Zucchini and carrot pie

Fall is here.  As the days start getting cooler, our foods should start making us feel a little warmer.  So how about a healthy pie for dinner!  Or lunch, or breakfast for that matter.  With this recipe you can start using up all that left over zucchini in the fridge, and create a delicious, easy and healthy meal to boot.

Ingredients:

1 large zucchini grated (about 1 1/2 cups)

1 carrot grated

1 cup of shredded mozzarella

1/2 cup of chopped shallots or onion

1/4 cup of chopped chives

2/3 cup of milk

1 teaspoon olive oil

2 eggs

1/2 cup flour, I recommend  sprouted spelt or any sprouted flour

1/2 teaspoon of celtic sea salt

1 teaspoon of baking powder (non-aluminium)

3 tablespoons of grated parmesan  (you can use the powdery one if you like)

Pre-heat oven to 400.  And grease pie pan,  I use coconut oil don’t worry it won’t taste like coconut :).

After you shred the zucchini dry it out. Try to get as much water out as possible, I put it in a kitchen towel and pat it dry.

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Put in a bowl with carrots, shallots, chives and cheese.

In a separate bowl mix the rest of the liquid ingredients.  And use a separate bowl to mix the dry ones.  Mix dry and wet ingredients.  Place zucchini mixture in pie pan.  Add the mixture with all other ingredients.  Top with the parmesan cheese.  Place in oven and bake for 30-35 minutes.  Mine is usually done in 30.  Let sit for about 5 minutes and serve.

 

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You can serve as a main dish or side dish.  Either way it is an easy way to add some veggies into your day.

Enjoy!

 

Hello Fall!

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As I sadly say good-bye to summer I enthusiastically say hello to fall.  It’s time to prepare for hibernation and some transformations.  Soon the leaves will start changing and we will be enjoying a completely different palette of colors in the landscape.  The wind will get cooler and I will be putting away my sandals.  Changes are coming, some more profound than others.

As you might know, I started working on my Masters degree on nutrition.  I am juggling my 4-year-old, my 1-year-old, my love for making meals from scratch, the house, my wonderful husband, my dogs, my family, my friends and my studies. I am learning a lot of new things and I can’t wait to share with all of you.  I have also been working on new recipes that I’m sure you will enjoy.  Yes I am multitasking but I am also enjoying every moment.   This is only one of the benefits of becoming a mother, you simultaneously become a circus act :).

I am also about to embark on a trip to Puerto Rico.  This will not be a vacation.  I’m afraid my beloved Abuelo might be moving on and I am preparing to say my goodbyes.  As I write this I can’t help but think about all the lessons he has taught me, but mostly all the love he bestowed on me.  And this just makes me want to love everyone and everything around me a little bit harder every day.  So you can expect a whole lotta love from me.  Don’t be alarmed if I hug you for no reason :).

This is transition time and a reminder that nothing is ever still.  The face you see in the mirror today will be a different one tomorrow.  This is not sad news but wonderful news.  You see, every moment you have a chance to change for the better.  Never forget this.

So in the midst of unavoidable change, make the choice to turn into a beautiful swan every day and leave that ugly ducking behind :).  Always look at the NOW with optimism and joy.  Every moment is an opportunity, no matter what the fall brings your way.

NOW take a deep breath and welcome the cool breeze with a big smile on your face.  I know I will.

 

 

A Brand New Day

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Today was Lucas 1st day of school.  As expected he didn’t even say goodbye.  He was eager, exited and happy.  He jumped off the car and didn’t look back.  Off he went to his new adventure with curiosity and joy.

Today I was accepted at Hawthorn University for their Masters in Clinical Nutrition and Health Program.  I have waited with great anticipation for this day; now that it’s here I felt  immobilized.  This is not a spur of the moment decision.  My husband and I planned and waited for the right time for me to do this.  The time is here.   It’s a wonderful opportunity for me, but I’m  scared.  Will I be able to manage my time wisely so I can devote myself to this new endeavor?  Will I be doing good-by my kids?  Will I be able to keep our household afloat?  Will this put a financial strain in our family?  Am I being selfish?  Am I capable of succeeding in this new adventure?  Or will I finally go clinically insane?!

As all these doubts and fear run through my head, the memory of Lucas walking into school today gives me courage.  As per usual my 4-year-old has schooled me.  Sometimes in life you just have to jump off the car and never look back. I will not let fear stir this new adventure.  As of today I am welcoming this new challenge with excitement and a curious heart.  For all of you I wish a new opportunity in every corner, an open heart so you can see it and a spirit full or courage to go with every new adventure.  There is a window open for all of us.

This is a brand new day my friends, embrace it!

Sickly Sweet

This past saturday we celebrated Lucas 4th birthday.  It was a fun day that was about a month in the making for me.  You see, every time I host some kind of celebration for the kids I inevitably end up stressing about what I am going to offer as treats (amongst other things like decorations).  There are the easy choices like serving water instead of sodas or juices.  But trying to create a sweet yet not toxic menu of treats can be challenging.  Don’t get me wrong this is a “challenge” I happily take every time, but it does take some work on my part.  This year I opted for  a series of cupcakes, including carrot ones, lightly frosted and all home-made.  A cucumber mint salad, watermelon and some not so sugary sugar cookies.  In the end the kids didn’t seem to mind that the cupcakes where not mostly frosting and nobody asked for soda or juice.   I’m sure they have had tastier treats, than those I inexpertly created, but in the end it didn’t  matter.  They had a blast.  I feel sometimes we underestimate our kids capability to strive without high sugar doses.

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Sugar does not equate happiness, was my mantra for the weekend.  So it felt somewhat prophetic that I ran into the work of british artist James Ostrer.   His current series of portraits titled: “Whatsit all about” depict a disturbing obsession with sugar and pop culture.  The bright-colored and grotesque images will make you think twice about overindulging in junk food.  Ostrer thinks of the work as therapeutic, as he himself battles with sugar and junk food addiction.  The work also depicts somewhat of a tribal vibe gone wrong.  Like food and our culture have become so overly processed, all we are left  with is a synthetic world.  “I started with wanting to create new tribes based on what we now eat and how far removed it is from nature,” Ostrer explained to The Huffington Post. “The distance between what comes out of the ground and what we then open from a packet.”  

The glossy images also touch on celebrity pop culture.  This aberrant need to seek guidance in a world that doesn’t embrace acceptance of self or others.  It’s like a vicious circle of self hate made up to look like the object of your affection.  In the end I guess you could say the images are like some kind of beautiful sugar nightmare.  As Feature Shoot  puts it: “He constructed each besprinkled monster in an effort to beat the cravings, exploring the deeply unfulfilling process of binge-eating. Beginning with a colored cream cheese base, the sculpted edibles were often a race against time to maintain, some of the full body portraits taking upwards of 8 hours to complete. Ostrer’s dessert-riddled busts look like tribal devils of our darker cravings, the overload of color and candy a visual definition of the words “sickly sweet”.”

I invite you to take a look at this provocative series.  As an artist and health enthusiast I believe this kind of work is important.  After all, sometimes images can speak louder than words.

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For more of this series check this links:

Wotsit All About

The Nightmarish Depths of Sugar Addiction

Junk Food Face Mask