Recipe- Good Morning Green Smoothie

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Mostly because if I don’t eat it, I become irrationally hungry at around 9 am. For the longest time, I thought that I could never have “just” a smoothie for breakfast. “I need to EAT something, not drink it through a straw!”, I exclaimed. Well, a few weeks ago my friend Ashley Snapchatted (Verbs of 2016) me her green smoothie and something came over me like a wave of healthiness: I had to try it. So I tweaked her recipe a bit and now it’s my breakfast every day! This is a great way to make sure you get at least some fruits & veggies in your diet each day, and it’s a healthy way to start your morning!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

-1/2 cup soymilk

-1 handful of spinach leaves

-1 whole banana, sliced

-1/4 cup pineapple (I buy the pre-cut chunks from the produce section and just throw a few in!)

-1/2 tablespoon of chia seeds

-1/2 tablespoon of almond butter

Here’s what you do:

  1. Load everything into your blender in the order listed. It’s best to have the more dense ingredients closest to the blade so you’re not left with big chunks! I use a single-serving blender similar to this one, so I start with the soymilk and work my way down!
  2. Blend it up until it’s smooth and enjoy!

This takes me about 3 minutes every morning, and it’s so delicious! At first I was just blending the milk, spinach, and fruit, but I was noticing that I would get really tired throughout the day, so I added the almond butter for protein! You can change this up any way you choose: my friend Ashley uses mango instead of banana, or you could add berries or use a protein powder. The possibilities are endless! Let me know what your favorite green smoothie recipe is!

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Recipe- Egg-in-a-Hole Avocado Toast

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I’m getting a bit of a late start this week with the blog posts-sorry! I had every intention of posting on Monday, but I got home later than I had hoped on Sunday night, and it just didn’t happen. Also, HEB was closed for Easter, which honestly sent me into sheer panic. I had to go to Kroger and could not find brussels sprouts and nearly lost it. But I digress.

Today, I’m sharing one of my latest breakfast favorites with you. I got on an avocado toast kick a few weeks ago, and one Saturday morning when I had some extra time, I decided to kick it up a bit. Take it to the next level. Pretend I am the Pioneer Woman (that happens every time I cook, but whatever). I made an egg-in-a-hole, and smeared avocado on top. Yaaaas.

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Here’s what you need:

-2 slices of bread. You can definitely use plain sandwich bread, but I bought whole-grain seedy bread from the bakery section, because it’s extra delicious.

-2 eggs (or one per slice of bread if you’re making less or more!)

-1/2 avocado, mashed

-Sriracha to taste

Here’s what you’ll do:

1. First, heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat, and either melt a tablespoon of butter or spray with cooking spray.

2. While the butter is melting, prepare the bread by cutting out a hole in the center of the slice. You can brown the excess or just go ahead and eat it (that’s what I do).

3. Next, place the bread in the skillet. I like to put one side down and then flip it so each side is buttery!

4. Then, break an egg into the hole of each slice of bread. It will probably ooze out of the edges, but that’s okay!

5. Let the egg cook for a while, then flip to cook the other side! Warning-this is difficult and messy, but if I can do it, you definitely can too! Just use your largest spatula and both hands.

6. Cook until the whites are set, flipping again if necessary.

7. After the eggs are done, in a small bowl mash up half an avocado. I use about 1/2 of an avocado per two slices.

8. Smear a thick but even layer of avocado on each piece of egg toast. Be generous, avocado is the good fat! Apparently.

9. Drizzle with sriracha for a kick! Another option is crushed red pepper, but I love how the sriracha literally sets my lips on fire.

10. Enjoy!

I love the combination of the creamy egg yolk, crisp bread, and smooth avocado. So yum! Give this a try the next time you’re craving a healthy, savory breakfast, and if you do, let me know how you like it!

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WorkIt Wednesday- 3 Step Breakfast Bowls

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Happy Wednesday! You know what that means- we’ve made it halfway through the week! It also means WorkIt Wednesday is back. I’m going to be honest, I have not been working it lately. I’ve just been super tired and not feeling like going to the gym, and I haven’t been eating very well. But, it’s time to get back on track! I’ve fallen off the wagon quite a few times in my day, and I’ve found that the easiest way to get back on is to start at the beginning (breakfast) and work up from there. I usually just eat Greek yogurt for breakfast, but sometimes that gets boring, and I get REALLY hungry/hangry at around 10 am, leading me to break into my lunch at the first acceptable moment (11 am), which means I’m starving again by 5, and come home and eat everything I see. Which is obviously incongruent to my goals. After seeing these on Pinterest, I decided to make my own version of a protein-packed breakfast bowl. I’ve made a few different varieties, and have devised a simple 3-step formula for the perfect bowl.

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1. Base-start with a single-serving cup of your favorite flavor of yogurt. I usually use coconut Chobani, but they were out, so I settled for plain. Sometimes I will mix a tablespoon of peanut butter in with the yogurt to add a little extra protein and flavor!

2. Make it sweet- For me, this is a drizzle of honey, but you could use agave nectar, stevia, or just leave it plain if you’re using a flavored yogurt.

3. Add the extras-I usually add 1/4 cup of quinoa and some type of fruit, but you could add nuts, granola, or even chocolate chips to make it interesting!

How easy is that? 1,2,3, breakfast! Here are a few of my favorite combos:

-Coconut Chobani mixed with peanut butter, quinoa, a drizzle of honey, and a handful of raspberries

-Plain Greek yogurt, quinoa, a drizzle of honey, a few halved cherries, and chocolate chips (pictured above)

-Peach yogurt, quinoa, a drizzle of honey, and a sprinkling of toasted almonds and granola

If you come up with a new combo, let me know- I would love to try it! This is an easy way to have a healthy breakfast to help you power through your day, and it’s completely flexible to accommodate your tastes.

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Recipe-Baked Egg & Broiled Grapefruit Breakfast

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It’s class day for me! I love only having school two days a week because it gives me the illusion that I have copious amounts of free time, but it’s a little hard to switch gears every day! I’m hoping that I will get used to it soon. Per usual, I’m trying to start the semester off strong by staying on top of my work, which is going surprisingly well- mostly because I know I’m going out of town this weekend and I’ll have to finish my online assignments before the weekend if I’m going to get them in on time! So we’ll see how long this lasts.

One thing I like about my schedule this semester is that I have time on the days I go to work to take my time in the morning. I can blog a little, maybe have two cups of coffee, and cook breakfast if I wake up early enough! Most important is cooking breakfast, obviously. I have a new favorite recipe that I’ll be sharing with you today. I made it almost every day over Christmas break, and it’s just soooooo good.

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Something about baking an egg makes it extra delicious. And you can add lots of toppings to make it even better! Here’s what you need:

-1 egg

-spices of your choice (see below for my favorite combos!)

-Cheese of your choice

Here’s what you do:

1. First, pre-heat your oven to 350.

2. Spray a ramekin, coffee mug, or muffin tin with cooking spray. I prefer using a ramekin, but we don’t have any at my apartment, so I experimented with both a coffee mug and a muffin tin. The coffee mug made me nervous and got super hot, so I think the muffin tin is the way to go. Plus, if you want to make more than one, it would work well!

3. Crack an egg into the ramekin. Season with salt & pepper.

4. Next, add your spices and cheese. Here are a few of my favorites:

-dill and parmesan cheese

-sriracha or hot sauce and cheddar cheese

-crushed red pepper flakes and cheddar cheese

5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the egg is cooked all the way through. Sometimes I like my yolk a little undercooked, but you should definitely make sure the white is cooked through. You may have to poke through the cheese, but please make sure it’s safe to eat- I don’t need to feel guilty about any of you contracting salmonella.

6. Enjoy!

You’ll also notice that there’s a broiled grapefruit in the photo. This is a great addition to a balanced meal, not to mention it’s really yummy. Here’s what you need:

-1 medium grapefruit

-1-2 tablespoons brown sugar

Here’s what you’ll do:

1. Set your oven to High Broil.

2. Cut your grapefruit in half and place cut-side up in a pan (I just use a circular cake pan).

3. Sprinkle a little brown sugar on each half. I use closer to 2 tablespoons, and I like to make sure it’s spread evenly over the flesh of the fruit.

4. Broil for 3-5 minutes, or until the fruit is bubbly. Just be sure to keep an eye on it, it burns very quickly!

5. Enjoy!

Honestly, I probably wouldn’t make both of these things on a school morning- this is more of a Saturday breakfast. But you should definitely try it out! And if you think of any other cheese/spice combos for the eggs, let me know- I’m always looking to switch it up!

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Friday’s Five

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Happy Friday! I’ve got a busy day ahead, with the dreaded eye doctor appointment, lunch at my favorite barbecue joint with my bestie, and some other errands on my to-do list. I think I’m going back to College Station in the middle of next week, and the last few days at home are always super busy! I’ll be sad to leave, but I’m excited to get back to Aggieland for one last semester (omg, no.). This week has flown by, but here’s what I’m loving:

1. BarbieStyle on Instagram

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Hi, this is not a joke. Barbie has an Instagram account, and it’s better than mine and probably all of yours as well. As a child, I loved Barbies. My sister and I had three enormous tubs full of them, complete with clothes, houses, and a Barbie-sized Porsche. Well, Barbie has grown up with me, and now shares her life on the social medias. THANK GOD. Whoever is in charge of this project (hello, dream job) acts like Barbie has a real life, which is a little creepy, but not enough to stop me from being completely obsessed and glean outfit inspiration from a fictional character. I mean, the girl has a Barbie-sized Birkin, “shops” at Barney’s, and eats cronuts, so she’s very on-trend. Follow it, love it, and don’t even be sorry about it.

2. An Elevator Speech How-To

With this being my last semester of college, networking and finding a job is something that’s constantly on my mind. I’ve interviewed for a few jobs and internships during college, so I’m somewhat comfortable with talking about my skills and abilities in that setting- though there’s definitely always room for improvement. However, something I need to work on is a short spiel that I can give on the fly in case I ever come in contact with someone in the industry I’m interested in. Earlier this week, Molly from A Piece of Toast shared this great article on composing an elevator speech, and it was very helpful! She addressed a few of my concerns, like having confidence in yourself even when you have little to no experience, and having to explain what exactly you do. If you’re looking for a job (or even if you’re not!), this is a crucial skill to develop.

3. Avocado Toast Recipes

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I found this collection of avocado toast recipes on Pinterest, and I’m dying to try them all. Avocado toast is so delish, and these combinations look like they would really spice things up. Also I believe that putting goat cheese on anything makes it 10x better, so that’ll probably be the first one I try.

4. Spring 2015 Colors

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We talked about Marsala last Friday, but here is the complete Pantone Color Report for Spring 2015. I love that most of the colors aren’t too pastel, but are very rich hues. Also, who gets to name these colors, and how can I get that job?

5. A Cat for Good Measure

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Wrapping it up with this little kitten who wants you all to have a wonderful weekend. Don’t let him down.

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Recipe- Banana Breakfast Cookies

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted something other than Monday’s Musings or Friday’s Five…sorry! I’ve been super busy with school and work, so figuring out how to cram all of my homework in on the weekends has been the extent of my creativity lately. It’s sad.

Last week, I ran out of coconut Chobani on Monday, but I didn’t really have the time nor desire to go to the grocery store, so I had to get creative with my breakfast. After PB&J toast one day and oatmeal with cookie butter the next (LOVE cookie butter, but still super burnt out on oatmeal from my 5-month obsession my sophomore year), I decided I needed something different. I remembered a few recipes for muffins made with overripe bananas and oats, two of the only ingredients I really had to work with, so I decided to peruse Pinterest for some inspiration. I found this recipe for Banana Oatmeal Cookies and was instantly sold.

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I halved the recipe and added a few extra ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

-1 overripe banana

-1/2 cup oats

-1/4 cup chocolate chips

-1 tsp cinnamon

Here’s what you do:

1. First, mash the banana and oats together until thoroughly combined.

2. Then, mix in the chocolate chips and cinnamon until incorporated.

3. Form into rounded tablespoons and space evenly on a greased cookie sheet. My batch made 7.

4. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until firm.

So easy, right? I stored them in a Tupperware container in the refrigerator and zapped them in the microwave for about 15 seconds in the morning, and they were delicious! A wonderful way to start the day, and pretty healthy! I’m thinking about making a big batch and freezing them so I can just have them whenever!

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Recipe- Cream Cheese Strawberry Breakfast Sliders

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Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. I’m not really sure why, but I’m extra tired this week- I’ve taken a nap after work both Monday and Tuesday- yikes! Definitely going to make sure that doesn’t happen today!

Remember how I said I acquired a sourdough baguette when I went home for my birthday? Well, I found another delicious use for it this weekend, this time for breakfast. I wanted to make French toast with it, but I failed to buy both eggs and milk this week, so that was out of the question. I took inventory of my fridge Saturday morning, and came up with a new fave- strawberry cream cheese sliders!

Here’s what you’ll need:

-1 sourdough baguette (not all of it, unless you’re feeding an army…or a family)

-Cream cheese (I like the whipped kind)

-strawberry jelly

-butter (I use Land o’ Lakes spreadable)

Here’s what you do:

1. First, slice the baguette. Mine was pretty skinny, so my slices were a bit thicker. I used a serrated knife to make it a little easier.

2. On one side of an even-numbered amount of bread slices, spread a layer of cream cheese.

3. On the same number of bread slices, spread strawberry jelly.

4. Sandwich one cream cheese slice and a jelly slice together- repeat until they’re all united in holy breakfast matrimony.

5. Spread a thin layer of butter on each side of each sandwich

6. Place three or four sandwiches at a time in a non-stick skillet over medium heat, and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until brown and crispy.

7. Enjoy!

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Recipe- Bagel Breakfast Sandwich

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Happy Hump Day! I hope everyone is having a great week. I get to go home tomorrow for a late Father’s Day/early birthday weekend for my dad, and I can’t wait!

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and I love finding and coming up with new recipes to try. This past weekend, I decided to get creative with an everything bagel, and if I do say so myself, it was to die for. It’s really simple and only takes a few minutes!

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Here’s what you need:

-1 Everything bagel

-1 egg

-cream cheese

-1 slice of ham (or you can use bacon)

-1 slice of cheddar cheese

Here’s what you do:

1. First, toast your bagel. While it’s toasting, prepare your egg in a nonstick skillet prepared with cooking spray. I like mine over-easy, but you could do scrambled if you prefer!

2. While your eggs are cooking, spread a generous amount of cream cheese on the inside of each half of the bagel. Lay the slice of cheddar on the bottom half.

3. Once your egg is finished, slide it onto the top half of the bagel.

4. Place your slice of ham in the skillet, and brown it on each side. Bacon would be absolutely wonderful, but I don’t keep bacon in my house because it only lasts a week- tops. I didn’t want just eggs and cheese, so I improvised with ham lunch meat- classy, I know. But it’s so good.

5. Once the ham is cooked (a little brown on each side), place it on top of the slice of cheese. Put the top and bottom halves together, and you’ve got a delicious, hearty breakfast sandwich!

Enjoy!

 

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Recipe-Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Who is excited for the weekend? I know I am, especially since this is the first weekend in probably two months I don’t have plans or have to go out of town, so I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend at my house. As I have mentioned, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day- I love the variation of breakfast foods, from extra savory to basically dessert. I’m usually fine with cereal on mornings when I have to go to work or school, but lately I’ve just gotten tired of it. Tonight, I told my mother “I am so over my cereal, I’m making muffins.” She’s used to my dramatics, so she just told me to make sure I cleaned up my mess. We didn’t have any fruit I wanted to use, and I didn’t feel like going to the store, so I scoured the cupboard for usable ingredients. I came across mini chocolate chips and vanilla pudding mix, so I decided to see what I could do! I used a basic muffin recipe for guidance, but used my own judgement for most of the ingredients! Here’s what you’ll need:

Dry Ingredients

-1 1/2 cups flour

-1/2 cup granulated sugar

-2 tbsp brown sugar

-1 1/2 tsp baking soda

-1/2 tsp salt

-1 packet of instant vanilla pudding mix

Wet Ingredients

-1/3 cup melted butter

-1 egg

-3/4 cup milk

-3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Here’s what you do:

First, preheat your oven to 350 and line a muffin tin with paper liners. Next, combine all the dry ingredients, making sure the brown sugar isn’t in clumps (I would suggest using a fork). Then, add your wet ingredients and mix well. The batter should be thick, but still pourable-at first I only added 1/2 cup of milk and it was like cookie dough, so I added more! Finally, stir in the chocolate chips! Pour into the lined muffin tin and bake for 25 minutes or until slightly golden and firm.

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These are really dense, yet still creamy from the pudding mix! Also, mini chocolate chips are my new favorite thing because when you bake with them, they just take over the batter and you get chocolate in literally every bite…it’s beyond delicious. I can’t wait to have another one of these in the morning-hopefully I’ll be happier about this than I was my cereal!

What’s your favorite breakfast food?

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Eggs Benedict- With a Side of Sass

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As you may know, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. You can go sweet or savory (or both!), fancy or simple, quick or leisurely. I take every opportunity I get to be a diva and have a long breakfast (with two cups of coffee, obvi), and I also love to try new breakfast recipes! I have always wanted to try eggs Benedict, but I’ve never felt ambitious enough. After all, cooking first thing in the morning means I’m not as alert and on top of my game, so if things go wrong I won’t have the best problem-solving skills. But anyways, last night, when I was trying to go to sleep, I decided that today was the day I would go for the eggs Benedict, and I was so excited about the meal to come that I was unable to talk myself out of it. So, this morning I sprung out of bed and… Okay, that’s a lie. I begrudgingly pulled myself out of bed at 8:45, because the repairman was supposed to come fix the dryer between 9-11. (More about this later) But I was actually really excited to get up and try my new recipe! I chose this recipe from Pinterest because it looked easy, and the directions for the hollandaise sauce called for a double boiler, not a blender. It makes me nervous that you don’t actually cook the egg yolks when you make the kind in the blender.  Also, I love this website because you can adjust the recipe according to how many servings you’re making! http://allrecipes.com/recipe/eggs-benedict/detail.aspx

So, mine was not as pretty as this one. Like, at all. I’m honestly kind of embarrassed to post the picture because it looks…gross. I also substituted regular toast for an English muffin, and we didn’t have bacon, so I omitted it all-together. Here’s what mine looked like! (Promise you won’t judge. It was my first try, okay?)

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Like I said, really ugly. I have also never poached eggs until this morning, so they were a little misshapen. I fully expected this to taste horrible and was prepared to pour a bowl of Cheerios and sulk, but how wrong I was. I mean, it was simply divine. I sat and happily devoured all of it and waited for the repairman.

Which brings me to my next point. I have HAD. IT.  with repairmen. Everything in my house tends to break when I’m at home for summer or Christmas break. And since my parents are at work during the day, I am the one who has to deal with the people that come to fix things. Which is fine, I am a responsible being who lives independently 9 months out of the year, so I am fully capable of interacting with such service people. However, at home my parents are the ones who discover things aren’t working, and I generally don’t know what the problem is, I am just instructed not to use the dryer, dishwasher, etc. I’m obviously not stupid, I am just unaware of the technicalities and details of the issue. But when the repairmen come, they always ask the same question: “What’s wrong with (insert faulty appliance)?”. To which I respond, “Well, I’m not really sure, but it’s not working.” And they typically respond with a look that says that they think I just fell out of a tree. I respond with a half-sincere apology and take them to wherever they need to go. And they start working their magic, most likely surmising on how much of an idiot I am. Like today, for example. The little man comes in and asks me what kind of noise the dryer is making. “It’s not making a noise, it just got really hot the last time we used it.” He was not pleased, but I took him to the laundry room and went back to watching Gilmore Girls. I mean, he can figure it out, he’s a professional, right? Well, he re-emerges five minutes later and this conversation unfolds: Repairman:”Is it a thumping noise?” Kristen:”Uhh yeah, that’s it.” RM:”Well I’m not hearing anything.” K:”Okay, well actually it was a rattling noise.” RM:*rolls eyes* “Well I’m not hearing that either.” K:”Well, we haven’t used it in over a week, so…” RM:”Well, they typically don’t fix themselves.” He then returned to his work. Like please, the sass is unnecessary. He eventually fixed it, and went on his merry way, and hopefully I won’t have to see him for a while. Also, last week someone came by to fix the air conditioner. My parents just wanted to see what was wrong, and they wanted to talk about it or whatever before they actually fixed it, which I understand. They also didn’t leave a check or anything, so it’s not like I could pay for any work done. So this little guy comes in, surveys the damage, and reports back to me. I explain to him that I have to talk to my parents and that we will call him back to schedule his next visit. He instructs me to call my parents, so I do, but of course, no one answers. I assure him that my dad will call in the afternoon and escort him out. Once he’s gone, my dad calls (of course) and I explain the situation. Five minutes later, the repairman comes back to the door and says that I “need to text my dad immediately and let him know what is going on.” Like, please. I know I look like I’m 14, but I’m 20 and perfectly capable of handling this. Also, I live upstairs with the broken a/c, and I want this repaired even more than you do. And “immediately” is such a diva word, and I only use it, I don’t respond to it very well. Fortunately, my dad called me while I was struggling to politely communicate that I had everything under control, and he finally believed me. Also, all of these service visits required me to wake up before nine, which I was not pleased with. So pray with me that nothing else in my house breaks before I leave in August.

Hopefully you try the eggs Benedict recipe, and have better luck with repairmen than I have had! What is your favorite thing to make for breakfast?