Miso Oatmeal with Charred Snap Peas

Childhood meant one thing. And that thing was apple cinnamon oatmeal packets.

When I was a kid, I would bring on all of the sugar into my breakfasts. There was sugar and cinnamon on buttered toast. There was the key lime pie Yoplait with crushed up graham crackers (still one of my favorites). My ultimate favorite breakfast, though, were those apple cinnamon oatmeal packets. I know that was usually the packet on the bottom of the variety pack, but I cannot help that they were my very favorite.

It’s ok. I’ll take them off of your hands.

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Why Detoxes Will Only Detox Your Wallet

This morning, I was reading through some of my friends’ Facebook posts. It is usually that time of year when lots of women try to get that “beach body.” (That discussion of a beach body has its own discussion, but that is for another time). Many of my friends were toting a diet of eating only steamed greens and lean organic protein to get those bikini abs or swimsuit body. “I need to purge my body of those toxic chemicals,” a friend said. “Green juice and smoothies only from now on.” The truth, though, is that detoxing – the idea that you can flush your system of impurities and leave your organs squeaky clean and raring to go – is a scam

And it is something that, as consumers, we need to be aware of.

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Marinated Feta and Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Salad

The world could use more picnics.

Picnics are the kind of things that we all wish we could have more of, but we never pursue. People think, at the end of a long day, who wants to go get all the stuff to craft a picnic. I personally am a huge believer in picnics. And it does not have to be complicated to have a picnic. Wine and cheese can always suffice as a picnic.

The key is wine is the more important of the two.

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How the Jersey Shore Shaped My Diet

I was 18 years old when I stopped eating meat. It was a traumatic affair, involving a bite into some deceptively cooked chicken. One bite of the stuff and I was completely turned off. When I came home after my first semester, I adamantly sat down to dinner with my family. “I’m going to cook some eggs. I don’t eat meat anymore,” I said. My mom looked at me quizzically, “Not even chicken?” she asked, handing me a dish of chicken parmesan.

It reminded me of My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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Carrot Pancakes with Spicy Cumin Yogurt

Can you play favorites with your vegetables?

As much as I would not like to believe so, I always come around to the same veggies over and over again. I’ve been trying to branch out, especially with summer coming and all. The beauty with the start of summer and warm days is that produce really has its moment to truly shine. No more apples stored for 6 months. No more sad looking greens. We’re talking about tomatoes, berries, eggplant, and corn. Oh and giant zucchini. AND THE PEACHES.

Please tell me why summer produce cannot be an all the time type deal?

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Learning to Love Tea Again

As I get older, it gets harder and harder to keep up with the speed of life. And, while it seems like we are doing a good job to maintaining the pace, we must admit that our bodies were not made for this fast paced lifestyle of modern society. We are still struggling with early morning school bus runs, scheduling one activity after another, and electric lights that let us stay up way past dark.We have so many options that weighing the slight differences between two equally good choices drive us toward our breaking point. I go in and out between periods of anxiety about the future, about plans that franly can change in a blink. I am only 24, but I feel completely burnt out.

And that’s when tea saved me.

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Pickled Beet White Bean Dip

Let’s take a journey into the way back machine.

Back back back, far beyond when I first had a blog. Or the blog before this blog. I bet you did not know that I had a blog before this blog, did ya? I started it between my junior and senior year of college. The Cutting Veg name has always stuck along, but that blog had the funniest attempts at photos. We’re talking photos on the floor to catch that lighting. And the recipe that started it all was a smoothie bowl!

I hope you guessed right, cause that smoothie bowl was INSANE! Ice ream for breakfast insane!

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My Favorite Places to Eat in DC

Summer is coming.

And hopefully, it will not be as morbid or bloody as a Game of Thrones winter! Fall is actually my favorite season, but there is something about summertime that is always so magical. It is PRIME beach season. It becomes socially acceptable to eat ice cream all the time. The fact that I can wear shorts outside and not be judged that it is not “shorts weather”.

Personal choice that shorts weather is all the time weather.

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