Three Things for Monday

I have just three quick things to share on this Monday morning. Then I’m off to classes!

First, one final call for any questions that you all would like to know about Lindsay Nixon and her new cookbook Happy Herbivore Light and Lean. I already have a list of interview question ideas to send but if anyone has suggestions they are welcomed!

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Second, a quick recipe to share 🙂

Pumpkin Bread Bake with Pumpkin Frosting (Grain-Free)

Pumpkin Bread Bake with Pumpkin Frosting

Adapted from my Banana Bread Bake – Makes 2 servings

Wheat/Gluten/Grain-Free, Vegetarian, Nut-Free, Paleo/GAPS-Friendly

Pumpkin Bread Bake with Pumpkin Frosting (Grain-Free)

Bread ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Frosting ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt (use coconut yogurt to make dairy-free)
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour (more or less as needed)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Oil/grease two large ramekins (I used a Pyrex 4-cup round bowl like this one that is around 6 inches in diameter).
  2. Crack the eggs into a food processor and blend until it is one solid color. When the eggs are blended add the pumpkin puree and blend until smooth.
  3. Then add in the coconut flour, spices and salt. Blend again until fully incorporated.
  4. Now you should add the baking soda, but wait to do this until the oven is fully heated and right before you are ready to pour the batter and bake. You don’t want the baking soda to react and then the mixture to sit for too long. So, once the oven reaches 375 degrees, add the baking soda and blend again for a few seconds.
  5. Pour the batter into the ramekins and place them directly into the oven. Bake for about 40 minutes until golden brown. The top should spring back to the touch and the edges should begin to look barely darkened.
  6. Meanwhile mix up the frosting in a small bowl. Add coconut flour as necessary to thicken it up. Place in the fridge until ready to use.
  7. Let the breads cool for a few minutes when done, remove onto a plate and top with frosting to serve.

Recipe notes: I made this a two-serving recipe but it can easily be a single-serving. The bread would be 3 eggs, 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, 1 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp coconut flour, 1 tbsp cinnamon, dash of nutmeg/ginger, dash of salt, 1/2 tsp baking soda. And the frosting would be 2 tbsp yogurt, 1 tbsp pumpkin puree, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tbsp honey, dash of salt, 1 1/2 tsp coconut flour. For half of the recipe you should check the bread at 30 minutes as it will probably take less time than the 40 minutes for two ramekins.

Pumpkin Bread Bake with Pumpkin Frosting (Grain-Free)

Third… the winner of The China Study Cookbook!

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Using the True Random Number Generator the winner of the giveaway is:

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Congratulations Sarah from Slices of Sarah Pie! Please e-mail me at alleyhays [dot] gmail [dot] com with your address so that BenBella Books can get you the cbook right away 🙂

Thank you for all who entered. If you didn’t win the cookbook and would still like a copy, you can purchase both the kindle and paperback editions on Amazon.

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I’d say all three of these things are pretty marvellous, wouldn’t you? That’s why I’m linking up to Katie at Healthy Diva Eat’s MIMM.

Pumped for PUMPKIN

Happy National Pumpkin Day!

I want to thank Danielle from Clean Food and Creative Fitness for her pumpkin post… otherwise I would have never known!

Today I am going to be doing a recipe round-up of all the pumpkin recipes I have made on this blog. This includes recipes with pumpkin as the main ingredient, as well as recipes that just contain pumpkin.

Ready?

To start, let’s go all the way back to my first ever pumpkin recipes that I posted on Eating 4 Balance (note the progressive photo quality of my pictures…).

Sweet Pumpkin Microwave Muffin

AND

Savory Microwave Pumpkin Bread

Next up is my Pumpkin Cookie Dough!

Then we have my quinoa cookies… I really need to try these cookies again with some substitutions to make them even better!

Here is the bread I made for my trip to Stratford, Canada:

Banana Pumpkin Protein Bread (2 servings)

And here is my single-serving version:

My last two recipes come from one of my Friday Food Finds:

Microwave Brownies (with pumpkin puree).

And Pumpkin Banana Bread Batter.

*Edited to add: I almost forgot my most recent recipe using pumpkin, sorry!

Microwave Sandwich Bread (for those vegan gluten-free people out there craving some bread!!)

As you can obviously tell from this post:

  1. My pictures have gotten so much better from that very first Sweet Pumpkin Microwave Muffin.
  2. Banana and pumpkin make a perfect patch. Check out my round-up of banana recipes from National Banana Day.

For even more pumpkin ideas, check out my posts tagged pumpkin.

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I hope you enjoyed all of these pumpkin recipes!

Have you got a pumpkin recipe to share? Leave a link in the comments!

Would you rather eat pumpkin, or carve a pumpkin?

Do you have a National Pumpkin Day round-up on your blog? Leave a link and I’ll include it in my post. Or just tag back to me and that would be even simpler!

WIAW In Stratford, Canada

Happy Wednesday my fellow WIAW-ers! Thank you all for your wonderful comments and insight on last week’s WIAW question. You guys really made me think!

As I mentioned in my WIAW last week, this weekend I went with my Honor’s Learning Community to the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Canada! 24 students along with 3 chaperones all loaded onto a charter bus at 6:15 Saturday morning to drive up and see two of Shakespeare’s plays!

Today’s WIAW will feature one new recipe and a whole lot of pictures from my trip to Canada.

Thanks to Jenn once again for her brilliant hosting skills and awesome themes:

Let’s get started!

Here is the Breakfast I ate before I left for Canada:

Banana Pumpkin Protein Bread (2 variations)

2 servings

High in protein, high in fiber, sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan, allergy-free

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup protein powder (I used plain brown rice protein)
  • 2 tbsp quinoa flakes (or oatmeal)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder (corn and sodium-free)
  • sweetener if desired (I omitted)
  • water if needed

This bread is WAY bigger than it looks in this picture.

Directions: Combine all ingredients and pour into microwaveable container. Microwave for 5-8 minutes (depending on microwave power).

Much better.

See? Look how thick this is!

Why, what’s that on my hand?

Oh, just the result of a particularly “long” Business Administration class and a student with an exploding ink pen…

Hi. How you doing?.

I also made a single-serving version when I got back.

Single-serving version:

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup protein powder (I used plain brown rice protein)
  • 1 tbsp quinoa flakes (or oatmeal)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • Water as needed

Topping:

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 packet stevia

Directions: Combine all ingredients and spread out into a large bowl. Microwave for 4 minutes (depends on microwave power). Remove from bowl and place on a plate. Then combine the topping ingredients and spread on the microwave bread.

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When entering/leaving Canada we had to stop our charter bus at Border protection. Two officers came on and we had to hold up our passports to our faces. These people were SERIOUS about their jobs. Talk about scary!

When we arrived in Stratford, the first things we saw were a variety of old shops downtown.

Later, after checking into our hotel, we were left to explore…

Awesome bookstores:

With awesomely-huge racks and street corner sales.

Free carriage rides, although sadly we didn’t partake:

And quirky toy stores:

With walls full of teacher goodies (from pencils to plastic animals to GINORMOUS plastic dice!).

And all of the rockets a child could ever need want.

We also visited a cool Scottish shop, but I was too scared to take a picture inside. Just imagine walls covered in expensive kilts, and hundreds of coasters with Scottish family crests:

I just noticed the woman’s expression on her face. I think she’s saying… “Oh! Kilts. Need to get me one of THOSE!” 🙂

For lunch we visited a fancy Canadian burger place where I got a steak. It was just “eh.” Really pink on the inside, pretty chewy. Instead of a food picture though, you get an image of me in the bathroom.

Aren’t I just creepy lovely?

After lunch we started heading back to our hotel, walking through a beautiful park on the way there:

Along the edge of the pond’s water there were chest tables. I’ve always wanted to play at one of these things!

Around the pond there were also hundreds of ducks and geese:

Our final stop before going to our hotel was this random thing that my friends dubbed “The Bridge to Nowhere.” It literally went from grass to grass = NOWHERE!

That night we watched Henry V at the 8:00 pm showing. It was pretty interesting, but very very long. I may or may not have fell asleep part way through… The ending was awesome though. I just love royal weddings!

We watched Henry V here:

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The next day we returned to the same playhouse as the night before for a special tour. Sadly we weren’t allowed to take any pictures.

Brunch on Sunday:

Then we went back to our hotel for the largest brunch I have ever seen! They had over twenty different salads to choose from, an omelet station, pastry bars, baskets of rolls, a hot bar of bacon, eggs and hash-browns, and build-your-own-waffle maker (<<<If I wasn’t allergic I would have totally hit this up!).

I settled for a plate of fresh produce and boiled shrimp (times this by two!):

We watched another play that day at the same playhouse as before called Much Ado About Nothing. This was a comedy and I thought it was hilarious! I liked it a lot more than Henry V. The actors were so talented.

And let’s not forget the most important picture of this entire trip… A photo-op with the big man himself!

Souvenirs in hand for my family!

Close-up:

Does anyone else think Shakespeare’s eyes kind of look like C3PO’s off of Star Wars?

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Overall it was an awesome trip! There were a few rough patches (like me losing my tickets right before the show…) but everything worked out in the end.

When I got back to school I had to kick it into high gear because just today I had two papers due AND  mid-term. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, this is college after all.

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Have you ever been to the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford? Or have you ever seen a Shakespeare play performed live? Which is your favorite? I personally love Romeo and Juliet. I heard that they are performing it next year!

What is your favorite place out of the country? I have only ever been to Canada!

Have you ever lost tickets to an extremely important event? If so, how did you cope? Let’s just say that I did not cope well at all. A minor panic attack actually ensued…

Tomorrow is also my fall break, so in honor of this month’s WIAW theme of Healthy Snacks, here are my two favorite healthy food recipes that I’ve pinned recently:

 

College and Classes and Dorms… Oh My! (WIAW)

So, look back to the title. See it? Read it. Now, read it again, but this time say it with gusto to the tune LIONS and TIGERS and BEARS… Oh my!

Really though, college is not that bad. That means my title selection for today’s post probably breaks a gazillion rules in the blogging world. Rule #1: Make sure your title conveys what you are going to discuss in the blog post. MY RULE #1: Make your title catchy, fun, and slightly weird/off topic.

And in case you missed my previous Day 1 and Day 2 college posts, check them out!

Anyways, it is now Wednesday, technically by third day of class, and my seventh day away at college.

To celebrate, a totally unexpected WIAW, courtesy of Jenn over at Peas and Crayons.

Breakfast:

I usually have protein powder bread for breakfast, but I have been running low. Instead I get up in the mornings, get ready, and head out to a dining hall to buy some fresh fruit.

This pear cost me 69 (or 79?) cents:

Kath Eats is the best blog for breakfast viewing! Her oat bowls are simply amazing.

This “medium” bowl of grapes was $3.49:

I ate some on the walk back. I was just SO hungry!

Snack:

Then I decided that I really did want to eat some protein bread, so I made this.

I’m currently out of protein powder, WAH!

Lunch:

For lunch I headed to the closet dining hall, bought a “medium” bowl of lettuce and cucumbers. Again… $3.49!! Then I added a can of my own low-sodium tuna.

Tis good. All of their food is always fresh.

Close-up on the cucumbers! I can’t believe that I used to hate these guys less than a month ago. Now we are the best of friends.

Snack:

Canned green beans are a staple for me (I just remembered that there is supposed to be a theme to this WIAW post…). Actually, all of the food that you see here ARE my staples for college eating. I’m limited, so this is what I eat. All of the time. Hopefully the menu next week will be slightly varied with the dining halls. Maybe a different vegetable next time?

Recycled picture.

Dinner:

For dinner and/or lunch I always start off with a salad of, you guessed it: cucumbers and lettuce,  although last night I also added some shredded carrots (Yay me!). Then I get some rice and grapes. If I see one of the chefs who runs the dining halls then I will try to get their attention and order something else, like grilled chicken.

Recycled picture from first day.

Recycled picture.

Snack:

For my late night snacks, I eat fruit and protein powder. Last night I had two bananas sitting on my dresser that I really wanted to eat, so I made this wonderful concoction:

I have a feeling that these “messy” bowls will become a regular occurrence for me.

Banana Bread Protein Batter

Serves 1

High in protein

Ingredients:

1 banana (or pumpkin)

1 scoop protein powder (I used plain brown rice)

sweetener (I used a 1/2 packet of stevia)

water or milk to get desired consistency

*optional: baking powder/soda (authentic taste), cinnamon, berries, chocolate chips, oatmeal or quinoa

Directions: Stir ingredients together and eat.

Banana bread batter!!!

And now for my totally random photo of the day, look at what I saw when walking to my Writing Class in the morning:

Any guesses to what it is?

No, it’s not a giant horse fly. If it was, I would not have gotten nearly as close! Those things bite.

It’s actually a cicada. Thanks to Wikipedia I now know what these things are:

  • Cicadas live in temperate to tropical climates
  • They are well-known for their large size and unique (LOUD) sound
  • Cicadas are benign to humans, and normally do not bite or sting unless they mistake a human’s arm for a tree…. WHAT?!

Just for reference size, that cicada above is the size of my thumb.

Super. Creepy.

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Check back in tomorrow or Friday for a special post on How to Eat in Dining Halls with Food Allergies.

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What food do you eat now that you previously hated? For me it is cucumbers and pears.

Do you have any interesting bugs/creatures where you live?

Is there anything that you struggle with when eating out with food allergies, or any questions that you have that I could answer in my next post?