What I Am Eating Lately

If we are sitting around a table together, I will most likely ask if you enjoy cooking. I find the details of how people eat fascinating — especially those who don’t cook. How do you eat? Do you order take-out all of the time? Do you eat cereal and snacks as meals?

I remember distinctly being told by my father, if I wanted to eat, I better learn how to cook. The trick of cooking is finding good recipes and  following them until you feel comfortable improvising. I don’t chop properly, but that doesn’t matter!

Food blogs and Pinterest are my go-to resources for meal inspiration. I still own physical cookbooks, which I will flip through occasionally. One of the greatest take-aways from participating in a CSA this summer is we’ve been forced to eat seasonally. On Tuesdays I pick up our box and then spend a little time washing and storing our goods properly. I’ll go online afterwards and look for different recipes to go along with what we’ve received.

These are the foods I’ve been focusing on lately.

Sweet Potatoes | Sweet Potato & Black Bean TacosCoconut Curried Kale & Sweet Potato.

Tomatos | ShakshukaBasic Chili, Curried Potatoes with Poached Eggs (we get a lot of potatoes!).

Chick Peas | Smashed Chickpea Avocado Salad (I ate this on a bed of lettuce), Spicy Chickpea & Squash Stew.

Squash & Zucchini | Vegetable White Bean Soup, Coconut Flour Zucchini Bread.

Pumpkin | 1 Bowl Pumpkin Bread (the addition of oat & almond flour makes this bread really filling), Pumpkin White Bean Chili.

I will roast the remaining vegetables and eat them as a side dish or mixed with a batch of quinoa!

What are your favorite recipes lately?

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Weekend Links / / Nuts & Seeds

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I’ve been spoiled the last couple of Saturdays by being off work! Jordan and I have enjoyed sleeping in and  making big breakfasts. Last Saturday, I went to brunch with a few friends at Adele’s in the Gulch. It was special to partake in a true weekend experience. I got to gab with old and new girlfriends all while eating really great food.

Adele’s shaved brussel sprout salad and famous JW chicken were excellent. One restaurant characteristic that is everywhere in Nashville is industrial garage style doors. I can’t wait for the weather to warm up, so we can enjoy that summer breeze.

What do Saturday mornings look like for you?

Honey Mustard Cashews / / I pinned this recipe months ago, but just got around to making it this week. I was concerned the nuts would burn, but they came out perfectly (and Jordan loves them). I now have my eye on this honey chai almond variation.

Mommy Wars / / Have you watched the Mommy Hood video from Similac? I’m not a mother, but I’ve witnessed friends become burdened by expectations and judgements from other moms (whether intentional or not). It’s disheartening. Everyone is doing their best. The debate over parenting styles reminds me of how important grades were when you are young. As time passes, being a straight “A” student in grade school ceases to matter.

Strawberry Chia Smoothie / / Until recently, the only Chia thing I knew about were Chia Pets! Chia seeds are rich in calcium and since I don’t eat dairy anymore, they can be an excellent addition to my regular diet.

Meal Planning / / Jana breaks down how she makes meal planning work for her family. We eat most of our meals at home, but I still struggle with keeping the right amount of food on hand. Jana overcame a problem that I relate to; our husbands love to eat different foods (dairy & gluten) and need variety in their meal schedule.

Closet Sale / / Susanna breaks down how to successfully run an Instagram Shop My Closet sale. I’ve noticed more and more people running small auctions on clothes they no longer need. Instagram hasn’t cracked down on the sales, so a commission fee isn’t required like Ebay. It’s fun to search #shopmycloset for great deals too!

Happy Weekend, all!

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Blue Apron Cooking / / Stir-Fried Chow Mein

This is not a sponsored post. I’m just a curious blogger! 

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Over the summer I noticed the company, Blue Apron, mentioned all over my Bloglovin’ feed. It seemed that everyone was trying them out.

As an avid blog reader for several years now, I take sponsored posts with a grain of salt (or ten). Blogging takes a lot of time and energy and if it can become someone’s full-time job, great! I won’t always buy into the “commercial” of whichever product is being promoted though. The concept of Blue Apron didn’t seem that economical or practical, especially since I like planning meals, grocery shopping, and cooking.

Than we moved into our small, one-bedroom apartment, where kitchen space is limited. While I enjoy cooking, I’m not great at keeping up with produce and random left-over ingredients (and I no longer have a pantry/closet). I was drawn to the idea that Blue Apron sends only what I need for each meal; No more fresh herbs going into the trash.

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As I’m writing this, I’ve cooked two out of the three meals delivered. Each meal is portioned out for two, but we’ve been able to stretch them to four. There are no upfront costs and skipping weeks is extremely easy (I used an offer code found online). I’m not sure how long I’ll use their service*, but I’ve enjoyed cooking meals outside my comfort zone! All the recipes are online for easy recreation.

Recipe / / Stir-Fried Chow Mein

This stir fry is exactly the type of meal I’d pin on Pinterest, but wouldn’t invest in the ingredients to make it regularly (or at all). We usually just get take-out when we have a hankering for asian food. Surprisingly, this meal was extremely simple to make. And quite delicious!

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So what about you? Would you ever consider Blue Apron or a similar service?

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*How great would it be to come home after traveling to a box full of fresh ingredients? Maybe that is the best use of this service.

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Truth Tuesday

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A couple of months back, I noticed women sharing “truth moments” surrounding motherhood on social media. While I supported the cause through likes and comments, I inherently thought I couldn’t join without being a mom. That thought plagues me often, the one where I think I don’t belong because I’m still waiting for that right of passage as a grown woman. It feels similar to when we wait for our first bra; you don’t want to be the last. You don’t want to be left behind. I realize that is a dangerous and unhealthy road to travel, but never the less the thought sneaks in often.

So, as just me, a women, here are my truths for this Tuesday.

// I use paper towels. I know the environment hates me but, until I have my own washer/dryer, I’m not sitting on filthy rags for a week.

// Sometimes I workout four days a week, sometimes it’s only once. When life is hectic or overwhelming I let it go and pick back up the next week…it’s been a long winter, ok! 🙂

// Long division? Forget about it. I don’t remember how to do it by hand anymore!

// I actually do enjoy cooking, but a week long meal plan still alludes me. Despite my best efforts, cereal or eggs wind up being dinner towards the end of the week.

// I enjoy watching television and becoming invested in the characters lives. Jordan and I feel like we are basically a part of the Braverman clan.

// On certain occasions when editing photos, I’ve used the Photoshop patch tool to remove breakouts on my face.

// When I was younger, I used a notebook to jot down every Baby-sitters Club book I read to make sure I didn’t miss or re-read one. I will still watch the movie if it happens to be on TV!

What are your Truths?

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