Goodies Galore

Learning to focus less on dieting and more on overall health and wellness

Pot luck contribution. (hope it doesn’t suck.)

Okay, so perhaps I’m a little biased when it comes to my cooking. I happen to love my concoctions and don’t mind at all that most of it looks like dog food or worse. I think tonight’s dish is something to brag about though.

Challenge: create something that’s vegan and enticing to both men and women. Done and done. I hope.

Mediterranean Quinoa (Super creative name.)

1 cup dry quinoa

2 cups packed spinach

1 can artichoke hearts

1 onion

1/3 cup (that’s a guess) oil packed sun-dried tomatoes

1/2 jar roasted peppers

Salt and pepper to taste

Balsamic vinegar to taste

Add one cup quinoa to two cups water. Bring to boil then simmer for 15 minutes.

While that’s cooking, add diced onion and sun-dried tomatoes in a hot skillet. Do not drain the oil. Cook until the onions are to your liking.

Add roasted peppers, artichoke hearts, spinach, salt and pepper to onions/tomato mix. Heat through until spinach is wilted.

Add quinoa to the mix.

Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

Bam! Take that suckers. I actually haven’t tasted it yet so we’ll let the boys be the judge. I brought backup in case they hate it.  Beer and hummus. Do with it what you will.

We all know who the wine is for.

Off to the party!

February 25, 2012 Posted by | Food, Friends, fun, Recipes | 3 Comments

See ya Summer.

Good morning loves.

I enjoy Mondays because I work from 1:00-9:30 which means I have the morning off. Despite the ability to sleep in, my roommate and I woke at 4: 45 for our standard 4 mile run. It was pitch black this morning which means one thing– FALL is coming. I cannot freaking wait. Apple picking here I come.

Despite the humid temps, I decided to make some soup to celebrate my favorite season. Soups are simple to make and pretty hard to screw up. I kind of just toss things together and cross my fingers.

Into the blender–

1 cup veggie broth

2 cups crushed San Marzano tomatoes

1 can black beans

3/4 head of roasted cauliflower. (To roast: Toss cauliflower in 1 Tbsp EVOO, pepper and cilantro. Bake at 450 for half hour.)

1 minced garlic clove

fresh cilantro (to your liking)

dried oregano (to your liking)

S&P to taste- ( I went light on the salt bc of the broth)

There you have it- Bean, tomato and cauliflower soup. Looks like a bag of ass but tastes great.

Enjoy! (But don’t come bitching to me if you hate it.)

August 22, 2011 Posted by | Food, Recipes | 2 Comments

Do I have a recipe for you!

Cran-Apple Walnut Stuffed Pumpkins

The sweetest little thing I ever did see

 

 

 

What you’ll need:

2 pumpkins*

2 cups cooked quinoa

half sweet onion

2 peppers ( I used baby orange, red and green but whatever works)

2 tart apples

couple handfuls dried cranberries

chopped walnuts

1 tbsp olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

*There ends up being enough stuffing for 3 pumpkins.

1. Place chopped onions in olive oil and let caramelize

2. In the mean time, add 2 cups quinoa to 4 cups water or veggie broth. Let cook.

3. Cup tops off pumpkins and clean out the guts. Make sure to roast the seeds!

4. Chop peppers and apples. Place them in big mixing bowl.

5. Toss walnuts and dried cranberries into mixing bowl.

6. While your waiting for onions and quinoa to finish, place pumpkins in a 375 degree heated oven.

7. Add cooked onions and quinoa to the mixing bowl.

8. Add salt and pepper

9. Take pumpkins out of oven and stuff the crap out of them.

10. Bake in oven for roughly 45 minutes depending on pumpkin size.

11. ENJOY!

 

Both Len and I LOVED this recipe. It was so fun to eat the pumpkin right from the pumpkin itself! Goat cheese would make an excellent addition.

 

November 18, 2010 Posted by | Recipes | 4 Comments

They have potential

I tried my hand at stuffed peppers last night. I saw someone on the Food Network make them and tried to replicate the recipe by memory. I should know better than to trust my memory considering I can’t remember what color underwear I’m wearing. Or if I”m even wearing any for that matter. The peppers were okay. And by okay I mean they had to be doused in BBQ sauce. Basically I forgot to season them so they were bland. Use this recipe as a base but load them with your favorite spices to give them so oomph. Then they’ll be good. Promise.

Bland Stuffed Peppers

Cut the top off of 3 green peppers

Stick pepper tops, one yellow squash, one zucchini, half an onion and garlic in food processor. Process till it’s mostly ground.

At the same time, boil 2 cups vegetable stock and one cup whole wheat quinoa. Let simmer for 15 minutes.

When couscous is done cooking, add veggie mix and stir.

Add cheese of choice to mixture. I used mozzarella.

ADD SPICES HERE.

Stuff those peppers leaving a little room at top.

Bake at 375 for 45 minutes. Add cheese to top during last 10 minutes of baking.

(I also stuffed zucchini for fun.)

 

November 9, 2010 Posted by | Food, Recipes | 9 Comments

Apparently I make meatloaf

Yeah, I’m shocked too. I’ve been Debbie Domestic as of late.  I picked up some organic beef at Trader Joes this weekend and wanted to make something easy with it. The few times a year that there is meat in the house, Len usually takes the reigns. Not tonight bitches, not tonight. I can remember making loaf with my mom as a kid and I had to be the one to get my hands dirty. You know, mixing and mashing the ingredients together. Well last night, that was the part I was dreading the most.

In the bowl went one pound beef, one egg, breadcrumbs, shredded mozz cheese, salt and pepper, and 21 Salute Seasoning. Mix it all up and make sure not to look at it. You might get grossed out and ruin your appetite. Form into that strange meatloaf shape and squirt ketchup all over the top. 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes. It was DELISH!

But not as delish as Angela’s High Protein Garlic Mashed Potatoes.  Like she said, you’d never know beans were hiding in there. Tricky tricky…..

November 2, 2010 Posted by | Food, Recipes | 8 Comments

Big day.

Today is very special. Why you ask? Well it’s Ellie Rats birthday of course!  I can’t believe she is only two; feels like I’ve had her forever. Happy birthday to (one of) the love of my life.

I haven’t done anything to celebrate her birth yet but I think we’ll hit up Petco for something special.

My house smells SO good right now because I have butternut squash in the oven. I simply sliced it up and sprinkled with canola oil, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, cayenne, brown sugar and salt. I envision some almond butter in the mix too, HEAB style!

I cannot believe it’s only 12:30. Melissa and I ran 12 miles at 7:00 this morning in preparation for the Chilly Half marathon in two weeks. It was only 39 degrees when we left the house but the crispness felt really good after the first mile.

Post run came Trader Joe’s. That place is a total shit show on the weekends and it’s really a fight to the finish. Don’t worry, I know how to navigate the aisles without getting rammed in the ankles. So here’s my weekly grocery haul. Our fridge was empty so I dropped 98 bucks— its way too easy to go overboard there.

Dry stuff–

Bread (is bread dry considered stuff?), pasta sauce, salsa, BBQ sauce, whole wheat couscous, quinoa, tomato soup, veg broth, dog treats, ricola cough drops, Clif Bars, salsa.

Cold Stuff–

Cage free eggs, organic beef, tofu, tempeh, greek yogurt, goat cheese and two kinds of hummus–  Edamame and Cilantro/jalapeno.

Produce–

baby potato medley, cauliflower, 2 bags green beans, tomatoes, slaw, avocado, Portobello mushrooms, asparagus, carrots, dates beetles and an eggplant. (I went a little wild in this section.)

AND….. drum roll please….. the biggest, fattest spaghetti and butternut squash one can lift.

 

I put the avocado in there for size comparison.

 

Trader Joes doesn’t charge but the pound, it’s a set price. I don’t know who the donkeys are who pick out the tiny squash but it sure ain’t me!

I sure hope the kids don’t come around these parts tonight because all I have to offer is squash guys. Mwahahahahaahha.

Who’s dressing up like a hoochie mama tonight? Who hates Halloween like this girl?


October 30, 2010 Posted by | dogs, Food, Friends, fun, Recipes, running | 6 Comments

fooooooooooooooooooood

Holy crap you guys, I ate my face off this weekend. I ate and ate and ate and ate. And just when I thought I couldn’t eat anymore last night, we got invited to the North End for an authentic Italian dinner. Holy bloat.

Last week Len and I decided on a no desert during the week rule. You see, normally we have dessert every single night. And I’m not talking a fudge pop here people. I’m talking real desserts– large quantities of Ben and Jerry’s, carrot cake, eclairs. We do it up. So we stopped the madness, until Friday that is. Friday night I had a beautiful pumpkin ice cream cone with chocolate sprinkles, Saturday night I had gummy candy (weird choice) and Sunday I had ginger cookies and a cannoli. My arteries are officially clogged.

I did manage to get some healthy cooking in this weekend however. This recipe may sound really weird but trust me, it was delish!

Sweet and Spicy Mash (serves 4 huge portions)

1 Acorn squash (roasted)

4-5 large apples

lots of cinnamon

lots of pumpkin pie spice

1/4 cup (?) brown sugar (or any other sweetener)

little water

lots of curry

can chick peas

goat cheese

 

Bake squash. (I did this earlier in the week and had it sitting in my fridge)

Slice apples and put them in a skillet on medium heat with some water, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and sweetener of choice. Let them cook down to desired consistency.

Once apples are cooked down, add squash to pan and let heat through.

Add curry– I use a lot but it will vary depending on personal preference.

Add chick peas and let all the flavors blend together.

Serve and top with goat cheese.

**I’m pretty sure that if I owned a restaurant no one would come.

October 25, 2010 Posted by | Food, Recipes | 16 Comments

Soup up in HERE!

Yesterday I was a cooking machine. My friend Sarah came over for dinner so I created a fall menu.

Carrot and Squash Ginger Soup

One butternut Squash

One pound Carrots

One onion

1-2 inch piece ginger (depending on how much you like ginger)

3 garlic cloves

2 tablespoons olive oil

4 cups water

Salt and Pepper

1/4 Almond Milk (or milk/cream)

cinnamon  (to your liking)

brown sugar (just sprinkled some in)

greek yogurt and some pumpkin seeds for garnish

Peel squash(which is a total bitch), cube and bake for 30 minutes at 350. While squash is baking, add onions and garlic to the a big pot with heated oil and cook until onions are translucent. Once that happens and squash is done in oven, add chopped carrots,squash, sliced ginger, salt and water to pot. Bring to a boil and let cook for 30 minutes. Once the carrots are tender, dump entire contents into blender or use an immersion blender to make nice and smooth. Once blended, dump back into the pot and add almond milk, cinnamon and brown sugar. Stir.

As mentioned, I garnished with greek yogurt and pumpkin seeds but if you wanted a sweeter twist pumpkin butter would be AWESOME!

And what’s a Fall menu without pumpkin beer? A shitty one.

We also had a wonderful salad that contained: spring mix, spinach, tomatoes, apple slices, raisins, feta and Angela’s better than bottled Balsamic dressing. So. Freaking. Good.

I LOVED this soup!

 

October 8, 2010 Posted by | Food, Friends, Recipes, Uncategorized | 9 Comments

sugar hangover.

Yesterdays candy corn episode left me in a really bad mood. Not because it was a binge but because  sugar in that amount messes with me. It was one of those moods where no one is safe around me, not even the elderly. If I lived alone I would have hidden away for the night and saved innocent people from my wrath, but I live with my boyfriend. I knew he was in trouble when he sent me a text asking about movie times and I was instantly annoyed. Harmless text yet I was a sugar-frenzied crazy person. All bets were off.  He needed a fair warning of what he was in for. I held this sign up when he walked in the door.

I ate too much sugar and I'm being a bitch.

My friend (Hi Amanda!) thought of the idea and I found it quite humorous. We both chucked and it lifted my mood. For a hot minute at least.

Luckily I had a nine mile run planned this morning to help undo last nights damage. For some reason they were 9 really hard miles. We ran the same route the week before and it seemed simple and easy. Not this morning. I credit this to three things: eating like shit yesterday, the humidity and heat (74 degrees at 6 am) and my negative mentality going into the run. I was a hurtin’ unit from the moment we set out so by the end I was more than ready to hang up my sneaks for the day.

Even though I really wanted left over pasta post run, I drank this god awful green monster. Blech.

milk (i was desperate and used the bf milk for protein)

pumpkin

2 scoops protein powder (1 chocolate/1 vanilla)

banana

spinach

ice cubes

all spice/cinnamon/pinch of salt

This was by far the worst one I’ve ever blended up

We have a Fall Fun Day with some friends today. The six of us are going for a hike and then having a nice dinner with seasonal beers and Autumn sangria. We’ve been planning this for months and months so I’m pretty eager to get going. I wish it wasn’t 100 degrees though. Oh well!

Have a wonderful Saturday! What Fall plans are you looking forward to?

Have a WONDERFUL Saturday.

September 25, 2010 Posted by | Food, Friends, fun, Recipes, running, The Boyfriend | 6 Comments

Chocolate Raisin Pumpkin-Oat Bars

Yes you read that right. Yes I’ve been eating them non stop. No they’re not for everyone (like my boyfriend).

I went on a baking spree the other day and it took 4 stores to find all the ingredients. Note to inpatient people like myself: never, I repeat, never go into a Dollar Store while PMS-ing. Things got ugly.

What you need:

Organic oatmeal muffin mix (found at Shaws or Whole Foods)

1 can pumpkin

chocolate chips (as little or as many)

1/2 cup oats

raisins (toss em’ right in)

walnuts (optional)

Mix everything together and pour in greased (I used Pam) baking sheet. Cook at 350 till they look done.

I added walnuts to the top of half before putting in the oven.

Reviews

These bars are light yet dense and perfectly flavored. I love them and have been eating at least one per day.Len managed to get one down but has since refused any offers. Don’t ask me why but whatev, more for me!

September 20, 2010 Posted by | Recipes | 7 Comments