Roasted Fall Veggie, Kale & Quinoa Bowl with a Maple Vinaigrette

Roasted Fall Veggies, Kale & Quinoa Bowl with a Maple Vinaigrette

Hey fam! (That’s what the kids are saying these days, right?) Before we get to today’s yummy recipe, I wanted to do a little blog check-in. It’s been a bit slower than normal around here this month, in part because I’ve been teaching more than usual but also because I’ve been putting a lot of time into planning for the blog’s future (like the responsible parent I am). How to make it better, defining the goals I have for it–basically just taking time to refocus. So while that has meant fewer posts right now, it’s going to result in so much (hopefully) great content coming your way through the holidays and into 2017.

First big advancement: Your girl got a microphone for shooting videos. FINALLY. This means that in addition to workouts, I can post more information-focused videos (exercise form tutorials, vlogs, etc.). So hopefully no one finds my voice unbearable because you’ve got a whole lot of it coming your way muahahaha. No but seriously, isn’t it always such a bummer when you follow someone on written forms of social media and then you hear her/him speak and are just like wait. What is going on here. THAT’S what you sound like??! It’s like seeing the movie interpretation of your favorite book. Always a disappointment.

*walks to Post Office and returns microphone*

ANYWAY … today’s recipe.

The real takeaway from this recipe is the maple vinaigrette. The rest is totally customizable and I’d consider my choice of ingredients more a suggestion than anything else. Try brown rice instead of quinoa. Spinach instead of kale. Sweet potatoes instead of butternut squash. Add onion to your roasting pan. Try dried cranberries and pecans as a topping. Sprinkle that shit with goat cheese, yo.

It’s the dressing that really ties everything together. Roasted Fall Veggies, Kale & Quinoa Bowl with a Maple Vinaigrette Roasted Fall Veggies, Kale & Quinoa Bowl with a Maple Vinaigrette

Roasted Fall Veggie, Kale & Quinoa Bowl with a Maple Vinaigrette

Yield: 4 servings

Roasted Fall Veggie, Kale & Quinoa Bowl with a Maple Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 1 c dry quinoa
  • 4 c chopped kale
  • 1 1/2 c diced and peeled butternut squash
  • 1 1/2 c halved Brussels sprouts
  • 1 medium honeycrisp apple, cored and diced
  • For the dressing:
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 c extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cook the quinoa according to package directions. Typically for 1 cup you'd bring 1 1/2 c water to a boil, add the quinoa and bring back to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 10-15 mins.
  3. Prepare the vinaigrette. Mix all ingredients except the oil and then gradually whisk in the oil.
  4. Massage 1/3 of the dressing into the kale and set aside.
  5. Spread butternut squash and brussels sprouts (and any other veggies you want to include!) on a pan and toss with 1/3 of the dressing. Sprinkle on some added salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 30-35 minutes (or until squash is soft), tossing halfway.
  6. Mix everything together in a big bowl. You might think there's enough dressing as-is; if not, drizzle the remaining vinaigrette on top.
http://pumpsandiron.com/2016/10/23/roasted-fall-veggie-kale-quinoa-bowl-with-a-maple-vinaigrette/

Roasted Fall Veggies, Kale & Quinoa Bowl with a Maple Vinaigrette Roasted Fall Veggies, Kale & Quinoa Bowl with a Maple Vinaigrette

Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend!

What veggies would go into your ultimate fall buddha bowl??

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Slow Cooker Corn Chowder (Dairy-Free)

Slow Cooker Corn Chowder - flavorful, filling and dairy-free!I know a recipe is a keeper when Joe eats so much of it that I barely get any myself. This slow cooker corn chowder was a huge hit–and so easy to make! If you’re spending today meal prepping for the week, add this recipe to your list. Slow Cooker Corn Chowder - flavorful, filling and dairy-free! Slow Cooker Corn Chowder - flavorful, filling and dairy-free! 

Slow Cooker Corn Chowder (Dairy-Free)

Yield: 6-8 servings

Slow Cooker Corn Chowder (Dairy-Free)

This easy slow cooker corn chowder is made with under 10 ingredients and no dairy!

Ingredients

  • 6 ears of corn (remove the kernels) or 6 cups corn if you're using frozen
  • 4 heaping cups yukon potatoes (chopped into 1/2" cubes)
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt + pepper to taste (be generous with both)
  • Chives for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the ingredients. Shuck the corn and remove kernels, wash and chop the potatoes, dice the onion.
  2. Add all ingredients to the slow cooker.
  3. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 7-8 hours.*
  4. Transfer 3/4 the soup to a blender. Blend and then mix back into the remaining 1/4.**
  5. Enjoy! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

*In my slow cooker (which is old) it takes 5 hours on high. Definitely check yours after 4--the main thing is you want the potatoes to be soft. **I don't blend part of it because I like having some potato chunks and corn kernels in every bite. If you want a smooth consistent texture, blend all of it.

http://pumpsandiron.com/2016/10/16/slow-cooker-corn-chowder-dairy-free/

Slow Cooker Corn Chowder - flavorful, filling and dairy-free!

Are you guys doing any meal prep for the week? I’m actually off to teach two classes and then meeting up with friends to watch some football so I’m … not. But a batch of this chowder will be made later in the week for sure! Slow Cooker Corn Chowder - flavorful, filling and dairy-free! Slow Cooker Corn Chowder - flavorful, filling and dairy-free!

And that concludes this week’s edition of Gratuitous Food Close-Ups. Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend! It’s been a marathon of teaching for me–15 classes down this week and four more to go today. 🙂

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Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette

Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad recipe!

I eat lunch at bgood at least once a week, and their Citrus & Avocado Salad is one of my favorites. Realizing I had all the ingredients to make my own, I put together this at-home version for dinner the other night and loved how it turned out! It’s not an exact replica (I have no clue how bgood makes their dressing) and I made a few ingredient swaps (add spinach & quinoa!), but other than that it’s pretty spot-on.

Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad recipe!Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad recipe!

Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette

Yield: 1 salad

Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 2 big handfuls of baby spinach (or green of your choice)
  • 1/2 grapefruit, peeled and split into pieces
  • 1/2 orange, peeled and split into pieces
  • 1/2 avocado
  • Small handful of pistachios
  • Goat cheese for topping
  • Optional: Heap of cooked quinoa (1/4 c uncooked is all you'll need for one salad)
  • For the dressing:
  • 1/3 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 1/4 c fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1/4 tsp lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the dressing ingredients and set aside. If possible, prepare the dressing ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. The flavors are so much more pronounced if the ingredients soak together for a few hours/overnight.
  2. If you're going to add quinoa for a more filling salad, cook following package directions. In general though, you use a 3:2 water-to-uncooked quinoa ratio on the stove. Bring water to a boil, add quinoa, lower to a simmer until cooked and fluffy (12-15 mins).
  3. For the grapefruit and orange, peel, separate the pieces and then remove as much of the white pith and clear casing as possible. Don't lose sleep over getting it all off--sometimes it's a total pain.
  4. Assemble your salad ingredients, top with desired amount of dressing and enjoy!
http://pumpsandiron.com/2016/05/09/citrus-avocado-salad-with-a-lemon-mint-vinaigrette/

Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad recipe! Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad recipe!

The flavor combos in this salad just scream “summer!” If you want a light lunch or to eat this as a side dish, the quinoa isn’t necessary. If you’re eating this for dinner, I recommend adding it (or brown rice would be good, too).

Any other bgood fans out there? What’s your favorite menu item?

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