Fall Cornucopia Gnocchi

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I don’t have to be gluten-free for health reasons, but I do promote a lot of non-wheat recipes because of how processed those foods are.  This recipe may not be gluten-free, but my love for comforting gnocchi deserves a little attention during my favorite season of the year.  You can substitute with a gluten-free ravioli.   This is one of my favorite meals for a crisp fall night and it’s just as colorful as the trees!

1 medium butternut squash – peeled, gutted, sliced into cubes and baked until soft

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 zucchini, peeled into ribbons

2 shallots, diced

1 yellow squash, sliced

handful of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

Marinara Sauce of your choice (no added sugar or corn syrup)

Olive Oil

Nutmeg, Cinnamon & Sage

handful of walnuts

1 Package of Gnocchi (cook according to directions)

Sautee shallots and seasonings in oil on medium heat until soft.  Add squashes, tomatoes and bell pepper.  Cook until lightly browned.  Turn down heat.  Add gnocchi and sauce.  Toss together for 3 minutes.

Also delicious without sauce and just tossed with olive oil.  Garnish with a fresh sage leaf and crumbled walnut and serve with a Riesling.

Delicious add-ons: goat cheese, bacon…

Easy Leg Day

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Thank you all for being so patient this month!  It’s been a hectic one looking for a new apartment – my “everyday” goal has been more like every week…  Once I move this weekend, I hope to be back on schedule!

When life gets busy, sometimes our workouts fall by the wayside.  The idea of getting to the gym and hitting it hard when you’re exhausted usually means a workout doesn’t happen at all.  Perfect time to pull out an easy-going workout that doesn’t seem overwhelming.  This workout took me only 45 minutes today.

repeat 3x.

Step-Ups (heavy dumbbells) – 5x ea. leg

Dumbbell Squats – 20x fast

Cable 1 Leg Deadlift – 5x ea. leg

Cable Deadlift – 15x

Lying Hamstring Curls (machine) – 20x

Standing or Seated Hamstring Curls (depending on what your gym offers) – 15x

Calf Raises – 30x

Leg Extension (machine) – 15x

Plie – 20x

Abs 10 each:

Crunches

Crunches, Tabletop Knees

Crunches, Heels-to-Ceiling

Crunches, Legs Extended (v-shape)

Bicycles

Crunches, Legs Extended on Ground

1 Leg Bicycle Crunch (Left)

1 Leg Bicycle Crunch (Right)

Crunches, Scissor Legs

Crunches, Legs in Straddle (off the ground)

Express Spin (playlist included)

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I enjoyed the kick-ass 30-minute spin class I taught this morning so much, everyone needs to give it a try.  As a teacher, keeping material fresh and offering a class that flows smoothly is essential!  With spin, I usually wing it during class and sometimes get bored with my own class.  Today, I planned!  And it felt amazing doing this workout with my early morning spinners.  Planning from now on…

Repeat all intervals until song is done.  20 second rest before starting next series.

Your Woman (Tribute to White Town) – DJ 97

@ Level 7: 3 second jumps 5x – 15 second rest

Every Chance We Get We Run – David Guetta

@ Level 8: seated climb -20 seconds – @ Level 9-10: Climb (out of saddle) – 20 seconds

We Run the Night – Havana Brown

@ Level 7: sprints 10 seconds up, 10 seconds down

Here’s to Never Growing Up – Avril Lavigne

@ Level 8 – seated climb 20 seconds.  @ Level 10 – seated climb 10 seconds

Primadonna – Marina and the Diamonds

@Level 7: 10 second standing sprint – 10 second recover

Bad Girls – M.I.A.

@Level 9: climb (out of saddle) 30 seconds. @Level 10: 10 second sprint

Wake Me Up – Avicii

@Level 8: seated climb 10 seconds. @Level 9/10: climbing sprint (out of saddle) 10 seconds

Booty Swing (original) – Parov Stelar

@Level 6: 4 second jumps 10x.  Cool down.

Quinoa Pasta w/ Zuccini and Cherry Tomatoes

serves 2

1-1/4c. quinoa pasta – cooked & drained

1 large zucchini – sliced

1 c. cherry tomatoes – sliced in half

2 TBSP olive oil

1 TBSP chopped garlic

Rosemary & Red Pepper Flakes to taste

1/4 c. chicken broth

Chopped basil for garnish

In a large sautee pan, combine everything except pasta, olive oil, basil.  Keep at a medium boil until broth completely evaporates.  Add olive oil and lightly brown veggies.  Add quinoa pasta and toss all ingredients together.  Remove from heat and serve garnished with basil.

I like adding crumbled goat cheese, too.

Rainy Weather Crockpot

We are on our 7th day of straight rain here in Colorado.  And I’ve been craving curry, soup and all things comforting.

4 peeled and sliced sweet potatoes

1 can of butternut squash soup

2 cans of garbanzo beans

1 tsp Cinnamon

drizzle of honey

pinch of nutmeg

Fresh sage leaves

dash of salt

Combine all ingredients in a crockpot on high heat for 4 hours or until soup is 3/4 evaporated.  Serve as a casserole.

 

Almond-Coconut Thai Chicken

Hands down my absolute favorite recipe.  Given to me a good friend in Nevada (Thanks Chelsea) as a peanut thai recipe, I’ve changed a few ingredients to clean it up.

serves 2

1 can of lite coconut milk

1 TBSP almond butter

1/2 red onion – sliced

1 sliced zucchini

2 chicken breasts

1 TBSP olive oil

1/4 c. chopped cilantro

1-2 sliced Serrano peppers (depending on your spice level)

1 TBSP lime juice

 

Sautee onions and chicken breasts in olive oil & lime until lightly browned.  Add coconut milk, almond butter, cilantro, zuccini and peppers.  Simmer for 15 minutes until almond butter is fully blended.  Serve over brown rice, brown rice noodles, quinoa noodles, or cauliflower ‘rice’.  Garnish with cilantro, almond slices and lime wedge.

Delicious with shrimp, too!