Popular posts + recipes

Every so often I look at my newsletter, blog and Instagram statistics. I don't let this dictate my business, but I do find the results interesting and I take into account which topics or recipe types are performing well when planning out future content.

I left my job in corporate accounting 4.5 years ago because I wanted to do something I was passionate about. I also wanted to feel like I was making a difference and helping people. So deciding what to share here is an interesting balance - I of course consider what you all are interested in hearing or learning about, but what I write is also heavily influenced by what I WANT to write.

And when those two things sync up, when the posts my soul tells me to write get a lot of traffic and engagement, well, I consider that success.

This week I started drafting my editorial calendar for the rest of the summer and fall. I'm working to build more structures into my business (instead of just waiting until the inspiration hits me) and so creating and following an editorial calendar is one thing I'm doing towards that goal.

During this planning process I reviewed my stats (in addition to your feedback from my community survey earlier this year - so helpful!), looking back at almost 9 months of newsletters, blogs and Instagram posts.

Below I've shared the most popular posts in each category for 2019.

It was fun for me to re-read these posts - they're great recipes and reminders - so I hope they'll be useful for you too, especially if you're new here and didn't catch the original posts.

It was also super interesting to see the themes across this popular content. You all love paleo recipes, vulnerable shares about life and entrepreneurship and gut health. Seems about right based on who I am and what I'm currently into ;)

Here are my most popular newsletters, recipes and Instagram posts of 2019:

Most popular posts (based on email open rate):

Most popular recipes (based on page views):

Most popular Instagram posts (based on engagement):

Whether you're interested in the biz behind the scenes or not, I hope you'll enjoy looking back on these shares as much as I did!

Not your typical Thanksgiving recipes

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because FOOD but also because of the traditions my family, friends and I have created together around this day.

In the past, I've pulled together a round up of healthy holiday recipes - some that I'm hoping to try out myself, but also simply to provide YOU all with inspiration on how this traditionally overindulgent meal can also be nourishing and full of veggies :)

My Thanksgiving dinner = a rainbow of veggies!

My Thanksgiving dinner = a rainbow of veggies!

This year I'm doing a slightly different recipe round up. The recipes I'm sharing today are not necessarily meant for your holiday meal, but rather in the days surrounding Thanksgiving (or whatever holiday you're celebrating!).

Why? What trips us up health or digestion wise around the holidays isn't usually the holiday meal itself. It's how we eat in between the festivities and parties.

Pumpkin AND pecan pie with whipped cream is totally fine on Thanksgiving. It's when we have that plus the Gingerbread latte and almond croissant the next morning while Black Friday shopping, plus the 1/2 (okay full) bottle of wine with friends the next evening, plus leftover pie for breakfast the next day that we start to feel less than sparkly in our bodies.

It's not ONE meal or ONE decision that makes or breaks your health. It's how you feed and treat yourself most of the time that truly makes a difference.

Mmmm look at all those veggies!

Mmmm look at all those veggies!

This is not to say you can't enjoy yourself thoroughly and repetitively throughout the holiday season. I plan to have MANY desserts and cocktails with friends and lazy mornings.

But I also plan to choose my indulgences consciously, and choose to feed myself nourishing, whole foods between those conscious indulgences.

So the recipes that I'm sharing today are wholesome, gut healing and simple. They're foods and meals you can reset yourself with in between the parties and celebratory meals, for this season and beyond.

NOURISHING RECIPES for “IN BETWEEN” HOLIDAY FEASTS:

Note: Many of these recipes are pulled from the few cookbooks I own. I’ve linked recipes when possible, but I also highly recommend investing in these cookbooks as they are packed with easy, nourishing recipes.

SOUPS + SALADS:

MEALS:

  • Shepard’s Pie from Go with Your Gut

  • Superhuman Breakfast (for breakfast, lunch or dinner!)

  • The Simplest Salmon from Thin From Within

  • My favorite thing to reset my gut is a pile of steamed veggies of any and all kinds! I love steaming up kale, sweet potatoes, peas, kabocha squash and more in my bamboo steamer basket (which yes, I pack and bring with me for the holidays!).

  • Collard Salad Wraps from Thin From Within

DRINKS:

COOKBOOKS: Oh She Glows, Go with Your Gut, Thin From Within

You best bet I'll be photographing my eats and creations!

You best bet I'll be photographing my eats and creations!

Whether you make one of these recipes or something more festive from a previous holiday round up (linked in PS below!), I LOVE seeing your food photos. Snap a picture of your dish or plate and post it to social media (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter!). Be sure to tag me @EmilyNachazel so I can see your posts.

For healthy holiday meal inspiration, check out my recipe round UPs from previous years:

2017 Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up

2016 Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up

2015 Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up

2014 Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up

Summer recipes!

This past weekend I went to the farmer's market and OMG it's officially summer i.e. the best time for farmer's markets everywhere!

I'll admit: I've been in a little bit of a cooking rut recently. I tend to stick to the same easy dishes that are less recipes and more assembling of components. This method can be great (meal prep is a lifesaver for a busy gal or guy), but there's also something to be said about spending a little creative time in the kitchen versus just going through a routine.

So when I was at the farmer's market I challenged myself to grab a few different veggies - not just the sweet potatoes and kale that I always get, but I also picked up sugar snap peas and strawberries and red leaf lettuce. And now I'm going to challenge myself to make at least ONE new recipe using these ingredients this week.

My hope is that making a new recipe each week will continue throughout the summer season.

Here are some recipes featuring early summer produce that have caught my eye so far:

Chilled Asian Noodle Salad with Chicken and Avocado - This recipe uses vegetable noodles which I LOVE, especially in the summer. You could easily sub cubed tempeh for the chicken to make veg-friendly!

 


Spicy Grilled Shrimp - Okay, this recipe doesn't exactly highlight summer produce BUT it is made on the grill which in my opinion is the epitome of summer. I'd swap a more nutrient rich coconut sugar for the white sugar, or leave it out all together.

 

Dilled, Crunchy Sweet Corn Salad with Buttermilk Dressing - Nothing feels more like summer to me than fresh corn! This recipe also includes other seasonal highlights such as dill, parsley, cucumbers and peppers. Dairy free? I bet you could swap the buttermilk for a little coconut yogurt thinned out with lemon juice and omit the cheese.

 

Green Gazpacho - "This zippy, herbaceous drinkable soup is like a trip to the farmers’ market in a glass." Sounds good to me!

 

Grilled Halibut and Bok Choy with Coconut Lime Dressing - I love grilling ALL vegetables, greens included (so surprisingly delicious!). I don't have a grill but may have to invest in a grill pan, which basically turns your stove top into an indoor grill.

 

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Bars - Not sure how it happened but whoever invented the strawberry rhubarb combo was a genius. YUM!

 

Now I'm hungry - so who wants to come over for dinner??? ;)

 

 

 

I hope that these recipes inspire you to have a little more FUN with summer produce in your kitchen.
If you make one of these, snap a photo and tag me on social media @EmilyNachazel so I can see your delicious creations!

Thanksgiving Recap 2017

We don't mess around with Thanksgiving in my family - it seems like each year the food gets better and better (and our group gets bigger and bigger).

I am beyond thankful that we go big with veggies in our holiday meal, in fact in my mind they are the star of the show! Sure, we have turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes, but we also have cauliflower and carrots and green beans and salad and more.

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Here's what I contributed this year:

- My Perfect Pumpkin Bread - this is a great gluten free loaf to have around for breakfast, snacks or a sweet treat. I think it's best sliced, toasted and slathered with butter.

- ALL the roasted veggies - We did cauliflower with curry spices, root veggies (carrots, parsnips, turnips) with olive oil + salt + pepper, and squash (both acorn and delicata) with coconut oil + cinnamon + nutmeg. YUM.

- Saweet Potato Casserole with Crunchy Nut Topping - I've been making this healthified sweet potato casserole for the past few years. It's so good that my family now asks "Are you making that sweet potato dish again this year?" I usually skip the vegan butter and just use coconut oil, and add a little more spice to the topping.

- Kale Salad with Preserved Lemon and Candied Ginger - Kale salad is great for holiday meals because you can prep it in advance (dressing and all!) and it keeps for hours (and actually gets more delicious as the flavors meld together and soften the kale. This particular kale salad was a HUGE success - my cousin Jennifer even said "I've never said the words 'This kale is delicious' until today." Yeah, it's that good.

- Sunbutter Stuffed Dates - OMG you guys - I forgot how insanely delicious these little treats are. This time, I used nut-free sunbutter in the filling and they were SUCH a hit!

 

And here are some of the other delicious dishes we had at the meal:

- Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes, two ways

- Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts Casserole

- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pomegrante Seeds

- Green Bean Casserole

- Green Beans with Lemon

- Beet and Orange Salad

- Gravlax with Pickled Onions and Creamy Dill Sauce

- Cornbread Stuffing (regular and gluten-free)

- Mashed Potatoes

- Turkey

- Gravy

- An assortment of cookies

- Raw chocolate

- TONS of pies: pumpkin, apple, berry and pecan

- Homemade whipped cream

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Grateful for family, friends and everything on this plate! 

 

 

Did you make anything for Thanksgiving this year?
What was your favorite dish from your holiday table?

 

Summer recipe round up!

Today I've got a whole slew of healthy, crowd-pleasing summer recipes for you, just in time for the weekend.

I'm down in the Outer Banks of North Carolina spending the long weekend with my family - relaxing on the beach, swimming in my grandparent's pool and (of course) eating delicious, homemade food. 

I love trying new recipes when I have a little bit more time, and a few more mouths to enjoy the results with.

Here are the recipes that I might try this weekend:

Do you like cooking more when you have more time to experiment? Where do you find your recipes? Share with us all in the comments below.

Enjoy!