Holiday Extras

Does it feel like time flies every year and the holidays sneak up on us before we realize it’s December already? It sure does, right? There’s a definite winter crisp in the air and we may even get our first snow this weekend. I’m hoping for no more than a couple inches if it snows. I’m not mentally prepared to deal with any snow situations just yet, especially on a girls night out weekend, heels just don’t do well on slippery roads. But, we’ll still deal with it if we have to, that’s why God invented Uber, right?

Speaking of other transportation modes, some “genius” official proposed the ending of 24 hour subway service as a way to save money for supposed repairs. New Yorkers agree subway’s been pretty terrible lately (or like always) with constant delays, re-routing and general dirty conditions, but, still, don’t you touch our 24 hour trains! We use 3 am rides as often as 1 pm rides, trust me on this! Sometimes you get on a fully packed midnight train, like on a Tuesday (forget the weekend, it’d be even worse), and think what the hell, where are you all going so late at night that I can’t even get a seat?! I don’t think the overnight service cuts are happening though. That proposal was nixed by the DOT pretty quickly.

And, more on a subject of transportation, it’s a high season for traumas and accidents, just be careful when you’re running around doing Christmas shopping or have had a few drinks. A saw a person hit by an incoming subway train (like a dead body under the subway car and all) when she leaned too far out as the train was pulling onto the platform. Yeah, it was not a pretty sight! I was more concerned though with a young guy’s condition who was in a height of a traumatic emotional response (that was basically PTSD in the making, unfortunately) witnessing the accident. I tried to “debrief” him (it’s a set of specific psych interventions right after a traumatic event in a attempt to prevent further neuro-psych imprint of the trauma) but I’m afraid he’ll develop some symptoms nevertheless, he was completely shaken and looked dissociated.

On the other extra attention side, holiday season is a time when we eat more, and we should, that’s what Christmastime is all about, but, then be  mindful about the rest of the meals you eat to balance out the extra sweets and other indulgent foods you have this month.

Plus more extra extra, I hope when you get my recipe posts in email, you do click on that Read More… button and go to my site to finish reading the rest of the post. Even if you’re not making that particular recipe, there are still more delicious looking pictures to admire that I so lovingly create. I take this blog very seriously even though I’m not a professional chef (or a photographer). I love creating new dishes and it takes a lot to plan, cook, stage, photograph, document, write and format each recipe post, so, I hope you get to enjoy all of it in its entire form! 🙂

So, there are all the extras we’re usually doing during the holiday season, be extra mindful and, of course, extra grateful for all the good things you have in your life!

 

What’s Cooking This Week

I know you’re probably enjoying a lot of rich holiday foods right now so today’s post is to bring in something more health-minded in your diet but without compromising the taste or the indulgence factor. Coconut may not be a low calorie food but it’s full of beneficial fats and nutrients, plus it’s very filling and will keep you satisfied for a long time. This coconut flour loaf is good for breakfast or alongside any salad or soup. It’s really versatile and olives bring in a bit of salty flavor when you want a nice savory snack.

“Everything Bagel” Coconut Loaf with Olives and Herbs

Quick and satisfying coconut loaf to keep you full and health-minded with all the beneficial nutrients and a touch of salty flavor.

A list of ingredients is rather simple and this loaf comes together in no time at all.

Combine separate wet and dry ingredients, then stir them together and mix in cut olives. Batter will be very think but it’ll help you shape it into a loaf.

Shape it into a loaf, sprinkle “Everything Bagel” seasoning and place it on a parchment line baking sheet.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350F degrees for about 35-40 minutes. Alternatively, you can shape the dough into individual round or oval rolls but adjust baking time accordingly. Let the loaf cool off before slicing it.

You can eat it as is, with butter, with soup or salad, or any other topping you prefer.

I really like it with hummus though. I think it goes well with olives and sesame seasoning.

"Everything Bagel" Coconut Loaf with Olives and Herbs

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Recipe type: Breakfast, snack
Cuisine: Paleo, American
This grain-free coconut loaf with olives and herbs is great for breakfast or a healthy afternoon snack

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup coconut flour
  • ⅓ cup flaxmeal
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup coconut or almond milk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • ½ tsp fresh oregano
  • 2 tsp "Everything Bagel" seasoning, plus more to top
  • 7-8 pitted olives, chopped

Instructions

  1. Combine separate wet and dry ingredients, mix well and gradually combine both together.
  2. Add chopped olives and mix well again. Batter will be thick.
  3. Form a loaf or separate oval or round rolls.
  4. Top with more seasoning on top.
  5. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350F degrees for 35-40 minutes for 1 loaf or 20-30 minutes for smaller rolls, size depending.
  6. Cool it off before slicing.

Notes

You can add any other mix-in ingredients instead of or in addition to olives. Other fresh herbs or sun dried tomatoes would go nicely in this recipe as well.