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Cookies for Breakfast – uh yes.

On Sunday, I make dessert… okay it’s not just on Sunday –I have something for dessert every night — but on Sunday, I put more thought into actually making something. You know, more than just a spoonful of Nutella (Does anyone else do that!? It’s so addicting) or some vanilla gelato with berries –no effort kind of dessert. I love to explore with what ingredients I have on hand and whip up a new recipe. Everything I make these days has some health benefit to it, so it’s no surprise these cookies are packed with healthy alternatives! In fact, they are a perfect, healthy little breakfast on the go. Hence, why I made a big batch last night and sent Nico to work with a home-brewed iced coffee and a ziplock with these cookies. I mean they have bananas, peanut butter and oats – that’s breakfast-y, right?
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This Spaghetti Squash Lasagna answers the question, “What’s for dinner tonight”?

I was craving a fall type lasagna the other day without all the heaviness of traditional lasagna. I am also trying to be on a restricted gluten and dairy diet for personal health benefits — I am constantly learning about healthy food alternatives & trying to incorporate that into my lifestyle as much as possible. SO, cooking at home is the easiest way to achieve that! 

healthy-spaghetti-squashI had some spaghetti squash, tomatoes and tofu at home — and fresh basil still growing outside despite the cold temps we’ve been having this week in Boston. I made sure to salvage the basil and utilize it in this recipe.

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The best Spinach & Artichoke Dip you can make! (go w/ the vegan option!)

Monthly Subscription Boxes!

There are so many boxes out there lately – it’s the new thing (or I’m just jumping on the bandwagon now). I’m talking a monthly subscription box filled with makeup,  filled with bras, a box from a stylist (I got Nico trunk club), a box for your cat, a box for your fishing loving brother (Mystery Tackle Box), a box for shaving (Dollar Shave club), food boxes (Plated), natural product boxes, Vegan snack boxes… the list goes on!

So I haven’t got a box for myself (yet), but I’m loving getting them for other people, especially those on my Christmas list— Because seriously it is already in a box – you just need a bow to go on it!

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Freddy is a model puppy or a “Celebripup” for PUPBOX. You can use his special code and get 15% off (Freddy15). So, this is his first month with the box and so far, we’re loving it. In his Holiday Box, he got 2 toys, puppy vitamins (chicken liver flavor), differnt types of healthy training treats, and the best part is it is targeted to his age group – so Freddy being 5 months old, I got tons of training tips geared to his age — practicing Come When Called, for example!

It’s so cute when he gets it and I let him open it himself –totally need to take a video next month =)

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What box will you try this month? Or what have you tried already? Let me know – I am sure there are a thousand more out there that I haven’t even heard of yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

November National Food Holidays

Another month, another reason to highlight the National Holidays. In honor  of holiday season approaching, I’d like to focus this months national days on FOOD.

The month as a whole is known for:  Georgia Pecan Month,  Good Nutrition Month,  National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month,  National Pepper Month,  National Pomegranate Month, Raisin Bread Month, Vegan Month

National Fig Week is the first week in November. My family in Poland LOVES figs for some reason. We would always bring them boxes of Fig Newtons 🙂

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Isa Does it Vegan “tuna” sandwich

Each day of the month has something to celebrate too:
November 1: National Bison Day
November 1: National Deep Fried Clams Day
November 1: National Vinegar Day
November 2: National Deviled Egg Day
November 3: National Sandwich Day
November 4: National Candy Day
November 5: National Doughnut Day
November 6: National Nachos Day
November 7: Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
November 8: National Cappuccino Day
November 8: National Harvey Wallbanger Day – a vodka cocktail!
November 9: National Scrapple Day –  this is a mush of pork scraps and trimmings combined with cornmeal, wheat flour, and spices (interesting)…
November 9: Cook Something Bold & Pungent Day
November 10: National Vanilla Cupcake Day
November 11: National Sundae Day
November 12: National Pizza With Everything Day (Except Anchovies)
November 13: National Indian Pudding Day
November 14: National Guacamole Dayscrapple
November 14: National Pickle Day
November 15: National Raisin Bran Cereal Day
November 16: National Fast Food Day
November 17: National Baklava Day
November 17: Homemade Bread Day
November 18: National Vichyssoise Day – this is a creamy Leek soup often eaten cold! eeek, I would eat it warm
November 19: Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day
November 20: National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
November 20: Beaujolais Nouveau Day – red wine made from Gamay grapes in France
November 21: Gingerbread Day
November 22: National Cashew Day
November 23: National Espresso Dayimages (2)
November 23: Eat a Cranberry Day
November 24: National Sardines Day
November 25: National Parfait Day
November 26: National Cake Day
November 27: National Bavarian Cream Pie Day – they mean Turkey Day!?
November 28: National French Toast Day
November 29: Chocolates Day – pretty sure this is every day for me!
November 29: National Lemon Creme Pie Day
November 30: National Mousse Day

Hope everyone can try something new this month – perhaps Scrapple or go on the other end of the spectrum and make yourself a Vegan “tuna” sandwich from chickpeas. Check out the recipe in my Dine Section!

Cauliflower and Cheddar Soup

I have been feeling a bit under the weather the past few days. My mom thinks it has to do with my non-stop schedule…hmmm Anyways, I took 2 days off work to “relax” and it was really difficult!! It harder than it sounds..at least for me.. when I have a 100 things I want/need to do.

I managed to snuggle up with Freddy and my Kindle to finish reading Me before you! We’re having a book club meeting next Wednesday so I better catch up quick.

Back to the topic… SOUP!! We had 3 days of soup: chicken noodle, tomato basil and, yesterday I made Cauliflower and Cheddar Soup…with parsnips for added flavor.unnamed (1)

I made a separate batch for Freddy w/o the onions or added spices – he got parsley though- really good for dogs! (nerd fact: Parsley freshens your pooches breath and provides phytochemicals. It also has Vitamin C, Vitamin K, carotenoids, B vitamins, iron and limonene)

Here is the recipe. Serve with some crusty bread- I made Guy Fieri’s Vegan garlic bread to go with.

Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 medium head cauliflower, broken in florets
  2. 1 medium onion, chopped
  3. 1-2 parsnips, chopped
  4. 4 cups water
  5. 1.5 chicken bouillon cube
  6. 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  7. 2 tbsp olive oil
  8. 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  9. 1 tbsp. sour cream
  10. 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
  11. Chopped fresh parsley (to garnish)
  12. Coarse salt and ground pepper, to taste
  13. Crumbled organic bacon, bake it
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, melt butter over medium. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 8 minutes. Add cauliflower (& parsnips, if using) and cook until just beginning to brown, 12 minutes. Add water and bouillon cube; bring to a boil over high. Reduce heat and simmer until cauliflower is very tender, 20 minutes. Add rosemary.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk sour cream with flour and take with a tbsp. of the hot broth. Wish really well and then blend into soup. This will add a nice cream color to the soup and also thicken it up.
  3. I use a potato masher to mash everything up right in the same pot - you can also use a blender to get a smoother consistency- but why add another dish to the wash?
  4. Heat over medium until warmed through; add cheese and stir until melted. Season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with parsley and bacon, if desired. (I made a couple strips of bacon in the oven with the bread and crumbled it on top)
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Enjoy!