Ginger Orange Zest Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Pumpkin SeedsAdapted from Serious Eats

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds ( fresh or raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds in bag)
  • 2 tablespoons melted organic butter (or olive oil)
  • 2 teaspoons corse sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons Zero sweetener (erythritol)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest

METHOD:

Scoop out the inside of your pumpkin, and separate seeds from pulp. Don’t worry if there’s a little pulp left on the seeds when you roast them—it only adds flavor. Just remove the biggest pieces so that the seeds are easy to toss.

In a bowl, toss the seeds with the melted butter/olive oil, coating thoroughly. Add salt, sweetener and seasonings.

Spread seeds in one even layer across a greased baking sheet (or you can use a cookie sheet covered in aluminum foil).  Bake for 30 minutes, or until the seeds are golden brown. Stir the seeds every so often while they’re baking, so that they toast evenly.

Luscious Lettuce Wraps

Luscious Lettuce WrapsWho needs bread with these delectable little waist-friendly grab ‘n go “sandwiches”.  There are endless combinations and taste possibilities – get creative!  Can be made the day before and stored in the refrigerator making these the perfect quick ‘n easy protein-rich snack or meal.

INGREDIENTS: (for each wrap)

1 Bibb or Boston lettuce leaf (cleaned and dried)

1 oz. lean protein (ex. chicken, turkey, tuna or salmon)

1/4 c finely chopped or small amount julienned veggies

1 T Hummus or 1 t vinaigrette

1 t ground flax seeds

METHOD:

Assemble ingredients in the order listed above.  Either roll or fold lettuce leaf in half, store in container and refrigerate.

 

 

PROTEIN POWER SMOOTHIE

Protein Power Smoothie

 

 

This protein-packed smoothie is the perfect meal replacement or recovery meal after a workout.

 

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 – 2 scoops Whey Cool Protein Powder* (organic and from grass-fed cows)

1 tsp L-Glutamine powder* (for building and maintaining lean body mass)

1/2 cup lite coconut milk (sold in a small can at trader joe)

2-4 oz pure water

1 tsp organic extra virgin coconut oil

1 T chopped raw, unsalted nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews, brazil, pecans, macadamias)

3” piece banana (barely ripe) – best if frozen

Sprinkle of cinnamon

1 pinch sea salt

Ice (if needed)

Put all ingredients in blender and blend until combined.  For extra nutrition , add 1 handful of greens or a tsp. of EssentiaGreens*.  Enjoy!

*You can purchase the above products – Whey Cool Protein Powder, L-Glutamine Powder and EssentiaGreens in my online store.  Make sure and enter the promo code “JJ15%” at checkout for a 15% discount on your order.

 

CH-CH-CH-CHIA Breakfast Pleaser

Chia PuddingThis little concoction is the perfect breakfast in every way!  High in protein, fiber and omega-3’s and no cooking required!!!  Mix up a batch, throw it in the fridge and wake up to this ready-made bowl of pure energy!!!

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I like Silk)

1/4 c chia seeds

1/2 t pure vanilla extract

1 T agave nectar or pure maple syrup

Pinch sea salt

Pinch of cinnamon

1/2 fresh fruit

1/4 cup pistachios

METHOD:

Combine first 6 ingredients, cover and refrigerate over night.  In morning, spoon 1/2 the mixture into a bowl, top with fresh fruit and nuts – enjoy!

The Green Goddess

 

The Green Goddess

INGREDIENTS:

1 handful fresh organic baby spinach or kale

1 peeled and chopped Kirby or Persian cucumber

1 handful fresh cilantro, mint, basil or parsley

1 lime or lemon, juiced

1 stalk organic celery

1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple chunks

1 inch fresh grated ginger (optional)

1 cup pure water

1 cup ice

METHOD:

Either juice or blend all ingredients until they are liquified (a juicer that does not extract but retains the pulp/fiber is your best method).  Can store in mason jar for up to 2 days or pour into smoothie cube trays (large square flexible ice cube trays) and freeze. Cheers!

Makes approximately 2 to 3  6 oz. servings

 

 

Wendy’s Candied Tomatoes

Moonshine MaryMy sister-in-law Wendy (aka Moonshine Mary) is a hardcore foodie.  She has owned several restaurants and has worked in countless others. She is as adventurous as it gets and whereas we don’t always agree on what tastes good, she never ceases to amaze me with her culinary choices (and just about everything else as well!!!)

 

 

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

24 plum tomatoes cut in half

EVOO

Sea salt

 

METHOD:

On a baking sheet, drizzle tomatoes with evoo  and salt with sea salt.  Place on middle rack or if using multiple pans, just stick them all in the oven and rotate every hour.

Cook them at 275 for four hours.  You can cook them at 300 if you wish, but I eat so many of them along the process that i will often do 2 batches and eat them any old way.  Simply leave them out on the counter and within 2 hours they are all eaten up.  Save some for putting in a sauce.

 

 

Lahurd Family Greeeeeeeen Drink

The Green GoddessMy sister Jenny, her husband Jeff and their daughter Danielle claim this as their “family smoothie” It’s Surprisingly yummy – the avocado and chia seeds make this a filling and delicious start to your day.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup alkaline water
1/2 cucumber- cut
1 cup kale
1 carrot – cut in 4 pieces
1/2 apple
1/4 avocado
1 stalk celery- cut in 4 pieces
2tbs. Chia seeds

METHOD:

Blend all in a blender or Vita Mix and enjoy!

Jen’s Nutty Pate

Niffy

My sister Jenny (sorry Mom) is the glue that holds my family together. She is our planner, cheerleader and all around giver of great advice. She is also a major foodie and makes the best “food face” ever!!!!  Wish I had it to show you but NO ONE took a picture of it no matter HOW MANY times I asked!!!  I guess I’m still only the baby sister after all….

 

This is off the charts delish and gluten and dairy free!!!!!  Spread on some Mary’s Gone Crackers and you’ve got yourself one CRAZY good snack! Mmmmmmmmmmm (that’s the “Food Face” sound)

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups walnuts

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 tablespoon cumin

1/2 tablespoon corriander

2 tablespoons tamari

Pinch cayenne pepper

METHOD:

Put all ingredients into food processor and mix.  Serve with raw veggies or spread on whole grain gluten-free crackers.