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Joyous Things: Thanksgiving and birthday stuff

Happy Sunday. Hope you’re had a great weekend. For those of you who celebrated, how was your holiday? I enjoyed a nice meal at my aunt’s house. Without even thinking, I did the whole “Fill half the plate with veggies, a quarter with protein, and a quarter with grains.” Hah! Guess you can’t say I don’t practice what I preach: TGiving Cliche plate

We brought Eli with us and had a great time. I think he had the best day of anyone—a new house to explore with lots of people around…dude totally crashed by 6 pm.

Probably the single most embarrassing photo of me ever #crazydoglady

Probably the single most embarrassing photo of me ever #crazydoglady

I spent Friday with some of the ladies of the family making pierogis and stuffed cabbage and getting a jump on some Christmas cookie baking. pierogies

My mom and I hit up Kohl’s early in the morning to grab a few practical items, but that was our only Black Friday stop. I worked at the hospital on Saturday, but was happy to do it. I actually kind of enjoy the pace of weekend shifts.
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What to Make this Weekend: Thanksgiving Leftovers, Reimagined

Happy Friday. For those of you in the United States, hope you had a great Thanksgiving yesterday. If you’ve got a fridge full of leftovers, there are lots of ways to put them to good use.

I saw this roundup of 21 Recipes on Food 52 the other day and loved how creative these are!

Of course, you could go the Ross Gellar sandwich route. Why mess with a classic?

Here’s a post I wrote last year on what to do with Thanksgiving leftovers, such as soup, salad, and potato pile up (maybe or maybe not inspired by the Emerson College dining hall, circa 2005).

Have a great day!

Happy Thanksgiving!

In lieu of today’s regularly-scheduled Thinking Out Loud post, I just wanted to wish you all a happy Thursday, and a happy Thanksgiving for those of you celebrating. How are you spending the day? I’m heading to my aunt’s house later, but in the meantime, have plans for hot yoga and a lot of cooking. And plenty of snuggles with Eli.

Eli passed out

Speaking of cooking, I enjoyed a lovely friendsgiving-themed potluck on Sunday with a few lady-friends from grad school. As always, we had a colorful spread of food—and a lot of laughs.

Friendsgiving potluck

And um, yeah. About that wine-stopper…


Happy Thanksgiving!
This post has been part of another Running with Spoons Thinking Out Loud link party, where randomness is the name of the game. Thanks to Amanda for hosting.

What I Ate Wednesday #242

Happy What I Ate Wednesday. Can you believe tomorrow is Thanksgiving? I feel like this whole fall has been a total blur. This time of year, a common worry I hear from a lot of clients and patients is overeating at holiday meals. To help put your mind at ease, I shared some keep-it-real tips on Now Cure Me so you can avoid that Thanksgiving food guilt trap.

I’m hitting the road soon to go see the folks, so I’m going to jump right in to this week’s “what I ate” style look into what a real-life dietitian (yours truly) eats on a normal day. We all have to find our own sense of moderation when it comes to balancing healthy food with occasional treats, so here’s a little peak at a recent example of mine. This was a Friday when I worked at the hospital and then met a friend for dinner.

Have a great day!

Desk Breakfast: Pumpkin Cranberry Oatmeal with peanut butter

pumpkin cranberry oatmeal

Lunch: Arugula with leftover veggies (mushrooms, roasted eggplant, zucchini, pepper, sundried tomato) and butter beans and boiled eggs.

salad with butter beans and egg

Snack: Greek yogurt with chia seeds

yogurt and chia shot

Dinner at The Milling Room: Cava rose to drink

cava rose milling room


and crispy skate with savoy cabbage (hiding under the fish) and spiced red wine sauce to eat

crispy skate milling room

Bedtime snack: Blackberries with cottage cheese and PB2 sauce—totally forgot to take a picture. Whoops!

What was your last restaurant meal? 

To see more WIAW from other bloggers, check out founder Jenn’s blog Peas & Crayons.


Curious About Coconut Flour?

Coconut flour is one of those foods that makes a regular appearance on my blog but that I don’t talk about that often. Though there was that first time when I was really excited about it. Anyway. For example, I put it in yogurt a lotyogurt with maple syrup

and even use it to make weird little cakes

Coconut Flour Mug Cake

and muffins:

pumpkin pie muffins


If you’re curious to learn more about what coconut flour is, I recently wrote a little guide for the Food & Nutrition Magazine’s Stone Soup blog, complete with  nutritional pros and cons and tips on how to use it in your own kitchen.

Have you ever tried coconut flour? If you have, what’s your favorite way to use it? 

Seasonal Fave: Cranberry Sauce

IMG_3627Every fall, I look forward to cranberries. I get way too excited for a grown-ass adult when I see the first bags show up at my local grocery store. Though I adore cranberries in oatmeal, cooked into breads, or even savory dishes, I have a weakness for cranberry sauce. I eat in on practically everything, from yogurt to hot cereal to freaking salad. This is my go-to recipe, which appeared on the blog many years ago but has since been updated a little. I love it extra-tart because I am an extremist that way, but feel free to up the sweet factor with a little extra maple syrup or honey.


  • 2 c cranberries, rinsed
  • 1 c water
  • 1/4 c maple syrup or honey


  1. Place ingredients in a sauce pot. Bring to a boil and lower heat.
  2. Simmer on low, stirring occasionally, until liquid is dissolved and cranberries are soft, about 35-45 minutes.
  3. Take off heat and serve or allow to cool before pouring into a storage container.

Serve warm or cold.

A Small Collection of Joyous Things

Happy Sunday! Hope you’re enjoying a nice weekend. I’ve been busy over here–a nice mix of work and not-work, so no complaints. In lieu of today’s regular little gratitude list post, I wanted to share my new silly coffee mug, because working an early weekend morning should come with a few giggles.

Silly coffee mug

While we’re on the topic of gratitude, though, today seems like a good time to share this Life Hacker post on how gratitude can boost your productivity.

Do you have have a favorite mug? What are you most grateful for this week? 

What to Make this Weekend: A Game Plan

Like it or loathe it, Thanksgiving is coming. For many of us in the US of A, that means travel, family, food—pros and cons. It’s completely normal to start stressing about the toll more frequent indulgent meals can take on our body. Having a plan in place can help you feel calmer. To give you a few ideas, here’s a piece I wrote for the Rise blog about how to maintain your weight this Thanksgiving. My personal favorites on the list are the morning workout and the protein-rich breakfast. Endorphins + stable blood sugar = happier you/better equipped to deal with stressors.
I like to schedule a yoga class or some other physical activity on Thanksgiving morning and always, always, always start my day with protein. That could be eggs, oats with peanut butter, or yogurt. I’m digging the Siggi’s whole milk variety lately, though my heart still belongs to the original plain. I generally hate flavored yogurt, but Siggi’s is the one exception. It’s flavorful without being like, “Hello, I’m a sweetened yogurt!”

Siggi's Whole Milk Yogurt

You can also do a healthier take on a breakfast sandwich: Start with a sprouted-grain or whole wheat English muffin, maybe a little cheese, an egg, and whatever veggies do it for you. Some of my favorites are sautéed spinach, roasted eggplant, and caramelized onion.

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Cancer Toast and Charlie Sheen: Thinking Out Loud

Wow, can you believe we’re only a week away from Thanksgiving? How the heck did that happen? I need to get on my side dish planning game…

In the spirit of today’s randomness as theme, here are a few links and things from the week so far.

*Tuesday night I went to a super-fun RD event hosted by Siggi’s at the beautiful Miette Culinary Studio, where we made a meal inspired by simple yet delicious Icelandic cuisine. I was on team salmon. Once upon a time (aka 5 years ago) I used to fear touching raw meat, but now I’m all, “Yes, I’d like to learn how to skin this fish—hand me the knife!” Typical Sagittarius behavior. Then I went to town with the tweezers to get the bones out. It was oddly satisfying. Anyway. dinner with Siggi

The meal was phenomenal. Each dish featured Siggi’s yogurt, and it totally worked. The dessert was gorgeous too. I take zero credit for that. Siggi's dessert

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What I Ate Wednesday #241: Early Birthday Things

Happy Wednesday! Because I’m in the mood to celebrate this month, I’m going to share another WIAW post that centers around family, friends, and good food. Even though my birthday isn’t until the end of the month, my mom convinced me to celebrate early. Every year, I use Thanksgiving as an excuse to wriggle out of making plans, but it being sort of a “big” birthday, it seemed like a good time to celebrate.

Two weekends ago, a small group of some ladies from my life got together for a vision board-making brunch party
vision board party WIAW

I felt so lucky to spend an afternoon doing arts & crafts with a small collection of women who inspire me to keep being kind, fearless, and weird.

Then the next day, after working a morning shift at the hospital, I hopped a bus out to the ‘burbs for a family celebration at my parents’ house. The desk-breakfast & lunch were a convenient way to clean out my fridge. yogurt mess desk breakfast

WIAW 241 desk lunch

We had a house full of people, including a few local friends. My mom prepared a ton of gorgeous food, including these beautiful mini-cakes. They’re from a delicious flourless chocolate cake recipe given to my mom by our friend Valerie, who took care of me when I was a toddler. Love that!

mini birthday cake

I also love my mom’s homemade whipped cream. Why have the stuff from the can when you can have the real thing?

Eli might have partied a little hard…boozehound.

Monday morning, I enjoyed a quick workout and leftovers-for-breakfast with my mom before she went to work.leftovers for Breakfast

There was also a slice of leftover smoked salmon from the day before I thought to add after the picture.




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