Butternut squash + turkey hash

Butternut squash for 59 cents at Aldi?! Clearly, fall is here!

Butternut squash + turkey hash


  • butternut squash
  • ~3 oz lean ground turkey (mine is 93/7)
  • oil (I used both EVOO and canola)
  • onion
  • spinach
  • cinnamon, salt, any other seasonings optional
  1. Cut butternut squash into large chunks and microwave face down with a small amount of water to steam. I overcooked mine…best idea is to do it for 4-5 minutes so it’s not completely cooked, then cut into bite-size chunks.
  2. Coat a pan with EVOO on medium heat, sauteeing diced onion and butternut squash until the onion is mostly translucent.
  3. Add the rest of your oil (here’s where I used canola), throw in the turkey (crumbled up) and spinach until the turkey is cooked through and the spinach is wilted.
  4. Turn heat up to medium to crisp it up a little and add a couple big shakes of cinnamon and salt to taste.

Happy fall! :)

Salmon rosti

I have a GIANT bag of potatoes in my kitchen that I’m trying to keep from going bad. I love shredding them for hash browns and just frying a couple eggs to go on top, but that meal is starting to get boring, so tonight for dinner I decided to mix it up…

Salmon rosti (fish cakes)

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  • about 1/3 cup of canned salmon (mine is wild pink salmon)
  • 1 cup shredded potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • Dijon mustard, salt, pepper
  • oil or fat of choice (I used canola oil with a pat of butter)
  • ketchup (optional)
  1. In a bowl, mix the potatoes and salmon together and crack in an egg to bind the whole thing into a batter.
  2. Add in a generous squirt of Dijon and salt and pepper (you can err on the side of seasoning too little because you can always add more when it’s cooked).
  3. Heat a pan on medium and add in oil/butter, then add potato/salmon/egg mixture.
  4. Let it cook until edges are browned and you can flip it in small sections to create several little cakes.
  5. Once the other side is browned, you’re good to go!
  6. Serve with ketchup if you want. I also steamed some broccoli on the side and added salt and pepper to everything.

Dijon bacon + beans

I make a huge pot of dried beans every week to eat in my lunches and dinners. Endless possibilities, but sometimes I get in a rut and just eat the beans straight along with corn tortillas (another staple for me). Today, since I’m off from work, I stepped up my game a little…

Dijon bacon + beans


  • 1/2 cup cooked pinto beans (I used cooked dried ones but canned are fine)
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach
  • 2 tbsp of crumbled or chopped bacon (probably equivalent of 1 strip)
  • Dijon mustard
  • 2 corn tortillas (optional)
  1. Microwave or heat in a pan: beans, spinach and bacon.
  2. Add in a squirt of Dijon and heat again til warm. Stir it all together.
  3. Serve with corn tortillas on the side!

Super, super easy and tasty. Another great idea would be to add a little brown sugar or maple syrup to make these more “baked beans” flavor. The bacon I used was already crumbled so it had a little brown sugar in it. And while I am an advocate of bacon in everything, it can easily be left out if you don’t eat or like bacon!

Coconut mug cake + PB “frosting”

I’ve been super into “cake in a mug” recipes lately. It’s easy, quick, microwaveable and it means there’s no way I’ll accidentally eat a whole cake! Plus, since I don’t really eat gluten anymore, I don’t think a whole gluten-free cake would be that appealing. So I give you tonight’s creation…

Coconut mug cake + PB “frosting”


  • 3 T coconut flour
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • shake of baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • couple splashes of almond milk
  • 2 tsp peanut butter
  • 2 tsp cream cheese
  • spoonful of maple syrup
  1. Mix coconut flour, sugar, baking powder, egg and milk in a small bowl.
  2. Grease or spray a small mug or jar and pour batter in. Microwave on full power for about 1:30-2:00.
  3. Slide it out of container and onto a plate–there’s your cake part!
  4. In a separate container, mix the peanut butter, cream cheese and maple syrup. You could also use Greek yogurt! That’s your frosting. :)

It feels like the weekend…

I’ve been absent from the blog for a loooong time. I spent my winter break interning in Boston and had a great experience (not to mention a lot of fun). Back in the ‘Cuse now, and definitely going to be updating this more with recipes. I don’t have class two days a week, so I’m spending that time doing things I love, like cooking more.

Dan is here visiting for the week (!) and I’m using that as a great excuse to cook more exciting things (since it’s easier to try out a new recipe on two people). First, my dinner creation last night:

Peanut Soba Stir-Fry (note: recipes are mine, but credit given for direct inspiration/adaptation)

  • veggies: carrots (cut like matchsticks), white button mushrooms, broccoli, kale, fresh ginger, onion
  • canola oil
  • buckwheat soba noodles
  • extra-firm tofu (cubed)
  • peanut sauce (adapted from Cooking Light): water, natural PB, sriracha, rice vinegar, citrus soy sauce, brown sugar)
  • blanched slivered almonds

After cubing the tofu, spray a baking pan with cooking spray and place tofu in it. I seasoned with garam masala and then sprayed again, but you could just do salt & pepper (or whatever spice you want). Bake in 350* oven until crispy (30-60 minutes).

Cook soba noodles in boiling water (as you would with pasta) for just a few minutes (usually about 4-5) until tender, then drain.

For peanut sauce, combine a small amount of water with a large spoonful each of brown sugar and peanut butter. Squirt in sriracha, rice vinegar and soy sauce, then stir all of the ingredients together and add more of any of them to taste.

Toast the almonds in the microwave — spread them on a small plate in a single layer, then microwave for around one minute.

Cut veggies into very small pieces. Drizzle canola oil into skillet (~1 tbsp) and add all veggies. Once kale cooks down, add in tofu and noodles, then slowly add the peanut sauce and the almonds.

I served it with sliced comice pear on the side (sort of tastes like a hybrid apple/pear, with very porous flesh).

And then…brunch today also turned out worthy of a recipe post on here.

Coconut French Toast with Caramelized Bananas

  • 2 egg whites
  • ~1/3 cup one-percent milk
  • splash of coconut milk (unsweet)
  • cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup
  • 3 slices of Ithaca Bakery oatmeal whole wheat
  • bananas (2)
  • canola oil & cooking spray
  • walnuts
  • raspberry jam
  • Greek yogurt

Combine egg whites, milk and coconut milk, a few shakes of cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup in a bowl. Soak each piece of bread in it, but not for too long or it’ll get too soggy to put in the pan.

In one skillet, add a big drizzle of canola oil and put slices of banana in it to cook on low heat until they caramelize (as a topping for the french toast).

In another skillet, spray very well with cooking spray (mine is EVOO spray but canola works also). Add in the pieces of bread (one at a time is easiest in a small-ish skillet). Flip the toast once it’s browned a bit.

Top each piece with the caramelized bananas, pieces of walnut and either maple syrup or jam (both are yummy). I had my piece with plain Greek yogurt and a cafe au lait on the side.

Buon appetito! :)

Take two

Well, hello again.

I don’t think I’ve ever blogged 2x in one day before, but there’s a first for everything and I had to share this recipe:

  • 1/4 cup of pearled farro (bulk from Wegmans), boiled like pasta in salted water
  • sauteed (separately) in olive oil spray:
  • frozen spinach
  • canned mushrooms
  • fresh cremini mushrooms (sliced)
  • diced onion
  • walnuts
  • a little each of garam masala & cinnamon

All mixed together and topped with a blob of plain Greek yogurt!


First and foremost, I’m obsessed with “Headlines,” Drake’s new single. So catchy!

Last night after I left my internship, I went on an epic grocery shopping spree. Highlights:

  • pumpkin butter
  • Odwalla bars
  • frozen blueberries
  • “Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride” tea
  • cremini mushrooms
  • canned salmon
  • Clif Bar (Peppermint Stick holiday flavor!)
  • Dagoba dark chocolate
  • delicata squash
  • sundried tomato chicken sausage

Other stuff too! But this is just stuff I never buy, hence why it was epic. I love when things are on sale…aaand maybe I love Wegmans a little too much. :D

I’ve been feeling lately like all I eat is soup and salad anymore, so I got creative for breakfast today and made oatmeal with some of the goodies. I’ve been out of rolled oats for like 4 days! So depressing.

Didn’t take a picture, but the mix included banana, skim milk, canned pumpkin, pumpkin butter and peanut butter, fiber cereal, slivered almonds, cinnamon. Very much KERF-inspired! It was fantastic but now my reflux is acting up a little. :(

Last day of classes today! I can’t believe this semester went by so quickly!

Never gonna grow up, never gonna slow down

My Vibram FiveFingers came in the mail yesterday (so much faster than I expected).

I did a normal run in my old running shoes (New Balance), then put the Vibrams on to do another half mile. I love them! They’re definitely gonna take a gradual transition though. I’m hoping I can fit in a really short run this morning before I head to Ithaca for Dan’s formal.

I didn’t think I was hungry enough to cook an exciting dinner last night (I had a LaraBar at 4pm), but I figured I should use the salmon thawing in the fridge…

I sauteed strips of salmon in canola oil with chunks of one Roma tomato, some frozen broccoli and spinach, and a couple of white mushrooms all sliced up.

Then I mixed whole-wheat penne in with the salmon and veggies and threw in a couple spoonfuls of jarred pesto.

I think my only complaint was that it could’ve used more salt…but the pesto is so salty straight from the jar! For some reason, the flavor disappears a little. Oh well, still good.

So yesterday was also the BDJ Ugly Sweater Christmas party! I went shopping with Becca yesterday and we settled on just looking really tacky with glittery shirts from Walmart that say “Holiday Cheers!”

Went to the party around 8, which was a blast, and then most of us ended up going downtown to Daisy Duke’s.

Heading to Ithaca in a few hours! :)

Are you diggin’ on me? Yeah, I’m diggin’ on you

I’m diggin’ on these little guys I just made for lunch:

2 tbsp diced green chiles (canned)
1/2 cup canned black beans (rinsed)
shredded cheddar
2 small corn tortillas
onion (I used a teeny little one)
cumin & garlic salt, Frank’s Red Hot

Divide the ingredients between the two tortillas. First, spread the chiles on the tortilla, then layer onion, black beans and cheddar in that order. Season with cumin & garlic salt (I’m sure other seasonings would taste great too). Broil until the cheese melts, then drizzle Red Hot if desired.

So good and so spicy!

I’m off to unload the dishwasher and then make carrot-raisin salad for a potluck at Shack!