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What I Ate Wednesday : 05/13/2015

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on May 13, 2015, 6 comments

HEY! I’m still alive.  I think :)  These are my eats from Monday.  I kept feeling hungry – with no idea what I really wanted to eat.  Thus, random eats + snacks all day.  It happens. 

 

Breakfast:IMG_20150511_070855How are you feeling about the flannel + shorts?  I am sort of in love with it :)  I had a super early dermatology appointment to look at a troublesome mole.  Turns out the mole was a scar from a bug bite.  Opps.  In my defense, I’ve had about a half dozen “pre cancerous” moles.  So I have all the right to be a little freaked out at times!  Anyways.  Breakfast was a quick KIND bar before running out the door.  

Breakfast part 2: IMG_20150511_085020Post – Doctor me and my computer spent a good deal of time on the back porch.  And we sipped some hot lemon + honey water :) It was a lovely back porch day!

Mid Morning Snack:IMG_20150511_101513And then the munchies started.  I kept wanting snacks, but I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what I wanted.  So I just kept eating.  First was some chips, hummus and chipolte sauce < So good. 

Lunch:IMG_20150511_133739

Lunch was leftover chipolte from the other night.  It was just enough of a bowl to really want more chipolte.  However, I seem to always feel that way about chipolte.  They own my soul.

Afternoon Snack:IMG_20150511_162403About 4pm I really needed and peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Yep.  Needed.  SO GOOD.  

Dinner:IMG_20150511_185735Mondays are usually my “work at Panera so I can get vegetable soup” days.  There was really heavy rain Monday afternoon, so I didn’t make it there to work.  Nathan needed dinner at work Monday night, so – of course – I brought him Panera.  Vegetable soup.  Delicious.  

Dessert: IMG_20150511_201317After dinner I wanted some sweets, and so I ended up with this Uber dark chocolate turtle bar.  And a spoonful of maple almond butter.  AND a bowl of popcorn.  Geez! :)

Do you guys ever have days where all you want to do is EAT! < I mean, I always want food, but this was a whole new level!

I hope you guys are doing well, and I will talk to you soon!

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 4/30/2015

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on April 30, 2015, 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 – Before we go anywhere, I want to say a huge THANK YOU for all of the supportive comments I received on my post about Infertility last week.  Knowing that I have support of family, friends, and random internet strangers has always made this journey just a notch easier.  1 in 8 couples face infertility.  You are not alone!

2 – The second big order of business?  April.  Freakin.  30th.  Uhm.  Where did the past month go?  I really know that I say this every month, but I truly have no idea.  I feel as I’m blinking, and the year is just gone.  That’s okay.  It has been below freezing each morning this week.  I’m not the only one who is confused.  :)

3 – When I think of how quickly the month has gone by, I am also blown away at the fact that this little man is now one month old.  IMG_20150428_103756  Do you see that?! He even held up one finger.  He’s a smart one, I tell you 😉

I am currently torn between being super excited to see him grow up, and wanting to snuggle him just like this forever.  IMG_20150425_134745#MyNephewIsTheBest

4 – This week, however, we’ve had to take a nephew-snuggling retreat because Nathan and I have both come down with colds.  So sad.  There has been a lot of couch time.  And tea.  And all around sneezing, coughing, snot-filled-fun.  Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 2.27.40 PM

^ Totally true.  Especially this week. 

5 – Along with the cold weather + feeling terrible, I’ve found a new appreciation for my flannel shirts (that I ..hhrrmm.. lived in for my first month of my remote position) as “jackets” over my t-shirts.  The perfect lightweight + totally soft addition to my “work from the couch” wardrobe.  IMG_20150427_174128Actually, I was outside there.  For like 10 milliseconds. 

6 – Oh! I finished a pair of socks! IMG_20150426_193759They are actually the shortest pair I’ve knitted.  I played major yarn-chicken with only using one skien of yarn.  They’re pretty much awesome, and the yarn was only 4 dollars :)   In the end, I finished with about 1 yard of yarn left.  Shew!

7 – Andddd we can’t mention crafting without mentioning this little bag I sewed up a few weeks back.  IMG_20150418_093006Yes folks.  Flowers out the outside.  Robots on the inside.  #Nerd. 

8 – Okay.  Pirate – Indy and I are going to continue to wallow on the couch about our sneezing and snot.  IMG_20150424_164107See his little Pirate collar?! :) 

Alright folks! I may be MIA next week – but I’ll be back soon! Hugs!

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What I Ate Wednesday : 04/29/2015

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on April 29, 2015, no comments

The calendar may say it is the end of April, but the weather feels like early November + my head cold has decided that it is Winter.  I promise not to sneeze on you.  Let’s talk about eats!

Breakfast Part One: IMG_20150427_071807I’ve been working on my digestion + a calmer morning routine.  Since I started working from home, I no longer have to race out of the house each morning, however, my morning routine of rush-rush-SLURPDOWNASMOOTHIE-rush-rush had not changed.  I’ve decided to attempt at better mornings, by starting them with piping hot water + lemon juice + honey + ginger.  It is lovely, because it can’t be drank quickly, plus – hot lemon water does wonders for your digestion.  

Breakfast Part 2 – IMG_20150427_072041With the new morning routine I’ve been drinking my smoothie about mid-morning, or whenever I start to feel more hungry after the belly of lemon-water.  This has gotten me in trouble a few days – where I get caught up in work and don’t get to it before I’m HANGRY.  But – I’ve been trying to have it drank before 930am.  Trying.  This was a pb&j smoothie, I think?

Lunch Part 1 – By the time lunch time rolled around it was pretty obvious that the scratchy throat I’d woken up with was going to be a sore throat, and that my head and chest congestion were soon following.  I ate some leftover cashew-pad-thai from the night before.  Plus orange juice.  Plus airborne.  Plus, I couldn’t taste anything, so it doesn’t really count, right?!

Lunch Part 2 – IMG_20150427_155449I decided that perhaps getting out of the house would help me feel better (it didn’t).  So I walked down to Panera to work for the afternoon.  There I enjoyed their Garden Vegetable soup (which may have a bit of gluten AND dairy in it).  This soup is my new favorite, and Panera is a great + close escape for the stir-crazy afternoons working at home.  

Dinner: IMG_20141214_090145I grabbed a quick pizza with my Mum, after which, I was feeling positively snotty-filled and terrible.  I settled in at home with a large glass of peppermint tea and wallowed on the couch until bedtime.  Uhm.  My tea wasn’t in a Christmas mug as pictured above, but, it was 30 degrees outside, so this seemed like an appropriate representation. 

Apparently my meal-photo-taking-skills are even poorer when I’m under the weather.  So sorry! I will talk to you guys soon :) 

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : National Infertility Awareness Week – 2015

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on April 23, 2015, 11 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.

thursdaysErm.  This is my first post this week (opps).  We’re doing just fine around here.  I had decided last week to take this week off from blogging (working on more balance in my life – or something like that), but – then I remembered / realized that this week is National Infertility Awareness Week, and couldn’t let it pass without mention.  Although, if you follow me on Instagram, you know I have been mentioning it…a lot…this week.  

The theme for this year’s Infertility Awareness Week is “You Are Not Alone“.  This one really hit hard for me – because sharing our Infertility journey has all been about this theme.  Infertility is such a lonely, dark battle.  For us, talking about it made it easier.  It made it feel less shameful, less forbidden, and certainly less “alone”.  Just about every time I post regarding infertility, I have a friend, or someone I don’t even know contact me with their secret journey.  That is why I do this.  To let you know that you are NOT alone.  

For those of you who don’t know, I have endometriosis.  I was diagnosed as a teenager, and given slim – to – none chances of becoming pregnant.  Finding out you are (most likely) infertile as a teenager is not a fun time.  I certainly wasn’t open about my disease then.  It was taboo enough to discuss periods.  Not to mention ones that landed you needing medical treatment.  

The one luxury of an early infertility diagnosis (if I can scrape one out), is that I was able to have crucial conversations with Nathan before we started trying to get pregnant about what our options were, and what steps we were and weren’t willing to take.  These are conversations that should always accompany discussion of future children, regardless of your fertility history.  After you talk about if you want kids.  And now many.  Talk about what you would do if you couldn’t have them naturally.  Make these decisions early.  Trust me. 

For us, we knew chances were slim – but wanted to give it a shot.  We tried for two years on our own before my endo was so bad that I had to return on medication to stop my cycles.  We opted to not try any further interventions or fertility treatments.  The two years of trying on our own had been absolute hell.  We couldn’t do any more.  And, we’d made the decision before we even started trying that we didn’t want to do more.  That we wanted to adopt.  For us, being parents meant more than being pregnant.  I’m not saying this decision is for everyone.  This is just what was right for us.

This isn’t to say – that when I had my IUD put in, and we had officially “stopped trying” that it wasn’t hard.  I grieved the loss of the ability to get pregnant like the loss felt with death.  The death of realities we had assumed for our lives.  Because, I knew the odds, but I assumed we’d be the exception.  We’re good people.  We’ll get pregnant.  

We weren’t, and aren’t, the exception.  Bad things happen to good people.  And when they do, it’s okay to be sad.  

It’s okay to feel a lot of things when facing infertility.  For me, I often cycled between feeling numb, and feeling raw.  At times, I felt as if I was watching all of this happen.  I was watching each month pass, and just ticking off time on the calendar.  It wasn’t really my life.  This couldn’t really be my life.  Other days, I felt every single emotion.  I felt raw and empty.  Each word, each action, each second was a wound with salt poured inside.  A lot of times on these days, I felt angry.  I was angry at the world for handing me these cards.  And I was jealous.  Of every person in the entire world who had a baby.  Facebook was the most painful thing to open, but I kept doing it.  For some reason, the pain made me remember that I was alive.  IMG_20150421_072935

And then there were days that I didn’t feel the pain – in a good way.  I was happy.  My life was going to be okay.  I often felt guilty for having these days.  I can’t be happy – I am infertile. 

It took me a long time to realize that all of these emotions are/were okay.  Whatever emotions you feel about your infertility are okay.  

This month it has been one year since we stopped trying to get pregnant.  There are still days that I am not okay.  And that is okay.  But, overall, I am doing a lot better.  I remember a time that I did not know how I could ever feel happiness without being able to get pregnant.  It took a long time to not feel this way.  It took time, and talking, and therapy, and now – I feel joy without feeling guilty, or without feeling hesitant, waiting for my life to fall apart again.  I can see that our life will be okay – however it ends up, and that it is even some type of okay right now – before we have kids.  IMG_20150420_181627Infertility will always be a part of our life.  It is not something that will ever go away.  My disease can not be cured.  It will always cause me health problems.  The pain that we have felt can never be erased.  We can never “un do” the past three years of our life.  And I don’t know if I would, given the choice.  I do not ever want to relive the pain we felt.  And I would never wish it upon anyone.  But it has taught me to be strong.  It has taught my husband and I to be strong.  And I wouldn’t trade this for anything.  

If you are reading this, and thinking that you do not know anyone with infertility because they would have told you, please know that most people don’t share their infertility.  Because it is hard as hell to share.  It’s easier to bottle it up inside, and try every single day to not explode.  The raw facts?  1 in 8 couples suffer from infertility.  Still don’t think you know anyone?  I guarantee that you do.  Unless you only know 7 people in the whole world.  Then, maybe.  You may wonder why it matters to know about how infertility feels.  It matters because what you say to these people matters.  When you ask them when they’re “gunna start popping out some kids”, it hurts.  In a deep, raw, brutally painful kind of way.  In a way you can never understand.  In a way we could never expect you to understand.  But, we can ask that you be respectful.  Family plans are private.  They’re not yours to ask about.  And, please don’t offer me your kids “if I really want some that badly” – because I may just take them.

If you are reading this, and you do know someone with infertility, you may wonder what you can do to help.  You may know you don’t want to upset them, but you aren’t really even sure what to do or say around them.  That is okay.  Usually, people with infertility want a break from talking about infertility.  They want you to be their friend, and often, to be their distraction.  Other times, they may bring it up.  If they do, know that they have trusted you with their darkest secrets, and just listen.  Please don’t offer advice.  Relaxing does not, in fact, cure medical conditions.  Listen.  Give hugs.  Let them cry.  Tell them you’re there for them.  And mean it.  Include them in your life, just as you would without their disease.  Invite them to your baby shower.  But know that they may have a bad day, and not come.  Having a bad day and choosing not to come because I don’t think I can handle it is hard.  Not being invited because you don’t think I can handle it is even harder.  Let me make that decision.  And respect the one I make.  Love them.  And be their friend. 

Perhaps you’re here because you are here because you know the pain I have just described.  You know it first hand, in an ugly sort of way.  If so, I want to wrap my arms around you in the biggest hug possible.  And tell you you are not alone.  If you need to talk, please reach out.  The “contact me” button above can always reach me.  

You are not alone.

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 4/16/2015

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on April 16, 2015, 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.

thursdaysHey! Hey! Is the world still there?! All we’ve seen this week is FOG.  For reals.  Rain.  Fog.  Rain.  Fog.  REPEAT.  < Spring Time! 

1 – Do you need your daily dose of CUTE! Okay.  I can oblige :) IMG_20150411_155915Heeeeey Nephew!  (Arrested Development Nerds out there?!)  We spent some quality time Saturday with this cute little one.  (Oh, and his parents too, they’re great as well).  Baby snuggles are basically the best thing ever.  

2 – Speaking of Saturday.  We were celebrating two family birthdays (my husband and my sister in law’s birthdays are BOTH on the 12th!), so I made CAKE!  I decided to make a yellow cake and a red velvet cake (because everyone needs CAKE!).  I baked the cakes Friday afternoon and put them on the counter to cool, and then returned to working.  About 5 minutes later I heard a THUD-THUD of a little cat jumping off the counter.  < And my heart dropped.  I went walking into the kitchen and this is what I saw: IMG_20150410_160059You see that hole in the cake?!  That’s the size of our cats head.  Because he ATE THE CAKE.  Now, I’d like to say that this was a total surprise and I would have had no way of predicting this.  But…the likes cake.  A few years ago he downed an angel food cake.  And cake donuts?  His favorite.  And, as I know cats shouldn’t eat human food, a diabetic cat should REALLY not eat half a sheet cake.  We luckily stayed out of the emergency vet with this adventure, but he did have a few days of feeling pitiful.  Oh.  AND I had to bake a second cake.  Oy.  

3 – In order to ignore the rain, let’s talk about being outside.  Because last week was Summer Time.  And it was awesome.  IMG_20150412_121538I spent MOST of Sunday outside.  I went on a nice lake run (^ there), and then my friend asked me to go on a walk.  6.5 miles later, we were feeling great, and just a bit sunburnt.  Sunshine feels amazing, and I’m glad I soaked up a big dose of it!

4 – Working from home has also lent itself to more outside time during the day.  I enjoyed some afternoon runs last week.  Coming back home and not having to worry about putting back on work clothes? #BestThingEverIMG_20150409_144946Although, I did have a total first world meltdown last week when I decided to go on a walk on #CleanHairDay.  Totally ruined clean hair.  #FirstWorldProblem

5 – Today I’m chilling (watching it rain), and pretending I’m not super sleepy.  Nathan and I decided (at 9pm) last night to rearrange our second bedroom/office.  We decided to switch Nathan’s desk and my desk.  While there was A LOT of stuff to move, it surprisingly didn’t take too terrible long.  (Other than the huge pile of stuff that still doesn’t have a home).  (Ignore that pile, okay?!).  I don’t have pictures yet, because it’s still kind of a war zone, but.  New office setup.  Loving it.  Does anyone else decide to rearrange their house late at night?!

Okay.  Tired brain.  Rainy day.  :) I’ll talk to you guys later! 

 

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What I Ate Wednesday : 4/15/2015

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on April 15, 2015, 8 comments

SO.  Monday eats pictures totally didn’t happen.  I tried again on Tuesday.  Here are the results! 

Breakfast: IMG_20150414_071038A banana bread green smoothie! It was actually quite good :) It had: spinach (of course), soy milk, banana (of course), cinnamon, flax meal, vanilla extract and pecans.  < APPARENTLY Tuesday was National Pecan Day.  I had no clue.  Perhaps my subconscious did :) 

Lunch: IMG_20150414_110827Nachos with Diaya cheese.  and salsa.  Erm.  Not a lunch to write home about, but #RealLife when you don’t have much in the pantry and need to eat during a call at work :) 

Afternoon Snack: IMG_20150414_152328 IMG_20150414_153553Make. This. For. Snack.  Toast (Udi’s), hummus, black pepper, Sriracha.  Pro Tip – spread the Sriracha around a bit more on the bread.  Oy.  Highly recommended for keeping feeling in your tongue.  :) I had two pieces of hummus toast + OJ.  < Been loving OJ recently.  So good.  Also.  It made me SUPER nervous to hold the OJ over my keyboard.  Not really sure why I did it.  Uhm < best photography skills of the year goes to…

Tea: IMG_20150414_155916If you haven’t noticed I haven’t been drinking much tea lately! I’m not sure what happened.  My weird schedule last month threw it out of my routine, and I haven’t picked it back up yet!  I enjoyed some caramel apple tea – and it was delightful :) 

Dinner: Picture or it didn’t happen…  It happened. But there was no picture. French fries + a black bean quesadilla. Delicious. 

So – those were my Tuesday eats! A bit less healthy than usual, but, #RealLife.  I hope everyone is doing well, and I will see you tomorrow! :) 

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Peanut Butter and Banana Grilled Sandwich [Vegan/Gluten Free]

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on April 14, 2015, 2 comments

If you haven’t caught on, we’ve certainly had a few ups and downs in the past few months.  There are moments that I catch myself making this all way too hard.  Like.  I need to make dinner.  And dinner sounds so complicated at the moment.  The other night I said “what if we just had pb&j” and Nathan said “that sounds so easy…and perfect” < for some reason, I tend to over-complicate things, and especially more-so when I’m stressed.  So.  Let’s make something simple.  :) 

When you think about this recipe, think about grilled cheese.  But then, instead of cheese (< I KNOW), think of gooey warm peanut butter, and super sweet banana sandwiched between those toasty pieces of bread.  Yeah.  I’m hyping it up.  But really, it’s a grilled pb&banana.  And it is amazing. Peanut Butter and Banana Grilled Sandwich [Vegan/Gluten Free]Here are 3 pro-tips that I learned during my extensive HANGRY research of perfecting this sandwich. 

  1. If your bread is frozen (as mine was), thaw it before proceeding with sandwich making (I put mine in the toaster for long enough to thaw but not enough to toast)
  2. Cut the banana into really thin pieces.  This will make the sandwich stay together better than thick slices
  3. Smush it (< technical term) while it’s grilling < this makes it amazing (I am so certain that there are better ways to do this.  In fact, I DO NOT recommend this way.  Pretty much at high risk of burning your hand like this ;))Peanut Butter and Banana Grilled Sandwich [Vegan/Gluten Free]

This is your result: Peanut Butter and Banana Grilled Sandwich [Vegan/Gluten Free]#Yes #PB&BForever #InLove

Let’s make it…

Peanut Butter and Banana Grilled Sandwich [Vegan/Gluten Free]
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Ingredients
  1. Earth Balance or other butter substitute for grilling
  2. 2 slices of bread (I used gluten free)
  3. 1 ripe banana, sliced thinly
  4. Peanut Butter
Instructions
  1. Add butter substitute to a medium sized frying pan and put on medium heat
  2. While butter is melting, spread peanut butter on one side of each piece of bread
  3. Add the banana, layering tightly, to cover one piece of bread
  4. Add the piece of bread with banana on it to the frying pan, banana side up
  5. Add the other piece of bread with just peanut butter on top, peanut butter side down
  6. Smush it while it grills
  7. Once it is toasty brown, flip carefully and let the other side get toasty brown as well (adding more butter-substitute if necessary)
  8. Remove from pan. Cut in half. Eat warm :)
Notes
  1. If your bread is frozen, toast lightly just to thaw before beginning
  2. It has been recommended to add cinnamon and or maple syrup to this sandwich < must try.
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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 04/09/2015

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on April 9, 2015, 2 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.

thursdaysHey! Happy Thursday! :) Let’s get this party STARTED!

1 – My apologies for the super duper short post last week.  I totally blame this little guy: IMG_20150405_114919How can you not stare at that cute little face!  We spent most of last week cuddling this little baby.  :) For those of you who missed last week’s post, Will, my nephew, made his grand entrance on the 31st, and has completely stolen our hearts! 

2 – We are even teaching him how to take selfies.  #BecauseThatIsWhatAuntsDoIMG_20150405_124448I could for real snuggle him forever and ever.  Perhaps that’s the best thing about a nephew – I get tons of snuggles, and I get to give him back when he starts to cry 😉 

3 – Speaking of crying.  And a total 180 in topics, if you’d like to see me try not to cry, you can watch the video I posted last week here IMG_20150404_103659#ThisIsOurLife #ItIsNotSunshineAndRoses We’ve never been secretive about my husband’s illness.  It just wasn’t ever a real daily issue until recently.  When it became an issue we were in reactionary mode for so long, just trying to catch the pieces of our lives before they slammed into the ground.  We both realized in the past few weeks that we needed more support.  So we’ve been reaching out more.  Mental Illness is a disease just like cancer and diabetes.  If you can’t see it that way, I suggest you don’t follow the link above.  #JustSaying 

4 – Did I mention a few weeks ago that Indy [The Cat] is trying to learn how to sit in peoples laps?  Indy has NEVER been a lap cat.  But in the past few months he’s decided he wants to change his ways.  His only limitation is that he’s a huge cat.  And he doesn’t quite know how to curl up and get comfy in your lap.  IMG_20150401_112117He also seems to choose really inconvenient times to work on his new skill set.  “Oh, you’re sitting down to eat, let me join you in your lap”. “Oh, you’d like to do some work, lap time!” We don’t push him out of our laps (even though I know we could) because we’re trying to teach him that it is safe to jump up and sit with us.  

5 – This week, though, I think I’ve finally learned his real motives.  IMG_20150407_134243“Sitting in your lap means you pet me more.  Plus it inconveniences you.  So, I see it as a Win-Win” – Indy the Cat  #LifeWithCats 

6 – I’m trying to find a good hat for the spring.  I have a running hat, but I decided I wanted a second one, to wear at other times too.  This one came this week: IMG_20150406_144653I like it! However, I think I like it better for running, and my running one better for every day.  I’ve never been much of a hat person, but I think it’s going to happen more this year.  Thoughts on the hat? 

7 – Oh. My. Goodness. These. Socks. IMG_20150405_104503I decided to make a scrap pair of socks – with leftover ends of sock yarn from other socks that I’ve made.  At first I thought I was going to hate them.  But, the more stripes they got, the more I fell in love.  When I wear them I can’t stop staring at them! #SockKnittingAddict

Okay! I think that’s all my brain has this week.  I hope you all are doing well and I’ll see you next week!

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What I Ate Wednesday : 04/08/2015

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on April 8, 2015, 12 comments

FOOD! I felt like this was pretty much all I thought about on Monday.  #EatAllThings

Breakfast:IMG_20150406_071105Smoothie.  Pretty sure it was a PB&J one.  Kind of my staple smoothie as of late.  :) Also.  Scrap socks.  IN LOVE.  

Lunch: IMG_20150105_081702 IMG_20150105_081722Confession – reused picture, because when we got to lunch we were sat in a super dark corner that made for terrible photo taking :) Sweet potato fries < the best.  A casserole dish of sorts with beans, corn, veggies and vegan mayo, plus super spicy salsa :) < This place is my favorite to eat at, but it isn’t Nathan’s favorite.  Luckily! I have a new friend who likes to go there! :) 

Dinner: IMG_20150406_185320 IMG_20150406_202820After work I went on a long walk with my above mentioned lunch-eating-friend.  During the walk we talked about grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches.  Which I uhm..NEEDED when we got home.  DUDE.  THIS WAS GOOD.  A few hours later I was still a bit hungry, so I grabbed a bowl of vegan mac and cheese that I’d made for my brothers birthday over the weekend.  Perfection.  

I hope you guys are having a great week! I feel like mine is just sailing right along! I’ll see you guys tomorrow for Thinking Out Loud Thursday! :) 

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Sweet Potato and Peanut Butter Soup in the Instant Pot [Vegan/Gluten Free]

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on April 7, 2015, 2 comments

Uhm.  Did I post a soup with sweet potatoes in it last week, too?!  Sorry about that :) I do really love sweet potatoes – especially because they’re totally rocking this time of year – when you’re ready for tons of fresh veggies, but the weather just barely isn’t warm enough yet.  (Because, as I write this, it is snowing – but – by the time you read it, I really hope it isn’t!).  This recipe is originally not my own.  I was first introduced to it by my friend Emily, who made it for a friend-dinner-get-together.  I was certainly in love with it from bite one, and knew I’d be recreating it for the Instant Pot.  Emily first got the recipe from over at Eating Well.  I stuck pretty true-form to their recipe, but did make a few taste adjustments.  I also converted it to the Instant Pot < Because there is truly no better way to cook soup!  Sweet Potato and Peanut Butter soup in the Instant Pot - Vegan Gluten Free

My favorite thing about this soup is how rich, creamy and delicious it is.  With just a few (mostly staple items) you can create this soup – chuck full of flavor – and mega filling.  It’s excellent paired with a crusty (gluten free) bread, and even a light salad.  I love that it can transition seamlessly from dark winter days to bright springtime with ease.  I can even see enjoying this as a side item in the summer, and – of course – all the way back around into the fall.  Sweet Potato and Peanut Butter soup in the Instant Pot - Vegan Gluten Free

My second favorite thing about this soup has to be pureeing it at the end.  I love to watch the soft veggies whirl up into this beautiful creation.  < Plus, when I’m pureeing a soup, I don’t have to worry about getting every piece the perfect size.  Because the blender don’t care.  :) Sweet Potato and Peanut Butter soup in the Instant Pot - Vegan Gluten Free

Alright.  In true- Instant Pot-Fashion, I’ve made you a quick video showing you how to make this soup! 

 

 Ready?  Let’s go! 

Sweet Potato and Peanut Butter Soup (In the Instant Pot)
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Ingredients
  1. a bit of oil for sautéing, if desired
  2. 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  3. 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  4. 3 large sweet potatoes, cut into 1 - 2 inch cubes
  5. 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes, not drained
  6. 1 4 ounce can green chilis
  7. 1 14 ounce can of full fat coconut milk
  8. 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  9. 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  10. 1 tablespoon lime juice
  11. 2 cups vegetable broth
  12. 1/2 cup peanut butter
  13. black pepper to taste
  14. cilantro to taste (I like a lot)
Instructions
  1. Plug in the Instant Pot. Open it.
  2. Click the "Saute" button and let the instant pot warm up. Add oil, if desired
  3. Add the onion and garlic and let saute until softened, stirring frequently
  4. Click "Cancel" to stop the saute feature
  5. Add all of the other ingredients. Stir well.
  6. Close the lid. Turn the valve to "Sealed"
  7. Click "Manual" and reduce the time to 4 minutes
  8. Let the pressure naturally release once cooking is complete
  9. Remove the lid, stir well
  10. Puree the soup to your desired consistency, using caution, as it will be hot. I prefer to completely puree the soup - but you could do less to your taste
  11. Serve warm, with crusty (gluten free) bread, and a nice light salad
Notes
  1. If you'd prefer to cook this not in an Instant Pot, refer to the "Adapted from" link recipe!
  2. If you'd prefer to leave the soup chunky, cut your veggies in smaller, more uniform pieces
Adapted from Sweet Potato-Peanut Bisque from Eating Well
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