June: It Was All About the Food

As you may or may not have read, we needed a little detox after our vacation to Minnesota last month. What evolved from the “cleanse” was a ton of delicious recipes and a rejuvenated love for cooking. (Yay!) It started with one whole week of whole foods but now, it seems this philosophy is here to stay! At least for now, anyway. Here’s just a taste of what happened in our kitchen in June…

Zucchini Bread, I made muffins with this recipe and they were tasty!
Zucchini Bread, I made muffins with this recipe and they were tasty!

Zucchini Muffins– I always thought that I hated zucchini. No more. Among some fun new recipes I found for this popular veggie was this healthy diddy for zucchini bread. This one is brought to you by one of my new go-to blogs: 100 Days of Real Food. I made this recipe using agave nectar instead of honey. I would recommend using a little more salt than what she calls for but other than that, it was perfection!

Himalayan Salt Block– O.M.Sweet Salty Goodness… This is so awesome! We used our new

You can cook or serve many different foods on these.
You can cook or serve many different foods on these.

salt block to make a delicious salmon recipe that was very simple to throw together. You can find salt blocks online (although I’m sure the shipping would be atrocious) or you can find them at specialty cooking stores. We bought ours at a restaurant supply store. I can’t wait to use it again, we should have fun trying all of the different options it provides.

Forks Over Knives: The Cookbook

I have had a great time using this easy and creative (AND vegan?!) cookbook! My neighbor lent it to me and I have liked it so much that I’m going to purchase a copy for myself. I’m learning tasty ways to make vegetables as a filling main course… something that this steak-lover never thought possible. We both feel better eating this way and it’s easy on the checkbook too!

41bwdamJpyLBittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way by Shauna Niequest

Ok, so this one isn’t actual food or a cookbook or really anything to do with food… except it kind of is. This book uses bittersweet chocolate as a metaphor for life. I haven’t finished reading it yet, but I can tell you that Shauna has a way of writing that makes you feel at home. I feel what she feels. I understand her heart and I believe that she would understand mine too. Her writings have encouraged me to think deeply about the relationships of my life and about my faith. I highly recommend this book for anyone going through a major life change (ahem, like motherhood).

I am so happy to love cooking again and to have found an eating style that both Caleb and I can agree upon. It feels good to be in the kitchen for more than a mere heat-up meal. There’s just something so cathartic about chopping… Don’t analyze that.

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