It's hard to imagine fries being anything but potato. Though potatoes are perfect for being a fry, I think half the reason they are so addicting is because of their easy finger food nature and finger licking saltiness. But lets face it - all that grease and starch is doing nothing for my hips and already large behind.
Enter zucchini fries! They are easy to make and much nicer to my mid-region. They are delightful as a snack or as a side dish (I had mine aside homemade bean burgers!). I spike up the addicting factor with romano cheese and dried dill. Yum.
When my mom comes to town she stays for two nights (a Friday to Sunday deal). One of these nights I take her out to a restaurant and the other night I cook something she wouldn't usually have. Seeing as it is the weekend before Halloween, dinner with fall flavors made a lot of sense!
Flavors like maple syrup. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. An added richness from goat cheese. An elevated sweetness from dried cranberries. Add a few veggies and pair with roasted acorn squash and you've got an amazing (vegetarian!) dinner.
One of the best ways to show appreciation to someone (in my opinion) is to bake for them. Over this last weekend I found myself and friends in Boston for a work event and a coworker was nice enough to let us stay at his home. This was absolutely not necessary on his part, so it only felt right to thank him and his wife with an autumnal baked good (because duh, it's mid-October)!
Cakey. Spicy. Tangy. Chocolatey. I knew exactly what to make - pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips, toasted pecans, and dried cranberries adapted from the Tate's Bake Shop "Baking For Friends" cookbook (aka my personal baking bible).
Breakfast. For me it's usually an on-the-go meal. A granola bar. Some yogurt. A bacon egg and cheese from the deli. Don't get me wrong - I love all those things! - but it's nice to have a nutritious home-cooked breakfast once in a while.
A poached egg is a must. 9 times out of 10 I plan my meal around that (the other time it's a fried egg). Now add some dark leafy baby greens, white miso, and tomato and you got yourself a delicious, nutritious breakfast!
The end of summer means lots of snacking. Don't ask me why, but it's a struggle I face every year. Now usually I fall down the rabbit hole of chips and cheez-its and cookies and all sorts of traps that will bring on my winter weight earlier than I prefer to happen. But this year I shall overcome! Or not...who knows. Food is pretty awesome after all.
At this point it is not "I need to stop snacking" (because that is crazy talk) but rather "I need to snack healthier." So I rattled my brain and realized - fruit chips! Veggie chips! Oh, the possibilities! And since it's fall why not have my first shot at this be pear chips?
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