Recognizing Thin Privilege

As a kid, I CRAVED to be thin. Until I enter the later years of college, I was never considered “thin.” Athletic, toned, and, especially when I was a little kid, overweight– but never thin. I would always look at the covers of the magazines my mom would give me and wonder how, even at the age of 6, I was not given the gift of a flat stomach, toned arms, and a fit waist. I glamorized these bodies, even from a young age. They were a ticket to a life that I could only dream about.

I always think that, in the back of my head, I was willing to do whatever it took to achieve that perfect body. Especially as a dancer, I was so self conscious about whether my body was toned and not flabby. I even remember my teacher grabbing my lower belly fat, telling me I had to get rid of THAT. Yet, despite all of my attempts to mold my body to how society thought it should look, nothing worked. Slowly, the methods of my fellow dancers to try to maintain their lean figures — usually with casual disdain, withholding from all kinds of food groups — began to seep into me, a porous, chubby little thing. At the pool, I became more and more aware of my rounded face and my definitely not flat stomach. Psychologically, I became so angry at my sister and my cousins, both of whom had the body type I was desperate for. They all looked so cute in their bikinis while I usually looked uncomfortable in surf shirt.

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My Go-To Vegetarian Chili (With or Without an Instant Pot!)

This chili has been a lifesaver this week. Seriously.

It is 75 degrees in my apartment, but all I can think about is how good this chili is. Yeah, that is the craziest thing I have said all day. It is 75 degrees in February and, guys, it is DANG HOT. This time of year, I am usually all about blankets and sweaters and bowls of hot steamy goodness, but here I am, in shorts.

And yet, I am still craving this chili. This whole situation makes no sense.

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Miso Maple Glazed Squash with Brown Rice and Brussels Slaw

Pump up your Monday and squash the competition. These colorful bowls are just perfect meal prep for the week!

Here’s the thing. This bowl is bordering between grain bowl and salad. And, right now, because I am feeling virtuous, I am going to call it a salad.  Here’s the thing, I love salad, but salad with iceberg lettuce and weird dressing? No, I do not love that kind of salad. What’s worse is a salad that is wilted before I even put the dressing on! No thank you! Whenever I make salads, I make them big, colorful, full of different veggies, and I always finish them off with cheese. Always.

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Kimchi Fried Rice

I ate some chocolate chip cookies for dinner, so I figured now is the time for real food.

What is real dinner these days? Well. I have no idea. But I can tell you what real dinner is not.

Kombucha and veggie straws. And the kind of kombucha that is the one you need to be 21+ to buy. And veggies straws just because you’ve loved them since before your tween years and because you got a case of them,  right now all you can eat is nostalgic comfort food or nothing. Veggie straws and actual veggies. That doesn’t count either.

My mama from my childhood would be very disappointed by my eating habits lately.

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Harissa Lentil Stuffed Butternut Squash

This weather lately has got me thinking about the Mediterranean lately. Specifically how I wish I was out of the cold, DC sadness.

This weather is just a roller coaster of emotions. It is cold one day, then hot the next day, then a freaking blizzard two days later. I have been feeling so stir crazy lately, which might explain all of these crazy dreams I have been having lately. I think my unconscious is definitely playing into my desire to travel this year. Except why does my brain think it is totally normal for me to roll out of bed, onto a horse, to a flight to Japan?

I really need to get some more sleep

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Spiced Sweet Potato Coconut Flour Bread

I made you a dessert recipe. In January. It’s true.

Don’t worry though, I made these healthy…ish. They are totally healthy January approved, at least in my book anyway!

Plus, it’s Monday, and we all need a little something sweet to celebrate making it through our first week of 2018.

And yes. I did write 2015, then 2017, before finally settling on 2018. Jeez louise.

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Ginger Miso Glazed Eggplant

Resolution of the week: eat more color.

And it starts with these beautiful purple eggplants.

I know eggplant is not the most colorful veggie, but, after a couple of weeks of beige foods, brown foods, and… COOKIES, my body is so ready for a change. While I miss the little baked goods (it was as gluttonous as it was glorious) I can just feel my body cry out for all things veg.

But, then again, my name is the Cutting Veg

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Buttery Roasted Cardamom Carrots with Feta and Pistachios

This post was sponsored by Brummel and Brown

 Hey you! Let me introduce you to my new favorite go to New Year salad. That really should be the alternative title of this post

To be honest, salads can often be, well, so boring. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I pretty much eat a salad every day of my existence. And I love them so much. But I find most renditions of a salad to be completely lacking in flavor and/or heartiness. Have you ever shown up to a restaurant and get a bowl of sad iceberg lettuce, two (why is it always two?!) cherry tomatoes, and maybe a sliver of red onion?

Those salads give salads a bad rap!

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