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Spotlight on Parsnips

Parsnip, they’re sweet, brimming with nutrients and make for the most perfect mashed potato substitute during the holidays.

In fact, in The Vitality Kitchen this Christmas, we are whipping up Celery Root and Parsnip Mash for our Christmas Dinner sides offering. Have you tried mashing your parsnips?

On The Vitality Kitchen Facebook page this week, we shared our love of parsnips; and here’s why you should LOVE parsnips too!



The Vitality Guide for Women~ A New Direction

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For those of you who have been following for a while, you know that what started as a blog has blossomed into a full blown, brick and mortar company, The Vitality Kitchen; and as I have been learning to juggle the demands of a growing company, this place has been left to grow weeds- I apologize for this.

What started as a personal quest to heal my own life and understand how food can be used as medicine, has become my helping people to understand that healthy food is delicious, and vitality is for everyone to claim.

But as I help others achieve their best selves, I’ll be honest, I have, in some ways, lost my own way. It’s ironic that I empower others to put themselves and their wellness first, but as this business has grown, I haven’t been practicing what I preach.

Where once I was asking the question of how I can balance my hormones, now I ask how can I balance a thriving career and a personal life that serves my body and soul. There are so many questions that I have because I want my business to thrive, but not at the expense of my own health. Is it crazy that I want to have it all??

So things are going to change around here.

I want, and need if I’m being a honest, a place to share the struggles of being a young woman in business and how to live a healthy and vibrant life while going after my dreams without mercy. I know there are many women out there just like me, who know that in order to be the best at life, we need to be healthy- but beg the question of how?

So I’m going to open the book of Bianca and share with you honestly, the struggles I face, how I am learning to prioritize me and what success looks like as I try to achieve a work and life equilibrium. And by no means do I believe that I can achieve a balance- in building a business I don’t believe balance is the word; but I do want to share my new journey of being a business woman and attempting to maintain my own sense of vitality, as I help others unlock theirs.

I do hope that you will stay with me on my newest journey of discovery, and I hope that if you are like me, that what I share here can support you as well. We are all in this together.

So WELCOME to the new Vitality Guide for Women.



Summer Appetizer ~ Watermelon Pizza

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Summer has official graced us with her presence and with the arrival of summer comes a whole host of joyous summer activities, namely, the BARBECUE.

I love summer barbecues more than anything; and this past weekend my friends and I opened the season strong with an epic potluck bbq.

I always call upon my salad making skills when it comes to my contribution to any potluck; but being that the sun was shining, I decided to do something different with the easiest appetizer you may ever make.

From start to finish, this easy appetizer is 15 minutes of preparation. Cutting the watermelon is by far the most time consuming component of this watermelon “pizza”.

But the quality of your ingredients is paramount in a dish this uncomplicated; since every single ingredient is on display, it important to focus on quality. Goat’s milk feta cheese offers a creamy tartness to balance the sweetness of the watermelon; while the herbs can be completely bespoke- any combination of herbs is likely to taste divine. I chose to use mint and basil, because there’s nothing that says summer to me, quite like basil and mint.

The easiest appetizer you will ever make, that will dazzle your guest with it’s aesthetic and OMG deliciousness, The Watermelon Pizza.

Easy Appetizer Watermelon Pizza

1 small watermelon
3/4 cup goat’s milk feta cheese, crumbled
2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1 tsp pepper
2 tbsp olive oil

Slice the watermelon into pizza shaped slices by cutting it in half lengthwise, and then again lengthwise; and finally into  triangle shapes.

Lay the slices flat, sprinkle the feta, mint, basil and pepper; and finish with a drizzle of olive oil.

And VOILA, a summer appetizer that is sure to please!



Three Bean Salad with Broccolini

Spring is here and summer is a comin'; and this is the time of year where I streamline my diet in preparation for the scantily clad season. You see, all the heavy winter foods that we consume, although perfectly comforting and nourishing, find themselves out of season when the weather starts to warm up; and I find that I am eager to usher in lighter fare. I used to feel vain, by participating in this “slim down” ritual; but summer is when everything is on display- the less clothes the better and quite frankly, I think eating high density salads that fuel my body deliciously is a good thing- it could even be said that my salads brings all the boys to the yard.

Salads are my spring/summer food. Although some consider salad a starter and not an main feature, I beg to differ; salad, from green leaf to three bean salad, have the ability to be a complete meal, and because they are completely custom, they are exactly what you want them to be!

Summer Squash Casserole with Potato

If you follow me on Twitter (@VitalityGuide) then you are well aware that my garden is becoming quite the marvel. We got off to a puttering start, and our delinquency resulted in a mess of weeds; summer sippin’, vacations and the pull of gainful employment was surely to blame. But alas, despite our borderline neglect, our garden has really begun to take flight. Where once we were able to harvest from our garden maybe once every week and a half, we are now overwhelmed by the bounty of our planted enclosure.

Every visit I marvel at the wonder of nature and her ability to support life in such a way. I used to wonder why people would surrender full weekend days to their gardening efforts; but now I get it- completely. The first visit where we were able to harvest I nearly cried at the sight of zucchini flowers; I cheered when we pulled candy cane beets; and I marveled at the height of our corn- boy, I am waiting on bated breath for the corn to be ready; but alas corn is like me, a late bloomer, but I know it will be worth the wait!