Spooky Pasta

Happy Halloween!!

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Isn’t my baby cousin the cutest!? She has multiple Halloween costumes today… such a princess already 🙂

Last night I made “Spooky Pasta” which used mainly healthy ingredients (minus the cheese!) and it was a big hit. It also includes Pumpkin and has a TON of protein… Good way to get your children to eat something different (or your husband).

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Spooky Pasta

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces pasta (I used mung bean pasta which is Gluten Free and has 20 grams of protein per serving)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 3/4 cup rice milk (or whatever milk you use)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Cook the pasta as directed on the package.
  • Melt the butter in pan over medium heat, add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
  • Add the milk, broth, pumpkin puree, goat cheese, Parmesan and pumpkin pie spice and simmer until the cheese has melted.
  • Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.
  • Poor sauce over cooked pasta and serve on a plate.
  • Add 2 goat cheese circles for eyes. I had to use chocolate chips for the eyeball but an olive would work best!

Enjoy!

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Hope everyone has a fun Halloween! If you get a chance, watch this 2 minute video my brother sent me about giving children healthy candy.

Do This For a Million Dollars

65 degrees at 7am!? I felt like we were seeing signs of fall — Hope I didn’t wish it upon us! I woke up “late” today because we were out celebrating Adam’s grandma’s Birthday!

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We had dinner at Montmartre, an adorable french bistro that gave us prime seating on the patio.

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Home grown herbs surrounded the patio and everything smelled so fresh.

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I opted for “Le Burger”. This was my first time eating red meat in 2 years and I think i picked a pretty tasty option to kick it off.

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Burger with melted brie, peppercorn sauce and a side of pommes frites. There were also appetizers, wine & dessert which means I should have been at the gym this morning but hey – sometimes sleep is more important.

I woke up this morning with a craving for a smoothie. I’m still loving these blueberry cheesecake protein smoothies!

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Tonight I have a dentist appointment, a manicure AND a massage on my to do list for after work… Guess it’s going to be another long night! Today is our Friday and we’re off to the Hampton’s tomorrow for more birthday celebrations.

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I was recently speaking to some women at work about things we would and wouldn’t do for a million dollars. Here are some of the scenarios:

Would you eat a moldy sandwich? Yes

Would you give up television for the rest of your life? As long as I have the internet.

Would you go on a bread and water diet for 3 years? 3 years? No. 3 months…yes.

Would you never eat meat again? Absolutely. Although that burger was delicious..

Would you move to another country permanently? It must be a country whose primary language you can’t speak. No way. I can barely live 3 hours from my family in a state that speaks my language.

Would you live the rest of your life 250 pounds overweight? A 250 pound overweight millionaire? No thanks.

Would you tattoo your forehead? Never.

Would you have all of your teeth pulled? No, I have nightmares of this!!

Would you camp out in a bikini in the middle of December in NYC for 24 hours? Sure, why not!?

 

Which one of these things would or wouldn’t you do for 1 million dollars?

Breakfast in Newport, RI

Have you ever been to Newport, RI? Let me tell you about the food… We didn’t have ONE bad meal while we were there. Granted I did a ton of research on the places we went ahead of time, I was extremely impressed!

The first breakfast place we went was Corner Cafe.

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We arrived at 7am on a Friday morning and this place was packed. We waited 5 minutes and got a seat near the window.

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After browsing the menu for  a few minutes, we finally made a choice. I went with the vegetable egg white omelet topped with avocado and a whole wheat pancake that I topped with fresh fruit.

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Everything was SO fresh and mmmmm worthy. Nothing was greasy and I would think about driving to Newport just to have this breakfast again. Too much, no?

Adam went big and ordered  The BEAST which was 2 eggs, toast, home fries, bacon, sausage and pancakes.

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Can we talk about these home fries?? No joke, the most amazing potato I’ve ever had in my life. They must be cooked in bacon grease! We decided to go back on our last day of the trip because I NEEDED these potatoes again. This time I ordered their special of the day: Whole Wheat French Toast w/ Cinnamon Yogurt and Fresh Fruit.

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Casual, yet gourmet. Another winner in my book!

Adam ordered the Dodgy Bob omelette (chorizo, onions, mushrooms, peppers, pepperjack & and hollandaise w/ toast & potatoes).

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It’s clear why this place is “famous for breakfast”. Most of the restaurants in Newport were pricey, but Corner Cafe was very affordable. Everything is fresh with a homemade taste and we were never disappointed. If there is a wait, it’s well worth it… This is by far one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in Newport, and ironically…the cheapest.

If you’re hungover and in the mood for a greasy quick breakfast, Peaceable Market is for you… We had a little way too much fun at the wedding the night before and could barely walk ourselves around to find a Gatorade. Luckily, we stumbled upon a place where we saw a lot of college kids going in and out of…that definitely means good hangover food.

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Can you guess which one is mine??