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Celebrate the Sunshine! Roasted Spring Vegetable Salad

Roasted spring vegetable salad

After months of sleet, snow, and frigid temperatures that render even well-gloved human fingers virtually useless, it seems that winter is finally, FINALLY over. I’ve been celebrating by frolicking in the warm weather and getting inspired in the kitchen.

Asparagus, one of my favorite spring veggies, was beautiful and cheap at the grocery store this week, so I stocked up. Of course, I was then stuck figuring out how to prepare it for the week without it getting unappetizing and limp in the fridge. My solution? A good roast. Read more…

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Easy Spaghetti Squash “Pasta” with Fried Eggs

spaghetti squash pasta

I have a dear, deeply misguided friend who hates runny eggs with the heat of a thousand suns. This is something that I cannot comprehend. Beloved Friend, what other objectively wonderful things do you hate? Spaghetti carbonara? Molten chocolate cake? The sound of children laughing? The mind… it boggles. 

I firmly believe that an egg sunny-side up, runny yolk and all, can improve just about anything. It adds richness and creaminess in a single step. However, if you are like my friend and “weird runny eggs skeeve you out,” just cook your egg a little longer — you’ll still love this spaghetti squash pasta recipe.  Read more…

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Work-Week Lunch: Kale & Chickpea Rice Bowl

Chickpea and Kale Rice Bowl

As I mentioned in my post late last week, I’m doing a lot of Bikram yoga these days. To meet the physical demands of my practice, I have seriously upped my protein game.

My former go-to lunch during the week was something filling but ultimately light — like a big leafy salad or bowl of vegetable soup. That doesn’t really cut it for me these days. Those things have a time and a place, of course; they’re just not the kind of meal that can give me everything I need before a workout.

This kale and chickpea rice bowl is one of my new favorite meals. It’s not so different from my other veggie-based bowls — it just has a bit more nutritional heft. First of all, there is a ton of protein for meatless dish : 11 grams per serving. If you want to boost that stat even higher, have a hard boiled egg on the side for an extra 6 grams. There are lots of other happy nutritional moments happening in this bowl too: one serving has 132% of your vitamin A for the day, and 119% of your vitamin C.

Frozen kale and canned chickpeas make for easy prep. Toss everything in the pan with a little olive oil and you’re on your way. From start to finish, this dish takes maybe 30 minutes to prepare (and most of that time is spent waiting for the rice to cook). It keeps well in the fridge too, so you’ll have no trouble riding this meal out for a few days. Love it.

Recipe after the jump! Read more…

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Small Girl, Big Appetite: How to Eat Out and Stay Healthy | Bok Choy Salad Recipe Inside!

Make healthy meals like this bok choy salad a major part of your regular routine

I was recently at dinner with some girlfriends, and one of them was teasing me about my impossible appetite. I wasn’t offended at all. In fact, it’s a badge I wear with pride. To quote my friend, I will absolutely “eat you under the table.” Food truck festivals, family-style Italian, dim sum Sundays — I do it all.

Food can be one of life’s greatest pleasures, especially when shared with good company. Many diet gurus and experts will tell you that when you go out with friends, you should choose light options. “Get a salad with dressing on the side,” they’ll say, “or a nice piece of grilled fish.” That may work for some people, but from my perspective…  that kind of sucks.

Why drag yourself to a restaurant to order a $14 salad that you could probably make better (and healthier!) at home, while your friends and family relish more delectable fare? Spare yourself the torture; treat yourself! But do so with a few key things in mind. Read more…

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Soup’s On! Peach and Tomato Gazpacho

Peach and tomato gazpacho

Every Sunday morning, I hop in the car with Lucas and we go grocery shopping. All of the fruits and vegetables are gorgeous this time of year. Cluster tomatoes, heavy on their still-attached vines, smell like summer sunlight. Ripe peaches are cheap and plentiful — I’ve gotten them as cheaply as 77 cents a pound. Beautiful, fresh summer produce like this deserves to shine. Gazpacho is the perfect vessel for that.

I had never made it before, but I knew the theory. Blend together tomato, peppers, and herbs, and chill. It’s really that simple. The key thing to remember when making gazpacho is that it’s served cold, and what that does to flavors: it dulls them. So, it follows that the flavors in your gazpacho need to be bigger and bolder than if the dish were served hot.

The peaches that I added to impart a little extra sweetness, but the overall feeling of this gazpacho is still zesty and bright. Oniony, garlicky, and a little acidic, it’s a refreshing dish for a hot summer day. Stir in a little Greek yogurt and serve with poached shrimp to make it more substantial. Recipe after the jump! Read more…

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