On a post-hike corner-store trip a few weeks ago, my very hungry friend spotted a bag of baked apple chips, frantically ran to them and scooped them up like they were the last bit of food on planet Earth, ran back to me, shoved the bag of apple chips in my face and declared them to be “The greatest snack you will ever eat in your LIFE.” And I have to say, they were really good. But at four bucks for a tiny bag that barely lasted the two of us 10 minutes of snacking, I thought to myself, I’m never buying these again. But I will make them.
Yes, yes, it’s National Chocolate Day. It’s all my Facebook friends are talking about.
While I’m not a huge chocoholic (Have a fruity pie? I’ll go to town on that jawn.), I’m sure more than a few of you are. Our Be Well Philly recipe czars certainly know what’s up when it come to chocolate. They’ve whipped up some pretty spectacular—and healthy(ish)—chocolate creations that even this non-choco can get behind.
Here, three of our most insanely delicious chocolate recipes ever. Go. Celebrate.
A recent article by Mark Bittman in TIME magazine discussed how millenials’ obsession with food media—competition shows, Instagram, Pinterest, and so on—isn’t translating into our kitchens. Maybe we see the bar set so high that we figure anything we attempt will fail in comparison. On my blog, I try to make the recipes approachable for every skill level; food is a constant in our every day lives and, nine times out of 10, it won’t be glamorous.
This soup exemplifies those beliefs. Using canned tomatoes and beans, this beautifully healthy recipe comes together in about 30 minutes. It’s real, home-cooked food, and it’s simple enough for the most novice beginner. Dairy-free yet still creamy, thanks to the beans, it’s about as healthy, and I daresay tasty, as dinner can be.
It is no secret, on this blog and in my real life, that I am obsessed with fall. I get the way about fall that some people do about summer: giddy, stir-crazy, kinda itchy to get outside.
If you’re like me (hello, friend!), consider what follows your go-to resource for every fall activity worth doing in our area. I’m talking camping, hiking, apple and pumpkin picking, and more. And if you’re not a fall-lover yet, allow me to convert you.
See you on the trails.
I have to admit that sometimes I can be a tad judge-y when it comes to omission diets. There are tons of books touting dairy, gluten or sugar avoidance with amazing results guaranteed. I’ve consistently maintained a solid position on team “everything in moderation.” But while I still stand by my position, I’ve recently made a major modification out of necessity: my exclusively breast-fed baby hates when I eat dairy.
So here’s my new stance: Omission diets can be a lifesaver for certain people, if and when they actually help you feel better (or they help your baby not to scream like a fighting raccoon). This quinoa granola is a wonderful, high protein start to your day whether you’re avoiding dairy (or gluten, if you use gluten-free oats) or not. Serve up about a third of a cup (granola is high calorie, so watch your portions, please) with fresh fruit and almond milk for a quick and naturally sweet meal.
The summer season gets a lot of love when it comes to produce. It’s the time of year, of course, when you can get strawberries, tomatoes and corn so sweet and delicious, you can (and probably, do) eat them for dessert. But just because summer is now officially behind us doesn’t mean you have to mourn the end of tasty fruits and veggies. Fall comes with its own haul that’s pretty darn amazing, too.
Don’t believe me? Check out the goodies that’ll be hitting the produce section in the coming weeks and months, and bookmark the following recipes for your fall kitchen adventures. Then say it with me: Adios, summer.
August and September are my favorite times of year to go to the farmers’ market. Tomatoes and peaches are still in their prime but those crisp, light green apples and hearty winter squash are beginning to appear. With so many goodies at your disposal, you might find yourself bypassing the beets—but don’t. That would be a mistake.
Perhaps it’s inexperience or a bad first impression (put down the pickled beets!), but beets are easy to work with and exactly what you need to shake up your diet.