Chocolate Bananas Foster Oatmeal

So it would seem I’m on a bit of an oatmeal kick this week! I’m loving experimenting with different flavors, plus I’ve had a small toothache so oatmeal has been an easy food to eat!

Like breakfast foods, I wasn’t a huge fan of chocolate before I got pregnant, now I can’t get enough! (I thought those pregnancy cravings would go away after I had the baby…nope!!) So any chance I had to add some chocolate to anything I go for it (note: this is just as delicious without the cocoa powder)

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Combine the following in a microwave safe bowl:
•1/2 cup old fashioned oats
•1 cup unsweetened almond milk
•1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
•1/2 banana, sliced
•1 Tbsp packed brown sugar
•1/2 tsp vanilla

Microwave for 2 minutes, stir well, then microwave another minute or two. I like my oatmeal a little thicker so I microwaved it for 4 minutes total. Make sure you watch it closely so it doesn’t bubble over! The oatmeal will thicken as it cools, the picture below is right after, 2 minutes later, and 5 minutes after that.
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You could make this with water or regular milk, but I like the creaminess the almond milk gives!

ENJOY!

Meal Plan: July 27-29

My mom is here this week to visit and help out before I go back to work next week (sad day, it’s been so nice being off for 15 weeks!). I asked my mom to pick some of the recipes I’ve been making that she wanted to try, so here they are!

Sunday: Grilled Ginger Sesame Chicken Salad
I know, not vegetarian, but the dressing makes it all ok! This salad could easily be made sans chicken and would be just as good, or use the marinade for tofu if you’d like! It’s the perfect amount of salt and vinegar that you want in a Chinese chicken salad!
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Monday: CauliPower Alfredo
One of the things I craved most while pregnant (and still do) is fettuccini Alfredo. While this is definitely not as soon as the real deal, creamy, fattening Alfredo sauce I know and love, it is a great alternative until I can eat dairy again! It has a similar mouth feel to dairy Alfredo and is thick and creamy, but is made from cauliflower so it’s much healthier! I like to add broccoli to it, but you could add anything you’d like!
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Tuesday:Taco Chicken with Zucchini Pasta
This dish is so easy and delicious, and comes together super fast! I bought a mandolin with a julienne part that works great for making the zucchini noodles! This recipe is with chicken but you could just as easily use tofu or shrimp!
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Unfortunately I won’t be cooking the rest of the week, but here is a bonus recipe! I made this delicious dessert while my mom was visiting so she could try a vegan raw dessert! I added an extra tablespoon of maple syrup to the filling, and also added about 1/4 cup of cocoa powder 🙂
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars
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Stay tuned for next week’s meal plan!