Pumpkin Energy Bites from pinchofyum.com

  • 2  cups oats
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional, see notes)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
  • generous pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  1. Pulse all ingredients (except chocolate chips) in a food processor until well-mixed.
  2. Add chocolate chips and pulse a few more times until they are in small pieces.
  3. Scoop mixture and roll into balls. Freeze until solid and store in the freezer or refrigerator. 
  4. notes:

Cinnamon vs. Pumpkin Pie Spice: I actually prefer this with straight cinnamon because I’m not a huge fan of the nutmeg that is often found in pumpkin pie spice. Just do whatever your heart feels!

Almond Butter vs. Peanut Butter: Really I think any type of nut or seed butter would work here! It’s just about the flavor you want. I liked peanut butter the best and I didn’t feel like it was overly peanut buttery. 

Honey vs. Maple Syrup: Both work really well. Maple syrup is great if you want to keep it vegan. My favorite was 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup maple syrup – best of both worlds.  

spicy shrimp tacos with garlic cilantro lime slaw from pinchofyum.com



garlic cilantro lime sauce:

  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or full-fat Greek yogurt

shrimp taco spice mix:

  • 2 teaspoons each chili powder and cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon each onion powder and garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

stuff for the shrimp tacos:

  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
  • 2–3 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 8 small tortillas (corn or flour)
  • avocadosCotija cheese, and lime wedges for serving

  1. Sauce: Pulse all the sauce ingredients in a food processor or blender until mostly smooth.
  2. Slaw: Toss some of the sauce (not all) with the cabbage. We’ll use the leftover sauce to top the tacos.
  3. Shrimp: Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels. Toss the shrimp in a small bowl with the spice mix to get it coated. Heat a drizzle of oil a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the shrimp to the hot pan and saute for 5-8 minutes, flipping occasionally, until the shrimp are cooked through.
  4. Assembly: For the prettiest and easiest-to-eat assembly, go in this order: smashed avocado, slaw, and shrimp. Finish with Cotjia cheese, lime wedges, and extra sauce.

Ina Garten’s Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli

  • 4 lbs broccoli (note: if you like to slice and roast the stalks too, you won’t need to buy quite as much)
  • garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 splash good olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp  freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp  grated lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp  pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/3 c  freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp  julienned fresh basil leaves (about 12 leaves)
  1. Heat the oven to 425° F.
  2. Cut the broccoli florets from the thick stalks, leaving an inch or two of stalk attached to the florets discarding the rest of the stalks Cut the larger pieces through the base of the head with a small knife, pulling the florets apart. You should have about 8 cups of florets. Place the broccoli florets on a sheet pan large enough to hold them in a single layer. Toss the garlic on the broccoli and drizzle with 5 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until crisp-tender and the tips of some of the florets are browned.
  3. Remove the broccoli from the oven and immediately toss with 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, the lemon zest, lemon juice, pine nuts, Parmesan, and basil. Serve hot.

two person raspberry crumbles from pinch of yum


Berry Mixture:

  • 1 1/2 cups of fresh or frozen berries (I have thoughts – see notes!)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (more or less depending on the tartness of your berries)
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • squeeze of lemon juice

Crumble Layer:

  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix: Gently mix up the berry mixture. Mix up the crumble in a separate bowl.
  3. Bake Part One: Press about two-thirds of the crumble into the bottom of two 4-inch ramekins. Bake for 5 minutes to set the crust (more for a firmer crust).
  4. Bake Part Two: Pour the berry filling over the crusts. Sprinkle the remaining crumble on top of each ramekin. Bake for 7-10 more minutes, until the fruit layer is bubbling and the crumbles are golden brown.
  5. Live It Up: Cooling for ten minutes is a good idea, but if you told me that it’s just not humanly possible, I would understand. Grab a fork, dive into the juicy, buttery layers, and never look back.

Berries: frozen raspberries or mixed berries work great for a really jammy, juicy fruit layer. If you’re using frozen berries, you need to thaw them first. I usually just run them under warm water. Fresh raspberries and blueberries also work really well because they kind of burst and release their juices a bit while baking. Fresh strawberries also work, but I would recommend chopping and then slightly mashing them first for best results to make them a bit more jammy.

Jim Lahey’s 5-Ingredient Summer Squash Pizza

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for fingertips
  • recipe Jim Lahey’s Basic Pizza Dough (below), or your favorite
  • 1/2 pounds (5 small-medium or 3 large) zucchini or summer squash, trimmed
  • 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 2 cups (8oz) coarsely grated Gruyère cheese
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons plain breadcrumbs
  • Jim Lahey’s Basic Pizza Dough
  • 2 cups minus 1 tablespoon (250g) all-purpose or bread flour
  • 1/4 teaspoons (5g) instant or active dry yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon (heaped) fine sea or table salt
  • 2/3 cup (150g) room-temperature water

    Heat your oven to 500°F with a rack in the center. Brush either one 13×18-inch rimmed half-sheet pan or two 9×13-inch quarter-sheet pans (as I do) with olive oil. Divide your dough in half and use oiled fingertips to pull, stretch, nudge and press the dough across the bottom of the pan. The dough will be thin and imperfect; just try to get it even. If holes form, just pinch them together.
  • Use a food processor with a grater attachment or the large holes of a box grater to grate the zucchini. In a large bowl, toss together the zucchini and salt. Let stand for 20 to 30 minutes (more, if you have the time), until the zucchini has wilted and released its water. Drain the zucchini in a colander and then use your hands to squeeze out as much water as possible, a fistful at a time.
  • Back in the large bowl (wiped out if still wet), toss the zucchini with the gruyere shreds, being sure to break up any clumps of zucchini. Taste the mixture; it should be seasoned enough from the salt, but you can add more, plus ground pepper or pepper flakes if desired.
  • Spread the zucchini mixture over the dough(s), going all the way to the edges of the pan and piling it a bit thicker at the edges, where it will brown first. Sprinkle messily with the bread crumbs.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the topping is golden. Remove from oven, cut into squares and dig in.
  1. Jim Lahey’s Basic Pizza Dough
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, yeast and salt. Add the water and, using a wooden spoon or your hand, mix until well blended, about 30 seconds. Cover the bowl and let sit at room temperature until the dough has more than doubled in volume, about 2 hours. Continue using instructions above.

Baked Raspberry Custard

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups raspberries (about 9 ounces)
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In oven, melt butter in a 9-inch pie plate, about 6 minutes.
  2. 2. In a blender, combine milk, eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, flour, salt, and vanilla. Add melted butter and blend mixture until smooth, 30 seconds.
  3. 3. Distribute berries evenly in pie plate and pour batter over top. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar and bake until slightly puffed and just set in middle, 20 to 25 minutes. Heat broiler and broil until top is deep golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve warm.

Asparagus and Gruyere Quiche from Martha

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • onion sliced into strips or 1 leek sliced into thin rounds
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound asparagus, tough ends removed, thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups half-and-half
  • Ground nutmeg
  • 9-10 inch pie crust
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese (4 ounces)
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with rack in lowest position. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium. Add onion and asparagus; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until asparagus is crisp-tender, 6 to 8 minutes; let cool. Watch: 
  2. 2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, 1/2 teaspoon salt, teaspoon pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg. Place pie crust on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with cheese; top with asparagus mixture. Pour egg mixture on top.
  3. 3. Bake until center of quiche is just set, 50 to 60 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Green Curry Tofu

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons green curry paste 
  • 8 ounces green beans or Chinese long beans, trimmed and cut diagonally into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 pound zucchini (about 2 medium), cut into 1/2-by-2-inch sticks
  • 3/4 cup veggie stock
  • 1/4 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
  • 3 fresh or frozen kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon palm or granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 package (14 ounces) extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 4 cups cooked jasmine or basmati rice, for serving
  • Fresh purple, Thai, or regular basil leaves; fresh bean sprouts; and lime wedges, for garnish
  1. 1. Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add garlic; cook, stirring, until just starting to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Add curry paste; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the green beans and zucchini; cook, stirring, until starting to soften, about 5 minutes.
  2. 2. Stir in stock, coconut milk, and lime leaves. Bring to a simmer; cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is slightly thickened, about 6 minutes. Stir in fish sauce, sugar, and lime juice. Simmer 1 minute.
  3. 3. Stir in the tofu, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover, and cook until vegetables are tender and tofu is heated through, about 4 minutes. Serve immediately over rice, garnished with basil, bean sprouts, and lime wedges.

General Tso’s Tofu

  • 1 pound snow peas, trimmed and halved crosswise 
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced 
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated and peeled 
  • 3 tablespoons light-brown sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce 
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes 
  • 2 large egg whites 
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper 
  • 1 pkg exar firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as safflower 
  1. In a bowl, whisk together egg whites, remaining 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add tofu, and toss to coat. 
  2. 3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Lift half the chicken from egg-white mixture (shaking off excess), and add to skillet. Cook, turning occasionally, until golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate; repeat with remaining oil and tofu, and set aside (reserve skillet). 
  3. 4. Add snow-pea mixture to skillet. Cover; cook until snow peas are tender and sauce has thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Return chicken to skillet (with any juices); toss to coat. Serve with rice.

Yakitori Brussels Sprouts by José Andrés’


Tare sauce:

  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup mirin
  • ¼ cup sake
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped onion
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 (½-inch) piece ginger, thinly sliced

Brussels sprouts:

  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 1½ Tbsp canola oil
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • Furikake (Japanese rice seasoning)
  • Chopped cilantro
  1. To prepare sauce: In a small saucepan over medium-high, combine first 8 ingredients. Bring a boil; cook 20-25 minutes or until reduced by half and thick enough to coat back of a spoon. Remove from heat; discard garlic and ginger.
  2. Soak 6-8 wooden skewers. Preheat grill or grill pan.
  3. Soak sprouts in a bowl of water 5 minutes. Drain; toss with oil and salt. Arrange on skewers with cut sides all facing same direction. Place cut side down on grill; cook 3-4 minutes (on grill), 7-8 minutes (in grill pan), or until charred, basting with sauce after first minute. Turn and grill 2 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer to a platter; slather with sauce. Sprinkle generously with furikake and cilantro; serve hot.