Chili Spinach Pesto Noodle Bowl

Chili Spinach Pesto Noodle Bowl | @naturallyella

This weekend marks 36 weeks for me and this pregnancy. It’s hard to believe time is coming to end but we couldn’t be more excited to meet this baby. However, these past couple of weeks, I’ve really slowed down which if you know me, you would also know is very unsettling. I’ve had good days and I’ve had bad days, which leads to work not getting done and me getting really down on myself for not being able to do the things I need to do (luckily M is really good at talking me out of this and usually all he has to do is remind me that I’m pregnant).

This slowness has translated into the kitchen which means meals that are simple. I’ve been eating a ton of eggs as of late and one of my favorite pairings is with a hearty noodle bowl. This pesto noodle bowl comes together easily and instead of using all basil, I like to mix it up and toss some spinach in as well for added nutrients (and really, it’s still super flavorful). I also keep a small jar of chili paste in the refrigerator (usually in place of sriracha) for meals like this (although right now, any spice is too much!) Feel free to use whatever type of noodles you might like- I usually mix it up between udon, soba, or for a gluten-free version, brown rice.

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Are all of you Anne Boleyn/Tudor history fans watching Wolf Hall on Masterpiece on PBS? I saw the excellent theatrical adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s historical novel Wolf Hall and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, in London last summer. The books and adaptations are about the rise of Thomas Cromwell, who rose from poverty to […]


Podcast Episode 1: The Saga Begins

Guess what? Our family made a podcast!

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Yep—I decided to hop on the podcasting bandwagon, and to drag Henry and the kids along for the ride. This is a whole new ball o’ wax for us, so we’re incredibly excited—albeit barely competent. For example, I haven’t figured out how to embed our Blubrry-hosted audio file into this Tumblr text post yet. But since when has our utter lack of skills, knowledge, or judgment ever stopped us from doing something?

In any event, this is our very first episode of the Nom Nom Paleo Podcast, so what better way to begin than by telling you how we got started with Nom Nom Paleo? We’ll introduce you to our regular segments on the podcast, including What We Ate, The Main Course, Crush of the Week, and the Question of the Week—so subscribe to our podcast on iTunes and tell us what you think!

Show Notes & Links for Episode 1:

What We Ate:

Strawberries by Michelle Tam

In this section of the podcast, I discuss my excitement about strawberry season. I share how you can store strawberries in your fridge for up to two weeks, and how I like to pair them with balsamic vinegar and vanilla almond milk (but not at the same time). Henry, meanwhile, talks about how Lil-O ate Indian food at a family wedding—and liked it!

The Main Course:

We discuss how we first learned about Paleo five years ago—and how Henry converted an eye-rolling skeptic like me. I decided to go cold-turkey on an Alaskan cruise, and learned from personal experience that you can’t convince your friends and family to “go Paleo” when they’re not (yet) open to it. We discuss our own flavor of Paleo, too. Spoiler: we aren’t trying to reenact what cavemen ate or how they lived. Everyone’s a special snowflake, so you just have to find the lifestyle and foods that work for you.

Crush of the Week:

Our seven-year-old, Ollie (a.k.a. Lil-O) announces (to no one’s surprise) that he loves scrambled eggs. He eats them every day—cold or hot. Meanwhile, Owen (a.k.a. Big-O) and I are fighting over my copy of Mimi Sheraton’s 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die.

Mimi Sheraton's 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die

Henry gives shout-outs to three websites that helped us put together this podcast:,, and (Full disclosure: Henry works at LinkedIn, which—coincidentally—is acquiring Also mentioned (by me): Pat Flynn’s, which offers a good amount of podcasting tips.

Question of the Week:

This question comes to us from a reader who emailed me after getting my weekly newsletter, which you can sign up for here: “Michelle, I have a hard time trying to figure out how to make my budget stretch and still get the spices and seasonings that will make the most difference in my cooking. What are your go-to seasonings?”

Magic Mushroom Powder by Michelle Tam

Thanks for listening! If you have questions for future podcasts, please leave them in the comments below. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our podcast and leave us a review by clicking here!

Looking for more recipes? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my Webby Award-winning iPad® app, and in my James Beard Award nominated cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans!


Cherry Blossom Running Finale + An Interview with Brooks Elite Marathoner Desiree Linden


Hello and happy Friday! It’s another beautiful one here in DC, as was yesterday, when I took advantage with one last early morning run through those gorgeous cherry blossoms.

I can’t get enough!


My college friend Kathleen and I met up down by the Smithsonian metro and then ran over to the tidal basin from there. The blossoms are officially on their last legs, but it was still gorgeous.


Kathleen and I ran two laps around the tidal basin, stopping a couple times for photos, of course, before heading back to our starting spot. We covered 4.6 miles; it was great to catch up with her, especially amidst views like this! We could not have had a more beautiful morning for a run date!



In other news, my feet matched the Cherry Blossoms! ;)


My friends at Brooks sent me these, which are the new Brooks PureConnect 4 lightweight running shoes, as part of my ongoing Run Happy blogger ambassadorship with them. I first got on board the PureConnect train when the PureConnect 2’s were out a couple years ago – while I love the Ravennas for my longer runs, I prefer a more lightweight shoe for speed/track workouts, and the PureProject line features lighter shoes with less of a heel lift. I fell in love with the PureConnect 2’s and wore them absolutely to death before switching to the updated 3’s last year. At first the 3’s weren’t my favorite, but once I broke them in I fell in love again, and I’ve been wearing them for all of my track workouts over the past year. I love how lightweight they are, and how form fitting to the foot – perfect for the track! The 4’s feel great, too – this was the first time I wore them and I didn’t feel like they needed breaking in like the 3’s did. You’ll be seeing these peeking out of all my track workout GPS watch photos from now on!


And now, speaking of Brooks, I have something really exciting to share with you all! I had the cool opportunity to interview one of their elite athletes, Desiree “Des” Linden, who joined the Hanson’s-Brooks team in 2006.

Des will be lining up with a bunch of you guys on Monday at the Boston Marathon, where she will test her strength and capabilities against a field of U.S. women that will be similar to the competition she’ll be up against in the Olympic Trials next spring. In 2011, Des finished an amazing 2nd place at Boston, and in 2014, she was the 2nd fastest American woman. Her marathon personal record (PR) is a blazing 2:22:38. I’m excited to see how she does in Boston this year!

With the big race coming up on Monday, I thought it would be interesting to hear how she’s feeling going into it – and what tips she has for those of you running Boston, too.

Q&A with Elite Marathoner Des Linden

2014 Boston Marathon

· In 2011, you finished an amazing 2nd place at Boston, and in 2014, you were the 2nd fastest American woman. How are you feeling going into this year’s Boston Marathon? Are you approaching it any differently than you have in the past?
I’m feeling ready and excited. I’m 100% healthy and had very solid training going into this year’s race, I’m looking forward to getting on the line and putting all the hard work to use. My approach to this year’s race will be very similar to the past, I’m going to focus on running my race and getting everything out of myself on the day.

· What do you think about or do to keep yourself motivated when you start to feel tired near the end of a race? Do you have any mantras?
I always make sure to break the race down into manageable segments instead of thinking about how much race is left. I try and set small and simple goals that help me cover ground and keep a positive attitude.

· What’s the toughest mile of a marathon for you and why?
Any mile after 20 is especially tough. That late in the race, I know it’s not necessarily just a rough patch, it’s where the race is supposed to start hurting. It’s also the fun part where I can really test myself and find out what I’m made of.

· Do you have a pre-race ritual or any good luck charms?
Black socks.

· What do you eat before a marathon?
I keep it pretty simple, toast or a bagel with peanut butter and coffee.

· Any tips for my readers who are running Boston on Monday for the first time?
Marathon 101: don’t go out too hard! This is especially important on the Boston Marathon course. The first few miles are downhill and with the energy and excitement you’re going to feel GREAT during the early miles. If you get in over your head during the first six, your quads will be screaming at you in the later miles of the race.

· When did you first fall in love with running – and why?
My first year of track, I immediately recognized that running is You vs. You, and I loved that I could put in the work and challenge myself in both training and during competition.

· Why do you like working with Brooks Running?
So many reasons! I love Brooks’ Run Happy philosophy. Run Happy can be mean so many different things, some days it’s about setting PR’s, others it might be as simple as exploring a new trail with teammates. No matter where I find my Run Happy, I love that I’m supported by a company that understands and wants people to enjoy the process of running.

A huge thank you to Brooks and Des for the opportunity to do this interview! We’ll be rooting for you on Monday, Des – good luck!

Who else is heading to Boston this weekend for the race? Good luck out there and have fun! It’s my dream to someday qualify for and run Boston… something to work towards!

Cherry Blossom Running Finale + An Interview with Brooks Elite Marathoner Desiree Linden originally appeared on fANNEtastic food | Washington D.C. area Registered Dietitian | Recipes + Healthy Living + Fitness on April 17, 2015.

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