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Five Things Friday

by Ryan on October 18, 2013

Hey There! TGIF, right?

In the Spirit of October, bring on the pumpkin! Here are five recipes from around the web with my fall favorite, pumpkin!

Pumpkin for breakfast? Yes, please! Pumpkin Spice Latte Quinoa Breakfast Casserole brough to you by Healthful Pursuit.


 Hummus, anyone?? Pumpkin Hummus courtesy of The Fitnessista.

pumpkin hummus - fitnessista

Need a snack? Pumpkin No Bake Energy Bites to the rescue courtesy of Gimme Some Oven.


This time of year, nothing sounds better than soup to warm you up. Roasted Pumpkin Soup courtesy of Martha :)


 Pumpkin pie in 2 minutes? Absolutely, thanks to Delighted Momma!

2 minute Pumpkin Pie - Delighted Momma

Which one are you making this weekend?



Five Things Friday!

by Ryan on August 16, 2013

Happy Friday! I have mentioned before I am cookbook fanatic!  I read them like novels. There are a few on my radar  that I am really excited for.  You will notice that mostly are plant based because that’s my interest, however I think if you give a few of these books a chance you may get a few ideas for a Meatless Monday meal, a new side dish or a delicious dessert.

Eat to Live Cookbook: 200 Delicious Nutrient-Rich Recipes for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Reversing Disease, and Lifelong Health I am a huge fan of Dr. Joel Fuhrman and his work. I first heard of  the New York Times Best Selling Author in a celebrity gossip mag. Funny, right? Alanis Morissette was going vegan and his best seller, Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Revised Edition was her guide. If you haven’t read this book,  I suggest that you do regardless if you want to be a vegetarian or a vegan. This book will make you re-think they way you do food and at least make you want to consume more vegetables. Clearly, I am a huge fan so you can imagine how excited I was to see that Dr. Fuhrman was releasing a cookbook! I pre-ordered mine already and you can, too!


Vedge: 100 Plates Large and Small That Redefine Vegetable Cooking I first heard of Vedge, a vegan eatery in Philadelphia when Gena reviewed the restaurant in 2012. (Read review here.) Fast forward to June of this year and Rich Landau, the owner and chef of Vedge was on one of my favorite shows, Chopped. Not only was he one of the competitors, but he won! Soon after, Rich Landau was featured in the August issue of Food & Wine Magazine with a few beautiful recipes from his cookbook which will be released September 3, 2013. It’s on my wishlist and I am hoping to get it for my birthday. In the meantime, you and I can peruse a few of his recipes here.



Canyon Ranch: Nourish: Indulgently Healthy Cuisine This book has been on my radar for probably two years. Gina mentioned it in a post about it being one of her “go to” cookbooks and it has been in my amazon cart ever since. I have also picked it up to browse the gorgeous photos at my local bookstore on more than one occasion and long for it to be in my collection. This has a little something for everyone, including chicken, fish and my favorite, vegetables.



365 Vegan Smoothies: Boost Your Health With a Rainbow of Fruits and Veggies Let me introduce you to  Kathy Patalsky. Kathy is the voice of the blog, Healthy. Happy. Life. and an amazing photographer. Seriously. Her photos alone will have you salivating and ready to lick your computer screen. I am an avid smoothie drinker, but sometimes get burned out on my combinations. I find one I like and then drink it until the thought makes me want to vomit. TMI?  Imagine having a new one for everyday of the year.



Practically Raw Desserts: Flexible Recipes for All-Natural Sweets and Treats We certainly can’t forget about dessert! Chef Amber Shea, has recently come out with her 2nd cookbook, all about desserts. Without seeing the inside, I assume it will be set up similarly to her first book, Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make, which is amazing and it totally one of my “go to” cookbooks. Not only does she give instructions on how to keep a recipe raw, but she also tells you how to make the recipe if you don’t have a dehydrator by using your oven.


Have a great weekend!