Shame Game.. and Cilantro and Lime Tilapia Tacos with Red Cabbage Slaw and Adobo Yogurt Dressing

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Yikes, this summer is flying by and I feel like it is leaving me behind a bit. I have to admit, it has been a really hard transition coming back from vacation. Only two weeks away should not have thrown me for quite so big a loop. And yet it has.

Running, oh my old friend running. I admit, I have been slacking here. I already wake up at 5:30 to go to work so it is hard getting up even earlier to hit the pavement! Wahh wahh wahh. Quit whining right? I am sick of my own whining so I am making a change. I am announcing it here because let’s face it, shame and accountability work wonders on me. Now I will feel obliged to get my butt out of bed earlier because I will feel like someone is aware that I should be- even if no one really is.

And the funny thing is, I miss it. I NEED to get out there. But seriously, 4:30 is UNGODLY.

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Slack… and Roasted Eggplant Lentil Salad

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Summer is all about easy living. Well outside working hours, I suppose. During the winter and spring, my kitchen was prep central every Sunday. However, as it grows warmer, my will to spend an entire Sunday prepping lessens. Also, let’s be real, I tend to prep “cold weather” foods- lasagna rolls, casseroles, hearty soups and stews, etc. During the summer, hand me a salad and some grilled meat/fish. A cold drink doesn’t hurt either. Preferably a dry red or something with a twist of lime.

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Missing Vacation and Spicy Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps


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Well we are home and somewhat back to our regular life. Pathetically, jet lag is killing us far more than we ever anticipated. Three days out and we are still waking up way too early (4am-ish) and finding ourselves sleepy.

However, it’s great to be home and great to be back in my own kitchen. That said- the views here at home just don’t stack up to sightings like this:

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Believe it or not, this is a real live puffin. We spent an incredible evening in Latrabjarg, at the famous bird cliffs. The puffins were so incredible and were more than willing to come right up to us. It was amazing! Shot by my husband on June 15, 2013.

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Are You There Mother Nature? It’s Me, Stephanie….and Garlicky Lemon Zucchini Topped with Feta

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Well I hope some of you had a much warmer, much sunnier Memorial Day weekend than we’ve been having.

Seriously, it’s just cruel- we had eagerly looked forward to a weekend of warm runs, ice cream and hikes. Instead, we’ve been huddled inside working while it is cold and rainy outside. In all fairness, the sun DID make a small appearance today but it was still too damn cold to call this the unofficial start to summer.

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Hey Look, It’s a Farm.. And Squash and Fennel Pasta Primavera


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It’s crazy how much you miss out on when you stay inside, lying around and watching tv.

Early Saturday morning, after an even earlier barre class (who doesn’t love a 7:30am shake fest?!?), Greg and I decided to grab a coffee and take a short walk before a long weekend of catching up on work. Yes, sometimes we work weekends. We are gearing up for a major vacation and want to get ahead (more on the vacation later). Not the most fun weekend ever but ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

We normally walk a path near our home because it is nearby and short and we can be lazy even when we are being active. This weekend, however, my ever observant husband mentioned a random path not too far from our home that he spotted while running a couple weeks back and suggested a short walk there to start the day. So we went looking for it… And stumbled upon this gorgeousness.

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Finding Balance and Slimmed Down Chicken Tikka Masala

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It’s been a tough couple of weeks around here, and I must admit that this little blog has definitely suffered. I cannot promise that this next week or two will be better, but I am trying.

Believe me, I am sure you are sick of hearing it, but I cannot say it enough- my biggest struggle is finding balance. Balance in work, life, fitness, etc. I have always had stress, but one thing that has really changed for me is how I cope with it.

In the past, comfort food was my go-to cure for stress. There were too many nights in law school in which me and my husband nursed major indian food-induced food babies on the couch with a good movie. We would gorge ourselves on spicy goodness, rice, and naan- and then just lie there. The food was always incredible, the overly full feeling, not so much.

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I LOVE MONDAYS…. and Slow Cooked Tomatillo Lime Chicken

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Most people love the weekend and hate Mondays. But lately, I have been loving my Mondays. I know- clearly I have spent too many hours in the car. I must be losing my mind.

I get all the Monday hatred- starting the work week can be rough. But for us, Mondays rock. They are our no fitness class, no errand running, no plan evening. They are our US evening. For the last few Mondays, we’ve gone on runs or taken nice long walks. Tonight’s walk was the best yet- a nice long walk along a rail trail where we spotted birds, ducks and even a bunny! LOVE. Love love love.

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Just Grab a Cookie Already!

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I guess by now that it is no secret, guys. I REALLY enjoy decadent food. I mean I do it within reason (see past posts with healthy recipes :-P), but sometimes in life, you just need a deliciously decadent chocolate chip cookie.

There was a time in the not so distant past, where I would worry about everything that I ate. Now- the phrase “a moment on the lips, forever on the hips” makes me want to stab my ears out. Because it’s not necessarily true, right? Sure, if I was eating heavy meals three times a day followed by dessert and snacks in between I would have a problem. But when you are an active, healthy person who regularly eats light, healthy, yummy meals- have a cookie when you want a cookie.

I vaguely circled around this idea in my last post but I think it bears repeatedly loudly and clearly: I think when it comes to diet and fitness you need to live freely to live happily.

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I am a 1950’s Housewife…. and Spicy Beef Enchilada Roll-Ups

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Hi my name is Stephanie and I am a 1950’s housewife. I double and triple recipes just so that I can stockpile meals in my freezer. I mean I PREFER fresh food- who doesn’t? But with a long commute, we rely on our stockpiles often.

And sometimes, all that crazy housewife cooking mania pays off.

Case in Point: This past weekend, we were able to escape to NYC for a wonderful visit with friends. It was a beautiful, sun soaked weekend made even better by fantastic company and several TO. DIE. FOR. meals. Thai food, burgers at Shake Shack in Madison Square Park, and one of the BEST Italian dinners I’ve had. So much delicious food. And for those of you wondering  whether I worried about calories, I can tell ya with a big old smile: no, I did not. At the end of the day, one delicious weekend celebrating life with friends and enjoying copious amounts of good food won’t blow an otherwise on track diet.

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An Ode to Spring and Blueberry Lemon Muffins

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I can’t say it enough- I adore spring. If I had to choose an overall favorite, I have to admit that fall is my true season love, but spring and I, we have our own secret love affair too. Seriously, if you have ever endured a New England winter, you will understand the pure joy that those first few warm, sun soaked days of spring cause.

Along with warmer weather, comes a craving for “spring flavors.” Don’t get me wrong, I still love my winter comfort foods- and I have been known to make chili in the middle of the summer- but spring screams lemon, fruit and fresh veggies to me.

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