Pumpkin Oat Cookies

Yay I finally got my hands on some canned pumpkin! You get a break from the apple recipes for a while. These Pumpkin Oat Cookies are the first thing that I made when I cracked open that can, and I gotta say, they’re pretty good. All that pumpkin-y goodness mixed up with maple syrup and a bunch of spices- mmmmm!

This recipe is super versatile too, because it’s nice and healthy. No refined flour or sugar, plus it’s dairy free! So you can munch on these for breakfast, dessert, as a snack, or any other time that you’re craving that pumpkin spice:)

To whip these babies up, I just stirred everything together in a bowl, then formed the cookies on a baking sheet and baked them for 15-20 minutes. It doesn’t get much simpler than that! I topped mine with some pumpkin seeds, but you could use chocolate chips, raisins, or coconut, or even mix some of that stuff directly into the batter. Anyway you make em, these cookies are delicious and need to be on your TBB list! (To Be Baked). Hope you enjoy!

Pumpkin Oat Cookies

Serves: Makes about 12 Cookies

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 1/2 cups oat flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • A handful of pumpkin seeds for topping, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, mix together all of the cookie ingredients until combined.
  3. Scoop out about a tablespoon of the mixture and roll it into a ball. It might be pretty sticky, but that’s ok. Place it on a parchment lined baking sheet and flatten into a cookie shape. Repeat until you have about 12 cookies.
  4. Press about 3 pumpkin seeds onto the top of each cookie and place the pan into the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the bottoms are golden brown.

I’ll see you guys on Friday! Until then, enjoy these awesome cookies:))

Yours Truly,

Olivia:)))

Zucchini and Olive Pasta Bake

It’s SUMMA TIME and there’s an abundance of zucchini! Zucchini is delicious fried, roasted, in a fritter, and in salad, but today we’re using it in a Pasta Bake. Our guest star is the olive, which adds so much dang flavour into the sauce. If you’re not a fan of olives you can leave them out, but you don’t know what you’re missing. Don’t be a party pooper and just throw them in there!

We’re using my fave kitchen tool again- the amazing veggie peeler- to create little zucchini rolls for the bake.

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The pasta that I used was Go Go Quinoa brand macaroni, and it usually takes about 4 minutes on the stove top to cook. I baked it in the oven for 10 minutes, and it was just slightly past al dente. So if you’re using just regular wheat macaroni or small shells (you don’t want to go any bigger with your pasta selection) that normally take 7-9 minutes to cook in boiling water, I bake them for 10-15 minutes for an al dente texture. My recipe below doesn’t account for that, so just keep in mind what kind of pasta you’re using when baking this bake.

And that concludes my Ted Talk about how great this pasta bake is! DEFINITELY try it out and let me know what you think because it is now officially one of my favourite recipes. Here it is!

Zucchini and Olive Pasta Bake

Serves: 3-4

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1/2 a red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 200 ml can of sliced black olives, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup Go Go Quinoa Macaroni **see note above if using a different pasta**
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add in the sliced onions and cook until translucent, about 6 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes, then add the beans, olives, tomatoes, basil, oregano, balsamic vinegar, chilli flakes, and some salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and then turn the heat to low and cook for 25 minutes.
  2. While the sauce is simmering, use the veggie peeler to create as many zucchini ribbons as you can. The centre part of the zucchini, where the seeds are, won’t make nice ribbons, so you can dice it up at toss it in the sauce, making sure it has at least 10 minutes to cook in there.
  3. Add the macaroni into a small glass loaf pan or baking dish. Roll up each zucchini ribbon into a little rosette and place evenly spaced out in the pasta, like this:
  4. Once the sauce is done simmering, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Add the 1/2 cup of water to the sauce and bring it to a hard simmer before removing it from the heat. Scoop enough of it into the baking dish so that the pasta and zucchini are fully covered, about 2-3 cups of sauce. You may have some sauce leftover that you can eat with the pasta after it’s baked or save for later.
  5. Cover the glass dish with foil (shiny side down) and bake for about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and enjoy!

Hope you like this pasta dish! See you Wednesday;))

Yours Truly,

Olivia;)

Loaded Maple Balsamic Salad

How’s it going guys? It’s starting to feel like summer vacation because the weather is finally warming up! I’m starting to establish some rhythm and being more productive, so that’s a plus. These posts are keeping me busy and thinking!

Sooooo I heard that lots of people don’t like salads. What’s up with that? I don’t know what kind of salads that they’re eating, but in my world, salads have hot veggies, cold veggies, protein, mashed avocado, and SICK dressings. Making salads is actually so much fun because you can play around with flavour combos and pretty much add whatever you want. Today I’m sharing the recipe for this Loaded Maple Balsamic Salad. And before you ask, yes, it is VERY loaded. You’ve got sauteed peppers and golden brown butternut squash, corn, carrots, cucs, spinach, avo, hemp hearts, and an awesome maple balsamic dressing. Is it even physically possible not to like that combo? I think not. Go check out the recipe!

Loaded Maple Balsamic Salad

Serves: 1 very hungry person

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Salad:

  • A handful of baby spinach
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Half a bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cooked corn (I used frozen)
  • 3/4 cup frozen butternut squash chunks (If you don’t have these you can use roasted squash or sweet potato, and skip the steps related to the frozen squash)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 of a large cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 a large carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 an avocado, mashed
  • A sprinkle of hemp hearts

For the Maple Balsamic Dressing:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Whisk the dressing ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a small pan over medium heat, and add in the peppers to saute.
  3. While the peppers are cooking, bring some water to boil in a small pot and add in the frozen butternut squash chunks. Cook them for about 2 minutes, then drain and add them to the pan with the peppers.
  4. Cook the squash and the peppers until they’re soft and have some browning going on on the outside, about 6 minutes. Then remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper.
  5. In a large bowl, arrange the spinach, peppers and squash, carrots, cucumber, and corn. Place the mashed avocado in the centre, and top with the hemp hearts and maple balsamic dressing.
  6. Enjoy!!

I hope this salad changes your mind about salads. It’s the salad to end all salad discrimination!

Yours Truly,

Olivia;))

Seedy Energy Squares

Sure, you’re probably doing school from home right now and haven’t been out of the house in awhile, but who says staying inside is easy? It takes a lot of fuel to be productive at home, and so that’s why I made these delicious Seedy Energy Squares. They’re full of healthy fats, with some protein in there, too, to keep you going all day long! These squares are also super flexible, so as long as you have oats and bananas, which are two of my staples, you can customize this recipe to your heart’s content. Dried fruit and nuts would be great in these. I used hemp hearts and pumpkin seeds;)) If you want something dense, subtly sweet and seriously addictive, this is the recipe for you!

Seedy Energy Squares

Serves: Makes 20-25 squares

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup hemp hearts
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mash the bananas in a large bowl, then mix in the oil, vanilla and cinnamon until well combined.
  3. Add in the oats, pumpkin seeds and hemp hearts into the bowl and stir until well mixed.
  4. Dump the mixture into a parchment lined 8×8 baking pan, and spread it evenly around the bottom. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, until the sides are golden brown.
  5. Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting into 20-25 squares.
  6. Enjoy!

Hopefully these help you to power through your day and show that school work who’s boss!! Happy snacking;))

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Hi guys! Now that fall has started I find myself craving warm, hearty dishes and hot tea, both to be enjoyed while reading of course! The recipe that I’m posting today is the epitome of comfort food; Shepherd’s Pie. I lightened it up a bit by not using any meat, and I also used sweet potatoes because I’m just obsessed with them! This dish definitely isn’t one that comes together in 20 minutes, but it doesn’t take hours to cook either, so it’s good for rainy days when all you feel like doing is staying home and eating good food. Hope you like it!

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Serves: 2-3

Total Time: 75 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbs + 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 a white onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup diced zucchini
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup from corn
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp ground thyme
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tbs paprika
  • 2 tbs tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, heat 2 tbs of olive oil over medium heat. Add in the onion, garlic, zucchini, carrot, and celery and cook until the onion is translucent, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add in the chilli flakes, 1 tsp of ground thyme, basil and paprika and cook for 2 more minutes.
  3. Put the peas, corn, tomato paste, and water into the pot and stir. Let the mixture cook until the veggies are soft and most of the water has boiled off, creating a stew like texture. This will take about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Dump the vegetable mixture into a small loaf pan. Steam the cut up sweet potatoes for about 10-15 minutes, or until soft. Mash them in a bowl with the 1 tsp of olive oil, 1 tsp of ground thyme and 1 tsp of rosemary.
  5. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Farenheit.
  6. Spread the mashed potatoes in an even layer on top of the veggie mixture. Place in the oven for about 15 minutes, until the potatoes are slightly browned. Remove and enjoy!

This pie also makes great leftovers. Guess what I’m eating for lunch tomorrow? I can’t wait!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;)))