{vegan} Tart Citrus Lassi

Tart Citrus Lassi | @withfoodandlove
Over the holidays and amidst my move, I took some much {much!} needed time off from my life as a health and wellness coach. I knew if I wasn’t going to have the time to devote to myself, I wasn’t going to have the time and energy and direction to devote to others. And although it was a risk, it was one of the best decisions I ever made. My love for health coaching has been seriously renewed and it feels freaking fantastic. I feel so fortunate to love my work everyday. And I have so much gratitude for the kind and awesome and passionate people I get to work with.

This month’s 21 Days to Lean + Green program is thriving. And enrollment for February is now open! Spots are limited, soend me a message right away if you’re interested in joining next month’s group – it starts 2/09 and I would love to have you on board. Over the past year or so, I’ve worked with a handful of bloggers and I’ve recently discovered I really love working with people in the food industry. After cooking, serving and bartending for a combined 16 years and now as a plant-based chef and recipe developer – I know this demanding lifestyle all too well. Check out what Sarah and Kelly and Bree and Lauren have to say about working with me.

Tart Citrus Lassi | @withfoodandlove
Tart Citrus Lassi | @withfoodandlove
But really, I just want to work with anyone who is ready to change their life in order to feel their best. If this sounds like you — you should totally head over to the Lean + Green page, scroll to the bottom and check out what some of my past clients are saying about the program. If you want to chat more about the program, I love getting emails and I’d be happy to answer any of your questions.

Drop me a line over at: sherrie@withfoodandlove.com

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Roasted Broccoli + Crispy Tofu Bowls with a Blood Orange Soy Glaze

Roasted Broccoli + Crispy Tofu Bowls with a Blood Orange Soy Glaze | With Food + Love
The sights and sounds and people here are becoming more familiar with each passing day. I’m finding a lot of comfort in that. And although I haven’t fully embraced St. Louis as my home {yet}, I’m starting to miss Philadelphia less and less everyday. And I guess that’s probably the first step to embracing change, right? Letting go of the past, or something like that.

I still miss the quick walk out my door and up 10th street for coffee and noodles and just about anything else in the world you could ever want. But I’m excited that in a few months, I’ll have a brand new list of favorites to hold dear. Standard hangs, coffee and cocktails and brunch go-tos, secret picnic areas and quiet neighborhood getaways. I’m not one to typically rush the winter, but man oh man springtime can’t come soon enough this year. I want to go adventuring!

This roasted broccoli and crispy tofu bowl was inspired by one of my favorite joints and one of my favorite dishes in all of Philly. I found myself craving it for days. Actually all of last week – so I figured I’d make good on that hankering and recreate it. I don’t eat tofu all that often. Mostly because I tend to avoid soy in general. But when I do, I bake it. And it wasn’t until recently when I took some clues from Kate that I perfected my baked tofu recipe. The trick is to toss the tofu in a little bit of cornstarch or arrowroot and then bake it extra long on each side to make it ridiculously crispy. So now you know the tofu scoop and now you can upgrade your tofu baking game.

Roasted Broccoli + Crispy Tofu Bowls with a Blood Orange Soy Glaze | With Food + Love
Roasted Broccoli + Crispy Tofu Bowls with a Blood Orange Soy Glaze | With Food + Love
Shooting recipes in my old apartment was like clockwork. I knew all the right locations at all the right times to pick up the light I was looking for in each shot. Learning how to shoot in your new home is fun and exciting, especially when you have the time to patiently explore. But it’s also a challenge because let’s face it, ain’t nobody got time for that. I mean for right now at least, I’ve still got loads of boxes to unpack.

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic Avocado Aioli

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It’s Monday, I’m swimming in a sea of boxes {please send help} and it’s really cold outside. So, I’m keeping it short and sweet, with a few thoughts and a handful of links to improve the quality of your day. Much love my friends, xo.

Comfort foods – they come in all shapes and sizes and right now {for obvious reasons} I’m super into them. Laura’s bowl of dreamy wonder will be one the first things I make – as soon as my kitchen magically sets itself up.

Baked sweet potato fries and bomb-ass vegan avocado aioli – because again, comfort food. And because Urban Outfitters asked me to make them and I happily obliged. You can get the recipe down below or over on the UO Blog. This recipe is {barely} adapted from Cassie’s new book Chia, Quinoa, Kale, Oh My! + you can get the book at Urban Outfitters soon {or here on Amazon now}.

I’m only like 10 years behind on this, but I’m really getting into podcasts right now. If you need some listening inspiration, Sara’s list pretty much covers it all.

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Sweet Sarah wrote a beautiful review of my Lean + Green program. She also made us a batch of super yummy Peanut Butter Banana Coffee Shakes; she’s a real gem this one.

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Beet Grapefruit Green Juice

Beet Grapefruit Green Juice | @withfoodandlove
St. Louis is cold and sunny and unhurried. The people here are kind and welcoming and patient. We now have a quiet, quirky little home all to ourselves right on the edge of the city, walking distance to Forest Park. You can see the arch from our front steps, pretty cool I guess, eh? I have a driveway and a backyard now {what?!}. And come spring I’ll have a garden and a compost to tend to. That is, for sure, my favorite part. Midwest life is calm. There will be {undoubtedly} an adjustment period. But, for now all is well.

2014 was long, tiresome, sometimes challenging and filled with lots of uncertainty. I welcome 2015 with open arms. I am excited to explore St. Louis. And mostly, I’m looking forward to a fresh new year, limitless possibilities, loads of travel and a brand new start.

The months/weeks leading up to our move were a mess, physically and emotionally. I wrote about the transition a lot, that was a big part of my therapeutic process. Then, my inbox was flooded with beautiful words from all of you. Your well wishes, supportive vibes and positive energy came rushing in. You reading, you listening, you reaching out meant everything to me. Your messages have been received. And, I’ve been carrying that light with me on this journey. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Beet Grapefruit Green Juice | @withfoodandlove
Beet Grapefruit Green Juice | @withfoodandlove

In the midst of our moving process, with all that worrying, stressing, packing and celebrating {moving the week after Christmas is basically insanity} our immunities were compromised. We were living off brothy soups and so many of green juices. Green juice is king when it comes to feeling good. The Beet Grapefruit Green Juice is killer. The earthiness of the beets, mellow out the tartness of the grapefruit. This combo never tires.

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ROOT n’ Cream Cocktails

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Other than the non-stop holiday tunes blasting from my Songza all month long, it hasn’t felt much like Christmas. With our move on the horizon, I’d say we’ve been rather preoccupied. We made the decision early on to skip the tree and decorations and gifts altogether this year. Our moving truck is coming in less than one week, I mean I haven’t even packed one single thing yet and we’re heading to New York tomorrow to celebrate the holidays. Gah! Moving in December is seriously crazy-town. But nothing can get done while we’re away, right? Exactly. So I’m vowing now to let it all go and really enjoy the hell out of the next few days.

New York is going to be so great. I’ll get to see my parents and all of my brothers and sisters. A Broadway show is happening, the Rockefeller tree is happening and lots and lots of yummy food, cozy drinks and laughs for days I’m sure. Now that will feel like Christmas, and I can’t wait. But before I hit the road so many things still need to happen. Laundry must get washed, brownies must get baked, gifts need to be wrapped and bags gotta get packed. So I’m bringing you a quick little two-ingredient Christmas cocktail. These ROOT n’ Cream Cocktails are too easy friends and I’m gonna tell how to whip it together below…

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But first, a little shameless self-promotion because I was featured on this list!! Holy wow, this is seriously pretty cool. And, if you aren’t already following me on Insta, you should totally do it now.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie Bowl

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Thank you for letting me write you that story last week. It felt so damn good to release all of that. And after purging all those thoughts, I’m shifting my focus to the present. By creating packing to-do lists {we leave in exactly two weeks from today!!} and ramping up my super self-care regimen. I am getting there, one step at a time.

And, before we get to this Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie Bowl powered by ALOHA {O.M.G.} let’s talk acupuncture.

Last night I had my first ever acupuncture treatment. And I’ll totally admit it, I was super nervous. I wasn’t apprehensive that it would hurt or be uncomfortable. I just had this nagging irrational fear that the process would somehow agitate my pre-existing conditions {anxiety, worry, stress} and I would be left in a worse state of mind. I guess it was the fear of the unknown, how I would feel afterwards, etc. But I conjured up enough guts, bundled up and walked across the street, up four floors and into the historic old brownstone that houses The Wellnest, the cutest little integrative health center in my whole neighborhood.

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I’m really glad I did it. The center’s warm and soothing environment, flickering candles and meditative music put my worries at ease. As much as I was uneasy going into the process, I was just as relaxed leaving. My treatment left me renewed with optimism; I’m eager to do more treatments when I get to St. Louis. The Wellnest is owned by a mother/daughter duo, Alyssa Kelly Boente + Dr. Maureen Kelly. Together they operate with an accommodating staff of acupuncturists, massage therapists, counselors, nutritionists and yoga instructors. Philly people – you can grab $20 off your first session by heading over to their site + signing up for their mailing list. DO IT, you won’t regret it, I promise!

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Red Curry Noodle Bowls with a Creamy Cashew Broth + some really big news!!

Red Curry Noodle Bowls | With Food + Love
It’s no secret that the past few months have been really hard. In just about every way imaginable; physically, emotionally, spiritually and so forth. I want to share with you some real life stuff + some real life thoughts. Because while I pour myself onto the pages of this blog each week, the end result is sometimes heavily edited with filters that protect me from criticism and vulnerability. As I maneuver through this world, as a woman in progress I’d like to tell the truth to you more often. This is a story about love and real life transitions.

Thank you for reading.

When my husband went back to school this fall in Colorado to pursue his career dreams in aviation, my life flipped upside down. While I wholeheartedly supported and honored his personal growth and goals, I was not at all prepared for the time we would spend apart. I could feel our relationship changing. Growing and deepening at times, but at others lonely and distant. I spent a lot of time alone, traveling out west. Alone on airplanes, trains, city buses. Alone at home in Philadelphia. Even when I was with people, I felt alone. Often feeling very scared, just me and my thoughts. My anxieties worsened, manifesting into physical symptoms of aches + pains, numbness + tingling, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, paranoia and delusional thoughts. I was losing control.

And, I lost a sense of who I was.

Red Curry Noodle Bowls | With Food + Love
Red Curry Noodle Bowls | With Food + Love
November was the darkest month of my life. And even though I was back at home, reunited with Chris again, we were living a life in limbo. My husband’s very potential job offer had hung us out to dry for three solid weeks. Every hour of each day we’d wait by the phone for the call to come in to cue the packing. We didn’t even know if we were going to have Thanksgiving dinner until the day before Thanksgiving. But that call never came and so little by little life just started to move forward again.

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