Roasted Cherry and Jalapeño Spread

Roasted Cherry & Jalapeno Spread // Lettuce Have Lettuce

Last summer, Laurie came out to St Louis for a “business meeting” that consisted of farmers market shopping, eating, cooking, biking, followed by more cooking and eating.  We stayed up late that night tackling wordpress and by the next afternoon, our site was FINALLY up and running.

After sitting in front of our computers for hours we took a break to eat dinner. I grilled some veggies to splay across brown rice and Laurie whipped up a batch of delicious Everything White Bean Hummus.  We were discussing how to categorize our recipes when the topic of appetizers came up.

Grilling veggies… 

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Dieting Trap #4: Too Much Change Too Quickly

This is the 4th and final Dieting Trap series. Click the links to read other articles in this series:

Dieting Trap #1: Creating Rules

Dieting Trap #2: Unenjoyable Exercise or None at All

Dieting Trap #3: Using Food as a Reward for Good Behavior

4. Too Much Change Too Quickly

Example: Someone who dines out nearly every meal of the week joins a juicing program that requires daily juices made with kale, strawberries, blueberries, and fresh lemon juice.

This diet trap is a side effect of the “hurried” nature of many diet programs. Quick-fix diets are often linked to a time limit, like 30-day fat burn or 10-day cleanse. On one of these programs, you may find yourself willingly exercising at the expense of free time, drinking less-than-satisfying shakes daily, and micro-managing your diet. You may not be happy about it, but you do it because you know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. We can handle a lot when we know it will end.

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Dieting Trap #3: Using Food as a Reward for Good Behavior

This is Dieting Trap #3 of a 4-part series. Click the links to read Dieting Trap #1: Creating Rules, and Dieting Trap #2: Unenjoyable Exercise or None at All

 3. Using Food as a Reward for Good Behavior

Example: I have been good all week, so I’m going to treat myself to (insert treat of choices – chocolate, ice cream, chips, fast food, soda, I could go on, but you get the idea).

This weight loss fallacy is related to creating rules (Dieting Trap #1), except now I focus on the reward, itself. People trying to lose weight often reward positive behavior with food, typically food that is considered “off-limits” or “bad”. But consider for a moment if a smoker treated him/herself to a cigarette for finishing a smoke-free week. Is that really going to help the smoker stop the addiction?… 

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Dieting Trap #2: Unenjoyable Exercise or None at All

This is Dieting Trap #2 of a 4-part series. To read Dieting Trap #1: Creating Rules, follow this link!

2. Unenjoyable Exercise or None at All

Example: This example is a personal one. I used to think being healthy meant running. I don’t run very much anymore, because I don’t enjoy it. Now I walk, practice yoga with Erin Motz, and weight train.

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Dieting Trap #1: Creating Rules

Over the last few years, I’ve worked with people interested in losing weight that have made multiple weight loss attempts before. Many of the programs I hear about are quick-fix diet programs, meaning they emphasize a lot of weight loss as fast as possible. When they come to my class, I find that I am often challenging participants to break out of their usual “dieting” habits and explore behavior changes that support long-lasting weight management. “Dieting traps” are the mind-tricks I’ve noticed trending in quick-fix programs. However, these tricks are not beneficial in the long run. My hope is that you’ll be able to see if you’ve fallen for one or more of these mental traps and after reading this post, will be able to avoid them!… 

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Early Garden Thoughts

So it’s officially March and even though it looks like this outside

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I think it’s finally ok to start dreaming about next year’s garden. Last year was my first garden season, and I started with a virtually no-fail plant: tomatoes. Although, if I’m going to be honest, a couple of years ago I bought a tomato plant, and I learned the hard way that “full sun” is a requirement – not a suggestion…. 

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Mushroom Gyros

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I know what you’re thinking…where’s the lamb?! It’s probably a rule somewhere that vegetarians shouldn’t mess with classic meat-filled recipes. But when I created this one, it was just too easy and too delicious to keep to myself!

Don’t let the ingredients in this recipe intimidate you either. … 

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Baked Sweet Potato Mash

Baked Mashed Sweet Potatoes // Lettuce Have Lettuce

When thinking of sweet potatoes, most people envision those gooey marshmallow and brown sugar drown sweet potato recipes that show up every thanksgiving. This vegetable dish imposture seems to appeal to most veggie hating kids (probably because it is hardly recognizable as a vegetable and tastes more like candy than anything else) except me.  I was always a starchy, white potato kind of kid. I hated sweet potatoes. But I can now honestly say that I’ve seen the light! (vitamin A pun not intended…food geek humor).  I can’t even remember the last time I ate a boring, regular old potato.

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Become a Better Cook in 2015

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I get so excited in January because everyone is so ready to get healthy! The positive vibes are unavoidable!! While we all start out ambitious and motivated, it’s easy to forget to break down hefty goals into bite-size pieces. A fun, bite-size chunk could be to resolve to become a better cook in 2015. Cooking is at the heart of any healthy eating plan. … 

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