Happy new year! After taking a break from blogging for the holidays, I am feeling 100% refreshed and ready to dive back into it. I actually have some big plans for a few changes around here, including more healthy recipes,
My word for 2018 is authenticity, and I hope to fully embrace it here on greens & chocolate. I have to admit – last year may not have been my most authentic year. I feel like I got into a trap of developing recipes that I thought you guys might like, as opposed to recipes that I truly enjoyed.
Don’t get me wrong – I 100% loved every recipe I posted. If I don’t love a recipe, I don’t post it. However, some of them may not have been recipes that I would have actually made had I not been a blogger. Sometimes I was caught up thinking of what someone else might like as opposed to what I was really craving. Does that make sense?
So this year – I’m becoming selfish and posting things that I truly want to make and eat. Typically, this is pretty healthy stuff. On a regular basis, I eat a lot of oatmeal, lots of veggies, and a ridiculous amount of avocado toast. This doesn’t mean I won’t be posting indulgent recipes as well – of course I will! I just think they will be fewer and less frequent.
In addition, I want to connect more with my readers here on the blog and also through social media. To kick things off, I did something WAY outside of my comfort zone while making this recipe and made Instagram video of it. As in, my face on the video. Helllooooo awkward.
Here’s the thing that I learned – the anxiety that led up to the actual video was WAY worse than doing it and even watching it. I had a ton of fun doing it, even with my 2 month old strapped to my chest and my toddler tearing apart my cupboards and telling me the house was on fire. p.s. it was not actually on fire.
Even through the chaos of making this dish, this Thai Peanut Chicken Quinoa Casserole was DELICIOUS! This recipe also has my name all over it!! It’s FULL of veggies, packed with flavor, and has one of my favorite meal builders – quinoa.
This quinoa bake also has a surprise ingredient that I decided to add at the last minute – cauliflower rice! I saw it at the refrigerator next to the bag of stir fry veggies that I picked up for this recipe and thought – what a great way to add even more veggies to this dish without noticing too much.
We all ended up loving this quinoa casserole – even Lars! His new thing these days when he tries something new is to say “I like it” or “No like it” and this one definitely got the “I like it!”