That Fall Feeling


As a previous sun worshiper, I find it funny that I count down the days until we get cooler weather and some rain. I missed out on actual seasons most of my life living in San Diego, so I get pretty thrilled to put some rain boots on, feel the shift in temperature and take in the beauty of the Northwest in the Fall.

Lately...

Eating:
I have been devouring this. I feel like you either think smoked salmon is disgusting or delicious. I happen to think it is super tasty:


New Cascadia gluten free seeded bread (toasted), a little Daiya cream cheese, sliced tomato, wild caught smoked salmon (I get the local Oregon kind without brown sugar), a squeeze of lemon, and pinch of sea salt and pepper.

Moving:
I have been working out a lot from home lately. I'm pretty happy about some of the online workouts you can find. This is one of my favorites: Cardio Burn Pilates (only 30 minutes- you got this!)

Reading:
The Whole-Brain Child. Highly recommended. 


Watching: 
We just got cable guys. Don't judge me, but the first thing I did when we got it was catch up on all of the Kardashian episodes. Can't help it!! 

Doing: 
Pumpkin patches, house decorating and walks galore. I love watching Parker take it all in. 

Listening:
City and Colour's new album (so good). 

Shopping: 
Old Navy kids online. I can never find the right sizes in store, but you can find the best baby clothes there! 

Grateful:
For a loving household. There is no shortage of love at the Nead's home and I never take that for granted. 

Have a great Monday everyone!

Creamy Fettuccini Alfredo with Turkey Meatballs (Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free)

a dish of creamy fettuccine alfredo that is gluten free and dairy free

I'm about to knock your socks off...

If you would have ever told me that a creamy vegan "alfredo" would have tasted as good, if not better, than a regular alfredo sauce, I would have laughed. But this made for the most perfect, tasty date night dinner with my husband.


Of course I had to top the pasta off with some fresh herbs from the garden. My italian parsley is coming through in an abundance!

Creamy Fettuccini Alfredo with Turkey Meatballs

Ingredients

1 box gluten-free fettuccini noodles
1 box gluten-free turkey meatballs (about 12 small ones)

1 c. cashews (quick boiled or soaked overnight)
3 tbs. nutritional yeast
1 tsp. olive oil
1/2 C. water
1/2 C. unsweetened canned coconut milk
1/2 lemon squeezed
1 tsp. white wine
1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 shake of cayenne pepper

1 1/2 tbs. chopped italian parsley

Directions

Begin cooking GF turkey meatballs (mine were from frozen and required baking)
Boil noodles according to the box directions

Meanwhile to make the sauce:

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend well.

*Taste the sauce and add in more salt or water accordingly. My first round of this came out a little sweet, so I added in more garlic, salt, pepper, nutritional yeast and water.

Warm the sauce in a stove top pan.

Once the noodles are ready, in a mixing bowl, combine noodles, parsley and the sauce. Serve on a plate and top with the turkey meatballs.

ENJOY!

Slow Cooker English Beef Stew (Gluten & Dairy Free)


I have wanted to make beef stew for a while now, but I am always hesitant to start since the cooking time is practically all day. Plus, there are so many different ways to make it. It gets a little intimidating!

Well, this weekend I decided to give my own twist a try and thank goodness I did. It was so simple to make and tasted delicious. Beef stew is really the perfect meal for a rainy day, so put a fire on, grab your cozy socks, and get cookin'.

Slow Cooker English Beef Stew (Gluten Free + Dairy Free)
serves 4

Ingredients

2 lbs stewing beef, cubed
1/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour
1 teaspoon + 1/2 tsp if needed sea salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups organic beef stock
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon thyme
1 tablespoon + 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf
5 garlic cloves, crushed
1 onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, sliced
4 carrots, sliced
6 small (ish) red potatoes, cubed

Directions

Dice and prep all stew veggies.

In the crock-pot, mix flour, salt and pepper.

Add in beef and coat with flour mix.

Add in all other ingredients and give it a few good stirs.

Cook 4-5 hours on high or 10-12 hours on low.

Close to when it should be finished, give it a taste and see if it needs a bit more salt! Also, if you prefer more broth in your stew, add an additional 1/2 cup of beef broth. 

Cheesecake Factory's "Factory Chopped" Salad

a chopped salad with chicken, turkey bacon and veggies

Maybe you've already tried the factory chopped salad from Cheesecake Factory. And if you have, you totally understand why I crave this constantly. Every time I order it at the restaurant I always do the "skinnylicious" version of it (which basically just means it comes with a lighter dressing). I also usually get it without the blue cheese. It already has avocado, so it doesn't really need the extra fat. 

Here is the thing- people tend to order salads when they are trying to watch their figure. But honestly... you have to really substitute on most salads you order when you eat out if you are actually trying to have a healthy one. Most restaurant salads have around 700-900 calories. Yuck!

No thanks. I'd rather eat that juicy steak, personally.

Thanks to slimmed down options on menus these days, you are able to think twice about the meal you are going to order. 

Oh, and one other point... you CAN eat out. Anywhere for that matter. And you can mastermind healthy dishes just by swapping out certain ingredients. I have another post on that coming up soon...

Okay, let's make my homemade version of the best dang salad ever. This salad is brought to you by yours truly and everybody's favorite grocery store, Trader Joes.

Rosemary Flax Crackers


Every time I do yoga, I'm always inspired to eat more mindfully. Does that happen to you? I'm pretty sure I've never left a class craving a cheeseburger. But what I do crave is whole, simple foods- you know, foods that serve a purpose. After yoga, I used to always head to Prasad, one of my favorite places to eat in Portland, and I'd grab some of their flax crackers for a snack. I kept telling myself that I was going to try and recreate those crackers one day, and here I am. Only a year late, but I finally made some tasty crackers in my own kitchen (minus the raw part). 

I like them with some spicy hummus or even just a few turkey slices. And you've got to love the fact that they are gluten free, dairy free, paleo, and vegan. 

Homemade Flax Crackers

1/2 cup flaxseed meal
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons of oil (I use macadamia or olive)
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

*Sea salt, garlic, rosemary and cayenne to taste (you can really play around with the additives).