Link Love #18: My Top 5

Happy New Years Eve!! Wow, I can’t believe the year is over.. it seems like it just began. It’s time to wrap this baby up and look forward to creating new goals [and achieving them!], new experiences, and new memories. I usually use my link love posts to share some of my favorite posts from the blogosphere, but in the spirit of wrapping up this year, I thought I’d share my top 5 most popular posts and my top 5 favorites from this past year.

Most Popular

5. What I Ate Wednesday #4 – 5 Day Slim Down Edition!

What I Ate Wednesday WIAW 5 Day Slim Down Tone It Up TIU

That’s a tasty pineapple protein pancake!

I most certainly have some Tone It Up ladies to thank for this being up there in numbers! People seriously want to know about that slim down. It’s no joke.. you need to be really dedicated and if you are, it really works!

4. Spaghetti Squash Kugel

Spaghetti Squash Kugel Passover Recipe Barr & Table

Definitely making this again soon!

Between Passover and all of the Paleo and low carb diets, it’s no wonder this recipe was a hit! And have you ever had kugel? YUM! Give me my kitchen!

3. Recipe Remix: Carrot Cake Protein Pancakes

Barr & Table Carrot Cake Protein Pancakes About Time Cinnamon Swirl Whey Protein Powder Flax Cottage Cheese Egg White Cinnamon Almond Milk Agave Nectar Salt

Ooh baby! I almost forgot about these.

I love my sweet breakfasts and anyway I can sneak a little veggie in there makes it that much more perfect.

2. Foodie Friday: Peanut Butter Wonderful Powerballs

Peanut Butter Co White Chocolate Wonderful Powerballs Perfect Fit Protein Coconut Flax Chia Hemp Barr & Table

Everything is better with peanut butter!

My first attempt at protein bites and they were a delicious success! I definitely recommend this recipe.

1. Minty Irish Powerballs

Barr & Table Minty Irish Powerballs Cashew Butter Perfect Fit Protein

The perfect mix of chocolatey, nutty, and minty!

How do you make a protein bite better? Use your homemade nut butter 😉

My Top 5 Recipe Posts

Barr & Table Link Love Top 5 Recipes
Eggy Quinoa Stuffed Squash
Coconut Flour Pancake Variations
Homemade Cashew Butter
Buddha’s Feast
Chipotle Lime Sweet Potato Tofu Burgers

My Top 5 Life Posts

Barr & Table Link Love Top 5 Life

Hitched
Dealing With Doubt
I’m grateful for…
The “S” Word
Baltimore Bucket List and Big News!

My Top 5 What I Ate Wednesday Posts

Barr & Table Link Love Top 5 What I Ate Wednesday WIAW

#44: Wine in Italy
Quick Honeymoon Update
#45: The Wedding Food
#59: Ten Years Gone
#64: The First Weekend

Food for Thought

Do you have an all-time favorite post from this past year?
Any big plans for NYE?

My [Healthy] Addiction

It’s no secret that I’m completely addicted to Pinterest; mostly for recipes, but I do pin other things like workouts, house inspiration [you know, for when we find a grown up house], etc. Lindsay is hosting her third Pin It Party and there was no question that I’d be hopping on the bandwagon!

Pin It Party The Lean Green Bean

Check out my 5 posts I’d love to see on Pinterest!

With all things pumpkin popping up, I thought this would be the perfect time to re-introduce a PSL favorite.

Not just for passover! 🙂

Grilling season isn’t over yet!

I love this chicken because it’s just as tasty made into a creamy salad!

And speaking of salads, this one is great on anything.

Hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do. And don’t forget to check out the whole party for some more great pinspiration!

Food for Thought

Do you use pinterest on a regular basis?

What is your favorite thing to pin?

Chobani Lovin’

Today is the very last day to enter my Chobani giveaway [have you entered yet?] and in honor of the last day, I wanted to share my favorite recipes that I’ve created using this wonderful treat!

Barr & Table Mango Chipotle Chicken Salad Chobani Greek Yogurt
Mango Chipotle Chicken Salad

Spaghetti Squash Kugel Passover Recipe Barr & Table
Spaghetti Squash Kugel

Barr & Table Tone It Up TIU Roasted Banana Berry Dark Chocolate Cups
Roasted Banana Berry Chocolate Cups

Barr & Table Strawberry Yogurt Bites Chobani Dannon Oikos Vanilla Greek Yogurt Banana Almonds Cinnamon
Strawberry Yogurt Bites

And of course you can’t forget a simple cup o’ cho! I like to dress up my plain cho with a little stevia, cinnamon, and fresh fruit. Just don’t open the wrong side of the cinnamon top and dump 1/4 cup in there like I did yesterday.. that was rough!

Food for Thought

What’s your favorite way to cho? Do you use yogurt as substitutes in some of your favorite recipes?

What I Ate Wednesday #39: A Weekend of Good

I’ve been loving having the past few weekends free of wedding planning. It has definitely been nice to take my good old time with everything and not have to make it to 100 appointments; plus I actually get to spend time with Nathan! We’ve been taking this time to take advantage of some of our favorite restaurants around town too which is one of my favorite things to do with him. Highlights to follow..

Barr & Table What I Ate Wednesday WIAW Thai Arroy Powerbowl Midnite Cupcake Confections Spaghetti Squash Kugel Shakeology Chocolate Peanut Butter Perfect Fit Protein Bark Lamplighter Coffee Relay Foods

[Friday Night]
Thai Arroy. If you like Thai food, this is the place to be. Their food is authentic and always delicious. It’s also not too expensive [$11 for a chicken hot pot with leftovers!] and to top it off, it’s BYOB. You can’t go wrong with good food and wine.

[Saturday]

Lunch
I’m still not sure how I did it, but I convinced Nathan to stay home for lunch on a weekend. And I made myself an epic kale salad. Seriously, there were so many awesome veggies, a sweet potato quinao bean burger, homemade dijon vinaigrette, and avocado. Everything is better with avocado!

Wedding Research
We’ve been in the market of tasting cupcakes to choose the perfect flavors. I have to say, we might have found our chocolate! The salted caramel cupcake was incredible too, but so close to the vanilla that we’re going to have to find another. Such a tough life..

Dinner
…and a movie! The most important part of the night was the pitcher of white sangria we shared during the movie. Wonderful.

[Sunday]

Breakfast
A lineup of a chocolate Shakeology protein shake, water, and Lamplighter Triple Espresso Blend from my Relay Foods order were the highlight of my post-workout nourishment. I can’t speak highly enough about this coffee; it’s so tasty!

Brunch
Lebanese Taverna. While I love this restaurant to pieces, I should have stuck with what I knew. My poached eggs were not quite what I was expecting. Nor was the fruit parfait. Still, I devoured some of their amazing bread and baba ghanoush so I was a happy camper!

We spent the rest of Sunday grocery shopping and cooking up food for the week, including Spaghetti Squash Kugel and Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bark. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend with my fiance!

Food for Thought

What is your favorite weekend activity?

Spaghetti Squash Kugel

Every year, Passover sneaks up on me and I’m never quite prepared. But over the past couple years, I’ve really learned a lot about food and nutrition. So this year, especially, I was excited to put my new knowledge to work.

Kugel is a traditional Jewish dish make with egg noodles, but that’s obviously a no-go on Passover. Seeing how people have been using spaghetti squash as a pasta substitute, I thought this could be the way to a successful Passover kugel.

I made 2 single-serving kugels, but this recipe can easily be multiplied to make a full dish.

Spaghetti Squash Kugel

Makes 2 servings

Spaghetti Squash Kugel Passover Recipe Barr & Table

Ingredients
– 1 cup cooked spaghetti squash
– 1 egg white
– 1/2 tbsp Brummel & Brown
– 1 tbsp xylitol [You can substitute raw sugar or white sugar]
– 2 tbsp light cream cheese
– 2 tbsp 0% plain Chobani
– 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
– Pinch of salt

Optional Mix-ins
– Raisins
– Apples
– Sliced almonds

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a small bowl, whip the egg white into stiff peaks and set aside. I highly recommend whipping the egg white with an electric mixer.. unless you want a really good arm workout!

In a medium bowl, melt Brummel & Brown. Mix in xylitol, salt, cinnamon, cream cheese, and Chobani in that order. Fold in spaghetti squash and raisins and taste. At this point, adjust any seasonings to taste if you like it sweeter. Finally, gently fold in the whipped egg white.

Divide the mixture equally into 2 greased ramekins and sprinkle with a bit more cinnamon. Bake for 40-45 minutes until cooked through and serve immediately.

Nutritional Information
Per single ramekin without mix-ins

96 Calories  /  4g Fat  /  13g Carbs  /  1g Fiber  /  4g Sugar  /  5g Protein

Food for Thought

Do you have a favorite Passover recipe?