Food and Recipes

Easy Banana & Berry Smoothie Bowl

I have been meaning to post a smoothie bowl recipe for quite some time now and today I finally did it! It almost seems un-foodblogger-like not to have a smoothie bowl recipe since they are one of the hottest items in the food world right now. I am starting off very simple with a easy Banana & Berry smoothie bowl. It’s easy to make and uses simple ingredients.

easy Banana & Berry smoothie bowl

Smoothie bowls are basically thick smoothies served in a bowl. Whoever came up with this idea deserves props as the bowls are so much fun and are a great alternative to the drinkable smoothies. From my research online the bowl frenzy started with Acai bowls which originated in Brazil and later made their way to San Francisco. Since then, there have been so many variations of the bowls but one thing that can’t be denied is how delicious and good for you they are.

Thanks to Instagram, smoothie bowls have also become a trendy food. If you just type the words smoothie bowl on Instagram you will find the prettiest and artistically decorated smoothie bowls out there. Sometimes they look too pretty, you wonder if the person who made it actually ate it. My only problem with those perfect smoothie bowls is that they are unrealistic. Nobody has time to add pretty flowers and sprinkles to their food. This is why it was important to me that the recipe I share today includes day to day ingredients that can easily be found.

 smoothie bowl
easy Banana & Berry smoothie bowl

For this smoothie bowl I used frozen bananas, frozen berries and almond milk. Frozen fruit works better for smoothies in my opinion but you can certainly use fresh fruit. I love the texture that frozen fruit brings to smoothies. I also used almond milk instead of cow’s milk because I wanted a smoothie that wasn’t too creamy but had more of a sorbet taste. For those days when I want a really creamy smoothie, I use milk instead.

This easy banana & berry smoothie bowl is ready in less than 5 minutes. I topped it with pre-sliced fruit for convenience sake but if you want to save money I suggest cutting the fruit yourself. Sometimes I find pre-sliced fruit worth the extra bucks since my time is so limited. If you are looking for more inspiration check out my Easy Citrus Sour Cream Mousse Recipe too!

Print Recipe
Easy Banana & Berry Smoothie Bowl
Banana & Berry Smoothie Bowl
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups Mixed Frozen Berries
  • 1 cup frozen banana slices
  • 3/4 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 cup fresh fruit of your choice sliced
  • 1/4 cup Hazelnut Granola
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups Mixed Frozen Berries
  • 1 cup frozen banana slices
  • 3/4 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 cup fresh fruit of your choice sliced
  • 1/4 cup Hazelnut Granola
Banana & Berry Smoothie Bowl
Instructions
  1. Blend the first 3 ingredients in a blender until completely smooth but still thick. Add more liquid as needed to get it to the right consistency.
  2. Serve in a bowl and top with the sliced fruit and granola. So easy!

Good Eats Boston: By Chloe Seaport

February is over and I am happy to report that I have managed to stick to my 80/20 eating plan. Before you think this is some crazy diet, it’s not. The 80/20 eating plan means 80% plant based and 20% everything else. That means there are no restrictions, it’s all about moderation. I believe that it’s fine to have a slice of pizza or a piece of bacon sometimes. Thanks to restaurants like By Chloe it is easy to stick to my eating plan.

By Chloe Beet Mine Burger
Good Eats Boston: By Chloe Seaport

Following my 80/20 eating plan means careful consideration when choosing restaurants. Although most restaurants dedicate part of their menu to plant based dishes, it is usually a small section with really boring dishes. Unlike California where I feel like there are more vegetarian and vegan restaurants, Boston is slowly upping it’s game with vegan and vegetarian restaurants. By Chloe being one of them.

Good Eats Boston: By Chloe Seaport

You may be familiar with by Chloe from a previous post I wrote about them. They are a vegan fast casual restaurant with delicious and creative menu items. Recently I tried their Beet Mine Burger, made with a beet-lentil-walnut patty topped with sauteed mushrooms, sauteed kale, pickled red onion, truffled basil aioli‌ and served on whole grain bun. This is by far one of the best vegan burgers I have had.

I added a side of air baked sweet potato fries and a seasonal lemonade to drink. Next time I would like to try the Guac burger which my new photographer friend Becky had. The Guac‌ burger is made with a black bean-quinoa-sweet potato patty, guacamole, corn salsa, lettuce, tomato, onion, tortilla strips, chipotle aioli on a whole grain bun. They do offer gluten free option for those who need.

Good Eats Boston: By Chloe Seaport
By Chloe Seaport Swing Chairs

There is something to be said for the simple, bright and clean ambiance that each By Chloe location has. I absolutely love succulent flower wall and the swinging chairs at the By Chloe Seaport location. With locations in Boston, New York, Providence, Los Angeles and London already, I feel this is not the last time we will hear about By Chloe. Check them out at ByChloe.com

Grenadian Bake & Fishcake Recipe

There are certain things in life that we all love for example long weekends, pay day, free lunches, vacations and mom’s cooking. As someone who cooks most of the time, I truly appreciate it when someone cooks for me; especially when it’s my mom or mother-in-law. Nothing beats a mothers cooking, it is just a known fact in life.

Bake & fishcake

The past two weeks my mother in law was visiting from Grenada and we had the pleasure of enjoying her cooking. Waking up to the smell of breakfast and relaxing while dinner is being prepared is the best feeling.

​​​​​​​I loved watching her and her niece cook Grenadian dishes. Grenadian food is delicious, unpretentious and packed with lots of flavor. After all, the island is known as the ‘Isle of Spice’ which means you can expect aromatic and well seasoned food. I especially liked learning how to make the popular bake and fishcake breakfast/brunch dish. Bake & fishcake is made with bread that is baked or fried in oil. The bread is usually served in sandwich form with fried fishcakes (bacalao mixed with fresh seasonings) and veggies.

After falling in love with the dish I decided it would be the perfect dish to share with you. Keep in mind there are many ways to make bake and fishcake so this is just one way to do it. One thing in common with all the recipes is they taste amazing no matter how you cook or eat them.

How to make Bake & Fishcake

Step 1. Prepare your ingredients. For the bakes you will need 6 cups all purpose flour, 2 tbsp baking powder, 2 tsp instant yeast, 3 tbsp sugar, 1 1//2 cup butter or butter substitute and a tsp salt.

Step 2. Mix flour with baking powder, yeast, sugar, salt and add butter. Mix the butter into the flour mixture using the rubbing in method. Prepare for messy hands here but make sure your hands are washed before you begin.

Bake & fishcake kneading dough

Step 3. Add fresh coconut blended with warm water into the flour mixture (about 2 cups) and knead till a soft well blended dough is created. You can also use canned coconut milk. It is best to knead on a clean kitchen counter if you don’t have a large board.

Bake & fishcake flour dough ball

Step 4. Form the dough into a large ball and let sit for about 10 minutes. At this point it is a good time to preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 5. Break the dough apart into small balls. Flatten the balls and place in a greased baking tray and bake in the oven till browned on both sides. Usually for about 15 minutes. Make sure you keep an eye on them to prevent burning.

coconut bake

The result is perfect hard on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside bread. Next steps is to make the the fish cakes.

salted cod

Step 6. Place desalted saltfish in a large bowl. Salt fish can be desalted by boiling the fish and changing the water till the it reaches your desired salt level. Remember to set aside 2 cups of the salted water for later.

Step 7. Grind cloves and garlic using a pestle and motar. Be warned the aroma of these 2 ingredients combined is so good you will find yourself constantly sniffing it.


Step 8. Chop onions, seasoning peppers, garlic, fresh thyme and green onions. Add to the salt fish together with the clove and garlic mix.

Step 9. Add about 1 1/2 cups of flour and the reserved water from the saltfish boil and mix till a fluffy consistency iss reached.

Bake & fishcake Fried fishcake
Bake & fishcake

Step 10. Fry the fish cakes on both sides till they reach a golden brown color and are crispy on the outside. Place cooked fish cakes on a platter lined with paper towel to drain excess oil.

Bake & saltfish

When ready to serve, slice each piece of bread in half and place a piece of fish cake between the 2 slices. The result is a simple but super delicious bake and fishcake sandwich. It is almost impossible to eat just one because they are just so good. You could go all out and add tomatoes, lettuce and all sorts of fun stuff however these are still awesome served as is. Have you been to the Caribbean before? If so, what was your favorite local dish? I would love to hear from you in the comment box below. For more tasty recipes like my favorite Curry Goat recipe click here.

Have you been to the Caribbean before? If so, what was your favorite local dish? I would love to hear from you in the comment box below. For more tasty recipes like my favorite Curry Goat recipe click here.

Print Recipe
Grenadian Bake & Fishcake Recipe
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine Caribbean
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Bake
  • 6 cups All purpose flour
  • 1/2 cups Butter or Butter substitute
  • 2 cups water and coconut mix You can also use coconut milk.
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 3 tbsp White Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
Fishcake
  • 1/2 pound Salted fish (dry salted cod)
  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 large Chopped yellow onion
  • 3 cloves Fresh garlic minced
  • 2 Green onions chopped
  • 1 tsp ground clove
  • 5 sprigs Fresh thyme finely chopped
  • 2 Seasoning peppers finely chopped Preferably Grenadian sweet seasoning peppers
  • 1 tsp Pepper sauce
  • 2 tsp Black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 cup Canola oil for frying
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine Caribbean
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Bake
  • 6 cups All purpose flour
  • 1/2 cups Butter or Butter substitute
  • 2 cups water and coconut mix You can also use coconut milk.
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 3 tbsp White Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
Fishcake
  • 1/2 pound Salted fish (dry salted cod)
  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 large Chopped yellow onion
  • 3 cloves Fresh garlic minced
  • 2 Green onions chopped
  • 1 tsp ground clove
  • 5 sprigs Fresh thyme finely chopped
  • 2 Seasoning peppers finely chopped Preferably Grenadian sweet seasoning peppers
  • 1 tsp Pepper sauce
  • 2 tsp Black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 cup Canola oil for frying
Instructions
Bake
  1. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, yeast and salt; add butter and rub in using your fingers.
  2. Stir in water and coconut into flour mixture until well blended and can form into a ball.
  3. Place on a floured board or the kitchen counter and knead for a few minutes. Let it rest for about 10-15mins
  4. Divide the dough into about 20 pieces and shape them into balls. Flatten each ball and place on greased baking tray.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes or until lightly browned
Fishcake
  1. Boil the fish and change the water after each boil until it reaches your desired salt level. Set aside 2 cups of the salted water for later.
  2. Grind cloves and garlic using a pestle and motar. Chop onions, seasoning peppers, garlic, fresh thyme and green onions. Add to the salt fish together with the clove and garlic mix.
  3. Add about 1 1/2 cups of flour and the reserved water from the saltfish boil and mix till a fluffy consistency is reached.
  4. Heat a canola oil in a deep frying pan. Drop mixture by spoon full into the hot oil, 4-6 at a time until golden brown and crispy on the outside.
  5. Slice each piece of bread in half and place a piece of fish cake between the 2 slices...sooo good.

Good Eats Boston: Cafés and Coffee

I love coffee shops and cafés. The smell of fresh coffee brewing and the look of people quietly sitting at their tables working on their laptops or girlfriends chatting together sipping on lattes is a vibe I like very much.
There are certain things that I look for in a coffee shop or café. Great coffee, good ambiance, variety and great service. Boston has plenty to offer and there are two coffee shops and cafés that have caught my interest recently.

Tatte Bakery & Cafe
Tatte Bakery and Cafe
Tatte Bakery and Cafe
Tatte Bakery and Cafe chai tea latte

Tatte Bakery & Cafe wins in all aspects. The moment you enter, you are greeted by the smell of baked goods and fresh coffee. As a lover of anything freshly made, this is a winning combination in my book. Their menu is filled with lots of delicious items including avocado toast, topped with arugula and poached eggs. They even have shakshuka which is one of my favorite egg dishes. The decor is very crisp and like all their locations, the tiles are unique and eye capturing. No wonder many Boston bloggers can often be found here snapping cute Instagram photos. Tatte Bakery & Cafe is eye candy with a good menu to match.

La Colombe Coffee Roasters

La Colombe Coffee Roasters is a very no frills spot but is a winner when it comes to serving awesome coffee. I loved their colorful ceramic mugs very much. Even a simple order of hot chocolate is served with latte art. If you love Colombian coffee for its full body, smooth, and low acidic taste then this is your spot. Don’t expect a large selection of food but they serve some classic items like croissants, brownies and biscotti to go with the coffee.

What are your favorite coffee shops and cafés in your area and what do you like about them? I would love to hear from you in the comment box below!

Keep Lunch Simple With Ling Ling Potstickers

This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Ever have those days when you are craving something delicious to eat but don’t want to spend too much time and effort in kitchen? Well, those days happen quite often for me and something tells me I am not the only one. Although I love to cook there are days when something from the frozen isle does the trick.

Keep Lunch Simple With Ling Ling Potstickers

Potstickers are the cure for lazy lunches and dinners. Known for their use of quality ingredients and authentic Asian recipes; Ling Ling Potstickers are my first choice. Their potstickers are super convenient and ready in minutes. No need to worry about whipping up a dipping sauce as the potstickers come with Ling Ling’s yummy signature dipping sauce. Since we have gone part vegetarian in our household we like the vegetable flavor. They also have Chicken & Vegetable and Pork & Vegetable flavors too.

The great thing with potstickers is that they can be prepared in different ways. You can boil them, steam them or even fry them. For our lazy Saturday lunch last weekend I boiled the potstickers for 6 minutes, browned them in olive oil and served them over roughly chopped iceberg lettuce, sliced green onions, cucumber with a drizzle of the delicious dipping. I could have gone all out and added carrots, herbs or many other ingredients but simplicity wins with this dish.

Ling Ling Potstickers

4 ways to eat Ling Ling Potstickers

Other than eating them plain by themselves, there are other awesome ways to eat potstickers. Here are a few ideas:

  1. In a salad: Potstickers are great way to upgrade your salad game. Just make your salad as you normally would but use potstickers instead of meat. This is such a fun tasty salad to make.
  2. In a soup: Add your favorite Ling Ling potstickers into a hearty broth. Toss in any veggies like bok choy, spinach, broccoli, carrots, with some soy sauce and a delicious soup is ready in minutes.
  3. In a stir fry: Stir fries are great because you can cook veggies and proteins together all in one pan. Sauté fresh vegetables, potstickers with a stir fry sauce for an easy and quick weeknight dinner. No noodles necessary because the potstickers provide the carbs.
  4. As an appetizer: Potstickers make the most delicious appetizer. It’s almost impossible to eat just one. Pan fry them on one side and leave the other side steamed for the perfect bite.
Potstickers
potstickers

Is your mouth watering yet? Go grab yourself a bag of Ling Ling potstickers at the grocery store and you are in for a delicious meal. Better yet Chinese New Year is coming up on February 5th so why not bring your friends together and enjoy delicious Chinese food and potstickers.

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