Posts tagged ‘Pumpkin’

Chai Brussels Sprouts

I couldn’t decide what I wanted to eat tonight.  So I ate a little bit of everything.  Problem solved.

I’ve been seriously lacking in the fruits and veggies department lately.  This is highly unusual for me, so I was craving all kinds of produce at dinner.

IMG_3580An apple with peanut butter.

IMG_3579Kale Chips.

IMG_3576Chai Tea Brussels Sprouts. Yes, you read that right.  Chai. Tea. Brussels. Sprouts. It sounds weird, but give it a shot.

  • Ingredients: Brussels sprouts, olive oil, 1 chai tea bag
  • Instructions: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Wash and cut the brussels sprouts.  Toss with olive oil.  Cut open the tea bag and sprinkle some of the tea leaves over the brussels sprouts (I only used about half the bag).  Roast for 15 minutes.

It is super easy, and gives the brussels sprouts a sweet and spicy flavor.  I’m sure it would work with other teas, as well.  Try it!

IMG_3577And a little bit of mac ‘n’ cheese.

All together now:

IMG_3584I love having a bunch of mini dishes instead of one big main dish!

I’m going to go crack open our bottle of Hallowine from yesterday, and enjoy a glass with one of the pumpkin brownies that just came out of the oven.  Recipe to come tomorrow. Bonus:  they could be made vegan very easily!

How did you spend your Sunday?

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October 25, 2009 at 9:14 pm 4 comments

Weekend Plans

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So Much Pumpkin!

After making pumpkin scones yesterday, I have a ton of leftover pumpkin puree to use up.  Tragic, I know.  😉

With that in mind, I decided to start the day with some Pumpkin Breakfast Quinoa:

IMG_3513I replaced a bit of the milk and water with about a tablespoon of pumpkin puree, and topped with a tablespoon of chocolate chips.  If you still haven’t tried quinoa for breakfast, go try it soon!  To learn how to make it, go here.

And expect a post soon about why quinoa is my favorite grain. 🙂

To get some fruit in, I paired my quinoa with a peach:


Readers be warned: a lot more pumpkin will be showing up on the blog in the next few days.  Who am I kidding?  Pumpkin always shows up on the blog.  But now I have a lot of it that needs to be used up soon!

Lesson Learned

I learned a very important lesson after my long run last night:  You will be tired after a long run.  This is no excuse to not fully stretch afterwards.  If you don’t stretch, you will be in a lot of pain a few hours later.  Now my lower back hurts.  A lot.  Today is definitely a rest day!

Here’s hoping my back feels better by Sunday morning for my 15K!

Weekend Plans

I’m pretty pumped about this weekend.  Want to know what’s on the agenda?

Friday evening:  SWE Fall Ball. Kelley, Jenny, Wendy and I are going to be the security/registration people/DDs (designated drivers) all night, which I’m actually kind of excited about.  It means we get to see everyone who comes to the dance and talk to everyone.  It doesn’t hurt that the location this year is awesome:  the beautiful theatre on State Street.  Which, by the way, just happens to be attached to the museum where our wedding is going to be!

Saturday morning:  Farmer’s Market. I haven’t gone in 2 weeks, due to being in California.  I miss it!

Saturday afternoon: Madison Food & Wine Show. Hopefully.  🙂

Sunday morning:  My first 15K!

Sunday afternoon/evening: Cooking party! Several of my friends have been asking me to teach them to cook, so we’re getting together on Sunday to make some simple, healthy dishes!

What are your plans for the weekend?

October 23, 2009 at 10:23 am 5 comments

A New PDR!

I ran 7 miles tonight! My previous PDR was 5 miles, so I’m so excited about this.  I think I can definitely do my 15K this Sunday… its only another 2.3 miles. 😀

Unfortunately, I forgot to clock my time. 😦  But I think I averaged just under a 12:00 pace.

Pre-run, I fueled up with a Run Glo Bar.  It is the perfect size for a pre-workout snack!

Around mile 3.5 or 4, I tried my first energy gel to make sure my stomach could handle them before my 15K.  It can 🙂IMG_3503

Me with my Slipless Headband from Lululemon.  It was my first time using it, and I loved it.  Most running headbands make me overheat really fast, but this one stayed in place and I didn’t get too hot from it!

I was ravenous after my workout and shower, so I went with… breakfast for dinner.

IMG_3507I’ll admit, the driving force behind the decision to have breakfast for dinner was so that I could eat one of these pumpkin scones. They are so moist and full of pumpkin and chocolate-y goodness.  What’s not to like?

IMG_3508An apple with almond butter.

IMG_3509Two eggs scrambled with pesto and Asiago cheese.

IMG_3510Kale chips. Which may be one of my new favorite sides.  Seriously.

Almost an hour later, and I’m still hungry.  I think a snack may be in order… 😉

October 22, 2009 at 9:12 pm 8 comments

My Official Time is….

31:14, or a 10:04 average pace!! That is a full 2 minutes, 5 seconds faster than my first 5K.  Yay!  🙂

Breakfast today consisted of a quick green monster:

IMG_3166(Repeat picture; the light burnt out in our kitchen!)

I’ve been at Starbucks for almost 3 hours now, studying for my exams this week.  This blog post is my break between studying and classes. 🙂

While at Starbucks, I enjoyed an Awake tea latte (tall) with soy milk and pumpkin spice syrup. If you haven’t tried this combo yet, go. try. it. now.  Amazing!

I also had

IMG_3181Carrots and the last of my green beans ( 😦 ) with hummus and baba ganoush.

And a whole wheat tortilla with almond butter, pumpkin butter, and apple slices. There is no picture today, folks, because the wrap may or may not have gotten completely smashed in my bag.  So while it was delicious, it was messy and looked quite gross.  Next time, I’m protecting it better!

Hopefully, I will have time to put together a half-marathon training plan for myself.  Meghann gave me some great advice on where to look.  Does anyone else out there have recommendations for putting together a training plan?

October 5, 2009 at 11:48 am 2 comments

I’m Getting Faster!

I woke up bright and early to run to the Farmer’s Market for my weekly dose of local produce.  Since I was going by myself this week, I decided to give my new iPod shuffle a spin…loved it!

Apparently, that short 2-mi. run I did as fast as I could earlier this week actually helped me increase my average pace?!  My stats for the run:

Distance: 2.1 mi

Time: 21 minutes

Average pace: 10:00/mile!!

At the beginning of the summer, I was seriously running at a 15:00 pace, so this is awesome!

To hold me over to our tailgate, I got a pumpkin bar I have been eyeing for the past few weeks.  I ate a little less than a quarter of this delicious-ness:

IMG_3124After a quick shower, Dan and I headed over to Kim’s for some pre-Badger game pancakes.  The chocolate chip ones were the best!  Kim lives right outside the stadium, and it was nice to hang out with friends, eating good food and watching all the fans walk by!  I didn’t take a picture of the food, but I do have a picture of the people:


Wedding Update:

Dan and I printed our Save-the-Dates today…yippee!  I’m feeling super motivated to get some work done for the wedding this weekend, after my awful nightmare a few nights ago.

To recap the nightmare: All my bridesmaids, except for my sister, decided they’d rather do things like go to football games than come to the wedding.  We were running three hours behind.  I didn’t have time to wash my hair.  I couldn’t find my mom, who had my dress and jewelry.  I had forgotten half my makeup.  The photographer was missing.  For some unknown reason, I was getting ready in a locker room (?).  We weren’t at the right place.  We had forgotten to reserve a room at the correct place.

Basically, everything that could possibly go wrong in a wedding, did.  I’m taking it as a sign that I should work on the wedding planning a bit this weekend.  🙂

None of the pre-set templates at Archiver’s for save-the-dates really appealed to Dan and I, so I’ll be doing some of the work myself.  We’ve printed out the picture card, but I’ll be writing the text on myself.  They will look so cool in the end, though!

I also started working on our guest book over at  I think I may end up using something like this for our final wedding pictures, too!

When we got back, we watched some football while we ate lunch:

IMG_3129Apple slices

IMG_3132With pumpkin butter + almond butter for dipping. (Yum!!)

IMG_3131IMG_3130Carrots and pita chips with baba ganoush.

IMG_3128My first pumpkin beer. I shared with Dan; he probably drank a little over 2/3 of it, I drank the rest.  I liked it more than I like most beers, but its still not quite a taste I’ve acquired!

Today was just screaming for a nap, so we gave in and napped on the futon for about a half hour.  I couldn’t get anything done this afternoon and finally realized it was because I hadn’t eaten enough today.  So I sipped on some chai tea with

IMG_31361/2 a Sandwich Thins with strawberry/raspberry preserves and a piece of Scharffenberger chocolate, one of my favorites!  I picked up the preserves at the Farmer’s Market this morning; I tried one of their samples, and it was like heaven on a cracker, so I had to buy a jar!  Delicious, and pretty healthy as far as spreads go!

After some work and a trip to Trader Joe’s, I decided to make a big pasta dinner:

IMG_3147Zucchini and spinach sauteed with herbs and marinara sauce.  Topped with Parmesan on a bed of fresh spinach linguine. Yum!  I know the tomato sauce already has herbs in it, but adding a little basil and rosemary and lots of oregano makes such a world of difference!!

IMG_3138It was a huge plate, and I still can’t believe I ate most of it!  My body has been telling me all day that it needs more fuel though, so that’s what I’m giving it!

Sorry to jam everything from today into one update; I’ll break it up more tomorrow for sure!

Off to bed.  I’m taking Dan to the airport at 4:00 am tomorrow for a second job interview, so I need to get some sleep!

How was your Saturday?

September 26, 2009 at 10:26 pm 3 comments

Autumn Dinner!

I was definitely in a cooking mood today.  I made:

1.  Pumpkin Curry Soup

2.  Applesauce

3.  Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

4.  Pumpkin Puree

5.  Irish Creme Brownies

Yum!  We enjoyed the soup, applesauce, and some bread from Trader Joe’s with Kelley while we watched Bones and Fringe.  Okay, Dan only watched Bones because Fringe is too weird for him. 😉  Sadly, these shows are on at the same time as Grey’s… thank goodness they put the episodes online!  If you watched the premiere, don’t give anything away, please!


First up was the applesauce.  I mixed apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, brown sugar, water and lemon juice in the crock pot and cooked it on high for 3 hours.  It started off looking like this:

IMG_3099And ended up looking like this:

IMG_3102Okay, the picture is horrible and fuzzy.  I’ll take a better one when I eat the leftovers. 🙂

Pumpkin Curry Soup:

IMG_3105I got the recipe from one of the stands at the Farmer’s Market.  Sadly, I was not impressed by this soup.  It was very bland.  Adding some curry powder and pepitas certainly helped.  I think I’m going to freeze the leftovers, and add lots of veggies and more seasoning to it when I eat it later!


I used a Cooking Light recipe that I found here. Since I have no eggs, I tried combining 1 T. ground flaxseed and 3 T. of warm water to replace each egg.  Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work, so the brownies were very crumbly.  But still delicious.  And totally worth using up the last of my chocolate and Bailey’s.

Pumpkin Seeds

Always delicious, need I say more? 🙂

All in all, I cooked a lot of autumn foods today!  What’s your favorite autumn ingredient?


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September 24, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Blog and Run…

I slept in this morning, which was apparently just what my body needed!  I still had enough time to get some biking in before class, though; I love Tuesday and Thursday classes. 🙂

Distance: 10.0 miles

Time: 44:41

For some reason, the ride (on my trainer) felt really hard today.  Either my muscles are still tired from my strength training last night or the resistance on the trainer was too high.  Either way, I need to get back into biking-shape for my 46-mile ride on October 3!

By the time I showered and packed up for the day, it was time to leave for class, so breakfast and lunch were combined:

IMG_3074Warmed peach + Greek yogurt + Tropical Fruit granola. (Sorry, my pictures are bad today–weird lighting!)


IMG_3080Another apple + pumpkin butter + almond butter sandwich. Yummy!

Off to the lab I help teach.  Sorry to blog and run!

September 22, 2009 at 2:14 pm

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