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simply roasted fennel

Yesterday morning I tried something new – my Magic Bullet!!!

I found one at Target after hearing rave reviews at the Bridal Shower I attended on Saturday afternoon.  I have so many problems with my blender that I knew this would be perfect for my morning smoothies, and for travelling since it is very compact!

This morning, I made an old favorite to see how the Bullet compared to my Cuisinart blender.

It was awesome!  I whipped up a Chocolate Cherry Bomb Smoothie is no time.  Well, it took a good minute to mix it up (the bullet advertises that it will make smoothies in 10 seconds), but my smoothie contained frozen banana and frozen cherries and it cut those down in no time!

Perfectly smooth and delicious.

Along with my smoothie, I tried something else new…

Yes, you read right – Chocolate Almond Butter & Chocolate Hazelnut Butter!

I had to try them out, so I spread them each on 1/2 of a whole wheat pita.

This was a great breakfast.

And, for lunch – another Black Bean Burger (these are really, really good!) over lettuce with Roasted Fennel!

How to Roast Fennel

1.  Cut the long stalks off of the fennel so that you are left with the bulb, then slice the bulb into sections.

2.  Place the chopped fennel bulbs onto a baking sheet and brush with olive oil, just until coated.  Then, drizzle with balsamic.

3.  Bake in the oven at 400°F for 20-25 minutes or until slightly caramelized.

It comes out great!  Slightly sweet and caramelized with a hint of licorice.

For a late afternoon snack, I had Honey Greek Yogurt with Sliced Strawberries.

I met Emily after work for some tea at my favorite TeaLuxe!  The iced flavor of the day was Chai, so of course we both go that!

I was home late for dinner, so I didn’t feel like much.  I just mixed up another smoothie – Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana and defrosted a Non-Dairy Amy’s Bean Burrito.

Hit the spot.

swiss chard quesadillas

We headed out to Toast in Hull, MA for a Father’s Day breakfast yesterday morning! 

The have a great breakfast menu with a lot of different options.  I ended up with a Breakfast Sandwicheggs, pepper, onions and cheddar cheese on an english muffin.

With a Fresh Fruit Cup.

Once I was back home in Southie, I whipped up some dinner – Swiss Chard Quesadillas!

I started by chopping up the swiss chard stems.

And, sauteed them in a little olive oil, salt and pepper for about 7 minutes.

Then, I roughly chopped the leaves.

And, sauteed them in a little olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes.  After sauteeing for about 1 minute, I covered the pan and let cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat.

The reason I cook the stems and leaves seperately is because they both cook for different amounts of time.  Both the leaves and stalks can be eaten and are delicious!

Afterthe chard was cooked, I made up a quesadilla.  I took a whole wheat wrap and spread on a layer of cheddar cheese, then chard leaves and stems, then a black bean burger and goat cheese.

Then, grilled the quesadilla for a few minutes on each side until the cheese was melted.

I cut up the quesadilla and served it with hot salsa on top.

It was spicy and delicious!  The chard was really good in the sandwich.

Then, we headed out for a walk to get ice cream!  A great Sunday night activity. 🙂

vegan bean burgers

Aren’t Friday nights at home the best?!  I just love them.  Time to relax after a looooong week.

For my Friday night meal, I whipped up some Black Bean Burgers.

The recipe is taken straight from Emily’s blog – your can find it here.  She and her husband came up with such a great recipe that there is no need to change up anything!  It is seriously the perfect veggie burger recipe.

Mix up your ingredients in a food processor.  Fold in some extra beans for more texture.  Then, bake for about 40 minutes, turning once.

While I was waiting for the veggie burgers to cook, I snacked on my favorite snack – two second guacamole!

Cut an avocado in half, mash up one-side with a spoon, enjoy with chips!

After 40 minutes in the oven, I put 5 of the burgers in the fridge for later and popped my burger on the grill pan to get some crispiness.

I ate my burger on an sprouted wheat bun with ketchup.

With a salad.  I made up a dressing of 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp dijon mustard, 1 tsp lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Topped with goat cheese.

It was a great simple Friday night meal!

Do you know what else is great on a hot summer night?!

Ice Cream!!

Well, something like ice cream…Blueberry Coconut Banana Softserve!

You can make so many variations of this softserve.  Just use frozen bananas as your base and add any frozen fruit that you want.  In some versions, like cherry, you cannot even taste the bananas!!

This version included:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste

Topped with blueberries, coconut and cacao nibs.

Blueberries and coconut are really great combination and I love the shreds of coconut througout the softserve.  Delicious!