Archive for January, 2015

Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

30 January, 2015

Ok, I guess ‘healthy’ is relative.

I just mean something that isn’t filled with preservatives and processed things and white sugars. Since my kids get enough of that everywhere.

I wanted to have something for them after school that they would eat but wouldn’t be filled with sugar. It was a bonus that I liked them too. Seriously, they taste like peanut butter and jelly with the cranberries, but with healthy ingredients. I am so happy I found these and I am sure we’ll be tweaking them. I am thinking that peanut butter pairs really well with chocolate, so I see …

A Tale Of Two Women

29 January, 2015

I was in between the bath and bedtime shuffle tonight when the kids were occupied for a nanosecond or two, so I checked my Instagram account.

I noticed a woman who just started to follow me, because the scarf around her head stood out. Her profile said she was a momma from Boston, and that she enjoyed cooking, sewing, and Physics. Many of the comments were in Arabic even though her posts were in fluent but sweetly botched English. As I clicked around the squares that represent this woman’s life, I saw the meals she made, her trips out grocery shopping, the funny things her kids did, the comments in Arabic about the funny things her kids did but filled with emoticons that explained it all and made me laugh out loud. My favorite captions were “the best part of having a baby is that you are surrounded by lots of cute heart-melting stuffs” under a …

How I Meal Plan

24 January, 2015

Lately, so many people in real life and on social media have been throwing out the meal planning angst – I should do it, why don’t I do it? It is so hard! I have been meaning to post some of the tricks I have learned 8 years into this feeding kids business, as well as growing up in a large family where I got some of my skillz. (Ok, really, all my siblings used to tease me for having a snack on hand for a trip to the mailbox. Needless to say they are not surprised I have a food blog now.)

I …

Chicken Curry In A Hurry

23 January, 2015

Well aren’t you just a big bowl of sunshine.

Seriously, it is.

I love curry so much, and it is ridiculously easy.

This one uses Rotisserie chicken + coconut milk + curry powder but you can easily use cubed chicken and stir fry veggies. The first time I made it I added the carrots and tomatoes and loved them. The second time I made this I added thawed broccoli florets and I loved them even more. So play around with the veggies and add your favorite. If they are raw like …

On Resistance

17 January, 2015

I’ve been reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.  It’s a good thing, too, because lately everything has felt like a battle.

My almost two year old. Writing. Getting out the door on time. Cluttered corners.

Pressfield, who also wrote The Legend of Bagger Vance and The Authentic Swing, is such a great encourager of artists and writers and human beings. War of Art feels like the universe delivered up the exact book I should be reading, giving me precisely what I need to know right now. I love it when that happens. So on the off chance that you need a nudge too, I am sharing it with you.

In it he describes the universal force of resistance, which is defined as self-sabotage, and it is like gravity, a constant pull or oppositional force towards achieving something. Anytime you want to grow, physically, spiritually, mentally, …

Sweet Potato Brownies

14 January, 2015


Well, it looks like I’ll be able to wean myself off the jar of chocolate sauce in the fridge after all.

Because these Sweet Potato Brownies are amazing. Just life changing, really.

Every single bit is like eating fruits and veggies and I want to go for a run after I eat them, they make you feel so so good and yet are so satisfying for a sweet tooth. Basically, it is a yummy dessert anytime you want with no guilt. What is not life changing about that?

I found these from a new English raw/gluten free/whole foods chef that …

On Staring Into the Mid-Space & Other Thoughts on Time

9 January, 2015

If you love life, don’t waste time, because time is what life is made of.

– Ben Franklin

Don’t you love it when life keeps delivering up the same message to you, in different forms, until you get it?

The lesson on the value of reflective, creative time has been in every field I’ve been in, but it is still one I forget.

As an econ student, it was called ‘Research and Development’ – or R&D. It was the single biggest variable in the equation to help a company or a nation grow. New creation, innovative ideas (hello, Apple), and new products are behind this R&D number. Investing time for creativity helps things grow.

As a finance business person, it was in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (a great book for anyone), in one of …

Warm Kale Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Cauliflower and Chick Peas

8 January, 2015

Cold, are you?

Arctic chill here in New Hampshire. We all have chapped lips, hands, and are eating too many left over cookies and candy because our bodies are telling us to carb load.

But after I started to crave feeling like I did during the cleanse, I decided to switch gears. Only a cold salad was the last thing I wanted. So I whipped this Warm Kale Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Cauliflower and Chick Peas. I crumbled goat cheese on top, though for my second serving (ha!) I tried feta and that was so good too. You can’t go …

Healthy Links & Holiday Recap

5 January, 2015

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Hi foodie friends! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you know that I just launched my writing website at Janine Isabelle did a great job designing both sites. It feels really fun to share essays and notes on writing, but I missed hanging out in foodie land too, so I love having a space for both things on the web this year. (The two sites have links at the top connecting them so you can go back and forth). I looked at the way I love to use …

Who Are Your Influences?

3 January, 2015

If you’ve ever seen the Irish movie The Commitments, you may remember that it was about a band, and when they were interviewing new band members they asked, “Who are your influences?” (They asked it with a lot of attitude and a thick brogue, both of which made the movie a cult classic.) Based on their answers they would let them audition; Muddy Waters got you in, Elvis was no deal.

I really love this, because your influences, what you are reading or listening to or watching all trickle down into your big pot of ideas. There they cook, and the flavors mingle. And if you are brave enough, you serve up some of that soup in your own writing and creating.

My ideas are all mingling together from these writing influences in 2014: Jesus and that book He helped to write, also Bene Brown, Ann Lamott, Ann Patchett, Flannery O’Conner, C.S. …