Easy Baked Acorn Squash

Here is a simple recipe for baked acorn squash that is Whole30, Paleo and well just good for you food.  It is a good source of dietary fiber and potassium, as well as smaller amounts of vitamins C and Bmagnesium, and manganese.  It is versatile as well.  You can bake it, stuff it or throw it on the bbq.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acorn_squash

Wash the outside of the squash then cut in half and scoop out the seeds.  You can save the seeds for later to plant after the first frost if you wish to grow your own. I decided to slice mine and bake them vs stuffing them this time but it is so easy to use as a side dish or main if you wish to stuff them with sausage and sage.

Line a sheet pan with foil or parchment paper and place slices on pan. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.  Then sprinkle with garlic powder, onion powder,  Pink Gourmet Himalayan Salt, pepper and fresh or dried sage.  Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Prep Time: 15 minutes                                                               Cook Time: 30 minutes

1 cup = 82 calories

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Healthy Greek Salad

I recently collaborated with my sister to cook dinner for our sisters birthday. I was put in charge of the meat and a Greek Salad.  Cool, Easy, I got this.  I brought a Filet Strip to BBQ and my simple, easy meal prepped Greek Salad.  Follow these 3 simple guidelines for a healthy simple salad that can be made ahead of time and tossed right before serving.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 English cucumber, cubed
  • 1 Yellow and Red Bell peppers, 2 Orange (can do any combo)
  • 1/2 Red Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 jar MEZZETTA Pitted Kalamata Olives, 9.5 oz
  • 1 Container cherub tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 container Athenos crumbled Mediterrean Herb Feta Cheese (or plain)
  • 2 Medium Avocados, quartered
  • Realemon 100% Lemon Juice
  • salt & pepper to taste

Dressing:

Cut up all vegetables and layer in a tupperware container, starting with the cucumber first and adding in each vegetable listed in order except for the avocado.  Place avocado in separate container and sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent from browning.

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layered vegetables

 

Whisk together dressing ingredients and refrigerate until ready to us.

About a 1/2 hour before serving; toss all ingredients together in a salad bowl; adding the avocado just before serving.   Easy, delicious, nutritious!20181022_133054.jpg

Enjoy!

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Pistachios For Your Health, Heart & Happiness

I think about how foods work to fuel our bodies and what benefits we retain from them; the good, the bad and the ugly. We sometimes eat for pleasure or for pain but do we really ever think about how to create a healthy environment in our bodies for what God designed for us to utilize and maximize our special DNA? Think about how you fuel your body and let me know what your go to snack is.

This thought brought me to todays topic about pistachios.  I have always loved them.  I remember as a kid going to a local shop in the Bayfair Mall in San Leandro, CA where you could purchase warm nuts of any kind, fresh hot and delicious.  I remember thinking what a delicacy these pistachios were when I was able to afford purchasing them and savored each bite as I cracked open the warm shell to release the salty nut inside.

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The origin of this nut surprised me.

Origin: The pistachio tree is native to western Asia and Asia Minor,from Syria to the Caucasus and Afghanistan. Archaeological evidence in Turkey indicate the nuts were being used for food as early as 7,000 B.C. The pistachio was introduced to Italy from Syria early in the first century A.D. Subsequently its cultivation spread to other Mediterranean countries. The tree was first introduced into the United States in 1854 by Charles Mason, who distributed seed for experimental plantings in California, Texas and some southern states. In 1875 a few small pistachio trees, imported from France were planted in Sonoma, Calif. In the early 1900’s the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture assembled a collection of Pistacia species and pistachio nut varieties at the Plant Introduction Station in Chico, Calif. Commercial production of pistachio nuts began in the late 1970’s and rapidly expanded to a major operation in the San Joaquin Valley. Other major pistachio producing areas are Iran and Turkey and to a lesser extent, Syria, India, Greece, Pakistan and elsewhere.” www.https://crfg.org

I did not know that the commercial growth of pistachios took place in Northern California but not until the late 1970’s!!!.  I grew up in Northern CA and was surprised to read this fun fact.

I was introduced to Wonderful Pistachios a few months ago. 

I love supporting local growers in California and was pleasantly surprised at their freshness and flavors, reminding me of my childhood and those first tastes of meaty nuts. I have tried their original Wonderful Roasted and Salted Pistachios in the shell and am hooked.  I also use  Wonderful Pistachios, No-Shell in my salads for extra crunch and protein.  You see there are many benefits of these nuts.

  • Heart health
  • Eye health
  • Skin health
  • Diabetes control
  • Cancer prevention
  • Immune system
  • Slowing aging process

Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/health-benefits-of-pistachios-heart-eyes-cancer/#ixzz5Rx0kkh00
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Try these varieties as well:

Wonderful Pistachios Salt & Pepper Flavor Kid’s Favorite Snacks 8 x 4.5 Oz Bags – 2.25 Lb. Box – Salt and pepper, very addictive but a good kid snack for lunches or after soccer practice.

Wonderful Pistachios Sweet Chili, 7.0 OZ – 2 count – A new addiction of sweet, savory, spicy goodness.  Great for a mid afternoon pick me up and snack.

Check out #WonderfulPistachios @GetCrackin

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Make sure to check out California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc. California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc. for more information edible plants.

 

Lobster, Arugula and Mushroom Quiche with Gluten Free Almond Crust

I am catering a “Bunco” brunch in October and was looking for quiche alternatives for those with gluten allergies.  I found this recipe from @Cookie+kate for an almond meal gluten free crust and created the lobster quiche.  Almond Meal and Almond flour are both finely ground almonds and basically the same.  Almond meal can be blanched (skins removed) or unbalanced, while most products labeled almond flour are blanched.  I used Bob’s Red Mill Super-Fine Almond Flour and use it for me cookies and lots of other baking.  The crust has garlic and thyme in it, making it very savory and light.

INGREDIENTS

Gluten Free Almond crust

  • 2 cups almond meal or almond flour
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed and minced
  • 1 Tbsp. minced fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/3 cup evoo (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. water

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Lobster (or crab), arugula, bella mushroom filling

  • 1 Lobster tail, shelled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 1/2 cups whole bella mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1/4 cup pecorino cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup lactose free sour creme
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • dash of red pepper flakes (optional)

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INSTRUCTIONS

  1.  Preheat oven to 400.  Grease a 10 inch glass pan Pyrex Glass Bakeware Pie Plate 9″ x 1.2″ Pack of 2 with olive oil. Combine crust ingredients in a bowl, mixing the dry ingredients first then add the olive oil and water and mix well.
  2. Press the dough into the prepared pie pan, making sure to move up 1/4 inch on the sides and disbursing evenly. Bake 15-50 minutes or until the crust is golden but not too brown.
  3. In a frying pan add olive oil, mushrooms and a little salt, stirring until tender.  Toss in the lobster meat and cook for another minute or two until pink.  Turn off heat and add arugula, tossing gently until wilted.  Take off heat.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper and sour creme. Fold in pecorino cheese and then the mushroom mixture.
  5. Pour into finished crust, spreading evenly and bake in oven for 35 minutes or until the center is firm to the touch and knife pulls out clean.

20180918_155518.jpgFold in the arugula, mushroom lobster mix to the eggs.

20180918_155532.jpg20180918_155545.jpgThe crust is light and flaky with the savory thyme, garlic and salt, yum!

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HIPPEAS Snacks

I am always looking for somewhat healthy snacks for when you crave that salt or sweet something but don’t necessarily want to dive into the bag of chips. I found these on Amazon and they are yummy! They are organic chickpea puffs with 4 grams of protein per serving. USDA Organic, non GMO, no MSG, Certified Gluten Free, corn free and GOOD! They have many different flavors but I like the bohemian barbecue. Check out the link and try them out and let me know what you think. Oh and for every bag they sell they donate to Farm Africa. Always loving giving back in some way.
HIPPEAS Organic Chickpea Puffs + Variety Pack | 4 ounce, 6 count | Vegan, Gluten-Free, Crunchy, Protein Snacks
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HIPPEAS Organic Chickpea Puffs + Variety Pack | 4 ounce, 6 count | Vegan, Gluten-Free, Crunchy, Protein Snacks