Spiced Turkey and Zucchini Meatballs with Basil Yogurt Sauce

gluten-free-turkey-and-zucchini-meatballs-with-basil-yogurt-sauceYoga and turkey meatballs are having a renaissance in my apartment this week. In college, I used to do yoga all the time. The fact that it was “gentle yoga for beginners” and mostly involved me rolling around hungover on the floor of a hippie Cambridge gym (which I joined to avoid any of my peers EVER seeing me sweat) is beside the point. I did it a lot, it relaxed me, and I liked to think of myself as a yogi. I even did a stint at a yoga retreat in Thailand after graduation. I was that serious about “my practice.” Then I got lazy and stopped exercising for like 5 years. Recently though, I’ve been meaning to get back into yoga. Plagued by white girl insomnia, anxiety and strange body pains (most likely due to my underutilized muscles beginning...
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Portobello Fajitas with Chipotle Cashew Cream

vegan-portobello-fajitas-with-chipotle-cashew-creamFajitas remind me of Scotland. This may seem like a ridiculous association, but given the fact that I practically lived on them during the spring of 2008, it’s very real. I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it, but yours truly studied abroad at Scotland’s very own University of St. Andrews her junior spring. I had originally wanted to spend the semester in Paris, but all the French programs required a home stay, which I feared might cramp my “wild and free” lifestyle. Selena was in her prime, and girlfriend wanted to PARTY. And that, friends, is exactly what I did for five fabulous months in the sleepy hamlet of St. Andrews. My rigorous class schedule (12pm-2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays) afforded me some free time, during which I read British chick lit, drank my weight in beer and VCR (Vodka-Champagne-Red Bull),...
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Lasagna Quinoa Bake with Chicken, Spinach and Mushrooms

Lasagna-quinoa-bake-with-chicken-spinach-and-mushroomsIt’s sort of a joke amongst my family members that I have terrible taste in movies. This is completely ridiculous and based on a one-time claim that A Night at the Roxbury was the best movie I had ever seen. So, pretty much anytime I recommend a movie, somebody will be like, “Well, you thought A Night at the Roxbury was the greatest movie of all time…” Needless to say, such dismissal of my cinematic opinions needles me. First of all, I made the above statement when I was 10 years old, and at that time, it actually was the best movie I had ever seen. Also, A Night at the Roxbury is an excellent film, so I’m not sure why everyone is hating. Although I truly believe that I have decent movie taste, I’ll admit that I’m mostly into contemporary romantic...
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Lemon Orzo Soup with Spring Vegetables

Lemon-orzo-soup-with-spring-vegetables-and-parmesanThe first day back from vacation is always mildly unpleasant, and yesterday was no exception. After spending an amazing long weekend in Santa Barbara getting loved up, eating fish tacos, and working on my bronze, the reality of Monday morning seemed particularly harsh. There was a teeny bit of jet-lag happening, my back hurt, and I wasn’t overly psyched about any of the recipes on the docket for this week. But then, as I shuffled to the grocery store on my post-flight sausage feet, distractedly itching my scalp sunburn and feeling sorry for myself, I realized something miraculous. I wasn’t cold. In fact, standing on the corner in my “loungewear,” I was downright toasty. Looking around, I registered that most people were without coats, and some of them had…wait for it….bare legs. It took a few seconds to process, but then it hit...
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Tropical Ginger Smoothie

vegan-mango-banana-ginger-smoothieI would give anything right now for this smoothie with an aggressive Mount Gay floater. I’m currently writing to you from the sky, friends, and the situation is grim. We’re only 2½ hours into the flight and my roommate’s passed out (legs spread, death snore in full effect), I’ve consumed my entire snack pack (even the gross chia bar), and the baby behind me has been screaming bloody murder for as long as I can remember. Needless to say, I’m very anxious and sweaty. Howeva, I’m managing to kind of keep it together right now, since this flight is taking me to California, and when I land…It’s SPRING BREAK, BITCHES. For the record, I plan to turn that rum smoothie fantasy into a reality as soon as humanly possible. I’d just like you to know that I feel strongly about observing Spring Break....
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Baked Eggs with Chicken Sausage, Quinoa and Salsa Verde

baked-eggs-with-quinoa-chicken-sausage-and-salsa-verde-stepI do my best to keep things fresh around here. Knowing (and appreciating) that you take time out of your very busy and important schedules to come hang out, I really try to mix it up on the both the narrative and recipe fronts each week. Thank you and you’re welcome! I probably shouldn’t tell you this, lest it destroy your image of me as a creative genius, but the above is no easy task. Truth be told, I’m a serious creature of habit. I like what I like, and it’s a constant struggle not to repeat myself (which I do in real life all the time—see: Instagram). And after 300+ posts, I’ve over-shared most of my best stories, which means I now regularly ask myself things like, “Did you already tell them about the time you went to fancy...
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5-Day Detox Plan

Real-Food-5-Day-Detox-PlanIt’s spring! You know what that means? It means that it’s almost summer. In case you’ve forgotten, summer is very hot, and it requires taking off a lot of clothing. In public. If the thought of such nudity post-polar vortex makes you anxious, please know that you are not alone. In fact, I’ve been receiving an abnormal amount of requests recently for healthy meal plans, pre-wedding diets, and general beach body-friendly fare. In response, I’ve put together a little reset plan for your spring cleansing pleasure. Let’s take some communal deep breaths and talk about Domesticate ME!’s 5-Day Detox, shall we? First and foremost: YOU CAN DO THIS. It is not a crash diet. It is not a juice cleanse. It is not a Goop-y Gwyneth program that will put you out thousands of dollars. (That said, if this plan blows up...
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Cauliflower Rice Bowls with Spring Vegetables and Arugula Pesto

vegan-cauliflower-rice-bowl-with-arugula-pestoIt’s been 36 hours since my birthday. Im doing okay, thanks.  I have to say, 28 was a shockingly good bday. I woke up rather hungover (unsurprising given my old age and the birthday tequila shots consumed the night before) to the sound of someone repeatedly ringing my buzzer. I soon discovered that it was a delivery of 280 balloons from my overly generous mother, who loves birthday celebrations almost as much as I do. The balloons were amazing, but somewhat overwhelming in my condition, and I had to retire to bed while Logan tied bunches of them together so that we could move in the apartment without getting tangled in (or strangled by) the strings. As some of the balloons were of the singing variety, this process was quite noisy. Given the aforementioned hangover, I decided to scrap my best-laid birthday...
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Cucumber-Mint Sparkler

cucumber-mint-vodka-sparklersBirthday Princess Week is going quite well, thank you. I’m obviously a little panicky that it’s almost over, but I’m trying not to get ahead of myself. There’s still Birthday Princess Weekend and plenty of sparkling vodka cocktails ahead. Thank God. Of all my birthday parties, I think my 13th was my favorite. I feel somewhat guilty saying that because a lot of time and effort went into my 21st, and many friends traveled long distances to lick the ice bar with “Serena” carved into it. However, 21 was ultimately disqualified from the party race based on insufficient memory data. You win some, you lose some. Thanks to the virgin nature of the punch, I remember almost every detail of my 13th birthday party, which was a tween girl’s fantasy: pool party and barbecue in the late afternoon, followed by...
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Peanut Butter and Bacon French Toast with Caramelized Bananas

peanut-butter-and-bacon-stuffed-french-toast-with-caramelized-bananasDISCLAIMER: The absolute ridiculousness you see on your screen in no way represents Domesticate ME!’s core values. I would not recommend consuming this French toast on a regular basis (or even a semi-regular basis), and yes, it will give you a mild bellyache if you hit it too hard. It is not Dude Diet approved, vegan/gluten-free/paleo/#fitspo or nutritionally sound in any way. With that said, there are times in life when one needs to get super weird on the food front. And such times definitely include the last week of your 27th year, when you’re embracing birthday princess status with every fiber of your rapidly aging being. That’s right, friends, Birthday Princess Week is finally here, and I’m exercising my God given right to go off the rails. (In moderation and mostly on Sunday because it’s almost bikini season, but...
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