My three words for 2016

My Three Words: 2016

My three words for 2016

Since 2011 I have practiced something called Three Words. Every January, instead of creating resolutions for my business, I decide on three words. These three words become a theme for my efforts in the year to come. I begin or end projects, make decisions, and plan my time around my words. They are my guiding principles. At the end of the year I look back and see how my words helped to shape the past year and whether they helped me accomplished what I set out to do. Before I reveal my three words for 2016, let’s take a look at my 3 words from 2015 and recap how I did.

My three words in 2015 were: Align ♦ Simplify ♦ Partner

How did I do? I’d say I did pretty good.

I lived “align” the best of my three words. I said no, thank you a lot in 2015. I took on only what I truly wanted to do, and said no to opportunities that were not aligned with my passions. It wasn’t always easy to do, but I gained more by saying no than I would have ever gotten saying yes. Looking back, I don’t have any regrets.

I also lived “partner” well. I met and partnered in one way or another with some truly wonderful brands and people this year. I loved creating recipes and writing for the folks over at Wild Blueberries and my friends at Cal-EZ. I partnered with my dear friend and colleague Heather K. Jones. I was inspired by the amazing Erin Stutland. I learned from and laughed with Regan Miller Jones. I collaborated with Andrea of Thick-to-Thin and Brianne of Cupcakes and Kale Chips. I also met or re-connected with other food bloggers and dietitians at conferences. I am especially grateful to have spent time with Jenny Melrose and Katie Morford.

I didn’t do that great in the “simplify” department. In fact, I probably complicated things a bit. Not so much in my decision-making, but definitely in how I spend my time. Running an online business takes a lot of moving parts and the more my business grows, the more moving parts involved. Simplifying my processes will be something I continue to work on in 2016.

So what’s in store for the coming year?

My three words for 2016 are:  Share ♦ Build ♦ Better

Share – In 2016 I want to share more with my community. I want to be of service and give more than ask. I want to share and teach what I know. I want to share other people’s great work. I want to share the successes of my amazing clients and my inspiring community.

Build – This word represents my focus on building my community, my business, my brand, and my relationships. It’s a great reminder word to stay on track.

Better – I will use this word to focus on what’s already working well and make it better. I tend to be a “serial creator.” In 2016 I will focus on what’s already in place and working well in my business and my life…and make it even better.

So that’s it. Once again, wish me luck.

And of course I would love to know your intentions for the year! What are your intentions for 2016? Please share!

My favorite recipes from the Food Confidence blog in 2015!

Best of 2015: My Favorites

I’m looking back at the best of the blog from the past year!

My favorite recipes from the Food Confidence blog in 2015!

What a fun year of blogging it was! I made some pretty great stuff. I really stretched myself to blog consistently each week and work on my photography. I also have to give some credit to Regan Miller Jones. Without her monthly Recipe Redux challenge posts and my Inspired Vegetarian column on Healthy Aperture, I might have lacked the inspiration to create what are now my favorite recipes.

Like last year, I’m sharing my personal favorites, in case you missed them. These are the posts I refer my clients to the most and the recipes I make over and over again.

Enjoy!

Favorite Raw Snack:

http://foodconfidence.com/2015/02/22/dark-chocolate-lemon-energy-balls/

No-Bake chocolate lemon energy balls

Favorite Formula Meal:

http://foodconfidence.com/2015/01/29/formula-meals-easy-egg-muffins/

Formula meals are quick and easy ways to throw a meal together! Try these breakfast egg muffins!

Favorite Yum:

http://foodconfidence.com/2015/05/08/banana-chia-pudding-with-almond-crumb-topping/

My favorite chia pudding ever....so easy and delicious and the almond crumb topping is the bomb!

Favorite Bean:

http://foodconfidence.com/2015/03/12/christmas-lima-bean-saute-with-basmati-rice/

Christmas Lima beans and basmati rice with dill...my newest comfort food!

Favorite Tempeh:

http://foodconfidence.com/2015/02/09/5-spice-tempeh-salad-avocado-ranch-dressing/

A quick and easy lunch salad with spicy tempeh and summer veggies!

Favorite Wild Blueberry:

http://foodconfidence.com/2015/10/20/twice-baked-sweet-potato-w-warm-wild-blueberries/

Sweet Potato with Wild Blueberries

Favorite Juice:

http://foodconfidence.com/2015/01/05/grapefruit-orange-carrot-celery-mint-juice/

Sweet citrus and root vegetables make a tasty and healthy juice!

Favorite Pasta:

http://foodconfidence.com/2015/08/22/black-bean-pasta-with-peas/

Black bean pasta and peas

Favorite Salad:

http://foodconfidence.com/2015/05/04/chopped-quinoa-salad-with-cranberries/

chopped quinoa salad with cranberries

Favorite Veggie:

http://foodconfidence.com/2015/08/14/crispy-cauliflower-with-lemon-tahini-garlic-mint/

Crispy Cauliflower with Lemon, Tahini, Garlic & Mint

 

12 delicious and healthy ways to cook frozen kale for easy weeknight meals.

12 Delicious Ways To Cook With Frozen Kale

Got kale? I do. Frozen kale, that is.

12 delicious and healthy ways to cook frozen kale for easy weeknight meals. Kale is one of those greens that can be substituted in a recipe that calls for any green, spinach, collards, Swiss chard, etc. I love using frozen kale because it’s a hearty green and I always have it on hand. It’s also ready to go, already cleaned and chopped up, so it’s super easy to work with when I’m in a rush.

Last year I asked my pretty amazing and one-of-a-kind newsletter subscribers what they wanted to learn more about on this blog. They gave me some wonderful feedback. They asked for info on how to eat for energy, how to sub out ingredients, recipes for simple meals using simple ingredients, how to freeze food, and making meals for two. I think this post about how to use up frozen kale combines a few of these topics, so hopefully it’s useful.

If you’re wondering whether frozen kale is as healthy as the fresh stuff, it totally is. It has all of the same nutrients that fresh kale has, and sometimes even more, depending on how “fresh” your fresh kale really is. We’ve all seen a few wilty excuses for fresh kale at the grocery store, right? Frozen kale is also a great way to eat kale year round, when it’s not available locally.

I buy my frozen kale mostly at Trader Joe’s, but I know they sell it at Whole Foods and other large chain grocery stores. In the spirit of keeping things simple (which is my way of cooking) I’ve compiled a few great ways you can use your frozen kale starting today!

12 Ways to Cook Frozen Kale

  1. add frozen kale to your green smoothie like this kale apple smoothie
  2. stir frozen kale into any soup, chili, or stew (this vegetable chili with kale is a great idea)
  3. toss your favorite pasta dish with kale like I did in my lemon kale pasta with dried cherries
  4. add kale to these vegan enchiladas, these bean burritos, or sprinkle it onto open-faced tacos
  5. give your frozen kale a quick sauté with some olive oil, a clove or two of garlic, and some salt (stir in some frozen shrimp for protein and you’ve got a quick dinner meal straight from your freezer)
  6. stir kale into your scrambled eggs or add to an omelette 
  7. top your favorite pizza with frozen kale
  8. toss this cheesy kale pesto with spaghetti
  9. stir frozen kale into your homemade mac & cheese
  10. add frozen kale to a quiche or other type of pie like this crustless quiche or sub out the spinach for kale in my mom’s famous spinach pie 
  11. add kale to your fried rice like this (yum)
  12. make a grown-up grilled cheese with kale, caramelized onions, cheddar, and sourdough bread

12 delicious recipes for cooking up quick and easy weeknight meals using frozen kale.