Happy Friday my friends! I hope everyone has some fun weekend plans in store. I am trying to fit in some of the movies that did well at the Oscars, considering I only saw Blue Jasmine, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Square (documentary feature about Tahir Square on Netflix), and the live action short films. Please recommend your favorites in the comments so I can prioritize some of the best picture nominees! And what is on your agenda this weekend? I’m curious (but mostly nosy).
I have pulled together some of my favorite things from the interwebs lately and will let you go ahead and get to the good stuff. I am working on getting some coffee into my system as we speak to make it to the weekend. Get reading!
How to Dice an Onion (Like a Boss) from Huffington Post: I never thought to remove the root before dicing up my onions! These GIFs are easy to follow to make sure you’re not crying for hours while dicing onions. I feel like I dice onions daily and liked learning how to speed it up- I also have a new best friend to remedy mincing garlic (I get mine from Trader Joe’s or Sprouts).
Life Lessons: On Packing a Lunch from Hummusapien: After my breakfast recipe post from Wednesday, many of my friends noted that packing a lunch for work is harder than figuring out breakfast. Alexis lays out a great post on the essentials for packing a lunch (I love my glass tupperware), what to prepare, and a ton of easy throw-together ideas and snacks.
Beyonce Coffee Mug from the Kitchn: A good reminder that you have just as many hours in the day as Queen Bey (let’s just forget for a second about her housekeepers, personal chef and trainers, etc). I could use this for my morning cup of tea/coffee. I could also use more upbeat music in my morning!
Food Porn Index from Bolthouse Farms: This genius website is trying to get hashtags of healthy foods trending on social media, and has fun interactive veggie games. My favorite is the KALEBRATION- where you play the slots and line up your kale.
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Teaching Our Girls the Truth from Sarah Hillware: I have known Sarah since undergrad and work (remotely) with her on a girls health education initiative within DC public schools called Girls Health Ed. Her TEDxBerkeley talk is a wonderful reminder that we have to teach younger girls confidence and self love.
The Full-Fat Paradox: Whole Milk May Keep Us Lean from NPR: People who eat higher fat dairy are leaner, based on recent studies. A study of 10,000 kids indicated that children who drink low-fat milk are more likely to become overweight. I myself have started drinking 1% because I prefer the taste to skim, and it’s interesting to tune in to the debate that continues on how much fat we should have in our diet.
Bean Brownies with Banana Cookie Dough Layer from Imma Eat That: These brownies not only look incredible, but have some sneaky nutrition packed into them- black beans, greek yogurt, oats, peanut butter, and banana form the base of these sweet treats. Kylie has done it once again and I can’t wait to try these.
Brussel Sprout Fried Rice from Post Punk Kitchen: I have had several recipes out of Isa Chandra’s new book (try the coconut french toast- I died), and this recipe is another creative take on a favorite of mine. Fried rice is so easy to pull together and now that we have a rice cooker, I can’t help but make too much perfectly fluffy rice that needs a next-day makeover.
Three Important Rules from Jumping Je: I am pretty much obsessed with Jessi and her selfies and am happy to know her in real life. This post made me reconsider my frustrations and down-swings during this bleak period. I am still looking for my own mantra to guide me, but Jessi’s wisdom is golden for those days that you just aren’t feeling yourself.
Ode to a Kitchen from Joy the Baker: This post really resonated to me, having lived in many places and having loved many spaces full of memories. Joy is just a real human being who blogs for the fun of it: “This blog is still just me as the one who makes cookies, takes pictures of them, does the dishes, writes silly words, and tries to answer emails.”