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One Minute, 100 Calorie, Single Serving Summer Treat

Let’s be real here, I’m no food blogger.

However, I enjoy sharing super easy and super healthy recipes that I enjoy and maybe you’ve never tried.

Which is what brings me to today.

It’s practically one ingredient,

it takes just one minute to prep,

it’s just at 100 calories,

and it’s perfect for just one person.

One, one, one.

Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! smile

As you know, I’ve been up to my sticky,drippy, juicy elbows in the most delicious, ripest peaches ever.

They’re killing me.

I certainly like the idea of making a pie or a crisp, but quite honestly?

I love these golden gems, just as they are.

Today’s treat takes the simple succulence of a ripe, juicy peach and just enhances it.

Here’s what you need:

-1 large ripe peach
-1 teaspoon, honey
-Dash cinnamon

Did I mention it takes just a minute to prep? Seriously.

Slice up your peach, drizzle with honey and top with cinnamon.

Broil for 15 minutes.

Done.

Summer in a bowl.

Summer.

I love the syrupy goodness of the honey mixing with the juiciness of the peach, and the cinnamon just adds a little more depth.

It’s even more delicious over organic yogurt (cough: or ice cream).

Aside from the taste, my favorite thing about this recipe is that it feels like dessert but is entirely diet friendly and only 100 calories.

Enjoy these remaining weeks of summer with a simple juicy treat.

I’m down to my final peaches, but have a feeling I’ll be buying a few more before the season ends!

Check in tomorrow for an at home workout!

Colorful Roasted Carrots

I like to think we go together well in this little blogosphere.

Like peas and carrots.

But mostly carrots.

I like them both, but carrots get the edge.

When I went to Canada, I couldn’t stop obsessing over the delicious carrots I had at dinner with Angela.

I can’t even take it.

So darn good.

They were on my mind ever since I had them, and I knew I needed to try my hand at recreating the deliciousness.

Lucky for me, I didn’t have to wait long.

All it required was a quick trip to the farmers’ market to pick up these gems.
Roasted carrots

I love the beautiful colors!

I like to think the purple ones are somehow more delicious, but the truth is they taste the same.

But can we please bury our heads in the sand and pretend they are?

Thanks.

Roasted carrots are ridiculously easy.

But since they’re so darn pretty, I feel like you have to try them.

Here’s what you need (this is a recipe for four large carrots):

-4 large carrots, peeled
-3 tablespoons, sea salt
-1 tablespoon, honey
-1/2 tablespoon, olive oil
-Water

That’s it.

Here’s what you do. It’s hard stuff y’all so pay attention.

1. Brine your carrots.
Dissolve the salt in enough water to cover your carrots.

Let it sit in the fridge overnight.

Roasted carrots

2. Roast.
Remove your carrots from the brine and pat dry with a paper towel.

Place in a pan.

Mix the honey and oil and gently drizzle over carrots.

Roasted carrots

Cook at 400 degrees for 40 minutes, turning once. They should be tender and slightly wrinkled, so if they’re not after 40 minutes give them a little longer.

Roasted carrots

That’s it!

These puppies were so darn good. I’d love to tell you I shared them.

But I didn’t.

Next time I’m going to triple the recipe and be kinder and share.

Maybe.

smile

More to come!

posted in Food Affairs,Veganism bullet permalink bullet 7.29.2014

The One Hosting Company & Look Ahead

Whew. How is it Monday again!?

My weekend was a complete whirlwind.

In fact, as I type I’m pretty certain I have a load of wet laundry I forgot about that will be sitting in the washer all day (yay!).

Happening.

My goal today is to try not to do in one evening what usually takes me half the weekend.

This is me giving myself a public self talk. Sorry for hijacking today’s post.

Let’s get back on track.

Friday was all about creating the semi-fake house.

Getting ready for company

I hit the gym and worked legs hard, and then did a 30 minute cardio session knowing I probably wouldn’t get to workout Saturday.

Afterward, all sweaty and disgusting, I went grocery shopping.

It’s true, please don’t judge.

Anyway, I cleaned, prepped, and made some goodies for our guests.

I even took time to see my mom and favorite niece. I’m always glad when I get to do that.

Taking a break to play with little miss

Our visitors arrived Friday night. We are dinner and then came home and “visited” over cake and iced tea in true Oklahoma fashion.

Since our third bedroom is officially transforming into “the man cave,” we gave Will’s parents the spare bedroom and his grandparents our room while we used the air mattress in the living room.

I slept like a baby.

Not.

Saturday came early with a 6:30 trip to Starbucks to get our 96oz coffee traveler.

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Real life.

What is it about the elderly that make them wake so early? Will’s grandpa is an early riser.

Anyway, while Will and his dad got coffee, I made breakfast.

We enjoyed breakfast and more chatting. And coffee.

Oh friends. All.the.coffee.

I am a tea drinker and probably only have coffee 1-2 times a month maybe. However, it tasted so good and I drank so much that I unknowing made myself a complete jittering, palpitating mess!

Smooth move.

Anyway- breakfast was nice. smile

Will and his dad had to run a quick errand, so the rest of us chatted in the living room.

I love Will’s grandparents so darn much, and our talk Saturday morning made me love his grandpa all the more. They are such good, honest, godly people.

He shared a bit of his testimony and talked about how important it was for him to share God’s love with others and tell the truth even when it’s hard. He was on a roll and I was loving it! Next to his dad, Will’s grandpa is one of his heroes and I wish he would have been there to here him.

Will and his dad got back, we enjoyed another round of cake (because cake at 10am is entirely acceptable), and then they were on their way.

It was nice to have the rest of the morning and afternoon to recover a little and get ready for the evening ahead.

I washed sheets, made tahbouli, and even snuck in a quick workout.

We had a BBQ with one of Will’s friends from work. I had never met his wife and kiddos, so it was nice to spend an evening with them.

They were so super thoughtful with their menu, too and had tons of veggie friendly options. We all had a good laugh when they brought out the hummus, something neither of them had ever tried.

“That’s the first thing that comes up when you google vegan,” they said. smile

We had a good evening, but didn’t stay too long. We watched an episode of Andy Griffith and called it a night.

I had the hardest time getting to sleep (maybe all the caffeine?), but sweet Lucy kept me company.

She’s rarely in a snuggly mood at her old age these days, but she crawled up on me and laid on my stomach and let me pet her. She was so sweet and it was a special moment for me. I love that old bird, and am glad for those moments.

I think she missed us

Yesterday was lazy and all about relaxation. We decided to watch church online since we missed our usual Saturday service, and spent the rest of the day doing very little.

I managed to prep food for the week and do some laundry, but that was about it!

Today we have softball games and will be on the go! Let’s take a look at what’s coming up on the blog:

-Recipe roundup
-An indoor friendly cardio workout
-July Ipsy review!
-And all about hospitality

Check in tomorrow, and have a good day!

Summer Sammie

Let’s talk summer lunches.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t be bothered with elaborate lunches.

I like the idea of making myself something fancy, but somewhere between hitting snooze a second time and trying to brush my teeth while simultaneously getting dressed, I’m lucky to get out the door on time, let alone pack food for the day.

For that reason, I always prep food the night before. Even still, it’s never anything cumbersome.

Summer salads are my favorite, but occasionally I find myself “saladed” out.

Saladed out.

Did I just make up this terrible concoction of a word?

Is this a thing?

Let’s just go with it.

When I get burned saladed out, I start getting whacky with sandwiches.

Which is what we have here today.

A salad.

On a sandwich.

Because sometimes, bread makes everything better.

Actually…

Most of the time bread makes everything better. Ha!

Oh, and I should also confess this salad-y sandwich is void of a lettuce base.

For no good reason. smile

Feel free to add your own of you want.

Start with your favorite bread.

Add your favorite hummus,

Summer Sammie

Tomatoes,

Summer Sammie

Roasted red peppers,

Summer Sammie

Green peppers,

Summer Sammie

Onions,

Summer Sammie

Kalamata olives,

Summer Sammie

And anything else your little heart desires (feta would be so good!).

Put a lid on it, slice it in half (because sandwiches always seem to taste better when they’re cut in half), and be done with it.

There’s hope for getting saladed out.

Any sandwiches I need to know about?

posted in Food Affairs,Veganism bullet permalink bullet 7.15.2014

Things I’m Loving Thursday: 10 July 2014

Hey there sweets! Here are a few things I’ve been fond of lately.
Favorite Indulgence

Celebrating national sugar cookie day

Eileen’s Cookies. 

Specifically her frosted sugar cookies in fabulous neon colors (because neon pink makes everything better).

These things kill me.

Did you know yesterday was National Sugar Cookie day?

It’s a thing.

So naturally I used it as an excuse to celebrate.

Favorite Healthy Side

To balance the cookie, I feel like we also have to have a healthy favorite too.

4th of July fun

I love grilled veggies year round, but usually only make them myself during the summer. These giant skewers totally hit the spot.

Favorite Thoughts Lately

Things I'm loving

Things I'm loving

Plumb- Hang On Remix

Things I'm loving

I like Plumb’s remixes, especially her collaborations with Paul Van Dyk. This is a good one to add to your workout playlist.

How to Grow Herbs

Very helpful.

Tips to Naturally Reduce Cellulite

Always appreciate these sorts of tips. They’re always the same, but hey, it doesn’t hurt to try!

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Is it me, or does it seem like there’s still a lot of things to wrap up in the last episode?

It’s always like that, though. However, I can’t help but think another 12 hours would have helped! smile

Apparently the ratings aren’t that great, even though the show is so so good. Not sure what’s up with that, but sadly I fear we’ve seen the last of Jack. Boo!

Favorite Recent Pup Pic

Nighty night

Lucy. And an eye nightie. She’s way too spoiled. wink She didn’t enjoy this look as much as we did. Ha!

That’s all for now! Anything you’re loving lately? 

Green Mocha Monster

Coffee smoothie

Over the last few years, I’ve mostly tried to supplement coffee with green tea.

It’s delicious and healthy, but let’s face it- it’s not coffee.

One of my favorite ways to treat myself is to incorporate coffee into my morning green monster.

That way, not only do I get my morning vitamins, protein, and antioxidants, but I also get a nice dose of caffeine!

I blend everything up with chocolate protein powder.

Oh yeah.

Totally have a fancy schmancy cafe mocha frappuccino love going on.

Shut.up. 

It takes just a few minutes of upfront prep, and boom, you’re set for several mornings ahead.

It’s not rocket science at all, but if you’re curious about dabbling in green smoothie territory, this is a super safe place to start.

Bury the green in caffeine. smile

1. Brew your favorite pot of coffee.

Hmm- let’s camp out here for a second so I can confess I don’t own a coffee maker.

Do you know many 30 something’s that don’t own a coffee maker?

Seems weird…

Coffee smoothie

Anyway-

Brew a pot.

Or if you’re me, use your pathetic favorite flavored instant coffee flavor to make a couple cups of coffee.

2. Pour into ice cube trays.

Coffee smoothie

3. Freeze.

4. Place the following items in a blender:

-A big handful of greens (kale or spinach are good places to start)

-1/4 avocado

-1 tsp ground flaxseed

-1 scoop chocolate protein powder

-1-1 1/2 cups almond milk

-Anything else that tickles your fancy. I like to add chocolate flavored greens powder, coconut oil, and even a date or two to add more sweetness.

Coffee smoothie

5. Then? Add your cubes!

I like to add about 6 cubes, as that’s equivalent to about a cup of coffee based on how I brewed it.

Coffee smoothie

6. Toss it in, give it a blitz, and voila!

A green monster mocha masterpiece.

Coffee smoothie

I should also mention this trick also makes a delicious, icy frappe blend when simply blended with almond milk!

Coffee smoothie

Coffee smoothie

Coffee smoothie

Give it a whirl, and enjoy starting the morning with a nice, healthy shot of caffeine. ☕️

Check in tomorrow! 

Super Duper Fast & Easy Potatoes O’Brien

Let’s cook up a quick dinner that requires little more than chopping.

Seriously, that’s it.

Okay, an occasional stir, too.

You know by now I like cooking whole, real food, real fast. For the most part on weeknights, nothing I make takes a lot of brain power ( I like to reserve brain power for work and hobbies. 😊).

I know the summer heat is here in all its sweaty glory, and the last thing you want to do is be in a hot kitchen, so I promise to keep it short and easy.

Last week I mentioned making homemade potatoes o’brien for the first time in awhile. I forgot how stupidly easy it was, and filling too.

Oh- and can we please lighten up a little on the poor old white potato? Sure, I’m not going to eat a pound every night before bed, but I wouldn’t do that with anything!

Potatoes have gotten a bad wrap, but let’s remember they’re super high in B-6 which is known to help nervous system function, cell development, and even help cardiovascular functions.

Okay, off my potato soapbox. smile

Here’s what you need for 4 servings:

-4 chopped peppers
-1 large chopped red onion
-1 bag (1.5 lbs) baby Dutch potatoes
-1 Tbsp oil
-Salt
-Cayenne pepper (optional)
-Sliced sausage (Optional for any meat eaters)

So, the night before, I like to chop my peppers and onion while watching TV. I can see the living room TV from the kitchen, so I enjoy a little multitasking in the evenings.

Its so much easier to be able to come home and almost immediately get a start on dinner without 15 extra minutes of chopping.

I stick it in a bag, and boom, I’m done.
Potatoes o'brien

When you’re ready to cook, heat your skillet on medium high heat and add your oil.

I like this little bag of baby Dutch potatoes because they’re cute, tiny, and easy to quarter. While your skillet heats, chop/quarter those up into smallish chunks and add them to the pan.

Potatoes o'brien

Potatoes o'brien

Stir and salt liberally.

Now dump in your bag of pre-chopped veggies, add your pepper, give it a stir, and take it easy!

Potatoes o'brien

This dish doesn’t require much oversight other than an occasional stir to make sure nothing is burning or sticking to the pan.

Everything needs about 15 minutes to cook.

While the veggies cook and soften, I thinly slice an Eckrich sausage for Will and add it into his portion. None for me.

Potatoes o'brien

Seriously, the fastest and easiest dinner.

Less than 30 minutes from start to finish, and only 15 minutes of actual cooking. Easy peasy.

Potatoes o'brien

We’re talking foam rollers tomorrow, so check in!

posted in Food Affairs,Veganism bullet permalink bullet 7.01.2014

All About Food: What I Ate Today

Foooood.

Sorry.

I have no idea why I felt compelled to lead with something so caveman-y.

Or why I just said cave man-y.

Let’s just go with it.

Today we’re talking food.

Or fooood, depending on how caveman-y you feel…

(HELP ME!)

I tend to get kind of bored with daily, “What I ate today posts.” However, I occasionally find them interesting and inspirational for my own meal plans.

So today I present a fancy schmancy (haha) “what I ate today"post.

Only, it was yesterday.

You get the idea.

So eat it up girls, ‘cause there’s about to be some serious food action before your very eyes.

My mornings start with a post workout green monster protein smoothie every single day.

Really- every.single.day.

What I ate

The ingredients slightly vary, but I always use the same base ingredients: protein, flax, greens powder, greens, avocado, coconut oil, and fruit.

I guess we can call that “breakfast number one?”

Once I get into the office, I have my real breakfast (or what we’re calling breakfast number two).

Typically breakfast number two is oatmeal.

Because I’m old and unadventurous.

But alas! Yesterday was actually different.

What I ate

I finished off a container of organic plain yogurt with raw almonds, oats, stevia, and pumpkin pie spice.

About an hour or two after that, I like to have some tea or hot lemon water.

All breakfasts are done.

So let’s have lunch!

I cooked lentils, roasted garlic, salt, and a drop of olive oil in my rice cooker over the weekend. I divided it up for the week, added some veggies, and am able to grab and go each morning.

What I ate

My first afternoon snack was a protein bar left over from my trip last week.

What I ate

I prefer to eat “real” foods as much as possible, but love to pack these when I’m on the road. They seem like such a treat.

So I enjoyed that early afternoon

I find I do best and binge less at night when I eat a snack before dinner, so I had a small apple with a big spoonful of almond butter.

What I ate

I made homemade potatoes o’brien for dinner, something I hadn’t made in for-ev-er.

It was so darn good. I added sliced summer sausage to Will’s half, and tofu to mine. We will definitely have this again soon!

What I ate

I’m easily tempted to snack while we watch TV after dinner. Sometimes I’ll have some tea. Depending on my macros for the day, sometimes I’ll have some chocolate chips or a protein shake. Last night I did a pepper with a couple tablespoons of salsa. So very good and just enough to kill the craving.

What I ate

So that’s it! A “what I ate today post.”

Tune in tomorrow for a sweaty workout review. 

posted in Food Affairs,Veganism bullet permalink bullet 6.24.2014

Summer Pesto(ish) Salad

Summer pesto salad

Welcome to my lunch this week.

I created this recipe ages ago, and found it while looking for lunch inspiration last week.

As you probably know by now, I spend part of Sunday prepping my lunches for the week.

Which means I don’t want to spend the entire day in the kitchen!

If you have 20 minutes, you can whip up five lunches and spend your day off enjoying it, not slaving over a stove!

I love this salad because it has a pesto-y dressing. Pine nuts and cheese are main stars in transitional pesto, however this alternative is lighter and more summery.

No nuts, no cheese.

Just fresh herb goodness, perfect for a delicious summer lunch!

Summer pesto salad

Here’s what you need for the salad:

-1 pint of cherry tomatoes, sliced
-1 chopped onion
-3 chopped peppers
-1 can of chickpeas
-1 can of corn

Summer pesto salad

For the pesto :

-Fresh basil (I buy the 3/4 oz prepackaged stuff at the store)
-Fresh cilantro (a handful)
-One head, roasted garlic
-2 TBSP, olive oil
-1 TBSP, water (more if you want a thinner pesto)

Here’s what you do:
1.Put all your veggies in a bowl and mix.
2.Place all the dressing ingredients in a food processor and give it a good blitz.
3. Drizzle pesto over veggies and enjoy!

Summer pesto salad

I can’t wait to eat this all week long!

I love how this salad is full of vitamins, fiber, protein healthy fat. It would also be great paired with additional protein for a more complete meal, or sliced avocado.

I can’t even.

Here’s a quick rundown for the macros if you’re interested.

Summer pesto macros

So cheers to healthy lunches! Check in tomorrow!

Lunches Lately

Let’s talk lunch.

Do you ever get in ruts?

I totally do.

I make the same thing for three months, get sick of it, forget about it, latch onto something else, only to find the previous recipe a year later and realize how much I loved it.

Then the cycle starts all over.

That’s how lunch goes.

Plus if you eat at work, I tend to feel it limits options.

I mean, since I’m still the new girl I’m definitely not down for permeating the entire floor with garlic or steamed cauliflower.

Obvs.

Not yet anyway (heh heh).

For that reason, I find myself in a bit of a lunch rut.

I’ve had the same things for seemingly forever and had to look through my arsenal for some of the things I used to love but haven’t made in a long time.

All of these things?

Totally lunchable.

That means little prep on our part, and things that can be made in advance or bulk to make busy mornings that much easier.

Plus it’s summertime, which means I like to spend less time in a hot kitchen.

So I perused my meal archives.

Yes.

I’ve kept a running list the last couple years so I can better remember recipes I so often forget. You know, since we usually cycle through the same seven things most of the time. smile

Here are some of my favorite lunches that will soon be making their way into the rotation!

Oh and I love quinoa.

Let’s just get that out of the way. smile

Eggplant.

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Or should I say, aubergines? I love this stuff.

For lunch I’ll usually eat it cold with tofu or other cold veggies mixed with balsamic vinegar.

Roasted Red Pepper Quinoa

This one takes a few minutes, but if you throw your quinoa in your rice cooker, you’ve made your whole lunch for the week in like 7 minutes.

And.roast.the.garlic.

If you’re craving sodium and GMOs like I occasionally do…

(haha)

I love to microwave a sweet potato and top it with Morningstar spicy black bean burger (i.e. the aforementioned sodium and GMOs), and a 100 calorie Wholly Guacamole pouch.

P got me on this kick last year.

-Quinoa Tahbouli

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One of my favorites.

Again, Toss your quinoa in the rice cooker, make your dressing (and add it separately each day or it gets soggy), chop a couple veggies and you’re set for the week!

Oh, and I keep the veggies, dressing, and quinoa separate and quickly assemble each morning to prevent sogginess.

And PS- instead of the minced garlic, I just use roasted garlic these days.

Peanut Noodle Salad

One of my favorites of all time, constantly abused.

Peanut noodle salad
I also love making salads and adding sun ripened tomatoes to whatever other veggies I have around, and using the dressing from my tahbouli recipe.

Super good.

Then I’ll add some form of plant friendly protein.

Another all-time favorite is what I call my “Mediterranean Quinoa.”

Again, toss your quinoa along with a few cloves of garlic in the rice cooker. Once it’s done, add a can of chickpeas, a heaping half cup of pitted kalamata olives, and sprinkle with salt and cumin.

I love to top it with a big tablespoon of hummus each day before lunch.

Another incredibly processed, gluten-full, GMO lunch I occasionally treat myself to

A Hungry Girl flatbread (I know. Sue me. They’re so darn good though!) with a Morningstar spicy black bean burger and avocado.

Basically just like the sweet potato...but worse. wink

I also love spinach or kale salads with various fruits, seeds, nuts, or crumbly cheeses as well as some form of plant protein

And occasionally shrimp or tuna since I’m eating a little seafood occasionally, but again with the whole smelling up the joint thing…

A favorite mix these days are kale with sliced fresh apricot, toasted almonds, shrimp, and balsamic. I also love this spinach salad. So good, so fruity.

This week’s lunch?

Lentils, once again, quickly made with my rice cooker!

I’m eating then with roasted asparagus and the dressing from my quinoa tabouli (obviously a favorite of mine 😀).

I made it in 15 minutes while my lentils cooked. Easy!

Most of my lunches lately continue to be vegan friendly, however that’s not to say I might not add some fish or boiled eggs to some of these a couple times a week. So long as it’s on hand and can be easily tossed into my bag each morning, I’m game for just about everything!

So there you have it, my dears. If you’re like me and get into lunch ruts, perhaps this has helped.

Now tell me what you eat for lunch so I can veganize it and add it to the rotation! smile

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