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Oat Milk

So simple and yet so delicious, and full of fiber to make you go #2! This is a great gentle everyday detox to keep yourself regular. The first time I had oat milk in my latte, I was feeling gassy and poopy all day! However, as I keep drinking it, just like kombucha, the effects dissipate and keeps me happy and regular. Try it, especially on days after a heavy dinner. Ingredients 1 cup water1 tablespoon oat flakes or oatmealHoney or maple syrup or organic sugar + cinnamon or whatever sweetener you choose (I skipped the sweetener but kept the cinnamon).Preparation Get a cup and fill one cup of water and add the 1 tablespoon of oat flakes + sweetener + cinnamon. You can refrigerate it overnight or wait a couple hours. Drink it in the morning on an empty stomach - I usually use it as my milk for my morning coffee!
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Allergen Free Granola for Babies

It's not easy to make granola free of gluten, dairy, nuts (NUTS!!!) but I had to figure out a way since my toddler is allergic to 9 things (gluten, dairy, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, walnuts, soy beans, sesame seeds, eggs).
quinoa seeds, canahua seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, maple syrup, sea salt is all you need for this delicious and healthy treat!

Easy Low Carb Pizza with Trader Joe's Ingredients

It's easy to make a very fast low carb pizza when carb cravings strike. All these ingredients I got from Trader Joe's but you can get similar things at grocery stores. One Pizza will have more or less 7 Net Carbs depending on how much toppings you put on there. The Tortilla (which will serve as your pizza crust) only has 4 net carbs so everything you put on top of that adds to the net carb count.



Ingredients:

Sonoma Carb Cutting Tortillas

Bruschetta Sauce

Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Egg

Mini Heirloom Tomatoes

COOKED Sweet Chicken Sausage (Use your favorite Sausage or Pepperoni)

Grated Parmesan Cheese

Salt & Pepper

Fresh Basil



Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. I used my toaster oven for this and it worked fine.

2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, or grease down a pizza pan.

3. Put the Tortilla in the middle of the pan

4. Spread the Bruschetta Sauce on top of the Tortilla

5. Cover with Mozzarella

6. Add toppings of choice. I put an egg, tomatoes, sausage…

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy/Nut-Free Matcha Calamansi Banana Bread

In searching for an Allergen Free Banana Bread for my baby, I had to combine what was on the internet with some tricks of my own.

This moist banana bread recipe doesn't need eggs, milk, wheat, nuts, soy to make it taste amazing.

Ingredients:

The Base:
5 Ripe Bananas
0.5 cup sugar or your favorite sweetener
0.5 tsp matcha powder
2 calamansi zest

Oil/Liquid/Spices:
0.5 cup olive oil (use cold pressed)
0.5 tsp vanilla extract
1 good scrape of fresh nutmeg (2 pinches if using powder)
0.25 tsp cinnamon (I use 1/2 tsp of Saigon Cinnamon)

White Powders:
1.5 cups of Gluten Free Flour (I Use Pamela's GF All-Purpose Flour Mix)
1.5 tsp baking powder
0.5 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt

The Crunch:
0.25 cup sunflower seeds
0.25 cup pumpkin seeds
0.25 cup coconut shavings

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Grease a cake pan (7.5 x 4 x 2.5 inches) or a rectangular cake pan (7.5 x 2 inches) with some oil.

3. Blend all the ingredients in "The Base" - Bananas, Sugar, Ma…

Pollo Campeon (Chicken Champion) - Santa Cruz, Bolivia

What makes a chicken, a chicken champion?

Pollo Campeon (Translated to "Chicken Champion") has been around for more than 30 years and counting. The company started really small in a tiny location with barely enough tables to call it a restaurant. The owners are Korean immigrants who came to Bolivia to try to create a viable business. Since that time, they have expanded to 7 locations in Santa Cruz and counting. Some say the reason for their success is because of their dirt cheap prices (adjusted for inflation). Others say it's because they give you a consistent product, they have a drive-thru, they give you a little of everything, they give you a bucket of rice with your 1/4 chicken order. But, let's be real. The majority of people go back here over other rotisserie joints around town because of their incredibly addicting green sauce.

It's interesting to have seen their empire rise from a small restaurant to a chain beloved by the local community. A business crea…

Cuñape

"Cuñape" is the best cheeseballs in the world, and it’s from Santa Cruz, Bolivia. These gooey and addictive cheese balls are similar to the Brazilian "pão de queijo" or the French "gougères" or the Colombian "pandebono" but all of these are different from each other as well. Gougères are lighter and more airy while the Brazilian ones are chewier but drier on the outside. I would say the pandebonos are closest in taste and texture to the Bolivian cuñape but it is slight more bready.

In Bolivia, we use mennonite cheese (farmer's cheese) for this recipe and honestly without that cheese it will never be exactly like the original but you do what you can. I've been hunting down a similar cheese in the U.S. for ages but the closest I can get to it is to use the queso blanco or fresco and add some more salt (or even mix some feta into it).

The history of the cuñape is very interesting. It is a Guaraní word that means "a woman's breast&…

El Chato Taco Truck

We alway drive by and see the lines, sigh, and say another time. This time though, the crowd's gone because it's a little later. Tonight's the night! We finally swing over to park (almost getting into an accident from an oncoming truck without his headlights on), and head over to the truck. Did I say head over? I meant skip over! Once there, a hipster looking dude makes a line behind us. We tell him to go first since we're El Chato virgins. He tells us to get the al pastor tacos. It's the best he's ever had. He then orders a quesadilla. Uh, okay. So we get 2 al pastor tacos, 1 chorizo taco, and 1 quesadilla with the mixed meats, and 1 horchata to go. The total comes to $8. Really? I just paid $9 for a shitty salad at baja fresh for lunch! 


Once home, the devouring begins. Why is it SO good? Is it the price? Is it the spice? Is it the fatty goodness? Is it the convenience?

I don't know but I think it's one of the more legit Mexican fares in this area.
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