grapefruit + ginger breakfast bowl 

may 25th, 2016

homesweet-breakfast

It's been a long, long time since I shared on this space. The past few months have had their fair share of speed bumps, and they've pushed me to simplify and take some time for myself. For me, that meant time spent with family and friends, cooking and sharing nourishing, comforting foods, and reducing time spent on the computer and on social media. It was the right move for me to make at the time, but I've missed this space a whole lot!

Now that the craziness of the past few months is subsiding, I'm slowly getting back into routines that I had put on the back burner. Although part of me wishes I were sharing a fancy pants recipe with you all today, it just wouldn't be reflective of what's been going on in my kitchen lately. There have been lots of trips to the Boston Public Market for fresh pasta and produce, many nights have been taco night, and breakfast bowls have been big. Mother nature is keeping us on our toes over here in Boston this spring, and these bright and nourishing bowls can easily be changed up to accommodate whatever weather is thrown our way. I love that, and I love simple, fun, and quick, especially when it comes to breakfast (I'm never swimming in time weekday mornings.) 

I understand that May isn't exactly citrus season, but it's been so darn cold some days, and then so hot the next, that I just need some vibrancy and zing in my meals that'll give me that little pep in my step while we wait for summer to settle in. This breakfast bowl can be enjoyed hot or cold, and can totally be customized to your liking. This one is just sweet enough without being overwhelmingly so, and I love that I can toss it all into a jar and take it to work with me when I'm tight on time (hello Mondays.) The ruby red grapefruit will wake you right up, the oats will keep you satisfied, and the ginger syrup will make your heart happy, guaranteed. 

Being back on this space feels so good, and I can't wait to get back to posting regularly! Thanks for following along and sharing Home Sweet with me. :)

grapefruit + ginger breakfast bowl 

serves 2

ingredients - 

  • 1 cup rolled oats 
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 ruby red grapefruit, segmented 
  • greek yogurt, I used Sophia's Greek Yogurt - incredible stuff
  • walnuts, halves/pieces 
  • coconut flakes, unsweetened 
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds 

ginger syrup - 

  • 1 cup sugar, organic 
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 - 1 cup fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

This meal is a quick and simple one. 

In a separate saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Add sliced ginger and heat until the mixture simmers. Remove the saucepan from heat, and allow to sit and cool for 30 minutes. Use a sieve to strain the syrup into a jar. Set aside. *This recipe will make more than enough, so you'll have some leftovers to enjoy at a later date!

While your ginger syrup cools, bring your almond milk to a boil. Once reached, add rolled oats and chia seeds, and immediately reduce heat to medium. Cover and allow them to simmer for around 5 minutes. *Do not stir - doing so may lead to weaker and soggier oats! 

Remove from heat once cooked, add a splash more almond milk if desired, and transfer to your breakfast bowl. Now comes the fun part :). Add a big dollop of greek yogurt, wedges of ruby grapefruit, a handful of walnuts, a big pinch of coconut flakes, and top it all off with a drizzle of fresh ginger syrup. 

Happy breakfasting!

cheddar apple ale soup + sage toasts

october 20th, 2015

homesweet-soup

It's been awhile since I've had a weekend wide open to relax and catch up. While I love weekend road trips and exploring new corners of New England, there sure is a whole lot to be said for waking up slow on a Saturday morning, long riverside runs, and taking the time to re-energize and simply be. A change in season always helps to remind me to slow down and savor the simpler things.

When the temps outside begin to drop, I tend to seek comfort and coziness. The down comforter is broken out, wool socks are donned, and hearty food is roasted and warmed. The fall colors this year have got me like woah, and I decided to make something to match the golden leaves on the trees outside my window. This soup is creamy and decadent and warms you up from your fingertips to your toes. Enjoy a big bowl of this cheddar apple ale soup with crispy sage toasts to dunk and crunch on. 

Eat, drink, and be cozy :)

cheddar apple ale soup - 

serves 4

ingredients - 

  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup leeks, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1 cup pale ale of choice 
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbsp worchestershire sause 
  • 1 1/2 cups light cream 
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated (cabot seriously sharp is my favorite)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil
  • sage leaves
  • flakey salt 
  • 1 loaf fresh crusty bread

In a large dutch oven melt butter over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, carrot, and garlic to the pot. Cover and stir occasionally for about 10 minutes, add diced apples, and cook for another 10 minutes, or until vegetables are softened. Stir in the flour for a few minutes, then add the ale and stir. Next mix in the light cream, worchestershire sauce, and vegetable broth. Turn up heat to medium-high to bring soup to a simmer. Once simmering, cover and reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 10 - 12 minutes. 

Remove soup from heat and puree contents in batches or with an immersion blender until smooth. Place the soup over medium-low heat and add the grated cheddar cheese to the pot in handfuls. Stir constantly to evenly melt throughout soup. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover until ready to serve. 

toasts - 

Heat oven to broil, drizzle bread with olive oil, and place in the oven for 5 minutes. These will crisp up quick so keep an eye on them! While the toasts are crisping, pour a generous amount of olive oil into a small skillet. Once oil is hot, add sage leaves. The oil should pop and bubble when the sage leaves are added. Heat for 2-3 minutes and remove from the skillet. Take the toasts out of the oven, sprinkle with crispy sage and flakey salt, and serve on top of or on the side of soup.

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multigrain waffles + honey mangos & strawberries

march 29, 2015

Sundays are my favorite. They're for slow mornings spent in my PJs, indulgent breakfasts, runs in the sun, and afternoons spent cozied up with my favorite book. Sundays are for doing what you love and for enjoying the little things. Today, some of those things were these hearty and delicious multigrain waffles. Nine out of ten times I pick savory over sweet when it comes to breakfast. I absolutely love eggs (plenty of recipes to come, you've been warned) and my go to breakfasts usually involve poaching, scrambling, or frying some of them up with a bunch of greens and things....and bacon. However, when I find myself craving something sweet, I choose waffles.

These waffles are a snap to whip up, and are full of some crazy great nutrients. Flax meal is pretty new to me, and I have to say I've jumped on the bandwagon and don't plan on getting off anytime soon. Adding a tablespoon or two to waffles, pancakes, muffins, and breads instantly provides you with a tasty, antioxidant-rich and fiber-dense treat. Delicious and good for you? A win-win situation :).

Topped with sliced honey mango, strawberries, and a dollop of greek yogurt, these waffles made for a bright start to my favorite day of the week. They fueled me up for a sunshine-soaked stroll along the Charles River, reminding me that waffle making and sunny afternoon walks are what good Sundays are made of.

I've adapted this recipe from Sprouted Kitchen, though the recipe they share is absolutely incredible as well. 

multigrain waffles - makes 4

  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp flaxmeal
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, room temperature 
  • 1 3/4 cup buttermilk (milk or non-dairy beverage can we used as well!)
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice (I used fresh squeezed blood orange juice and loved it)
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

toppings - 

  • 2 handfuls of strawberries, sliced
  • 1 mango, diced
  • maple syrup (Vermont syrup is the best in my most biased opinion :) )
  • dollop of plain greek yogurt (I use Fage 2%)

Combine all of your dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix well. Set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, buttermilk (or substitute of choice), blood orange juice, and vanilla together. Gradually whisk in the melted coconut oil with your wet ingredients. Plug in and heat up your waffle iron.

Add your wet ingredients to your dry and stir until combined, taking care to press out any clumps you may find. Set aside the batter for a minute or two, allowing the flaxmeal to fully absorb the liquid ingredients. 

Once your iron is hot you're ready to go! Pour about 3/4 cup of batter onto the center of your iron and close it. You'll see the batter spread to the edges and may get a few drips down the edges (no biggie!). Wait a few minutes and then remove your golden waffle. These waffles are best eaten hot. If you're enjoying these tasty treats with company, stick them on a cookie sheet in an oven heated to 200Β° while you finish up the remaining waffles.

Finally, it's time to enjoy! Top your waffle with some maple syrup, a dollop of plain greek yogurt (trust me it's delicious), and tasty fresh fruit. Feel free to get creative with this step. Chopped walnuts, whipped cream, and other seasonal fruits are all tried and true options in my book :). 

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