I know, it’s easy to default into “easy” breakfast options on weekday mornings…
(Ahem, I’m looking at you, cereal).
But sometimes, we forget about other breakfast options that are just as easy!
Think pre-cooked hardboiled eggs, smoothie packs that are ready to go in the freezer, or homemade oatmeal.
It really only takes 1 minute to microwave rolled oats.
Cooking them only briefly helps them hold their shape, so you don’t end up with a bowl of mush. Yay!
Once they just are just-tender, take the bowl out of the microwave, and dollop on your favorite toppings.
Right now, I’m all about fresh raspberries.
They’re tender, juicy, and perfectly sweet-tart.
Add a sprinkle of crushed walnuts, ground flax seed, cinnamon, and a drizzle of honey, and you’ve got a filling and super nutritious breakfast ready in less than 5 minutes.
- 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup water
- sprinkle of sea salt
- sprinkle of ground flaxseed
- sprinkle of chopped walnuts
- dollop of plain Greek yogurt
- handful of fresh raspberries
- drizzle of honey
Place the oats in a microwave safe bowl and add the water and salt.
Place in the microwave and cook for approximately 1 minute, until tender and the water is absorbed.
Remove from the microwave and top with ground flaxseed, chopped walnuts, Greek yogurt, raspberries, and honey.
Enjoy right away!
I prefer my oatmeal lightly cooked so it still has individual flakes of oats, but feel free to modify the amount of water or cooking time in this recipe to suit your taste. More water and a longer cooking time will yield a more porridge-like oatmeal.
Something about the recent time change has me in a GREAT mood.
I mean, a few extra hours of sunlight each day does wonders for this woman 🙂
I’m probably jumping the gun here… it’s only mid-April… but I’m already busting out the grill pan and pretending it’s summer!
And one of my favorite parts about summer, is hot veggies fresh off the grill.
They get that delicious char on them, remain crisp tender, and are SO easy to make.
Since grilled veggies have so much flavor on their own, I like to keep it simple.
Just a simple vinaigrette, and maybe a little cheese tossed in there, and you’re good to go.
For this recipe, I’ve tossed my grilled zucchini with lots of lemon, fresh mint, and crumbed feta cheese.
It’s a perfectly balanced bite.
You’ve got the fresh pop of lemon, creamy tangy cheese, and the palate-cleansing fresh mint.
And one of the best parts?
It’s ready in just 20 minutes. Winning.
- 4 medium zucchini, cut on the bias into 1/2 inch thick slices
- olive oil, for grilling
- sprinkle of kosher salt & ground black pepper
- 5 ounces crumbled feta cheese
- zest of 1 lemon
- juice of 1 lemon
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh mint
Preheat a grill or grill pan over high high heat.
Place the sliced zucchini in a medium bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle generously with kosher salt and ground black pepper. Toss with your hands until all the zucchini are evenly coated with oil and salt and pepper (make sure you use a generous amount of oil, or else the zucchini will stick to the grill!)
Add half of the zucchini to the grill (you'll probably need a grill basket) or grill pan. Grill for a few minutes on each side, until the zucchini is nicely charred but just tender. Remove to a large bowl & repeat with the second half of the zucchini.
As the zucchini cools, whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, and fresh mint. Pour over the warm zucchini.
Sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese over the zucchini & toss to combine. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Have you tried them?
They are magical bites of crispy, salty, briny goodness.
And they make pasta amazing.
Especially simple pastas.
Like this spaghetti with lemon-parmesan sauce & pan seared shrimp.
The flavors of this dish, overall, are pretty basic:
- Tart lemon
- Salty and savory Parmesan cheese
- Lusciously smooth & fruity olive oil
- Buttery & slightly sweet shrimp
- Fresh and vibrant basil
On their own, this combination of ingredients is pretty solid.
But, sprinkle a few crispy crunchy fried capers on top, and oooo baby, now your dish is SPECIAL.
This meal comes together in a snap.
Simply sauté some shallot, and cook the shrimp in the same pan, with a splash of white wine.
When the shrimp is just done cooking, add a pound of cooked spaghetti to the pan, with a little reserved pasta water. Pour in an easy sauce made from olive oil, parmesan, and lemon, and toss in a small handful of basil.
Stir until the noodles and shrimp are coated with a creamy, cheesy, lemony sauce and serve garnished with fresh basil and fried capers.YUM!!!
- Generous pour of organic canola oil, for frying
- 1 4-oz jar capers, rinsed, drained, and patted dry
- 1 lb spaghetti
- 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 cup minced shallot
- 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1/4 cup sauvignon blanc white wine
- 1 cup freshly chopped basil
- Maldon sea salt,, for serving
- Freshly cracked black pepper,, for serving
Fill a small skillet with about 1/4 cup canola oil. Warm over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the capers (make sure they are well dried, or they will splatter in the oil) and fry for about 3-5 minutes, or until the capers are puffed open, darkened, and crispy. Use a slotted spoon to remove the fried capers to a paper towel lined plate and set aside.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook according to package directions, until al dente. When the pasta is done cooking, reserve 3/4 cup of pasta water before draining, then drain the pasta and set aside.
While the pasta cooks, add the 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1 cup parmesan cheese, lemon zest, and lemon juice to a medium bowl & whisk until combined. Set aside for later.
When the pasta is done cooking, add the shallot and 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a large nonstick skillet and cook for just 1 or 2 minutes over medium heat until softened.
Season the shrimp with salt and pepper, then add to the nonstick skillet containing the shallot. Increase the heat to medium-high, and let cook for about 2 minutes on the first side. Flip the shrimp, and add the wine to the skillet, letting it cook off while the shrimp cook on the second side, about another 2 minutes.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the pasta, lemon-olive oil-parmesan mixture, 1/4 cup reserved pasta water, and 1/2 cup of the fresh basil. Cook, tossing the pasta with the shrimp and sauce, until well combined. Let cook for a minute or two more, as needed, until the sauce has thickened slightly and coated the noodles. Add more reserved pasta water if the mixture is too dry.
When the pasta is cooked to your liking, turn off the heat and transfer the pasta to serving bowls. Top each serving with 1/4 of the fried capers, 1/4 of the remaining fresh basil, and season with Maldon sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Enjoy!