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Strawberries & “Cream” Pancakes

Happy National Pancake Day!

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A whole year since I have posted a recipe… I am so embarrassed! But of course, having celebrated the holiday for years and years now, I just had to get something up, even if it meant not getting any sleep last night. Why is it the best food holiday ever? Well… breakfast: obviously my favorite meal of the day… just check out the instagram if you had any doubt. In fact, I had so many breakfast posts I just decided to give them their own hashtag.  Secondly: Pancakes! Fluffy, light, round, prepared in one food processor bowl, and best paired with fruit? No further explanation needed.

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Chocolate-covered Strawberry Oatmeal

Chocolate and Strawberry: a match made in… the 1960’s?

Apparently, the chocolate covered strawberry was first invented in the 1960s, in case you were wondering.  Okay so these aren’t exactly chocolate covered strawberries, but when you combine the two in this decadent breakfast (or dessert), it sure tastes like it!!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Oatmeal - Gluten free, Dairy free, refined sugar free, and vegan!

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Thin Mint Pancakes

It’s National Pancake Day!

Clearly I love this holiday, as I’ve celebrated it on the blog for the last two years (oh my gosh I’ve had the blog for two years?!) It should be noted, there are a couple of Pancake Days… pretty anticlimactic. Shrove Tuesday is the day before lent begins, and apparently the Irish used to use up all of their eggs and fat, since you couldn’t eat those during lent. The 2nd NPD is IHOP’s celebration (March 8th) of free pancakes and donations to Children’s Miracle Network. I think that is great cause for celebration, but just to be safe, I’ll get this post out on the early side to benefit both holidays.

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Caramelized Banana French Toast

Is it breakfast or dessert?

I’m still not sure… I indulge for breakfast but it tastes so sweet it could pass as an evening treat for sure! Breakfast for dinner perhaps? YES!

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I especially love eating this around the holidays. Sometimes when spending time with family stuffing their faces with treats, it can be easy to fall into the trap of feeling sorry for yourself when you eat a special diet. When I make this delicious breakfast, the opposite is the case and everyone is wanting some of what I have!!!   Continue reading

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Skillet Frittata

14 minute Skillet Frittata

Skillet Frittata

In a breakfast lull? Here’s another fabulous breakfast to add to the list. I have been wanting to make a frittata for some time now, but as they all involved baking for prolonged periods of time, I never got around to doing it because I am always so hungry and impatient in the morning. I either have to be running out the door too quickly, or slept in and woke up too late on the weekend and can’t cram food in my mouth fast enough.

One day, I thought… why can’t you make a frittata on the stove? Sure enough… it’s a thing! It cooks in half the time (or less) and doesn’t require a big clunky baking dish, large batches, or heating up your whole house with the oven.  Continue reading

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Eggs in a [bell pepper] Hole

I found a new breakfast with eggs and I am ecstatic!

Egg in a Hole: Rich With Life

I woke up one day this week and just really was craving a new breakfast. I love breakfast… if you’ve been on my instagram at all you can see that. But the problem is I get in ruts. I eat oatmeal every day for 6 months and then one day, I can’t imagine ever eating another bowl of oatmeal ever again. So then I eat eggs for a few months and they get old. So I switch it up to an omelet until that gets old and I add potatoes. Then I go to waffles for a while because oatmeal still sounds gross, and then I feel terrible because I’m eating waffles every day. At that point, waffles or eggs sound better because I know my body will feel better again.

So I’ve done this cycle for a while now and really (still) struggle to find the balance. Until recently… I am trying to get creative and find some new ideas! I’ve been adding in new things like pancakes a few days a week, a breakfast sandwich, or tacos.

Egg in a Hole: Rich With Life

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Hotel Breakfast Potatoes

These make my taste buds sing every morning.

Hotel Breakfast Potatoes: Rich with Life - Gluten, Dairy, Sugar Free

I feel like I’m on vacation, when I make these babies, sit on my patio, and listen to the world wake up. I coined these “hotel breakfast potatoes” because sometimes when I stay in a nice hotel on the road, or if I have an early flight out the next day, we order room service or to-go from the restaurant. I call down and find out how they make their breakfast potatoes and eggs, and usually they’re fine, but if they are fried or something, they will many times accommodate me and just make my own in a pan on the stove. I love friendly hotels (SPG hotels have a pretty good reputation for cooking safe food in my book).

Okay Emily so what – get to the point. OKAY so these are always the best potatoes! These ones and the ones at Root Down in the Denver airport. Wow, those are so good too. My very very favorite ones are when they have all different colors (yes, you can taste subtle differences, I swear) like purple, blue, red, and then of course the traditional white/tan. Even better is when they add in sweet potatoes. Okay well enough dreaming about hotels – these are the real deal and they taste like the ones in the hotels! I LOVE potatoes so much guys and they just make me so happy the whole time I’m eating, so they usually get eaten last and it’s my favorite part!

Hotel Breakfast Potatoes: Rich with Life - Gluten, Dairy, Sugar Free

GF, DF, SF, Vegan

Serves: 3-4 potatoes/person
Prep time: 1 minute
Cook time: 13 minutes

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Peanut Butter Banana Tacos

A quick and easy dessert, with ingredients you already have on hand!

Peanut Butter Banana Taco: Rich With Life - Gluten, Dairy, and Sugar Free

That is how every recipe should start, right? Wouldn’t that be nice! This is a great dessert (or snack) that I used to make often in college. It was one of those where I made it, fell in love with it, made it way too many times in a row for months, and then never craved it anymore. Lucky for me (and for you!) my cravings are back in full swing and I am loving this dessert right now. I think I have eaten it 5 out of the last 6 or 7 days.

It’s the perfect combination of warm gooey-goodness, with a soft crunch (is that even a thing?) and the corn makes it even a little salty. Plus, there is banana, and who doesn’t love banana?! If you’ve spent any time on my blog, you can see that I’m a little obsessed.

Peanut Butter Banana Taco: Rich With Life - Gluten, Dairy, and Sugar Free

On that note actually, I just recently made a new friend. Oh yeah, by the way, I moved to Texas. It’s been a while since I posted and I had this whole plan to blog every week, etc, etc, and then life happened. Anyway, I am in grad school and it’s insanely busy, but I promised myself I would write this recipe post this week. So, back to what i was saying — New friend! Ah! She is the coolest! She can’t eat many of the same foods as me! Sadly though, one intolerance she has that we do not share is bananas. … I know! So tough. So I am going to be trying to brainstorm some new ideas for how to make these recipes and new ones without bananas. But I definitely think you could put other things in this like pineapple, apples (cooked or raw!), pears, strawberries — go crazy, get creative!!

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Home Baked Fries

Simple, quick, and easy!

Yummmm. These babies are better than anything you could find at McDonalds or in a frozen bag of Ore-Ida. I’ll admit, since going gluten free there have been many days when I crave fast food fries. But after making my own and seeing how easy and tasty they are, I’m definitely satisfied.

There are so many variations you can make here, but the best part is, you can make them just how you like them – how well done, how much salt, what seasonings, shape, etc. And it’s really very quick and easy and you could have them sitting in your lap 25 minutes after craving them. If you want to make things really easy, buy the bags of small potatoes. You can even get multi-colored ones for a really fun plate!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Potatoes (or several mini-potatoes)
  • 3 Tblsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tblsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Several sprigs of Rosemary (fresh is preferred)

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Sweet Potato Fries

Nature’s sweet treat

Sweet potato fries are a special treat because of their natural sweetness. I eat these as a sweet snack, or even dessert some nights. For the POTS folks out there, it’s a great salty snack as well to increase blood volume. These babies keep well in the fridge and are a great go-to snack when you’re search for something “healthy” to munch on but don’t have a lot of time.

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GF, DF, SF, Paleo, Vegan

Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato per person
    Per potato:
  • 1-2 Tblsp fresh cilantro, thyme, rosemary, or parsley (my favorite is rosemary)
  • 1 Tblsp salt
  • 1 Tblsp olive oil

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