Garlic Lemon Zucchini Noodles

Since I got back from my trip, I’ve really been focusing on getting back into shape. I exercise everyday, and try to eat healthy foods. That’s why I haven’t posted my usual cookie and cupcake recipes! But I promise they’ll be back soon ;)

Garlic Lemon Zucchini Noodles from Square Root of Pie

This recipe is really great especially since it’s been so hot here in LA. It may technically be fall already, but it’s still 95 degrees outside! This dish is completely raw, so no sweating over the stove.

Garlic Lemon Zucchini Noodles from Square Root of Pie

I eat this as a meal, but if you want something a little heartier it would still make a great side dish, or even a healthy afternoon snack.

Garlic Lemon Zucchini Noodles from Square Root of Pie

Garlic Lemon Zucchini Noodles
Vegan, gluten free. Serves 1 as a meal or 2 as a side dish.

Ingredients
1 medium zucchini
handful (6-7) cherry tomatoes, halved
4-5 leaves fresh basil, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 Tbsp olive oil
splash balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
1.
Make zucchini noodles using a julienne peeler. Put in a medium mixing bowl with tomatoes and basil, and set aside.
2. Combine all remaining ingredients in a small bowl to make a vinaigrette.
3. Toss noodles with vinaigrette until completely coated. Enjoy!

Garlic Lemon Zucchini Noodles from Square Root of Pie

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Lemon Pepper Kale Chips

After an extremely long vacation, I’ve been back in the States for about a week and a half now. I had an amazing time, but I’m really happy to be home – traveling is exhausting! This was my first time backpacking. I went to England, The Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Turkey! I got to meet a lot of awesome people from all over.

Now I’m just at home relaxing for a bit before I move to New York City and start my new life. I have a lot of free time, so I’m trying to take advantage of it while I can! Unfortunately, sitting around the house with the television on leads to a lot of snacking…

Lemon Pepper Kale Chips from Square Root of Pie

This snack is a tasty, healthy alternative to potato chips. It definitely fulfills your craving for crunchy, salty foods, but without all the guilt.

Lemon Pepper Kale Chips from Square Root of PieI have to say, I’m usually not much of a kale fan… it’s too bitter! A little bit of kale, okay. But a whole kale salad? Never in a million years! I can’t do it! I know it’s good for me, but I can’t eat it. Kale chips on the other hand… I can eat a whole batch of these all by myself.

Lemon Pepper Kale Chips
Vegan, gluten free.

Ingredients
1 bunch kale, washed and dried
1-2 Tbsp lemon olive oil
salt
fresh cracked pepper

Instructions
1.
Preheat oven to 300F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Remove stems from kale and cut leaves into 1 1/2 to 2 inch pieces. (The leaves will shrink in the oven, so cut pieces bigger than you want your chips!)
3. Put kale in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, and toss to coat evenly.
4. Spread out kale on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
5. Bake for 25-30 min, until crisp.

Lemon Pepper Kale Chips from Square Root of Pie

I love these with the lemon olive oil! It really gives it a nice flavor. If you don’t have any, you can always use regular olive oil with a bit of lemon juice, or experiment with other flavors!

Lemon Pepper Kale Chips from Square Root of Pie

My Favorite Grocery Store

Trader Joe’s, hands down. At least for awesome vegetarian options. They don’t always have everything I want for baking, but they never let me down for dinner.

A little while ago I picked up a package of TJ’s Soy Chorizo to try. I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to do with it, and then I found this amazing website, Cooking with Trader Joe’s. I’ve seen Trader Joe’s cookbooks before, but as a vegetarian I found most of the recipes useless to me. But a website, where you can search for recipes with specific TJ’s products? This is the greatest thing on the internet, my friends. Besides this gif I made of myself morphing into Beyonce for my computational photography class.

This recipe is super easy. Like, 10 min prep time, 15 min cook time, eat leftovers for days easy. And it calls for no spices. What?! WHAT?! I know. Because the soyrizo is just that delicious enough on its own.

Soyrizo Chili
Vegan. Serves 3-4. Adapted from Cook TJ.

Ingredients
half package Trader Joe’s soy chorizo
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 can corn, drained
14oz canned diced tomatoes
1/4 red onion, diced
~1/3 C carrots, diced
olive oil

Instructions
1.
In a medium saucepan, saute onions and carrots in olive oil until softened.
2. Add all other ingredients and bring to a boil.
3. Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for 15 min.
4. Serve hot, topped with cheese, cilantro, avocado, sour cream, etc.

Look at how chunky that chili is! Just how I like it. I wish I had thought ahead and bought Frito’s to make Frito Pie!

I Eat Vegetables

I promise, I do.

I realized I refer to this as a vegetarian food blog, but instead of posting creative vegetarian recipes I just post desserts! Which is especially silly since I eat an awful lot of creative vegetarian food. So I’m going to focus more on posting recipes for *real* food, not just desserts. Although I won’t ever lose my sweet tooth, I promise :) Exciting recipes forthcoming!

I got to run around Seattle a couple of weeks ago for a job interview, which was pretty fun. There wasn’t a ton of things to do as a tourist besides drink lots and lots of yummy coffee, but I did stop by Pike Place Market where they have the first Starbucks, lots of smelly fish, and tons of produce stands.

So that’s kind of my inspiration for this dish – it’s really all about the vegetable. That and the fact that I happened to stop by the Asian market and picked these up! You can serve it as a side, or I like to eat tons of it as a snack.

Spicy Garlic Bok Choy
Feel free to double or even triple the recipe, depending on how many people you’re serving.

Ingredients
3 baby bok choy, halved
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp teriyaki sauce
1 tsp sriracha
1 large clove garlic, minced
chili flakes to taste

Instructions
1.
Steam bok choy in the microwave, about two minutes.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together all sauces and spices. Add the bok choy and coat thoroughly. Serve warm.

Easy right? And delicious.

Martha

I don’t like Martha Stewart. I tend to avoid her recipes and I never buy her craft supplies. I just don’t like her. But her macaron recipe is fabulous. I followed it exactly, so I’m just going to link you to it. I feel awful linking to her website because I really don’t like her, but you gotta do what you gotta do I guess.

I had whipped up a batch of mousse a few days before, so I used that as the filling for the macarons. The best part about this mousse is… it’s secretly healthy! Not to mention vegan. Which is kind of silly since I put it inside an egg based cookie, but you can eat this by itself too. Or use it as a dipping sauce for fruit or something. It’s not quite as fluffy as normal mousse, maybe a little closer to pudding, but still so delicious and summery.

Raspberry Mousse
Vegan.

Ingredients
1 block Mori-Nu silken tofu
1 1/2 C raspberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 C sugar
1/2 tsp almond, orange, or vanilla extract

Instructions
1.
If using frozen raspberries, thaw and drain.
2. Put everything in a food processor or blender until smooth.
3. Transfer to serving dishes or a large plastic container and chill in the refrigerator at least 2 hours.

For the macarons, I thought teal would complement the pink of the mousse nicely. Also, a note about the recipe – when it says beat the egg whites for 8 minutes, it means it. Don’t cut out early.

I used a frosting tip to pipe the batter out, but you could just snip off the corner of a plastic bag. They might not be as pretty, but they’ll taste the same!

Breakfasting Alone

This semester is going by so quickly – I can’t believe it. Only five weeks left in the semester, including this one, and then it’s finals and then my internship. I’m starting to feel like I haven’t done nearly as much cooking as I wanted to. Well, let me rephrase that. I cook everyday, but usually it’s lazy cooking. Pasta, sandwiches, whatever. I haven’t done as much fun and exciting cooking as I wanted.

I’ve been experimenting with tempeh quite a bit, actually. I like the taste and texture better than tofu, and it’s more versatile too. I have a hard time putting tofu in anything that isn’t Asian. I know how to put it with noodles or rice, but anything else and I just feel like it doesn’t belong! The other day I made fake Spam musubi with tempeh, which was pretty good (and super Asian), but you can definitely do more with it than that. For example, my bbq tempeh, or the really great sandwich I made the other day. I cut the tempeh really small and grilled it with some baby bella mushrooms, then stirred it up with some pesto I picked up at Trader Joe’s. Put that with some spinach and wheat bread, and you’ve got yourself a really great meal.

I have this bizarre obsession with vegan baked goods. I’m not a vegan, of course, but I love baking things and then saying GUESS WHAT THAT’S VEGAN! What I hate, though, is “vegan” recipes that call for “vegan butter” or “vegan cream cheese” or whatever. Taking a regular recipe and subbing in vegan versions of the ingredients doesn’t make a real vegan recipe.

This past weekend my Weekend Breakfast partner in crime was busy, so I decided to go vegan just for fun.

Blueberry Walnut Muffins 
Vegan. Original recipe here. Makes 12 muffins.

Ingredients
1 C quick or rolled oats
1 C soy milk
1 Tbsp agave nectar
1 tsp almond extract (or vanilla)
1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax meal mixed with 2 tbsp water)
1 C flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp flax meal
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 C sugar
1/3 C chopped walnuts
1 1/3 C fresh or frozen blueberries

Instructions
1.
Preheat oven to 400F.
2. In a medium bowl, mix together oats, milk, agave, and almond extract.
3. While the oats are soaking, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, chia, flax, salt, and sugar.
4. Stir in the flax egg, walnuts, and oats. Last, add blueberries.
5. Spoon into muffin cups and bake 20-25 minutes.

I used frozen blueberries, which was fine I think. As soon as I stirred in the berries, the batter turned a crazy greenish color. They looked like zombie muffins but they tasted great! Not too sweet – perfect for breakfast. Although I will say you have to eat them fast. Since there’s no oil in the batter, by the second day they’re already pretty dried out. I wrapped them in a damp paper towel and zapped them in the microwave for 15 seconds, which helped, but these are definitely meant to be eaten the day of.

Hostess with the Mostest

Double recipe post!! So last Saturday, I decided to invite some other interns over for dinner since my roommate was out of town and I was bored. Surprise, surprise, it ended up just me and the boys. Occupational hazard, I guess.

Anyway, my roommate’s fish was sick, and she said that if I put a couple of peas in the tank they would get better. I have NEVER heard of this before. Have any of you? It seemed so silly, but it works – her fish is swimming fine now! I healed the fish with two peas and had a huge bag left over. That was the motivation behind this recipe.

Spinach and Pea Pesto
Vegan. (adapted from Sunny Vegan)

Ingredients:
1 C peas (thawed if frozen – I microwaved mine)
1 C spinach
1/2 C chopped walnuts (raw)
1/4 C fresh basil
1/3 C olive oil
Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
2 cloves garlic, chopped

Special Tools:
Food processor (or a good blender)

 Instructions:
1.
 Pulse walnuts in food processor until they form a fine meal.
2. Slowly add in the peas and spinach, pouring in olive oil as needed so it will process. I ended up using a bit more than 1/3 C because my blender was being mean, but the end product was slightly more oily than I wanted. I was just impatient.
3. Add basil, lemon, and garlic.

4. Mix with 1lb of your favorite pasta and serve.

So then, for dessert, I really wanted to make ice cream. I felt guilty making ice cream after a vegan entree, but I really wanted it. That makes it okay, right?

The only good fruit on sale at the market was strawberries, but I’ve already done strawberry ice cream, and I wanted to experiment! I remembered I had about a third of a bag of frozen blueberries laying around, so I thought, why not? Let me just tell you, it turned out great. If I didn’t have company, I probably would have pigged out way more than I did on this stuff.

Blueberry Ice Cream
(adapted from Cuisinart)

Ingredients:
~1 1/2 C frozen blueberries
3/4 C low fat milk
1 1/2 C heavy cream
2/3 C sugar
Pinch salt
1 1/2 – 2 tsp almond extract (or vanilla if you don’t have almond, but in my opinion the almond is what really made this amazing)

Special Tools:
Ice cream maker

Instructions:
1.
 In a small saucepan, bring blueberries to a boil over medium heat.

 2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together milk, sugar, salt, and almond extract until the sugar is dissolved.
3. Once the blueberries are boiling, squish any berries that havent popped yet. If you really care, you can puree the whole thing and remove skin/seeds using a mesh sieve. I didn’t care and it came out fine. Up to you.
4. Mix the blueberry mush into the milk.
5. Whisk in the heavy cream.

Look at that amazing color.

6.  Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Normally I skip this step out of laziness, but you do NOT want to do that with this since the blueberries were just on the stove!
7. Freeze in your ice cream maker according to its directions.
8. Serve immediately, or transfer to a container and save it in the freezer for later.

Oh, and PS: I ordered a Canon Rebel T3. You know what that means? No more blurry pictures!! I should get it in a week and a half or so.