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Spiced Sweet Potato Casserole (Gluten-Free + Dairy-Free)

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Every Thanksgiving, I am first and foremost thankful for stretchy pants. I'm a big advocate for comfy-cute, because there is never anything nice about having to unzip your tight pants at the dinner table. I've been there.

But really, I do love this holiday. It forces everyone to come to together, eat and celebrate - which I think is one of the most important things we can do in life year-round! As well as give thanks for health, happiness, friends and family. 

As far as food goes, I'd be lying if I said I was real concerned about eating healthy on Thanksgiving. I'm a big fan of the 80/20 rule, and when the Holiday's come around, I am really stretching that 20%!

I do however like to make healthier versions of dishes by just swapping out a few ingredients here and there. This side dish is one of my favorites, but I grew up having it with marshmellows broiled on top and globs of butter in the filling. So this year, I decided to make a healthier version and I am never turning back!

Spiced Sweet Potato Casserole
serves 10

3 medium size sweet potatoes, 2 large yams
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
sea salt to taste

For the topping:

3/4 cup crushed pecans
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons organic dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons almond meal


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Peel and cube sweet potatoes and yams and place in boiling water. Boil until soft.

Remove them from the water and drain. 

Place them into a mixing bowl. Add in honey, almond milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and sea salt. Blend together with a handheld mixer, until lightly pureed. (I like to leave it a tad chunky). Set aside.

Meanwhile, in another bowl, mix together crushed pecans, brown sugar, almond flour and melted coconut oil. Mix well.

Spray (with olive oil) a standard size casserole dish or pan and then pour in the potato puree. Once spread evenly, crumble the pecan mixture on the top, covering the whole pan. 

Place in oven and bake about 40 minutes (until the top is lightly browned). 

Have a happy, happy Thanksgiving and ENJOY!

Boston, I Love You

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Last week I jetted off to Boston for a work trip and decided to sneak my husband in my suitcase. Boston was GREAT, but leaving our little man at home with the grandparents for 4 days was rough. I knew that it was good for us though. You know, some "us" time. 

Do you remember as a little a kid, looking at a map or an encyclopedia (yep, back then) and going, "I think when I'm older, I'll live..... THERE (skimming over the map)?" Well, that is pretty much what I did when I was younger and Boston was my "there." Clearly things changed because this was my FIRST visit to the city and yes- I'm in love!

We had some pretty crappy weather while we were there, but we still managed to venture around in between my meetings. 

And we ate. We ate a lot of great food. If you haven't checked out Well + Good, I highly recommend you do! They have some awesome healthy city guides that take you to the "best of" healthy spots. 

One in which, was sweetgreen. YUM!

And being the fish lover that I am, you better believe I had just about every fish dish possible. I'm still dreaming about the delicious lobster, mango tacos from Row 34

I also got to meet with the folks at a few different big companies. New Balance was one of them and since I have always been a huge fan of their shoes, I geeked out at their new HQ. The team there also couldn't have been nicer... 

When in Boston:

  • Stay in Backbay or close to Newbury St! The Taj and The Liberty Hotel would be my first choice when I go back again!
  • Shop on Newbury Street.
  • Walk through the Public Garden.
  • Run along the Charles River bike path.
  • Eat lobster tacos at Row 34.
  • Grab a cannoli at Mikes Pastry. So worth it, but prep for a stomach ache
  • Visit Boston Harbor and walk through the Boston Tea Party Museum. 
  • Drive through Cambridge, walk around Harvard. 
  • Visit the infamous Acorn Street. The neighborhood is Boston perfection. 

Next time I'm not on a work trip, I'll be excited to see so much more!

Until next time, Boston!

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

That Fall Feeling

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Monday, October 26, 2015

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.


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.

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!)

The Whole-Brain Child. Highly recommended. 

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!! 

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

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

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

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)

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

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


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


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.


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