Friday Things

Hi Friends!

Whelp…here we are. Tomorrow is my due date. Baby Bean seems to be taking his time making his grand entrance. So, while we wait, I thought we’d have a little chat about some of the things I’ve been getting into lately. Here we go:

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I’ve had “learn Evernote” on my to-do list for approximately 3 years now. I’ve downloaded and deleted the app several times, mainly because I’ve just never wanted to take the time to figure out how to use it. Well, I finally put my foot down and forced myself to learn. I wanted to learn the basics, but I also wanted to figure out to really use it to its max potential since I’ve heard such good things about it. So I did a few things. I read some free online tutorials, like this one: Becoming an Evernote Ninja. It’s actually part of a whole series and has some really helpful info. I also bought  this ebook:

Evernote Essentials Ebook 

It’s super long and very detailed, but also really easy to read and follow along and I learned a TON about all the features of Evernote and different ways that I can use it. So, now that I’ve got a decent handle on how to use it, I’m excited to start experimenting and seeing just how organized I can keep myself! I pretty much love how it syncs between my computer, phone and ipad.

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Minimalist Baker Food Photography School

I will confess that I am a Minimalist Baker newbie. I just discovered their Food Photography School this week on twitter. I thought I was late to the game, but apparently it was just announced a few days ago.  I’ve been looking for something to inspire my food photography and although I’m not usually one for videos, I decided to give this a whirl while I was laying around waiting for baby. So far it’s been awesome. The videos are broken down into helpful categories and most of them are less than 5 minutes long which is perfect for my short attention span. It was super helpful to be able to visually see the processes of styling and editing as Dana does them instead of just reading about them.

So, if you’re interested in checking it out, click the image below to see all the details! Just a heads up, it’s an affiliate link but as you know, I only promote products I use and believe in.

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Also, this Resources page is amazing. Basically what I’m saying is…HOW has it taken me so long to discover this blog?

PS. If you’re looking for more photography help, you guys know I’m a huge fan of Pinch of Yum’s Food Photography Ebook as well!  Lindsay’s ebook is phenomenal and I highly recommend it. I purchased it last year and have found myself referring back to it several times! Look for the Tasty Food Photography image on my sidebar to your right and click for more details. *Heads up, that’s another affiliate link*

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Confession. I bought Lightroom a few months ago and have only used it twice. I’m kinda terrified of it, but one of my goals while I have some time off is to figure out how to use it so I can start using it to edit my photos! I have a book to read and also plan on scouring the internet for tutorials like this one that Ari sent me. So wish me luck!

Have you used Lightroom? Any tips/tricks/advice?

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Elf 4 Health

If you’re a long-time reader, you may remember this. If you’re new, here’s the deal. For the past 2 years, I’ve teamed up with my friend and fellow RD Elle over at According to Elle (formerly Nutritionella) to host a fun holiday challenge! Last year we had over 1,000 people participate and it was so much fun. Some of you have been asking, so I thought I should let you know that YES, we’re bringing Elf 4 Health back for a third year! We’re in the planning stages right now, but stay tuned for more info to come! If you want to read more about the challenge, check out last year’s announcement post to get a feel for what it entails!

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Guest posts

As you can imagine, things are about to get a little crazy around here. Lucky for me (and you!) I have some AMAZING blog friends who will be stopping by to share delicious recipes, workouts, nutrition tips and more. Pictured above are just some of the drool-worthy recipes you’ll be treated to over the next few weeks icon smile Friday Things

Ok….well I think that’s enough rambling for now!

Let’s chat:
What’s new and interesting in your life lately?




Easy Pumpkin Bread

Hi Friends!

I’ve been trying to stay busy to keep my mind off the baby-waiting game and in my world that means a lot of time in the kitchen. I opened a giant can of pumpkin the other day, which lead to me making some experimental granola bars that still need a little tweaking…as well as my first pumpkin bread of the season. I’m a sucker for quick breads – banana, zucchini, pumpkin…you name it, I love it.

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Until now, I didn’t really have a go-to pumpkin bread recipe. That may have changed as this one turned out really well. I actually started out planning to make Pumpkin Gingerbread using this recipe. At the last minute, I decided I just wanted plain pumpkin bread so I used that recipe as a guide, threw together this simple recipe and hoped for the best!

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A simple, one bowl recipe for a moist, flavorful loaf of pumpkin bread.
Serves: 1 loaf or 2 mini loaves

  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ cups white whole wheat flour

  1. Combine butter, pumpkin, eggs and sugar in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and stir until just combined.
  3. Pour into greased loaf pan (or two mini pans) and bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.


About as easy as it gets, right? One bowl, minimal effort, delicious result!

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Now, who wants a slice?

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Sausage and Wild Rice Stuffing

Hi Friends-

Would you believe me if I told you that stuffing used to be my least favorite part of Thanksgiving? I’m not really sure why. I just know I avoided it as a kid and it wasn’t until just a few years ago that I discovered how delicious my mom’s Sausage & Wild Rice Stuffing actually is. Hubby loves it as well so I’ve started making it regularly around this time of year. A few years ago I posted a vegetarian version of it since we weren’t eating meat at the time…. but this year I thought I should share the original version since here we are only in October and I’ve already made it twice just because we love it so much.

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So now you can make it yourselves. Save it for the holidays or just make it randomly to enjoy like I do. I love this recipe because it has a few ingredients that I don’t use nearly often enough while cooking. It’s made with leeks, which I use in my Curried Sweet Potato Soup recipe, but other than that I rarely buy them. It also uses wild rice, which I kinda love, but I feel like is very often overlooked and under-appreciated in the food world. Plus it has apples, which I always have on hand this time of year and bread…which i just love no matter what!

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So here’s how you make it:

Sausage and Wild Rice Stuffing
A delicious stuffing that makes the perfect holiday side dish but is also hearty enough to enjoy as a meal on its own.
Serves: serves 4

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • ½ cup leeks, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium apple apple, chopped
  • 3 chicken sausages, halved & sliced
  • 1 tsp McCormick’s grill seasoning
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • ½ cup Craisins
  • ½ cup uncooked wild rice
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, minced
  • 3-4 cup stale bread, cubed
  • ½ – ⅔ cup chicken broth

  1. Cook rice according to package directions.
  2. Saute the leeks in the butter until soft.
  3. Add the apple, sausage, Craisins and seasonings and saute 5 minutes more
  4. Stir in the cooked rice, parsley and bread cubes until well combined.
  5. Slowly add broth until all of the bread is moistened.
  6. Cook until heated through and serve warm.

Pretty easy and super delicious!

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Hi Friends!

Time for another round of Bean Bytes!

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Work it out:
Tips For Starting An At Home Yoga Practice via Love Life Surf
5 Dynamic Stretches For Runners via Mommy Run Faster
4 Bodyweight Moves For A High Intensity Core Workout via Greatist

Good reads:
The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy via Carla Birnberg
My #1 Trick For Eating Healthy via Real Mom Nutrition
If Only via My Fit Family

Great resources:
How To Stop Every Type Of Headache via Greatist
23 Tools & Resources To Create Images For Social Media via Buffer
31 Tips For Getting Engagement On Facebook via Kamila Gornia
Changes I’ve Made To Tame Belly Bloat Part 2 via Eat Spin Run Repeat


Good reads:
Subconscious Snacker: A Link Between Weight Gain & Food Habits via Brighton Your Health
I Prefer Non-Photoshopped Camile via I Failed Fran
Make A Shift Towards Better Health via Fun & Fit

Great info:
How To Interpret Blood Test Results via Fannetastic Food
The Benefits of Speed Training via ACE Fit


Tips and tricks:
Avoiding Common Budgeting Pitfalls via Our Freaking Budget
How To Stop At Just One Cookie via Greatist
12 Ways To Instantly Boost Your Creativity via The Muse
Why We Quit via Katrina Elle
6 Reasons You’re Not Seeing Results via Your Trainer Paige
Menopause & Weight Gain- How Europeans Stay Leaner via Brighton Your Health
3 Powerful Mindset Shifts for Enviable Physique via Workout Nirvana

Workout stuff:
How Beginners Can Find Joy In Running via Run Wiki
Pregnancy Yoga Poses + a 15 Min Video via Tina Reale Yoga
12 Running Myths  You May Still Believe via Live From La Quinta
32 Lunge Variations To Keep Things Interesting via Greatist


Good reads:
Recipe Authenticity via The Big Man’s World
Finding My Yes via Making Mine


Work it out:
20 Minute Power Yoga For Legs Video via Tina Reale Yoga
16 Halloween Race Costume Ideas via Run to the Finish

Good reads:
This is What Brave Means via Momastery
Counting Calories is Crazy Making

For bloggers:
Writers Block For Frustrated Bloggers via Diary of an Ex-Sloth
How To Survive Your First Year As A Blogger via The Yogi Movement

5 Ways To Motivate Yourself To Do Anything via The Daily Muse
44 Apps You Need To Be More Productive via The Daily Muse


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Carrot Cake Muffins for runners
Thai Butternut Squash Soup
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Maple Roasted Squash & Freekeh Salad
Whole Wheat Lasagna Bowls with Mozz Greek Yogurt Sauce
Pumpkin Buckwheat Granola
Vanilla Bourbon Plantain Bread
Pear Cranberry Caramel Crisp
Pumpkin Cheesecake Protein Balls
Pumpkin Kale Pasta Bake
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Honey Walnut Shrimp
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – a step by step guide
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Whipped Honey Goat Cheese Crostinis with Strawberry Drizzle
Garlic Herb Breadsticks
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Raw Apple Pie Filling
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Easy Lentil Tacos
Black Bean Eggplant Rollups
Whiskey Chocolate Chip Sweet Potato Scones
Mini Turkey Apple Meatballs
Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes with Maple Cashew Creme
Crockpot Spiced Pear Butter
Soft Whole Wheat Bread
Lemony Chicken & Orzo Soup |
Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
50 Healthy Quinoa Recipes
Almond Crusted Fish Tacos
Hemp Crusted Salmon
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake Batter Sauce
Chia Seed Meatballs
Bourbon Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Leftover Pumpkin Puree Recipes
Waffled Banana Bread


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Lazy officemates
Watching mama work
Love him
Abner parties too hard sometimes.

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Why I love my BFF Jackie. I text her that I need cookies and the next day she shows up with delicious homemade cookies and a funny baby book! It also happened to be her birthday on Friday so we went out to dinner to celebrate. Hubby got world’s biggest porkchop. She got free chocolate cake!

It rained a lot last week, but I was grateful for the short breaks in the rain so I was able to get out and walk the dogs.

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1. Just lounging around.
2. Trying to bounce the baby out. When I put my feet up, hubby takes over on the ball.
3. You could says that I’m a *little* excited about babywearing. I already have 4 carriers to try out- A boba, a Ergo, a k’tan and a Happy wrap. Can’t wait for him to get here and try them all out!
4. One of my best friends got married this weekend.  I was super bummed we couldn’t make it to the wedding because it was in Chicago…but my parents went and sent me some pictures. So happy for her!

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Here we are- 39 weeks! Baby bean can come any time now. We’re ready for him icon smile Bean Bytes 111 Although he doesn’t seem to be in much of a hurry. We have our 39 week appt Tuesday morning so we’ll see if things have progressed at all since my last appointment!

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Like casseroles? They’re perfect for colder weather!
Try these Lighter Chicken Casseroles

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Got pumpkin?
Here are some of the Best Ways To Use Pumpkin 

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Fall is here!
Eat seasonally with these Healthy Fall Recipes


Sunday Food Prep Inspiration 86

Hi Friends!

Time for more Sunday Food Prep! Here’s what I made last weekend:

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On  Monday I made a batch of Chicken Salad with Salsa Hummus Dressing using some of the chicken and on Tuesday I made the breakfast bars and a batch of PB Banana Oat Muffins.


Here’s what some of you were up to:

Jessica at @hellojasper

Just a small food prep for me this week, but it will see us through the first half of the week.

Already portioned is pumpkin oatmeal (recipe from the kitchn website) which we’ll reheat for breakfast with a little extra milk.

In the large dish is a vegetarian shepherd’s pie, some of which will be frozen while the rest will be dinner with some extra veggies.

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This week’s food prep included:

–          Washing and chopping fruits and veggies (artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, figs, strawberries, cucumber, tomatoes) to easily add to sandwiches, salads, and breakfast;

–          Roasting cubed eggplant, tri-color carrots, cauliflower, and kabocha squash;

–          Making 3 of my Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Green Smoothies (I store in jars in the fridge, so when I’m ready to drink, I simply shake up and enjoy!);

–          Hard-boiling eggs for snacks, and to add to my tuna salad;

–          Making a mustard-y, lemon pepper tuna salad to eat on sandwiches, lettuce wraps, and in salads;

–          Baking a grain-free cashew bread for sandwiches and toast;

–          Making a gluten-free, vegan Pumpkin Fudge for an easy, healthy dessert.

This took about 3 hours (including clean-up) and is for my husband and me. It should last us towards the end of the week, and as we run out, I will sometimes do a second round of prep later in the week (i.e. I’ll prep some fruits/veggie on Thursday that aren’t ripe yet, but will be by then.)

I also make sure to grab a lot of pre-washed greens, some protein (either rotisserie chicken or sliced turkey), nut butters, and dips during my shopping trip so we’re ready to throw simple, quick, real food meals together each day. No fuss, no muss during a busy work week!

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Are you food prepping this weekend? Send me your pic! I’m out of submissions!

Here’s what I need from you:

Email me the following:
1. Your Name
2. Your Blog URL (if you have one)
3. A photo of your food prep
4. A short description of what’s in the photo. Tell me what you prepped and how you’re going to use it during the week!

Every Sunday, I’ll post a roundup of the photos I received that week so that you guys can see what others are preparing and hopefully get some inspiration and ideas! I’ll keep this series going for as long as I receive photos, so send one every week if you want to!

Send to: theleangreenbean <at> gmail <dot> com

Tweet and Instagram your pics as well to inspire others!! Use the hashtag #sundayfoodprep . Remember that in order for a pic to be included in the post, you have to email it to me! If you have more than one pic, please make them into a collage before sending!


Want more inspiration and tips? Read these:

15 Freezer Meals & Snacks
Top 10 Foods for Sunday Food Prep

How to Prep Food on the Weekend

Weekend Prep for Easy Weekday Meals
How to Eat Healthy in College
How to Eat Healthy During the Week

And check out the Food Prep Tab for links to all the previous Sunday food prep posts!


Let’s chat: Are you prepping food today? Whatcha makin’?