Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad with Farro, Cranberries, and Squash

A hearty combination of sweet and tangy flavors, this roasted Brussels sprouts salad with farro, cranberries, and delicata squash, dressed with honey dijon vinaigrette, finds the perfect home at your Thanksgiving table.

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Thanksgiving is ABSOLUTELY one of my favorite days of the year. When I was younger I would wake up early to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in my pajamas, sipping hot cocoa. As I’ve gotten older, I spend Thanksgiving morning with my mom in the kitchen, while the boys are out playing football. Ahhh I can’t wait — family, friends, and great food!

Thanksgiving is only *3* days away, so if your menu isn’t 100% complete, or you’re not sure what dish to take to Aunt Ida’s house this year, here’s my gift to you! 

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This salad is special. Now, I know what you’re thinking…SALAD for Thanksgiving?! 

The simple answer? YES! 

The not so simple answer? YES! This warm or room temperature salad packs a variety of flavor with a variety of textures (and tons of nutrients)! 

Now, this salad may seem a bit complex for a salad…yes, there are a handful of steps…but it’s THANKSGIVING so it’s worthy! Plus, you’re going to cover SO many flavor bases so it’s reallllly worth it — smoky roasted Brussels sprouts, tart fresh cranberries, and nutty farro. Then layer in thyme from the sweet, but not too sweet, roasted [delicata] squash and the tangy Dijon mustard dressing. THEN on top of THAT you’re covering textural bases — chewy, soft, yet with a crunch from not overcooking the Brussels sprouts.  Continue reading

Friday Fun: Book Club! Best Food Writing 2014

As I was falling asleep last night, I heard about 6, yes SIX, Christmas commercials. I guess with Thanksgiving next week, it makes sense but I just simply couldn’t believe how fast time flies! Who else is NOT ready for Black Friday?! 

Around the holiday season, I love curling up with a cozy book. Typically, nothing too intense, but a great book to read while sipping a mug of hot cocoa while snow falls outside (because my life is totally like a movie!). I didn’t always love reading, but as I’ve gotten older I love the gift of getting lost in a great book! 

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Thank you, Jillian!

This year my quality reading started early. The gracious folks at Da Capo Press sent me a copy of their new book “Best Food Writing 2014,” edited by Holly Hughes. To be honest, I’ve never read a precious version, but as a food blogger I’m glad I started. So every night for the past month I’ve been reading a couple of stories….they’re sooooo good.  Continue reading

What I Eat Everyday

I’m taking a break from delivering a meat-free recipe this Meatless Monday by answering one of the most common questions I receive as a nutrition grad student“What do you eat?”

Ok, it was the first time I had French Onion Soup in Paris!

Ok, ok…so it was the first time I had French Onion Soup in Paris!

To be honest, my meals are not as elaborate, well thought-out, as you might think, but one thing is for sure…I am consistent! 

In my (humble) opinion, consistency is KEY when it comes to a well-balanced diet. If you have go-to meals, snacks, and dining out options that you trust, make your body feel good, and are easily accessible, healthy eating isn’t so hard after all.

Since I’m meat-free nearly everyday (with the addition of fish on some non-Mondays), I figured today is as great of a day as any to share with you my favorites eats! While no two days are exactly the same with my varied schedule, here’s what a typical day-in-the-life [FOOD-wise] looks like for me. For more day-to-day updates, be sure to follow me on Instagram Continue reading

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Chewy, chocolatey, and packed with heart-healthy oats, these Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies provide an explosion of fall flavor with hints of cinnamon, cloves, and plenty of pumpkin.

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Happy {Meatless} Monday! How was your week? 

I know I haven’t been keeping up with my posts as much as I’d like [I miss you guys!!], but this semester of grad school is kicking my butt with midterms lasting 6 (yes SIX!!) weeks. I love learning about all aspects of nutrition, but I’m not a fan of exams (is anyone?). Thank goodness it’s almost over! 

Aside from studying, I started decorating my new apartment, cooked dinner for a friend, had a great girls night with my high school friends, and made time for my workouts! Consistently exercising while I’m so busy is hard, but it’s worth it!!! I absolutely LOVE my Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis DVDs and I don’t even have to leave my apartment! I also downloaded this new app called Moves, so I track my steps everyday (let me tell you, hitting 10,000 is MUCH harder than I ever thought). To keep up with my day-to-day eats, moves, and more don’t forget to follow me on Instagram!

Oh, and I’ve also been baking COOKIES! I recently thought about the oat-rageous pumpkin cherry chocolate chip cookies I made about a year ago and just had to make them again. I wanted to cut out some sugar and bump up the pumpkin flavor…mission accomplished! 

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Single Serve Baked Pears with Oatmeal Crumble Topping

Natural sweetness oozes from these single serve baked pears stuffed with a vegan and gluten free oatmeal crumble filling that feels decadent, but is 100% nutritious. Your entire family will LOVE this recipe! 

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So how about that weekend?! Congratulations to all of those incredible runners who survived the NYC Marathon yesterday…my hat goes off to you! I don’t know about where you are, but it was officially freeeeeeezing here in NY (OK, maybe not officially 32 degrees, but it sure felt that way!). I absolutely cannot believe it’s NOVEMBER! Thanksgiving is just *24* days away! Ahhhhhh!!! Before I get ahead of myself, let’s talk PEARS….

…Specifically Single Serve Baked Pears {with an oatmeal crumble topping, of course}…

Apples tend to get most of the hype this time of year…and I love them too…but pears hold a special place in my heart….Until I finish my pear and get really sad :(

Pears contain more water than apples, so they are typically softer, with a gentler bite than a crisp apple.

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So I wait all winter, all spring, then allllll summer for one of my absolute FAVORITE fruits to be PERFECT! Sure you can find pears year-round…but they’re just not the same! Whether it’s an Anjou, Red Starkrimson, or Bartlett (my ABSOLUTE favorite), pear season is simply the best!

The juicy drip-down-your-face sweetness that is typically reserved for summer peaches exists during fall too!! :) 

And did you know that a medium pear contains 4 grams of FIBER, some protein and is just 80-100 calories?! It’s legit the perfect snack. 

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{I know I’m throwing around the word ‘perfect’ a lot, but COME ON!}

This recipe is a take on my single-serve peach crumble that was a hit with you guys this summer, so I think you’re really going to love this one too…. Continue reading

Fall-Inspired Mediterranean Kale Salad

Kale-haters this salad is for you! Sturdy kale leaves prepared with a mixture of tangy, yet sweet, dressing, loaded with in-season veggies, fruit, and feta cheese. Everything but the kitchen sink is in this Mediterranean kale salad

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Food for thought

So I understand why people dislike Mondays…back to routine, work, carpool, yada, yada, yada…but I also like the fresh start…especially after a particularly bad week. Last week I was M.I.A. on the blogosphere for most of the week due to a family emergency. I don’t know the last time I’ve gone 4 full days without posting 1 food pic on Instagram or 4 full days without keeping up with my favorite blogs out there. It may not seem so dramatic, but there’s something nice about getting back into a routine.

Since I was at my parents’ home most of last week I spent the majority of my weekend organizing my apartment and school work, answering emails, using the last of the food in my fridge, studying for midterms (booo!), and getting back into my workout game. It was nice to lay low and have the time for myself…so I’m ready for the week ahead! 

Well, last Monday I was inspired to have a kale salad for lunch after reading this post from Cookie + Kate. I didn’t follow any of these recipes specifically, I just used what I had in my fridge. But it was one of the most satisfying lunches I’ve had in a while and I realized how the flavors melded together like all the pieces in a puzzle (take that simile!). So I made the same salad again on Tuesday, just to be sure, and snapped away…it is a beauty…

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This Mediterranean-inspired kale salad is bursting with fall flavors, with nearly everything but the kitchen sink!  Continue reading

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

Sweet and spicy, crisp with a soft interior, these roasted sweet potato wedges make the perfect snack, appetizer or side dish and are packed with nutrients! 

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I dropping in for the quickest of quick notes today. You see, last week and this weekend were packed with busyness…

I had this HUGE catering-type event for my Food Production class. We had to cater a Fall Harvest event for 100 people from the nutrition department! We created the menu, requisition, production schedule, and then executed the event cooking everything in the kitchen over 13 hours! Let me just say, my back was aching Friday evening! But everything went off without much of a hiccup so it was quite the success! 

Here’s the UHHH-MAZING Brussels Sprouts and Parmesan Flatbread I made…

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Adapted from this recipe!

And here’s some Thai Butternut Squash Soup….

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Here’s the recipe we used!

After lounging around all day Saturday, I had my camp friend’s wedding Saturday night! The bride looked BEAUTIFUL and it was so much fun! 

The next two weeks I have midterms (womp. womp.). I may be a little M.I.A. over here, but I’m thinking of ya and have SO many great recipes planned!!! 

So anyways, here’s a quick side dish/snack/brunch accompaniment for you! These sweet and spicy roasted sweet potato wedges are [yes, I just said that!].Sweet & Spicy Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges | C it Nutritionally

I LOVE sweet potatoes and yams [yes, they're 2 different things, but I'm not getting into that now!] because they’re chock full of good-for-you nutrients that we need:  Continue reading

Eat This, Not That: Healthier HALLOWEEN Treats + Veggie Go’s GIVEAWAY!

Boy does time fly! All of a sudden I looked at my calendar and it’s OCTOBER 15th!! 15th!!!! That’s halfway through this month…fall is just passing me by!

Well, this means Halloween is only 2 weeks away…are you ready?! 

Now I admit, I’ve never been a huge fan of Halloween…I think I was born a scaaarrrrdddy cat, disliking all things scary — movies, decorations, kids throwing eggs — but I do appreciate a good costume {see below} and candy. 

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Since Labor Day (Yes, that’s a solid 2 months before the goblins and ghosts…) we’ve seen candy lining the shelves of drugstores and supermarkets around the country! Yikes! I’ve always had a sweet tooth {sorry Dad, the dentist!}, so I was willing to dress up for the candy!

As I’ve studied nutrition and food science, however, I’ve learned too much about food additives, artificial colorings and dyes, and processing techniques to blindly munch on chewy goodness and cavity-provoking sugar.

Greatist did a great job describing what’s really in Halloween candy here

While I regularly consume sweets (hello, nightly dark chocolate!), these days I’d rather have a Veggie Go that has an ingredient list I can recognize. I’m not condemning age-old Halloween traditions, but instead offering some food for thought! Since this is ONE day out of 365 in a year, go ahead and have something sweet, but look for an ingredient list you can READ!!!Healthy Halloween Treats | C it Nutritionally

For a boo-worthy treat, with less tricks, swap these lesser known sweets that have a more familiar ingredient list for a more natural* approach to this sweet holiday. Here are some healthier Halloween treats: Continue reading

Seed Crackers for a Meatless Monday Snack

Crunchy, nutritious, and satisfying, these protein and fiber-filled SEED crackers are perfect for getting you through a busy day! Whip up a batch of these vegan and gluten free crackers today!

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You know how bloggers write posts like “My Top 10 Tips for Full Time Blogging” or “What I’ve Learned in My First Year Blogging” and they ALWAYS say to make a schedule and stick to it? Well, yeah, I’m HORRIBLE at that.

Grad school assignment due? I’m all over that…and usually with time to spare. Blog post I want to write? Well, it can take over a year. 

Case in point…this recipe. 

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These seed crackers are one of the first recipes I adapted for my blog (over a year and a half ago!).

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Friday Fun! My Smorgasburg Adventure

Happy Friiiiiidayyy!!! And moving day to me :) Since I’m only moving 20 blocks within this great city [of New York], I figured I’d share my adventures from a fun New York activity — SMORGASBURG!

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A few weeks ago I hopped on the 5 train and headed to Brooklyn. I really wish I was a hipster New York City gal who knows Brooklyn…but I don’t. To be honest, most of the time when I venture to this borough it’s is for food

Embarrassing? Probably. But honesty is the best policy! 

Yes, there are a MILLION things to do in Brooklyn, which I always put on my “to do” lists, but time seems to escape me. Exhibits, concerts, underground parties…they all sound fun, but some how I just never make it. But I am determined to make it to this shoe exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum…anything for SHOES! 

Anyways, I headed over under the bridge to Smorgasburg! This Brooklyn “Flea Food Market” has been around for years, has been on my to-do list, and guess what?…I finally made it! 

Many people think that because I study nutrition, I don’t enjoy food. Au contraire – I look forward to eating probably more than most and I am by no means the food police. So when I stepped into this outdoor foodie flea, my taste buds perked up! Continue reading