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About lstrachtman

As a culinary school grad and yoga enthusiast, I am very seriously into eating good healthy food and sharing creative, easy ways to prepare it. When I'm not cooking, I love teaching yoga, talking about yoga, reading about yoga and doing yoga. And I believe the more you live it, the more you find yourself wanting, even craving, clean wholesome food.

Chocolate Goji Berry Chia Oatmeal

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I’m not a plan ahead kind of person much. Especially when it comes to cooking. But I’m always happy when I make overnight oatmeal. This version is especially decadent and can be a yummy dessert as well.

It all starts with a mason jar.

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Carrot Cake Smoothie

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Saw this idea a little while ago on a post by goop for Carrot Cake Shake. I’ve been a fan of goop (Gwyneth Paltrow’s website) from the beginning and it’s been fun to watch it expand and grow. The posts are a smartly curated blend of healthy living, fashion and travel.

The goop recipe recommends blending carrots and then straining the pulp to make the juice. I just used my juicer, but I think a good cold pressed store bought version would be fine too.

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Red Beans + Rice Burgers

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Living on the east side of Houston has connected me to some fun friends from Louisiana. To a person, everyone I’ve met from that state has been warm and friendly and genuinely nice. I’m a fan.

And one of my favorite road trips is to New Orleans. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’m due for one of those soon. That city feeds my soul and has the best quirky and inviting vibe of any city I’ve ever visited. So with Mardi Gras approaching, I started getting in the mood last week and came up with this simple tasty recipe.

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Crunchy Penne With Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts + Sage Butter

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Like a lot of kids, my boys were picky eaters growing up. They spent most of their childhood eating macaroni and cheese…every night I tell you. For someone who loves to cook, this seemed like a cruel twist of fate for me as their mom. Family meals are precious to me, so I never wanted to have food battles with them. I just kept hoping if they saw how much I loved all the vegetable-centered meals I made, that maybe, just maybe someday they would get curious.

Fast forward many years and now I have two young men in my house who will eat just about anything I make and like it. Hallelujah!

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Apple Pie Granola

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I moved to Houston from Ohio more than 5 years ago and one of the hardest things about that transition was September. September in the Midwest is kind of a magical month. The weather begins to change. Leaves start to turn colors. Summer feels like it’s over and a new season begins.

But in Houston typically, September feels like August. It’s usually still pretty hot here (make that really hot) at a time when you are ready for a change. Well, this week, September has been glorious. Cool mornings. Less humidity. It feels like a change of season. And it makes me want to shift toward some Fall tastes.

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Black Bean + Fresh Corn Flautas w/Papaya Pico de Gallo

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For the last two summers, I’ve had the best time teaching stand-up paddleboard yoga with BIG SUP Yoga at a beautiful spring fed lake here in Houston (288 Lake). Spending time in nature, soaking up the sun, floating on water and doing yoga! It’s my favorite thing to do in this entire town. I always feel like I’m on a mini vacation right here at home.

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