Double Berry Breakfast Bake

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The groundhog has spoken……more winter. So, more baking. Double Berry Breakfast Bake is just the ticket for more winter.

Double Berry Breakfast Bake

Warm, sweet, full of berries, and oats. Just the thing to warm you up and get you going on a cold morning.


Double Berry Breakfast Bake

Coffeecake like, Double Berry Breakfast Bake is just sweet enough make you think you have having a decadent treat, but gives you some pretty good nutrition to start your day.

Double Berry Breakfast Bake
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Poppyseed Power Salad

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Super salads are …..….super!! Poppyseed Power Salad is a super delicious salad!!

Poppyseed Power Salad

What makes a salad super you might ask???? Well for me these are the 7 key components to build a super salad ……..

  1. Start with a really great mix of lettuce or green……..I love baby…..any green…..spinach, romaine, red leaf, ……the darker the color the better.
  2. You need some crunchy stuff……in this salad brussels sprouts, cabbage, kohlrabi, carrot and kale. Nuts or seeds are a great addition……I used almonds.
  3. You need a colorful ingredient…….I used dried cranberries but, colored peppers, red onion, tomato, avocado, even shredded beets.
  4. Add a punch of protein……beans, meat, fish, eggs, or cheese….I used goat cheese.
  5. Fruit adds a fresh element. Apples, or berries, the choices are really endless. Be careful with dried fruits, they tend to have a higher sugar content so a little goes a long way. Less sugar options are also available….I use those.
     
  6. Leftovers can add any of the above ingredients, and are a good way to stretch your food dollar.
  7. Use a good dressing……preferably homemade. You can control the fat and sugar. Oil, vinegar and citrus make the best healthy dressings. Dress salads lightly.

Poppyseed Power Salad

I have salad several time a week, the more the better. I came across a bagged mix……let me say this about that………if you have access to a Farmers Market, or have a garden of your own……make that your first choice. Having said that, there are many great organic and non organic pre-made mixes that can save you time and money and still give you all the benefits for a super salad.

Mann’s is a brand name of veggie that I use often.
They have a large line of products that make eating your veggies easy. Their Powerblend mix with brussels sprouts, cabbage, kohlrabi, broccoli, carrots, and kale that I adore…….is what I used in this recipe.

Poppyseed Power Salad

Crunchy, nutritious, and full of vitamins…….and bonus ……it’s already ready already! I added some baby spinach to bump the green power and, cause I had some leftover.

I think fruit in a salad is a nice sweet surprise, and dried cranberries are an easy salad add in. As I said above, dried fruits do have more sugar so go lightly, and if possible buy a reduced sugar version.

Poppyseed Power Salad

If I had to chose a favorite nut……and had to exclude Tim…….lol, I would chose almonds. To me they have a light, delicate flavor that won’t overpower a dish. They are great in either sweet or savory dishes and are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber…..they are kinda super too!

Goat cheese……love it or hate it……I love it. So beautifully white, with a creamy mild and distinct flavor. It is not everyones cup of tea, but give it a try……it was the only choice for this salad.

Poppyseed Power Salad

Poppyseed dressing, I have made several varieties over the years, those is one of the best. Fresh and light, lemony, with a touch of sweetness. Lemon juice, olive oil, honey, dijon, and apple cider vinegar make the perfect dressing for Poppyseed Power Salad.

This salad does not have meat but you could add a nice grilled chicken and make it a main course. I must confess, that even thought it does not go with the healthy theme to the salad, I put leftover bacon on top when I took the leftovers of this salad for my lunch the day after I made it. It was bacon……what can you say….it was deliciousPoppyseed Power Salad

Poppyseed Power Salad is a perfect side or main dish salad.

Poppyseed Power Salad
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 10 ounce package Powerblend Salad Mix
  • 1 cup baby spinach, chopped
  • ½ cup reduced sugar dried cranberries
  • ½ cup almonds ( whole, slivered or sliced )
  • ½ cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • Dressing
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • ¼ cup organic honey
  • ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated onion
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon poppyseed
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine all of the salad ingredients, toss to combine.
  2. Place all dressing ingredients except poppyseed in a blender or a jar with a tight fitting lid, blend or shake until emulsified. Add poppyseed and mix until combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. When you are ready to serve give the dressing a shake, top the salad, and serve.

 

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Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

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Spring Break is approaching it’s final days, then it’s back to school for the last of the 2015-2016 school year. I will need something to get my motor running……… Cranberry Almond Energy Bites.

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

I am always running later than I want too! I start getting ready for school early enough, but somewhere between the shower and the door……..I think I enter a time warp, or fall into a black hole…….anyway, I am always running out the door.


But, I believe in the power of breakfast. After a good nights sleep you need to refuel your tank. But, for the running late me, it needs to be a grab and go, eat in the car kinda thing. Cranberry Almond Energy Bites are certainly that kind of breakfast.

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

Loaded with oatmeal, almonds, and almond butter, you will have all the protein you need to start your day. Chia seeds and flax add an additional health boost and cranberries and coconut add a bit of sweetness.

Since I have been on Spring Break, and doing Spring Break things…..no alarm, a few extra hours of sleep…..it will be hard to get back into the groove.

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

I have a plan, or I should say I made a plan. I made the Cranberry Almond Energy Bites this week, and I am already for that first day back to school. I can grab a couple of the bites and a cup of joe and head on out the door! Hopefully on time……..but, lets not get hysterical!

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

If you need that make ahead grab and go breakfast, try these bites. A big shout out to The Creative Bite for the recipe I found on Pinterest.

For now, I plan on enjoying my last few days of Spring Break!!!

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Cranberry Almond Energy Bites
Serves: 16
 
Ingredients
  • 1 c. oatmeal
  • ⅓ c. sliced almonds
  • ⅓ c. sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • ½ c. almond butter
  • ¼ c. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • ⅓ c. dried cranberries, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Bake oatmeal, almonds and coconut for 8-10 minutes at 350°, stirring after 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool. (My coconut was already toasted so I did not add it to the oatmeal and almonds)
  2. In a medium bowl microwave the almond butter for 20-30 seconds until runny, add the baked mix along with flaxseed, honey, chia seeds and cranberries to the bowl.
  3. Form into 1.5" balls and refrigerate. I used a small ice cream scoop to make sure they were uniform. Store in an airtight container refrigerated for up to one week or freezer for 3 months.
Notes
To make shaping the balls easier I sprayed my hands with coconut spray.
I also rolled them in extra coconut and almonds for a pretty look!

 

 

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