Spiced Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Hi Beauty’s,

I’m back on WordPress and I thought for the first post back why not talk about my favorite meal of the day and time of the day, Breakfast. Yep, it’s the goods. Breakfast is, if not, the most important meal of the day. It helps energize us and kickstart our bodies into go mode, giving us the fuel and nutrients we need to connect with the world.

This meal is especially important for the fastest growing members of our family, our children. Diving back into school routines, homework, after-school activities and everything else our lives consist of can be a lot to juggle – even for the masters. Even with no kids – career life, social life, and life in general can start becoming a giant to-do list — and when your to-do list has to-do lists that’s when you really know…it’s time to slow down and be still.

Yes, I just said ‘still’ — I know that word used to freak me out too — but trust me it’s a happy place when you allow it into your world – embrace it, nurture it and harbor it — your body, mind, and soul will thank you — and I think you’ll find out in due time that it’s a space, you too, will love.

Alright, alright – back to time. When time is limited, food choices & healthy eating is one of the first things to go…sad truth, but it happens…and that’s okay because I think I have an idea that might help. It’s what I call….cook once, eat multiple times. Be aware and prepare. Whoop, whoop.

Cook once, eat multiple times is a winner-winner chicken dinner mantra that I live by. Quinoa for example, is the main star of this breakfast bowl, and just a super star grain in general – giving our bodies the complex carbs, proteins, fiber among many other nutrients our body naturally thrives on. Cooking extra grains like quinoa, brown rice, and millet makes breakfast/lunch/dinner a little less daunting and way more enjoyable both for our bodies & minds. Plus, extra grains can be frozen and kept for up to a month – when you need that healthy meal in a hurry.

Feeding your body nutrient dense breakfast bowls gives you the energy and nutrients you need to stay happy, healthy, and whole – for all days to come.

Get cooking with whole grains & keep it simple. **Rinse quinoa before adding to water. Boil water, add grain, return to boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer until liquid is absorbed and grain is tender. Fluff with Fork. Enjoy.

Grain: Quinoa ||| Grain/Liquid Ratio: 1:2 Cups ||| Time: 15-20min

Breakfast Bowl

Warm Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl (1 serving)

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Cooked Quinoa

1/4 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

1 Apple Diced

1 tbsp Almond Butter

Dash of Cinnamon & Nutmeg

Optional Toppings: Chopped Almonds, Pecans, Currants, Fresh Mint, Honey, Coconut Shreds, Goji Berries

Instructions:

1. Sauté diced apples with cinnamon, nutmeg, and a little dash of honey on med/low heat until softened and fragrant.

2. Add Almond milk to pan and simmer for 2 minutes before adding quinoa. Allow to warm and then transfer the heavenly mixture to your breakfast bowl.

3. Top with 1 tbsp almond butter, chopped nuts, currants, a drizzle of honey and some fresh mint & any other goodies you enjoy.

love and light. xx Ky

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Sweet tooth

After indulging in copious amounts of sweets this weekend in Vancouver I have been having a major sweet tooth moment. sugar remorse. haha oh the joys of a sugar addiction. Oh well, what are you going to do. To try and help me stay away from eating everything sweet and nightly fro-yo sesh’s, I turned to my food processor and this amazing raw chocolate chip cookie dough brownie bite recipe my fav. trainer Gabbi showed me.

These little bites are incredible…and a much better choice when it comes to those inevitable sweet tooth cravings.

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how cute, right?? plus when you do little bites – instant portion control. Score!

Recipe found here.

From one sweet tooth to another. Enjoy!

xx. Ky

 

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Coconut Curry Veggie Soup

My love affair for everything curry continues. After having a light & tasty coconut curry rice bowl from True Foods last week, I knew I had to try and recreate it in the comfort of my own home — I veered off a little, go fig…but overall it was a success & the MR. approved (added bonus).

Last night my MR. said he could taste the love in the food I make for him….awww, let’s take a moment. Bless. Truth is I LOVE cooking, everything food, flavors, textures, and all the new. But, I sure do have a lot of love for that man too, so I’m sure that helps. wink wink.

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Ingredients:

1/3 cup raw cashews

1/4 cup nutritional yeast (optional)

2 tsp extra virgin olive oil (or safflower, etc.)

1 medium onion, diced

1 large head of broccoli, cut into even sized florets

1 (14-ounce) can light coconut milk

1/4 cup of golden raisins

1 large sweet potato, cubed into 1 in. pieces

1/2 cup of corn

2 tablespoons curry powder (I used sweet curry from penzy’s spices)

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch of salt

1 package soba noodles – cooked according to package.

toppings:

chopped green onion (white & green part)

toasted cashews

cilantro

squeeze of lime

salsa macha (for some added heat)

Cooking instructions:

1. Put the cashews in a blender & blend until finely ground. Add 3/4 cup of water & nutritional yeast and blend until smooth. Set cashew milk aside.

2. In a large pot, head the olive oil over low heat. Add the onions and sauté until golden. Add the coconut milk, cashew milk, sweet potato, curry powder, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, and salt. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until sweet potato is tender (10-15 min).

3. Add the corn, raisins, and broccoli to the pot and let it simmer for 5-10 min, or until broccoli is to your desired crunchiness.

4. To serve – put a serving of soba noodles or brown rice on the bottom of bowl, top with the coconut curry soup & add toppings generously. Enjoy!

Guess what friends?!?! I am headed to Vancouver this weekend for the first time and I’m crawling with excitement to take in all the beauty, incredible food & of course some great shopping. I’m always looking for great weekend get-a-way’s that aren’t too far from home — and Vancouver hit’s it out of the park!  Cha-ching! Roseline’s Vancouver City Guide has me wanting to go 80 different places all at once. Pictures & stories to come — for daily eats, inspiration, and all things beautiful follow me on Instagram.

“We travel not to escape life. But for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous — mantra for life!

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Vancouver we’re coming for ya!

Ciao, ciao.

xx. K

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