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Kitchen Bootcamp Roundup – Salads

This month, I picked a seasonal topic for my Kitchen Bootcamp challenge… Salads! This is the time of year where I generally get more lettuce than I know what to do with from my CSA, so I was happy for some salad inspiration!Continue Reading

California Veggie Wraps

I’m sure you all know the lovely Aimee from Simple Bites and Under the High Chair… And, if you don’t, you really should!  Today, a few of us are hosting a virtual baby shower to help her celebrate the her new baby girl on the way.

One of the things I enjoy about baby showers is the food… I’m sure that is no surprise to you.  There’s always so many fun and cute finger foods to sample.

When I got to thinking about what to make for Aimee’s virtual baby shower, I realized that I don’t make finger foods nearly enough.  So, today I am changing that! I thought about making some miniature sandwiches, but decided to make some wraps instead.  They’re easy to eat while you’re socializing with friends and family, and they’re tasty, too!

For my wraps, I decided to go with a healthy whole grain wrap packed with lots of veggies… That leaves plenty of room to snack on the adorable cupcakes and other sweets that are inevitable at a baby shower.  Plus, I think it’s always a good idea to have some healthy and meatless options at a shower to cater to any special diets of the shower guests.

Of course, these wraps are very adaptable… You can substitute the veggies you like best (and you could even add some grilled chicken or turkey, as well).  I picked a few of my favorites that remind me of a California veggie wrap that I used to order at a sandwich shop near my office.  The original sandwich shop version was loaded with ranch dressing, as well, but I opted to leave that out. It would be fabulous as a dipping sauce on the side, though, if you feel so inclined!

After you sample my California veggie wraps, be sure to check out all of the other great party food for Aimee’s virtual baby shower!

And, be sure to stop by and wish Aimee all the best!Continue Reading

Friday Favorites – Pinterest Edition (Episode 124)

I often feel like I get in a rut with my Friday Favorites… It has nothing to do with the blogs that I read (they are always full of fun and fresh ideas!) and everything to do with me. The thing is, I find myself going back to the same blogs for the same types of recipes. I like what I like, and I’m consistent!

So this week, to force myself out of the RSS reader box, I decided to choose recipes that I discovered on Pinterest.  I admit that I spend much of my time on Pinterest swooning over stilettos, nail polish, and projects for the house that I will never (ever) actually get done.  But, I do also use it as a way to discover some new food blogs that I might not have found otherwise.  So, here are a few of the recipes I pinned this week!Continue Reading

Bacon Wrapped Guacamole Poppers

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hass Avocado Board featuring Hass Avocados for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I happen to be one of those women who loves football season. This year I’m even in a fantasy football league! But, even if you’re not a football fan (and I realize a lot of you aren’t), keep reading. I think there’s something that we can all get excited about… Football food!

I was asked to develop an avocado recipe for the Kick Off with Hass Avocados Recipe Contest, and I jumped at the chance. I cannot get enough avocado, and I love football season. So, it’s the perfect pairing for me. I’ve had game day appetizers on the brain lately, and my mind immediately jumped to jalapeño poppers.  I made a creamy guacamole filled, bacon wrapped jalapeño popper. And, they were good. Really good.

While my jalapeño poppers are certainly not what I’d consider a healthy snack (and we won’t even discuss the fact that I may have eaten them for dinner one night!), avocados are a pretty healthy option for game day fare… They are packed with vitamins and are very nutrient dense. Plus, they’re a great source of healthy fats.  That makes me feel better about snacking on some poppers or digging into a big bowl of guacamole… Wouldn’t you agree?Continue Reading

Gazpacho

Last weekend, my husband and I watched the movie Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.  How’s that for a Monday morning blog post intro? It’s relevant, though… I promise!

You see, we have a few friends who have done the whole “juicing” diet thing. Some have had good results, others have ended up not feeling so good. But, everyone I know who has tried it cited the movie as the inspiration that got them started. So, as someone who is generally interested in food, health, and nutrition, I figured that I had to see it. I wanted to know what it was all about.  And, I have to admit that I was pretty skeptical.

After watching it, I totally understand how people get sucked in.  It’s one of those feel good movies where you see this great story of someone who loses tons of weight and changes his whole life fasting (yup… no food!) and drinking nothing but juice from fresh fruits and veggies.  I almost wanted to run out, buy a juicer, and lose a few pounds… Almost.

The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized that it wasn’t for me. Sure, I understand that for someone who ate a lot of pizza, burgers, and fries on a regular basis, a cleansing juice fast may be a good way to change your habits. But, I started to wonder if the juice works on more of a mental level than a physical level. Is drinking juice really better than just eating lots of raw fruits and veggies? Or is it just a good way to change your habits cold turkey (Hmm… that phrase really doesn’t work in this situation!). In the movie, the argument is that in order to get all of the nutrients you need, you’d have to eat a crazy amount of fruits and veggies. So, by turning all of that produce into juice, it’s a much more manageable portion size.

But, by juicing the produce, you’re losing all of the healthy fiber in the fruits and vegetables. And, some people seem to think that the juice causes higher spikes in blood sugar because the liquids are digested differently than the fruits and vegetables would be in their whole state. I am certainly not an expert, and I haven’t studied this a lot, but I just keep going back to the fact that juicing isn’t the way that fruits and vegetables were intended to be eaten.

I want to know…

I have to say that I still haven’t ruled the juicer out entirely… But, I also can’t imagine going for a week on nothing but juice. So, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Have you seen the movie? If so, what do you think? Do you think that juicing is a healthy way to get your diet in check and develop healthier habits?Continue Reading