One thing we resolve not to do this New Year: make resolutions. Been there, done that. Instead, we acknowledge that we are already pret-ty great, and that it’s all up from here. With that in mind, here’s a look, a book, and dish, to start the New Year the way we left the old one: chic, delicious, and interesting. Plus, a film that makes us appreciate all that we have and something special that we’ve lost.
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When we say our new Zenergy collection is “casual, comfortable, and chic” we are not kidding. Our design team went above and beyond to deliver great style in a fresh way. But wait, there’s more! The fabric in the collection, a special four-way stretch, feels great, is moisture wicking for the ultimate in comfort, and has special UV protection. This is the total package: an up-to-date look you can literally live in. (Literally.)
Katie Wells, the author of the Wellness Mama Cookbook, is us: busy busy busy. (She has SIX kids!) So she sought to make cooking easier and her family healthier. The result was her smash hit blog, and now this cookbook, in which she shares her easy, wholesome, and family approved recipes. Our favorite? Turkey Meatloaf Cupcakes! Who can resist a meal this cute, tasty, and good for you?
Meat Loaf Cupcakes
- 6 medium sweet potatoes
- 1 medium onion
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 3 eggs
- ¼ cup almond flour
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- Sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ cup coconut oil or 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Pierce the sweet potatoes with a fork and place them in the oven to bake. Alternately, you may peel, cube, and boil them until soft.
- Finely dice the onion and place in a large bowl. Add the beef, eggs, flour, basil, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Mix by hand until well incorporated.
- Grease the cups of a muffin pan with the oil and divide the mixture among the cups. (You can also just press the mixture in a 9 × 13-inch baking dish.) Place the muffin pan on the middle rack in the oven and put a baking sheet with a rim under it.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the meat is cooked through (add an extra 10 minutes for a 9 x 13 dish).
- If you baked the potatoes, slice and remove them from the skin. If you boiled them, remove from the water and strain. Place the potatoes in a large bowl and add the oil and salt and pepper to taste. Mash by hand or use an immersion blender until creamy and smooth.
- Remove the meat muffins from the oven when they are cooked through (there should not be any pink in the center) and remove from their cups. Top each with a dollop of the mashed sweet potatoes.
When it’s cold out, there’s nothing better than a good old fashioned heartwarming read. Like Backman’s A Man Called Ove before it, this book is all about finding joy in the small things, and happiness in unexpected places. Cozy on up. Just add tea (or wine!).
The perfect tribute to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds: this funny, fascinating, and humane documentary by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens takes a loving yet honest look at the larger than life pair, the remarkable bond between them, and reminds us of just what we’ve lost.
Available on HBO starting January 7th.