Kale and Sun-Dried Tomato Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Kale and Sun-Dried Tomato Spaghetti Squash Casserole

John and I typically have about 10-15 minutes between patients around 2ish where we typically call that time “lunch.” Oh, we totally do that to ourselves. I’m obsessed with the thought of efficiency (to like the point of self-destruction in some cases) If I’m going to be at work for 12 hours, I want to be see patients for 11.5-11.75 hours. (Enter: self-destruction when I do that 4 days per week with a shorter Friday for weeks on end.)  …

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Chocolate Pistachio Date Truffles

Chocolate Pistachio Date Truffles

Ok. So these really aren’t truffles per se. But I couldn’t get myself to call these Chocolate Pistachio Date Balls. Truffles have the connotation that you’re going to want to savor the flavor of these. Like truffles, they’re simple, only requiring 4-6 ingredients (depending on if you coat them in chocolate…but, really, that’s not an option). Unlike truffles, they’re dairy free and naturally sweetened only with dates! BUT, while we’re on the topic. Names like “energy balls/bites” are a great…

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Birthday Gratitude

Birthday Gratitude

So my birthday is tomorrow. My 30th birthday. I’m currently in San Diego with John. Well technically we’re in Coronado at the Hotel Del Coronado. And I’ve been thinking a lot (one of my favorite pastimes.) I’ve been thinking about milestones. Those milestones always have a way of making me take a step back and reflect. With my day mostly occupied of very specific, relatively small, blocks of time, otherwise known as appointments, it’s easy for me to forget the…

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Dijon Cashew Cream

Dijon Cashew Cream

When I was a kid I thought that I didn’t like sandwiches. Like any kind other than peanut butter and jelly. Turns out that’s still mostly true. However, one day I was eating a sandwich (the bad kind, the non-PBJ kind) at my neighbor’s house and realized that I do, in fact, like sandwiches. I just don’t like mayonnaise. My mom happens to like mayonnaise, so she put that on our sandwiches. Me? Not so much. Even the name sounds…

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Browned Butter Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt

Browned Butter Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt

Oh yeah. That’s quite the name. And I hesitated even calling them that for fear that the name would be somewhat intimidating and deter you from making them. But really. They’re just chocolate chip cookies with the substitution of browned butter for softened butter and the addition of hazelnuts and some flaked sea salt. Yet necessary substitutions and additions. John is officially done with the Whole30. Well I guess, in this case, the Whole27. We spent the weekend visiting his…

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Red Curry with Purple Potatoes and Swiss Chard

Red Curry with Purple Potatoes and Swiss Chard

John is dying a slow death as he nears the end of the Whole30, but this flavorful meal distracted him just enough. I really thought that he would have been used to some of the changes by now. And really, guys, he’s not suffering. Well. He may argue otherwise. But he feels better. His energy levels have stabilized. He feels satisfied with all of the meals. Yet. The fact that he has limitations imposed on him is the real thing…

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Balsamic and Thyme Marinated Portobello Mushrooms

Balsamic and Thyme Marinated Portobello Mushrooms

Easily one of the best things about the whole30 is that it’s stimulating my creativity. I typically have my go-to vegetables that I love. Those always include Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and leafy greens. John will always happily eat all of the vegetables that I prepare…as long as they’re accompanied by some type of pasta. There’s something in his Italian heart that makes him undeniably and inexplicably in love with pasta. So yeah, those vegetables are fine, but they are…

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Roasted Garlic and Sage Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Garlic and Sage Butternut Squash Soup

This is barely a recipe. It’s kind of embarrassing. But also genius. This Roasted Garlic and Sage Butternut Squash Soup is a 4 ingredient (plus seasoning), healthy (and vegan) soup, perfect for those winter months where the hours of day light are few, and my ambition is low. HOWEVER. In my truest of fashions, I decided to complicate this recipe. But it’s totally worth it. (That’s how I typically justify my complications in other aspects of my life as well) I…

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Sweet Potato, Spinach, and Mushroom Veggie Burgers

Sweet Potato, Spinach, and Mushroom Veggie Burgers

So I would like to be able to sustain myself on vegetables and baked goods. Emphasis on the latter. Alas, that’s not the best of ideas. Vegetables. Vegetables are a good idea. They’re particularly a good idea when on the Whole30. My husband, J boy, somewhat reluctantly agreed when I asked him if he wanted to join me for the January Whole30. And really, his joining me has been the best inspiration for my recent recipe creations. These veggie burgers begin with…

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Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

So should we talk about the fact that I’ve been MIA for 3/4 of a year? Yeah? Well this cease in absence is a declaration of my commitment to balance my life with more “me” time. Cue: this post about these gluten free, vegan chocolate chip cookies bars.   Why these healthy little bites? Let’s speculate: maybe we indulged a bit too much over the holiday season? Maybe we really shouldn’t have had that other serving, cookie, cocktail, etc? How about…

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