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 / / Eggscussions

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/ / Are you caught up on the Serial podcast? The penultimate episode was released yesterday morning and last night Sarah Koenig appeared on The Colbert Report. She gave insights to why she decided to tell this specific story in a serial format.

/ / My friend, Kate, shared several wintry photos on her blog last week. Chicago during Christmastime is extra magical. I’m not exactly going to miss the harsh weather realities of January and February (and March and April), but I will miss the extra glow illuminating the city streets from the twinkle lights.

/ / I love listening/watching people being interviewed about their craft. During each awards season, The Hollywood Reporter gathers actors, writers, directors, and producers together into groups for roundtable discussions. These conversations are interesting, candid and remind me that no one is living without challenges (even big Hollywood stars). Did you know that the writers for Dallas Buyers Club began working on that screenplay 20 years before the movie was green lit to be filmed?!? I’m pretty sure I would have given up. Assuming that if my script wasn’t selling it must not be good. Talk about perseverance!

/ / After eliminating dairy (except butter) and gluten from my diet, I have become hyperaware of people who live with severe allergies/intolerances. I won’t break out in hives or be admitted into the hospital if I eat bread (I’ll just wake up with a new pimple) but I know people who will. I’ve become all too familiar with vegan recipes and generally flax seeds are the replacement for eggs. When Amy shared her cornstarch version I was really intrigued. Have any of you experimented with flax or cornstarch “eggs”?

Happy Weekend, all!

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Truth Tuesday / / 002

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Thank you for all of your responses to my first Truth Tuesday! I had so much fun compiling my first list, I thought I’d do another.

Here are my truths for this Tuesday.

/ / In junior high, I had a geocities website devoted to 7th heaven. I was pretty active on message boards, making friends and enjoying the community activity. Geocities didn’t have buttons for italicizing or bolding fonts, so I even learned how to code a little.

/ / In college, a couple friends asked me to “model” for a school project. I really hope Ogden* (who also photographed our wedding) achieved a passing grade because Oy! some of my faces are priceless. This was clearly around the time I watched a lot of America’s Next Top Model 🙂

/ / I swam competitively for almost ten years. Even at the peak of my cardio ability, I barely managed running a mile without gasping for air and stretching out a side cramp. Swimming for two hours each night? No problem. Running and I simply don’t mix.

/ / Food has become super complicated lately: paleo, vegan, gluten-free, whole 30, no sugar, sugar (only if it’s unrefined!), organic, but better yet just grow your own food on your own farm. Food is taking up a lot of headspace and yet, it’s such a privilege to be able to choose to eat or not eat something. I miss the days where as long as I ate salad it was okay to eat cake.

/ / After the 1996 USA Olympic women’s gymnastic team won gold, I convinced my parents to let me take lessons. It only lasted three months before I determined I should stick with water; there’s less hand/eye coordination needed.

What are your Truths for this Tuesday?

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Peanut Butter & Coconut Cookies | Gluten-Free & Vegan

Peanut Butter & Coconut Cookies

A few years ago I tried my hand at gluten-free baking. I did a little research, purchased no fewer then three different flours and embarked on making muffins and chocolate chip cookies. Personally, I don’t have any food allergies or specific dietary needs or preferences, but many friends do and I wanted to educate myself so that I had options when hosting! There was a mediocre polenta lasagna and the chocolate chip cookies were a bit grainy, but no one seemed to mind 🙂 Quinoa is now my go-to gluten-free meal base.

My parents always had a garden and believed in making meals (mostly) from scratch. We had fresh vegetables and more apples to pick then we could handle (I still miss the raspberry bush we had in our backyard in Ohio). My food life was very balanced, but it wasn’t until college that I even heard the words organic, GMO, gluten-free, almond or coconut milk, etc. The only allergy I was aware of was for nuts, unfortunately this recipe does involve nuts!

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