Spinach Pecan Pesto w/ Whole-Wheat Gnocchi
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Spinach Pecan Pesto w/ Whole-Wheat Gnocchi

I know I know, I have been neglecting my blog…I feel terrible about it! I’ve been so busy since moving to DC with work and commuting. When I come home, all I want to do is have dinner, and unwind. Being on the computer is the last thing on my mind. I have to change that and figure out a time when I can update my blog in a timely manner. However, with that being said, I am not neglecting cooking. In fact, just the opposite. Since I moved to this wonderful city, I have been cooking pretty much every night. Yup, you heard right. Every.Single.Night. What’s not to love? I have able to try different recipes from various cuisines and each day is a new adventure!

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Quick Mushroom & White Bean Soup
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Quick Mushroom & White Bean Soup

I think I just found one of my favorite soups to prepare. Ever. Yup, you heard right. This is a healthy, delicious, hearty soup that can be made in under 30 minutes! There was a ton of mushrooms in the fridge just waiting to get in my belly, and I thought I’d try something different. I’ve never made a mushroom soup before, but the thought of mushrooms in a soupy broth really appealed to my taste buds.

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Upon scouring my foodgawker app (as I usually do), I found this interesting recipe that is originally intended for the slow-cooker. I didn’t have time, or necessarily the desire to wait till TOMORROW to have soup, I decided to adapt the recipe to my time-frame and palate. I think everything tastes better with ginger and garlic, so of-course I had to add it to the recipe.

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Kale & Shrimp Whole-Wheat Spaghetti
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Kale & Shrimp Whole-Wheat Spaghetti

I realized that it was cheaper for me to bring a second suitcase along rather than mail it to me. And, I could pack more (yay, 50lbs!!!) winter coats and boots than I could have ever shipped!

I’m glad that I flew Virgin America because I was able to catch The Mindy Project on Fox via satellite tv. I never realized how funny Mindy Kaling was until I started watching her show…which led me to get her book Is Everyone Hanging Out without me (and other concerns). What’s even better is the fact that she reads her own audiobook…which I highly recommend getting. I couldn’t stop laughing…I found a new friend. Now, to get her to acknowledge this friendship, and we’ll be golden! ; )

Sticking to eating healthy hasn’t been hard, but I do admit I indulge sometimes (with a slice of pizza). I’m surprised at how easy it is to stay on track because the food is so appetizing. I am never tempted to snack on a piece of meat.  : )

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I tried kale for the first time last week when I made it two ways: kale chips (YUM!!!) and kale in pasta.

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Cheesy Black Bean Quesadillas
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Cheesy Black Bean Quesadillas

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We had a bag of leftover corn tortillas sitting on the counter from the delicious veg fajitas I made last weekend. I needed to do something with them before they went bad, and settled on these black bean and cheese quesadillas.  I was inspired to make them after having an Amy’s frozen Black Bean Enchilada meal. It was so good, you couldn’t really tell there wasn’t meat in it, and I thought this would translate well into a quesadilla.

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Happy New Year 2013!
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Happy New Year 2013!

I cannot believe I am sitting here welcoming in another year. New beginnings, new everything. 2012 was one hell of a ride for me…a lot of ups, a lot of middle, and a lot of downs. I’m excited for what the new year has to offer me!

As you know, I am trying to recover from the flu, and so far, for the past week, it’s been kicking my butt. I was supposed to start off today by starting a 21 day cleanse from processed foods, but right now, that’s going to be pushed back till my immune system isn’t fighting so hard. I’m so so so tired, and all my body wants to do is sleep, while my mind is so over it! Ahhh

Once I am back to normal, I am going to start the healthy, non-processed food cleanse. You could call it a food-challenge for better eating, eating more vegetables and whatever comes out of the ground. It’s incredibly scary to read labels at the grocery store and not know what half the ingredients are!

I’m looking for recipes that are simple to prepare but hearty and delicious; recipes that have no processed products, no dairy products, no refined sugars, no meats. So, in a nutshell, going back to basics…have you ever done anything like this before? I would love to hear your suggestions & recommendations on recipes.