Pieces in Progress: Living fit, healthy, & happy!

One of the coolest wedding gifts David and I received was a spiralizer. David was a bit skeptical but I couldn’t wait to test it out and the results are every bit as delicious as they look! Here’s two easy ways to make them that are both absolutely delicious. I have to say though, for my post-wedding vegan week I have been feasting on the tahini caprese version. It’s so full of flavor and absolutely delicious I don’t miss the cheese at all. That said- zucchini and garlic and parmesan is definitely a match made in heaven! The key to making really excellent zoodles regardless of the flavors you add is to cook them quickly! As soon as they start to wilt get them off the heat and on your plate so they stay crisp and not soggy!

My spiralizer was $40 from Williams Sonoma and I would highly recommend it. However, if a spiralizer is not in your future, my favorite way to cut zucchini so it stays crisp but tender is to cut it in half lengthwise then into half moon slices then again in half to make cubes.

Last tip: get your zucchini at a farmer’s market! Seriously! I buy enormous zucchinis for 50 cents each at the market instead of paying $2 a pound in the store. And with how many zoodles I’ve been eating at least that’s a hefty saving haha! :)

For more healthy, gluten free, delicious veggie recipes go here! :)

The wedding post has arrived! David and I were married one month ago on June 21. We’ve been honeymooning (disney-mooning), travelling, and settling but now we can truly say we are “home” AND we have our pictures (special thanks to Chris Hensel our photographer who captured our day perfectly)! 

Here’s my review of the day, favorite pictures and all the crafty little things we did to make the day truly ours. Enjoy!

Grilled Asparagus with Fresh Quinoa Salad

This is by far my favorite way to prepare asparagus. It’s simple, full of fresh flavor, and really lets the asparagus be the star. I paired it with this super simple quinoa salad that, truly, will only get better the next day. Together, these two elements make for an impressive but easy to pull together meal delicious the day of with warm asparagus & chilled salad and delicious packed on your way to school, work, or the beach the next day!

The salad has farm fresh baby tomatoes, crumbled goat cheese, classic spices and just enough lemon & olive oil to pull it together. Of course you can customize it to your own favorites with different veggies, types of cheese, or kicking up the dressing with a some fresh herbs!

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I always seem to forget how ridiculously delicious these are. I’ll buy a carton of cherry tomatoes, cook them to perfection, take one bite and immediately want to go back to the market to buy and make another batch haha! These are really one of my absolute favorite, super healthy recipes because they’re not only delicious in themselves, but also because they make everything they’re a part of so much better!

I’m using them this week for vegan & gluten free brown rice veggie bowls. They’re also great in salads, on sandwiches, roasted with other veggies, even pureed into a sauce! Try them out and let me know how you get creative with them!
For more easy, healthy veggie recipes go here. :)

I always seem to forget how ridiculously delicious these are. I’ll buy a carton of cherry tomatoes, cook them to perfection, take one bite and immediately want to go back to the market to buy and make another batch haha! These are really one of my absolute favorite, super healthy recipes because they’re not only delicious in themselves, but also because they make everything they’re a part of so much better!

I’m using them this week for vegan & gluten free brown rice veggie bowls. They’re also great in salads, on sandwiches, roasted with other veggies, even pureed into a sauce! Try them out and let me know how you get creative with them!

For more easy, healthy veggie recipes go here. :)

Today’s breakfast smoothie: tropical twist! Thick enough to eat with a spoon,  so refreshing, vegan, and gluten free!

Blend:
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup water
2 pitted dates

To make my smoothies quicker and more easily I peeled and halved a few bananas and froze them in Tupperware so I could grab blend and go!

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Today’s breakfast smoothie: tropical twist! Thick enough to eat with a spoon, so refreshing, vegan, and gluten free!

Blend:
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup water
2 pitted dates

To make my smoothies quicker and more easily I peeled and halved a few bananas and froze them in Tupperware so I could grab blend and go!

#healthy #healthyfood #healthyliving #vegetarian #instarecipes #instafood #food #cooking #snacks #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes #easyrecipes #vegan #raw #veganfoodshare #smoothies #smoothiejunkie #veganweek #fruit

Introducing: Vegan Week!

It has been an incredible month of celebration- I got married, went on my honeymoon to Disney, went on a mini second honeymoon to Maine, all the while having an amazing time with my husband and family. BUT! Now I am home and so SO happy to be returning to my “normal” life. To kickstart my return to normal, detox from the foodie celebrations of the last month, and just really energize myself to be healthy, I’m beginning my time at home with a nutrient packed week of local, fresh, vegan food!

I’m sharing my daily eats, activities, and simple fresh recipes on instagram all week and then at the end of it I’ll post the whole meal plan here! I hope it gives your fit-life an extra boost and inspires me to make the absolute most of this time! :)

ps- my instagram is piecesinprogress if you want to follow along, check out recipes, or share advice!

There are 2 more levels to this plan, get them both here on my new site!! :)
As always, remember that this is your workout and you should always listen to your body. Mix and match pieces from the 3 plans to suit your needs. Don’t like running or walking? Do whatever cardio you want! This is really a plan to help you get excited again about your summer routine so do what will make you excited to get out and get moving! :)

There are 2 more levels to this plan, get them both here on my new site!! :)

As always, remember that this is your workout and you should always listen to your body. Mix and match pieces from the 3 plans to suit your needs. Don’t like running or walking? Do whatever cardio you want! This is really a plan to help you get excited again about your summer routine so do what will make you excited to get out and get moving! :)

Make in take out! This is one of my favorite healthy meals. Stir fry is fast, so delicious, completely customizable, and the high heat & quick cooking times let all the fresh flavor of the produce shine through. This meal is satisfying, so easy to make, gluten free, AND vegan! 
Get the full recipe & tips here on my new blog! :)

Make in take out! This is one of my favorite healthy meals. Stir fry is fast, so delicious, completely customizable, and the high heat & quick cooking times let all the fresh flavor of the produce shine through. This meal is satisfying, so easy to make, gluten free, AND vegan!

Get the full recipe & tips here on my new blog! :)

My journey began just over 3 years ago and it has led me down a path windier than I knew possible. There have been periods of success and periods of great frustration. I learned I’m gluten intolerant, became a yoga instructor, accepted Jesus, got married!!!, graduated college to go off to my dream job, and along the way, learned to be a person I am happy to be. The weight loss is only one of many pieces of how I became who I am today, a necessary part, but even more was that I learned how to change. Becoming the person you want to be, physically, emotionally, it comes from waking up every morning and choosing to be that person, choosing actively to live how you know you want to live. It won’t be easy, it won’t be a straight path, and no matter what goals you start with, you’ll attain so much more. I hope my progress, my life, my blog and experience and cooking (so much cooking haha) help you along your own journey to being who you want to be and live how you want to live.

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This is a salad I’ve been thinking about for a while but have been nervous to try. All summer I’ve been seeing salads like this (goat cheese, some sort of berry, candied nuts) on cafe menus and thinking to myself that sounds like it might be good but I don’t want to spend so much money on something I know I can make at home. After a few attempts (goat cheese doesn’t last long in my house!) I finally pulled this together and was in love. The creamy goat cheese mixes so well with the sweetness of the strawberries and the crunch of the radish makes the perfect contrast. I used to be a fruit-in-salad skeptic but this has definitely proven to me that it can be an outstanding combo!
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This is a salad I’ve been thinking about for a while but have been nervous to try. All summer I’ve been seeing salads like this (goat cheese, some sort of berry, candied nuts) on cafe menus and thinking to myself that sounds like it might be good but I don’t want to spend so much money on something I know I can make at home. After a few attempts (goat cheese doesn’t last long in my house!) I finally pulled this together and was in love. The creamy goat cheese mixes so well with the sweetness of the strawberries and the crunch of the radish makes the perfect contrast. I used to be a fruit-in-salad skeptic but this has definitely proven to me that it can be an outstanding combo!

Check out my new domain here for more delicious, easy, healthy *gluten free!* recipes! :)

I love omelets! They’re protein packed, customizable to exactly what I feel like enjoying, and if I mess it up, well, then I’m in for one seriously delicious plate of scrambled eggs haha! I like to start with a mix of 1 whole regular egg and a mess of carton egg whites to get a good mix of fat and protein (want them fluffy? add a splash of water & beat them before cooking). I hope this list of 54 possible fillings inspires you to get creative and think beyond the carton haha.
Here’s my top 5 favorite combinations:
The Chinese Take-Out: healthy fried rice (recipe on my instagram) with added zucchini, green beans, and broccoli (cook the veggies with the fried rice then use the loaded rice as your filling)
Inside-Out Burrito: black beans, cheddar cheese, fresh cilantro, peppers, tomatoes, chipotle blend seasoning
Italy Calling: mozzarella, parmesan, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, extra garlic, fresh chopped basil
Green Machine: spinach, peas, asparagus, shaved brussels sprouts, goat cheese, dried rosemary
The All American: potatoes, American cheese, spinach, mushrooms, & a little bit of garlic powder
For more gluten free, healthy recipes & guides like this, check out my new domain here!

I love omelets! They’re protein packed, customizable to exactly what I feel like enjoying, and if I mess it up, well, then I’m in for one seriously delicious plate of scrambled eggs haha! I like to start with a mix of 1 whole regular egg and a mess of carton egg whites to get a good mix of fat and protein (want them fluffy? add a splash of water & beat them before cooking). I hope this list of 54 possible fillings inspires you to get creative and think beyond the carton haha.

Here’s my top 5 favorite combinations:

  • The Chinese Take-Out: healthy fried rice (recipe on my instagram) with added zucchini, green beans, and broccoli (cook the veggies with the fried rice then use the loaded rice as your filling)
  • Inside-Out Burrito: black beans, cheddar cheese, fresh cilantro, peppers, tomatoes, chipotle blend seasoning
  • Italy Calling: mozzarella, parmesan, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, extra garlic, fresh chopped basil
  • Green Machine: spinach, peas, asparagus, shaved brussels sprouts, goat cheese, dried rosemary
  • The All American: potatoes, American cheese, spinach, mushrooms, & a little bit of garlic powder

For more gluten free, healthy recipes & guides like this, check out my new domain here!

According to my husband (2 weeks in, still feels weird & wonderful haha), this is probably the best thing that has come out of my kitchen. In fact, it’s so good that even though I would like to be able to tell you about shelf life, David doesn’t let them last more than a few hours! Don’t let the simplicity of this recipe fool you, these chips are salty, creamy, crunchy, cheesy, basically everything you could want in a chip for just 7 calories a piece! I suggest making a big batch of them and storing 10-15 at a time in mini zip top bags so you can pack them for lunch or on the run! Each chip is about 2 inches in diameter.

These are really delicious to just snack on but here’s a few other also tasty ways to use them:

  • Broken up in salads
  • Dunked in soup, especially your favorite tomato soup!
  • On paninis (or gluten free paninis)
  • Tossed with your favorite pasta recipe
  • As a cracker for your favorite mixed salad (tomato + kalamatas + olive oil + a dash of balsamic glaze would be great!)

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In my experience, take out style sesame anything is usually both delicious and so unhealthy it’s best to just forget I know anything about nutrition haha! So when I set out to make my sesame style tempeh, I wanted to retain all that rich flavor without the breading, frying, or masses of oil. The result was marinading the tempeh to really spread the flavor throughout and giving it a double shot of sesame through both seeds and the absolutely flavor packed sesame oil. You can use this recipe with whatever protein you like, I picked tempeh because it holds its shape so well. I hope this recipe inspires you to play around with make-in-take-out!

In my experience, take out style sesame anything is usually both delicious and so unhealthy it’s best to just forget I know anything about nutrition haha! So when I set out to make my sesame style tempeh, I wanted to retain all that rich flavor without the breading, frying, or masses of oil. The result was marinading the tempeh to really spread the flavor throughout and giving it a double shot of sesame through both seeds and the absolutely flavor packed sesame oil. You can use this recipe with whatever protein you like, I picked tempeh because it holds its shape so well. I hope this recipe inspires you to play around with make-in-take-out!

It’s a good thing you can never have too many green smoothie recipes because I just love coming up with them! This batch is a truly eclectic collection of flavors and benefits. Spring Fling is a great energizer while the Green Lemonade is light and uplifting. The Blueberry Bliss is creamy and mellow while the Chocolate Strawberry is basically dessert for breakfast (if you really want to send that over the top, add a teaspoon or two of your favorite chocolate sauce, mine is Stonewall Kitchen!).

I hope this collection inspires you to get creative with your own smoothie adventures! There’s even more vegan, gluten free green smoothies here. :)

The key to making this recipe absolutely fantastic is having everything ready to go. It cooks super fast so make sure you have your spices & ingredients at the ready! You can add in any other veggies you like, broccoli especially would be great with this. Make sure you cook it long enough that there’s no remaining liquid in the pan too so all the flavor is in the veggies!

For more easy veggie recipes go here. :)

The key to making this recipe absolutely fantastic is having everything ready to go. It cooks super fast so make sure you have your spices & ingredients at the ready! You can add in any other veggies you like, broccoli especially would be great with this. Make sure you cook it long enough that there’s no remaining liquid in the pan too so all the flavor is in the veggies!

For more easy veggie recipes go here. :)