With winter comes stews and soups. And I have a soup for you to try.
there are so many recipes out there... try one! you won't be disappointed.
I loved the silkiness the pumpkin provided and the velvety cannellini beans.
Use plenty of cumin for that smoky flavor and top with greek yogurt for added protein.
With winter comes being more mindful what what we eat.... so we don't feel so bad about eating a dozen holiday cookies, that fourth helping of turkey and taters, and drinking 3 cups of hot chocolate at midnight. Lucky for you, I have an awesome salad you need to try.
Sizzling Shrimp Salad
they make a version of this at work and it is a huge hit.
Its simple and makes a typical salad an awesome dinner you'll look forward to.
start with shrimp. remove the tails and cut each in 3 pieces.
sautee them in olive oil, black pepper, and (lots of) garlic.
while shrimp is sizzling away, combine ranch with milk and whisk.
Pour over a bowl full of spinach, romaine, mushrooms, steamed cold broc, and carrots.
stir to coat and toss in croutons.
enjoy. and then go grab dessert.
With winter, comes root veggies. Less fresh options are available, so it's time to shake up the traditional potatoes.
Dice them along with sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, brussel sprouts, green beans, etc and lightly coat with evoo and s&p. extra pepper. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes. eat them alone or in soup. I know you will be surprised how flavorful and sweet they become after the oven.
I can not get enough apple crisp this fall! I found this recipe over at Joy the Baker and have made it at least 3 times a week since I found it.
I think the key to a great apple crisp is not over-sweetening the apples (I only added cinnamon. a lot of cinnamon.) and using equal parts brown sugar and flour (I use whole wheat) with a big chunk of butta. Toss in a little oatmeal and pecans and you've got a killer, andquick, dessert :)
I don't know about you, but I love breakfast. Nothing beats a big brunch with family or sipping on a cafe au lait and pastry. (even better if you're in Rome. I'm sorry, I digress) But even in your own kitchen (or at work!), on a typical weekday morning, you can be treated to a great breakfast. A breakfast, that I have grown quite fond of and truly look forward to!! Let me walk you through the easy steps of an awesome, healthy, and filling breakfast!!
My breakfasts are very similar day to day, but that's because they taste SO good and are so filling. Filling, but not in a 'Im going to pop because I had 2 of those big donuts' kind of way. You know the feeling. ugh.
Start by setting out your dry ingredients the night before. You will save so much time. Sometimes on Sundays I even package 5 little bags up for the week ahead.
Looks like a lot, but it's not. Think health!!
Oats + flax seed + chia seed.
Banana + peanut or almond butter.
Milk (I used almond) + water.
You are truly fueling your body for the day.
On medium heat combine the following:
1/4 cup oats (I use both steel cuts and old-fashioned for a more complex texture)
1 T chia seed
1-2 T ground flax
1/3 cup water
1/2 sliced banana
Now go get dressed or finish getting your things together. Check back in about 5 minutes and once you see the first simmering bubbles, start stirring and whipping. After a minute of whipping you will have light airy oats with pillows of warm bananas. Plop half into a tupperware, add 1/2 T nut butter, top with remaining oats, and top with more nut butter.
Now is the time to get creative :)I added peaches and granola here...
Granola, blackberries, and apples here...
and apples and almonds. Kath at Katheats.com does a great tutorial on her whipped oats, which is exactly where I first learned of this great breakfast!
Oh gosh and I love warm delicious chicken pot pie!
There are so many reasons that I have happily been opting for more vegetarian options almost exclusively. and even vegan choices more than half the time! The 'fullness' I feel is pleasant, cravings (for sweet, salty, unhealthy, more) has been slashed! I am more than satisfied and love knowing I am giving my body all the nutrients it needs throughout the day.
Each morning I start with an awesome bowl of steel cut oats, chia seeds, ground flax seeds and almond butter. I truly look forward to it and crave it! Most importantly—it is the only breakfast option I have found that keeps me full until lunch. how great is that!?
And for dinner— This is one of my 'fallbacks' for dinner. An easy option that is satisfying, yummy, and packed with nutrients!
1—toast 100% whole wheat english muffin
2—smear hummus (I made homemade with garlic, basil and sundried tomato)
3—layer roma tomatoes. avocado. spinach. s&p.
I also snacked on green grapes and salsa/wholegrain chips. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
I like corners that are mitred, coffees dark & creamy, and friends & family nearby. I am back from an incredible semester in Rome, Italy and have a freshly sparked passion for all things food, dessert, cooking, & baking!