Happy New Years (Better late than never!)

Perfect Brunch Casserole

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This casserole is super easy, tasty, and can easily be adapted to include whatever ingredients you want.

What you’ll need:

4-6 cups of day old bread (I used baguette)

2 cups of shredded/crumbled cheese (I used goat cheese and feta)

1.5 cups-3 cups vegetables (I used mushrooms, onions, spinach, & sun-dried tomatoes)

10 eggs

3 cups half and half

Salt, pepper, herbs to taste

What to do:

Place half the bread in a buttered casserole dish. Sprinkle with 1.5 cups of cheese, the vegetables, and then the remaining bread.

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, half and half, and salt, pepper, herbs. Pour egg mixture into casserole dish.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 mins (I did overnight). 

Preheat oven to 325. Bring to room temperature before baking.

Uncover, sprinkle remaining cheese. Bake for approx 45 min.

This can feed 5-7 people so is perfect for a big brunch during the holidays. Meats, such as bacon, ham or sausage can be added if you like. As well as more/different vegetables (artichokes, bell peppers, broccoli etc).

Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes with Strawberry Coulis

I love making a big breakfast when I have the time and energy in the morning. Usually it will be some kind of omelette or big English-style Fry-Up. However, I had been craving pancakes lately, so searched the web for some inspiration and came up with this delicious dish:

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Pancake Recipe:

– 1 Cup Flour

– 2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder

– Pinch of Salt

– Half cup creamy Peanut Butter

– 2 Tablespoons Sugar

– 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil

– 1 Egg

– 1 1/2 Cup Milk

– Banana Sliced

Instructions:

1. Play this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Graa_Vm5eA

                              2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.

                          3. In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, sugar, and oil until smooth. Beat in the egg, then the milk. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture, stirring just until blended.

4. Heat a non-stick pan/skillet over medium-high and ladle in about 1/4 cup of the batter at a time. Drop banana slices onto the non-cooked side, and then flip.

Strawberry Coulis:

– 1 Cup Strawberries (frozen or fresh)

– 3 Tablespoons Sugar

– 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

– 1/4 Water

Instructions:

1. Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil until strawberries have softened.

2. Transfer to a blender and puree until sauce consistency

3. Drizzle over pancakes and enjoy!

Dr Joshi Detox: Day 1

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I am almost done my first day of the detox and am happy to say I did not cheat-woo! I started the morning with a cup of hot/warm water and some lemon. Dr Joshi recommends doing this every morning- check out this link to find out the benefits: http://tasty-yummies.com/2013/03/18/10-benefits-to-drinking-warm-lemon-water-every-morning/

And while I was sipping that I prepared my breakfast– Mini Frittatas! I used this recipe: http://www.canadianliving.com/food/mini_spinach_and_feta_frittatas.php but cut it in half, omitted the mushrooms (not allowed), and substituted the milk for soy milk. And here is the end result

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They are very tasty, perfectly sized and under 100 calories each!

Because I slept in and had a late breakfast, I didn’t have a mid-morning snack, which means the next thing I ate was lunch.

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Lunch was a mixed greens salad with shaved carrots and beets, topped with crumbled goat cheese, sunflower seeds (“borrowed” from my roommate), and two falafel patties, with a bit of olive oil and lemon juice as a dressing.

Around 4pm I got a bit peckish so had a rice cake with some honey on it. Rice cakes are gluten-free, and the honey is good for satisfying a sweet tooth.

For Dinner I made a recipe from one of my favourite food blogs- Smitten Kitchen http://smittenkitchen.com/

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The recipe is Asparagus, Goat Cheese, and Lemon Pasta and can be found here: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/05/asparagus-goat-cheese-and-lemon-pasta/

I used Brown Rice pasta instead of the regular stuff, and honestly found no difference! I didn’t have any fresh tarragon so just used some dried herbs from my spice rack.

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I thought it was delicious and can’t wait to have the leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

So that is it for day 1. 20 more to go!