Posts tagged whole-grain
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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Pumpkin Porridge

Baby, it's cold outside! With almost a foot of snow outside, all I really want to do is to curl up on the couch with a good book and cup of hot tea.

Unfortunately, working full-time puts a bit of a damper on those plans during the week. So what's the next best thing to staying in? Starting my day with a delicious, wholesome bowl of hot cereal. Yes, that's right: oatmeal.

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No-Knead Sourdough Bread

Nothing is better than the smell of fresh bread baking on a cool fall day.

Except, perhaps, the taste once you slice into a warm loaf. Spread a little butter (which instantly melts into all of the cracks) and drizzle a little honey... Is your mouth watering yet?

Bread is another beautiful science experiment that blends chemistry and biology, transforming mere water and ground wheat into an entirely new food. In bread, yeast is the star.

Read more about the science of baking bread and for the recipe for sourdough sandwich bread.

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All-Natural Broccoli-Rice Casserole

The Casserole is real American cuisine. Just think about your favorite childhood recipes: chicken enchilada casserole, tater tot casserole, tuna noodle casserole...

I'll be honest: as much as I love fresh vegetables with a squeeze of lime topped with fresh herbs, I really love me a good, cheesy, rich casserole once in a while.

The problem is, I feel a little weird about fake cheese (ahem, Velveeta) and cream-of-something soup (how many ingredients does it take to make cream soup, anyway?). So out of this dilemma, I have carefully crafted a healthy version of one of my favorite dishes: Broccoli Rice Casserole.

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Pumpkin Spice Granola

Fall is in the air. Which, as I'm told by Starbucks®, means pumpkin everything.

Apart from the accompanying sugar that is often found in these "pumpkin everythings" (be very careful about those lattes), I rather like pumpkin.

Pure pumpkin contains so many good things. It's probably fall's best-kept-secret. It's low in calories, high in fiber, and has a ton of vitamins and minerals. But one of my favorite things about pumpkin is noticeable at just a glance.

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