Um like hey what's up hello, fall?
Although I grew up and practically worship the beach, fall is most definitely my favorite time of year. Everything about autumn just screams my name. Just a fair warning that I will sound INCREDIBLY basic for the next five minutes but I hope that we can understand each other and move past that. Number one thing about the changing season: fall clothes. Seriously, I could live in military jackets, flannel shirts, and jewel tones if given the opportunity. I'm definitely more of a shorts and long sleeved t-shirts girl then a jeans and t-shirt girl, so I will continue to wear shorts until the 30 degree temperatures make it impossible to do so.
Second amazing thing about fall: selective pumpkin products. I say selective because, as much as I love pumpkin flavored things, there are definitely things that pumpkin or pumpkin spiced should not be in. Trader Joe's, for the most part, does this pretty successfully. No pumpkin spiced hummus or salmon here (I swear to you, I have seen these things in some places). Typically, I go for their tea, soup, and pumpkin butter. Although last year, I got nervous that they would run out and bought 6 jars of pumpkin butter. I actually JUST finished the last jar, so I'm pretty sure I will not be buying pumpkin butter this year. Too much at once.
Yeah everything except my killer ragweed allergy that gives me a case of walking pneumonia every year. Yeah that I could do without.
The other thing I love about fall is the return of the warm breakfast. During the summer (as I have EXTENSIVELY documented) I hate anything making anything that I have to cook. However, what y'all are about to find out is that I actually LOVE eating warm things. Curries, soups, roasted veggies, and giant warm grain bowls are some of my favorite meals. Therefore, I always get so so excited when my body start to crave these things once again. This is one of my go to breakfasts during the cold seasons. As a mostly vegetarian, I am a big believer in getting a ton of protein in at breakfast. Now, egg white oatmeal might sound a little strange. You might be thinking, as I did, "But Sarah, if I add egg whites to my oatmeal, won't I just get a plate of oats and scrambled eggs." Not so! The trick is to quickly whisk the egg whites in at the end, so that they cook, but they do not have a chance to coagulate. The egg whites, along with the maple syrup and vanilla, actually make the oatmeal taste a little like french toast. Now, who wouldn't want healthy french toast for breakfast, especially one that is grab and go such as this? The egg whites also give the oatmeal a ton of volume, so you feel like you're eating a ton of food when it's only a little tiny bit.
Feel free to add whatever toppings you want to this. I LOVE cottage cheese, but I know some people get the heebie jeebies from the sight of the stuff. Ricotta or even greek yogurt provide the awesome hot cold creamy contrast. If you're vegan, coconut yogurt also works super well here. Feel free to add whatever toppings you want. However, if you make this for the first time, I urge you to try the blackberry pistachio combo (the recipe name solidifies my love). It is so so good and is the perfect transition from summer to fall.
23. Recent Grad. Human Vegetable Disposal. Putting the Chic in Chickpea.