I know why you came here. You came here for the chocolatey goodness that you saw on my Instagram. Don't lie. I don't blame you for being intrigued by such a visually appealing and chocolatey ball rolled in coconut because this is what led me to making these bad boys.
Even though I have boat loads to talk about, I'll cut to the chase.
Raw Chocolate Truffles
4 cups pitted, soaked dates (soak dates in hot water for 10 minutes, drain)
4 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
*Combine above ingredients in food processor. Pulse and scrape down edges until batter is smooth. Spoon 1 heaping tbsp of mixture onto baking sheet and repeat, made about 20 truffles for me! Freeze for a few hours, remove and roll into balls (they're much easier and less sticky to roll once cold), then roll in cocoa powder or coconut flakes.
Ahhh look at that perfect symmetry. I'm a genius sometimes, just kidding. On another note, I told myself that I'd be giving up sugar and diary, but look how far that got me. I really need to start focusing on what I'm eating, considering that I'm running a half marathon in July and I need to be at 13 miles by May 15. Can I train my butt off for a month and a half? AHH! I ran 7.3 miles on Sunday out of the blue and ran 3.5 miles yesterday with no problem. It feels exhilarating and stress releasing to run and not feel tired. Anyways, I hope that you all have a great weekend. Who knows when the next recipe will appear :)
Homemade Cashew Milk
Yes. Look at that creamy goodness.
Fortunately, you will not break the bank with this recipe.
Homemade Cashew Milk (serves 1)
1/4 cup cashews
1 cup water
*Soak cashews in water for 3-4 hours or more! Rinse with cold water after cashews are soaked.
1 1/4 cups cold water
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp agave
**Blend ingredients until smooth. No need to filter if you have a good blender. This drink should be smooth, slightly sweet, and full of cashew flavor! I wanted to savor the whole jar :O
My life has been CRAZY! Working 3-4 days a week, student teaching 5 days a week plus classes. Yes, I have no days off. Literally none. I've been taking care of myself, but it hasn't been enough to ward off any sicknesses. So here I am, sitting at home with my nose practically dripping all over myself, insanely congested and tired. Cold season has officially caught up to me. I woke up this morning and knew that I needed some insane replenishment, starting with Vitamin C. I made a yummy smoothie with strawberries, clementines, coconut water and ice cubes and drank that for breakfast. I've been chugging water all day as well. Lastly, I made a delicious homemade chicken noodle soup! It came out great., especially the main star: roasted chicken.
For the chicken: preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rinse and pat chicken dry. Cover with salt, pepper, seasoned salt, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, herbs de provence and thyme. Cook for 35 minutes, until juices run clear. I honestly haven't been eating much meat lately, but I felt that chicken was necessary in a hearty, soul-warming soup.
Chicken Noodle Soup
2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded
Egg noodles (I used 2/3 bag, cooked for 5 minutes, rinsed with cold water and set aside)
5 cloves garlic, chopped
1 sweet onion
1 container chicken broth, lightly salted. I use Hannaford Organic
1 tbsp tomato paste
Pan drippings from chicken
salt, pepper, herbs de provence
This recipe list is super short and simple. No need to add a bunch of unnecessary vegetables (I'm talking about carrots and celery...they don't do anything for my honestly. I just pick out the cooked carrots yuck!)
-Add 2 tbsp olive oil to hot pan, cook garlic for a minute and then add onions. Cook onions until translucent. Season with salt, pepper, herbs and add tomato paste. Cook for 1 more minute.
-Add pan drippings from chicken, stir and add container of chicken broth. Bring to a boil
-Once broth reaches a boil, add shredded chicken and egg noodles. Simmer on low for about 30 minutes.
Serve warm and enjoy :) Hopefully this soup will help heal my scratchy throat and hungry tummy!
By now, you most likely know that breakfast is my favorite meal ever. Lately, I've been super lazy on my breakfast game. I found a solution though...overnight chia oats. I know one of my last posts was about chia pudding so don't be confused. This is even better. Ok so you literally just add rolled outs to your chia seed pudding and now your breakfast game is 10 times better. Plus, look how pretty and scrumptious these bowls look!
Overnight Chia Oats
1/4 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp chia seeds
2/3 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp agave or honey
**Mix and chill overnight. Warm in the microwave for 2 minutes in the morning for a soul-warming breakfast and top with fruit, nuts and more agave :)
On a side note: I fortunately got sick before the busiest 2 weeks of the semester! Going to school for education has totally taken a toll on me mentally and physically. Yes, teaching seems like an easy job, but there's so much more to the profession than what meets the eye. Lesson planning, meetings, questions upon questions..it literally never ends! I'm in the midst of preparing for a unit on World War 2 so I'm incredibly excited, but worried about how I am supposed to fit everything about World War 2 into a 2-week unit! Challenge accepted. If I go M.I.A. for a couple of weeks, this is my warning to all of you! On the bright side, I will be done on April 15th, graduating May 14th and the rest is unwritten.......
This weekend was one of the best weekends that I've had in a while! I'm so grateful to have a small group of amazing friends that I've had since high school. I'm even more grateful to have introduced them to a couple of great places in Portland! I've tried quite a few restaurants up here:
Caiola's (personal favorite)
Great Lost Beat (ugh...so....GOOD...)
Brea Lu Cafe
Bayside American Cafe
...The rest are in the blur of my mind right now, sorry folks.
Hot Suppa! Shrimp and cheesy grits with a savory gravy with mushrooms and peppers and pulled pork mac n cheese with crispy fried onions. This was my first time coming to hot suppa! Next time I go, I'm totally trying the chicken and waffles or that pulled pork mac n cheese. I love how the walls were covered in bright paintings that were for sale, super cute.
Gelato Fiasco GOD this is my favorite place......I got brownie batter and chocolate chip cookie dough gelato. My go-to flavor is the dark chocolate noir, but change is good (sometimes).
Bayside American Cafe If you live in Portland and haven't been to Bayside American Cafe, you are missing out...best home fries...best cinnamon bun pancakes, and best corned beef hash. Yes, that picture below is corned beef hash not that crappy soggy fake stuff that lots of restaurants sell. This was the real deal. Plus, this cafe is such a cozy, charming building and worth every penny of delicious breakfast-y goodness.
If you like food, Portland is the place to go to. As you can see, I'm in my heaven up here!
Just like Lorde quotes in one of her songs "I'm not in the swing of things," I've also been in a funk over the last few days. I've had 0 energy. Maybe it's post-break sadness or senior slide, but whatever it is needs to end pronto. I can't seem to focus academically at all. Unfortunately, the unit plan and numerous other education assignments aren't going to write themselves...dang it. Isn't this the 21st century??
Despite my weird mood, I have been working out like there's no tomorrow! I decided to sign up for a half marathon in Portland on July 9th. This was rather impulsive though...I'll be in Europe from June 3-24 so I'll be missing out on a lot of training time. With that being said, this gives me motivation to be at 13.1 miles before I leave for Europe! I don't think I'd be able to do much training while I'm there (I'll most likely be eating my body weight in delicious authentic food). Thankful to have my roommate and hopefully a few other friends run this! I'm beyond excited!
Anyways, I don't have a recipe. I guess some pictures are good enough :)
Top: 2 eggs, bacon and cheddar sandwich on ezekiel sesame bread
Bottom: Teryaki Turkey Meatballs (improvised teriyaki: soy sauce, agave, garlic), brown rice and pineapples
Fortunately, I love Mondays. I get to sleep in, go to the gym early, and hang around until my first class begins at 1:15. Sounds like a perfect college day to me! Plus, a good Monday carries through the rest of the week, which is why I'm generally in a great mood.
My last post was about chia seed pudding. Needless to say, I'm hooked on they goopy goodness. I've been making it all week because it's so easy, nutritious and filling. Today, I stepped up the chia pudding game. Here's the recipe:
Chia Breakfast Smoothie:
1/8 cup + 1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup + tbsp unsweetened coconut milk, or almond milk
-Refrigerate for at least 2 hours
3 tbsp rolled oats
1 tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetened,
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tsp instant espresso
Naturally, I topped with chocolate chips, coconut chips, walnut and a bit of banana for some extra texture.
Chia seed pudding sounds quite unappealing. Let's face it: pudding has such a negative connotation these days--jiggly, gross, etc. Chia is a game changer though. These tiny seeds are a nutritional superfood packed with fiber and omega 3s. Sounds healthy to me. For months and months I've been swooning over pictures of chia pudding (it draws such an aesthetic). So last night, I whipped some up, popped it in the fridge overnight and topped it this morning with fruit and nut butter. It's so simple too!
Chia Seed Pudding:
1/4 cup chia seed
1 cup coconut or almond milk
2 tbsp agave or honey
(The recipe was on the TJ's bag hehe)
I admit, the texture might be weird for some, but I find it smooth and filling. The little seeds remain a bit crunchy, but it adds a nice texture, especially paired with coconut chips. So, while I relax all break, I might be spending less time on breakfast due to how simple this meal is!
No, this title is not going to turn into a pun...surprising for me. Catch up ketchup. Never mind. It's late and I think I ate too much chocolate today so my train of thought it slightly askew. Anyways, hello! Yes, I'm finally blogging once again because it's February break. Fortunately, USM is amazing and gives us 2 school breaks, one in February and one in March. This gives people like me the opportunity to regain my sanity, sleep and life back. Speaking of which, I slept 11 hours last night and had chocolate for breakfast. That's when you know it's break.
I've been doing a bunch of cooking though! I'm so excited that I transitioned to posting on instagram as @the_hungrycollegegirl. It makes life so much easier, plus instagram reaches a much larger audience than Facebook did for me. Here are some fun facts that you should know since I haven't updated this bad boy in quite some time...
1. I finally declared my Spanish minor
2. Grad school apps are IN! Just waiting patiently for a reply
3. I am getting used to my new student teaching position!
Just like last semester, I have so many good people and positive energy around me. I'm so thankful to all of my family and friends who have been supporting and loving this whole year. There is nothing better than ridding yourself of negativity. In case you haven't been looking at my instagram, here is a lovely gallery of food images!