Lemon Roasted Asparagus

Spring is one of the most magical times of the year. I love the warmer temperatures, longer days, cherry blossoms and blooming flowers. I don’t love the dent in my wallet because of copious Allegra purchases, that being said. 😏

I also love spring produce! Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables, and while I cringe at off-season prices – I’ve bought it for $5.99 / lb. before, sad but true – I revel at being able to buy it for only $1.69 / lb. now. YEAH! It’s so easy to sauté on the stove quickly to toss with some pasta or serve as a side dish – I love to have it with some 7-minute eggs and red cabbage sauerkraut for breakfasts – but I also love to roast a bunch at once for an easy meal prep option. A solid full bunch gives me about 2 – 3 days of a vegetable side for my lunches during the work week.

I’ve got a quick and easy way to roast up some asparagus, tried and true. No frills, just a good recipe. Very…Pinterest-friendly. Haaaa.

Lemon Roasted Asparagus

Lemon Roasted Asparagus

Ingredients:

  • 1 large bunch asparagus, cleaned and woody ends removed
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil or neutral-flavored oil of choice
  • 1 lemon
    • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
    • 4 – 6 slices of lemon
  • Salt, to taste

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 425 °F .

2.) Arrange asparagus on lightly-greased rimmed cooking sheet.

3.) In a small bowl, combine olive oil and lemon zest. Drizzle evenly over asparagus; lightly roll and toss with hands to ensure even coating.

4.) Top asparagus with lemon slices, sprinkle with salt, and place in oven for 20 – 25 minutes; be sure to check after about 15 minutes of cooking, depending on how the temperature may distribute in your oven and the thickness of the asparagus. Remove when roasted to liking!

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Winter 2019 – Yoga By Candace Recipe Wrap-Up!

It’s been a minute, I know! (I’m a broken record…) My recipe development has diverged to other outlets, but I’m still gettin’ my cook on! Besides that, I’m still settling into a new office in Midtown East that I moved to in November, settling into life on the Upper West Side (again!), and fawning over the ability to be able to walk to a Trader Joe’s location that isn’t a mob scene that makes me want to curl up into a fetal position and cry. HA! (93rd &Columbus, thank goodness for this TJ’s! Now if only they carried Cauliflower Gnocchi on the reg…)

So! With that being said, I thought I’d do a round-up of some of the Yoga By Candace recipes I’ve developed over the past few months. I’ve created a lot of deliciousness – and have enjoying utilizing chicken, as you might notice – but these recipes are all excellent, especially if you’re in a meal preppin’ mood. Nothing like saving some proteins and vegetables, or some hearty soup, ready to go at a moment’s notice!


Yogurt-Marinated Sheet Pan Chicken with Chickpeas, Fennel, & Onions

Pear, Persimmon, & Pepita Baked Oatmeal

Happiest February to you all! Be sure to keep following my most up – to – date foodie adventures at my Instagram account @seeksatiation!

Peeeeeace. ✌️✌️✌️✌️

Pumpkin Ricotta Gnocchi

Pumpkin Ricotta Gnocchi

Hello, babes!

Another long break, right?

It just seems like my “foodieness” is going in a multitude of directions.

After a lot of long thought…I’ve realized that I don’t need to feel pressured to update this website 2 to 3 times a week, as this isn’t my full-time job. This blog shouldn’t cause me pressure, but rather be a leisurely outlet for some things that I love: recipe development, cooking, and photography.

I’ve felt pressured to rush through recipes, photograph them even if the lighting isn’t right – I am all about natural light photography – and stress myself out if I don’t have enough time. I’ve looked back through my last few recipes, and I’m not totally happy with my photography. It’s all a learning process – I learn from the old to see what I don’t want to do – but I’m feeling like I want to re-shoot the last six recipes I’ve posted. Ha!

If I update here once or twice a month, at my pace, so be it! It’s all good.

Plan B? I marry someone with a lot of money and a good spousal health insurance plan so I can quit my job and focus on this blog full-time! Ha! Maybe…maybe…

Outside of this blog, I have been doing a lot of work with Instagram food influencer agencies in NYC, as well as developing recipes for Yoga By Candace, which has left me feeling wonderful and inspired! It’s allowed me to meet fellow NYC-based food bloggers, marketers, content creators, and recipe developers; it’s quite the little community I’ve stumbled upon, full of absolutely wonderful folks! (Well, about 99% of the time. I’ve met once or two unpleasant folks that have looked down their noses at me, but, I digress. Haaaa…)

That being said, it’s time to break out some pumpkin gnocchi, y’all.

I was home in Connecticut this past weekend, feeling very inspired to whip up a few recipes. Perhaps it was the country air, the light glow of the sun lighting up the colorful foliage, the smell of pine needles on the ground, but I wanted to play around with autumnal flavors.

I’ve made this pumpkin gnocchi in the past, and it was just as delicious as I remembered. It was also as sticky as I remember it. Ha!

This is a great recipe to make when you have a nice leisurely stretch of time and want to make something wholly warming and filling. There is nothing like a toothsome piece of good gnocchi, in my opinion.

Pumpkin Ricotta Gnocchi
(Makes…a lot of gnocchi. Serves 2 – 4, depending on how much you want to share!)
(Adapted from Chowhound’s recipe for Pumpkin Gnocchi with Crème Fraîche–Sage Sauce)

Ingredients:

– 1 cup whole-milk ricotta
– 1 cup pumpkin purée
– 2 large egg yolks
– 2 teaspoons salt
– 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
– 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
– 1/4 teaspoon ground sage
– 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Before We Get Started…

– As you see, the original Chowhound recipe has that lovely Crème Fraîche–Sage Sauce to top it with. I…get lazy. Ha! But, if you are looking for something lovely to finish this gnocchi off with, two fresh sage leaves, finely chopped, combined with two tablespoons of melted butter, makes a simple and flavorful sauce!

Directions:

1.) On a large baking sheet, place parchment paper and flour lightly. Set aside.

1.) Combine ricotta, pumpkin, egg yolks, measured salt, brown sugar, nutmeg, and ground sage; stir until smooth. Slowly add the flour – roughly 1/2 cup at a time, and mix until the dough is combined; it should be a bit sticky and soft.

2.) Place flour on a work surface. Taking a rough handful of dough, carefully roll it on the floured surface into an even rope, roughly 3/4″ in diameter. Cut the rope into 3/4″ pieces. Place the gnocchi on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough until all gnocchi has been made.

4.) Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Line a second baking sheet with parchment paper (do not flour!) and set aside. Carefully add gnocchi to the boiling water in batches – you can do this in 3 to 4 batches – and cook until they float and cook for 3 – 4 minutes; gnocchi will be floating on the surface of the water when finished. Remove with a slotted spoon, gently shaking off any excess water, and transfer to the second prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all gnocchi is cooked.

5.) Serve immediately with preferred sauces or toppings, or allow gnocchi to cool and solidify before placing in an airtight container to freeze. Frozen gnocchi can be cooked again at a later time by adding to boiling water and cooking for approximately 3 minutes.

summer squash red onion pizza califlour foods

Summer Squash & Red Onion Pizza

I’m a gal that loves her pizza, and I am blessed to live in one of the undisputed pizza capitals of the country. I mean, within three blocks of my apartment, I have a Domino’s, a Papa John’s, a Little Caesar…

😏

But in all seriousness, between Pizza Palace up here in my my ‘hood (Inwood, baby!) to Sal & Carmine’s on the Upper West Side to hot spots like Roberta’s and Emily, it’s easy to be close to a good slice.

That being said, I always love to take a break from the traditional and funky NYC slices for something that’s a bit more nutrient-dense.

summer squash red onion pizza califlour foods

One of my favorite Instagram healthy living foodies is Elia of Feed Your Sister. Over the past few months, she’s introduced me to some excellent products to add to my pantry. One of these products is the gluten-free cauliflower-based crusts from Calilfour Foods. Now, I have no major food allergies or aversions (…save for my freak Brewer’s Yeast allergy, but it’s pretty damn easy for me to avoid beer and Vegemite. Ha!) and have found no change within my body if I’m eating gluten or not. Still, eating something cauliflower-based is definitely better than eating a ton of refined carbs within a traditional pizza crust. I attended a networking event Elia hosted a few weeks back, and she generously gifted all of her guests with two of their plant-based crusts!

summer squash red onion pizza califlour foods

Ahhhh, the possibilities…

summer squash red onion pizza califlour foods

I decided to go with what I had a large amount of in my vegetable crisper: summer squash and red onions! I spread a generous layer of ricotta cheese over the baked crust, loaded it with the squash and onions, topped it with fresh mozzarella – because of course – baked it per the directions, and I had a light but satisfying meal. Also, it was easy! Start to finish, it took less than 30 minutes.

summer squash red onion pizza califlour foods

Let’s be honest: I love a quick meal that’s healthy and allows me to get back to binge watching shows on Netflix in the evening. Haaa.

summer squash red onion pizza califlour foods

NOTE: This post was not sponsored by Califlour Foods. I am merely an enthusiastic new fan. Ha!

Summer Squash & Red Onion Pizza
(Makes 1 pizza, approximately 10″)

Ingredients:

– 1 Califlour Foods crust of choice!
– 4 ounces ricotta cheese
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1/4 cup zucchini, thinly sliced
– 1/4 cup yellow squash, thinly sliced
– 4 ounces fresh mozzerella, sliced

Before We Get Started…

– You can sub in 1/2 cup zucchini or 1/2 cup yellow squash if that is all you have!

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or place crust on pizza stone. Once the oven is ready, bake crust for 15 minutes. Remove crust from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

2.) In a small bowl, mix ricotta and salt. Spread mixture evenly on crust, just stopping short of the edges. Layer on sliced zucchini and yellow squash. Top with mozzarella. Place back in oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

3.) Remove from oven and serve immediately!

Sautéed Broccoli and Zucchini with Fried Egg

Sautéed Broccoli & Zucchini with Fried Egg

You guys…June is totally kicking my butt!

Is it REALLY the 18th already?!?!

I can’t even.

*yawn*

I’ve been so busy with so many things – at work and in my personal life – and there haven’t been enough hours in the day for me to write up and photograph a proper recipe in quite some time. I’m hoping to pop out at least one good one next Saturday, but…the way my month has been going…haha…busy busy busy! 

WELL, in the interim, I want to post this. Starting today, I started a new series on my Instagram feed – click here for your viewing pleasure, but of course! – which I am called “Screenshot Recipe Sunday”. After talking with both my followers and my fellow food bloggers / food Instagrammers, I’ve heard pretty loud and clear that a lot of y’all, while you love visiting food blogs, also love recipes that are simple to just take a screenshot of on their phones. I’m attempting to embrace that – goodness knows I love the same thing – and this was my first entry, a simple mix of sautéed veggies with a fried egg.

It’s insanely easy and customizable, and…well…pretty damn easy. While I will be posting the recipes on Instagram, I will also be posting them here each week.

I hope you enjoy this!

Sautéed Broccoli and Zucchini with Fried Egg

Sautéed Broccoli & Zucchini with Fried Egg
(Serves 1)

Ingredients:

– 2 tablespoons neutral-flavored oil (I use Nutiva Refined Coconut Oil)
– 1 medium zucchini, diced
– 1 cup broccoli florets, roughly chopped
– 1 teaspoon garlic powder
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1 tablespoon butter or ghee or neutral-flavored oil
– 1 egg

Directions:

1.) Heat sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add oil; once oil is shimmering, add vegetables. Season with garlic powder and salt. Cook for 5 – 7 minutes or until vegetables are cooked through. Scrape up any brown bits, but don’t allow vegetables to get burned. Remove from heat, place vegetables on a plate, and set aside.

2.) In a small saute or frying pan, heat butter (or alternative) over medium heat. Gently crack egg into pan and cook as desired; as photographed, a sunnyside up fried egg will take roughly 5 minutes to cook, as all of the whites should be set before serving. Remove from pan and place on top of vegetables. EAT.