Lime & Chili Avocado Salad on Bagel

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I’ve always had a love affair with avocados for as long as I can remember.  I’m one of those girls who cuts the avocados in half and eats the whole thing with a spoon. 😉  It wasn’t until I saw my friend from work, Paola, mashing up her avocado and seasoning it with some salt and pepper only to devour it on a lightly toasted buttered bagel that prompted me to jazz up my boring half cut avocado.  Hence, after browsing on pinterest, this lime and chili flake avocado salad on a bagel recipe was born. 😉  It’s the easiest thing you will ever make…here’s what you do:

Step One:  Cut your bagel in half and toast it to perfection

Step Two:  Cut your avocado, take the seed out, and mash with a fork

Step Three:  Season the avocado mash with salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lime

Step Four:  Butter your bagel, spread the yummy avocado mash on your bagel and sprinkle it with some red chili pepper flakes.

Step Five:  Go nom nom nom

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies – No Butter & No Flour! What?!!

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Like many of my girlfriends, I have a weakness for peanut butter.  Combine that with chocolate and you’ve got a match made in heaven.  Last week, my peanut butter and chocolate cravings were getting a little out of control.  I bought a bag of six from Whole Foods and wolfed them all down within two days.  Now I know I’m pregnant and I did pass my glucose test but I felt like I needed to make a healthier option.  I came across this recipe as I was browsing online.  I was skeptical as to how they would taste seeing that it was flourless and made without butter.  I gave it a go anyways and I’m so glad I did.  It was one of the most delicious and satisfying peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies I have ever had!  Not only were these a ‘healthier’ option, but they seriously took little to no time to bake!  That’s a huge bonus for me as patience is not exactly my best virtue. Since these were such a huge hit when I shared it with family and friends, I figured I’d share the recipe here on the blog as well. =)  Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!  nom nom nom!!!

Ingredients
  • 1 cup creamy or chunky peanut butter (not natural)
  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats (gluten-free if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In small bowl mix together the oats and baking soda; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl beat peanut butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth, about 3 minutes. Mix in dry ingredients with a wooden spoon, then gently fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Roll cookies into 2 inch dough balls and place onto cookie sheet 2 inches apart, then BARELY flatten the top of the cookie with your hand. The dough should be pretty sticky so if you find this method annoying, simply use a cookie scoop to drop the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet. The cookies may not be as round in shape and perhaps a bit thicker, but that’s okay, they will still be delicious.
  5. Bake cookies for 9-11 minutes and remove when edges barely begin to turn a golden brown. The cookies may look a little underdone, but they will continue to cook once you remove them from the oven. Cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining cookie dough. Makes 16-20 cookies.

Food Adventures in Portland

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Breakfast at Isabel.  Boy, was their breakfast ever delicious and filling!  We held our bellies high as we walked out the door.

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Dinner at Jake’s Grill (Downtown Portland)

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We had the short ribs with creamy polenta and fried leeks.  Divine!  We also both had a french onion soup but it was devoured before we even remembered to take our camera out.  oops!

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Chocolate Molten Lava Cake and homemade ice cream for dessert!

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but that wasn’t all…I had the mini (so NOT mini!)  trio.  I was on a sugar high about 3 minutes after this shot.

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Nothing says comfort like a cup of hot chocolate, lemon macaron and their famous gibassier (a french pastry made from olive oil, candied orange peel, anise, and baker’s sugar to top it off).

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Catch up time with good friends at Pearl Bakery.  They make the best pastries.  mmm…did I mention their croissants are to die for as well?

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These two guys never stop laughing or cracking jokes.  😉

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Dinner at Bluehour (Pearl District).

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I loved everything about this restaurant.  It was beautiful, bright and the food was absolutely amazing!

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A little bubbly to celebrate our little getaway.

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Cauliflower and pesto cream gnocchi.  It literally melted in my mouth.  drooool…so good.

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Bittersweet chocolate panacotta.  loved it!

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We had to go to voodoo donuts before making our way back home.  I personally am not a fan of donuts.  I’ll eat them but I’m not crazy about them like how I am for chocolate. 😉  Apparently, there is usually a very long line for these donuts but since we came early, the line was pretty short.  It was pretty cool to see so many different flavours of donuts.  Some were just beyond comprehension…like the maple bacon donut.  I will try that one out next time when I’m feeling more adventurous. hehe.

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Hope you’re having a lovely start to your week!  Thanks for reading!  xoxo!