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Give Me the Pumpkins and Nobody Gets Hurt

So… In case that title was too subtle for you, I’m here to talk about pumpkins. Namely – Eating them.

I may not run off to Starbucks for pumpkin spice lattes, in fact I’ve never even had one and can’t remember the last time I went to Starbucks, but I do love all things pumpkin.

Partially because I adore Fall, and pumpkins are ubiquitous to Fall. And the other part is that they’re just plain delicious. And it also makes a great filler in recipes to keep your baking healthy and flavorful.

In short – Pumpkins are awesome.

Every year I have a few favorite recipes that I immediately rush to make, but I also love spending some quality time on Pinterest looking for new ideas. And yes, obviously I made a new Fall Pinterest Board.

So here are a few of the new pumpkin recipes that I’m super, super excited to try out this Fall. I may even be making one right now. You never know.

Sweet:

Pumpkin Healthy Homemade San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Recipe

Savory:

Pumpkin Healthy Homemade San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Recipe

So if you’re following me on Snapchat {moicontrelavie} or Instagram, you’ve probably started to see some of these recipes appearing already. If you’re not following, you probably should head over and give those a follow so you don’t miss out on any of my pumpkin shenanigans.

What’s YOUR favorite pumpkin recipe? Am I missing a good one?

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Quick Weeknight Dinners

I have a habit of getting into a rut with midweek dinners and make the same things most evenings. They’re healthy, satisfying meals, don’t get my wrong, but there’s not a lot of diversity or creativity happening Monday through Friday. Giant salad beasts, sautéed or roasted veggie dishes, and stir fries are the usual culprits.

In a bid to cook with more types of produce and – Most of all – Keep my palate entertained, here are some ideas for quick weeknight dinners that will get all of us inspired in the kitchen.

Quick Weeknight Dinners Vegan Gluten-Free Paleo Dairy-Free San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Recipes

Give me fresh produce and giant salads – And I’m a happy happy girl. I’m currently working my way through Eating Bird Food’s Seven Slimming Meal-Sized Salads and LOVING them. I love making dinners that I can effortlessly adapt for veggie eaters as well as omnivores, so these salads are perfect.

Do you know what a Dragon Bowl is? Me either. But when I saw The Blenderist’s description, I HAD to try it. “Brown  Rice + Roasted Vegetables + Steamed Leafy Greens + Raw Crunchy Vegetables + Nutty Dressing or Sauce.” Yum!! I’m really looking forward to making my own versions of this dish with other veggies and sauces.

Veggie burgers are delicious and quick addition to plan-based meals since you can crumble a satisfying and protein-packed burger into anything from a salad to a stir fry. I can’t wait to try out Pure Ella’s Gluten-Free Vegan Black Bean Burgers!

Quick Weeknight Dinners Vegan Gluten-Free Paleo Dairy-Free San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Recipes

Want to give Taco Tuesday a run for its money? This One Pan Mexican Quinoa from Damn Delicious is a winner – Quick, easy, tasty, AND perfect for leftovers.

I start dinner as soon as I get home from the gym so dishes that I can put on the stove and leave while I bustle around the apartment are perfect during the week. This Spicy Vegan Jambalaya from Life Is A Strawberry is at the top of my Must Try List.

You’ll note that most of these picks fall on the simple side. For me, a successful school night recipe is easy and uses ingredients that I already have on hand. Or ingredients that I can swap out with something similar that I do have in the fridge. I feel like weeknight dinners shouldn’t be overly complicated, that just adds to the stress of your day!

I’m not a paint-by-numbers type of girl in the kitchen, I tend to eye amounts and switch ingredients for things I have on-hand or that sound better to me.

What can I say? I’m a rebel. 🙂

Tell me – What type of weeknight dinners do YOU make? Any quick & easy recipes I’m missing?

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MCLV Mange: Quick Midweek Saute

I’m a creature of habit when it comes to my food choices during the week. There are a few variables – Usually shifts based on what’s in my CSA that week – But for the most part, my meals are similar if not identical each day.

A salad or a quick sauté are my go-to for midweek dinners. And for the same reason – They’re packed with nutrients and can be adjusted based on whatever happens to be in my kitchen on any given evening.

Quick Midweek Saute Vegan Gluten-Free Paleo Dairy-Free San Francisco Bay Area Food Fashion Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 Purple Onion Diced
  • 1/2 Zucchini Chopped
  • Handful of Broccoli Florets
  • 1 Small Tomato Chopped
  • Handful of Frozen Corn
  • 1 Cube of Wildwood Sprouted Tofu
  • Seasonings: Garlic Powder, Himalayan Sea Salt, Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute & Smoked Paprika

Directions:

  • Spray non-stick sauté pan with coconut oil or EVOO
  • Chop veggies & choose a protein
  • Add to pan
  • Sprinkle desired seasonings
  • Stir occasionally for ~10 minutes or until desired consistency is reached

Bonus? Killer leftover!

Make a huge batch over the weekend and munch on it all week. Throw it over rice or quinoa with tofu or tempeh as an entrée, or eat as a side with a (veggie) burger!

Stay tuned for the next MCLV Mange installment and check out the previous posts from this series to see what you’ve missed so far:

Coconut Vegetables // Farmer’s Market Fare // Vegetable Lasagna // Super Charge Me Cookies // Mac n’ Cheese // Energy Bites // Sunday Preparation // Hemp Salad // Tuscan Baked Quinoa // Spicy Peanut Stirfry // Mini Polenta Pizzas // Indian Feast // Healthy Treats // Bacon Deviled Eggs // Vegan Gluten-Free Pizza // Peanut Butter Cookies // Soft Serve Ice Cream // Coconut Cookie Cake // Gluten-Free Protein Cake // Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake //  Peanut Butter Banana Cookies // Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Muffins // Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars // Pumpkin Biscuits // Coconut Cashew Cookies //Banana Bread Macaroons // Crackling Cauliflower // Raw Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Torte // Vegan Ice Cream // Gluten-Free Vegan Cinnamon Blondies // Infused Water // Protein Smoothie // Stir Fry // Healthy Protein Snacks // Homemade Larabars // Vegan Buddha Bowl // Butternut Squash Mac n’ Cheese // Tomato & Bean Salad // Peanut Butter Cookies // Vegan Snowball Cookies // Coconut Chia Overnight Oats
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MCLV Mange: Coconut Chia Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are a great way to prep a healthy breakfast in advance. They’re also a really versatile meal since they’re perfect for pre/post-workout energy or healthy snacking.

Another bonus?

You can really throw whatever you want into them! I’m a sucker for a “kitchen sink” recipe that lets you use ingredients that you have on-hand versus running from store to store trying to find specialty ingredients for a difficult recipes.

This coconut-chia version is quick, easy, and delicious. The end result is a dessert-like dish that’s tasty all day – From breakfast to dessert.

Coconut Chia Seed Overnight Oats Zico Coconut Water Vegan Gluten-Free Paleo Breakfast recipe San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger

Ingredients: {1 Serving}

Directions:

  • Combine dry ingredients
  • Add coconut water
  • Stick in the fridge overnight
  • Eat cold or heat it up – And enjoy!

Stay tuned for the next MCLV Mange installment and check out the previous posts from this series to see what you’ve missed so far:

Coconut Vegetables // Farmer’s Market Fare // Vegetable Lasagna // Super Charge Me Cookies // Mac n’ Cheese // Energy Bites // Sunday Preparation // Hemp Salad // Tuscan Baked Quinoa // Spicy Peanut Stirfry // Mini Polenta Pizzas // Indian Feast // Healthy Treats // Bacon Deviled Eggs // Vegan Gluten-Free Pizza // Peanut Butter Cookies // Soft Serve Ice Cream // Coconut Cookie Cake // Gluten-Free Protein Cake // Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake //  Peanut Butter Banana Cookies // Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Muffins // Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars // Pumpkin Biscuits // Coconut Cashew Cookies //Banana Bread Macaroons // Crackling Cauliflower // Raw Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Torte // Vegan Ice Cream // Gluten-Free Vegan Cinnamon Blondies // Infused Water // Protein Smoothie // Stir Fry // Healthy Protein Snacks // Homemade Larabars // Vegan Buddha Bowl // Butternut Squash Mac n’ Cheese // Tomato & Bean Salad // Peanut Butter Cookies // Vegan Snowball Cookies
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Links You’ll Love: The New Year Is Coming

Welcome back to another fun, informational Links You’ll Love round-up.

Today is all about getting us ready for 2016 and heading into the New Year with an open mind and a healthy body. Below you’ll find pieces that range from the clothing you should add to your wardrobe to comfort food recipes to workouts that’ll keep you feeling energized through the holidays.

  • Having trouble making it to the gym? Check out The Thoughtful Misfit’s tips for staying motivated – Jump Start Your New Year.
  • Yoga is a great way to not only de-stress during this hectic time of year, but also to help build long, lean muscles. Here are some moves to help strengthen your arms – 5 Yoga Poses For Seriously Sculpted Arms.
  • Not sure how to stay healthy while you’re traveling and partying it up this season? Check out Gabby Bernstein’s easy tip – This Is My #1 Exercise Tip!

New Year Evening Routine Healthy Living San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger

New Year Evening Routine Healthy Living San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Vegan Gluten-Free Paleo

What are YOU doing to get ready for the New Year?

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