Meal Prep Monday: My Favorite Healthy Food Bloggers

Happy Monday, friends!

I know it’s extra hard to get back to the grind after a long weekend…technically I’m cheating though, because tomorrow I get on a plane to return to my favorite city! Regardless, Mondays are hard, and sometimes it’s difficult to get those creative juices flowing, especially when it comes to food. So today, I’m sharing some of my favorite healthy food blogs out there. They just might spark your creative juices for tomorrow’s dinner!

Minimalist Baker. You’ve heard me rave about The Minimalist Baker’s recipes time and time again, from Tofu Eggplant Lasagna to Coconut Curry. These recipes take either 30 minutes or 10 ingredients or less, so they’re as easy as they are good for you.

Recipe I’m Currently Dying to Try: No Bake Almond Butter Cup Bars. I mean…hellooooo chocolate.

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Against All Grain. I love Danielle’s creative take on Paleo recipes. She’s got a whole section on her website dedicated to crock-pot recipes, so there’s no need to spend hours in the kitchen to get something wholesome and delicious on your plate.

Recipe I’m Currently Dying to Try: Thai Chicken Pizza. Hello, delicious.

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Cook Eat Paleo. In addition to a smorgasbord of sneakily-healthy recipes, this site has a free printable shopping list for the newbies to the Paleo diet.

Recipe I’m Currently Dying to Try: Sausage and Butternut Squash Frittata. You know I’m going to be eating this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Paleo Leap. Paleo is a lifestyle (one that I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to fully commit to!) more than a diet. This website is great for providing information on the caveman lifestyle and is sure to keep you inspired.

Recipe I’m Currently Dying to Try: Garlic Shrimp with Zucchini NoodlesThis recipe looks so good, it’s got to be cheating.

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I’m hoping these bloggers will give you plenty of wellness-related inspiration! If there’s another blogger you adore, show them some love in the comments. Meanwhile, I’ll be in Nashville indulging in my totally-non-Paleo Jeni’s ice cream…hey, we all gotta live a little.

peace, love, and blessings,

J

Meal Prep Monday: Paleo Sweet Potato Pie

Let’s do some simple math. Pie math (not to be confused with π math)…

Thanksgiving = pie.

Paleo = guilt-free.

Paleo Sweet Potato Pie = Thanksgiving bliss. You can start thanking me now.FullSizeRender-6.jpgI was on the prowl for a Paleo-perfect recipe for this Thanksgiving, and kind of just assumed I’d end up trying out some combination of brussels sprouts, bacon, and kale (not that those are bad things). Something I didn’t think was on my radar: pie. The crown jewel on the Thanksgiving table DEFINITELY doesn’t scream Paleo. But then Lindsay over at Cotter Crunch went ahead and blew my mind with this recipe anyways. I’m definitely okay with that. Continue reading “Meal Prep Monday: Paleo Sweet Potato Pie”

The Friday Five.

Happy weekend, darlings!

There’s a pie in my oven and a wind blowing leaves past my window. The cold weather has been taking its time here in Wisconsin, but I can sense a change in the weather and have bundled my sweaters and scarves accordingly. Here’s a few things to read while we’re all getting good and cozy:

One. Thankful for Thanksgiving and the fact that it can be made into a soup or salad…and healthy ones to boot. This soup from Minimalist Baker is dreams, no?

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Two. Today’s Women Entrepreneurship Day, and the world needs to take note. The way of the #girlboss is the way of the future. Invest in women, inspire your girls, improve our world. Time to roll up those sleeves!

Three. I did some serious dorking out about emails this week…come to find out, I’m not alone in my love for the inbox. Thanks, Internet.

Four. This article from The New York Times has wormed a hole in my brain and seems to be there to stay, so naturally, I’m sharing it with you. The End of Identity Liberalism.

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Five. Really and truly need this pair of velvet leggings so I can eat my Thanksgiving dinner with a little class and a LOT of elasticity. It’s the little things in life, y’all.

Wishing you a weekend of warm blankets and long naps.

xx,

J

 

 

 

What I’ve Learned Wednesday: The Art of The Email

Can I dork out for a second? I totally love emails. I am the 1% of the population who is elated by a clean inbox, and pressing send after crafting a well-written note brings me no uncertain joy. Unfortunately, I’m a minority in this sentiment. For those of you who dread checking, responding to, and writing emails, I’m here to share my over-enthusiasm. photo-1477453559950-e541fa922120.jpeg Continue reading “What I’ve Learned Wednesday: The Art of The Email”

Meal Prep Monday: Warm Harvest Quinoa Salad

Do you ever dream of lunch at 9AM?

I know I do. It’s everything I can do not to daydream to my refrigerator and throw together ingredient combinations in my mind. There are some sweet potatoes and a stray red onion in the drawer and some kale on the top shelf. Some quinoa in the pantry…and cheese. Always cheese.FullSizeRender-4.jpgDaydreaming is a good thing. Continue reading “Meal Prep Monday: Warm Harvest Quinoa Salad”

The Friday Five.

Thank God for the weekend.

This has been a week for the books. I’m still avoiding Facebook and hugging my pup extra tight these days to cope with this whirlwind week. I’m sure all of us are in various degrees of disarray, but we’re hanging in there. We gotta just keep scrapping along…

The low-down this week:

One. The election. It came, it went. It left us baffled in its path. The big question we’re all asking is: What Now?

Two. You really deserve treating yourself to a long and luxurious breakfast. These Sweet Potato Pancakes are full of promise. So are these Deep Dark Gingerbread Waffles.

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Three. Today we honor those who have served our country. I’m fortunate enough to call one my dad. Here’s a snapshot of his life that I did a few months back.

Four. I’m ISO of a new Netflix binge. If you’ve watched everything, send me your recommendations, and then read this: 30 Little Ways To Take Care of Yourself {That Don’t Involve Watching Netflix}.

Five. And some words from my favorite blue-collar poet, Charles Bukowski, to send us off…gbvqluw

love and extra hugs to you and yours.

J

What Now?

Like many Americans, I woke up this morning in a state of confusion, disappointment, and anxiety. This election touched a nerve in all of us—not merely a transition of power, but a fight for the soul, vision, and values of our country. A fight that many believe has been lost. As I struggled to comprehend the news, I went completely dark from the social media/news world for the day to attempt to create some space. Even thus unplugged, the nagging question kept returning to my mind. What now?

Even though I wrote a few weeks ago about the importance that we as Americans have beyond Election Day, in light of what’s happened, I want to try and attempt to answer that question from my own frazzled state of being.

I believe that out of this horrible, horrible situation, we have been presented with an opportunity.

If Donald Trump hadn’t been elected, we would have perhaps believed that under another leader, those who have been marginalized, oppressed, and forgotten would have lived in relative safety. While this may hold some measure of truth, the reality is it will take much more than an election to bring the equality and justice that our brothers and sisters in suffering deserve. But under different circumstances, we may have rested, and gone on with our lives. We may have forgotten.

But now that the rights of immigrants, minorities, the disabled, the LGBTQ community, and others have been threatened, we have a choice. We can choose to retreat out of fear, or we can double down on our commitment to justice. We are not just talking votes here—we are talking a transformation of how we look at community and citizenship. An intentionality to ally ourselves with those who no longer feel safe in our country—and a willingness to put our reputations, livelihoods, and lives on the line.

What does this look like? It looks like reaching out to friends and family who are struggling to comprehend the news. It’s reassuring them that no matter what has happened, you are and will always be with them and for them. It is making the choice to open our lives, homes, and ideologies to those who are different than us.

It is also an understanding that intolerance goes both ways. While hatred, bigotry, misogyny, and racism are universal wrongs, the people who hold these beliefs are flawed, like we all are. They are human and they are probably scared, too. Making an extra effort to connect with the “Silent Majority” and asking them to speak and be understood may be more difficult than anything else, but it’s important. With time and patience, it is my hope that we may be able to transform that misplaced fear and frustration into understanding and acceptance. It’s the only way we can. All of our country cannot make progress if only some of our country does.

While I accept the results of the election and the office of the Presidency, we need to be remembered of our rights. As citizens, we have the right to protest. We have the right to ask questions, to organize, to advocate. We have the right to step from behind our computer screens and onto the streets and into the organizations that are doing the long and hard work of advocacy and support. It is a right that I hope each of us will utilize, even if it feels uncomfortable or taps into our own fears of being persecuted. It is also a right that I hope is exercised with respect and commitment to nonviolence, as leaders like Dr. King and Gandhi have done.

As much as our voices are heard, they need to be matched with action. We cannot move the earth, but we can ask those around us what they need. It’s amazing what a kind word or squeeze of a hand can do in times like this.

In short, to my nation and every person in it—I promise over the next four years and far beyond to be your fiercest ally. I promise to stand for justice and equality with my voice, my actions, my resources, and my life. I promise to believe the best in everyone and to offer the same understanding that I want extended to me. I promise to continue to press on towards the kind of America we all deserve. It may take a while to get there, but it is worthy work.

I hope you’ll join me.photo-1469571486292-0ba58a3f068b.jpeg