Charred Brussel Sprout & Strawberry Salad

Hey all! I have to offer my apologies for my absence on here in the last week. I came down with a nasty cold/cough/sore throat/chest congestion bug that stayed with me for days on end. I went to sushi with friends last Thursday night and when I got home I was feeling really tired. I didn’t think much of it; I’m up at 5:15am most mornings, so I figured the gym was just catching up with me. I was in bed at 8:30pm, and woke up when Dylan came to bed with the beginning of a sore throat. It was downhill from there. I’m still not 100%, but life (and two work presentations) must go on!

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Crispy Sweet Potato “Fries”

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend; we spent Friday with friends, then had a cozy night in on Saturday watching movies, and Sunday was productive (it’s weird to say that; we’re growing up). We’re trying a new gym so we went and got our 7-day free trial started and got in a workout (we sort of fell off of the gym thang in early December so this was much needed), then I spent the day meal prepping for the week, writing recipes, and doing some research for the latest improvement to Creative Life Explored – a logo!

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Roasted Pork Loin & Blue Cheese Balsamic Glazed Vegetables

Cozy meals are the best, like this roasted pork loin, for example. They make you want to snuggle in on a cold night and read a book or do some good Netflix binging.

The thing about cozy meals though, is that it’s really easy to load up the calories, and quick. Sometimes that’s okay. Sometimes you just need a pan of homemade lasagna and you don’t care about the calories, the carbs, the fat or the sugar’s. I think life is too short to not indulge once and a while, but for me, I have to watch the indulging. It goes straight to my waistline.

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Crispy Smashed Red Potatoes with Sour Cream & Green Onion Sauce

I try not to eat a lot of potatoes. I love them, but unless you’re roasting some sweet potatoes with a light seasoning, potatoes can get really carby, really fast. Is ‘carby’ even a word? I’m saving it in my dictionary, irregardless, so it’s a word now. Anyway, I try really hard to not eat french fries or mashed potatoes except on the occasional splurge, but sometimes a girl just needs some potatoes. And I adore red potatoes. That’s right, adore. You can get a few small potatoes and make yourself a portion that is small enough to hit your craving and not so much that you’re left uncomfortable.¬†And crispy potatoes are THE BEST. It’s same reason I can’t stand ‘steak fries’; too much potato and not enough crunch.

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