Recipe: Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

August 27, 2019
What do you do when you have a giant zucchini and can't grill it all for dinner?

Recipe: Allergen-free Banana Bread (that actually tastes good)

August 25, 2019

Joy is currently allergic to everything but still wants me to bake. My banana bread has evolved with our changing dietary needs and even Hank likes this version. This version includes vegan substitutions.

If you have a reaction to any of The Big-8 allergens, this might be the banana bread recipe for you. It's gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and can be made dairy-free and vegan.

Reorg Reset

August 19, 2019

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Today feels almost like the first day of work at a new gig again. My team has been expanded and reorganized, I have new responsibilities and a title change. And ... That slight feeling of not knowing what is coming next. Today won't be business as usual.

As I got into work, my current direct manager came over to check on me and get a download of things that happened while she was on PTO and a temperature check on how I was feeling about the change. It is so odd for me to be treated this way. I can't decide if it's courteousness or if they think I am fragile (the only thing making me fragile is keeping my mouth shut and my opinions to myself), or if they genuinely care about what I think and feel about the situation. I'm a contractor, I go with the flow.

Later that same day ...

I'm Tired

August 6, 2019

I am bone tired. Tired beyond belief. I have no idea what keeps me going. I don't want to keep going. I just want to rest.

Menu Plan Monday: Meal Prep For Stress-Free Weekday Nights

June 24, 2019

Yeah, the vegetarian kickstart didn’t go as planned. Completely derailed, but what else is new.

I have finally admitted that I need to do meal prep for our different dietary needs/desires/my own personal sanity. I don't need to eat as often and he does to be on strict IF + Keto, and IP is gone for the next two months, so I can ease up on the FODMAP+ Paleo AIP side prep.  

So … we’re (I'm)going to attempt meal prep this Sunday (guess who gets to clean the fridge first) and see how it goes. I’ve done it before with some success and much grumbling.

Him, not so much, but I also don’t have an issue with food. I exercise so I can eat. I know that I love to eat and try new flavors (eating the same thing week in and week out will make me fall off sooner any "diet"faster than anything else), and I know when I am full and stop eating. My issues these days are hormone imbalance (birth control keeps me sane but also packs on the pounds) and lack of exercise plus a shitton of stress. Cortisol is bad mmmkay. I really miss the days when I could just think about losing weight and it would happen. That was well before my 30s hit. 40s aren't so easy either.

In no particular order, and because I forgot to take pictures while cooking (I WAS FOCUSED Y'ALL!) we will be having


I will possibly update with IG photos of my delicious creations, but since I can't even keep up on my CY365, don't bet on it.

What are you eating this week? Tell me in the comments.

Menu Plan Monday: Vegetarian Kick Start

April 8, 2019

While I was sick, for some reason,  I picked up "Eat to Live" off the food-related bookshelf and started reading again. What? I was home, sick, bored of daytime TV. Anyway, it got me thinking about how we have slipped so quickly from January Whole 30 to eating ... not so great. I was trying to figure out how to do 6 weeks of vegetarian just for myself (my cousin's wedding is coming up, and I am nowhere near my goal).

Menu Plan Monday: Uncomplicated

March 21, 2019

I really hate being sick. I hate how it drains my energy, physical, mental, and emotional. Pretty sure I have yet another URI with a splash of tonsilitis or bronchitis (because I have never seemed to grow out of my "childhood diseases"). I spent most of last night propped up and coughing and really mad that my insurance won't kick in for 30 days, and really really grateful for Vick's, Luden's / Fisherman's Friend, Ricola, and honey packets.

Menu Plan Monday: Week of March 4-9, 2019

March 4, 2019

This is a bit of a crazy week. I am finally employed again (YAY! I start today!), but I have a long commute (not so yay), out of the city and I don't think I will have time to grocery shop until I get a better lay of the land and my new schedule.

Menu Plan Monday: February 17- 24

February 18, 2019
Menu Plan Monday | Clean Eating for the Masses

Sometimes it takes me a little bit to get back into the proverbial saddle. I planned for all of January, and most of February is in my Passion Planner, I just haven't gotten around to that final step of putting it on the blog. Lucky for you, I'm feeling extra motivated today, so here you go, this week's menu plan.

January 2019 Whole 30

January 3, 2019

Hell Week. I mean month. Here we go, the reset. The fun part this time around, trying to make it work for three people, one who is on a restricted FODMAPS diet and has POTS symptoms. To be perfectly honest, as my daughter has pointed out, she has kept to mostly healthy snacks since arriving. The downside - she's already lost weight which means there will be clothes shopping in our future.

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