Wednesday, October 31, 2012

pumpkin seeds 2 ways

carving pumpkins is awesome and all, but let's not forget how delicious their seeds are too!

      For Salty:                                                                             For Sweet:            
  • pumpkin seeds
  • sea salt
  • ground pepper (optional)
  • pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tbs. nutmeg
  • 1/2 Tbs. pumpkin pie spice

1. After carving your pumpkin, separate the seeds from the rest of the pumpkin goo
2. While the oven is heating up to 400° F, rinse the seeds off under water & pat them dry
3. Spread the seeds on a baking sheet, toss well with your desired seasoning & place them in the hot oven
4. After 10 minutes, check on your seeds- give them a toss with a little more salt or sweet, and pop them back in the oven again
5. After another 10 minutes take out the seeds & give them a taste. If you like your seeds crispier, bake them a little longer, until they're the perfect golden brown.

A tasty, healthy snack to balance out all the candy you're gobbling down right now. Happy Halloween! :)

Monday, October 8, 2012

almost raw zucchini noodles

Looking for a super-healthy, gluten-free way to enjoy pasta? Try these almost-raw zucchini noodles!

  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 small tomato diced
  • Your favorite pasta sauce

1. Take your zucchini & use a vegetable peeler, mandoline, or julienne peeler to slice the entire squash into long, thin strips
2. Put the garlic and olive oil in a skillet & heat it up over medium heat
3. When the garlic is cooking, throw your zucchini "noodles" into the pan and toss them in the oil until they're heated through
4. Top the noodles with your favorite pasta sauce & some fresh tomato for garnish. Tonight I used my homemade pesto, but a marinara or vodka sauce would be darn tasty too. Yum! :)

Friday, October 5, 2012

friday's fave 5: baseball games

the rockies season may be over, but I had so much fun at baseball games this summer, I'm already looking forward to next year!

1. I love finding meatless meals at Coors Field- at this game we got garlic fries and a veggie panini, but you can also find pizzas, hot dogs, and burgers, all meat-free!
2. Big cheers to baseball beers! Icy, cold brews were the perfect beverage on a hot, summer day
3. Dad & I have been going to Rockies games since I can remember- it's always a lot of fun, but just spending a day with my pop is always the best part♥
4. One of my favorite traditions is keeping a score card- it may not be perfect, but it's darn close!
5. Oh yeah. And baseball! You can't forget that part, can you? ;)

The Rockies may not have won every game this year, but that doesn't matter! I'll still be back next summer for beer drinking, veggie dog eating, and perfect score card keeping!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

basic green smoothie

it might look like you're drinking pesto, but green smoothies are a great way to get more fruits & veggies in your diet & they're super tasty too :)

  • 1 apple chopped
  • 1 banana chopped
  • 1/2 cup rice milk
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 1/4 cup water (optional)
  • 1 scoop protein powder (optional)

1. Place the apple, banana & rice milk into your blender & start blending!
2. With the machine still running, add the spinach & kale
3. If your blender needs more liquid, or you like your smoothie a little thinner, add the water
4. When everything is combined, add the protein powder if you're using it, grab a glass & pour out your smoothie- slurp!

Monday, October 1, 2012

world vegetarian day 2012

Three years ago to this very day, my parents and I decided try going meatless for just one month- for our health, for my weight, and for a fun challenge to boot. After 31 days, we were hooked, and we haven't looked back since. Becoming a vegetarian is one of the best decisions I've ever made & I'm excited to celebrate World Vegetarian Day, on a Meatless Monday, on the first day of Vegetarian Month. It's like all the veggie planets are aligning :)

So break out your favorite recipes & invite your friends & family to share. Say it out loud. I'm meatless & I'm proud! :)