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Honey almond roasted carrots

Published on August 30, 2013, by in Recipes.

These carrots are a fall delight. I was ready to hunker down, make soup, watch football and eat my fair share of roasted root vegetables then we got a spike to hot temperatures again. That didn’t stop me from making these carrots! I may have also been motivated to make these carrots as I was desperate wanting to use my new Le Creust dish that I received forma  dear friend as an early wedding gift. I named her Camille, because she’s French. Enough about the why and a little more about the how: Ingredients: 1-2 pounds fresh carrots 2 tablespoons olive oil 2-3 tablespoons honey 1/4 cup silvered or chopped almonds a few sprigs of fresh rosemary salt and pepper Preheat your oven to 400F. Thoroughly wash your carrots and cut green end off. If you feel so inclined to peel your carrots, you can do that, too. Pour about

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Easy cinnamon streusel French toast

Published on August 29, 2013, by in Recipes.

I made an easy cinnamon streusel French toast for Brian this past weekend. Have you ever been to Costco? Have you ever been there when samples of their cinnamon streusel bread has been given out? Holy moley! That stuff is good. I have been able to resist buying a loaf before, but I couldn’t on this last trip. I blame the full moon. After getting it home and looking at the nutritional information, the loaf immediately went into the freezer. This bread is going to be a treat and a rare one at that. Granted the slices are large and thick, but it is 220 calories a slice. Wowza. No wonder it tastes so good. On Saturday, I pulled out one piece of the bread to thaw. While it was thawing, I beat together one egg, a teaspoon of vanilla, a dash of cinnamon and a tablespoon for two of

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Dukkah

Published on August 28, 2013, by in Recipes.

What the heck? That’s what I first thought when I read about this mysterious dukkah on MoreCheeseMoreChocolate. Dukkah is spelled as many different ways as it can be made. The long and short of it is that it’s a delicious and flavorful mixture of herbs and nuts that has it origins in Egypt. When I started to google Dukkah to find a recipe, I was also pleasantly surprised to see that it is becoming very popular and found several articles on uses for it, like this, and this, and this. Recipe adapted from 101 Cookbooks: Ingredients: 1/2 cup hazelnuts 1/4 cup coriander seeds 3 tablespoons sesame seeds 2 tablespoons cumin seeds 1 tablespoon black peppercorns 1 tablespoon fennel seeds 1 teaspoon dried mint leaves 1 teaspoon salt Heat a heavy skillet over high heat. Toast the coriander seeds until fragrant. Once toasted, pour into a dish to the side to let

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Priorities

Published on August 27, 2013, by in Update.

I’ve recently written about how my summer was filled with cook outs and perhaps a little more indulgence that necessary. Since I have been back on track with a healthier lifestyle and exercise plan, I have felt a lot better and have been sleeping better. Today, this was posted on Facebook and it really struck true to me. This is how I have always felt about people, myself included, when excuses are made. “Instead of saying ‘I don’t have time’ try saying ‘it’s not a priority,’ and see how that feels. Often, that’s a perfectly adequate explanation. Changing our language reminds us that time is a choice. If we don’t like how we’re spending an hour, we can choose differently.” ~Laura Vanderkam I think this expands way beyond healthy life style choices and is a great way to re-examine multiple aspects of life.    

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Monday, back at it

Published on August 26, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

It’s already Monday again? My weekend was so full of fun activities that it feels like I haven’t been to work in a week! Thursday night, I was incredibly happy to eat a very summery meal of a half of a BLT with fruit, veggies and a few chips. See that sweet corn? It was my last ear from a batch I received from Iowa. Possibly the best sweet corn of my life. So sweet and tender it made my heart sing. Friday night we picked up our wedding invitations and envelopes. Eeek! It’s coming so soon. I’m so excited! Brian and I grabbed dinner at Native Foods. He had a curry bowl and I had the indo salad. Both were amazing. We loved our own choices and each other’s so much that we switched bowls half way through. Sharing is caring. After running some more errands, I got home

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Tomato, tomato, egg, tomato

Published on August 21, 2013, by in Update.

I almost made it to this weekend with out posting about last weekend. Last week was a little nuts. I started a new workout regimen. I was doing strength before work and cardio after work. This left me with little time to actually make dinner. So, I made good use of my old friend the crockpot this past weekend. After leaving the gym Friday night, I stopped and picked up dinner at Whole Foods. I snagged a bag of their house made thai pepper popcorn. It was the perfect snack for relaxing on the couch and watching a movie. Saturday I got up early, worked out, then made a large and delightful breakfast to fuel the day. Toast with egg, avocado and sriracha with a side of clementine, and homemade greek yogurt with chia, flax and strawberries. This powered me through a trip to Whole Foods to take advantage of

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Happy Friday!

Published on August 9, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

I’ve been on a bad cycle for the past month to 6 weeks. A cycle of summer socialization. While the socializing is great, the food and booze that I chose to consume in conjunction with the socializing has taken a toll on me. I’ve been feeling non-stop bloated. Gross. The good news is that I’ve been eating well and exercising this week and things are quickly turning around. One night this week I brought back a version of the good old macro bowl. This time I used a lentil and bean mixture with rice, chicken(seasoned with five spice powder and berbere), kale and sweet potato. Delicious! On Wednesday we received a gift in the mail from our registry. A mortar and pestle! I was so excited. I have been dying to make dukkah ever since I saw More Cheese More Chocolate post about making it months ago.  That mortar and pestle made it

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Raisin Bran muffins

Published on August 7, 2013, by in Recipes.

I was at the store recently and had an impulse purchase of a box of Raisin Bran. Raisin Bran is one of the few cereals I like. I also like to knit, garden and go to water aerobics. I am a 85-year-old woman. Being that 1-2 bowls of cereal every few months if about my limit, I needed to find something else to do with the rest of the box of cereal. With a quick Google search, I quickly learned that there are numerous Raisin Bran muffin recipes out there. Apparently, they are a thing. Well, I don’t want to be left behind on the cereal muffin trend, so I made cereal muffins. Ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup granulated sugar 3 tablespoons light brown sugar 2 1/2 cups Raisin Bran cereal 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1

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Faux KIND bars

Published on August 6, 2013, by in Recipes.

I have a love/hate relationship with granola bars. They are delicious and easy to eat on the go, but they are loaded with calories, sugar and usually have little protein. I just don’t feel like they have a lot of bang for my buck, calorie wise. But they are sooo tasty. And a lot of them are loaded with crap and additives, that is why I really like KIND brand granola bars. Unfortunately, they are a little pricey. So, I was ecstatic when I saw Minimalist Baker posted a recipe that looked like a KIND bar. MB kept it simple, using only five ingredients. I added a few more ingredients for fun. Ingredients: 1 cup packed dates, pitted( I used medjool) 1/4 cup honey( or maple syrup) 1/4 cup natural nut butter of choice(I used almond) 1 1/4 cup rolled oats(not instant or quick oats) 1 cup roasted unsalted almonds,

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Weekend recap: It’s August?

Published on August 5, 2013, by in Update.

With temperatures in the 70s all weekend and a tan that is starting to fade, it’s hard to believe that it is August. Aren’t we supposed to be in the dog days of summer? Knowing that we had back to back to back activities lined up for Saturday, I took advantage of Friday night by doing some grocery shopping and spending time at the garden. I picked a bunch of kale, fennel, carrots and cherry tomatoes. My cherry tomatoes are growing like crazy. They are all over the plant in giant clusters like I am growing grapes. The fennel smells wonderful. I can’t wait to cook it up and possibly use the fronds in a savory bread. Saturday started bright and early with a double yolk egg(those are good luck, right?) then off to help a friend with a yard sale. The weather was  perfect and it nice to sit

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