What a week. As I noted in my reflection yesterday, I have been in a trance for most of it. First Boston, then Congress, then the devastating tragedy in Texas. I think we’ve all hugged our loved ones a little tighter lately. I am ready to enjoy the weekend and spend some quality time with BL.
Pacific is hosting a Green Fashion show tomorrow night and I am beyond excited that I have been asked to judge! I can’t wait to see what creative items our students will showcase. Happy early Earth Day as well. If you are in the Stockton area, I will be at Victory Park on Sunday with my smoothie bike, giving out fresh smoothies that you peddle yourself!
I can’t get enough of the new site layout. Ah! I get giddy every time I sign on. One of the main reasons for updating the site was to provide more ease in navigating through the many recipes, nutrition posts, and exercise tips. On the top of the page you will notice headers for all 3. I encourage you to click around to find old favorites and let me know what you think! Do you like the layout? Is it easier to get around?
While my Recipe Roundup’s usually focus on favorite’s from other blogs, this week I am sharing past favorites that are perfect for spring. Hoe you enjoy them as much as I do, have a great weekend!
Thin Mint Brownie Balls: I am so happy that everyone is loving these as much as I do! If you haven’t tried them yet, seriously- what are you waiting for?
I know it’s spring when I find the first bunch of asparagus in my grocery cart. Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables, something I eat multiple times a week in the spring. While I prefer it best just roasted with a little olive oil and salt, it’s the perfect vegetable to dress up and welcome warmer weather with.
Enjoy this week’s Recipe Roundup, all healthy recipes featuring asparagus. Look for my version of Asparagus Tart coming next week!
Recipe & Photo: VegNews
Photo & Recipe Credit: My San Francisco Kitchen
And another month comes to a close…
February is over and wow what a month it’s been! A pretty delicious month as I look over recent recipe posts. I am very ready for the change of seasons. We’ve had a few warm-weather teaser days and I cannot get enough. I don’t know how people in other parts of the country do it. The temperature dips into the 40′s for a day or two and I start complaining about the cold weather..
Ha. I’m a beach bum at heart. Bring on Spring! And tomato and strawberry season. I am counting down the days.
What do you have planned for March?
Hope you all have a wonderful, warm weekend! I leave you with my top 5 favorite recipe post from February.
Is it too early to be thinking Superbowl?I don’t know about your house, but the Superbowl in mine is given almost as much billing as other top holidays. A day solely reserved for football, beer, and food.
Maybe it’s because I live with someone who has almost convinced himself that he plays for the Packers, but football tends to be a topic of much discussion. Mostly, how it in going to
ruin run our weekend? What day can I plan for us to do something, and which day is BL going to be parked in front of the TV?
While I would never call myself a fan, I actually don’t mind the enormous amount of attention that BL gives his games. It allows me to enjoy almost an entire weekend day to grocery shop, cook, and work on this blog. All without interruption from B. That being said, I am also ready to kiss this season goodbye! I’m excited to get him back to enjoy Sunday brunch, workouts, and weekend get-aways.
Whether your favorite team is playing or not, chances are good that you will be spending this day with family or friends, enjoying commercials, questionable halftime shows, football & food. Think of the Superbowl as a second Thanksgiving, with the average day of grazing clocking in at well over 1,000 calories and a day’s worth of saturated fat. For New Year’s Resolutioners, it’s the first ‘big test’ of the year. No matter what your goal, here are my top picks for surviving, no thriving, during the Super Bowl.
I’ve also included 5 yummy recipes that will be featured in my Superbowl Spread. What are you making?
Cauliflower Buffalo Wings
You knew these were going in the mix, right? I’m officially obsessed.
Tip #1: Bring something for you, and others, to enjoy. Try creating a healthier version of your favorite dip or entree for you, and others, to share. Bean chili, cauliflower chicken wings, low-fat dip and vegetables, or guacamole are all easy, mostly familiar choices. That way you can fill up on healthier choices, while still leaving room to indulge in your favorites.
Photo and Recipe: Beach Cookies by Chef Chloe
Tip #2: It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Most Super Bowl spreads are meant to be enjoyed over the course of 4+ hours, so no need to over indulge before the halftime show. Use smaller plates and place a small amount, just a bite or two, of foods. When finished, put down the plate. Wait at least twenty minutes before going back for seconds and only get stuff that is truly worth it.
Awesome Easy Layer Dip
Photo and Recipe: Chorizo, Mango, & Avocado dip from C’est La Vegan
Tip #3: Watch the alcohol. Ice cold beer pairs so well with bar-type food, even more so when the game is on. However, we all know that alcohol isn’t calorie free. Not only does overindulging make you more likely to overeat at the buffet table, it also contributes to empty, non-filling calories. Choose a light beer and stick to 1-2. My favorite drink? Ginger Beer & Vodka. Keeping it classy in the DK household
Dill Pickle French Fries
Photo and Recipe: Peas & Thank You
Tip #4: Exercise the day of. Since most of the afternoon/evening will be spent on the couch, make it a point to move earlier in the day. Enjoy a walk with family, go on a bike ride, or take a class at the gym, whatever motivates you to move!
Chipotle Black Bean Chili
Smoky Black Bean Chili with Tortilla Chips
Enjoy your three-day weekend!