Episode 022: Radish Toast, Space Jam & Saying NO

Today’s episode is all about saying NO! If you think back to Episode 19 with our goals for 2017, Erinn mentioned she wanted to learn how to actually say “NO” instead of saying “yes” to taking on too many obligations. Consider this episode a how-to! We chat the important things: the things we have had a hard time saying no to, how to make “no” a part of your vocabulary and an action in your life, and even examples of how we have firmly said no and survived to tell the tale. Erinn also shares a great metaphor for why saying “no” truly matters as once told by her sociology professor back in college.

radish toast with butter

We also crunch (like, crunch realllly loudly) on some crusty bread topped with whipped butter, radish and ground pepper. It’s an easy-peasy creation but we think it’s also an easy snack. Rachel made it, we both devoured it. Get the recipe below!

Crusty Bread with Radish and Butter
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tsp. unsalted butter
  2. 1⁄4 tsp. sea salt
  3. 2 slices baguette, cut on the bias (I used sourdough! So good!)
  4. 2 large radishes, sliced into 1⁄8" rounds
  5. Fresh ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, blend together butter and salt using a small spatula until butter is soft and airy. You can also use a kitchen aid mixer.
  2. Spread baguette slices with butter, arrange radish slices on top, and finish with a grind or two of pepper.
Adapted from Saveur and Spilled Milk
Adapted from Saveur and Spilled Milk
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Episode 019: Vegetable Soup, Mantras & Goal Setting

Today’s episode is all about goals! Over a hot bowl of hearty, vegetable soup, we chat all about how we make (and keep) goals in life and our plans for the new year. We think a big pot of veggie soup is the perfect way to ring in the New Year! Get Rachel’s easy, peasy recipe below.

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Also in conversation, we talk about how the brain is wired to help you achieve your goals, share with you a review of our own personal goals for the past and upcoming year, and discuss how you can still be productive even while living a totally goal-less life. (Hint: goal-less but not direction-less!)

Things we discussed in this episode:

Rachel’s favorite 21 Seasoning Salute from Trader Joe’s

The Get To Work Book

The Minimalists:
100 Days With No Goals

Facts About the Brain:
Goal Band – Facts About Goals and Their Achievement
Psychology Today – 10 Things You Should Know About Goals

Elise Cripe on Goals:
Why I Set Goals
Making (and Reaching) Goals
Productivity and Goal Setting

Hearty Vegetable Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (15-ounce) can Great Northern beans
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 1/2 large onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  4. 2 carrots, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  5. 2 stalks celery, diced, (about 1/2 cup)
  6. 2 cups red skin potatoes, diced (I like the skin on!)
  7. 1 clove garlic, minced
  8. 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  9. 1 cup shaved brussels sprouts
  10. 2 teaspoons 21 seasoning salute from Trader Joe's (or an Italian spice blend would work great too)
  11. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  12. 32 ounces low-sodium vegetable broth
  13. 1 (14.5-ounce) can no salt added diced tomatoes
  14. 2 cups chopped baby spinach leaves
  15. 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  16. 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan, optional
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mash half of the beans with a masher or the back of a spoon, and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, potatoes, mushrooms, brussels sprouts, seasoning blend, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, and cook stirring occasionally until the vegetables are tender, about 8 minutes.
  3. Turn heat to high and add the broth and tomatoes with the juice and bring to a boil. Add the mashed and whole beans. Reduce to a simmer for about 25-30 minutes.
  4. Add the spinach leaves and cook until the spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes more.
  5. Throw lemon juice in at the end and stir in.
  6. Serve topped with Parmesan, if desired. I really like Trader Joe's Three Cheese Blend on top with additional ground pepper!
Adapted from Ellie Krieger's Tuscan vegetable soup
Adapted from Ellie Krieger's Tuscan vegetable soup
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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
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 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 010: Mocktails, Mall Workers & Personalities

Today’s episode is a good one not only because we’re talking all about our personalities, but we also made some fruity mocktails! That’s right, we made mocktails, because no one needs to hear us drunk on actual cocktails on this show. These aren’t just just any old mocktails though, we made PERSONALITY mocktails. Rachel considers herself to be a fun and sparkling “Blackberry Nectarine Wow-Jito” and Erinn is a a sweet but spicy “Pear Ginger Quirk.” We know, quit our day jobs and start naming drinks full-time.

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As this was the personalities episode, we took the ever-popular and pretty accurate, Meyers Briggs test. Erinn is an INFP and Rachel is an INFJ. One letter difference! We also discussed the best and worst parts of our own personality traits, the personalities of our significant others (different again!), how that impacts our relationships, and what gets on our nerves. Hint: Pushy, free sample-giving mall workers.

Things we discussed during this episode:

16 Personalities – Meyers Briggs Quiz (takes about 10-12 minutes and gives great explanations, visuals, and tells you who in history and pop culture shares your personality!)

Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies Quiz

Liquor.com – What’s Your Cocktail Personality?

Type Heads and Stress Heads

Frequency of Personalities in the General Public

Thrillist – What’s Your Cocktail Personality?

Pear Ginger "Quirk"
Serves 6
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup pear juice
  2. 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  3. 3/4 cups honey
  4. 1/4 cup sugar
  5. 1 (4-inch) sprig fresh rosemary
  6. Sparkling soda
  7. Optional: sliced pear for garnish and crystallized ginger
Instructions
  1. Combine pear juice, lemon juice, honey, sugar, rosemary, ginger, and nutmeg in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then simmer on low heat for 5 minutes, stirring to dissolve the sugars.
  2. Remove from heat and let stand 30 minutes. Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh strainer and discard the solids. Let syrup cool completely in the fridge.
  3. To serve, fill an 8-ounce glass halfway with ice cubes, add 3 tablespoons of syrup, fill with soda water to the brim, and stir. Add more syrup for a sweeter or stronger flavor.
Adapted from The Kitchn
Adapted from The Kitchn
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White Nectarine & Blackberry WOW-jito
Serves 2
Recipe inspired by two different recipes, by Christin Mahrlig of the blog Spicy Southern Kitchen and Fern Green of the book The Mocktail Manual
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Ingredients
  1. 2 white nectarines
  2. Handful of blackberries
  3. 8-12 mint leaves
  4. 2 tablespoons Turbinado sugar
  5. 2 glass cups
  6. 2-4 Ice cubes
  7. 2 cups sparking water or club soda
  8. 1 lime (for making sugar rim and adding to drink as desired)
Instructions
  1. Peel and dice nectarines
  2. Place nectarine pieces, blackberries, mint leaves, and sugar into a bowl and muddle together (using the top flat end of a wooden spoon works great!)
  3. Place even amount of fruit mixture into two glasses with 1-2 ice cubes per glass
  4. Top with sparking water or club soda- add as much as desired
  5. Squeeze in line as desired
  6. Garnish with a sprig of mint to look fancy
  7. If adult beverage desired, recommend to add rum as desired
  8. To make a sugar rim on your glass before making your drink, squeeze half a lime onto a plate. Dip the rim of your empty cup into the juice, then immediately dip into a separately plate of the sugar.
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Episode 008: Our Favorite Things, Girl Crushes, & Not-So-Favorite Foods

Today’s episode is all about our FAVORITE things!! Hopefully, you sang that in the voice of Oprah Winfrey. Unlike Oprah’s Favorite Things, we don’t have a car to give away, but we DO have an unlimited supply of cheesy jokes! For this episode, we decided to keep things nice and easy, or “funky” as Rachel calls it. We work our way through a list of 25 of things that make our hearts sing! From favorite books, tv shows to binge watch, and even our favorite Spice Girl, we cover it all.

But first, we decided to make things really hard on ourselves and do a taste-test of our LEAST favorite things. Who does that?! Dietitian podcasters do, that’s who!

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Rachel’s least favorite foods: Black olives, cow’s milk, and horseradish

Erinn’s least favorite foods: Liverwurst (aka, Braunschweiger), tapioca pudding, pickled red beets

These are some of our favorite things!

P.S We won’t have all of our answers listed below, but make sure to listen in to hear them all! P.P.S We think these questions would be fun to ask at a party.

1. Food (besides pizza and tacos)

2. Go-to outfit
Erinn loves Loft Skinny Curvy Jeans and Clarks Wedge Sandals

Rachel loves Tieks

3. Celebrity girl crush
Erinn’s crushes – Ashley Graham & Hayley Atwell
Rachel’s crushes – Ruby Rose & Carrie Brownstein

4. On-the-go snack

5. Mom advice
Rachel’s mom says, “Don’t pay attention to the size on the tag of your clothes.”
Erinn’s mom says, “You don’t have to do everything in your twenties.”

6. Quote about food
Rachel’s fave, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf
Erinn’s fave, “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded goal, it would be a merrier world.” – J.R.R Tolkien

7. Book
Erinn- Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck
Rachel- The Giver by Lois Lowry

8. Podcast
Rachel – Spilled Milk
Erinn – Ana Faris is Unqualified

9. Blog
Rachel- Orangette and The Wednesday Chef
Erinn- 101 Cookbooks

10. Travel destination

11. Way to exercise
Rachel – Indoor Cycling (Cycle Bar McCormick Ranch and Cycle Avenue in Gilbert are two faves!)
Erinn – Barre3 (online and the Scottsdale location!)

12. Secret beauty habit

13. Way to relax

14. Way to waste time

15. Store to browse
Rachel loves Zara and Madewell
Erinn loves Tuesday Morning and La Grande Orange
They both love Target too, duh!

16. Show on Netflix/to binge-watch

Rachel’s shows- 

Grace and Frankie

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Erinn’s shows- 

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17. Weird habit

18. Memory from childhood

19. Color

20. Person to follow on Instagram
Rachel- Chrissy Teigen
Erinn- Hot Girls Eating Pizza

21. Ice cream flavor
Rachel- Green tea
Erinn- Vanilla (with rainbow sprinkles)

22. Current favorite song
Erinn- “Send My Love to Your New Lover,” by Adele
Rachel- “Shots and Squats ft Tham Sway,” by Vigiland

23. Item in your house
Rachel’s coffee table from Kelsey Wharton
Erinn’s memory foam mattress from Yoga Bed

24. Time of day
Take a guess at who likes the crack of dawn and who is a night owl!

25. Holiday

BONUS ROUND: Spice Girl!!

The Spice Girls

Episode 007: Weird Potato Chips, Rapping & Minimalism

Today’s episode is all about living simply and the topic of the moment, minimalism! We discuss how we’ve incorporated minimalism into our lives, how these practices relate to overall health, and how we minimize the clutter in not just our homes and our closets, BUT ALSO our minds. We started things off with a not-so-minimal potato chip TASTE TEST, where we sampled 6 (really) different flavors (cheese plate style) and ranked our favorites.

Table Chat Show Taste Test Minimalism

On the Table Chat scale of “Flavor Awesomeness/Least Offensive”, we both ended up liking the same flavor! Here is a list of what we tried:

Lay’s Southern Biscuits & Gravy
Lay’s Dill Pickle
Kettle Brand Maple Bacon
Deep River Snacks Aged Cheddar Horseradish
Lay’s Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger
Trader Joe’s Ghost Pepper

We also talked about our weird childhood rituals of purging our bedrooms of unnecessary clutter and being mini-minimalists in training. We were the coolest 10-year-olds on the planet. You’re so jealous right now, admit it. P.S Stick around for the bloopers, because we have a little freestyle rap session featuring Outkast.

Even MORE things we discussed:
Rachel’s favorite Elise Joy Pep Talks: Get Serious or Get Over It.
#100daysofelisepeptalks
The Minimalists
The Art of Simple: Q&A: How to Live Simple In Your 20s
Mari Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy
Erinn’s Tidying Up For Health blog post (January 2016)
Tiny Houses
Dave Ramsey
(not discussed, but Mr. Money Mustache is a great site too for simple living/budget tips!)

Places to donate and/or sell:
Buffalo Exchange
Goodwill
Salvation Army
Deseret Industries
Changing Hands Bookstore (local to Phoenix!)
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Stardust Building Supplies (local to Phoenix!)

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