Hi friends! It’s been a while. What have I been doing? Working, making lots of trips to Home Depot, and a little bit of travel in between. This year is off to a busy start! This past weekend I busted out my juicer again to make use of all of the extra fruit I have around. Since I live in Los Angeles, it is pretty much mandatory that I own a juicer. Aside from the fact that you might ingest too much sugar if you make a purely fruit juice too frequently, I love experimenting with new juices and find that they make a great post-workout treat. After participating in Cycle for Survival (click here to donate to this awesome cause) and a trip to Home Depot (of course), I recovered with this refreshing juice.
Roasted Garlic Broccoli and Cauliflower
- 2 heads of broccoli
- 1/2 head of cauliflower
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 shallots, minced
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- cut broccoli and cauliflower into medium sized pieces
- In an oven safe baking dish combine broccoli, cauliflower, garlic, and shallot.
- Coat lightly with olive oil
- Add salt and pepper to taste and toss ingredients together
- Roast in oven for 1 hour, stirring halfway through cooking
This New Years Resolution-worthy kale salad is one of my favorite quick dinners. It is healthy and the roasted chickpeas make it filling. Not to mention the fact that the roasted chickpeas are an addictive snack on their own. The spiciness of the red pepper flakes add just enough of a kick to balance out the feta cheese.
I was in Mammoth Lakes, California, with a group of friends for New Years Eve. We had a great time skiing, snowshoeing, and snowboarding on the short trip. I did not grow up around mountains (we traveled from frigid Minnesota to tropical climates), but I always love going to and seeing the mountains covered with snow. The air is fresh and it leaves me feeling refreshed. This is what I was working with:
One night we made this chicken and white bean chili after a long day on the slopes. This recipe made enough to feed six hungry adults, with some for leftovers. It is healthy and uses my favorite kitchen tool – the slow cooker. We served this chicken chili with the blue cornbread muffins.
I didn’t know “protein pancakes” existed until last year. If you haven’t tried them, you’re missing out. Protein pancakes are an easy and healthy way to get additional protein and recover after a hard workout. The best part about these? Since they’re healthy, I don’t feel bad eating one of these for dinner one night after a good workout. An excuse to have pancakes for dinner? I’m in. You can easily make whatever variation you want. You can substitute raspberries or other fruit for the blueberries, add dark chocolate chips with the fruit or even just use dark chocolate chips depending on how you feel.
Hello again! December has been a whirlwind month and it is already almost time to ring in 2015. Our last post of 2014 is a winter-inspired celebratory cocktail perfect to bring in the New Year. Whether this year was full of exciting moments or challenges for you, I hope 2015 brings you happiness and good health. Thanks for continuing on this blogging adventure with us.
Gingerbread is a holiday staple around my house. Aside from gingerbread cookies, my sister and I always make these gingerbread cupcakes with lemon cream cheese frosting. The tartness of the lemon mixes perfectly with the sweetness of the cream cheese frosting and adds a little excitement to these gingerbread cupcakes.