The Versatile Blogger Award

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Wow! I’m so grateful to my friend Heidi Altree, of The Fit Frequent Flier, for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. Heidi and I met while working at a Portland-based SaaS company, and while she is much more (frequently) active than I am, we bonded over a love of the outdoors and great food.

I am that person who is constantly posting food photos from dinner experiments, and My Favorite -Ings was born out of friends asking me for those recipes.

According to the Versatile Blogger Award Rules, I need to do five things to preserve the spirit of this award:

  • Nominees should know that if you are nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award, you have already won
  • Write and publish a blog post thanking and linking back to the person who nominated me
  • List seven random facts about myself
  • Nominate up to 15 other blogs that you follow and believe deserve recognition for their hard work

7 Random Facts about Me

  1. I used to be able to whistle like a champ, and then I got braces. No more whistling for me!
  2. I lose near complete control over my vocal chords whenever I see dogs of any age. I start squealing in pitches only they can hear, which is probably why I’ve basically never met a dog who didn’t become a kindred spirit.
  3. I don’t subscribe to any dietary restrictions, but you can almost always rely on me to bring the (sometimes only) vegan, gluten-free dish to dining engagements.
  4. I have an austere loathing of canned mushrooms. Can’t. Stand. Them.
  5. Even though I’m an only child, I come from a very large extended family. My mother and her twin are the oldest of 8, my great aunt and uncle had 20 children, and I have 20 first cousins.
  6. I traveled to 36 of 50 states and visited 11 countries
  7. I was in choir for many years, and without fail, I cry every time I hear Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria performed during the holidays.

Blogs I nominate

 

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Fruit Nut Bars

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I don’t mind admitting it, I’ve become somewhat of a pro when it comes to packing my hiking snacks. Something sweet, something salty, punch of protein, and carbs to keep the tank full and fuel to burn. You can expect I’ll have some Babybel cheese, energy bites, beef jerky, and now, fruit nut bars.

The beautiful thing about these snacks is how incredibly easy they are to make and in short order. Using the base recipe of three ingredients (dried fruit, nuts, and chia seeds), you can easily modify the snack using a variety of fruits, keeping it new and refreshing. Continue reading

Summer Cherry Salsa

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Whoever thought up the idea of salsa should be knighted. Seriously. Salsa is one of those side dishes that can step up your main dish’s game, or be a palatable introduction to your dinner party. With summer officially here, cherries are in season and an amazing sweet-meets-tart contribution to your meal plan. Filled with antioxidants and inflammation inhibitors, cherries offer multiple health benefits, particularly for those with arthritis, diabetes, insomnia, family history of cancer, and/or high blood pressure. Continue reading

Yummy Sauce

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If you’re local to the Pacific Northwest, you likely know the wonder that is Café Yumm. They are famous for their lovely lemon curry sauce and layer it into rice, beans, tomatoes, avocados and other deliciousness to create a fast favorite. I tried my hand at recreating the Yumm sauce, and while it’s not an exact match, I’m happy to report that it is still delicious, healthy, and wonderful as a vegetable dip or for dressing meats. Continue reading

Quick and Healthy Energy Bites

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I know I’m not alone when the munchies hit me HARD from 2-3:30pm each afternoon, and I rarely have healthy snack options around to quell the hunger. Luckily, I have some health-conscious friends who introduced me to the concept of Energy Bites. These small morsels of joy not only give the necessary sweet tooth fix I crave, but also provided a much needed energy boost halfway through the afternoon. Continue reading

Radicchio and Granny Smith Apple Salad

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Most bitter, peppery leaves and I don’t see eye to eye, particularly radicchio and arugula (sacrilege, I know). However, after experiencing killer radicchio salads from Tasty ‘n Sons and Nostrana, I decided to try creating my own version. It came out near to perfection. Try this lovely as a fish side dish or with a lemony main course. What would you pair it with? Continue reading

Animal Lovers Surprise – Vegan Chili

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If you’re a carnivore like me, you may see the word “vegan” and snarl your lip a bit. It’s all right. We all come with our own judgements and assumptions about non-meat eaters, but I have to say, I’ve made this meat-free chili on many occasions, and often prefer it to its meat-full brethren. I recently participated in a friend’s annual Chili Cook Off, and while I did not win (womp, womp), my chili still received high marks. The biggest beauty is that the chili doesn’t take hours to cook (although it can if you want it to), so inside of an hour, you could be enjoying a delicious, nutrition-filled meal with the people you love. Really, is there a better way to live? Continue reading