Launch of the New StudioEats.com!!

Hi everyone,

I am SO thrilled to announce the launch of the brand new StudioEats.com. Over the last few months, I’ve worked with an incredible team to create exactly what I had envisioned.

I wanted a fun and refreshing place for people to come who are struggling with food. I didn’t want my website to be about diets, grams of carbs, or the latest juice cleanse. I wanted it to be about living a great life- one where you’re so fulfilled and in tune with what makes you tick that you don’t have time to scrutinize yourself for eating an extra couple of fresh-out-of-the-oven cookies.

I wanted my website to encourage you to create beautiful eating experiences and to enjoy the moment, regardless of whether you’re eating chocolate cake or kale. You deserve to eat delicious food and to feel satisfied every time you eat.

And finally, I wanted you to have a place that talks about forgetting all of the “should’s” in your life and gives you permission to learn more about yourself. I wanted you to feel empowered to eat, exercise, socialize, and live your life in a way that speaks to you.

 

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Thank you to everyone who has helped shape what this website is. It is a product of a ton of hard work and I couldn’t be happier with the result.

A special shout out to Josh over at Arrowtech Solutions who developed the website and put in SO much hard work. He completely exceeded all of my highest expectations and often times anticipated what I would want before I even knew I wanted it.

Also, thank you to Jenny for her gorgeous graphic design work and Michelle for the beautiful photos.

And of course, all of YOU who have supported the growth of StudioEats and inspired me every step of the way. This website is what it is because of you.

I hope you love it!

Check it out here.

xo,

Jamie

VideoBlog: Life Design- Defend Your Bare Essentials

Hi guys!

Here is another video in my Life Design series. This ones talks about defending your “bare essentials” or your non-negotioables. These are the things that you absolutely need in order to feel your best. During the busiest of times, it’s important to know what yours are and do anything you can to make sure that they’re in your life.

I give an example of one of my clients, what she figured out her “bare essentials” are, and how she is going to defend having them in her life at all times.

What are your “bare essentials”?? I challenge you to tell me three of them! 

Video Blog: The Intuitive Eating Challenge

Hi guys!

I made a little video for you yesterday that talks about the 21 Day Intuitive Eating Challenge. I go into what the February Intuitive Eating Challenge has been all about, a couple of additions that the March Challenge will have, and offer some more color on Intuitive Eating in general.

It’s very off the cuff, I made it on a whim… so please excuse the open closet in the background with my shoes hanging out and my constant filler words of “like” “you know” “kinda” and “sorta”. My presentation skills are a little rusty 🙂

If you want to sign up for the March challenge, check out the details here and email me if you’re interested at jamiemendell@gmail.com.

Turkey Meatballs, Dedicated to My Brother

The meatballs I made this weekend were completely inspired by my bro, and I’ll tell you why in a sec.

First things first… meet my brother. This is Jordan. He’s 27, a year older than me, and also lives in NYC.

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I could tell you a lot of things about him, but if you only got to know one thing, you should know that the kid really loves to eat. Like, he really loves his food in a very serious way.

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Especially things like bacon, cheeseburgers, and ribs. You know, like most guys.

So when Jordan said to me last week, “I want to see more MEAT on the blog”, I thought in my head “Ask and you shall receive.” He is my brother, after all, and he’s one of the coolest people I know, so he apparently has that kind of influence over StudioEats.

I actually had a conversation with my parents last week about what Jordan would like. We brainstormed and I landed on Turkey Meatballs. I wanted to stay true to my blog and try to cook something that I would enjoy too. And since Jordan recently admitted that he is going through an almost daily Bacon Egg and Cheese phase, I wanted something on the healthier side to make a sisterly attempt at protecting his arteries.

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I served these up for lunch yesterday with some pasta sauce (obviously) and thinly sliced sautéed brussels sprouts. Grated parmesan sprinkled on top.

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(Please ignore my really messy stove. Chaos happened this weekend.)

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These came out really well and have a ton of flavor because of the fresh dill, basil and paprika. They are so simple, and very healthy. I did some quick calculations just out of curiosity and there are only about 65 calories per meatball, and each one of them packs almost 10 grams of protein. Not too shabby, eh?

These would be great as a snack, smushed on a sandwich, a meatball hero, to top off a salad, or served up classically with pasta and some sauce. I hope you like them, Jord!

Turkey Meatballs with Fresh Dill and Basil

(makes 12 meatballs)

  • 1 lb extra lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup oats (I used old fashioned, you can use quick if you want)
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 t chopped garlic
  • 2 t dried basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill. I actually mean to get parsley at the store and I screwed up and bought dill by accident, but it turned out great. Either works!
  • 1 t paprika
  • dash of S&P

1. Add all ingredients into a bowl at once.

2. Mush everything together with your hands and form meatballs the size of golf balls, or slightly larger.

3. Heat a skillet and coat the bottom with cooking spray or olive oil. I used olive oil here.

4. Once the skillet is hot, place meatballs onto it. Keep the skillet on medium to low heat. Every couple of minutes, turn the meatballs so that they stay in ball form and make sure each side gets cooked.

5. After about 8-10 minutes total, these guys should be done!

2 Hours of Prep, Food for the Entire Week

I played a little game with myself yesterday. It went something like this…. “see how much food you can cook for the week in two hours. GO.”

I have 6 Final Exams coming up over the next 2.5 weeks, and knowing how little time I would have to cook, I wanted to spend a couple of hours yesterday prepping for the upcoming madness. However, I didn’t want it to take up my entire Sunday, so I gave myself two hours. It was a challenge. It was fierce. Mushrooms were flying, rosemary is probably in every little crevice of my kitchen, chocolate chips are now coating my wooden floors. I worked like a mad woman, but I ended up creating some amazing food that I know will keep me healthy and less stressed over the next few weeks.

In JUST two hours, this is what I cooked from start to finish. Oh, AND factor in the time that it took me to carry every single creation, every step of the way, from my kitchen over to my window to photograph it in the daylight. So if it took me two hours, it would take you less. Trust me!

1. Started off with sweet potatoes two ways. Maple Rosemary (left), and just plain old salted ‘taters (right). Recipe to come.

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2. Turkey meatballs. Recipe to come.

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3. Whole Wheat Farfalle Pasta

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4. Black Bean and Lentil Veggie Burgers. Recipe to come.

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5. Baked Chicken with Dill, Rosemary and Paprika

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6. Whole Wheat Couscous

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7. Chopped up Veggies, ready to go.

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8. The best– super healthy– cookies I have ever made. Banana Chocolate Chip. Recipe to come.

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I was honestly pretty impressed at the end of this. This is a TON of food that I will get through over the next few weeks and I cooked it in a tiny kitchen with a mini stove that likes to periodically shut off, four burners, and 1 cutting board. Some tips for multi tasking and getting the most out of two hours of prep work:

  • Clean as you go. My mom would be so proud to hear me say this right now. This is her trick. Do one thing, clean, get ready for the next.
  • Think ahead and use an assortment of cooking methods. In other words, don’t plan to cook a bunch of things that all require the oven. I cooked some things that required the oven, others that required the stove top.
  • Keep your garbage can out. Mine usually is stored under my kitchen sink, but when I started cooking with it out, open, and empty, it made things so much easier. It helps me easily keep things clean along the way and throw away empty cartons, wrappers, and containers as I go.
  • Plan your recipes ahead of time. I did some research over the weekend, figured out my recipes, and went to the store Sunday morning to be sure I had everything I needed.
  • Keep it simple. As you’ll see this week when I blog about the recipes, they are all pretty simple. I knew I didn’t have a lot of time, so I just stuck to basics and added a little bit of flavor to every dish.
  • Cook food that can be frozen. Aside from the fresh veggies, everything else can be frozen in tupperware. I won’t get through all of this in the next week, so it’s nice to be able to freeze some of it for the following weeks.
  • Play some music, wear some comfy clothes that you can get dirty, and *focus*! It’s amazing how much you can get accomplished when you are truly focused on the task at hand

When prepping for the week, I tried to cook a little bit of everything. A few carbs (sweet potatoes, couscous, pasta), some protein (chicken, turkey meatballs, bean/lentil burgers), I got some veggies ready to go and I of course cooked a healthy dessert. Phew. I am tired just recapping this!!

But, I do want to make a point that preparing for the week can be quick, it can be simple, and it can MAJORLY help out during really busy and stressful times. It’s doing yourself a huge favor. It’s making your life a little easier. It’s being nice to yourself. And we can all use a little more of that right?

P.S. Here is another post where I talked about what I prepped for an upcoming week. 

Do you prep on the weekends for the week? Any go-to batch recipes that you make?

Apple Gingerbread Loaf

Yesterday, this happened:

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A hot loaf of gingerbread filled with warm, soft apples came out of my oven.

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A couple of pieces were immediately cut while the loaf was still hot, exactly what you are not supposed to do. Impatience wins.

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Thin slices of real butter were spread on top, and a fork was brought out to try to eat this in a civilized fashion.

Divine.

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Apple Gingerbread Loaf

(makes 10 servings)

Adapted from this recipe, but with several adjustments to make it **healthier** (win!)

  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 4 T butter
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1.5 cups white flour
  • 1.5 t baking soda
  • 2 t cinnamon
  • 2 t ground ginger
  • 1 t ground cloves
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 large apple or 2 small apples, chopped into bite sized pieces

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Melt butter in microwave. Beat it together with sugar. Add milk and molasses. Stir it all together.

3. In a large bowl, stir together all dry ingredients (flour through salt). Add in the butter/sugar/molasses/milk mixture. Add in hot water. Stir all together.

4. Add in chopped apples.

5. Spread out in a greased 9 in loaf pan (I just sprayed mine with cooking spray).

6. Cook in oven for about 45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.

This is great for a snack, dessert, or even breakfast. Because I reduced the sugar quite a bit, it’s not too sweet. I suggest slicing up any leftovers and freezing the slices in individual bags. Perfect for an anytime treat.

WIAW {11.28.2012}: Wine Night First Timer

Oh man, am I feeling groggy right now. I had the hardest time sleeping last night! But we will get to that in a second. First, let’s back up. Thanks to Jenn for hosting the WIAW tradition.

My day started yesterday with some Starbucks and a trip to the grocery store in the early hours. I love strolling around the grocery store with coffee while the store is still empty. It’s so peaceful 🙂

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I picked up a loaf of fresh rye bread from the bakery and wanted to use it for breakfast immediately. This may look like a strange combo, and it is, but it totally worked. Rye toast with avocado and raspberry jam:

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I headed to a meeting at around 11:15 and then quickly met up with Amanda for some chit chat before heading to class. I packed a quick lunch filled with sautéed veggies (spinach, carrots, zucchini, yellow pepper, green beans, mushrooms), marinara sauce, and a generous helping of goat cheese. Topped with slivered almonds.

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Mmm goat cheese!

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I ended up coming home in between classes and having an unexpected break. Since it was SNOWING in NYC yesterday, a warm snack was definitely needed. I warmed up a granny smith apple, drizzled with almond butter, and paired it with tea.

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Ohhhh yea.

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Then I picked myself up, got all bundled, and headed back out to class at around 4:30. Another cup of tea was picked up from Starbucks to keep me warm during the commute. It was a nasty weather day here in the city!

Vanilla Roobois Tea:

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And then, I commuted from the Upper West Side downtown and met up with a bunch of lovely ladies for my first appearance at their monthly wine night!

When I was in Cape Cod with Mara (my brother’s fiancé) and her friends a couple of months ago, they invited me to start coming to their monthly wine nights. Their group of friends rotates the responsibility of hosting wine night each month. Each girl brings over a bottle of the wine of the month and the host provides some appetizers or whatever they’d like to cook. Sounds like my kinda thannng!

Leah was, as expected, an awesome host. She had been talking to me about things she wanted to cook for wine night since we hung out at the Cape a couple months ago and she really impressed us all. She even took pictures of the set up before everyone got there so that she could send them to me for the blog. What a pal!!

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About 2/3 of the girls:
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Some stars of the night included her pumpkin cupcakes with dairy-free cream cheese frosting (Leah tries to stay away from too much dairy):

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And a Tart made with butternut squash, pancetta, shiitake mushrooms, onion and vegan cheddar cheese:

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Both were SO delicious. Leah, maybe you can post the recipes in the comment section??

I had about one and a half glasses of wine (the wine of the month was Malbec), the above picture of the Tart, some cheese and crackers, some veggies and dip, and half a cupcake. I had so much fun hanging out with these girls, mostly a crew who met at Cornell and went to college together, and love the concept of this wine night. Thanks, Leah, for being such a great host and cooking up a storm!

And THEN. I got home at around 11, got ready for bed, and just could. not. sleep. My stomach was grumbling, probably because I didn’t eat a real dinner, and I knew I couldn’t go to bed hungry. My stomach literally felt like it hadn’t eaten in days, I was so hungry! It was strange.

After an hour or so of stirring in bed, I finally gave in. I got up and made a snack…Raisin Bran to the rescue. I love this brand of cereal. The ingredients could not be simpler.

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I also had a couple small slices of rye bread + almond butter. Finally I was full and could fall asleep, but man those couple hours are always so frustrating!

So that’s my day! How was yours? Do you ever have trouble sleeping? Can you fall asleep hungry? What are your fav pre-bedtime snacks? So many questions!! 🙂

Healthy(ish) Eats on the Road: To DC and Back

Greetings! 🙂

Yesterday I had to take a quick day trip to DC and back and I thought I’d capture how I handle staying somewhat healthy while on the road.

Before I quit my job this summer, I had spent 2+ years traveling as a consultant all over the Southeast, spending almost every week on the road.

Traveling is TOUGH and it does make it much more challenging to stay healthy. The number one lesson I learned in my life from all of this travel is to give up control and go with the flow. Because we all know that so many things are out of our control when we travel. Flights are delayed, business lunches are not planned by us, meetings run late and we end up eating lunch at 3pm, security lines are long and we don’t have a chance to grab our morning coffee, the list goes on!

So I learned to give up control. It was a big lesson and it has impacted who I am today. My need for control over my days is far less, and I love being able to just do the best I can, regardless of the situation.

With that being said, on to yesterday!

5am wakeup call meant a dark morning waiting for a cab. No problem here, I zipped right on over to the airport.

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Then BAM. I was hit with a HUGE security line. I used to freak out about these things but I just don’t even let them bother me anymore.

No time for breakfast, but time to grab a coffee.

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Plane landed in DC at 8:15 and I surveyed my breakfast options. Basically, it was a panini, a cheeseburger, or a muffin the size of my head. AWESOME.

I went for an egg and cheese panini. We know how much I love my egg and cheeses.

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Eaten in the back of a cab on my way to the meeting. This was actually pretty good! I ate about 3/4 of it.

Meeting, Meeting, Meeting, lunch came at around 12:30.

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The options were great. Sandwiches, fruit salad, salad, and cookies. PAT ON MY BACK for not taking any cookies! 🙂 Woohooo. Maybe the first healthy decision I have made in 6 days since Thanksgiving started.

1/2 a chicken salad sandwich on whole wheat, some salad and fruit:

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Left the meeting around 3:15, back to the airport. Day trips are weird, man. It’s like rewinding a movie and you watch the character go backward back through the way they came, ya know? No? Follow? Ok anyway….

I needed a snack, but again, my options were panini, cheeseburger, or muffin the size of my head. I got a small skim cappuccino and sat to do some work while I killed time.

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Nope, internet wouldn’t connect. I tried for a solid 20 minutes, no luck. So I just perused the terminal, pacing back and forth and getting some “exercise”.

I needed something else to eat so I grabbed this Clif Bar before getting on the plane. I am not usually a bar person, but they definitely come in handy while traveling. I LOVED this flavor!

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After a delayed flight, a 30 minute wait for a taxi, and traffic on the way home, I asked my cab driver to drop me at fairway so I could keep things easy on myself and grab a salad at their salad bar.

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The salad was mainly veggies: spinach base, cucumbers, carrots, mushrooms, peppers, olives, beets, a little chicken and a little feta. Balsamic vinegar and a dash of truffle oil. Finally some greeeeens!

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Along with a free roll which I toasted and put butter on half and almond butter/honey on the other half.

I also capped off the night with a couple of small bakery cookies I had leftover from being home in CT.

So the moral of the story? It’s definitely hard to eat super duper healthy on the road, but it doesn’t need to be a total disaster either. Luckily, these days, there are usually always some healthy or healthier options at airports, so just do your best.

Now, off to grab some coffee and head to the grocery store. Mmmm my kinda morning 🙂 Have a good day!

P.S. If you want to see some other travel tips, here is a post I wrote about healthy snacks I usually bring for longer travels.

Video Blog: Tour of My NYC Studio Apartment

Hi guys! Hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving and got to relax, eat delicious food, laugh, and see your family and friends.

I wanted to create a video for you so that you can actually see the Studio apartment that my blog name, “StudioEats” is based on. The blog came about as a New Years Resolution that I made at the beginning of this year, 2012, to cook more. When coming up with a name, my friend Katie and I kicked around many many many names over the course of a couple of weeks. We came up with StudioEats and it just felt right. Catchy, easy, and it spoke to the fact that I was embarking on a cooking journey in a tiny Studio apartment with a kitchen I can barely turn around in.

So, if you have a few minutes, enjoy the video! You can see what a typical NYC studio apartment looks like, how tiny my kitchen actually is, and what I’ve done to make the little apartment work for me and a place that I absolutely love to come home to every single day.

Enjoy! 🙂

P.S. Please ignore my horrible editing at the end on the balcony. Me and technology do not get along.

More Scenes from Thanksgiving, Part Deux

My family came up to Boston yesterday to celebrate Thanksgiving Part Two at my brother’s fiancé’s house. My brother and Mara have been together for over 8 years and her family has become like family to me. Her family is a ball of pure fun, they love their wine, and I am constantly laughing when I am with them. Sounds like a fun time to me!

Here are some pics of our Boston Thanksgiving at Mara’s house.

Mara’s Dad, Harry. He made sure our glasses were filled the entire night.

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One of the only dogs I love. Zo-Zo!

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It apparently takes 4 American women to make 1 Greek pie. I have a whole new appreciation for Phyllo. That stuff is IMPOSSIBLE to cook with!

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After an early dinner, we then hit the town and all the kids went out to a couple of bars around Boston. The whole day was a blast and my head hit the pillow hard at 12:30am and I slept like a baby. Those are the best days!

Heading back to CT today after a pumpkin filled brunch at Mara’s. Toodles!