Whole30: Day 1

Today the green flag dropped and Omar and I are finally at it. Day 1 consisted of already saying no to a Happy Hour invitation and me realizing just how often I go over to the candy dish at my job. Because it was MLK day, I walked home to find Omar had meal prepped SO MUCH…

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Today was perfect. Benjamin Hoff wrote in his “Te of Piglet,” Unattractiveness, illness, and weakness have many valuable lessons to teach to those willing to learn from them.” The days I was having last week make me truly love a perfect day like today. This week is proving to be a week of firsts. First…

Brown Rice & Black Bean Casserole with Sauteed Shrimp

Usually when I cook a creative new meal my family will stroll in and out of the kitchen. Kevin, my stepfather will inhale deeply at whatever happens to be fuming off of the pan or dish or tray, “Ahhhh, you son of a bitch!” He’ll jokingly say. (Only because he’s on a strict high-protein, high-fat…

Baked Ham Cuppie with Roasted Cauliflower

I saw a quote the other day, “Life is a dollar and you can only spend it one way.” I think I saw it on twitter or some other irrelevant social network. The opportunities in life are overwhelming. If I had a nickel for every elder who has said “in my day, you didn’t have…

Spinach Stuffed Shells With Baked Zucchini Stix

Easter Sunday was bad. I went in fully prepared to be good and stick to my new healthy lifestyle. But as soon as I walked into my father’s house he had a tray of eggs waiting to be peeled. (Like I’m 6 again) “Here, you make the deviled eggs” he says. Perfect. My opportunity to…

A Family’s “Biggest” Decision

I come from a truly American family. Pizza was a must at least once a week in my household. And since my mom is the matriarch-type, she was always working. Eating dinner together was always important, but what we were consuming never had much thought. My family has paid, in pounds, for our American way…