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Productive weekend

Published on January 15, 2014, by in Recipes.

Last weekend was one of my most productive weekends in the kitchen in months. As a result, we have been eating well all week. What was I busy making? I started off my Saturday morning with something called bulletproof coffee. Other’s call it buttered coffee. Yes, I put grassfed butter in my coffee. I brewed 2 cups of organic coffee, then put it in the blender with 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 1 tablespoon Kerrygold grassfed butter. Blend on high until frothy and creamy like a latte. It is absolutely delicious. It is a high fat treat, but they are healthy fats. I can’t say I will be doing this everyday, but maybe once a week. I also started sprouting lentils on Saturday. It’s so easy and they are absolutely delicious when sprouted! I can’t wait to eat a big salad with them on it for dinner tonight. With my

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Christmas recap

Published on December 30, 2013, by in Update.

I didn’t take any pictures of food at Christmas. Can you believe it? We had a really delicious meal of turkey breast, cranberry sauce, the best stuffing recipe I’ve ever made, cheesy hash brown potatoes and green bean casserole. I know it sounds more like Thanksgiving dinner, and maybe it was, but it was delicious! Christmas was pretty much dominated by my adorable niece. She is at a super fun and playful stage where she repeats most of what you say and she is really starting to connect things. She loves books and being read to. Oh, and she gives you a big cheesy smile on command. While making Christmas dinner, my mom and I made sure we had some holiday spirits. On our flight back, we detoured through downtown Chicago and had some amazing views. I hope everyone had as great and as relaxing of a holiday as I

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Zucchini noodles

Published on December 19, 2013, by in Recipes.

  I have been struggling to return to healthy eating lately. There are far too many delicious holiday temptations, not to mention more social occasions and drinks. I feel like I am having a good and fairly consistent week this week. I have increased my intake of fruits and vegetables and decreased the crap. I can really feel the difference. Hopefully I can keep this up, but it will be hard with Christmas next week. Last night for dinner I had the opportunity to use my much lusted after GEFU spiralizer. While a bit expensive for a kitchen gadget, I think I will get a lot of use out of it. I spiralized one small zucchini. While I was doing that, I sauteed some mushrooms in about a teaspoon of grass fed butter, salt and pepper. I also heated up a little marinara sauce I had on hand. When the

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Christmas Crunch

Published on December 8, 2013, by in Update.

There are 17 more days until Christmas. Is your shopping done? If not, here are some great ideas to help you out. For the person who really loves to create in the kitchen, get them a life changing Vitamix. I use mine almost daily to make everything from sorbets to soups and a lot of green smoothies. I absolutely adore wood serving pieces. I recently got several as wedding and shower gifts and have already put them to good use. They are great for serving appetizers, cheese, bread or even roasts. This is a great one from Williams Sonoma similar to one I have. I ran across Le Creuset’s flame skinny grill pan at Sur la Table. I love that it’s a slightly smaller size and only takes up one burner. How can you pass up all the great colors it comes in? A more budget friendly find at only

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Return to healthy eating

Published on November 29, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

I heard on the news yesterday that the average American consumes 4000 calories on Thanksgiving Day. Yikes! As I posted earlier, we made some healthier swaps for our meal to help keep our meal and waistlines I check. We had mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes, turkey breast instead of a whole turkey, a side of Brussels sprouts and only a half batch of stuffing. Oh, and no dessert. Besides eating a little more than normal yesterday, I have been eating more than normal for about the past two weeks due to wedding festivities and being on my honeymoon. On a normal day, I eat more then 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. Well, Iceland doesn’t have the best climate for growing produce, so fruits and vegetables are extremely expensive there and to be honest, the quality isn’t that great. For example, a side salad at a restaurant was about $18

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Fresh cranberry scones

Published on October 29, 2013, by in Recipes.

One of my favorite things about scones is that they are slightly rugged looking. They are incredibly easy to make. I’m not sure why I don’t make them more. After impulsively buying a bag of fresh cranberries this weekend, I needed something to so with them. So, I started looking up cranberry scone recipes. I had settled on an Ina Garten recipe when I noticed a little side not advising not to use fresh cranberries. So, I decided on a Martha Stewart recipe. The only things I did differently was that I used my mixer for the first few steps and used skim milk. They turned out great. I was surprised that Brian loved them, because they really aren’t sweet. The cranberries make them tangy. I think they are delightful. Here are some pictures from making them:  

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LGB’s Mediterranean Dip

Published on October 14, 2013, by in Recipes.

Today, a very special guest post from my good friend Lisa. She made this incredible dip for the festivities this past weekend. I had the best time with so many good friends and family. Thank you to everyone that was able to attend. I’m am one lucky girl! Lisa’s dip was a major hit and everyone wanted to the recipe. So, here it is! Who would have thought a super-easy, fresh and healthy dip would make such a splash?!? This weekend I was lucky enough to help co-host a bridal shower and bachelorette party extravaganza for a great friend, Spatoola blogger and overall food guru Stacey Cougar Lens!!! We spent Saturday morning showering the bride-to-be with lovely gifts and eating a deliciously Stacey themed meal of Iowa pork loin, Super 7 salad, quinoa and wild rice salad, and roasted butternut squash with blue cheese and walnuts topped off with Michelle’s deliciously moist

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Easy pumpkin soup

Published on September 6, 2013, by in Recipes.

The temperatures are starting to drop and my love for all things pumpkin are back in full force. Last weekend I made some pumpkin muffins with a pumpkin pie filling on top that are wonderful(recipe to come soon). With the leftover pumpkin, I decided to make us a pumpkin soup. This soup is thick, warm and delicious and was ready in less than 30 minutes. Ingredients: 1/4 yellow onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic 1 inch of fresh ginger, grated 1 teaspoon curry powder dash of cinnamon 1 cup vegetable broth 1 1/2 cups pure pumpkin 1/2 cup of milk(can use cow, almond, coconut) salt and pepper 1 tablespoon of olive oil or butter pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries(optional) Heat oil over medium heat. When hot, saute onion and garlic until onion is translucent. Stir in fresh ginger. Cook until fragrant, about one minute. Stir in curry powder and cinnamon. Cook

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Goodbye, summer

Published on September 3, 2013, by in Recipes.

Friday seems like so long ago that I can hardly remember what we  did.  We had plans to go out to eat, but with some torrential down pours right after I got home from work, we decided to order in. We ordered in some chicken shawarma from a new restaurant. It was so-so. So far, I haven’t found a place that competes with a a restaurant by my work. Then we set up an assembly line and put together our wedding invitations. After that was done, we rewarded ourselves with some couch time and started watching Orange is the New Black. Is everyone else watching this show? You should be! It’s great. Saturday morning, I got up and made a veggie loaded breakfast with homemade tomato sauce, spinach, and eggplant. It was so delicious. Then I headed out for a busy day of going to the post office, hair cut

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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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