I often get asked about my favorite places I’ve traveled to. So I decided to make this list.
When it comes to vacation and trip planning, there seems to be a spectrum on which people fall on. On one end, there are the people who don’t plan anything much besides the flights and the hotels. They plan to figure everything out when they get there. On the other end are the folks who plan every minute of every day they are traveling. Both ends of the spectrum are unrealistic if you want to have the best time you can.
I love to travel and I also love to plan. It should be no surprise that travel planning is then a perfect storm of things I love to do. Before 2018 started, I had all my big vacations planned for the entire year. I plan almost all my family vacations. Given this skill and love, I have developed a reputation at my office as a resource to find cheap flights, as I have done extensive research on this myself. I was asked to give a presentation to my office on how to find cheap flights so I reapplied that to my blog post below.
One of my favorite dinners were these sauteed green beans in a fish sauce which we almost ordered twice. I missed them so much that I found the recipe online and made it today.
I'm always on the search for healthy snacks and spoke to my friend Ian who gave me the idea of roasted chickpea snacks.
Thai food is one of my favorite (I got to spend 2 weeks in Thailand and loved it) so when my coworker and friend Shayna shared this vegan Thai recipe recipe, I knew I had to try it. This is one that I will definitely be making again. It almost felt like Thai-spiced falafel in a luscious coconut curry sauce.
I was really craving something sweet one weekend morning and wanted to do something different from my normal oatmeal. I stumbled upon Baked Oatmeal and was intrigued. It felt almost like a casserole or bread pudding but with oatmeal instead.
Like I've mentioned before, middle eastern food is my favorite cuisine because of all the great spices. When I think of middle eastern breakfast, the first thing that comes to mind is Shakshuka.
For most single-person households, shopping at a club store may not seem to make sense for food, since you can only consume so much food before it goes bad. Here is the type of food that I buy at the local Sam's Club, none of which will go bad anytime soon.
I've continued to love using my cast iron skillet, especially to cook breakfast recipes. That gave me inspiration to try my first frittata, the salad of the breakfast world. The best thing about salads is that you can throw whatever you have in there and it most often than not "works" and tastes good. The same can be said for frittatas (and omelettes and quiches).
My family is a big fan of middle eastern-spiced dishes so when I was back home in Chicago for the weekend and my mom asked "what recipe do you want to try?", I said let's try the Moroccan Chicken Stew. It did not disappoint! I think I could have eaten the whole pot if I tried.
I love quiche but have been trying to avoid white flour so when I came across this sweet potato-crusted quiche recipe, I had to try it. It so delicious and really easy to do...the quiche bakes right into the sliced sweet potatoes.
I found this Paleo Cranberry Carrot Muffin recipe and just had to try it. My family is a big fan of carrot cake and I had some extra dried cranberries lying around so I chose to substitute those for the raisins in the recipe below.
One weekend morning, I was craving some pancakes and remembered I still had some almond flour in the pantry since making the Paleo Cranberry Walnut Carrot Muffins (I love everything about that dish name). I decided to craft my own pancake recipe with the almond flour, adding oatmeal and blueberries as well.
The first thing I ever cooked and posted as "The Healthy Yuppie" was a vegan meal, which is ironic given how much I love and appreciate the taste and health benefits of high-quality lean meat and fish. Following a plant-based diet, the less politicized term for "vegan", has continued to grow in popularity behind sensationalist documentaries such as "Food Inc." and "What the Health".
Though potatoes aren't regarded as "healthy" by most experts, they are my vice. I love them in every form, fried, mashed, baked, scalloped (I could go on like Bubba goes on with the number of ways to prepare shrimp in Forrest Gump).
Stay tuned for a recap of places to visit and eat during my upcoming trip to Spain
I’ve been loving Thai food lately so I decided to combine that with vegan night in this Thai Coconut Curry Vegetable Soup.
I felt like I was neglecting my slow cooker so I gave a Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl recipe a try, inspired by my friend Lauren who tried it herself.