Spider Pizza | Triumph Dining

Halloween Spider PizzaThis Halloween I’m planning to ignore the candy and sweets. Yes, I’m sure I’ll probably end up nibbling some chocolate anyway but I’m not planning for it. Instead I am going to concentrate on savory festive foods instead.

Since Halloween is on a Friday I need options that aren’t too hard or time consuming to get on the table during the week. That’s why I’ve decided to make Spooky Spuds or Spider Pizza. Both require cheese, pizza toppings of choice and a little decorating skill.

Spooky Spuds are potato skins topped with shredded white cheese and decorated with cut outs from pepperoni, bell peppers, olives or anything else you can think of. Follow the directions below and make sure to allow time to bake the potatoes prior to decorating them.

The other option is Spider Pizza. This really isn’t different from any other pizza you’d make except for the decorations. I’ll use one of the Udi’s or Still Riding gluten-free, ready-made crusts I have in my freezer for the base but you could also make your own crust. Top with pasta sauce, shredded cheese and spiders cut out of pepperoni slices or formed with sliced black olives. Continue reading “Spider Pizza | Triumph Dining”

Pumpkin Seeds | Triumph Dining

pumpkin_seedsThere’s something satisfying and stress relieving about pulling out wads of seedy goop from your Halloween pumpkin. I like that squish between my fingers, but it’s probably not for everyone. Even if you don’t like the process of harvesting pumpkin seeds you should at least try eating them.

We recently published an article about health benefits of eating pumpkin but we didn’t want to fail to mention that there are health benefits in the seeds too. First we’ll talk about why they are good for you then we’ll show you how to make them at home.

• Heart healthy – a 1⁄4 cup of pumpkin seeds contain almost 1⁄2 of the recommended daily amount of magnesium

• Vitamin rich – pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B and fiber

• Plant-based Omega3 – pumpkin seeds and nuts are a great source of plant-based Omega3s

• Good cholesterol – pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols, compounds that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol

• Kidney Stones – pumpkin seeds help prevent calcium oxalate kidney stone formation

• Inflammation – pumpkin seeds have been shown to help reduce inflammation

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Pumpkin Soup Recipe | Triumph Dining

 

pumpkin-soupWhile fall naturally lends itself to baking, this savory is a good way to satisfy a seasonal pumpkin craving, too. Serve with salad for a light dinner.

Ingredients

·        3 tablespoons coconut oil, ghee, light olive oil, or any fat of choice

·        1 medium yellow onion, chopped

·        1 medium apple, cored and chopped ( I prefer a sweet-tart variety)

·        2 carrots, chopped

·        2 cups veggie or chicken broth

·        1½ cup pumpkin or winter squash puree (see note above for fresh squash)

·        2-3 sage leaves (whole)

·        ⅔ cup canned coconut milk

·        2 tablespoons maple syrup (amount depending on apple and pumpkin sweetness, do to taste)

·        2 teaspoons (or less) lime juice, to taste

·        Sea salt to taste Continue reading “Pumpkin Soup Recipe | Triumph Dining”

The Health Benefits of Pumpkin

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It’s pumpkin season again. In addition to decorating your doorstep for Halloween with them, did you know all the health benefits for you, your family and your pets?

Help for your eyesight – A cup of pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which can help your eyesight, particularly in dim light, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Great source of fiber – Pumpkin is a great source of fiber with three grams per one-cup serving and only 49 calories. A small amount added to your dog’s food can also help them with their own elimination (plus my dog loves it). Continue reading “The Health Benefits of Pumpkin”

Gluten-Free Roasted Chocolate Cake | Triumph Dining

sachertorte-austrian-chocolate-cakeRoasting, although basic, is an easy way to develop flavor in your food. In the process of turning cocoa beans into chocolate, roasting is a necessary and important step that removes the bacteria and bitterness from the bean and develops the more familiar, chocolate flavor that we are used to tasting. If you tried a cocoa bean before the roasting process, you would find it would taste a lot different than the delicious chocolate we all know.

Even though cocoa powder comes from beans that have already been roasted, roasting them again after they have been crushed into a powder helps release even more flavor and builds layers which you can definitely taste in the finished product. Continue reading “Gluten-Free Roasted Chocolate Cake | Triumph Dining”