Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday Favorites 8/1/14

Happy Friday! I hope you had a fantastic week! We spent last weekend in Beaufort, celebrating a friends birthday at Waterfest. Us Southerners and our small town festivals. I will admit, I was pretty exhausted starting this week after consuming my weight in BBQ chips, but after catching up on sleep and vegetables, I felt back to normal by Tuesday. The rest of the week was pretty busy and uneventful, since I've been trying to get ahead on client work and my writing since next week I'll be training almost every day for a one day a week job at a local hospital.

If you're in Columbia, SC, hope to see you at Arts & Draughts at the Columbia Museum of Art! It's a blast with great live music, local beers and guided tours of the art exhibits. On Sunday, drop by my office at 6365 Saint Andrews Road from 2-3 pm for a FREE seminar on decoding the food label. I'll teach you how to simplify grocery shopping by showing you what to look for and what to avoid on food packages. Hope to see you there!

Here are my favorite links from last week. For more, hang out with me on facebook and twitter. Would love to connect with you!

Basil Roasted Eggplant With Heirloom Tomatoes and Balsamic Drizzle (With Food and Love) --> When eggplant and heirloom tomatoes are at their peak, a simple preparation like this is simply incredible. 
Strawberries & Yogurt Brulee (Hungry Girl Por Vida) --> Ohhh I can't wait to break out my mini blow torch that's been collecting dust so I can make this!

Photo Credit: Cindy/ Hungry Girl Por Vida

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ten healthy meals in less then 10 minutes

A couple weeks ago, I got burnt out on cooking. Yes, me. The same person who thinks a vegan burrito that dirties 3 pots and a food processor and requires making a vegan cheese sauce from scratch is an acceptable weeknight dinner. The Rachael who once baked her own cornbread simply to use it for breadcrumbs in veggie patties. Yup, the crazy fool who makes her own ice cream and energy bars. For a good week, I wanted nothing to do with a kitchen.

Since my husband was going to be out of town on business for the week, it was perfect timing for a break. Now, before you internet crazies get all riled up, my husband does not expect me to cook dinner for him every night. I simply enjoy having nice, home cooked meals with him. With the hubs out of town, I decided to work like crazy, cross off those items lingering on my to do list (ha!) and spend no more than 10 minutes in the kitchen cooking each meal.

I'm happy to report back that I ate pretty darn well!

Not having time to prepare home cooked meals is one of the biggest concerns I hear from my clients. Certainly, there are weirdos like me who enjoy chopping and mixing and sauteeing, but in general, most people want to minimize time spent in the kitchen.

A quick meal doesn't require heavily processed ingredients. Nor does it have to be boring and flavorless. There are plenty of nutritious, convenient options at the grocery store that can help you quickly whip up a gourmet meal.

For all my busy bees, here's a list of ten meals that require less than 10 minutes of work!

1. Almond Butter, Ginger & Honey Sandwich // Make a sandwich with sprouted grain bread, almond butter, freshly grated ginger, and a drizzle of honey. Serve with fresh fruit.
2. Chopped Caprese // My chopped caprese salad is pretty much the easiest thing ever and easy to adapt based on what you have on hand. Simply toss chopped tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and black olives with a little pesto and serve over arugula. To round out the meal, serve with whole grain crostini or toss in some white beans.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Penne with Kale, Roasted Tomatoes and Brie

In case my last raw, vegan recipe featuring kelp noodles had you concerned I'd completely gone off the deep end, let me calm your fears with this gooey, cheesy bowl of pasta.

Were you aware that cheese is my favorite food? Anyone who has read more than a couple posts has surely heard of my cheese obsession. Honestly, if there were no health consequences, I could easily and happily subside on cheese. I love it that much.

Brie and other creamy, rinded cheeses are my absolute favorite. I have zero self control when it comes to a wedge of brie. In college, two of my sorority sisters hosted a wine and cheese party at their apartment and served baked brie. I thought I was being inconspicuous, picking a spot right next to it and sneaking extra bites when no one was looking. But at the end of the party, when there was just a little sliver left, my friend turned to me and said, "ummm, you can take that home with you if you want." Busted.