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The Book

by Meghann on August 8, 2010

Look what I found….

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Operation Beautiful the book!

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I actually squealed a little when I saw it on the shelves! It took everything inside of me to stop myself from telling the people in line or the cashier that my friend wrote this book and that my notes were featured on page 56 and page 111.

I played it cool until I made it out of the store, then I proceed to sit in my car for 15 minutes as I devoured the first couple of chapters. I immediately texted Caitlin to tell her that the book is amazing. You can tell Caitlin is writing from her heart and the passion for the cause really shines through. Now, I want to go back in time and give this book to my teenage self. I want to purchase copies for all my cousin’s daughters to remind them how beautiful they are. I want to post a note where ever I go to continue to spread the message. I just want everyone to know they are beautiful.

Operation Beautiful covers what goes through every girl’s head and reminds us that we are not alone. Everyone feels the same way at some point in our lives, the trick is to come together and share those experiences so we can learn and grow together.

I’m working with Caitlin right now on doing a little giveaway sometime soon – stay tuned. ;)

I was so inspired by the book that I immediately ran next door to Target and posted my own note.

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It truly is amazing how you feel just posting a positive message. I hope I made someone else’s day as well.

After a night of eating and drinking outside the norm, I was extra inspired to make healthy and delicious meals and snacks today. Everything that passed through my lips was delicious and nutritious.

Starting with my lunch.

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I topped a pita with some leftover chipotle black bean dip from last night then added spinach, mushrooms, cheese, and avocado before placing it under the broiler for a couple of minutes. The results were a crispy, chewy, mexican themed pita pizza.

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With some left over Gazpacho from Friday night and crushed blue corn chips.

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Afternoon snack of yogurt, strawberries, dark chocolate covered edamame, and Kashi H2H.

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Dinner was truly a winner.

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The other day my Uncle commented on Facebook his recent distaste for jicama. He ate it raw, referred to it as rabbit food, and vowed to never have it again. Ughh… he should know better than to dis my favorite root!

I told him he needed to try it in another form before he tossed it to the sidelines. I was immediately inspired to create a wonderful dish he would be proud of.

Jicama Coleslaw

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  • 1 Jicama
  • 1 Large Carrot
  • 4 Radishes
  • 3 T White Whine Vinegar
  • 1 T Honey Mustard
  • 1 t Dill

Shred the jicama, carrot, and radishes with a cheese grater in a small bowl. Add the vinegar, honey mustard, dill and mix well. Let the mix marinate in the fridge for about an hour and serve cold!

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Take that Uncle Bill! Next time we have a family get together I’m going to make this for him and casually forget to mention the main ingredient to him. Vow to not eat again? What vow? ;)

Fresh Green Beans

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Coconut Encrusted Tofu

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Toast shredded coconut, combine with bread crumbs, cinnamon and chili powder. In another bowl mix an egg and milk. Drench tofu in egg then coat in coconut combo. Bake at 420 for 20 minutes. Enjoy with bbq sauce!

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Such a colorful meal, don’t you think? :)

I had saved Julie’s recipe for Chai Tea Scones ages ago and was randomly inspired to bake a batch tonight.

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The recipe was very easy to follow and incorporated ingredients I already had on hand. In less than 30 minutes I had beautiful, hot scones ready to be enjoyed for dessert.

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First of all the chai tea flavor is amazing. It’s subtle with just hint of that rich tea spice that I love and enjoy from chai tea.

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The scone it self was very crumbly, which I wasn’t expecting because no butter was involved. My favorite part of any scone is how it crumbles in your mouth, so this was a big plus! it was also moist and wonderfully sweet and decadent.

I had mine with a smear of jam and it was thus a perfect dessert.

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My freezer is now full of scones. I’m no complaining. ;)

And the week of Healthy Living Summit has officially begin! Woo hoo!!

Only three days of work then I am on my way to Chicago for a week of food, fitness, fun, and bloggers! I can’t wait!

Good Night!

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 carly August 8, 2010 at 8:59 pm

I am so excited to get my copy of OB: The Book … like the true procrastinator I am, I didn’t pre-order mine! But I should get it Tuesday, though I’m hoping the estimated time of arrival is wrong and I get it tomorrow. ;-)

I’ve never tried jicama – I need to get on the ball with that.

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2 runningwithsass August 8, 2010 at 9:00 pm

yay for being in the OB book! so cool!
I am so jealous of everyone going to the HLS!
do one in the sssoouuttthhh!!!!

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3 Molly August 8, 2010 at 9:07 pm

ah I bought the book today too! Not gonna lie, my heart skipped a beat when I saw it…I was so excited!

I love jicama :) your uncle HAS to try it again!

xo-Molly

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4 Dione August 8, 2010 at 9:09 pm

My favorite Starbucks drink is a Chai Latte. I think Chai Scones are in my future…

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5 Marilou August 8, 2010 at 9:16 pm

I’ve went into every library here … and still cannot find it :( English books are not big sellers .. I hope to find it soon though, or just go the Amazon route hehe

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6 Marie August 8, 2010 at 9:30 pm

I agree with Dione… I see some Chai scones in my future, too ;) thanks for the link!

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7 averymeggirl August 8, 2010 at 9:34 pm

ahh I need to get Operation Beautiful! I keep looking for it in NYC and it’s always sold out!!

Those scones look delish!

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8 Sarah August 8, 2010 at 9:43 pm

i don’t like tofu, but that coconut tofu looks good so maybe i’ll have to try it again.

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9 Matt August 8, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Oh man that tofu looks good! I had some tonight and I am on a total tofu kick now!

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10 Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 8, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Love your dinner plate and just love jicama:) Can’t wait to see Operation Beautiful, the book in person!

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11 Krystina August 8, 2010 at 9:58 pm

The slaw and tofu look fantastic! I want to try making a vegan version.

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12 Melissa @ TryingToHeal August 8, 2010 at 10:05 pm

yay for finding the book! i was squealing too, and when i saw your entries!

but OMG!?? where did you get that shirt! I WANT IT! IT HAS AN EAGLE (SILHOUETTE) ON IT!!!A :)

I can’t wait to see you in a few days!

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13 rebecca lustig August 8, 2010 at 10:12 pm

isn’t the book AMAZING?!!

have a great night, BEAUTIFUL,
becca
http://fromheretothereinpurple.blogspot.com

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14 Amy August 8, 2010 at 10:16 pm

I cannot wait to buy the book! I saw it at Barnes & Noble today and am so anxious to read it!

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15 Danielle August 8, 2010 at 10:38 pm

I totally agree with you about wanting to give every teenage girl that I know a copy of it! I teach 7th grade and am going to buy a few more copies to showcase and stock along with all of the other books on my shelf this school year. I love it!

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16 Exercise and Eat August 8, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Totally agree! It’s an amazing book!

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17 Brynne August 8, 2010 at 11:25 pm

yum lunch and dinner look so good!

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18 Lisa @ bakebikeblog August 9, 2010 at 12:04 am

oooh that is so cool that you found the book!!!!

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19 thefitbridesmaid August 9, 2010 at 12:39 am

Mmm . . I definitely need to get some more avocado. I swear it’s like my go to condiment/topping/snack right now!

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20 Anne @ the doctor takes a wife August 9, 2010 at 2:14 pm

My book just shipped from Amazon :) I can’t wait!!

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21 Kate August 9, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Ohmygoodness jicama. One of my favorite “wth is that?” things to cook with! Last night it was part of a stir fry, but the coleslaw looks fabulous. Right-click-saving the scone recipe too…YUM.

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22 sian-girlgetstrong August 10, 2010 at 11:08 am

That tofu and salad look so good! Invite your Uncle over for some…

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