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Recent Recipes

Even though things have been busy (or perhaps because they have been) I have really tried to whip up some healthy, convenient meals. Many have not been successes but the below are winners!

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I found a broccoli salad that looked just like one we have gotten at whole foods (and then thoroughly enjoyed and then complained about the price). There’s some chopping involved but once you put the work in this salad keeps for days and is a great main or side. I used walnuts and doubled the amount because this was our main dish on Monday. I also used greek yogurt instead of mayo- delicious and super healthy:)

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I think I may have posted the Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl before but I have come back to it after several months and am not disappointed. Really easy to throw together and tons of protein.

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I made two batches of these Slow Cooker Black Beans and have stored most away for future use. I cannot tell you how many 15 ounce cans of black beans I bought this year and I’m excited to have these tasty morsels laid away as an option instead. I also used them to make several freezer batches of these enchiladas. I don’t think our family would have survived this month without the preserving magic of a freezer:)

Still at It: Trying New Fruits

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I just wanted to pop in and say hello this weekend. We are clearly enjoying citrus in all its forms around here! The little guy had never tried pomelo but was very excited about it at the grocery store a few weeks ago:) Though we have slowed down on trying out-of-our-ordinary fruits in the wintertime I’m happy to say we are still at it!

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Hope you’re having a tasty and refreshing weekend!

SF Long Weekend

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Last weekend I made a sweet trip to the Bay Area and got the chance to visit with wonderful friends- the type you can always pick back up with right where you left off. This was my first solo trip since Owen was born and it was super refreshing- though of course I was ready to be reunited with my guys by the end of the long weekend. I would have loved to have Owen play with his buddies so I hope to bring him along next time:)

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We did a bit of a food tour of Oakland and Berkley and even hit up some places further out. Tasty Mexican food (of course), an awesome cafeteria style Indian eatery, pizza at The Cheese Board and a diamond in the rough Greek restaurant. Oh and we managed to fit in a trip to Fenton’s Creamery and Ici in one (very decadent) day- none of which I objected to;) We were also forced to visit all sorts of boutiques with beautiful beads, cute clothes and pretty paper.

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This was probably also the best weather I’ve ever caught in the Bay Area- 70s and sunny every day!

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I saw these stairs on Pinterest and was determined to find them! They were beautiful and the views were even more gorgeous (though I’m told this area is usually socked in with fog). And I have long been wanting to visit Burma Superstar or B Star and finally got to try the fresh and delicious Burmese fare. 

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We also enjoyed some fun window shopping in the Mission (and took some awesome slices of pie to go), a Ferry Building visit and a walk along the piers with some yummy blue bottle coffee (I had the new orlean’s iced coffee- yum!). The best part by far was just walking along and chatting like old times:)

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I also got to see a dear friend from our Brooklyn babies group and see her (not so little any more- look at those chopstick skills) baby!:)

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A few days in SF is never enough and a few days with good friends goes by WAY too fast! We had a blast and I am grateful to have gotten a chance to see all these beautiful ladies. May it happen again soon!

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ps- My talented friend, Andrea, drew this on her chalk wall for my arrival (so special!)- if you want to check out her work head over here

pps- If you’re interested in checking out our last SF trip…1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Austin Food Fun

We had a great time with our Truelove family in Texas.

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J’s sister lives outside of Austin so, as a Christmas treat for all of us (adult) children, we went on a quick food crawl in Austin one afternoon. We shared a few items at each spot and had a blast. If you’re visiting a foodie city like Austin for a short time I would highly recommend this method.

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It was Monday, so not every restaurant we wanted to visit was open, but I’d say we made out just fine.

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First was La Condesa - upscale Mexican in a pretty, modern space.

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Everything we had here was great, ceviche, chipotle guacamole, pork tacos and horchata to wash it down.

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We then made our way through downtown for some BBQ.

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Stubb’s was great! The ribs were falling off the bone, the brisket melted in your mouth and there were tons of tasty sides to choose from.

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My favorite side was the serrano cheese spinach- super tasty and I’d never had anything like it.

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After this we headed across the bridge for more Mexican.

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Polvos has quite the festive atmosphere and some tasty, more low-scale mexican fare. We shared some queso and took some tamales to go for Christmas Eve.

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I wasn’t super impressed with my margarita (but I didn’t turn it down;)

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The tamales were pretty amazing - especially the cheese and jalapeño.

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We headed back the way we came and, thankfully, spotted a cluster of food trucks on our way out of town.

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The children we left behind with nana and papa were thrilled that we stopped at Gourdough’s Donut Truck and brought them some decadent treats!

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At the last minute we even squeezed in a visit to the brick and mortar of one of J’s favorite homebrew suppliers.

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Thanks, Austin! We hope to be back for a full tour someday!

Monday Gratitude

This week: tasty cocktails - and the husband who makes them!

Recent Recipes

This creamy asparagus soup is quite tasty and super simple!

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I made some super healthy banana bread and was shocked at how good it was! The recipe was for a loaf but I made muffins instead (400 for 20 minutes = 12 large muffins). Next time I may even reduce the honey to 1/2 cup and add some frozen blueberries.

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We brought this butternut squash and sage lasagna over to a friends’ home who had a new baby. Some friends made this for us during our first few weeks of baby bootcamp (as I like to call it) and it was such great comfort food!

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And now for dessert… butterscotch oatmeal cookies!

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Enjoy!

Thanksgiving Love

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Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend! We just returned from visiting my family in LA where we enjoyed meeting our adorable new nephew, abundant sunshine, spending quality time with family, and eating lots of comfort food. 

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My mom made us her legendary chocolate chip cookies, my dad built lots of fires, we enjoyed high quality egg nog, and my sister, Emily, made some unbelievably delicious Thanksgiving pies! Hooray for rest and family love!

A Naturally Sweet Holiday Treat

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As you know, I’m usually all about healthy on weekdays- especially breakfast. I enjoy my daily oatmeal with chia seeds, raisins and french press coffee with milk. This week I was in the mood for something special though, And, anticipating holiday company, I whipped up some of this yummy homemade peppermint mocha creamer.

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You’ll need:

  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 4 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Peppermint Extract

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In a saucepan over medium heat whisk together milk, cream, cocoa powder and maple syrup.

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Once mixture starts steaming remove from heat and add peppermint extract.

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Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. Don’t use the measuring cup in an attempt to save a dish (it will not go well, see below).

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After making one mess I managed to properly pour the rest into a glass bottle for storage.

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Brew up some coffee.

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And Enjoy a tasty treat!

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This recipe and many more tasty homemade creamer options here

Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl

Between returning from vacation and working hard on hello truelove paper goods this week has been crazy! This Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl was perfect. You can make it ahead and eat healthy all week long:) I’m a bit under the weather but it feels good to at least have a healthy meal within walking (to the fridge) distance.

{Photo from Sprouted Kitchen}

Red Lentil-Cauliflower Curry

This recipe comes from one of our vegan cookbooks: Veganomicon. Seriously nothing bad for you here and it tastes great so you’ve got nothing to lose.

You’ll Need:

3 tb grapeseed or peanut oil
1 large onion chopped
1 large chili pepper (jalepeno or Serrano) minced
2 large shallots
1 (1/2 inch piece ginger, peeled and grated
1 large parsnip, peeled and chopped
2 teaspoon curry powder
.5 teaspoons turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, coriander
1.5 cups red lentils, sorted and rinsed
4 cups vegetable broth or water
1.5 -2 lbs cauliflower (one medium sized head) trimmed and sliced into small florets
2 tablespoon chipped cilantro

2 tablespoons lime juice
1.5 teaspoons salt

Do all your prep work first- the recipe is really smooth sailing after the chopping is done. Also the total time for this recipe is 1.5 to 2 hours- but the last hour or so is just the pot simmering:)


Heat the oil in a large stockpot or dutch oven. Sauté onion and shallots for 5-7 minutes. Add the ginger and chile and cook for one minute.

Add spices and stir briskly for 30 seconds.

Add in parsnips and cook for another minute.

Slowly pour in the vegetable broth and then stir in lentils.
Cover and let boil for 1 minute.

Stir and reduce heat to medium. Cover and allow to simmer for 10-12 minutes


The lentils should turn bright yellow and look mushy.


Add cauliflower, stir to coat and simmer for 20-25 minutes until tender

Remove from heat and stir in cilantro, lime juice an salt.

Allow the pot to sit for 15 minutes before serving to seal in the flavor:)

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