Fall is when we start consuming heartier vegetables. There is something about all the squashes, apples, cranberries that is immensely comforting. I wanted to put together a salad that could be a main course for my fellow vegans and a Warm Butternut Squash and Kale Salad seemed perfect.
Warm Butternut Swash & Kale Salad
Warm Butternut Squash & Kale Salad
1 Butternut Squash- peeled, cleaned and cut into 1″ size pieces
1 cup of quinoa cooked
3-4 cups of kale
1/2 cup cranberries (optional)
1 T Grapeseed Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
Apple Cider / Walnut Vinaigrette
1/2 cup apple cider, apple juice, or 1/2 apple
2 T apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup walnuts
salt to taste
Heat the oven to 450˚F. Peel, clean and cut your butternut squash into 1″ pieces. Lay your Silapat on a cookie sheet. (If you don’t have one, lightly grease the cookie sheet.) Pour the squash in the pan. Sprinkle salt and pepper and mix. Spread out the squash on the sheet giving plenty of room between pieces to allow for air flow. Place in the oven until starting to brown. About 20-30 min.
Toast 1/2 cup of quinoa in a pan for a minute or two before adding 1 1/2 cups of water. Cook until all the water has been absorbed.
Clean and remove the stems from the kale. Cut into bite size pieces. After the squash is cooked, heat a pan on medium high heat. Add 1 T of grapeseed oil. Add kale and pinch of salt. Saute until wilted.
Blend all ingredients of the dressing in a blender. (We love our Vitamix at The Ranch!) Option- to add a tablespoon of maple syrup to the dressing for a bit more sweetness.
Mix all ingredients into a bowl. Start easy on the dressing, then add more if needed. I found I wanted cranberries so tossed some in. Serve!
The end of summer brings an abundance of tomatoes and we have a ton here at The Ranch. They looked so amazing that I had to bring some home. After pondering what to do with them, I decided to use my Vitamix to make a tomato soup. It was quick to make, simple and too delicious not to share!
• 4-5 medium tomatoes • 1 clove of garlic • 1 shallot • 2-3 leaves of basil • 1/2 tsp of oregano • Salt to taste
Wash and cut the tomatoes into chunks. Add all other ingredients into the Vitamix and blend until smooth. You can keep blending to warm up the soup or pour into a pot. (I hate the sound of the blender going for a long time, so I always use a pot to finish heating my soups.)
Cut 3-5 more basil leaves into strips and add some arugula. Stir until it has wilted. Enjoy!
The Ranch 4.0 is getting ready to launch September 19th. In this time we’ve been scouting the best trails we can offer. I’ve been documenting the beauty of the area. We can’t do all of these trails, so what will you see when you come to The Ranch 4.0?
Cheeseboro or Cheseboro? It’s spelt both ways.
If you aren’t liking your hiking boots, you can maybe find a pair on the way…
Bridge to Somewhere
Someone created a snack spot for us! Who’s ready for their 6 almonds?
EMT Truck from M*A*S*H*
An owl totem was hiding.
Lily pads and a pond on the prettiest trail.
A Ranger pointed us to the original cage from “Planet of the Apes.”
We found a rattle snake too tired to make a noise
We can’t get lost now!
We also had to make sure we know The Four Seasons- Westlake Village very intimately.
The Pool Table Works
The Spa is relaxing.
Our Ranch House is almost ready.
Ranch House Again
Our equipment is being checked.
How many Program Guides does it take to make sure we have an ice chest? Your feet will be happy after your hike!
A guest recently introduced me to Thug Kitchen. She loved his attitude, as well as some of his dishes. Always looking for new ideas, I stopped over and the most recent posting was for his Buffalo Falafel. Having never had Buffalo Wings or the like, I was more interested in his Falafels. Something I have never made before, but I figured why not? I opted to serve mine over a bed of lettuce with a Spicy Tahini Dressing, because I do like a kick. (more…)
It may be a bit late in the summer, but as I was packing my books to take with me on my vacation, I realized I should share some of The Ranch’s and my own suggested reading books. Plane and beach reading for me has almost always steered away more from the Chick Lit to Non-fiction. I find it’s a great way to get started into a book and when I need a break after a few pages, I can take a dip or it’s time to flip over. At the end of the day, I feel smarter.
One of the fabulous perks of being located in Southern California, means we have the opportunity to have a garden year round. We do have to switch around some of our crops based of the season, but overall, our garden is full year round. In addition, we have quite a few fruit trees. This year we have had a bumper crop of lemons that taste amazing!
Summer is now here! It’s time to enjoy life outside and that includes cookouts. This recipe for Vegan Potato Salad I made when I was home last. My brother told me it needed bacon and that he hated it less than he hated regular potato salad. As good of a compliment I would get from him, but enough to let you why a friend recently requested I bring it to a pot luck. Best part, with no mayonnaise, it won’t go bad if it’s sitting out for a while. (more…)
After writing about the 7 Minute Workout, I thought it might be fun to do a quick video of the workout to help with timing and suggestions. The exercises are 30 seconds of all of the exercises below followed by 10 seconds of rest.
The Ranch is thrilled to be opening our second location! It won’t be far from our Home Base, as it will be at The Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, which is where we temporarily called home last year during some upgrades to the property. The partnership was such a success that we decided to move in permanently with a few adjustments. (more…)
Kate is our resident Blogger and one of our Senior Program Guides. She holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from Ithaca College and completed the longest course, the Patagonia Year, at the National Outdoor Leadership School despite having never camped previously. She holds a number of certifications from a variety of fitness organizations including: NASM, MAT, Paul Chek, Sonic Yoga, Yoga Works and Hanna Somatics. Kate has over 10 years of experience in the fitness field. Her passion for learning and improving how we view Health and Wellness brought her to The Ranch.