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Simple Springtime Ratatouille

Spring is finally here! And to celebrate, I decided to make one of my favorite veggie dishes: ratatouille. It’s simple, packed with flavor and fresh herbs, and super easy to make. I like topping ours with some parmesan cheese and serving it with quinoa for some extra protein! You can make it with any veggies […]

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The Picky Eater Meal Plan (Week 7)

For this week, here is our dinner plan:  Monday: Simple Slow Cooker Yellow Dal with Broccoli Sabji (I just substitute broccoli and potatoes for the cauliflower/peas/carrots in this recipe) Tuesday: Mediterranean Style Paninis –> I’m adding baby spinach to these Wednesday: Leftover Dal & Sabji! Thursday: Pumpkin and White Bean Bisque –> I serve this with mini grilled cheeses made with sprouted wheat […]

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Layla’s Birth Story (And My Perspective on C-Sections vs. “Natural” Births)

Layla, January 19 2014, 7 days old This weekend, as the husband and I were starting to get organized to prep for the arrival of Baby #2, it occurred to me that I never actually shared Layla’s birth story after she was born. As I thought about giving birth for the second time, I started reflecting on Layla’s […]

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25 Best Breakfast Bars to Fuel Busy Mornings

First part of your mission, should you choose to accept: Go for bars that have a real food — a nut, seed, fruit or 100% whole-grain as the first ingredient. The ultimate goal = a breakfast that's satisfying, filled with whole, real ingredients and clocks in around 400 calories to start your day. Ahead you'll find our faves! From Good Housekeepin

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The Picky Eater Meal Plan (Week 6)

Oh man, this week has been rough because I literally contracted the viral plague from Layla! Ok, maybe not the viral plague, but it was a really brutal cough/cold/body aches situation. So our dinner plans got totally thrown off by my inability to function! The result was a slightly modified plan for this week, but I’m […]

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My Dream Kitchen

When the husband and I moved to Ann Arbor, I never thought I’d get the opportunity to design my very own custom, dream kitchen from scratch! But when we started searching for a house, we came across a property that was still under construction: the foundation had been poured and some of the frame was […]

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The Picky Eater Meal Plan (Week 5)

I hope you’ve all been enjoying my meal plans so far! As we head into this week, you might be noticing a pattern with how I cook and plan my meals: to ensure we get variety but also to make sure I don’t go crazy trying to cook every single day. As a full time […]

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Southwestern Tofu Scramble with Black Beans

This week, I was trying to figure out the best way to use this block of tofu I had sitting in my fridge, since I had no other Asian ingredients to go along with it! And then it hit me: make a tofu scramble. Back in the day, the husband was skeptical of tofu “scrambles” […]

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The Picky Eater’s New Design!

Hi Everyone!! I’m thrilled to announce that, after months of hard work, my new blog design has finally arrived!! There are lots of awesome things I’m excited to share with you including: A whole section devoted to healthy kids, baby food recipes, tips on how to get your kids to eat their veggies, and kid […]

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Penne with Quinoa Lentil Meatballs (and a giveaway!)

I know what you’re thinking. Quinoa, lentil meatballs? Do they actually taste good? You’d be surprised as to how meaty and flavorful these vegan meatballs are! Made with lentils, mushrooms and pumpkin seeds, this recipe is packed with protein, fiber and is kid-friendly too thanks to the penne pasta and spaghetti sauce! I like mixing […]

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These Fruits and Vegetables Are the Dirtiest

You might want to think twice before purchasing conventionally grown strawberries, spinach, or nectarines. According to a new report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), these foods are the most likely to be contaminated with synthetic pesticide residue. The findings are part of the EWG’s 2017 “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen,” a list of the most and least pesticide-ridden foods.

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The Picky Eater Meal Plan (Week 2)

Over the years I’ve gotten lots of questions from all of you about what I eat on a weekly basis, how I meal plan, etc. And so I thought the easiest thing to do would be to just share what we are actually eating on a weekly basis and how we balance things out! Some […]

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The Picky Eater Meal Plan (Week 1)

Hi Everyone! I’m super excited to announce the launch of my weekly meal plans. Over the years I’ve gotten lots of questions from all of you about what I eat on a weekly basis, how I meal plan, etc. And so I thought the easiest thing to do would be to just share what we […]

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Five Different Veggie Burger Recipes!

One of my favorite cooking experiments is to take a pretty simple/standard (boring) base, and dress it up with a variety of ingredients to make it feel fancy, gourmet and restaurant-quality! Veggie burgers are one of the easiest things to “dress up” because there are so many different things you can do with them. Note: I originally […]

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8 Quick and Easy Breakfast Recipes

Breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day, and can also be the most delicious meal of the day, but oftentimes it’s overlooked, eaten on the fly, or replaced with a can of Diet Coke. I always eat breakfast but I’m definitely a creature of habit – oatmeal being my go-to breakfast of choice. […]

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A Protein-Pack Giveaway from Orgain!

Hi Everyone! I’m very excited to announce that this month’s giveaway is a protein and superfood pack from Orgain (worth $70!) Orgain’s protein powders and superfood blends are 100% organic, with both vegan and vegetarian options. They have dairy based shakes and powders with grass-fed whey; and vegan, plant-based products with organic plant proteins. All of their […]

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Simple Meal Planning Template!

Have you wanted to try meal planning but don’t know where to start? Try this super simple meal planning template! What I like to do is keep my breakfasts and lunches pretty consistent (maybe pick two things for each meal and switch between them every other day), and then use a template like this to […]

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The Picky Eater Meal Plan (Week 4)

For this week, here is our dinner plan:  Monday: The Best Vegetarian Chili Ever! Tuesday: Use leftover chili as a topping for These healthy Nachos Wednesday: Healthy Asian Stir Fry with Tofu Thursday: Leftover stir fry Friday: Butternut Squash Soup –> I serve this with grilled cheese (2 slices sprouted wheat bread + 1 slice cheese, olive oil spray on the […]

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The Picky Eater Meal Plan (Week 3)

Over the years I’ve gotten lots of questions from all of you about what I eat on a weekly basis, how I meal plan, etc. And so I thought the easiest thing to do would be to just share what we are actually eating on a weekly basis and how we balance things out! Some […]

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Skinny Maple Granola

Maple Granola 3I love the idea of granola. Sweet, crispy oats paired with nuts, seeds, and fruit – it feels like a treat for breakfast every day. My only issue with granola is that it always ends up being super high in sugar and calories, because most store bought granolas are made with way too much sugar, […]

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16 Must-Follow Meal-Prep Tips For Weight Loss

If you're looking to slim down and eat healthier, certified dietitian Leslie Langevin, MS, RD, CD, of Whole Health Nutrition shares these tips for Sunday meal planning. Hard-boiled eggs: Leslie tells clients to "cook up one dozen hard-boiled eggs for snacks, salads, or breakfast on the go." They'll keep for up to five days.

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