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!


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














Erinn’s shows- 


















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 001: Pizza, Tacos & Bowl Cuts

Welcome to the very first episode of The Table Chat Show!!! We are Rachel and Erinn- full-time Registered Dietitians, part-time pizza/taco enthusiasts. This is our show where we talk food, nutrition, and whatever else we feel like. We are so excited to FINALLY welcome you to come sit around our table and chat- because the more you know, the more you can eat!


This episode was appropriately recorded on National Registered Dietitian Day back in March. We celebrate ourselves and our show by enjoying some tacos and pizza, our favorite foods, and chatting about who we are as dietitians and humans!

We cover everything today from our eerily similar childhood haircuts to our food philosophies- in which Erinn believes in finding what balance works for you and Rachel believes there is always room for occasionally eating nachos on the floor with your dad.


When we aren’t busy being nutrition professionals, Erinn likes comic books, hanging with her dog and blogging at FoodBalance, while Rachel likes cycling and practicing her food writing skills on Food-ish. We both share a fact few people know about us, Rachel divulging that to make money during the dietetic internship she would work as a princess at birthday parties and Erinn disclosing that her awesome Princess Daisy costume won her free food at a local pizza place (surprise, surprise on choosing pizza, Erinn).



We hope you enjoy this episode! Let us know what you think, what your food philosophy is, and if you also had a bowl cut as a child.

This episode is rated explicit because we both accidentally say the F word once and it was too funny to edit out. Sorry to our moms.

BBQ Brussels Sprouts Pita Pizza
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
For the Brussels Sprouts
  1. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  2. 2 Tablespoons red onion, diced
  3. 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  4. 2 slices pre-cooked bacon, chopped
  5. 1.5 cups brussels sprouts, shredded
  6. pinch red pepper flakes
For the Pizza
  1. 2, whole wheat (or sprouted grain) pitas
  2. 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  3. 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  4. 1/4 cup fresh, grated parmesan
  5. Optional toppings: sliced kalamata olives, banana peppers, pineapple
For the Brussels Sprouts
  1. In a large pan, over medium heat, add olive oil, garlic, and red onion.
  2. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
  3. Add bacon pieces, stir to combine.
  4. Stir in red pepper flakes.
  5. Add Brussels sprouts (in a even layer) and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Leaves will become slightly wilted and crispy. Set aside.
For the Pizza
  1. Preheat the oven to 425. Place pitas on a large baking sheet.
  2. Spoon 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce on each pita.
  3. Layer 1/2 cup of mozzarella and 1/2 the parmesan on each pita.
  4. Top with half the Brussels sprouts mixture on each pita.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes (depending on your preference), slice, and serve!
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Steak Tacos with Cucumber-Avocado Salsa
Serves 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
For the tacos
  1. 1 tablespoon chili powder
  2. 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
  3. ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. ¼ teaspoon salt
  5. Pinch of paprika
  6. 1¼ pounds chuck steak
  7. 6-inch-diameter corn tortillas
  8. 3 cups shredded red cabbage
  9. ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  10. 1 lime, cut into wedges
For the salsa
  1. 1 medium English cucumber, seeded and diced (about 2 cups)
  2. 2 medium avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
  3. ½ red onion, diced
  4. Juice of 2 limes (about ¼ cup)
  5. ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  6. 3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped, or to taste
  1. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and preheat it over medium-high heat or preheat the grill.
  2. In a small bowl, combine chili powder, garlic, cinnamon, salt, and paprika. Rub the spice mix on both sides of the steak.
  3. Grill or broil the steaks for 5 minutes per side (for medium rare) or until meat finishes at your desired degree of doneness. Remove from the heat and let the meat rest for 5 minutes. Carve into thin slices.
  4. Warm the tortillas either on the grill for 30 seconds or in the microwave between two moist paper towels for 45 seconds.
  5. Place carved steak, cabbage, and cilantro in the warm tortillas. Squeeze lime over the top.
  6. Top the taco off with the salsa, made by combining all the salsa ingredients in a medium bowl and tossing gently until mixed. The salsa is best served within an hour of preparing.
Adapted from Ellie Krieger's The Food You Crave
Adapted from Ellie Krieger's The Food You Crave
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