Episode 025: Snack Platter, Memories & Spring Hiatus

In this episode, we kept things casual with a low-key snack platter full of delicious eats pulled from Erinn’s pantry and fridge! Tortilla chips with tomatillo salsa, green grapes, pistachios, honey roasted peanuts, sharp cheddar cheese, and cinnamon graham crackers. All things you can find at your local grocery store. We also chatted about our lives at the moment (personal and professional), 90’s nostalgia, and had something important to announce! 

Snack Plate

If you don’t already know, we’ll be taking a recording hiatus for the next few months. We won’t be recording any new podcasts during this time, but that doesn’t mean we’re gone for good! You can always find our entire library of episodes at the Past Episodes tab at the top of our website, and also on our show page on iTunes. If you’re feeling nice, we’d love a review! You can also contact us anytime by sending us an email: heytablechat@gmail.com or find us on Instagram or Facebook

Thank you so much for all of your support since we started the show last April! We have loved getting to know all our wonderful listeners and hearing your feedback, suggestions, and encouraging comments. We’ve also loved hosting two giveaways for our community like our Birthaween giveaway and our most recent collab with the awesome organization, Drop the Label Movement. Now, go live, go do your thang, and catch us next time on Table Chat, the show that’s taking a break…but not for too long!

Episode 024: Shishito Peppers, Misplaced BMWs & Self Care

Today’s episode is all about self care! We chat the important things: what self care mean to us, the science behind relaxation, if we have always made time for self care, and our top three favorite ways to recharge and make ourselves a priority. We ate blistered shishito peppers, coated in a soy sauce and ginger reduction. Rachel made it, we both devoured it. Get the recipe at the end of this post!

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Things we discussed in this episode:

THIS GREAT ARTICLE on the 7 types of self care

Erinn has been enjoying the Headspace app for daily meditation but the Calm app is on her list as well! She also just loves the outdoors, but there’s no link for that. *wink* *wink*

If you want to grab the white noise app Rachel mentioned, THIS is the one she likes! She also loves using her One Line a Day journal.

Blistered Shishito Peppers with Soy Ginger Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. About 25-30 whole shishito peppers (If you have a Trader Joe's, it's one single packaged bag of the peppers!)
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. A pinch of coarse salt
  4. 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  5. 1 tablespoon ginger paste (also available at Trader Joe's, check the spice section!)
  6. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  7. 1 teaspoon onion powder
  8. 1 tablespoon honey
Instructions
  1. Place a large skillet under the broiler or on the stovetop over high heat to warm.
  2. Place the peppers in a mixing bowl. Drizzle them with cooking oil (I like olive oil for its flavor but you can use what you prefer!) and a healthy sprinkle of salt. Use your hands or a spatula to toss the peppers until evenly coated.
  3. When the skillet is hot enough to evaporate a flick of water instantly, pour the peppers into the skillet. The peppers should start to sizzle immediately.
  4. Cook the peppers until blistered- you can do this over medium-high heat on the stovetop, but make sure and turn on the overhead vent or a fan...this will get smoke-y! If you don't like the smoke, transfer the skillet with peppers beneath the broiler. Cook the peppers without moving them for a few minutes so they char on the bottom, then stir with a spatula. Continue cooking and stirring every minute or two until the peppers are blistered and darkened all over, 5 to 6 minutes total.
  5. In a mixing bowl, combine the soy sauce, ginger paste, garlic powder, onion powder, and honey. Mix until combined. Transfer into another pan on low to medium heat. You want the ingredients to thicken up, but be careful not to burn it! Once you get the sauce to reduce and thicken, remove from heat.
  6. Combine the blistered peppers and soy sauce reduction together. Eat!
Adapted from The Kitchn (for shishito cooking method)
Adapted from The Kitchn (for shishito cooking method)
The Table Chat Show http://tablechatshow.com/

Episode 023: Yogurt, Weight & Exercise…Part 2

In today’s episode we chatted all about our updated feelings on consistent exercise and our current personal fitness goals and progress. We also received some AWESOME advice from top exercise and fitness expert, Dr. Adrian Chavez, on what you can do for exercise even if you are pressed on time, money and energy. He even outlines a one-week guide for listeners to follow. Listen (above) to get the full details! 

For our food segment, we enjoyed a flavored yogurt taste-test! Yogurt has a great blend of carbohydrates, fat, and protein which makes it a perfect recovery snack after exercise. The brands and flavors we tried included Noosa raspberry, Chobani pineapple, Silk non-dairy strawberry, Siggi’s drinkable vanilla, and Oikos Triple Zero peach. Let us know your favorite yogurt in the comments below!

yogurt taste test

Things we discussed in this episode:

Dr. Adrien Chavez, find him on Facebook or Instagram!

Rachel’s favorite spin class (if you visit Tucson, AZ): Revolve Cycle

Erinn’s favorite tennis classes (if you live in Phoenix, AZ): City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation

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Episode 021: Not Sad Desk Lunch, Hanger & What Dietitians Eat

Today’s episode is all about what two dietitians (us!) eat in a day! But first, Erinn made a delicious and easy to make, Crustless Quiche. Real talk, we were suffering from some legit “hanger” at the beginning of this episode, and this quiche was the perfect cure. Pair this with some crusty bread (or not) and a piece of fruit. Get the recipe below!

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Along with quiche, we take you through a typical day of eats: from breakfast, to lunch, through the occasional midnight snack, as well as real talk about “normal eating”, how to cultivate self-compassion for the mistakes you make in eating, and our top tips for making sure your daily nutrition is a priority and saves you time.

Crustless Vegetable Quiche
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon butter
  2. 1 large yellow or white onion, sliced into half-moons
  3. 1/2 small tomato
  4. 1 cup spinach
  5. 1/2 red pepper, diced
  6. 1 zucchini, diced
  7. 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  8. 1/2 teaspoon pepper, plus more to taste
  9. 3 to 4 cups
  10. 8 large eggs
  11. 1 cup milk
  12. 1 cup grated cheddar or other cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Melt the butter in a cast iron or ovenproof skillet over medium heat. (If your skillet isn’t ovenproof, transfer everything to a deep dish pie plate to bake it.) Add the onion slices and sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper over them. Cook the onions until they are golden-brown and starting to caramelize, about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and spread the onions evenly across the bottom. Spread the vegetables evenly over the onions. The dish or pan should look fairly full.
  4. In a bowl, use a fork to beat the eggs lightly with the milk, cheese, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, just enough to break up the yolks and whites. This is a savory custard mixture. Pour the custard over the vegetables and onions and enjoy watching it fill in all the open spaces.
  5. Transfer the quiche to the oven and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Once the surface is lightly brown all the way across, it’s fully cooked. Let the quiche cool for about 20 minutes, then slice into wedges.
Notes
  1. You can use any combination of vegetables you like! The combo I used was simply what I had in my fridge.
Adapted from The Kitchn
Adapted from The Kitchn
The Table Chat Show http://tablechatshow.com/
P.S We’re making a schedule of episodes for the rest of the year! Let us know what you’d like us to chat about, people you’d like us to interview, and recipes you’d like us to try. Comment below, visit us over on Facebook, Instagram, or drop us a line at heytablechat@gmail.com

Episode 020: Nostalgic Potluck, The 90s & Childhood Food Memories

Today’s episode is sponsored by the 1990’s and the color beige! We’re talking all about our childhood food memories. We discuss the biology of taste, why food is so often tied to memories and emotions, share our listener’s favorite childhood foods, and then discuss our favorite, funniest, and even worst food moments we had as kids.

For our food chat portion, we created a nostalgic potluck worthy of an after-school snack time. Thank you to some of our listeners for submitting their childhood foods as well!

Here’s what we sampled:

Honey butter crescent rolls

Salami and mayonnaise on white bread

Tuna salad on white bread

Cool Ranch Doritos

Spaghettios

Beef Ravioli

“Fluffernutter” Peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwich

Cosmic brownies

Fruity Tootsie rolls

Cracklin’ Oat Bran cereal

Rice Krispie treats

Rachel’s favorite recent food memory – Rare Bar & Grill 

Erinn’s favorite recent food memory – Cauliflower Romesco with Roasted Salted Potatoes

P.S Erinn made an error to the cauliflower recipe she discussed in a recent food memory. It was a “cauliflower romesco” NOT “cauliflower romanesco.” Romesco is a red pepper based sauce and romanesco is a type of broccoli. The more you know!

Let us know some of your childhood food memories in the comments below!

RE-RELEASE! Episode 005: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Gettin’ Deep & Intuitive Eating

Today’s episode is a RE-RELEASE of one of our most popular episodes (and actually one of our personal favorites) on the topic of Intuitive Eating. We figured that the holiday season is the perfect time of year to discuss ditching the diet mentality, respecting your fullness, and making peace with yourself and your food choices. We also have both been busy traveling and couldn’t record a new episode. Real talk!

For our original show notes including links and the recipe for the cookies, click the following link: http://tablechatshow.com/episode-005-chocolate-chip-cookies-gettin-deep-intuitive-eating/

P.S We recorded an unscripted intro just for the re-release, and it’s definitely worth a listen.

P.P.S Our normal episode schedule will resume on December 26th with episode 019 all about Goal Setting. Perfect for the new year!

Episode 018: Airport Snacks, Senses & Travel

Today’s episode is all about travel: why travel is important to us, upcoming travel plans (camping! cross country bike trip! Asia!), dream travel destinations, easy on-the-go travel snacks, favorite airport restaurants, our favorite travel blogs, how we budget for travel, our top tips for feeling balanced, safe, and your very best, as well as the sense we most value while traveling. Is it smelling? Is it taste? Listen to find out!

Keeping with the theme of travel, we figured we better eat our favorite travel/on-the-go snacks, including but not limited to:

Hardboiled eggs (with pepper and herbs for Rachel! With Cholula hot sauce for Erinn!)

Tabbouleh Salad (Trader Joe’s brand)

Chips and dip (We tried Saffron Road Baked Lentil Chips, Cucumber Dill flavor with Trader Joe’s Tzatziki Garlic Cucumber dip)

Beef jerky (Nick’s Sticks and Oberto brands are Erinn’s favorite)

Vegetarian jerky (Try Primal Strips!)

Triscuit crackers and almond butter (Barney Butter brand)

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Here’s some answers to two of our travel questions!

Favorite Travel blogs:

12 Hours

Beyond the Tent

Nomadic Matt

The Bucketlist Family

Elona Karafin

Essentials for Staying Balanced (and clean!):

Erinn’s favorite face and body lotion

Rachel’s favorite Cucumber Facial Wipes

Episode 015: Market Salad, Fennel Chopping & Relationships

Today’s episode is all about relationships – the ones we form with the food we eat but also how we establish healthy relationships with the people we care about most like family, friends, and our significant others. We reached out to Erinn’s good friend, Yelena Galibov, who also happens to be a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She gave us great advice to share on all things relationships. We suggest a pen for some note-taking!

Market Salad Table Chat Show Podcast

We also share a delicious and oh-so-simple Market Salad from another good friend of the show, Leslie, from the blog Cardamom + Rye. On her blog, Leslie shares “purposeful recipes from my table to yours.” This recipe featured an assortment of fun ingredients like kale, quinoa, fennel, and beautiful strings of multi-colored carrots. Get the recipe below!

Market Salad
Serves 4
Leslie says,"I love this salad because it is hearty, fresh, and full of delicious late summer/early fall vegetables. The dressing is especially great."
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Dressing
  1. 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  2. 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  3. 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or to taste)
  4. 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  5. 2 tablespoons ripe avocado
  6. 1 teaspoon honey
  7. fresh pepper to taste
Salad
  1. 2 bunches kales, destemmed and torn into pieces 1 cup cooked quinoa
  2. 3-4 farmers' market carrots (multi-colored ones), cut in ribbons using a vegetable peeler
  3. 1 small bulb of fennel, transparently sliced
  4. 1 avocado, cut into small cubes
  5. 1/2 cup sliced almonds
Instructions
  1. Make the dressing by hand or using a food processor or blender. Puree all ingredients until combined. (I usually whisk it in the bottom of a big bowl and then add the kale to the bowl but it doesn't combined quite as well but still tastes good!)
  2. In a large bowl, massage the dressing into the kale until it starts to soften and is evenly covered with dressing. Add the quinoa, carrots, fennel, salt to taste, and toss. Add the avocado and almonds and toss gently one last time and serve! This salad is particularly flavorful the following day.
Adapted from 101 Cookbooks
Adapted from 101 Cookbooks
The Table Chat Show http://tablechatshow.com/
 Things we discussed in this episode:

“Do You Suffer From Disordered Eating,” by Lisa Hayim MS, RD. The article prompted discussion on our first topic, building a healthy relationship with food!

Contact Yelena Galibov, LMFT
Email: ygalibovlmft@gmail.com
Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Arizona
Shier Private Practice in Scottsdale, AZ

Episode 014: Blind Taste Test, Doritos & Favorite Things: Food Edition

On today’s episode, we chat, once again, about our faaaaavorite thiiiiiings! This time though, we’re talking all about our food favorites. We have our first BLIND TASTE TEST and feed each other random things and try to guess what they are, like marshmallows, circus cookies, matcha green tea Kit Kats, and Cool Ranch Doritos. It’s a good time. Also, we totally spaced on taking a picture of the food we tested, because we were BLINDFOLDED. Oh well, here’s a reenactment.

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After taste-testing, we chatted the important things like all of our related-to-food favorites including: our favorite local restaurants, favorite food magazines, favorite food-related phone apps, favorite food-themed movies, favorite family recipes, our favorite things about being dietitians, and even our favorite weird food habits. Again, these are great table talk questions if you’re at a party or hanging out with family! We won’t list all of our answers here (listen to the episode above!), but here’s a list of all the questions we asked each other:

Favorite local restaurant?

Erinn – The Stand and St. Francis (both in Phoenix!)

Rachel – Miss Saigon and Takamatsu (both in Tucson!)

Favorite destination restaurant?

Erinn – Ana Lena in Vancouver, B.C and Community Table in Washington, CT

Rachel – FlyinFin Sushi and Seafood in Redondo Beach, CA and The Girl and the Goat in Chicago, IL

Dream restaurant?

Food magazine?

Food commentary/book?

Erinn –
Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.) by Anthony Bourdain

A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines by Anthony Bourdain

Driving Hungry: A Delicious Journey, from Buenos Aires to New York to Berlin (Vintage Departures) by Layne Mosler

Rachel –
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg

Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg

My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes) by Luisa Weiss

Favorite food app?

Erinn – Epicurious Recipe & Shopping App 

Rachel – Diners TV

Favorite cookbook?

Erinn – The Silver Palate Cookbook

Rachel – Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat

Favorite food podcast?

Favorite celebrity chef?

Erinn – Ina Garten, Eric Ripert, Christina Tosi

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Rachel – Chrissy Teigen, Fabio Viviana, Alex Guarnaschelli

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Favorite food TV show?

Favorite food movie?

Erinn – Waiting, Chef, and The Trip

Rachel – The Hundred-Foot Journey and Julie & Julia

Favorite exotic food?

Favorite weird food pairing?

Favorite weird food habit?

Favorite go-to recipe?

Favorite passed down recipe?

Favorite food type store?

Erinn – Crate & Barrel

Rachel – Sur La Table

Favorite meal of the day?

Favorite fast food?

Erinn – In-N-Out and Chik-fil-A

Rachel – Taco Bell and In-N-Out

Favorite “you caught me being healthy” food

BONUS: Favorite thing about being an RD?

Episode 013: Trader Joe’s Haul, OOTGs & Grocery Store Tour

On today’s episode, we chat about our mutual love for the almighty Trader Joe’s grocery store! We also do another taste-test with 8 of their products. Side note: it was incredibly hard to narrow down products to try. We could (and just might) do an entire episode devoted to more taste-test items.

We also share our recent favorite and least favorite grocery store finds, how we like to shop, and our strategies for navigating the grocery store (even if you hate it) so you can always come home with delicious and balanced foods! Hint: we don’t just shop the perimeter…

Trader Joe's Taste Test

Trader Joe’s Taste-Test Items:

Dill Pickle Popcorn

Bollywood Popcorn

Watermelon Cucumber Cooler

Snow Leopard Melon

Kung Pao Tempura Cauliflower

Vanilla Almond Spiced Chai

Cold Pressed Juice: Yellow

Crispy, Crunchy, Broccoli Florets

Side note: There are a million and one Trader Joe’s fan sites out there simply devoted to product reviews. OMG.  We linked to a few above. You’re welcome.