Posts tagged dairy-free
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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Homemade Chicken Strips

I like weird food. I like fancy food. I like to explore other cuisines and other cultures via the language of food.

But sometimes I just want chicken strips.

Unfortunately, most of the chicken strips out there just aren’t that good for you. They’re often made of that weird “pink stuff” which is supposed to resemble chicken, then breaded in white flour and fried until crispy golden brown.

Good, but not so good for you.

Thus, like other favorite foods of mine, I figured out a way to match yummy with healthy - because I like to have my chicken strips and eat them, too.

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Savory Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Last year when we visited Miller Farms’ Fall Festival, I was surprised my 8-year-old couldn’t wait to get his hands on as many acorn squash as we were allowed to bring home.

Cool! I thought. This kid loves his vegetables!

And he does (you should see him devour homemade kale chips), but that wasn’t the reason he was asking for acorn squash. It turns out he wasn’t dreaming of Nuts & Bolts Squash paired with baked pork loin like I was. He wasn’t imagining trying different spice blends on each half of the squash to test out which one we liked better.

Nope; he was thinking of the seeds inside.

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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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Curried Red Lentils with Fried Cauliflower and Peanuts

I just returned home to Colorado from Sunny Southern California. The average temperature there was in the 60s. Today the high is 38 freakin' degrees - which is about 30 degrees warmer than it's been in the last week.

Winter, I'm kinda over you.

But if you must snow me in and prevent me from manufacturing my own vitamin D from the beautiful sunshine, I'll celebrate the season by sharing this oh-my-god-I-didn't-know-lentils-could-be-this-good recipe with you.

Unlike a couple of my other favorite lentils dishes (see: Lentil Frito Pie and Mujadara, for example), this recipe uses red lentils.

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Easy Coconut Cranberry Granola

January is a weird month. It's the I-know-I-need-to-get-back-on-track month, but also the I'm-still-craving-all-things-sugar. What a bother.

So today instead of a lesson about nutrition I'm going to simply remind you to fuel your body with quality food that you love. Remind you to seek Balance, forgive yourself for Off-Days, be Thankful, and pursue your Personal Records.

Next I'm going to give you an easy, healthy, and yummy treat for your breakfasts this week - because I think Breakfast is the Best Meal of the Day and I hope you learn to love it as much as me!

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Dairy-Free Piña Colada Fruit Dip

I love summer. I love the long evenings, sitting on a patio with friends, hikes in sunny mountains, and the freedom to leave my house without grabbing a jacket.

There are certain foods that define summer for me: watermelon, gin & tonic, cucumber-tomato salad, grilled burgers, and homemade ice cream, to name a few. This week at girls' night, Paige introduced me to a new summertime favorite, which we dubbed Piña Colada Fruit Dip.

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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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Savory Granola Bars

One of the best things about living in Colorado is that the mountains are (for all intents and purposes) in my backyard. For a girl who grew up in Kansas, I still can't get over this fact.

Three days a week I drive west on my commute home and I gaze upon the splendor of the Rockies. Whether snow-peaked, green, or grey, they never cease to capture my imagination or my heart.

I love the mountains.

As a result of my need for salt + convenience + delicious + healthy food for the trail, I pursued a quest to develop savory granola bars. That's right. Not blocks of sugar, but blocks of nutrition.

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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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Gourmet Pizza Dough

I love pizza.

I mean, I love vegetables (haven't you heard?) and I couldn't live without lentils, but there is a special place in my heart for that hot mess of cheesy goodness, topped with salty toppings on a bed of crispy, golden crust.

I don't discriminate against pizza. I love it all. Veggie pizza and meat-lovers pizza. Plain cheese pizza and fancy pizza with artichokes and eggplant. Classic tomato sauce and rich basil pesto pizza. Homemade pizza and (ahh, I can't believe I'm admitting this publicly) frozen pizza.Pizza is my favorite food.

The best pizza by far? The pizza at the local joint we find on the way home after a 4-day-long backpacking trip during which we only ate tuna, cous cous, and way too much trail mix. That pizza is hella good.

Let's be honest, though - while all pizza might be good, it's definitely not always good for you. So, as I often do to rectify the cognitive dissonance of loving the deliciousness of my favorite food with my great need for fueling my body with quality nutrition, I like to make pizza at home.

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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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