We’re Back from Italy!

Hello my friends – I missed you! Matt and I got back from Italy last night. I can’t believe how quickly our trip went by!


I’m bummed our Italian adventure is over, but it’s really nice to be home, too. :) I made myself my favorite breakfast this morning – my Flour Free High Protein Breakfast Pancake. After 10 days of bread, pasta, cheese, wine, and cured meats, it will be great to get back to healthy eating again!

flour free breakfast pancake

I have a mountain of emails to go through so I’d better get to it. Stay tuned – I’ll be back to share all sorts of Italy adventure recap posts! I took approximately a million photos and I can’t wait to share them. :)

What’s your favorite “I was just on vacation and can’t wait for vegetables and healthy food again” recipe? I’d love some new simple meal ideas for this week!


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    Welcome back! I love lentil soup for an easy, tasty and filling meal. I like to make a huge pot of it and eat it for lunch at work :) My favorite lentil soup recipe was inspired by Smitten Kitchen:

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    I love kicking my day after vacation off with salads and fresh fruit. Especially in the summer time. Makes me feel so much cleaner immediately.

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    I was inspired by the Sweetgreen May salad and made a spinach salad with strawberries, goat cheese, mint, walnuts, and cranberries with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar (with salt and pepper).

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    I loved following your trip on Instagram – looks like you had the BEST time, but how can you not in Italy?! I know what you mean about being ready for healthy foods again after a long trip!

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    That’s a great picture of the two of you! Can’t wait to see pictures and read the recaps. Glad you guys made it back safe and sound!

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    I had a really yummy kale salad with sundried tomatoes, onions, chick peas, sunflower seeds and a lemon/evoo dressing. It was perfect!

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    How exciting! I will be in Italy next week! I can’t wait!

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    I always want a big salad with a rainbow of veggies after a vacation. One of my current favorites is mixed greens topped with mango/black bean salsa. The mango adds the right amount of sweetness while still being healthy.

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    I cannot wait to hear about all your Italy adventures :)

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    Welcome back! I always make big salads when I get back from vacay. :)

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    Ah I hear ya!! Sometimes going out for dinner every night is overwhelming! I wouldn’t call this recipe very ” I cant wait for healthy food” because it has a lot of carbs and calories in it my favorite go to meal for week day cooking is Pesto and Whole Wheat Pasta… This week I am thinking about adding some veggies it it…. Grape Tomatoes taste really good and I am thinking about adding some Zucchini as well. Topped with Feta cheese. Yum.

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    Like most other people, I love getting back to healthier eating with salads. I can eat a huge salad filled with yummy veggies, beans, grains, fruits, nuts, seeds, etc. and feel satisfied.

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    I love that you’re wearing a tank dress and Matt is in a sweater!

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    Glad you are back and can’t wait to see all the tasty dishes you photographed….and of course other things!

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    Welcome back! :-)

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    Welcome back!

    This is my go to when I feel like I’ve really got to up the veggies after traveling (and the more I feel that way, the lighter I go on the bread cubes):

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    Welcome back! I always have a giant salad after a long vacation. All I want are veggies after binging on vacay :)

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    I love your pink dress it is too cute!

    I love eating a big salad with a nutritional yeast dressing and heaps of veggies. As well as greek yoghurt with mix ins. Both of those make me feel instantly healthier!

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    Yay! So glad you’re back! I was following the adventures on Instagram and it looked like such an incredible vacation!

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    Pamela Ostovich says

    Looking forward to more pictures of Italy!
    When the heat of summer hits, I gravitate towards cold foods.
    Gazpacho is my summer favorite, I make it on the weekend and typically puree it all (less chopping) then as we eat during the week, for the garnish I’ll chop a little cucumber & green pepper, maybe a dash of sherry, (for my husband I’ll add a parmesan crouton). To me there’s nothing more refreshing than a bowl of gazpacho, it’s filling and nutritious. It pairs well with chicken, fish, all meats and of course a glass of wine.
    What I’m in need of is a dreamy lemony dessert that’s creamy (think Bavarian cream minus the eggs) & not full of calories & fat. I’m still looking…

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    breakfast: eggs! lunch: salads! keeps me full and feeling healthy.

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    Being of Italian descent, I would absolutely love to go to Italy. My husband says he will take me one day. He better hurry up, we are both in our 60’s. Ha. So glad you enjoyed yourselves. I know you have said in the past your brother is stationed in Italy, were you able to see him? Welcome back. We missed you too.

    P.S. Love that pancake

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    How about some tofu marinated with one of your tofu marinades and some grilled veggies?

    I am a regular reader of yours, and over the weekend I was googling tofu marinade ideas and your site came up on the search results. Duh, I should have just came here first. :)

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    Lots of salads and vegetarian protein. I’m a big fan of Indian-flavored lentil and spinach curry for a filling and healthy detox.

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    Roadrunner says

    Looking forward to the photos! Welcome home!

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