Hi everyone, happy November! I must say I’m pretty excited about the arrival of this month. While I’m not so jazzed about the increasingly cold weather (anyone in California want to adopt me?), I love that November is an acceptable month to start getting in the holiday spirit. That’s my rule at least.
But today I want to look back instead on the past month. I’ve noticed that a few other blogs do monthly review posts, and I’ve always liked the idea of doing them. I know life is often too busy to spend hours poring over blogs, so these posts are a great place to get a snapshot of what went down on Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen over the past month. So here goes my first one – let me know in the comments what you like/dislike about it or if there’s anything you’d like me to add to these posts!
// Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen Recipes
This month has been a good month for recipe development! I blame it on the fact that I still can’t find a job as a dietitian in the area where I’m looking. I need to keep myself productive somehow, so I’ve been spending a lot of time in the kitchen and practicing with my camera.
The latest recipe from this past week were these nut free spooky chocolate soy nut butter cookies. Halloween may be over, but who needs an excuse to make cookies, right?
After Thanksgiving, I shared this lightened up version of my family’s favourite cheesy baked cauliflower, which I made healthier with Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise. This would be a great side dish for Christmas too!
Probably my favourite recipe of the month were these healthy oat and flax date squares. I hogged this whole batch without sharing – they were that good #sorrynotsorry.
This artichoke dill hummus is a great twist on classic hummus, and takes about 2 seconds to whip up in a food processor (and also about 2 seconds to demolish).
// Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen Blog Posts
This month’s vegan supper club with Tracey was another good one, featuring cornbread, chili, and pumpkin spice blondies. Be sure to check out the post if you’re in need of some vegan cooking inspiration!
In October I had the opportunity attend the Delicious Food Show with a media pass. I discovered tons of great companies and ate lots of good food!
One Friday earlier this month, JZ and I played hooky and went to Stratford for the afternoon. I wrote a review of Pazzo Taverna and Pizzeria, where we had awesome pizza.
I only wrote one nutrition focused post this month, where I discussed the question: Are healthy choices on restaurant menus actually healthy? Read the post to find out!
You might have noticed a shiny new badge on my sidebar this month… and that’s because I had not one, but two of my photographs accepted on Foodgawker! I still consider myself an amateur with my camera and have no idea what I’m doing 50% of the time, but this was a nice confidence boost.
This month I also became a Featured Blogger for The SoyNut Butter Company. This is a company that I’ve been supporting since I was 11 years old, so I’m psyched to be working with them!
// Off the blog
This year I attended my first Oktoberfest celebration! I had a great time and even tried to drink beer. I couldn’t make it through a cup though – I’m a wine girl through and through! I made these awesome homemade pretzels to share at the pre-party. It took about 4 hours and resulted in a kitchen covered in white spatters from the baking soda water, but it was worth it.
I’ve been spending a lot of my time studying for my upcoming RD exam. I’m currently a temporary member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario, but I have to pass this exam if I want to become a permanent member and keep those two letters behind my name. I feel like I forget how to study though… any current students want to hit me with some study tips?
And that’s it for October. Here’s hoping for a great November!
What were the highlights of your month?