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

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!