30 days. Day twentyonetwothreefourfive!

by Stacey Jayne


Let me begin with something of high importance.

Macarons.  

Just delicious. Trust me.  

Just delicious. Trust me.  

 The gluten free macarons I spoke of last week, you guys! My friend used this recipe for the cookie part, and here is the recipe she used for the filling. If you have the energy to make this you will NOT be bummed when it's over. And if you were to serve them for guests or friends they will think you rock the crap out of your kitchen. 

 This past weekend was filled up with busy fun and love. Friday night I had thai food and wine with a girl friend. Saturday my daughter and I were out the whole darn sweaty day with friends at the farmers market and playing in prospect park. Then we met up with friends for italian ice. Then she convinced me to eat dinner at a restaurant near our house.  Sunday was spent with my dad, at a street fair here in Brooklyn (on Smith street) drinking afternoon cold brews, and dancing to a great band. I was happy on Sunday night looking back on it all. I did have some internal struggle about giving in fully my family's needs rather than sitting at home writing and working on my next courageously healthy program. But I HAD to give in... and I decided to release any guilt or anger or whatever emotion would have crept in to nag me while I was having a lovely weekend.

Then when Monday night rolled around as I was preparing for a client phone call I noticed many flying pests in our bedrooms... flying ants to be exact! We also found some in the kitchen. After using this organic insecticide our whole house reeked of wintergreen... which doesn't sound too bad, but I felt like someone shoved me inside a tube of toothpaste, with a bunch of flying bugs, no less. Very exciting. 

So! I'll share the highlights of what has gone on in our kitchen. It's been a nice balance of last minute meals and creative experiments. Here are some fun pics. 

 

Breakfast: Poached egg on top of a bed of spinach which has been dressed with olive oil, lemon juice s&p. Oh and I threw a few capers and raw pumpkin seeds on top.  YUM. Totally satisfying.  

Breakfast: Poached egg on top of a bed of spinach which has been dressed with olive oil, lemon juice s&p. Oh and I threw a few capers and raw pumpkin seeds on top. 

YUM. Totally satisfying.  

String beans from my little garden!! So proud, I am. 

String beans from my little garden!! So proud, I am. 

This was SO much fun. Spring rolls made with rice paper! Inside is sliced red pepper, cucumber, carrot, sliced tofu tossed in rice vinegar, sprouts and corn from the cob.  I made a peanut dipping sauce too! I plan making this many times. It was very easy to make.  I used this recipe for inspiration. 

This was SO much fun. Spring rolls made with rice paper! Inside is sliced red pepper, cucumber, carrot, sliced tofu tossed in rice vinegar, sprouts and corn from the cob.  I made a peanut dipping sauce too! I plan making this many times. It was very easy to make.  I used this recipe for inspiration. 

Soba noodles with scallions, pine nuts, shredded parm cheese and sauteed spinach. I used this recipe. 

Soba noodles with scallions, pine nuts, shredded parm cheese and sauteed spinach. I used this recipe. 

Breaded tofu squares. Used with the soba dish, I'll use this recipe again to cut up and throw in salads. They were great leftover the next day!

Breaded tofu squares. Used with the soba dish, I'll use this recipe again to cut up and throw in salads. They were great leftover the next day!

This is a italian pasta dish, heavy on the veggies. Ingredients used: GF elbow pasta (this is my favorite kind), chopped cherry tomatoes, red peppers, black beans, leftova cubes of tofu from last nights dinner, shredded parm cheese, broccoli, and fresh basil. As The pasta was cooking I threw the broccoli in the water to steam for five minutes. For dressing I used the juice of one lemon, olive oil, s&p, dijon mustard, and a pinch of sugar.   YUM.  

This is a italian pasta dish, heavy on the veggies. Ingredients used: GF elbow pasta (this is my favorite kind), chopped cherry tomatoes, red peppers, black beans, leftova cubes of tofu from last nights dinner, shredded parm cheese, broccoli, and fresh basil. As The pasta was cooking I threw the broccoli in the water to steam for five minutes. For dressing I used the juice of one lemon, olive oil, s&p, dijon mustard, and a pinch of sugar.  

YUM.  

My version of macaroni and cheese. I put some of the GF elbows and broccoli aside from the dish above, mixed in some cannellini beans, olive oil, then I add quite a few healthy shakes of nutritional yeast. I add a little sea salt as well and stir till it mixes fully. The more nutritional yeast you add, the more "cheesy" it will become. The white beans thicken it up a little too... Ivy loved it. 

My version of macaroni and cheese. I put some of the GF elbows and broccoli aside from the dish above, mixed in some cannellini beans, olive oil, then I add quite a few healthy shakes of nutritional yeast. I add a little sea salt as well and stir till it mixes fully. The more nutritional yeast you add, the more "cheesy" it will become. The white beans thicken it up a little too... Ivy loved it. 

A note about the foods I choose:

I make it a priority to buy local and organic foods as much as I can. I plan for the week, buy in bulk, absolutely use my left overs and I get courageously creative with our meals to save time and money. Since avoiding GMOs and other questionable icky unnatural ingredients is important to me, I give it the attention it deserves. I feel that cheap food (I'll talk more about this later) is an illusion. Over time using quality organic foods has drastically changed our lives for the better. I'm not an expert, I'm just good at experimenting so I've learned a lot. 

My mission as a health coach is to help you live a courageously healthy life that you love. I'm hearing from my clients that they simply want to feel better. They want to feel in control of their health. Not only is this possible, but it can be joyful. Small steps, big results. Lasting change takes time, but luckily life is long.

( I invite you to take a deep breath after reading that last sentence.)

Thanks for taking this 30 day journey with me! Let me know your thoughts along the way. Where are you with your health? What's in your way from having a healthy life?

I want to be a resource for you, so reach out and share your story!

You. Freakin. Rock.

Love,

SJ

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