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May 10, 2020
Today, we take a mom-ent to celebrate MOM! Happy Mother's Day to every great mom out there. If you are spending today with your main woman, making this Mother's Day parfait for either delish breakfast or to cap off the main meal with something light and fruity is a great way to stock up on fruits and whole grains for the day. It’s loaded with fiber and protein, and it’s sure to keep you and your mom full for quite some time.
Serves 6 | 1 parfait per serving
SMARTBITE GRANOLA INGREDIENTS
SMARTBITE GRANOLA INSTRUCTIONS
1. Toss together (most of) the dry ingredients: crumbled quinoa rice cakes, almonds, chia seeds, cinnamon and salt, that is.
2. Add the wet ingredients: whisk together the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. Then drizzle it over the dry ingredients and give everything a good toss until it’s evenly mixed. Spread the mixture out evenly on a large parchment-covered baking sheet.
3. Bake: let the mixture bake at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes. Then remove from the oven and give the mixture a thorough stir.
4. Add coconut: Then sprinkle the coconut evenly on top of the granola. (We’re doing this so that it’s just lightly toasted and doesn’t overcook.) And pop the baking sheet back in the oven for another 5 minutes, keeping a close eye on the coconut so that it doesn’t burn. Then remove the baking sheet from the oven and transfer it to a wire rack.
5. Let the granola cool: Wait for about 20-30 minutes, or until the granola has completely cooled to room temperature. Then use a spoon (or your fingers) to break it up into your desired size of clumps.
6. (Optional) Add your mix-ins: Then at this point, if you plan to add any dark chocolate chips, dried fruit, or other add-ins, go ahead and stir them in. And finally… let's make parfait!
1. Cut your strawberries into halves. There should be about 3 cups total. Set aside.
2. Heat your pan over medium heat, add about 3 TBSPs vegan butter and 3 TSPs brown sugar and wait until the butter completely melts.
3. Add 6 quinoa rice cakes and cook until browned on both sides. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon on both sides and side aside to cool. Once cooled, used a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out hearts from the rice cakes.
4. Mix yogurt with vanilla bean (or vanilla extract). Set aside. 5. Layer 2 TBSPs granola and 1/4 cup yogurt into each of 6 cups. Top with 4 strawberry halves. 6. Repeat layers one more time, ending with a layer of yogurt. 7. Top with strawberries and one Smartbite heart.
PRO TIP: Layer parfait just before serving to keep granola crunchy.
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May 05, 2020
If you've got a calendar and can count a little bit in Spanish, you know what's happening today: Cinco de Mayo! It's that annual celebration of all things Mexican that is celebrated mainly in the Estados Unidos but we love to participate in the holiday by enjoying the dishes from one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
This year, we are keeping it simple. Lately we’ve been all about that salad life. Salads are easy, light and there are so many options you can go for. Cinco de Mayo is the perfect occasion to expand out of your taco truck state of mind and try something other than a cheese quesadilla.
April 14, 2020
We’ve been daydreaming about spring since the first day of winter, coping with chilly commutes by picturing Aperol spritz-fueled picnics with absurd quantities of strawberries. When April finally rolls around, here we are living our best bunker lives but no complaints here whatsoever because every cloud has a silver lining. Our silver lining looks like, smells like and tastes like food. This week we are all about fresh, creamy yet light chlorophyll-packed roasted asparagus soup.
These recipe also calls for a white wine. It’s important to remember that by the time your dish is done, you won’t be able to tell a $50 bottle from a $10 one. What actually matters is the type of wine you’re buying. There is a definite no when it comes to cooking with wine. STAY AWAY FROM COOKING WINE when a recipe calls for wine. Because there’s no point—you’re already getting rid of the alcohol, so why start with a product that has eliminated it for you? There are also additives in cooking wine, like salt and preservatives that mess with the natural lightness and acidity that wine brings to a dish.
March 22, 2020
Spring has officially sprung and while we cannot enjoy blooming flora due to full-time self-isolation (duh!!!), we can compensate by bringing spring-y bright colours to our plate bowl. It’s breaking news to no one that food in bowls has been trending for a while now. You can eat smoothies, burritos, and sushi and even soups 😯😯😯 in bowls now. It’s a pretty good trend, we think. Bowl food is easy—you can eat with one hand and text with the other—it looks great on Instagram, and it’s at least 10 percent healthier than food on a plate (don't quote us on this). Plus, why call it a salad when you can call it a Buddha bowl? Now what exactly is a Buddha bowl we asked out loud? “You are one with the universe,” the Buddha bowl cooed. “You have entered a state of bliss. You have ascended to the highest levels of human consciousness, and by the way, you look absolutely stunning today.” We sighed the sigh of the self-satisfied, boosted the saturation on the iPhone photo we just snapped, and dug in.
Okay, okay, okay, we totally made that part up. But whenever people utter these two words to describe deep-rimmed dishes overflowing with vibrant food, we wonder if that’s what's going on for them. So we rolled our sleeves and started looking for more info and this is what we found. The concept of the Buddha bowl is a favorite of yogis and health bloggers, particular those of the vegan persuasion. But what are they, exactly, apart from something we can’t stop seeing each time we scroll through our Instagram feed?
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