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 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.