Recipe: Burcha Superfood Pancakes

If you follow me on Instagram, you KNOW how much I love my Burcha & that I've been using it in everything from smoothies to oatmeal to pancakes. I love how many ways I can incorporate this superfood blend of nuts & seeds.

What is Burcha? It was originally invented by a man named Maximilian Oskar Bircher Benny. He was a nutritionist & health pioneer in 1879. It was through blogger Loni Jane that I found her riff on his recipe & herein lies, my riff on that. 

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Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
Sunflower Seeds
Sesame Seeds
Hemp Hearts
Pepitas (Pumpkin Seeds)
Flax Seeds
Chia Seeds

Add about equal parts of each into a large glass jar & give it a shake.

Why Burcha? Digestion, energy, mood, protein, stay fuller longer, vitamins, nutrients, brain health, heart health, & more.

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What you need: 
1/3 Cup Burcha Mix (see above)
1/3 Cup Gluten Free Quick Oats
2 Organic Eggs
1 ripe Banana
Dash of pure Vanilla Extract
Few dashes of Cinnamon or 2 drops doTERRA Cinnamon Essential Oil
Non-dairy milk (like Coconut Milk or Almond Milk) if it looks like it needs to thin out a bit
Organic Grassfed Butter or Coconut Oil
Maple Syrup (optional)

What to do:
Heat up a pan on the stovetop, mix & smash all ingredients together, add butter or coconut oil to the pan & cook like pancakes! Then drizzle maple syrup on top, if you like.

Tip: I like to keep my oven on 200 degrees so as the pancakes are ready, I can pop them in the oven to stay warm. You can even under cook the first few slightly so they can finish cooking in the oven :)

Burcha Mix can be added to oatmeal, smoothies, overnight 'oats', you name it! I plan to keep on expermienting.

Makes about 5 small pancakes, Serves 1
20 minutes

Recipe: My Morning Hot Cacao

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I loooooove my morning Hot Cacao drink. I've never been one to drink coffee (can't handle the caffeine) but I do like the feeling of a hot morning drink that gets me focused & energized.

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First I'll begin by saying that COCOA & CACAO are not the same. Both are chocolate, yes, but cocoa is the result of pure cacao being highly heated, processed, & with sugar added. This creates the chocolatey sugary powder most people are used to when making say, a hot chocolate.

Cacao on the other hand, is the raw, pure form of the cacao bean that has been ground down into a powder, but not heated. And no sugar has been added. This allows for all of the wonderful superfood health benefits to be intact & useful to our bodies. It contains about the same amount of caffeine as a decaf cup of coffee (however cacao from different brands & different countries, can vary).

Similar to other natural health products (like Essential Oils), not all are created with equal quality, purity, or integrity. The brand of Cacao I love is One World Cacao. This cacao is sourced sustainably & ethically direct from farmers in Guatemala & owned by a friend of mine in Newport, RI who has been in the cacao industry for a decade. 

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Why Cacao? What are the health benefits? Here's a few:

Increases focus & energy
Improves memory
Creativity inducer
Curbs appetite
Increases Metabolism
Highest natural plant source of: Magnesium, Iron, Sulfur, Antioxidants (40x that of blueberries)
Eats plaque & phlegm from organs
Beneficial for the digestive & cardiovascular systems as well as brain & cognitive function
Activates & opens the crown & heart chakras

Basically, it's amazing. And I've heard great for those trying to get off coffee. Can't say from experience, but worth a try.

So let's get to the recipe, shall we?

What you need: 
1-1.5C Hot Water
2-4T One World Raw Cacao
1T Unrefined Coconut Oil
1T Honey (raw, local, or good quality)
Small Handful Raw, Unsalted Cashews (optional - for smooth, frothy latte type texture)
1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Powder (optional - for protein, gut health, hair, skin, nails, joints, etc)
Few shakes Cinnamon powder

Optional add-ons:
Superfood powders & herbs like Maca, Tocos, Reishi, Ashwaganda, whatever you like or have in the pantry. I like the brand Moon Juice.

doTERRA Essential Oils like Peppermint, Cinnamon, Cardamom, etc. Usually 1 drop (or less) per serving is plenty!

What to do:
If you're adding cashews (helps create the creamy, latte texture) you can pre-soak the cashews or let them soak in the hot water in the blender for a few minutes while you grab everything else. If you don't though, that's okay too. 

Add water, cashews, cacao & all other ingredients into a high-powered blender. I use a Vitamix, but any should work. Blend & pour into your favorite jar or mug & enjoy!

makes 1 drink
5 minutes

Recipe: Coconut-Lemon Bliss Bites

I've been meaning to, & have promised to many, that I would post about these little yummy, healthy bites... so here it is! A perfect post-exercise or travel snack. Great to have on hand to keep from getting HANGRY.

What you need: 
1C cashews (raw)
8 medjool dates (pitted)
1C shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1/2t good vanilla extract
1T honey or maple syrup (optional; again, the good stuff!)
pinch himalayan sea salt
3-4 drops lemon certified pure therapeutic grade essential oil (what is this?)
1-2T warm water
food processor

What to do:
Blend cashews & dates in a food processor until integrated.

Add half the coconut (reserve the rest for later), vanilla, sea salt, honey/maple syrup, lemon certified pure therapeutic grade essential oil , blend again. Add 1T at a time of warm water until mixture starts coming together enough to form.

Lightly wet hands & roll into bite-sized balls to your desired size. Then roll in the remaining coconut. Place on a plate or baking sheet. Once all done, put the sheet into the freezer for at least 30mins before eating.

Want to learn more about Essential Oils? Click here for the basics & some of my favorite ways to use 'em.

makes 15-20 pieces
40 minutes

Recipe: Grilled Panzanella Salad

I'm always looking for another excuse to use my grill when it starts getting nice outside & for a new grill-able food item that I haven't yet tried (like my Super Easy Grilled Romaine Salad from a couple summers ago).

This Panzanella Salad is the perfect combo of fresh, simple & summery. No frills, but for some reason feels kinda fancy. So here's how it goes...

What you need: 
For the grill

2 bell peppers of any color
2 medium heirloom tomatoes
1 purple onion
1 small loaf sourdough bread

For the dressing
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2C good extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2t dijon mustard
2T champagne or apple cider vinegar

In the salad
1/2 english cucumber
10 leaves fresh basil

What to do:
Cut the grilling veggies in big pieces (best: tomatoes in half, peppers in quarters, onion in 4 or so rings & keep them together).

Cut the sourdough loaf into oversized "crouton" cubes.

Put veggies in a bowl with some EVOO & S&P. Sprinkle some EVOO on both sides of the "croutons."

Turn on the grill to a medium heat.

In a big measuring cup add the dressing ingredients & whisk, set aside.

Thinly slice the cucumber, julienne the basil leaves, & add to the salad bowl with S&P.

Grill the grilling veggies & "croutons," let them get a little charred. You'll want to take the tomatoes off well before everything else. Keeping the onions in ring formation will help from them slipping down into the grill.

Take everything off the grill & add into salad bowl. Don't worry if the tomatoes have more or less fallen apart, that's when they really taste good. Drizzle some of the dressing on top, toss, & enjoy!

Serves 2
40 minutes

Recipe: Spiralized Turkey Bolognese

Some might argue that pasta is the king of all comfort foods, and while I do love me some actual pasta, I also love swapping the less healthy stuff with veggies whenever I can.

Which is why spiralizing has become a game-changer in my kitchen. All the perks of pasta, but veggies instead? Yes, please! 

This recipe is a really simple take on Turkey Bolognese, but with spiralized zucchini rather than pasta. It's quick, simple & most importantly... filling!

What you need:
3-4 medium zucchinis
4 carrots
2 cloves garlic
1 small onion
1 16-oz jar of tomato sauce of choice (I actually used Vodka Sauce) or just canned tomatoes
1lb. ground turkey
Oregano (optional)
A spiralizer

What to do:
Dice onion & carrots. Add EVOO, carrots, onion & S&P into a large skillet.

While this is sautéing, take out your spiralizer & set the blade on whichever setting you wish (I used the ribbon setting) & begin to spiralize the zucchinis. Give the spiralized zucchini a few rough chops so you don't end up having one huge string of "pasta."

After carrots & onion are soft, add ground turkey. Add a bit more S&P & oregano, if using. Keep cooking.

Once cooked through, add jar of tomato sauce & bring to a low simmer.

On another burner, put a separate large sauté pan or wok on medium-high to high & add just a little bit of EVOO. 

Once hot, throw in all the zucchini for a quick sauté until warm then remove from heat (just a few minutes),

Once sauce & zucchini are both warm, serve & enjoy!

TIP: You only want to barely heat the spiralized zucchini. If you cook it on low heat &/or for too long it will just get mushy. Also don't add salt to the zucchini until serving because salt will aid in the breaking down process & making it mushy, too.

Serves 4