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.
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!
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!
It's true that not many things in life are free, but eating a diet full of delicious vegetables does give you access to free vegetable stock. Oh and I forget to mention, it will be hands down the most incredible vegetable stock you've ever tasted in your life. Why? Because not only it is made from your favorite vegetables, it's served with the good feeling of knowing you did something to combat food waste today.
The purpose of this post is to free you from the belief that you need some expensive course or pre-packaged meal kit to learn how to cook! I'll get right to it - for delicious roasted vegetables, all you need is some fresh vegetables, an oven and a little oil and salt. And 30 minutes. That's it. You heard it here first - there is no one right, perfect way to roast vegetables. Because every vegetable is different. Everyone has different taste buds and people prefer different textures. Which is why cooking is awesome - it's not about getting it right. It's all about what works for you and the ingredients you have. What's important is that with this template you start with some fresh root vegetables from the grocery store and 30 minutes later you have an undeniably healthy dinner or side dish!
Did you know that you're only $2.50 away from a seasonal dish that will bring you an incredible amount of joy? Well, you are! This recipe utilizes the entire acorn squash - all the way down to roasting the seeds! - and tops it all off with sautéd vegetables. Furthermore, you'll be left with no dishes in the sink and a sense of accomplishment that can only come from making something yourself!
Granola is one of my favorite foods not only to make but also to share. This is my go-to granola recipe that contains only pure ingredients with no added processed sugar for the cost of $0.50 a serving. Make sure to scroll down and check out both the Chocolate Peppermint and Coconut Honey versions!
DISCLAIMER: This recipe is pretty much the opposite of everything this blog and I stand for when it comes to healthy eating. But it's Christmas time and everyone is posting cookie recipes full of added sugar. This recipe's first two ingredients: added sugar. We all have a list of guilty pleasures and this recipe is at the top of mine. Please enjoy responsibility!