I don’t know about you but I always look forward to fall around this time of year. We’re in August now and I’m just kind of over summer at this point. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the summertime but I just feel like I’ve enjoyed it as much as I’m going to and I’m ready for the cooler weather, foliage colors, big sweaters and of course.. pumpkin everything. Yes I’m one of those girls.
I am loving this warmer weather! Spring has officially sprung and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve been craving lots of fruit lately since it started warming up. This dessert is perfect for the transition from winter to spring. It’s kind of like a cobbler which is perfect for when it’s chilly outside but the tartness from the strawberries screams summer.
I’ve been trying to incorporate more vegetarian meals in our diet. It’s actually pretty challenging to come up with ideas since there are so many options with meat. I really like black bean burgers, but it has to be one that’s made really well. None of those frozen things. There’s a local restaurant here called Sesame and they’re actually known for their beef and elk burgers but they also happen to make a killer black bean burger. They have an option where you can get it over greens as a salad and they have super yummy toppings. The last time I was there I had it topped with goat cheese and sauteed mushrooms. Yea, its pretty awesome. That meal is actually what gave me the idea to make them myself but I wanted to try a southwestern version. The creamy guacamole pairs perfectly with the slightly spicy flavor of the burgers.
I realized that lately I’ve been eating a lot of kale. It probably has something to do with the fact that we buy a huge bag of it from Costco so I basically feel forced to consume it with every meal so we eat it all before it goes bad. But that definitely isn’t a bad thing and it’s fun to think of ways to incorporate it into my meals. For example, this morning I made a smoothie bowl for breakfast and added kale to my smoothie. For lunch, I made a tossed salad with it and for dinner, you guessed it, this kale almond cheese concoction.
Well, this post is long overdue. Life just got a little crazy these past few weeks and I didn’t get around to posting as many recipes as I normally do. I apologize for that! But I am human and this kind of thing just happens sometimes. But I’m here now and ready to get back at it.
Please tell me I’m not the only one that completely stuffed their face last night.. And when I say stuff my face I mean I could not even control myself. I was like an unsupervised kid in a candy store. I think it’s because I’ve been so good lately and have been really trying to be stricter on myself in what I eat. I told myself that last night would be my cheat meal and that I deserved it. And I took FULL advantage of it. But thats okay. It was back to the grind this morning and I was fully okay with it.
You need to make these muffins. Right now. That is if you happen to have four brown bananas on hand… it’s funny because once I realize we have bananas that are going to go bad soon I use it as an excuse to make some kind of banana bread or muffins. Typically I make a healthier version of chocolate chip banana bread (very similar to this recipe) but in an effort to keep it a little cleaner I omitted the chocolate chips and added some oats and peanut butter instead. And they turned out pretty awesome.
I’m currently writing this post on the drive down to Savannah (SO excited for our weekend getaway) but doing this in the car is not easy. And not because I get motion sick or anything.. but because I can’t stand not paying full attention to the road even though I’m not the one driving. As annoying as it is for my husband (he should be used to it by now), I am totally a backseat or passenger, in this case, driver. You could be the best driver in the entire world and I would still want to stare directly at the road in the front of us and warn you of any brake lights ahead or anyone getting over in your lane. It’s just how I am and I can’t help it. So as I’m typing away I am also glancing up every once in a while to warn him of any possibility of danger or to tell him to slow down. And now that I’ve confessed that, you probably never want me to ride in your car, ever. I can understand that.
I debated whether or not to post this. Because, well.. it’s a fairly basic smoothie. I’m pretty sure we all know how to make a smoothie nowadays. Just throw a bunch of different stuff in a blender and there you have it. But this is like my favorite green smoothie that I make almost every morning now. And since I like it so much I just figured I’d go ahead and share it in case anyone else was in search of a solid smoothie recipe. You can obviously change out the fruit and mix it up however you like but I usually stick to the same stuff every morning. It just tastes that good.