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Yummy Vegan Breakfast

22 Apr

Now I am not a vegan I like my meat every now and then but I love adding vegetarian and vegan meals to my diet especially when weightloss is the goal. I love tofu and other soy products so when I am chucking meat out I throw in tofu whenever I can. My Yia Yia (grandmother in Greek) made a delicious breakfast of eggs with tomatoes so I took out the eggs and added some firm sprouted tofu in its place and viola! A delicious and healthy breakfast.

Tofu and Tomato Vegan Breakfast

1-8 oz can of diced tomatoes

1 fresh tomato chopped

1-2 oz  can of tomato sauce (I used no salt added)

1 tablespoon olive oil

2oz of water

sea salt/pepper to taste

Half a block of extra firm tofu, cubed

Drain and rinse canned tomatoes add to a pan. Follow with the chopped fresh tomato, and remaining ingredients except the tofu. Stir ingredients to mix and turn pan on to medium heat. Cook stirring occasionally until liquid is reduced and tomatoes are soft. Add your cubed tofu and cook until tofu is heated through. Serve with toast and fruit if you like. Enjoy!

**I had my breakfast with Ezekiel bread and a few kumquats and it was definitely delicious**

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A summer breakfast in the middle of winter…YUM!

27 Feb

I am nearing my graduation date in April and I couldn’t be happier except when I get screwed over by winter weather. I unfortunately am home missing a lesson because I couldn’t get out of my road due to ice. Not to mention I live an hour and fifteen minutes away from my school. So to cheer me up (because the winter blues are killing me) I decided to make a breakfast to give me summer dreams. So here is my recipe for scrambled eggs with scallion and sun dried tomatoes. Mmmmmmmmm……

Sun dried tomato and Scallion Scrambled Eggs

1 whole egg and two eggs whites

5 small sun dried tomatoes, or more if you wish

Handful of fresh chopped scallions

Cheese of your choice as much as you wish (I had some sharp American on hand so that’s what I used)

Some type of bread (It was delicious on an English muffin)

     Add a little bit of olive oil in a pan and heat for a minute or so on medium. Add your eggs to a bowl and beat then add cheese, scallions, and sun dried tomatoes, and mix until just blended. Add your egg mix to the pan and cook while constantly moving the eggs with a spatula until eggs are just firm. Toast up your english muffin and top with your scrambled eggs and enjoy. Serves 1.

Yummy summer inspired breakfast

Yummy summer inspired breakfast

Pita Pizza:Quick, Easy, and Delicious!

13 Mar

       Pitas were always a huge part of my life. They can be eaten alone, seasoned, with chicken, or my favorite souvlaki (Greek shish kebob). Growing up as a kid when I was in the mood for pizza I would also turn to the pita.  I would make a simple homemade sauce, top the pita with some shredded Greek cheese, pop it in the oven, and there was dinner! It soon became a go to quick dinner for my whole family, and it still is to this day.

Pita Pizza

5 pitas

4 cups shredded cheese (Kasseri, Kefalograviera, Mozzarella, etc.)

Tomato Sauce

1-8oz can of tomato sauce

Garlic Powder

Dried Oregano

Red Pepper Flakes

Salt/Pepper

Olive Oil

Make the sauce ahead of time to let the flavors develop. Pour the tomato sauce into a bowl, add a drizzle of olive oil, and then your seasonings. Now I did not add measurements for the seasoning because it is going to be dictated by your tastes. So this is your opportunity to play around with flavors. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Shred your cheese and set it aside. When your oven has preheated build your pizzas. Add the amount of sauce desired to your pita, top with cheese, and if you have toppings add those. My sisters like pepperoni while my dad loves anchovies. Put your finished pitas into the oven and bake for about 10 minutes. The cheese will be melted and slightly brown. If I’m going to have a quick dinner this is it. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Balsamic Glazed Onions and the Creation of the Best Burger Ever!

12 Feb

       There is just something about balsamic vinegar that just blows the mind. Between its striking dark color and its sweet and tangy flavors balsamic vinegar has become a favorite of food enthusiasts the world over. I have enjoyed it in mixed bean salads, reduced and drizzled over a piece of garlic bread; the list goes on and on. There was one day, though, when balsamic vinegar became the star of one of the greatest burgers I have ever eaten.

It was a normal Saturday and I was grilling up some burgers for the family. I had fried onion rings already for a side dish, but I wasn’t really feeling the normal lettuce and tomato for my burger. So I decided to raid my refrigerator and cupboards for some inspiration. One broken bottle and an avalanche of cans later I found the answer, balsamic vinegar. So what exactly am I going to do with it? I can reduce it and drizzle it over my patty. Nope, that is way too over done; well I have some Spanish onions…ding! I can glaze some sliced onions with the balsamic vinegar!

I got straight to work and here is the recipe for you to enjoy:

 

Balsamic Glazed Onions

Makes 4 servings

2 large onions, it will reduce when it cooks

2 tablespoons Olive oil

½ cup Balsamic Vinegar

Salt/Pepper, to taste

Dried or fresh rosemary, to taste

2 cups Sliced mushrooms (amazing option and combo)

        Slice your onions as thinly as possible and add to a pan. Add olive oil and salt and pepper to your onions and toss well to coat. Add your balsamic vinegar and toss well to coat. Cook your onions tossing frequently over medium to medium high heat until your onions are darkly glazed. There should be minimal to no liquid left in your pan. I f you have thicker pieces of onion it might take a little longer to glaze them. Don’t fret they don’t all have to be perfect. Top burgers with the onions and enjoy. You can also stuff chicken breast with them and some added goat cheese, and even make a pizza replacing the sauce with the onions. The pizza is really good and has become a staple in my house. There are tons of ways these onions can be used, have fun experimenting. Enjoy!

Warning: These onions will be very tangy and strong in flavor, you won’t need to pile on too many to get maximum impact, don’t say I didn’t warn you 😉

      

       I topped my juicy cheeseburger with the glazed onions followed by a mini tower of crispy onion rings.  I took my first bite and I knew that this would not be the last time I made this. It was so good and so different that I had to share it with the family. They enjoyed it so much that they beg me to make it every time I visit. It’s funny how families put you to work when you visit haha. What are you waiting for?  Go get your burger on!

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