There’s no question that a good bowl of oatmeal is a staple in our house. Warm creamy oatmeal, overnight ready-in-5-minutes oatmeal, baked oatmeal, and even blended oatmeal (sounds gross but it’s tasty, I’m talking about this one) — I eat one of these almost every single day, especially during the winter months. I’ve long given up plain oatmeal, though. I add cacao (chocolate oatmeal with orange zest), berries (cherry blueberry oatmeal), pineapple (recipe soon!), superfoods (pink raspberry acai oatmeal), nuts, seeds & dried fruit (apple pie oatmeal), or even vegetables (carrot cake oatmeal)! The options are endless! There are so many flavors you could add that I don’t think I could get ever tired of oatmeal. If you for some reason do, you can always swap oats with quinoa and make yourself a delicious bowl of quinoa porridge! But today, I have a recipe for these amazing Apricot Ginger Overnight Oats you’ll absolutely love! Overnight oats are so incredibly easy, you can literally throw the ingredients together in the evening and eat it straight away in the morning!
At the beginning of each post, I’m usually torn between talking about my personal life and the recipe I’m posting. What do you prefer? I personally love bloggers who talk about their life in their blog posts as opposed to just going on about how good the meal they’re posting it (side note: this sundried tomato pesto pasta is really amazing). I’m currently obsessed with Ashlae’s blog Oh Lady Cakes. She does a great job at doing that and many other bloggers do but I find it hard to write an engaging personal post sometimes because English isn’t my first language. As much as I love English and have grown to be familiar with it, it’s still not the same as being a native. Far from it, actually. So bear with me while I update you on what’s currently on my mind and I improve my writing skills in the process.
Topics of today: lots and lots of snow (it’s a winter wonderland out there), and a rant about getting knocked down by people and being told you can’t do something — I have to talk about that, it’s so fresh in my mind and it’s vital that I tell you my opinion on this as so many people experience being told they’re not enough or competent to do something.
This recipe has been a long time coming. I’m SO excited to be finally sharing it with you! I shot this in October, I think, but I kept putting off posting it because Christmas got in the way and I kept creating more and more Christmas recipes (have you checked out my Christmas roundup?) and there wasn’t any space for a savory veggie fried rice.
You’ll fall in love with this recipe! It’s full of amazing veggies, mushrooms, and the most amazing dressing made with tamari, maple syrup, lime juice, and sesame oil. SO SO SO GOOD.
Happy New Year! Wow. It’s actually 2017! It’s a bit ridiculous that on the 31st everything is the same and then a few hours later everything changes — we change our diets, change our careers, move to a different city, start working out all of sudden, etc. But it feels good, doesn’t it? It feels great to draw a line between the previous and the present year and say hi to new beginnings and new opportunities.
If I had to sum up last year in one word, it’d have to be crazy. It’s been surprising, fun, sad, exciting, devastating, hopeful, depressing, amazing, horrible, rewarding, and full of lessons — I know I’m all over the place with these adjectives but that’s what 2016 was — all over the place. 2016 taught me so many things, I achieved a lot but also went through some tough stuff. And yes, it was necessary to go through all of it and I’m glad I did but man was it a crazy ride! Today I want to share with you the best of last year and some of my plans and goals for the blog for next year as well as a few personal resolutions. If you want, you can share with me some of your plans and goals for this year so we can support each other. Remember, there’s no such thing as a goal that’s too big!
It’s safe to say that I’ve been pretty much obsessed with the Cajun spice lately. I put it on almost everything. On salads, roasted veggies, on avocado toast, in dressings, dips, and even pasta. It’s that good! If you haven’t tried it before, you’re seriously mising out. After you’re done reading this post go buy a cajun spice mix and make this Cajun Roasted Cauliflower. It’s spicy, it’s savory, it’s bursting with flavor and amazing with tahini dressing.
Cajun spice is a mix of paprika, onion, garlic, marjoram, thyme, fennel seeds, cumin, and cayenne. I’m telling you, you’ll love it! And if one of your New Year’s resolutions is to eat more salad, this one will become your best friend because it’s so flavorful you won’t believe it’s actually good for you!
New Year’s is almost here!! How is this real? December literally flew by this year, don’t you think? I’m not gonna talk about New Year’s resolutions yet because there’s still one post to go till the end of the year but oh my, 2017 is coming! If you’re deciding on a snack for New Year’s eve, these chipotle roasted nuts are your perfect choice. In fact, they’re so good my batch didn’t even last one week. I should definitely make more! Though, it’s not like I’m throwing a massive party for 100 friends. I’m more of a stay-at-home-chill-with-the-fam kind of person but hey, that doesn’t mean I can’t call it a party, right? I actually call staying at home fun. I might even bake! God, I’m so old.
What are your plans for New Year’s? Please tell me I’m not the only one baking cookies and watching movies.
I’m curious to see how my 2017’s New Year’s eve will look like… (yes I’m talking about next year’s New Year’s eve) I mean, if everything goes well I’ll have been living in Toronto for 8 months at that time! Wow, that’s exciting but also kind of scary. Have I told you about that? Yep, I’m not just moving across the country, nope. I’m moving half across the WORLD. When normal people move out from their parent’s house, it’s either into a small apartment close by or in a different city but nope, I’m moving from Europe to Canada. Crazy doesn’t even begin to explain it. Long story short, I’ve always wanted to live in New York but since moving to the US is so freaking hard, I applied for a Canadian working visa instead and got it! I’m moving there for a year sometime in the spring next year and after that, we’ll see if I stay or move back to Europe or even to New York. You never know and that’s exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time but that’s what makes life fun, right?
If there’s one thing you should know about me is that breakfast food is my absolute favorite<3 I could literally eat it all day long! Pancakes, oatmeal, smoothies, parfaits, you name it. By the way, yes, I do like savory breakfasts too but it’s safe to say sweet breakfasts have my heart. This one in particular, is my fave. It’s a chocolate chia parfait with strawberry jam and cashew cream and it’s ABSOLUTELY delicious — like oh-my-god-I-can’t-believe-it’s-this-good delicious. AND it’s 100% good for you. I’m all for breakfasts that look like desserts while they’re in fact healthy and really nutritious. Winning!
I’m all for breakfasts that look like desserts while they’re in fact healthy and really nutritious. Winning! And in case you’re thinking “but come on, it has to be sweetened with something and the cashews are full of calories, etc.”, like, okayyy, I may have sweetened it with a bit of maple syrup and it may be very calorie dense BUT a little bit of maple syrup never killed anyone, right? When I say I could eat this every day, it doesn’t mean I actually do — it’s a treat! And lastly, who counts calories these days anymore?? I count blessings<3 I know, so cheesy.
Potato salad is such a traditional Christmas side dish in the Czech Republic but it’s loaded with mayo and yogurt which I don’t eat so I figured I need to make a vegan alternative. Granted, this potato salad is nothing like the original one but it’s delicious nonetheless and I’m definitely making it on Christmas eve.! My mom is probably still going to make the traditional fish soup, and fried carp with potato salad but I’ll also make some dishes for myself and for anyone who wants to try them. Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers, along with this roasted potato salad, and
The menu so far consists of these Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers, along with the roasted potato salad from this post, probably these Sweet Potato Quinoa Patties, and a simple mixed salad on the side. And I’d also probably make some butternut squash red lentil soup which I made the other day just by throwing stuff in a pot and it turned out amazing so I’m really excited about that. I’ll probably share that one with you too in the future.
I’m also planning to make these amazing Chai Spiced Pancakes for the next morning because I just can’t get enough of them. So good! What are your plans for Christmas eve? Are you cooking too? If you’re looking for any last minute Christmas recipes, I shared a roundup of 12 sweet recipes last week. You can check the post out here. There’s oatmeal, cookies, granola, fudge bites, energy balls, pancakes, hot chocolate, and more!
I have something amazing for you today! I went to town with festive recipes this year and since I also posted a few last year, I decided to put them all together and create a 12 Christmas recipes roundup for you so that you know where to look when you’re out of Christmas appropriate recipe ideas.
All of the recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, with no processed sugar, and almost all of them are vegan (10 except the gingerbread pancakes and oat cookies at the end). I hope you love these as much as I do and if you end up making any of them, please let me know in the comments below how you liked them because I’d love to know. Happy holidays!
Click the photo or the title of each recipe to go to that specific post.