment though! Two of my cousins are both health and fitness buffs and the one that lives here IS vegetarian! When we get together, amongst other things, we love to cook. This past weekend we decided to try this Sriracha Tofu Recipe found on this great blog  “i am a food blog”. 

Naturally… We altered a few things but it turned out SO WELL I could have made it again the next day! Here is what we did and how we did it:

The Goods

  • 1 Brick FIRM tofu
  • 2 Limes, juiced
  • 3 T Sriracha Hot Sauce (Decrease this if you don’t like spice!)
  • 1 T Honey
  • 1/2 C Potato Starch
  • 2 T Coconut Oil (Could use avocado, olive, anything you want)
  • Original Recipe did call for green onions – I forgot them but they would be a nice touch

The How To:

  1. Slice the brick of tofu into 6 even wedges
  2. Place them on 2 sheets of paper towel and then one more on top. Don’t press on them you just want the exterior moisture gone.
  3. Melt the oil over medium high heat in a medium fry pan.
  4. Roll the tofu in the potato starch – clumping on the tofu is okay! This is what will give you the crisp!
  5. Place the tofu in the pan and toast it. This took a lot longer than I thought! I did all edges/sides and it took 10 minutes or so.

    Rolled and Ready
    Rolled and Ready
  6. When you’re done the original recipe said to place them on a wire rack however I forgot this step as we were both HUNGRY!

    Gettin Toasty
    Gettin Toasty
  7. Mix the sriracha, honey and lime in a container and then pour over the tofu. (This would be where you garnish with the green onions – it would be a nice taste and make it look pretty too!)

    The Sauce
    The Sauce
  8. We served it with a nice big green salad and it was fantastic.
Couldn't wait to try a bite
Couldn’t wait to try a bite

Savor that 1st Bite!

B

Afternoon Snack

Bonjour!

Yesterday I met a friend for coffees at Leva. While we were catching up I kept getting distracted by the food around me. The pizza in particular  so I went home and created a quick easy warm snack out of some odds and ends in the fridge that followed the theme.

If you know me at all, you know I love pizza. I am lactose intolerant but I will pay the price because

I LOVE pizza.

Now, I was hungry so I wasn’t about to make a pizza crust from scratch but I had whole wheat pita in the fridge and some left over tomato sauce from pasta a few nights ago! I was off to the races…

The Goods

– 1 pita (Could use naan too)

– 1/4 cup tomato sauce (homemade, in a jar, doesn’t matter)

– Handful of fresh spinach leaves

– 1/2 tomato (sliced thin)

– 1/4 cup of goat cheese, crumbled

– Black Pepper

– 1-2 T Balsamic Reduction (Optional – Could also use Balsamic vinegar if you want just less of it)

How To:

  1. Turn on your oven broiler to high
  2. Put the pita on a baking sheet and spread the tomato sauce evenly over it
  3. Put in the oven for a quick minute so it warms up and the sauce is steaming when you take it out.
  4. Cover with the spinach, then fresh tomato, sprinkle the goat cheese on top then black pepper
  5. Back in the oven for 2 minutes or so. The goat cheese wont melt but it will soften up.
  6. When it comes out – if you want drizzle with the balsamic
  7. Slice and Savor that 1st Bite

Yum

My 1st Time…

Courtesy of Whitey Port's Blog!

Get your head out of the gutter! My MOM reads this blog!

[Ha ha]

This morning I went to my 1st Moksha Yoga class!

It was hot and sweaty and the best 0630 work out I have ever had!

Last night I was cruising instagram and came across a great sounding post work out shake here.

I modified it slightly but oh my goodness was it good! I highly recommend it – and moksha!

Cheers!

The Goods

  •  1 Banana (Fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • 1/2 t agave syrup
  • 1 sprinkle cinnamon
  • 1 t vanilla extract

How To [This is tricky]

  1. Toss everything in your magic bullet, blender whatever you have!
  2. Blend till smooth
  3. Savor that 1st sip!
Photo Courtesy of Whitney Port [www.whitneyport.com]
Photo Courtesy of Whitney Port [www.whitneyport.com]