What I Ate this Week: August 23-29

I have finally found some time to re-cap the past couple weeks after settling back in NOLA.  It was SO nice to be back on the West Coast for ten days.  Not only was Jeff & Betsy’s wedding (weekend) in Portland an absolute blast, but I also had a chance to see friends that have moved or been away all Summer.  To make it even more special, my parents and I were able to have a few days together.  Coming back to the heat was hard! Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

A Dietitian’s Guide to Cooking for Guests with Dietary Restrictions

A Dietitian's Guide to Cooking for Guests with Dietary Restrictions by Eating with a Purpose

Throwing a dinner party has become increasingly challenging over the years.  In addition to creating a menu to please a crowd, hosts have to account for the various dietary restrictions guests may have.  When faced with this task, many of us to turn to Google- or, we may create an individual dish just for that one guest.  This can leave your guest feeling guilty about your extra effort.  All too often, we forget about our favorite dishes that are unintentionally gluten free or vegetarian, and loved by many.  I wanted to provide my readers with a brief overview of some of the most common dietary restrictions.  I’ve also shared my favorite tested (and loved) recipes that will meet everyone’s needs. Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

Bruschetta Pasta

Bruschetta Pasta by Eating with a Purpose

Whether it’s back to school or back to work after a Summer of travel, you may be feeling like you need to get back into a healthy routine.  Eating healthy, however, can be even more challenging with the added stress of your daily schedule.  This month’s Recipe Redux theme, “back to the table”, is all about getting back into a routine with easy weeknight meal ideas.  I wanted to share my favorite 15 minute dinner idea with you- bruschetta pasta.  I combine some of my favorite Italian flavors to create a fresh, healthy dish.  I promise you- this recipe is very “gourmet”, yet so easy to  make. Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

Cookbook Review: Twenty Dinners

Cookbook Review: Twenty Dinners

If you’re looking to spice up your meals and pick up some new skills, I highly recommend you purchase this cookbook.  Twenty Dinners (Ithai Schori & Chris Taylor) offers twenty different seasonal meals from start to finish that will leave both you and your guests wanting more.  These dishes are rustic, yet innovative and could easily be found on the menu of a restaurant.  The “Spiced Carrots and Harissa Yogurt” I made from the book were up there with the dishes I enjoyed previously that week at a hot new Israeli-style restaurant in the city.

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Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

What I Ate this Week: August 2-8

With the current heat advisory on here, I’ve been spending a lot of time inside.  It is too hot to do anything outdoors, which is unfortunate!  I am so looking forward to heading back to the West Coast next week for Betsy and Jeff’s wedding.  Both Doug and I are so happy for our friends and can’t wait to celebrate with them.  My parents will also be making a journey down to see me- I am so looking forward to our visit.  Needless to say, I’ll be skipping next week’s recap of meals as I’ll be taking a break from cooking.  This week I made a variety of ethnic dishes, which were all full of flavor.  I also enjoyed a few meals out this week as I spent lots of time catching up with girlfriends.  I hope you get to try one of the dishes!

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Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

Pineapple Ginger Beef Stir-Fry

Pineapple Ginger Beef Stir-Fry by Eating with a Purpose

Looking for an easy weeknight dinner that’s healthy and filling?  This recipe fits the bill.  In addition to incorporating plenty of veggies, this recipe incorporates a healthy source of protein, lean beef.  Beef, in moderation, can be a nutritious part of a balanced diet.  Lean beef packs 25 grams of protein and 10 essential nutrients in just one 3-ounce serving.  Protein is so important to keep you satiated and ward off the urge to snack later in the evening! I promise that this recipe is in no way short on flavor- if you’ve never had Chinese five spice powder in a recipe, give this one a try.   Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

What I Ate This Week: July 26-August 1

It’s hard to believe I’ve had this little blog now for about 9 months.  I always get excited when I run into people that mention a dish of mine that they tried and enjoyed.  Your positive feedback is so helpful in inspiring me to keep writing posts after long days of work.  If you’re thinking about blogging (I did for about 5 years), I highly encourage you to just get started.  It’s a great way to connect with others and build upon your skills.  I have learned so many new dishes, techniques and tips from my fellow dietitian and foodie bloggers.  I made two dishes this week, both new recipes, which were simple and delicious.  Both dishes were easy to bring for lunch and relatively healthy.  Have a great week and Happy BC Day Weekend to my fellow Vancouverites back home.

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Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.