Naturally Festive

Happiest of Holidays to everyone, everywhere!! For those who celebrate Christmas, you have likely been seeing lots of red and green by now, whether it be in your red garland-clad pine tree, green leaves cradling holly berries, or Rudolph’s glaring red nose on that festively “ugly” sweater that dearest Grandma kitted you. Perhaps even your food has received a heaping dose of celebratory colors with the generous dusting of red and green sprinkles on those holiday sugar cookies…

Let’s not forget that as delicious as all the sugar-plum-inspired sweets and treats are, the holidays also give us the gift of many naturally festive foods. From roots of red to leaves of green, here are some wholesome treats to get you into the holiday spirit…no food coloring required!

Steamed baby beets and spinach

Shrimp, red bell peppers, and asparagus with glucomannan noodles

DIY snack mix with beet chips and dry roasted edamame

Turkey, tomato, and avocado sandwiches

Inspired by these deliciously merry ideas? You can get the glucomannan noodles, beet chips, and dry roasted edamame here:

        

I wish you all the happiest, safest, and most delectable of seasons ever!! Cheers, my dear friends!

 

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A Holiday Medley to Fill Your Belly

As much as I appreciate the simplicity of single elements (for example, enjoying an unadorned cup of black tea or a monomeal of an entire cantaloupe), I also enjoy a good mash-up. Thanksgiving has come to be the perfect day to celebrate the the luxury of stuffing a cornucopia’s worth of different foods into our bottomless stomachs at once, and what better way to artfully do so than with…a sandwich?! Continue reading

Food for Thought #3

 

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Food for Thought #2

Are the food police going to break down my door and arrest me for using my lemon press on a lime, then proceeding to store the other half of it in my lemon saver?

Hopefully not. As far as food and recipe conventionalism goes, however, I certainly don’t mind breaking the rules!

If you want to break the rules with some cool kitchen gadgets too, check out where you can get this lemon press and this lemon saver pod.

Cheers, my friends!

So Good it Hurts

Oh, why must homemade chocolate ice cream be so delicious? I just can’t help but devour this ticking time bomb of a brain freeze faster than I can dish it. The bottom of the bowl is nearly seen even before the top of the thick, fudgy glisten of the chocolate peanut butter sauce. Continue reading

Happy Holidays to All!

No matter what part of the word you reside in, and no matter what holidays and traditions you celebrate, I wish everyone the best of seasons possible. My Christmas feast consisted of top round roast rolled around asparagus and red peppers. I am not only thankful for the lovely food that graced my holiday table, but I am thankful for each and every one of you who is taking the time to read these words right now.

I am looking forward to an incredible 2018. Cheers!!

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Gratefulness Never Expires…

Being a food blogger who emphasizes high-volume, better-for-you portions of food, I always want more. Bigger. Better. More awesome than the time before. That is not only how I construct my menu plans, but has also been my life tactic in general.

As there certainly are advantages to always pushing for the greatest great that is possible, sometimes it is good to balance those relentless efforts with the acceptance that things just might be terrific the way they are.

I reached into my pantry for a can of pumpkin to use for this year’s Thanksgiving feast, only to notice that it had passed its “best by” date this last October. My immediate reaction was to discard it and purchase a new one so that everything for my dinner would be the best it could be. After some time passed, though, I came to realize that it was actually rather unnecessary to turn my nose up at an innocent can of pumpkin. True; perhaps it was at its “best” before October, and now it will be ever-so-slightly degraded from its prime condition, but I still have this can of pumpkin, and for that, I am thankful.

I decided to use the pumpkin and enjoy it. It can be very humbling at times to be grateful for what we already have without asking for more.

Happiest of Thanksgivings to everyone, and I offer my utmost gratitude to all of you who have taken the time to visit and support my blog…cheers!!

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