Spicy Vegan Breakfast Sausage

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Over the past few years I have been reducing my meat consumption and for the past nine months have kept beef, chicken, and pork completely out of my diet.  I will occasionally eat fish when my body asks for it (yes, my body talks to me).  I adore food and love to experiment with new flavours and recipes.  When I find something that is nutritious and also tastes amazing, I celebrate.

We are in need of a good grocery shop so the fridge and cupboards are running out of convenient food options.  I do enjoy a good challenge and love to create tasty meals when food is running low.  Today’s inspiration came from a craving for a savoury spicy breakfast.  I found a highly rated recipe from geniuskitchen.com and switched it up a tad to suit what I had on hand and what spices I thought would taste yummy.  Turned out very spicy and delicious! I suggest easing up on the spice if you’re not a fan of a lot of heat.

RECIPE:

  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 2 tbsp millet flour (substitute with any flour)
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax, 3 tbsp water)
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (1 tbsp for frying)
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 1/2 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (cut down to 1/2 tsp if not a fan of heat)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp Bragg’s Organic Sprinkle (substitute with sage & thyme)
  • 1/4 tsp caraway seeds
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt

Directions:

Mix together ground flax & water in a small dish and set aside.

Use food processor to pulse oats on high 6-7 times, add cooked rice and pulse 3-4 more times.

Add remaining ingredients (minus 1 tbsp coconut oil to use for frying) and pulse until just combined.

Add coconut oil to pan set to med-high heat.

Form medium balls with your hands and flatten into patties.

Fry until golden brown on both sides.

 

Add a little love and enjoy!!


Never curse an avocado again!

Anyone who loves avocados knows what I’m talking about…

You buy the avocados while they’re firm, keep on the counter waiting for the perfect opportunity to cut it open just to find out every single one of those jerks are rotten! I’ve dropped the F-bomb a few times when dealing with the love/hate relationship I have toward avocados.  Scroll down for a miracle solution!avocado-close-up-colors-557659

I keep trying because I know just how amazing they are for my health!

Why I love avocados:

  • High in fibre regulating appetite, feeding friendly gut bacteria, and reducing the risk of many diseases
  • Packed with healthy fat which is great for reducing inflammation in the body and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Super filling helping to feel satisfied faster so would be beneficial when trying to lose some extra pounds

What I didn’t like about them until I found a solution:

  • They’re sneaky little suckers and can go bad so quickly
  • Eating a whole avocado in one sitting is tough so finding a way to store the other half wasn’t practical (it would turn brown so easily)

I recently discovered a way to store avocados so they last weeks!

Store them in the fridge! For some reason, I never thought to do this.  If you find them on sale, stock up and throw them in your crisper! Take one or two out a day or two prior to using them and voila – fresh and perfectly ripe!

A few other quick tips:

  • Slice up unused portions and place in a plastic baggy or wrap to store in the freezer for smoothies
  • Leave the pit in the half you won’t be using and place in the fridge using a plastic baggy squeezing as much air out as possible
  • Avoiding plastic? Rub some lemon juice or olive oil on the avocado half and store bottom down in a dish in the fridge

Do you have any tips on storing avocados? What about recipe ideas other than good old guacamole? Share below so we can all learn from each other!

xoRox