Healthy Summer Ratatouille

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had an absolutely wonderful weekend! Mine was great as on Saturday I got to style the new LOFT Fall collection and take some pictures that I’ll reveal soon. The new merchandise is amazing with so many bold, rich colors and prints. I have a feeling that the gorgeous Bordeaux shade is going to be my favorite for the season. Then yesterday I got to attend the Indy Grand Prix in Sonoma with my fam! It was a fantastic race with even better company, and we ended the perfect Sunday by going to one of my favorite restaurants in Sonoma, where we went for my birthday last year.

Since I’ve been gone a lot recently, I haven’t been doing a whole lot of cooking at home. But the other night I knew that I wanted something fresh and easy while using up some of the produce I had in the refrigerator that was on its last leg. I decided to create an easy, healthy delicious meal.

Healthy Summer Ratatouille

Ingredients:

  • 2 Small Sweet White Onions
  • 2 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 3 Zucchini
  • 3 Yellow Squash
  • 4 Carrots
  • 1 T. Olive Oil
  • 1 C. Tomato Basil Sauce/Marinara
  • 1 T. Dried Basil
  • 1 T. Thyme

Directions:

  1. Finely chop onion (should have about 2 cups worth chopped) and mince garlic
  2. In a large pot, combine olive oil, garlic and onion. Saute for about 5 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Chop zucchini, yellow squash and carrots in chunks and add to pot. Let the veggies cook down for about 10-15 minutes or until soft.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste and add herbs, stirring until well combined.
  5. Add tomato sauce to coat all ingredients, allowing it to heat for about 5 minutes.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

This is such a delicious recipe and so incredibly easy. It tastes delicious on its own but I served mine over quick-cooking brown rice to create a complete meal. It would also be great with quinoa or even just a fresh, crusty bread. This would be also be the perfect, easy dish to make for unexpected company as it tastes much more complicated than it actually is to make!

Questions:

-What dishes do you make when your veggies are on their last leg?

-Do you like ratatouille?

The Fastest Race in the World: Indy 500

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a great weekend and for those lucky folks on summer vacation, are enjoying your time off! This weekend was a relaxing one and I spent time with my Mom and Grandma, and went to see the best movie on Friday night. Although I love my chick flicks, I also absolutely love foreign films and was excited to see the French film, The Intouchables. Based on a true story, the film chronicles a wealthy quadriplegic man who hires a man from the streets to be his caretaker. You’ll have to see the film to truly understand how captivating and powerful it is, but I thought the movie tagline was especially poignant “Sometimes you have to reach into someone else’s world to find what’s missing in your own.” I 100% recommend this movie!

I realized this weekend as I was relaxing, that I never told you about my very busy weekend when I went to the Indy 500! It was an even more amazing experience than I ever could have expected. Rather than write you a novel about it, I think I’ll show you some pictures (and captions) instead.

Downtown Indianapolis– there was a great chocolate shop around the corner from this beautiful monument!

My favorite driver, Marco Andretti who lead the most laps in the Indy 500 the next day, but sadly crashed in the final laps.

The Target dog, Bullseye! Target sponsors Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon, the top 2 finishers in the Indy 500.

In an actual INDY car!

Excited for Race Day! Outfit details: Top: LOFT, Shorts: LOFT, Flip Flops: Rainbow

The racing fam with our special-access passes

We were on the edge of our seats for almost all 500 laps– this really is the most exciting race!

The pictures can’t possibly convey the amazing experience it was going to the Indy 500 with my parents. We had an absolutely fantastic time and memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Now I’m hoping to attend the Sonoma Grand Prix to see all my favorite drivers race again!

Questions:

-Do you like foreign films? What’s your favorite movie genre?

-What type of sporting events do you like to attend? Do you favorite teams/players/drivers?

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