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Life Update (Bigtime)

Why, hello! It’s been a really long time since my last post. I’ve wanted to write an update for many months now to explain why I’ve been MIA but kept putting it off. Now I have the time, so here goes!

I’ve had to set my blog aside for a bit. Not because I wanted to, but because between everything else going on in my life, I realized that there simply isn’t enough room or time for everything. (And that’s hard to admit as a type A person, believe me!) I’ve accepted it and did some shifting around of priorities to compensate.

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Whole food recipe inspiration for summer

Sunday links, whole foods edition! | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Eating more whole foods and fewer processed products is a great step to take if you’re looking to eat more healthfully. Now that summer is here, it’s easier than ever to do!

Whole foods are foods that haven’t been refined or excessively manufactured or processed. Think fruits, vegetables, whole grains, real cheeses. These foods are typically found in the outer perimeter of your grocery store rather than the central aisles where the hyper-processed products live. (Though you can find nutritious whole foods like legumes and grains in the aisles, too. It’s more of a guideline than a hard-and-fast rule!)

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Chicken, radish and goat cheese flatbread

Chicken, radish and goat cheese flatbread | www.ricottaandradishes.com

This might seem like a strange topping combination. Chicken and goat cheese, sure, but radishes on a flatbread? It’s a little unexpected because radishes are usually used raw, but it totally works!

The idea came from a haphazardly thrown together batch of nachos I made a few nights before. We had leftover rotisserie chicken that needed to be used up along with half a bag of tortilla chips and some extra vegetables – namely radishes and watercress from this photo shoot.

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Chickpea salad with radishes and watercress

Chickpea, radish & watercress salad | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Finally – spring! So long, hibernation-style comfort food. It’s time to lighten up our plates with vibrant, nutritious dishes made with fresh ingredients.

After early April’s ice storm, this past weekend felt like a gift from the gods. Warmth, sunshine, a clear sky. I spent Saturday in a state of complete euphoria, partly because I’m between semesters (ahhh), but also because I couldn’t remember the last time it was warm enough to go outside without a coat! [click to continue…]

5 nutrition myths that need to die

Don't fall for these nutrition myths! Instead, think simple.

Nutrition can be a tricky subject. New studies hit the mainstream media all the time and we can’t help but eat it all up (pun intended).

Staying informed is a good thing, don’t get me wrong. But the headlines are often confusing or contradictory to what has been published before (and what we’ve gotten used to in our daily lives).

Even worse, many news stories about food and health are communicated in a black-and-white, “click bait” sort of way. You know the ones: Try this ONE food to lose weight fast! Ugh.

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7 delightfully fresh spring recipes

This cute vegetable garden appetizer is perfect for a spring or summer party! The "dirt" is classic onion soup dip (made with Greek yogurt) topped with marble rye bread crumbs | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Hello, friends. I just wanted to check in and say hi and let you know I haven’t completely dropped off the face of the earth! Nope, I’m just wrapped up with other things and have had to let my blog take a back seat for a while.

They say the key to life is balance, and I think I’m doing an ok job. But sometimes something’s gotta give or else you’ll drive yourself into the ground with stress and tiredness and that’s just not healthy.

That being said, I couldn’t let this week go by without a spring-themed post in time for Easter! Here are my top recipes inspired by spring (also check out healthy & tasty Easter recipes):

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Couscous pilaf with clementines, almonds & olives

Middle Eastern-inspired couscous pilaf with clementines, olives & almonds | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Are you still hoarding clementines (a.k.a. Christmas oranges) like it’s your job?  I haven’t stopped since the holidays – can’t resist those little guys!  They’re the perfect snack and one that I look forward to stuffing my face with every winter, long after those gifts have been unwrapped.

Citrus fruits are in season in the wintertime, which gives us Canadians a little dose of sunshine on these short, frosty January days. (Seriously, have you seen the snow out there today?  Southern Ontario peeps will know what I’m talking about.)

Clementines are easy to peel and eat as is, of course, but they are also a nice addition to savoury dishes.  You might not automatically pair sweet oranges with briny olives–let alone onion–in your mind, but trust me that the combination is oh so right. [click to continue…]

Nutritious non-diet recipes to try in January

7 nutritious, non-diet recipes to try this January | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Cooking healthy meals doesn’t necessarily mean you’re on a diet (or even want to be).  January is filled with advice on what to eat, what not to eat, how to drastically change your habits.  This is all great and can be motivating for some, but a simpler approach is worth trying, too. [click to continue…]

What I Ate Wednesday #14: Holiday Frenzy Edition

Wow.  It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything new.  I promised myself I would never go on a blogging hiatus, but the truth is these past few months have been like a pressure cooker of events.

The best and worst things went down and it was a whirlwind, but I’ve come out the other side. The most exciting turn of events? We bought a new place!  It was sad saying goodbye to our home of 6+ years, but we’re in our dream house now and already it feels like home (never mind that there are still boxes all over the place…no Pinterest-worthy photo ops here!). [click to continue…]

Kale, butternut squash and corn quinoa salad

Kale, butternut squash and corn quinoa salad | www.ricottaandradishes.com

I’m going to keep this post fairly quick because if I look at the computer screen for one more minute, I think my eyes might fall out of my head!  One of those days.

In my previous life as a grad student, I learned a thing or two about how to not implode due to stress.  Drinking lots of water, getting enough sleep and fueling your body with the right nutrients is key to surviving a stressful period with your health intact.  Being back in school mode yet again, these obvious but oh-so-important tips are at the forefront of my mind.  Easier said than done, of course!

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