Dolly’s Happy Birthday Cupcakes

Dolly's Happy Birthday Cupcakes by Eating with a Purpose

Confused by the title of this post?  Well, there is a story behind it.  This month’s Recipe Redux theme, “First Cooking Recollections,” inspired this recipe.  For those of you who know me well, it probably isn’t news to you that I have loved cooking since I was little.  I remember working alongside my Mom, who really taught me to feel comfortable following a recipe- and- how to fix one when things didn’t work out as planned.  My food science classes during my dietetics training really refined my ability to alter recipes and understand how ingredients will interact with one another.  My Mom has even noted that I have taught her a thing or two (a big feat in my eyes).  Long story short, these delicious pop-in-your-mouth chocolate cupcakes are one of my first memories with my Mom in my favorite place (the kitchen).  I “healthified” them, of course, for your eating pleasure!

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Chicken Pesto Cannelloni

Chicken Pesto Cannelloni by Eating with a Purpose After traveling through Greece and Italy this Spring, I was inspired to create a pasta dish that combined some of my favorite ingredients.  This month’s Recipe Redux theme challenged us to develop a “Vacation-Inspired Recipe.”  Naturally I wanted to make homemade pasta after our cooking class in Florence, but for some reason life has just been too busy to tackle something like that!  For those of you who know me well, I’m sure you’re aware that I ADORE cheese.  Over the last year, I have also fallen in love with pesto again (I remember over-doing it with a Costco container in high school).  Alas, this recipe was created.  Also, I made this recipe on a weeknight and it actually lasted us several days- a rare occurrence.  Pair it with a salad for the perfect weeknight meal.

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Cookbook Review: Natural Baby Food

Cookbook Review: Natural Baby Food by Eating with a Purpose

I know some of you were confused by my review of Dr. Sonali Ruder’s Natural Pregnancy Cookbook last year, and may be thinking the same thing as I review her new cookbook, Natural Baby Food– I’m not expecting, I promise!  I love to review good cookbooks, and adore Sonali’s (aka the Foodie Physician) recipes.  Plus, I worked as a Pediatric Dietitian for 4 years so this book was very interesting to review.  If you are a parent with little ones, or know a parent-to-be, this book would be a fantastic purchase.  I can vouch that Sonali’s recommendations are sound and up-to-date with the literature, plus her recipes are delicious and very nutritious.  I opted to try a dish in the “12 Months and Up” category for Doug and I since we like a little texture in our meals 🙂  Guess what?  We loved the dish and I would make it again.

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Red Snapper with Kiwi Salsa

Red Snapper with Kiwi Salsa by Eating with a Purpose

I have had an interesting last couple weeks.  I stepped on a pin (from a pair of pants I had altered) and half of it broke off in my foot.  Long story short, I had to have orthopedic surgery and am just getting back to things now.  Who would have thought that something so small could cause so much trouble?  Anyways, I’m back in the kitchen now and am excited to share this fresh, and very healthy summer recipe with you.  I typically like to marinade my fish, or crust it in Panko, but that seemed a little too heavy for the warm weather.  I’ve enjoyed many a crab cake with mango salsa, but wanted to switch things up and try using another tropical fruit for a change.  Alas, this delicious recipe for fish with a kiwi salsa was created.  I used Zespri SunGold Kiwis, which are sweet and much easier to handle than your typical green kiwi (they don’t have fuzzy skin).  Did you know that a serving of kiwi has three times more vitamin C than an orange and as much potassium as a banana?  Give this recipe a try for a nutrient-packed, tasty summer meal.

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Green Goddess Bowls

Green Goddess Bowls by Eating with a Purpose A week into his residency, I asked Doug what he felt like eating for dinner- his reply, “something fresh and healthy”.  While cooking is something I do for pleasure, I do like a little inspiration when deciding what to prepare.  Doug’s response was pretty typical.  I do love that he doesn’t fit the stereotype of your typical meat and potatoes loving kind of guy, but he isn’t the greatest at coming up with meal ideas (sorry Doug).  What came to my mind when I thought “fresh and healthy” was the color green- hence, the inspiration for these delicious bowls.  Perhaps they’ll make any appearance again on St. Patty’s day?  Anyways, we were both pretty pleased with the result.  We may have put the sauce on just about everything this week…

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What I Ate This Week: June 26-July 2

Happy belated Canada Day and 4th of July!  I hope everyone enjoyed this long weekend.  We were able to catch a Mariners game in between Doug’s shifts and tried one of the many great restaurants in Seattle.  I tried a couple new recipes this week, and was very pleased with both.  I have yet to try a dish from the Foodie Physician that I don’t love- her Savory Naan Bread Pudding was no exception.  I also made one of my go-to dishes from Pinch of Yum, Thai Sweet Potato Curry.  Enjoy the 4th!

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What I Ate This Week: June 19-25

I think this week was the first in a long time that I felt there was routine in my life.  It’s amazing how much I missed my routine over the past three months- I have really come to value it.  I love my new job and am starting to become more familiar with the Seattle area.  Routine for me also means doing some form of cooking each week rather than just grabbing food on the go.  Aside from trying Meme’s delicious taco soup last week, I found myself resorting to some of my favorite go-to dishes that I’ve made many times.  If you haven’t noticed already, I’ve become a huge fan of the blog Pinch of Yum.  I love that Lindsey’s dishes spotlight veggies and are quite straightforward to prepare.  Give her One-Pot Creamy Spinach Lentils a try!  I’ll be sure to try something new next week to share with you.

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Taco Soup

Meme & Friends at my Bachelorette in SF

Wow… a lot has happened over the past three months- we did 2 cross country road trips to the West Coast from NOLA, got married, went to Europe for our honeymoon and are now settling into our new place in Seattle. Oh, and I start a new job tomorrow!  Needless to say, it’s been a whirlwind.  I hope that somewhat justifies why my posts have been somewhat far and few between.  As I settle into our new home, I hope to start posting more frequently again, but I hope you’ll be patient as I start my new job 🙂  Last night I prepared our 2nd meal here, and it was so yummy.  This month’s Recipe Redux theme was “Celebrate a Reduxer,” meaning prepare a dish you love from another member of the Recipe Redux blogging group.  I wanted to celebrate my good friend Meme, who also happens to be another RD blogger.  I made her flavorful Taco Soup, which will be perfect this week for dinner as I anticipate my time in the evenings will be somewhat limited!  I had to stop Doug from eating the whole pot before it was done simmering…

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Our European Adventure- Rome

2 Days in Rome by Eating with a Purpose

Rome stood out for its unbelievable historical sites and unique food scene.  Our days were spent exploring the city and touring the Colosseum and Vatican.  At night, we enjoyed some fabulous restaurants and- believe it or not- craft beer.  I was very lucky that Doug did his research prior and chose accommodation in the area known for its food and culture, Trastevere.  While I’ll admit that history was never my passion in school, I loved delving into the past on our tours throughout the city.   Both of us were happy with the amount of time we spent in Rome (2 nights), as we were able to see many sights without getting “maxed out” on museums.  Rome was also the most expensive of all the cities we visited in Italy.

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Our European Adventure- Tuscany

Traveling Tuscany by Eating with a Purpose

Sadly, Doug and I didn’t get to fully appreciate and explore Tuscany.  Our first day we awoke to beautiful weather and had a great day.  Unfortunately on our second day, both of us woke up not feeling well, and it was pouring rain.  Luckily we had an amazing first day and were able to enjoy plenty of food and wine.  The scenery was gorgeous, and renting a car was definitely the perfect way to see the countryside.  We found some valuable information on travel blogs, and I definitely want to direct you that way too!

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