Posts tagged happiness
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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Mulberry Cobbler (with a side of Childhood)

In case you haven't heard, summer is my favorite time of year. It's been that way since childhood - probably because I had a pretty great childhood.

One of my sweetest childhood memories is picking mulberries off the tree in Annette's backyard. We were constantly barefoot (like any good farm kid), so it was easy to tell where we'd been - we'd show back up to the house with stained hands, mouths, and feet.

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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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Ooey-Gooey Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

Today is the day.

I've been perfecting this recipe over the last six months or so, delivering the case studies to various (very happy) taste testers. It's taken me a while to overcome the sticker shock of "oh-dear-lord-there's-so-much-sugar," but I've succumbed to the fact this is a soul food recipe rather than try to make it unnecessarily healthy-ish. 

So today - finally - is the day: Merv the sourdough starter turns into decadent, melt-in-your-mouth, Ooey-Gooey Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls.

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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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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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Brown Rice Bowls with Roasted Carrots and Broccoli

This is a post about veggies & friendship.

When I was in college, I met some of the best friends of my life. Work, distance, and families keep us from staying in frequent contact, but every year since we graduated we've managed to take a weekend for an annual girls' trip.

We haven't embarked on any extravagant vacations (because half of us have been in grad school and are thus quite poor), but it never really matters where we are. It's all about community, laughter, and (of course) great food.

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