“Cheesy” Roasted Purple Cauliflower

Happy Spring!

I swung by the grocery store today and found the most perfect head of purple cauliflower.  When cutting it open, it looked like it was covered in Easter egg dye.  The gorgeous purple is actually due to the presence of the antioxidant anthocyanin, which is also found in red wine and cabbage.

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I also picked up some nutritional yeast, which I have never cooked with before.  Since my Whole 30 adventure, I am trying to cut down on dairy and gluten.  Nutritional yeast adds that rich, cheesy flavor, which make it a great non-dairy substitute for cheese.

Roasted veggies = my go to for dinner, so I decided to roast my whole purple head of cauliflower and toss with the nutritional yeast for roast-y vegetable side.

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Ingredients

  • 1 Head Cauliflower (any color, but purple is more fun)
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

How to Make

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.  Cut up cauliflower into large bowl and toss with oil, nutritional yeast and garlic salt.  Spread on baking sheet covered in parchment paper and make for 35 minutes, tossing halfway through.  Serve as a side, over a salad or alone.

My salad, picured below, had sprouts, raw zucchini noodles, scallions, roasted sweet potatoes, sunflower seeds and some raw onion.

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My Productive & Relaxing Sunday

Sometimes Sundays are for relaxing before the week begins, sometimes they are for cramming in more fun before the weekend is over.  I am getting better at embracing every day vs. dreading Monday and begging for Friday.
I wanted to share my day today because it was the perfect mix of productive and relaxing:

  • Woke up (8:00am), made Chai tea, put my phone down and read (Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan)
  • Boyfriend cut up some honeydew melon and pineapple followed by eggs, avocado and bacon for brunch
  • Organized my room and got rid of some stuff I never wear, while wearing a charcoal mask and oil pulling with coconut oil
  • Went through the kitchen desk and got rid of extra junk mail/bills that were cluttering drawers
  • Went to fabric store and bought a piece of linen to reupholster my vanity stool that was looking quite ragged.  Swung up to the outlet malls and bought a new pair of jeans.  Snagged an ice coffee on the way home and a bag of whole bean coffee for the week
  • Reupholstered my stool!  Fought with the staple gun for a bit
  • Sat in the sun in my reclining chair admiring my plants and listened to records.  Made sure all my plants were watered and happy
  • Went to the gym and did an hour of cardio while listening to some InstagramHer Summit interviews.  Did 20 minutes in the sauna
  • Dry brushed before I hit the shower.  While showering, used a homemade face scrub that was given to me as a gift and some amazing salt body scrub that was also given to me as a gift
  • Gave myself a quick pedicure
  • Wrote this blog post and worked on a couple other blog post drafts
  • Relaxed with my boyfriend and made a delicious chicken/eggplant Parmesan over spaghetti squash for dinner

Having productive days are the best.  I will finish off the day by putting together a list of what I want to accomplish this upcoming week ❤

Now can we get some warm weather, please?

ks

Magic Green Sauce

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

In the spirit of green, today, I am sharing with you one of my favorite sauce recipes.  This Magic Green Sauce by Pinch of Yum is so easy and delicious! Thanks Lindsay!

It is an amazing salad dressing, dip or really to throw on anything.  It has the right amount of flavor and the garlic and jalapeno give it just the right amount of kick.

Head on over to Pinch of Yum for the recipe and to check out some other mouth watering sauce recipes.

5 Minute Magic Green Sauce - this sauce goes with anything as a dip, dressing, marinade, or spread! Easy ingredients like avocado, parsley, cilantro, garlic, and lime. Vegan!

Photo by Pinch of Yum

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Whole 30 Review

My boyfriend’s sister did the Whole 30 before her wedding and felt/looked amazing.  When she told me you couldn’t eat dairy, grains etc., I decided I wasn’t tough enough to give it a shot.  I had done a couple months last year with no booze, but cutting out all that other stuff?  Yikes.

At the end of 2016, I had changed jobs, gone on vacation and then of course, the holiday season hit.  Overall, I try to eat healthy and enjoy working out throughout the week, but I was stuck in a rut.  I did some Whole 30 Googling and decided to order the book, which was a nice hard cover filled with information, recipes and fancy pictures.

I told my boyfriend that January 2nd I was going to embark on the 30 day journey and he agreed to come along for the ride.  Thousands of people have done this so I figured if they could, so could I.  It’s only one month.  The lamest, coldest month of the year.  Why not?

I heard it changes your life, and as corny as it sounds, I now agree.  The list of mental and physical benefits goes on and on and it changes the way you think about food.

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Green Pepper & Onion Omelette, Avocado & Sweet Potato Hash

What I noticed the most…

  1. Clearer skin – I have battled with bad skin my whole life.  Friends and family would laugh and say “your skin is great!” but breakouts literally consumed me.  While eating cleaner (I believe dairy was the culprit), my skin has become clear and glowing.
  2. Better sleep – Overall, I am a good sleeper, but I slept through the night every night as soon as my head it the pillow!  Yes, it was still hard for me to roll out of bed in the morning but once I did, I became energized more quickly.
  3. More energy – Battling with headaches, from stress or hunger, has plagued me over the years.  I figured that headaches and I would become “friends” again while on the Whole 30, but surprisingly, I only had a headache one day the first week!  My energy level was high throughout the day and I didn’t feel the afternoon slump.
  4. Less stomach bloat – My stomach felt a LOT flatter just after two days
  5. Weight loss – I ended up losing 8 pounds!  I did go against the rules and jumped on the scale every few days.

Now besides these physical/mental benefits, I also made some changes in the way I eat that will stick long after the 30 days:

  1.  Cutting out unnecessary sugar – Did you know some types of garlic salt have added sugar?  How about pickles? Most salad dressings? Bacon?  So many items have added sugar that it is incredible.  Advice? Read your labels or do your research on the best brands before you hit the supermarket
  2. Accepting no carbs at meals– Now I love salads.  I don’t even eat a ton of pasta or bread, but when making dinner, one often thinks “protein, veggie, starch.”  I’ve shifted this mentality to doubling the veggies.  Is it okay to have brown rice or whole wheat pasta?  Of course!  But it doesn’t need to be a staple in every dinner. Advice? Double the veggies.  Buy a ton to roast up or grill for the week.
  3. Cutting the cheese – I LOVE cheese.  Platters. Pizza. Melted goodness on pretty much whatever.  When you have cheese on hand, you are more likely to add it into a recipe just because.  Omelettes, salads, pasta, sandwiches, soups are just some items that we tend to throw cheese on just because we think it tastes good.  Um, well yes it does taste good, but when you cut it out for a bit, you don’t miss it as much as you thought you would.  Advice?  Cut the cheese.  At least sometimes.
  4. Healthier choice in general – I am definitely going to be more conscious at home and when dining out.  Whole 30 meals will probably become very common throughout the week.

Though it made me feel good, lose weight, and change some of my eating habits, it wasn’t easy.  The hardest part was managing your weekend social life.  Luckily, a few of our friends decided to commit too, so we had a few Whole 30 parties with approved only foods and a mocktail bar. Having support and someone to do this with makes it much easier.

Here are some of the recipes/foods that saved me:

Overall, it was a great experience and I would recommend it.  For those who think, “I could never do that!” Yes you can.  Just commit.  It is only 30 days.  You will feel better.  You will feel healthier.  You will feel skinnier.  You will feel empowered to make better choices that make your body feel best.

Remember, after the 30 days, don’t jump right in and eat pizza and cupcakes; you will feel very sick.  Reintroduce foods gradually and stick with some of the healthy habits you picked up for a balanced and happy lifestyle.

ks

 

50 Simple Date Ideas

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Happy Valentine’s Day Lovers! ❤

My boyfriend and I love switching it up and trying new things.  The first summer we were together we did everything we could think of!  It can be challenging coming up with new ideas, so I have put together a list of date ideas to try this year.

  1. Take a hike
  2. Have a wine, cheese and game night (Yahtzee!)
  3. Picnic or BBQ at a local park
  4. Local brewery tour
  5. Sign up for a cooking class together
  6. Re-create your first date
  7. Find a Netflix series you both agree on and only watch together
  8. Read the same book and discuss it over cocktails
  9. Ride bikes
  10. Try a new coffee shop
  11. Go fishing with a bucket of beer and some cards
  12. Kayak, paddle board or canoe
  13. Stargaze
  14. Have a bonfire
  15. Visit a local greenhouse and pick out a plant to “raise”
  16. Make sushi
  17. Play your old favorite music for the other person
  18. Take dance lessons
  19. Surf or take surf lessons
  20. Sunset boat cruise
  21. Snow tubing or sledding
  22. Get some canvas and paint together
  23. Give each other massages
  24. Clean the attic or basement at laugh at each others old crap
  25. Volunteer together for a cause you both support
  26. Explore a local historical site that neither of you have been visited
  27. Sunset beach picnic
  28. Go antiquing – see who can snag the best find
  29. Research the next place you want to travel together
  30. Go to a yoga class and then grab a healthy lunch
  31. Try a work out class neither of you have done
  32. Look at old photos or videos together
  33. Check out local live music
  34. Go apple, strawberry, blueberry picking (depending on the season)
  35. Hit the tennis ball around, even if you are both terrible
  36. Swim laps at a local pool, use kick boards and chat
  37. Get up early enough to watch the sunrise at the beach – bring coffee in a thermos
  38. Shop for dinner at a local farmers market
  39. Create your own craft beer tasting at home
  40. Go to trivia night
  41. Play bartender and serve each other handcrafted cocktails
  42. Train for a race together
  43. Help clean out each others closets and donate to Goodwill
  44. Talk about something random vs the usual work/family/day to day convo
  45. Make breakfast in bed and spend Sunday in your PJs
  46. Go snowshoeing or rollerblading, depending on the season
  47. Make ice cream from scratch
  48. Just a walk around your neighborhood
  49. Snorkel or scuba dive
  50. Tackle a house project together

Tip: When deciding on a restaurant to go to, try to the rule of three.  One of you picks three places and the other person picks one out of the three.  It narrows down the choices and involves both people in the decision making.

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Friday Favorites (Travel)

Happy Friday!

As I prep for my yoga retreat to Panama tomorrow, (ah!) I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite travel items.

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Solar Recover ($13)

Do not go anywhere warm without this stuff!  All natural and guarenteed to sooth any sunburn.  Three months down in Nicaragua and I didn’t peel once because I used this every day.  Feels amazing on your skin after a long day in the sun, or just to moisturize!  Size is large so I poured some into a smaller spray botttle for this trip since I am not checking a bag #saveyourskin

Coppertone Water Babies – Travel Size ($3.49)

I decided to include this because it is by far my favorite sunscreen scent.  It reminds me of long days at the beach and summer sun.  If you had told me 10 years ago I would be using 50 SPF I would have laughed at you.  I have definitely become more conscious of my skin and love the protection and gentleness of this product.  The other bonus is that at 3 fl oz, you can pack in carry-on luggage during trips where you aren’t checking a bag.

Tangle Teezer Hair Brush (Varies)

Plane hair, pool hair, beach hair this little brush has your back and is a perfect size for traveling and tossing in your beach bag.  The one pictured is not the Tangle Teezer brand, but does the trick.

Ear Plugs

Whether it’s blocking noise out on the plane or zoning out in unfamiliar sleeping quarters, ear plugs go with me on every trip.  They help keep my sleep schedule consistent and not let weird travel noises bother me (example: when hearing rustling during a camping trip)

RX Bars ($1.99)

When traveling, it can be temping to grab crappy foods at the airport or snack on unhealthy plane food.  I discovered RX Bars when on the Whole 30 and am hooked.  Everything in them is listed on the front; no added sugar or weird ingredients you can’t pronounce.  Their site currently offers free shipping and all the flavors.  My favorite is the chocolate sea salt.

Emergen-C Packets – Tangerine

Help fight the travel bug by loading up on vitamin C.  My favorite is the Emergen-C tangerine flavor.  I like to have a few of these before my trip and also bring along with me.  Note: don’t put this in a water bottle on a plane.  It will fizz up and overflow on you…

ks

Friday Favorites (Around the House)


Dove Dry Shampoo Detox and Purify ($3.94)

I randomly chose this during a quick run through Target and love it.  It smells great and leaves my hair feeling fresh if I don’t have time to wash it.  I usually switch up what dry shampoos I buy, but will purchase this again.

Eucalyptus ($3.99)

Pick up a bundle of this at Trader Joe’s to mix with other flowers or on its own.  One bunch can be broken up to make a few different arrangements.  Also great for the food table when hosting.

Nature’s Truth Goodnight Essential Oil  ($6.99)

This stuff has changed my life.  For real though.  I started using it before bed a few months back and I swear it makes me have a better night sleep.  The calming blend is 100% pure (plant based) and promotes comfort and relaxation.  It smells SO GOOD and is super affordable

J-Crew Plaid Pom-Pom Scarf ( On Sale $14.99)

I always get compliments when I wear this scarf; just the right size, warm and super soft.  On sale now in a couple colors.

Matcha Powder  (Varies)

I received a packet of this for Christmas (thanks, Kiley!) and just got around to opening it this week.  A perfect addition to a morning smoothie to give you some extra energy.

Green Mango Smoothie

  • 1 Cup Frozen Mango
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 Cup Orange Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • Handful of Baby Spinach
  • 2 Teaspoons Matcha Powder

Blend, pour into glass jar and head out the door.

 

❤ Korina