Easy Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

In case you haven’t noticed via my social media, I have a mild obsession with Brussels sprouts. Despite my sincere love for this vegetable, I realized I only had one recipe on Eat Real Live Well featuring them, and it goes wayyyy back. Yes, I realize it is time for spring vegetables, but it is also time this blog got a shiny new Brussels sprout recipe!

Easy Pan Roasted Brussels Spro

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St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Colcannon

With just one week until St. Patrick’s day I am tapping in to the other side of my heritage – the Irish side! I grew up with a great sense of Irish pride in March thanks to my maternal Grandmother. Once she passed, my Mom carried on her traditions getting us white carnations with a green tint each St. Patrick’s day and having Irish baking or crafts to do, too. Past the soda bread and baked potatoes, I never ate quite as much Irish food as Italian though.

Natural rainbow recipe Irish

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Dairy Free Jalapeno Poppers

While my original recipe was delicious, and I have a newer protein packed stuffed hot pepper recipe too, this past weekend I made a fabulous upgrade to these poppers with a little roasted red pepper. In recent years, I would be SO over football right now since I am a New York Jets fan and Tim is a Jacksonville Jaguar fan (if you aren’t into football, they aren’t good and are never still playing at this point in the playoffs). We were extra into the final play-off games this year though and as such, threw ourselves a little football party with our favorite spicy foods. This included these poppers, some ginger almond flour crusted tofu (similar recipe here), and buffalo roasted cauliflower. Continue reading

Simple Refined-Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce

I always loved cranberry sauce in the fall as a kid… okay, I’m exaggerating. I somehow loved the canned gelatinized sugar filled cranberry stuff. It must have been the texture. My palate wasn’t as refined before my teenage years! But, I have always loved tart and sweet flavors together.
Now, as a dietitian, I reduce sugar in almost every recipe and swap the refined sugar for natural sugar whenever I can. I’ve done a lot of tweaking with cranberry sauce over the past few years and think I’ve found the perfect balance for this super simple healthier version, that is featured on The List.

Healthy Cranberry Sauce

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Vegan Stuffed Peppers

While visiting Oklahoma this summer, Tim’s aunt and uncle made stuffed hatch chile peppers as an afternoon snack/appetizer one day.  Since they stuffed them with pork (which I do not eat), it left me wanting to stuff some hatch chiles myself so, I did! They are fabulous for game day eats alongside veggies and hummus, buffalo cauliflower, or sliders.  Better though, I stuffed some poblano peppers too and, since they can fit more of the “meat”, they are a great meal on their own later in the week after you’ve had the stuffed hatches as a snack.

Due to the healthy carbohydrate (yay fiber!) and protein content, these peppers can be great snacks for athletes throughout the day too. Just watch it if you get hotter than normal peppers before practice – you don’t want an upset stomach to mess up your workout. Another option is chopping them up and adding them to eggs for a yummy scramble after a tough morning session. I am getting hungry just thinking of that!


Buying peppers in a certain shape when stuffing matters. With the hatches, the more curvy they are, the harder they will be to slice and stuff so, try to get pretty rounded straight ones if you can. For the poblano peppers, shape isn’t typically that different from one to another but, if you plan to make it a meal, get larger ones that can fit enough of the stuffing. You’ll also just be slicing those open rather than cutting them in half. Continue reading

Easy Bean Sliders on Sweet Potato Buns

Who plans on grilling this weekend for Labor Day festivities? Herbivores and carnivores alike will be delighted if you serve them these black and garbanzo bean burgers. While I love my original black bean sweet potato burgers (they were my first post ever after all) and my lentil leek burgers, this recipe can be whipped up much more quickly! Plus, portion control is helpful with soooo many options at a cook out or party. If you’re like me, you’d rather have a bite of everything than choose one item for a meal. Continue reading

Tuscan Herb Polenta with Summer Vegetable Ragu

This dish sounds really fancy, huh? What is awesome is that you can say you made something that is delicious and sounds super fancy without very many cooking skills – yay! This is literally my faaaavorite polenta recipe. I am pretty fond of the Mexican polenta cakes I came up with too but, this dish is just so light and bright and wonderful.

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Healthy Food and Yummy Treats in Downtown Portland: SCAN Symposium Review Part I

Important highlights from my trip to Portland last weekend…

1. A healthy dietitian eats dessert. 

Want proof? Search #SCANsymposium in instagram. Donuts like woah (you can see my dessert choices below though). #Flexibility #NoOrthorexiaHere

2. There is not enough time to eat all the yummy things!

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Austin Healthy Food Review

Hello Austin, TX!! I have missed you and your delicious food and fun activities!

A little over a week ago I flew out to ATX for McGraw Hill Publishing. In case you missed it, here was my IG pic of “lunch” on the plane. Cheers to packing for travel! Despite a speedy layover I still got 2 servings of fruit, 22 g of protein and 14 g of fiber in for lunch.  

I landed early around 1 but had to wait for the McGraw hill pre-planned transportation to the hotel for about 30 min – not easy! I was so eager to get there and be outside. It was 20 and windy when I left Philly and 81 here. Enough said.

I knew I would have very little time Friday & Saturday due to the planned schedule so as soon as I got to the hotel, I checked in, exchanged my boots for flip flops 😎 and got walking… to Whole Foods Flagship.  🙈 Continue reading

Snap Kitchen Philly Review

Disclosure:  I received free samples from Snap Kitchen while at the event as well as meals to take home. All opinions stated are my own.

 

I had such a great time checking out the brand new Old City Snap Kitchen location in Philadelphia last week before the grand opening! Local bloggers and IGers were invited to not only try whatever foods we wanted but also snap blog-worthy photos with the picture station they had set up that you can see below – so much fun! I’m sure you can still see a collection of the pics on Instagram by searching #snapkitchenphilly. Continue reading