Happy Monday, friends. And happy start to a brand new week. Last week was rough. I'm still feeling immense heartbreak for those who lost a little (or a lot) in the California wildfires. My sister lives in Napa, so this natural disaster hit terribly close to home. She's fine, as is her apartment, but many, many others weren't as lucky.
For those of you looking to incorporate more veggies into your daily eats, this pasta is for you. It's light yet satiating and chock-full of fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals. And, most of the ingredients are from a box or can. That's right. Convenience and budget-friendly staples are key.
Welp. It's now October 4th, which means I'm a bit delayed in rounding up September's eats. Whoops! Thus is life, though. Things slip through the cracks. And that's okay. Realistically, so long as I am making time for my top priorities, everything else is secondary. As it should be.
There's nothing quite as satisfying as a bowl of creamy butternut squash soup, right? Especially after a long, chilly day. And for me, there's nothing quite as satisfying as walking into my cozy kitchen, knowing that regardless of the work day I've had, the kitchen is my happy place.
If I were to ask you whereyou show up in your life, what would you say? Do you show up for books or people or yoga classes or cooking? For leisurely brunches or a beer after work? Do you make time for meditation or naps or podcasts or travel? Think about this question for a second. Where do you show up in your life?
'Tis the season for all-things pumpkin. And while I feel like a walking cliche come September, taste buds don't lie. Our bodies are smart. They are designed to crave certain foods. It's their way of speaking to us. Therefore, as the seasons change, typically our eats do as well.
Ever since I noshed on hearty falafels, creamy tzatziki, warm pita bread, and nutty tahini in Helsinki (recap post coming soon!), I've been craving Mediterranean food. But, let's be honest. I crave Mediterranean food most days of the week.
The night before we left for Finland, we packed a picnic (ahem, picked up a few items from Whole Foods), and headed to the Denver Botanic Gardens to watch the Gipsy Kings. We chatted with the strangers sitting next to us, snacked on the food we brought, and enjoyed the beautiful late-summer evening.
Alright, alright! It's the end of the month. August flew by, and fall is right around the corner. So, no better time than the present to show you a few eats. August was pretty standard as far as food goes. Eggs for days. Plenty of ice cream. Lots of salads. Some pizza. Enough almond butter to feed a family of five (and I'm the only AB connoisseur in the household).
And just like that, it's the end of August. Luckily in Colorado, we still have plenty of sun-drenched afternoons and warm weather ahead of us. But still. Where does the time go? I'm currently sitting at my desk, thinking about all of the places and activities I planned to see and do this summer.
Looking for an alternative to your favorite chicken salad sandwich? I've got you covered. This vegan version is just as delicious (and even more nutrient-dense!) than the creamy chicken salad of your dreams. Without compromising flavor or texture, I've made a few swaps and the result is both sweet and savory.
Happy Sunday, friends. This weekend was filled with deliciousfood, plenty of ice cream, time with friends, watching the Colorado Classic, exercise, and a nap. It was busy and productive, and I feel prepped for the week ahead. That said, I'm certainly counting my blessings. It's been a tough weekend for many Americans. From my small corner of the world, I'm sending love and hope to those who need it. May we continue to peacefully fight for the equality of all people, both here in the U.S. and around the world.
Happy Sunday! It's almost the end of the month (does anyone else feel like July flew by?), so I'm back with a slew of food photos. This round features a few of July's breakfasts, dinners, and everything in between. If you missed my first post in this series, hop over to my Eats, Lately: June 2017.
One of the things I love about travel is experiencing life as a local. I have an affinity for grocery shopping where the locals grocery shop and eating dinner where the locals stop for dinner. I’ll stroll through parks and eclectic neighborhoods or even sign up for a group exercise class, just to get my bearings. And while Airbnb has paved the path for this type of travel, having a best friend who lends you her (or his) apartment is even better. Especially if that apartment is located in one of the most quaint, idyllic parts of a city.
If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I love my food processor. And to be honest, I’m not sure how I survived without it. Mine is from Cuisinart, and it is pure magic. No, this isn’t a sponsored post—I just genuinely love the thing. I’ve made everything from dessert to dips to soups to energy bites. In all reality though, I’ve only scratched (pulsed?) the surface in terms of its versatility. So today, I’m bringing you yet another food processor concoction: pesto.
Happy Monday, friends. I’m finally home from a whirlwind of a month, and it feels so good to be back in Colorado. If you’re new to the blog, welcome! To bring you up to speed, I was traveling during most of June. The first part of the month was spent in the Midwest / East Coast. The later part was spent on the warm shores of the Pacific Ocean.
Oh, Chicago. What a lively, captivating, energizing, and humid place you are. Like most metropolitan cities, you're a melting pot of people and cultures and traditions. You have quirky neighborhoods, outstanding architecture, towering skyscrapers, and unique boat tours. You have an expansive, beach-like lakeshore and beautiful homes.
You either love it or you hate it, but tuna salad was a staple in our house growing up. We'd add it to toasted sourdough bread, scoop it up with Triscuit crackers, or add it to a few crispy romaine lettuce leaves. My mom would throw together a few ingredients—freshly squeezed lemon juice, sea salt and black pepper, mayo, and capers—and we would dive right in.
This gluten-free, protein-packed, vegetarian pasta salad is a nutritious and colorful accompaniment to any potluck, BBQ, or weeknight meal. I added chopped herbs and lemon juice to keep it light and fresh, but it's also hearty and satisfying thanks to the lentil pasta, garbanzo beans, and sun-dried tomatoes.
If you ask me if I love living in Colorado, I will tell you, yes. It's been almost ten years and this place has changed the trajectory of my life. We've had our up and downs, of course, but that's the nature of any relationship. I've found my closest friends, a stable job, the love of my life, and a perpetual growth that keeps me in a constant state of change.
I'm starting a monthly series called "Eats, Lately," to round up recent dishes, snacks, restaurant meals, etc. While I love sharing food over on Instagram, I certainly don't post everything I'm consuming. First and foremost, I have a life to live! Second, I would already have 3k photos posted to my account—I love to eat, and I eat all of the time.
Once Memorial Day rolls around, summer is practically here. And I love summer—everything about it: the sunshine, farmers' markets, patio brunches, al fresco happy hours, hiking opportunities, and long days. These things are all beckoning, and I can't wait to store my down jackets and boots for good.
Body image. Oh, body image. It's something we want to talk about it, but it's also taboo. I was reading a few articles the other day about body image relationships, and I came across this. I wanted to share it here. It struck a cord with me, and I hope it does for you, too.
Happy Sunday, friends. I hope you're taking it easy, spending time outside, and enjoying the end of the weekend. Yesterday, we started the morning at our neighborhood favorite, Stowaway Coffee + Kitchen. Then, we did our weekly grocery shopping.
Happy Tuesday, friends. How are you? If we were sitting down together, I'd tell you that it's been a relentless last few weeks for me. From attending an all-women's leadership camp in Boulder to helping host a jam-packed, two-day tech conference in Denver, to rounding out last weekend by brainstorming with my friends over at PlayHard GiveBack, I'm running on empty.
This smoothie is my jam. It's chock-full of antioxidants, nourishing fats, muscle-building protein, and low-glycemic carbs. It's well-balanced, providing more than just a jolt of natural sugars to my body. It leaves me feeling satisfied and energized. It's not overly sweet, and it's full of fiber.
Feliz (almost) Cinco de Mayo! Tonight's post is short and sweet, mainly because my to-do list is a mile long. Tomorrow, I'm off to an all-women's leadership retreat. I still haven't packed, and I'm only half-way through the retreat's required reading.
Happy Wednesday, friends! Today, my recipe for chocolate avocado pudding is over on the PlayHard GiveBack blog. It's creamy, perfectly sweet, and super versatile. While most chocolate puddings call for cornstarch, refined sugar, and egg yolks, this version is vegan (and gluten-free).
Broccoli belongs to the cruciferous vegetable family—this includes kale, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, cabbage, collard greens, rutabaga and turnips. These nutrition powerhouses supply ample nutrients, and they're truly one of the world's healthiest veggies.