Spring Spaghetti Squash Pasta – Whole 30/ Paleo Friendly

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We are in the home stretch of Whole 30, and I can’t believe it! In 4 days, we get to start reintroducing foods and evaluating how/if they affect us. I would be lying if I told you I’m not excited! I spent the morning re-organizing my schedule after the long weekend and started working on our reintroduction plan for the week after Whole 30. I am a mixture of good and bad anxiety: anxious that foods I love are no good for me, anddddd at the same time SO looking forward to reuniting with beans, cheese, and of course my truest food love: pasta.

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5 Whole 30 Sauces and Seasonings

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We’re on the tail end of Whole 30. It’s hard to believe it’s been 21 days already! I’ve been spending some time reflecting on what I’ve liked from this round of Whole 30. I can honestly say that I feel a noticeable change in my body since we started. I feel less bloated, I have more energy, clearer skin, and less cravings.

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Whole 30 & Paleo Friendly Menemen

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You’ve heard me say it before, but I’ll say it again: breakfast is my favorite meal. I don’t think there was any other hope for me to not love it though. I grew up in a spoiled house where we ate well for breakfast. Cereal was so rare a treat, that I grew up not really having a taste for it. Sundays especially, my family would work magic on the week’s left overs. From refried black beans, to egg scrambles, to salsas made from the vegetables in our garden: Sunday mornings were made for feasting.

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Whole 30 Prep Week: What To Buy, Do, And Prep

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After online-committing to doing Whole30 last week, I’m spending some time early this week preparing for the next 30 days of clean eating. If you’re late to the Party, Ben and I will be starting Whole30 on Thursday of this week. Whole30 is a food detox program where you abstain from eating certain foods for a month in order to regain a balanced diet, discover any food aversions you might have, and break bad food habits you may have developed over time.

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Avocado Roses + Avocado Buying Tips + Food Update

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Let’s talk some about two of my favorite things today: food garnishes and avocado flowers. I get a lot of questions about them on instagram, and it’s a running joke in my friend group that a good way to lose my friendship is to squash my avocado flowers.

Honestly, I didn’t even know avocado flowers were a thing until about a year ago. But I’ve had a longtime belief that food that is delicious, should also be beautiful. I know, I know, the process seems unnecessarily complicated–but I’ve figured out a few ways to simplify the process + some tips on buying the right avocados for what you need.

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Homemade Rosemary-Black Garlic Pasta

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I’m not sure if you’ve gathered by now, but I am somewhat carb-obsessed. My love affair with pasta has always been rampant, but it escalated to epic proportions after I lived in Florence in 2010. In a lot of ways, living in Florence was a coming of age season for me. It was my first semester of college (yes, my parents let me leave the country at 18…looking back it was a scary decision), and it was the first time I was living somewhere I wasn’t influenced by everything I knew. Although I wouldn’t recommend this for everyone, it was a really sweet time for me.

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Breakfast Pizza

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I’m sitting a couple of days away from having lived a quarter century, and I’m feeling really grateful for all the love, adventures, and good food it’s been filled with. In our house we’ve technically been celebrating since April 1st, which is a nice way to explain that I’ve been claiming “birthday month” as my excuse for allllll things.  As always celebrating my birthday also means we’ve been eating good food. The most concentrated part of that will happen this week, as it’s my birthday week (!!!!!). This weekend we’ll have a celebration full of tacos, Latinx sounds, and most of my favorite (local) people (anyone in Georgia who wants to surprise arrive this weekend is MORE than welcome to; I’ll keep the guest room ready).

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5 Ways To Reset For Spring (Even If It Doesn’t Feel Like Spring Yet)

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Happy First Day of Spring! Around here, we’ve been counting down to this day for a long, long, long time. And even still, the winter weather in Portland continues.

While I know there are some areas of the country that have more severe weather than Portland, I’m firmly convinced they still get more sunshine than we do. And y’all, until you live somewhere where you only see the sun every two weeks (if you’re lucky), you have no idea how much it affects you.

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Gluten Free, Vegan, Three-Ingredient Coconut Pudding

Have you ever wanted something so bad, that you surrounded yourself with things that remind you of what you want, in the hopes that it will come true?

That’s how I feel right now about sunshine and warm weather. I mean, y’all, we knew what we signed up for when we moved to Portland (or at least we pretended to), and then this winter happened. From an unexpected snow storm that froze the city for over a week, to record rainfalls–EVEN seasoned Oregonians are pulling out their umbrellas, and you don’t do that around here unless you want to lose your reputation.

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