Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

In this edition of “Things I find at Trader Joe’s” we will be visiting the land of mega-hot-spicy. For some palates spicy is no fun, but I recently grabbed a jar of harissa paste and have been searching out ways to add the heat (within reason) in my meals. Harissa paste is essentially a jar…

What’s in My Grocery Basket: Costco

Who doesn’t like a good run-down of other people’s grocery staples? I know I sure do. Bur seriously, have you ever looked into other people’s baskets to see what they’re buying? I have. It’s like people watching, but more interesting in my opinion. Sometimes I wonder if people look in my basket and think I’m…

Turmeric Chocolate Chip Cookies

Q; How do you make something hipster? A: Put a bird on it. How do you make something anti-inflammatory? A: Put turmeric in it. Okay, okay, turmeric will not magically make that wedding cake turn from sugar bomb —> health food. It sure doesn’t hurt though. Turmeric is having it’s time in the spotlight recently. It’s a…

Whole 30 Wrap Up: Week 3

One more week of whole30ness. I actually ended up taking a week off from Whole 30 to enjoy visiting with my family from Idaho. I knew they were coming ahead of time and I recognized that it would be unrealistic to expect myself to avoid some treats and wine during their visit. We love to…

Pregnancy Week 27: Second Trimester Eats

Twas the last week of the second trimester. And it was EPIC. Seriously, this week was awesome. I had the most comfortable, productive, enjoyable week of this whole pregnancy. I felt healthy, active, and energized. I finished my usual work week and managed to accomplish a ton of things on my “to-do” list. I got to spend…

What’s in My Grocery Basket

Before we talk groceries, I need to make an announcement. I’m going to be on the radio! Check me out on Monday at 1 pm PST on ESPN radio 1700 AM. This week’s grocery post is going to be a bit different from the others. Usually, I pick up a bunch of random items for…

Thai Crunchy Cashew Salad

As a former employee, I have it on pretty good authority that Thai Chili and Lime Cashews are pretty much the pinnacle of all Trader Joe’s nut aisle offerings. They’ve been around for a long time so I don’t imagine they’ll be demoted to the dreaded discontinued list (but you never know… TJ’s is mean sometimes). Trader Joe’s crew members…

Spicy Ranch Yam Fries

Take your sweet potato fry addiction to a new level. You’re welcome. Spicy Ranch Yam Fries 5 small yams, chopped lengthwise and into strips 1 tsp. onion powder 1 tsp. garlic powder 1/2 tsp. chili powder 1/2 tsp. dried chives 1/2 tsp. dried parsley 1/2 tsp. dried dill pinch of red pepper flakes 2 tsp. salt…

Vegan Cheese Dip

I feel a rant coming on so I’m going to begin by lightening the mood. Take a look at my adorable dog and his new giant rope! Okay. Now that that’s out-of-the-way… I’ve gotta be honest, the stuff in the “dairy-free” cheese section of the natural foods stores reeeeeaaaallly freaks me out. So many INGREDIENTS. Why my…

What I Ate Wednesday

What do I usually eat? That’s the question I answer in these posts. We can all use some inspiration to spice up our weekly meals! Breakfast 2.5 oz. smoked wild salmon (Trader Joe’s $5.99/5 oz.) 2 fresh organic eggs (Sprouts, $4.99/doz) 1/2 avocado (local latin market, $1/each) Lunch (post yoga) 4 oz. crispy pork belly…