Just because I'm all about a big bowl of oats doesn't mean I can't be all about a big bowl of n'oats too. I also realize that I need to cater to my oat/grain/gluten-intolerant followers too. Not trying to be a selfish heaux and only post things that I can eat. We are all different, and some of you tragically don't digest oats well...BUT the good news is, if you fall in this camp, you can still enjoy a fat bowl of oatless oatmeal.
Kenzie Swanhart, author of 3 cookbooks (Paleo in 28, Spiralize It! and Clean Eating Bowls) and mastermind behind the popular blog, Cave Girl in the City, has done it again! Kenzie was kind enough to share a review copy of her upcoming book, Weeknight Cooking for Two, with me and I'm here to share one of its awesome recipes with you before it hits the shelves on July 18th.
The convenience of overnight oats has saved me on a number of occasions. They've become a Wednesday ritual for me, since I'm up at the @$$ crack of dawn to coach my morning MADabolic class.
These to-go butter coffee blocks are the [fat] bomb. I LOVE my morning butter coffee, but sometimes I'm just not in the mood to wrangle the several ingredients I like to use, pull out the blender, clean the blender, etc. Sometimes I just want to have butter coffee ready in .2 seconds - particularly on the mornings when I've hit "snooze" about 15 times and have negative 10 minutes to get ready and fly out the door to get to work. Light bulb! Butter coffee blocks.
Oh yes. Come to momma you sweet, sweet cup of delicious whipped chocolate peanut butter magic.Similar to my recent rant about allowing oats back in my diet, I've also come to re-extend a friendly handshake to quality yogurt sources. Greek yogurt is my fave. I particularly stray towards Trader Joe's plain Greek yogurt, as it has a whopping 22g of protein in a cup and is super versatile - whatever flavor I'm in the mood for, I just dress it up accordingly. Drizzle it with some honey and sliced fruit? Great. Add it to a smoothie for extra creaminess? Nailed it. Whisk it with peanut butter and cocoa powder for the most simple yet mind blowing moussey cookie dough-like treat? Witchcraft.
Oatmeal used to be a thing of the past for me...until it wasn't. Let me explain. When I first started hardcore paleo-ing, I avoided oats like the plague. I thought I'd blow up if I even looked in the oatmeal aisle's direction. But since easing up on the paleo reigns and opening up my diet to be more encompassing of other foods under the "clean eating" umbrella, oats slowly made their comeback in my routine. And now they are back with a delicious vengeance.
Do you all know Kenzie from Cave Girl in the City? She's just so awesome. Not only is she a rock star blogger, but she's got two cookbooks chalk-full of amazing recipes that are easy to follow and make my taste buds feel like tiny dancing unicorns. You might remember I posted a sneak peek recipe from her first book, Paleo in 28, back in August (Chicken Fajitas for daayyyss). Kenzie was nice enough to send me a copy of her latest creation, Spiralize It! Well, having flipped through the pages and cooked my through several of her recipes, it's safe to say she's outdone herself. The book runs the gamut of simple, classic cravings (think: mac 'n cheese, spaghetti and meatballs, etc.) to creative concoctions (such as lobster over braised spiralized potatoes) - all featuring spiralized vegetables and starches.