Archive for July, 2017

Blend!

Posted on July 18, 2017. Filed under: Main Course, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

So, my parents got me a Nutribullet for my birthday. And because of the time crunch and the fact that it’s warm out, the only things I’ve made with it were my smoothies and one batch of salad dressing. Since I had some time between doing paperwork and chores (yay bill day), I decided to make…something.

Butternut squash popped into my head; there’s a lot of different sauces and soups you can make out of that wonderful gourd. Now, I’m still doing the low carb thing, but I kinda wanted pasta. Luckily Whole Paycheck ( I mean Whole Foods) has pasta made without any grains, so I picked up some red lentil pasta. It’s higher protein, higher fiber, lower carb. That being said, it did get a little mushy while cooking, but it was still pretty good.

While looking for the squash, I decided to add some yellow beets into the dish. I do realize the last few dishes I’ve made have been very yellow, but it’s summer and that’s a bright color.

This dish is very easy (made easier by the Nutribullet, you can still do it without) very healthy, and could in fact be a soup if you don’t want to add the pasta. And, if you wanted it to be vegan, like  a lot of my recipes, just leave off the goat cheese.

Lentil Pasta with Butternut Squash Sauce, Tofu and Yellow Beets

Here’s what to get from the store:

Butternut Squash
Shallot
Tomato
Vegetable Broth
Yellow Beet
Tofu
Lentil Pasta

Butternut Squash Sauce with Yellow Beets and Tofu

1 butternut squash, halved
2 shallots, diced
4 cloves garlic, diced
1 tomato, diced
1 cup vegetable broth
1 yellow beet, sliced
1/4 block tofu, cubed
Salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne, red pepper flake
Lemon juice
Balsamic vinegar

  1. Coat the squash in olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes or until cooked through. Let cool.
  2. Once it is cooled, scoop the squash out. Add it to your blender along with 1/2 of the shallots, 1/2 of the garlic, the tomato, the broth, lemon juice, balsamic and seasonings. Blend. If you have the Nutribullet, put it on it’s heating system so it warms.
  3. In a saute pan, saute the rest of the garlic and onion until fragrant. Add the beets and tofu. Saute until almost cooked through, then add about 1/4 cup of Balsamic vinegar and let reduce. Taste to adjust seasoning.
  4. Once your pasta is almost cooked, add some of the sauce to a pan, then add the pasta, stir to coat. Top with the tofu and beet mixture, and goat cheese if you would like.

I’m not sure when I’m going to be able to post next, I have no days off in the foreseeable future. Honestly I’m impressed that I’ve been getting up before work to exercise.  I’m the opposite of a morning person, so that’s really hard for me.

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Man I’m Baked

Posted on July 18, 2017. Filed under: Main Course, Side Dishes, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Potatoes, that is.

First off, I have to say my birthday was the best. Thanks to everyone who came out, mom, dad, Shawn, Kati, Petra, Brian..and everyone who couldn’t due to price or me wanting to go home early.

My low carb diet had gone so well, I decided to keep it up. (That being said, right after making and eating this, I also ordered Dominos, but, balance, right?)

I had been trying to figure out what to do with the broccoli mom and dad brought, and for some odd reason sweet potatoes came to mind. Granted, if you’ve been reading for a little while, you know my feelings on sweet potatoes. I wanted to do something simple, but yet tasty, and something that had buffalo chickpeas involved (no clue why) So I came up with this dish. It was supposed to be twice baked stuffed sweet potatoes, but I can’t ever get the potatoes out of the oven fast enough before the skin falls apart; so they ended up being baked mashed potatoes.

This dish is super easy, super low carb, super healthy and could be a good side dish for a meal. If you want to make it vegan, all you have to do is leave the goat cheese off, or substitute your favorite vegan cheese.

Baked Mashed Sweet Potato with Buffalo Chickpeas and Goat Cheese

Here’s what to get from the store:

Sweet Potato
Broccoli
Chickpeas
Goat Cheese
Buffalo Sauce

Baked Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Buffalo Chickeaes

1 sweet potato, cut in half
1/2 small head of broccoli, diced
4 cloves garlic, diced
1/2 can chickpeas, diced
Buffalo Sauce
Salt, pepper, paprika

  1. Coat the potato with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20-30 minutes, or until the potato is cooked through.
  2. When the potato cools, scoop out the middle, mix in the broccoli, garlic, salt pepper and paprika. Use a potato masher to mix everything together.
  3. Place the mixture in a greased ramekin, or giant muffin tin. Top with the chickepeas and goat cheese. Bake until the goat cheese is starting to brown.

I’m still working a lot, but it’s paying off financially, which is what I wanted. I actually like working; sure I’m exhausted and I barely have time for anything, but I get to meet new people and run around instead of sitting at a desk.

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More Crack a lackin

Posted on July 3, 2017. Filed under: Appitizers, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

I’ve been working a LOT. Doubles most days, only have had 2 days off in the past month or so. I really haven’t had the time or the energy to make anything more than just my smoothies and salads, and that’s fine, but I’ve been getting the itch to cook.

Today I was supposed to go in for a lunch shift, but while I was on the train, the manager called me off, so I came back home. Now I don’t have to be there until about 2:30. I didn’t want to nap because I knew I’d be more groggy, so spinach crackers came into my mind.

Now, about a week ago, I decided no more processed or non fruit and vegetable carbs until my birthday. So, basically no bread, pasta, grains, crackers, chips, ect. Now, at the 2nd job, that’s been pretty easy. At Unos, not so much, but I pulled through just eating salads, veggies, hummus and almonds. I have to say, it’s been paying off. (That and the exercise) I can actually see my muscles changing and it’s kind of cool.

Now, that being said, I need more snacks, and yes, I know these crackers have carbs in them, however, I modified the recipe I found to use wheat flour and milled flax seed instead of while flour. That did mean I had to use a little more water, but that’s fine.

This recipe is very easy and takes very little time. It’s 100% vegan, and decently low carb, in my mind.

Whole Wheat and Flax Spinach Crackers

Here’s what to get from the store:

Spinach
Wheat Flour
Milled Flax seed
Baking Soda

Whole Wheat and Flax Spinach Crackers
(Based Off Elephantastic Vegan)

1 cup wheat flour
2/3 cup milled flax seed
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ cup  or more of water
2 loosely packed cups spinach

 

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400°F
  2. Wash the spinach and put it in a blender together with the water and blend until completely smooth.
  3. In a mixing bowl add in the dry ingredients, whisk and then add in the spinach-water and olive oil. Mix and knead with your hand until it’s a smooth dough. Add more flour if your dough is too sticky.
  4. On a floured baking sheet roll out the dough until thin and evenly.
  5. Cut it with a pizza cutter length- and width wise.
  6. Bake them in the oven for about 20 minutes (until they get crispy). 5 minutes in, if you would like, top with garlic powder and paprika.

I turn 32 on Saturday. I really am proud of myself, at 32 I’m in better shape than I was when I was 22. I have a great life, awesome people, I’m not only financially stable, I have money saved up. I have very little debt, in fact I could pay it all off today if I wanted (I’d have no savings, but I could). The management and Unos loves me (like, really though) and I’m getting along pretty well at my new job.

While I’m not working some high paying job, or stage managing all the time, I’m happy. If you had told me 10 years ago where I’d be now, I wouldn’t have believed you, but I’m glad where my life has taken me. Sure, not everything has been the best, but that’s ok, life has ups and downs. I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years will bring me.

 

 

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