Vegan Butternut Squash Soup with Cardamom

A spiced vegan butternut squash soup with cardamom, made extra creamy with coconut milk. Perfect soup for the fall and the holidays!

In the spirit of halloween next week, the Recipe Redux is gettin a little spooky this month. We’re creeping and crawling all the way to the back of our dusty dark spice cabinets and pulling out that spooky spice that we’re afraid to use. The Recipe Redux is challenging us to conquer our spooky spice fear and show that spice who’s boss!

Soooo I’m gonna be totally real with you for a minute here about how I got to my spice and recipe inspiration. This is slightly embarrassing. But also pretty hilarious.

Last week, I walked on over to my spice rack and gave it a little spin to see which spice spooked me out the most. I came up with marjoram and coriander. I was like I don’t…

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Mindful Monday: The Reason You Should Put Down Your Phone

A powerful reminder of the reason why we should all put down our phones and look up.

Last weekend, Steve and I drove home to Buffalo, NY, and I regretfully admit I spent the first five hours of the ride looking down at my phone. No conversation with the beautiful man sitting next to me that had to deal with hours of traffic. No breaks. I was glued. Emails. Facebook. Insta. Google+. Twitter. Back to emails. You get my drift. It was gross.

Until finally, something knocked me to my senses.

It was this video.

As I was watching this, I got chills, I felt emotional, kinda wanted to cry. Once it was over, I shut off my phone and threw it out of my sight. I was disgusted with myself. During those five hours, I never looked around to just enjoy the scenery – the beautiful fall foliage. I never looked…

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Friday Foodie Dietitian Favorites 10.17.14

Friday Foodie Dietitian Favorites – my faves for the week – recipes, mindfulness, and inspiration.

TGIF!

Here are a few of my faves from the week.

On TFD this week

Dairy Tour at Honstra Farms

What The Foodie Dietitian Ate Wednesday #5

Vegan Green Goddess Dressing 

Mindful Monday: The Top 3 Meditation Apps You Need to Download

Fave Recipes

Apple Spiced English Muffins via The Yooper Girl

Quick Pickled Peppers via Cookie and Kate

How to Roast Delicata Squash via The Meal Makeover Moms 

Roasted Garlic Tomato Pasta Sauce via Jeanette’s Healthy Living

Pluot Chia Jam via Kumquat

Mindfulness & Inspiration 

16 Quotes on Being More & Having Less via The Elephant Journal

20 Kitchen Tips & Tricks via The Lean Green Bean

How to Meal Plan via Imma Eat That

When Is It Worth It To Splurge on Unhealthy Food via An Avocado A Day

Awesome Life Updates

Dairy Farm Tour at Hornstra Farms

I was invited by the good peeps of New England Dairy & Food Council to attend a Farm Tour at Hornstra Farms. They covered my lunch but did not compensate me to attend or write this post. All opinions are my own.

A recap of my dairy farm tour at Hornstra Farms where I chilled with cows, ate the creamiest ice cream of my life, learned about dairy farming, and got a dairy farmer’s perspective on some controversial topics in the dairy industry.

I’ve had some pretty cool learning and traveling experiences lately. From almonds in California, to Concord grapes in Washington, to all things blogging in Vermont, and this weekend I’m off to Atlanta for the annual conference for dietitians, FNCE. I feel pretty darn lucky.

And if that isn’t enough to make your head spin (mine is spinning), last week, I drove out to Norwell, Massachusetts to visit Hornstra Farms with the…

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What The Foodie Dietitian Ate Wednesday #5

Tune in every Wednesday to find out What The Foodie Dietitian Ate Wednesday (#WTFDAW) for recipe and meal planning inspiration, and well, to learn that RDs are human too!

Hump Day FTW!

Breakfast

After I made that dairy-free coconut cream last week, you best believe I mixed it with almond butter to make an ah-mah-zing spread. Thanks to Kristina @ Love and Zest for the inspiration.

When Pigs Fly Bakery Six Grain & Pumpkin Seed Bread toasted with “almond cream” and sliced apples. Dusted off with a little pumpkin pie spice.

English Breakfast tea with a touch of raw honey and coconut milk creamer.

Lunch

Leftover Sweet Potato & Kale Mac N’ Cheese. Kale salad with walnuts.

Bubbly water with a splash of apple cider.

Snack Attack

Pre-yoga Lara Bar

Dinner

Belated birthday celebrations with Steve-o at Ten Tables JP. I sincerely apologize in advance for the horrendous restaurant lighting you are…

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Vegan Green Goddess Dressing

Vegan Green Goddess Dressing that’s packed with greens, apple cider vinegar, EVOO and is completely dairy-free. Perfect over a kale salad, a sweet potato, or even used as a dip.

A few weeks back on WTFDAW…I had a loaded sweet potato that rocked my world. It had kale, black beans, and Annie’s Green Goddess dressing. While I love Annie’s products, I knew I had to try and recreate this masterpiece from scratch.

Traditional green goddess dressing calls for mayo and/or sour cream. I’ve even seen buttermilk thrown around! But I wanted to make a dressing using only greens, unrefined plant oil (aka EVOO), and vinegar. Clean & simple.

I’m not gonna lie. I also just love the name of this dressing. I think everyone deserves to feel like a goddess every now and again. I know I feel most like a goddess when I’m eating lots of whole foods, tons…

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Mindful Monday: The Top 3 Meditation Apps You Need to Download

The Top 3 meditation apps you need to download: a review of the pros and cons of my favorite apps for meditation.

Happy Monday!

I know I promised these apps last Monday but the truth is I was practicing a bit of mindfulness myself by not posting. Last week, I was on the road for 7 days straight from Washington to Buffalo and then got back to Boston late Sunday night. Completely exhausted from the traveling and being in the wedding, I decided to listen to my tired body and didn’t force myself to stay up late or wake up extra early to write. Sometimes you gotta just listen to what your body is telling you to do. Dig?

This last weekend was more traveling and more weddings but I didn’t want to leave you hanging any longer. So, I sit here in my PJs snuggled up in a blanket…

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