Sweet & Savory

Being efficient in the kitchen is super important. With today’s busy schedule, if you’re going to take the time to make something whole, nutritious, a little more elaborate…..isn’t it best to stretch your time to get the most out of your meal? Re-using dishes/kitchen appliances, using the same ingredients, accessing the most nutrients possible? Yes, yes indeed!

So, this past week I decided to make sweet & savory Pie Crusts for two dishes:

Tart Crusts: Sweet & Savory
Tart Crusts: Sweet & Savory

A Zucchini & Tomato Tart & a Vegan coconut cream pie

WHAT!?!?!?!?! Yup, I’m telling you I used most of the same ingredients, re-used my food processor (not cleaning in between) and made two extremely different dishes. And here’s how.

Tart crusts!
Tart crusts!

Savory Tart Crust

10 graham crackers (small kind)
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 small hand full of almonds
1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil

Put almonds in first, pulse until crumbled. Put the rest in a cuisine art and blend, pulsing until all is mixed. Press into a tart pan and bake 10 minutes at 375. I filled with a zucchini tart goodness, that I’ll delve into in another blog!

Sweet Tart Crust

11 graham crackers (small kind)
3 tablespoons raw coconut flakes
2 tablespoons of agave

Blend all in a cuisine art (the same one from above! No need to wash). Press into a pie pan and bake for 10-15 minutes at 375.

Bake at the same time, make two gorgeous dishes and save some time! Plus, the ingredients are simple, delicious and not processed.

Happy Baking!

Wheat Soba stir fry (and Mike helped!)

Soba stirfry, with a spicy coconut sauce!
Soba stirfry, with a spicy coconut sauce!

Happy meatless Monday!

For those who don’t normally leave out the land animal, today is a great day to give plants a chance. Or hell, at least switch it up!

Why not try this next time you’re feeling spicy? Wheat soba noodle stir fry with a spicy coconut sauce. Yup, that’ll get your motor running!

What you’ll need:

1 package of wheat soba noodles (Mike and I used 2/3 of the package)
Lots o’ veggies (we used 1 onion, 2 green onions, 9 baby carrots, 1 large head of broccoli, garlic, 1/2 zucchini, 1/2 squash)
1/2 cup of peanuts

Sauce
Sesame oil
1 cup coconut milk
2 teaspoons chili paste
1-2 tablespoons sriracha sauce
1 tablespoon real peanut butter
2 tablespoons amino acids (soy sauce)
2 tablespoons Apple cider vinegar

Dice garlic and onion (leave green onion for later) & throw in wok for 2-5 minutes. Dice carrots, throw in. Cook another 3-5 minutes. Mike helped with this and all the veggies were the same size! Gotta love a carpenter!

Cook the noodles – don’t over cook! Soba noodles get pastey quickly.

When the veggies are feeling a bit softer, throw in peanuts, zucchini, squash & broccoli. Cook another 5 minutes. Add green onions at the end.

Add all ingredients for the sauce and mix well (I mixed in an almost empty peanut butter jar, cause I’m ghetto).

Add cooked noodles to wok, toss with sauce (not all, save some to add after you scoop!)

Enjoy!!!!

Happy cooking

New Season: No Excuses, No Apologies, No Time Wasted

This summer has literally been a blur, and looking back, seems that I may have been slacking a bit…with blogging, working out, exploring things on my own. I have the best intentions at the beginning of each week: wake up a half an hour earlier, greet the day with yoga, or a run, get out in the evenings to explore my new city (Denver has SO much to do – free stuff, culture, restaurants, art, music, bars, trails, lakes, comedy, the list goes on & on!).

Well, that hasn’t happened as much as I would have liked this summer and I’m pretty disappointed with my efforts. Again, my thirst for drinking in everything in my path exceeds the norm. But if I’m not pouring my self a ‘drink’, putting effort into quenching that thirst, well shame on me, right?

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve not been sitting on the couch eating chips (we don’t have cable anyway!) and I do appreciate those days and nights that are filled with the necessities and nothing else (cleaning, laundry, working, demoing, yard work, emptying the dishwasher.). Life doesn’t need to be one long series of activities without down time built in; it’s what makes you appreciate new experiences.

Spaghetti Squash bowls

The one thing that hasn’t waned: cooking. There is a constant there.

I’ve come to realize I need to stop using excuses though, there aren’t any. I need to stop apologizing for things I want to do but don’t. And I really need to stop wasting time. When you commit to yourself, hold yourself accountable. It’s important to fulfill your own wish lists, even if it’s as small as ‘check out a new hiking trail’ or ‘go to the local farmers market’. Knowing when to give your body, mind and soul a rest is just as important. Finding a quiet, peaceful moment for yourself doesn’t mean you’re wasting the day. Be present with where the day takes you and honor yourself. There are 24 happy hours in a day, so use them wisely. A new season brings with it new chances for new adventures!

Here are a few things I’ve spent my hours on this summer…and this didn’t even scrape the surface!!

Trying two new restaurants in Cherry Creek & two new DOG-Friendly breweries in Edgewater (Hogs Head & Joyride Brewing)

Red Rocks, Denver

Getting back into working out with the help of Pearl Street Fitness & Asana Studio

Demoing our Retaining wallWall demo

Demoing (helping) our outside retaining wall, watched as it was reconstructed, then helped put 4 tons of rock into the side for drainage!

Evergreen Off-Leash Dog Park

Scoping out Evergreen Lake & Elk-Meadow off-leash dog park with the doggies

Zucchini Fritters

Cooking several new recipes (red bean meatballs; citrus & honey brussel sprouts; zucchini, kale & LightLife ground ‘meat’ Stromboli; Tofu fried rice; Zucchini fritters; Spaghetti squash bowls with faux meatballs,Β  Zucchini ‘lasagna’, Barley veggie soup to name just a few!)

Bird of Paradise on Mt. Sherman

Climbed my first 14’er (Mount Sherman!) and visited Leadville for the first time

Leadville, Colorado

Participated in a 21 day Yoga Challenge – amazing – tomorrow is day 21 so I’ll blog about that experience later this week

Mountain Biked for the first time at Table Mountain

Phish, Dick's Sporting Good Stadium

Went to my first Phish show, did my first public handstand, and visited shakedown street for the first time. Yikes!

Lots more to list….but even more to come. Can’t wait for fall!