short + sweet | Red Curry Lentil Stew

Red Curry Lentil Stew | @withfoodandlove

Welcome to another edition of {short + sweet}.

Oh hey guys – it’s been a minute. Thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post. I’m slowly getting a chance to respond to them all. But I will. I see you! Just in the past few days I’ve begun to feel a little bit more like myself. And I promise to bring this place back to its regular programming. Right after I get to the two months of abandoned emails, and to-do lists {winky emoji}.

For now though, this red curry lentil stew! Red curry. Lentils. Winter squash. Coconut milk. Hearty greens. It kinda has it all. Naturally gluten-free, and vegan per usual. And super easy to throw together and have for quick lunches and snacks all week long. It’s flavorful and hearty, and satisfying and filling. And it’s been on repeat in my home for a while now. We can’t get enough. I hope you enjoy it too.

And, a few great recipes you should know about right now from some of my favorites.

Amanda’s honey garlic carrots – I can’t stop eating these. Lily’s citrus turmeric rever upper – bright, sunny, everything winter wanted you to have. Beth’s roasted cabbage – on deck for meals this week! And Renee’s vegan cheesecake cups – I mean, because cheesecake.

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Creamy Broccoli White Bean Soup with Garlicky Yogurt Sauce

Broccoli White Bean Soup | @withfoodandlove

For as long as I can remember I have always been two things.

A doer.

And, a worrier.

This is a story of how those two things landed me in a health crisis.

And, what I plan to do to pull myself out of it.

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Broccoli White Bean Soup | @withfoodandlove

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short + sweet | Vanilla Coffee Martinis with Salted Cocoa Rims

Vanilla Coffee Martinis with Salted Cocoa Rims | @withfoodandlove

Welcome to another edition of {short + sweet}.

I posted a rather personal message on Instagram earlier this afternoon, and your love and kind words came pouring in. I hear you, I see you. Thank you – from the bottom of my heart. I find mega-comfort and strength in your presence.

This post is sponsored by Lavazza. It is the last post in our four-part series together. My first post featured these espresso-braised onions. The second highlighted this raw coffee chocolate tart, and the third was this dreamy coffee glaze. Today I’m leaving you with these naturally vegan, lightly sweetened, coffee martinis. Flavored with notes of vanilla and a salted cocoa rim that pulls it all together. Perfect for the holidays, and equally tasty with or without the booze! I used Lavazza’s Gran Selezione – a premium blend with intense flavor, chocolate undertones and full-bodied taste.

This is will be my last post in 2015. I’m looking forward to some quiet time to heal, and quality time with my family. I’ll see you back here in January, but until then you can keep up with me over on Instagram. I’m wishing you all a warm, healthy, happy holiday season.

p.s. a big thanks to the Midwest Influencer Network for naming With Food + Love 2015’s Best Vegan/Vegetarian St. Louis Food Blog!

Vanilla Coffee Martinis with Salted Cocoa Rims | @withfoodandlove

Vanilla Coffee Martinis with Salted Cocoa Rims | @withfoodandlove

Vanilla Coffee Martinis with Salted Cocoa Rims | @withfoodandlove

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Winter Tabbouleh Salad with Clementine Thyme Dressing

Winter Tabbouleh with Clementine Thyme Dressing | @withfoodandlove

I’m going to keep it short and sweet today.

Because, I’m working on limiting my screen time.

I need to eat – we’re bordering on a hangry situation.

There’s a freshly decorated tree in my house that I’d like to go enjoy.

And, blast Amy Grant’s 1983 Christmas album.

Maybe make these cookies too.

I don’t know, I’m feeling pretty Christmasy right now.

Clementine Thyme Dressing | @withfoodandlove

Winter Tabbouleh with Clementine Thyme Dressing | @withfoodandlove

Winter Tabbouleh with Clementine Thyme Dressing | @withfoodandlove

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Dark Chocolate Ginger Bark with Sea Salt

Chocolate Ginger Bark with Sea Salt | @withfoodandlove

I haven’t had the energy lately to create, or do much of anything for that matter. You may have seen my mention on Instagram a few days ago that I haven’t been feeling very well over the past few weeks. Thank you so much for your kind words, and well wishes and positive vibes. I am hopeful things are on the up and up but still, there is lots to mend.

I’ve been stepping away from my screens more often. Downing my weight in green juice. And, reevaluating the work that I do as a blogger, freelance artist, and Health Coach. And as a chronic over-extender, these changes are a long time in the making. As a result {and you may have already heard the news} I’m retiring my 21 Days to Lean + Green program after running it for nearly two years. My last group will take place this January, and I’m opening up extra spots to accommodate all of you who want to participate. If you want to get on board for January group, and do a gentle detoxing from the holiday season click for more details. It’s now or never, for reals!!!!

This change is bittersweet, but it will allow for more room to grow personally and professionally. And that’s exciting. I will continue to coach, but on a smaller scale, more of a one on one approach. I’m still kinda figuring out what all of that will look like, but when I do, you’ll be the first to know.

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Chocolate Ginger Bark with Sea Salt | @withfoodandlove

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short + sweet | The Persimmon Punch + a few thanksgiving links!

The Persimmon Punch | @withfoodandlove

Welcome to another edition of {short + sweet}.

This time last year I had no idea I’d be living in St. Louis. And that’s some really crazy shit you guys. Life in the Midwest proves to be slow and patient and kind, and we like it here. But, we also miss our family back east, a lot. Especially right now. This year Thanksgiving will look a little different. Just me, my husband and a bunch of aviation obsessed dudes who were transplanted to the Midwest like us. They’ll watch football, and eat brie and drink fancy cocktails. Chet and me will stay in the kitchen – just the way I like it.

Here are a few things that are on tap for our Thanksgiving celebrations.

For drinking:

These Persimmon Punch martinis
Black Peppercorn + Cranberry Shrubs
+ Sonja and Alex’s Pomegranate Cider Spritzer!

For eating:

Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Shallot + Sage Toasted Breadcrumbs
Roasted Acorn Squash with Caramelized Shallots
Super Veggie Sage Stuffing
Elizabeth’s Roasted Fennel + Satsuma Salad
Emilie’s Maple Roasted Harvest Vegetables
Lily’s Fennel Spiced Cranberry Sauce + Rosemary Chevre Mashed Potatoes
+ Renee’s High Vibe Pumpkin Pie with a dollop of my Vanilla Ginger Coconut Cream!

These Persimmon Punch martinis, are sweet but not too sweet, and perfect with any spirit or sparkling wine of your choice. I hope you love them as much as I do. Wishing you all a warm and happy and healthy holiday. See you next week, xx.

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Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Shallot + Sage Toasted Breadcrumbs

Brussels Sprouts with Shallot + Sage Toasted Breadcrumbs | @withfoodandlove

Let all things be as they should.
Let my heart just drift like wood.
And will I break and will I bow,
if I cannot let it go?

Feel that sun just hold you right,
leave you burning down the night.
Feel that wind lap up your soul
if you cannot let it go.
If I cannot let it go.

Born in with a reason,
blown out like a ghost.
We came with our best lines,
told them like jokes.
If I could have known then
we were dying to get gone…
I can’t believe we get just one.

And when your thirst can come to me
I am a river for the sea.
When you can hold me in your sway,
I’ll give myself away.
Will I give myself away?

Born in with a reason,
blown out like a ghost.
We came with our best lines,
told them like jokes.
If I could have known then
we were dying to get gone…

I can’t believe we get just one.
I can’t believe we get just one.
I can’t believe we get just one.
I can’t believe we get just one.

Let all things be as they will.
Let my heart beat itself still.

Blind Pilot

Brussels Sprouts with Shallot + Sage Toasted Breadcrumbs | @withfoodandlove

Brussels Sprouts with Shallot + Sage Toasted Breadcrumbs | @withfoodandlove

Brussels Sprouts with Shallot + Sage Toasted Breadcrumbs | @withfoodandlove

Brussels Sprouts with Shallot + Sage Toasted Breadcrumbs | @withfoodandlove

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