Archive for October, 2009

the best breakfast

I love sweet potatoes! I also love maple syrup, peanut butter, nuts, coconuts, and dried fruit.

There is nothing better than combining everything you like and finding out they all go perfectly together.

The yummiest fall breakfast:

sweet potato mash! yum! photo credit: shara esbenshade

sweet potato mash! yum! photo credit: shara esbenshade


2 medium sweet potatoes, baked for 30 minutes or until soft all the way through

3 tablespoons maple syrup

2 tablespoons peanut butter (you can increase this if you really really like peanut butter)

6 tablespoons chopped walnuts (or really any other nut you may prefer)

4 tablespoons shredded dry coconut (optional)

1 tablespoon of your favorite sweet spice (I usually use half nutmeg and half cinnamon)

raisins to your preference (optional)


1) scrape out insides of baked sweet potatoes and place into a bowl

2) mix in syrup and peanut butter, then taste and adjust depending on if you prefer richness or sweetness (or both!)

3) mix in rest of ingredients chopped nuts

4) garnish with nuts and enjoy

This goes awesome with coffee in the morning!






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zucchini veggie toast

I will be the first to admit the recipe’s name is lacking. Maybe zucchini-tomato-onion on toast? I’m pretty terrible at coming up with appetizing and creative names for recipes, BUT I assure you that this is so much more than zucchini-tomato-onion on toast.

photo credit: shara esbenshade

photo credit: shara esbenshade


1 medium zucchini, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon olive oil (or any other vegetable oil)

1 medium ripe tomato, roughly chopped

1/4 onion, diced

1/4 tsp oregano

2 slices of bread (whole wheat or multigrain works best)

salt and pepper to taste (usually just a pinch is enough)


Lightly saute sliced zucchini, until browned.

Spread bread with tomato, onion, oregano, and salt and pepper.

Lay slices of zucchini on top.  Toast if you have a toaster oven for about 10 mins. If not, bake at 300F for about 5 mins.

That’s it! Serves 1, or 2 as an appetizer.



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