Today's the day to have some cake. Why? You deserve it. You're awesome. How do I know that? You're reading this post! Also, this "cake" is gluten-free and is only sweetened with fruit (with options for vegan and whole wheat substitutes in the Tips Section!). Kinda hard to call it cake based on the ingredients, but it sure tastes like one! With the knowledge that you're only $1.50 and 10 minutes away, every day is a day for cake.
A world without chocolate cake is not a world I want to live in. However, it's no secret that a couple slices of chocolate cake aren't the definition of healthy eating. Thankfully there's a healthy way to work in chocolate cake to celebrate special occasions or a successful Tuesday! Especially when this chocolate cake is refined sugar free, gluten-free, and contains no processed ingredients while only taking about 50 minutes to create (cooling time included)! Party on!
For too long I lived my life under the false impression that oats are bad for you. I associated oats with carbs and carbs with unhealthy. Then I compared this belief to my eating values - unprocessed ingredients with minimal, all-natural sweetener - and saw that it was completely unfounded. Organic rolled oats were not something to be avoided, but to be enjoyed in moderation like all good food! This quick, healthy, affordable, and delicious recipe along with my $0.50 and 5 Minute Oat Breakfast Cake recipe is a product of this change of heart and have transformed breakfast in the Cafe4111 kitchen.
Want to know what really grinds my gears? Cold brew coffee prices. It seriously gets me worked up. How can a jug of cold brew cost $10+ at the grocery store, when you can make it yourself in less than 5 minutes of touch time with pre-ground coffee and water? $9+ worth of marketing cost and $0.50 worth of ingredients?? I just don't get it. To understand my confusion/frustration for yourself, try out my cold brew recipe 1 time, demystify cold brew and never buy that overpriced jug again!
If you haven't figured it out by now, I'm a huge fan of starting off my day with a delicious breakfast! Thankfully breakfast does not need to be time consuming or expensive! It's time to insert this $0.50 and 5 Minute Oat Breakfast Cake into your morning routine and make sure that no matter how much time you have in the morning, you always have time for breakfast!
New Recipe on the blog today! $0.25 and 20 Minute Peanut Butter Cups! Peanut butter cups were my favorite candy growing up. Every Halloween, they were that candy that I would set aside for last because I knew they would be the best! As I've embraced unprocessed foods, I figured that I had eaten my last peanut butter cup. But that was not a world I could live in. Turns out by combining a few of my favorite recipes ($2 and 5 Minute Almond/Peanut Butter and the chocolate topping from $5 and 30 Minute Cardamom Raisin Squares!) they can quickly be created in your own kitchen for a fraction of the cost of those store-bought peanut butter cups I grew up craving! And better yet, they only have 4 ingredients! This healthy dessert is truly worth your time - your inner child will thank you!
Great days start with great breakfasts! And what makes breakfasts great? Simple, affordable, healthy recipes that provide you a feeling of nourishment and accomplishment before you get to work! This is why many of my great days start with this $2 and 7 Minute Creamy Scrambled Eggs recipe. So simple. So affordable. So healthy. Check. Check. Check. Get a headstart on your next great day by giving this recipe a try!
Scallops should not be a treat you only enjoy at a fancy restaurant for $20+ per plate. They're a treat to be enjoyed in your own kitchen whenever the opportunity arises. And by opportunity, I mean a sale at the fish counter of your local grocery store. It's time to stop associating "scallops" with "difficult to cook" and start associating them with "an incredible 15-minute option for dinner this weekend!"
Rice - the definition of a food I thought I should have known how to cook but didn't. So I never made it. Because I was too afraid of being embarrassed by potentially screwing up a food that I thought everybody knows how to make. First of all, so not true - I'd argue most people struggle with rice. And this negative thought process used to apply almost everything in the kitchen which led to a lot of rotisserie chicken and microwaveable bag of rice meals. Sound familiar? For me, that was the go-to meal Year 1 out of college. It's time add rice to the growing list of your kitchen capabilities and trade up to $1.25 Crockpot Turmeric Shredded Chicken and $0.25 and 30 Minute Rice or Quinoa! Also, yes I know that rice and quinoa aren't the same things - but lucky for you they can be cooked the exact same way! Two delicious, versatile recipes in one post! Lucky you!
Curry used to be one of those foods that intimidated me because I had no idea what it was! Let me break it down for you. It's sautéed vegetables with coconut milk, cumin, turmeric, and coriander. Seriously that's it. Even curry paste is optional to create your favorite curry but feel free to add it if you like spicy food! Once you have the base, you can mix in anything you want - like chickpeas and eggplant to create my favorite curry: $2.25 and 45 Minute Eggplant Curry. Your perfect curry is less than $3 and an hour away!