24 healthy groceries you need to try from target

    September 29, 2018

    Doing something different today, guys! Today we are talking food products, grocery shopping, healthier eating, and Target.

    I love where this is going already.

    A few disclaimers:

    1. This is a total nerd superfan (not sponsored or affiliated) post.
    2. In my little story in the text below where I talk a lil bit about going sugar free and how to grocery shop for that lifestyle, we have affiliate links to the program we participated in.
    3. While I bought all of these groceries at my SuperTarget (which just happens to literally be the first Target store of all time – I feel extra Target-Cool), keep in mind that the products that you find from store to store will probably vary depending on your location.

    So I know it might sound a little weird, but friends, I adore grocery shopping at Target. And let me specify that to SuperTarget.

    I grew up in a small Minnesota town that got a regular Target when I was, like, twelve, and it was the best day of my life. Eventually, I moved into the BIG CITY (ahem, suburb of Minneapolis) and I had at least 900 Targets within driving distance of my home. But even more importantly, I discovered this magic place called SuperTarget where you can buy everything you’d ever need in your whole life because it’s a regular Target with a Target grocery store inside of it. And usually a Starbucks. ♡♡♡ I am such a cliche right now.

    After several years of grocery shopping at various stores throughout the Twin Cities, I’ve realized that, against all odds (or maybe after succumbing to the power that only Target can have?), SuperTarget is currently my go-to for groceries. In addition to having a soothing aesthetic and a huge selection of awesome products that are NEW and health-conscious and beautifully packaged because these are the things that make me smile, it’s often the place where I can get the best prices. Cartwheel app? REDcard? Yeah. You get it.

    The thing about grocery shopping while trying to eat better is that IT IS HARD. I recently finished a 60-day refined sugar free challenge that a) was really awesome and feel-good, and b) made grocery shopping extremely challenging. We all know it, but the reality of practical grocery shopping when trying to eat better is rough — there is refined sugar in almost EVERYTHING on the shelves of the grocery store.

    But there is still light! Over the last few months, I have found 24 healthy groceries at SuperTarget that fit with my 60-day refined sugar free challenge and that were totally delicious and awesome.

    To see the groceries I love, scroll on! And to see the refined sugar free program we participated in, check out Go Sugar Free. Jacqueline is a great mentor and there is a spring session starting soon. Check it out or read about how Bjork and I took on the sugar free challenge and made it work for us in this post.

    Onwards to food!



    Almond Butter.

    Why I like it: If you’ve ever looked at the labels on peanut butters and beyond, you know how many nut butters in the world have added sugar. Enter MaraNatha and a handful of other brands which you can buy at SuperTarget – I’ve been buying MaraNatha for almost a year now because their both their Raw and Natural varieties of almond butter have no added sugar.


    Grocery Shopping at Target - Quinoa.

    Why I like it: My regular SuperTarget has many varieties of quinoa, but this one is usually the most affordable and the most “regular” – no pre-added flavors or quinoa-blend type things in the mix. Just straight up, uncooked, unflavored quinoa.

    How I use it: Crockpot Quinoa Chicken PrimaveraHerbed Quinoa Garden Veggie Salad, or Creamy Chicken and Quinoa Broccoli Casserole


    Grocery Shopping at Target - Quinoa and Brown Rice.

    Why I like it: Okay, now that I’ve sung the praises of the plain, uncooked quinoa, let’s move to the quickie quinoa and brown rice packet that is pre-cooked and garlic-loaded and secretly awesome. Seeds of Change: making weeknight home cooking realistic. Thumbs up for that!

    How I use it: 10-Minute Veggie Fried Rice


    Grocery Shopping at Target - Curry Paste.

    Why I like it: Lots of pre-made sauces are loaded with sugar and other unmentionables — which is why red curry paste is always always ALWAYS on my list of pantry staples. When you make your own curry halfway from scratch using a paste like this, you can control what actually ends up in your curry sauce (think ginger, garlic, and coconut milk).

    How I use it: Red Curry Lentils AND the best ever Red Thai Curry Sauce. Get on it.


    Grocery Shopping at Target - Salsa.

    Why I like it: Anyone else seen this around lately? Seems like I’m seeing it everywhere, which is awesome because it’s REALLY yummy with chips, veggies, enchiladas and tacos, just… everything. In the last year or so, I’ve just gone ahead and permanently added salsa to my grocery list because, I mean, SALSA. And out of all the brands I’ve sampled over the years, this one is the current winner.


    Grocery Shopping at Target - Brown Rice.

    Why I like it: With the whole less-sugar-and-fewer-refined-grains thing, I’m trying to eat brown rice when I can, but the one rice that always gets me is Basmati rice. How do you even eat Indian food without that steaming pile of white Basmati rice? You don’t. Unlesssss you have THIS brown rice version of Basmati that they sell at my beloved SuperTarget which is delicious without sacrificing any of that perfectly fragrant Basmati essence. Annnnd I just said essence.


    Grocery Shopping at Target - Spaghetti.

    Why I like it: Okay, truth be told, my very first preference for whole wheat pasta would be DeLallo brand. But I’m still waiting for SuperTarget to stock DeLallo products (are you listening, Target?) so when I’m making a Target grocery run, I always pick up some of their Simply Balanced brand whole wheat pasta.

    How I use it: Garlic Butter Spaghetti with Herbs and I feel happy about life.


    Grocery Shopping at Target - San Marzano.

    Why I like it: How to even express the love for these tomatoes? For some reason, I can’t find them at all grocery stores, but they are always at my ST. They work beautifully in just about any recipe that calls for canned tomatoes and their taste is the riches, juiciest, and most delicious of all the canned tomatoes.

    How I use it: Simple San Marzano Pasta e Fagioli


    Grocery Shopping at Target - Olive Oil.

    Why I like it: I’m not necessarily super picky when it comes to olive oil (I’m still developing my ultra food snob palate, okay?) but this is the brand of olive oil I’ve been buying lately. I use it in all my homemade dressings because IT JUST TASTES BEAUTIFUL. Like, really beautiful. Drizzled over everything. You’re welcome.


    Grocery Shopping at Target - Bread.

    Why I like it: With that whole fewer refined grains thing going on, I thought I’d see how this health nut bread performed as morning toast. And I’m happy to report it was my almond butter and banana’s perfect pair. This bread is two thumbs up, both in taste and in ingredients.

    How I use it: Poached Egg and Avocado Toast magic.


    Grocery Shopping at Target - Seven Sundays Muesli.

    Why I like it: No, for real, though – how much do I love this stuff?! It’s so seriously delicious AND it’s made by a Minnesota company! Represent. I’ve been eating the Ginger Pear Macadamia Nut muesli soaked in hot water and topped with sea salt, a spoonful of flax meal, and a tiny bit of maple syrup as my breakfast for a few months straight now and I’m still not sick of it. No refined sugar and full of wholesome things. It’s a happy breakfast!


    Grocery Shopping at Target - Tazo.

    Why I like it: So I’ve been serving this as our post-dinner treat at my Dinner Club with all my friends, which is a little random, but you guys – it’s always a hit. It’s like people forget about how awesome peppermint tea is until they have it again and then – BOOM. We all sit around sipping our peppermint tea in a state of lovely zen. It’s the perfect cozy, calming, good-for-you, end-of-day treat.


    Grocery Shopping at Target - Coconut Oil.

    Why I like it: I’ve been buying and trying lots of brands and types of coconut oil over the last six months and still haven’t settled on one particular brand, so this isn’t necessarily the one I would recommend as the ultimate, but I just wanted to point out that you can buy coconut oil at Super Target.

    How I use it: Favorite Coconut Oil Granola is in your future.


    Grocery Shopping at Target - Flax.

    Why I like it: To add to smoothies, oatmeal, baked goods, sauces, and everything in between. I keep a bag of this in the fridge at all times and put a scoop in our green smoothies every morning because I really like the texture and also: all the nutrients.

    How I use it: Oatmeal Flax Blueberry Muffins, anyone?

    15. KIND BARS

    Grocery Shopping at Target - Kind Bars.

    Why I like it: I first got turned on to Kind bars when we did our 60-day sugar free experiment. Technically they have some sweeteners in them (think honey or maple syrup) – and since we started buying them, I’ve seen more varieties crop up that don’t necessarily hold to the original Kind 5 grams of sugar or less rule, but nevertheless, these have significantly less sugar and more good things going on than your average granola bar. These are a MUST in our house. My favorite is the Maple Glazed Pecan and Sea Salt.

    If and when you want to find these in your SuperTarget — I don’t know why, but these are only stocked in the health foods section near the weight loss shakes and all of that, so don’t get sad if you don’t see them in your granola bar aisle. They are probably there, just hiding in amongst the health foods.

    16. LARA BARS

    Grocery Shopping at Target - Lara Bars.

    Why I like it: Made with dates, nuts, and sea salt. So, so, so, so, so good for an on-the-go real food treat. For me, it’s usually second breakfast or dessert. I’m going to get bossy for a second here, but both Bjork and I agree that the Peanut Butter Cookie is by far the best – don’t even mess around with the other flavors.

    Same health aisle location tip applies to these!


    Grocery Shopping at Target - Bai5.

    Why I like it: You already know how much I am loving this new line of drinks, right? What makes me love it even more is that they now sell this at my SuperTarget. I mean, come on. As if that isn’t the best news everrrr. I like the Molokai Coconut the best and it makes for the perfect addition to a green smoothie.

    How I use it: Simple green smoothie. Also – I stocked up on the lemon lime a few weeks ago when I was sick and I was looking for a liquid diet that involved good things (antioxidants! hi) instead of refined sugar. Perfect!


    Grocery Shopping at Target - Somersaults.

    Why I like it: This is a really random snack that I tried on a whim on one of my grocery trips scouring the store for healthier munchies – and guess what? Delicious. They’re made with all natural, good and wholesome ingredients and they are SALTY and ultra-crunchy. ♡


    Grocery Shopping at Target - Pistachios.

    Why I like it: I’ve been having a moment with pistachios lately. They are really, really good and I think I sort of just forgot about them for a few years. I wanted to mention them because unlike most of the other grocery stores I frequent, SuperTarget sells these big bags of pistachios that are shelled. Meaning you can use them in recipes or for snacks without needing to break all those shells off first. Thank you, SuperTaret, for making the good things in life (pistachios!) more simple!


    Grocery Shopping at Target - Boom Chicka Pop.

    Why I like it: On the one hand, this is totally ridiculous. Why would you buy pre-popped popcorn when you can make it in your own microwave? Mostly because it’s really good and it makes for the best lil’ Friday night snack when sipping on Grapefruit Mojitos and watching The Vow with your sisters and mom. Just saying.


    Grocery Shopping at Target - Dreaming Cow Yogurt.

    Why I like it: This yogurt! This yogurt. This yogurt is so super good. It’s creamy and rich but much smoother and a lot less gloppy than most of our other usual yogurts. The flavors are delicious and unique. My favorites are the Honey Pear and the Blueberry Cardamom. Grass-Fed Cream Top Yogurt at SuperTarget?! What is this world coming to.


    Grocery Shopping at Target - Half and Half.

    Why I like it: As a more whole, refined sugar free swap for flavored coffee creamer, which I have been known to drink straight from the bottle, we’ve been buying organic full fat dairy for coffee in the morning. It’s the perfect match for my super strong Starbucks Espresso blend and it’s also really good in recipes. So long, Candy Bar Coffee Creamer in a bottle! I can and do love my coffee without you.


    Grocery Shopping at Target - Amy's Organic.

    Why I like it: We don’t do a lot of frozen meals, but we do a lot of Amy’s. So maybe we do do a lot of frozen meals. Amy’s is a lifesaver. As a food blogger, you’d think that I would love cooking all the time 24/7 forever, but that would be wrong. Sometimes all I want to do is pop something in the oven or microwave that will give me a yummy real food meal super fast without any work on my end. This is that! And this variety – the Mexican casserole bowl – is THE BEST. Perfect with chips and salsa (see #5).


    Grocery Shopping at Target - Frozen Fruit.

    Why I like it: Confession: I’ve been a frozen fruit hog lately, which miiight be why all the Simply Balanced organic frozen fruit shelves at my SuperTarget are empty? I dunno anything about that tho. We use frozen fruit for green smoothies every morning – my favorites are peaches and mangoes, and Bjork’s all about the berries. And I just love that the in-store brand at SuperTarget (Simply Balanced, formerly known as Archer Farms) packages ORGANIC frozen fruit. Thank you thank you thank you!

    How I use it: Simple Coconut Green Smoothie – I’m telling you, it’s a must for healthier, fruit-and-veggie-loaded mornings.


    So that’s it! Those are the 24 healthy groceries that I buy at SuperTarget and that I really think you will love.

    If you’re looking for more interesting and helpful information about grocery shopping at some of the hot spots, check out these fun posts from my sweet food blogging friends around the blogosphere.

    Read more at: https://pinchofyum.com/24-healthy-groceries-you-need-to-try-from-target

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    Summer chipotle chicken cobb salad with cilantro vinaigrette

    September 19, 2018

    Summah summah summahhhhhhtime!

    I kinda can’t believe it since here in Minnesota we were all “April Blizzard” a minute ago, but you guys, it’s totally here. And I totally had it for dinner last night.

    Here’s what it tasted like:

    • juicy strawberries
    • crisp salty bacon
    • sweet green lettuce
    • bursts of sweet corn
    • creamy avocado chunks
    • and smoky chipotle grilled chicken! REPEAT: GRILLED!

    What's Gaby Cooking Everyday California Food cookbook.


    This dream team of ingredients better known as a Summer Chipotle Chicken Cobb Salad is coming to our hearts today from the What’s Gaby Cooking Cookbook.

    Remember when I published those BEST EVER chicken tinga tacos and told you about my friend Melissa’s amazing book and then talked about how I hardly ever promote books? But then I turned around and told you how great THIS one was, too? LOL to me. It’s just dumb luck that both of these came out when they did.

    We’re not paid for any cookbook promotions – I just like to show you the ones that we like and give you a sneak at their best recipes.

    And this one is one that I like. And this might be one of its best recipes. Tied with the cilantro vinaigrette, which I couldn’t not use again for this salad. I know Gaby says to use the champagne vinaigrette with this salad, but GABY COME ON YOU CAN’T TEASE US LIKE THAT. One good lick of that cilantro dressing and you’re done. Goodbye. This is your life now.

    Cilantro Vinaigrette in jar with spoon.

    Okay, salad ingredients. As mentioned, there is a lot of fresh summery goodness going on here, and it looks like so:

    Ingredients in bowls for Summer Chipotle Chicken Cobb Salad.

    The more “involved” part of the recipe (if you can even call it that) is just plopping your chicken in some spices and a few chipotle peppers and letting it marinate for a while before grilled.

    WORTH IT, you guys! So worth it.

    Also probably more normal to take a picture of the grilled chicken rather than the raw marinated stuff, but who said anything about normal.

    Raw chicken in a bowl with seasonings.

    Bjork and I ate this salad on the deck on a random Tuesday night and we both mega-loved every lip-lickin juicy bite.

    It’s a little spicy, a lot crunchy, and those bites of sweetness in between are so super rewarding.

    Closeup of Summer Chipotle Chicken Cobb Salad.

    Thank you, Summer Chipotle Chicken Cobb Salad, for making all our dreams come true.

    Read more at: https://pinchofyum.com/summer-chipotle-chicken-cobb-salad-with-cilantro-vinaigrette

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    Turkey Menchi Katsu Burger Recipe

    September 11, 2018

    If you love all things deep-fried, you’re gonna love this Japanese menchi katsu burger: a super juicy deep fried turkey patty, mustard, cheese, and tonkatsu sauce on a toasted brioche bun.

    Turkey Menchi Katsu Burger Recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com
    Turkey Menchi Katsu Burger Recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

    Have you guys ever had menchi katsu? It’s kind of tonkatsu’s (that oh so crunchy panko-crusted deep-fried pork cutlet that is a must eat Japanese dish) cheaper, younger, more chill vibes cousin. It’s true Japanese B-cuisine: laid back, casual food that doesn’t cost and arm and a leg. When you’re in Japan, you can usually find menchi katsu at grocery stores or food halls, where they sell them for people to take home for dinner.

    Turkey Menchi Katsu Burger Recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com
    Turkey Menchi Katsu Burger Recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

    There’s also a very famous meat shop in Kichijoji called Satou that sells a very famous beef menchi katsu. Satou is a steak house as well as a butcher so they happen to have a lot of extra cuts of meat that they use for minced meat. Their menchi katsu is incredibly juicy  – to the point of juice dripping down your hands if you’re not careful. The crunchy panko outsides are a delicious foil to the piping hot, soft and juicy insides. They’re worth the long line up!

    Turkey Menchi Katsu Burger Recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

    But, of course, if you’re not in Tokyo and you have a menchi katsu craving, why not make your own? And why not use turkey in a tiny effort to be just the littlest bit healthy. Summer is coming after all. Gotta work on that summer body, am I right?

    Menchi katsu is pretty easy to make. All you need to do is mix up ground meat with onion, panko, egg, and a bit of milk, much like a meatball. Shape them up, do a classic breading station of flour, egg, and panko, a dip in hot oil for a deeply golden crust, and you’re done.

    Turkey Menchi Katsu Burger Recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com
    Turkey Menchi Katsu Burger Recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

    I paired the menchi patties with karashi mustard (Japan’s version of yellow mustard), tonkatsu sauce, a toasted buttered brioche bun, and cheese because cheese makes everything even better. Cheese is like a VSCO filter, but for food. It was SO GOOD. Incredibly juicy, crunchy, and perfectly paired with the soft and fluffy brioche. Probably one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever made.

    Turkey Menchi Katsu Burger Recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

    Read more at: http://iamafoodblog.com/turkey-menchi-katsu-burger-recipe/

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    Recipes, Soup

    Spicy Instant Pot Taco Soup Recipe

    August 30, 2018

    This is a recipe for the laziest nights. No joke. If you can bring yourself to chop an onion, along with a couple cloves of garlic – the rest of this taco soup creation is dump-and-stir. And it’s delicious! Here’s the deal – you can make it in an Instant Pot. You can make it on a conventional stovetop. It’s also occurring to me that it’s probably a perfect slow cooker stew as well.

    Spicy Instant Pot Taco Soup Recipe

    The soup? It is a hearty melding of beans, and corn, and taco spices, and quinoa. I bring the creaminess and crunch factor in via the toppings – toasted pepitas for the later, ripe avocado, and a dollop of yogurt for the creamy.

    Spicy Instant Pot Taco Soup Recipe

    For reference, this is the Instant Pot I used for this recipe: Instant Pot DUO Plus 6 Qt 9-in-1

    Spicy Instant Pot Taco Soup Recipe

    If case you’re interested, here is where all the Instant Pot recipes live.

    Spicy Instant Pot Taco Soup Recipe

    Read more at: https://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/spicy-instant-pot-taco-soup-recipe.html

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    Recipes, Soup

    White Bean Soup with Pesto Herb Dumplings

    August 26, 2018

    This is the sort of meal I’ve been craving since I arrived home from India. Hearty, substantial, and squarely in the comfort food realm. It’s the simplest of bean soups, topped with plump herb-packed dumplings. I use whatever herbs I have on hand, and in this case it was dill, basil, and minced lemongrass, along with lots of scallions. Doubling down on the herb flavors, I also add a big dollop of pesto. A classic dumpling stew with a green, herby twist. Super delicious, and satisfying.

    White Bean Soup with Pesto Herb Dumplings

    I note a number of variations in the headnotes of the recipe down below. If you don’t want to go the pesto route, a mustard-spike is also delicious. Or, harissa! A couple of tablespoons of harissa paste in place of pesto takes the dumplings in a completely different directions.

    White Bean Soup with Pesto Herb Dumplings

    Making this soup vegan is simple. The soup is already vegan, you just need to make a couple tweaks to the dumplings. First, be sure to use nut milk in the dumpling batter, and omit the egg (adding an extra 1/4 cup of nut milk to the batter). The details are in the headnotes as well. The dumplings are a bit more dense, but still tasty. The one important detail to adhere to – don’t oversize the dumplings.

    White Bean Soup with Pesto Herb Dumplings

    Read more at: https://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/white-bean-soup-with-pesto-herb-dumplings-recipe.html

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    Pizza, Recipes

    Easy Vegan Gluten-free Pizza Crust

    August 15, 2018

    Friends, it’s here! A vegan, gluten-free pizza crust that’s easy to make with ingredients you probably have on hand right now. Not to mention, it’s perfectly crisp on the edges and firm but tender in the center. Whoop!

    Let’s make gluten-free pizza dreams come true!

    Stirring together dry ingredients- almond flour, potato starch, arrowroot starch, flaxseed meal, baking soda, baking soda, and spices for Gluten-Free Vegan Pizza Crust

    This recipe requires 10 simple ingredients and comes together in less than 45 minutes from start to finish!

    The base flours are comprised of almond flour, potato starch, and arrowroot starch. Potato and arrowroot starch are particularly great for this recipe because they help make a firm and crispy-on-the-edges crust that’s also tender in the center.

    No gooey center, no cardboard edges – just pure, airy, delicious goodness.

    Stirred together the wet and dry ingredients for our crispy vegan Gluten-Free Pizza Crust

    We also included some flaxseed for binding (and fiber), olive oil for moisture (which you can sub for water if oil-free), oregano and garlic for added flavor, and vinegar and baking soda to help the crust rise a bit.

    Having tried a lot of gluten-free crusts (our own, at restaurants, and box mixes), we can confidently say this is the best gluten-free pizza crust we’ve tried and SPOT-ON in flavor and texture. Swoon!

    Flattening out the dough for our vegan Gluten-Free Pizza Crust

    Once your crust is formed, bake for 10 minutes. Then top with desired toppings. We went for tomato sauce, peppers, onions, mushrooms, kalamata olives, oregano, and whipped almond ricotta cheese. But you could go any way you prefer. I could see pesto working well here, as well as my butternut squash sauce!

    Just a few more minutes in the oven and it’s officially pizza night!

    Gluten-Free Pizza Crust topped with marinara and fresh vegetablesA whole gluten-free and vegan pizza cut into slices

    I hope you all LOVE this crust! It’s:

    Easy to make
    Crisp on the edges
    Tender (but firm) in the middle
    Hearty enough to hold LOTS of toppings
    & Insanely delicious!

    For those of you in the vegan gluten-free camp, this is thee pizza crust for you. We couldn’t believe how fluffy, crispy, and tender it was all at the same time. Plus, not only is it delicious hot out of the oven, it’s also tasty as leftovers the next day – cold or hot!

    If you’re into pizza, also be sure to check out our Mini Portobello PizzasButternut Squash Veggie PizzaFavorite Vegan PizzaCauliflower Pizza Crust, and our original Best Gluten-Free Pizza Crust.

    If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

    Close up shot grabbing a slice of delicious homemade vegan & gluten free pizza

    Read more at: https://minimalistbaker.com/easy-vegan-gluten-free-pizza-crust/

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    BBQ, Recipes

    Smoky Bbq Black Bean Burger

    August 6, 2018

    Say hello to your new favorite veggie burger.

    It’s gluten-free, BIG on flavor, infused with smoky BBQ flavor, and perfect on the grill or stovetop. Let’s do this!

    Display of ingredients for vegan BBQ Black Bean Burgers including mushrooms, sweet potato, pecans, black beans, BBQ sauce, coconut aminos, spices, and quinoa

    This burger is easy to make, requiring simple methods and 10 wholesome ingredients you likely have on hand right now.

    It all starts with black beans that are cooked down until dry and cracked, which helps keep the burgers from being mushy. Then comes toasted pecans, which are pulsed into a meal.

    Black beans and pecans in the food processor ready to be pulsed for BBQ Black Bean Burgers

    Then we add quinoa, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, cumin, chili powder, BBQ sauce, and salt. Quinoa adds moisture and also binds the burgers, and the rest is all about flavor: sweet potatoes for sweetness, mushrooms for “meatiness” and texture, and the spices and sauce for smoky BBQ flavor.

    All the ingredients in the food processor ready to become amazing BBQ Black Bean Burgers

    For these burgers, it’s best to sear both sides on the stovetop and then finish baking in the oven, where they will dry out and firm up a bit. But they are firm enough for the grill as well!

    Once cooked, it’s all about the toppings. We went for vegan buns, lettuce, cabbage, red pepper, pickles, and more BBQ + a little hot sauce. Swoon.

    Gluten-free and vegan BBQ Black Bean Burger patties cooking in a skillet

    We hope you all LOVE these burgers! They’re:

    Easy to make
    & SO delicious

    These burgers would make the perfect weeknight meal for you and the family or for hosting! Serve with Crispy Baked FriesGarlicky Kale Salad, or Garlicky Guac and Plantain Chips!

    If you’re into veggie burgers, also be sure to check out our Chickpea Sun-Dried Tomato BurgersGrillable Veggie BurgersSweet Potato Black Bean BurgerBlack Bean Beet Veggie BurgerSimple Veggie Sliders, and Green Chili Veggie Burger.

    If you like this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

    Close up shot of a BBQ Black Bean Burger on a bun with fresh vegetables

    Read more at: https://minimalistbaker.com/smoky-bbq-black-bean-burger/

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    Health, Sweets

    The Perfect Bowl Of Oats

    July 31, 2018

    Ah, the perfect bowl of oatmeal – a thing to behold.

    When we’re sick, craving comfort food, or just want something extra hearty for breakfast, this is our go-to meal.

    In the hundreds of times we’ve made oats, we’ve found some tricks that elevate the texture, flavor, and tenderness, and we’re stoked to share those with you today. Shall we?

    Wood cutting board with steel cut oats, salt, maple syrup, flaxseed meal, and cinnamon for making a delicious gluten-free vegan breakfast

    This recipe requires 4 ingredients, 1 pot, and simple methods to prepare.

    Our top tip is to SOAK. Now, if you can’t find the time to soak your oats ahead of time, that’s fine. We’ve got shortcuts for you in the notes. But if you know you’re having oats the next day, the best way to get dreamy oats is by soaking them overnight in cool water.

    Soaking not only softens the oats, but it also makes them more tenderquicker to cook, and easier to digest. In a side-by-side comparison, we found that unsoaked oats lacked that fluffy, creamy texture soaked oats provide. So, from here on out, we’ll be soaking.

    Once they’re soaked, it’s time to cook. Simply bring oats to a low boil. Then reduce heat, cover, and simmer until tender.

    A saucepan filled with freshly cooked perfect steel cut oats

    Lastly, add in your sweetener of choice, along with cinnamon and flaxseed.

    For toppings, we can’t resist our go-to Berry Compote (we add chia seeds at the end for thickening + healthy fats!), hemp seeds, nut butter, and banana. Seriously dreamy.

    Using a wooden spoon to stir berry compote in a saucepan for the best gluten-free steel cut oats

    We hope you LOVE these oats! They’re:

    Easy to make
    Naturally sweetened
    & SO delicious

    These oats make the perfect weekday or lazy weekend breakfast. They’re super versatile as well! In the fall, top with roasted apples. In the summer, go with fresh berries or compote. In the spring, go with oranges! The options are endless.

    For more oats recipes, check out our Brown Sugar Pear Steel Cut Oats5-Ingredient Vegan Gluten-Free CookiesEverything Breakfast CookiesPumpkin Pie Oats, and Peanut Butter Overnight Oats.

    If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

    Close up shot showing two bowls of perfectly cooked steel cut oats topped with fruit and nut butter

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