Breakfast like a Queen

My breakfast used to consist of an iced mocha & if I was lucky, a poppyseed muffin. Yah, it was bad. I soon realized that starting my day with milk, sugar, and carbs guaranteed an early afternoon crash & other ugly side effects.

My excuse was that I didn’t have time to prepare a healthy breakfast before work. Well I’m calling BS on myself and any of you who make the same excuse. Overnight oats have changed my mornings and I hope they do the same for you. They are quick, easy, nutritious, and delicious. You know what they say: Eat breakfast like a queen, lunch like a princess, and dinner like a pauper.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/3 cup regular oats
  • 1 cup almond milk | and more if needed |
  • 1-2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled and smashed
  • 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon

Add all of the ingredients listed above to a mason jar and mix it together. I usually prepare my oats before bed. Oats will really soak up the flavors of the fruit and spices you add to them, so have fun with it. Once you’re done adding your ingredients just stick it in the fridge.

You can certainly substitute the almond milk for regular milk.. I just prefer to avoid dairy as much as possible. Sometimes if I only have a banana on hand I’ll add a little bit of vanilla extract to my oats to give them a little oomph. The options are endless.

The next morning I put my oats in a big ole’ bowl and top it with more fresh fruit and some extra almond milk. I’ll add a handful of almonds if I don’t quite feel full and off to work I go. Enjoy your morning beautiful!

Overnight Oats Fact: According to Japanese Scientific Research, full ripe bananas with dark patches on yellow skin produces a substance called TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor) which has the ability to combat abnormal cells. The darker patches it has the higher it’s immunity enhancement quality; Hence, the riper the banana the better the anti-cancer quality.

Spicy Lettuce Wraps

I recently made the decision to become a vegetarian, but this dish has been a favorite of mine long before I adjusted my diet. It’s simple, I like my food spicy. There is always a bottle of hot sauce at my desk at work for those foodie emergencies (aka “this shit doesn’t have any flavor” moments) so I’m always prepared to add a lil’ kick to whatever is on my plate.

What you’ll need:

  • One package of tofu (I prefer firm)
  • 1 bag of Classic Coleslaw
  • Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce
  • Thai Peanut Sauce
  • Sweet Red Chili Sauce
  • *Glass of vino & good music is optional 

Cook time: 20 minutes

Tofu sauces

The tofu I buy comes in a container with 4 individual blocks but I typically only use two for this recipe. It makes enough for dinner and leftovers the next day.

Step 1: Slice the tofu into small blocks, each about half an inch thick. Put the tofu into a bowl and add as much Sriracha as your spicy self pleases. Tofu truly takes on whatever flavor you add to it, so I usually do this 24 hours prior to cooking the tofu so that it has time to mingle n’ marinate. Keep in mind: the longer it sits, the spicier it gets. I recommend adding the Sriracha and cooking it immediately for your first time if you’re nervous about it being too hot for your taste.

Step 2: Put the tofu in a pan with a teaspoon of peanut oil. Cook the tofu on medium heat and occasionally flip the “blocks” so that it cooks evenly for about 12-15 minutes.

Step 3: In a separate pan add your coleslaw and cook it on low heat for 5 minutes. I don’t add any oil to this because it tends to get soggy if you do, and the fresh crunch without it is to die for. *Once this is done you should allow the slaw to cool to avoid wilting your lettuce

Step 4: When everything is cooked I place equal amounts of tofu and slaw into individual Fresh Living Butter Lettuce pieces. Then I add the peanut sauce and sweet chili sauce. These two sauces are key to this recipe and truly balance out the flavors for the perfect bite. *Don’t even pretend like you’re modest when it comes to the peanut sauce, be real with yourself and add as much as you’d like — it is divine. 

And voila! You have a healthy vegetarian meal that you can indulge in guilt free. Spicy food is apparently supposed to speed up your metabolism as well, which is always a bonus. You can also add brown or white rice to this as a side dish, or just lay the tofu on top of a bed of rice without any lettuce. I hope you enjoy this quick and easy recipe as much as me. Stay spicy, my loves.

Spicy Tofu