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Catching up on my greens

Trying to get back on the wagon after too much beer last night.

Lunch today was much healthier, I think…

A big bowl of arugula topped with a red pear, pecans, bleu cheese, pumpkin and kabocha seeds, and black pepper. I coated it with a drizzle of honey and olive oil, perfect!

On the side: tomato soup with a big spoonful of kabocha puree mixed in. Warm and comforting.

I feel good knowing I got my greens in today!


Mama Pea’s salt and vinegar pumpkin seeds

It’s hard for me to believe that yesterday was Halloween.  I don’t know why, but the holiday just completely escaped me this year. We didn’t even get one single trick-or-treater either! And now I have a bowl full of Halloween candy sitting in my living room mocking me.

"You know you cannot resist, weakling!"

I felt an intense urge to make something today that would celebrate the holiday somehow, but what? I don’t have any more pumpkins, but wait…I do have pumpkin seeds! I’ve been saving the guts from the pumpkin that I recently used to make pumpkin butter with.

For many, Halloween means carving pumpkins, and for me that’s always meant that roasted pumpkin seeds were in my immediate future. I really wanted something out of the ordinary, so I turned to Mama Peas’ recipe for salt and vinegar pumpkin seeds.

If you’re not already familiar with her blog, Peas and Thank You, you have got to check it out.  Make sure you’re wearing water-proof mascara, cuz you’re gonna laugh your butt off til you cry.

Anyway, I got started by picking all the seeds out of the flesh and giving them a good rinse.

Rather than laying them out on a towel to dry, I rubbed them with a few paper towels to speed up the process.

Next I tossed them with the vinegar and poured them out onto a non-stick sheet pan.

Sprinkled on the salt…

And after about 20 minutes I had this…

They’re not burnt, that’s just all the sugars in the vinegar that have caramelized and glazed the seeds. I did have my oven at 350 degrees rather than 300 as the recipe calls for, which is why mine took less time but got darker.

They are really tasty, although I expected them to taste more like salt and vinegar potato chips.  I think the balsamic is what makes them so different, they are mostly salty but with just a hint of figgy sweetness on the end.

I couldn’t keep my hands out of them so I just decided to add them to the salad I was making for lunch.

This salad was a total mish-mash anyway. It has carrot-miso dressing, avocado, toasted buckwheat, chia seeds, dulse and seaweed flakes, and of course the seeds.

Weird but good.

At this rate I’ll have polished them off before the husband even gets home from work! No matter though, tonight marks our 6th month of being married and we’re going out to dinner to celebrate!

I’ll make sure to document our evening well, ta ta for now!


Gena’s Carrot Miso Dressing

One of my favorite blogs to read is Gena’s Choosing Raw.

Even though I don’t follow a raw foods diet, her blog has shown me that there are many ways I could be incorporating more raw food, and the plethora of yummy recipes she’s created have helped me to do just that.

One recipe I make constantly is her carrot miso dressing.  I can remember the first time I made it I was looking at the raw carrot chunks in my half-made dressing and thought “well, it’ll probably be good for health food, but not really good.” I was so wrong.

There were so many “mmmms!” let out during that first salad. I couldn’t believe I was enjoying a salad that I made that much, as I’d never been able to recreate the awesomeness of a restaurant salad at home before.

I tried to use up the left-over bottles of pre-made salad dressing in my fridge, but after a month I gave up and threw them out.

The best part is that it’s really simple to make.  I followed her recipe exactly the first time, but now I substitute the soy sauce for a heaping tablespoon of tahini. The miso I use is already so salty that adding soy sauce was too much, and the tahini makes the dressing slightly creamy.

It’s as easy as throwing everything in the food processor…

Blitzing it up thoroughly…

And either storing…

Or using right away…

Mmmmm….. That’s a baked sweet potato covered in garlic powder, salt, and honey. Sounds weird, but it’s an awesome combination. Paired with a small salad topped with the carrot miso dressing, it was a delicious ode to orange!