easy breakfast tacos.

i'd eat these every dang day...

...mostly because you can customize them in a zillion different ways and i'm verrry very into variety, but this vegetarian version seems to be my go-to.

pete and i make a lot of breakfast tacos of all sorts of ways. when i'm at the helm, i usually go meatless because i ain't got time to fiddle with that stuff.

but i honestly love all the flavors happening in simple vegetarian breakfast tacos like these!

and can we shed some light on la tortilla factory plz? these tortillas are truly the best if you're going to buy tortillas at the sto'. the handmade style specifically, but every type of tortilla i've had from them is just delightful. great work, la tortilla factory people. really great.

these ones shown in the photos are the teeny tiny little handmade style tortillas from la tortilla factory. they're so plump and chewy and the flavor and texture is perfecto. 

so we've got delicious tortillas! we've got fresh salsa! we've got a nice ripe & not gross avo (if you're LUCKY)! we've got some buttery scrambled eggs! and we've got some hearty warm black beans and freshly shredded jack cheeeeeeeeese.

so simple. so quick. so satisfying!! and if you desire to add some crumbled breakfast sausage or bacon, just do it nike! 

Easy Breakfast Tacos

Makes 4-6 small tacos

Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

Instructions-

Open the can of black beans and rinse half the beans in a strainer. Store the remainder in an airtight container.  Heat the beans in a small bowl in the microwave for 1 minute or in a small pan on the stove for a few minutes.

Heat a medium sized non-stick pan to medium heat with 1 TB. butter.  In a small bowl, crack 2 large eggs. Whisk the eggs with a pinch of salt and pepper until yolks and whites are completely incorporated.  While the egg pan is heating, shred the cheese and slice the avocado.  Heat another large pan to warm the tortillas on.

Add the whisked eggs to the hot pan. Gently fold the eggs together from the edge of the pan inward - cooking for just a couple of minutes.  While the eggs are still slightly shiny, remove from heat.

Assemble the tacos on the freshly warmed tortillas.  I usually put the cheese onto the tortilla so it gets a bit melty, then a bit of scrambled eggs, black beans, slice of avocado, salsa, and a little cilantro if desired.

YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM.

 

 

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orange julius.

can i even call it that? i just don't know what else to call it because a "julius" is not really a "thing"...but this is an orange julius.

at home! no need to venture into the stinky mall. 

also, just take a look at the word "julius" in lowercase... it's really weird, man. but what is a julius even? a category of beverages? i take it these things were just invented by a guy named julius who enjoyed oranges. 

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this girl in my 5th grade class made orange juliuses one day (?? not sure why?) and gave out the "recipe." i remember going home and making them because i looooved orange juliuses and felt like i had the ultimate secret of the universe with this recipe because this was a food item i could only possibly have when we happened to need to go buy new clothes or whatever at the mall. mi madre and i would treat ourselves to an orange julius and a crisP bean burrito from the taco time next door when we'd have to shop at the mall. we both hate shopping, so it makes sense that we had to soothe the experience with a fried burrito and frozen orange sugar drink..

my dad was there asking me what went in this recipe, and he about pooped himself when he saw that it read 1 CUP GRANULATED SUGAR. i vividly remember him being like, "there is not a CUP of sugar in ANYTHING." so i was thinking, "yikes..what's sugar? i don't really get it. but i like it, i think? i dunno, i'm 11!" this was probably my first realization/understanding that excessive sugar is not good for you.

so i made these in a much more natural approach. no sugar added.

that's all. 

enjoyyyyyeeeee.  mall not required.

Orange Julius

Makes two 16 oz. drinks

Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (12 oz) frozen orange juice concentrate - (100% orange juice, no additional sugar)
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond coconut milk (I use this brand)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white
  • 8-10 ice cubes

Instructions -

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until combined, less than 30 seconds. The orange concentrate will still be quite strong, so if you want a less intense orange flavor, add extra almond milk or ice cubes. If you do want a bit of extra sweetness, add a teaspoon of agave nectar. 

Serve in cold glasses.

dark chocolate date & peanut butter energy bites.

it's all about the easy energy bites, baybay.

i've made several interpretations of these from some of my fave bloggers around the internets and i enjoy them all! this recipe is my own and i was satisfied with this version the second i realized they taste verrrry similar to no-bake cookies but use healthier, natural ingredients.

these take about 20 minutes to make and the best part is that you just throw all the ingredients into the food processor...no need to chop any of the choppable items first. 

i truly LOVE these. i bring 2 or 3 bites to work and enjoy them with coffee in the morning. they are hearty and have quite a bit of protein, so they keep me shockingly satisfied and full until lunch time. energy bites like these are also perfect to have around when you just want a very quick pick-me-up throughout the day.  i also eat these as a dessert. they taste amazing. and the texture is 💯 ! 

i use mostly peanut butter and just a little almond butter for extra creaminess with a slightly different flavor.

i add chia seeds and a little bit of quinoa for extra protein, fiber, and CRRRUNCH. the dry quinoa can be almost too crunchy, so if you want to cook the quinoa in advance so that it's soft, go right ahead!

soaking the dates is super important. i've made these without soaking them first, and it makes it harder to blend everything together smoothly in the food processor. save yourself some sanity and soak!

i like to leave a small portion of the oats for the very end so i can mix them in as whole oats.

most of the oats get all chopped up into tiny bits in the food processor, so its nice to have some of them remain whole for the texture. this also helps if the date mixture is too sticky. just add some extra oats and roll them into the mix with your hands until the date dough is not sticking to your hands.

^^^ delicious little dense orbs of tasty & hearty delight.

these really do compare to the taste and texture of no-bake cookies, which i LOVE. my dad used to make those all the time growing up. they're fantastic and swimming in butter and white sugar. i'm always happy to discover methods of making indulgent foods with more natural ingredients that still satisfy those cravings for buttery & sugary junk. junk that i loveeee, but am trying to emulate using less junky-4-u foodstuffs. 

this recipe is naturally sweetened with dates & honey, loaded with protein from the nut butters, oats, chia & quinoa, and extra tasty with a small amount of heart-healthy dark chocolate. 

make 'em! they're good!

Dark Chocolate, Date, & Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Makes about 12

Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. (about 1 1/2 cups) pitted dates, soaked in warm water for 5-10 minutes
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 2 TB. almond butter
  • 1 cup oats (separate 2/3 cup from the last third)
  • 1 oz. dark chocolate - (1/2 of a dark chocolate bar - I usually use about 70-80% dark)
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 2 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 TB. honey
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1-2 TB. dry or cooked quinoa (optional)

Instructions-

Soak the dates in a bowl of warm water for about 5-10 minutes.  This step is important to bring some moisture to the mix of dry ingredients without adding liquid. Strain all the water from the dates. If you have dates with pits, make sure to cut the dates open and discard the pits.  I usually try to buy dates that have already had the pits removed. 

After the dates have been soaked and pits removed, add to a large food processor with the peanut butter and almond butter. Run food processor for a minute until the dates and nut butter begin to form a ball. Add the dark chocolate and honey and run the machine again until everything is well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

Add 2/3 cup of the oats, walnuts, chia seeds, quinoa (if desired), salt, and cinnamon. Pulse or run the food processor on low until combined. Scoop the mixture into a large bowl and add the last 1/3 cup of oats. Use your hands to mix everything together well and form a big ball. If the mixture is still too sticky, add small handfuls of extra oats and continue to mix with your hands until it no longer sticks and you're able to roll it into smooth rounds. 

Line a tray or container with waxed paper, parchment or foil. Spoon golf ball sized amounts of the mixture into your hands and roll into tight & smooth spheres.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge for best results. 

 

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