Friday Finisher 12/20/13

First lets start by saying…FIVE days till Christmas, ah! Okay now that that is out of the way I have something to share….SUNCHOKES! O my. Roasted in the oven, beautiful creamy deliciousness. They are more traditionally called Jerusalem Artichokes. But they are these little root like bulbs that have a slightly artichoke taste and can be eaten raw and crunchy in a salad, pureed in soups or mashed, or….roasted in the oven for the greatest thing you will ever put in your mouth since Quinoa Flakes. Haha! I bought them last weekend and just got around to roasted them last night for dinner. I can tell you it was the greatest dinner. You may have seen this yummy spread of roasted sunchokes, purple sweet potato, and a veggie burger on my Instagram. If not here you go!

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But now I have to share my quick easy first time Sunchoke “recipe” because you just have to pick some up at the store ASAP! You will not regret it I can guarantee you :)

Roasted Sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes)

Sunchokes 3Ingredients: (serves 2)

+ 1 lb of Fresh Raw Sunchokes

+ 1 Tsp Garlic Powder

+ 1 Tsp Onion Powder

+ 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper

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Directions:

+ Preheat the oven to 425°F.

+ Rinse your sunchokes and dry them off. They simply cut them into 1-inch pieces (really just cut them into biteable pieces, no need to be precise!)

+ Then line a baking sheet with foil (lightly oiled) and spread your sunchokes out. Add the seasoning and toss with your hands. Spread them evenly out again and place in the oven for about 25-30 minutes.

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They should come out slighting golden, creamy, and delicious. If you love potatoes and artichokes, well you are in luck because this is the offspring of a potato and artichoke! This just proves that if you see a random exotic piece of produce int he grocery, pick it up and try it out! Never be scared to try something new because 98% of the time you will fall in love ;) Well I could go on and on about these but let’s get to the Friday Finisher before I Sunchoke you out!

Friday FinisherSS Posts from the week:

Monday: Power Monday #24 12 Steps To A Healthy Winter Season

Tuesday: “All The World’s A Yoga Studio”

Wednesday: Two New Festive Quinoa Flake Recipes

Thursday: Gingerbread Round-Up

Blog Posts I loved this week:

+ Why Do You Write?

I have never really enjoyed writing. I always found it hard to get my point across in words, but since I started this blog, I am starting to learn a little more about myself as a writer and finding my own way of writing.

+ A Whole Lot better Than Good Enough

Your not just “good enough” your are a Whole Lot Better :)

+ 6 Ways To Change Up Your Workout Routine To Get The Results Your Want

Some great tips on changing things up.

+ Why Bodyweight Is Heavy Enough

All you need for a great workout is your own body!

+ 5 Ingredients To Healthy, Happy Holidays!

It is not about worrying, but loving, sharing and memories :)

+ 8 Natural Pregnancy-Approved Cures For Cold Season

Great natural remedies not only for pregnant mamas!

+ To Zoo Or Not To Zoo

Do you feel Zoos are ethical? Caitlin compiled a great post full of info. Read up and decide for yourself. Personally I don’t think they. It is so sad and I always wonder just what they are thinking as people are gawking at them like they are alien creatures from Mars.

+ Do’s & Don’ts Of A Happy Life

Find your happiness and never be scared to take full advance of it!

+ Yoga Instructor Danielle Campagna on How Practicing Keeps Her Healthy and Why Teaching Is Her Duty

The perspective of a beautiful yogi.

+ On Turning Pro – One Year Later

Go after you dreams and never look back.

+ Healthy Travel: How To Feel Your Best On The Road

You don’t have to let endless travel get you down. There are ways to keep your body and mind happy!

+ Eating Before Exercise

Great suggestions on food combos no matter what your workout of choice is!

+ My 4 Year Journey & Changes Through College

Reflection and learning to love during such a defining time in life. Beautiful!

+ Supplements I Use For A Happy Belly

This post reminded me that I need to update you all on my stomach…post to come soon!

Favorite Pins:

(Follow me on Pinterest – RebeccaGF666)

Fudgy Black Bean Quinoa Brownies. Quinoa, cocoa powder, coffee, vegan, gluten-free, so many things to love!

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How To Grow Sprouts. I am still obsessed with my alfalfas! I need to grow my own! (It is safer anyway as they are a commonly recalled food!)

http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/82/db/a8/82dba8fb29e6faa91371ec007d0ca05a.jpgCinnamon Applesauce Ornaments. Cinnamon isn’t just for eating ;)

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Carrot Soup with Tangled Collared Greens and Dukkah. A beautiful and elegant winter soup :)

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DIY Hand Painted Wooden Spoons. The perfect gift for a rustic foodie!

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Grilled Pineapple Kale Salad. Mmm reminds me of Summer ;)

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A few things I loved about my week or am grateful for:

+ 186 days I made it through the week without any slip-ups! Yay!

+ My Senior portraits arrived! I am actually really happy with the ones my mom ordered. There were only a few that looked semi-good in the proofs because our photographer was…terrible! But I am happy with how these came out ;) I can’t show you any cap and gown ones just yet. Those stay secret until I actually graduate :)

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+ Well I am grateful that today is my first official day of WINTER BREAK! Yes! Bring on the relaxation, warm mugs of tea, laziness, and love. Well maybe not the whole break. I do have a list of this I want to accomplish of course ;) We will see how it goes!

+ Tomorrow is Recipe Redux reveal day! So even though I never post Saturday, I will be tomorrow for this special occasion ;) So make sure you remember to stop by. I am really excited about the recipe I have to share! I am thinking of making it for Christmas dinner too.

So tell me:

I have to ask. Have you ever had Sunchokes? Will you try them now that you know how fabulous they are?

What last-minute holiday preparations will you be doing this weekend? I will be doing my DIY gifts finally! Then I need to make my Christmas Eve/Christmas dinner menu. But besides that I will just be doing my usual this weekend. I can’t wait to get tons of blog work and Plant Fusion work done with this extra time. O and reading, reading real books, can’t wait for that too :)

See you tomorrow! Have a lovely beautiful Friday! (I hear the waether is supposed to warm-up to the 50s this weekend! Wow I can’t belive I am excited about the 50s. But that is a hell of a lot better than the 20s!)

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