HELP! How do I eat healthy with little time and little money?!

The other day I received a comment on my blog that went like this:

Dear Kara,

I am a 23 year old medical student who finds it especially difficult to cook healthy meals when you’re only cooking for 1, and when time spent cooking is time lost studying. I eat horribly but I try to rationalize it with the fact I run every day. Do you have any basic recommendations for someone looking to eat healthier on a strict budget/time schedule.

Peace, Love, and Medicine, Ryan

Now don’t be fooled, this 23 yr old medical student just happens to be my cousin as well. Thank you Ryan for expressing and publicizing your concern. Hope you don’t mind I outed you as my family member! ūüôā I am really grateful that Ryan brought up this point though because how many of you out there feel like him? I…

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Stuff your acorn squash with some southwestern veggie goodness

Get excited. Wave your hands in the air. Shout yippeee! I am about to share with you my favorite recipe yet! I realize that I probably have already¬†said this about recipes I’ve tried and probably will continue to say it, but in this moment, at this time, I swear this is my new fav dinner recipe.

I’ve always been a huge fan of acorn squash but I had never tried cooking it because it sort of intimidated me. Well, let’s be honest, cooking outside of my small box in general intimidated me. But that has all changed for the better people, and I¬†love to share my culinary accomplishments with all of you!

This recipe was raved about by a local dietitian I worked with in an outpatient rotation. She told me it was a must-try! I had to do a little tweaking with the recipe though to make it…

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Why i love traditions. EASTER BREAD!

Happy Easter and Happy Passover!

I love holidays for many reasons, but let’s be honest, the biggest excitement for me around the holidays is eating delicious, homemade food. I also love traditions, which is why every Easter I look forward to making Easter bread!

Easter bread is a sweet bread, more of a dessert than anything, but I’ll let you in on a little secret…I totally eat the bread for breakfast :). Of course, I eat something else with the bread to make it more of a balanced meal. Remember if you only eat a carb at breakfast (especially one that is high in sugar), you will have a quick burst of energy followed by a quick drop in energy. This means that you’ll feel really great right after you eat the bread and then an hour later you’ll be looking for that cup of coffee or more food to…

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May the luck of the Irish Soda Bread be with you!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Can I just tell you all how happy I am to be Irish on a fun holiday like St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you all enjoyed your St. Patty’s Day; I know I did! And I’m not done enjoying it yet! I was pretty busy last weekend so I couldn’t make my favorite Irish feast which is boiled potatoes, turnips, and cabbage, and of course Irish soda bread. But I do plan on making it this weekend and I’m already one step ahead as I made my Irish soda bread yesterday! This year I’m going to try a vegetarian spin on corned beef so I can pack some protein into my Irish feast! Recommended by Janel,¬†a fellow vegan dietitian, I’m going to experiment with her recipe for cajun tempeh bacon!

On Wednesday, I got my actual st. patty’s fix by going to Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard…

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Vegify Your Chili!

Well, here it is, the last recipe to complete my self-quota for the week! 4 recipes in 7 days. Phew! From now on I think I will set a more realistic goal, one new recipe every week. The realistic goals we set for ourselves are usually the ones we can maintain, right?!

Today I am going to share with all of you a chili recipe. A very healthy one in fact. This vegetarian chili recipe calls for tofu as a meat substitute. Some vegetarian chili recipes call for beans only as a protein source; however I love the tofu addition because it adds more substance and makes it taste heartier.

If you’re used to beef in you chili, don’t be afraid to try tofu instead! It mimics the texture of meat and absorbs the flavor of the chili. PLUS one serving of this tofu chili is only 280 calories and only 1.5 grams…

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Pumpkin. It’s what’s for dessert.

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that have a pretty serious sweet tooth. That’s right. I said it. I LOVE DESSERT.

I know what you’re thinking…”but that’s not healthy!” That may be true…BUT everything in moderation is fine! Plus, I am a food lover not a fighter! I would never deprive myself of any type of food; I just won’t have it on a daily or weekly basis!

Having said that, don’t be scared to try this delicious recipe I’m about to share. Share it with your family and friends if you’re worried about eating it all and consuming all the calories by yourself! Which could be done since it’s that good!

A perfect dessert to make for the holidays, it also is a great dessert to enjoy served warm in the winter time. And unfortunately, in the North East, we know winter lasts forever! So…

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Tempeh..temp-huh?

Hello there!

Recipe numero dos is another vegetarian dish. So I feel the need to tell all of you out there that I do follow a semi-vegetarian diet. If we wanna be fancy about it, we can call me a pescetarian! I am a vegetarian who eats seafood. I also eat dairy and eggs. While this is the lifestyle I choose to follow, I am not here to convert anyone to vegetarianism. Having said that,¬†a¬†majority of the recipes I share will be vegetarian. But good news! You don’t have to be a herbivore (plant-eater) to enjoy some tofu every¬†once and a while! Plus, there are some health benefits to being a vegetarian or eating vegetarian occaisonally, including lowering your risk of heart disease! So listen up and let me tell you a little bit about tempeh!

Tempeh, your not-so-average tofu

Tempeh is a fermented food made by cooked soybeans…

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