Tuna Melts

Growing up Catholic, my parents made a point to observe the whole no-meat-on-Fridays rule during Lent. After 20 years on this earth– 13 of them spent attending Catholic school– I still don’t fully understand why or where this rule came about and have honestly gotten pretty lazy about observing it.

Anyways, Lent became a time each year where I expanded my palate and tried various fish options over a span of six Fridays. I didn’t really like the taste of fish when I was younger (I’m still really picky about it), but there were a few things that I did enjoy during this time. The first one is the fried cod at our church’s fish fry. The second was my mom’s tuna melts.

Since buying my own groceries, tuna has become a godsend for me. It’s a cheap and relatively healthy form of protein, and since it’s canned it keeps FOREVER. It’s one of those things that I try to keep on hand at all times, because it’s so easy to just whip up some tuna salad and call it a day.

This is my version of my mom’s tuna melts. This recipe is a little different than what she makes, but it still tastes like the good ol’ Catholic tradition that I remember.

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7 Of My Favorite Healthy Food Instagrammers

It’s no secret that I love Instagram. Like, I could sit for hours and go through my feed, then the stories, then the discover page, until I end up stalking some random person all the way back to their pics from October 2015. It’s an addiction, I’ll tell ya. But since I’ve decided to get into food/health/wellness blogging, I’ve drawn inspiration from many creative people on Instagram.

Instagram is a great place for creating community, especially surrounding food. These are some of my favorite people that have created a positive community around healthy eating and living. It’s hard to narrow my list down to just seven, but I think that these ladies have created incredible communities and started some really important conversations about leading a healthy lifestyle. In no particular order, here are my favorite healthy food Instagrammers. Feel free to check out their profiles, but keep in mind that many of them have blogs that they maintain regularly as well. Continue reading “7 Of My Favorite Healthy Food Instagrammers”

Parmesan Garlic Shrimp

This is my favorite quick, healthy(ish) dinner that can be made a million ways. This time, I made it with butternut squash and green beans. But substitutions are so easy for this recipe, and the shrimp goes with just about anything. Just pick a vegetable that’s in season and pair it with something green. That’s literally all I do.

I almost always have all the ingredients on hand to make this (I like to keep frozen shrimp in the freezer for the times when I have absolutely no other groceries), so this is easy to whip up when I have nothing else to make.

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Friday Faves: Hydroflask

This post is long overdue. If you know me well, you know that my Hydroflask water bottle and I have become one over the past year and a half we’ve been together. In its 40-ounces of glory, it can be found with me at all times. It has become an extension of me, if you will.

Why do I love my Hydroflask, you ask? And how does this relate to my blog (besides the fact that it’s just something I love)? Here are a few things you should know: Continue reading “Friday Faves: Hydroflask”

Healthier Than Takeout Beef + Broccoli

One thing I’m really good (bad?) at is hoarding food in my freezer and cabinets. This may be due to the fact that I don’t have a car so I don’t ever know the next time I’ll make it to the grocery store, or just because I think I need a lot more “kitchen staples” than I probably do. Whatever the reason, my hoarding habit came in handy when I was craving takeout but wanted to use ingredients I already had. I had the beef and broccoli in the freezer, and quinoa is one of the things I try to keep on hand at all times. This dinner came together in about 30 minutes and made a little bit more than four servings, which means I have dinner for the rest of the week. Double score. Are you sold yet? Try it yourself. Continue reading “Healthier Than Takeout Beef + Broccoli”

Gluten + Dairy Free: Week 3 (ish?)

I believe it’s week four of going completely gluten- and dairy-free. With the craziness of finals and also working a bit more than usual, I didn’t get around to detailing everything I ate last week. If you want to see what I’ve eaten in the past, check out Week 1 and Week 2. Most things stayed the same. Lots of veggies, fruit, and meat.

Way more people than I thought have been following me on this journey. I’m so grateful for all the support from friends and family through this all. Many people have been asking me how I’m feeling and how it’s going. So here are my honest, unfiltered thoughts. Continue reading “Gluten + Dairy Free: Week 3 (ish?)”

Everything I Ate In NYC

This post has been a long time coming. I went to New York City last month for the FIRST TIME EVER. A few years ago, when I was interested in magazine writing, I had this dream of moving out to New York and working for a super cool publication like Bon Appétit or Food Network Magazine. My professional goals have shifted since then, but my fascination with New York City has remained constant.

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My friend Emily and I went to NYC for “the best food festival-conference hybrid you’ll ever experience”. Brainfood was put on by Spoon University, an organization I’ve been involved with since my freshman year at Iowa. Spoon University is essentially an online magazine written by college students, for college students. Emily and I are, respectively, the editorial and marketing directors of the University of Iowa chapter. Brainfood was an all-day event consisting of speakers (think: Alton Brown + Hannah Hart), networking with professionals in the food industry, and tons of free samples. Continue reading “Everything I Ate In NYC”