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Don’t You Want Me? + Vermont Food!

Hi love doves!! How are you?

I am not going to lie, I am rather sleepy and on a slight raisin burnout. I do not know how it happened, I am freaking out basically so I am laying off the raisins for the day. Tomorrow I will be back to my raisin-inhaling tendencies.

Yesterday I got home from Vermont and hit up the produce section of Weggie’s, and then put together a salad, quinoa, and some cinnamon-raisin socca that was a giant FAIL. Totally fine though, at least it tasted good:) Expect a recipe coming your way soon!

Pee ess (ew never typing that again), be sure to send in your Mission: I Feel Pretty pictures!! I am going to do a post soon with some of the ones I have received recently so don’t wait!

Slash I LOVED hearing about all of your addictions! (but not to drugs, thank goodness!) You can hear about my latest one here🙂 Oh and that is also where you can see hilarious pictures of me, myself, and I as well as some randoms I found around Burlington. Have a looksky!

Anywhos, the title is because I am OBSESSED with Glee. Like, it’s unhealthy. Just watch this video and try to tell me you are not obsessed too.

I have said this a million times and I will say it again. I AM MARRYING BLAINE he is so gorgeous, I will turn him from gay to straight, he can serenade me every night:) Will you all come to our wedding and bring me a Vitamix present?

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Lock me up and throw away the keyyyyy:) I would die for one of these babies! I told the Padre I would not mind getting one as a graduation present:)

Okay, now onto the Vermont food! Get ready to lick the screen.

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Burlington Food:

Dinner on Thursday was had at Zebby & Elf’s Stone Soup.

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We walked in to the smells of yummy deliciousness, happy customers, vibrant owners, and delicious baked goodies🙂

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The atmosphere was nothing short of warm and friendly. I could have eaten every meal of my life here!

The food consisted of a serve-your-own hot bar and salad bar. Below is the salad bar, I forgot a picture of the hot bar:(

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The Padre loaded up on tons of food, as per usual, and ordered a giant tuna sandwich to go with this plate full.

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This is one of those times I was a man and could eat millions of foot long subs and never be full. It is fine though my tummy never gets sick of almond butter:)

My plate consisted of greens, veg, steamed kale, sweet potatoes, sunflower seeds, falafel casserole (ohhhmaigawd, to DIE for), and completely covered in balsamic (I know I am cheating).

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Owner Zebby doubted my ability to eat this whole thing, but by George, I did it! He should come see everything I eat in a day, somehow my tiny little self is able to eat ginormous portions of anything and everything. I have been dubbed as the “bottomless pit” among my friends;)

Bee tee dubs, Zebby was a riot, and happens to have grown up in my home town! What a small world:)

Then we walked through the Church Street Market, which is still donning gorgeous Christmas lights!

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Please note that this was pre-blizzard. More on that later.

Friday Breakfast:

Breakfast on Friday was had in the hotel room, which was complete with a full kitchen, two TV’s (with cable! I was in heaven), and a hugh jass bathroom and king bed and bedroom. Lurve:)

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Perfect for the crazykins in me that brought my whole fridge from home. No big. Come on people, it would NOT be realistic for me to go out and buy some food every single time I need to eat (which is like every two hours basically).

The bowls in the cupboard were too small for my cookie dough so I used a mixing bowl.

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In case you couldn’t tell, I dig the whole orangey thing that “color boost” in Live Writer does. At least I look tanner:)

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Whaddup gangstaaaaz. Topped with bluebs, rasps, and tons of coconut. More was sprinkled after all the berries were mixed in. Please ignore the fact that it looks like there is poop in the bowl mmk.

Friday Lunch:

Lunch was had at the University Marche on UVM campus, and enjoyed with Lauren from RunYogaRepeat! She was such a sweetheart, and answered all of my questions about UVM! Oh and obviously we talked about everything from green smoothies to boyfriends.

Isn’t she adorable?!

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She had a yummy deliciousness noodle bowl that I wish I knew the name of (it was vegan), and I noshed on a Butternut Squash-Leek Soup and a salad con garbanzo beans and almonds.

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Clearly taken once I was almost done and realized we were too caught up in talking to actually take pictures of things. Like our food:)

Not going to lie, this was not very satisfying! If you lived with me you would marvel at how much I eat in a day. I went back to the hotel room and ate a giant quinoa-lentil-raisin-balsamic bowl. It was glorious.

Tummy = satisfied🙂

Unfortunately, the animal-free options at the caf were not many, but that is not TOO big of a deal since I am planning on buying and preparing all of my own food next year.

 

Friday Dinner:

For those of you that guessed I got sushi/Asian food, you were right!

Dinner was had at Asiana Noodle House, and it was delicious. I think I died and went to heaven. But not before I had issues separating my chopsticks.

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Please tell me why I am so hot.

Then we drank ginger tea, and BOY does that stuff clear your nostrils!

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In mah face.

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MUCH better:)

Then our food came!

I ordered the Vegan Chirashi (Shitake Mushroom, Sweet potato, Seaweed, Oshinko, Kampyo, Tofu, Yamagobo, Asparagus ,Wakame, Spinach, Avocado, Cucumber and Tofu skin), with brown rice and a side of steamed veg.

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I am not going to lie, I was very confused when they brought this giant bowl out to me.

Where was my sushi?!

Apparently I need more education in ethnic food, because the rice was on zee bottom.

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This was so pretty though, I could barely bring myself to eat it! Isn’t it absolutely gorgeous?!

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It was delicious, nutritious, and way satisfying. Full, happy belly🙂

Padre ordered Crab Rolls in rice netting, which looks SO cool I am not going to lie. And he also got the Seafood Salad:

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The Baby Sister and mi Madre ordered noodle bowls with buckwheat soba noodles, lemon dressing, and tofu. Sorry buddies no picture!

Then we stomped around a bit more and did some window shopping. Look out for the birthday pwesent post that I mentioned earlier🙂

Sisters in the snow:

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Church Street Market!

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Post-blizzard.

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AHHH absolutely gowagous!

p.s. See the store “Kiss the Cook” on the right?! Yeah I spent all night there basically it’s fine. Oh and looking at wellies🙂

That’s all for this morning chickadees! I’m off to church, then hitting up the gym and getting some homework done.

It is the last day of February break! I will be very sad to see it go, and not so happy to be waking up at 5:30 again every morning. It went by WAY too quickly!

See you tomorrow dolls!

What is your favorite kind of ethnic food?

I would have to say Mediterranean food. There is a local place that I could eat at every. single. night. Come visit me and we will go there mmk:)

What are your favorite salad toppings? Please tell! I need some new ideas:)

I usually roll with red pepper, tomatoes, carrots, cukes, green beans, broc, balsamic, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, hummus, beans, quinoa, what have you! Lately I am especially digging chopped red onion:)

Have you sent in your Mission: I Feel Pretty picture yet?! If not, get on that!

Imeannn, I just strongly suggest it;)

xoxox,

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Thanksgiving in August

It’s been stormy and dark all day, so tonight for dinner I wanted something a bit…warmer. Like soothe-the-soul kind of warm. So, I went with my signature butternut squash soup, roasted asparagus, black jicama rice with raw almonds, and salads with avocado. Mmmm I’m getting warmer just thinking about it 🙂

Butternut Squash Soup 🙂 It looked MUCH more orange in person

Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. butternut squash
  • 2 cups water
  • Cinnamon, allspice, and/or nutmeg to taste (I use just cinnamon)
  • 1-2 cups water

Directions:

  1. Wash and chop the butternut squash into cubes.
  2. Place a steamer basket in a large pot with the 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add butternut squash to the steamer basket and allow to steam until brightly colored and easily pierced with a fork.
  3. Carefully tip and remove steamer basket, allowing the squash to fall into the hot water. Let sit for a few minutes and stir.
  4. Add squash and water to a blender and puree until smooth. Be sure to push pieces down so they all blend completely.
  5. Once completely smooth, pour and scrape soup back into pot and add a cup of water. Stir and reheat over low heat.
  6. Add spices and continue stirring, adding water to your desired consistency (I usually only need 1 cup).
  7. Once bubbles start forming, it is hot enough to serve. Enjoy! 🙂

Butternut squash soup is one of my favorite recipes of all time. It’s simple, super flavorful and sweet, and always looks really nice in the bowl.

After my Dad had already taken half of them... 🙂

Simple Roasted Asparagus

Ingredients:

  • However much asparagus you plan to eat!
  • EVOO
  • Sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Wash asparagus and break off woody ends.
  3. Arrange on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Toss with tongs to evenly coat.
  4. Place in oven for about 12 minutes.

These are so yummy and the tops get perfectly crispy. Crunch crunch 🙂

My favorite rice! Sorry, kind of blurry

What’s your favorite fall meal?

Time to start my day! Until later, lovies 🙂

xoxox,

Katelyn

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Raw, raw, ah ah ahhh

Last night, I felt like going raw. So, I made a raw tomato soup and tabbouleh (bulgur isn’t exactly raw, but it was the only part that was cooked! 🙂 ). The soup has a little bit of a kick to it (from the garlic) which I really liked, and it was super refreshing. The tabbouleh was so good, and we kept going back for more! I made a giaaaaaant bowl that was totally full and we ate most of it. Go us!

Raw Tomato Soup

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 6 tomatoes
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • a large handful of basil

Directions:

  1. Blend and serve immediately. Yum 🙂

Tabbouleh

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup dry bulgur
  • 1-2 cups halved grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 (15.5-oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice (this would also probably be good with a tablespoon or two of EVOO)

Directions:

  1. Boil 2 cups of water in a medium saucepan with a pinch of sea salt. Once boiled, stir in the bulgur, then remove from heat and cover for 30 minutes (or until all the water is absorbed).
  2. Fluff bulgur with a fork and combine with chopped vegetables and chickpeas. Pour in lemon juice and thoroughly combine.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste (I prefer this dish naked) and serve!

We also had a few bananas lying around that were just a tad too ripe to eat, so I decided to whip up some banana bread for dessert! However, it’s the healthiest banana bread on earth since it contains no added sugar, artificial sweeteners, or refined carbohydrates so it’s perfect as a breakfast or pre-workout snack! You can find my recipe here. This time, I added a cup of raisins (a heaping cup I should say) and another heaping cup of walnuts. You can make it more dessert-y by adding in some vegan chocolate chips, cacao nibs, or even some unsweetened cacao powder! Yum 🙂

You can still see little chunks of bananers :)yum yum

We also happened to have a pineapple lying around. And two mangoes. And a watermelon….

Let’s just say I have a lot of fruit in my fridge.

In other news, I’m training for a 5K! It’s on September 5th, so I still have time to train. I have to get used to running outside, it’s always so humid! I got in two miles outside today, and tomorrow I’ll try to build my endurance. After that, I had to go inside for the rest of my workout…much too humid for my little lungs.

Do you have any advice for race training? Personal stories in running? Let me know! 🙂

That’s all for now! I observed a dietitian for 5 hours today, so I’ll recap on that later 🙂

xoxox,

Katelyn

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