Gluten Free

image Baked Egg in Avocado With Parsley and Goat Cheese

The concept for this recipe is far from complicated: bake an egg in an avocado. Meaning that if you were looking for a way to put all those eggs from your backyard chicken coop to use you should certainly put this recipe on the breakfast list.

If you like morning meals that are high in protein, and happen to look like you pulled it straight from the pages of a food magazine, this one’s for you. Because you can top off the eggs with pretty much any ingredient you can think of, you are only limited by your own creativity.

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado (or more depending on how many you are serving)
  • 2 eggs
  • Parsley
  • Goat cheese crumbles
  • Sea salt
  • Ground black pepper

Optional:

You can garnish the egg with anything you want. Basil is a good place to start.

Directions

Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop out a little of the avocado from the center to make a little additional space for the egg. Place avocados in a cast iron skillet. (A baking pan works as well if you don’t have a cast iron skillet).

Crack an egg into each avocado half. Depending on the size of your eggs, some of the egg white may spill out into the skillet.

Bake at 425 for 20 minutes. This results in the eggs being well done, if you like your eggs a little runnier reduce the time.

Like this recipe? It’s in the Culinary Cyclist cookbook with plenty of other good stuff… you might want to snag a copy. 

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image Quinoa Apple Spice Cake

This Quinoa Apple Spice Cake isn’t just a cake. It’s an institution. Can you really make that claim about a baked good? Yes. Only because of the fact that when most people think of quinoa, they think of a poorly cooked grain that they want to love but just can’t seem to come around to. Two solutions to this problem:

1. Learn how to cook quinoa well (ie throw a little olive oil and sea salt in when you’re boiling it – easy!)
2. Use it in cake. Nothing says “I know a thing or two about cooking” than putting a complete protein grain into a dessert.

This is one of those simple “mix and pour” cakes, meaning that you would have to go out of your way to mess it up. If you like a denser cake, lean towards the shorter side of baking time.

And serve with coffee and a good food politics article of course.

Quinoa Spice Cake

Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup buckwheat flour
1 large organic apple, peeled and diced
3 eggs
8 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup organic sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
shredded coconut

Preparation:

Cook quinoa and set aside. To cook quinoa, bring two cups of water to a boil. Add quinoa and a dash of salt and let simmer for 12-15 minutes, or until water has cooked off.

Mix dry ingredients.

Whisk coconut oil and eggs together and add to dry mixture.

Combine all ingredients, including quinoa, and stir in apple pieces.

Grease a 9-inch round pan with coconut oil, cover with a light layer of shredded coconut. Pour batter in and bake for 30-40 minutes at 350F or until knife inserted into center comes out clean.

This recipe happens to taste great with a multitude of extras thrown in. Play around with a handful of chocolate chips and some candied ginger for a real treat.

Like this recipe? It’s in the Culinary Cyclist cookbook with plenty of other good stuff… you might want to snag a copy. 

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