I’m assuming it’s the colder temperatures and the desire to feel grounded, but lately I have been craving all things curry. I’m not talking a once and awhile type thing. It’s been almost a daily calling for the past few weeks; a craving that I am on a constant search to fulfill. With the constant dreams of a delicious curry flavored stew, I figured I am probably not alone and needed to create something for all of us to get our fix in. This delicious, vegetarian (gasp), vegetable chickpea curry is truly one of the easier meals on here to prep and reheat for lunches or dinners during the workweek. Not only does it take minimal work, but I’m a believer that these types of dishes are actually better when eaten as leftovers. Enjoy!
All of my favorite spots to hit when in the sunshine state
Thanks to my semi-snowbirding parents and their new found love for Florida, I have been fortunate enough to spend a lot of weekends over the past few years enjoying the sunshine state and all the beauty that comes with it. At first, I was a tad disappointed by the restaurant scene. However, once I got over the fact that 99.9% of the restaurants are in strip malls, started exploring, and some new additions were brought to the table, I now have a pretty stable list of favorites. Whether you are looking for a nice restaurant for a birthday celebration that turns into a bit of a scene (hello Buccan) or a casual laid back tiki bar to watch the sunset (Guanabanas is my favorite place on this earth), I’ve got you covered.
Details: Dates: Wednesday – Saturday in December
Accommodations: London Edition – highly recommend, beautiful with a great bar and rooms are gorgeous, plus the scent and bathroom toiletries are le labo
Meal Plans, Recipes, and Grocery Lists to Kick off 2019 on the Right Foot (in the Kitchen)
Intimidated by New Year’s resolutions? Same! I’m here to help you with my January Meal Prep E-Book
2019 is just around the corner, and you know what that means… the “New Year New You” slogan being thrown in your face every direction you look. What is up with America’s obsession of shedding our skin to reveal and find a whole new version of ourselves each turn of the calendar year? Sure, there are always things we can improve on, and goals are great and all, but what if I like the me I already am? Personally, I feel this slogan not only makes us feel “less than” in a way that we need to totally reinvent ourselves, but it can also be incredibly overwhelming. Resolutions and goals can be intimidating because there are so many directions you can take them in and such an endless amount of traits we can always improve on. Instead of trying to pile on as much change as possible, leading to more stress than you already may be feeling, lets focus on the one thing that I believe makes the largest impact on your overall health: cooking.
That is why I am flipping the slogan on its head to “New Year, Same You”, with the goal of improving your confidence in one major area: the kitchen.
If you’ve been following the wellness scene for the past few years, you’re well aware of the hype over bone broth. Between all the benefits it reaps, to the trendy new ways to drink it, to storefronts in NYC dedicated to selling just this liquid, it has a serious and devout following. Personally, I love it. I find it extremely beneficial to my overall health, enjoy the taste, and love drinking something that makes me feel all warm and cozy inside. However, it can get expensive! Also, something I personally struggle with, is that 99.9% of broths are made with garlic and onion, two FODMAP foods I cannot fully tolerate (yet). Because of these two factors, and the continued theme of my ill feelings towards throwing any food in the garbage (even if it is scraps), I often make my own broth. This whole topic seems intimidating in and of itself so whenever I post on my IG stories that I make my own I get a ton of questions with the overall trend of how difficult it must be. Honestly, its one of the easiest things I make in my kitchen! Not only are you using a slew of leftover ingredients, which means there is no grocery store trip required, but it also cooks itself. Seriously! You’re left with a massive bowl of gorgeous liquid gold that you can either enjoy right then and there or pop in the freezer for later use (either individual mugs or thrown into soups). It is hands down the most versatile and favored item I always have in stock.
Inspired by a Family Staple with some Hawaiian Flare
Shredded pork has always been a staple in my household. Typically, it is served straight out of a slow cooker or sandwiched in a thick slider bun. A friend recently texted me, “does your mom know she’s still going strong as the pulled pork influencer?”. I mean it; whenever there is a Linville celebration, there is always pulled pork. (True statement I couldn’t eat it for like a year after college since we had it 2X/week at every lacrosse game tailgate for 4 years). So, while this recipe is very different than my mom’s glorious and infamous pulled pork, she was my inspiration. In an effort to continuously switch up our taco game to keep the tradition alive and interesting, I am always looking for ideas for new combos. After my mom recently brought in a pot full of pulled pork for my sister’s holiday party, I knew exactly what direction I was going to take this week’s spread in. With the shredded pork decided as my star, I took a little inspiration from Hawaii and decided to go a tropical route. Turns out, things I love lead me to more things I love. Who would’ve thought!?
Sad desk lunch: that depressing meal that you either slaved over, remembered to pack, and brought to work but has 0 flavor, or that $15 salad from the deli around the corner that lacks fresh ingredients but somehow got more and more expensive with every shred of carrot added to it. Either way, it is something you’re consuming while still at your desk, typing with one hand, forking food into your mouth with the other, realizing that this is not what meal time should be like. Lunch should be something you look forward to. It should be a mini escape from your work day, an oasis of flavor and delicious ingredients, and give you energy for the rest of your day ahead. We’ve all had sad desk lunches, but I am here to help make sure we put an end to this. As requested by many of you, I’ve rounded up some of my all time favorite lunches to meal prep. My go-to staples for a BYO lunch to bring excitement back to this meal!
Whenever I hear “sad desk lunch” my mind immediately goes to salads. For most people, they’re just not exciting. Listen, I get it. Salads aren’t everyone’s favorite thing nor something most people look forward to. But, this is a salad that almost everyone enjoys (unless you’re like my mom and hate Feta… in that case, sorry!) and won’t leave you with that post lunch at your desk depression of missing the outside world and a real meal. An easy staple to batch-cook on a Sunday to pack for your week ahead all with minimal ingredients & time spent in the kitchen. A win-win!
The Gluten Free Banana Carrot Cake you Didn’t Know you Were Missing
You know what is fun? When you combine two of your favorite deserts into one and it creates a perfectly glorious and flavorful holiday cake. Banana bread is always delicious, but when its combined with a fruity and cinnamon flavored carrot cake then topped with a vanilla cream cheese frosting, it is taken to a whole new level. This is a new family favorite for any holiday: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, you name it, I’m making it. And you should too!
Two years ago, I found myself in a rut. From the outside, everything looked perfect. I had the job many people dreamed of getting, the perfect boyfriend, a beautiful apartment, a thriving social life, and a healthy family. However, on the inside, I felt something was lacking. I thought long and hard about what was causing me to feel this way and came to this conclusion: I was not learning the information that I was curious about and I was thirsty for more. Have you ever noticed that, beginning in childhood, our lives are blocked into 4 year windows? Middle school (at least where I went), high school, college, potentially grad school. Then, all of a sudden, you graduate and it is just endless amount of years of “life”. Not to sound like a downer by any means, life is freaking amazing. But as someone who has always thrived with structure, when these first four years of “life” came to a close I found myself asking, “what’s next?”.