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Living like it’s winter

Now that I’ve had Nourish bread I can’t go back to regular bread!!

This time I topped it with almond butter.  I felt full after, but not weighed down or roll-me-to-the-couch-I’m-stuffed.  I was feeling pretty lazy though, truth be told, which I attribute to the grey skies.  Even though I went on a bike ride that morning, I was still lacking motivation to leave the house for church.  I don’t think I could ever live outside of CA again.

You can’t tell how much squash is in here from the photo, but it is a really big tub.  And it only cost 3.99!!  I was in shock when I saw it (I was at the Safeway near my parents’ house which is an exceptional Safeway and very different from the Safeway here in Davis).  I did a double take on my way to the kombucha aisle and came back to get it.

SCORE.

This is a better deal than TJs or Costco or any other place I’ve seen pre-chopped squash.  First off, the size of the cubes is smaller than the ones at TJs and way more realistic for eating and serving.  Thumbs up.  Also, it was clearly cut up hours before because it was packaged in house, which means I don’t have the risk of it being slimy (an issue I have had both times I’ve tried Costco’s packaged butternut, which I will never get again). Thumps up numero dos.

Roasting time!  I made banana bread for Kyle’s breakfasts this week too.

With a cinnamon swirl inside and a brown sugar crumble on top.  He had some this morning and texted me from the kitchen while I was upstairs showering to tell me how good it was.  🙂

Exhausting morning?  He came out from “quiet time” to watch football and I told him he could watch until one commercial, but he fell asleep before then…

Eventually we transferred him to the couch.

Kyle and I rode our bikes to play tennis that afternoon and then stopped at the park on the way home.

And then…we made a very bold move…and got out the Christmas decor!  You guys, our tree is up, the stockings are hung, the countdown (36, as of yesterday) is ON.

DINNER.  OMG this salad.  I’m going to write down what it had so we can all remake this 100 more times this season, okay?

Winter Salad [serves 2-4]

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 cups greens (I used a mix of spinach, kale, cabbage, radicchio, and shaved Brussels sprouts)
  • 1 butternut squash, cubed and roasted*
  • 2 cups chicken, diced (~1 1/2 breasts)
  • 1 cup pecans, roasted
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup goat chevre, crumbled
  • champagne vinaigrette [see below]
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Champagne vinaigrette

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp champagne vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper

Whisk together until emulsified.

*First roast the squash.  Pre heat the oven to 375.  Toss squash in olive oil until well coated, add salt, and spread onto a baking sheet.  Roast for ~35 minutes.  Broil for the last minute or two if you want extra bronzed pieces.

If you don’t have already baked chicken on hand, you can bake this with the squash.  Depending on the size and thickness it may need more or less time though.

While the squash is roasting, make the vinaigrette in a large serving bowl.  Add the greens and toss (do this early if you are using cruciferous greens like kale and brussels).

Once the squash is done, pour pecans onto a baking sheet and toast them in the already hot (broil setting) oven.  Keep your eyes on them because they will burn.  They only need a few minutes!

Add the squash to the greens, toss again, and then add the rest of the ingredients (diced chicken, nuts, cranberries, and cheese).

This salad is bomb.

I could eat it alllllll day.

I imagine any squash (or sweet potato!?) would do.

Likewise, any roasted nut or seed could stand in for the pecans.

It’s pretty versatile, although this was definitely on the money as. is.

This sweetheart spent all his quiet time that night listening to the Nutcracker while lying next to his Nutcracker.  Christmas…full steam ahead.

Pumpkin banana breakfast bake

I wouldn’t call this a cake, but it’s not made in a bread pan, so it’s not a loaf.  Either way, it employs the same formula that I use whenever I bake quick breads, only I used a casserole/cake pan, so call it whatever you want. I call it delicious.

It’s lower carb because I used coconut and almond flour and stevia to sweeten it, but it’s still made with pumpkin and banana, which are obviously carbohydrates. 🙂  If you don’t want to go the stevia route, you could use whatever liquid sweetener you want (honey, maple syrup, agave) because I mixed the stevia in 1/2 cup warm water so as to account for other forms of sweetener without adjusting the liquid in the recipe.

It’s gluten free, grain free, and dairy free, but I don’t think this would work without eggs…but who knows?! Aquafaba may be able to stand in for them.

I baked it at night and was so excited to dig in the next morning for breakfast.

Perfection.

Pumpkin Banana Breakfast Bake

Ingredients:

  • 2 small ripe bananas
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 can pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup hot water + 3 tbsp stevia (mixed to dissolve)
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, add the bananas and mash them, then add the rest of the wet ingredients and stir to combine.  Next add all the dry ingredients and again mix until it’s all uniform.

Pour into a greased baking dish.  I used a 7 x 11 pyrex but anything in the 2 quart realm will work (ie 8×8).

Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Top with nut butter to your heart’s content.  Or don’t.  It’s good plain too.  I eat it straight from the pan because it’s just me – why dirty something else?  But if you’re more refined than I, slice or scoop on to a plate and enjoy.

It’s about 4-6 servings, depending on what kind of toppings and appetites you are dealing with.

Yum!

I hope you like it!

Ground turkey skillet with chorizo spices

I made this up and it was amazing so I’m actually posting A RECIPE for you guys!  I’m not super sure but I think it’s paleo and Whole30, in addition to being packed with veggies.

It is SO EASY.  It’s made from things you likely have on hand.  At least mostly.  I dug the meat out of the freezer this morning because I realized I wasn’t going to have time to get to the store and I needed a dinner game plan. I also had the riced cauli in the freezer, but you could swap in rice or quinoa if you want more carbs and don’t have any reason to be grain free.

Ground Turkey Skillet with Chorizo Spices [gluten free, grain free, soy free, nut free, dairy free, sugar free]

Serves 4-6

  • 1.5 lb organic ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic infused olive oil*
  • 8 – 10 oz (1- 1.5 cups) riced cauliflower
  • 8 eggs
  • 5 oz chopped kale
  • (optional) top with sriracha or hot sauce

*If you aren’t concerned about fodmaps, add 1/2 tsp onion powder and swap garlic infused olive oil for 1 tsp fresh minced garlic while increasing the olive oil to 3 tbsp

Directions:

Add oil to pan until it’s hot and then add the ground turkey.  Once you’ve browned the meat, add the spices and cauliflower.  Let the cauliflower cook a few minutes and then add the eggs and mix well so it all turns into one big egg slurry.  Fold it all sporadically so the eggs cook throughout.  Add the kale and cover with a lid so the steam helps the greens cook.  After a bit you can remove the lid, mix everything together and serve.

I served this with sautéed zucchini (in an olive oil and ghee blend) with a drizzle of sriracha and it was perfecto.

I highly recommend this as a side dish.  Because more veggies is always better.  The whole family devoured this and V asked for “more kale” and both had seconds of zucchini.

Slowly working through our zucchini stash.  😉

I am so glad to have leftovers!  I’m not usually much of a savory breakfast person, but this would be a stellar way to start the day too.  Or wrap it up in a tortilla or nori sheet for lunch.  Done and done.  Enjoy!

Banana bake

I’ll post this now, because I promised I would, but I may edit and re-post it later if I can tweak it to make it even better. I’ve tried several versions, and they all work, but it’s just about getting it perfect at this point.

Here it is fresh out of the oven, the night before…

And then I warm it and nut butter it (new verb?) and dig in the next morning.  Preferably after they’ve eaten and I’ve cleaned the kitchen and I can sit in peace and tidiness.

The inside is more cakey and dry than my quickbreads are, which is because I use so much oat fiber in it.  It’s like a sponge, soaking up the moisture.  If you don’t have oat fiber, I think most other flours will substitute fine, but this awesome ingredient is definitely the secret in keeping it lower calorie and still voluminous enough to pile on the toppings.  🙂

Banana Oat Bake

  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup almond flour*
  • 1 cup NuNaturals oat fiber
  • 1 cup almond milk (or non dairy milk of choice)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (or 1 tsp liquid stevia)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Mix everything together in a mixing bowl and then pour into a greased baking dish.  I use a 4 cup pyrex.  If you use muffin tins, it will cook faster, so adjust baking time as needed.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out of the center clean.

* I’ve also made this with GF quick oats and it works (in place of the almond flour).  And I’ve made it with 1/2 almond flour and 1/2 oats and it works.  So feel free to try either of those as well.

And definitely add heaps of nut/seed butter on top.  This isn’t substantial enough to work as a breakfast without toppings.

Oranges from my parents

Citrus season!

Admittedly, not my favorite category of fruit, but I’ve managed to sell my kids on tangerine cuties, so at least they are staying semi-seasonal while they wait out the next few months until blueberries return to our menu…

My parents have orange trees that go crazy this time of year, so they sent me home with some after the holidays.

I remembered a sauce from a long time ago that I wanted to make again.  It’s from Chef AJ’s book and it’s super simple, but yields a very unique end product. The trick is that you use the whole peeled orange (rather than just the juice).

My parents’ were big so I halved the recipe and used 2 oranges.  The only other ingredients were tahini and white miso paste.  That’s it!

It made a bunch of sauce so I just made all of the noodles to go with it.

Chopped up snap peas and shredded carrots combined with two filets of salmon that I baked in the oven….annnnnnnd…

Voila!

The kids weren’t really fans of this, but Kyle and I liked it.  The sauce was so thick and velvety.  The pith and other parts of the orange definitely add a unique quality to the sauce and thanks to the fruit it didn’t need any additional sweetness.

We ate it chilled, but it would be good hot or cold I’d imagine.

Orange Miso Salmon Udon Noodles 

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz udon noodles, cooked per instructions
  • 2 medium filets salmon
  • 1 cup snap peas, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 oranges, peeled
  • 1/4 cup tahini (or 1/3 cup sesame seeds)
  • 2 tbsp white miso paste

Directions:

Pre-heat oven for 350 degrees F.

Make dressing by blending peeled oranges (all of it!) with tahini (or sesame seeds) and miso.  Add to  large bowl with chopped veggies.  Feel free to throw in whatever veggies you want here (edamame, bell peppers, whatever!).

Cook noodles in a large pot of water.  Once done, rinse with cool water, strain, and add to sauce and veggies.

Bake fish in a greased pan for ~25 minutes, until flesh flakes away easily and center is fully cooked. Wait until it is cool enough to handle and then flake into bite sized pieces.

Finally add the fish to the noodles and toss until everything is coated with sauce.

Serve and enjoy!  Optional garnish with sesame seeds, chopped nuts, green onions, or anything else your heart desires.