• 21 Day Fix,  Meal Planning,  Recipes

    21DF | A Sample Weekly Menu

    Please be advised – these daily options are not my exact allotment of containers. I realize that may not be the most helpful for you, but I wanted to post this sooner rather than waiting for the entire next week to pass so I can write things down exactly as I eat them. So, take this with a grain of perfectly measured/allotted sea salt 😉 SOME REMINDERS: NO DRESSINGS, NO TABLE SALT, NO SUGAR, NO CRAP WHITE BREAD OR PASTA. If you are a real human, and accept a dinner invitation with friends – I will be posting more about that next week – including some ideas on what to…

  • 21 Day Fix,  Meal Planning,  Recipes

    21DF | Brussels & Kale

    I was grossed out by brussel sprouts when I was a kid, until the one time my dad sautéed them in maple syrup, and then I was all “VEGGIES ARE AMAZING!” Nice try, dad. Good game. I bought some brussels at Costco after a couple of my favorite health food bloggers raved about them; I knew I couldn’t douse them in maple syrup on the Fix, so I prayed that a little olive oil would magically do trick. It’s not quite syrup, but it was freaking delicious. I’m a fan. Newly converted, but a fan nonetheless. Try it for your next lunch. It was so filling, and but didn’t leave…

  • 21 Day Fix,  Recipes

    21DF | Avocado Toast

    This has been a favorite breakfast of mine as of late! Although – how annoying is it that avocados go bad so fast. Ugh. Loathe entirely. This photo I saw on Pinterest killed me, because it’s OH SO TRUE. I toast the bread lightly, and then just add the rest of the ingredients to the top. It’s filling and amazing on its own, but you can always add eggs or another protein to make this a well-rounded breakfast option! Some of my favorite options: 2 poached eggs, or 4 slices of turkey bacon (both equal 1 Red) 1 slice of Dave’s Bread 1/4 avocado, mashed A few sundried red peppers,…

  • 21 Day Fix,  Clean Eating,  Dinner,  Recipes

    Lemon & Thyme BBQ Salmon with Truffled Balsamic Caprese Salad

    Paul and I are on the second round of the 21 Day Fix, which has been amazing. But frankly, on Sunday evening we were a little tired of chicken, ground turkey, tacos, quinoa, wraps, salads and steaks. I was wanting something totally different tonight for dinner to mix it up, so we ran out and grabbed some Sockeye Salmon to throw on the BBQ. It was a gorgeous spring day in Washington; clear blue skies and 70 degrees. Perfect grilling weather. We seasoned the fish with a little EVOO, some sea salt and cracked pepper, fresh thyme and sliced lemon. Grill (skin side down) for 10-15 minutes – or until…

  • Dinner,  Health,  Recipes

    Pan Seared Chicken With Olives. Except Not With Olives.

    I made this dish last night, and it was delicious! So much flavor! Pan Seared Chicken With Olives My modifications:  I didn’t use olives. Instead, I used mushrooms. I didn’t have any chicken broth, so I omitted that from the sauce as well. I just used the juice from the rested, cooked chicken. I didn’t pound out my chicken, I just cheated and bought the thin-cut boneless/skinless breasts. I didn’t let them marinate for 30 minutes. I mixed up the marinade and poured over the chicken, then flipped the chicken around a few times to be sure they were evenly coated. Then they sat for a minute while I prepped…

  • Lasagna,  Raw,  Recipes,  Vegan,  Whole Foods

    Wait. Cheese from cashews?

    I’m attempting to eat clean, clean, clean. That includes no dairy. No meat. No sugar. Whole foods only, for at least 21 days… and maybe longer, especially if I can find recipes that I love. Because, I just have to be honest… this girl loves her cheese. I can’t live in a world that doesn’t include sharp cheddar or the stinkiest blue. And pasta, while we’re talking about things I can’t live without. And bread. And chocolate cake. Basically, if I’m going to eat healthy, I need to find ways to satisfy my cravings and not feel like I’m eating healthy. If you can trick me into eating pudding made entirely…

  • Fall Favorites,  Recipes,  Roasted Tomatoes

    A Roasted Tomato Love Affair

    I bought a couple of cartons of cherry tomatoes at the grocery store. Mainly because they were on sale, but also because they were pretty. Reds, and yellows, and orange… oh my! Fall on my plate. Problem is, I wasn’t sure what to do with them. I love them fresh, but not enough to pop them like candy. After all, the season has changed. It’s fall now. If it’s not covered in melty cheese, or spread over a rustic sourdough, or baked and carb-y and hot and cozy, I’m not eating it. (I’m only kind of joking). In a desperate attempt to save-the-tomatoes before they went bad, I ended up slow…

  • Lasagna Soup,  Our Fabulous Fall,  Pinterest,  Recipes

    Our Fabulous Fall: Lasagna Soup

    I read the words “lasagna soup” the other day, and haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since. I knew I had to make it. Something about transforming classic favorites into comforting alternatives (with maybe even a slightly healthy twist?) is irresistible to me. Like, I can’t stop thinking about it, and I come home with armloads of groceries to “whip it up” at 8pm. Stuff I had to get from the store: 1lb extra-lean ground turkey (for the above mentioned slightly healthy twist. It would also be amazing with ground beef, spicy turkey or chicken sausage, or if you’re going for the real deal: fresh, spicy…

  • My Favorite Things,  Obsessed,  Recipes

    New Favorite Food. Until Tomorrow.

    I would like to announce that I officially have a favorite food. No more debating between Italian or Mexican. No more yearning for good Pad Thai. No more heart palpitations over a good roll of sushi. I have discovered what I could eat every single day for the rest of my life. And, shockingly enough, it’s none of the above.Are you ready for this? Avocado toast. Image from: whatsgabycooking.com Now, if I’m being honest, it’s just guacamole on bread, and there’s nothing impressive about that anything on bread is freaking awesome. However, it’s much easier than whipping up some fantastic guacamole to put on some bread. You guys: it’s guacamole, dialed down. Back to…

  • Recipes

    Can’t wait to try this!

    Ricotta, olive and pine nut spread with endive | Giada De Laurentiis Ingredients 1 (15-ounce) container whole milk ricotta cheese 1 cup (about 12) large green olives, pitted 1/2 cup (2 1/2 ounces) pine nuts, toasted* 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus extra for seasoning 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus extra for seasoning 1/4 packed cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves Preparation In a food processor, combine the ricotta cheese, olives, pin nuts, olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Pulse until smooth. Add the parsley and pulse until combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve with endive leaves. * To toast the…