Plantain Pancakes with Fried Eggs and Fresh Fruit

Sunday morning: my favorite time of week because I don’t have anything to do except make whatever I’ve been craving for breakfast all week but haven’t had the time to make. This week, I was feelin plantain pancakes, which are basically the easiest pancakes you’ll ever make because all you do is mash up ripe plantains and then cook em like pancakes! Easy peasy.

Plantains look like bananas but are actually more similar to a potato in taste I would say so they’re a super good savory option to pair with eggs, like I did today, and some fresh fruit. Not much is better than this you guys. Happy Sunday!!!

 

Plantain Pancakes with Fried Eggs and Fresh Fruit

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 ripe plantains
  • 1 + ¼ Tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • 6 organic free-range eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • lots of your favorite fresh fruit
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Directions

  1. Heat a non-stick skillet over med-low heat and add 1 Tbsp coconut oil.
  2. Add your plantains to a bowl or blender and mash them until you have a smooth-ish consistency.
  3. Once the pan is hot, add dollops of your plantain “batter” in about ¼ cup amounts (if you go too big, the pancakes become impossible to flip). Cook for about 2 minutes per side. You can tell they’re ready to flip when a nice crust has begun to form on the side that’s been cooking which allows you to flip it easier.
  4. They will still be very mushy once they are cooked so just be careful when removing them from the skillet.
  5. Meanwhile, heat a separate non-stick skillet or pan or whatever you use to cook your eggs over med-low heat. Once hot, crack your eggs into the pan/skillet/griddle and allow to cook until the egg whites are firm surrounding the yolk. You may have to do your eggs in separate batches if your pan isn’t large enough to cook all at once.
  6. Plate your plantain pancakes with your eggs, season with salt and pepper, and some fresh fruit on the side and enjoy!
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Creamy Coconut Tomato Tortellini Soup

Somehow I had never had the pleasure of eating tortellini soup in my life up until this point, but if you are like I was, do yourself a favor and make this RIGHT NOW. Like, don’t even wait for dinner tonight. It’s that life changing. This guy is the perfect winter warm up soup AND it’s got your protein, greens, carbs, and broth so it’s basically a superfood supermeal all packed into one 20 minute soup recipe! No dairy or sugar here either so basically this is the greatest soup of all time. Enjoy my peeps!

Creamy Coconut Tomato Tortellini Soup

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup virgin coconut oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • organic chicken tortellini (or whatever kind floats your boat)
  •  2 cups chopped kale
  • 1-2 Tbsp fresh chopped basil
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Directions

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat until hot. Add coconut oil and allow it to melt. Add the onion and cook while stirring for about 5-7 minutes, or until tender.
  2. Add the coconut flour and stir until no lumps remain.
  3. Add the chicken broth, coconut milk, crushed tomatoes, and diced tomatoes and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper then bring to a boil.
  4. Once boiling, add the tortellini and cook while stirring occasionally for about 6-7 minutes. Just before the tortellini are ready, add in the kale and cook for another minute or two, or until it’s wilted.
  5. Remove from the heat and serve garnished with fresh basil. Enjoy!
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Cinnamon Raisin Cookie Dough Balls

I may or may not be the only person in the world like this, but growing up (and to this day) I’ve actually always prefered cinnamon raisin cookies to chocolate chip…. Anyone out there crazy too or just me?

Anyways, not only is the actually cookie better in my opinion, but oh my… the cookie dough? MMMMMM. Impeccable. I can’t get enough of the stuff! So when I decided to make a healthy version of it, I was a little hesitant because I knew how dangerous it would be. I may lose all self control and start eating the stuff by the batch. Yikes.

When I was little I was the same way with cookie dough, I was always eating it by the spoonful at Christmas-time while Mom was doing her best to fend me off and make Christmas cookies. But one fateful day I actually got salmonella poisoning from eating raw cookie dough and had to be hospitalized for a week. Yeah, so now you know it’s not just some made up story parents tell you to scare you off. That stuff actually happens. And it is NOT a good time.

But nowwwwww, since this recipe is dairy, gluten, and refined sugar free (and egg free), I can eat all I want without having to worry about another trip to the hospital! TBH I’ve made this, not even bothered to roll it into balls, and brought it with me in a jar to a movie and I ate the whole darn thing. The only repercussion was I was very full. But that I can definitely handle.

Okay that’s enough rambling from me for one day, I’ll letcha get on with your lives. And I promise I’m working on a chocolate chip cookie dough recipe too for everyone out there who isn’t like me BUT do yourselves a favor and give this one a try too because it’s da bombbbbbb.

Cinnamon Raisin Cookie Dough Balls

  • Servings: 8 Balls
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup gluten-free oat flour
  • ¼ cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp MCT oil (or virgin coconut oil)
  • 1 Tbsp no sugar added applesauce
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp raisins

Directions

  1. Add all your ingredients to a bowl and mix together until everything is thoroughly combined.
  2. Scoop out about 1 tablespoon worth of dough and roll into a ball. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  3. Store in the fridge and enjoy!


The BEST Lettuce Wraps with Healthy Peanut Sauce

So last week I was in Banff with my lil momma bear and she had never been there before (and if you haven’t either, please make a trip, it’s life changing) so I was taking her to all my fave stops. Besides the hiking and nature and cute little shops, there are two restaurants I absolutely adore. The first is a Cajun diner called Tooloulou’s that I love going to for breakfast because they have just about everything you could possibly imagine and more and it’s all so good. And the second restaurant is called Block. It’s teeny and has an ever-changing menu and kinda just have a cozy home-y feeling to it which adds to the charm for me.

Anyways, long pointless story short, when we were at Block last week I had some lettuce wraps (which I don’t normally eat very often) and they just absolutely blew my mind SO I’ve been on a lettuce wrap kick this week and and very happy about this recipe. Honestly I’m thinking about making lettuce wraps a weekly staple now just as an excuse to make this dang peanut sauce HOLY MOLY is it good on everything.

So get you ground meat cookin’ and in no time you’ll be in lettuce wrap heaven with me. Enjoy!


The BEST Lettuce Wraps with Healthy Peanut Sauce

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

    Filling:
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef and pork mixture
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • ½ cup sliced cremini mushrooms
  • ¼ cup sliced cabbage
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, de-seeded and chopped
  • ¼ cup bone broth (or any other broth you have on hand)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Peanut Sauce:

  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp bone broth
  • 2 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • juice of ½ lime
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 bunches romaine lettuce, separated into leaves
  • sesame seeds
  • 1 lime, sliced

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, heat the avocado oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the meat and cook until cooked throughout. Drain and set aside.
  2. In the same skillet on medium heat, add the garlic and saute until fragrant. Then add the onions and saute until they just start to get soft, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining veggies and saute for another 5-7 minutes, until tender.
  3. Meanwhile, combine all the ingredients for the peanut sauce in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Allow it to simmer for about 3-5 minutes, or until it thickens. Then remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Once the veggies are tender, add the meat back in the skillet with the veggies, then add the bone broth and coconut aminos and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 1 minute and then remove from heat.
  5. Serve by adding the filling to the lettuce leaves, then topping with peanut sauce, sesame seeds, and a squeeze of lime juice. Enjoy!


Tropi-Cali Pitaya Bowl

Tropicali pitaya smoothie bowl

Every year the fam-jam vacations in California and every year I look forward to it more and more because of the plethora of options I have for smoothie bowls here hehe. As you guys probably already know, I’m absolutely out of my mind obsessed with smoothie bowls (for good reason, might I add) so obviously I’ve gotta give you a Cali inspired smoothie bowl while I’m here!

Now you can make smoothie bowls with just about anything you can freeze,  but my absolute FAVORITE types of smoothie bowls are either made with acai or pitaya (or both, which the Mad Beet in Pacific Beach so graciously has on their menu) because for starters, I la-la-la-loooove the taste, but also because they’re both superfoods containing loads upon loads of health benefits in each scrumptious spoonful.

This particular smoothie bowl that you’re feasting your eyes on happens to be a pitaya bowl, which is not only a treat to look at, but also a treat for your insides. Let me drop some nutrition facts for ya here:

  • Low cal but high in nutrients like fiber, protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Magnesium, and Iron (to name a few)
  • Contains prebiotics which are crucial in maintaining a healthy gut (aka a healthy everything because gut health is life)
  • High amounts of fiber help maintain a healthy digestive system too
  • Loads of antioxidants help combat effects of free radicals and unstable molecules which could potentially cause inflammation and thus chronic disease
  • Vitamin C and other antioxidants help boost your immune system
  • Did I mention it’s, like, really pretty?

Okay so now you know how good this stuff is for you and you can see how nice is it to look at, go and make your own! You can order frozen pitaya online through Pitaya plus or I usually can find it at Whole foods (and sometimes Safeway). Enjoy 🙂

Tropi-Cali Pitaya Smoothie Bowl

  • Servings: 1 bowl
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen pink pitaya
  • ¼ cup coconut water
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 2 Tbsp granola
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 medjool date, pitted and chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh pineapple, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh berries
  • 1 tsp unsweetened, shredded coconut

Directions

  1. Add the pitaya, coconut water, and honey to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and thick.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and top with the remaining ingredients. Enjoy!