Simple Pumpkin Cookies!

Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin! It seems to be everywhere these days, and for good reasons! It’s seasonal, comforting and so versatile. We’ve been having some pumpkin soup every week for a while now, and I don’t get tired of how smooth, sweet and nutritious it is. If you know anything about me, however, you know that I have a clear sweet tooth. So, here come the simplest, most delicious and satisfying pumpkin cookies!

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Here’s what you need for 12-15 cookies:

  • 1 cup of oats (I used quick because that’s what I have, but use the kind you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 1 tbs cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves powder (optional, but really nice)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree (I used a can. Make sure it’s just pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds

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Here’s what you do:

  1. Prepare a cookie sheet: lightly oil it. Preheat your oven to 350F (180C).
  2. Place the dry ingredients (oats, coconut flakes, chia seeds, cinnamon, cloves powder and salt) into your food processor or blender, and mix until you get a smooth powder. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the wet ingredients (pumpkin puree, maple syrup and tahini) to the dry mix and mix until well combined. Mix in the chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds.
  4. Use one spoonful of the cookie dough and form your cookie shapes. These won’t spread so you can prepare them in any shape you like.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until they are slightly golden. These will be soft when they come out of the oven, so let them rest for 10 minutes before you enjoy them!

I really hope you give these a try because they are delicious and so quick to make. Let me know if you try this recipe out!

 

 

Simple Butternut Squash Soup \\ Potage à la courge butternut

It’s pumpkin season! I love this time of the year because it means that I can cuddle up with a good book, some tea, and soup without feeling guilty. One of my favourite squash to cook with is the butternut squash because it’s so smooth and dense. It’s perfect to make soups and mashes, so I thought I would share my super simple butternut squash soup recipe with you. I love this soup because it is super smooth and nutritious: as I’m adding coral lentils, it’s a complete meal in itself! Yum!

 

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I served this with some olives and hemp seeds!

 

Here is what you need:

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 8 carrots
  • 4 potatoes
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 cups coral lentils
  • 2 laurel leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional: almond milk to serve for extra creaminess.

Here is what you do:

  1. Wash the carrots and potatoes thoroughly and chop them into bite-sized pieces. Place them in a large pot.
  2. Crush the garlic clove and peel it. Add it to the pot.
  3. Cut your butternut squash in two width-wise and carefully cut out the skin and extremities. I find that cutting the squash in two helps as it gives me a flat surface to lean on. Dice up the squash and remove the seeds. Add this to your pot.
  4. Finally, rinse the lentils and add them to the rest along with the laurel leaves. Cover the vegetables with water and add 4 cups of water for the lentils.
  5. Put on the stove on high heat until it’s bubbling, then reduce the heat and let simmer until the vegetables are soft. Add salt and pepper to your taste. Use your hand mixer to smooth everything out. Serve hot with toasted bread. Enjoy!

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This is so delicious! It’s super nurishing, creamy and smooth! It’s perfect for cold days and makes for a great lunch on the go. Let me know if you try this out!


C’est l’automne! Ce qui veut dire que je peux maintenant m’emmitoufler dans une couverture, avec une tasse de thé, un bon livre et un bon bol de soupe chaude. Voici ma soupe préférée avec, en vedette, la courge butternut! Miam, miam, miam!

Ingrédients:

  • 1 courge butternut
  • 8 carottes
  • 4 patates
  • 1 gousse d’ail
  • 2 tasses de lentilles rouges
  • 2 feuilles de laurier
  • Sel et poivre au goût
  • optionel: lait d’amades pour servir et encore plus de crémeux!

 

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J’ai servi cette soupe avec des olives et des graines de chanvres.

 

  1. Bien laver les carottes et les patates et les couper en morceaux. Les mettre dans une grande casserole.
  2. Écraser et éplucher la gousse d’ail et l’ajouter à la casserole.
  3. Couper la courge dans le sens de la largeur et découper la peau et les extrémités en faisant bien attention. Je trouve que couper la courge dans sa largeur facilite l’épluchage puisqu’il y a une surface plate sur laquelle s’appuyer. Couper la courge en dés et retirer les graines. Ajouter à la casserole.
  4. Bien rincer les lentilles rouge et les ajouter à la casserole avec les feuilles de laurier.
  5. Couvrir les légumes d’eau et ajouter 4 tasses pour les lentilles. Porter à ébullition, puis reduire le feu et laisser mijoter jusqu’à ce que les légumes soient tendres. Utiliser un mélangeur à immersion pour rendre le tout bien crémeux. Servir chaud avec du pain griller et savourer!

Voilà! Cette soupe est parfait pour un repas sur le pouce ou pour prendre son temps et regarder les feuilles changer de couleur. C’est si crémeux! Miam!

 

Quick, Versatile Pasta with Parmesan Cheese

For the last couple weeks, Sunday night has been roasting night where I cut a bunch of vegetables, stick them in my oven and then box them for the week.

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This has really helped me during the week because it makes cooking way easier and faster, which is great! I can also experiment with different flavours, or just repeat things that are comfortable and yummy! Special mention to rice and sriracha as vegetables best friends… no, we didn’t eat this for a week (but really, it was awesome!).

So for tonight, I wanted to spice things up and find a new used to my recent new love: sriracha! I feel like I have kept this at arms-length for a long time, but now that I have tried it, I really understand the hype around this product.

Two versions: pasta and quinoa. Both delicious!

Two versions: pasta and quinoa. Both delicious!

I also wanted to try to make something similar to Parmesan cheese because it is one of my boyfriend’s favourite cheeses, and he grew up always putting Parmesan cheese on his pastas. So, I wanted to make him something reminiscent of this. Keeping in mind that I don’t really like Parmesan and never had some at home (there might be a link here), I tried my best! All I can say is that it certainly looks like Parmesan a lot (and is really good too; way better than the real stuff if you ask me!).

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Anyways, here is what you’ll need:

Pasta sauce:

  • One can of mixed beans (or your own mix, but a can is a lot faster)
  • 4 cups of roasted pumpkin chunks (I roasted mine with a little of salt and olive oil)
  • 1 small bottle of tomato sauce (I used a 400ml one, so a little less than 2 cups)
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbs sriracha hot sauce
  • salt to taste

Parmesan cheese:

  • 1/2 cup cashew nuts (I used raw and unsalted)
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp salt (or to your taste)

What you need to do:

  1. Cook your (gluten-free) pasta or quinoa according to your taste.
  2. In a non-stick pan set on medium heat, toss your beans and pumpkin. Let them mingle a little, until they are warmed up.
  3. Add the tomato sauce and spices.
  4. Mix well.
  5. That’s it!

For the Parmesan cheese:

  1. Put all the ingredients in your blender or food processor (I used my magic bullet) and blend until you have a yummy slightly yellow powder.

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I served this with some chopped arugula, but this is completely optional. If you serve it with quinoa, it might remind you of couscous. The Parmesan cheese adds a savory kick to this dish and makes this dish fun to prepare. My boyfriend enjoyed this and was really surprised to see that the texture was quite similar to the real thing. Yay! 🙂

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Let me know if you try this out!

 

Autumnal munchies

Today is a weird Monday, after a weird week-end. You know when some days nothing seems to go as planned? Well our week-end was quite like that. It started really well with my good friend coming over to carve out some pumpkins for Halloween. After much deliberation, we each settled for a design. I have to say my friend’s is quite elaborate and very impressive. We were sad to see her leave with her wonderful carving.

Front right to left: my boyfriend's scary creature, my friends elaborate design, and my not-so-halloweeny creation.

Front right to left: my boyfriend’s scary creature, my friends elaborate design, and my not-so-halloweeny creation.

After she left, we were left with the content of three big pumpkins. I really wanted to try roasting the seeds, and after some investigation on the web, I understood that the most important part of seed roasting was to let them dry. So I took advantage of my man’s wood working station and let my pumpkin seeds dry. Here is what I came up with!

Here is what you will need:

  • 2 cups seeds of any pumpkin, but I used those from the traditional sugar pumpkin.
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • zest of a lemon

Here is what you will do:

  1. Rinse out the raw seeds and separate them from the orange filaments.
  2. Toss the seeds on a tea towel on a flat surface and spread them out. Let them dry overnight.
  3. Preheat your oven to 300F.
  4. When the seeds are all dried, spread them on a line cookie sheet.
  5. Mix in the other ingredients and spread out evenly.
  6. Put in the oven and turn them every 10 minutes to prevent burning.
  7. The seeds are ready when all the moisture is gone and you are left with crispy deliciousness. It took about 30 minutes in my oven.

This is my first attempt at seed roasting, and I have to say I am quite happy with the way it turned out! I had not so good memories of trying this as a kid, but I now understand that it is the drying that makes all the difference. The seeds have a really nice crunch and the are perfect as a studying snack.

 

These were perfect with my afternoon tea!

These were perfect with my afternoon tea!

 

As to the rest of my week-end, well, let’s just focus on those lovely seeds. Sometimes, it’s best to celebrate good things, and ignore the rest.

Let me know if you try this out, and what other seasonings I should try next! I wish you all a great week and a peaceful Monday. Until next time, be safe and be lighthearted!