How to Cook an Entire Pumpkin Pt. 2: Roast Pumpkin With Feta & Honey

Pumpkin with Feta and Honey

In honor of my favorite fall food, I’ll be taking apart a pumpkin one piece at a time to show you how to make an entire meal (appetizer, entrée, and dessert) with one five-pound pumpkin! Here’s how to make the meat into an entrée!

Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


You will need:

2 Lb. Pumpkin, peeled and cut into bite sized cubes
3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
3 Tbsp. Honey
3 Tbsp. Balsamic Glaze
1 Tbsp. Salt
1.7 Oz. Crumbled Feta Cheese
1/2 Tsp. Chili Flakes
Salt and pepper to season

To make:

  1. Preheat oven to 410F.
  2. Toss the pumpkin cubes in the oil and bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Drizzle with honey, balsamic glaze, feta and chili flakes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot or cold. (I served it over an arugula salad and it was delicious!)

Credit: Adapted from Not Quite Nigella

How to Cook an Entire Pumpkin Pt. 1: Prep & Seeds

How to Cook a Pumpkin I love pumpkin-flavored things, and I’m not talking about the latte-variety. Two years ago, during my semester abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, I joined a farming co-op that in the winter months delivered bags of vegetables to my door. The co-op specialized in seasonal vegetables that could withstand the freezing Scandinavian fall, so I ate way too many beets and pumpkins from August through December of 2012. My roommates and I made use of our pumpkins with pastas, soups, and some failed attempts at pumpkin cookies, but the experience made me realize how over-looked actual pumpkins are for the amount of “pumpkin spiced” things stocked in Trader Joe’s this season.

In honor of my favorite fall food, I’ll be taking apart a pumpkin one piece at a time to show you how to make an entire meal (appetizer, entrée, and dessert) with one five-pound pumpkin, starting with the seeds! [Read more…]

Cauliflower Rotini (AKA The Perfect “One Bowl” Meal)

Cauliflower Rotini

I didn’t realize it until years later (actually this morning), but my mom tricked me growing up. Instead of making macaroni and cheese, she would cook me this vegetable-laden bowl filled with cauliflower and parmesan cheese. Today, this dish is my go-to easy dinner for nights when I want a cut above ramen but don’t feel like cooking an entire meal. It has everything I need in one course, with protein (chicken broth and parmesan), carbs (pasta), and vegetables (cauliflower) and makes the best leftovers!

Time: 35 Minutes
Yield: 4 Servings

You will need: 

2 tbsp. olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 head cauliflower rinsed, trimmed from core, and separated into 1-inch pieces
12 oz. dried rotini pasta or another shape about 1 inch long
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper

To make: 

  1. Pour oil into a 12-inch frying pan with 2-inch-high sides over medium heat. When hot, add garlic and stir until fragrant but not brown, about 1 minute. Add cauliflower and stir to coat, about 1 minute.
  2. Stir in pasta and chicken broth. Bring to a simmer over high heat, then cover, reduce heat, and cook, stirring often, until pasta is just tender to bite and liquid has reduced to a creamy sauce, 15 to 20 minutes. If the mixture begins to stick before the pasta is done, add more chicken broth ½ cup at a time. Stir in cheese and salt and pepper to taste.

10 Ways to Enjoy Fall as Much as Summer

10 Ways to Enjoy Fall as Much as Summer

Ever since I moved to New York, I’ve been dreading the freezing morning commutes to work, and the fact that I’m going to have to hibernate indoors as soon as the first chill comes (I don’t do well with cold). But while the temperature drops, rather than mourn the end of summer, I’ve found a few ways to make it last as I transition into the fall and winter months.

  1. With all of the pumpkin products out there this season, this is one that I can really go for. (Because who says popsicles are just for summer?)
  2. Keep enjoying morning smoothies – but add an immunity boost so you don’t fall victim to the awful cold going around your office!
  3. Add maple syrup to everything. It’s the honey of fall.
  4. Run in the rain (if not for the excuse to jump in puddles, but for the amazing feeling of warming up afterwards).
  5. Enjoy fall variations on flowers around your home.
  6. Switch out your rootbeer floats for apple cider floats.
  7. Work out outside! Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you have to be stuck at the gym.
  8. Enjoy all of your favorite fruits year-round with jams and preserves!
  9. Have a weekend getaway – to a cabin, instead of the beach!
  10. Bring the soirée indoors and turn your summer bottles into a fall favorite.

Go Gymless

Go Gymless Plank In high school, nearly every sport and physical activity I did was outside, from cross country running, to skiing and hiking. As a result, I rarely set foot in a gym, and when I worked out inside, it was usually in a yoga studio. One of the most difficult parts of moving to New York for me has been it’s lack of trails. Everyone I know has a gym membership, and while I will likely have to join one within the next few months when it becomes too cold to run outside, in the meantime, I’m making the best out of the New York great outdoors and creating my own workout plans with the help of the city (and great apps).

Use your environment. Cities are filled with natural “workout machines” like park benches, stairs, ledges, and pull-up bars. With a little creativity, you can get nearly as much from these “machines” as you can from your gym’s. Use the bench to do step-ups, tricep dips, and push-ups with your feet on the bench. Do stair repeats every time you pass a set, and challenge yourself to a sixty second plank every time you pass a ledge or flat spot of ground.

Use apps. One of the other side effects of doing so many sports in high school and college is that I’m very reliant on a coach telling me what to do. While I’m able to create my own workout routine, I prefer someone guiding me through it. I’ve been using the Nike Training Club app for years for strength training, and recently discovered the Yoga Studio app, which provides guided yoga practice when you have an extra fifteen minutes in your day but can’t make it to the studio.

Ditch the treadmill. If you refuse to abandon your BowFlex for park benches, try to get your cardio outdoors. There have been several studies that reveal that running and cycling outside have better benefits than their indoor alternatives. Before heading out, check a map and plan your route – I always find that I run faster and longer when I’m confident in where I’m going. The Nike Running app is also great for checking your progress and giving you mileage and mile time updates.