Posts tagged health
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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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bars

While in search of a different, delicious breakfast one morning this fall, I accidentally created a new breakfast bar recipe. And because it's fall - and because I'm a white middle class millennial woman - this means it includes pumpkin.

Pumpkin happens to lend itself as a great way to sneak a vegetable into breakfast. And I love breakfast. But not everybody (or every diet fad) does…

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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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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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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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Lentil Tater Tot Casserole

My best friend married a vegetarian.

This might not sound like a big deal to you, but in college Meredith was a meat and potatoes girl through and through.

Luckily for her, she had foodies for best friends and learned to love quality. Now she eats all kinds of veggies and makes some of the most brilliant creations at home. (Check out her guest post recipe Buffalo Chickpea Salad for another great idea!)

Meredith has brilliantly creative food ideas. She was the inspiration for this post (side note: when I scroll through our text message history, 75% of the pictures are of food one of us has created).

Sometimes I like to share nutrition tidbits with your when I give you new recipes. Today, though I'm going to talk about creativity.

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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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Savory Oatmeal

It snowed this week for the first time this season! And of course, as the weather gets colder, my breakfasts heat up.

Last year around this time, I introduced you to Pumpkin Steel-Cut Oats. This year I'm changing up this long-time breakfast favorite and rather than sweet oatmeal (as we're accustomed to here in the 'States), I'm challenging you to think outside the box and try this porridge as a savory dish.

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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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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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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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