Leanne Wei

Melon Breakfast Bowl

I love playing with the natural forms of hard shelled fruits and vegetables. For today's breakfast, I decided to use the natural shape of a cantaloupe as my breakfast bowl and let me tell you, eating out of your melon bowl requires some napkins, patience and a lot of spoon digging, but I didn't mind because today's breakfast bowl was too pretty for me to care. Melons are members of the gourd family that originated from parts of Africa and Southwest Asia. When cut open, they greet us with sweet, vibrant and juicy flesh and lots of seeds. For this recipe, you can use honeydews, cantaloupes or muskmelons.


INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 Melon
  • 1 Very ripe banana
  • Granola
  • Pecan nuts
  • Hemp seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Coconut flakes
  • Dried goji berries

PREPARATION

Half your melon and scrape out the seeds.  Next, using a spoon, scrape out some of the melon flesh making sure you keep shape of the center as close to a circle as you can. In a separate bowl, mash your banana until it turns into a porridge-like texture and place the mixture inside your melon bowl. Top the mashed banana with some granola, nuts, seeds and any other toppings you like. Serve and enjoy!


A melt in your mouth kale salad

Today I made the Food Babe's "melt in your mouth kale salad" and I have arrived in kale heaven. For this recipe, I kept the kale stems on and substituted the toasted pine nuts with roasted almonds and the currants with dried cranberries. Sweet, salty, sour, astringent, bitter and pungent, Vani wasn't kidding when she said that every flavour profile is represented in this recipe! 


INGREDIENTS  (please choose organic whenever possible)

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • ½ cup roasted sliced almonds
  • 4 tbsp grated raw parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper

PREPARATION

  1. In Vani's recipe, she used a food processor, but I just chopped the kale (stem on) into fine bite sized pieces. 
  2. To make dressing, stir lemon juice, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper together in a large bowl
  3. Add chopped kale, dried cranberries, sliced almonds and parmesan cheese into bowl with dressing
  4. Stir all ingredients together and serve. 

 


Fruit & Cinnamon Oats

Today's breakfast is another quick and easy oatmeal bowl seasoned with flaxseed, cinnamon and topped with beautiful green kiwi, banana, apples and goji berries. I love adding honey and cinnamon to my oats. They're a great way to enhance the flavour of your food and it always brings back so many happy and comforting childhood memories. Asides from that, just a sprinkle of cinnamon is enough to lower and stabalise blood sugar, which is perfect when paired with fruit and honey. As always, I love using nutmilk in my breakfasts so today was no exception. I have been thinking of making my own nut milk for a while now and I've finally decided to give it a try this week. I will definitely be giving an update on how that goes so please do stay tuned! Back to our cinnamon oatmeal bowl, the ingredients listed below is what you need!


INGREDIENTS  (please choose organic whenever possible)

  • Steelcut oats
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey
  • Flaxseeds
  • Almond milk or water
  • Kiwi
  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Dried goji berries
  • Coconut flakes
  • Hemp seeds

POACHED EGGS & TOMATO MEDLEY SALAD

I have to admit that I'm not the best when it comes to poaching eggs. My yolks were a little overcooked, but I am grateful that at least they didn't end up falling apart like they usually do. Well, you know what they say - practice makes perfect so I will keep trying! I got a beautiful bunch of colourful tomatoes the other day and thought they would make the perfect tomato medley salad with some spinach and alfafa sprouts. Everyone knows that tomatoes are full of vitamins and antixidants, but they are also an outstanding source of lycopene, which is a cancer-fighting chemical that is hugely beneficial to your health. Did you know there are literally hundreds of varieties of tomatoes which all differ according to their shapes, colours, flavours and textures? I definitely wouldn't mind trying them all. On a side note, I'm sure you guys will all agree that literally everything tastes better with delicious creamy avocados packed full of vitamins, potassium and healthy unsaturated fats. So treat yourselves with generous helpings of avos for shiny hair and glowing skin. The ingredients for today's breakfast are listed below. I hope you enjoy!


INGREDIENTS  (please choose organic if possible)

  • 2 Eggs
  • Spinach
  • Alfafa sprouts
  • Medley tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Flaxseeds
  • Salt & pepper
  • Honey mustard

PREPARATION

Prepare a bed of salad using spinach on the base and layer with alfafa sprouts and halved medley tomatoes. Poach 2 eggs and top them on top of salad. Serve with avocado and season with flaxseeds, salt, pepper and honey mustard.