This morning’s post is brought to you by the color ORANGE!
Pumpkin oatmeal + pumpkin smoothie = FALL!
I added about a 1/2 cup of pumpkin to my steel cut oats this morning. First pumpkin of the season!
I have to be honest, I don’t understand what all the hype is about Libby’s pumpkin. This was just plain old canned pumpkin from Trader Joe’s, and it seemed just fine to me! Perhaps my pumpkin standards are not high enough?
Drizzled with a little coconut butter on top, and a glug of maple syrup.
On the side, breakfast #2 – pumpkin smoothie!
Into the blender: 1/2 can pumpkin, a few pours of almond milk, pumpkin pie spice, rice protein powder, stevia, and a few ice cubes.
Sprinkled with a little extra cinnamon on top. This was deeeelicious!
I spent the afternoon testing some experiments for a few recipe contests, and subsequently ruined my appetite for any sort of real dinner. As my official recipe taste tester, Casey agreed that he was pretty full too. So as we sat down to watch The Biggest Loser, we decided to have an appetizer night instead of a full fledged dinner.
Casey made the dips, while I got the easy job of preparing the dipping platter.
Fresh veggies – snap peas, bell peppers, and carrots (more orange!).
And a few pitas that I cut into wedges.
The first dip was homemade hummus – so creamy and delicious. Nothing crazy here – chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, salt, and olive oil. Might as well not mess with a good thing!
Perfect for DIPPING! Dips are my favorite food group. :)
The second dip was a homemade baba ganoush spread. We had a leftover half of an eggplant that we roasted for about an hour. Once it was super soft, we scooped out the flesh, and tossed it in the food processor with more tahini, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
Not sure if it was because of how long we roasted it, but this was hands down the best baba ganoush I’ve ever had. Not surprising that I loved it, since eggpl
ant is my favorite vegetable, but I am already planning future eggplant purchases so that we can make this again.
Sometimes it’s fun to do something a little bit different for dinner. I love appetizer nights!
The dogs are really enjoying our side by side coffee tables, and they have each claimed their side. They like to sit there and dive after every little crumb that falls. I’m just waiting for the day that one of them makes too big of a move and turns the table upside down. I will not be a happy camper.
Sometimes the best dinners don’t have to include fancy cocktails and table linens. It really just comes down to good food and good company.
And we definitely had plenty of both!