• Food

    Feelin’ Good

    I know this might seem a little out of nowhere, but I’m on VACATION!! I hopped on a plane Saturday afternoon in Raleigh and have been in Siesta Key, Florida with my family. It’s been almost five months since I’ve seen my parents and brothers and I am ecstatic to be sharing meals and living quarters with them.

    BUT, of course, one of my favorite parts about beach vacations is the food. We make sure to hit up all of our favorite seafood restaurants we’ve been frequenting for years, but my mom also always loads the fridge up with tons of fruit and salad. Maybe it’s the whole being in a bikini all day thing, but it just seems so much more fun to eat light and fresh when you’re on vacation.

    One of the easiest things you can do to detox a little bit is to drink warm lemon water first thing in the morning. Not only does it help with digestion, but also has a long list of other body boosting properties. The vitamin C boost helps you fight germs (like airport germs during cold season- yuck) but also makes your skin look healthier and more vibrant. Stress quickly depletes your vitamin C stock, so replenishing it helps your body fight stress and everything that comes along with it, like high blood pressure and dull skin. It’s also been proven that the high acidity of warm lemon water helps knock down the formation of kidney stones.

    While I only do this for a week every now and then, I always seem to enjoy the morning ritual and find it pretty calming. Besides, with a benefits list like this, how can you not feel good about what you’re doing?

    What do you do on vacation that changes up your eating or health habits?…

  • Recipe

    Chicken Apple Walnut Ravioli

    With the weather getting colder and my sniffles getting sniffly-er, it seems all I want to do is spend time over the stove. Maybe it’s the radiating warmth, or possibly my body trying to nourish itself, that keeps me making hearty meals. Regardless, this beautiful recipe was born last night.

    Chicken, Apple, and Walnut Ravioli in a Brown Butter Cream Sauce.

    I know, a mouthful. But, I promise you- that is one happy mouth.

    Recipe for Chicken Apple Walnut Ravioli in Brown Butter Cream Sauce
    1 recipe fresh pasta via food and wine

    for filling

    • 3 medium apples, diced
    • 1 lb ground chicken
    • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    • 3 tablespoons fresh, chopped sage

    for sauce

    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (or use salted and omit to add later)
    • 1/2 cup cream

    Extras

    • 1 cup shredded Parmigiano Reggiano
    • lemon wedges, for garnish

    Filling:

    Sautee apples in the large skillet over medium heat. When softened, add chicken. Once the chicken is cooked thoroughly, add walnuts and sage. Toss and keep on heat for another few minutes to release oils in nuts and aroma of sage. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    Assembly:

    Scoop tablespoon sized portions of filling into thinly rolled pasta dough. If using a kitchen-aid pasta attachment, take the dough to the smallest setting. Cover with another sheet of dough and press around filling pockets with fingers to secure. Toss into boiling water 2 or 3 at a time until ravioli float. Transfer to bowl and cover until all are done.

    Sauce:

    While ravioli are cooking, make your sauce. Simply melt the butter in a small saucepan or skillet over medium heat. When butter is browned and smelling sweet, turn off heat and slowly add the cream and whisk until combined.

    Pour sauce over ravioli and top with a generous pinch of parm and a lemon wedge to brighten up all of the rich flavors.

    Doesn’t that just look like it could cure a cold?…