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Kasha Breakfast Pilaf

It’s getting cold here in Philadelphia. I had to turn my heat on last night. I really didn’t want to do it, but it was time.

Now that it’s getting cold, I look for warm breakfast options (the usual fruit doesn’t cut it in the cold months). But being a gluten-free vegan makes breakfast a tough meal to figure out. No eggs, no sausage, no pancakes, no waffles; what’s a girl to do?

I found this recipe a while back for kasha pilaf. It’s a great recipe because it’s gluten-free and vegan, however, my non-vegan friends can just add a fried egg on top if they choose.

It’s a hearty, substantial, stick-to-your-ribs kind of breakfast. I usually serve it with a side of vegan sausage. I also like mine a little spicier, so I’ll add a few dashes of hot sauce to give it some oomph.

Kasha is rich in protein and gluten-free and, it has an earthy flavor that I particularly enjoy around this time of year.


Kasha Breakfast Pilaf

2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 pound sliced mushrooms (you can pick any kind, but I like baby bellas)
2 medium red potatoes, cut into cubes
1 cup of kasha
2 cups of boiling water
½ teaspoon of sea salt
¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper
¼ cup of fresh parsley
Dash of hot sauce (if you’re so inclined)

1. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onion, garlic, and mushrooms and saute until onion is soft, about 10 – 15 minutes.
2. Add the potatoes, stir, and saute about 2 minutes. Add kasha and stir.
3. Pour in boiling water, salt, and pepper. Turn heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
4. Fluff your grains with a fork, stir in fresh parsley and serve hot.

I usually make a batch of kasha pilaf on Sunday morning and eat it for a few mornings during the week. It’s great on those busy mornings when I don’t have time to prepare anything.

Hope you enjoy it!

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out.


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Lavender Love

I have long been a fan of essential oils. I love the scents and the multiple uses. For years I have used oils as a way to enhance my home and my health and one of my favorites has always been lavender.

Lavender oil has been shown to help people relax, which is why you find it in many commercial products that are sold to help you sleep.

I’m not a fan of the commercial products because I choose not to use products that contain a lot of chemicals. I have found that investing in a really good bottle of essential oil, and using it strategically around your home, is much safer and healthier.

Essential oils are great because they’re all natural, have wonderful fragrance, and they last a long time! I drip a few drops in a diffuser ring on my light bulbs to scent my whole house, take a few sniffs in the middle of the day to ward off that “3 o’clock slump,” and use a few drops with some Epsom salts in my bath to relax.

One of my favorite gifts to make are lavender sachets. If bought in a fancy boutique, you can pay upwards of $30 for one of these! YIKES! Instead, I invest in just a few spice bags (you can get a dozen of them for around 8 bucks or so), and a few scraps of pretty lace or ribbon, and I make my own.

You can invest in a few pretty boxes from the dollar store, package your sachets, and boom, you have an elegant, and practical gift.

Here is the recipe:
1 cup whole oats
1 cup lavender buds (you can find these at your local craft store or online)
½ cup coarse Dead Sea salt
½ cup fine Dead Sea salt
10 drops lavender essential oil (which you can conveniently get from me)

Blend the oats in a food processor until powdery. Mix oats with lavender buds and both salts. Once combined, mix in the essential oil.

Scoop mixture into bags and tie tightly.

The sachets can be:

– Tucked into drawers where pajamas are kept to infuse PJ’s with the relaxing scent of lavender
– Tied to the faucet when taking a bath, letting the warm water run over the lavender mixture
– Hung in a closet to freshen the space
– Tucked into the cushion of your favorite chair to help you relax after a long day
– Sewn into the body of a child’s bedtime toy to help relax and soothe them off to sleep

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Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out!