Healthy Living, make it an everyday thing

Category: Side Dishes

Roasted Sweet Potato & Brussels Sprout Gratin

This weekend was quite lovely.  I was lucky enough to spend time with some ladies I am truly grateful for!  The fall season and holidays always leave me so misty with reflection.  I talk about my girlfriends all the time, but I don’t always get to spend one-one time with them, which is different.  We all get busy– kids, work, life, and it just makes it a little hard to be consistent with visits.  Especially if you don’t live in the same town.  But, we did it.  We all got together, ate great food, drank wine and went to the movies, all NINE of us!! Amazing! Big shout out to you ladies, and thanks for moments like yesterday and today, that are just good for the soul.  In the month all about giving thanks, I am thankful for you all.  And for those fellas making it possible to get a night away, best dads around!!  I am also pretty excited to share with anyone needing a last minute side for Thanksgiving, or any holiday meal, today’s recipe! This vegetable dish is the…

Mint Pesto Pasta Salad

Morning everyone!! Hope your weekend is going well.  We are currently up in Phoenix visiting with my dad and his wife, little stay-cation and a fun getaway!  We are heading back soon and I am particularly excited for the week ahead.  I started at a new job last week and this will be my first week seeing clients there!  I am happy for a new challenge and look forward to continuing my work as a diabetes educator; helping people learn to be more flexible with food, finding ways to nourish their bodies, but also their souls!  Being more flexible with food is something I have been working on a lot.  Flexibility for me means being willing to make lots of different choices and listening to what my body craves.  But, I get that making food choices can be difficult.  I mean, there is so much advice out there, trying to influence your choices. When making food choices, there are so many factors at play.  Lately I have been trying to explore what those factors are for me and determine what is most important in my eating experience.  First with…

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Back with a quick recipe that gets better as it sits!  I make this dish once and use it throughout the week on salads as a protein topping, that provides so much flavor.  Meal preparation, as I’ve mentioned before, has been a game changer around here.  When our daughter was first born, we didn’t do this as well, and ended up eating a lot more quick dishes that maybe weren’t as healthy — and possibly more expensive.  But, we survived and for those quick side dish options sold at stores, we thank you.  It actually saved us from eating out more, and even though some of the sides were more “processed”, we were still eating at home and that was a big deal.  Plus, there was zero time given the lack of sleep and the fumbling through life we were doing.   This recipe has chickpeas as the base, a favorite legume of mine.  I made this originally because I was trying to copy a side dish they used to sell at a local sandwich shop, but got rid of.  The sandwich shop version…

Homemade Tortillas & Happy Mother’s Day

My daughter will be three this year, and still, Mother’s Day rolls around and I find myself shocked that I am a mom.  Now, not to say that I don’t feel so much joy and appreciation every day that this amazing little human made me a mom, but I think I am always wowed because I see so many moms being so amazing, that I am humbled to be in such company. Let’s, take a few and recognize some beautiful souls.   To my mom: I am so blessed to have her in my life.  She is very understanding, and would drive across town to bring me coffee after having an especially bad day.  She calls me every morning to talk, either while I am on my way to work, or to sing to my daughter while she has her breakfast.  She is amazing, I will write about her on this day, forever, and even if I don’t put it out there in the blogosphere I will think it and write about it in my journal (Note to self: get a journal). To my mother in law: We are lucky enough that…

Toddler Approved Broccoli Tots

St. Patrick’s Day is near, so I thought something green would be appropriate.  Like most parents, I am always looking for different ways to serve vegetables.  I offer them raw, roasted, dipped in hummus, and yet I still wanted another way to serve up some yummy veggies.  Plus, sometimes adults want veggies in a new way too! I also have a must share, I wanted to tell you about Isabel’s learning tower!  I know I am blessed with a kid who is just in a stage where she will try most things (I’m sure this is not going to last forever), but I feel like getting her involved in the kitchen has made her even more adventurous.  She has a learning tower that we got on Amazon, and she spends lots of time in it!  She watches me meal prep, cook dinner, and prepare lunches.  It has helped limit TV time even more and she gets to help, scoop, pour, and stir things, which she feels very proud of herself for. While she is watching me cook, she often is asking to try things.  Pointing at foods that come…