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Friday, June 13, 2014

Homemade Pizza

Pizza is delicious, and I wish that I didn't love it as much as I do. A few years ago I got the book, Pizza and Other Savory Pies by Brigit Binns, along with a pizza peel and stone, and I couldn't get enough of the delicious recipes. I always had a ball of dough frozen in the freezer for last minute pizza nights. And then, for some reason, I just stopped making my own pizza and fell into the habit of buying a frozen or take-and-bake pizza instead.

My "Reunion with Running"

This is more of an AboutME post, instead of a recipe or research on food or diet...but I still wanted to share. If this doesn't interest you...feel free to ignore!

But this past Saturday I did my first race since having baby. My mom came and stayed with us so that my husband and I could do the Taste of Louisville 12k, and I have to say, it felt amazing!
It was a beautiful morning and it was probably one of the best races I could have done to start my "reunion with running," a phrase that my husband proudly said, as he snapped this picture of me at the start line.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Homemade "Lara" Bars

Homemade "Lara" Bars
My husband and daughter absolutely LOVE these things.

I was first turned on to them when my sister was doing the Whole 30 diet almost a year ago.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Mayan Coconut Iced "Cream"

You may have gathered that I have been trying to be more critical of the dairy that my family and I have been eating. As a result, I have found myself replacing cheeses and milk with some non-dairy options. As I have mentioned before, I have been playing around with cashews in my Oats in a Jar and even investigating ways to make my own "cheese" (possible future post?)

My friend, Wendy, on her blog, Fit-and-Frugal, just posted a recipe for some Vegan Mayan Chocolate Coconut Iced "Cream" (which it appears she got from Swoon) and I just had to give it a try.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Rice Bowl

Admittedly, when I started this recipe, I was pretty excited for some tacos, but as I found myself peering into the slow-cooker, breathing in the sweet and spicy aromas, I noticed that things still had a bit more liquid than I had anticipated, and knowing that we had some rice on hand, I swiftly moved directions and decided to make a rice bowl instead. And, boy, am I (and my husband!) happy with that switch!
Rice Bowl 
While perusing the web for a new recipe that I could use my Pressure-Cooker Black Beans in, I came across Kalyn's Kitchen and her recipe for Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos, and I remembered that I absolutely love the mixture of sweet potatoes and black beans.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Coconut "Cream" Oats in a Jar (Overnight Oats)

While I was pregnant, I had a hankering for oatmeal that hit me almost every morning (well, after the first trimester and nausea had subsided). Maybe the urge came from nostalgia: me, subconsciously  imagining a younger self, sitting around the dining room table, enjoying a warm bowl with my siblings on a frosty morning. Or maybe my body was craving something found in oats: my biology's natural way of telling me that I needed a missing nutrient (...interestingly enough, it was this "reasoning" that allowed me to indulge in probably a little too much chocolate milk during pregnancy

Monday, June 2, 2014

Under Pressure: Black Beans

When living in Spain, I struggled to find cans of beans. As a vegetarian, I usually ate beans a few times a week and after a few months without them, I definitely had a craving for some black beans.

As if by luck, a few days later, I was drawn into our kitchen by the warm aromas of what smelled like black beans

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Best Brussels Sprouts

"The little heads of cabbage," was what I used to call Brussels sprouts when I was younger, and even then, I remember enjoying them (although I also remember them being covered in butter). Yet today, Brussels sprouts don't last very long in our house either. This cruciferous vegetable is incredibly healthy for us and these little bundles of green are packed with calcium, potassium, and vitamin A. They are even a complete protein when combined with whole grains!