Pumpkin Oatmeal Bites

Happy Fall! I thought this would be the perfect time to get back into blogging. It’s my favorite time of the year to be in the kitchen, so it just seems fitting. Now I don’t know about where you guys are, but it does not feel like fall in Upstate NY. Ninety degrees in September doesn’t exactly scream “autumn” and I haven’t even thought about picking a single apple or pumpkin. However, the calendar says its September, the pools are closed, and the mums are on my porch so I will cook like it’s fall.

These no-bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Bites are perfect in the morning for a quick breakfast on the go or a mid-day snack.

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Apple Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

It’s October and that means everything apples and pumpkins! Apple picking, apple pie, apple crisp, pumpkin patching, pumpkin carving, pumpkin spice lattes…the list goes on and on!! Why not combine the two? That’s exactly what I did here with this Apple Pumpkin Pie Smoothie. You could have this for breakfast, a snack, or dessert. And the added bonus…it’s healthy!

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Sweet Potato & Kale Fusilli

In this month’s Degustabox, I received a box of Sam Mills Gluten Free Corn & Quinoa Pasta. This was my first time trying a gluten free pasta, and I was pleasantly surprised! I thought it would have an awful “fake” taste, but it was a great substitute. The texture was similar to regular pasta and the flavor was very good. It is easy to overcook this pasta, however, and can get mushy if you’re not careful while cooking it.

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Chia Seed Pudding 

After a summer full of BBQs and get togethers with lots of food and alcohol, I decided to do a 10 day cleanse. Today is day 4 and I have to start getting creative with my dairy, sugar, and gluten restrictions for the next 6 days. This Chia Seed Pudding is a great breakfast or snack during this cleanse. It’s dairy and gluten free and is packed with protein to leave me feeling full. Chia seeds are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, calcium, and fiber. They are a superfood! I love to eat clean even while I’m not cleansing, so this is something that is perfect for breakfast anytime!

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Skillet Cod with Tomatoes and Capers

I haven’t posted many fish recipes and there’s a reason for that….I don’t cook a lot of fish at home. My husband and kids won’t touch seafood and I would rather not cook more than one meal for dinner, so I usually only eat seafood when we go out to eat. I love seafood and wish I ate it more often.

The other day at the market I stopped at the seafood counter that I usually pass right by. The wild caught cod filets were on sale, so I grabbed a couple of pounds.

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Quinoa & Chickpea Salad

This salad is the perfect summer lunch for the health conscious. I try to eat clean especially during the weekdays (and do a little splurging on the weekends). Breakfast and lunch are usually my most clean meals of the day and I try putting something quick together. I’ve been experimenting a lot more with quinoa recently and love how versatile it is. It’s super easy, super clean, and a superfood! Between the quinoa and chickpeas, this salad is packed with protein and will leave you feeling satisfied and full for hours. Not to mention, it’s also delicious!

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Fennel Almond Pesto with Whole Wheat Spaghetti

I love experimenting with different greens for making pesto sauce. I came up with this dish around Christmas time when I had some fennel for other dishes I was making on Christmas day. After the fennel bulbs were chopped up and gone, I still had a bunch of the leafy green part (called fronds). It seemed like a sin to throw them away and thought that I must be able to come up with a way to use them. I discovered that fronds are not only edible, but just as nutritious and also have a ton of flavor! I thought they would make a great green for pesto sauce, and I decided to add almonds for a crunchy texture. The end result was ah-mazing!

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Chicken Sausage, Spinach & Quinoa Soup

This winter has been crazy in Upstate New York…and I mean crazy in a good way! It’s the beginning of February and there isn’t even a dusting of snow on the ground. This morning was a whopping 40 degrees and sunny (wahoo!!), so instead of driving to the school bus stop the kids and I walked. It felt amazing! I know to some of you reading this in warmer climates, 40 degrees sounds freezing…but trust me, it’s not!

We did have a few very cold and windy days in January, the kind of days that nothing makes you feel warm. The other day while I was home I just couldn’t warm up and was craving hot soup for lunch. I had some cooked quinoa stored in my fridge and had the idea of throwing it together with chicken sausage and spinach. I’m so glad I did because it turned out to be this delicious soup! It hit the spot and was just what I needed to warm up!

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