Those Quesadillas, Tho’

Butternut squash, black bean, and red onion quesadilla with greek yogurt sour cream

YOU GUYS.

I am here to present you with the most delicious, healthy, vegetarian meal I’ve had in a while. The kind where you feel like you’re scarfing down naughty late-night junk food, but in fact somehow you’ve fooled yourself and you’re getting loads of healthy things instead. (Okay, minus the cheese, but cheese is healthy for the soul, and we really didn’t use much at all.)

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Trying Out a New Kale Salad

The final product, Red Quinoa and baby kale salad with sweet potato fries and blackberry dressing, and added feta cheese

Monday Night Cook-All

This past Monday night, the man and I tested out a new recipe from a new cookbook, Simple Green Suppers, A Fresh Strategy for One-Dish Vegetarian Meals. We also put together some easy lunches for the next day, and I thought I’d document it all because food is fun—end of story.

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A Deliciously Savory Salmon Meal

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Get Your Chop Sticks Ready

After my trip to LA, I’ve had an ongoing seafood craving. This past weekend, as part of our weekly meal prep, the man took my very specific cravings of the day (seafood, of course, but also sticky rice and veggies) and crafted this easy, luxurious, and remarkably simple Asian-inspired meal:

Poached salmon on top of baby bok choy in a ginger/soy sauce over rice

Here’s the recipe!

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Mixed Mushroom & Spinach Lasagna

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Thug Kitchen Knows Their $#*!

Last night the man and I put together Thug Kitchen‘s recipe for Mixed Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna. Okay, so Nick made the marinara from scratch (so good), as well as the pesto it called for, but I helped assemble as well as inhale the lasagna, so it all evens out.

The only thing we tweaked majorly was using real ricotta cheese instead of making Thug Kitchen’s tofu ricotta. I’d say that was a good call, my friends.

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Vegan Mac ‘N’ Cheese + A New Race!

Minimalist Bakers vegan mac and cheese recipe plus registering for the Platte River Half Marathon in Littleton Colorado | THE REAL LIFE Blog | fitness, food, fashion, fun in Colorado

Dairy Free & Daring

The man and I eat mostly vegetarian meals, I’d say about 95% of the time. A few years ago, I tried a day of eating vegan and it turned into a six-month stint. In that time, I discovered that eating vegan can be just as delicious as a diet full of meat and dairy.

I wish I’d known about this recipe, though, since mac and cheese is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods!

Also: The man and I registered for a half marathon coming up in April!

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Daily Diet: What I Eat in a Day

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Looking to Maintain

After some weird weeks and a significant decrease in my running mileage, I was worried I might gain weight this month (maintaining a 30-pound weight loss is still relatively new territory for me). I also have been careful not to restrict myself too much, as I’ve been reading about Reverse Dieting and making sure my metabolism is running strong.

Anyway, this Daily Diet reflects a typical workday of eating real foods and enjoying every bite. Also: I have maintained this month and hope to get back to running lots of miles consistently soon.

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It’s National Pizza Day!

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A SACRED DAY

Let us take a moment of silence…

This should be a national holiday, in my book. To celebrate, I’ve pulled together some of my all-time favorite pizzas, either procured from divine pizza establishments or made by the pizza-lovin’ man and me.

May my ode to the world’s greatest round creation since the wheel inspire you to indulge on this holiest of Thursdays.

(Turns out I have eaten a LOT of pizza…)

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Weekend Snapshots!

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RUNNING FIRSTS + FESTIVE LIGHTS

This weekend was absolutely marvelous! I’m amping up my long runs with the help of the man, and we’re also making sure to squeeze as much festivity out of this month as we can muster! I love December. Christmas, the cozy cold, and I turn 30 soon!

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An 8-Mile Run + Deliciousness

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B(RUN)CH HARD

This Sunday, the man and I got up early to run an 8-mile long run along the Highline Canal in Englewood, through the beautiful Cherry Hills Village community.

After the strong run in chilly weather, we drove home and partook in a glorious brunch, created of course by Nick, the culinary genius. Check it out!

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