Tropical Breakfast Quinoa

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This elimination diet is getting to be difficult. I just want a big bowl of popcorn. Or a latte.  Or some ramen from the Korean place across town.  Oh!  And cheese + crackers + pepper jelly. But really, the popcorn. I would really like some popcorn. Air-popped, with just a tiny bit of salt.

Luckily, tomorrow is “Whey Day,” aka, test my reactions to whey by eating 5-6 servings of milk, ice cream, butter and sour cream. I don’t know if I’ve ever been so excited for a bowl of ice cream in 20 degree weather. At least the latte makes sense for this time of year.  And I’m going to make this cauliflower and parsnip soup, which includes sour cream, for dinner.

In the meantime, I’m distracting myself from what I can’t eat by getting creative with the things that I can. Sometimes, I just sub something in for my usual ingredients – eating my eggs and smashed avocado on top of brown rice instead of whole wheat bread in the mornings, for instance. Other times, I’m completely mixing up my flavors to add some variety and excitement.

Like with this breakfast quinoa bowl. After 8 days of the same, I was getting a little bored with my chocolate hazelnut butter + pistachio + peaches combination. So I decided to bring a little taste of the tropics into my kitchen with some ginger, coconut and pineapple.  And because I can’t make a breakfast that doesn’t include a fruit or vegetable, I threw in some strawberries as well.  It is like summer in a bowl!

 

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Vegan Quinoa Corn Chowder

Quinoa Corn Chowder #vegan #recipe

Remember when I put together the 2013 Savvy Food Bucket List?  No?  That’s okay, because I apparently forgot, too.  I remembered only last week, as I was making plans and goals for the year. Despite my forgetting that the list even existed, I did still manage to complete quite a few things off the list – manicotti, stuffing, limoncello, peach and tomato salsas and both German chocolate and ice cream cakes made appearances in my kitchen last year. Still, over half the bucket went unfilled.  Oops!

So I don’t think I’m going to be creating a 2014 Savvy Food Bucket List for myself. Clearly, I didn’t find it quite as inspiring as I had hoped last year, given that I forgot about it entirely come February.  Isn’t that how a lot of resolutions go?

Instead, I’m going to focus on my new projects – on making Savvy Game Night come to life, and making the Best Life Ever podcast more awesome with each new episode. I’ve already neared completion of one project – the Savvy Eats redesign (hence the radio silence all week!).  What do you think? I’m now using the Foodie theme by Shay Bocks, and am so happy with the new, clean look.  I’m especially excited about the new recipe index!

As far as my blogging goes, I’m using my editorial calendar to keep myself focused.  Since this month is all about healthy comfort food, I’m starting with the healthiest dish of all: a hearty, creamy corn chowder… without the cream.  All it requires is some vegetables, a whole grain, some chicken or vegetable stock and about 20 minutes on the stovetop.  Then just puree half of it, and a comforting, thick chowder is ready for serving.  Dan and I are loving this soup and variations on it lately.  I don’t know about him, but I would happily eat this every day during this vicious cold snap!

 

Quinoa Corn Chowder #vegan #recipe

 

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