These savory, vegan-friendly stone ground Overnight Grits are cooked in a slow cooker while you sleep. Top them with green onions and diced tomatoes, or cheese and a runny egg.

Overnight Grits

These savory, vegan-friendly stone ground Overnight Grits are cooked in a slow cooker while you sleep. Top them with green onions and diced tomatoes, or cheese and a runny egg.

Overnight Grits

These savory, vegan-friendly stone-ground Overnight Grits are cooked in a slow cooker while you sleep.  Top them with green onions and diced tomatoes, or cheese and a runny egg.  Or all of the above!

Do you love grits?  Personally, I adore grits, and would be happy eating them at any time of day.  I have a special place in my heart, however, for grits that are ready for me to eat when I wake up in the morning.  (Who am I kidding?  I love any food that’s ready for me when I wake up!)  Sometimes this happens when the husband takes pity on my pitiful, sleepy self, and makes breakfast for me.  Other times, however, it happens when I throw (literally– THROW!) food into the slow cooker before bed.  (Okay, you’re on to me.  I’m not nearly coordinated enough to ‘throw’ food… I ‘pour’ it).
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How to Make Lox- Easy, Delicious, and Afforable

Cooking 101: How to Make Lox

Do you wish you could take a basic cooking class?  Do you find yourself buying lots of pre-made ingredients, but suspect your food would taste even better from scratch?  Periodically, Champagne Tastes will be featuring ‘Cooking 101’ recipes.  These cooking staples will take your food to the next level, and will help you make more ingredients from scratch.

How to Make Lox- Easy, Delicious, and Afforable

How to Make Lox

Every time we stay somewhere with a really nice breakfast buffet, the husband’s eyes dart back and forth until he finds what he’s looking for– piles of either lox or smoked salmon.  He is immediately on a mission, making a beeline past the glistening piles of fruit, eggs, and fluffy waffles, and straight to the seafood.  Only after he finishes devouring one, sometimes two, bagels, always overflowing with cream cheese and salmon, does he move on to the other options.  If you, like him, get positively giddy when you see lox, you may have had the same crushed look that he had on his face when he saw what lox costs to buy pre-made.  Even if you find a good price, pre-made lox typically comes in teeny-tiny, sad little packages.  It was therefore, with some relief, to both my wallet and to the husband, to realize that lox is INCREDIBLY simple to make at home.  For this ‘Cooking 101’ lesson, ‘How to Make Lox,’ we’ll take on those pretty pink salmon fillets and turn them into a delicious breakfast topping.

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Masala Spiced Chia Pudding- Make this Vegan Breakfast or Dessert by mixing seeds, milk or milk substitute, sweetener, and Indian spices, and leaving it in the fridge for at least 4 hours.

Masala Spiced Chia Pudding

Masala Spiced Chia Pudding- Make this Vegan Breakfast or Dessert by mixing seeds, milk or milk substitute, sweetener, and Indian spices, and leaving it in the fridge for at least 4 hours.

Masala Spiced Chia Pudding

Do you ever feel like being an adult is just, maybe a little bit, too hard?  You’re expected to do responsible things, like keep clean sheets on your bed, wash windows, and go to work whether you feel like it or not.  Unbelievable, I know.  And then, sometimes you try to get away with NOT ‘adulting,’ and realize, with disgust, that you actually prefer sleeping on clean sheets, and it may, just possibly, be worth the effort. Today’s recipe, Masala Spiced Chia Pudding, will help you feel both like a responsible adult– Yay! You’re eating a healthy breakfast!– and like you’re gleefully getting away with something– Ha! Pudding for breakfast!

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Vegan friendly Chocolate Truffle Pie- All the flavor of chocolate truffles, with much less effort!

Easy Chocolate Truffle Pie

Chocolate Truffle Pie- All the flavor of chocolate truffles, with much less effort!

This vegan-friendly Easy Chocolate Truffle Pie is made with a rich and decadent chocolate ganache.  No truffle rolling!!!

Let’s talk chocolate.  Dark, rich, decadent, melt in your mouth chocolate.  One of my favorite ways to eat chocolate is in a truffle– not the pre-made chocolate truffles you’ll find in the candy aisle– I want the fresh, silky chocolate truffles made from melting chocolate into cream at home.  Unfortunately, rolling out these tiny balls is time-consuming and tedious.  Plus, I always end up with chocolate all over myself and my kitchen.  This Chocolate Truffle Pie is the solution to my laziness.  It’s fast– with no truffle rolling at all– and is perfect for parties, because this extra rich pie needs to be served in small slices and feeds more people than a traditional pie.

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This Breakfast Crème Brûlée is a decadent, custardy solution to all your breakfast needs and wants.

Breakfast Crème Brûlée

Breakfast Crème Brûlée: Decadent, Delicious, Easy

This Breakfast Crème Brûlée is a decadent, custardy solution to all your breakfast needs and wants.

I know what you’re thinking.  You’re saying to yourself, “Crème brûlée … is not a breakfast food..” Well that may technically be true, but should it be?! It’s made from eggs (breakfast food) and milk (breakfast food). Crème brûlée just screams breakfast. Or maybe it screams “le petit dejeuner” because, you know.. it’s French.  At any rate, it’s delicious, and should be eaten at every possible opportunity.  Plus, there are few things in life as nice as cracking a spoon through the hard, hot shell of burnt sugar and scooping up cool, creamy custard.

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Easy, Vegan Overnight Pumpkin Oatmeal- Steel Cut Oats cooked in a slow cooker overnight. Let the slow cooker make your breakfast while you sleep

Overnight Pumpkin Oatmeal

Easy, Vegan Overnight Pumpkin Oatmeal- Steel Cut Oats cooked in a slow cooker overnight. Let the slow cooker make your breakfast while you sleep

Overnight Pumpkin Oatmeal

This vegan Overnight Pumpkin Oatmeal is made with steel-cut oats and pumpkin purée in a slow cooker.  

Fall is fading – the leaves have changed, fallen, and winter is threatening to make an appearance.  That said, I’m not ready to move on from my pumpkin obsession.  This oatmeal is the perfect way to combine my love of all things pumpkin with my love for breakfast.  These oats are made with heart-healthy steel-cut oats, pumpkin purée, and whatever milk or milk substitute you prefer.  Pour all your ingredients into a slow cooker, and walk away.  Forget about it.  Forget about it until morning, that is, when you’ll wake up to the delicious smell of fall.  I mean pumpkin.  (It’s the same thing, right?)  This Overnight Pumpkin Oatmeal will fill you with pumpkiny goodness, with practically zero effort.

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Easy Vegan Steel-Cut Overnight Cranberry Oatmeal with Cranberry Topping

Overnight Cranberry Oatmeal

Easy Vegan Steel-Cut Overnight Cranberry Oatmeal with Cranberry Topping

Overnight Cranberry Oatmeal

This vegan Overnight Cranberry Oatmeal uses heart-healthy steel-cut oats, and cooks overnight in a slow cooker.

Do you wander down the produce aisle at the grocery store in late fall, gaze at the gorgeous bags of cranberries, and think, “Those MUST be good for something other than cranberry sauce.”  Well, my friend, you are correct.  Cranberries, unlike blackberries or raspberries, are a little too tart to eat raw, but become sweeter when cooked.  My favorite thing to use them in is oatmeal– the berries sweeten and burst into the creamy oats, leaving you with a deliciously seasonal bowl of berries and grains.  This Overnight Cranberry Oatmeal cooks in a slow cooker while you sleep, and is made with fresh cranberries, steel-cut oats, and whatever milk or milk-substitute you prefer.

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