Browned Butter Sage Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Browned Butter Sage Sweet Potatoes and Apples

In the winter, warm side dishes like these Sage Sweet Potatoes and Apples are total favorites of mine. I mean, is there anything about that recipe name that doesn’t scream comfort food?

Winter can be a struggle for me. Let’s just say that Seasonal Affective Disorder is definitely a thing, and it affects a lot of people whether they realize it or not. I certainly recognize it this winter. I feel incredibly lazy, and most of the time I just want to lie around. It’s just not a fun time.

To make it worse, I live in North Dakota.

That may not immediately inspire empathy, but hear me out. Normally this time of year, we’re dealing with -20 degree weather. Every. Single. Day.

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Apple Salad

Creamy Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Apple Salad

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with brussels sprouts for a long time.

I grew up thinking they were gross simply because every kid I knew hate them. (Did they actually ever try them, or did they hate them for the same reasons I did? The world will never know.) I really shouldn’t have let this influence my brussels sprouts opinion, because I loved a lot of veggies other kids hated…broccoli, squash, peas, asparagus.

Fast forward to my early paleo days, where I thought hey, I’m healthy now, I must love brussels sprouts. So I bought some to try. First bite, and I didn’t think they were so bad. Second bite? Bleh. Nope. Newsflash, self: being “healthy” does not mean you like all “healthy” foods.

So, I decided that I just mustn’t like little green bulbs, and didn’t buy them again.

Until, of course, I stumbled upon a recipe that totally changed my thoughts on brussels sprouts.

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Whole30 Recap – DONE!

Woot! My Whole30 is officially over….(last week)! It ended 11/18/14, actually, but who’s counting?

I wanted to take a few days to truly think about how the Whole30 went for me before writing this post. That, and I was feeling awfully lazy.Whole30 Recap - Done!

Does anyone else just feel lazy and unproductive during the winter months? Well, that was a dumb question. I’m positive a lot of people feel that way. There’s just something about it being cold as hell and only having 8ish hours of sunlight that make people want to curl up under a blanket sipping hot chocolate and not moving. DON’T ever leave the comfort of those blankets. That’s a winter sin.

Sorry for getting off topic…back to the Whole30 stuff.

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Baked Plantain Fries

Baked Plantain Fries

Fact: plantains are freaking awesome.

I had my first experience with plantains when I was a kid and my mom had decided we needed to branch out and try new kinds of produce. Unfortunately, this was pre-Internet-for-everything, so the only inkling of how to use a plantain was from the label at the grocery store: “Like A Banana!” Okay, sure thing. You can probably imagine how well we liked green plantains after our first taste-test.

Needless to say, I’m glad I gave plantains another chance a year or two ago. I can’t seem to survive without them in my apartment. And though I’m totally fine just frying plantains, I like to experiment sometimes, too. Thus, I made Baked Plantain Fries, and they make me happy.

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Whole30 Week 3 Recap

Whole30 Week 3 Recap

It’s that time again! Another week has gone by. It’s Tuesday, and I’m on Day 24. One week from now I’ll have finished my first Whole30! I simultaneously am surprised it’s almost over but happy to be close to the end!

Keep reading to see my thoughts on the week, a snapshot into my meals, and my goals for the last week of my Whole30!

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