Where to begin.

It’s hard to say. I’ve obviously gotten so out of the habit of writing on this thing. And now I’m just trying to figure out where to pick back up. I feel highly motivated to talk about how the past year has been eye-opening and older-feeling and how I’m loving it but I pretty much did that here already. At this moment as I sit at my kitchen tablette with a first attempt at homemade cranberry sauce on the stove, I have nothing to complain about. Nothing bogging me down. I am content in this moment. It feels awesome, what can I say?

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So I guess I’ll talk about all the things that have been going on in my kitchen lately.

(And thankfully no fruit flies were involved)

1. Homemade Nut Butters

(and other food processor awesomeness)
Finished Bliss AKA Coconut Butter

Finished Bliss AKA Coconut Butter

Shredded coconut + food processor = bliss-in-the-making

Shredded coconut + food processor = bliss-in-the-making

Chopped almonds, set aside for CRUNCHY almond butter

Chopped almonds, set aside for CRUNCHY almond butter

Almond butteroundandround

Almond butteroundandround

The finished goods

The finished goods

Asian Ginger Dressing

Asian Ginger Dressing

2. Raw & Roasted Salads

Curried Raw & Roasted Salad

Curried Raw & Roasted Salad

Raw & Roasted Salad

Raw & Roasted Salad

This has been my lunch for weeks now. It’s the perfect transition of lunch-salad into colder weather. Simply roast a large baking sheet worth of vegetables with desired flavoring

Favorites: coconut butter + curry powder, olive oil + chili powder&cumin, olive oil + zatar, coconut oil + cajun seasoning

Then combine a bunch of raw vegetables with a separate dressing

Favorites: lemon juice + olive oil + apple cider vinegar + dijon mustard (add additional seasoning to complement roasted flavorings)

Protein can be tofu roasted with the vegetables or beans/lentils added with the raw veggies.

3. Homemade No Sugar Added Cranberry Sauce

Before

Before

After

After

(As I finished the post, I finished the sauce. And let me tell you, it’s delicious. –> Recipe to follow)

Alright, I think I’ve covered it.

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SNACK ATTACK!

>    So, as you probably can tell, I’m a snacker. I have as many snacks in the day as meals… and sometimes more. Three of my favorite snacks are my cocoa-cereal-yogurt concoction, stove-popped popcorn w/nutritional yeast, and tortilla nut-butter roll-ups. I eat the yogurt concoction pretty much every day. The other two I eat maybe two-three times a week a piece. Recently I’ve been trying to find other snacks, so I’m sharing these with you with the hopes of getting some snack ideas in return.
Cocoa-Cereal-Yogurt Concoction
Ingredients
1 cup plain yogurt
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 pack stevia (I like purevia or stevia in the raw)
dash of cinnamon
1/4 cup cereal (or 1/3 cup if I’m eating trader joe’s high fiber cereal)
Directions:
Spoon yogurt into desired eating container (bowl/cup). Add cocoa, stevia, and cinnamon. Mix until well combined. Add cereal. Mix well. EAT!
Yields 1 serving

cocoa-yogurt-cereal concoction

Stove-popped Popcorn
Ingredients:
1/4 cup popcorn
extra-virgin olive oil
nutritional yeast
sea salt
Directions
Put desired amount of oil in bottom of a 3 quart saucepan. Add 3 kernels to pan and heat over medium heat with the lid on. Once the first kernel pops, add the rest of the kernels and cover. Shake pan back and forth as the kernels are popping.
Transfer popped kernels to bowl(s) and sprinkle with nutritional yeast and a dash of sea salt. (Other topping ideas: cinnamon w/stevia/sugar, parmesan cheese, just salt, salt & stevia/sugar)
Yields 1-2 servings (1 serving for me)

stove-popped popcorn w/nutritional yeast
Tortilla & Nut-butter Roll-up
Ingredients:
1 tortilla (I like Tumaro low carb multigrain)
2 tsp (I usually just estimate) nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew, sunflower seed)

Directions:
Roll tortilla in a paper towel and microwave for 20 seconds. Remove and spread the nut butter in a strip in the center of the tortilla. Roll tortilla up. EAT!

tortilla & nut-butter roll-up

What are some of your favorite, nutritious (or not) snacks?