Just another white girl posting about pumpkin…

FLOURLESS PUMPKIN OATMEAL COOKIES 
GF/DF(take out choc chips) 

I made some with chocolate chips so they were more appealing to roommates & friends, but they can definitely be delicious without or with some type of nut//dried fruit. To be perfectly honest I had a recipe I was following but basically completely strayed from it. So all my measurements are estimates…this one is pretty hard to mess up 🙂

  • ~3 cups oats (I like a lot of oats in my cookies)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 5 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds 
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 3 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 cups semisweet chocolate chips (next time I’ll try cacao)

Preheat oven to 350. Mix oats and cinnamon in a bowl and all other ingredients in another…add in chocolate chips. Combine into one bowl and fold together. Scoop into one inch bald and place on a baking sheet. Press & flatten with a fork. Bake for 20-25 minutes  

PNW salmon


(Context: Oregon/Pacific Northwest is known for yummy salmon, so now I’m taking advantage of that)

  1. Preheat oven to 475
  2. Put some ghee (also could use butter or vegan butter) on a baking sheet that’s covered in aluminum foil. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on the butter, stick the pan in the oven just until the butter is melted
  3. Sprinkle some salt on the salmon, along with lemon pepper & fresh squeezed lemon.
  4. Bake for 8-12 minutes with a lemon on each piece of salmon
  5. Halfway through add some tarragon and dill on top

I served over some black rice with sautéed mushrooms & corn on the cob

Bowls are Life 

  

too many toppings not enough bowl space…there’s a smoothie under there I promise 

Freshman year made me realize that getting enough greens into your diet while in college can be super hard *enter freshman 15*. Smoothies are a super easy, versatile, and yummy way to get those leaves in. 

I pretty much throw anything and everything into my heaven-sent nutribullet. This one was kale, spinach, tropical frozen fruit mix from TJs, cashew milk, almond butter, chia seeds, flaxseeds, a little vanilla extract, and vegan protein powder.

I topped it with some granola by Kind, blueberries, bananas, honey, cinnamon, and best of all Pumpkin O’s from TJs. They are GF, vegan, and low in sugar. So basic of me, but  they really are just so good 

Ballin’ Energy Bites

Early morning practice means grabbing something quick and light before heading to the locker room. Earlier this week I made these energy bites and they’ve been a great preworkout snack!

It’s a super basic recipe and really customizable depending on what you have on hand and what you want them to taste like. I made this batch with medjool dates, rolled oats, NutZo (nut butter) and chia seeds. I’ve also made the before with  other ingredients like hemp seeds, goji berries, cocao powder, cinnamon, vanilla extract, tahini and coconut! 

To make them you put unpitted medjool dates (i used 8) in a food processor and pulse until they become gooey/pastey (you might need to soak the dates in hot water before all of this if they arent soft enough). Then throw in the rest of your ingredients and pulse until it forms a doughy texture. Then you can roll the dough into bite sized balls and store them in the fridge for on the go fuel!

   

on that vegan burger hype

  
Trader joes quinoa-black bean burger gets five stars 

Sautéed in coconut oil. Literally takes five minutes. Melted the coconut oil in a pan, threw on the little “burger” & the meal was set. 

They are in the frozen section, so I usually thaw like two in the fridge so they are ready when I come back from workouts. 

I just threw the burger on some mixed greens with quinoa, chia seeds, and cucumber. I also decided to add some of trader joes corn salsa at last minute because ptl for corn. Topped with some balsamic for a nice little finishing touch.  Definitely could have made it fancier but even this simple bowl tasted so good & was loaded with protein. 

“Summertime Salad”

*sing it like Lana Del Ray in “Summertime Sadness”*  
Fruit + salad = heaven. It was too hot out to imagine cooking but this tasted so so good. Super simple & fast, but tasted like it was time consuming. 

  • Mixed greens
  • Rainbow quinoa
  • Strawberries 
  • Apples (2) 
  • Avocado (1)
  • Crushed walnuts (about a handful)
  • Chicken (we were feeling lazy and sliced up an organic rotisserie chicken)
  • Dressing: red wine vinegrette & olive oil…I’m sure you could get more creative here too
  • We also made some plain, boiled brussel sprouts that i tossed on my salad once they cooled down

☀️☀️☀️

Roasted Veggies and Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower rice is a pretty new trend in the foodie world, and trust me its worth the hype. Tonight for a quick dinner after class I made cauliflower rice with some roasted butternut squash and carrots, and baby kale. It took under 15 minutes to make because I already had the roasted carrots and butternut squash done and in the fridge (batch cooking #ftw).

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Roasted Veggies:

I bought pre cut butternut squash at Trader Joes, and the carrots from a local market in Berkeley. I roasted both in the oven with EVOO, himalayan pink sea salt, and pepper until I could stick a fork in them.

Cauliflower Rice:

I took 1/3 of a head of cauliflower, broke it into smaller bits, and put it in a food processor until it resembled rice. easy as that.

Putting the dish together:

-put coconut oil in a pan on medium-low and throw some minced garlic in. let that cook for a minute and then throw in the roasted squash and roasted (chopped) carrots. Let the veggies reheat for 3-5 minutes and then throw in the cauliflower rice. Mix the veggies and rice together in a pan and top with some coconut aminos (or your soy sauce of choice). Let this cook for another few minutes. The last step is to throw a big handful of greens onto one side of the pan (while veggies and rice are on the other side) with a little bit more oil and sauté them until bright green and wilted. Add a little bit of salt and pepper to the pan and mix everything together.

Enjoy!