My Non-Traditional Wedding

How A Burst Appendix Led to A Wedding in A Pizzeria

“We’ll just have to wait for 2017.”

I tried to say these words facetiously. Since rushing to the hospital, this was our first moment alone together. Him in a hospital gown, strung up with medical equipment, awaiting an unplanned surgery for a ruptured appendix. Me sitting at his side, leaving work and dropping all other plans to be with him.

I couldn’t have said anything worse. His face clouded and he shuttered his thoughts.

I’d been talking about marriage.

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Warm Winter Kale & Delicata Squash Salad

Warm Winter Kale and Delicata Squash Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

I know what you’re probably thinking. “Warm winter kale and delicata squash salad? Really?” I know. It sounds like I just ran out of ideas and threw some foodstuffs together hoping no one would notice how weird they are.

That’s not that case. This is a damn good salad. After spotting the idea for a warm kale salad online, I decided to utilize the ingredients I had on hand to make a salad I could bring to Thanksgiving dinner.

Surprisingly, I didn’t get thrown out for bringing a salad to Thanksgiving. More surprisingly, people ate my salad and legitimately liked it. So much so that they went back for seconds.

At that point, I knew I had to recreate the recipe and share it here.

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Sautéed Cabbage with Leeks |

Sautéed Cabbage with Leeks & Seeds

Creating (and loving) this recipe for sautéed cabbage with leeks & seeds helped me realize that I really need more veggies in my life.

I’m sure a lot of us could say that with 100% conviction. I mean, let’s face it, is there a downside to eating more vegetables? No. No, there’s not. Who’s going to enjoy a bite of expertly-prepared veggies and say “this tastes amazing, but I really don’t need more essential vitamins and minerals in my life. Pass.”

No one, that’s who.

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Top 3 Paleo Protein Bars |

My Top 3 Paleo Protein Bars

It’s high time I share some of my favorite things with you, starting with my 3 favorite paleo protein bars!

I don’t cook all the time. *gasp*

I know. What a confession, right? There are numerous times throughout the week that I’m busier than I thought I would be and just don’t have any food prepared. Or, equally likely, nothing in the fridge looks good but I still want to grab a bite before or after CrossFit.

So I take a look into my little snack basket (a wicker basket in my pantry where I throw all the grab-and-go stuff) and *Da-na-na-NAAA* snatch up a paleo protein bar. Yum!

We’re pretty fortunate to be surrounded by small businesses that embrace the real food movement and appreciate the paleo template. There are a myriad of options for go-to paleo snacking and protein bars, and after trying a good chunk of them I’ve found my favorites. I truly enjoy trying new food and products whenever I can get my hands on them, but these 3 bars are the ones I know I can always fall back on.

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Classy Vegetable Casserole |

Classy Vegetable Casserole

Stop whatever you’re doing right now and take a look at this gorgeously-presented classy vegetable casserole.

Now throw out all your plans for serving your holiday dinner sides and choose this method.

I mean, I don’t even care if you use the recipes I’ve provided. Just steal the method and serve whatever veggies you planned to serve, but striped in a cute casserole dish like this. Okay, I might be a little biased because I made this, but how can you possibly say no to veggies on your plate when they’re served up to you this way?

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