Spicy plantain and oat “sausage”

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2 PLantain
1 shallots
1/3 red hot pepper
black pepper to taste
salt to taste
coconut oil
garlic 2 cloves

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add 1/2 a cup of oats, and 1/4 cup of flax seeds to a bowl slowly stir in water until a smooth consistency is achieved. Set aside to thicken. ( add in thyme, salt and pepper)
In a pan sautee the shallots, hot pepper and garlic in coconut oil on med-high heat. Once they appear to cook down a bit, add more coconut oil.
It’s time to toss in the sliced plantain. On medium heat stirring occasionally until they start to brown.

For instructions on making the sausage please see the douggie burger. I used the same process, but changed the shape of the “meat”.

Ready to eat

how do you to pick a plantain? Depends… how do you like em?

-Choose semi-ripe plantains, which appear mottled brown and yellow, for a less sweet flavor that’s not as bland as green, unripe plantains. Deep fry thick slices in this stage.

-Purchase fully ripe plantains, which turn to a dark black color, for a sweeter taste.

-Consider buying overripe plantains, when their black skin assumes a white sheen. Although they appear rotten at this stage, they peel easily and taste their sweetest. When overripe, plantains turn caramel as they cook.

… I tend to prefer under ripe plantains but i’m weird… so use your discretion and choose what you like!

You should probably try this…. mmmm

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Heya!

So what did you have for breakfast??? oh yeah… sounds boring!

Get ready to be jealous of my tasty breakfast, that could totally work for an easy snack too!

on to the greedients!

( serves 1)

Half of a frozen banana( trust me frozzen gives it an extra somethin somethin’ its nice and cold  : ) * you can also save the other half for the next time you make this ; p

1 cup of almond milk

1 heaping teaspoon of crunchy peanut butter.

1/2 cup of oats ( I used Love grown oat clusters…. as you can see from their site they have many flavours , the particular one i’m using is toasted oats with honey , agave , flax , vanilla and cinnamon! delicious!)

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OK super easy!

Toss your frozen banana, milk and peanut butter into your blender. Blend until smooth. * don’t worry frozen bananas won’t hurt your blender! I promise!

add the liquid to the oats stir it up and you’re ready to enjoy!!

SO, what’s the deal with breakfast anyways?? To be honest , I don’t often want to eat until 1 or  2 o’clock, I know it’s bad and so i’m trying to get my body used to “eating early”… in the long run it’ll give me more energy  and  probably make me hungrier through out the day… but small snacks often seems to be the correct way to eat anyways ; p

What’s my point here … i’m rambling….

Ah yes! So I wanted to share with you some reasons why  WE ALL SHOULD eat break fast!

-First of all Breakfast (  *love etymology….)  comes from the latin  disieiunare “to breakfast,”as in ending the cycle of fasting you entered while dreaming of …good things : ) And because of this eating in the morning increases the metabolic rate, which helps you to burn calories . Whilst not eating in the morning tricks your body almost into survival mode and the next meal you end up eating , your body tries to hold onto the nutrients instead of using and burning the fuel right away. In short , eating breakfast is clearly a good idea! It promotes a healthy metabolism and helps to burn fat.

…….. and don’t worry if you find yourself “hungrier” throughout the day… all it means is you’re burning more! : )

Let’s do it together !

Cheers To breakfast, the most important meal of the day!

Easy Breakfast “muesli”

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WWVD   for breakfast?

well  although we are not as limited as most people might believe, vegan or no vegan oatmeal is a great way to start the day!

So this is  something  I tried this morning ( prepared over night) but absolutely loved!

Did you know that you don’t have to cook your oatmeal?

I put  a portion of  rolled oats into a tupperware and added  a hand full of dried cranberries  , some chia seed as well as some fresh blackberries.

( add whatever you like!  … ** if you want banana wait til the morning to add it in ** : )

I then covered the mix with almond milk… you really want to put in a fair amount! make sure the almond milk covers everything!!

Leave it in the fridge over night

…..and booom!  

you have a tasty,healthy and  wonderfully filling  breakfast all ready for you in the morning . : )

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The idea comes from an old swiss breakfast idea ;  muesli which is typically made with yogurt, oats and berries. This recipe was invented in the 1900s  before pasteurisation and refrigeration  became commonly available . At this time the oats were also soaked overnight in water to ensure they would become soft enough to eat.

You can definitely do so  in lu of a milk substitute ; with water or even juice to give a sweeter flavour!

You can definitely use a yogurt substitute… or the real deal if that’s part of your diet.

This is just  an example of an easy and satisfying vegan breakfast option.

Stay tuned as I will be introducing more interesting breakfast  suggestions : ) … after all It really is the most important meal of the day.

Not to get too hippy on yah  , but i’d like to share with you  an old proverb I learned from a wise yogi that helps to remember the importance.

” Have breakfastyourself; share lunch with your friend; and give dinner to your enemy.”

* Here’s a great chart highlighting  dairy free sources of calcium! … OoOoOo look what’s on there! ..Oatmeal ; p *

dairy free ways to get calcium