It still feels so weird to be writing 2018!!

I might get used to it by June. Maybe.

Sorry for the slowness this week. I forgot how much the ICU takes out of you. By the time I get home, it’s basically time to get Remy in the bath and to bed, and then go to sleep myself. Then when I wake up I’m a zombie who can’t put two words together let alone an entire blog post. I’m going to be so fun to be around when I flip to nights on Monday!!

Anyways, I hope you all have a great weekend full of lots of good eating and STAYING WARM. We all need a little bit more of that.

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An easy mexican vegetable quinoa casserole that tastes like a taco and is filled with zucchini and bell peppers in every bite. Perfect to bake ahead for weeknight dinners.
Easy Mexican Vegetable Quinoa Casserole

So, 2018.

We’re doing this!! And we’re kicking it off with quinoa, which is SO 2012, but still so good.

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It sounds cliche, but anyone else SUPER amped to reset all of their eating habits come Jan 1??

I was doing really well with my pseudo “diet” of only eating dessert on the weekends, and then the holidays happened. And so now I’ve basically been eating dessert every night in anticipation of not doing that starting Monday. (Totally ridiculous, but I can’t be the only one who thinks this way.) And, of course, now my pre-pregnancy jeans that I’m still trying to fit into (<– ugh, I should just buy new jeans) but that were kind of maybe starting to fit again, definitely do not fit again. Are you following? I realize I make minimal amounts of sense.

All that to say, I really need to get back to some sort of healthy eating. And probably exercise, but I really do not have the time. I used to roll my eyes at people who said that, but with a kid + intern year, my only time to myself is the half hour before bed that I’m currently spending to write this. Maybe I can get back to exercise during fellowship??? I really hope so. I miss it.

Enough about me!!! Tell me about you. What are your resolutions/goals/intentions for 2018??

I’d like to be more intentional about the time I spend with my daughter and husband (ie detach myself fully from my phone), somehow get better at time management, be more organized, and maayyybeee fit into those jeans (but more likely, just buy a pair of jeans one size bigger, at least in the interim).

Happy new year and happy eating!!

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The top 10 recipes of 2017 – filled with healthy favorites, comfort foods, and decadent desserts from the past year.

Top 10 Recipes of 2017

It’s one of my favorite times of the year!!!!

“Best Of” round-up season. So good.

There’s something incredibly enticing in a voyeuristic kind of way about finding out which recipes you guys loved, both on my blog and on some of the other blogs that I follow. It also helps give me ideas for what to focus on in the year to come! For instance, it’s totally apparent that we’re spirit animals in our love of layer cakes and cheesy baked pasta dishes. DONE and DONE.

BUT you all also really like quick easy healthy (but “normal”) meals too! I’m totally down with that.

Get ready for more goodies to come in 2018!! I’m just starting to put together my recipe bucket list for the coming year, but if you have any particular recipe requests then leave them in the comments or shoot me an email!

Above all, I want to take a minute to thank you all for spending time in this space with me. I’ve been at this blogging thing for almost a decade now and while the “blogosphere” has gone through many incarnations in that time, my wonderful readers have always been a constant and for that I eternally grateful. So thanks for stopping by, for loving food as much as I do, and for keeping me inspired. I appreciate it.

Here’s to a safe and happy new year!

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Roasted cauliflower and chickpea soup made from a mix of pureed potatoes and warmly spiced roasted cauliflower florets and chickpeas. Lovely, warming, and basically a bowl of health.
Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Soup

Real life:

I’ve eaten pasta in some way, shape, or form for the past 14 consecutive meals and if someone doesn’t come stage a cauliflower soup kind of intervention soon, I’m going to need to be rolled out of my home to go back to work next week.

Haaalllppp.

On the bright side, my next two rotations are ICU and nights, which means scrubs aka PANTS WITH DRAWSTRING WAISTLINES. Good for your ego, bad for any sort of accurate self-assessment of whether you’ve been overdoing it on the cookie leftovers.

(Spoiler alert. I’ve been overdoing it on the cookie leftovers.)

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It feels a little incongruous to be posting healthy ANYTHING when I’ve literally baked over 9 dozen cookies today. But….balance??

Or something like that.

Hope you’re all enjoying the holiday weekend and find some inspiration in this week’s meal plan to do some healthy eating over the next few days. You know, in between cookie bites.

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