Posts tagged with "healthy recipes"

Pesto Caesar Kale Salad with Cranberries and Almonds

Posted December 11, 2014 in dinner, salad, kale and 6 more

A few weeks ago, the BF and I went out for a little date night at Sozo, a local modern American restaurant. I ordered a kale salad, and pretty much freaked out over how amazingly delicious it was.

I realized that it was something I could easily make at home (for a fraction of the price)! The restaurant version was topped with crab cakes, but the version I made at home was more of a side dish. You could totally add some kind of protein and make this a whole meal. You could also add some crumbled bacon (or turkey bacon) for a little saltiness - the restaurant version had little bacon crumbles.

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Weekend Recap {March 20-22}

Posted March 23, 2015 in weekend, Weekend Recap, running and 4 more

How was your weekend?

My weekend was very low key, which I needed. The BF and I went out with friends on Friday night, I did yoga, I created a couple of new recipes to share with you, I went for a run, I tried farro for the first time and I watched some movies.

Here's how the weekend went...

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How to open a pomegranate + pomegranate recipes

Posted November 11, 2015 in pomegranate, recipes, healthy eating and 8 more


I am totally in love with pomegranates. They are juicy and crunchy, sweet and a bit tart - absolutely yummy.

The pom is also said to be extremely rich in antioxidants, and has been shown to naturally lower blood pressure. They are also high in vitamin C and fiber. (Source)

For a long time, I would rarely buy pomegranates because they were a huge pain to open. You only eat the arils that reside inside the pomegranate so you have to get those things out somehow. But I've tested out a few methods for opening the pomegranate and I found a super easy way to get these seeds out.

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Farro Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts

Posted November 24, 2015 in Thanksgiving, healthy eating, Farro Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts and 7 more


Thanksgiving is just days away! Whether you are preparing a huge feast for your family and friends or you are just showing up somewhere to eat, you must make this salad.

I first had this salad at the Ancient Grains class that I took at my local HyVee. This was my favorite dish! The BF and I loved it so much, I made it at home.

It's also on my Thanksgiving menu! The flavors in this salad are perfect for Thanksgiving. Sweet potato, cranberries, pumpkin seeds…perfection.

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Thanksgivig Recap {2015}

Posted November 27, 2015 in Thanksgiving, food, family and 7 more

I hope your Thanksgiving was full of love, laughter and delicious food!

My Thanksgiving was a bit different this year. The BF and I usually go to his grandma's house for an early afternoon dinner. But the BF has a new job, and had to work.

So we decided to make our own Thanksgiving dinner to enjoy when he got off work. And we invited my parents over.

This is the first time I made Thanksgiving dinner!

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Eggnog Oatmeal {dairy-free}

Posted December 16, 2015 in breakfast, oatmeal, eggnog and 7 more


Oatmeal is my absolute favorite breakfast. It's sweet, delicious and satisfying, and it keeps me energized for hours.

Oatmeal is such a great breakfast option because it's high in fiber, can help lower bad cholesterol, slows digestion, keeps your blood sugar stable, has cancer-fighting properties and contains tons of great nutrients like vitamin E, zinc, iron, manganese and magnesium.

Lately, I've been getting bored of my usual oats + chia seeds + honey + + apple slices + almond butter combination. 

I recently bought Silk Almond Nog to add to my coffee or make cocktails with, and I had a random idea to use the nog in my oatmeal in place of almond milk. Genius!

I ended up doing half nog and half almond milk, but if you wanted a stronger eggnog flavor you could do a whole cup of almond nog. You probably wouldn't need to sweeten your oatmeal as much if you used more nog.

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Creating a Healthy Morning Routine

Posted January 8, 2016 in Creating a Healthy Morning Routine, morning, meditation and 12 more

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One thing that I have realized about myself is that my day is better when it begins peacefully. When my mornings are rushed, hectic and stressful, I feel that way all day long. But when my morning is relaxed, quiet and slow moving, my day is less stressful.

I decided that I wanted this year to be all about peacefulness and joy (read more about that here), so I've implemented a new morning routine. 

I tested it out during my holiday break from work, and I've continued my routine now that I'm back to work. I've been feeling less stressed as I begin my day. I truly believe that how you start your day sets the tone for the rest of your day!

Here's how I start my day and how you can create your own healthy morning routine...

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My Five Favorite {sugar-free} Sweet Treats

Posted January 29, 2016 in Kick Your Sugar Cravings, sweets, dessert and 7 more


I have a major sweet tooth! I love cakes, cookies, doughnuts, chocolate, scones, pastries and candy. Yep, I love it all.

And there was a time when I indulged in those things far too often. I had to have them! And once I started eating something sweet, I couldn't stop. I just wanted more and more. Then I felt guilty for eating so much sugar. So I would eat some more! 

Today, I don't crave sugar like I used to. I don't feel that intense desire to eat cookies or chocolate. And when I do eat something sugary, I don't feel guilty. 

So how did I break free from my addiction to sugar and shed my sugar guilt?

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Vanilla Almond Chia Pudding

Posted February 4, 2016 in chia pudding, snacking, healthy recipes and 5 more

One of my favorite sweet snacks is chia pudding. It's delicious, filling and full of nutrition. 

Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber and calcium. I put chia seeds in my morning oats, in overnight oats, in smoothies, in pancakes, in yogurt and on salads. You can also add them to muffins, breads or cookies when you are baking. 

This chia pudding is incredibly delicious. I sweetened it with dates and honey, and added some oats for a little extra staying power. 

This is the perfect snack for an afternoon sweet tooth/energy boost!

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Kale Strawberry Fig Salad

Posted March 16, 2016 in salad, spring, strawberries and 6 more

I know it's not berry season, but I'm ready for strawberries, blueberries and raspberries! Strawberries aren't in season locally yet and the strawberries delivered here from other parts of the country are still a bit expensive. 

While I haven't bought strawberries yet, I'm definitely dreaming up ways I can use them in recipes. 

A couple of summers ago, I lived on this salad. I ate it almost every day for weeks. I'm thinking I need to bring it back into my spring/summer salad rotation. 

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Healthier Fish and Chips

Posted March 17, 2016 in St. Patrick's Day, fish and chips, healthy recipes and 4 more


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

A little tidbit about me - I'm Irish! Well, my last name is Irish so I'm probably a little bit Irish.

The BF and I don't go too crazy with St. Patrick's Day celebrations. He always makes corned beef and cabbage and he drinks some Irish whiskey or Guinness. 

I don't eat beef, so I sometimes attempt to make some other healthified Irish-inspired recipe. A few years ago, I made a cheddar-ale soup and I've also made fish and chips. Shepard's pie made with ground turkey is another one of my favorites. Many years ago, I made Guinness chocolate cupcakes that were incredibly amazing…and very indulgent. 

I haven't even made any plans to cook anything special today, so I need to get on it!

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Friday Faves {March 18, 2016}

Posted March 18, 2016 in Friday Faves, Buddha Bowls, protein balls and 5 more

Happy Friday! 

This week has felt long, so I'm definitely looking forward to the weekend. I'm attending an outdoor yoga festival Saturday morning. There's a high of 43° in the forecast, so it will be COLD! 

Other than yoga, I'll be running, recovering from running and doing some work. I'll make sure I make time for relaxation and fun. 

Before we head into the weekend, here are some of my recent favorite things!

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Lemon Tahini Salad Dressing

Posted March 25, 2016 in homemade salad dressing, healthy recipes, salads and 3 more


Are you making your own salad dressing yet?

If not, this is a must! 

Store bought salad dressings often contain high fructose corn syrup, sugar, artificial ingredients and preservatives. 

When you make salad dressing at home, you can make a super clean and delicious version for your salads.

Most of the time, I just toss salad with olive oil and balsamic, red wine or apple cider vinegar. But, sometimes, I get a little creative and make something fancier.

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Meat Free July

Posted June 27, 2016 in Go Veg July, vegetarian, meat-free and 5 more

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Are you ready to take your health to the next level? Join my Meat Free July challenge! Sign up now --> bit.ly/meatfreejuly

I'm so excited about this challenge! I've been eating vegetarian most days for the past year or so (maybe longer), and I feel pretty awesome! I have tons energy, I sleep well, my skin is glowing and so much more! 

How does going meat-free make me feel so great? On days that I go meat-free, I eat more veggies, whole grains and nutritious plant-based sources of protein. 

I've never gone full veg before, and I'm interested to see how I'll feel. I was also inspired to go meat-free after watching the documentary Cowspiracy and from my yoga teacher training. I'll share more about the yoga perspective on being vegetarian later!

I can't do this alone, so you have to do it with me!

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Tofu Black Bean Tacos

Posted July 6, 2016 in Meat Free July, vegetarian, tofu and 5 more

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I'm almost a week into Meat Free July, and I've been eating such delicious food!

This challenge has inspired me to experiment in the kitchen. Changing up your regular meal rotation can be a good thing. If you're like me, then you make the same 5-6 meals over and over again. It can get boring and make healthy eating more challenging. 

I used to try one new recipe a week. It kept meals exciting and added new favorites to my rotation. But I've gotten out of the habit of trying new recipes! Meat Free July has been the perfect opportunity to try new meals!

These tacos are super easy and delicious. To spice up the tofu, I used a blend of cumin, chili powder and cayenne pepper. It made these tacos super flavorful.

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Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry with Tofu

Posted August 5, 2016 in dinner, vegetarian, tofu and 6 more

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I admit, I made cauliflower rice a long time ago when it was all over the internet…then I never made it again. 

There was just something about chopping cauliflower and ricing it in the food processor that was too much…dirtying too many dishes and adding too many extra steps in my dinner making process.

So I finally decided to buy a package of pre-riced (also called 'crumbled') cauliflower and now I feel better about the whole thing. I can handle opening a package and dumping it into a pan. 

I made this cauliflower rice stir fry with tofu, and it was easy and delicious...my dinner requirements. 

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Peach Blueberry Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream {gluten-free + dairy-free}

Posted October 11, 2016 in Peach Blueberry Crumble, Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream, dairy-free and 4 more

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Since giving up dairy, one of the things I have missed is the occasional dessert. I have a sweet tooth, and while I don't eat indulgent desserts often, I enjoy them every once in awhile.

Some friends gave the BF and I a bunch of peaches, and I was inspired to do some baking. I found a recipe for a summer fruit crumble, and revamped the dessert so it was dairy-free and gluten-free. 

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Blue Apron Review

Posted October 14, 2016 in Blue Apron, healthy eating, home cooking and 4 more

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I've been curious about Blue Apron and other healthy recipe delivery services for awhile. When I realized the BF and I had been eating out a lot on the weekends, I decided to try one out. 

I knew it would help us stay in and cook, give us new inspiration in the kitchen, be healthy and allow us to save on food spending on weekends. 

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Roasted Winter Vegetables

Posted January 19, 2017 in recipe, healthy recipes, Roasted Winter Vegetables and 4 more

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Roasting vegetables is by far my favorite way to cook veggies. They always turn out so flavorful and delicious. 

While I usually stick to roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes - my faves - I also love roasting a variety of root vegetables together. This is especially delicious this time of year when sweet warming foods taste super comforting.

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Weekend Recap {April 7-9, 2017} - Making Healthy Eating + Fitness a Weekend Priority

Posted April 11, 2017 in Weekend Recap, healthy weekend, yoga and 4 more

We often use the weekends as an excuse to indulge in our favorite foods, eat dessert more often or enjoy a few extra cocktails. We made it to the weekend, it's time to celebrate!

But overeating or eating unhealthy foods and skipping workouts every weekend can hold you back from reaching your weight loss goals, cause you to gain weight or wreck havoc on your health. Weekends make up a third of the month, almost half if you count Fridays! 

I'm guilty of it too. One of my favorite things to do on Friday when I get home from work is open a bottle of wine. And because I have a two glass maximum, I end up drinking wine Saturday night and sometimes Sunday night as well. The BF and I also enjoy going out to eat on weekends, and sometimes end up eating out multiple times over the weekend. 

Which is why I'm making more of an effort to make healthier choices on the weekends and indulge more consciously. 

Here's a look at my weekend eats and workouts...

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Throw a Magical Unicorn Party {for adults}

Posted May 16, 2017 in Weekend Recap, unicorn party, unicorn cake and 6 more

You're never too old to have a magical unicorn themed birthday party! Find out how I threw myself a unicorn party to celebrate turning 34. 

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I turned 34 on May 1, and decided to celebrate my birthday with a Magical Unicorn Garden Party!

When I began researching ideas for decor and food for unicorn parties, all I could find was party ideas for toddlers. Apparently, there aren't many adults that throw unicorn parties. 

So I made the party my own, and it ended up being a lot of fun. 

Here's a look at my unicorn party and my weekend...

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Weekend Recap {July 7-9, 2017}

Posted July 10, 2017 in Weekend Recap, yoga, meal planning and 6 more

Another summer weekend has come and gone. After having two long weekends, it was sad to have a regular old two day weekend.

However, I'm home from work today. 

I'm not sure if everything is just a coincidence and unrelated or if everything is connected, but I have a cluster of painful and itchy bug bites on my neck, I have an intense pain from my jaw to my shoulder, I have a terrible headache and my throat is sore. 

It all started last Wednesday, so after six days of being in pain I'm exhausted. I also started to go down a spiral worrying about having a bacterial infection, meningitis or some other awful illness.

Luckily, I don't have anything on my schedule today. So I'm currently watching Dawson's Creek from the beginning (I haven't watched it since high school!) and I'm staying in my pajamas all day. 

I wasn't feeling well all weekend, so I spent a fair amount of time relaxing. But I also pushed through my pain for a date night and a trip to the lake for some beach time.

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