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Getting it Together on the Road: Los Angeles Travel Guide

A Los Angeles Travel Guide that focuses on the healthier side of LA.

As we all know, late last October I had a twinge-y Achilles that I ignored and kept running on until I couldn’t do a squat, let alone walk, because of it. I spent two-ish months in physical therapy, still aiming towards being able to run the LA Marathon. Finally, when I still wasn’t able to run in early December, I scrapped my plans and just focused on getting my Achilles healthy again.

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Part of the allure of running the LA Marathon was that the Olympic Trials were the day before. I thought it would feel really historic and cool to run the same course (spoiler alert: not the same course) as a lot of the elite and professional runners I admire. Emily and I decided that while I was no longer running the marathon, it would still be cool to spend a weekend in LA and watch the Olympic Trials — it felt like a shame for them to be so close to SF and to not go.

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It was totally the perfect weekend of running (including my first double-digit run in months), relaxing, napping, drinking a lot of coffee, eating delicious food and girl time we both needed. I actually already have a trip planned with Kristine and Jane to head back down next month for another wellness weekend in Santa Monica (think SoulCycle, more brunches and laying by the pool).

GjelinaIf you’re going to splurge on one meal (dollar-wise, not so much calorie wise) in LA, definitely hit up Gjelina on Abbot-Kinney in Venice. They’re famous for their pizzas, veggie-centric dishes and mushroom toast. Em and I were having a “wellness weekend” so we ordered a couple veggies (Brussels sprouts and grilled kobucha squash) and two meats (seared scallops and a wild boar  sausage with homemade sauerkraut and mustard). I’m definitely looking forward to going again and trying more of the menu next time I’m in LA.

CassiaOn a whim we decided to go here on Saturday night after seeing it on Eater LA’s Essential 38 list. This space is huge (something we’re not really used to in SF), absolutely stunning and they have Scribe Sylvaner on their wine list — done. They serve up Southeast Asian fare, going a little heavy on the French influence — think pates, oysters, the most amazing beef curry I’ve ever had, jellyfish salad (as far as I know, I had never had jellyfish before) and delicious grilled Chinese broccoli with fish sauce.

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Sage: There’s three outposts of this vegan bistro (Echo Park, Pasadena and Culver City) and even if you’re not vegan, this place is a must-try. They have nourishing bowls, salads, sandwiches and tacos and have a ton of gluten-free options. I recommend the Brazilian Bowl — fried plantains, black beans, quinoa, guac, mushrooms and leeks.

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Eggslut: Living in SF, we’re accustomed to waiting in line for things (Bi-Rite, The Mill… that time we waited two and a half hours for brunch at Plow…) but I don’t think we expected the hour wait on Valentine’s Day at Eggslut. Located in the Grand Central Market it Downtown LA, the line for breakfast sandwiches and the famous Eggslut (eggs coddled in a potato puree and topped with cheese and chives, served with crusty baguette) wrapped around the building. A bacon, egg and cheese with avocado was much appreciated after SoulCycle.


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Alfred CoffeeYou know when decor makes a place almost more famous than the food does (Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, anyone?) — well, I think that’s the case at Alfred. Their coffee is great (Is any place that serves Stumptown not great?) and they also have a $10 latte, which is just Pressed Juicery Almond Milk over espresso. The guy was cool enough to give us a sip of their kombucha on tap too, which was a beet flavored one. There’s locations in Brentwood, Santa Monica and Silver Lake.

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Woodcat Coffee BarBecause I was originally going to LA to actually run the marathon I wanted to stay near the start at Dodgers Stadium so I booked a place in Echo Park. Emily and I obviously needed coffee the day we arrived after we ran and ate some lunch at Sage. (Fun fact: in three days we made at least six coffee stops.) Their beans are from Wrecking Ball in SF which is probably a half-mile from my apartment.


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Compartes Chocolatiers: We all know I’m obsessed with Compartes (there actually is a photo of me with like 8 different Compartes bars at my kitchen table). If you’re in LA stop by their Brentwood store and stock up on the best chocolate ever.

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Shout & AboutI literally wanted to buy everything in this store. If you need a gift or just a fun pick me up, head to this Echo Park store.

BurroBefore dinner at Gjelina, we popped into Burro to shop for things we didn’t need but everyone wants — pricey candles, beautiful paper foods, Pendleton blankets, cookbooks, pillows and a bazillion other things I wanted.

Chat with me:
Have you been to LA? What are your favorite places? What spots should I hit up when I go back next month?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 1.3

Best links of the week including how to build a macro bowl, best running shoes for flat feet, affordable island getaways and the one ingredient to upgrade your food.

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It’s been almost a month since I’ve shared my favorite recent reads with you. Oddly enough, besides personal posts (talking about things like lightening up on yourself or achieving goals) these are my favorite posts to write.

I had so many holiday links to share but they kind of aren’t relevant now. I always think I’m going to be productive and write when I’m in Pittsburgh but instead I focus on spending time with friends and family. It was particularly hard to come back west this time (but I missed my friends and SoulCycle and decent Mexican food).

I’m all about Airbnb but sometimes you just gotta stay in a hotel! These hotels are gorgeous and affordable.

If you live in a part of the country that is bitterly cold, you might want to check out one of these affordable island getaways.

This post basically had me planning a trip to Ojai.

Isn’t it a bummer when shows are like the best ever and then they totally jump the shark and you never even watch the series finale? (I never gave up on Lost or The OC, but totally stopped watching like 5 of these other shows.)

Sometimes we’re all over-worked and over-scheduled and burnt out and need to say no and take some “me time“. I try to leave one night a week open (at least!) to relax, catch up on freelance/blog stuff, make a healthy dinner… basically anything that isn’t an immediate obligation to be somewhere.

Totally loved the story behind Instagram filter names! I wasn’t crazy to think Reyes was about Point Reyes! Let’s just not name our kids Valencia if we’re reading this post, okay?

26 work habits we all need to break in 2016.

Running and Fitness
SoulCycle is partnering with Target to have pop-up studios in 10 cities: Atlanta, LA, Houston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas, Nashville, Denver and Seattle. Make your account and be sure to ride if they’re in your city!

If you have flat feet, these are the running shoes for you.

Tina Muir is such an inspiration to me — not only because she’s an amazing runner but she keeps it real that elite runners do things like indulge and gain weight.

100% NEED these rainbow bagels in my life.

Were you like me and you binge watched Master of None in like a week? Here are 5 things Aziz and the show get right about food (that taco truck scene has been me numerous times).

Sometimes it takes one ingredient to upgrade your food… why have I never put miso on sweet potatoes?

I’m doing this goofy thing where I cook one new vegetable a month in 2016. I’ve already hit two for this month – turnips and parsnips. Spiralized Parsnips with Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale and Feta was so simple and so delicious.

All about the macro bowls. Hit your 2016 resolutions by making some of these delicious bowls.

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DOES YOUR CITY GET A SOULCYCLE X TARGET POP-UP? (Why doesn’t SF?!) What TV show did you love and never finish? What do you think Aziz and Master of None got right about food?

2016 Goals

A reflection on my 2016 goals and a look back at how I did on my goals for 2015.

2015 was kind of a crash and burn year for me. I can safely say I have never been so happy a year was over. I actually said “Bye, 2005” at midnight accidentally because I was so over 2015.

Emily and I were texting (duh) on Friday and she said she loved New Years because it felt like a clean slate. And honestly, this year, it does feel like a clean slate to me. I’m sticking with three attainable goals for this year: one physical, one personal and one professional. Shit, am I getting it together?

2016 Goals:

  • Run a 3:45 marathon
    I said I wanted to BQ this year but my Achilles injury majority set me back, including having to throw in the towel for the LA Marathon. I’m toying with running Pittsburgh again and I’m definitely entering the lottery for Chicago. If I don’t get into Chicago, I’ll run Portland.
  • Travel More
    I traveled the least in 2015 as I have in years. In 2014 I was be-bopping around somewhere every other week. Also I hated where I lived so… that’s a thing. Anyway, I already have a trip to Tulum booked and plans for Nashville, Vancouver (again) and maybe a few others (Seattle, Austin (again), Europe of some sort or Morocco, somewhere super secret but insanely cool, and hopefully Cuba with my dad).
  • Work on Something That Ends Up in AdWeek
    Well, I guess now’s as good a time as any to mention I accepted a new role on the Social Media team at Old Navy, minus me changing my LinkedIn and Facebook after a couple too many glasses of wine (which in my case, is any number over one glass). So yeah, trying to do epic shit.

Let’s see where I netted out for my goals for 2015. They were way too aggressive, which everyone told me, but you know, 2015 Cassie just couldn’t listen.

  • Run a 1:45 half-marathon: Fail. I didn’t even work hard enough to try. I did take like ~2 minutes off my time throughout the year. If it happens in 2016, cool. If not… well, that’s what 2017 is for.
  • Run a full marathon (Pittsburgh Marathon – 4:06)
  • Get Back to my Happy Weight: Fail. I’m actually further from it. But I’m working on it again. While learning how to love and accept myself. I’m going to say hating myself is keeping me from weighing what I want to weigh. So I’m just going to work on balance this year.
  • Stop Snacking After Dinner: Another fail. But I am getting a little better with not letting myself get ravenous hungry at night, hence why I would snack after dinner. I’m also doing better at saying “Shut up stomach, you can have breakfast in the morning” and going to sleep.
  • Strength Train Four Times Per Week: Remember when I said my goals were too aggressive? I’m working on this one, too. Except like, when I can. And saying at least 15 minutes but ideally 30.
  • Go to Yoga AT LEAST Twice a Week: I went maybe once a week. Whoops. I do have a monthly unlimited pass to the new Baptiste Yoga in SF and I like that walk a lot better than the walk to Yoga Flow and I can also easily ride my bike there. And I like that studio approximately 100 times better. It’s no Amazing Yoga, but it will do.
  • Go to SoulCycle Once a Week: That happened like 5-6 times a week in November/December thanks to my Achilles injury.
  • Juice More Regularly: I did use my juicer more this year. And I also bought Pressed Juicery Greens 4 like it was my job.
  • Post Four Times a Week on AGIT: I think I posted like, ~3 times a week on average.
  • Improve My Photography: Not where I want it to be, but a definite improvement on the past year.
  • Business Plan: This like, is half-started. I realized I would have to move home to make this happen and I’m just not in any hurry to leave SF now.
  • Actually Go Surfing: I went surfing a decent amount of times this year and took a Surfcation to Sayulita, which I would like to make an every year thing (at least the Surfcation part, but maybe the Sayulita part because my surf instructor was hot).
  • Be More On Time For Things: I’m going to say this improved. Having to be on time for shit you pay for (SoulCycle, your therapist) makes you more on time for other things.
  • Stop Procrastinating: Nope. Still procrastinating.
  • Visit One New Country: Counting Mexico.
  • Visit Vancouver: Seawheeze! And already registered and have a house for Seawheeze 2016!
  • Take More Advantage of the West Coast: Going to take a hard fail on this one. I went to Big Sur. That’s it.

Chat with me:
Did you achieve your goals for 2015? What are your goals for 2016?

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo)

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies are made with no refined sugar, dairy or grains and don’t even require an oven to bake! The perfect holiday treat for everyone in your life.

Remember the plight of the Snickerdoodle LARABAR? I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own. But it’s Christmas/[the holidays if we are being politically correct], so I had to make them into cookies instead. And they have five ingredients, one of which is salt so it doesn’t even count. They’re Paleo, gluten-free, vegan, raw vegan — basically, unless you have a nut allergy specific to cashews, you can nosh on these cookies.

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies

I had my first snickerdoodle in elementary school. My social studies class (which was my favorite class, BTW) had colonial school days where we all sat on benches and wrote on hand-held chalkboards and dressed up like it was 1776. It was clearly my favorite day ever because Felicity was my favorite American Girl doll and I had tried on just about every colonial dress in my grandmother’s costume shop until I found the perfect blue dress of my dreams. (It’s so East Coast to have that much of a need for colonial dresses… I don’t think anyone on the West Coast remembers that Williamsburg and the Mayflower and Pilgrims were a thing.) Also involved in colonial school days? Snickerdoodles.

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies

Apparently snickerdoodles were a traditional colonial cookie. Everyone was required to bring in two dozen snickerdoodles and there were like two dozen kids in my class so obviously we ate snickerdoodles for a straight month, not that I’m complaining. Also thinking about the work from parents that went into colonial school days makes me never want to have kids because I can not deal with that type of pressure.

Since everyone knows what a snickerdoodle tastes like (and I swear these taste like snickerdoodles, you know I wouldn’t lie to you), I want to just let you know how huge of a dork I was in elementary school because it kind of relates back to Christmas. I was so obsessed with every American Girl doll and especially Felicity that I wanted to live in Williamsburg, Virginia. I’ve actually been there no less than three times — once with both of my parents, once with school (re: colonial school days) and once with my dad on our way home from the Outerbanks when I was in middle school.

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies

I planned on going to college at William and Mary when I was little just so I could live in the same town as a fictitious doll. My craziness clearly started at an early age. I should chat with my therapist to figure out what this all means, especially because I lost my shit last winter when it rained too hard in SF and the power was out and I didn’t have cell service so I was bored.

Okay, it’s the holidays and you have things to do so whip up these raw snickerdoodle cookies and relish in the fact I’m secretly kind of nerdy. (An ex-boyfriend once asked what the nerdiest thing about me was… I said my obsession with North Korea but clearly it’s my obsession with American Girl dolls. And yes, I had all the original seven. Duh.)

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies

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Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo)
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Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Raw Vegan, Vegan, Paleo
Serves: 15 cookies
  • 1 cup dates, soaked for at least 10 minutes
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of pink himalayan sea salt
  1. Put dates and cashews into your food processor and combine until a ball forms. Occasionally scrape down the sides as needed.
  2. Add cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt and continue to combine.
  3. Place ball in refrigerator in a covered dish for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Roll mixture into 1" balls then pat down with your hand or a spoon to make into a cookie.
  5. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week or the freezer for up to one month.

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Are you judging me for having every American Girl doll? What is the nerdiest thing about you?

Horchata Overnight Oatmeal [Gluten-Free, Vegan]

Horchata Overnight Oatmeal is made from a vegan horchata. It’s a filling and seasonal way to start your day!

It’s been five years but I’ve finally succeeded in my ultimate hipster wish — drinking horchata in December á la Vampire Weekend’s “Horchata” from their 2010 album Contra. Yes, I unabashedly have loved Vampire Weekend from day one (I want to say I discovered them from a song on an AE playlist when I worked in stores) and was devastated my freshman year when they played at the Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburgh and it was beyond sold out. I still to this day have not seen them live. They filmed Contra entirely in Mexico city, so I’m sure that’s what inspired that lyric.

Horchata Overnight Oatmeal

I was Skyping with Erin last week and she was filling me in on all the delicious Latin American food she ate while in Virginia over Thanksgiving. She mentioned drinking horchata and I stopped her — “Hold on, have to write something down. You gave me inspiration for a recipe and I’m going to tell you but don’t steal it because you’ll do it better.” (Erin actually has a recipe for horchata on her blog so you should go make it.)

So after making horchata seemed like a lot of work (mainly because I didn’t have rice and wasn’t about to buy it just to make horchata), I decided to buy horchata. The Marina Supermarket didn’t have horchata and I was feeling too lazy to go to Whole Foods. I finally found it at Real Good Food, a market on Fillmore Street that focuses on organic and super-overpriced speciality foods but when I looked at the nutrition information and ingredients… uh, if I’m going to waste 160 calories on eight fluid ounces it’s going to be on wine, not horchata so I can Instagram it with a Vampire Weekend quote.

Horchata Overnight Oatmeal

knew I had seen the Califia Farms horchata somewhere but for whatever reason, decided I didn’t need it. (I am well-known for buying things to try and only eating/drinking them that one time then never touching it again, even if I love it.) I then was a girl on a mission after only finding the gross boxed horchata and feeling like I needed to make this recipe. After work on Wednesday I made a pilgrimage to the SoMa Whole Foods after checking the website to see where it was stocked in San Francisco and after a brief bout of fear when it wasn’t with the ‘nogs, I found it.

Horchata Overnight Oatmeal

Also — how cute is this yeti towel? It was a Christmas gift from my friend Mai and it’s already getting good use.

Horchata Overnight Oatmeal

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Horchata Overnight Oatmeal [Gluten-Free, Vegan]
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 1
  1. In a jar or glass container with a lid, place rolled oats, protein powder if using and chia seeds and mix to combine.
  2. Pour in horchata and yogurt (if using). Shake well to combine.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or ideally overnight.
  4. In the morning, add desired toppings and serve!

If you’re looking for more Meatless Monday recipes, check out the Meatless Monday round-up from Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner.

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Do you love or hate Vampire Weekend? Have you ever had horchata? What was your latest food impulse purchase?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 12.7

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Happy Friday, pals. This is my last weekend of the year in the city. It feels weird that as much as I’m looking forward to going back to Pittsburgh and seeing my family and friends, I also feel weird leaving San Francisco for two weeks. What will I do without all my friends here and SoulCycle and my therapist and my physical therapist and good coffee and good avocados and being able to buy wine at Whole Foods? That’s when you know you’re home, friends. And when I return to San Francisco, my cousin Jaimie will be here!

Here are the best links I found this week, between press events and drinking a very good bottle of wine with my friends to celebrate work and life and sleeping terribly.

Cuba is still high on my travel list… but some of these other up-and-coming travel destinations are earning a spot on my list, too.

11 tips for sleeping on a plane. I mean it’s the most uncomfortable thing ever but I’ve gotten pretty good at the red-eye.

The science behind the five dumbest things you do when you’re drunk. College Cassie lost a lot of keys, made out with boys who were not quite up to par and definitely texted exes. Oh wait, I still do that. And eat two slices of pizza. Oy vey.

A mash-up of the 50 top songs of the year. The number of times I have listened to all of these songs running and in SoulCycle the past year is insane.

Why Instagram captions are the new blogging.

The best food props from the Food52 Shop. I basically want them all.

Running and Fitness
How often should runners really strength train? Twice a week and on the same days as you run, especially a hard run. I’ve been working on my strength since I can’t run. It’s not that I hate it, it’s that I hate making the time for it.

This article penned by someone who used to make fun of SoulCycle… and now they can’t quit. I got on my phone to sign-up at 12:01 p.m. (1 minute after sign-ups opened) on Monday because I was in a meeting… and got wait-listed or on the worst bikes (aka not front row) for every class I wanted. Not real life!

I would be lying if I said I haven’t been craving a bagel for approximately months but I know a West Coast bagel won’t kill that craving. An interesting article though on the rise of the San Francisco Bagel, typically made of sourdough!

This couple Instagrams different types of breakfast from around the world… and I immediately began Googling to see where I could find all of these foods in SF.

This post feels pretty personal — ManRepeller talks about talking about food.

I want this Milk Bread in my life.

Chat with me:
What breakfast food from a different country do you want to try? What up-and-coming travel destination do you want to visit? What do you think about the rise of Instagram as blogging? How can I improve my sleep?

Carrot Coconut Ginger Soup with Crispy Chickpeas [Gluten-Free + Vegan]

There’s a vegan restaurant a few blocks away from me called Seed + Salt. I was meeting my friend Kristine for lunch there a couple weeks ago (#marinagirls forever) and even though I’m not a soup person, their Carrot Coconut Soup sounded delicious and I ordered it. Long story short, I have had that carrot coconut soup on my mind ever since.

Carrot Coconut Ginger Soup | Almost Getting it Together

I’ve strangely been craving a lot of soup lately. There’s a Thai Chicken soup at work that is allegedly very good, I was craving lentil soup (recipe coming soon) the week after that and then this soup just spoke to me. I blame it on the weather. The past few weeks have been the coldest it’s been since I’ve moved to San Francisco.

This soup is also great because I’ve been trying to eat way more plant-based lately. I’m going through a phase where I’m just kind of not that into meat and it’s such a pain to cook anyway. I’m feeling better without it in my diet and figuring out how to get protein in other ways. Also, not running 40 miles a week means you kind of don’t need as much protein as you used to… womp womp.

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I’m not saying that I’m not going to eat meat but I’m probably just not going to buy it and cook it for myself for a while. Also, looking to lower my grocery bill because SoulCycle is eating up my budget. But, my PT’s cute assistant told me “You can’t put a price on good health” and we all know if an attractive guy tells me something, I probably do it (aka the fact I moved to Hong Kong at 19 was partly because my advisor was hot and told me I should).

Not to totally diverge on this soup and bore you all to death, but I’m an almond milk latte in and aside from a glass of wine, that’s when I do my best writing/thinking so here’s a thought — isn’t the power of doing something to impress someone kind of crazy? The number of times I have made a boy go on a run he totally can’t handle, clean up his diet or do something out of their comfort zone (minus move to San Francisco, but that’s a story for another day) is unreal. I really need to harness that power more often. It’s like Kanye West wrote Kanye’s Workout Plan for the guys I seem to attract.

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Carrot Coconut Ginger Soup with Crispy Chickpeas [Vegan, Gluten Free]
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Carrot Coconut Ginger Soup with Crispy Chickpeas is the vegan and gluten-free way to stay warm this winter. Detox from heavy holiday foods with this soup.
Recipe type: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 4 servings
  • 4 cups carrots, chopped
  • 1 onion, sliced into half-moons
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • ½ tbsp fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt + pepper
  • Cilantro to garnish (optional, but encouraged)
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry (or 1 cup freshly cooked chickpeas)
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • salt + pepper
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425F.
  2. Line a baking tray with a Silpat or non-stick aluminum foil. Place carrots on baking tray and spray with coconut oil and sprinkle with paprika, salt and pepper.
  3. Bake carrots for 30 minutes or until they are soft and begin to brown.
  4. When carrots are finished roasting, melt coconut oil in a large soup pan.
  5. Place onion in soup pan and saute until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add carrots and continue cooking with onions for another 15 minutes, or until soft.
  7. Add vegetable broth, coconut milk, curry powder, ginger, crushed red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil then let simmer, covered, for 20-30 minutes.
  8. Remove soup from heat and let cool slightly. Once cooled, pour into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender.
  9. Pour soup into bowls and garnish with cilantro and crispy chickpeas
  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Place chickpeas on a Silpat lined baking sheet (or line with non-stick aluminum foil).
  3. Toss chickpeas with olive oil, paprika, salt and pepper.
  4. Place in oven and bake until hard and crispy, about 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1½ cups Calories: 175 Fat: 10 g Saturated fat: 8 g Carbohydrates: 18 g Sugar: 9 g Sodium: 159 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 3 g

Nutrition information is for soup without crispy chickpeas.

If you’re looking for more Meatless Monday recipes, check out the Meatless Monday round-up from Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner.

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Soup person — yes or no? (I just figured out how to make an em dash on my Mac keyboard so watch me totally abuse it now.) What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve done because someone attractive told you should? Also, leave me more soup recipes I should make in the comments, please!

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 11.09

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Happy Fri-yay, ya’ll. I used to wonder what it would be like to have a Saturday that didn’t involve having a long run and now I unfortunately have a Saturday that doesn’t involve a long run and I’m not into it. Long story short, I decided to try and run 12 miles on my Achilles last week, overcompensated on my quad, strained that and now I’m out for the count. I’m 12 weeks out from the LA Marathon so I called the physical therapist in tears on Tuesday and now I’m in a relationship with ice packs and my foam roller. COOL. If anyone asks, we didn’t meet on Tinder and instead met at a running group. Aren’t. I. Hilarious? My body is basically falling apart and I’m 26.

I’m headed out to SoulCycle since it’s the only form of exercise I like that doesn’t currently kill my quad/Achilles so enjoy the best links I found this week.

24 Hours in Seattle, Washington. I’m having such issues committing to things, even weekend trips. I need to book a flight to Seattle and just do it.

Lots of us are traveling this season and staying with friends and family. Be a gracious overnight guest so you’re asked back!

Need. To. Go. Glamping. Especially at a place that looks like it’s straight out of a Wes Anderson film.

Have you started your Christmas/Hanukkah/whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year list yet? Add a few of the best cookbooks of 2015 of the year to your list.

By now, we all know social media is a curated look at the best of the best of someone’s life. What’s actually going on when those photos aren’t so cropped?

This post by Aziz Ansari on parents went pretty viral this week. Your parents were people just like us at one time, they’re just doing the best they can. They just want to spend time with us. And if I ever had someone who was 1/2 me, I’d probably want to hang out with them too.

What do your exes say about you? (Really though, what do say about my exes?) Notice how I said exes. Such a reformed serial dater over here.

Running and Fitness
Eight signs you’re addicted to SoulCycle. My fitness budget is out of control. #noononMonday

Uh, so I can’t run right now… hopefully working out like a Victoria’s Secret Angel will help keep me in shape?

What you should know about going gluten-free. Fun fact – most gluten-free foods are packed with preservatives. Just stick to real, whole foods. If you think that gluten-free bagel is any healthier you’re wrong.

Why have I never thought of stuffing baked apples as a dessert? Sign me up for any of these, please.

These tostadas made from pitas are going to be my dinner next week for sure.

Have you thought about the appetizers for Thanksgiving dinner yet?

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Spinach, Mushroom and Black Bean Enchiladas [Gluten Free, Vegetarian]

At about one a.m. on Sunday morning I decided I really wanted Chipotle chips and guac. Not just any chips and guac, but preferably Chipotle’s. Theirs isn’t even the best guacamole I’ve ever had (that still goes to my ex-boyfriend, unfortunately) but for whatever reason, two glasses of wine and a few sips of bourbon after a 12-mile run, SoulCycle class and a solid several miles of walking, Chipotle spoke to me.

Luckily for me, Chipotle isn’t open (that I know of) at 1 a.m., I only know where two are in the city and one is in SoMa which was too far away, so I texted my father that I really was craving Chipotle and went home and kind of buzzed-ate one of these enchiladas. Adulting is drunk texting your father about your food cravings and not drunk texting your ex that you miss them. #progress

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I’ve been reading a lot of articles lately about people who are sick of Thanksgiving food. Sick of Thanksgiving food? It comes once a year. How can you be sick of it? People suggested subbing turkey for pasta carbonara on one Food52 discussion. On my dad’s side of the family we always had lasagna on Thanksgiving and Christmas (or sometimes gnocchi) but I’m Italian so…

I also saw a recipe for a tamale stuffing which totally intrigued me. What about a Mexican-themed Thanksgiving if you’re sick of Thanksgiving food? I would like to find one person who is sick of Mexican food (minus me, when I came home from Mexico, which I seriously still need to write about).

One of my friends mentioned she ate Mexican food four times in three days over the weekend and someone commented that we lived in California so that was totally normal. I’m thankful to live in such a beautiful, albeit dry, state where I have an abundance of good Mexican food. There’s two amazing Mexican places (Mamacita and Tacolicious) within a few blocks of me!

We all know I’m a yogurt monster because I don’t love meat and yogurt is my biggest protein source. I’ve been a huge fan of siggi’s for basically ever, or since I learned Icelandic yogurt was a thing and has even more protein than Greek yogurt. siggi’s yogurt is made with simple ingredients and not a lot of sugar. There is more protein than sugar in every cup – even flavored varieties, so I love grabbing a few flavored cups to have as a special snack throughout the week at work or after dinner.

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If you’re worried about not getting enough protein in a recipe without animal protein, well, there’s black beans and corn tortillas and cheese and siggi’s! so each little enchilada guy has 12 grams of protein each. You can also save this recipe for after Thanksgiving and stuff your leftover turkey meat inside, too. You’re welcome in advance.

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Spinach, Mushroom and Black Bean Enchiladas [Gluten Free, Vegetarian]
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Serves: 10 enchiladas
  • 10 corn tortillas
  • 1½ cups black beans (or one can black beans, drained and rinsed)
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 3 cups baby white mushrooms, chopped
  • ½ yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 jar green enchilada sauce
  • 2 containers siggis 4% plain yogurt
  • 1½ cup shredded mexican cheese
  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • salt + pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large saute pan, heat olive oil on medium.
  3. Add garlic and chopped yellow onion and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes or until soft, stirring occasionally.
  5. While mushrooms are cooking, mix yogurt and 1 cup of cheese in a small bowl.
  6. Add spinach to mushroom mixture and cook until wilted, about 1-2 minutes.
  7. Remove veggies from heat and strain excess water from cooking with a strainer. (REALLY IMPORTANT UNLESS YOU WANT SOGGY ENCHILADAS!)
  8. Add black beans to veggie mixture and mix well. Add a little salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Wrap corn tortillas in plastic wrap and microwave for one minute to soften.
  10. In a large baking pan, add ¼ cup enchilada sauce to bottom.
  11. Place tortilla in saucy pan, fill with ¼ cup veggies and 1-2 tbsp of yogurt + cheese mixture. Roll so the seam is towards the bottom of the pan. Repeat until you run out of tortillas.
  12. Pour remainder of enchilada sauce on top of enchiladas.
  13. Sprinkle remainder ½ cup cheese on top of enchiladas.
  14. Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and top of enchiladas begin to brown.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 enchilada Calories: 176 Fat: 6 g Saturated fat: 3 g Carbohydrates: 20 g Sugar: 3 g Sodium: 296 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 12 g

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by siggi’s yogurt and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

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If you’re looking for more Meatless Monday recipes, check out the Meatless Monday round-up from Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner.

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Do you ever get sick of Mexican food… or Thanksgiving food? Do you eat non-traditional foods on holidays?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 11.02

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This is once again coming to you late. Remember when I did stuff like write posts the morning before they were supposed to go up? Me either.

This week was jam packed (an event with Brit + Co you’ll see a recap of next week, drinks with a friend from home, dinner for another friend’s birthday, SoulCycle galore) and this weekend is me trying the old leg out on double-digits again, more Soul, a trip to Scribe (hello pickup weekend!) and like maybe fitting in being a real person in there somewhere.

Okay, I need to be out the door for an appointment like right now so enjoy the best links I found this week.

Loving these ideas of vacations to go on with your group of friends. I’m very into the idea of a surf trip to Morocco… who’s in?

How to save money when you travel abroad. I definitely agree with the Airbnb route and with buying souvenirs for your friends and family that involve food.

Who doesn’t love following The Fat Jewish? He did an a-maz-ing interview on The Coveteur and it’s definitely worth a read.

Cabin goals. Need I say more?

Remember when I said I was going to be more confident this year? Still a work on progress and these tips to be more confident are good reminders.

Running and Fitness
Spin class in France is just as you expect it to be – not sweaty, not intense and super laid back. Guess Soul won’t be opening there anytime soon?

I love seeing what ultra and elite athletes eat (and people in general, because it reminds me I’m the only psychopath who eats 2 cups of yogurt a day).

Should you stop drinking during marathon training? The glass of wine I had at dinner last night and the cocktail the night before tell you my thoughts on it… but I never drink the few days leading up to a race. Minus that one time. And that other time.

If anyone wants to send me this chocolate vegan salami, please feel free.

Healthy hacks to beat sugar cravings. I need all of these and then some. I am a non-refined sugar #sugarmonster.

Is it ever not banana bread season? Making this Paleo Chocolate Chip Banana Bread from The Iron You this weekend for sure.

Ways to start and end your day with peanut butter. Because if you’re me, you eat like at least 1/4 cup nut butter throughout the day. Literally 1/5-1/4th of my daily calories come from nut butter. It’s maybe an issue.

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Who are your favorite funny people to follow on Instagram? (It’s okay to say me.) Do you love seeing what other people eat? What has been the best trip you’ve ever been on with your friends?

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