Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!
 
 

Just popping in quickly to wish you all a wonderful holiday. I hope your day is filled with family, friends, and all sorts of delicious eats. And most importantly, I hope you take some time today in between bites of turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes to reflect on what it is you’re thankful for.

   

I will be the first to admit, I don’t always take the time to appreciate the little things in life nearly as much as I should. But lately I have been making a conscious effort to take a step back and really reflect on just how fortunate I am. Is my life perfect? Absolutely not. But instead of focusing on the negative or things that I wish were different, I’m making a commitment to change my perspective. Because, as one of my friends recently reminded me, “Sometimes stepping back and forcing yourself to see something in a different light, or getting someone else’s perspective on something you have a preconceived notion on can do wonders”.

 

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This year, more than ever, there is just SO much to be thankful for.

As always, I’m thankful for my health; for a family who supports me no matter what; and for my friends – both old and new, near and far.

I’m thankful for the opportunity to pursue my dreams, to continue to further my education, and to merge my passions with my profession.

I’m thankful for you – my readers. The support and encouragement that I have received since launching this blog a few months ago is more than I could have ever imagined. I continue to be astounded by the sense of community that exists within the blogosphere. Whether you have read one post or all of my posts, THANK YOU. You truly are what keeps this new hobby of mine going. 

 

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And last but not least, I’m thankful for my loving and supportive taste tester fiancé (yes, fiancé!!) who continues to put up with me encourage me.

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!
 
 

Brussels Sprouts & Cauliflower Quinoa Gratin

This gluten-free Brussels Sprouts & Cauliflower Quinoa Gratin is a nutritious and delicious way to add some veggies to your holiday table! Balsamic roasted brussels sprouts and cauliflower are coated in a light gruyere and parmesan cheese sauce, topped with a layer of crispy quinoa, and baked to perfection.


 

Hi, hello, how are you?! Long time no talk. Sorry for going MIA over the past few weeks, but between school, traveling back and forth to NY, and – ya know – life in general, the whole blog thing took a backseat.

But apparently the world kept spinning while I was gone because suddenly it’s mid-November and Thanksgiving is next week! NEXT WEEK. How did this happen?? (This is not a rhetorical question – I legitimately want to know.)

 

Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower Quinoa Gratin | Balsamic roasted vegetables are coated in a light gruyere and parmesan cheese sauce, topped with a layer of crispy quinoa and baked to perfection www.bytesizednutrition.com (more…)

Greek Yogurt Apple Crisp Cheesecake Bars

Happy November!! Today I’m bringing you these Greek Yogurt Apple Crisp Cheesecake Bars as part of a BGB Virtual Friendsgiving Celebration. Bloggers Gonna Blog (BGB) is a community made up of healthy lifestyle and food bloggers from all across the globe. I’ve “met” some incredibly talented, passionate and inspirational bloggers through this community and today many of us are coming together to celebrate the beginning of November and the start of the holiday season. And the best part? You’re invited! So pull up a seat at the table because this is one Friendsgiving feast you’re not going to want to miss! **Be sure to check out all of the links to other bloggers’ mouth-watering dishes at the bottom of this post.**


 

*This post was originally published on November 1, 2016. Photos were updated November 6, 2017.

 

If you know me at all, then you know that I have a major sweet tooth. I’m the girl that will leave part of her dinner untouched, and yet jump at the first mention of dessert. I like to think that I have a second stomach and it’s reserved exclusively for dessert.

That being said, It should come as no surprise that I was a fan of baking long before I was a fan of cooking. In fact, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I finally began to experiment with dishes that DIDN’T revolve around sugar. These days, I tend to spend more time cooking than baking (probably a good thing considering cupcakes are probably not the most nutritious dinner option), but you’d better believe I still take advantage of any opportunity to bake up some sweet treats.

 

Greek Yogurt Apple Crisp Cheesecake Bars are a must-make dessert this holiday season! Rich, creamy caramel apple cheesecake topped with cinnamon-spiced apples and sandwiched between two layers of buttery oat crisp! | www.bytesizednutrition.com

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Butternut Squash Caulfredo

October is National Pasta Month! Celebrate one of the world’s favorite forms of carbs with this creamy and decadent tasting Butternut Squash Caulfredo. Made from a creamy blend of cauliflower and butternut squash, it’s the ultimate comfort food for those cool fall nights.


 

Q: What do you call a pasta sauce that tastes like Alfredo but is secretly filled with vegetables…?

 

Butternut Squash "Caulfredo" | The ultimate fall comfort food that you can feel good about! www.bytesizednutrition.com

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Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal Cups

Take your oatmeal to go with these perfectly portioned and portable Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal Cups! Slather with nut butter for a hearty, wholesome breakfast that tastes like dessert. 


 

Hello, hello! Just your friendly neighborhood Oompa Loompa popping in with yet another pumpkin recipe. And you thought I was joking when I said “I hope you like pumpkin”. HA!

In all honesty though, it was never my intention to turn this little blog into a virtual pumpkin shrine. It just sort of… happened. Kind of like when I had some leftover pumpkin sitting in my fridge and it just sort of *fell* into these oatmeal cups. Oops. #sorrynotsorry

 Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal Cups (Vegan & Gluten Free) | The perfect grab & go breakfast! www.bytesizednutrition.com

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