lunch to-go + blogger meetUP

Saturday morning breakfast:  I was up early to babysit.  I didn’t feel like oats [shocking!] and was craving more of the bread that Mama Pea sent me!  I was also craving a banana scramble.

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Okay, I know this looks like a burger and not breakfast but I promise it was delicious.

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That is not cheese oozing out, it’s peanut butter…fear not!

SuperFood Banana Scramble [original recipe genius from (never home)maker]

  • 1/2 banana

  • 1T chia seeds

  • 1/2t cinnamon

  • 1 scoop Chocolate Amazing Grass SuperFood

  • 3T rolled oats

  • ~1/4c hemp milk

  1. Mash banana until “eggy.”

  2. Mash all other ingredients together and let sit for a few minutes.

  3. Heat a pan over medium heat and lightly grease.

  4. Cook for 3-5min until browned, and flip with a large spatula or just mash around until browned to your liking.

  5. Top on bread/english muffin/bagel.

The SuperFood just gave it a little cocoa flavor.  Very yummy!  Topped with pnut butter + jelly!

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I knew I was going to be babysitting for 8hrs and that I would need lunch + snacks.  Here’s what I packed!

Crunch action.

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1/2 a ‘loupe!

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tea + + cherry almond granola + plain Oikos

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quinoa sesame bar + grapes + kiwi – It was all consumed! :)  I also went on 2 walks with the baby I watched.  The first was about 1.5m and the second was about 3-4miles.  It was gorgeous out!

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SuNdaaaaaaaaY!  I was so excited for the blogger meetuP but didn’t decide what I was making until Saturday night.  I made a quick trip to the store, Sunday morning, and got to cooking/baking.  These 2 recipes were super simple and great to make for a group of people.  Both recipes took me an hour total, at the most.

I’ve made this a few times and change it up a little bit every time.  The original recipe comes from 101 Cookbooks for Peanut Butter Krispy Treats.  Recently, I made a healthed up version [with chia seeds, hemp seeds + more!] of this recipe that was delicious.

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I wanted to make this a little more dessert like.  It was my favorite version yet!

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If you liked rice krispy treats as a kid [or adult] you will love these!  No marshmallow but still just as gooey :)

Peanut Butter Brown Rice Crunch Bars – gluten free + vegan!!

  • 5-6c unsweetened brown rice cereal [I used a gluten free version]

  • ~3/4c chopped unsalted roasted organic peanuts

  • 3/4c homemade peanut butter

  • 1t cinnamon

  • 1/2c brown rice syrup

  • 1/4c maple syrup

  • 1t salt

  • 2t arrowroot or tapioca starch

  • 1/3c vegan dark chocolate + 2T non-dairy milk [I used hemp]

  1. In a large saucepan combine, peanut butter, cinnamon, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, salt and starch.

  2. Heat over medium/low, stirring frequently until small bubbles form.

  3. Carefully stir in 1/2 of the peanuts and the 5c of cereal, until evenly coated.

  4. Press into a 9x13, parchment lined pan.  Use a silicone spatula to spread evenly and compress into the pan.

  5. Melt chocolate + milk in the microwave 20sec at a time, stirring each time, until smooth.

  6. Pour the chocolate into a small plastic bag, and cut a tiny piece of the corner off.

  7. Squeeze the bag to drizzle chocolate all over the treats.

  8. Top with peanuts.

  9. Refrigerate for at least 1hr.

  10. Cut + serve.

These have an awesome crunchy/gooey/chewy texture.  They are definitely not overly-sweet and using the brown rice syrup will keep you from going into a sugar coma :)  I am really sensitive to sugar in desserts and using brown rice syrup definitely helps!

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I also made a recipe inspired from Clean Food.  The summer section of the book has so many amazing, fresh sounding recipes!  This was for a tomato + chickpea salad with cilantro dressing.  Well, I do not like cilantro, so I subbed basil and it worked perfectly.  Since I made a few changes I feel that I can share the recipe with you.  It was very tasty as a main dish or side!

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Lemon Basil Chickpea Salad [vegan + gluten free]

  • ~1lb of chopped tomatoes – I used a mix of plum, vine, and a local variety – you can also use grape or cherry, just cut them in half

  • 3, 15oz cans chickpeas, drained + rinsed

  • 1 small package of fresh basil

  • 4 chopped scallions

  • 2 medium garlic cloves

  • 1/2c olive oil

  • 1/4c fresh squeezed lemon juice

  • s+p to taste

  1. Combine chopped tomatoes + chickpeas in a large bowl.

  2. In a food processor, drop in garlic with processor going.  Scrape down sides of bowl

  3. Add in olive oil, lemon juice + basil.

  4. Pulse about 10 or so times.

  5. Pour over chickpeas + tomatoes and toss together.

  6. Season with salt and pepper + top with scallions.

SO easy!!

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I have more of these sitting in my fridge…mmm  I love getting creative with this recipe!

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Ann brought amazing asparagus wraps with white rice, avocado, and cilantro [and maybe a few other things].  They were SO good and she was very kind to leave out the cilantro in a few for me :)

My reason for hating cilantro:  I used to love it.  Until I cooked with it.  The smell was SO overpowering I thought I was going to yak and I could smell it on my hands for daaaays.  The only things I tolerate it in are Chipotle’s rice and salsa [sometimes].

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Emily brought some fresh veg + crackers + dip.

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Along with a yummy Israeli couscous dish.

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These were SO good.  Ann said she found it off a really random website.  I must get the recipe!

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Heather brought a deeeeeeeeelicious dish as well.  A cold pesto pasta salad with asparagus, peas and tomatoes.  Hopefully she’ll share the recipe on her blog ;)

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I think Kathleen brought these vanilla meringues, which are SO good.  I describe them as a crunchy puff of vanilla sugar! :)

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A mess of deliciousness!!!

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Lauren made an amaaazing Indian spiced potato salad.  I can’t believe I juuust started eating Indian food about 1 year ago.  SO good!

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Lindsey + her pup Kaya were new to the meet up crew!  It was so awesome that they could come.  She was in town from Wyoming and it worked out to stop by.  I forgot to photograph the yummy snacks she brought!

She has a ton of cute photos of Kaya on her blog :)

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With a dog poop bag tied around her shorts ;)

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Emily + me + Lauren + Heather – Although it was 90+ degrees out today we found a spot in the shade that was perfect + breezy.

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Ann + me!

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minus Lauren, plus Kathleen :)

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It was so nice to meet up with these girls.  We had a ton of fun sitting in the grass eating + talking.  Thanks to everyone that came!

Off to bed…I haven’t been feeling the best and need some sleep.  The next two days are a bit chaotic before leaving for Cleveland.  My trips home are usually really busy, but I’m determined to get in some good R+R while I’m home!!


<3 Ash