A bodacious healthy breakfast – quinoa and steel cut oats

My go to breakfast has been steel cut oats with fruit and nuts.  I shook it up just a tad, equal portions of steel cut oats and quinoa topped with mango, raw almonds and balsamic reduction.










I love this balsamic reduction and it makes the quinoa/steel cut oats extra yummy.


  • Equipment: Small pot with lid
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Course: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American
  • Servings: 1
  • Author: Bodacious Grub


  • 1/8 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/8 cup quinoa
  • 3/4 cup of water (to cook the grains)
  • 1/2 cup mango
  • 1/8 cup raw almonds chopped
  • a nice drizzle of balsamic reduction


  • Add the oats and quinoa to the water and bring it to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to low and cover the pan.  Simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Once the grains are cooked, top them with mango, almonds and a good drizzle of the balsamic.

Bodacious breakfast, it’s all about the balsamic and grain combination.

Plus budget conscious, I found the balsamic at Grocery Outlet for $1.99.   Normally it sells for 10.99 a bottle. 

Don’t forget about Grocery Outlet, Bodacious Eating on a Budget.


Bodacious & Healthy Kale, Navy Bean and Linguica Sausage Soup

Yes another bargain and very healthy.  Bodacious Yes!


I picked up organic kale from the farm stand along with onions and potatoes, a single link of linguica sausage (from the local sausage maker) and some navy beans. I bet the whole pot of soup didn’t cost me more than $5 and I got 6 servings of caldo verde soup.


Now this is Bodacious Eating on a budget and health conscious too boot.

A New Lifestyle A New Way of Eating

I’ve been on a health kick since the beginning of 2018, I want to shed all the extra weight.

I am eating super healthy (at least I think so) and not spending a lot of money.  Mostly I am eating a lot of fruit, vegetables, grains, beans and lentils.  Call it whole foods plant based with a bit of fish, eggs and meat (no dairy, no caffeine, and very little bread).

This was my latest find at Grocery Outlet, Autumn Lentil Blend, bargain at $2.99 for the entire bag, 2 pound bag.  I expect this will make a lot of soup this winter.

Lentil Blend for soup
Autumn Lentil Blend – This will make a lot of healthy soup this fall.

One can eat super healthy, inexpensively and lose weight too.

Bodacious Living for sure!

Summer’s Last Hurrah – Sweet Corn Chowder – Bodacious Grub Style

Sweet Corn Chowder - Bodacious Grub Style

A Visit to the Market

So I visited the Santa Clara Farmers Market last weekend and one purveyor was selling sweet corn, end of summer sweet corn, so I jumped on it.  But what to do with sweet corn and how to make it bodacious.  Well I put my thinking cap on and thought Sweet Corn Chowder.  Well you may be thinking, yeah so what, sweet corn chowder, nothing that unusual about that.   Here is where it gets perhaps a bit bodacious.  I added an unusual spice.  Aji Panca.

What is Aji Panca you may ask?

Aji Panca is a type of chile pepper that is commonly grown in Peru, and frequently used in Peruvian cuisine.  It is dark red, mild pepper with a smokey, fruity taste. I used the powder as I have it in my pantry.  It is awesome, my favorite spice of late it adds a wonderful smokey taste to the food without blowing out your taste buds (unless of course you dump a cup of it into the dish, which I didn’t).

I also added some Spanish paprika to the chowder.  So now we have a bit of fusion going, Peru meets Spain meets good old American corn.  Hope you enjoy it.


4 slices of bacon – diced

1 large carrot – small dice

2 red onions – small dice

1 leek – diced

2 stalks celery diced

2 sweet Italian peppers – diced

7 cobs of corn – kernels cut off 5 cobs and the milk from 2 cobs. Reserve the corn cobs to add to the soup when cooking

1/2 bunch fresh thyme

1/2 tbl Spanish paprika

1/2 tbl aji panca

1/2 tsp garlic salt

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

6 cups chicken stock

1/4 cup half and half


Add bacon to soup pan and cook to render the fat.

Remove bacon and set aside.

Add onions and leeks to bacon fat and saute until softened.

Sweet Corn Chowder - #bodaciousgrub Style

Add carrots, celery and red pepper to pot and continue sauteing until softened.

Add corn kernels to soup pot, mix thoroughly.

Sweet Corn Chowder - #bodaciousgrub Style

Add chicken stock to pot and bring soup to a simmer.

Add aji panca, paprika, thyme and garlic salt.

Add reserved corn cobs.

After 1/2 hour remove the corn cobs and continue simmering for another 20 minutes.

Add the corn milk and kernels from the 2 cobs that were milked, reserved bacon, salt and pepper.

Mix in half and half.

Sweet Corn Chowder - #bodaciousgrub Style

Serve and Enjoy! I garnished the chowder with a teaspoon of Red Pepper Tapenade that I picked up at the market on Saturday.  Nice finishing touch.