bookmark love.
this vegan chunky monkey ice cream.
these carrot cake waffles.
these salted chocolate chunk cookies.

strong>kitchen love.
this roasted strawberry & asparagus farro, with 2 full bunches of asparagus added to it. Yum!

just…love, love.
why we bake at 350. [ the kitchn ]
7 things hormone researchers want you to know about plastic safety [sound medicine]
it’s ok to get lost on the path to self discovery [thought catalog]

spring lentil salad via @floptimism

At some point, years ago already, my well-organized, hyper-categorized collection of recipe bookmarks became its own life form. Each folder an appendage, swinging wildly and crashing into itself, like a black hole with a heart beat. How many recipes for plain chocolate chip cookies is it possible to have before it’s no longer socially acceptable? Are 215 recipes for ice cream, not even including ice cream sandwiches, cakes, frozen yogurt, popsicles, and other miscellaneous frozen treats, a little out of hand? Because it’s ice cream, I like to think that it’s completely justified.

spring lentil salad via @floptimism

Still, when you have so many recipes, you’re bound to run into a few issues — like stumbling upon a recipe named “hamburger buddy” from 2010 and wondering what was going through your head when you bookmarked it. Another big issue is repetition. When you have 185 recipes with “brownie” in the title, you’re going to have some copy-cats. Even if they aren’t literally the same recipe posted on multiple blogs and websites (that happens, too), there are only so many ways to combine a set of ingredients. Sometimes I come across these star-crossed recipes when I’m looking for new meals to experiment with, but more often than not, I notice them shyly eying each other from across the “room” of a word document I keep of my notes on recipes I’ve made but not perfected. What I find lacking in one, another has gotten perfectly, and they come together like puzzle pieces.

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bookmark love.
this ridiculously ridiculous roasted strawberry milkshake with chocolate pistachio brittle, along with her amazing explanation for why such ridiculous-ness (ridiculosity?) is a necessity in life, sometimes.

kitchen love.
this sweet potato & coconut quinoa bowl was perfect for passover,
as was this roasted fingerling potato salad.

That’s it. That’s all for now. I’m off to dream about sunshine [what’s that?] and wonder why fresh, in-season strawberries don’t just magically appear in front of me, like right now, and just generally. Hashtag getoutmyface,never-ending-winter.

chickpea tahini salad via @floptimism

Do you think if everyone got together and just decided it was time to be Spring, Mother Nature would sit back and take notice? That’s how weather works, right — collective determination?

I’m currently pretending that I’m comfortably lounging in a tank top because it’s actually warm outside, not because the chicken soup that has been simmering on my stove for the past three plus hours has single handedly heated our cozy apartment. The soup should get us through what has turned out to be a dreary, rainy Passover, but to be perfectly honest, my mind has left hearty soups and stews back in February-March. I’ll miss the root vegetables and squashes, but after a season blanketed in monotone snow, I’m ready for some color on my plate.

chickpea tahini salad via @floptimism

Cue this salad. I can’t get enough of the color contrast between the vibrant green arugula leaves and the orange carrot ribbons, which form the salad’s base. They play off of each other in more ways than just aesthetically, too; the sweetness of the carrot balances the peppery bite of the arugula perfectly. [Sidenote, I’m actually not a huge arugula fan, so I go a little heavy-handed on the carrot for my perfect blend, but you can play with the ratio of the two as you wish.] But good salads are more than just mounds of vegetables on a plate, and that’s where bring in the roasted chickpeas, smoky and crisp and irresistible. Oh, and did I mention pistachios? Love me some buttery-crunchy green ‘stachios. A drizzle of the dressing, smooth tahini with tangy lemon juice, and you have yourself a satisfying show stopper.

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bookmark love.
these diy cleaners.
these butternut black bean burgers.
this vegan chocolate mousse.

kitchen love.
these spring onion falafel [the first mess], with a maple roasted nut topping and homemade pickled onion and…it’s perfection.

just…love, love.
the environmental working group’s food scores database…and for anyone who doesn’t have a windows phone [womp, womp], the app looks pretty sweet, too.
why skinny shaming is a thing, and also hurtful…I get the concern when someone is in the public eye and a potential role model, but can we please hit the pause button on the accusations and learn to be a bit more accepting of people’s differences?

We’re not going to talk about how totally, inexcusably MIA I’ve been, by the way. Life is kicking my butt. Big time. Finding daylight hours for cooking and photographing is a complete joke, but I do have some recipes lined up. Bear with me. I’ll be back. [Everyone’s fatal last words.]

bookmark love.
this vegan no-bake blueberry cake [don’t you just want to drown in her photos??]
this red lentil spread.

sidenote — I’m going through all of the first mess‘s blog from start to finish, so get ready for her recipes to take. over. these posts. Liiikkkkeee…right now:

this vegan coffee pudding.
this chai spiced multigrain porridge.
this banana zucchini bread.
this raw breakfast crumble with almond cream.
this salty chocolate caramel tart with avocados and dates!!!!! (!!)
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Kraft Singles KER Logo

While I was writing my first post about the #RepealtheSeal movement directed toward the new partnership between Kraft Singles and the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Kids Eat Right Program, I received an official response from the House of Delegate leadership team for the letter I sent to them Monday night. I am posting it here, as I cannot let their political attempt at placation slide by. They have missed the point. They have insulted my intelligence in thinking I would fall for their crafty elocution. And I know that they, and we, can do better.

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Message from Delegate Leadership:

Thank you for your email. I appreciate the opportunity to set the record straight regarding this consumer education initiative of the Academy’s Foundation, which was seriously misstated in the New York Times article.

As mentioned in President Sonja Connor’s March video message to members, which you can view at http://www.eatrightpro.org/resource/media/multimedia-news-center/videos/march-2015-message-from-the-president, the Kids Eat Right/KRAFT Singles program is a nutrition education campaign designed to raise awareness of the importance of vitamin D and calcium in children’s diets. We hope to drive consumers to our Kids Eat Right website so they can find out how KRAFT Singles and other dairy can be used in a healthy eating style that includes more consumption of vegetables and whole grains.

Contrary to what has been reported, this collaboration does not constitute any endorsement or nutritional seal of approval by the Academy, its Foundation or Kids Eat Right of this or any product. In fact, Kraft is proudly acknowledging its support of an outstanding nutrition program – Kids Eat Right – on its package labels.

By policy, the Academy does not endorse any products, brands or services.

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I am participating in the #RepealTheSeal campaign to show my disagreement with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' recent decision to allow the Kids Eat Right logo onto food packaging.  I invite my fellow colleagues and bloggers who share this opinion, or who support this campaign, to also post this Open Letter on their own blog, to sign the petition at change.org, and/or to use #RepealTheSeal hashtag via social media. -Jessica Serdikoff, RDN CPT

I am participating in the #RepealTheSeal campaign to show my disagreement with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ recent decision to allow the Kids Eat Right logo onto food packaging. I invite my fellow colleagues and bloggers who share this opinion, or who support this campaign, to also post this Open Letter on their own blog, to sign the petition at change.org, and/or to use #RepealTheSeal hashtag via social media. -Jessica Serdikoff, RDN CPT [originally posted by Regan Jones, RDN]

Today, we’re talking politics. Some of you may have heard of the recent Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics’ [our national professional organization] endorsement-not-endorsement of Kraft American singles as they embark on a new financial professional partnership. If you aren’t familiar with the issue, please take a moment to read the link above, along with the official Academy press release. If that’s all too much, let me catch you up: Kraft American Singles now carry a “Kids Eat Right” sticker on their label; Kraft says it’s an endorsement by the Academy; the Academy says it merely shows Kraft’s support of the Kids Eat Right program; 99% of registered dietitians appear to be appalled and embarrassed either way; and much of the general public is a little perplexed by a partnership between this country’s national association for nutrition experts and the company that invented homogenized, processed “cheese product.”

Three guesses which side of the fence I’m on.

Fortunately, I am not alone. I am surrounded by progressive, strong, and passionate colleagues who have refused to compromise their integrity in a world that doesn’t always want to hear what they have to say. And they will not stand by idly and watch their professional footing lose hold, nor will I. I do not sign petitions enthusiastically; I find them to be, more often than not, superficial placation in our pursuit of feeling righteous without needing to act that way in daily life. I sign petitions when they are grounded in action, when I can do more than raise my hand and say, “me too.”

I cannot tell you to agree with me, or to support the cause in any particular or vague way. I can only put my voice out there and ask that you not lose faith in my profession as it struggles to find its united voice in a society structured against it. And if you feel compelled, in the end, to raise your hand and say, “me three,” well, thank you.

Three dietitians — Regan Jones, Rachel Begun, and Kate Geagan — have drafted an OPEN LETTER [printed below] stating that (1) we do not support this type of logo placement (2) we request that the on-package logo be repealed and (3) we request full transparency by AND & KER about this partnership to ensure this does not happen in the future.

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March 17, 2015

To Mary Beth Whalen, President Sonja Connor, leadership at the Academy and the Kids Eat Right (KER) Foundation:

As long-time members and proud supporters of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), we are dismayed, shocked, and saddened by the blog post in last week’s New York Times. The piece (http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/12/a-cheese-product-wins-kids-nutrition-seal/?_r=0 – ) reports on the KER Foundation’s Nutrition seal— a seal that the Academy states was not an endorsement of the product, but is an indicator of the brands that support Kids Eat Right.

As dedicated Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists and food and nutrition experts, we are protesting the Academy’s position to allow the Kids Eat Right logo on Kraft Singles, as well as the possibility to allow any future implied endorsement of any product by AND for the following reasons:

Flawed Understanding of the Marketplace
We wholly reject the rationale that the Academy used in their formal press release to defend the nature of the relationship between Kraft and the Academy. A logo on a product label is an endorsement, an alignment, and recognition of a paid relationship. Simply stating otherwise in a press release, no matter how emphatically, doesn’t change this fact. Rather, AND’s actions illustrate how profoundly out of touch AND is with business principles, which has put our professional integrity and credibility at risk. It is also a decision that is out of touch with members’ values.

Failure to Provide Transparency to AND Members and Consumers
We work hard to provide full transparency in all of our own business relationships, and we expect the same from the Academy. Failure to be transparent about ANDs actions violates the Academy’s own Ethics Policy, which calls for the highest standards of honesty and integrity, and for members to not engage in false or misleading practices of communications.

Actions Requested of the Academy: #RepealtheSeal
We ask that the Academy make available to its members, the media and the public the following:

  • We ask for full transparency regarding the process of approval to allow the KER logo on the Kraft product— including the names of those involved, the meeting minutes of the discussion, and Board’s vote on this issue.
  • We ask for full disclosure of the terms of the financial agreement between KER Foundation and Kraft. We also request full transparency regarding the status of future agreements under consideration for use of our Logo.
  • We ask the Academy to provide their plan for the discontinuation of this specific relationship with Kraft and removal of the KER logo off Kraft Singles product packaging.

Academy members deserve strong leaders who will protect the integrity of the Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist credential. This latest action is an embarrassing misstep that must be corrected swiftly in order to prevent further damage to the RD/RDN brand and to the Academy.

Sincerely,

Jessica Serdikoff, RDN CPT

Rachel Begun MS, RDN
Kate Geagan MS, RDN
Regan Jones, RDN
Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists colleagues listed at change.org

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If you would like to join the #RepealtheSeal movement, here are some things that you can do:

Sign the petition.

All fellow dietitians can write a letter [you can find a skeleton letter at the dietitians for integrity facebook page] to your house of delegates representative(s).

Tweet or repost the following: As an RD[mom/parent/American/doctor/etc.], I’m appalled with the @eatrightkids label on @kraftsfoods Singles, endorsement or not. #RDchat #RepealtheSeal

Repost this open letter on your own blog or facebook page.

And most importantly, educate others on the importance of reading labels front and back, choosing whole foods over processed ones, and being their own advocate in the supermarket and in life.