Lunchbox Series Part 1: Roasted Butternut Chickpea Salad with Tahini and Balsamic

When a co-worker of mine recently asked whether the recipe for the salad I was eating for lunch was up on my blog, an idea came to mind for an opportunity to start a new mini-series here on the blog. The salad she inquired about wasn’t posted, and it made me realize that although I pack some sort of salad for lunch a majority of the time, I rarely post the recipes here on the blog. I thought starting something called the Lunchbox Series would be a great platform to share all the different types of quick and easy meals I throw together to bring to work. They may not be fancy, but I ensure you they are as delicious as they are healthy.

IMG_4198With this series I could also finally share some of the fabulous salad combinations I’ve had recently. Often people hear the word salad and think ‘boring,’ but I’d like to share a variety of amazing salad combinations that are not only full of flavors and textures, but are satiating and healthy to boot.

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IMG_4196Super simple. Super lovely. You don’t need to add much to this salad because all of nature’s goodness does the work for you!

Roasted Butternut Chickpea Salad with Tahini and Balsamic

Serves 1

Arugula (I used a couple of large handfuls)

~ 1 cup of diced, roasted butternut squash

1/2 cup of chickpeas

1-2 tbsp tahini

1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Assemble this salad by laying a foundation of arugula and topping it with the butternut squash and chickpeas. Drizzle with tahini  and balsamic, and enjoy! I preferred this salad warm, but you could eat it chilled as well.

 

What I Ate Wednesday #93

It’s Wednesday! The high is 27 degrees with a.m. snow showers and wind! Maybe if I keep using exclamation marks it will trick me into thinking I love winter! Nope…didn’t work. Although I’m not looking forward to the freezing temperatures or the long winter ahead, I am looking forward to cozying up later today to read some fellow bloggers WIAW posts. That really will be fun! So without further ado I present you with my eats from last Sunday.

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Thanks to Jenn for hosting!

TGIW,

Sydney

Baked Pumpkin Breakfast Bars

A pumpkin recipe! Finally! Considering how much I love pumpkin, I’m surprised how long it’s taken me to post a pumpkin recipe this fall.

IMG_3993I love that these Baked Pumpkin Breakfast Bars are dense, hearty, and perfectly moist.

IMG_3994I love the bold pumpkin flavor of these bars, and the comforting smell that fills your home as you bake them!

IMG_4003These bars are great served warm, drizzled with peanut butter, or eaten at room temperature. They freeze wonderfully as well, so if you have leftovers throw them in the freezer to pull out at a later date for a delicious snack!

And in other news, I’m on Instagram! Follow me at justwaterplease89 for all my foodie pictures!

Baked Pumpkin Breakfast Bars

Makes 9

2 flax eggs (2 tbsp of ground flaxseed and 6 tbsp of water)

1 and 1/2 cup canned pumpkin

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

3 tsp pumpkin pie spice

2 and 1/2 cups oat flour

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and spraying an 8X8 baking dish with non-stick spray.

While the oven is heating, make the flax eggs by mixing 2 tbsp of ground flaxseed with 6 tbsp of water in a small dish. Place dish in freezer about 5-7 minutes or until flax mixture thickens to a gel-like consistency.

Next, in a large mixing bowl combine the pumpkin, applesauce, and maple syrup.

Add in the rest of the dry ingredients into the bowl (baking powder, salt, pumpkin pie spice and oat flour).

Lastly, stir in the flax egg.

Pour batter into the baking dish and bake about 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in middle of pan comes out clean. Enjoy!

 

 

What I Ate Wednesday #91

Morning all! Happy Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by for another round of What I Ate Wednesday. This week features eats from last Saturday, a fun day spent with my sister!

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I started off the day with some cereal (organic TJ’s cornflakes), Bob’s Red Mill muesli, banana and peanut butter. I didn’t eat something super heavy since I was headed to a spin class at the Y. It was a great workout!

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Once I got home I had a piece of peanut butter toast.

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Lunch was a delicious fall sampler platter. Sweet potato with stone ground mustard, acorn squash, arugula salad with beans and avocado, a few snap peas and hummus, and a couple of strips of naan. It was a wonderful, and filling meal!

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That afternoon I snacked on an almond meal cookie from Outpost. I’ll have to try making a version of these myself!

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Dinner was a curry chickpea salad over arugula. A super simple and flavorful recipe that I hope to share soon. Although I had the apple ready to go I didn’t end up eating it. My sister and I were off to a movie and  I didn’t have time!

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But I did throw a Reese’s PB Cup in my purse for the movie before we went!

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The movie we saw was awesome. A sci-fi classic I hadn’t seen in years. E.T.!!! At the public museum in town they were playing E.T. in the Imaxx theater, it was so much fun! Here I am in front of the awesome backdrops they had at the museum.

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A sister selfie attempt.

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Do you know how old E.T. is??

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When we got back that evening we ran into my neighbors, who generously offered us some of the deep dish pizza they made that night. It smelled heavenly and I had to try a piece right away. It was great!

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Also snacked on one of my sister’s crackers before bed. It was a lovely night!

Hope you have a wonderful day and don’t forget to stop on by Jenn’s blog!

TGIW,

Sydney

Sweet and Tangy Mustard Greens

Super simple.

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Super tasty.

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Sweet and Tangy Mustard Greens!

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Sweet and Tangy Mustard Greens

Serves 1

1 tbsp olive oil

5 oz. chopped kale

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp stone ground mustard

1/8 cup raisins

1/8 cup sunflower seeds

To make this dish, sauté the kale in a skillet (medium low heat) with the olive oil for about 5-7 minutes, until starting to get tender.

Then add in the balsamic vinegar and mustard and stir to coat the kale.

Add in the raisins and sunflower seeds and continue to cook for another 3 minutes, until entire dish is warmed through. Serve immediately and enjoy!

What I Ate Wednesday # 90

90!? Wow, it’s hard to believe that I’ve been sharing a day of my eats for 90 weeks now. I wonder how much has changed since my first WIAW post? Thanks to Jenn for hosting this fun, food-filled gathering week after week! As for today, I’m keeping it short and sweet and getting right to the food. This will be more of a Wordless Wednesday, if you will. Have a good one!

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TGIW,

Sydney

Sautéed Kale with Garlicky Sun-dried Tomatoes and Beans

Another fun side dish to spice up your dinner!

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Sautéed Kale with Garlicky Sun-dried Tomatoes and Beans!

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This tangy, savory, and all around scrumptious dish only takes about 10 minutes to whip up. Try it tonight!

Sautéed Kale with Garlicky Sun-dried Tomatoes and Beans

Serves 3

1 tbsp olive oil

3 cloves garlic (I used minced garlic)

5 oz of chopped kale

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 can of garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained

1/4 cup of sun-dried tomatoes

Sauté the olive oil, garlic, kale and apple cider vinegar over medium low heat for about 7 minutes, or until tender.

Add in beans and sun-dried tomatoes and cook an additional 3-4 minutes or until all warmed through.

Serve immediatley and enjoy!

 

Cayenne Curried Roasted Cauliflower

This dish is almost too simple. One vegetable. Three types of seasonings. And some olive oil.

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Roasted for a total of 30 minutes and you’ve got yourself one heck of a side dish!

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Perfectly tender on the inside, golden and crispy on the outside. The curry, cayenne, and sea salt pair wonderfully to make a bold, flavorful dish!

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Cayenne Curried Roasted Cauliflower

Serves3-4

1 head of cauliflower, chopped

1 tbsp of olive oil

1 tsp curry powder

1/4 tsp sea salt

A few sprinkles of cayenne pepper (add more if you like some heat!)

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tin foil.

In a large mixing bowl, once cauliflower is chopped, drizzle with olive oil and stir to coat. Add all seasonings to cauliflower and again stir to coat.

Spread cauliflower evenly over the baking sheet, bake for 15 minutes. Stir/flip cauliflower and bake an additional 15 minutes. Cauliflower is done when tender when poked with a fork and crispy around the edges.

Enjoy!

What I Ate Wednesday #89!

Happy Wednesday! Hope you’ve had a wonderful beginning of your week and are enjoying the beautiful season of fall! I know I sure am. This post I am sharing my eats from last weekend, it was a perfectly cool, crisp, and sunny fall weekend!

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I started out with a breakfast of a piece of peanut butter toast and a banana. Photographed outside in the beautiful leaves.

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I was still a little hungry and had a handful of cinnamon chex as well.

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That morning my fam and I went to one of the last farmer’s markets of the season. One thing I miss about being out East is that the milder temperatures there allowed for an extended farmer’s market season. When I was in NYC for grad school I was still going to farmer’s markets in December! This weekend there was a bounty of squash!

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I also bought some Gingergolds (ate one that afternoon), and they taste just like apple cider! Delicious.

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Also got a car wash that morning with my sister. Good times.

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Midmorning I took some photos for my Maple Black Bean Brownie recipe, and ate one as well!

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Later I ate a pear.

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Had some delicious vegetarian chili made by my stepmom for lunch, and also another slice of bread.

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I love fall!

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All the colors. So beautiful.

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I think our dog Lincoln loves it too!

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That afternoon I had half of this Larabar, I really liked this flavor. Very strong coconut flavor. Yum yum.

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My dad, stepmom, sister and I went and did a little shopping at a bulk food store where I got some oats and popcorn. And sampled a dark chocolate covered pretzel.

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Then we all went out to an Indian restaurant for dinner. My sister and I split this mango lassi.

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We had some ginger naan. Ginger naan!

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And some whole wheat naan.

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My entree was hands down the best Indian food I’ve ever had. It was a coconut curry with veggies and that’s about all I can remember…but it was pure bliss!

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Later that night we watched a movie and I snacked on some popcorn made in coconut oil and a sliver of apple pie. Mmmhmm.

Thanks as always to Jenn for hosting!

TGIW,

Sydney