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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 04/24/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on April 24, 2014, 3 comments

Each week Amanda [Running with Spoons] hosts Thinking Out Loud Thursday. A chance for us to do some brain-dump blogging. And to hang out with fun people.

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Who else just woke up and realized that April ends next week?  Uhm.  WHAT?!  I’m pretty sure it was just January.  Am I right?!

Am I a bad person for finding the T-Rex jokes funny absolutely hilarious?  They just make me giggle so much :) IMG_130558911433638

just found out about smoothie bowls.  Seriously.  I’m not sure why I never thought of this before.  Thick smoothie in a bowl with yummy toppings.  SOUNDS DELICIOUS.  I tried to make one this morning – but I didn’t get it thick enough and all of my toppings sunk to the bottom :( – but, never fear.  I’ll make more :)

This = my life lately.  So True. IMG_130584599238812

Nathan and I started our classes for our Foster/Adopt certification last Thursday (and we have our second class tonight).  We are really enjoying the class and getting to learn about the process! It’s an exciting ‘next step’ for our lives :) 

20140418_212147This Kitty Honey-Badger just don’t care.  This has been his new favorite sleeping position.  Status = Adorable.

Do you ever make totally the wrong clothing-based-on-weather choice?  Today I wore a dress.  Because it was supposed to be in the high 50s and sunny.  Wrong.  Currently it is 48 degrees with a stead 35 mph wind.  Perfect dress weather :) 

CaptureUhm.  I officially have a problem.  Please come and take these away from me.  NOW.  I wanted a sweet/salty trail mix the other night, so I crushed up some (gluten free) pretzels, added some peanuts, drizzled on maple syrup and melted coconut oil and baked (at 200 for about 1 hour).  Oh man.  SO AMAZING.  I have almost eaten it all.  Perhaps I shouldn’t have brought the whole container in here with me :)

You know what I LOVE about this week?! How fast it’s going!! I keep thinking we’re one day earlier than we are.  Having Monday’s off = amazing.  Can we do that every week?!

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What I Ate Wednesday : 04/23/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on April 23, 2014, 4 comments

What I ate Wednesday came in this week by the skin of it’s teeth.  I usually share my meals from the Wednesday before (so, a week ago).  But taking pictures that day didn’t happen (read – two procedures at two different specialists that left me couch – bound most of Wednesday).  I tried again on Thursday – that didn’t happen either (read – tried to go back to work // yeah that was a bad idea // ended up at home on the couch – again, then had our first (yay) foster/adopt class that night).  Friday was also a bust (read – side effect of Wednesday’s procedure?  Nausea.  Not much food happened on Friday).  So – pictures were FINALLY taken on Monday.  Like I said – in by the skin of it’s ‘What I Ate’ teeth :)

BUT – I am here.  So let’s link up with Peas & Crayons and share some eats on a holiday Monday!

 
830am – ish (No work = sleep late(r) than usual :))Capture

The usual – Rice crackers with peanut butter

1130ish – Lunch, of sorts20140421_104541 20140421_104519Amy’s dairy free/gluten free burrito - we LOVE these, and strawberries (welcome back to my life, little red friends :))

20140421_104619Oh.  And.  Uhm.  I may have eaten about 10 of these throughout the day – peanut butter melted and combined with some powdered coconut sugar.  My avoidance of dairy-filled Easter candy.  I was planning on dipping them in melted chocolate, but that just seemed too..messy.  As they were they turned out delightful.  :) …Although – Nathan kept asking where the chocolate was in my ‘chocolate covered peanut butter balls’ (TWSS) hehe

1pm – ish – Snack Time20140421_123312We decided to go on a hike (it was beautiful out!! and my body was finally saying ‘okay, you can be away from a couch for more than 20 minutes’).  We stopped and got some snacks for pre-hike – because – I’m pretty sure Nathan had only had donuts to eat all day :)

8pm – ish – Dinner 20140421_194611Chipolte’s!  Funny story, though.  We just got a Chipolte about 3 weeks ago here in our town.  Before that, we had to go to one in a town about 1 hour away.  Monday night we were trying to figure out what to do, and Nathan said ‘Let’s go to (that town) and get Chipolte!! I laughed and reminded him that …uhm… we have one of those now! But, he sold me on also going to Target – so we went anyways :) Veggie bowl – which I ate with an entire bag of chips.  I think they put drugs in those chips.  How are they so good?!

So those were my Monday-Holiday-Finally-Feeling-Like-A-Person-Again-Eats :) 

I hope everyone is having a great week!! Click here to read other people’s eats and I’ll see you tomorrow for Thinking Out Loud Thursday!

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Sweet Cinnamon Spaghetti Squash [Vegan/Gluten Free]

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on April 22, 2014, 2 comments

Spaghetti squash is amazing to me.  Have you ever had it?!  It’s a squash, but the insides are stringy in a good way, like spaghetti.  You can use them in really any recipe that you would usually use noodles in – oh,and some that you usually wouldn’t.  We have spaghetti squash at work from time to time, but I never seemed to make it for myself.  I don’t know why – I enjoy eating it, and it’s fairly easy to cook.  A few weeks ago, though, I went on a spaghetti squash kick, and it was delicious.

This recipe is a little different take on spaghetti squash – a sweet take.  A friend at lunch a few weeks ago suggested I try something similar.  At first I was skeptical, but it showed up and impressed.  Way to go, spaghetti squash! 

Sweet Cinnamon Spaghetti Squash [Vegan/Gluten Free]

This is a great way to use up some extra squash (after using part of it for a savory meal), or to make a super healthy dessert. Sweet Cinnamon Spaghetti Squash [Vegan/Gluten Free]

Let’s make it!

Sweet Cinnamon Spaghetti Squash [Vegan/Gluten Free]
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of spaghetti squash (of the inside), cooked
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar or maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Mix the spaghetti squash with the cinnamon and coconut sugar or maple syrup
  2. If not already warm, heat until warm
  3. Eat & Enjoy

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 04/17/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on April 17, 2014, 6 comments

Each week Amanda [Running with Spoons] hosts Thinking Out Loud Thursday. A chance for us to do some brain-dump blogging. And to hang out with fun people.

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Last Saturday was Nathan’s [Husband] Birthday! :) 20140412_112443(uhm – please don’t think he looks dis-interested in this picture – it was incredddddibly bright and we weren’t really sure where we were looking at on the phone :) ) We enjoyed lunch at Chipotle (we got there right when they opened – and got in before the line.  YAY!) And then a lazy Saturday afternoon! It’s was a great end to a stressful week and a great slow beginning to another crazy one as well.

Sunday, we topped off Birthday Weekend with an amazing breakfast at our favorite breakfast spot. mel

Last Thursday night I wasn’t really feeling like running – but it was beautiful out – and I had an hour to kill between work and softball (seriously.  geez) practice.  So, running it was.  On my favorite trail there is a hill called “Angel’s Staircase” – and – as the name describes, it is straight up. My running goal for 3 years has been to run to the top without stopping. AND I DID IT! Along with my fastest mile to date. Pretty freaking amazing runners high after that.10003903_10101104526671788_8200751389560655341_n

My new shoes that I ordered a while back from Zulily came last Friday.  The verdict?  In LOVE.  I’ve been eyeing them forEVER, and really wanted the ones that were all black, but they were on MAJOR sale, so I went with these.  They are so comfy, and I’m so so glad I got them!  They…basically…didn’t leave my feet all weekend!DSC_0195

Monday was a no good – very rotten – horrible day.  Plus Rain.  Plus Cold.  So I turned these:tomInto this:

soupCreamy Roasted Tomato, Garlic, Onion and Coconut Soup by Oh She Glows.  So In Love.  I ATE FIVE BOWLS.  It was so heavenly.  I topped it with some vegan pecan cheese-like-crumbles  (working on a recipe) and some toasted bread cubes.  Wowzers.  Yeah.  Can’t even describe my love for this soup.

Tonight (Thursday) have our first class for our Foster/Adoption certification.  Mega excited! :)

Yesterday (Wednesday …and… actually really right now) I had to have two kinda painful procedures…which has currently left me on the couch blogging from my phone…so please forgive 1 typos and 2 the brief nature of today’s pain-killer laden thoughts :)

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What I Ate Wednesday : 04/16/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on April 16, 2014, 6 comments

Last week’s eats were completely dominated by an amazing find.  See below for details…

Enter…Chipotle Vegenaise.  AKA.  The dominating food in almost every meal I’ve eaten in the past 7 days. 20140409_192127 Breakfast – 530am (yep. 5freakin30)

20140410_072201One piece of gluten free white bread (toasted) with peanut butter and local honey.  And another piece with…Chipotle mayo and zucchini.  Normal?  Who cares :)

12pm – Lunch – Was taco soup (which you’ll also see at dinner) and a spinach – strawberry – sunflower seed salad

5pm – Post work – pre dinner – totally starving snack 20140409_174314Kale chips.  The best part about kale chips?  They’re so yummy.  The worst part? They’re so yummy!!! And they’re gone so fast.  Like.  On the drive home from the store.  Oh kale chips.  

6pm-ish – Dinner20140409_192436 20140409_193239Taco soup and a sandwich on gluten free white bread with (you guessed it) Chipolte mayo, sprouts, lettuce, tomatoes and zucchini. 

Dessert - 20140409_195015A lot of grapes.  Because my mouth was on FIRE because 1 – chipotle mayo and 2 – taco soup.  Geeeez. 

I dare say this won’t be the last of the Chipotle mayo – because it’s dominated my plate again this week :) SO. GOOD.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Date Balls [Vegan/Gluten Free]

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on April 15, 2014, 4 comments

Last week I saw this recipe come through my feed: Coconut Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf by Davida over at The Healthy Maven (<awesome blog – check it out).  I was pretty certain I would make it, pronto, so I bought lemons and poppy seeds at the store that night.  Then the insane-insane-insane week hit, and I didn’t make it.  And come Saturday, I saw the poor lemons on the counter, and decided I was too lazy to mix up some gluten free flour blend.  But the ingredients just looked so lonely. Lemon Poppy Seed Date Balls [Vegan/Gluten Free]

So, instead of making bread, I decided to make Date Balls.

[Insert Obligatory That's What She Said Joke(s) Here (twss)]

I’ve made many date balls [twss] before – usually containing nuts, dates and chocolate.  Sometimes dried fruit.  But never lemons.

The result?  Delicious tart, chewy balls [twss], with just a slight bit of crunch from the nuts.Lemon Poppy Seed Date Balls [Vegan/Gluten Free]

Rolled in poppy seeds?  Perfect addition.  Lemon Poppy Seed Date Balls [Vegan/Gluten Free]

These little balls keep best cold – as they’re rather sticky when warm [OH MY GOSH TWSS].

But, sticky or not – delicious.   Lemon Poppy Seed Date Balls [Vegan/Gluten Free]

Let’s make them…

Lemon Poppy Seed Date Balls [Vegan/Gluten Free]
Author: 
Serves: 8 - 10 balls depending on size
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup dates - soaked/drained if dry
  • 1 cup pecans (or walnuts or almonds)
  • Zest AND Juice of one medium sized lemon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • Poppy seeds for rolling (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the dates and pecans in your food processor and process until sticky
  2. Add zest and juice of lemon, vanilla and salt, process until combined well
  3. Roll into small balls - will be very sticky
  4. Roll balls in poppy seeds to cover
  5. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving
  6. Store in air tight container in fridge

 

I shared this recipe on GFE’s gluten free Wednesday roundup! Click here for other awesome GF recipes!

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 04/10/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on April 10, 2014, 6 comments

Each week Amanda [Running with Spoons] hosts Thinking Out Loud Thursday. A chance for us to do some brain-dump blogging. And to hang out with fun people.

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So – here is a confession.  Things have been less than peachy-awesome in the past few months.  Lots of uncertainty when it comes to : school, fertility/children, health decisions, jobs, housing.  You know.  The basics of…life.  I am incredibly lucky to have an amazing Nathan [Husband] to weather it all with – and I know I’d be lost without him.  I started writing the post for today and all I could think about were annoying things that happened this week, so…to combat some of the … funk, I’m going to make my Thinking Out Loud today all about things from the last week that make me happy.  (In no particular order).

Spring days that look like this.  And hikes with good friends.IMG_20140405_170515A Sunday afternoon filled with – Nathan time, Captain America …

20140406_125730And Chipotle (Which opened last week!)

20140406_161012Also.  This Chipotle.  In the form of sauce amazing.

20140409_192127Couch time with Nathan, who is the most patient, kind person in the world.  He just handles everything, and always knows it will all be okay.  Even if it kind of isn’t at times.  It will be.  And we’ll be there together.  

 And couch time with Indy – who sat in our laps for the very first time this week. IMG_20140406_164501

So, those are just a handful of things that made me smile today when I thought about this week.  I hope they made you smile too!! There are a lot of new things happening starting next week.  I may vlog about some of them, or blog about them, or be kind of absent from my usual post vigor.  We’ll see.  Things will be okay, though :) 

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What I Ate Wednesday : 04/09/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on April 9, 2014, 10 comments

Last week was incredibly busy.  Spring busted out full force, and so did things like running every day, walking to work, and lots of social time.  So – WIAW is missing a few pictures, but you’ll get the gist :)


630-am-ish - What I Ate WednesdayI walked to work Wednesday morning – so I hate Peanut Butter on Rice Crackers before I left.  Then, yogurt with bananas and pecans when I got to work.  Recycled photo with them both in it. 

IMG_20140402_081148How can you not walk to work, with views like this?!

8am – ish

20140402_082549The above mentioned yogurt, plus some fresh OJ

11-ish

20140402_125845Lara Bar Dark Chocolate Turtle.  I’d never tried this before but it was AWESOME!

12pm – Lunch

Total failure at getting a lunch picture – but it was Chinese Rice and Baked Beans.  Yeah.  Not awesome combo.  Don’t suggest it.

5pm – Walk home grocery stop

IMG_20140402_172758Walking to work means walking home – which means groceries in the backpack…Cilantro, green onions, carrots

530pm – Post walk home/pre dinner snack20140402_172844This hummus?  Best. Ever.  Added some corn chips.  Yum.

630pm – Dinner20140402_182402Peanut Butter Thai Sauce with Potato Noodles.  Similar to this soup, then add spiralized potato noodles. 

So – that was my day.  And a pretty typical all over the place Spring week day.  I hope everyone is having a great week…

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Tuscan Vegetable Soup [Vegan/Gluten Free]

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on April 8, 2014, 6 comments

There isn’t really a soup recipe in here.  Oh wait.  April Fools. << Hilarious story – I was originally going to post this recipe on April 1st – but got majorly excited about my sweet potato noodles last week.  Does that make the joke even more exciting…since it was a week late?!

The idea for this soup grew out of another desperate attempt to smolder my warm weather needs.  I actually made it back in February, on an incredibly dreary day.  I was in soup mood, but was trying to make something with lower acidity than my usual tomato juice based taco soup.

The results?  Deliciousness.  Because?  Vegetables.

Tuscan Vegetable Soup [Vegan/Gluten Free]

This soup is one that can transfer seamlessly into cool spring days – when vegetables begin to come back into season, but the air is still crisp in the evenings.

Nathan even recommended adding some potatoes, or some green beans.  I think you could really add any vegetables that were in season and they would work amazingly.

Tuscan Vegetable Soup [Vegan/Gluten Free]

Tuscan Vegetable Soup [Vegan/Gluten Free]
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • A small amount of olive oil (optional)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 large handful of parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 32 ounces of vegetable broth
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 10 ounces of chopped spinach (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 can of white beans – drained and rinsed
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil (optional) in a large soup pot until warm.
  2. Add onions, carrots, celery, zucchini and garlic to the pot.
  3. Sautee on medium high heat until soft – about 5 minutes, if they begin to brown before soft, turn the heat down
  4. Add thyme, sage, parsley, salt and pepper. Stir well.
  5. Add the vegetable broth and diced tomatoes, stir and bring to a rapid boil.
  6. Add the spinach and white beans. Heat at a boil until soup is warm throughout and vegetables are to your desired tenderness.
  7. Serve warm. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge once cooled completely.

 

Has spring began to pop up in your neck of the woods?  (If so, I’m coming to live with you!)

I linked this recipe in GFE’s gluten free Wednesday roundup!

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 4/3/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on April 3, 2014, 4 comments

Each week Amanda [Running with Spoons] hosts Thinking Out Loud Thursday.  A chance for us to do some brain-dump blogging.  And to hang out with fun people.  thursdays1 – Five years ago today a cute boy from work asked me out for an afternoon coffee.

We’d worked together for a few years, but didn’t really know each other.  Over coffee (and…cheez-its I believe) we talked for the entire afternoon, and into the evening – until he finally had to go in to work at 7pm.

And then we blinked.  And we’d been best friends for 5 years.  And married for 2.

I can’t imagine a single day of the last 5 years, or all of the ones I have left with anyone else by my side.

I love you, Nathan.

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2 – Enough sappy stuff already..right?

3 – Apparently Winter understood my little pep talk last week.  70 degrees, anyone?IMG_20140331_1359254 – There’s been a lot of running this week.  Because…Sunshine.

5 – Also happening?  Walking to work.  IN.LOVE.

6 – This week I learned how to make coconut bacon from THIS recipe.  Now – I have zero desire to eat any real bacon, but some coconut bacon on a BALT (bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato)?  YES PLEASE.  IMG_20140331_1234507 – Our softball team has started practicing (if you missed it – I’ve never played in my life…but signed up for a work team).  My skills include: Running.  My skills need improvement on: Batting, Throwing and Catching.  But…I’m getting there?

8 – Dinner ideas tonight?  Zero.

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