The thing with motivation is that for most people it is fleeting. Take, for example, reading an article about someone completing their first half marathon. The article is inspiring, it makes you want to run a half marathon. You decide tomorrow morning you will get up early and go for a run. Fast forward to the next morning when your alarm is going off an hour earlier than usual – are you still feeling motivated? For some the answer is yes, they hop out of bed and go for a run. For many of us the answer is no, hitting the snooze button is much more appealing in the moment.
The word “diet” can feel so loaded. It has multiple definitions, the first being simply the foods a person usually consumes. However, for most of us, the word diet can be negative - something restrictive, punishing, and of limited duration (because you just can’t do it another day!).
Curry paste is a great flavor short cut because it combines multiple ingredients in a concentrated form. This recipe feature red curry paste but you can swap it out for green or yellow if you prefer.
Yogurt can be a health promoting food full of live and active cultures (aka probiotics). However most of the flavored yogurts for sale are loaded with added sugar (or worse, artificial sweeteners) and devoid of fat. When selecting yogurt go for plain, whole milk (full-fat) options.
Buttermilk ranch is tasty dip for veggies or chicken wings and of course a favorite salad dressing. But...have you read the ingredient statement on your store-bought bottled dressing?
There are many different ways of making kofta, this one is a mixture of lamb and beef with fresh herbs and a Middle Eastern spice profile. The meat mixture can be placed on skewers for grilling, pan seared, or even baked in the oven.
If there was such a thing as a state soup (wait, is there?), I think the soup of Minnesota would be creamy chicken wild rice. More traditionally it is a soup made with a flour based roux and finshed with cream, not so friendly for those avoiding gluten and dairy. This version has all the same great creaminess, flavor and thickness but instead of flour and cream I use cashews.
Crunchy chickpeas are a delightful snack. I also like to use them instead of croutons in a salad or as a topper for soup.
My heart swoons for fudgy, rich brownies. If you are on team fudgy brownie these ones are for you. They also happen to be grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free. They are easily made refined sugar free too, just look for chocolate chips, chunks or bars sweetened with something like coconut sugar. But forget about all that because they are good. Not good despite being free from all those things, just good, period.