Thoughts By Natalie » food honest talk about beauty, style, wellness and life Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:14:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ABC Kitchen’s Roasted Kabocha Squash Toast Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:00:43 +0000 For my birthday dinner in New York last month, Brian and I decided to check out ABC Kitchen (based on the ultra-recommendations by Elizabeth and Lindsey, I knew it would be amazing). Let me just say—I had high hopes and I was still impressed. Every morsel we consumed was heavenly (and admittedly not vegan at all), but there was one item that really stood out in our minds: Roasted Kabocha Squash Toast. According to our server, this isn’t always on the menu, but is absolutely a best-seller—a fact that doesn’t surprise me in the least. Determined to replicate this delicious treat when we got home, I scoured the internet for the recipe and I am oh-so-glad to tell you that I found it and tried it and it creates an exact replica of the deliciousness we experienced in NYC. Enjoy! INGREDIENTS 1 kabocha squash (or acorn squash), washed and peeled 2 tbsps. extra virgin olive oil 1/2 tsp. dried red chili flakes 2 tsps. kosher salt 2 Spanish onions (or sweet onions), quartered and sliced 1/4-inch thick 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp. kosher salt 1/2 cup maple syrup 1 cup cider vinegar 4 slices rustic country sourdough ...]]> 2 In Season Now: Butternut Squash Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:16:11 +0000 A member of the winter squash family, butternut squash is a fall favorite for good reason. This squash has a nutty and sweet taste much like pumpkin, and becomes creamy and sweet when cooked—and is also an excellent source of vitamin A. Today on Glitter Guide I’m sharing some favorite ways to incorporate this delicious vegetable into fall meals, so be sure to check it out for some hearty & healthy dinner ideas :) Image via Naturally Ella]]> 0 10 Creative Popsicle Recipes Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Below is an article I did for Glitter Guide last month, featuring creative popsicle recipes to help you stay cool during these hot summer days. Scroll down to read it in full, and check out the original on Glitter Guide’s website. A favorite summertime treat, there’s nothing more refreshing than an ice cold popsicle on a hot afternoon. Fruity and sweet and delicious, there are endless varieties of this frozen snack! Thus, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite recipes for you to try at home—all you need is a popsicle mold and a little bit of patience while your pops freeze! These raspberry mint popsicles are as refreshing as they sound—and dairy-free! Sneak in some veggies into your dessert with this antioxidant-packed blueberry kale popsicle. For a creamy (and vegan!) treat, try these raw fudgesicles rolled in coconut, chopped pistachios, and sprinkles. Popsicles get a grown-up twist with this honeydew cucumber margarita popsicle recipe. Perfect for summer gatherings with friends! Have an abundance of strawberries? These strawberry popsicles with herbs are a creative way to use extra strawberries you know you won’t have time to consume before they go bad. These berry, banana and coconut popsicles are like a ...]]> 0 cozy comfort foods Sat, 26 Jan 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Below is an article I did for Glitter Guide this week, featuring cozy comfort foods that we’re all craving this chilly winter season. Scroll down to read it in full, and check out the original on Glitter Guide’s website. The most difficult part of winter is certainly this post-holiday season—it’s all of the chill, but none of the warmth that accompanies holiday festivities. While the cold may get us down on our daily commute (or even just grabbing the morning paper), it’s the perfect excuse to get completely cozy indoors! Hot, nourishing, and guaranteed to make your home smell a little bit like heaven, here are our favorite comfort foods for winter… A perfect way to kick off a cold winter morning, this cinnamon banana oatmeal is sure to warm you from the inside out. (recipe) Fragrant and chock-full of garlicky goodness, these roasted potatoes and Brussels sprouts make for a delicious side dish—and the leftovers are easily reheated for a comforting lunch at the office! (recipe) Hearty and nutrient-packed, this quinoa and sweet potato chili pairs well with cornbread or tortilla chips. Ideal for cozy nights in and Super Bowl parties! (recipe) Don’t let the long ingredient list intimidate ...]]> 0 weekly bite Wed, 16 Jan 2013 13:00:00 +0000 0