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New Blog: Jump, Jive & Kale!

Hi there!

I’m sure this post will come as a shock to those of you who see it- is she still alive?  It has been WAY too long!  A lot of things have happened in the past year that I decided needed my attention over blogging… getting my RD, securing a full-time job, getting married, and buying a house.  It was a whirlwind, in a good way, but the one thing I’ve been missing is experimenting in the kitchen and sharing those adventures with you all.

While this blog has been fun, it has been sadly neglected.  To be completely honest, as much as I loved seeing the “stats” when people viewed my recipes, the content wasn’t necessarily written for an audience.  It was created for me to keep my recipes all in one neat spot, and to share those recipes with close friends and family who were interested, along with anyone else that enjoyed reading!  After some reflection, I thought it was time to change that. So I went with a new platform, design and look.  I also thought up some features, besides recipes, that might make the blog more unique and interesting. This time, I am really trying to keep readers in mind. I hope that you will click over to Jump, Jive & Kale! and check it out.  If you were on this email list, please consider joining the one over at the new blog!  It is on the right side, about half-way down the homepage.  I’m so excited with how it came out and what I plan to do with it, and I hope that you are too!

Since I’ve been gone…

So, a couple of things happened to explain my disappearance…

1) We adopted this little guy from a kill shelter (It hurts to even say it!)…

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He’s the happiest little face to come home to, and the cuddliest snuggle bug.. He’s also a LOT of work. Until now, I couldn’t make a very simple meal without him getting into something, let alone a blog-worthy meal. Despite the struggle, he is our best investment ever and we have many years of unconditional love ahead of us. I hope his cute little face makes up for abandoning my blog.

2) I got a job…teaching pre-school children, their parents and the daycare center staff nutrition. If I could have dreamed up a job, this would be it. I feel so lucky. Regardless, a new job is a new job and learning the ropes takes time.

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3) I’m officially a registered dietitian!! In addition to the above two things, I had to promise myself I would spend all free time studying. To pass this test meant everything to me, so I don’t regret it!

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I hope you will still read, even though I’ve been very unaccountable! However, being realistic, I will be posting once a week instead of twice. As much as I love finally being in the real world, I’ll admit it is tough finding the energy to cook creatively every night. If you read this, thank you. I felt missed when I was gone and that’s a GREAT feeling!

Recipe Recommendations

On Saturday, I officially became a “dietitian.”  Hopefully in a few months and with a lot of studying, I will finally be a Registered Dietitian.  While I can’t wait for that day, I am relieved to no longer be an intern.  Working for free is not ideal, although I have learned a LOT!

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So over this whole blog hiatus, I haven’t had time to be creative, but I have cooked a lot.  Most of the recipes I have hardly changed, so in efforts to not lose them in a sea of pinterest boards, I have linked them here for you all to enjoy too.  New Applebutterhamony recipes are on the way, I promise!

Crispy Kale & Mushroom Fried Rice

Balsamic Roast Beef

Tangy Thai Chicken Sandwich

Creamy Avocado & White Bean Wrap

Spiced Lentil Tacos  –> really excited about these!

Spaghetti in Garlic Gravy with Fresh Herbs

Stuffed Shells –> Believe it or not, this was my first time making stuffed shells.  I never knew how ridiculously easy it was!  One thing I have to say here, sub full fat for part-skim ricotta, still a great flavor while saving yourself some fat.

Apple-Cheddar Chicken Tartines with Honey-Dijon Roasted Potatoes –> Made them both and loved them both!

Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Chiles

Sketch-Free Broccoli and Cheese Soup –> I’ve never seen Mr. Applebutter excited about a soup, and this one he was over the moon for.  Let’s be honest here, this soup has a lot of cheese.  It’s not a staple, it’s a treat.  A very delicious treat!

Honey-Lime Chicken Skewers –> So easy, so delicious.

Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Quesadillas

Philly Cheesesteak Pizza

Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas

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No recipe today because I have not had time to cook in the last few days. To be honest, I haven’t really slept either!  There is something new and sparkly on my finger which is distracting all of my attention!  On Friday in Rockefeller center I said “yes” to the future Mr.applebutterharmony :)

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I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!!!!  See you Thursday with a recipe :)

Stay Tuned..

Three delicious recipes coming to you throughout the week! Bear with me through finals, posts may vary slightly from the usual Monday & Thursday schedule until December 13th.  Sign up for email notifications to avoid checking back!

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FNCE Recap

I had optimistically planned to get in my Thursday post this week after FNCE (Food & nutrition conference and expo) and then school slapped me in the face.  As much as I love cooking and sharing new recipes here, school needs to come first (just for two more months!).  FNCE was great, while I learned a lot at the educational sessions, I didn’t think anyone reading would care too much about that.  In the expo hall, hundreds of companies came to share their products with us and give away free samples.  I had a lot of fun with this, and now have more food then I could ever eat!

My favorite free giveaway is at the bottom. Ellie Krieger’s new cookbook… and I got to meet her!

As for the samples, I’ve only tried a few of them so far, but I wanted to discuss the ones I did here as it may be helpful to you as a consumer.  I will add more as a go through my loot over the next month (or two!).
1)  Luna fiber bar- peanut butter strawberry

This bar REALLY surprised me.  I thought for sure that the weird combination of flavors would make me nauseous.  But I LOVED it.  Flavor wise, it gets an A.  It also has 7g of fiber which is good.  The ingredients list is long, which is usually a red flag, but after looking at them nothing was too alarming. They use all organic ingredients.. which, to be quite honest, doesn’t mean much to me in a bar.  If it has 11g of sugar, it has 11g of sugar, I don’t care where it came from. It’s not good for you either way.  The one good part though were the organic strawberries.  Since they are on the “dirty dozen” list, that’s a nice plus.  Overall: Would definitely buy again!

2) Jamba Granny Smith Apple Snacks

I may be biased because I am not the hugest fan of granny smith apples in the first place, but I was not a fan of these either.  Too tart for me.  I do however FULLY support the ingredient list: apples. Overall: Not for me, but could be for you!

3) Laughing Cow- Light Mozzarella, Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Cheese Wedges

This was SO good.  Each wedge comes in at only 35 calories and it would be a great cheese to spread on a whole wheat cracker.  Before FNCE I never would have thought to pick up laughing cow, but after trying this flavor and a few others, I will definitely be becoming a new customer! Overall: Delicious

4) Food Should Taste Good- any flavor

I loved this brand way before FNCE, but they were there and I want to spread the word about how great these chips are.  Their ingredient list includes flax seed, quinoa, canola oil and brown rice flour to name a few.  It is also certified Gluten Free which makes it a great healthy alternative for those people suffering from Celiacs disease or a gluten intolerance.  Gluten free products have fantastic advertising, I will give them that.  They usually show-boat themselves as a healthier alternative to non-gluten free snacks.  What’s a shame is that being gluten free has become quite a fad, and those falling for the fad are not educated on the correct science (key phrase!) behind a gluten intolerance.   If you look closely, a lot of G-free products are in fact much worse for you then their non-Gfree alternatives.  It is a shame for those that actually suffer from the disease, and Food Should Taste Good did an awesome job of making their product gluten free while also incorporating wonderful whole grains not containing gluten (i.e. quinoa!).  This is a gluten free snack I can definitely get on board with! Overall: Love it!
5) Smartfood Selects- Cinnamon Brown Sugar Popcorn

I think I visited this station 3 times a day at the expo.  I mean, this stuff is delicious, and I promise they are not paying me to say that.  The product contains 9g of fat per ounce.  While 7.5g of that is unsaturated fats, I still think that’s a little too high.  To give you a reference, 1 oz of Lays potato chips will run you 10g of fat.  This popcorn should be more of a treat, not an every day item.  I fear you’d also become addicted if it was! Overall: Awesome, in moderation.

Disclaimer:  These opinions are entirely my own, I was not paid or compensated in any way to review these products.

What DO Dietitans do?

I have to apologize- I missed Monday’s post!  I was actually out of town for a long weekend, and after landing back in Buffalo after 11pm on Monday, I accepted that the post just wasn’t happening.  Here’s the proof of my excuse.. and yes, I really was that close to a giraffe!

I’m getting back into the swing of things and should have some new recipes up for you next week.  Here’s something funny I wanted to share for any RD readers, hopefully it gets a laugh..

I don’t have a recipe for you today, but I did make this Mexican quinoa dish last week (scroll down a bit on the post to find it) and it was probably the best version of quinoa I’ve tried so far.  The only changes I made were using regular oregano instead of the Mexican kind, and I subbed out the paprika for a few dashes of ground cayenne pepper.  Definitely give this one a try in the near future!