Award-Winning Recipe: Bacon-Turkey-Tequila Chili

Last night, a hiking Meetup group I’m in organized a chili cookoff. While most people simply wanted to eat chili and contribute an appetizer/drink, I was one of about a dozen people who signed up to cook chili and be in the competition. Chili has always been one of my favorite dishes to make – it’s quick and easy, comes out great almost every time (and any mistakes can easily be covered up with sour cream or cheese), and it was the {Read More}

Healthy Recipe: Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

Remember how one of my New Year’s resolutions was to have people over at my home at least once a week? I’m not doing well with my other resolutions but that one is going strong. One of my biggest reasons for wanting to host people so often was that I hoped it would make me less uptight and more go-with-the-flow, rather than stressing out about every little detail. Well, you can’t get much more relaxed and go-with-the-flow than everyone sitting {Read More}

Checking In On My 2015 “Engage” Goals

Now that we’re about a month into 2015, it’s probably a good point for me to check in on my 2015 resolutions to engage. How am I doing so far? My first goal was to engage in learning – and I’ve pretty much been nailing my goal to “listen to a TED talk once per day.” To prove it, here’s my Excel log of the TED talks I’ve watched so far – there have only been one or two days {Read More}

Girls’ Night In / Healthy Meal: One-Pot Chicken Taco Casserole

Last night, I hosted a bunch of my girlfriends over at my place to watch The Bachelor: Prince Farming. I got really into the Bachelor when I was down in Dallas, in part because I had a fabulous group of girlfriends with whom I watched the show most weeks. Now that I’m in Denver, I decided to try to replicate that here! Hosting a watch party also coincided nicely with one of my new year’s resolutions, which was to host {Read More}

Sponsored: Using Daisy Cottage Cheese to Make a Healthy Indian Feast

Today was a pretty exciting day to be a Coloradan! In previous years, Election Day has never really been a big deal to me, since it’s always pretty clear which way the New York votes were going to go. But a lot of the races in Colorado today were pretty hotly contested, and could make a big difference at the national level in determining the swing of the House and Senate. I was in a training session today and so {Read More}

Healthy Fall Recipe: Zucchini Chocolate Banana Bread Oatmeal

I already told you about my glorious Saturday of trail running and hitting the pool (seriously, it was 83 degrees – why not?!). However, despite the amazingly warm weather, I then switched over to fall mode for the rest of the weekend, and spent Saturday night at a low-key pumpkin beer fest held at Hops and Pie. I sampled over 20 pumpkin beers, in between slices of some awesome sausage-and-pineapple pizza (seriously, their pizza has ranked on TripAdvisor’s list of {Read More}

Healthy Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake Smoothie

This morning I woke up feeling hot. Sadly, it wasn’t hot like “damn I look good,” but more of “damn it, Colorado, I turned the heat on because it snowed Thursday night but now it’s going to be 70 today so I should have had the A/C on to sleep.” The weather here is so flaky! (But I still love it.) I decided I wanted a smoothie for breakfast, so first I checked through my arsenal of random samples to {Read More}

Healthy Carb-Loading Meal: Nicoise-Inspired Salad

Tomorrow, I’m going to be hiking my very first 14er (mountain with a summit that is 14,000 feet or higher). But when my friend Mike and I went hiking yesterday on a much smaller peak for about 90 minutes, I was completely wiped out. Hiking can be pretty intense! When Mike mentioned that it would probably be about a four hour hike to the top on Saturday, I realized it would probably be just about as strenuous as a full marathon. Time to {Read More}

My New Favorite Kitchen Tool: The Vegetti

My friend Becki did a great recipe post this week, and talked about using a Vegetti to spiralize her veggies into pasta. I had heard of a spiralizer before, but it seemed expensive/difficult/complicated. However, when Becki made it look so easy, and pointed out that the Vegetti is cheaper than a regular spiralizer, I popped over to Amazon and bought myself one… for just $13. Hooray for Amazon Prime, because today at lunchtime, it was on my doorstep! As you may {Read More}

Healthy Meal: Pineapple Fried “Rice” (Quinoa)

One of my favorite things about moving to Denver is my new commute from Dallas. When I used to fly to New York City on Thursday nights, I would have a 3.5 hour flight that would usually land around 11pm or midnight… meaning I would probably start falling asleep for the last hour of the flight, and then I’d get home and immediately crawl into bed. But now that I’m living in Denver, it’s a much shorter flight, and I’m {Read More}