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Red Lentil & Vegetable Chili

As I have said before, soup is one of my favorite ways to meal prep. Its so incredibly simple and cost effective to make a giant pot of soup on a Sunday and pour it into some mason jars. I am a huge fan of making hearty soups; really, the heartier the better. Lentils of any variety frequently make an appearance in my soups because they are legumes that taste better and better the longer…

Cinnamon Banana Butternut Smoothie

It’s certainly been a bit too long since my last post. My new job has begun and needless to say, hobbies quickly took a backseat spot in my life last week. Work will be much smoother and consistent in a few weeks once the school year begins but for now I am working at the mercy of the scattered schedules of fall sport preseason practices. This morning I left for work at about 6:15 and…

Dill Arugula Salad

This salad is about as simple and fast as a salad recipe can get. With only a handful ingredients this zesty little arugula salad makes a perfect little meal starter or side dish.It can also work as a great base to a larger salad or veggie bowl. I didn’t use exact measurements while making this salad, so the world is your oyster in terms of how much of each ingredient you use. That being said,…

Farmer’s Market Plate

I’ve always adored farmer’s markets. Actually, any open air local market — farmer’s, food fairs, art/craft bazaars, etc. I especially love farmer’s markets in small rural towns, such as where I currently live, Watertown. It’s a great opportunity to shop and support local business/economy, and also a great opportunity to get some seriously fresh market goods. When you live in an area with a health food market (i.e. Whole Foods, Sprouts, Erewhon, etc.) you are…

Dear Gym, It’s not you, It’s me.

I twist my crazy curls up into a bun and walk out of the locker room. I look around and can’t help but feel overwhelmed — Should I do cardio? What machine? I should probably pick one where I can’t see the clock. Maybe I’ll skip cardio and just lift, but there are so many people on the weight floor. Ill go do abs. Why are there so many people on the ab mat? How does…

Cinnamon Maple Banana Nut Bread

Though I personally do not abide by a vegan diet, I am quite a fan of vegan baking. Vegan quick breads are one of my favorite baked good categories — especially banana breads! Though I have nothing against eggs (or butter), the omission of those ingredients can make baked goods very heart healthy. This recipe is loaded with fiber, healthy unsaturated fats, and protein. There is only 1 tbsp of maple syrup worth of added sugar…

Cacao Coconut Fudge Energy Balls

Energy balls seem to be having a major moment right now; and I’ll admit, I have joined the trend. I set out to make some of my own energy balls for two reasons — 1) to develop a new guilt-free dessert/way to consume chocolate, and 2) to create an easily portable snack for the days I have my 4 hour summer class. These chocolatey little gems are LOADED with healthy fats and plant based protein.…

Cilantro Basil Chimichurri Sauce

This sauce is quick, easy, has a short ingredient list, and is the perfect sauce for all of your summer dishes. I suggest pairing it with these Turmeric Chicken Kebabs! Cilantro Basil Chimichurri Sauce Ingredients: 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (packed) 4 leaves fresh basil 1/2 cup olive oil 1 tsp sea salt 2 tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp sea salt 1/2 tsp minced garlic 2 tbsp water Directions: Place all ingredients into a food processor…

Turmeric Chicken Kebabs with Cilantro Basil Chimichurri Sauce

I love when I am super productive in the morning and have a free afternoon/evening to be creative in the kitchen. Corey and I read each other’s minds when we were meal planning as we both suggested that we make chicken kebabs for dinner one night this week. I had a package of multicolored bell peppers that I didn’t end up using last week, so what better way to use them up? I think the…

Quick & Easy Egg Bowl

When it comes to breakfasts, I am 8 times out of 10 more likely to choose a savory item over something sweet. Eggs are my jam. I LOVE eggs so much. At only 70 calories per large egg, they average about 5 grams of fat and 6 grams of protein. They are also SO versatile — scramble some up for breakfast, hard boil one for a midday snack, or throw a fried egg on your lunch or…