Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I can’t go through fall without posting a pumpkin recipe so here it is.  These chocolate chip cookies are so amazingly fluffy and moist.  I have never made chocolate chip cookies that stayed perfectly plump like these ones.  They have that perfect fall taste of pumpkin and cinnamon with all the gooiness of normal chocolate chip cookies.  Basically, these are a must make!  The recipe is from Two Peas and Their Pod which is one of my favorite food blogs with tons of great recipes.  This recipe is very similar to my pumpkin chocolate chip cookie bars that I made last year which are also amazingly delicious!  Hurry up and make these, I promise you won’t regret it!

 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip CookiesPumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 3 Dozen

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 cups chocolate chips (I ended up using 3 cups)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and spices. Set aside.
Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add the egg, vanilla, and pumpkin and mix until combined, about 3 minutes. Slowly add in the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Drop by large, rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 13 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to brown around the edges. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for two minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.
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Meal Prep Sunday

Little Bites of Everything ~ Meal Prep Sunday

Two posts in one day…WHAT?!?! I’m just so excited about our meal prepping on Sundays!!! I wanted to share what we have planned for the week so I figured I’d share a quick little post.  The pictures aren’t the greatest quality because they were taken with my iPhone and I was in a rush to get it all done before the Pirate game started.  Yep, the Pirates are in the playoffs and it’s such an extremely exciting time here in Pittsburgh and it’s so great to see.  I was out this morning and EVERYONE was wearing a Pirates shirt which is just so cool!  The game right now looks like football atmosphere more than baseball and Pittsburghers sure know how to be sports fans that’s for sure.  I bet we could have a chess team and the fans would be phenomenal!

Anyway, we’ve been really working on cleaning up our diet and in order to do that it’s so very important to plan ahead of time.  I love the saying “Fail to plan, plan to fail.”  It is so true so we are really focusing on the planning part lately.  Sundays are the best time for us to make our meals for the week and get our fruits and vegetables prepped and ready to go.  We are trying to eat as clean as possible and while we aren’t weighing our food and counting macros, I hope to start doing that soon so we can really get in the zone…one thing at a time first!  Along with prepping food, we are also trying to get a Green Smoothie in each day.  We recently got a NurtiBullet and TONS of fruits and veggies to make all kinds of crazy concoctions (recipes to come soon!).  For this coming week I prepared the following:

Grilled some salmon burgers (we already have some grilled chicken and burgers ready from yesterday)

Black beans and quinoa and you can find my black bean recipe here (I used canned black beans though which makes prep time a lot faster)

Turkey pasta sauce with mushrooms and for the most part I followed my spaghetti sauce recipe here 

Spaghetti squash for the “pasta” and Trader Joes has spaghetti squash for $2.69 EACH which is an AMAZING price!

Chopped salad (I’ve been a salad snob lately and only want a good “chopped” salad).  Chopped Romaine, carrots, celery, black olives, tomato, hearts of palm, sunflower seeds and avocado.

Roasted Sweet Potato coins with cinnamon (amazing!)

Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli (loving this combo roasted lately!)

*As I mentioned before, I was trying to get this done quick so I have no recipes but I will definitely try to have recipes for the future

Some shots of a beautiful Fall morning cardio session on the trail.  I sure am blessed to live where I live and have the ability to get outside and enjoy this beauty!

Fall Cardio

Fall Cardio

Green Smoothie

Post cardio Green Smoothie with Kale, Sunflower Seeds, Flax, Pineapple and Honeydew

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Grilled Pork Chops with Chimichurri Sauce

Grilled Pork Chops with Chimichurri Sauce

 

I don’t know about where you are, but here in Pittsburgh that feeling of fall that started creeping in quickly left and now it’s back to summer.  It’s supposed to be 85 degrees here today! That’s nuts! But it’s ok because the Pirates are playing and the weather is just keeping that baseball feeling going a bit longer.  I’m totally fine with that!  So I’m throwing you all a grill recipe while we still can…

 

I have been craving a nice thick pork chop for about 3 years now (yes THREE years!).  While in Milwaukee a few years ago, we ate at a restaurant called Umami Moto and it was delicious! I ordered a pork chop only because I had read reviews that they were phenomenal and I was definitely not disappointed.  I’m not usually a pork chop kind of girl but ever since eating that one, I’ve been craving a nice fat juicy pork chop.  So I bought a couple and found what looked to be a pretty good recipe of Emeril’s.  It wasn’t just pretty good, it hit the spot!  It’s marinated in and topped with a chimichurri sauce.  Now, I have never made or ate a chimichurri sauce until now so I really didn’t know what to expect, well now that I know what it’s all about, I will be making this stuff to put on EVERYTHING!  It’s so delicious and fresh tasting.  Chimichurri is a sauce used for grilled meats consisting of chopped parsley, garlic, oregano, olive oil and red or white vinegar.  Emeril’s recipe puts a little twist on it with jalapeno, shallots, and lots of fresh herbs.  If you love fresh herby things, you will love this!  Definitely make sure you have some nice grilled crusty bread on hand to soak up all the juices :)

Grilled Pork Chops with Chimichurri Sauce

Grilled Pork Chops with Chimichurri Sauce

Grilled Pork Chops with Chimichurri Sauce

Ingredients

1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2/3 cup sherry wine vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons minced shallots
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1 jalapeno
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/4 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper
4 (12-ounce) double-cut pork chops
4 pieces grilled crusty bread

Instructions

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the olive oil, sherry vinegar, lemon juice, basil, garlic, shallots, cilantro, oregano, parsley, jalapeno and crushed red pepper. Pulse until well blended but do not puree. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the black pepper. Remove 1 cup of the chimichurri sauce from the processor and transfer to a non-reactive bowl, cover with plastic wrap and reserve at room temperature for up to 2 hours. If cooking pork another day, refrigerate sauce and return to room temperature before serving.
Season the pork chops on both sides with the remaining 2 teaspoons of the kosher salt and the remaining teaspoon of the black pepper and place in a large, resealable plastic food storage bag. Add the remaining chimichurri sauce from the processor. Seal bag and refrigerate the pork chops for at least 2 and up to 4 hours.
Preheat a grill to medium.
Once the pork chops have finished marinating, remove them from the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature for 45 minutes. Brush the excess chimichurri sauce off the chops and set the chops over the hot grill. Cook for 7 to 8 minutes on the first side. Turn the chops over and continue to cook until they are done, another 7 to 8 minutes.
Once cooked through, serve the chops with the crusty bread and pour 1/4 cup of the reserved chimichurri sauce over each chop before serving.
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Tomato Basil Pizza

Tomat Basil Pizza | Little Bites of Everything

While I am still doing the Fresh Start Cleanse for another 2 weeks, I thought I would share some of the amazing foods that I made last weekend with you guys.  I had so many recipes that I had come across and wanted to try recently so I made a bunch of things last weekend and I’m so excited to share them on here because they were all super delicious!

As far as the cleanse goes, it’s going pretty well.  I am totally missing meat though, I’m such a meat eater, it’s crazy.  I’m loving all of the recipes so far, it’s basically just a bunch of clean eating, mostly veggies and healthy fats with some fruits added into the green smoothies.  I’m loving the green smoothies for breakfast in the morning and after the cleanse, I think I may start adding some protein powder to them to keep me fuller a little longer.  I did notice feeling a little sluggish these past few days though which is expected, but today I feel great!  If this is something you are interested in doing, you can start at any time, just visit the site here.

Now onto this gorgeously delicious tomato basil pizza…You have GOT to try this one, I promise you will love it. I found the recipe in the most recent Cooking Light issue and knew I had to try it.  I used Trader Joe’s pizza crust because I absolutely love it.  The sauce is a basil, garlic, oil puree that is seriously amazing and makes the whole house smell like an Italian restaurant (who doesn’t love that smell???).  I used some burrata cheese which is so delicious.  It looks like a ball of mozzarella from the outside, but it’s really just an outer shell of mozzarella with a creamy inside that spills out when you cut it.  It’s awesome on pizza!  You can use regular old mozzarella for this recipe too and it will be just fine.  This is a great way to use up some of those tomatoes that you don’t know what to do with.  There’s nothing that says summer more like tomatoes and basil…oh and baseball of course (Let’s go Bucs!) �

Tomato Basil Pizza | Little Bites of Everything

Tomato Basil Pizza | Little Bites of Everything

Tomato Basil Pizza | Little Bites of Everything

Tomato Basil Pizza

Tomato Basil Pizza

Ingredients

12 oz refrigerated fresh pizza dough
1 cup fresh basil leaves
6 garlic cloves
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
4 oz fresh burrata cheese
2 large heirloom tomatoes, cut into ¼ inch thick slices
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
½ tsp kosher salt

Instructions

Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500 degrees.
Let the pizza dough stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Place basil, garlic, and 2 Tbsp oil in a small food processor; pulse 3 times to form a paste. Add remaining oil and pulse until smooth.
Roll dough out into a circle on a floured surface (or you can use your hands); Carefully remove pizza stone from oven and place the dough on the stone
Spread the basil mixture over the dough and top evenly with the cheese, tomatoes and pepper
Bake at 500 degrees for about 12 minutes or until crisp
Top with parmesan cheese and oregano if you prefer
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