Revealed: What Your Trainer Eats

You might think your BootCampSF trainer eats, sleeps and breathes burpees. And as much as we do #eathillsforbreakfast…we do actually eat. And no it’s not burpees.

So we asked around to see what our trainers are eating for breakfast and post workout.

Turns out, these trainers are one healthy bunch. Check out what they choose to fuel their day and workouts:

Katy
Favorite go-to breakfast:  Egg white veggie scramble with a slice of whole wheat toast.  I love that the scramble is easy to make and I get my day started right with veggies.

Favorite pre or post workout snack:  Protein shake because it helps my body repair after an intense workout. Or a handful of almonds since they help keep me full without being too heavy before a workout.

Lee
Favorite go-to breakfast: Oatmeal with peanut butter, banana and jelly plus an all-greens smoothie. Fills me up for a long morning of personal training and still gives me the energy to workout.

Favorite pre or post workout meal: Vegan tuna mayonnaise with baked potato and a huge salad with teriyaki dressing.

Tracy
Favorite go-to breakfast: Oatmeal with berries and banana. Simple and quick.

Favorite pre or post workout snack: Toast with peanut butter makes the perfect snack after a workout.

Rebecca
Favorite go-to breakfast: Greek yogurt with fresh raspberries, sprinkled with chia seeds. Good source of protein from the yogurt and amazing benefits from chia seeds to start my day.

Favorite pre or post workout snack: Small handful of almonds. The protein and good fats give me an energy boost.

Paul
Favorite go-to breakfast: Oatmeal! It’s heavy enough but light enough at the same time and gives me an easy breakfast option to incorporate fruits and grains together, leaving me with a satisfied stomach.

Favorite pre or post workout snack: I prefer to workout on an empty stomach and save my hunger for after the workout. My favorite post workout meal has to be any vegetable, rice, and meat combo. Its a very replenishing meal after a strenuous workout that digests easily and tastes great.

Molly
Favorite go-to breakfast: A protein smoothie with berries, leafy greens, kefir and a whey or pea protein and a hard boiled egg. I make my smoothies the night before and always keep hard boiled eggs on hand so I can have breakfast on-the-go!

Favorite pre or post workout snack: Green vegetable juice, fresh fruit + pumpkin seeds or a rice cake with almond butter. It’s always something small and light, there is nothing worse than feeling full during workout.

Insights from Jaw Surgery: Or How Recovery Is a Little Like a Fitness Journey

Hi BCSF Family!

Catherine (Cat), BootCampSF co-owner, here. We’ve likely emailed in the past, chatted on the phone or maybe I’ve even taught you a thing or two about kettlebells? I hope so! Well, I am currently on the couch with some chipmunk-esque cheeks because on Thursday May 8th I underwent a double jaw surgery and I wanted to share some insights with you.

I wanted to tell you all about this transformative life experience of mine because as I’ve waxed philosophical in the days leading up to surgery and as I’ve been recovering, I’ve had lot of time think about how this process has had striking similarities to the struggles we all go through with fitness and overcoming all the hurdles that get in our way. Seem like a stretch? Well, admittedly, since fitness is my life’s work, the parallels do come easier for me. But stick with me and maybe you’ll be surprised too!

You see, I’ve known that I needed this surgery for years. Since I was in my late teens, actually, but I put it off for so many reasons. Because it sounded painful. Because it’s expensive. Because who wants braces as an adult? And I’d thought that the only reasons to have the surgery were aesthetic: to be prettier, to fix my crooked jaw and look more “normal”. To be honest I thought that was shallow and I was better than that! I was a progressive San Francisco lady. But as the years wore on it became apparent to me that there were other reasons to do it: I had increasing pain in my left joint; my teeth were wearing unevenly; clicking and slipping of my jaw was just getting worse and worse. I had trouble eating sushi — I had reached a tipping point, because a life without sushi is no life at all, am I right?!

And call me crazy, but I know that most of us have gone through this with fitness and with weight loss. We know we need to start. And maybe sometimes we are angered by the shallow aesthetic-driven fitness culture that exists. And you? You are better than that. We live in open-minded San Francisco, right? But just as my jaw surgery was for far more serious reasons than the aesthetic, we hope that you know that there are more reasons to exercise than looking better for bikini season. For the health of your body and mind. For the health of your soul.

It’s always hard to start a new routine and we know it won’t be easy. The road to jaw surgery and the recovery is similar. It has been an emotional journey and the past week the physical aspects have been tough. Feeling weak enough waking up from the anesthesia to need help walking to the bathroom is not a feeling I am used to. But I know that I, too, have been down this road before. Workouts are not always comfortable. When I first started attending BCSF after college, I thought I’d need a wheelchair after experiencing the soreness of a lifetime! We’ve all been through it. We know that running is hard, that burpees are awful and that sometimes squats feel impossible.

But, getting over that hump is what it’s all about, right?

It’s that feeling you get a few months are starting your workout routine that everything seems…easier. Or maybe, just, not easier, but not impossible. I was looking for that moment in my recovery process and it’s been happening every day. I am just six days post-op and my swelling has receded amazingly well. I’m not taking any more painkillers. I am walking my dog, I am getting back to my BCSF admin work.

(Day after surgery on left, today on right! I can even smile a little bit!)

You see, here is the part where I feel fitness is not a metaphor and simply a direct player. My recovery is going swiftly. Despite having a particularly complicated jaw surgery (5 hours under the knife!) I seem to be hitting recovery benchmarks days and weeks ahead of many of the hundreds of people I have connected with online that also have had similar procedures. I can’t help but see a connection between my commitment to fitness and healthy nutrition in my everyday life as playing a major role in an easier recovery process. I am certainly no doctor, but it’s clear that I am ahead of the game for which I am very grateful!

This proces isn’t something I could have done alone. I have an amazing community of people helping me. My orthodontic team, Dr. Good and Sears, have been amazing (Dr. Sears has done many sessions of BCSF!). And while I was in the hospital my pup, Stella, was at Didgeridog – her favorite place in the world besides the dog park. My sister helped me throughout my hospital journey and the first few days at home (there is nothing better than your big sister rubbing eye cream on your face the morning after jaw surgery!). And my brother, Keith (BCSF founder!) left his adorable kids for a few days to stay with me and make sure I was fortified with enough smoothies.

Friends and BootCampers have and will be swinging by with smoothies and soups. Neighbors have come by to take Stella to the park. And knowing that our amazing team of trainers would take care of you guys and put you through your workouts was such a relief. Of course, I owe a special shout-out to Trainer Katy who continues to support my admin work and will be taking our phone calls for weeks to come as I am wearing a splint and am unable to speak clearly.

The thing is, is you don’t need to go your fitness-journey alone, either. Whether it’s BCSF you lean on (and you should!), your friends, spouses/partners, or co-workers, you absolutely need SOMEONE in your corner. Because change is scary. Being uncomfortable sucks. And being able to lean on someone when the going gets tough can often be the tipping point to success. Because to be honest, without my best friend, Lindsey, giving me the push last year to finally get that surgical consult I would have kept putting it off. Her simple words of advice ring true for so many things: “What’s the worst that could happen?”

I’m glad I didn’t have to go through surgery alone. And please don’t force yourself to go through your fitness journey alone, either, just because you think you “should” or because you’re “independent”. We are definitely greater together.

Thanks for reading and I cannot say enough thanks for having you be a part of our BCSF community. I am truly lucky to have the best members a company could ever ask for. My life is so much richer for having you all in it. Thanks for being a part of the ride!

See you outside,

-Catherine

No-Dish-Fish Recipe

Ready for a recipe that requires 10-15 minutes of prep and literally 1 dish to clean up?

We understand that weeknight dinners can be a stress. Whether you’re getting home an hour later from your evening workout, or busy packing up your clothes and prepping for your morning or afternoon workout, we guess that you could use some help getting a healthy dinner on the table.

We got you covered.

This No-Dish-Fish recipe uses a parchment paper packet to bake fish and vegetables together, leaving you with little to no clean up. All you have to do is tear open the packet and serve flavorful, flakey fish. You can toss the parchment paper, throw the plates in the dishwasher and you’re done.

Plus, you can adapt this recipe to use whatever vegetables are in season, type of fish you like or flavors you enjoy. You could go Asian flavors with mushrooms and ginger or Mediterranean with tomatoes and spices. Feel free to remix this recipe, depending on what you have on hand.

Here’s how it’s done. Recipe inspired from Epicurious:

Ingredients:

  • parchment paper
  • 4-6oz wild fish of choice per person ( we love wild salmon or halibut for this)
  • 1/2 diced zucchini per person
  • 1/2 diced carrot per person
  • 2-3 diced new potatoes per person
  • 3-4 asparagus spears per person
  • lemon slices
  • olive oil
  • splash of water or white wine
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Cut a large piece of parchment paper about 17 inches and fold it in half. Using scissors, cut out a large heart shape.
  • Open parchment paper and place fish, vegetables, oil, spices and liquid on one side
  • Crimp edges together to make a packet
  • Place on baking sheet and bake 10-15 minutes or until fish is cooked through
Serve immediately. We love this with a side salad or side grain dish. Or simply enjoy alone. You can thank us later for the elegant, flavorful dinner and 3 minute clean up.
Enjoy!

How to Make a Macronutrient Balanced Smoothie

Smoothies, specifically green smoothies have become one of the most popular healthy breakfast options. Every coffee shop, cafe and restaurant now offers them. There are entire websites, companies and books all about how to concoct the best smoothies. Just type green smoothie into google, and you’ll be flooded with recipes, ideas and tips. Maybe you’ve even hopped on the bandwagon and started making your own at home. And if you have, maybe they left you feeling a little underwhelmed. And perhaps…hungry.

Guess what, you’re not alone.

While we believe that smoothies are a great way to get in a good amount of the recommended 10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, they can be difficult to make satiating. We want to make sure that if you are having a smoothie as a meal, you’re making a smoothie that is balanced in the proteins, fats and carbohydrates and will last you at least 3 hours of satiation.

Here are some tips to make your smoothie a balanced meal:

1. Add a healthy fat: A common complaint with smoothies as a meal is ending up hungry again in only an hour or two. Including at least one serving of a healthy fat will ensure that you aren’t reaching for a bagel 20 minutes later. Here are some favorites:
- avocado
- flax seeds
- hemp seeds
- almond or peanut butter
- pumpkin seeds

2. Add a protein source: If you’re having a smoothie instead of a meal, you want to make sure you have a source of protein. The average amount of protein needed per meal is 20grams. With that in mind, here are some suggestions. And you can always mix and match!
- Organic Whey protein
- Hemp seeds
- Kefir
- Greek yogurt
- Nuts and seeds

3. Increase complex carbohydrates: Did you know that fruits and vegetables are carbohydrates? While for some, the fruit and vegetables you add to your smoothie might be enough, others might need an extra boost. If you find yourself tired, hungry or lethargic after your smoothie, you might want to consider adding in one of these ideas below:
- raw or soaked rolled oats
- baked sweet potato
- extra banana

And to get you started out, here is a recipe for your next green smoothie.

- 2 cups leafy greens
- 1/2 banana
- 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup soaked rolled oats
- 1 almond butter
- 1 tbs flax seeds
- 1 cup liquid of choice

Your Perfect Early Morning Bootcamp Snack

We understand that getting that getting your early morning workout in before heading off to work can make for a rushed morning.

And an even more rushed breakfast.

But after taking a look at today’s simple (3-ingredient!) recipe, you’ll have no more excuses for skimping on breakfast (hey, who doesn’t love a good peanut butter toast combo…but let’s switch it up)

Eggs are an ideal breakfast, nutritionally. They are an excellent source of protein (about 6 grams per egg) and are rich vitamin and minerals. But on days that we don’t have the extra couple minutes to spare, having these pre-made bite size fritattas in the fridge can allow us to cook our eggs…and eat ‘em too!

These mini fritattas are a perfect bite to grab as you head out to BootcampSF as a pre workout snack. Or pair a couple of them with your favorite green smoothie or avocado toast and you have yourself a 5 minute, nutritious meal. They also are great to add to lunch boxes (kids and adults, alike).

In this recipe, we use chard. Although, you could use any leafy greens (kale, spinach, ect.) you have on hand. We consider it an achievement any time you can add in some leafy greens before 9am so don’t skip the greens. However, do feel free to try other add-ins such other vegetables, potatoes or sausage.

Ingredients
8 organic eggs
1 bunch rainbow chard or kale (or about 3 cups of your favorite greens)
2 cloves garlic
1 tbs high heat oil (like coconut oil or butter)
Sea salt and pepper
Muffin tin
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350
Grease inside of muffin tin well
Wash and de stem chard or kale
Chop stems and greens
Mince garlic
Heat pan with oil or butter and sauté stems and garlic, then add greens
Saute on medium heat until as wilted and reduced as possible
Meanwhile whisk eggs, salt and pepper until about 1/3 increase in volume
When greens are done, add a scoop to each muffin tin well
Pour eggs mixture into each well until about 1/3 filled
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through
Let cool and store in airtight container in fridge for up to 5 days

 

Actionable Step
Make this recipe on Sunday evening for your week ahead…you’ll be glad you did. We promise.

 

 

 

 

What To Eat Before And After Your Workout

If you’re spending time and money working out, we’d guess that you’d like to be getting the most out of your nutrition as well. If you’re wondering what to eat before or after a workout, you’re not alone. It’s a common question here at BootCampSF.

And you’re right…your nutrition is an important aspect of your fitness. What we eat has a huge impact on our health goals and how we perform in our workouts.

Let’s give you some info on how and what to eat right before and after your workout so you can get the most out of every last push up and burpee.

First of all, you should be familiar with the macronutrients. The three macronutrients are protein, fat and carbohydrates. The most common to approach pre and post workout meals is by playing around with these macronutrients.

Before a workout

What:
Simple carbohydrates + protein + little/no fat

When:
Meal 1-2 hours before
OR
snack less than 60 minutes before

Why:
To fuel your workout you want to eat a meal or snack prior to working out with enough time to digest. Carbohydrates are the easiest food for our bodies to convert to energy so it makes sense that that carbohydrates that are easy to digest is what we want to eat right before a workout. These are called simple carbohydrates.

What is a simple carb? Fruit, vegetables, legumes and whole grains are healthy, whole-food simple carb options. (By “whole food” we mean non processed. For example, cereal is a carb but highly processed one. Try to choose carbs in their whole food states).

We also want to include protein in your pre workout meal. Protein will help balance your blood sugar and help prevent muscle breakdown for after the workout.

If you’re eating a snack less than 1 hour before a workout, too much fat might make you feel nauseous or slow you down. Avoid proceed foods, sugars, coffee and other stimulants right before working out.

In general, think light and easy to digest foods.

What to reach for if you’re snacking:

  •  banana or green apple + nut butter
  •  berries +  organic cottage cheese or organic full fat yogurt
  •  hard boiled egg

What to reach for if you’re eating a meal:

  • egg scramble with onion, tomatoes and black beans
  • steel cut oatmeal topped with nuts, seeds and berries
  • leafy green salad + serving of chicken, salmon or steak + garbanzo beans + quinoa + vegetables like bell peppers and cucumber + olive oil and vinegar.

After a workout

What:
Protein + Healthy Fat + Carbohydrates

When:
Meal 1-2 hours after
OR
Snack less than 60 minutes after

Why:
Post workout nutrition is all about balance of our three macronutrients. We need protein for recovery and repair. Protein is also the nutrient that enables us to grow new muscles. However, no need to feel guilty if you didn’t slam down a protein shake. A balanced regular ‘ol meal or snack is all you need.

Regardless of in the intensity of our workout, we use up our stored carbohydrates. Replacing these carbohydrates “re-stocks” our energy stores to be used in our next workout.

Including a healthy fat (avocado, nuts and seeds, virgin oils) will make the meal a “balanced” meal and keep us feeling satiated. The key here is balance and nutrient density.

Bottom Line
If you regularly workout 3-5X per week for 1 hour or less just remember a balanced and unprocessed diet with sufficient protein and vegetable intake is all you need. Choosing quality foods will trump when you eat every time. And choosing foods that make you feel best trump any “rule” or “should”.

Actionable Step
Next time you eat, think about the three macronutrients. Ask yourself: does this meal/snack have…

Protein?
Fat?
Carbohydrates?

Pretty soon, you’ll be eating balanced meals like a pro and feeling so energized you just might do an extra burpee…just because you feel like it.

 

 

 

Recent Photos from BCSF Classes!

Your average BootCampSF class feels a little like this…

We plank. We jump. We hive five. We see sunrises. We watch sunsets. We see double rainbows. We smile. We work together. We work, we work, work.

Travel + Solo Workouts (Holiday Tips Series #2)

Working out while on the road is rough — just ask your consultant friend that travels for work more days than not. The toughest part for most of us is finding the motivation…parrticularly when it’s Thanksgiving and you’re busy alternating between plates of mom’s stuffing and snuggling your new niece, amiright?

If you don’t find yourself jumping out of bed for a 7am run, here are some things that might get your engine revving at least once or twice this holiday weekend:

1. Maintenance. You don’t need to break any records when you’re on the road, just remind yourself that you’re just working to maintain your fitness level. Keep in mind the length of your trip, too: a two-day break isn’t likely to set you back, but taking a whole week off isn’t going to help you meet your goals any faster.

2. Don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good. Don’t have the time or space for a perfect workout? Don’t have any equipment? That, my friend, is not a good enough excuse to skip it all together. There is usually a work-around to be found or…just accept it. Some sort of movement is better than none at all.

3. Calorie Insurance. We’re all about keeping a healthy balance in mind; i.e., beating yourself up over your food choices on a holiday is not what we recommend. But…giving yourself a little cushion calorie-wise is a no-brainer way to help allay some of the big meal guilt.

4. TELL SOMEONE. Yes, tell someone that you are going to work out. Tell your Facebook friends (yes, you can be that person. it’s okay, just this once). Tell your BCSF trainer. Email our general inbox (info@bootcampsf.com). Make a date with a long-lost friend. The likelihood that you’ll do a workout that you have already talked about, bragged about, annoyed your friends about? Yeah, we bet you’ll find time to squeeze that one in.

5. Our Contest. Heck, we want you to workout over this holiday weekend, so much so that we’re going to give one of you $75 just for posting your selfie on our social media!

Work-Arounds

Now, if you have the motivation, but you have a few road blocks:

1. Enlist. If you’re a social worker-outer (and you probably are if you like BCSF) and are bummed that you don’t have anyone to workout with, find a cousin or sibling that will go with you. This might be an opportunity to teach them what you know about fitness if they are less experienced than you, or if they are more experience take the opportunity to learn from them, or simply be inspired and get a little push from them.

If you don’t have anyone in your family ready to go and are visiting an area where you have a network, put a call out on social media for a workout buddy for the weekend. You just might find that your junior high BFF is now a running junkie/gym rat/yogi master. Re-connecting over fitness? Now that’s something we can get behind!

2. Equipment-less. Most of you have probably been in a BCSF class where minimal equipment was used. Harness that idea and know that it’s okay to use bodyweight for a workout. It’ll work juuuust fine, trust us.

3. Ideas! Not sure what to do? No problem! Here’s some workouts we designed just for you. Give ‘em a whirl. Tell us what you think!

Start Your Holiday Season with a Plan! (Holiday Tips Series #1)

We all know that even the best-laid plans fail. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try, right? Right. So we suggest you start this holiday season with a self-care plan that should include your fitness, eating and other items like sleep, social life, meditation and a stretching/mobility/yoga routine: if this sounds like a lot, don’t worry: remember it’s your plan, you get to decide what it includes and we’re here to help and advise with anything you’re struggling with.

1. Fitness. Most of you reading this are already doing this. You’re coming to BCSF classes. You’re running. You’re doing hot yoga. You’re working out on your own at the gym. Here’s the thing: don’t stop now. Let us say that again: now is not the time to stop. Keep on making it a priority. Remember that your workout is always a non-negotiable in your schedule – it’s an important meeting with yourself (and your workout buddies!). It can often be the first thing that you skip when things get busy, but once you decide that it’s a priority and you honor the commitment it’s easier to skip that last beer, it’s easier to say no to happy hour if you had an evening workout planed, it’s easier to go to bed an hour earlier. Often it’s the commitment that makes it’s easier to say no and easier to just show up.

2. Eating. Look, it’s the holidays. Food is a major part of the holiday season. We get it. We’re not going to tell you to not eat your Aunt Marge’s pecan pie. But this is what we will tell you:

Plan: you know that you’re heading to a holiday potluck with friends. DO be the friend that brings the healthy dish. DO be the person that drinks one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage. DO decide what your strategy is beforehand – i.e. know that you will stop at two drinks, know that you are going to have one treat followed with a huge salad of leafy greens. DO eat before events; if you think it’s a good idea to fast prior to a Thanksgiving feast, think again – you might be setting yourself up to fail and eat more of that cheese plate than you would naturally. So have that oatmeal in the morning, grab an apple mid-morning and you won’t find yourself crankily hungry come 2pm when that turkey is behind schedule.

Prioritize: Aunt Marge’s pecan is worth it. We agree. So eat it, but maybe skip the sweet potato laden with marshmallows and brown sugar. Moral: decide which splurges are worth it and learn to recognize when you are eating just to eat. Enjoy each bite, relish it and skip the rest of the filler.

Give Yourself a Break: You went big on Thanksgiving. Okay. You’re human and you had a great time with your peeps. You aren’t ruined. You just get up on Friday morning and move on. Beating yourself up isn’t going to get you any further and it isn’t allowed, okay? So get back to your plan. Which means that Friday you’re going to get a workout in. You’re going to eat leftovers…mindfully. Let’s be honest – how much gravy does a turkey sandwich actually need? You’re going to have at least one meal that is bountifully full of veggies, a salad perhaps. And come Monday nothing has changed: you’re sticking to your plan and not wasting your energy on beating yourself up over the amazing Thanksgiving you just had.

3. Social Life/Commitments/Obligations. This is tough. You love your friends and family. And while having a positive social life is something that will contribute to a healthy, stress-free you, there can be a tipping point for most of us when we are simply attending out of obligation and are running on fumes. Again, this where you need to decide where your priorities lie. It’s true that the holidays only come once a year and sometimes it’s worth it to go big. But remember that your friends and family will still love you if you need to take a night off and prioritize some of your other self-care things (i.e. sleep!).

4. Sleep. ‘Nuff said. You need sleep to be healthy. This is not something to sacrifice to make others happy.

5. Foam Rolling, Massage therapy, Yoga, Meditation. What do you need to do to feel balanced? Are you recovering from an injury (or are you concerned about injury prevention)? Beyond the physical benefits, doing these things will likely take a bit of the stress of the season away. It will be another chance to connect with yourself in the midst of so much social connection. And if you are on a treatment plan for an injury, this is not the time to skimp. No one wants to start January with an injury that is worse-off. If you aren’t doing any of these things, choose one that interests and maybe explore it (e.g. check out a gentle or restorative yoga class on a Sunday evening to clear your head), just be careful of biting off more than you can chew in an already busy season.

Need help with your Holiday Season plan? Give us a shout and we can help advise you on some healthy options for whatever it is you’re struggling with. And keep following us here, we have 5 more blog posts in this series to go before the end of the holiday season!

Healthy Autumn Recipes Contest

Hi Crew! Last week we asked you to send us your favorite Autumn recipes and one lucky winner would receive a $50 Whole Foods gift card. You all sent in some great stuff! Below are the entries…scroll to the bottom to find out who the winner is!

#1 Elizabeth Tobey (works out with Tyler in the evenings at GG Park), sent us a recipe for Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese. She recommends a really sharp cheddar for the cheese portion of this recipe.

#2 Sandra Short (works out with Annah in the mornings at Dolores park) sent us her own recipe:

Butternut Squash White Bean Soup
2 tsp olive oil
1 onion
3 cloves garlic
3 cups cubed butternut squash
2 zucchinis
3 cups swiss chard
2 can cannellini beans
8 cups organic chicken broth
3 sprigs thyme
salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and oregano to taste

Heat olive oil and sautee garlic and onions for 3 min.  Add butternut squash and zucchini (chopped) and sautee for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add swiss chard, cannellini beans (all can contents), chicken broth, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and oregano and let simmer for about 30-40 minutes until vegetables are soft.  Serve with parm!

#3 Maya Hanaike (has worked out with us at Gap Inc. corporate classes) shared a recipe for Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili. She also mentions that she subbed in butternut squash for pumpkin and it was great.

#4 Laura Vernon (works out with us at Gap Inc. classes) shared her own recipe for a Vegetarian Chili:
Ingredients:
·butternut squash (1)
·yellow or white onion (1)
·garlic
·chili powder
·ground cumin
·ground cayenne pepper
·smoked paprika (optional)
·black beans (2-3 cans)
·low sodium vegetable stock
·diced tomatoes in juice (1 can)
·swiss or rainbow chard leaves
·extra virgin olive oil
·salt & pepper
·greek yogurt
·fresh cilantro
·hot sauce (optional)
       
·Directions
·Heat 2-3 T olive oil in the bottom of a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add 1 onion and 3 cloves garlic (both finely chopped) and saute until onions are softened, about 10 min.
·Add 1 butternut squash (peeled and cut into half-inch cubes) and toss to coat with the onion and garlic mixture. Add 2 T chili powder, 2 t cumin, 1/4 t cayenne pepper, and 1/4 t smoked paprika (optional). Distribute the spices into the vegetables and continue cooking for 1-2 more min.
·Add 2 or 3 cans of black beans (drained and rinsed), 2 and 1/2 c low sodium vegetable stock, and 1 14-oz can of diced tomatoes in juice. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer, uncovered, until the squash is tender (about 20 min).
·Coarsely chop the leaves from 1 small bunch of rainbow chard and add to the chili, simmering for another 3-5 until wilted but still brightly colored. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve. Top with greek yogurt, freshly chopped cilantro, and your favorite hot sauce.

#5 Veronica Miller (works out with Brooks in the evenings on the Embarcadero) sent us recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash with Kale and Almond Pecan Parmesan.

#6 Linda Anderson (works out with Tracy in mornings at GG Park) sent us a recipe for Moroccan Pumpkin and Lentils. She recommends using kabocha squash which does not need to be peeled. She also adds kale or chard sometimes. And it is a one pot meal!

#7 Bella Wong (works out with Tracy in the mornings at GG Park) sent us two of her own recipes:

Farro Bake:
*soak 1 cup of bulk farro for 6-8 hours*

1/2 medium onion (chopped)
1 clove of garlic (chopped)
1 cup uncooked farro
1 cup kale, or any veggie (chopped)
2 1/2 veggie broth or chicken broth
1 cup tomato sauce

- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Over med heat- saute onion and garlic for about 2-3 mins- be careful not to burn as the garlic will taste bitter
- don’t forget to add salt/pepper onion/garlic
- add drained farro and kale/veggies and saute for 4-5 mins- be sure to keep stirring to evenly brown the farro
- add 2 1/2 cups of broth and stir occasionally
- once it starts boiling- stir 1 cup of tomato sauce
- once it boils again- pour into a 9×9 baking dish
- optional: parm cheese can be mixed in during this step
- cover with foil (add a few slits on the foil to vent)
- cook for 20-25 mins- then add bread crumb mix (recipe below)*
- cook with bread crumb mix for an additional 20-25 mins until golden brown
- this should bake for about 40-45 mins

* you can also add parm cheese on top, but for the last 10 mins of baking.

OPTIONAL:
Bread Crumb mixture:
1/2 cup  melted butter
1- 1 1/2 cup bread

- Mix until it’s no longer liquidy
- You can add cheese as an option
- Top the farro during the last 20 mins of baking.

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Roasted Garbanzo beans w/ Cauliflower and Olives

- 1 head of cauliflower- cut into florets
- 8 cloves of chopped garlic
- 24 green olives- halved
- 1 can of Garbanzo beans- drained
- 1/2 tsp Chilli flakes- optional

Preheat oven to 450

- In a large bowl mix and coat all ingredients with olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste (the olives are pretty salty- so not much salt is needed)
- spread on foil lined cookie sheet
- Bake for 15-20 mins or until crisp/golden brown – be sure to stir after 10 mins of baking

Okay, we’re hungry just reading through all these and are even more excited about the Autumn season of eats! Comfort food can be healthy, as y’all have proved here! And the winner of the contest is….LINDA ANDERSON! With her Moroccan Pumpkin and Lentils recipe!