Chickpea Scramble Recipe

While I no longer eat eggs or other animal products, I do tend to crave a savory breakfast quite often. I love avocado toast and hashbrowns, but sometimes I overdo it with the avocado and potatoes and just need something different. Enter: chickpea scramble! This is the PERFECT base for a savory breakfast. This recipe is super simple and takes just a few minutes to whip up. It is so versatile and can be adjusted to your preferences and what you have on hand. I have a feeling I will be making many different versions of this in the coming weeks.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Chickpeas
  • Hummus
  • Black pepper
  • Sea salt
  • Italian seasoning
  • Everything seasoning blend

Here is how to make it:

  1. Start by heating 1 tbsp of olive oil on a skillet on medium heat.
  2. Pour one 15 oz. can of chickpeas in a medium bowl. Use a fork (or clean hands) to “mash” the chickpeas. Just do your best to mash here, but know that it doesn’t have to be done perfectly and no matter how you do it, it will still taste just fine!
  3. Add 2 tbsp hummus, as well as just a couple shakes of black pepper, sea salt, Italian seasoning. Mix well.
  4. Heat mixture on the skillet until warm.
  5. Sprinkle a couple shakes of everything seasoning blend and any other toppings you would like.
  6. Enjoy! 🙂

As I mentioned earlier, this is such a versatile recipe. I ended up adding Daiya dairy free cheddar style shreds, as well as a little ketchup. You could switch it up with the spices and/or the type of hummus you use for a slightly different flavor. You could also add a hot sauce. If you have a little more time, you could add sautéed onion and bell peppers, sautéed spinach or kale, or roasted tomato. The possibilities are endless! 🙂

Have you ever tried a chickpea scramble? What toppings would you add?

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Happy fall y’all!

It is that time of year when we bring out the pumpkin and try it in alllll the things. First up, oatmeal cookies! These pumpkin oatmeal cookies are made with quality ingredients and aren’t too sickly sweet. They make a perfect breakfast treat or on the-go afternoon snack for a little extra fuel. Plus, this recipe is both fairly simple, with just eight common ingredients, and super quick, with just fifteen minutes of baking time, which makes the whole thing even better.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Oats
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Baking powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Maple syrup
  • Dark chocolate chips

Here is how to make them:

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together. You’ll need to use 1 1/4 cup oats, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 1 tsp baking powder, and 1 tsp cinnamon.
  3. Mix the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl. You’ll need to use 1/2 cup maple syrup, 1/3 cup peanut butter, and 1 cup pumpkin.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients and dry ingredients together. Add about 1/3 cup chocolate chips.
  5. Use a large spoon to scoop out cookie-size amounts onto the baking tray. This will make 12-15 cookies depending on the size you scoop/how big you want your cookies. (I didn’t bother greasing the baking tray and the cookies turned out fine and didn’t stick at all, but if you want to grease it before this step, go for it.)
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes.
  7. Enjoy! 🙂

What fall treats are you baking this year?

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Easy Pasta Salad Recipe

I’ve loved pasta salad for as long as I can remember. There are so many different ways to make it but today I thought I’d share a super easy and quick recipe. It’s inspired by my boyfriend’s mom who legitimately makes the best pasta salad I’ve ever eaten. While my take on doesn’t quite reach her level, it is still pretty tasty. I like making this when I need something simple to bring to a work or family get together.

Here is what you’ll need:

1 large green bell pepper

1/2 yellow onion

1 15 oz. can of black beans

8 oz. package of pasta

Italian dressing*

Non-dairy cheese (optional)

*You can use any dressing or vinaigrette of your choice but I love using the Wishbone Italian dressing. It is cheap, has pretty good ingredients, and gives the dish so much flavor.

Here is how to make it:

  1. Cook 8 oz of pasta according to package instructions. I just used Kroger’s 100% whole grain rotini pasta and it was ready in about 10 minutes. After draining the pasta, rinse with cold water and drain again. Pour pasta in a large serving bowl.
  2. Drain and rinse 15 oz black beans. Add to bowl and stir.
  3. Dice 1/2 a yellow onion and 1 large green bell pepper. Add to bowl and stir. (You can also add diced cherry tomatoes here- I just didn’t have any on hand!).
  4. Add Italian dressing and stir. There is no “right” amount to add. I recommend adding a small amount little by little until it meets your preference.
  5. While this step is totally optional, you can add a non-dairy cheese of your choice here for something a little extra. I used Daiya Dairy Free Shredded Mozzarella, although I’m sure it would be good with Pepper Jack as well. I did not measure specifically, instead just sprinkling a little on top.
  6. Cover and chill in fridge until ready to serve. You make want to add more Italian dressing at that time, as the pasta tends to soak it up after setting for a while.
  7. Enjoy! 🙂

What is your favorite pasta salad recipe?

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3 Simple Moving Tips

I recently moved into a new condo and found it to be an exciting but long and tedious process. There are definitely steps that can be taken to make the whole thing go as smoothly as possible. Here are my 3 simple tips for a headache-free move.

  • Label your boxes

This goes without saying, but it is extremely helpful to label your boxes. This is especially important if you cannot quickly see what is inside (ex. cardboard boxes instead of sealed clear plastic tubs). The more detailed you are in your description, the more helpful it will be come moving day. I have heard of people buying small, colorful, circular stickers frequently used in yard sales to color-code boxes according to room. I love that idea, but in the interest of saving time and money I simply cut old construction paper that I already had lying around. I taped a written description of what was in each box, how fragile it was, and what room it belonged in.

  • Pack a suitcase

This tip is one that will save you a lot of time with just a little prep work. I did not actually utilize this step when I was moving, but looking back I wished that I had. The idea is to pack a suitcase or overnight bag with what you will need for one or two nights. This will help the first couple of days in your new house feel a little less frazzled. Items that could be packed in the suitcase or bag could include toiletry and skincare items, PJs, and toilet paper. Instead of spending 20 minutes looking all over your new house for the box you stuck your toothbrush in, you will be thanking your former self knowing you have it neatly packed away will all your other essentials in one place.

  • Make a “moving day” box

This was the tip that made the biggest difference for me, not only on the moving day itself but the whole first week that I was living in my new place. The idea is to pack a box full of helpful tools for the process of moving in and getting settled. These were items that I kept coming back to several times a day. It could include things like basic cleaning supplies, paper towels, a pair of scissors, a roll of tape, a box of tissues, and tools such as a screwdriver, hammer, and tape measure. You can keep it with you on the car ride over to ensure that it doesn’t get lost on the moving truck or shuffled around among other boxes when bringing items inside.

While I am far from an expert mover and this is no where near an exhaustive list, I wanted to share these tips for anyone who may be feeling a little overwhelmed and need a starting place. 🙂

What moving tips would you recommend?

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Chocolate Chip Pancake Recipe

These chocolate chip pancakes are delicious. Like most of the recipes I post, these are plant-based. There are only 7 ingredients needed and they can be whipped up in about 20 minutes.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Whole wheat flour (I used whole wheat but I’m sure oat or any other flour would be just fine)
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Coconut milk (I used coconut, but any non-dairy milk would probably do the job)
  • Coconut oil (melted)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Dark chocolate chips

Here is how to make them:

  1. Mix dry ingredients together (1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, salt). I didn’t measure the salt- I just added a bit.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons coconut oil.
  3. Add wet ingredients to the mixture (1 cup coconut milk, 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil, 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract).
  4. Stir in about ½ cup dark chocolate chips. The amount can totally be adjusted to your level of chocolate obsession. 🙂
  5. Heat a pan to medium heat. I used about a teaspoon of coconut oil in the pan to cook with.
  6. Scoop 3-4 tablespoons of batter per pancake into pan. This will end up making about 6 pancakes.
  7. Cook each pancake for about 4 minutes before flipping and cooking another 2 minutes on the other side.
  8. Enjoy!
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