I was really excited about making oatmeal today since I finally re-stocked on my dates, but I forgot I got a muffin yesterday for hubby and I to split at breakfast. Doh!

The solution…two breakfasts, of course!

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Coffee was only needed once, though.

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Breakfast #1

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Fried cage-free egg with a sprinkle of turmeric. Wow that stuff gets bright when it gets hot! So pretty!

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Boy was the muffin good!

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Loved the streusel topping.

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My green bean plants are really growing up!

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I went ahead and planted another box of green beans. They’re really springing up!

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And I put beets in the last two boxes! I hope I get lots of the stripey ones! The seeds were a mix so I wont know what I have till I harvest the beets.

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Something is eating my red pepper! Grr!

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Half an organic orange plus a candle for some omm and good smelly stuff.

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Someone was sleepy today!

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Breakfast #2 – oatmeal! Duh! 😆

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Chocolate-Coconut-Date Oatmeal with almonds and flaxseed meal.

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I did a little experiment for lunch today. I quickly whipped up some Italian rice bites aka mini vegan rice burgers, made from the leftover rice pilaf from last night.

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I hate wasting leftover food and I was really hoping to find a good use for that leftover rice pilaf. Enter veggie burgers!

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I had a big salad while my cooking experiment baked away: organic romaine, organic baby carrots, organic celery, pepitas, hemp seeds, Italian dressing.

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Ok, so they were vegan before I added cheese, but you could add any topping you wanted – sauce, vegan cheese…anything!

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Anywho, these little rice bites were awesome! I added some cayenne, which gave them a nice little kick! So glad I found a good use for those leftovers…I think I see many more veggie burgers in my future! 😉

These would be fabulous as vegan rice burger sliders on mini rolls…eaten plain, eaten toast or formed into larger patties and eaten as full-size veggie burgers. Yum!

Italian Rice Bites (aka Mini Vegan Rice Burgers)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup leftover rice pilaf (mine was already an Italian-flavored pilaf, but go with the flavor you have or use plain leftover rice and add your own seasoning)
  • 1 half cup cooked veggies (I used TJ’s soycuttash for extra protein from the soybeans)
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 cup nuts/seeds (I used sunflower seeds and a couple walnuts)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • dash of dried basil
  • dash of cayenne (add more or less to taste)
  • spelt flour (or other flour) for rolling bites

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Prep a baking sheet – I put a piece of parchment paper over a baking sheet.
  2. Add ingredients to a food processor. Pulse until ingredients come together – go longer or shorter depending on texture preference.
  3. Form mixture into small balls (grab about 1-2 heaping tbsp worth). Flatten into discs, roll in flour, dust off excess, place on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining mixture.
  4. Bake 12-15 minutes. Flip. Bake another 10 minutes, until rice bites/mini burgers are lightly browned.
  5. Serve as you like. I melted cheese over mine and put them on pieces of WW toast with a piece of parsley from my garden for garnish.

Nice and light…and spicy!

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I grazed the rest of the afternoon.

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Organic gala apple.

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WW toast with Barney Butter and chia seeds.

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I know you guys love OIAJ, but…

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…look at that face!

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This is my fave way to use the last AB of a jar. I put the jar in a shoe to keep it in place for Mr. Bails.

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I went to ZUMBA class tonight because I won’t make it tomorrow. That’s 3 classes in 4 days…phew! Here’s to getting ready for bikini weather! lol The funny thing is that I’m not working out extra for bikini weather…I’m doing it to train (click)! Being extra-ready for bikini weather will be an added bonus! 😉

Class was fabulous. I got to help assist leading Break Your Heart. I think I’m going to try to lead that one solo next week…eek!

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I got a giant sprig of parsley from the pot my mom gave me. Look at this thing!

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Hubby cooked most of dinner: spaghetti with hormone-free beef, WW pasta, and organic broccoli. I was really proud of him for his grocery selections!

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Mini piece of foccacia.

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Bailey got really excited about getting a treat after dinner. LOOK at that drool! Ewwwwwwwwwww. So funny though! 😆

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I picked up dessert for me and hubby on my way home from working out: froyo!

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I got the plain tart yogurt and loaded up on fruits. Please help me recover fruits! In the bowl: strawberries, kiwi, mango, pineapple, and coconut. I’m obsessed with this place’s coconut – it’s tender and not all dried out! It’s amazing!

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