Monday, April 21, 2014

5 Favorite Vegetarian Recipes

This month I opted to give up meat and for the most part I've been pretty good about it. But it also helps that I've had a lot of great recipes that have made it really easy for me to go meat free.

I love soup. I could probably live off a variety of soups if I didn't think that John would go nuts. But we both love this tomato soup that is perfect for dunking grilled cheese in. If you love tomato soup I highly recommend it and it is Jack approved.

Mexican food is another food that I could eat every day and never get bored. Clearly I don't need meat to enjoy tacos but I do need more than guacamole, sour cream and cheese. I was hesitant to try these tacos which call for sweet potatoes and honey but wow, they are so good that I may never go back to beef.

These sesame noodles have become a go-to meal in our home. John loves Chinese food but I haven't been able to eat it since I was pregnant with Jack. These noodles are simple, delicious and satisfy any take-out cravings.

This tortellini with eggplant and peppers has been one of our favorite recipes for years. It's the kind of dish that you make and think, "I could serve this to guests". It's just that good, it's also incredibly easy and comes together really quickly.

While giving up meat I have still been eating seafood. I live at the Jersey Shore and I love seafood, give me a pound of crabs or a couple of dozen clams and I'm a happy girl. This fish recipe is something I made awhile back but love to make again and again.

What are your favorite meatless recipes?

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

We Got Away

We went away this weekend. Not very far, but far enough to feel like we were away. We left Jack with my parents and shrugged off responsibility for a few days.

We walked through shops and soaked up the surprisingly warm weekend weather. We ate at every opportunity we had and took every chance to savor a cocktail or just some quiet time. We sampled rum and beer and wine (not all in the same day). We shopped and relaxed and rolled the windows down without any little voice shouting "I've had enough" or "I don't like windows down".

We stayed at "rustic" Inn where the water smelled but the view was fantastic. We didn't care or complain. We enjoyed the view. We ate outside as much as possible. We sat in silence taking it all in. We stayed out late and slept until the sun came streaming through our windows.

We watched the sunset on the edge of a cliff. We enjoyed a wedding and dancing and singing Sweet Caroline at the top of our lungs. We ate too many cupcakes and brought chocolate bars and savored cups of coffee.

We remembered how we used to love road trips. How the windows down and Tom Petty blaring could remind us of what it was like to be 18. We acknowledged how such a short trip can revive you. We finished each others sentences and completed each others thoughts.

We took in the views and I tried to capture all the moments. We connected with family we hadn't seen in years and realized we had more in common than we thought. We embraced new friends and shared stories and laughed.

We made plans to go back, to take more road trips, to get away for just a bit. We found a new favorite spot, that for a weekend fit us so well. We were warm and for the first time in months the weather agreed with us.

We got away from it all, which is so very wonderful every once in a little while.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

April Happiness Project : Live Happy Link Up

I knew that at some point during my happiness project I was going to have to tackle fitness. I'm well aware that exercise causes endorphins and makes you happier and yet I still find ways to put it on the back burner. I'm full of excuses as to why I skip workouts or eat the extra cookie or have a second helping of pasta. But I would like to change that. I would like to make exercise a regular, positive part of my life. And I would also like to embark on a healthier lifestyle. I'm always saying that I want to eat less processed foods and to buy organic, maybe it's time I've started or at least made a better effort.

So here are my happiness goals for April

  • Hit 8000 steps on my fit bit everyday. I usually average about 7,000 so I'm taking it up a bit. 
  • Walk Bailey every day. The weather has been awful this winter and we've fallen out of our walk routine. 
  • Get outside more. 
  • Keep a regular workout routine, for me that's 3 days of weights and 2-3 days of good cardio (zumba or running). 
  • Give up meat for a month. Going vegetarian has been an idea that I've been toying with for a couple of months now and I want to see how my body feels without meat. 
  • Buy less processed food, I'm looking at you Pop Tarts and Lucky Charms. 
I'm hoping that by the end of the month I will have established some healthy routines and feel a difference in my body. I have to admit that even the thought of committing to good healthy goals is a little daunting and that the instant I decided no more meat I immediately wanted bacon. But I know all of these goals are worth trying. 

And really how hard can it be, it's not like I'm giving up wine or chocolate or cheese.

Have you ever given up something in order to make yourself happier?

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