Monday, March 16, 2015

Roasted Parsnip Fries

We're really getting fancy with our fry selection. French fries, sweet potato fries, and now parsnip fries. I have to admit I've been so curious as to why so many recipes for parsnip fries are popping up all over Pinterest.

Yesterday, I was in the produce aisle of the grocery store and I wanted to try something new. And then I saw parsnips. So, I bought a few and the next day they were washed, sliced, and thrown in the oven ready to become part of the fry sensation.

After 30 minutes, I was hooked! Parsnip fries are totally delicious. Dipped in a little bit of ketchup, they make the perfect pair to any meal. Plus, they're way healthier than your run of the mill french fries. Go ahead, try for yourself!

Roasted Parsnip Fries

3 large parsnips
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp minced garlic

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Wash and lightly peel parsnips. Slice into thin strips.
3. In a bowl, toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic.
4. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
5. Spread the fries out onto the baking sheet and place in the oven until golden brown (~25-30 minutes).

Serves 4

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A [Quick] Weekend in Paradise

Sand. Sunshine. Mojitos. Paradise.

This is how I spent my weekend...and it was absolutely perfect. Throughout the past few years, I have spent a lot of time in Los Angeles. Since starting the dietetic internship and moving to Portland I haven't visited in a while so, I was extremely excited to make my return to the land where summer never ends.

This trip made me realize something about myself - I don't like to stay in the same place for a long time. I like to travel and explore new places, things, and people. It's so fun to soak in other cultures, experiences, and cuisines. It keeps things interesting and exciting. It stimulates the mind! Even short trips like this get my mind refreshed and excited to keep traveling and even get back to the swing of things in internship land.

My first day in Southern California was spent in Catalina Island. As soon as you step off the ferry, you really feel like you're in another country. So quaint, so peaceful, so perfect.

I parked myself on the beach for the day and I am proud to say the mojitos started flowing at 10:30 am. A vacation isn't a vacation without a good mojito. After hours of pure bliss and sunbathing, the beau and I rented a kayak and paddled our way around the island. Sunshine and warm weather is certainly a huge motivator for me to be active. Incredible views like these don't hurt either (look for yourself ---->).

After working up an appetite, we splurged on a fancy Italian dinner which was heaven on a plate. We started off with some fried calamari followed by linguini and clams + chicken parmesan. We continued to walk around town stopping in cute little boutiques until it was time to take the last possible ferry back to LA.

The next (and sadly final day) was spent on Santa Monica beach. I made it my job to get as much vitamin D as possible... and a tan. Santa Monica promenade is possibly one of the most lively places I've ever seen. Every few steps, you find yourself stopping to witness the talented musicians and street performers.

Later that night, I met up with some old friends at Mike & Anne's, a great restaurant in South Pasadena with outdoor seating in a courtyard trimmed with white lights. We shared a bunch of appetizers including a pomegranate salad, brussels sprouts, roasted cauliflower, and olives. Our waitress joked at our dietitian-like dinner choices. It's funny when you haven't seen someone in almost a year and yet it feels like no time has passed at all. This night was filled with a lot of laughs and later some fro yo.

I couldn't have had a better time or have been surrounded by better people. The message of this story is to stay curious, see new places, and live a little. Sometimes putting yourself out there and breathing in the fresh air is just as nourishing for the mind and body as feeding it well.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Cinnamon Vanilla Overnight Oats

Overnight oats have been a real life saver for both me and my stomach. Prepping meals for the day ahead is not a strong suit of mine. A great deal of effort goes into packing a yogurt cup, granola bar, and banana. So, since overnight oats have been discovered they have made their way onto my menu on nearly a daily basis. They're quick, delicious, and very satisfying - and so they shall stay on my makeshift menu. As someone who prefers to snack throughout the day, some days are busier than others and snacks don't always fit in between meals. Oatmeal is my best bet on these hectic days due to their high fiber content which keeps my belly full until I can fill it again.

1/2 c oats
3/4 c milk (low fat, soy, almond, etc)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
1/2 tsp maple syrup 
1 tbsp chia seeds

Combine ingredients in a jar overnight. Heat in the morning. Eat!

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