Beyond the Kitchen

Life Lately:

We had this AMAZING Thai brunch in Boston at Banyan. I’m still dreaming of this gluten-free sandwich on scallion pancakes.

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Earlier this week I took a few days to go on our annual spa trip with very special friends. We had the best time relaxing, laughing, and enjoying Norwich Spa and Mohegan Sun!

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We stayed at The Spa at Norwich Inn, then took quick 5 minute taxis to Mohegan each night. We ate at Tuscany and Bar American, and visited our favorite, Vista Lounge, both nights!

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Does it get any better than this? I can’t wait to cook through this week’s CSA haul!

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Now I’m back to work, work, work and WEDDING PLANNING! We are one month away!


Blog Posts I’m Loving:

The most gorgeous Summer Fruit Plate ever.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Vegan Fudge? Sign me up!

I want this Skillet Fish with tomatoes this weekend!

The perfect way to use avocados and my tomatoes and cucumbers is this salad.

Grilling a Delmonico Steak just got easier!


 Quote of the Week:

“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love…” ― Marcus Aurelius


What’s HOT on Pinterest This Week:

Caribbean Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps: Recipe | Pin It 

Hosting the Perfect Brunch: How To | Pin it

Easy Blueberry Jam: Recipe | Pin It

Loaded Paleo Nachos: Recipe | Pin It


Current Must-Haves: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Edition

This off the shoulder top.

These booties.

This casual T.

This awesome structured bag.

My favorite everyday bra.


What You May Have Missed:

This Easy Beet Slaw.

My Thai Curry Soup with ALL THE VEGGIES! 


Better Beauty & Safer Skincare

I’ve been talking a lot more about what products I’m using to create a non-toxic home and I can’t say enough amazing things about what I’ve been using lately.

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Here’s a look inside my medicine cabinet!

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Hair: I love Oi oil by Davines.

Teeth: I brush with Dessert Essence Toothpaste in this flavor, and find it at Whole Foods Market or on Amazon. We love it.

Deodorant: Primally Pure in Lemongrass. It’s fabulous!

Pre-cleanser: I like this pre-cleanser oil to remove dirt and make-up before washing.

Face Cleansers: I use this cleansing bar in the shower, and this face wash for AM & PM.

Face Exfoliators: Here’s my light exfoliator. Here’s my go-to heavier exfoliator (my favorite).

Face Moisturizers: I love this serum oil, this moisturizer for AM, and this for PM! I also still have this serum that I like.

Face Mist & Toner: I really like this complexion mist, and I use this clarifying toner from Norwich Spa.

Lip Treatment: I love love love this lip conditioner

Eye Cream: I love this rejuvenating eye cream.

Face Masks: I love this charcoal face mask and this camphor mask from Norwich spa.

Shampoo: This is my favorite, and a little goes a long way.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or email me!


 Enjoy the weekend, loves! Thanks for reading! 

Canyon Ranch Lenox: Weekend Getaway

Mike and I had the greatest weekend. On Friday night we drove up to Lenox, MA to the gorgeous Canyon Ranch for a little pre-birthday celebrations! We arrived late, were greeted by the most friendly staff, had a quick dinner (they packed us gluten-free cookies to-go in our room), and we went to relax before a fun-filled day ahead.

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We woke up and explored this gorgeous place. It is so serene, quaint, friendly, and relaxing.

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We walked down, sat on some adirondack chairs overlooking the woods and rocked (in the words of Emily from Zivamind) a 15-minute meditation to kick start a day of fitness, relaxation, and wellness.

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We ate phenomenal food, took awesome fitness classes, got pampered in the spa, and got to take in the gorgeous views of Lenox. At night, they have quite the epic DVD collection filled with old and super new movies. Since the lovely staff always gave us soft, delicious gluten-free cookies to go, the nights were relaxing and filled with cookies and movies in bed, something we never ever get to do!  It was delightful.

All in all, it was truly a fantastic weekend getaway, and with all there was to do- over 40+ indoor and outdoor fitness activities daily, workshops, talks, treatments- I could totally have seen us staying for days and days! 

The Food

There are two main restaurants at Canyon Ranch. The Dining Room (where we ate dinner the first night and lunch the following day) and The Cafe (where we are breakfast both days and dinner Saturday night). The Cafe is new. It is farm-to-table style, and also where you can grab a snack throughout the day, a cappuccino, a smoothie, and so on. Of course, The Cafe was right up my alley and we loved loved loved it there. Especially Sunday brunch because… brunch!

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I’m merging together breakfast (Saturday) + brunch (Sunday), because they were both just so fantastic. I started each day with an almond milk cappuccino and went from there. The accommodations for gluten/grain/dairy-free were beyond amazing. I was greeted with a full ingredient list of every single food at CR upon arrival, down to the brand of tomato sauce they use! They had three different types of almond milk, local maple syrup, coconut water for the smoothies. Everything down to the T!

The breakfast you ordered, with the open bar to help yourself to other things, and the brunch was station buffet-style. 
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Everything was beyond delicious! We grabbed a quick lunch on Saturday, and then got right back into our day of fitness and the spa! 

Dinner at The Cafe was a highlight for sure. I loved seeing where a variety of the food I was eating came from. What is better than that? It is so apparent how much the chefs value their food and their expertise.  

Bravo to the CR Lenox chefs. It was truly amazing seeing your craft in action. 

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P.S. There is no alcohol served at Canyon Ranch. I actually really enjoyed this little detox aspect.

The Fitness  

CR Lenox is different then any spa I’ve been to. It is super focused on fitness, wellness, and health out of just the food and the spa. There were lectures on sleep, an integrative medicine practice where you could actually get tests done right there, and so much more. 

I took a circuit class, spin class, and a yoga class. Now I’m not the biggest Yogi but I am making an effort to get more into it, so I decided to take a class. Antoinette was the teacher and she was beyond amazing. I loved her nature, energy and the vibes of the class. I wish she was here in Boston! Mike took a meditation workshop, a yoga class (more intense than mine), and a kettlebell class which ended up being one-on-one since he was the only person who showed up! 

I really loved the classes, and also loved spending time in the Women’s Spa. Sauna, steam room, hot tub, relaxation area, and more. Total bliss.

Another highlight that we loved was the natural “sports drink” in the fitness area. Seeing the word Sports Drink you can imagine what I thought the ingredient list would look like, but I was in fact wrong! A blend of iced teas, orange juice, white grape juice, lemon oil, and sea salt. That’s it! We added a little to our waters to fuel us through the day. I think I’ll have to recreate this one for all of you 🙂

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 Next time, we’ll stay for longer and get outside for one of the hikes and other activities that we couldn’t fit into our stay! 

The Spa

Mike and I both got massages, mine an 80-minute deep tissue and his a 50-minute Swedish. I also got a deep cleansing facial which was phenomenal. I loved the spa area of CR and the awesome, knowledgeable staff there!

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Disclosure: I was not paid to write this post, but did receive complementary amenities. All opinions are 100% always my own! 

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Homemade Guacamole

Homemade Guacamole on EVERYTHING over here. Some favorites of ours are having it as an appetizer with veggies and homemade crackers on Football Sunday, sweet potato nachos, huevos rancheros, as a topping on a salad, taco night, morning breakfast skillets, sweet potato skins… the list goes on and on. You simply can’t deny the many uses for an easy and delicious homemade guacamole!

Homemade Guacamole

 

Homemade Guacamolle

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cut avocado in half and remove the pit
  • Scoop out avocado and place into a bowl
  • Using a fork, lightly mash the avocado (leave some chunks!)
  • Add spices and mix well, taste and adjust spices to your liking
  • Right before serving, add onion and tomato and mix to combine (optional)
  • Place in serving bowl
  • Homemade Guacamole

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    One Pan Moroccan Fish

    I love getting inspired by other cuisines. I am always impressed with the different combinations of various spices and how they come together to bring delicious warm flavors. This fish dish is  just that. Loaded with flavor and packed with veggies.

    Awesome plus? It’s an elegant dinner, but let me let you in on a little secret… it’s EASY. It takes less than 30 minutes and requires only ONE pan. One of those impress-your-guest meals, that’s for sure- or a fancy weeknight dinner for your family.One Pan Moroccan Fish

    One Pan Moroccan Fish

    This fish is…

    Loaded with hearty veggies

    Slightly spicy

    Infused with warm Moroccan flavors

    Comforting

    Healthy

    Easy to prepare

    One Pan Moroccan Fish

    Preparation 7 min 2017-08-20T00:07:00+00:00 Cook Time 10 min 2017-08-20T00:10:00+00:00

    Ingredients

    Instructions

  • Heat oil and garlic in a pan
  • Add in zucchini, onion, carrots, and garlic and sauté until veggies are soft
  • Add in whole peeled tomatoes, paprika, turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes
  • Bring to a boil then reduce and let the sauce simmer for 5 minutes
  • Spread a space slightly for the fish
  • Salt the fish lightly
  • Place fish in the sauce, cover, and let cook until the fish is opaque (about 7 or so minutes)
  • Add capers and serve!
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    One Pan Moroccan Fish

    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes. I was compensated  for the time spent developing this recipe. All opinions expressed on Lexi’s Clean Kitchen are always my own. My sponsors help make this blog possible!

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    Warm Harvest Salad with Honey Walnut Vinaigrette

    HHRLet’s start with this… I love salads. But sometimes in the winter I want something warm. Now let’s combine the two… a warm salad for the perfect meal starter (or hey, add some protein and make it your entire meal)! Warm baked apples, roasted sweet potato and onions drizzled with walnuts and a homemade dressing. Sweet, Savory, and flavorful perfection. Assembling this salad is a breeze, and you can shop Membership Rewards points along the way!

    Warm Harvest Salad with Walnut Honey Vinaigrette

    Warm Harvest Salad with Walnut Honey Vinaigrette 

    Warm Harvest Salad with Honey Walnut Vinaigrette

    Ingredients

    • 1 apple, chopped
    • 1 sweet potato, chopped
    • 1 white or red onion, sliced
    • 1/3 cup golden raisins
    • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
    • 3 cups fresh organic spinach or kale, more as desired

    Honey Walnut Vinaigrette

    Instructions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 400
  • 2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or slipat
  • 3. Chop apples, sweet potato, and onions
  • 4. Place on baking sheet and roast for 40 minutes until soft and tender
  • 5. In a high speed blender, combine all dressing ingredients
  • 6. Arrange spinach in a salad bowl
  • 7. Add roasted veggies, apple, walnuts, and golden raisins
  • 8. Drizzle with dressing and serve!
  • Recipe Notes

  • Golden Raisins for Cranberries
  • Walnuts for Almonds
  • Spinach for Kale
  • Warm Harvest Salad with Walnut Honey Vinaigrette

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