First of all, I’ve got to thank Starbucks for reviving my affinity towards oatmeal, in general. When traveling to the Neighbor Islands for work early in the morning, I wanted something warm for breakfast. In an effort to be more health-conscious, I decided to try their classic oatmeal. To my delightful surprise, I really enjoyed the variation in texture and taste from the toppings: brown sugar, a mixture of dried berries, and a mixture of chopped nuts. This discovery lead me to attempting overnight oats: a chilled and dessert-like alternative to warm oatmeal. I’ve re-purposed my Talenti Gelato containers for my daily overnight oats breakfasts! I add half a cup of oats to half a cup of almond milk and let the mixture soak in my fridge overnight. The next morning, I add a splash more of almond milk and then load up on my favorite toppings: fresh raspberries, cocoa nibs, chia seeds, sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, & half a teaspoon of agave nectar. If I don’t have fresh berries available, I add golden raisins & Craisins. :) YUM!
Lasanga Grilled Cheese
I am such a HUGE fan of grilled cheese sandwiches! It’s a childhood favorite I enjoy making at home, but also something I like to order when out. If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen my Kissaten grilled cheese & tomato bisque combo photos. When Refinery29 shared photos of this delicious sandwich creation, I HAD to attempt it for myself. Since I couldn’t find canned cherry tomatoes, I used fresh Ho Farms Family Tomatoes, cut into halves. I also bought the seediest loaf I could find at Whole Foods, which proved to be a delicious choice. Original recipe from Joy The Baker.
Whether I’ve grilled some steak or am eating spaghetti, I’m typically eating some kind of vegetable side dish. Growing up, I learned to love plain boiled broccoli. When cooking dinner for us after school, my genius of a grandma would leave a bowl of broccoli on the table, while preparing the rest of our dinner. My sister and I were so hungry, we would munch on the broccoli and even get to points of arguing over who ate more. It’s not every day that you hear children fighting over a vegetable, right? Now. though I still enjoy the same plain broccoli, I also enjoy roasting my favorite vegetable. Additional ingredients needed: garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, pepper, & Parmesan cheese. Trust me, it’s a super easy recipe to follow, especially since the additional ingredients are staples in my kitchen. Recipe here.
If you decide to give any of my favorites a try, let me know what you think! :) Cooking always allows modifications for personal taste, so I’d love to hear how you customize them for yourself.