sunshine power bowl + turmeric citrus dressing 

january 13, 2016

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It's been a crazy long time since I've posted on here, but it's been a wonderfully full and happy month away as well. I spent the holidays back home in California, and it was just what I needed. There was a whole lot of family time, days spent away from my computer, and some...tons, of seriously good tacos. ** Dear Boston, up your taco game now por favor! The salty air, sunshine, and fresh-squeezed orange juice (thanks Dad!) re-energized me, while fireside chats with family and long beach walks with friends centered me. 2015 was brought to a sweet close, and 2016 started with some of my favorite people in one of my favorite places on earth, and I was feeling all sorts of grateful for the slow and easy days.

Now back in Boston, I've been settling in as another winter settles into the city. I've been in serious nesting mode, gettin' cozy for the chilly and gray days ahead. I'm determined to fill my space and my body with as much warmth and light as possible this season, and for me that all starts with food. The sun can hide for weeks at a time around this time of year, so I try to stay active and brighten my days with colorful and nourishing foods. This bowl is one of my go-to's in the winter months, and is so simple to throw together. It makes you feel good from the inside out and can be modified and mixed up however you please! Assemble one of these power bowls to warm your bones and to lift your spirits.

So, light a candle, wrap yourself up in a big blanket, and tuck into some color. You'll feel cozy to the core.   

sunshine power bowl + turmeric citrus dressing 

ingredients - 

  • 1 large handful spinach, rinsed and dried
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and dried
  • 1 cup black rice
  • 1 3/4 cup water 
  • 1 avocado, sliced lengthwise 
  • fresh feta cheese, crumbled 
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, skinned and diced 
  • roasted walnuts, handful 
  • olive oil 
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste

turmeric citrus dressing

  • 2-inch piece fresh turmeric, peeled and diced
  • 1 garlic clove, diced
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice, more or less to taste 
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp greek yogurt - Fage 2% is my go-to 
  • 2 tsp honey 
  • 2 tsp all natural, unsalted peanut butter 
  • dash of cayenne pepper 
  • black pepper, to taste
  • salt, to taste 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Evenly spread sweet potato pieces out on the baking sheet. Drizzle with a healthy amount of good olive oil, tossing each piece to coat evenly. Sprinkle generously with salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Roast in the oven for 40 - 45 minutes.

Next, bring rice and water with a pinch of salt to a boil, uncovered, over medium-high heat. Once boiling, cover, reduce to a simmer, and let cook for 35 minutes or until most all water has been absorbed. 

While the potatoes and rice are cooking, prep your other ingredients. 

For the turmeric citrus dressing - Combine the turmeric, garlic, lime juice, greek yogurt, honey, peanut butter and 1 Tbsp of olive oil using a blender or food processor. At this point, this mixture will be thick. Once combined, continue to add olive oil in small amounts until desired consistency is reached (~4 Tbsp olive oil total.) Taste, and season with a dash or two of cayenne pepper, black pepper, and salt. You may need to adjust the amount of lime juice to your liking. Blend until smooth and set aside. 

Once the rice and potatoes are done it's time to assemble your power bowl! Place a big handful of spinach in a bowl, and top with desired amount of roasted sweet potatoes, feta cheese, walnuts, black rice, chickpeas, and sliced avocado. *You'll have plenty of left over potato wedges, chickpeas, and rice for your next power bowl. Next, drizzle with turmeric-citrus dressing and dig in! 

Happy eating :)

cranberry walnut pumpkin bread 

december 1st, 2015

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As I write this I’m sitting in a favorite coffee shop of mine, watching people wrap lampposts with garlands and frost storefronts with white lights. It’s officially the holiday season, and even though it’s a total cliché, I really do believe it’s the most magical time of the year. The past few weeks have been a whirlwind, and between a career change, hosting a friendsgiving, and preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday, there’s been little time to sit down and just be still. This time of year has a way of slowing me down, reminding me to count my blessings and to spend lots of time with loved ones.

I’d be lying if I told you my move to Boston has been easy. I’ve adventured to new towns and cities before, moving from southern California to Vermont for school, then hopping on over to the coast of Maine for a seasonal stint, then on to Boston. I’d be lying to you if I told you my move to Boston didn’t involve a certain boy, but it was for more than that. It was for the adventure, the challenge, and the excitement that comes with a new place, and while this move proved to be all of these things, it was also really, really hard. The city felt overwhelming, nothing like the safe and comforting home my dear friend Lizzy and I had made on the farm in Maine. I didn’t have my girlfriends from college to snuggle up on the couch with or have a beer on the porch with, and it was isolating. There were tears and many moments of self doubt, many moments of “I give up, I just want to go home.” The problem, I soon realized, was which home? Home to my family in California? To my home in Vermont? To Maine? There was no quick fix, and as I began getting into the swing of things in my new neighborhood, every once in awhile I’d feel this little ping in my chest, that feeling of warmth that comes with comfort, that feeling of “you are where you’re meant to be in this moment.” I slowly began to feel more at ease, and with that came the confidence to reach out and branch out. Another cliché, but it’s taken me more than a year to “find myself,” in this city. I've navigated a few new career paths, created Home Sweet, and explored new places with new people. It’s a process, and through it I have befriended some incredible and inspiring individuals.

A week or so ago I had some girlfriends over for a friendsgiving feast, one involving warming, seasonal dishes, pretty cocktails, and plenty of champagne. Space was minimal, as there were eight of us in my 250 square foot apartment, but it was the best kind of cozy and I had an absolute blast hosting. As we ate and passed plates, I felt that ping, that feeling of “I am where I’m meant to be”, and was so happy for it. In that moment, I felt at home. My move to Boston has had its challenges, but each one of the ladies sitting around me at the table has inspired me to follow my passions and has lifted me when days felt a little grey. They've helped to make this place feel like home, and for that I am so thankful. 

After a week spent with good friends around the dinner table, I found myself with some leftover friendsgiving ingredients in my pantry begging to be whipped up into something tasty. I wanted to make something simple and just a bit sweet, something I could pass off as breakfast on one of those running-out-the-door-can't-find-my-keys kind of mornings (not unusual in my world.) This slightly sweet and tangy pumpkin bread is all of the above and more. The greek yogurt and coconut oil make this loaf so satisfying, and the cranberries and walnut pieces add a great crunch and zing to it. This pumpkin bread is the best sort of "on the go" breakfast, and is equally enjoyable shared in good company over tea and coffee.

Wishing you all a warm and happy holiday season. I hope it's full of good food and friends who make you feel at home.

Bon appetit! 

cranberry walnut pumpkin bread - 

ingredients - 

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree 
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt, full fat (Fage is my go-to)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup refined coconut oil, melted 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar 
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 cup oat flour 
  • 1 tsp baking soda 
  • 2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp nutmeg 
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spie 
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger 
  • 1/4 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/3 cup walnut pieces

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

In a large bowl, combine pumpkin puree, greek yogurt, egg, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, and brown sugar. Set aside. In a separate bowl stir the remaining dry ingredients together. Add dry ingredient mixture to your wet ingredients, mix until evenly combined. Fold in cranberries and walnut pieces, adding more or less depending on personal preference. 

Line a bread pan with parchment paper, scoop pumpkin mix into the pan, and sprinkle the top with cranberries and walnut pieces. Bake on the middle oven rack for 45 - 55 minutes, or until you're able to insert and remove a toothpick cleanly. 

Remove and let cool for 15 minutes or so before slicing. 

Enjoy!