Cheddar and Chive Biscuits

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Also inspired from my trip to Charleston, these yummy little biscuits are the perfect quick fix for a bite of Southern comfort, or for when you have a little extra time in the morning and feel like treating yourself. Much fancier of a breakfast than milk and cereal, but without too much extra hassle!

The best part is, you can take the basic biscuit ingredients and add pretty much whatever you want to them to create whatever biscuit suits your mood. This morning, I chose to go savory with cheddar and chive, PLUS topped ‘em off with bacon and avocado slices!

Now, where’s my sweet tea?

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Cheddar and Chive Biscuits

  • Servings: half dozen biscuits
  • Time: 30 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour (I used half all purpose and half whole wheat)
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely cubed cheddar
  • 1 tbsp chives (I used freeze dried, but fresh would be even better!)
  • 3 tbsp cold (or frozen) butter, finely cubed or grated
  • 1/3 cup milk + some additional as needed
  • optional: bacon, avocado slices, cracked black pepper
Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees, and prepare a lightly greased baking sheet.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, cheddar cubes, and chives.
  3. Cut in cold butter using your fingertips (I grated in frozen butter). Work butter in with the biscuit mix quickly to avoid it warming up too much. Texture should be crumbly.
  4. Pour in milk and knead the dough several times with your hands. Add small amounts of milk as necessary to just bring the dough together.
  5. Grab a small handful of dough and stretch and fold in half 4-5 times. This helps create layers in the biscuits. Shape the sides to create round biscuits and place on baking sheet. Repeat until dough is gone.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown on the bottom and a toothpick or fork comes out clean.
  7. Optional: While baking, cook bacon and slice avocado
  8. Serve warm, and enjoy! I sliced my biscuits in half and added bacon, a slice of avocado, and some black pepper. Yumm.

Super Superfood Smoothies

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Living in Ann Arbor has definitely had its (good) influence on Hunter (boyfriend, roommate). These days, he practices yoga, bikes everywhere, brews his own beer… and makes these superfood smoothies! Like, SUPER superfood. Beyond the normal protein powder, flax, chia seeds… Maca powder? Hemp powder? Spirulina…? He spends about half an hour whipping these up for four days’ worth of easy weekday lunches, pairing a green smoothie with one of the protein-rich smoothies each day. Easy to make, easy to pack, easy to drink between his classes. And this week, I decided to give them a try myself!

Verdict – surprisingly tasty, extremely filling (kept me full until dinnertime). The Chocolate Banana Maca might as well be a dessert. Berry Power is more similar to the smoothies I used to make (basically the berry taste and color is most prevalent) and the tiny bite of ginger is refreshing. Lean & Green isn’t so bad either, for a green smoothie! The avocados weren’t quite ripe enough for my batch, but Hunter assures me that the texture is usually quite creamy.

And the mason jars are cute.

(Note – these are not meant to be low calorie foods!)

Chocolate Banana Maca

  • Servings: 2 mason jars
  • Time: 5 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

combine in blender

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup yogurt (plain or greek)
  • 1 scoop whey protein
  • 1 tbsp maca powder
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 2 tbsp flax
  • 2 bananas
  • 1tbsp coconut oil

Berry Power

  • Servings: 2 mason jars
  • Time: 5 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

combine in blender

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup yogurt (plain or greek)
  • 1/4 cup hemp powder
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 piece ginger (sliced)
  • 1 pound berries (I like using frozen blueberries)
  • optional: goji berries, camu camu powder

Lean & Green

  • Servings: 2 mason jars
  • Time: 5 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

combine in blender

  • 2 cups green tea (steeped)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 bunch kale/spinach
  • bit of extra water (as needed)