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August Favorites Video: Food, Books, Home and More!

Weekly Update, VideoCarlene ThomasComment

Gosh I love curating these monthly favorites for you guys! But you know what the problem this month was? It was kind of slim pickings! I was in full chill mode at home therefore I was basically a patio hermit. That being said, I'm really excited for September and beyond to see new products launch and find amazing things at the trade shows I'm attending! 

Watch my August Favorites

  • Book: Crazy Rich Asians: If you are looking for a light read: THIS BOOK. I hesitate to put this as a favorite but I can't lie: I enjoyed it. It was so over the top. It's all about society and Asian billionaires. 
  • Netflix Show: Peaky Blinders: So we crushed Dexter (and hated the way that show ended SO MUCH) and then we needed something else to fill our evenings pre-football. And that something was Netflix's Peaky Blinders. This is a 5 star rated show and it came highly suggested on my feed because it involves murder. Which, besides food, is my main interest in tv shows. Invest the time and watch this show. Keep going until you're past episode 3 and you'll be hooked. It's SO GOOD. Season 3 starts in early 2016. 
  • Body Om's Dried Mangoes: They don't specifically have to be from Body Om, but that's where these heavenly dried mangoes came from! I don't really love raw mangoes but the dried version is the perfect level of sweet and the perfect snack when you're craving something dessert-like. 
  • Dropbox: One of the most important tools in my day to day life. I'm not even exaggerating. Dropbox is amazing for making sure your storage on your phone and computer stay open, backing up files and easily transferring and accessing large files without putting them on your computer. If you use a lot of photos and large files, buy Dropbox pro or whatever it is IMMEDIATELY. You won't regret it. 
  • Doodle: I was a silly goose in the video and totally forgot to mention Doodle after saying I would. That's what happens when you have to re-film! Doodle is what I use for scheduling meetings or lunches with more than 2 people. It allows people to mark what days and times they're free and the program tells you the most agreed upon day and time. It cuts down on emails so I'm 100% in. 
  • If you're redoing multiple things at once in your house, this is where you need to go. The husband went here to get all new door handles for the house. They're brass. They're beautiful. They were shipped for free, fast and were less expensive than a traditional Home Depot/Lowes etc. 

Women in Food: 10 Questions with Elise of Eat Healthy Designs

Women in Food InterviewsCarlene ThomasComment

If you like to hand write notes like I do, you're going to love this post. I love pretty paper. I love food. I love puns. So when I stumbled upon Eat Healthy Designs on Instagram and saw it was all three things in one place it was a pretty exciting day. Elise just became a registered dietitian which makes me love this brand even more!!! If you need a gift for yourself or a foodie in your life, go shop the store!!! 

Elise / Eat Healthy Designs/ @Eat_HealthyDesigns

eat healthy designs interview

1. Tell us about yourself and your business.

I just graduated with my masters in nutrition and passed the test to become a registered dietitian! I’ve had many different passions growing up, but one thing that was constant was my need to be creative. Insert EAT healthy designs; it’s the product of my love for food and nutrition and my need for being creative.

After graduating with my undergrad in nutrition, I went to look for some cute nutrition themed stationery to write out thank you notes to my nutrition professors and wasn't pleased with what was out there. It wasn't until last year EAT healthy designs became an idea. Travis (my business partner) and I started tossing around ideas and one thing lead to another, and we were fist bumping our way to producing our first line of nutrition themed greeting cards. Almost one year later, our line of greeting cards has grown and we have expanded to selling shirts and totes as well with plans on expanding into children’s clothes and more stationery next year. 

2. If you could define your food philosophy in one sentence, it would be….

Live to eat, don’t eat to live.

Eat Healthy Designs

3. What are your 3 must have foods in your kitchen?

Oatmeal, Olive Oil, and eggs

4. It’s your birthday. What are you eating?

Brunch! I like to say it’s my favorite meal. Or, we will go out to dinner at a restaurant I’ve had my eye on. Either way dessert will be ice cream or a good slice of cheese cake!

5. Signature cocktail?

Mimosa or peach bellini. Again, gravitating towards the brunch theme!

6. Food you can’t like no matter how hard you try?

Peas. Never been fond of them, and still can’t bring myself to enjoy them. 

7. What are your go-to resources for all things food (websites/magazines/groceries etc)?

For all things food, I subscribe to a couple different magazines (Cooking Light and Bon Appetite are my favorite)! But for day to day inspiration I look to my feed on Instagram. As far as where I get my groceries, I frequent Trader Joes and the local farmers markets  

eat healthy designs

8. Food fad you wish would die a horrible death?

This over obsession with bacon-please go away!

9. Must have kitchen tool:

I’ve been getting a lot of use out of my food processor. (Hello, sun dried tomato pesto!) 

10. What’s the one thing you learned this year that changed the way you think about food?

I spent the last 6 years in school for food and nutrition and have had so much information thrown at me, but wasn’t really taught a whole lot about food’s impact on the environment, and sustainability. Recently, I learned about the positive impact eating local has on a community and our world. Food can travel thousands of miles, leaving a huge carbon footprint behind, before it hits our plates. I started reading Michael Pollan’s books, and learning more about sustainability in general, and came to the conclusion that I will grab for what is in season and shop farmers markets before any thing else.

How to Make Zucchini Noodles without a Spiralizer: Zucchini Noodle Recipe

Video, Main DishesCarlene ThomasComment

I've found my favorite way to eat zucchini and I found a way to do it without buying an extra tool for my kitchen. I like zucchini. I really do! But eating it chopped or sliced isn't highly appealing to me. I just don't love it. Making it into noodles on the other hand? Oh my gosh, sign me up. I will eat all the zucchinis if they are noodles. That's why I put together this recipe (below) and this video to show you how to make it! 

How to Make Zucchini Noodles without a Spiralizer: Zucchini Noodle Recipe

Many of you are totally aware of turning veggies into noodles thanks to the popularity of the spiralizer tool. But I have to be honest: I don't have one and I don't think I'm going to buy one. I don't like things that take up extra space in my kitchen and if I have a tool already that works, I'm using it! Which is where my love of the julienne peeler, for $10, comes in. You'll see in the video how easy it is to use.

zucchini noodles without a spiralizer
zucchini noodles without a spiralizer

Summer Zucchini and Pasta Dinner with Lemon Chicken

Serves 2

/// Ingredients ///

  • 2 small zucchini 
  • 1 cup pasta, dry (in a fun shape)
  • Tomato sauce
  • Baked Lemon chicken (just omit the olives)
  • Fresh basil

/// Directions /// Start your chicken using this recipe and set of directions (just leave out the olives). Wash the zucchini and start to peel using the julienne peeler. You want SMALL zucchini or the skin will be too tough. When you hit the center seeds, stop and rotate the zucchini. Once you've peeled down to the seeds on all sides, discard the ends and chop the center to use for another recipe. Cook pasta and set aside. Heat tomato sauce. Combine the pasta, zucchini noodles and pasta sauce together. The heat from the sauce will cook the zucchini just enough! Add the chicken and fresh basil and you're good to go! 

how to make zucchini noodles without a spiralizer

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