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3-Step Roasted Vegetables

“I don’t like vegetables.”

It’s a phrase I commonly hear which breaks my heart. Yes, I’m emotional about your eating habits.

I’m a firm believer of fueling your body with quality food. I also feel strongly you should love what you eat! So today I’ll first convince you why you should love veggies, and then I’ll show you how to love them.

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Three Bean Mexican Salad

We arrived home a couple of weeks ago from celebrating my birthday (which happens to fall on Cinco de Mayo) in Mexico. You only turn 30 once, right? So better enjoy it.

Enjoy it I did. But when I came back I was very ready (or at least my body was) to eat good food again. I came home craving fresh veggies and lentils (oh my, I even sound like a dietitian).

Beans are my favorite post-vacation "cleanse" food because they are yummy and so, so healthy. In the spirit of healthy eating, I'm bringing a little Mexico back with me and am excited to share a little of why I love beans so much.

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Strawberry Mango Spinach Salad

This day calls for a dish as bright as my own mother. Something healthy, sweet, and simply beautiful. Something fresh and wholesome. And what could be better on a beautiful spring Mother's Day but a crisp, colorful salad?

While the word "salad" often conjures up visions of dreary pieces of rabbit food covered in white sauce (sometimes called "dressing") this need not be so. Choose the right type of greens for your dish and add a few complimentary ingredients and you'll have a healthy side (or main!) that has everybody coming back for seconds!

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Artisan Sourdough Bread

You know what's even better than being a foodie? Having friends who are foodies. The joy of food is exponentially greater the more foodies you have in the same room.

Last year two of my favorite people came to Colorado to visit me. If you think I'm a big fan of food, you should see us when we're together. The entire weekend was about food. We went to farmer's market. We ate at local restaurants. We cooked the most amazing dinners. And Amanda baked the most amazing bread.

After watching Amanda transform my Merv sourdough starter into a beautiful artisan loaf with relatively little effort, I decided to try it for myself.

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Guiltless Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Spinach and Artichoke Dip is ooey-gooey goodness. It is salty, savory, and creamy. And, as it turns out, it's kind of terrible for you.

That's right: despite two of the most awesome vegetables being highlighted in the title, this dip is traditionally significantly less than healthy. Thus, because I love both Spin Dip and eating healthy, I did what I usually do (see: semi-healthy pizza post) and made a few adjustments to make this dish a little less bad for you.

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Super Food Fall Salad

It's officially fall! I love changing seasons. The crisp smell of the cool autumn air, fiery reds, yellow and oranges dancing in the trees, sweaters and hot tea.

As I'm writing this, I'm drinking a Pumpkin Spice Latte Nitro Stout brewed by Breckenridge Brewery. And yes, it's as good as it sounds.

We're in the sweet spot of fall where summer produce is still hanging on, but the fall seasonal veggies are just beginning to appear. And so, in homage to autumn, I want to introduce you to my new favorite fall salad featuring some foods that are so amazing, they truly deserve the title "Superfood."

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Guest Blog! Buffalo Chickpea Salad

My favorite memories with my friend Ann Scheufler have always involved food. It’s not to say that we haven’t had great experiences traveling, hiking, singing, and just living together, but the best times have always been in the kitchen.

Fast forward to when I met my husband Jason, who (as luck would have it) is a vegetarian! After three years of marriage we have found a happy compromise when it comes to food. While I cook mainly vegetarian fare, there are certain foods I crave, and buffalo wings are definitely one of them. Thus, with a little creativity in the kitchen, Buffalo Chickpea Salad was born.

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Red, White, and Blue Cheese Salad

Happy Fourth of July, ya'll! I'm spending this Fourth at one of my favorite places: back home on the farm. It's been a great weekend.

If you, too, are enjoying time with your family - and perhaps a few tasty holiday favorites? - maybe you'd like an idea for a healthy, delicious side to take to your gathering. In the spirit of the holiday, I thought a red, white, and blue combo might be fun. In the spirit of health, I thought I'd introduce you to one of my favorite root veggies: beets.

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Roasted Asparagus

Spring is here! It's that glorious time of year that brings erratic weather, pink blossoms on trees, and lawns with gradually deepening shades of green. But of course, my favorite thing about spring is the vegetables that start to grow.

Among my favorite spring vegetables is asparagus. Have you noticed that it's been on sale at the grocery store lately? That means it's in season!

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Crowd-Pleasing Roasted Broccoli

You are what you eat.

I've said this a lot in the last few weeks. I've been thinking about it a lot. How important it is to put quality food in our bodies if we want to have quality health

I also think that it's very important to love what you eat. Unfortunately, for the majority of people I talk to (or at least, so it seems), the idea of healthy and delicious seem mutually exclusive.

I'm here to attempt to convince you otherwise.

So, today we're roasting broccoli. Yes, that's right. If Brussels sprouts are the #1 most disliked vegetable in America, broccoli is probably #2.

If you fall into the category of people-who-hate-broccoli, here are three reasons with which I hope to change your mind.

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Savory Eggplant over Rice

When I was in college, I had the life-changing experience of studying abroad in Spain. I lived with a Spanish host mother named Manuela, who was an excellent cook.

She prepares a mean paella (a very traditional Spanish rice dish), and her guisantes con jamón (peas with ham) quickly became one of my favorite dishes. She also introduced me to new foods that I (mistakenly) thought I didn't like, such as alcachofas (artichokes) and berenjena (eggplant).

Manuela deep fried her eggplant. She sliced it thinly, dipped it in olive oil, then flour, and then fried it. This is my all-time favorite way to eat eggplant. It just melts in your mouth. Divine.

I've tried making eggplant with less fat - sautéing it like zucchini. It just isn't the same.

Which brings me to the question of fat. We've explored carbohydrates and protein. The very popular fat-free craze of the mid-to-late 20th century did a great job of demonizing this essential nutrient, but it's now making a comeback. Hold onto your hats, folks; I'm about to tell you why.

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