Quinoa Apple Baked Oatmeal Recipe

Posted on April 27 2015 in recipes

Quinoa Apple Baked Oatmeal Vegan Recipe // www.bridgidgallagher.com

Having a delicious, filling meal is such a great way to start your day. And not only because of the health benefits associated with eating breakfast (like improved concentration, lower cholestorol levels, and better physical endurance). Although those are pretty motivating reasons, they're not why I love savoring a healthy, filling breakfast in the mornings.

I love breakfast because it's a way to sneak in a moment of quiet enjoyment before you rush off to the car, train, or computer. It's an opportunity to take the time to eat something not just because you have to, but because you want to. Unless it's the weekend, though, finding time for breakfast can be an uphill battle. Mornings are difficult. You're short on time, tired, and (if you're like me) already running late.

So how do you find a way to have an amazing breakfast?

Quinoa Apple Baked Oatmeal Vegan Recipe // www.bridgidgallagher.com

Here's my secret: I prep breakfast the night before.

Simple. Brilliant. (And why did it take me so long to figure this out?)

If you're new to baking ahead, this recipe is the perfect place to start. Not only does it taste like a healthier version of an apple crumble, it's also quick to put together. The entire thing can be mixed up in fifteen minutes. Since there's only one bowl required, you'll have less to clean up, too. (Yaaay!)

Quinoa Apple Baked Oatmeal Vegan Recipe // www.bridgidgallagher.com

So if you're pressed for time (and/or brain cells) in the morning, you can put this dish together the night before, then bake it in the morning. I'll often make a double batch in the evening, refrigerate it overnight, then pop it in the oven to bake while I do yoga or get in a quick workout. By the time I'm done, the house smells like cinnamon and apples and I have a warm breakfast waiting for me - heaven!

Quinoa Apple Baked Oatmeal Vegan Recipe // www.bridgidgallagher.com

This recipe is adapted from one I found in the amazing OH SHE GLOWS COOKBOOK* by Angela Liddon (an absolute must in any veggie-friendly kitchen!). I made the recipe numerous times, and have been tweaking it to fit my preferences. I encourage you to check out Angela's cookbook and try the original recipe if you can.

Quinoa Apple Baked Oatmeal Recipe

Adapted from THE OH SHE GLOWS COOKBOOK by Angela Liddon*

  • 1 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup rolled oats (gluten-free if needed)
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1" fresh ginger, grated (or minced)
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg (fresh grated is amazing)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2-4 Tbsp maple syrup (optional)
  • 4-5 apples, peeled and chopped (I love Fuji, Gala, and Honeycrisp - you can always use a mix!)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, choppped

Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly grease an 11"x13" baking dish. (I like to put a little bit of coconut oil on a paper towel and spread it evenly across the surface of the baking dish.)

In a large bowl, combine cooked quinoa and rolled oats. Add cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda, and sea salt. Mix well. Add almond milk, vanilla, maple syrup, and stir to combine. Fold in chopped apples. Pour into baking dish, spread out evenly. Top with chopped walnuts.

Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and your house smells like a cinnamon- and apple-filled heaven. Allow to cool. Serve topped with almond milk.

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How about you, what's your favorite way to start the day?

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Think Spring

Posted on April 20 2015 in art & design, etsy finds

Spring is my favorite season. I love what longer days and more sunshine bring: budding plants exploding into flower, the smell of lilac blooms, the bright green of new growth, and a bounty of local arugala and asparagus (yummm). After the cold and grey of winter, it feels like a celebration of life.

Even if the weather is not behaving in a spring-like way where you live, I hope these Etsy Finds help you get in the mood for spring.

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01. Colored glass bottle trio by PineknobsandCrickets, 45

02. 11x14 horse print by kariherer, $25

03. Fabric buckets by caseydsibley, $24

04. Sweet Pea candle by thetinycollection, $15

05. Indigo vase watercolor print by SnoogsandWilde, $24

06. Watercolor temporary tattoo by pepperink, $5

07. Striped linen pillow covers by JillianeReneDecor, $75

08. Natural honey wash facial cleanser by WinsomeGreen, $14

09. Pineapple print by SnoogsandWilde, $24

10. Chevron printed notebook by MulkLoves, $6.90

Have you been up to spring-like things? I'd love to hear about it!

P.S. Etsy Finds posts are my way of spreading the word about Etsy artisans. I do not receive any reimbursment for mentioning these artists. I hope you'll explore Etsy the next time you need a gift, or are looking for a handmade item!

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10 of my recent favorite reads

Posted on April 17 2015 in reading

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I haven't been sharing or recommending books on my blog lately, and I miss it! I thought I'd catch up by sharing ten books (or series) I read and enjoyed in the last month or so, with a little description about why I loved it. You can skim the list for genres you're interested in, and hopefully you'll find some good book recommendations!

  1. { NA, Contemporary romance } LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT by Dahlia Adler: This book goes first because it brought me out of a reading rut. The story pulled me in and kept me flipping pages well past my bed time. In the first chapter, the main character, a college freshman, learns that her parents died in a car crash, leaving her the sole guardian of her two younger brothers. Overnight, she has to sink or swim - go from partying and skipping classes to acting as a responsible adult and improving her grades so that she doesn't lose her college scholarship. There's also a Steamy McSteamy romance.

  2. { YA/NA } Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry: My friend Steph recommended this series to me after I mentioned I wanted to read more NA. The books deal with dark topics, and I thought they were very well done. The excellent pacing kept me reading late into the night, and the characters wormed their ways into my heart.

  3. { YA, Contemporary } Hundred Oaks series by Miranda Keneally (special gold star for CATCHING JORDAN): I loved the theme of girls figuring out who they are (and who they want to be), in spite of expectations.

  4. { Memoir } ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE by Barbara Kingsolver: A slow read about slow food. (And by slow, I mean slow like a long, multi-course meal.) I enjoyed the peek into what life would be like if you depended on local sources for your food, and the information about our food systems and culture was fascinating.

  5. { NA, Contemporary romance } Chasing the Dream series by Elizabeth Briggs: A fun series of steamy romances with main characters who are passionate about music and comics. The writing is fantastic, and I loved that the books introduced new-to-me worlds that I now want to explore. (Like Comic-Con!)

  6. { MG } THE MENAGERIE by Tui T. Sutherland and Kari Sutherland: If you love animals, then you will have a very hard time not loving this story. It made me wish I could have a griffin cub. Perfect for young readers who also love animals.

  7. { YA, Fantasy } SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch: High fantasy with an interesting world and a kick-butt main character who throws knives, climbs walls, and dislikes wearing dresses.

  8. { Cookbook } ISA DOES IT by Isa Chandra Moskowitz: A couple of our vegan friends sent us this cookbook for Christmas, and we've been having fun trying new recipes. It's a great cookbook if you're looking to try hearty, flavor-packed food (that happens to also be vegan).

  9. { YA, Fantasy } THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLD TOWN by Holly Black: It's Anne Rice's vampires meets a punk-rock rock world. The best vampire book I've read in a long time. Possibly ever.

  10. { YA, Contemporary } SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL by Trish Doller: A young marine comes home after losing his best friend. Beautifully written. A story that will stick with you long after you finish it. This is one I'd recommend to all readers, not just fans of YA.

Hint: NA = New Adult (adult language and/or mature content), YA = Young Adult, MG = Middle Grade

Getting recommendations from friends is my favorite way to find out about new books. Have you read a good book lately? I would love to hear about it!

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Goals for Spring Writing Bootcamp

Posted on April 8 2015 in writing

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As I mentioned on Monday, I'm participating in the YA Buccaneers Spring Writing Bootcamp. The bootcamp runs until May, and you can join at any time. See this post for details.

Confession: I wasn't going to participate in Spring Writing Bootcamp (let's call it SWB) this year. Helping organize the bootcamp last year took a lot out of me, and I didn't think I'd be up for both organizing and participating again. But! The SWB energy is too good to pass up. Also, I really, really want to finish revising my Middle Grade Fantasy project!

Here's what I would like to accomplish:

  • Finish my current round of revisions, ideally by the end of April (you can follow my progress on MyWriteClub)

  • Send my manuscript out to a fresh round of beta readers & get feedback

  • Fix things (because there will, inevitably, be things to fix)

  • Start querying

That last one is the shiny, sparkly unicorn I've been chasing for the last million years (only a slight exaggeration). Putting it on the list is a little preemptive, since there is a very good chance my beta readers will point out snaggles, snarls, and other unweildy things I won't be able to fix before May 31st. Preemptive or not, seeing that item on my list gives me warm fuzzies. It stays. :)

Now it's your turn: What will be working on this spring? Will you be revising like me, or working on something new? I'd love to hear about it.

P.S. I'll be hosting Word Sprints on Thursdays for the YA Buccaneers. See the full schedule here..

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During April and May, I'll be participating in the YA Buccaneers Spring Writing Bootcamp. It's a free-form writing challenge (you set your own goals) and the community is amazing. We're already buzzing on Twitter, and writers have been setting goals and checking in, but you can join at any time.

In the spirit of getting inspired to write (or, in my case, revise), I put together a few writing-related Etsy items that caught my eye.

Spring Writing Bootcamp Etsy Finds // www.bridgidgallagher.com

01. A notebook for brainstorming ideas. Oscar Wilde Notebook from ObviousState, $6

02. Because books. Bookstack art print from modulem, $30

03. Keep track of your progress with a pretty calendar. 2015 monthly calendar from ChristineMarieB, $36

04. For making your pens look good. Watercolor pencil case from 162PENS, $18

05. Sip and get inspired. Do Amazing Things mug from ClickandBlossom, $16

06. Putting on lip balm helps me get to work. Anyone else? Rosemary Peppermint lip balm from swampangelsoap, $6

07. Inspiring print. Wishes Can Come True dowloadable print from TwoBrushesDesigns, $5

08. Another print (and so affordable!). Make Your Soul Happy downloadable print from 1001print, $5

09. To hold up your future books. Ampersand bookend from DesignAtelierArticle, $35

Happy Spring!

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