keeks in the kitchen: kale salad edition

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As a dancer, being injured poses a lovely little collection of daily frustrations (3 consecutive months out of the studio really does a number on your psyche…whenever I hear classical music it’s an odd battle between tendu-ing and crying).  Hailing from the same genus as preserving those temporarily useless toe calluses and sleeping in the frog stretch several nights a week to remind your hips what torture turn out feels like, staying fit is one of the most important concerns an injured dancer can have.

Without the intense cardio that comes with 6 hours of rehearsal, maintaining that strong dancer’s bod is often even tougher than anticipated- and believe me, no one was expecting it to be easy over here!  With just a few short weeks left before the start of the season (who’s excited?!), I’m vowing to stick to a diet of healthy greens and protein.

So here’s my recipe for a delicious kale salad, packed with essential vitamins, proteins, and fiber to keep you feeling and looking good…

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Start with some greens.  For this salad I chopped up some romaine and mixed it with kale, my new favorite superfood.DSC02760

Next I added a little steamed, shelled edamame.  These low-calorie little green soybeans are the perfect punch of protein!DSC02763

Chickpeas, aka garbanzo beans, are always a good addition to any salad, loading it up with their fiber, protein and healthy fats. DSC02765

To top it off, I added some juicy golden raisins, chopped walnuts and a bit of shredded carrot.DSC02768

Bon appétit!

keeks in the kitchen: quinoa salad improvisation

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Last night, I decided to make quinoa salad, as part of my continued effort to develop skills other than pirouetting while I am on my ballet hiatus.  I didn’t have a particular line up of ingredients in mind, just a plastic cup full of uncooked quinoa and a fridge full of veggies!  So I got to work, and here’s what I came up with…

1 cup of quinoa (I used this cooking tutorial)

1/3 cup shredded carrots

1/2 can black beans

1/2 chopped red bell pepper

1/2 chopped red onion

1/2 cup chopped baby spinach

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

For the dressing, I used this amazing recipe (also where the inspiration for the salad itself came from), omitting the ginger and using agave instead of honey.  This dressing is AMAZING you guys, and I’m not the biggest fan of peanuts or anything remotely tahini-flavored.  This quinoa came out delicious!  Can’t wait to eat a little bowl of it for lunch today!

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Bon appétit!

spring things

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It’s feeling wonderfully springy around here…tulips blooming, hot pink scalloped shorts arriving in the mail, and house cleaning under way!  Just one more Up Close performance tonight, two shows of Little Red tomorrow and it’s time for the weekend to begin (yes having Monday and Tuesday off can still count as a weekend when you’re this desperate…#ballerinaprobs).  My “weekend” will consist of a good friend’s 21st birthday celebrations, brunch at Julian’s, warm weather appreciation in the park and hopefully a little relaxation too.  Happy Saturday!

decorating with dinnerware

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^the only creepy crawlers I would ever want in my home^

I’ve been a fan of these dessert plates ever since spotting that little green bumble bee guy at Anthropologie a few months ago.  Now, as someone who has been known to lob a shoe across a room just to kill a spider (sorry, charlotte) the thought of eating cake pie cookies salad off of an insect-laden plate seems pretty out of the question.  But that doesn’t mean my lizard-fearing self can’t recognize an adorable set of plates when I see one.

At first, I was thinking it might be nice to purchase and mount just one of these plates on the wall (who doesn’t love a little alternative artwork?), but with the super reasonable price of $18 per plate, my vision has expanded to a whole china cabinet shelf dedicated to the wild little porcelain friends.  What a perfect way to create that mismatched, french bohemian household vibe I’m always craving…

lately i’m loving

DSCN8837an early xmas present to myself- katrina lapenne braided ring via Catbird NYC
DSCN8867stripes on stripes: a cyber monday purchase from MadewellDSCN8943two miniature flower arrangements I made last weekend to jazz up the bathroom and the living room
DSCN8914holiday inspiration on our rustic antique framed chalkboard
DSCN8923a string of felt gingerbread men I made last winter hanging on the door
DSCN8963cinnamon scented potpourri on the coffee table

Just a little roundup of the things that are making me smile these days.  Today, I’m prying my sore-backed self off the couch to travel to Beantown for Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker- yay!  Happy Sunday. xx

nightstand

You can tell a lot about a person by taking a look at what they keep next to their bed.  After stumbling upon several photos of different nightstand setups on Lonny Magazine the other night (classic sleep-procrastination technique),  I realized just how much personality actually goes into such a small few square feet of space in one’s home.  While I’m constantly in the process of giving my bedroom a little facelift, right now it finally seems to be coming together a bit and I can’t help but crave a nightstand-makeover to tie it all together.  I’m thinking fresh flowers, a framed bit of nostalgia and a dainty little bowl of jewelry should do the trick.

What does your beside-the-bed-bureau look like?

colors underfoot

While spending FAR too long surfing around Lonny Magazine’s online decor archive, I realized how much I love the look of an all-white room broken up only by a colorful oriental rug.  Hmmm, something to keep in mind while decorating the new place…that I still have yet to find…

Happy Friday, chickidees!