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Parmesan Pita French Toast with a Whipped Walnut Pea Puree

11 Mar

I received free samples of Toufayan Pita mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Toufayan Bakeries and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Upon taking up a healthier lifestyle, all the sugary, nutrient-empty breakfast dishes had no place in my diet any longer. Donuts, cereals, traditional pancakes doused in syrup, breakfast pastry, French toast – it all had to go.

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But those tasty items don’t need to become completely obsolete! Using Toufayan Whole Wheat Pita, which are made free of cholesterol and trans fats, and only contain 2 grams of sugar per pita loaf, I created a savory version of an old favorite.

The salty Parmesan in the French toast liquid pairs perfectly with the whipped walnut pea puree for a breakfast (or lunch or dinner) that will satisfy all your nutrition and taste buds’ needs!

And, if you’re looking to buy some Toufayan Pita, just check out their site for a complete map!

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Parmesan Pita French Toast with a Whipped Walnut Pea Puree

Serves 4

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 C nondairy milk
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan, plus more to serve
  • 4 Whole Wheat Pita breads

Whipped Walnut Pea Puree

  • 3/4 C frozen peas, cooked and drained
  • 1/2 C walnut halves
  • 1/4 tsp roasted dried garlic (regular granulated garlic will work as well)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp nondairy milk
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 425. Grease a shallow, flat-bottom baking dish that’s big enough for the pita breads. You may need to use two dishes.

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and spices. Whisk in four tablespoons of freshly grated Parmesan. Place your pita loaves in a shallow, flat-bottomed dish. Pour the mixture over the pita breads and lift them up to make sure the egg can coat the bottoms as well. Set aside to soak while you make the puree.

Cook the frozen peas in the microwave, following package directions. Drain out the water and transfer to a mini food processor. If you don’t have a mini food processor, you can use a fork and a bowl, or mortar and pestle.

Add in the walnuts, garlic, olive oil and one tablespoon of milk. Puree until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl frequently. Add more milk as necessary to reach desired “whipped” consistency.

Transfer the puree to a small serving bowl.

Now that the oven is hot and the pita loaves have been able to soak, transfer the pitas to the prepared baking dish(es), pouring any remaining egg mixture over the pitas. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes, turning the dish around halfway through.

Remove from the oven and carefully transfer pita breads to plates. Top with a scoop of of the whipped puree and more freshly grated Parmesan. Enjoy hot for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

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Cheesy BBQ Tempeh Pita Pockets

7 Mar

I received free samples of Toufayan Pita mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Toufayan Bakeries and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Bring the BBQ indoors, and into winter, with these cheesy BBQ tempeh pita pockets! This quick weeknight meal will satisfy everyone, and evoke flavors of warm summer evenings.

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Toufayan Pita pockets are a great way to bring the sticky mess of BBQ inside – simply roast everything together in the oven, melt some cheese into halved pita pockets, and stuff with the sweet and savory BBQ goodness.

I used Organic Sprouted Whole Wheat pita pockets for this recipe, to add an earthiness to the BBQ flavors. If you’re looking for something simple, delicious and healthy for a dinner that the whole family will love, this is the solution!

What’s better is that Toufayan Bakeries is a family-owned bakery that makes more than 100 delicious products available across the nation. It is the largest Pita company in the U.S.! Toufayan Bakeries uses old-world recipes with only top quality, wholesome ingredients, making Pita that are naturally cholesterol free and trans fat free.

Cheesy BBQ Tempeh Pita Pockets

Serves 4

  • 1 block tempeh
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 C prepared BBQ sauce – I used Stubb’s
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • dash of sea salt
  • 4 Toufayan Sprouted Grain Pita breads, halved into two pockets
  • 4 oz gouda, thinly sliced (use vegan cheese if desired)
  • Hot sauce, to serve – optional

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with PAM; set aside.

Slice the tempeh into two thin squares. Then cube into bite-sized pieces. Toss this with the diced veggies and halved tomatoes. Stir in the BBQ sauce, oil and sea salt; coat completely. Spread in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Roast for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through.

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In the meantime, halve the pita breads and fill each half with a layer of cheese slices. Place on another lined baking sheet and heat through in the oven for a few minutes – long enough to warm the bread and begin melting the cheese.

Remove both baking sheets. Transfer pita breads to four plates. Use a spoon to fill each pita half with the BBQ tempeh mixture. Top with hot sauce if desired. Serve and enjoy hot!

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Pizza Cornbread

2 Jan

Happy new year! My New Year’s Eve was filled with friends, food, fizzy drinks and a Simpson’s marathon. We sure know how to party 😀  So what do you make for a low-key night in? A massive cheese plate, light sweets and… cornbread. Yep, my friend requested cornbread, which was the perfect opportunity to develop a new recipe! Because friends = guinea pigs, obviously.

I wanted a savory cornbread, but one that wouldn’t compete with the pulled pork everyone else was eating for dinner. And pizza is, as we all know, one of the best foods that exists. So I smashed the two together to form pizza cornbread!

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The batter is based off my recipe for avocado cornbread. It’s whole wheat, packed with corn, and flavored with Italian seasoning and roasted garlic. Then I filled it with a layer of pizza sauce and freshly shredded cheese. This tasted amazing hot out of the oven, but also tastes great refrigerated the next day. Make it as a side dish for soup, or as a snack to enjoy all on its own. Dress it up with sautéed veggies or even salami (vegan or otherwise).

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Pizza Cornbread, adapted from my Avocado Cornbread

Makes one 9″ cornbread, serves 8-10

  • 1 C skim or non-dairy milk + 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 C course ground cornmeal
  • 1/2 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp granulated roasted garlic (roasted is preferred, but regular garlic powder works too)
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1.25 C corn kernels (if using frozen, allow to thaw first)
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 C prepared pizza sauce (I love Trader Joe’s jarred pizza sauce)
  • 3 oz freshly shredded Parmesan or aged mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 375. Place 9″ oven-safe skillet or cake pan in the oven while it preheats.

In a large measuring cup or small bowl, combine milk and lemon juice; set aside and let curdle.

In a small bowl, melt together the butter and honey.

In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients, including the corn.

Whisk the egg into the now-curdled milk and pour into the dry mixture. Add the melted butter-honey mixture and stir to combine.

Remove the hot pan from the oven and spray liberally with PAM. Pour about 2/3 of the batter into the pan and spread into an even layer.

Spoon on the pizza sauce, and spread, as you would on pizza crust, leaving the outer edges without sauce.

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Cover the sauce with your freshly shredded cheese. Spoon the remaining batter on top and spread into a thin layer, to cover the cheese and sauce as best you can. It’s ok if some cheese and sauce peek through the top.

Bake at 375 for 25 minutes. Remove and let cool at least 15 minutes before slicing and serving. Make sure leftovers are completely cooled before wrapping in foil and storing in the fridge, up to 5 days.

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Enjoy this recipe and other meatless deliciousness! Check out the Meatless Monday linkup on Confessions of a Mother Runner.

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Zucchini Bread Protein Breakfast Loaves

31 May

Do you tend to over-buy produce because it’s in season and on sale? I am notorious for this, which means that my freezer usually ends up stocked full of unmarked containers holding various chopped fruits and vegetables. A family friend has rhubarb to unload? I’ll take the lot! Zucchini season? Give me all of it! Tables of fresh berries at the farmer’s market? I’ll buy as much as I can hold!

This recipe came about when I remembered a container of zucchini in my freezer that I had shredded prior to storing. In an effort to make something healthy, rich in protein, and chock full of flavor, I developed a vegan, gluten free, no sugar added version of zucchini bread.

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Now, my Oma’s zucchini bread is and will always be the absolute best. But it’s also a treat that I can’t justify as a regular breakfast food. These mini loaves, however, are perfect for breakfast! They contain just the right balance of carbs, fat, protein and fiber to keep you full and satisfied until lunch time. They also make great snacks to enjoy pre- or post-workout. It’s basically an acceptable and healthful way to eat “cake” anytime throughout the day!

Bake up these quick & easy zucchini bread protein breakfast loaves the next time you have too much zucchini around – you’ll definitely be glad you did! I enjoyed one as pre-run fuel for the Chocoholic 5K I did this weekend with my mom. I ran it, finished, and went back in to walk with mom as she finished. We both managed to beat our own time goals! I suspect it was because chocolate was promised at the end 🙂

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Zucchini Bread Protein Breakfast Loaves
Makes 7 mini loaves

  • 1 C shredded zucchini, water squeezed or drained out
  • 8 oz unsweetened, natural applesauce
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 6 tbsp water or nondairy milk
  • 1-1/2 C oat flour (grind oats in your food processor)
  • 1/2 C almond flour
  • 1 scoop (30g) vanilla protein powder (preferably plant-based)
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • sea salt
  • 1/3 C mini chocolate chips or chopped cacao nibs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a mini loaf pan with olive oil PAM. No mini loaf pan? Just make muffins!

In a large bowl, mix together the shredded zucchini, applesauce, melted coconut oil, egg and water. Mix in all the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined. Finally, fold in the mini chocolate chips.

Scoop batter into greased mini loaf (or muffin) pan. You will get 7 loaves, with the cavities filled about 3/4 up.

Bake at 350 for 25 min. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Store cooled loaves in the fridge in an airtight container up to 5 days, or freeze in freezer bags for a couple months. If frozen, let thaw in the fridge overnight before eating for breakfast.

Linking up with Running on Happy & The Fit Foodie Mama, and Confessions of a Mother Runner & A Whisk and Two Wands for #MeatlessMonday and Ilka’s Blog and Marathons & Motivation for Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup!

Black Olive and Tomato Whole Grain Focaccia

13 Sep

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by California Ripe Olives and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

I can remember as a kid, putting black olives on my finger tips and pretending I had olive hands. After all, playing with your food makes it taste that much better! We ate California Black Ripe Olives all the time, so it was great to learn just how healthy and good for you they really are!

Olives are part of the Mediterranean diet and contain monounsaturated fat…the good fat! They also have a unique flavor and texture, act as a versatile pantry ingredient, and are a naturally cholesterol-free food. Eat them alone as a snack, as part of a meal, or bake up this whole grain focaccia bread for a savory breakfast or to serve alongside a pot of soup! It’s easy to make, comes together quickly, and tastes almost like pizza…without all the guilt.


Black Olive and Tomato Whole Grain Focaccia
Serves 12

1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 C warm water
1.5 C whole wheat flour
1 C oat flour
1/4 C flaxseed meal
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp parsley
1 tbsp oregano
1/4 tsp tarragon
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp olive oil
3/4 can California Black Ripe Olives, roughly chopped
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, chopped

In a small bowl, combine yeast with warm water and let sit for 10 minutes.

In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine all the dry ingredients, including herbs. Use the hook attachment and mix the dry ingredients for a minute. Keep the mixer running on speed 5 and pour in the yeast mixture. Drizzle in the honey and olive oil. Turn up the speed to 6 and let the mixer knead the dough for you until its combined, and begins to look shiny.

Grease a bowl and transfer the dough to it. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place for 25 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 425°. Grease a 9″ cake pan.

Punch down the dough once. Transfer to the greased pan and spread out evenly to the edges. Create indents with your knuckles about 1/2″ apart across the entire pan. Poke the dough with a fork or knife to allow steam to escape. Now cover with the chopped olives and tomatoes. Bake at 425° for 17-19 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool 15 minutes before cutting into 12 slices. Serve warm.


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