Holidayz.

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Burrito’s & Bloody Mary’s

 

 

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Veggie Burrito

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Life lessons w/ this guy!

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Sotelo Selfies

So many birthdays this weekend! The Los Gatos Christmas parade was a success! Let’s just say it was packed with people as the whole downtown area shuts down for the festivities. We had a front line view at Oak and Rye and got to stuff our faces with breakfast burritos, breakfast pizza (that wasn’t mine) & a bloody mary! Those pics pretty much sum up my eventful last two days. The holidays and parties can sometimes get us distracted buuutttt I am happy to be the back to the  [ absolutely m u c h- n e e d e d] gym today. Happy Monday!

Countdown to Thanksgiving.

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{Last Year’s Stuffed Mushrooms}

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{Slow Cooker Garlic Herb Mushrooms}

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{Parmesan Roasted Cauilflower}


Happy Almost Thanksgiving! Crazy to believe #1 that it is already the end of November, and #2 that the holiday season has begun! Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday considering I have a slight obsession with all things food: grocery stores, prepping, cooking…and well the vino of course! I have been browsing Pinterest the last couple of days trying to find some vegetarian side dishes that I am usually responsible for. Last year I made stuffed mushrooms, beet salad, brussels sprouts and I think if my memory serves me right I did a pumpkin cheesecake as well. YUM! I am salivating just thinking about it. This year I am leaning towards a slow cooker recipe for the mushrooms and roasted cauliflower with parmesan cheese (pictured above).

Since I don’t have a lot of time off on a regular basis (2 jobs, gym, traveling etc.) it will be nice to soak up 2 full days of rest and relaxation. Catching up with the fam bam will of course be an added bonus! Do you guys have any fun plans for Thanksgiving?? What are you making? I want to hear! Maybe we can feature some of your recipe newtritionsavysarah.com

Thanks Pinterest for helping me search for the perfect Thanksgiving recipes!

 

 

 

It’s V DAY!

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Happy Valentines Day! Sending a little piece of my heart out to all of you today. Remember, you don’t need Valentines day show people how much you love them. : )

Tamale Time.

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{Fresh Coffee Cake…not newtritionsavvy} 😉

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{My beautiful Mama}

{My Sisters}

Friends! How was your Chritmas holiday?? We made it through! Mine was a two day filled family event. Christmas eve we spent the morning at my sisters for brunch and some quality time with my, mom, uncles, aunts, cousins and the friends we choose to call family. It was such a great day- the rain broke so we were able to enjoy the day without horrible weather. We celebrated with mimosas, an amazing vegetarian quiche (courtesy of my sister) and of course tamales (jalapeno and cheese for me) + rice and beans. What kind of Mexican holiday would it have been without that! They were sooooo yummy. It’s always a great time to spend with the family that lives so close and don’t see enough! I hope you are all enjoying the time off and preparation into the new year. Don’t forget, just because it’s a holiday doesn’t mean you get to be sluggish. Think ahead, you won’t have to work as hard come January 1. I’ll share more pictures from Christmas tomorrow….until then-  Happy Wednesday!

Quinoa w/ Butternut Squash and Kale

During the fall season, squash is everwhere to be seen AND it’s cheap. This recipe was made over Thanksgiving but  it can be used as a main dish (if vegetarian) or a great side dish if not. It’s full of kale, walnuts, quinoa, butternut squash. Kale is not only low calorie, but has zero fat and is rich in fiber (along with quinoa). You will feel full without the bloated feeling that most rice dishes can give you.

Give it a try!

What you’ll need:

1 1/2 cups quinoa (I like a mixture of red and white quinoa for color)
1 bay leaf
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
1 tablespoon organic cane sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 ribs celery, diced
2 medium leeks,  washed and chopped 
1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
3 ounces curly kale, chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 – 2 teaspoons fresh sage or thyme, finely chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
1/3 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Directions:

Prepare the quinoa according to package instructions, substituting chicken or vegetable broth for the liquid called for in the instructions and adding the bay leaf to the pot with the liquid prior to cooking. Discard the bay leaf after cooking.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and adjust rack to middle position.

Toss squash with coconut oil, whole cane sugar, and salt. Spread the pieces evenly in a baking dish and cover with foil. Roast for 15 minutes, remove foil and then roast for an additional 20 minutes, until edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a medium to large cast iron skillet or saute pan add the olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add the celery and saute for 2 – 3 minutes, until slightly tender. Add the leeks and saute an additional 2 – 3 minutes, until the leeks and celery are tender and fragrant. Add the garlic and saute 1 minute more.

Reduce the heat to low. Add the chopped kale and saute over low heat just until the kale has wilted.

In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, vegetables from the saute pan, cranberries, fresh parsley and your choice of thyme or sage. Stir until combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Just before serving, top with 1/3 cup of chopped walnuts, if desired.

Just A Little Glimpse

Wowee! Is it me or did this 4 day weekend fly by? Between volunteering, Turkey Trot, and eating too much I am ready to get back into the grind. Don’t get me wrong, I love holidays but by the end of the weekend it seems like I overdid myself and need some reality in my life. This including a good workout. I woke up today feeling a little under the weather, but am determined to pump myself with some wheatgrass shots, vitamins, and lots of hot tea. I will NOT get sick! Here are some pictures from my Thanksgiving. As always, it was a great time cooking, chatting and enjoying time with family. There was an excess of veggies (obviously)- my cousin made the coconut shrimp, and a delicious butternut squash/quinoa dish (recipe to come). I made a beet salad, veggie saute, mushroom gravy, brussel sprouts annnnd pumpkin cheesecake. It was amazing. Believe it or not, there was even a Turkey! I hope you all had a great holiday, ate too much and are ready to get back into Monday! Another opportunity for a great week.

It’s All About The Sides

{Beet + Fennel + Fig Salad}

{Roasted Brussels Sprouts w/ Cranberry Pistachio Pesto}

{Cider Roasted Vegetables- Pair w/ Polenta, Rice or Quinoa}

{Heavenly Mashed Potatoes}

{Leek Bread Pudding}

{Cranberry Orange Relish- So easy to make from scratch}

With 8 days left until Thanksgiving (Where has the time gone) I can’t help but search the internet high and low for some new veggie sides. I know, I know, some people thing it’s the turkey that MAKES Thanksgiving- but for me it’s all the sides that fill my belly. This is by far my favorite holiday. I absolutely LOVE to cook, spend time with family and most of all eat! Who doesn’t??? I am running the Turkey Trot the morning of Thanksgiving so I won’t feel as guilty about stuffing my face. All that aside, it’s a chance to step back and give thanks as well as appreciate everything we have in our lives. We should do this more than once a year don’t you think?? If you aren’t into cooking- leave it to your family members, kick back and relax! Just remember- dish duty is on you!!!

*I attached all recipes to the pictures- and do not claim the rights to any of these photos!

What are some of your favorite sides that I should know about?? Help a sista out!

 

Labor Day BBQ.

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{Backyard View…not too shabby}

                             {My cousins who are really like my sisters}

{Intense game of Scategories}

{Cracked Pepper Water Cracker, Cream Cheese and Apricot Jam}

{Heavenly Greens- Spinach, Basil and Romaine}

{Fall is Officially Here….Homemade Pumpkin Pie}

{Finished the night off with a game of Mexican Train}

I wish all weekends were 3 days and full of BBQ and family time! Hope it was a great Labor Day and a couple days to rejuvenate for the week. Make it a great one everybody!