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Tuesday
Sep302014

The Best Ever Pumpkin Oatmeal

Are you wondering how this could the best bowl of pumpkin oats ever? It’s a lofty statement, but I promise to have you convinced by the end of this post.

And seriously, when is the last time I’ve posted an oatmeal recipe? It’s been yearrrrrs. In case you were wondering, I still love oatmeal.

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This recipe came about accidentally. There I was, making my first batch of pumpkin oats, stirring the pumpkin into the almost fully cooked pot of oats. I enjoyed it without knowing any better until later that day I was working on a new recipe [that failed twice].

I was trying to make pumpkin spice rice krisp bars [the no marshmallow kind] but they turned slightly soggy after both trials, most likely due to the pumpkin. For the second trial I thought I got all crafty thinking I could heat the pumpkin in a pan to cook off some of the liquid and thicken it up. While it helped, it didn’t totally solve the problem but it did give me a new idea for pumpkin oatmeal.

Cook the pumpkin and then add the oats! This creates a deeper pumpkin flavor and also makes the oatmeal extra thick and creamy. The pumpkin darkens a bit after cooking and then the spices are thrown in before any of the oats or liquid to enhance the flavors even more.

Instead of sweetening this bowl with maple syrup I added finely chopped medjool dates to the mix which ended up melting right into the oats and providing a light, caramel flavor. Dates are the perfect compliment to pumpkin spice flavors.

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After making this same recipe for a week straight I knew I had to share it with you guys. It was obviously a keeper. But before sharing it with you I was lucky enough to get to whip up a bowl for Gena while I was in New York. The only thing I love more than breakfast is cooking breakfast for other people and getting to enjoy it with them.

I also shot all of these photos right in Gena’s apartment right before we ate!

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Print this!

The Best Ever Pumpkin Oatmeal gluten-free, vegan // yields 2 servings

  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/16th teaspoon clove
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3-4 finely chopped and pitted medjool dates
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Heat a medium sized pot over medium heat. Once hot add the pumpkin and stir frequently for about 5-7 minutes until the pumpkin is reduced to about half and a deep golden brown. Stir in the spices and let cook another 30 seconds.

Stir in the salt then add the oats, water, and milk to the pot. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Once boiling reduce heat to simmer. Cook for about 3-4 minutes until starting to thicken then add in the chopped dates. Stir occasionally for another 2-4 minutes until thickened to your liking [it will thicken a bit more after taking off the heat] and remove from the heat.

Stir in the vanilla extract and portion into bowls. Top with desired toppings [splash of milk, walnuts, nut butter, apples, pears, etc.] and serve immediately.

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notes: If you don’t have dates add in 2-3 teaspoons pure maple syrup if desired. If you don’t like a strong cinnamon flavor reduce to 1-1 1/2 teaspoons.

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Your favorite bowl of fall oatmeal will never be the same.

Hope you love it!

Ashley

Tuesday
Sep302014

Where to Eat in New York City {gluten-free + veg friendly}

On my quick 3 night trip to NYC one of the obvious highlights was food. And actually, food was the only thing I spent money on besides my subway pass. True story. I didn’t buy one thing while in NYC. I was focused on friends, food, and exploring. I used air bnb to keep things cheap and found a great bedroom to rent in an apartment for $79/night. Definitely a great option instead of paying 3x that much for a hotel.

Okay, let’s talk food.

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all photos by iPhone 5

1 // candle café west {not photographed} – I ate here with my sweet friend, Gena, the first night I was in town. The entire menu is vegan and extremely gluten-free friendly. The service was excellent as was the atmosphere. For more of a fine dining restaurant in NYC I was actually surprised by the entrée prices {$20-23}, especially after seeing how plentiful the portions were and how much detail goes into each dish. This was a definite splurge but the prices aren’t uncommon to what we’d find in Denver when going out to a nicer restaurant for a special occasion. We basically ordered a buffet of food and ate it all. Highly recommend, even for non-vegans. Oh, and the raw key lime pie was phenomenal.

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2 // homemade breakfast : I hung with Gena the first night in NYC and in the morning I whipped up a batch of the best ever pumpkin oatmeal ever. I did something a little different with this recipe, so be on the lookout for details.

Where to Eat in New York City {gluten-free + veggie friendly} | edibleperspective.com

3 // union square greenmarket : When I came to NYC two different times while researching for my thesis I visited this market a handful of times. It’s by far the best farmers market I’ve ever been to. While I didn’t eat there or buy any fresh food the venders are top notch. You’ll find tent after tent with fresh, local produce bursting with color and flavor [definitely sampled]. I was surprised by the prices in that they were about the same and some cheaper than what I find in Colorado. Check the link above for days/hours/vendors/etc. If you want to pick up fresh fruit or you’re staying somewhere you’ll be cooking at while in the city then you must make a stop here.

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4 // blossom du jour : This fast-casual restaurant is 100% vegan and very gluten-free friendly. The menu is large, so the options are plentiful even if you’re gluten-free. I chose the “Karmic Wrap” on a gluten-free rice wrap. It was much thicker than the rice wraps I’ve bought in stores and held up well. The wrap was stuffed with marinated kale and basically an entire sweet potato in the center. It was filling, delicious, and fresh. Loved it for a quick and fairly cheap city lunch. {$9.45 with no sides/drink}

Where to Eat in New York City {gluten-free + veggie friendly} | edibleperspective.com

5 // one lucky duck : After feeling completely drained from walking at least 8 miles around the city I scoured Chelsea Market for a gluten-free snack. I landed on the gigantic raw brownie at One Lucky Duck and was not disappointed. It was thick, chocolaty, and lightly sweetened. I loved it and inhaled it. It was the exact pick me up I was looking for. {$7.00 – On the pricey side for a single brownie but quite large and made with high-quality raw/vegan/gf ingredients. Worth it.}

Speaking of Chelsea Market, you must go there. Three of the places I bought food from on this short trip were in Chelsea Market and it’s just a very unique place to walk through. At CM you’ll find bakeries, a dairy bar, a few restaurants, a legit spice and tea stand, a doughnut shop, creperie, a coffee shop, Anthropologie, and oh my gosh, so much more. It’s also home to The Food Network. I was there twice in two days if that tells you anything. You can hit so many great places all in one building, plus, it’s right below The High Line. Two must sees in New York!

6 // risotteria {not photographed} : The second night I lucked out and was able to meet up with Kathryn, from London Bakes. She lives in London but was in NYC for a business trip. Lucky me! She was absolutely the sweetest! We both enjoyed some of the best gluten-free pizza I’ve ever had at Risotteria. The meal also started with crispy, gluten-free breadsticks and possibly-maybe a glass of wine. Their menu offers a huge selection of gluten-free items including pizza, paninis, risotto, and more. They even sell GF ciabatta and other baked goods. The menu is pretty expanse and there is a great selection of vegetarian options as well. {$15.95 + $3.00 for GF crust for about a 12-inch thin crust pizza. I ate 3/4 and was stuffed!}

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7 // egg : {in Brooklyn – hip diner vibe} I wouldn’t say this restaurant is overly gluten-free friendly but with my love for grits + eggs I had no problem. If you’re vegetarian it’s very easy to make work. They have an insane savory brioche french toast, hashbrowns, eggs any style, 5-grain bread, oatmeal, biscuits, pancakes, etc. I ordered the soft scrambled eggs and loved them. I’ve never tried that type of egg preparation before and couldn’t get over the creaminess. Superb. Also, these were some of the best grits I’ve ever had. The veggie side was outstanding. It was made up of zucchini, roasted fennel, spiced walnuts, parsley, and romesco sauce. The portions were extremely generous. {$11 + $2 to get the veggie side that was on special that day. Normally served with a more basic seasonal vegetable or meat.}

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8 // beyond sushi : This was one of my awesome finds at Chelsea Market a few readers told me I had to stop at. All vegan sushi? I’ll be right there!! The sushi menu of my dreams. The staff was knowledgeable about which rolls were gluten-free and the price was right. I ate the “Green Machine” and “Crunch n’ Munch” which was topped with kiwi. The sushi was ready in about 5 minutes, which was perfect for dining solo and wanting to get back out to explore. {$6.65/8 roll – I thought this was very reasonable for how loaded they were with different ingredients.}

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9 // bar suzette creperie – After eating a light lunch at Beyond Sushi I was still pretty hungry from walking all morning. And this is why I love Chelsea Market—there’s a crepe bar right behind the sushi restaurant! Literally, turn around and it’s right there. I scoured the menu and saw the gluten-free crepe option right away. There were a ton of vegetarian options and possibly a few vegan. I stuck to a pretty simple combo, but definitely the best ever—butter, cinnamon, sugar. I basically inhaled it while trying to savor each bite and not let butter drip down my arm. {$6.00}

Where to Eat in New York City {gluten-free + veggie friendly} | edibleperspective.com

10 // commodore – {in Brooklyn} Dinner was simple on the third night. I met up with a friend who works at Food52 and we ate a heaping mound of cheesy nachos. They’re for real called “Cadillac Nachos.” I wouldn’t say it’s a super vegetarian, gluten-free friendly place but there were nachos and that’s all I needed. Plus, cheap drinks! {$10.00 Cadillac Nachos – easily split between 2 for dinner}

Where to Eat in New York City {gluten-free + veggie friendly} | edibleperspective.com

11 // champs – {Brooklyn – vegan diner vibe} My last meal in NYC was breakfast. I was obviously on the hunt for waffles and found a gem of a place not too far from where I was staying. The staff were all very friendly and the menu was comforting, fun, and filled with plenty of GF options. I mean, how often can you find gluten-free waffles when dining out? If you’re veg/vegan you definitely need to head here! I forget what the plate was called but it included a GF waffle, tofu scramble, rosemary potatoes, and garlic kale. The perfect sweet + savory breakfast and it was HUGE. {$12.00}

So there you have it! How and where I stuffed my face while in New York City.

More photos from NYC and The Big Harvest Potluck coming soon!

Ashley

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