[Sometimes, you just want a dish that's quick and easy--no fuss. I've decided to offer a mini-post every once in a while, for a dish that comes together incredibly quickly or else is so simple to make that no recipe is required. Here's today's "Flash in the Pan." (For other FitP recipes, see "Categories" at right).]
What, you say, another “Flash in the Pan,” so soon? I guess that means it’s summer! And who wants to cook in all this heat, right? Time for quick, easy, no-cook dishes!
Well, that bowl o’ bliss that you see up there–and which I happily ate for breakfast yesterday morning and two other mornings last week–is the brainchild (or should that be “kitchen-child”?) of my friend and colleague Andrea Nakayama. You may have seen me mention our Sweet Victory sugar detox on occasion (oh, like only about 542 times or so) over the past week.
Well, in preparation for the detox, I compiled and created a whack of recipes so that participants will be entirely covered with healthy, lower glycemic foods (and lots of desserts–we don’t want anyone missing their dessert on a sugar detox!). Part of Andrea’s philosophy for this kind of detox, and it’s something I love, is that you should never feel deprived when you’re detoxing; desserts that don’t spike blood sugar and that employ approved, healthy alternatives are just fine! So we’ll be enjoying treats like raw “cookie dough” balls, fudge, raw lemon poppyseed squares, halvah, coconut “brittle” and caramel ice cream over the next two weeks.
[Caramel ice cream with cinnamon-apple topping. . . .yes, you can eat this on our sugar detox!]
In between testing some new recipes just for the course and sending the entire package to Andrea, I was introduced to her famous “porridge,” which she created for an earlier program. It’s vegan, grain- and gluten-free, high protein, dairy free, and (of course) sugar free. Needless to say, I had to try it.
A hot cereal for breakfast, you say, and in the middle of the summer?
No matter that it was 38C (100 F) the first day I ate this for breakfast–there is no cooking required! So you won’t heat up the kitchen (or heat it up more) by turning on the stove when you make your porridge. Grind up the ingredients, boil some water, and you’re done. Unless, of course, you want to play with the recipe–did I mention that it’s infinitely adaptable, too?
The first time I prepared the porridge, I followed Andrea’s recipe exactly. I LOVED it! The texture is remarkably similar to that of cooked cereal, something I yearn for after a few days of grain-free eating. And the best part? I wasn’t hungry again until waaaaay later in the afternoon! It was that filling–and that satisfying.
So next time you’re craving something carb-y without wanting to actually consume those carbs, have a bowl of this porridge.
Whatever the season.
“We loved it too, Mum! As you know, anything that’s high protein appeals to us. . . any bits of leftover porridge you want to share?”
There’s still time for you to join us on our Sweet Victory cleanse! Andrea and I kicked off the class yesterday morning with a live teleseminar–and wow, what fun that was for this first-time teleseminar presenter! I’ve loved learning about the intricate relationships between brain chemistry and cravings, and the concrete steps you can take to ensure that they don’t run your life ever again. It’s been a blast working with Andrea.
Even though you missed the live class, you can still join us for the entire detox at a special price. Andrea will be opening a special sale window today for those who want to join the two-week detox program starting Monday. You’ll still receive the entire two-hour audio recording of the live teleseminar so you can listen any time before the class starts. The sale price still includes all the course handouts, protocol, food journal, recipe packet, and–my favorite part–the 24/7 online support from both of us via the Message Board, where you can share your experiences or ask any questions you have as we navigate the detox over the next two weeks. Click here to find out more and sign up (discount window is open from 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM PST (West Coast) or 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST (East Coast).
And if you’re looking for another grain-free, quick and easy breakfast, here’s another favorite.
Suitable for ACD, all stages
This porridge is quick and easy, and infinitely variable: use sunflower or hemp instead of the pumpkin seeds; substitute another favorite nut instead of the walnuts; include the coconut or omit it, as you wish. It’s also a great all-year round breakfast as you won’t have to heat up the kitchen cooking it on the stovetop. In fact, I daresay, it’s almost instant!
2 Tbsp (30 ml) unsweetened coconut flakes or shredded coconut
1 Tbsp (15 ml) raw pumpkin seeds
1 Tbsp (15 ml) raw flax seeds
2 tsp (10 ml) chia seeds
1 Tbsp (15 ml) raw walnuts (about 6 walnuts)
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) cinnamon
1/2-3/4 cup (120-180 ml) very hot water
7-10 drops plain or vanilla stevia liquid
2-4 Tbsp (30-60 ml) coconut or nut milk, to your taste
1/2 cup (120 ml) blueberries or other fresh berries, or chopped fresh apricots
In a coffee grinder, grind the coconut, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, walnuts and cinnamon. Transfer to a bowl and cover with water. Let sit for a few minutes to thicken.
Add stevia, coconut milk and blueberries and stir well. Makes one serving.
Note: you can make a large batch of this cereal in advance and store it in single servings in the freezer so it’s ready to go when you need it: defrost overnight in the refrigerator and enjoy!
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