I feel like I’m just trying to soak up every last bit of summer!! Yesterday I went for my first solo run in Central Park since Remy was born. IT. WAS. GLORIOUS. Really not sure why I waited so long. And now that I know I can run 4 miles without dying, I’m pretty confident I can sign up for a 10K. Very very excited about this prospect.

What’s on your weekend plans?? I’m working but hoping for not too many new consults. Fingers crossed!

Here’s what we’ve got on this week’s meal plan:

  • white bean lettuce wraps – so good for you!
  • mango edamame quinoa salad – looks like a rainbow in a bowl
  • loaded greek chickpea pasta salad – perfect for healthy lunches!
  • cheesy zucchini quesadillas – the cheese pull on these is INSANE
  • vegan tempeh and kale enchilada casserole – love these mexican flavors

Happy eating!

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Accidentally gluten-free peanut butter, dried cherry, and chocolate chip breakfast granola bars that are wholesome, chewy, and perfect for a grab-and-go meal!
Peanut Butter, Dried Cherry, and Chocolate Chip Breakfast Granola Bars

So many of you guys (and your kids) are headed back to school already and us NY-ers are over here like, HUHHHHHH????

We go back after labor day, which feels like an eternity away! I have so many tomatoes and ears of corn and summery things to eat between then and now. DON’T RUSH ME.

Remy has been in daycare all summer so it really shouldn’t feel any different. But it does. There’s just something about September that will always feel like New Year’s to me. I should probably go and buy some new notebooks (and a new laptop because I am in desperate need and mine is currently refusing to acknowledge that it has a battery attached to it).

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Easy summer grain bowls made with farro, corn, black beans, pickled jalapenos, arugula, and toasted pine nuts topped with a lime-cumin vinaigrette!
Summer Grain Bowls with Corn, Black Beans, Chiles, and Arugula

This weekend I put on my big girl pants and did the unthinkable:

I allowed a COMPLETE STRANGER to cut Remy’s hair.

Yes, the kid is THREE with hair down to her butt. It was time. Totally. BUUUUUTTTT those little baby banana curls were still there at the bottom and I was so afraid that when we cut them off they would disappear forever. I’m still not sure if they’ll be back, but I’ve made my peace with it either way.

I think.

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Happy Saturday friends!!!

I am SO happy to have two days off after last week’s working weekend. Today we are celebrating by going for a run! It is a Summer Streets weekend here in the city and so Park Avenue is closed off to traffic so that runners and bikers and walkers can use it for their exercise. It’s AMAZING. We’ve been doing the same weekend running route for a few months now and so it will be a welcome change. Then we’re going to my in-laws’ to spend some time at their pool! Sunday is wide open still, and I’ve basically only got plans to make a pie. What else is new, haha???

Here’s what we’ve got on this week’s meal plan!

  • one pot tomato basil quinoa – so summery!
  • pasta salad with lemon poppy seed dressing – never seen a dressing like this on pasta before
  • chickpea and lentil taco bowls – meal prep perfect
  • roasted eggplant and hummus tartines – shockingly easy and so yummy
  • sweet potato and black bean enchiladas – LOVE these flavors

Happy eating!

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A summer salad made with surprisingly addictive marinated sweet peppers, fresh basil, capers, and shards of pecorino cheese.
Marinated Sweet Pepper Salad with Basil, Capers, and Pecorino

I’m just a girl standing here with a recipe for HOMEMADE MARINATED SWEET PEPPERS asking you to love it.

Part of that involves forgetting everything you thought you knew about roasted peppers, especially the storebought premade jar kind. Not that there’s anything overtly wrong with those but once you try these peppers you will quickly realize that there is also not a whole lot of anything right.

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Sandy bottoms is a super refreshing summer cocktail made with fresh watermelon juice, white rum, and lime juice. Sip this on the beach or sitting poolside and you can’t go wrong.
Sandy Bottoms Summer Cocktail

Have you found your signature watermelon summer cocktail yet?????

I feel like we all need one.

Especially after working all weekend and still having another five full workdays left to go before the next day off. The twelve day in a row workweek struggle is REAL, y’all.

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