The best part of making this delicious recipe for Thanksgiving was seeing how incredibly easy it is to toast your own pumpkin seeds. Where has this idea been my whole life?? They’re great for:
- putting on top of stir-frys
- adding to salads
- snacking (dangerous, but good)
- putting on top of a pumpkin pie
With one bag of pumpkin seeds, you can make at least 3 servings of this – plenty of time to try all the combinations you can dream of!
Maple Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- 3/4 cup raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- pinch of salt
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, coating the seeds with oil and syrup. Pour into a foil-lined pan (rimmed cookie sheets work best, but I just used a baking dish).
- Cook until toasted – about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool before enjoying on top of anything and everything you can imagine.
For those nights when you can’t get enough cheese… when you want to use as few pans as possible… when you want leftovers you can eat for a week – this meal is for those nights!
Easy Cheesy Frittata
- 1 large head of broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 large onion, chopped into small pieces
- 2 whole eggs, beat
- 8 egg whites
- 2 cups cheese (I used a 4 cheese “Mediterranean” blend of sharp Provolone, feta, Kasseri, and Romano)
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 10 cherry tomatoes, halved, or two large tomatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
- Olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Caramelize the onions in a small frying pan, cooking over medium heat with olive oil until golden. Remove from pan and set aside in large bowl.
- Sauté the broccoli in a pan with water until it’s lightly steamed. Add chopped garlic and cook until easily cut with a fork. Add to the bowl with onions.
- Beat the eggs and cheese together, add to the bowl with cooked veggies and chopped tomatoes. Mix together and transfer to large baking dish.
- Cook for 25-30 mins or until cheese is melted and eggs are set. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between!
I’m a tidy person (as long as you don’t ask my coworkers). I take good care of my space and I like getting down and dirty now and then, with the reward of a sparkling house to show for my work.
But since I’ve started living in my current apartment, I never had time to really take on my chores the way they deserved. There was always something else I needed – or really wanted! – to do. Going to the gym, trivia with my friends, getting some great project knocked out at work, catching up with my family – there are a million ways I can think of spending a few hours, and they all kept winning over cleaning.
Then I read this amazing book: Happy Money, by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton. I heard Michael speak at the Boston Book Fest, bought the book on the spot, and think it’s the best purchase I ever made. Until this week.
Because this week, I finally got a house cleaner. And now, I’m never looking back.
Coming home and seeing that my stove really CAN get clean, looking at our shiny mirrors and smudge-free floors, kicking off the month with a squeaky-clean start – it made me realize how much I had resigned myself to just be constantly a little bit unhappy with our apartment, our home. I thought that somehow, if I couldn’t make this work on my own, I deserved to not be satisfied. But after reading Happy Money, I realized that this simply isn’t true – not when I could spend a few bucks to have some help. Now, I don’t just have a cleaner house – I have more time to do the things I care about (who would have thought you could buy time! These authors did!), and I have a house that I want to welcome people into 10x more than before. And I plan to do just that.
And if it gets dirty again because my friends and I have some fun? The cleaners are coming back next month, and we can start fresh – together – once more.