Caramelized Onion Green Beans with Toasted Almonds

This is one of those adios to summer tribute recipes. Are you in as much disbelief that it’s Labor Day weekend as I am? My summer literally flew by – between yoga training, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and visits from family, the summer was here and gone in a hot second. I know I’m not alone here. Most folks jam-pack their summers with getaways, family parties, and before you know it, every summer weekend is booked. Maybe being a social summer butterfly is not the worst problem to have in the world but I do wish I could press the slow-mo button on summer.

Well I’m hitting slow-mo today because I didn’t want this recipe to go unshared before it’s pumpkin time and we missed the mark.

My friend Sara lent me her CSA one week this summer while her and her hubs went on a mini vacay (true friends lend…

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No Bake Almond Joy Bars

As summer begins to wind down and the mornings and evenings start to get slightly cooler, we know that back-to-school is just around the corner.

Cue the dreaded brown bag blues. It can be a big challenge for mom and dad to constantly have to reinvent the lunchbox, offering up new options that are both healthy and delicious to keep their kiddos (and themselves) satisfied.

The good news is this month’s recipe redux is all about the brown bag. We’re creating bars and bites that pack a whole lot of nutrition into a small square or round. Ditch the brown bag blues and get excited to jazz up your and your kiddos lunchbox this fall!

My boyfriend loves chocolate chip granola bars and I caught a box in our beach bag last week and took a glance at the nutritionals and thought I could do so much better than that.

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Mindful Monday: New Years Themes Check-In

It’s mindful monday ya’ll! Creating a new series on The Foodie Dietitian (TFD) to inspire mindfulness – around food, ourselves, and our daily lives. Check in on mondays to see what mindful musings I have in store for ya.

I usually like to check-in half way through the year on how I’m doing with the goals I set out for myself at the beginning of the year. We may be a little past that half-way mark but there’s no time better than the present to check in on the progress of your goals.  What good are goals anyways if you’re not holding yourself accountable and adapting them along the way?

At the start of 2014, I decided against setting so-called “resolutions” and instead declared three “themes” for me to focus on daily. Here’s a reminder for ya:

Mindfulness

- Meditate more. Sign up for a yoga retreat. Practice rose, bud, thorn daily.

Enjoyment

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Dandelion Grilled Cheese with Fig & Brie

You know how most people set goals for themselves, like run a half marathon, write a book, or get a promotion. Well my summer goal is to pick up a new vegetable at the farmer’s market each time I visit. Perhaps not as impressive as writing a book or running a half marathon, but arguably more delicious than either of the two combined. So, I’m stickin’ with it.

I’m also stickin’ with dandelion greens. These bad boy greens are packed with vitamins A, C, antioxidants, and contain 15% of your daily value for calcium. And they’re super versatile – throw ‘em in a salad, with eggs in the morning, on a sandwich, in a pasta dish, or enjoy them simply sautéed.

They are on the more bitter end of the spectrum so try pairing with more rich flavors to offset the bitterness. These greens are often used in Italian cooking and my…

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Welcome to The Foodie Dietitian!

Oh em gee. I’m uber excited right now to launch what has been a true labor of love over the last oh, I don’t know, 7 months or so. I’m also kind of nervous (but like the good nervous when you know something amazing is about to happen) because it’s always a little scary to redefine yourself and then share it with the world. Helloooooo, my friend, vulnerability.

To all my friends and fans of Peace, Love, and Food, thank you for being so loyal over the last 4.5 years, and I hope you’ll find the new design and format of the blog to be a welcome change. Although the look and feel of the site may be different, the values and mission behind this blog ain’t changing in the slightest.

You see, I started PLF because I wanted to “inspire a peace of mind around what people eat and a love for…

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Honey Whiskey Roasted Pecans

One of my favorite Julia Child’s quotes is “I enjoy cooking with wine – sometimes I even put it in the food I’m cooking.” So, I was all liquored up over this month’s spirited Recipe Redux theme: cooking with booze!

I try to always have a bottle of dry white wine in the fridge to add to sauces for pasta dishes. White wine, shallots, olive oil, lemon, reserved pasta water, and you’re done!

When I saw the challenge this month to make a healthy spirited recipe, my mind automatically zeroed in on this bottle of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Whiskey that Steve got for Christmas last year (along with the 5 other bottles of whiskey he got last year – can you guess what his drink of choice is?). Well, actually, first my mind went to something with Bloody Mary’s, but that’s pretty much always where my mind goes first…

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Curry Roasted Baby Carrots

Have you ever purchased a vegetable because it looked so gosh darn cute? Yes, I said cute in reference to vegetables. Is it obvious by now that I look at my produce with love and adoration? If it’s fresh, local, and sitting at my favorite farmer’s market, how can I not?

It’s kind of like how I sometimes purchase bottles of wine solely based on the label. Cool label? Must be good. Same with the baby carrots I recently picked up at the farmer’s market. They looked adorably tiny and all baby-like so I thought, these are cute. Must taste good.

Sometimes we overcomplicate our food purchasing decision making. I like to keep it simple.

So, the cute baby carrots were purchased and I decided to roast them for Steve and I and served them with salmon and brown rice. I simply roasted them in the oven with EVOO, cinnamon, salt, and pepper….

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