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Pumpkin Picking Date and The Biggest Salmon EVER.

Posted Oct 07 2013 11:30am

First things first. Can we please talk about this: 10:7:9 I found this “edible cookie dough” at Fresh Market and had to stop myself from immediately buying it and sitting on the couch for the rest of the afternoon with a spoon and a stomach ache.  It’s basically a huge jar of cookie dough without the eggs.  And 1/4 cup has almost 300 calories and 20g of sugar!!! YIKES!!! But yum…. Luckily I didn’t buy it. I spent Saturday morning and afternoon at a community health event.  As president of the ophthalmology student interest group, I spend lots of weekends helping to do vision screenings at various events.  I always have a great time and it’s fun to hang out with med school friends, all while bringing awareness to eye health! Kyle and I decided that a perfect Saturday date night would be a trip to the pumpkin patch!  We found a cute little farm on the south side of Indianapolis and even though it was rainy and muddy, headed off to pick pumpkins! 10:7:22   The patch didn’t seem too big, but there were about 1 million pumpkins to choose from.  And they were all perfect!!  Kyle and I went back and forth deciding on which pumpkin to put in our wagon! 10:7:23   I mentioned it was rainy and muddy… well I am SO glad I wore my boots because they were caked with mud when we finished. 10:7:24   We both chose decent sized carving pumpkins: 10:7:27   10:7:26   And we picked out another smaller one because it was just way too cute to pass up. 10:7:30   Alongside the pumpkin patch, there were gorgeous apple trees almost falling to the ground with the weight of so many apples! The smell was heavenly.  Kyle and I both almost reached up and picked an apple right off the tree to eat. 10:7:29 Luckily, we didn’t need to pick an apple because the were selling fresh apple cider inside the little farm house next to the pumpkins. We both had a great time even though the weather was less than ideal. And now… I have 2 new recipes for you!!  One shouldn’t really count as a recipe because all you do is: 1.  Buy the biggest piece of salmon Costco has to offer. 10:7:12 2.  Put the salmon on a baking sheet and cover with sliced lemons, garlic, salt and pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. 10:7:15   10:7:13 3.  Bake at 350F for 20 minutes or until fish is flaky and no longer translucent. 10:7:17 10:7:19 10:7:18     Perfect salmon! The next recipe is for cauliflower zucchini cakes.  I’ve found these little cakes make perfect pizza crusts, are delicious underneath a runny egg, and are even great on their own.

Cauliflower Zucchini Cakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2 zucchinis
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (oatmeal or oat flour would work if you don’t have almond flour)
  • red pepper flakes
  • italian seasonings
  • salt and pepper

Directions: Cut cauliflower into small pieces and add to a food processor.  Pulse a few times until cauliflower is a “rice” consistency. 10:7:1   Grate zucchini and add to bowl with cauliflower. 10:7:3 Stir in seasonings of your choice, chopped garlic, almond flour, and eggs. 10:7:2   10:7:4   10:7:5   Form into small “cakes” and bake on a baking sheet at 350F for 25 minutes. 10:7:11   Here are 2 of the cakes topped with an egg: 10:7:16   Yum Yum Yum! Have a great week everyone!

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