Summer Baked BBQ Bowl

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The wedding gifts we registered for are bordering on what my dad likes to call a “life upgrade.”

Do you know what he’s talking about? When you make one change that snowballs, leading to bigger and bigger changes to accommodate the first. My favorite example of this is when a friend of mine brought home a Great Dane puppy… and then had to buy an SUV because she couldn’t fit in his car. And then a new house because his townhouse was also too small.

Life. Upgrade.

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Green Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Avocado and Kale Pesto + a Giveaway!

Green Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Avocado and Kale Pesto

Do I have an exciting post for you today!

You may remember my friend Julia of The Roasted Root. Julia is a health food maven and blogger extraordinaire. She’s known for her gluten-free goodies, savory stews, and kick-ass kombucha, but most of all, the girl can roast a mean root. Not a beet, carrot or tuber gets by her without being turned into something fabulous. Julia is very clearly inspired by vegetables, and so I’m over-the-moon excited about the release of her second cookbook, Let Them Eat Kale!

I can’t think of anyone more perfect than Julia to spend months in the kitchen with countless bunches of beautiful leafy greens, chopping, massaging and braising to her little heart’s content. And now you and I get to reap the benefits. Julia was sweet enough to send me a copy of her book to review (plus another to give away!). Let’s just say I think there are splotches of drool on my copy.

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Seed Demon Quinoa Flake Granola

Seed Demon Quinoa Flake Granola - 7 seeds in 1 granola!
F-f-f-friday!

On the one hand, I couldn’t be happier to see the end of the workweek. I’m currently traveling for work (always exhausting, no matter how quick the trip) and am pretty excited to collapse into my own bed. On the other hand, I am a liiiittle nervous that the week is over, because tomorrow morning I’m running a half marathon. Eek!

A 7 am race is not exactly a recipe for a relaxing start to the weekend… especially when it’s an hour away and you have to catch a bus to the starting line before 5:30. AHH! However, I can’t really complain, since I’ve been looking forward to this race for months.

Seed Demon Quinoa Flake Granola - 7 seeds in 1 granola!
Can I really run 13.1 miles? I ask myself this question before the start of every long run. Can I really run 7 miles? 8? 9? 10? Week after week, the answer seems to be yes. So I guess I have to face the fact that I will be running 13 miles tomorrow.

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Quinoa Sushi Bowl with Baked Tofu

Quinoa Sushi Bowl with Baked Tofu

Are you ready to hear about my super productive weekend?

Well, it started off super productively. It quickly devolved into napping, watching two movies and, of course, sitting on my butt in front of the TV writing this blog post. But first, I woke up at 6:30 on Saturday morning and cleaned out the fridge and freezer before Nate even woke up. What! So impressed with myself.

Quinoa Sushi Bowl with Baked Tofu

The cup of decaf coffee I had after dinner on Friday night? Yeah… that may have had something to do with it.

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Chocolate Walnut Quinoa Cookies (Gluten-Free)

Chocolate Walnut Quinoa Cookies
Yesterday I thought I was playing a sneaky trick when I asked on Facebook whether you wanted a quinoa recipe today or a cookie recipe. Usually when I do that, I’m shocked how many people choose the healthy option! But this time, a reader named Sarah saw right through me and said she wanted both. Well, in fact, that’s exactly what I was going to do either way.

Because I made quinoa cookies!

Chocolate Walnut Quinoa Cookies
Quinoa cookies?!?!

Quinoa cookies. Don’t be scared. Unless you’re scared that your inner cookie monster will come out and eat half a batch of cookie dough. In that case, you should probably run for the hills.

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