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MM_Recipe 12-08-2014

meatless monday: stuffed honey nut squash

I found these little guys at the farmer’s market last weekend and, of course, needed to buy ten of them. (Thank god I have bari arm strength.) Among a sea of familiar gourds, the sign in front of these new-to-me honey nut squash said that they were a pint-sized version of butternut squash (duh) but intensely sweeter. Half of my brain thought, “Riiiiight, these are mutant baby butternut squash with a made-up name.” The other half thought, “So cute. So tiny. And sweeter than butternut?” We know how this story ends — had to have em, had to find out. The verdict? That sign wasn’t lying. They’re super sweet, so good and the cute tiny-vegetable factor really shouldn’t be overlooked. 

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  • 8 honey nut squash
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup raisins, dried cranberries or dried cherries
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt.
  • 2 tbsp. tahini
  • 1 tsp. raw honey
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tbsp. warm water


  1. Pre-heat oven to 425ºF. Cut each squash in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds and bake skin side down for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size of your squash.
  2. While the squash is baking, heat coconut oil in a medium pan and saute onion and cabbage for 7 to 10 minutes, until soft and cooked through.
  3. Mix together cabbage, onion, cooked brown rice, sunflower seeds, raisins and salt.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together tahini, honey, garlic, cumin and water. Set aside.
  5. Remove squash from oven, stuff with rice mixture and drizzle with tahini sauce.
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12 days of fitness BLOG-1

the 12 days of fitness

December? Already? 2014, you happened really quickly. We always welcome the new year with open arms (who doesn’t love a blank slate?), but as we head into this final chapter of 2014, we’re feeling committed to making it count. We’re determined to make fresh and inspired new year’s resolutions come January, and not simply the same ones we made but didn’t stick to last year.

It’s too easy to blow off the end of the year. We’re busy. We’re laughing at (and in awe of) those superhuman versions of ourselves who used to work out five times a week. We can’t remember the last time we had nothing to do. We’re not sure when exactly we’re going to squeeze in holiday shopping — let alone a 55-minute workout. Oh, and we know that January’s blank slate is just around the corner, making it all too enticing to just give into gluttony/laziness/[insert weakness here] for just one more month… and then turn it all around in 2015. But why? Why wait? Why set ourselves back when we could spend these next 31 days growing, strengthening and really just making it count?

There’s no good reason (lots of excuses, but no logical reason) — so we’re not going to throw in the towel this December. We’re going to make it count. And we’re going to have fun doing so. How? The 12 Days of Fitness. Consider this totally achievable, fun sweat challenge your December to do list. Check each of the 12 items off your checklist by December 31st (yes, you’ve got 31 days to complete 12 actions) — and enter to win a $250 credit to bari by posting your sweaty proof to Instagram. Yep, it’s that simple. And come January? You’ll be so ready to kick 2015’s ass instead of letting it kick yours.

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MM_Recipe 12-01-2014

meatless monday: sriracha honey hasselback sweet potatoes

It’s the Monday after Thanksgiving. Hopefully you had one very fun gluttonous day and then got right back on track. But in the event that you were on a leftovers diet through the weekend, consider this your friendly reminder that it’s time to eat some damn veggies. Don’t worry, we’ll make sure they taste good. Case in point: sriracha honey hasselback sweet potatoes. It sounds like a mouthful because it is: sweet, spicy and vitamin-packed enough to virtuously wave the white (clean eating) flag.

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  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
  • Maldon sea salt flakes
  • 4 teaspoons raw honey, divided
  • sriracha, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Cut each potato hasselback style (cutting slits into the potato but leaving the bottom in tact; you can get full directions here).
  2. Brush each potato with 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil. Sprinkle with salt. Bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven. Brush each potato with an additional 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil, making sure to get into the slits. Return to oven to bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, until cooked through and golden brown on the outside.
  4. Drizzle one teaspoon of honey + sriracha (to taste) over each potato. Sprinkle with additional Maldon salt flakes, if desired.
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MM_Recipe 11-17-2014

meatless monday: lentil + quinoa stuffed portobellos

Oh hello, portobello. You’re looking like you want to get stuffed with a protein-packed mixture of lentils, quinoa and veggies and then finished off with a balsamic glaze (which, for the record, makes all veggies taste like magic). I’ll stop personifying/wooing my vegetables if you drop whatever you’re doing and make this recipe now. Deal? Deal.

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  • 1/2 cup lentils
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 medium portobello mushroom, stems removed
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 6 oz. baby spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, more or less to taste
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar


  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a medium pot. Add lentils, reduce heat to a simmer and cook, covered, for 10 minutes. Bring water back to a boil, add quinoa and return to a simmer. Cook, covered, for another 15 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. While lentils and quinoa are cooking, heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute onions for 5 to 7 minutes, until translucent.
  3. Heat oven to its broil setting. Toss mushroom caps with olive oil, and arrange on a baking sheet facing down. Broil for 7 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned and cooked through.
  4. Add spinach, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes to onions, and cook until spinach is wilted. Stir in chives and salt, to taste. Stir in lentils, quinoa and remaining tablespoon of coconut oil.
  5. Stuff mixture into portobello caps. (You may have leftover stuffing depending on the size of your portobellos.)
  6. In a small saucepan, heat vinegar over medium heat until it thickens to a syrupy texture. Drizzle over mushroom caps, and serve.
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MM_Recipe 10-11-2014

meatless monday: barley + bean tomato stew

No soup for you; today we’re making stew. The difference? Instead of a brothy base, the ingredients absorb much of the cooking liquid. This leaves us with lots of flavor-packed chewable good stuff and just a bit of simmered-down liquid. It’s nutrient-dense, filling and so, so perfect for chilly nights.

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  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 vidalia onion, peeled and diced
  • 4 large carrots, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 28 oz. can of organic San Marzano peeled tomatoes
  • 8 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1.5 cups pearled barley
  • 1 can organic kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can organic cannelini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup frozen organic corn
  • 3 cups finely chopped kale
  • 1.5 tsp. salt (more or less to taste)
  • optional topping: nutritional yeast, additional crushed red pepper


  1. Heat coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat. Saute onions for 5 minutes. Add carrots and garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes.
  2. Gently mash peeled tomatoes, then add to the pot along with stock, basil, oregano and crushed pepper. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add barley, beans and corn, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 40 minutes.
  4. Stir in kale and season with salt to taste.
  5. Add a sprinkle of nutritional yeast and/or additional crushed red pepper to each bowl when serving.
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MM_Recipe 3-11-2014

meatless monday: vegetarian pho

If you’re familiar with pho, you’re welcome for this simplified, at-home take on the Vietnamese classic. If you’re not, allow me to introduce you. Pho is a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup, and once you get a taste, you will crave it every time the temps begin to drop (see: this weekend for our East coasters). Instead of running out (or ordering in) every time this insuppressible  pho craving strikes, take 30 minutes to DIY. This recipe is a total short cut; when you’re getting authentic pho, the stock is made from scratch. But that takes hours, and this does not. And it’s still really, really delicious.

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serves 4


  • 8 cups of organic vegetable stock
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
  • 3 cups of baby bok choy
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp. to 1 tbsp. sriracha (cater amount to desired level of spiciness)
  • 2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 12 oz. rice noodles, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced
  • optional toppings: cilantro, lime wedges, basil, additional sriracha and/or hoisin sauce


  1. Bring stock, yellow onion, green onion and ginger to a boil in a large pot. Then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
  2. Add bok choy, and simmer for another 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in soy sauce, hoisin, sriracha and sesame oil.
  3. Divide noodles among 4 bowls, then pour broth into each bowl. Top with bean sprouts, jalapeños and desired optional toppings.
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MM_Recipe 27-10-2014

meatless monday: sesame mung bean noodles

For the gluten-free pasta lover… or the pasta lover simply attempting to not subsist on pasta: here, have some mung bean. I know, it doesn’t sound as sexy as orecchiette or pappardelle, but it’s gluten free, packed with protein and still pretty damn delicious, so I think you’ll get over that.

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  • 3.5 oz. mung bean noodles (1/2 Explore Asian package)
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2 cups of chopped Tuscan kale
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup frozen corn
  • 2/3 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp. coconut aminos (can substitute Bragg’s, tamari or soy sauce)
  • 1 tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 3 tbsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp. black sesame seeds


  1. Cook mung bean pasta according to package directions (depending on the brand you use, this will take 7 to 9 minutes).
  2. In a separate wok or large skillet, heat coconut oil over medium heat. Saute onion for 5 minutes until soft.
  3. Add kale, garlic, corn and peas, and saute for another 5 minutes. Stir in coconut aminos and hoisin sauce.
  4. When mung bean noodles are cooked, drain and transfer to the wok. Mix to incorporate noodles and vegetables, then toss with sesame oil and top with sesame seeds. Add crushed red pepper or Sriracha for heat!


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MM_Recipe 20-10-2014

meatless monday: rosemary white bean soup

East coast Tribe: this one’s for you. If waking up to 40 degree temps this morning didn’t serve as your friendly reminder that the cold weather is coming, consider this first soup recipe of the season a warm gesture on this just-a-little-too-chilly day. The ingredient list is simple (it’s likely you’ll have everything except fresh rosemary on hand), and the cooking process is foolproof. Oh, and the result is a hearty, filling, protein-packed soup to ease you into the fall-to-winter transition (yea, I’m going to pretend I didn’t just say winter, too).

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  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 medium Vidalia onions, diced
  • 3 cloves, garlic minced
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 branches of rosemary
  • 8 cups cooked white cannellini beans (canned or pre-soaked and boiled)
  • 1 tsp. salt (if desired, depending on if if your vegetable broth contained salt)
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper or crushed red pepper (optional)


  1. Heat oil to medium low in a large pot, add onions and saute for 10 minutes until translucent. Add garlic and saute over low for another 2 minutes.
  2. Add broth, bay leaves, rosemary and beans. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 25 minutes.
  3. Remove bay leaves and rosemary branches and use an immersion blend to puree into a thick consistency. You’ll want to have some texture from beans that are not entirely pureed, so don’t liquify entirely.
  4. Taste and add desired salt and pepper.
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MM_Recipe 13-10-2014

meatless monday: mexican stuffed acorn squash

This recipe stands as proof that (1) Mexican food can (and should) be healthy and (2) stuffed vegetables > normal vegetables. As we ease into fall fare — away from salads and towards overdosing on betacarote (thanks, pumpkin and all the seasonal squash) — I look for transitional recipes that bridge the seasonal gap so as not to do a 180 from salads to stews overnight. So even though we’re turning on (and probably clearing out) the oven for this one, the ‘stuffing’ is a warm quinoa salad with a few hints of summer.

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  • 2 acorn squash, halved
  • 4 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1 cup red quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup diced sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed and minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 avocado, quartered and sliced
  • 4 tbsp. cotija cheese


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Scoop out the seeds and stringy pulp from each squash half. Rub each half with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, season lightly with kosher salt and arrange, cut side up, on a baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes, or until fork tender and lightly browned.
  2. While squash is baking, add quinoa, broth, onion, corn, jalapeno, garlic, chili powder, cumin and salt to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Let sit, covered for 5 minutes, then stir in black beans and lime juice.
  3. Once squash is finished baking, stuff each half with the quinoa mixture (you may have some left over depending on the size of your squash) and top each with a quarter of the avocado slices and 1 tablespoon of cotija cheese.
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MM_Recipe 6-10-2014

meatless monday: tricolor carrot fries

“Whatever, I’m getting cheese carrot fries.” This weekend’s farmer’s market haul may have resulted in an overage of (very colorful) carrots, but I’m okay with it because: (1) it’s root vegetable season, so this is all in the name of keeping it local (2) when you see carrots in every color of the rainbow, you must buy them all; pretty sure that’s a rule (3) all’s well that ends well (if carrot FRIES isn’t a happy ending, I don’t know what is).

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  • 1 lb. orange carrots, peeled
  • 1 lb. white carrots, peeled
  • 1 lb. purple carrots, peeled
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp. raw honey
  • Maldon sea salt flakes, to taste


  1. Pre-heat oven to 450ºF.
  2. Cut carrots into evenly sized matchsticks. The thinner you cut them, the more quickly they’ll cook. But make sure the size is uniform so they’re all done at the same time.
  3. Mix coconut oil and honey together, and toss with carrots.
  4. Arrange carrots on two baking sheets, being careful not to overcrowd (or else the carrots will steam instead of getting crisp).
  5. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, turning once, until lightly browned and crunchy.
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