Nut Loaf with Cranberry Sauce: A Vegetarian Holiday Entree

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For the past few Thanksgivings, we have been swapping our Turkey feast for a vegetarian-style meal. The first year we went vegetarian, we still made a turkey for friends and family members, but we made a nut loaf for ourselves. It included tomato sauce, a few nuts, 9 slices of bread, and who knows what else. It was dense, not so healthy, and tasted ok. It was also loaded with gluten, which I soon discovered upsets my stomach, and it wasn’t quite what I wanted to make again the next year.

The next year I went with a lentil walnut loaf, which was delicious, but the combination of bread, nuts, and lentils was a bit heavy.  Continue reading

Sweet Tea Half Marathon Recap

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Last Saturday, after 10 weeks of training, I ran and finished the Sweet Tea Half Marathon – the first ever in my hometown. It was a gorgeous route, a freezing cold day, and a very fun run.

A few days before the race, my best friend arrived from Florida to run the 13.1 miles with me. We spent the entire day before preparing: breaking in shoes further, picking up our packets, carb-loading, and adjusting to the old weather aka buying more long sleeve shirts. We both organized our Raceday Gear: for me it was setting out my outfit for the morning, packing my fuel (sport jelly beans and Gatorade chews for me) in my fuel belt, and organizing my playlist. Then I went to bed around 10:30pm, because I knew there was an early morning ahead of me. Continue reading

Lunch Boxes For Grown-Ups: How to Pack a Healthy and Quick Lunch To-Go


I know, I know, I should be posting a Thanksgiving inspired dish for you – and I promise, those are coming, but there are a few things to do first.

1) I’ve got a recap of my race coming up soon. I trained for about 2 months and completed the Inaugural Sweet Tea Half Marathon on 11/15/14.

2) I have a few recipes I am tweaking before I share here on the blog, but I will be sharing some of my tried and true holiday recipes on Facebook, so head over there to “like” and “follow” (the button next to like). That way they will show up in your feed and you’ll have plenty of recipes to choose from as yo make your list.

3) Over on Instagram, I teased a “Grown-Up” lunch a few weeks ago. And while it is not back to school time, New Years resolution time, or a time when lunch might even be on your mind, it makes it the perfect time to share this non-recipe. Continue reading

5 Minute Easy, Cheesy Dip

quesocheesy dipAs the holidays come around, I find that I am always searching for a snack I can eat around the party table. This is for a couple of reasons:

1) I am a hungry girl. I like to eat and I get hungry easily.

2) Most of the dips have dairy and gluten, and a party is no place for a stomachache.

It’s not just the unhealthiness and not wanting “bad” foods, because there are no I-will-never-touch-this-again foods. A splurge or a bite of an unhealthy food at one or two parties isn’t going to sabotage your diet, especially when you fill the rest of your plate and your day with healthy options. But if you have dietary restrictions, allergies, or you are just picky, you might find that you are limited at these functions. Continue reading