new years resolution

monday motivation: balsamic + parmesan roasted cauliflower

Time for our Monday Motivation feature! We’ve done breakfast, we’ve done lunch…now, let’s tackle dinner. For us, the devil is in the side dishes. Loading up on bread, mashed potatoes, etc totally cancels out our healthy (usually) healthy entrees, not to mention our healthy breakfasts and lunches. So we chose this delicious roasted root veggie for today’s recipe (adapted from EverydayHealth). We promise you won’t miss the rolls and potatoes! In fact, per Joe, this “tastes like delicious vegetable CANDY.”

Balsamic + Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower
replace your usual potato side dish with healthy, flavorful roasted cauliflower.

Balsamic + Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

(Prep Time: 10 mins / Cook Time: 30 mins / Total Time: 40 mins / Yield: 4 servings)

What You Need:

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets (about 8 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4+ teaspoon sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 2+ tablespoons balasmic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmsan cheese

What You Do:

  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Toss together cauliflower, oil, marjoram, salt and pepper. We mixed everything up in a gallon Ziploc bag – our tried and true trick for mixing veggies with oil and spices. You get an even coat every time.
  • Roast on a large rimmed baking sheet (we lined the sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean-up) until cauliflower starts to soften and brown on the bottom, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Toss the cauliflower with vinegar and sprinkle with cheese.
  • Return to the oven and roast until the cheese is melted and any moisture has evaporated, 5 to 10 minutes more.


PS – Every Monday, we’re going to feature a healthy recipe to carry you through the week. If you make these recipes, share your pics with us on Instagram at @glitter_blog_xo!

photo: EverydayHealth.com

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we resolve to…

Here at The Glitter Life, we believe in home improvement, self improvement, wardrobe improvement…life improvement in general. We love the start of a new year – it gives us a little extra push to make some positive changes in our lives.

New Years Resolutions
six steps to a better us.

1. Get organized. Try as we might, we’ve never been able to use the “task” function on our phones effectively. We’re paper people, and we like to check stuff off. We love this pretty to-do list from Sugar Paper, now available here.

2. Live healthier by drinking one pressed juice a day. You guys know we love Roots Pressed Juices.

3. Develop a signature scent for our homes and our boutiques. We vote for Voluspa Crisp Champagne, now available here.

4. Give more of our time, our money, our talents and our love.

5. Take care of our skin. We each have a Clarisonic, but we aren’t great about using them every day. This year we vow to make them part of our daily routines.

6. Cook. We both like to whip up party appetizers (also hereherehere and here) but it’s rare that we cook weeknight meals. Stay tuned for some healthy, easy recipes you can make any night of the week.

What changes are you making for 2014? Tweet or Instagram us @glitter_blog_xo.

PS – After ringing in the new year separately (check out our instagram for pics), we met up and took some pretty amazing photos. Maybe we should add another resolution to our list: Take one decent photo together in 2014.

New Year's Eve
this is actually the best one of the night.
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thai peanut stir-fry.

Happy Thursday, glitter girls!

J and I are swamped today with various annoying business tasks (borrrrrrring)…so our friend and sometime-contributor Brooke stepped up to the plate and wrote a quick guest post for us. Enjoy!

Hi, glitter girls!

Just like everyone else, I had a few too many frilly martinis and appetizers over the holidays (parties, parties, parties!). My husband and I are trying to make up for all the extra holiday calories by eating better and exercising more. Last night, I put together an awesome meal that meets all of our criteria: colorful (color = lots of vitamins and minerals), low-fat, low-carb, fairly quick and easy, yummy, and bonus—it’s vegan. (Add rice to the meal if you’re not trying to omit carbs…just be sure it’s brown rice!)xoxo Brooke

Thai Peanut Stir Fry, the Perfect New Year’s Resolution Meal

Thai Peanut Stir Fry
no filters, folks. look at these colors!

(All amounts are estimates because I don’t actually measure anything. Total prep time: 30 minutes)

  • 1-2 blocks firm tofu (We’re big on protein at my house, so we use the big blocks of tofu.)
  • 2/3 c. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter (the real kind, no sugary Peter Pan stuff)
  • 1/3 c. vegetable broth
  • ½ c. light coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp agave nectar (natural, sweet alternative to sugar or syrup)
  • 1 tsp hot sauce (Siracha, please!)
  • 1 tsp vegetable or sesame oil
  • ½ head of red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 zucchinis, thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1/3 c. (or about ten leaves) fresh basil, coarsely chopped

1. Cut tofu into cubes. Press out extra moisture. (To do this, make a tofu sandwich. Place a clean dish towel or paper towels on a cookie sheet, set the tofu cubes on the towels, place another clean dish towel or several paper towels over them, place another cookie sheet on top, and set something heavy-ish on top, like the base to a blender. Leave it there for about five to ten minutes.)

2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Mix 1/3 cup soy sauce with the mustard and garlic powder in a bowl. Set aside. (If you are going to add rice to the meal, now is a good time to start cooking it.)

3. In a small sauce pan, combine the other 1/3 cup soy sauce with the peanut butter, vegetable broth, coconut milk, agave nectar, and hot sauce. Whisk together over low heat.

4. Dip the tofu cubes in the soy-mustard-garlic mix and place on a greased (sprayed) cookie sheet. (I line the cookie sheet with foil for easy clean up.) Bake at 425 for 20 minutes.

5. Now that the tofu is cooking, cut the veggies. Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Once it’s hot, add the cabbage, zucchini, and pepper. (I also added about ¼ c. water and put a lid on it to speed up the cooking.) Once the veggies are just tender (about 4 minutes), add the spinach and basil and cook for another minute. (The buzzer for the tofu and rice should be going off about now.)

6. Combine the veggies and tofu in a large bowl, pour the peanut sauce over, and toss to coat. Voila!

Adapted from the Fat Free Vegan Kitchen

OMG, we would totally make this! Would you? What’s your favorite healthy recipe? Tweet us @glitter_blog_xo!


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friday five: new year's resolutions.

Happy Friday, glitter girls!

We’re focusing on New Year’s Resolutions for this week’s Friday Five. Behold, our top five resolutions for 2013.

1. Upgrade our desks. We’ve talked about work spaces before here and here, so you might think that our offices are already pretty fantastic. Not the case. There’s always room for improvement! We need creative yet functional spaces that allow for major multi-tasking.  Stephanie Todaro, contributor to the fabulous blog Design*Sponge, has three new desk set-ups to inspire your own office makeover.

Quirky Desk
we must, must must have that dachshund letter holder.  we must.

2. Take our manicures to the next level. Normally we just experiment with nail color…but this year we’re going to go beyond polish and try this chic glitter mani from the Glitter Guide (of course).

Glitter Mani
we can do this, we can do this…

3. Eat more vegetables. We’re actually pretty healthy eaters…but we could probably benefit from eating a few more veggies. Check out these amaze healthy fruit and vegetable recipes from Cooking Light.

Lentil-Barley Burgers
Lentil-Barley Burgers with Fiery Fruit Salsa.

4. Train for a 5K. L, a sorta-kinda runner, was sidelined in 2012 by injury after injury. This year, it’s back to square one. We’re both going to run a 5k…at some point. Here’s our training plan. 

L walked this 5K...but will run the next!
L walked this 5K…but will run the next!

5. Learn to frost cupcakes.  It’s time to step up our baking game. We’ve put this off long enough. Valentine’s Day is coming up and WE NEED TO LEARN how to frost cupcakes.  Our Best Bites gives the BEST how-to.

Cupcake piping
first: get your piping right!

Inspire us with your resolutions! Tweet us @glitter_blog_xo.



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