What Robin Eats

"A Strong Body Equals a Healthy Mind."


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Savory Turmeric Cauli-Oat Bowl, in collaboration with Happy Egg.

Yeah, I went there.

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Within the last few weeks there has been one thing I can’t seem to get enough of, EGGS. And not just your average eggs, but Happy Egg Free Range Eggs™. I have never, ever, tasted an egg quite like these eggs. It’s actually the only item I made sure to have Joel grab extras of at the grocery store. Since we (well, Joel) aren’t going out to grocery shop but once every two weeks I needed to make sure we’d have enough nutritious and delicious options on hand to keep my belly, and heart, happy. Happy Egg goes above and beyond to ensure that they are choosing happy for their hens, keeping them happy and healthy. Their hens are lovingly raised under the highest animal humane standards. Happy Egg hens roam free over 8 acres of pasture, which is important considering most eggs at your grocery store come from hens who never go outside. If my family is going to eat eggs, then I want them to be the best eggs around and come from happy hens. Also, just look at that yolk color! You can trust that a yolk color like this means that Happy Egg eggs are the real deal. Truly no filter needed.

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Savory Turmeric Cauli-Oats Bowl:

  • 1/3 cup GF oats (or whatever oats you have in your pantry)
  • 2/3 cup riced cauliflower (frozen or fresh work)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • Dash of black pepper
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (may sub for honey)
  • 1 cup water or milk of choice
  • 1 egg white (to be mixed in near the end of cooking the cauli-oats. You may omit the egg white, but it really helps the texture of the cauli-oats. I would add an additional tbsp of chia seeds if you decide to omit.)

Toppings:

  • 1/4 sliced avocado
  • 1 poached Happy Egg free range egg (may use an over easy egg as well)

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Directions:

  • Place oats, cauliflower, and liquid of choice in a medium size pot. Set over medium high heat and leave until the liquid starts to boil. 
  • Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and stir in the turmeric, black pepper, chia seeds, and maple syrup (or honey). Let cook for 10-15 minutes and stir often.
  • Once the oats are almost done cooking (meaning the water is almost all the way absorbed) mix in the egg white. Continue to mix for 30 seconds to make sure the egg white is fully combined. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes and pour the cauli-oats into a bowl.
  • Top with avocado slices and poached egg (or over easy!). Slice open the yolk to let it drip all over the oats before enjoying.

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Cooking for my family makes me so happy and having Poppy as my sidekick in the kitchen is the icing on the cake… or should I say egg on the cauli-oat bowl. The kitchen has just been the center of our home now more than ever so I’m trying to find creative ways to make it a place of peace – from the ingredients I’m choosing to the recipes Poppy and I are creating together. I truly cannot stress enough how comforting it is to have some of my favorite products on hand during this strange time that we’re in. For those who are interested, visit https://happyegg.com/store-locator so you can see if Happy Eggs are near you, though if you are heading out to the grocery store, please be safe and conscientious of your health + the health of others! P.S. I’m in contact with the Happy Egg team and they let me know they are doing everything they can to keep store shelves stocked during this time of need. Comment below your thoughts on this recipe. I was nervous to try savory cauli-oats at first but now I’m hooked. Now where’s my spoon? I’m ready to dig in!


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Plant Based Coconut Turmeric Probiotic Mac and Cheese, in collaboration with Lifeway Kefir.

SAUCY. That’s all I can think about when I see this plant based creamy, spicy, turmeric probiotic mac and cheese.

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Mac and cheese is my favorite childhood food. I didn’t love pizza (only ate the crust), peanut butter weirded me out (yeah, I was that kid who didn’t eat pb&j), and chicken tenders were just there for me to pick the breading off and eat. Mac and cheese was my go-to. I learned how to make it myself at an early age and there was no stopping me once I knew how to boil some water. Since I’m all advanced now and everything 😉 I made this plant based cream, spicy, turmeric probiotic mac and cheese. It’s packed with Plantiful coconut vanilla (a plant based probiotic by Lifeway Kefir), nutritional yeast, cayenne pepper, and even a little lactation boosting powder because why not?

Coconut Turmeric Probiotic Mac and Cheese: (makes four servings)

  • 1 box chickpea pasta (any shape will do)
  • 1/2 cup Planitful Coconut Vanilla Lifeway Kefir
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup plain Lifeway Kefir cup
  • 1-3 tbsp water (depending on desired consistency)
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2-1 tsp turmeric (depending on desired taste, turmeric is a strong tasting spice!)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp ghee (or vegan butter)
  • 2 scoops lactation boost (can omit)
  • Handful sautéed kale (sauté over medium heat in some EVOO or avocado oil)

Directions:

  • Prep pasta as directed on the box. Drain and set aside (keep warm!)
  • Using the same pot you cooked the pasta in, add the Plantiful Coconut Vanilla Kefir, nutritional yeast, kefir cup, ghee, lactation boost, and water. Mix until completely combined with a silicon spatula. Add in spices and continue to mix.
  • Add cooked pasta and sautéed kale to “cheese” sauce and gently mix until combined. Be careful not to break the pasta.
  • Dish into four different bowls or refrigerate the leftovers for later. Add some cracked pepper and sriracha on top if you’re feeling extra spicy.

 


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Going for Gold

Banana Chia Seed Turmeric Overnight Porridge.

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Besides the fact that this overnight porridge looked like mustard, I was very skeptical about a sweet turmeric porridge.

Don’t get me wrong, I love using turmeric on my eggs and especially on those Blueberry, Turmeric, and Granola Muffins! But a cold turmeric porridge was tough for my tastebuds to understand before actually tasting.

But of course, I was wrong! The combination of turmeric, cinnamon, and banana was more than heavenly. Just have to not think about the mustard look while eating. 😉

Ingredients: (serves 2, per serving without toppings: Calories 285, Fat 7g, Carbs 43g, Protein 15g)

  • 1/2 large banana mashed, overripe is best
  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • tsp turmeric (ground turmeric powder)
  • tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • cup unsweetened almond milk (Califia Farms)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup siggis plain yogurt

Directions:

  • Place oats, chia seeds, turmeric and cinnamon in jar (preferably one with a lid).
  • Mix in mashed banana to the oat mixture. 
  • Add remaining ingredients, put lid on the jar, and shake until everything is combined.
  • Refrigerate overnight.
  • Divide equally into two bowls or glasses. Top with more Siggis yogurt, mashed raspberries, and Coconut Banana Granola!

Pro tip: After the photo I drizzled maple syrup on top. DO IT.


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Lemon Tahini Drizzle of Dreams

Chickpea stuffed grilled eggplant with lemon tahini drizzle.

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I’ve officially finished my first jar of tahini.

From savory to sweet, I JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH!

This middle eastern seasoned stuffed grilled eggplant was just another recipe for a tahini e-book I should probably write. 😉

Ingredients:

          Grilled Eggplant:

  • 1 large eggplant, top removed, and cut into thin slices
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

     

    Filling:

  • 1 cup cooked riced cauliflower (I bought mine from Trader Joes)
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas, drained
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 large handful of cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2-3 ounces shredded chicken breast
  • Lemon Tahini Sauce:
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • garlic powder to taste
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon water

 

 

Directions:

Heat grilling pan to high heat, spray with cooking spray. Drizzle eggplant slices with 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. Grill eggplant slices, turning once, about 5 minutes total. Remove from grill and set aside to let cool.

In a small bowl, mix lemon zest and juice and garlic powder. Whisk in tahini and water. You want the lemon tahini to be able to drizzle but not be too watery.

In another bowl, combine riced cauliflower, chickpeas, spices, cilantro, shredded chicken, and 1/2 of the lemon tahini sauce. Stir until combined.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lay out eggplant slices and place a heaping 2 tablespoons of filling on one end of each slice. Roll each slice up. Place in a sprayed baking dish. Repeat with remaining slices. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and drizzle remaining lemon tahini sauce on top and sprinkle with remaining herbs.

Editors note: Try not to eat all the lemon tahini while the eggplant is baking… K Bye!

 


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What Robin Eats

Blueberry, Turmeric, & Granola Muffins

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Blueberry and turmeric… Doesn’t sound tasty, does it?

Trust me when I say that these muffins were perfectly sweet and spiced. With hints of cinnamon, crumbles of homemade granola, and a few chocolate chunks, your tastebuds will be well satisfied. 😉

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups Bobs Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 large mashed bananas
  • 1/4 cup honey or sugar free maple syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Siggis nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Califia Farms unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup homemade granola (Recipe coming soon!)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chunks

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 12 cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, turmeric, baking soda and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, add bananas, honey/syrup, vanilla extract, extra virgin coconut oil, egg, almond milk and yogurt. Using an electric mixer, blend on high for 1 minute until smooth. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Divide batter evenly into muffin tin and top with blueberries, chocolate chunks, and homemade granola, pressing the toppings slightly into the batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clean. Cool muffins for 5 minutes then remove and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Pro tip: Muffins are best served warm and even better the next day topped with vanilla ice cream. Too far? I think not.