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a blog about a girl who decided eating plants was the way to go

Lemony Quinoa with Butternut Squash  

I made this the other night and it was FABULOUS!  So refreshing and filling!

Recipe found HERE.

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As you will witness in the next couple of days, I’m on a HUGE pumpkin kick lately!

Aside from it being a delicious fruit (yes, it’s a FRUIT!), it’s so incredibly HEALTHY for our bodies.  Pumpkin is a super-food, packed with tons of disease-fighting nutrients.  It’s loaded with Vitamin A, which promotes healthy vision and immune function.  It is also loaded with Vitamin C, E, beta carotene, fiber, magnesium and potassium.  So, go out today and get some of that fabulous fruit, and stay tuned for all kinds of recipes!

 

In the meantime, try this recipe out for breakfast.

 

Pumpkin Pie Steel-Cut Oats (makes 4 decent-sized bowls)

3 cups water

1 cup Steel Cut Oats (or regular oats will work)

1 cup pureed pumpkin

1.5 tsp pumpkin pie spice

2-4 tsp pure maple syrup

1 cup almond milk

cinnamon for sprinkling

 

Combine the water and oats in a saucepan.  Heat until boiling and then reduce heat to a low simmer, and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Add the pumpkin puree, spice and maple syrup, and half of the milk. Stir until combined.

Ladle into your favorite bowl and sprinkle with some cinnamon and add a little splash of milk.

 

ENJOY!  You’ll feel like you’re eating pumpkin pie.

 

My new favorite homemade granola!  It’s so yummy topped with frozen berries, sliced bananas and some almond milk.  (recipe inspiration from I Heart Wellness)

4 cups Organic Quick Oats

2 medium (grated) Carrots

4 tsp Cinnamon

2 tsp Nutmeg

1/2 tsp Sea Salt

1/2 cup nuts, chopped (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts)

2 Banana, mashed up really well

4 tbsp Honey

1/2 tsp Stevia Powder mixed with 1/2 cup water

2 tsp Vanilla

1 tsp almond extract

Preheat oven to 325.

Mix the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl plus the shredded carrot.

In a separate mixing bowl, mash the banana, and stir in the remaining liquid.  Add the wet to the dry and stir together.

On a parchment lined cookie sheet spread the mixture out evenly and bake for 20 – 25 minutes.  Every 10-15 minutes check on the granola and stir a bit.

 

My kids’ new favorite, and the perfect way to use up an overly-ripened watermelon!

(the amounts in this recipe will fill up your blender)

1/2 cup milk (I used coconut this morning and it was so yummy!)

1 banana

1/4 of a watermelon

2 handfuls frozen berries

2 handfuls kale (or any other green you may like)

1 Tbsp flax seed for each person who will be drinking this

ice

Blend it all up and ENJOY!!!  So yummy!  (I think I may add some mint to ours tomorrow!)

Hand’s Down, this has become my absolute favorite salad dressing.  It’s so delicious and refreshing, and it’s so incredibly easy to make!

White Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 1/4 cup oil (I use half grapeseed oil; half extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar (I love the white balsamic vinegar from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 Tbs pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp good salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Shake everything up in a jar and pour over your favorite salad.  I especially love it with strawberries and almonds added to my salads.

I loved this recipe !  It was nice and refreshing, and satisfied my hungry belly without making me feel stuffed.  Perfect for a hot summer day!

Cool Summer Quinoa Salad (adapted from i heart wellness)

2 cups cooked quinoa

1/2 cucumber, diced

2 cups frozen peas

1 carrot , shredded

3 cups spinach, chopped

1 cup kidney beans

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp dijon mustard

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1/4 tsp ground cumin

 

Cook Quinoa as directed on package and let cool.   Add chopped veggies to cooled quinoa and toss well. Make dressing with the remaining spices and oil and pour over the dish.  Toss again and place in the fridge until cold.

This is my new favorite way to prepare our steel cut oats in the morning.  There’s no sacrificing indulgence for health with this bowl of yumminess!

Chocolate Steel Cut Oats (makes 3-4 servings)

1 cup Steel Cut Oats

3 cups water

3 Tbsp cocoa powder

2 Tbsp Maple Syrup

1 tsp vanilla

Bring this mixture to a boil.  Once it starts boiling turn the heat down to low and simmer for about 10 minutes, until most of the liquid is absorbed.  Add some almond milk to smooth it out even more.

Top with sliced bananas, fresh berries, a little dollop of peanut butter (my fave), or anything else that sounds good to you!