Monthly Archives: October 2011

Thrive Love

Today, we made the trip to Seattle to satisfy our Thrive cravings! We love, love, love Thrive! Every time we go the food is fresh, tasty, and we leave feeling great. Lots of times when we go out to eat I leave feeling so weighed down but that is not the case when we eat at Thrive!

I would say that my favorite thing about Thrive is that in the back of the menu it has EVERY ingredient listed next to each menu item. That is awesome! I think that every restaurant should do that! I obsess about every ingredient that goes into my food at home, why should it be any different when I go out to eat? Having every ingredient listed makes it so easy for those of us who are trying to properly combine our meals!

I started out with a green juice! I chose the Refresh

For some reason whenever juices have celery in them the celery is all that I can taste. While I don’t think it is a horrible taste, I can’t really say that I enjoy it either. Next time I think I will try the Magenta Love. Even if the taste isn’t my favorite, I never regret drinking juice. Who needs chemical energy drinks or caffeine when you can drink fresh green juice?

For lunch, Mom and I decided that we would try something new. It is always so tempting for us to order the Buddha bowls every time. And while it is delicious, the combination of nuts and quinoa cause it to not be properly combined. With our Marine Corps Ball tomorrow I am really trying to stay on point with my food combining.

Today I chose to try the Oh PastadoroGreat choice! This was actually my first time trying spiralized zucchini noodles. I have been missing out! I need to go get a sprializer ASAP! My favorite part was probably the Bella Burger “Meatballs”, How do I always forget how delicious sun-dried tomatoes are?

Mom went with the Bella Burger
Another great choice! Mom wasn’t crazy about the BBQ-ish sauce but I thought that it was a rather tasty sauce and I could see it being delicious served with some flax crackers.

Since we are indecisive we also decided to share the Sunshine Salad This was really delicious but I wished we would have ordered a plate of flax crackers to go with it! Can you tell that I really love the flax crackers :)?

I wish we would have had room for some of their desserts! I was eying the Pumpkin Creme Cake. Next time I think we might just have to go for dessert only!

This just in… November 24th (Thanksgiving Day), Thrive is throwing a free Thanksgiving meal “Gala of Gratitude”. Check it out! If we are in town I want to go! RAW, VEGAN, FREE, THANKSGIVING… Does it get any better?

{BTW… Thrive has no idea who I am and certainly didn’t pay me to say any of this. I just really like Thrive and I think you would too!}


Vegetable Verde Soup

When I first came home from the hospital after having Claire the only food that really sounded good to me was soup and bread. Our church family was kind enough to bring us many meals that first month home and anytime anyone called to see what we would like for dinner I was quick to say “Soup & Bread!”. There were also many times where I would send Brian to the store for sourdough bread.

The other night Brian was called back up to sour dough bread buying duty. With the nights getting chillier I have been craving soup and bread once again. I used to love my southwest soup but I wanted something a little bit cleaner… and vegan… and full of vegetables. I started off by sauteing an onion and then threw nearly every vegetable we had in the fridge into the pot. The resulting soup has a nice hint of heat from the salsa but it mild enough that even Kenley enjoyed it!

I added a cup of navy beans to the soup because they were in the fridge and needed to be used up but the soup will be great with or without them. The great thing about soup is you can throw random leftovers in and it will still taste delicious! 
Vegetable Verde Soup


  • 1 onion, quartered and sliced
  • 4 large carrots, sliced
  • 4 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 4 whole garlic cloves, smashed (mine were on the smaller side)
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 cup navy beans (optional)
  • 2 cartons vegetable broth
  • 1 jar salsa verde
  • salt and pepper


  1. In a large pot over medium heat add coconut oil and onions. Cook until onions are soft and translucent.
  2. Add carrots, garlic, celery, and zucchini. Saute until just tender.
  3. Add broth, salsa, corn, and beans to the pot and bring soup to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste and remove garlic cloves.
  6. Serve with crusty (sourdough) bread!

I am contemplating starting a sourdough starter and regularly making sourdough bread, does anyone know a good place for me to start?  

Trying New Things Part 2

Next on our trying new things tour of the produce section…. Starfruit! What a fun fruit! Kenley is still a little young to appreciate the shape but I can totally see how fun this fruit would be for older kids! The texture reminded me a bit of a cross between and apple and a pineapple. The flavor reminded me of tropical skittles and tropical starburst! Starfruits are a bit pricey at $1.50 each so they wont be a fruit that we regularly consume but they will be a fun treat once in a while!

{Cheesy smile + Her sister’s bib that she put on herself}

Trying New Things

Fruit ‘Til Noon in the mornings has been going great. I wake up craving my juice! I have slowed down a bit on my fruit intake lately because most of my favorite fruits are no longer in season. I love apples, pears, and (slightly unripe) bananas, but I am missing my melons and berries!

While I was at Fred Meyer the other day I saw some new to me fruits in the produce section. I thought it might be fun to try something new! A Pepino Melon… chosen because I thought it looked like a dinosaur egg 🙂

I wasn’t sure the correct way to eat or open a pepino melon so I turned to old trusty… Google

Google informed me to just cut it open and eat it! I also read that the seeds are the most flavorful part, I probably would have just scooped them out and composted them!
The verdict? I wasn’t a fan. It tasted like a cross between an unripe cantaloupe and a cucumber. Pretty bland! It definitely wasn’t gross but it also isn’t something that I would buy again.
Have you ever bought an “exotic” fruit or vegetable to try? What did you think of it?

Oh She Glows

One of my very favorite food blogs is Oh She Glows.

Angela’s recipes always sound and look delicious PLUS she usually uses ingredients that I keep on hand. I hate it when I have to buy a bunch of random ingredients that I probably won’t use for any other recipes! …Lucuma anyone?

This past week I have tried 2 of Angela’s recipes.

The first being her Detox Salad. I was really excited to try this recipe because I usually have a hard time eating enough veggies when I choose to eat a meal from the nuts/seeds/dried fruit category. I like to have half of a Larabar before going to my group fitness classes because it gives me just the burst of energy that I need to make it through the class. Eating the Larabar though makes it so that I am stuck with the nuts/seeds/dried fruits for another 3 hours, I am usually ravenous after the classes and am ready for lunch immediately.  Filling up on spoonfuls of sunflower seed butter just doesn’t seem that nutritious of a post workout lunch. This detox salad is the perfect post workout nuts/seeds/dried fruits category lunch!

The second recipe that I made was Healthy Spelt Pancakes for One. I actually didn’t get to taste these pancakes since I made them for Kenley for breakfast and she gobbled them up! The recipe made 6 small pancakes. Kenley ate 3 hot off the griddle with maple syrup and then she ate the remaining 3 the next morning for breakfast. I will definitely be making these pancakes again! The batter cooks up easily and makes picture perfect pancakes that are picky 2-year-old approved! 
Have you made any Oh She Glows recipes? I really enjoyed her 3 Minute Vegan Parmesan Cheese. Next on my list to try is her Garlic Scrape Pesto and the Sour Cream and Onion Kale Chips that she posted about!