3 tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup + more to taste if desired
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup sliced toasted almonds*
1/4 cup coconut chips
Combine uncooked rolled / old-fashioned oats, milk / Greek yogurt and sweetener and spices if using.
Scoop some of the oats into a bowl, mason jar or a resealable container.
Slice or chop up some strawberries and layer over the oats.
Spoon in the rest of the oats on top. Alternatively, you can just mix in the strawberries with the oats and just add everything into the jar or container all at once.
Seal up the container and park it in the fridge overnight.
The next morning, you can heat the glass jar up in the microwave for a hot breakfast or enjoy your overnight oats cold straight from the fridge. You can add more milk and any fun toppings of your choice.
It should keep for 4-5 days.
To cook the quinoa or steel-cut oats:
Add water to a large saucepan set over medium-low heat. Stir in the oats, quinoa, and salt. Cook on medium-low, uncovered, until the grains are just tender and the water has evaporated, 15-20 minutes.
Remove from heat. Stir in the coconut milk, chia seeds, honey or maple syrup, and vanilla. Taste and add additional sweetener if desired. Allow to cool, then pour into eight separate containers (about 1 cup per container). I like to use mason jars because they have lids + they’re sturdy and portable.
I didn’t have quinoa or steel-cut oats this time, but I loved the texture in the Starbucks version (shaved coconut might be harder to acquire, or pricy). I didn’t have almonds or fresh fruit either, maybe when it’s in season… I used some cow’s whole milk, but will try coconut milk next, if I cook the oats and quinoa together.
Three-quarter cups full (150 milliliter) of regular tap water
Two full teaspoons of golden milk tea/black tea leaves (I used one bag of Tetley Classic)
Half a cup (120 milliliter) of whole milk (I used fresh half and half from a glass bottle)
25 milliliter of fresh honey (or 10 grams granulated sugar)
Pour the water into a small pot. Set the temperature to medium. Bring the water to the boil for one minute.
Add the tea leaves into the boiling water and steep between thirty seconds to about one minute. Then, lower heat to a simmer for one minute and thirty seconds to about a full two minutes. **Do not let the tea simmer for more than two minutes, as it will become too bitter.
Slowly pour in the milk into the pot. Allow the milk tea to come back to a full simmer. Do not go beyond boiling point as the milk will cook and curdle in high temperature, which will leave your milk tea lumpy. Turn the heat off.
Warm your cup with hot water beforehand.
Pour your tea into a cup, using a tea sieve to filter out tea leaves.
Mix honey or sugar to your liking.
I was watching an episode of Meteor Garden when the hero changes his order from a cappuccino to Royal milk tea, to avoid drinking the same thing as his betrothed. It sounded delicious, so I looked it up, to find it was a Japanese drink: Roiyarumirukuti (ロイヤルミルクティー). Apparently “The Classic Blend is more of an “everyday” black tea” (FAQ), so next time I need to get the proper “British Blend is made from premium Kenyan and Assam teas” if I’m using Tetley tea bags.
To soak, add a tablespoon of white vinegar, a few spoonfuls of Epsom salts, and a few drops of tea tree oil in hot water, for 15 minutes. Dry feet.
To exfoliate, mix sugar/salt and honey and olive oil. Rub into skin for a minute. Wash off with warm water.
To trim, use the cuticle remover and nail clippers. To file, use the foot file and nail buffer and nail file. (Use a sturdy foot file and focus on the heels, balls of feet, and edges of toes.) Apply cuticle oil (lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, coconut or olive or Argan oil, and Vitamin E oil) to the skin around your nails.
To moisturize, some jojoba oil and a drop of tea tree oil (or rub a rich cream on your feet, top and bottom. Don’t forget your heels and cuticles. Calves optional.)
Before bed, apply foot lotion, then add some socks, and hop into bed.
Mix the marinade, and marinate salmon for 30 minutes or more in a glass bowl.
Bring the salmon to room temperature 10 minutes before cooking.
Warm a large nonstick skillet with olive oil/butter over medium-low heat. Season the fish with salt and pepper.
Raise the heat to medium-high until oil is shimmering. Place the salmon, skin-side up in the pan. Press firmly in place for 10 seconds, using the back of a flexible fish spatula, to prevent the skin from buckling. Cook until golden brown on 1 side, pressing gently on back of fillets occasionally to ensure good contact with skin, until skin releases easily from pan, about 4 minutes. Turn the fish over with a spatula, and cook until it feels firm to the touch and the skin is crisp if desired, about 3 minutes more.
The skin can be served or removed easily with a knife or spoon.
Transfer to a plate and serve as desired.
We served it with rice and spinach, but I would have really liked it with some broccoli and roasted potatoes. Also we removed the skin, but it browned beautifully.
FOR THE BERRIES-MIXTURE
1-1/2 cups halved strawberries
1/2- cup plain yogurt (I used Lifeway pomegranate kefir)
2 tablespoons honey
1 cup crushed ice
FOR THE GREENS-MIXTURE
2 cups torn kale leaves , packed (I used baby spinach)
1 green apple , quartered (optional)
1/2 cup plain yogurt (I use Stonyfield Organic whole milk)
1/4 cup coconut/soy milk
2 tablespoons honey
1 cup crushed ice
Freeze strawberries and 1 banana for 20 minutes. During that time, blend the kale, 1 banana, yogurt, honey, and ice until smooth and creamy. Divide into four portions and freeze for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, blend frozen strawberries, banana, yogurt, honey, and ice until creamy and smooth. Pour strawberry smoothie over kale and serve immediately.
Summertime means looking for cold, fresh, in-season recipes. This hits all the right spots for breakfast and a sweet treat. Plus, spinach has iron for us anemics!
8 ounces (225 g) fresh/frozen mixed berries (I had fresh strawberries)
2 spoonfuls of peanut butter (no bananas!)
3/4 cup (175 mL) plain yogurt, whole milk
1 cup (235 mL) almond milk
1/4 cup (60 mL) cranberry juice
1 – 2 spoonfuls of honey
I would add ground flax seed and a handful of spinach if I had any. I could have added a spoonful of chia seeds, or chopped frozen bananas, or some cooked oatmeal if I wanted a thicker smoothie. Optional: Add 1/2 cup coconut water. I might try hemp, hazelnut, coconut or rice milk to substitute in the future!
2 cups strawberries, frozen
3 tbsp honey
2 tbsp chia seeds
splash of vanilla extract (optional)
splash of water
splash of lemon juice
Mix all ingredients except chia seeds. Cook in a small pot over medium heat for 5-10 minutes. Stir until thickened, breaking up the fruit. Sweeten to taste. Add the chia seeds and stir for a minute. Let jam cool slightly, then transfer to heatproof, sterilized jars (I adore Bonne Maman preserves, so I always save up their jars). Cover and let cool completely. Chill in the fridge until ready to use.
After looking up all of those interesting ways to use chia seeds, I became fascinated with this simple recipes. Only berries and sugar and chia seeds are essential, but I had the rest in the pantry, so hey, why not? All the little chia seeds look like strawberry seeds in the photo! I thought the vanilla flavouring unnecessary, so I wouldn’t add it next time. And it wasn’t overly sweet, as most jams are — a nice change!
2 cups almond-coconut milk
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup maple syrup (or honey)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
sprinkled with a touch of cinnamon
Whisk all ingredients together. Refrigerate overnight. Eat with fresh fruit in the morning.
I wanted to try a chia seed recipe without using yogurt, because I love my yogurt, but I wanted to use up the almond milk before it expires (one week after opening, according to the label).
So I layered 3 spoonfuls of chia pudding with 2 spoonfuls of whole milk plain yogurt. Added chopped strawberries and toasted chopped almonds and a spoonful of jam to finish. This made enough chia pudding for six (small) servings.
1 tbsp butter
1 cup steel-cut oats
3 cups boiling water
1 cup almond milk
pinch of salt
toppings: ground cinnamon, honey, toasted chopped walnuts, extra milk
Melt the butter in a saucepot. Add the oats and toast for a couple of minutes, stirring. Add the boiling water, then reduce heat to low and leave untouched for 25 minutes, simmering. Add the cup of milk and mix to combine, scraping up the bottom if need be. Leave for another 10 minutes. Add the salt; stir. Let rest 5 minutes to thicken. Serve with toppings of your choice. I like to add a little more milk at the end, like a warm porridge cereal.
My favorite packet of Quaker ® Instant Oatmeal is apples and cinnamon, since childhood. So I first started trying this type of oatmeal when I came across a rust-red box of it in the organic cereals section of my local ShopRite back in Jersey City, during my grad school days. Eating healthy and cheaply then was the priority. Now I think of steel-cut oats as being Irish, ever since visiting Ireland. This does take longer to cook than instant oatmeal, but I like the chewy texture and nutty flavor. It’s worth it. Plus, slow food!