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Healthier Super Bowl recipes

Healthy Super Bowl recipes | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Confession: what I enjoy most about the Super Bowl isn’t the game, the halftime show or even the commercials.  It’s the food, hands down.  There, I said it!

Football may not be my cup of tea personally, but the party vibe and awesome snacks definitely make it bearable (that and a stack of magazines!). Chili, wings and nachos are game day necessities, and nothing pairs better with them than cold beer.  To avoid feeling weighed down by all those indulgent eats, it helps to have a few lighter options in the mix as well.

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Sunday links + the week in review

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Hey there and happy Sunday!  I hope the weekend is treating you well.

Is it just me, or does January feel extra long this year?  I suppose that’s a good thing because we all know that time can fly by way too fast.  Also, my 29th birthday is next week and that’s kind of freaking me out, so January can drag on for just a while longer!

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Healthy food prep tips: Winter edition

Healthy meal prep tips, vegetarian edition | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Last spring I published a post on weekend food prep tips for healthy meals all week.  The post provides ideas for which foods can be easily prepared, cooked and stored in bulk and then assembled into a variety of healthy meals in the following days.

I’ve found this strategy to be very helpful not only for meal planning but just ensuring there is enough healthy food in the house.  Depending on how busy your day is it can be tough to get a nutritious meal on the table each and every night, so the less stress and effort required, the better!

I decided to follow up my original post with a second edition including winter ingredients like squash and kale.  This version also happens to be vegetarian (lacto/ovo, meaning it includes dairy products and eggs) to show that it’s just as easy to plan a mostly plant-based diet.

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Mango guacamole

Mango guacamole with baked tortilla chips | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Whenever sports are on at my house–football, hockey, whatever–there’s only one thing I’m cheering for: more guac!

Whether you’ll be watching the Super Bowl on February 1st or not, it doesn’t hurt to have a good guacamole recipe up your sleeve at this time of year. It’s a crowd pleaser and a more nutritious choice overall than a cheese- or cream-based dip.

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Sunday links + the week in review

Fennel salad

Boy did this week fly by!  I’ll keep today’s post short-ish because frankly I have a lot of laundry to do and  weekend food prep to tackle :P

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Hummus and carrot rye toasts

Hummus and carrot rye toasts - an easy, healthy snack! | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Easy peasy is just one way to describe these hummus and carrot rye toasts. It’s a snack so basic that it feels almost silly to write a recipe for it but hey, why not?! If you find yourself jonesing for a snack come 3 pm, these handy bites are the perfect way to take the edge off until dinner.

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Vegetarian bean and vegetable chili

Vegetarian bean and vegetable chili | www.ricottaandradishes.com

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season behind us, I’ve had a chance to reflect on the last 12 months and think about how the new year will unfold.

I’ll be turning 29 next month, a fact that has my brain churning in that what have I accomplished, where am I going? kind of way.  It’s a turning point, I suppose, but one I’m not sure I’m ready for.  Although I have a career, am married and own a home, I still don’t feel like an adult. Not sure why, but I expect other Gen Yers feel the same.  I’ve just always been immature for my age, so I feel more like 22 than 29.

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Sunday links + the week in review

Korean bibimbap

The original introduction to this post went something like:

“Happy Sunday to you.  I hope you’re staying cozy and warm in this bone-chilling January weather!”

I have now changed it to:


Fellow bloggers – have you ever written a post in its entirety, uploaded all the photos, filled in the metadata, added hyperlinks, proofread it and was about to hit the publish button when you realized that you mistakenly deleted most of the post and then saved over it?  This JUST happened to me.  I wasn’t able to recover an older revision either.  Crap, crap, crap!

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Butternut squash and black bean tacos

Healthy butternut squash and black bean tacos {vegetarian} | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Ah, butternut squash. I seriously can’t get sick of this vegetable! It’s a fall/winter staple when roasted to golden brown perfection, and even makes an impressively decadent pasta sauce when puréed with hot broth and seasonings. Lately, though, my favourite way to use the sweet orange veg is as a main ingredient in Mexican-inspired dishes like quesadillas and burritos. [click to continue…]


Banana kale strawberry smoothie

Healthy banana kale and strawberry smoothie | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Happy 2015!  Another year gone by, another new one to tackle.  I didn’t make New Year’s resolutions this year but am always inspired by everybody’s renewed interest in health, nutrition and wellness after the holidays.  The media is bursting with fitness tips, exercise routines and weight loss recipes.  You can’t watch TV without seeing ads for home exercise equipment.  The gym is  packed (albeit temporarily, thankfully!). [click to continue…]