Full steam ahead! I’m back in my 7th out of 10th class in grad school (yes this is taking forever…), working full time at Pure Barre and as a Coach for All Access Internships. Woah buddy. All great things – but sometimes it just doesn’t allow for making healthy bachelorette meals. (Though did you hear the news?! Bachelorette only for a little while longer!)
Meal planning really helps during these busy weeks, and be sure to check out our healthy meal planning tools. These are the kind of weeks when you revert back to college and instead of doing laundry – you just buy more underwear. Yeah that happened.
Check out my weeknight power bowl! The majority of this recipe is prep, especially if you use chicken that you already cooked earlier in the week. It is a yummy, healthy and fresh meal for one that you can save for the next night, or even bring for lunch the next day. It provides lots of color from the vegetables that serve as your base, and you top it all off and make it more than your typical boring salad by adding hummus, avocado and a fun lemon cilantro vinaigrette. Did you know that the Vitamin E in olive oil helps you absorb the nutrients in your vegetables? See, salad dressing isn’t always a bad thing! Enjoy and happy cooking 🙂
Weeknight Power Bowl
Serves: 1 and 1 leftover
- 6 cups baby spinach
- 1/2 of a hot house cucumber, washed and sliced into half moons
- 8 campari tomatoes, washed and quartered
- 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
- 1/2 avocado, sliced into 6 pieces
- 6oz grilled chicken, cubed
- 4 Tablespoons pine nut hummus
- 4 Tablespoons cilantro
- 1 lemon, cut in half
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided (I used dill infused for more flavor)
- Pepper to taste
- Set out a large salad bowl and a tupperware bowl.
- Add 3 cups of the baby spinach to each bowl, and top with 1/2 of the cucumber slices, 4 tomatoes, 1/8 cup red onion, 3 avocado slices and 3oz of the grilled chicken.
- Add 2 Tablespoons of the pine nut hummus to the center of the bowls.
- Top each bowl with cilantro, squeeze one half of the lemon onto the salad and drizzle 1 Tablespoon of olive oil.
- Top with fresh ground pepper, and serve!
Lunch ready for tomorrow! And check out this fancy planner that I got to design with Erin Condren for Pure Barre. It also has a meal planning dashboard – pretty awesome!
This fall I joined the Hub City Farmers Market CSA – Fall Farm bag, and am really loving it! I have heard about CSA’s before, and have had friends who have joined them, but 4 servings of produce every week was just too much food and it would have gone to waste. This farm bag is perfect as it supports local farmers with produce that has been picked within the last 24-48 hours and is only $15 per week for 8 weeks. Every Saturday, I select which items I would like in my farm bag, and the bag is actually delivered to my office on Tuesday! It is a very exciting part of my day. This season is almost over, but if you live or work in the the Spartanburg area, I would highly recommend the Hub City Farmer’s Market CSA program for Spring.
Since it is a fall farm bag, we have been getting a lot of fall squashes such as butternut, acorn and of course spaghetti squash! This has caused me to get quite creative with my fresh recipes (exactly the result I wanted out of this program). This week I got a little creative with my spaghetti squash.
If you have never had spaghetti squash, I highly recommend you try it. It is a gluten free option to spaghetti, is a whole food (no added chemicals, preservatives, fat or salt) and actually has way less calories than real spaghetti. One cup of spaghetti has 221 calories, compared to spaghetti squash which has about 40 calories per cup – that is over 5x the calories! And I promise you, the texture and the flavor is way better than bland out of the box spaghetti. Try using spaghetti squash in any dish you would typically use spaghetti noodles (with pesto, marinara sauce etc).
Recently, I have really been obsessed with these “spaghetti squash boat” recipes you see on Pinterest . It’s super easy, just roast the squash, add in your toppings, roast a little more and serve. Check out my BLT Spaghetti Squash Bowl below and don’t be expecting leftovers .. you will want to eat it all!
BLT Spaghetti Squash Boats
- 1 Medium Spaghetti Squash
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 4 pieces nitrate free bacon (I used Applegate)
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- 1 6oz bag baby spinach
- 2oz goat cheese, divided
- Black Pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Cut the both ends off of the spaghetti squash, then cut it in half. Scoop the seeds out with a spoon.
- Drizzle 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and grate fresh black pepper over each half of the spaghetti squash.
- Place the spaghetti squash face side down on a cookie sheet. Bake on 425 for 35-40 minutes.
- While the spaghetti squash is cooking, cook the bacon in a large frying pan on medium-low heat trying not to char it.
- Once the bacon is cooked, place on a plate with a paper towel and pat off the extra grease.
- Add the spinach and halved tomatoes to the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes until spinach is wilted.
- Once the spaghetti squash is roasted, remove from oven and turn over face side up. Fill the middle of the spaghetti squash with the spinach and tomatoes and top with crumbled bacon and 1oz of crumbled goat cheese.
- Roast for another 5 minutes on 425, and serve!
Apple month is starting to come to an end! We have enjoyed sharing our apple recipes for our #ItsFallYall series for the past couple of weeks. Which ones have you tried? Let us know in the comments below!
Holiday cooking and baking is right around the corner and we can’t wait to share some amazing new recipes with you in the next couple of months!
Did you know that October is Apple month? So far we have brought you several apple recipes in our It’s Fall Y’all series including our:
How are you liking them so far? Next week will be our last apple recipe – so be sure to check back!!
This weekend was the fantastic Fall for Greenville – and it did not disappoint! I was so grateful to have my baby brother (who is, ahem, 24) and his girlfriend Erin here to visit. We always have such an awesome time and the weather in SC in October is perfect! We did a lot of eating and drinking downtown, but tried out some stuff at home too. Check out the Apple Cider Sangria Erin and I came up with on Sunday! It’s the perfect combination of cozy flavors and just enough sweet. Like Erin said, “it doesn’t take like wine or vodka at all, it tastes just like apple cider – which is why Sangria is so awesome!”
Apple Cider White Wine Sangria
Servings: 6 wine glasses
- 1 bottle of Pinot Grigio
- 2.5 cups Trader Joe’s Spiced Apple Cider, divided
- 0.5 cup Vodka
- 1 apple, chopped
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- Cinnamon and Sugar
- Apple slices for garnish
- Combine 1/2 cup of the apple cider with 2 cinnamon sticks and boil in a small pot for 10-15 minutes.
- Combine the Pinot Grigio, 2 cups of apple cider, vodka, apple and cinnamon stick/cider combination into a large pitcher.
- Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate for 12-24 hours.
- Serve in a wine glass with an apple slice, and optional cinnamon sugar wine glass rim.
- Enjoy with dinner or by a bonfire!
Thank god it’s July! Anyone who knows me knows that June has been a crazy month, and I am very excited to welcome all that July has to bring 🙂
It has been unusually hot in South Carolina the past couple of weeks, reaching 100-120 in the afternoons (check out our Insta pic here, and yes I had the car maintenance completed). What better way to cool down than with some Wine Pops! These will not only serve as a cool treat in the summer, but they are more than appropriate for happy hour as well. Similar to our Vodsicles, I used the Zoku Popsicle maker, and have found that 3 cups of liquid is the perfect amount.
Happy 4th of July everyone! We be sure to share some festive pics and videos on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to follow us!
What boozy pops are you looking to see on the blog this summer?
Strawberry Lemonade Wine Pops
Servings: 6 Pops
- 2 cups Trader Joe’s Organic Strawberry Lemonade (or similar)
- 4oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 4oz Pinot Grigio
- In a large mixing bowl or pitcher, add the lemonade, lemon juice and wine.
- Fill the mold 3/4 full (until the fill line) with wine mix.
- Place the Popsicle sticks and tops back into the mold. Freeze overnight, at least 10 hours.
- Remove from mold, and enjoy!!
There is nothing like a fresh, homemade salad dressing! As a person who did not grow up with it, I can truly appreciate homemade dressing and all its wonderful uses. I can also appreciate something that so delightfully masks the bitter and mostly unenjoyable flavor of kale! Lets be serious, it does’t taste too good if you only wash it, chop, and throw it into your bowl with a typical bottled salad dressing- not the way to go folks! Don’t get me wrong, I love to eat kale, but there are many things we can do to spice up that flavor. I hope everyone is feeling more relieved that the Dietitian agrees that kale tastes horrible and simply needs a little TLC, nbd. Please enjoy your next kale salad as follows!
Ginger Sesame Almond Kale Salad
Serves: 2 (with leftovers)
Makes approximately 1 cup of dressing, Can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- 3 cups washed and chopped kale
- 3/4 cup canola oil
- 1 tbsp + 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- 4 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 1/2 tsp agave or honey
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 small garlic clove, chopped
- 3 heaping tsp minced fresh ginger
- 4 tsp sesame seeds
- 3 tbsp slivered almonds
- 3 tbsp dried cranberries
1. Place chopped kale in a large bowl and keep to the side.
2. Place the next 8 ingredients in a blender, blend on high for 10-15 seconds until dressing is completely combined. Please note you can also make this in a bowl with a whisk!
3. Once dressing is complete, mix in the sesame seeds.
4. Dress the kale salad to your liking and mix in the cranberries and slivered almonds. This salad tastes best if you let it sit for 10-15 minutes prior to serving!
Blending the dressing!
Today is The Healthy Bachelorette’s 1st birthday! Our first year has been a very successful one, publishing over 70 recipes.
We wanted to take a second to say THANK YOU to our blog subscribers. We love writing healthy recipes and are so glad to have such a fun audience to share them with.
A recap on The Healthy Bachelorette’s 1st year:
Thank you again and cheers to another great year. We can’t wait to see what is next to come!
– Brittany & Meaghan
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