So the January Recipe Challenge was somewhat of a failure. I ended up making recipes from 4 of the 7 continents!
- South America: Peruvian Chickpea Stew
- Asia: Palak Paneer and Channa Masala
- Europe: Swedish Forest Mushroom Soup
- Africa: West African Peanut Stew
I missed Australia, Antactica (which doesn’t really have civilization) and North America (which basically should constitute everything I eat everyday).
Overall, this was a very fun challenge! Even though I didn’t make it through all the continents, I discovered some great recipes and had fun in the process!
I was pondering the idea of a February Challenge; however, I’ve decided against it. In February, I’m going to concentrate on healthy eating/living and getting back into the swing of school. That doesn’t mean I won’t try fantastic new recipes and share them with you all! Do you have a February Challenge?
But on to today… I started February off with some spice!
Not that kind of spice!
I give you, Mexican Chocolate Oats!
In the mix:
- 1/2 cup oats
- Chia seeds
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- Dash of Cayenne
- 1 small banana
- 1 oz greek yogurt (for added creaminess and protein! stirred in at the end)
- 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
Pretty delicious! The cayenne gave it a nice kick to jump start my morning.
According to the World’s Healthiest Foods (anyone else love this site???), Cayenne has many health benefits!
Not only does is make your meals more exciting, but it also fights inflammation, reduces blood cholesterol, boosts immunity, helps prevent stomach ulcers and even helps in weight loss by raising your body temperature which uses more energy! (source)
Eat your Mexican Chocolate Oats! Basically any plain chocolate recipe can be made “Mexican” by adding cinnamon and cayenne. Try adding some to plain chocolate cupcakes! Sooo good!
Today is my first discussion section as a TA! Wish me luck!!
Hope your February is starting out well! Have a fantastic day!!
What’s your goal for February??