Parsnip Mash

This recipe for parsnip mash has been sitting in my drafts folder for months! I originally created this yummy mash on a whim for Thanksgiving this past year and it was a huge hit. I’ve made it a few times since then and I’m always impressed by how delicious and satisfying it is.

If you’re new to parsnips, they look like cream-colored carrots with a bit tougher outer skin. When raw, they have a surprising licorice taste. When cooked, they’re sweet and nutty. They pair well with fresh herbs and a good fat, like butter or coconut oil.

This mash is great served alongside a meat (similar to a mashed potato, but more flavorful!), or used as a base for a veggie bowl.

Not the most glamorous photo, but I promise it’s delicious!

Not the most glamorous photo, but I promise it’s delicious!

Parsnip Mash

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds parsnips, peeled

  • 1 medium Japanese sweet potato

  • 1 cup broccoli (I used broccoli stems leftover from roasting the tops)

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

  • Sea salt + pepper to taste

  • 1/2 tsp sage

  • Dash nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Steam your veggies: Steam up the parsnips, sweet potato and broccoli until super tender.

  2. Add the steamed vegetables and coconut oil to your food processor. Pulse until smooth and creamy (this took quite a while for me since I used broccoli stalks but it did get there eventually!)

  3. Add herbs, and salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Serve and enjoy!

If you liked this recipe, I think you’ll LOVE these as well:

Mashed Cauliflower

Roasted Root Vegetable Salad with Lemon + Parsley

Whole Roast Chicken

I’ve been wanting to make a whole roast chicken for awhile now. I know that it’s super easy, and more economical and sustainable than just cooking up chicken pieces. Plus, it feels very “grown up” to know how to cook a whole chicken.

Well I finally I got the little push I needed to embark on my chicken cooking adventure. I’m scheduled to take SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) test this week. Part of the prep for this test is that the day before you can only eat protein - baked chicken and fish, eggs and other lean cuts of meat (with minimal seasonings and oil). I figured now was the perfect time to make a chicken since I needed quite a bit of it to eat during my test prep.

Side note: I’m sharing more of my gut healing adventures on Instagram as I do tests, learn more about my digestion and self experiment. If you’re interested in that process, make sure you’re following along there.

This whole roast chicken recipe was easy and oh so delicious! My chicken turned out perfectly cooked - still moist and juicy with good flavor from the salt and lemon. Best of all, I’m proud of myself for learning something new and I’m looking forward to having this recipe in my regular rotation.

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Whole Roast Chicken

inspired by Roast Chicken with Lemons from Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan

Ingredients:

  • A 3- to 4- pound chicken

  • 1 or 2 lemons (small enough to fit in the cavity of your chicken)

  • About 1 tbsp sea salt

  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350.

  2. Prepare your chicken. Wash (if desired) and pat dry with paper towels. Let any water or liquid drain from the chicken. Then, sprinkle the salt all over and inside the chicken and massage gently.

  3. Prepare the lemons. Wash and dry the lemons. Roll them out a few times on your countertop (this helps get the juices flowing). Poke 15-20 holes in each lemon using a sharp knife, toothpick or fork (this prevents the lemons from exploding during the cooking process).

  4. Place lemon or lemons inside the bird’s cavity. If you’re able, close up the opening with string (I didn’t have any so just used the excess skin to close up the cavity loosely).

  5. Put the chicken into a roasting pan, breast side down. Sprinkle generously with black pepper.

  6. Cook for 30 minutes. Remove the chicken, flip (breast side up) and cook for an additional 30 minutes.

  7. Turn the oven up to 400 and cook for 10-20 more minutes. At this point the skin should start to get brown and crispy. After 10 minutes, check the meat - it’s done when the meat is firm (not jiggly) and juices run clear. If there’s any question, cook for another 5-10 minutes.

  8. Remove chicken from the oven and let rest for 10-15 minutes before carving. The juices in the pan are delicious and can be served as a simple gravy or used to make a more intricate dressing.

What’s one recipe that you’re proud of yourself for trying at home?

Leave a comment below and let me know!

Probiotic Honey Mustard Dressing

My love affair with honey mustard dressing began in college. I was on a “healthy” kick and instead of sandwiches I’d get turkey + veggie wraps with honey mustard dressing from the cafeteria. I don’t think I had ever had honey mustard before and I was obsessed.

Side note: remember when we thought those colorful wraps were soooo healthy? I have a sort of weird nostalgia for those days before superfoods and wellness really got popular.

Fast forward over a decade later, honey mustard still holds a place in my heart, although I prefer to make my own as most store bought dressings are filled with sugar and weird ingredients that my gut does not love.

I whipped up this probiotic rich dressing to go on a yummy brunch salad I brought to a baby shower a few weeks back and it turns out it’s delicious on EVERYTHING! If you can’t find kefir feel free to swap it for plain Greek yogurt.

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Probiotic Honey Mustard Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain kefir (I used this dairy free coconut kefir, but you can also swap Greek yogurt or unsweetened coconut yogurt)

  • 1/4 cup raw honey

  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard

  • 1 tsp raw apple cider vingear

  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to your blender and blend on high until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. You can also play with the amount of honey and mustard to customize this dressing to your specific taste buds!

Use this dressing on salads (the one I made for the baby shower had fruit and walnuts and was a huge brunch hit!), as dipping sauce for veggies or drizzle atop roasted salmon or chicken to amp up the flavor.

It truly is so versatile!

A really good question to ask yourself

Where do you feel like your most YOU?

Is it around certain people or places? After specific activities? In the absence of certain things?

What lights you up in a way no amount of caffeine or sugar can? What’s easy for you? What could you do for hours? What could you talk about for hours?

These are all clues to your unique design, your special gifts. Your path on this planet.

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It’s common knowledge that although we’re all humans, we are all different. We have different interests and skills, different tastes and preferences, different hopes and desires.

Unfortunately our society preferences a certain path. Go to school, get a job (in one of these six professions), work hard, meet someone, buy a house, have a family, keep working hard, keep up the pace, retire and relax.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with following this path, except if it doesn’t feel like YOU.

We’re not all meant to work 9-5. We’re not all designed to have just one career. We’re not all suited for computer work (or care giving work, or manual labor).

Many of us are realizing this. Some (like myself!) figure it out on the younger side - in our late 20s and 30s when the traditional path isn’t working for us anymore. Some it happens later in life.

But the common reaction when you do realize that the path you’re on may not be the one for you is “Well what now? What do I do if I can’t follow this plan anymore?”

This is where it’s not only helpful but CRUCIAL to get support. To find a coach or mentor who gets you, who sees you and who has the tools and experience to guide you back to YOU.

And that’s what I do!

My ultimate goal in all of my coaching is to help my clients find themselves. Sometimes that’s with food (just like jobs, no one diet fits us all!), but more often it’s with LIFE and career.

Where do YOU want to go with your life? And what do you need to do to get there?

There’s a good amount of this self discovery you can do by yourself. And if you’re reading this, my guess is that that process has already begun. But none of us are meant to do this alone.

We’re supposed to have teachers and leaders that help us see a different possibility, a different future, and who then help us do the work and take the steps we need to get there.

If you’re at a crossroads in your life, or if you’re simply feeling like there’s a different path for you, I’d love to be your teacher and your guide.

Earlier this week I announced that I was opening up two spots for 1:1 coaching. I'm interviewing candidates for those spaces this weekend, but I've decided to keep the application open and create one more space for someone else.

Through working with me 1:1 you’ll get to know yourself on a deep level, shift habits and ultimately find clarity on where you’re going next. You'll also find peace in knowing that where you are is exactly where you need to be, there’s really no rush to get “there” wherever that ends up for you.

Learn more about how my coaching works + apply for the last remaining spot here: Coaching with Emily.

If you have any questions not answered on the program page, feel free to reply to this email and I’ll get back to you shortly!

What this time of year is PERFECT for

SPRING. A time of beginnings. Of growth. Of expansion. Of starting something new

There’s something about the spring that lights a fire under our butts and says NOW IS THE TIME.

5 years ago I began my health coach training with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition

4 years ago I left my corporate job and started my business

3 years ago I moved into my own apartment in Brooklyn (which I have since moved out of, but living alone was HUGE for me)

2 years ago became the first official employee of Your Healthiest You (big for both me and Robyn!)

1 year ago I launched my new website

And this year I’m excited to be kicking off an apprenticeship at The Studio in NYC

Astrologically, the year starts now. Aries (which we entered into this week) is considered the youngest sign of the zodiac.

All astrological signs have their specific strengths and shadows - it’s not the sign itself that’s bad or good, but what YOU decide to do with that energy.

Aries is the initiator.

Aries season is time to be brave, bold and go after what you want. It’s also an opportunity to be selfish (or “self first” as I like to say).

My question for you today is this: what are you wanting to initiate or move forward with for the year ahead?

While the end of winter (Pisces!) was all about reflection, NOW is the time to take action.

Update your resume and apply for that dream job.

Start writing your blog.

Make the move (you can interpret that one however you’d like).

The time is NOW.

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If you’ve been struggling with finding clarity on your life’s path, or feeling stuck around taking action with the things you know need to change, I want you to know that it’s okay.

We have a LOT going on in our modern lives, and sometimes our dreams and goals can get lost amongst incoming text messages, family commitments and work obligations.

You don’t have to tackle your health, life or business goals alone.

As humans we do better with support and accountability. And we also do better when we have someone cheering us on, telling us “You’re doing a GREAT job” and reminding us of our bigger plans when life gets in the way.

I know first hand the power of this season. I also know the power of support.

My biggest growth in the last five years hasn’t come just because I decided it was time to quit or change or try. It’s come because I had a vision for myself, and had the support I needed - my incredible coaches, mentors and teachers - in order to put that wish or whim or dream into action.

Do you have a vision holder? Someone who can see your higher, brighter, more radiant self? And someone who can provide you with the specific guidance and motivation YOU need in order to make that vision a reality?

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My official title is “health coach” but many of my more recent clients have told me that doesn’t truly capture what I do.

“I’d describe Emily as a mindset coach. Yes, she helped me a lot with the practical things (strategies for getting back into my meditation practice, tips around eating healthy while being around not-so-healthy food every day at my job, resources for launching my own podcast) but more than anything else she’s helped me shift my mindset. I’m so much kinder to myself. I also feel empowered and excited to step into this next phase of my career and life.” - Chloe, new health + life coach

If there’s a health or life goal that you want to make happen this year in a way that feels FUN and aligned, I’d love to support you through that process.

To honor the energy of SPRING, of Aries season and the astrological new year, I’m opening up 2 spots for 1:1 coaching. We can start as early as next week!

To learn more about 1:1 coaching + apply to work with me, click here: Private coaching with Emily

If you have any questions not answered on this page, hit reply to this email and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

I know first hand the power of this season. I also know the power of the right support.

These two spots will fill quickly, so whether you’ve been curious about working with me for a while or you just found me but all of this is resonating with you, I encourage you to apply today.

Let’s change your life, together.