Good morning! I was sad to miss posting yesterday, but I’m getting closer to the end of the semester (yay!) and I had to work on some projects yesterday. However, I did make good on my promise to try a savory breakfast this week. Sure, I’ve had tofu scrambles and those types of dishes for breakfast in the past, but a regular vegetable-based dish? Nope.
I gotta admit that I wasn’t exactly craving vegetables yesterday morning. In fact, nothing sounded better than a refreshing, green smoothie. Once I tasted this dish, though, I was hooked. It was hot, creamy and satisfying AND did just fine fueling me through a morning workout. I started with about three baby bok choy that I water-sauteed in a pan:
Next, I added some cooked sweet potato (hey, it’s breakfast, I gotta have it sweet):
After that had warmed through, I added about 1/4 cup of chickpeas and about 1/3 cup of cooked rice:
I topped the whole thing with a green sauce I made from hemp seeds, parsley, two dates, lime juice, garlic and vinegar (I will post this recipe soon, but I want to test it one more time). I wouldn’t have enjoyed this breakfast had it not been for the creamy hemp dressing, that made it vibrant and satisfying:
I was pleasantly surprised that this amount of food filled me up and held me over just fine through my morning workout and activities:
The biggest change is taking the time to actually “cook” breakfast when I’m so used to throwing ingredients in the blender for my green smoothie. I made sure I had everything prepped ahead of time including washing the bok choy and pre-cooking the potato, beans and rice, as well as preparing the dressing. All in all, I think it is reasonable to make one savory breakfast a week, but I don’t think it is going to become a habit for me.
Even though I’ve taken a few days off from my green breakfast smoothie (you can read my post about it here), I’ve been experimenting a little with a smoothie I make to go along with lunch. I call it dessert because it is fruit-intensive with just a little bit of green. This one uses fresh strawberries since they are starting to come in season here in California. The ingredients pile easily in the Vitamix:
Even without sweeteners, the resulting mixture is thick and just barely, barely sweet enough for me:
I can’t taste the spinach at all (even though it’s green in color!), but my tastebuds are still adjusting to the natural sugars in fruit. I ended up blending in a couple of dates to the mixture for my husband’s serving.
“Greenish” Strawberry-Banana Smoothie – Makes 2 Servings
1/4 cup hemp seeds
2 cups water
1 pint fresh strawberries
1 1/2 frozen bananas
1 cup frozen spinach
2 tablespoons cacao powder
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon flax meal
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
cacao nibs for topping, optional
Combine hemp seeds and water in a high-speed blender and whirl on high for 30 seconds to make fresh hemp milk. Add remaining ingredients and blend on high until smooth. Pour into two glasses and top with cacao nibs, if desired.
I don’t have any other silly pictures to share with you today, I’ve been a workaholic this week trying to get through my to-do list. I’ve eaten out of my freezer for the past five nights for dinner and I’m finally coming up for air this afternoon to make a new batch of bean and vegetable blended soup. Plus, I have a few other recipes calling my name for today and this weekend. The weather looks to be beautiful so I am making time to go to the farmers’ market tomorrow along with a trip to the beach and a community yoga class on Sunday. I will also be blogging on Saturday or Sunday. Have a great Friday!