Ginger Orange Zest Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Pumpkin SeedsAdapted from Serious Eats


  • 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 monk fruit  sweetener 
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest


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.

Mason Jar Breakfast Parfait

Mason Jar Breakfast Parfait

This yummy little protein-rich grab ‘n go breakfast can be made days in advance and stored in the refrigerator.  Talk about quick and easy!  Oh and delish – VERY delish!!


1/3 c uncooked oats

1/3 c almond or coconut milk

1/2 c plain Greek yogurt

1 T almond butter

6 frozen or dried cherries, chopped

1/4 c chopped walnuts or pecans


Combine all ingredients in mason jar and store in refrigerator overnight.

Warm Sweet Potato Dip

Warm Sweet Potato DipINGREDIENTS:

1 baked sweet potato

1 heaping T almond butter

1 pinch sea salt

1 pinch cinnamon

1 pinch nutmeg

1 tsp flax seeds


Remove sweet potato from skin and place in small bowl.  Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until well combined.  Use as a dip for cut up veggies.  YUM!  You will really flip for this ultra-healthy dip!!!  Serving size is 1/2 cup.

Autumn Detox Smoothie

Autumn SmoothieINGREDIENTS:

4 -6 ozs. water

1/2 – 1 cup ice

1/2 cup unsweetened canned pumpkin

1/2 cup red grapes

1/2 medium apple

1/4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

1/8 tsp. nutmeg

2 dates, pitted

1 scoop Whey Cool Protein Powder (vanilla or plain)



Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container (or blender) in the order listed and secure lid.  Blend for approximately 1 minute.  Enjoy!

Johnny Boy’s Breakfast Smoothie

Captain Johnny

My brother Johnny lives in Santa Cruz, has been a vegetarian most of his life, surfs, plays the trombone and  is totally chill.  Its no wonder he looks younger then all of us!

The following is his famous Breakfast Smoothie recipe which was inspired by my Dad, the original “Smoothie King”. Bottoms up!



2-3 leaves Dino kale (stems removed)

2 leaves any chard-can add 1 leaf romaine lettuce also.

1 banana

1/2 cup each (approximately) frozen strawberries (Trader Joe’s organic), blueberries (Trader Joe’s organic), mangos (again…Trader Joe’s organic)

Around 2 tablespoons raw cocoa nibs

1 peeled orange (organic, if available)

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 scoop Whey Cool Protein (chocolate or vanilla)

1 scoop EssentiaGreens

Around 2 cups liquid (I use either filtered water, or unsweetened tea (if I need an additional boost)

1 medjool date (optional)


Add all ingredients to a VitaMix or blender and blend for 1-2 minutes on high speed.  Makes 2 good-size servings.


Nick’s Mini Mozzi App

Rib-lovin NickMy 18 year old son Nick loves food more than anyone I know.  Always has, always will.   We are always amazed at the amount of food he can consume in a single sitting.  Take these ribs for instance – he has been downing a rack on his own since he was six!  Good thing for him his metabolism is on overdrive and shows no signs of slowing down.  Oh if only we could bottle that…

This recipe evolved from a larger version that I made for almost every single party we’ve ever had.  After dealing with leftovers year after year, Nick said “Mom – don’t you know – people don’t want to eat a lot of one thing at a party.  They want to eat a little of a lot of things.  Made total sense and if this human food inhaler I call a son was telling me this, I was going with it.  It was then that Nick’s Mini Mozzi App was created and our “left over” issue was totally resolved!


1 lb. fresh mozzarella, cut in 1/2 inch cubes

1 pint grape tomatoes, cut in half

1 handful fresh basil leaves, torn into approximately 1/2 inch pieces

1/4 c extra virgin olive oil

1 T balsamic glaze


Assemble cheese, tomatoes and basil on toothpicks or small skewers (1 piece of tomato, basil, 1 piece of mozzi, basil, 1 piece of tomato). Arrange on a platter and drizzle with olive oil/balsamic glaze mixture.  Enjoy!

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.


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


Blend all in a blender or Vita Mix and enjoy!

Jen’s Nutty Pate


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)


2 cups walnuts

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 tablespoon cumin

1/2 tablespoon corriander

2 tablespoons tamari

Pinch cayenne pepper


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