Lately

Lots of fun projects lately between my internship, trying to cook more to prepare for my wifely duties;) and participating in Sally’s Baking Challenge. I have been reading her blog for years and it’s so fun to have a fun reason to bake each month!

I used to love to bake and had a baking blog back in the day. Then, I started to study nutrition and felt like I had to give baking up. I lived with all nutrition majors and we couldn’t have cookies and brownies just sitting around to tempt us!

I am SO glad that I have gotten over this and have started baking again. It brings me so much joy to bring a yummy treat to a friend’s house and share with others.

The pictures below:

Mason Jar Salads for a presentation at work

Sky high chocolate mousse pie!

Veggie omelet in a mug w/ hummus toast for work

1 pan dinner: lemon chicken with roasted broccoli

Salted Caramel Whoopie Pies from SBA.

Here’s to baking again and loving it!

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Roasted Veggie Bowl

Well, it’s over! My dietetic internship, that is!

I finished on Monday and have now entered the studying, job-searching and wedding craziness!!!

Of course, with exactly a MONTH left until the big day, I am focusing more on my diet and upping the exercise. I made this roasted veggie bowl the other day and it was a filling and nutritious lunch for me to get-it-done. I added spinach and some Bolthouse honey mustard dressing to it for some extra pizzazz.

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Roasted Veggie Bowl

1/2 cup cauliflower, chopped

1 sweet potato, chopped

1 cup rice, cooked

1 cup raw spinach

2 tablespoons Bolthouse honey mustard dressing

olive oil

Preheat oven to 400. Coat a baking sheet with olive oil. Chop up veggies and spread into an even layer on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 15-20 minutes, until veggies are soft. Layer cooked rice in a bowl and put the roasted veggies, spinach and dressing on top. Enjoy!

Eggcellent protein

Lately, I have been hungry ALL. DAY. LONG. I realized i was not eating nearly enough protein! The average sedentary woman should eat about 45 grams of protein a day. Add in working out and that number increases towards 55-60 grams.

The easiest way to do this is to incorporate protein into each meal and snack, especially breakfast. Having a protein filled breakfast can prevent the constant snacking later in the day (my mistake).

You don’t want to go overboard, but making sure you are getting enough is crucial!

One of my favorite protein sources is an egg. Scrambled, poached, hard-boiled…an egg is a great source of protein! Here is a handout that I made for a presentation next week. I just tried the “omelet in a mug” for breakfast. It was so quick and I had less dirty dishes than using a whole pan.

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The next time you are hungry, don’t reach for a sugary snack. Try an egg instead!

Easy Avocado Toast

Life has been crazy between finishing up my internship (three weeks left!) and less than 2 months until wedding day.

I have been relying on quick dishes. Like everyone in the 21st century, I am obsessed with avocado toast. This is a great combo because of the healthy monounsaturated fats and whole grains from the toast. Have a piece of fruit with your toast and wa-lah! A balanced breakfast.

The other day I added some extras to my toast besides the normal sea salt and cracked black pepper. The small change was amazing!

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Add a fried egg and some red pepper flakes for a spicy, flavor packed bite of toast!

Enjoy!

Super-Easy Spaghetti Squash

I have made spaghetti squash countless times and have ALWAYS had trouble cutting it.

There are a few suggestions about putting the squash in the microwave to soften it up for cutting, but I wanted to roast mine completely. I found a great tutorial here and lemme tell you….it was SO much easier!!

  1. Cut the spaghetti squash into disks
  2. Discard seeds
  3. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and olive oil.
  4. Pop in oven for 30-50 minutes at 400 degrees.

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I had a quick snowed-in meal ready in no time. I roasted the squash and then added peas, parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes. AKA I hadn’t been to the grocery store and was trying to decrease the amount of frozen peas in the freezer. But hey, peas have protein them!! My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed this easy and filling meal.

Try it out!

Smoothie fail.

Today has been glorious. An unexpected snow day along with taking practice tests for the RD exam has left me feeling both relaxed and stressed to the max.

Can anyone relate?

Avocado toast is one of my favorite things on earth….along with anything else with avocado in it. Well, until today. I thought I would experiment and try an avocado smoothie. It looked and tasted like DIRT. I tried all that I could to save it; honey, peanut butter powder, banana…but it wasn’t getting any better

I would share the recipe but…you don’t want it.