March 20, 2015

Meal prep: breakfast jars

Hi everyone!

Its been crazy lately. Working, going to school, getting the garden set up and eeady for rabbits, etc. So I've been making use of meal prep these days. I dont do big batches - I dont have blocks of time that big. But when i make breakfast for example I make double - set the rest aside for tomorrow or later. If you dont mind eating the same thing a lot you could make a whole week of breakfasts with just one morning and one recipe.

Below are two of my favorites, husband approved!

Peaches and cream oatmeal
(Makes 4)
1 29oz can peaches (i use canned in syrup, if you don't you might need to add more sweetener) - use the juices too
2 cups of heavy cream or cashew milk
2 cups of rolled oats
1 tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp ginger (fresh or ground)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup honey or 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp butter or coconut oil

You'll notice there's a lot of choices on the ingredients. You can make these clean and vegan or cheap and wholesome. Or just make use of what you have on hand.

In a saucepan bring milk and a pinch of salt to a quick boil. Toss in oats immediately and remove from heat.

In a small saucepan pour whole can of peaches, juices and all, sugar, cinnamon, ginger and butter. Cook on medium high until it starts to form a sweet, thick syrup. Taste - it should be a little bit too sweet and strong. Remove from heat. Stir in cooked oats and vanilla extract.

Separate into four jars while still hot. Let cool and then refrigerate until ready to eat.

Blueberry Banana Parfaits
(Makes 4)
24oz blueberry yogurt
1 cup cranberry almond granola
1 cup blueberries, frozen or fresh
2 bananas

Layer ingredients equally among 4 jars. I suggest starting with a granola layer but that's just me. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

February 2, 2015

Tropical chia pudding

You know those super organized people who pack their lunch, prepare breakfast and clea. The house before bed so that the morning goes as smoothly as possible? I aspire to be one of those people. Unfortunately, im a morning person which means when bedtime is coming up im miserable and exhausted.

On a few rare occasions, especially as I've fallen more and more in love with meal prep and freezer meals (zero waste, of course), I manage to get breakfast ready ahead of time. This cool recipe you can make 24 hours ahead of time (I haven't waited longer than that, let me know if you do). Or the night before. But it needs to refrigerate for at least four hours so please plan ahead appropriately.

This also makes for a good "dessert".

You Will Need:
1 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tbsp melted coconut oil
Chopped mango, kiwi, pineapple and sliced almonds for topping. Flaked coconut would be good too. Mix and match as you please.

Mix all ingredients, including your topping, in a jar.
Let sit unrefrigerated for about an hour.
Shake it really good than refrigerate for 4+ hours.
When ready to eat, shake it and dig in.

See, wasn't that easy?

Chia pudding is a total cheater breakfast. :)